Monday, May 23, 2011

Project 52 (21/52): Caught Up In The Rapture - Anita Baker

.:Project 52 (21/52): Caught Up In The Rapture – Anita Baker:.

Considering the 90% Catholics in the Philippines didn’t massively disappear last Saturday night, nor did the tons of Christians I know, I have this nagging suspicion that Harold Camping and Family Radio were completely wrong about when the scheduled Rapture was gonna happen. Unless only Randy Savage was meant to go in that Rapture, then yeah, I guess it’s safe to say we still have no idea when it’s really going to happen, and then we have the end of the Mayan Calendar on December 21, 2012 to look forward to as well, just in case.

There were a ton of songs for the Rapture playlist, including that terrible Blondie song, the awesome REM song “It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (But I Feel Fine),” and for the especially religious, maybe even some cheery uplifting hymn song about the world going down in flames like Bon Jovi’s “Blaze Of Glory” minus the bad hair and awkwardly tight pants.

Thankfully, amid all of the good and bad songs, Anita Baker, the seven-time Grammy winner (That’s six more Grammy’s than Milli Vanilli!), sang a song about being caught up in the Rapture. Which does make you question why there seem to be so many negative connotations to the word, notwithstanding the running punchline Harold Camping has made of it twice already. Rapture is supposedly a joyous moment, yet because of the paranoia over the end of times, it becomes a moment of paranoia.

Well, listening to Anita Baker’s vocals will certainly calm those nerves with ease. She just sings so marvellously and so effortlessly that you can’t help but be taken by her music, caught up in the very rapture of her soothing voice. As one of the foremost legends of R and B, you just have to give it to this lady for everything she’s done for music. Suddenly, seven Grammy’s don’t seem to be enough when you think of her staggering discography.

Anyways, I figure this is a great song in light of the fact that the Rapture has yet to happen. Come to think of it, last week’s Project 52, “I Don’t Care,” also seems appropriate as a response to the end times predictions...

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