Thursday, August 25, 2011

Song of the Day - Aaliyah Tribute, Ten Years Later

Ten years ago today, a promising young career was suddenly cut short when a plane carrying 22 year old R&B singer Aaliyah and her entourage from the Bahamas to Florida crashed shortly after takeoff. They had been filming a video for the single "Rock the Boat" and had wrapped up early, so they decided to leave the night before their scheduled departure.

The plane they took was smaller than the one they had taken down there and it was overloaded with baggage by over 700 pounds. It also carried one more passenger than it was legally allowed to carry. Unfortunately, all of the extra weight proved too much for the small plane and the resulting crash took the lives of Aaliyah and eight others on board, including the pilot.

Aaliyah was just beginning to hit it big at the time of her death. She'd recorded three albums, the last of which ("Aaliyah") had been released just a month before her death. She'd also begun to dip into the acting field, appearing in the films "Romeo Must Die" in 2000 and "Queen of the Damned," which was released a year after her death.

Aaliyah worked a lot with hot producer Timbaland, whose signature sounds could be heard in both of the songs featured here today. The first one I always loved for its thumping, slow sounds and the sampling of a baby coo taken from Prince's "Delirious" and the other, "Try Again," is taken from the soundtrack to "Romeo Must Die." It was her first and only #1 single.

It's hard to believe its been ten years since Aaliyah left us. We can only imagine what more wonderful gifts she would have shared with us. In the meantime, we've still got her music, her legacy. Enjoy!

Are You That Somebody

Are You That Somebody? - Dr. Dolittle (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture)

Try Again

Aaliyah - Aaliyah

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