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Forgive us, Air Supply, but here's another 'Here I Am' from the '80s



I'll be honest and declare that I barely heard of Lyle Lovett until the funny hair, big-nosed musician/actor married Julia Roberts in 1993. Lovett has tried many music styles from country, folk to big band. In 1989, Lyle Lovett and his Large Band released a self-titled album that would win Lovett a Grammy for Best Country Male Vocal for very uncountry songs like Here I Am.  

Though the sound is big band/jazz, don't be put off by the genre description as Here I Am is one of the cleverest songs of the ‘80s. Everything is not what it appears to be on Here I Am, which details a conversation of a man speaking and pleading with a woman with prose that sets up a punch line near the end that makes me smile every time.    

In 1993, most thought Julia Roberts was slumming by marrying Lovett, but now, after listening to the Lovett catalog and seeing his live shows - even my wife, a huge Roberts fan, admits that maybe it was Lyle that was slumming after all. While Lovett has never charted a single on the pop charts, his albums routinely go gold and his rendition You Got A Friend In Me featured in Toy Story has been heard by about everyone.

[Last modified: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 9:12am]


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