Miss Miriam's Mirror

There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that receives it.

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On this day in music history: July 23, 1979 - “Rise” by Herb Alpert is released. Written Randy (Badazz) Alpert and Andy Armer, it is the first single and title track to the veteran musicians’ 20th studio album. Prior to recording, the 3M corporation will lend A&M Records one of the first digital multi-track tape machines made by the company to experiment with. When Alpert and a group of studio musicians convene to start recording, they will begin by making a disco remake of Alpert’s first hit “The Lonely Bull”. When they realize it isn’t working, Herb’s nephew Randy will give him a demo tape with several songs on it. Immediately struck by an uptempo instrumental piece called “Rise”, Alpert will rearrange it by slowing the tempo down to 100 beats per minute. Cut live in Studio D at A&M Records, the track will be completed in just a few takes. After its release, the single will receive an unexpected boost when it is featured prominently on the hit soap opera “General Hospital”. “Rise” will hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 2 weeks on Oct. 20, 1979, and will also win Alpert a Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental in 1980.

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