This week’s 70s weekly track magic is brought to you from the rolling hills of North Caroline aka GoD's CoUnTry. Born in Black Mountain, NC, Roberta Flack is a 4 time Grammy winner who will be the focus of the succeeding paragraphs. More specifically, the topic of this article will focus on the 5th track on her 5th studio album: River on “Killing Me Softly”.
River tells a story that emphasizes the similarities in everyone’s triumphs and struggles in the search of meaning. We are greeted at the beginning of the song by some twangy guitar chords. Throughout River, the lead guitar is the steady heartbeat, the constant variable, playing along with Roberta’s theme of commonality among our lives. One subtle touch I enjoyed in particular was the flute and brass instruments playfully popping up in various parts throughout the song. As talented as she is, Roberta does not go all out in the song, matching the overall lax vibe that this track dishes out.
Like many of my previous picks, River falls on the chiller side of things. It leaves the listener not only introspective but in a place where it is hard to take anything that is going on in your life too seriously.