Carol Forsloff — If you love great show tunes, the songs that made a hit on Broadway, the great singers like Judy Garland and Julie Andrews, well here’s your chance to find that same magic at the tip of your finger. A video that stands out as not just an ordinary video but a magic of song and the talents of two performers whose wedded talents would make any critic beam.
Kathy “Songbird,” as that is her professional name, has a vocal range that makes folks shiver in anticipation the moment she opens her mouth to sing. She can hit the high notes with ease while reaching to the lower registers with aplomb. And she does it with feeling. This is a singer who knows how to interact with an audience so delightfully that those who listen feel they are in her living room, sitting on a fine, easy chair with all the captivating visuals that one could ever want for atmosphere.
The video has Kathy’s voice and the masterful instrumentals of “Sticky” Sugar Hopkins, also known as Yawroc. This producer is able to make visual artistry at a level seldom seen on ordinary videos. He takes color, animation, ideas and images, and connects and weaves these with the sounds of his guitar, and other instruments he either plays or provides in electronic form, to create a masterpiece digitally every bit as great as artists capture on canvas.
“When I Fall in Love” is a song made famous by Nat King Cole. That love song brings memories to many of the kind of love people dream they might experience. The doorway to the song on this video is filled with magical images, of the fireplace, the snowy day, the lights and candles, the greenery mixed with the white landscapes and the beauty of man and woman in love.
This journalist asked Hopkins how this great collaboration occurred. Both are members of Fandalism, a site for more than half a million musicians and counting. So there is an abundance of talent on the many musical sites, of artists from around the world. Still the video and the music of Hopkins and the Songbird, stand out as a masterpiece among many masterpieces of collaboration taking place on this site. It was created for that purpose certainly, and that activity has brought joy to the many musicians eager to find each other and seek new adventures in music. So it was important to learn just how these two separately fine artists collaborated to achieve this astounding piece of work.
Hopkins told me: “I have always been a die- hard fan of Nat King Cole, the warm feeling it brings to me when listening to this man’s voice.. When I fall in Love has always been a particular and special piece to me. When I first heard Kathy’s voice I was absolutely knocked sideways, I just could not believe that a lady with a voice as she has is not a top star on Broadway because that is where she should be right now! It is not just her singing ability that shines through for me, she does not just sit in front of a camera and sing, she interacts with the audiences that are looking in. For me she is an all around great vocalist and performer.”
Hopkins goes on to speak of his excitement in finding Kathy, that it could be Kathy on that hilltop singing “The hills are alive with the Sound of Music. I suggested to Kathy one day to allow me to make a video to make her voice and song shine through, something nice and real special. I was listening to the radio one day, and Nat King Cole was singing, “When I Fall In Love.” This was a message to me to take that song and do something with it, and I knew right away that was a place for Kathy. ”
For Kathy, the decision was easy. She observes, “Sticky is the kind of producer and musician who should have great recognition. He is a true genius in putting this video together. I was thrilled to be a part of it.”
And you, good reader, will be likewise thrilled when you hear the voice of Kathy Songbird in the frame of Sugar “Sticky” Hopkins/Yawroc in a video that is sure to remain in your memory for a long, long time. It is here for your enjoyment.