Elias Rahbani was an award winning Lebanese composer, arranger, songwriter, conductor and producer whose prolific musical career spanned over nearly 60 years. I’m including a link to another Song of the Day (one that I did back in June this year) so that you can hear another pick from his repertoire, but please forgive me for pasting the same information if you have already seen this post!
Elias Rahbani passed earlier this year at the age of 82 through complications with Covid-19, but was still active right into his 80’s. His career started in 1958 after he got a break at the age of 20 when Arabic Service of the BBC contacted him for composing 40 songs and writing soundtrack of 13 BBC Arabic radio productions. From there he went on to release, write and produce many albums, both for himself and for many others. The list is long.
I Want To Be is taken from his 1977 self-titled album – well, the self-titled album that he released with His Orchestra. This tune is abundantly rich in soaring brass and alive with rich velvety strings, both okf which are cosmically sewn into this vibrant tapestry of funky sounds! My Mum and Uncle, however, are not fans! They think this belongs on an episode of Hawaii Five-O!! Haha! You can’t please everybody I suppose!! Let’s hope it pleases you if you are reading this!?!
Check it out above…