I was listening to Halestorm and when I heard Lzzy’s voice, three female voices came to mind immediately. Ann Wilson from Heart, Pat Benater and Saraya’s. It’s a tragedy that there isn’t more content on the web dedicated to Saraya. Her voice is magical, soulful, bluesy, rocky and sexual.
It was Timeless Love from the Shocker soundtrack of 1989 that first got my attention. It’s a ballad and for some insane reason, it isn’t included on the normal version of the self titled album released the same year, only on an overpriced import album. Chalk that down to greedy record labels.
In order to “OWN” the song, you had to purchase the Shocker Soundtrack if it was available, or order it in, where they charged you a bit more for it. That is what I needed to do to hear the music I liked back in eighties. Radio in Australia very rarely played the music I liked, so I needed to spend money on it.
Timeless Love is another gem written by Desmond Child. It is a bona fide hit. The melody is haunting and beautiful. Desmond Child stated in a LA Times article, that Saraya had take after take at completing the song, however she just wasn’t getting the emotion across, that Child wanted to hear. So then an idea came to him.
“I wanted a huge chain, like they use to tie up a mean dog,” said Child with an impish grin. “I told her that doing this song was like being in a play, where she was playing a character, a woman all tied up in knots over this guy. Then I wrapped her up in the chains and she got the song on the first take.”
If it is true, he got the take that he wanted, as the vocals are dead set chilling.
There is no tomorrow in my heart
Only dreamers believe in time
So let’s leave no regrets behind
Does it sound like the run of the mill Bon Jovi style that Desmond was renowned for? No chance. This is a classic ballad in the vein of Heart’s – Alone.
Steve Lukather of Toto fame does the guitar work and the unbelievable guitar solo, Myron Grombacher from Pat Benater’s band is on drums and John Pierce from Huey Lewis and the News is on bass. It’s a super group of seasoned musicians, that know how to deliver.
Jennifer Rush (from The Power of Love fame) covered the song and it was too perfect. It was a great cover version, however Saraya’s version just has that special emotion in it, that special rawness that makes it perfect.