Rumer Smiles In Live From Daryl’s House
Episode 57 of Live From Daryl’s House renewed what is becoming a common occurrence in the web series: the veteran soul singer collaborating with a rising soul act. In the latest episode, Hall collaborated with British recording artist Sarah Joyce, who performs more commonly under the name Rumer.
The 33-year-old Rumer, who was originally born in Pakistan, released her wonderful debut album Seasons of My Soul in November of 2010. Her follow-up album, Boys Don’t Cry, was released in the U.S. earlier this week. The basis of that album, Rumer covering tracks that originated from male singer-songwriters, led her to one of Hall’s best moments: the song “Sara Smile.” This is not the first time Hall has cut a take of “Sara Smile” on LFDH with an artist who has made the 1976 track one of their own. Nor is the first time the song has appeared on LFDH through a woman’s delivery, as Fitz and the Tantrum’s Noelle Scaggs provided her own interpretation of the song during her appearance on the program.
For “Sara Smile,” the two combined for a very emotional duet as Hall’s backing band played a very soft arrangement of the song to deliver it as you’ve likely never heard it before. Rumer, who commented earlier in the episode on the duality of her singing the song about a Sara, made the track as much her own as one can while singing a classic in the presence of its creator.
The soft instrumentals returned in another Hall & Oates staple, “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do),” where the musicians brought a quiet funk to the track to accommodate Joyce’s style, thus creating what is perhaps their most unique and intriguing arrangement of the oft-sung hit. While Hall’s band continues to find new ways to impress each month, it would be derelict criticism to not mention how extraordinarily well Paul Pesco and Klyde Jones played on this cut of the song.
Other songs that made it onto LFDH 57 were “Take Me As I Am” and “Slow,” from Seasons of My Soul. The pair also collaborated on Gill Scott-Heron’s, “Lady Day and John Coltrane” and William DeVaughn’s “Be Thankful For What You Got.”