This is one of those days when a zig opened the door to a pleasant zag. I had planned to go all political … I mean Clinton v. Trump? But, before commencing my harangue, I chose to spin a new Pearl Jam Ten Club single that came in the mail yesterday. One side features an Eddie Vedder-Beyonce duet of Marley’s Redemption Song, recorded at the 2015 Global Citizen Festival. It’s the flip side, however, that proved the most interesting—Pearl Jam’s take on “Wishing Well.”
I immediately recognized the hit from almost twenty years ago, but couldn’t recall the original artist. A little Google work, and there he was or who he used to be: Terrence Trent D’Arby. I remember what a rising and talented star he was, in part, from his multiple plays on MTV. Then, he just disappeared.
Maybe I’m the last one to discover that D’Arby, disillusioned with the industry, dropped out of the music scene in 1995 and moved to Europe, where he married an Italian architect. Perhaps chastened by his earlier proclamation that his first album was the greatest pop work since the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper, D’Arby stopped recording until resurfacing in 2001 with new music and a new name: Sananda Maitreya.
If you like his sound—I’m still enamored with his haunting “Sign Your Name,”—you can sample his more recent work at his website: http://www.sanandamaitreya.com/.