The TV One series, “Unsung”, whose premise parallels one of our goals here at GFM, giving those artists that may not be quite as well known, their well deserved accolades and attention. One of their early episodes featured Phyllis Hyman, which gives us an excuse to share some of her classics with you.

“In a Sentimental Mood”, (Duke Ellington, Manny Kurtz, Irving Mills), Sophisticated Ladies [Original Soundtrack], (RCA/1981).

“Living All Alone” (Thom Bell, Cynthia Biggs, Kenny Gamble), Living All Alone (Philadelphia International/1987)

From “I Refuse to be Lonely”

I can’t hold you
Like I want to
Can’t hold you to the promises you make
You won’t be here tonight
Or any other night
It would be a lie to say I’m not afraid
But to be afraid is something
That I’ve always been
The difference is this time I’m not giving in

Yes I am alone
Yes I’m on my own
But for the first time in my life
I’m gonna carry on
Yes, I’m gonna ache
But I will not break
Some things I can choose
And baby I refuse
To be lonely
To be lonely

I can’t change you
I can’t blame you
And this time I’m not even gonna try
You do what you have to do
I’ll do the same thing too
You’ve got a right to say good-bye
But I’ve got a right to take care of myself
I realize that I come first before anyone else

A very personal, insightful interview on “Attitudes”

“Old Friend” Live, (Thom Bell, Linda Creed), Living All Alone (Philadelphia International/1987)