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ST. PAUL PETERSON - SOMETHING IN THE WATER
SOMETHING IN THE WATER
"Something in the Water" is a greazy slice of The Minneapolis Sound from the leader of The Family/fDeluxe and former member of The Time, St Paul Peterson.
Co-Produced and co-written by St. Paul and long-time collaborator Oliver Leiber (Chaka Khan, Aretha, Beth Hart et al) at Ollywood Studios in LA and Creation Audio in Minneapolis the song was inspired by a question often raised, “Why is Minneapolis so funky?” St. Paul addresses this question in song form, explaining it must be “Something In the Water.”
“Oliver Leiber and I have been writing songs together going all the way back to 1986 and my first solo single, “Rich Man,” explains Peterson. “He understands what I want to say and is the ultimate collaborator. His clever lyrics and incredible guitar playing set the tone to explain why Minneapolis is so funky.”
Featuring Leon J.
A Tribute to Minneapolis
This song was originally done by Hall & Oates . My good buddy and former teacher at #MinneapolisMediaInstitute Leon J Music called me one day and said, "Hey, let's get together and hang and do a project." He showed me this song "#PhillyForgetMeNot," which is a tribute to where Daryl and John grew up. Leon said, why don't we remake this into "#MinneForgetMeNot," and I said, why not! We just needed a reason to hang out, and music is always a good catalyst.
Fast forward a bit, and the song turned out better than we thought it would. Leon wrote some nice alt lyrics, honoring #Minneapolis, and I had a ball putting a little #MplsSound into the production.
(A very intentional tip of the hat to that classic sound)
Another former #MMI teacher Brian Powers (aka #Snowman) mixed it.
I then sent it to my friend who is in the #HallandOates band, and I ended up getting a call from Daryl's manager, leading to a cool week of hanging with Daryl Hall in South Carolina earlier this year.
We are putting this out now, because I love my home town, I loved hanging out with my buddies Leon J (who is rapping on it)and Snowman, and I think it's a classic summer jam. I also want to honor where I'm from, because The Peterson Family will be inducted into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame later this year.
On January 4th, 2019, I released "You Got 2 Love" and it's available on all digital formats. It's a song I wrote and produced with my nephew, Jason Peterson DeLaire. It's funky and sends a perfect message for the times we are living in.