Women were celebrated in the 70s. For their beauty, independent spirit, smarts, motherhood. Or, simply because someone loved them. No genre filled the airwaves with love songs about women like soft rock. "You Are the Woman," quintessential "bouncy little pop ditty," as songwriter and Firefall frontman Rick Roberts describes it, climbed the charts in 1976. Released on their debut album Firefall, it made it to #9 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song describes a woman as an ideal, "the one." No wonder the song hit a nerve of the collective consciousness and is so endearingly popular. Who doesn't want to be the apple of someone's eye?
The group had several hits, but this one was their zenith. Asked about where the name of the group came from, co-founder Jock Bartley said it's named after the molten waterfalls in gorgeous Yosemite Park. Images of water often bring feelings of peace and tranquility. Fire combined with that is a great image to symbolize feelings when falling in love. "You Are the Woman" has the powder-puff soft vocals of Chuck Kirkpatrick, sincere lyrics and a brilliant, pure flute performance by David Muse. This song is like a warm candy apple, sweet and satisfying.
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About the Curator - Sonya Alexander
After graduating from UCLA, Sonya trained to be a talent agent. After realizing she belonged on the creative end, she started freelance writing, covering film festivals for Los Angeles local papers. She's written about film, video games, global affairs, wildlife conservation and, most recently, music. She specializes in classic rock, classic soul, blues, classic country, classical and world music and is tri-coastal, residing in Los Angeles, New York and New Orleans.