Tunes on Tuesday: Biggest Part Of Me

Why this tune?

“Biggest Part Of Me” was a huge hit for the band Ambrosia in 1980, reaching number 27 in the year-end pop singles chart. That year’s chart also included “Rock With You” by Michael Jackson and “Funkytown,” plus many other songs you still may hear on oldies radio or as background music in your local supermarket.

Of all the songs in that era, the Ambrosia hit has been in my head ever since, and I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s the memorable opening vamp, with its cool jazz chords and rhythmic groove. You can see why it was also a hit on the Soul chart in 1980.

It may also be just age and nostalgia. The song was a hit when I was just starting college.

Dig this detail!

I understand this can be dismissed as another old fashioned “yacht rock” song, but I find it still satisfying even if it sounds out of date. The lyrics aren’t anything special, but the chorus is pretty effective, with the crowd-friendly rhyming pair “Make a wish, baby” and “Make a list, baby.”

Well, make a wish, baby
Well, and I will make it come true
Make a list, baby
Of the things I'll do for you

Do you have songs that have stayed in your head for a long time, for no apparent reason? Please let me know.

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Ambrosia, 1980

David Pack (composer, ex-Ambrosia) solo version

Published by Oren Levine

Jazz pianist and composer in Washington, DC. Also a digital product and technology professional working at a small DC nonprofit

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