Thursday Inspiration #193 Right Here Waiting

Respond to this challenge, by either by using the prompt word crazy, or going with the above picture, or by means of the song ‘Right Here Waiting’, or by going with another song by Richard Marx, or anything else that you think fits.  Richard Marx wrote ‘Right Here Waiting’ and he recorded it on his 1989 second studio album Repeat Offender which reached #1 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart and was certified four times platinum in United States due to five major singles.  This song went to #1 in the US, and it charted #2 in the UK.  Only three musicians play on this song singer Marx, guitarist Bruce Gaitsch, and keyboardist CJ Vanston.

Marx wrote this song on the road as a love letter to actress Cynthia Rhodes who appeared with him in his 1987 ‘Don’t Mean Nothing’ video.  They met in 1983 on the set of the “Saturday Night Fever” sequel, “Staying Alive,” in which she played the love interest of John Travolta’s character.  She was a dancer for the glam rock band The Tubes when they toured in the early 1980s.  Marx made a little demo tape and put it in the mail to her in 1988 because his visa application was rejected, and he couldn’t visit her in South Africa.  She was filming “Curse of the Crystal Eye”, which was not released in the U.S. until 1993.  The song was very personal and was not intended to go public, but she played it for all her friends, and his friends pursued him to record it.  They got married in1989 and got divorced in 2014.  This song is a fairly standard lovelorn ballad about Marx who was miserable without Rhodes, constantly thinking about her.  She’s faraway causing this frustrated pain that is in his heart because of his devotion to her.  He’s going crazy longing for her, yet he’s willing to wait as long as it takes.

In 1981, Richard Marx was an 18-year-old aspiring musician from Chicago who was in his senior year at high school when he got an unexpected phone call from hitmaker Lionel Richie.  Richie got a hold of a handful of songs that Marx made little demos of and recorded on a cassette tape.   When Lionel was in the Commodores, he saw a phone number on the back of the cassette, and he called Richard Marx’s parents’ number and told him to come out to LA after he finished High School.  Producer David Foster invited Marx to the studio when the rock band the Tubes were recording ‘She’s a Beauty’ and that is where he met the lead singer Fee Waybill, and they became lifelong friends and musical collaborators.  Between 1987 and 1994, he had 14 top 20 hits, including three number one singles.  Marx is the only male artist in history to have his first seven singles reach the top 5 of the Billboard charts.  He has scored a total of 14 number one singles, both as a performer and as a songwriter/producer.

Oh, can’t you see it, baby?
You’ve got me goin’ crazy
Wherever you go, whatever you do
I will be right here waiting for you

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