For the love of you - Fingerstyle guitar arrangement
Sometimes I battle with arrangements for a long time, other times, the arrangement falls right under my fingers: somehow the mechanics of the guitar, and the song to be arranged all align perfectly.
Such is the case here, I heard the song last week for the first time in many years and... boom! I'm taking the opportunity to dedicate this to the recently departed Martin Simmons, my friend and former band leader some 20+ years ago, his was the only band in which I ever played this song. RIP. As always, please "like", share, and above all, enjoy".
Welcome to my weekly solo guitar arrangement!
"For the Love of You" is a song recorded by The Isley Brothers, who released the song as the second single off their landmark 1975 album The Heat Is On.
By 1975, most of the songwriting within the Isley Brothers had changed. Prior to their arrivals in 1973, original members Ron, Kelly and Rudy had written a majority of their recordings after reviving their T-Neck Records label in 1969. After the release of 3 + 3, their 1973 release, most of the brothers' compositions were devised by multi-instrumentalists Ernie Isley and Chris Jasper with minimal composition help by bassist Marvin Isley. According to engineers Malcolm Cecil and Robert Margouleff, the way the brother band conducted business was workmanlike in comparison with the more laid back Stevie Wonder, with whom Cecil and Margouleff worked on several of Wonder's so-called "classic albums" during the 1970s period. Cecil described the band's eldest brother O'Kelly as a taskmaster and was always directing his younger brothers and Jasper. Younger brother and prominent lead vocalist Ron was described as shy while Ernie Isley was described as a genius. Recording of the song took place at Burbank's Kendun Recorders studio.
The song had been composed by Ernie Isley and Chris Jasper based off a poem written for Jasper's sister Elaine by her husband and Jasper's brother-in-law Rudy Isley. Jasper wrote the music while Ernie Isley composed the lyrics. Initially during the song's first take, Cecil and Margouleff had accidentally erased the vocals. Although upset by the initial failure of them erasing what he felt was a perfect take of the song, Ron Isley recorded his take again and by the song's finish had told the engineers that he was going home.