Song Review: Jody Watley – “Everything”

“Everything” was the third single from Jody Watley’s second album, Larger Than Life. The single was released on August 22, 1989, and it peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

I was in the ninth grade when this single was released, and I was pleasantly surprised at how well Jody could sing a ballad. The previous two singles from Larger Than Life (“Real Love” and “Friends”) were dance numbers, as were all the singles from Jody’s first album. Even though I myself hadn’t been through any romantic relationships at that point in my life, I could still sense the sincerity that Jody put into her delivery of the song. Even though it’s been about 25 years since this song came out, I still think it’s just as good today as when it was released in 1989.

The music video basically shows Jody on the road, as well as footage of her performing “Everything” on stage. There’s also some performance footage cut in that obviously didn’t come from a performance of this song, since she’s seen dancing in them. It’s not bad for the type of music video it is, but I always wished that there could’ve been some kind of story-based video made for the song. I have to guess that at the time a video would’ve been made for “Everything” that Jody was out on tour and couldn’t fit time into her schedule to actually a shoot a music video. Even with all that said, I’m grateful that “Everything” even got a music video, since there were some singles that came out in the late 1980s and 1990s that never had music videos.

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