No kids, I'm not quoting the musical, I'm quoting the beloved 80's power ballads of Chicago.
You're the Inspiration is possibly one of the most recognized love-power ballads of the 80's and I love it!
It opens with a syncopated keyboard motive followed and then the motive is repeated with full band. The orchestrations dies down to the typical synth keyboard chords playing quarters with a 4+a every now and then. The lone voice conveys the honesty of the lyrics. how i love peter cetera. (except now he looks like a creepy old-grandpa) Once the chorus picks up there is some harmony that just makes me smile :) The the drums take the feeling up a bit in the chorus.
Verse 2 is prefaced with the same motive (piano, then tutti). The vocals, however, are stepped up with a cute little echo effect. Musically, not genius, but it's catchy....and i'm still listening! They take the chorus around to a few new keys, these tonicizations are solidified by the "ooohs, and aaaahs" in the background vocals. This lets me know that Pete's not going crazy...but he has a destination.
The repeat and fade on the last chorus is really quite effective :) I realize that this proves difficulty in a live performance but hey, it works for a recording!
Check out the "Chicago, Greatest Hits" album...it's a keeper!