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Maxwell‘s BLACKsummers’night tour hits the Verizon Center tonight, and if you’re attending, you’re almost guaranteed to hear all of your favorite Maxwell hits: “Fortunate” and “Til We Become the Sun” from the old albums; “Bad Habits” and “Pretty Wings” from his comeback disc. In fact, you may even get an extended version of “Pretty Wings!” And don’t worry—if it looks like the show is over and you haven’t yet heard “Pretty Wings,” odds are that Maxwell is just faking you out, so don’t get all agitated, because he’s totally going to sing it. And in the highly unlikely event that Maxwell doesn’t sing “Pretty Wings,” you can hear it on the radio on the car ride home at least 15 times.
But, there is one song that you probably won’t hear tonight, as it rarely, if ever, gets play at a Maxwell show:
“Eachhoureachsecondeachminuteeachday: Of My Life” from 1998’s Embrya. Yes, the title is deeply obnoxious, but it’s one of Maxwell’s best tracks ever.
See, “Eachhoureachsecond…” incorporates elements of all of Maxwell’s finest songs: The knocking percussion of “Sumthin’ Sumthin,” the excellent high notes of “This Woman’s Work,” the funky bassline of “Get to Know Ya.”
So, with all of that going for it, why wasn’t this song a hit? Perhaps it’s just too much Maxwell goodness and overwhelms people? Or, maybe it needed a cool video featuring Terrence Howard and Morris Chestnut, to really sell it?
At any rate, if Maxwell asks for requests tonight, don’t strain your lungs screaming out “…Til the Cops Come Knockin'” or some other song that he’s already sure to sing. Shout “Eachhoureachsecondeachminuteeachday!” Or try to, at least.
Maxwell performs with at 7:30 p.m. at the Verizon Center, 601 F Street, NW. $68-$178. (202) 628-3200.