Luther Vandross, My Family, and the Awkward Power of Love Songs

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All I need to pick out Luther Vandross’s graceful, rotund tenor is a moment. I know its steady, controlled timbre, its rounding curves of Billy D-smoothness even when it dopplers past me from a Lexus RX doing 60 up Bedford Avenue. It’s about as familiar to me as the left and right turns I have [...]