Sam Recommends: “Inside My Love” by Minnie Riperton

Minnie Riperton (aka Maya Rudolph’s mom!) was an amazing singer/songwriter who was taken from this world much too soon.

You probably know her best from her incredibly popular 1975 single, “Lovin’ You,” which you may even remember being featured on a Burger King commercial for mini cinnamon rolls a few years back.

But that’s not the song I’m here to recommend to you all today. Nope. Instead, I’m bringing you “Inside My Love,” a soulful, seductive track about sex.

Scratch that. This isn’t just a song about sex; it’s a song about making love. A song about two strangers, who despite just meeting, are soon to know each other as intimately as two people can know each other — literally getting inside one another.

It’s as suggestive as it sounds, and I wouldn’t recommend listening to this song with your parents. In fact, just to avoid any confusion or awkwardness, I wouldn’t recommend listening to it with anyone you aren’t actively trying to seduce. Think I’m exaggerating? Check out the chorus:

You can see inside me.
Will you come inside me?
Do you want to ride inside my love?

While the lyrics are X-rated on their surface, and the song might sound raunchy in another artist’s hands, Minnie’s execution of this song is almost otherworldly in its beauty. If this song doesn’t make you want to light some candles, pour some champagne, and slip into something more comfortable…then you probably need to check the quality of your speakers.

(Song recommendation by Samantha Lamph/Len)