The contributions Les Paul made to music are well documented...and little known. I doubt most who are not in the industry realize what huge leaps were made based on his innovations.
I'm sorry that the only Les Paul album I can find in my collection is a greatest hits collection of his work with Mary Ford. Even on those somewhat cheesy songs, though, his nibble guitar work is evident. I was just listening to "World is Waiting" last week, you can't go wrong with "How High The Moon", and just try to keep up with his "Tiger Rag". I did find a couple of stragglers from compilation albums that I've included, as well. Enjoy
Top search terms this month:
"nuclear wings", "lift & separate bra", "moldable chocolate", and "Steve Nash wife"
Whatever gets ya' here, I guess..Welcome.
(Not good video or sound quality, yet he is still fantastic. He really does a GREAT live show)
How about a swinging oldie for tonight's moonlessness?
(My favorite version of this is Julie London's, but couldn't find hers - and I am too tired to make & upload one now)
And, of course, "Poetry Man":
Stolen from ExurbanKevin's Facebook page (cause I'm a geek & I'm waiting for Red Eye to start):
I wrote a script to come up with/print out the answers ('cause I'm a geek & I'm waiting for Red Eye to start) Thought about rerunning it to eliminate duplicated artists, but decided to just stick with the original parameters.
1. What do your friends think of you?
"Love Is Alive" (Wish You Were Here, Mark Wills)
2. If someone says, "Is this okay?" You say?
"Your Smiling Face" (Live, James Taylor) ["Whenever I see your smiling face I have to smile myself"]
3. How would you describe yourself?
"Flying" (Speak of the Devil, Chris Isaak)
4. What do you like in a guy/girl?
"When Boy Meets Girl" (Terri Clark, Terri Clark)
5. How do you feel today?
"Money Talk" (Last of the Independents, Pretenders) ["Never underestimate a woman like me"]
6. What is your life’s purpose?
"To Tell The Truth" (Bitter Sweet, Kim Richey)
7. What is your motto?
"She's Got The Rhythm, and I Got the Blues" (Greatest Hits Collection, Alan Jackson)
8. What do you think about very often?
"Girls Gotta Do What A Girls Gotta Do" (Ten Thousand Angels, Mindy McCready)
9. What is 2 + 2?
"Alone" (Bad Animals, Heart)
10. What do you think of your best friend?
"I'll Never Be Free" (Days Like This, Van Morrison) [this is actually a love song]
11. What do you think of the person you like?
"You're Gonna Get What's Coming" (The Glow, Bonnie Raitt) ["You came up on me like a landslide, once in a while I get taken like that and I like it"]
12. What is your life story?
"Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" (Miss Peggy Lee, Peggy Lee) ["A band of angels coming for me"]
13. What do you want to be when you grow up?
"Only The Wind" (Greatest Hits, Billy Dean)
14. What do you think of when you see the person you like?
"Jam Man" (The Essential, Chet Atkins)
15. What will (did) you dance to at your wedding?
"Songbird" (Eva By Heart, Eva Cassidy) ["Cause I feel that when I'm with you, it's alright. I know it's right" that would be sweet at a wedding. "And I love you, I love you, I love you, like never before"]
16. What will they play at your funeral?
"Learning to Fall" (Boys Like Girls, Boys Like Girls) [Starts out "This is the worst day of my life..." heh]
17. What is your hobby/interest?
"What Is This Thing Called Love" (Greatest Love Songs, Frank Sinatra)
18. What is your biggest fear?
"The Homecoming Anthem" (Street Dreams, Chet Atkins)
19. What is your biggest secret?
"What She Is, Is A Woman In Love" (The Essential, Earl Thomas Connelly) ["What she sees is only what she wants to. What she has, she thinks is enough. What she does, is just look at the good things. And what she is, is a woman in love" That one is actually a pretty good fit]
20. What do you think of your friends?
"An Empty Heart and A Harvest Moon" (Suzy Boguss, Suzy Boguss) [How does your garden grow?]
21. What will you post this as?
"Proud Mary" (CCR Box Set, Creedence Clearwater Revival)
1. Put Your iTunes (or your mp3 player) on "Shuffle."
2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.
3. You must write down the name of the song no matter how silly it sounds
4. Put any comments in brackets after the song name.
5. Tag 10 people. [Or don't]
In honor of our new President, who, the media is trying very hard to convince us, is "Hip", a little Mel Torme
(I agree with Tammy Bruce, though, he is much more early Urkel than the press would care to admit)
Right click --> save as. It'll be gone soon.
Playboy magazine lists their ultimate Christmas party playlist. I have some, have heard of most, but a few are completely new to me.
Back Door Santa - Clarence Carter
Blue Christmas - the Platters
Boogie Woogie Santa Clause - Mabel Scott
Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) - Darlene Love
Christmas Comes But Once a Year - Amos Milburn
Christmas in My Hometown - Charley Pride
Cool Yule - Louis Armstrong
Frosty the Snowman - The Ronettes
Gee Whiz - It's Christmas - Carla Thomas
Good Time Christmas - Lou Rawls
Hey, Santa Clause - The Moonglows
Holiday on Skis - Al Caiola & Riz Ortolani
Jingle Bells - The Ventures
Jingle Bell Boogie - Jody Levins
Jungle Bells - The Blue Hawaiians
Mambo Santa Mambo - The Enchanters
Mele Kalikimaka - Bing Crosby & the Andrews Sisters
Merry Christmas, Baby - Otis Redding
New Years Resolution Blues - Roy Milton
Please Come Home For Christmas - Charles Brown
Presents For Christmas - Solomon Burke
Run Rudolph Run - Chuck Berry
Santa Baby - Eartha Kitt
Santa Claus is Back in Town - Elvis Presley
Santa Claus is Coming To Town - The Crystals
Sleigh Ride/Santa Claus' Party - Les Baxter
Soulful Christmas - James Brown
Trim Your Tree - Jimmy Butler
What Christmas Means to Me - Stevie Wonder
White Christmas - The Drifters
BTW: Their disclaimer
Avoid the churchy (songs about Jesus), dreary ("Silver Bells" et al.), dumb (anything sung by animals) and remotely modern (sorry, 'N Sync)I'm a bit disappointed by that, though I guess they assume their readers are non-believers who believe in Santa but not Jesus.
Only Bonnie Hunt could get me groovin' to Beyonce
What I am listening to lately...
Lots of Marillion
Lavender (oldie but goodie)
Waiting To Happen (turns me to mush, "after all this time, cynical and jaded, all the stones are diamonds, all the blues are faded" Sigh)
Beautiful (loving it)
No One Can (one of my faves)
Cover My Eyes (sexy, "the meaning of life...")
Dry Land (hot)
Whatever is Wrong With You (haven't made up my mind about this one yet, but glad to see H is still very H-like)
Pick an album, any album - they are all worth buyin' (I don't have the last 2, but I imagine they are just as good as the rest)
Jerry Wexler died Friday at the age of 91.
The son of Polish immigrants and a music buff since his teens, Wexler, a New York City native, landed a job writing for Billboard magazine in the late 1940s after serving in World War II and studying journalism at Kansas State University. He coined the term "rhythm and blues" for the magazine's black music charts; previously, they were listed under "race records."
While working at Billboard, Wexler befriended Ertegun -- a life-altering friendship for both. Ertegun and a partner had started Atlantic, then a small R&B label in New York. In 1953, when Ertegun's partner left for a two-year military hitch, Wexler stepped in as the label's co-director.
I was looking through my old tapes for a video to upload and found this MoZella concert. I have already uploaded two songs from the show (she only did 5 or 6) and planned to get the rest up "later".
Something about this song called Messiah, that talks about being afraid to change and putting all our hopes into someone else just seemed appropriate....
One of the best versions ever:
Very cute, very accomplished, very young
Our local American Idol
Just for good measure, America the Beautiful
Two of my favorite art/pop voices, in one of the sparest videos of all time.
Earle H. Hagen, who co-wrote the jazz classic "Harlem Nocturne" and composed memorable themes for "The Andy Griffith Show," "I Spy," "The Mod Squad" and other TV shows, died Monday. He was 88.
Well, I have only watched American Idol the last couple of seasons - and have been consistently disappointed. I was happy to see Jordin win last year, because she is such a sweet kid (and there are some connections to her in my circle).
This year, Brooke was not the best singer, but she was my favorite. I also loved the idea that another super-sweet Arizona girl might take it all. Tonight she got the boot.
Since they had already kicked off the best singers, of the remaining contestants, I thought she had a chance. I saw a story online today that said Carly Simon loved Brooke's voice, so I can see them working together to make an album that would be right in Brooke's wheel house.
Of those left, I think Syesha has the most polished voice. She is also gorgeous - definite star quality. She will absolutely have a career, probably on Broadway. She is also the only female now.
Jason Castro gets through, I think, on his looks and his 'vibe'. I think a segment of the audience latched onto his Jack Johnson-ness early on . . . and never realized the voice wasn't keeping up.
David Archuleta was the favorite from the start, so I am not surprised he is still going. He seems to be performing less and less convincingly as the weeks go by, as if the longer he is there, the more insecure he gets. I see his career as being short and ending in a tragic E! True Hollywood Story
David Cook? Just. Don't. Get. It. He is unattractive. He is pudgy. Balding. His voice is mediocre. He has been smart enough to steal cool arrangements of the songs he performs - but Simon acts as if David C. came up with them on his own. If he has a career, it will be in a cover band doing rehashed versions of rehashed versions of hit songs. Would any of you actually buy his album?
No real talent left, and no Arizona girl in the running - unless they have a great mentor in the next weeks, there is just no reason to watch anymore.
Austin City Limits Music Festival just announced this years line up.
Sounds like the makings of a road trip
Today's WTF moment courtesy of David Bowie.....and Cher.
Bo Pepper - I Haven't Got You Anything (This Christmas)
C'mon people, especially those of you here in Arizona. Why have you not purchased Jordin Sparks' debut CD?
You know she's adorable and talented. Sure, this CD will be the standard American Idol produced disc, a bit too syrupy and such, but she needs this one to sell so she can record a second. A second CD in which she can have a bit more input, where she can really showcase her talent.
You can get it for like $10 at WalMart, K-Mart, Target.....is that too much to ask?
So great to see her live, and so great that she allowed me to video the performance. Here is the first song I got processed. I hope to have a review of the whole show up ... eventually
I love the edge in her voice, and her lyrics - and she was so very sweet. I hope she manages to stay that way.
I'll get the rest of the video up soon.
UPDATE: Added another song - Amnesia
While looking for the links to my previous post about her, I realized I haven't updated the RadioBlog since 7/28 - wow, I am slacking
Amazon has some sort of database put together to serve up recommendations based on your prior purchases. Seems good in theory, but they have rarely been right.
Take today, for instance. I purchased a few Over The Rhine CDs from them and, based ostensibly on the album Drunkard's Prayer specifically, they recommended The Conscious Revolution Has Begun by Cipes & the People.
Over The Rhine: singer-songwriter, jazzy, warm vocals, pleasant melodies....
Cipes & the People: Rap, hip-hop....
Soooo not getting the connection there.
What happens when an obsessive compulsive finds the perfect tool? Peace...well, peace after furious amounts of activity.
You may already be aware I am a bit OCD about my music. Let's face it, not a lot of people organize their CDs alphabetically, then chronologically, within genre sets. I have the same issues now that the music is on my computer.
I have been fighting the good fight with Windows Media Player, but it is a big, clunky, buggy program. The problems become even more apparent the larger my collection becomes. It won't play my full collection on shuffle, it glitches and pauses between tracks, it often just locks up completely. Not to mention what a resource hog it is, limiting my other computer activities while it is running.
Much smaller than WMP, much less resource intensive, much more user friendly and feature packed. Oh, and it's free - though I will probably send them the $20 for the Gold Edition, just to support the good work.
Media Monkey found all my music tracks quickly, without bogging down my computer. It didn't even get bogged down in itself - while it was scanning my computer, I was investigating it's many features.
Where does the OCD come in? Well, when you rip your CDs, you are at the mercy of the online database your chosen interface uses. Those databases are populated, almost exclusively, with user submitted info. And people are fickle, so you end up with a bunch of music with tags in many different formats. The Monkey has several tools to correct those issues.
Issue one: CAPITALIZATION
I had many CDs that had the track or artist names stored in ALL CAPS, so annoying. Media Monkey has a script that checks, and corrects, capitalization.
Issue two: Incomplete data.
Media Monkey allows you to "Auto Tag from Amazon", connecting to the Amazon database to get track, artist, year, album art.... Very quick, very handy. For files you may have downloaded and/or that don't come up on the Amazon search, it will "Auto tag from the filename" taking your naming convention to fill in any tags that may have been missed.
Also on the incomplete data, Media Monkey has several auto-playlists to help track it down; "unknown title", "unknown artist", "unknown genre"... Handy to put all the files with missing pieces into one place where I can get completely obsessive with re-tagging them.
The Monkey also has better export ability, so listing my entire collection in a separate database took about as much effort as sending an email. I haven't tried to synchronize with my MP3 player, yet, but since WMP didn't work with my Nomad, I will be no worse off if it doesn't work, and pleasantly surprised if it does.
I have had no problem with the player, it has been shuffling easily through all of my files. No glitching, no hang ups.
Regina Spektor - Better
She is coming to the Orpheum Theater in November, but I haven't decided whether to go or not. I do have her CD, and I like it.....
I'll have to see when it gets closer.
People, people, people - if you are missing out on these great shows, it is because you aren't listening to me.
I know I told you about Over The Rhine a little late in the day, but the show has been on my calendar (over there ----> on the side bar) for at least a month. What a phenomenal performance. Fun group, fun venue, fun crowd.
I was worried about not getting a ticket, so I showed up just after 6:00. There was one person in line ahead of me, the very nice attorney I met at the David Wilcox show in August. I had mentioned Over The Rhine to him, and he looked them up. I love introducing people to new music, and it was nice to see a friendly face.
The evening started with a performance by Griffin House, not that I had any idea who he was. Turned out to be a guy and a guitar, one of my favorite set-ups. Unfortunately, he had some sound issues - a little hot on the guitar volume and some buzzing when he was intentionally loud. He did a couple of protest songs which weren't quite clever or subtle enough to work for me, but they were melodic and well delivered. I enjoyed his set quite a bit, enough to pick up two of his CDs (well, it was one for $15, 2 for $20)
He did this song, The Man That Says Goodbye To You Is Out Of His Mind. It is funny, though the humor was more evident live - you'll just have to imagine the winking delivery and audience laughter in all the right places.
Over the Rhine was everything I expected them to be . . . and more. Really great live performers. I have seen so many concerts in my day, and one of my biggest pet peeves is musicians who just seem to be going through the motions (or who you wish were lipsynching because they sound so bad live). OtR seemed to be having a blast and I got the feeling they wanted us to be having fun, as well. There were some issues with the mix early on (too much of the instruments, not enough vocals) but they got that worked out.
Karin Bergquist delivers her exquisite vocals in a casual, intimate way. You can almost imagine her singing you torch songs in her living room, something I am sure she does for husband, and original OtR bandmate Linford Detweiler (who was fantastic on keyboards, guitar, bass...). Filling out the band on this tour were Jake Bradley, master of the upright bass, and Mickey Grimm, amazing on the drums.
If this group is coming through your town, do yourself a favor and see the show. You won't regret it.
BTW: I got a few more of their CDs; two that I bought, and two that were gifted to me. I think I now have seven of their albums. How cool am I? OtR also releases all their albums on vinyl. Does anyone still have a turntable?
One of my newest musical obsessions, Over The Rhine, is (are?) at the Rhythm Room tonight. Doors open at 7 pm.
It should be a great show, just don't get in line before me - I don't have my ticket yet and I would hate to miss out if they sell out....
Well, Summer is, unfortunately, over - officially. Sigh...
On the positive side, it will soon be time for Christmas music and one of my faves is releasing a new collection.
Woo hoo, gotta have that one .
Playing with my new video camera at the Goodbye Tomorrow show at Starbucks the other night.
You know, when I tell you about these shows you should attend, you really ought to listen. If you missed the show you missed out.
Not only a great concert, but a great time. I had never been to The Last Exit so wasn't sure what to expect of the venue. Last night it seemed the perfect place for a rock concert. Smallish enough to be cozy, big enough not to be cramped, friendly staff, great bar (where Sparks were only a penny till 11 - those things are...odd), graffitti covered bathrooms...
The show started a bit late, but it was worth the wait. Opening up were The Persuaders, really great sound. After their set I asked the bass player if they had a CD for sale and he told me it was only their second gig. Was he just messing with me? They sounded too good to just be getting together. Maybe he was serious because my brief search of the net (including MySpace) turned up nothing.
After a short break to change up the stage, Scotty got it going. It is rare to find musicians who sound even better live than on their highly produced CDs, but that was definitely the case here. Perhaps the vibe of the room and the feedback of the crowd added to his performance. Whatever it was, it worked.
Robin Wilson joined him on stage to sing Stop, a song that you knew was intended for the Gin Blossoms from the opening chords, very distinct sound. Once Robin started singing, there was no doubt. I am glad Scotty put it on his album, it deserved a showcase.
Scotty finished his set, which was filled with his amazing guitar work, joined by
Meredith Meridith Moore. What a set of pipes that girl has! I tried tracking her down online, as well, and had no luck. I do know she plays every Wednesday at The Big Fish Pub but, since I doubt I would be allowed in * , I probably won't get to see her there. UPDATE: Meridith Moore
After Scotty was CHIME, a band out of LA. Also a really great sound, good enough that my buddy bought their 3 song EP.
All in all, a rockin' good time. You shoulda been there.
CHIME, along with Scotty Johnson, Robin Wilson and several other bands, will be back out at The Last Exit tonight for Lanceapalooza. Doors open at 7:00, there will be two stages of music, and the proceeds are going to Maricopa County Animal Care & Control.
One more point about the venue that I definitely appreciated. The sound. It was loud enough that you knew you were at a rock show, but not so loud you worried about your ear drums bursting. I hate when bands are so loud you can't actually "hear" and appreciate their music. I think, generally, bands crank it up so loud because they aren't that good and don't want anyone to catch on. I hate when your ears are ringing for the next three days. Good job to The Last Exit for finding the sweet spot.
Well, you could join me in Tempe at The Last Exit for a CD release party.
Scotty Johnson, you may know him from The Gin Blossoms or Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers, has released his first solo CD. Though it has been available for a while, he has been touring with The Gins and hadn't had a proper release. That is changing tonight.
It should be a fun show, and a good chance to de-stress from a trying week.
Proving once again that I am unbelievably spoiled (and, for my siblings that may be reading this, clearly Mom's favorite ), I just got a gift from my mother and step-father - two tickets to the Phoenix Symphony Pops concert featuring Bernadette Peters at the end of October.
The first show I ever saw on Broadway was Song & Dance, featuring Bernadette Peters - I was completely dazzled and absolutely certain she would win the Tony that year. I was right. Most of you will only know her from the crappy films she has made, though she has made some good ones, as well. Her real talent shines on the stage and I am so excited to see her perform live again.
* reference to the first flick I remember seeing her in, Silent Movie. She played Vilma, a cabaret performer whose big number featured her "singing" "bah-buh-LOO!" (though I have no clue how to spell it)
Speaking of finding new artists via Pandora...
Here is a taste of Schuyler's stuff, I have been playing several of these songs over and over..... (wish she would release a CD)
I am now on MySpace.
OK, I was sucked in by Pandora. Sucked in by the way hearing all those new artists necessitates me hunting down their websites...most of which end up being on MySpace. I had hoped to find all I wanted on Virb, but not enough performers are signed up over there.
You know I have resisted putting myself on there (here, here, here)...but, as Michael pointed out, it does seem to be the way to go to keep track of bands. I've been hoarding them elsewhere, but I guess it is time for Vox to get a page. So, here I am - on MySpace trying to friend the bands I find on Pandora. It's like musical crack.
If any of you are signed up over there, throw me a friend request.
What a great show, he never disappoints. The Rhythm Room isn't a great venue for a lot of acts, but for his one-man-with-a-guitar show, it is perfect. Despite the non-functioning AC, the show was very cool.
I met a very nice gentleman, an attorney who has worked in many facets of the law through several decades. A message from the universe, perhaps, as we had a lovely conversation about his work, the joys/challenges he finds everyday, and the path to get there (If there are any Wildcats reading this, he got his JD from U of A).
Many of the song selections, too, seemed to speak directly to me - not hard, David Wilcox songs are just that way - but tonight they hit just the right nerve; Start With The Ending, Inside of My Head, Ask For More....
He had a great turn-out and a very appreciative audience. He was a very appreciative performer, as well, and seemed to be enjoying his job on stage as much as we were enjoying our job in the seats.
I had a bit of an unrelated disappointment after the show, though I expected that it would turn out that way. Life doesn't always go the way we would like it to, I guess.
I will see if I can put together a David Wilcox playlist in the next few days, I know you will enjoy it. (Yes, I know I have posted his stuff before, but it has been a while)
Upcoming at the Rhythm Room: Over The Rhine Sept 25th
So, geek question here.
I have been using Windows Media forever (OK, but for years) and ran in to a new problem recently. I have been reripping all my CDs, slow and tedious but going along - until WM just stopped working.
When I put in a CD, it no longer displays the information (artist, album...) When I right click on it and say "Find CD info" it locates the right CD info, I click finish....and it doesn't display it. Nothing.
So, I used Music Match for a few CD's and it worked fine, though MUCH slower. Then I tried to get Windows Media to add the new files to my library. It goes through the whole process but doesn't add any of them.
I have rebooted, tried to update....no luck.
UPDATE: I tried to uninstall WMP, which doesn't actually work - but it did roll back to WMP 10. Problem solved, and the CDs are ripping a good 40% faster than they were in version 11 - even when it was working. Yay! 100 or so more to go :-)
Still need to get this written up Last, but certainly not least, Lori's CD in the exchange - Bad Girls . . . easily my favorite (how could it not be?) Great idea for a song collection, and a great CD cover featuring pulp fiction cover art. I should have known she would come up with something that would put a smile on my face.
UPDATE: Lori's write up
Next to arrive in my mailbox was The Easy Flow From the 80's all the way from Heather in Ohio. The 80's seems to be a popular theme for CD exchanges, I got two last time around and one this time - of course, since I love 80's music, that is just fine with me.
My Moon My Man
1* 2 * 3 * 4
The next CD I received for the exchange was from Debi ~ A Little Something Somethin' I still need to write up my review, but I wanted to get the songs up here.
UPDATE: Lori's review
The next CD to go out was mine, titled is "You Are Here"
I am going to preface this by saying that my list for this theme was originally about 6 CDs worth, really hard for me to cut it down. You all are lucky you didn't get the boxed set ;-)
I ended up limiting the choices to (mostly) cities or states in the US, and I tried to arrange them in road trip fashion. Somehow, I left the west coast off entirely. Heck, I left Arizona off. Three New York songs, though Oh well, hindsight.
UPDATE: See Lori's review.
[I haven't finished this list yet, still working on it but wanted to get it posted]
The first CD I received in the exchange came from Bill & Hiedi in California - which may have led to the theme choice of "Oceans". I first have to say that on first listen, this playlist took me back to my teen years (ok, not all the songs could take me back, being much more recent, but many did). I had someone, who was trying to convince me that he was cool and all sailor-y and stuff, give me a mix tape* that he said was "what I am all about" - many of these songs were on it.
I knew what he was "all about", thank you very much, and I didn't need a mix tape to clue me in. So, sense memory being what it is, I had a good chuckle listening to this particular "mix tape".
This is the Ocean: The Waterboys - this one took a couple of listens, but it is growing on me.
Beyond the Sea: Bobby Darin - "So hip he never even ate a square meal" Always one of my faves.
A Pirate Looks At Forty: Jimmy Buffett - the one I remember most from that old mix tape, really captures the Parrothead feeling.
The Wild Wild Sea: Sting - I am generally a Sting fan, not sure about this one yet....
Walk on the Ocean: Toad the Wet Sprocket - this is one of those songs that I can't tell you why I like it, but I like it. Great hook? Infectious melody? Whatever it is, it works.
Sailing: Christopher Cross - A classic, couldn't have done this theme without this song. This song takes you there...and makes me think of Dudley Moore (you'll get it. I'll wait. )
Southern Cross: Crosby, Stills & Nash - Another classic song, by a classic group. They were kickin' in their day. I never cared for them separately, but they sure worked well as a group.
Octopus' Garden: The Beatles - Who doesn't love the Beatles? (OK, D, I know you don't - but who else?) Interesting choice going with this cut rather than the more familiar Yellow Submarine. Bravo.
Surfin' USA: The Beach Boys - Beach Boys. Surfin' USA. 'nuff said.
How Deep is the Ocean: Frank Sinatra - Hello....FRANK SINATRA! He could sing the phone book, I would love it.
Ease Your Feet In the Sea: Belle and Sebastian - I had heard of Belle & Sebastian, but I think this is the first time I heard them. Nice vibe.
Oceans: Pearl Jam - Not much of a Pearl Jam fan....
Unknown: Unknown - Don't know what this is, but it's pretty.
Edge of the Ocean: Ivy - I discovered Ivy just recently and have not gotten to hear much of their stuff yet. I was very happy to see this cut on the list.
Come Sail Away (Live) : Styx - I've seen a lot of great concerts in my day, but I don't think I ever caught Styx. Sounds like it would have been a great show.
Wipe Out: The Sufaris - Oh, please. The quintessential ocean clip, had to be here. :-)
Beach Baby: The First Class - the perfect song to finish up this collection
UPDATE: See Lori's review.
* yes, I said "mix tape". There was a time in ancient history when, if you wanted to give someone a customized playlist, you had to put the songs, individually, onto a casette tape. I was long, arduous work - so they knew you meant it.....till they found out you had made one master tape and just copied it over and over for every girl you wanted to 'get to know'.
OK, I am falling behind here. I received the Woods' contribution, Oceans, last week and haven't had time to listen to it, yet. I ripped it to my MP3 player - and that's as far as I've gotten so far.
I started working on another project with my music that led me to two realizations; I should have had my collection much more organized long ago, I have seriously eclectic taste in tunes.
I got my contribution to the exchange finished up and shipped out on Thursday, hopefully most of you have received it already. I heard from Debi that hers will be out this week, and her friend Heather is sending hers out on Tuesday. Thomas previously said his would be a bit down the road due to previous commitments, and Lori is still refining hers.
I promise I will blog about them ASAP - and, of course, post them to the Radio.Blog. I'm kinda tired of the Plain White T's......
Oprah's new fave singer is Robin Thicke. She had him on not too long ago, she has him on today. The audience seems to think he is very sexy.
He sings kinda like an asthmatic teenage girl, as far as I can tell, and looks a bit like he should be in the chess club (not that that is bad, but throw in his resemblance to his father and you can see the problem).
Am I missing something?
It looks like we have 6 participants for the CD Exchange.
I will keep this open till the end of the month, just in case.
The twist I had planned on throwing in won't work, so feel free to pick your theme at will.
Anyone else interested?
Well, so far there are only two (three?) takers on the CD Exchange.
I will play no matter how many sign on, but I want to see if it is possible to get more interest.
Yahoo! covers the top three Idol finalists returning to their hometown...sort of. Jordin gets one sentence at the end.
Michael posted another of those random music lists, and I love to play along. They usually crack me up.
BTW: If you aren't completely turned off by the variety of music I obviously have in my library, consider joining in our CD exchange.
1. Put your music player on shuffle.
2. Press forward for each question.
3. Use the song title as the answer to the question even if it doesn’t make sense. NO CHEATING
How do you feel today?
Jumpin' with Symphony Sid - Van Morrison & ?
What’s your outlook on life?
No Far Away - David Wilcox
What does your family think of you?
Sweet & Lovely - Bing Crosby
What do your friends think of you?
La Boutique Fantasque - Royal Albert Hall Orchestra
What do strangers think of you?
Moon River - Johnny Mercer
What do your exes think of you?
All Blues - Pete Pancrazi
How’s your love life?
Resuscitation - Thomas Newman (from "The War")
How will your love life be in the future?
Strange Phenomena - Kate Bush
Will you get married?
Christmas in New Orleans - Louis Armstrong
Are you good at school?
Sherry's Blues - Sherry Roberson
Will you be successful?
A Collection - Marillion
What song should they play on your birthday?
Atchan Ya Sayaya - from "All The Best of Belly Dancing" no performer listed
What song should they play at your graduation?
When You Love Someone - Bryan Adams (from "Hope Floats")
The Soundtrack of your life?
Someone Special - Richard Marx
You and your best friends are?
Woman Is The Root of All Evil - Dr John
All About Our Love - Sade
Crush - Lila McCann
On The Sunny Side of the Street - Willie Nelson
Concerto For Bassoon - Vivaldi (no performer listed)
Me, Myself & I - Billie Holiday
What does next year have in store for me?
Sk8er Boi - Avril Lavigne (so embarrassed I have this song)
What do I say when life gets too hard?
Appalachian Rain - Matraca Berg (what a sad song)
What song will I dance to at my wedding?
A Kiss Is Worth A Thousand Words - BlackHawk
What do you want as your career?
Here Comes Love - Barbara Manning (got this CD at the dollar store - it pretty much sucks)
Your favorite saying?
Thrill Is Gone - B.B. King
How will I die?
I'm Alive - Jackson Browne
OK, some of these were too funny. Some of them I think were even right. ;-)
Lori did a CD Exchange last year that was lots of fun - and I got some really cool new music.
I think I am going to steal her idea. Anyone want to play along?
Here are the rules:
Bittersweet video for "Nobody Knows Me At All" by The Weepies
One of the main things I dislike about Christian music, or should I say contemporary Christian music, is that most of it sucks. Bad. It is whiny and pedantic. There is no joy, very little melody, no hook - nothing that makes you want to know what those Christians have that is worth knowing. Most of it really turns me off.
Mindy Smith is my latest musical obsession, and when she sings about faith, she makes you want to believe. When she sings about love, she breaks your heart.
Here are a couple of her videos:
And the song that got me to buy her CD in the first place, this cover of "Jolene", complete with Dolly Parton.
Today on the Oprah Show, she had:
Could those choices have been any more perfect for me?
I was just in an Eva Cassidy mood tonight - what a talent, what a loss.
What A Wonderful World
Over The Rainbow
Cheek To Cheek
I posted one of Sonya Jason's newsletters before, and I just had to do it again. Fun and clever, even her unsubscribe instructions are original.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Whoa, whoa...wait a minute! That will never do. After all, I live in the San Francisco Bay Area in the State of California, where it is my social responsibility to show respect and consideration for all human beings, i.e. to live by the highest standard of political correctness in this country.
Besides, at this time of year people all over the world can be heard singing songs like, "Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me." I do believe that even a small act of goodwill makes a difference, so please allow me to begin again:
Best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral, winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most joyous traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice but with respect for the religious persuasion of others who choose to practice their own religions as well as those who choose not to practice a religion at all;
Wishing you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the generally accepted calendar year 2007, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures and religions whose contributions have helped make our society great, without regard to the race, creed, color, religious or sexual preferences of those receiving these wishes.
(Disclaimer: This greeting is subject to clarification or withdrawal. It implies no promise by the wisher to actually implement any of the wishes for herself or others and no responsibility for any unintended emotional stress these greetings may bring to those not caught up in the holiday spirit.)
Whew! Now that you've been greeted properly, I invite you to click this link to sing-along with my own version of a high-spirited song of the season: Let It Snow
Feeling festive now? Fantastic! Mark your calendar with these exciting upcoming performances and come celebrate with me!
Tuesday, December 5
saxophonist Sonya Jason's "Groove"
with drummer Rob Rhodes and
B-3 organist Wayne De La Cruz
Half Moon Bay Brewing Company
390 Capistrano Road
Princeton By The Sea, CA
6 - 9 pm, no cover
Thursday, December 21
saxophonist Sonya Jason's "Style"
with guitarist Jeff Buenz
and bassist Perry Thoorsell
Half Moon Bay Brewing Company
390 Capistrano Road
Princeton By The Sea, CA
6 - 9 pm, no cover
Sunday, December 31
NEW YEAR'S EVE CELEBRATION!
saxophonist Sonya Jason's "Smooth"
with bassist Nelson Braxton,
keyboardist Peter Horvath,
and drummer Tommy Bradford
Grand Hyatt, Union Square
345 Stockton Street
San Francisco, CA
9 pm - 1 am
Details at www.jlachic.com
tickets & info. (866) 907-3777
More schedule information
PO Box 370633
Montara, CA 94037
P.S. As a little girl climbed onto Santa's lap, Santa asked the usual: "And what would you like for Christmas?" The child stared at him open mouthed and horrified for a minute, then gasped, "Didn't you get my e-mail?"
Sadly, Santa mistook the girl's note for spam and deleted it. If you feel as overwhelmed as Santa and would rather not read my emails, just let me know by replying, "Cross me off your Christmas list!"
Perez points out the Soundscan album sales chart for the past year (Nov '05 - Nov '06) is just chock full of Country goodness.
Carrie Underwood pulls off quite a coup with the number one spot by nearly 500,000 units. Yeehaw!
Rascal Flatts has two albums in the top 20. Wow.
One of my goals in life was to see Anita O'Day sing live one day. Now it is too late.
I'll try to add more tunes as the season progresses. BTW, they should be in a random order so I can't send you to anything specific - just enjoy what you can find ;-)
Snagged this from Sofa King
IF YOUR LIFE WAS A MOVIE, WHAT WOULD THE SOUNDTRACK BE?
So, here’s how it works:
1. Open your library (iTunes, Winamp, Media Player, iPod, etc)
2. Put it on shuffle
3. Press play
4. For every question, type the song that’s playing
5. When you go to a new question, press the next button
6. Don’t lie and try to pretend your cool…
Yep, you can listen to this soundtrack via a Radio.Blog
Open Credits: Blues - Eddie Duran
Waking Up: Out Of This World - Donald Byrd
First Day Of School: Shoo Shoo Baby - Frank Sinatra
Falling In Love: Frank's Theme - Holly Cole
Fight Song: Wrygly - Young Sounds Of Arizona
Breaking Up: Silent World - Donna Lewis
Prom: These Dreams - Heart
Life's Ok: I'll Be Loving You - Gabriela Anders
Mental Breakdown: No Judges - Kim Richey
Driving: Misty - Dinah Washington
Flashback: Tea House Moon - Enya
Getting Back Together: He's My Guy - Nancy Wilson
Wedding: Love Walked In - George Benson
Final Battle: Fear No Evil - Ann Peebles
Funeral Song: It's All In The Game/Make It Real One More Time - Van Morrison
End Credits : Egyptian March - Philharmonica Slavonica
I have been digging on the Sick Puppies music since I heard it on the Free Hugs video. They have a few other songs playing on their website - and a dowloads section. Unfortunately, I find nothing available on the downloads page. Is it just me? Is it IE?
For a new song, there are a lot of covers of Crazy coming out. The latest one I've heard.
Charlotte Church & Nelly Furtado
SG Jr just IM'd me a link to the video for Gnarls Barkley's Crazy.
Great tune, very catching. The video is really clever, too.
Added that CD to my wish list! Got it :-)
How am I going to get that tune out of my head, though?
Did I mention that it is very catchy?
Sonya Jason is a Sax player who spent her formative years here in Phoenix, though she currently resides in Northern California. I still get her email updates, which are generally fun. I especially like this one for the way it ties the theme of the email, and the quote from the scientist, to the unsubscribe instructions at the end. I included the whole email 'cause, what the heck, why not give her 2 or 3 extra readers.
Hello Music Lover!
Studies indicate that 10,000 hours of practice are required to reach the level where one could be called a "world-class expert" in any area of endeavor.
"In study after study of composers, basketball players, fiction writers, ice skaters, concert pianists, chess players, master criminals, and what have you, this number comes up again and again. Ten thousand hours is equivalent to roughly 3 hours a day, or 20 hours a week, of practice over 10 years. No one has yet found a case in which true world-class expertise was s accomplished in less time. It seems to take the brain this long to assimilate all that it needs to know to achieve true mastery."
-- Neuroscientist Daniel J. Levitin from his new book,
This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession
How many of us can actually say that we have spent 10,000 hours working toward achieving mastery of something for which we feel truly passionate? You may be surprised to realize that many of the musicians who so casually provide the musical backdrop of your life have shown just such dedication.
In this complicated music business, world-class musicianship and world-renown notoriety do not necessarily go hand in hand. Members of the bands jamming at your local brew pub, performing your wedding ceremony, or recording the television jingles you can't stop humming may well be musical masters in your midst.
But you don't have to take my word for it. Come listen for your self with renewed appreciation to some upcoming live performances. Before you go, Click this link to check out a few concert reviews by music critics attending my shows, and then see if you agree!http://sonyajason.com /mediaconcertreviews.htm
San Francisco is a "frantastic" city for enjoying live jazz! Don't miss my sizzling contemporary jazz quartet appearing for the first time at the very hip Shanghai 1930 restaurant and jazz club!
Saturday, August 5
saxophonist Sonya Jason's "Smooth "
with keyboardist John Seppala,
bassist Curtis Ohlson and
drummer Billy Johnson
133 Steuart Street
San Francisco, CA
8pm - midnight, no cover
View my complete PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE anytime by clicking this link:
Feel free to forward this e-mail to your friends who love SAX.
I THANK YOU for your appreciation of good music and the artists who make it!
P.S. Are you in shock having just realized that your area of "world-class expertise" is in Reading Email? Are you certain that you have spent over 10,000 hours sitting at your computer wading through lengthy emails such as this one? If you wish to be Removed from this list to dedicate more time to honing a different skill, simply click Reply, type "Should I live another 10,000 hours..." in the Subject line and write a 500 word essay elaborating on your newfound commitment toward mastering something worthwhile. Then click Send.
Anyway, because I mentioned it so often (ah, the power of repetition), when the Symphony offered tickets to their members my step-dad knew to grab a couple for me. Score!
With very little advance planning, I had to hit Michelle with a last minute invite (after I reminded her who I was ). I was very surprised and pleased that she accepted.
UPDATE: review in the extended entry
OK - gotta go win (or lose) some money at poker. More on the concert later....
First the Phoenix Bach Choir - they are very good at what they do. Unfortunately, what they do is out of sync with what she does, so it was a bad fit. Their set consisted of Shakespeare Songs and Aaron Copland. In a nod to Ms Hart's resume they did two showtunes: Getting To Know You from The King and I (one of my least favorite Broadway tunes) and Not While I'm Around from Sweeney Todd (one of my favorite Broadway tunes) But showtunes done by a choir are a whole different animal.
Since we had arrived a bit late, Michelle and I had taken seats at the end of a row so as not to disturb the other patrons. At intermission we moved to our assigned seats (my step-dad did good, great seats!)
And then the entrance of our 95 year old star, such a presence! Definitely a lady, you can tell she is someone who is someone.
Her performance consists mostly of remembrances from her stage career, and wonderful anecdotes of some of the biggest names in American theater; Gershwin, Loewe, Kern, Porter, Berlin... This is a person who has lived. Interspersed thoughout are songs from her friends and from her shows.
Beautiful lady, beautiful songs, beautiful stories. Her voice has changed through the years, and is richer in many ways. Her body is slight (even more so than in her youth) yet her strength is undeniable.
If you have the chance to see her in your city, do.
Mexican food and jazz, isn't that the combination you always think of? Well, the Jazz Saturday's at Los Compadres might convince you. Next Saturday is their Thanksgiving edition - the food is hot and tasty, the atmosphere is warm, and the music is cool.
Los Compadres Restaurant
2350 W Northern Ave.
Those of you who have been fooled into thinking Esteban has any talent, ought to check out this concert to see what a real classical guitar player is capable of. He actually plays the complete songs, even the difficult passages, not just the easier more recognizable parts. You will be amazed. I have often said you could go to Glendale Community College and find that 4 out of 5 of their classical guitar students could outplay him (at most junior colleges, I would say 3 out of 5). Well, GCC is presenting someone who can definitely outplay him, but he isn't a student.
Scott Tennant is one of the world's most recognized American guitarists. He is the author of the best-selling book and video on guitar technique, Pumping Nylon, and he is a founding member of the L.A. Guitar Quartet, which is now well into its second decade as a groundbreaking ensemble. His performances both as a soloist and with the LAGQ have taken him all over the world several times over, and became a Grammy Winner in 2005 with LAGQ's "Guitar Heroes" disc for "Best Classical Crossover" CD. He is in the process of recording the complete solo guitar works of Joaquin Rodrigo for the Belgian label GHA, which will include Rodrigo's guitar concertos with Leo Brouwer conducting.
He devotes his time while at home to teaching, and is on the faculty of the USC Thornton School of Music. He is a frequent contributor to magazines such as Gendai Guitar and Acoustic Guitar. He can be heard with the LAGQ in their recordings for Delos, GHA, Sony Classical and Telarc, and as a soloist on the GHA and Delos labels.
Masterclass to be held on Monday, November 14, 2005 at 7:30pm in Room MU-151
"Tennant fulfills every criterion: taste, touch, interpretation, programming, insight and enjoyability!"
American Record Guide
Hip Hop artist Nick Cannon goes out on a limb with this song, apparently written about his mother's decision not to abort him when she was 17 because she heard a voice asking "Can I Live?" Bet she's glad she listened.
The song seems to be a hit, and he hasn't been attacked for the message...curious.
the bad news is my Marc Cohn CD not only didn't make it to my MP3 library, I can't find it in my house. Who did I loan it to? Can I please have it back.....?
Some others have his music posted
BTW: The last poll I had up was Sinatra vs. Presley. I got just over 70 votes, with just over 80% going for Frank.
I would have liked to have a larger sample, but it still means I win
Oh, yeah - now this is a version of Lady Marmalade that gets you going.
What is a Hollaback Girl, and why doesn't Gwen Stefani want to be one?
We had a little monkey business with the Frank/Elvis poll so I changed it to a different system. I transfered the votes that could have been legit, not sure about all of them, but discarded votes that were obviously not.
There was a discussion last night about vocal talent, which lead to a "Who had a better voice" disagreement. The final decision was that, in a poll of the general populace, SG thinks his guy would win. I disagree. Here is your chance to let us know how you feel. I realize that due to their different styles, comparing Elvis to Sinatra is comparing apples to oranges (or maybe Scotch & soda to beer & quaaludes) but here it is anyway.
IMPORTANT -- FUNDRAISER AND WONDERFUL MUSIC.
May 20th Fundraiser for Liver Transplant to feature trumpeter WAYNE BERGERON
A great concert is scheduled May 20 for a great cause.The three-star program will feature the Arizona All-Star Big Band, Young Sounds of Arizona and special guest WAYNE BERGERON, acclaimed jazz trumpeter from Los Angeles.
The concert at 7 p.m. May 20 at Central High School, 4525 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, 602-271-2300, will be a wonderful jazz experience, and a way to help raise funds to expedite a liver transplant for 26-year-old Dennis Doyle.
Doyle will graduate summa cum laude from Arizona State University West the week before the concert. His younger brother, Danny, is a member of Young Sounds and the Mesa Community College Big Band. Both he and sister Tracy are donor matches to give part of their livers to help Dennis return to health.
Tickets are $25 at the door or reserved by calling 623-570-9786.
"Every musician performing is donating time and talent for the concert, so ALL door proceeds will go into the fund started in Dennis' name," said Barb Catlin, one of the organizers. "We hope to raise $10,000 from the concert, to help with the $70,000 it will cost for the transplant."
Dennis Doyle has been diagnosed with a rare liver disease called primary sclerosing cholangitis (PCS), the disease that took the life of Chicago Bears team member Walter Payton in 1999. The only cure is a liver transplant, and both Doyle siblings are matches. Transplant costs will reach $70,000, and this concert is a start.
An account has been opened with the National Transplant Assistance Fund, 3475 West Chester Pike, Suite 230, Newtown Square, PA 19073, 800-642-8399, where donations in his name may be mailed, checks with notation "In honor of Dennis Doyle."
Guest artist Wayne Bergeron is one of the most active West Coast musicians, including studio and theater work, performing with major orchestras, clinics and jazz gigs. I have heard him many times in various special jazz events in L.A., including last October's Maynard Ferguson celebration and, in every performance, he satisfied the international audience of veteran jazz fans. I vividly remember his exciting rendition of the theme from Rocky, "Gonna Fly Now," one that rivaled even MF's original hit recording.
Bergeron is a thrilling high-note trumpeter whose style will astound listeners with its searing clarity and exhilarating eloquence. He has performed with the bands of Quincy Jones, Jack Sheldon, Bill Watrous and Gordon Goodwin, and has recorded with Diana Krall, Rosemary Clooney, Tito Puente, Chicago and Celine Dion. Bergeron has worked on more than 250 film soundtracks, including "Sweet Home Alabama," "Catch Me If You Can," "American Pie 2," "Meet Joe Black" and "Ace Ventura." His TV credits include "American Idol," "Emmy Awards," "Latin Grammys" and "Jeopardy."
Bergeron is on the staff of California State University Northridge and also teaches privately. The Arizona All-Star Big Band is a showcase of the best jazz pros in the Valley, an ensemble that was organized to support the Doyle family.
Trumpets are Fred Forney, Dennis Monce, Rob Hunter, Dave Coolidge and Scott Yandell; trombones Bill Foy, Gina Wagner and Jeff Martin; saxes Bryon Ruth, Jerry Donato, Dave Schmidt and Mike Crotty; and the rhythm section of Barb Catlin piano; Chris Champion, guitar; Steve Millhouse, bass and Dom Moio, drums.
Young Sounds of Arizona is the all-star Valley high school band, and members between the ages of 14 and 19 are chosen by audition. This band was founded in 1971 and is the oldest program of its kind in the nation. It is sponsored by the Professional Musicians of Arizona, Local 586 of the American Federation of Musicians. Young Sounds now consists of two big bands and a jazz combo, directed by Catlin.
UPDATE: I found another link to this exact same press release - but the site it is on must have an overactive porn filter - see for yourself. Ah, the humor of automation...
Sounds like a definite girls night! Hope she is out of this mood by then or it could be dangerous.
And, apparently, the specific part of the brain being activated has been mapped.
But it still doesn't get the songs out. of. my. head.
This week I rented De-Lovely, which I have been curious to see since I heard it was in the works. Kevin Kline is always fun to watch, and Ashley Judd (as much of a dip as she may be) is ridiculously beautiful. The story of Cole Porter's life is one that lends itself to movie making.
Unfortunately, the story has never been well told. This telling was a bit too "All That Jazz" in it's presentation. I enjoyed the technique in that movie, don't get me wrong, but it's already been done - and much more effectively. I did enjoy Jonathan Pryce in the role of 'host', but he is no Ben Vereen (the host in All That Jazz).
I enjoyed De-Lovely, and I am glad I watched it, but it was not the movie it could have (or should have) been. The only two people in my life that I would recommend it to watched it with me, so on the Word of Mouth Scale it only rates two.
I think perhaps my disappointment may have been fueled by the songs, made over by contemporary artists. Singers who are not up to the task. Alanis Morrisette's version of "Let's Do It" is particularly painful. Sheryl Crow has nowhere near the vocal talent required for "Begin The Beguine". Whether it was the performers or the arrangers, the wink and a smile that Porter wrote into his songs is sadly absent on most of the film tracks. The interpretations feature affectations that would not have been heard in that era. So....
This weeks Radio.Blog features some older recordings of Cole Porters songs. There are two versions of Let's Fall In Love - Billie Holiday and Eartha Kitt - with two distinctly different feelings...but they both make the Morisette version look like a poor attempt at Karaoke. You'll find Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Fred Astaire (who many of these songs were written specifically for). I didn't go through and listen to all of these tracks yet, so one or two muzak versions may have made it in - if I find them in the next few days I'll delete 'em
If you get a chance, and are so inclined, go show him some love. You don't have to vote in every category so don't get intimidated by the extensive form.
I finally got all my CDs ripped to MP3 on my computer! Woo hoo!
Now I just need a player with a larger storage capacity. Fortunately, Creative is offering a rebate on their 30 GB model - and a few places have it on sale. I may be able to snag one for less than $200.
Now if I can just figure out a way to get $200.....
But I think this is cool
- John Williams' 43rd Oscar nomination, for composing the score of "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," ties Alfred Newman's record in that music category. Williams is up against Newman's son, Thomas, who is nominated for composing the score of "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events."I am not a huge John Williams fan or anything (I think his scores all sound pretty similar) though you have got to be impressed with his success.
And I love dynasties, like the Newman family.
And I love little coincidences like this.
Because I am a geek
I have now completed one of my CD racks; Rock/Pop, Country, Bluegrass, World, Soundtracks, Broadway. 5,090 files.
One more rack to go; Jazz, Blues, Big Band, Classical. Should be nearly as many files on that one.
I need an MP3 player with more storage....
Not sure I agree with all of them, and there are several I am not familiar with, but I gotta agree with number 1 - Hank broke your heart with that one. And, not only does he call her out as a cheater, he tells her she'll come crawlin' back and he won't be there. Basically, "I may be hurting but you will suffer for what you've done, too"
I have definitely sung along to number 36 a time or two in my life.
Ooh, and number 16 is one of my favorite songs of the last year.
I also send congrats and good luck. What a great happy ending it would make.
As I am going through ripping my CD collection to MP3's, I realize that I have a lot of music I really love on cassette tapes. I would love to convert those, as well. Anyone know a good process/set-up for doing that?
Hey, at least they aren't 8 tracks - I'm not that old ;-)
UPDATE: Changed the radio line-up (which I will try to do weekly) so these links won't work for ya'. I recommend all of his albums, though - you really can't go wrong.
I love the Radio Blog that Lori has on her site, so I had to get one for myself.
Of course, I didn't have time to create the mp3's needed for it, so I grabbed a bunch of older ones I had. They are all David Wilcox, folkie/pop guitar/vocalist. Unfortunately, they were all ripped at low kbps (32 or 64) sorry. It is worth suffering through, though, his lyrics are really amazing. He is not for everybody, I guess, but I am a big fan of the singer/songwriter genre so I really dig him. BTW: He will be here in February - the 18th in Prescott (Elks Opera House) and the 19th in Queen Creek (Queen Creek Performing Arts Center) Anybody wanna go?
Some are spiritual, like Show The Way
He is methaphor man, as you'll see on the relationship song Farther To Fall
I didn't listen to all of these after I converted them so if any of them are really bad quality, let me know.
I love Christmas music. LOVE LOVE LOVE it.
Now comes what may turn out to be the best Christmas album ever - Chris Isaak Christmas.
As part of the promotion, he will be doing a tour and a 1 hour PBS special....life is good.
In case you don't want to wait for hip Christmas music, check out A Christmas Collection from jazz favorite Pete Pancrazi. Very swingin'.
David is my second favorite guitar player/singer/songwriter (here's the first) and his live shows are a fantastic experience. His songs run the gamut from the amusing like "Rule Number 1" and "Top of my Head", to the spiritual like "Show The Way" and "Hold It Up To The Light" - and everything in between.
If you have the time, and you're in the area - I highly recommend this show.
FYI: sort of a James Taylor kind of vibe, so you know what to expect.
UPDATE: Yes, I know he is left-leaning - crunchy granola folk music, what do you expect. His shows are still amazing and he has yet to lecture his audience or spout propaganda or other disinformation that I am aware of. People who arrive at different viewpoints I can handle - it's the loudmouthed idiots who can't/don't/won't think for themselves that I can't stomach.
I just came across this article about Arizona Jazz Guitarist Pete Pancrazi. Nice press.
side note: the article is posted online and none of the 'links' in the article are live. He lists Pete's website, and an email address for the magazine - but doesn't link them. Small oversite, I guess, but inconvenient if someone wants to get more info.
Our only local radio station that actually plays jazz, KJZZ, has posted an online poll for Best Arizona Jazz Musicians. This looks very similar to the one conducted by AzJazz Magazine a few years back that Pete Pancrazi won (Jazz Guitar Player of the Year). He is nominated again in the Best Guitarist category, so if you agree with me about his talent, go cast your vote. It would be great to have a repeat win.
I'm not sure how they selected their nominees this time - they seem to have left off so many of the Valley's great players and included some questionable ones. Fortunately, there are enough good choices there to make the poll worth taking. And, no, you don't have to cast a vote in every category. If you don't know, just skip it.
S.O. Man and I decided to go out for a casual evening to take advantage of the fact that he wasn't working Friday night (rarely happens). We didn't really have any strong feelings about what to do, but thought live music might be nice. I checked several websites and even stooped to the local rag - the Phoenix New Times. The AZ Republic site listed Border's at the Biltmore Fashion Park as having Audra (folk/acoustic). Never heard of her, but how bad could it be, and since nothing else interesting was listed we headed out.
As soon as we walked in Border's it was obvious that whatever was happening was not acoustic. The windows were rattling!
We made our way upstairs to see what it might be, and it just got worse with every step. It was some sort of 'rock' trio (I say 'rock' because they weren't cool enough to be rock) made up of kids that looked to be about 15-17. And they were SO LOUD. I had hoped to make good use of the trip to a book store and actually shop, but you can't browse when you feel like someone is hitting you in the head with a 2 X 4 - repeatedly!
The looks on the faces of the other shoppers were priceless, all contorted and squinchy. As I said, the windows downstairs were shaking. Upstairs was like being surrounded by jackhammers. For all I know they might actually have had some talent - but how could you tell at that volume?
I went to the information kiosk to find out who they were. Nothing listed on the schedule, so I ask at the desk. They were not booked by the regular entertainment person (duh - that would imply they were entertaining) but were a friend of a friend of someone who works there. That's how they got to come in and blast the customers out of the store. No one seemed to know what they called themselves, so I'll just call them The Blaring Cacophony. The employees looked as anxious for them to leave as the customers. I hope Border's lost a ton of business so they never do that to their customers again, ever.
After we made our escape, we headed down the mall to the Coffee Plantation where they also usually have live music. Bingo. A trio (two guitars and a bass), chick singer, reasonable volume. Cool.
Got a drink, grabbed a seat, enjoyed the show. The name of the band is Boot Hill. Clever since it is a family band - and their name is Graves. They were actually pretty good. All three sang, they did a very eclectic mix of tunes (in a slightly odd twist, they followed Summertime with The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down) They made a misstep by trying to incorporate a mandolin into one song, and the mando player hasn't gotten his chops up yet. He was fine on guitar, but he tried to play the mando as if it were just a smaller version of his stratocaster. Not a pretty site - or sound.
Their card says they are available for "Parties, Weddings, and other occasions" I would go see them at a coffee shop again, definitely, I like to support competent musicians when they play live. I might consider them for a party. I don't think they are quite polished enough that I would hire them for a wedding, but I would like to see how they grow in the future.
So, the evening started with a fright and a headache, but the ending was rather pleasant.
~ Pete Pancrazi: guitar & vocals
~ Brock Walters: piano
~ Vic Kottner: bass
~ Todd Chuba: drums
Every Thursday night, the galleries on Marshall Way and Main Street open their doors for increased foot traffic. To ensure a good turn out they provide wine, cheese, fruit, and other munchies. Some of the galleries even hire entertainment. Last night was the Summer Spectacular, so was even bigger.
Some of you were there, good to see you. The rest of you should make a point of getting out there one of these weeks.
Live music - Saturday is another good example. Joan Armitrading at the Marquee Theater in Tempe.
The concert hall was just over half full, which translates (for those of you who may be math challenged) as almost half empty. This great singer/songwriter with over two decades worth of performing under her belt playing to half a house. Hard to believe. This crowd, like the Pete Pancrazi audience Friday, was amazingly appreciative & responsive. They got a fabulous show, she got several standing ovations, you missed a great evening.
Bonus ~ the opening act was Kim Richey, a singer/songwriter in the Shawn Colvin vein. Most of the audience had never heard of her, which is a shame. She's been around a while and has a few CD's out - all beautiful. She gained some new fans last night, without a doubt. The crowd to buy her CD's at intermission was mammoth ~ and her signing them and chatting couldn't have hurt. I didn't have her new one, so I bought it and got it signed. I've been listening to it all day, good investment.
Now the complaints:
I am a glutton for music
I often hear people in Phoenix complain about the lack of opportunities to see and hear live music in this city. Yet, when I go to see live music at one of the many venues, conventional or otherwise, the audience is scarce.
Last night was a good example. Pete Pancrazi's Quartet at the Rhythm Room, a conventional music venue. Granted, the show started at 6 p.m., tough for people who work in Scottsdale, Mesa or other outlying areas but great for central Phx. The quartet tore up that room - for the whole 14 people who came. One of the best shows I've ever seen them do. One of the best shows I've ever seen, period.
Next week, those same people who "couldn't make it" Friday will be complaining about the lack of good shows. And I will be laughing behind their backs.