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Another Star Dims…

In Daily Musings on May 17, 2012 at 1:08 pm

 

While going through my daily news feeds, there was the headline… Donna Summer died today from cancer… Wow!  With Chuck Brown just yesterday, and now Ms. Summer, I feel like all the true artists are passing away to sing in that glorious choir in the sky.  In my opinion, Donna Summer was one of the best singer/songwriters along with Ashford & Simpson; and many others of that era. 

I remember getting ready for  school and hearing MacArthur park on the radio in the mornings; that song may have been my first exposure to Donna Summer back home in England (so long ago, I don’t remember now :-))  Donna was given the crown and title “Queen of Disco” a very much deserved title in her heyday.  When you think of disco, you think of Donna Summer.  God bless her and may she rest in peace.

Below are a few of my favourite tracks.  

 

On The Radio: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q33MM5JGzGM&feature=related

Bad Girls http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXgcbnmd6qg&feature=related (loved this one!)

Love To Love You Baby: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPXizlnS7go&feature=related

Women’s Anthem “She Works For The Money” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DsNn1NzxJ8&feature=related

MacArthur Park http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3rEzI0PtPA (I never understood who left the cake out in the rain… Why did they?)

 

Let’s Get It On…

In Daily Musings on May 1, 2012 at 1:27 pm

I just found out that today in Washington, DC it’s Marvin Gaye Day (you can tell I’m not from here, because I should have known this).  This day was established on May 1, 1972. Marvin was given a key to the city, a motorcade procession and to top it off, a kiss from Miss Black DC.  Apparently “Marvin Gaye Day” nearly didn’t happen because according to Marvin’s biographer, Marvin had a love hate relationship with Washington, DC plus the tumultuous and difficult relationship with his father.

This week (Thu/Fri), there’s a 2 day sold out 40th anniversary concert taking place at The Kennedy Center; so to commemorate Marvin Gaye Day here are a few of his famous tracks:

What”s Going On (live): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ev2yO-OHc58&feature=related

Let’s Get It On: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3j3okb3kuts&feature=related

Mercy, Mercy Me http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9BA6fFGMjI

Afro & Bass…

In Daily Musings, New Loves! on March 13, 2012 at 9:44 am

Esperanza Spalding‘s new deluxe  album “Radio Music Society” drops next Tuesday on March 20.  This is a 2 disc set (which I will purchase on iTunes or Amazon, as I don’t buy physical cd’s anymore).  I was able to listen to a  preview of the entire album on NPR (see link below).  This album is a  fusion of jazz, pop and soul  music, which showcases jazz musicians in an accessible manner suitable for mainstream radio, it’s a little different from “Esperanza” her second studio album, but brilliant in my opinion.  for me every track stands out on its own. The track “Land Of The Free” is particularly moving in it’s telling of the injustices in America, you have to listen to the lyrics for yourself to understand what I mean.  Each of the 12 songs are accompanied by a series of conceptual short films, which are on the second disc.  For the  iTunes/Amazon fanatic you will receive this as a digital download.

It is actually quite difficult to pick a favourite, as all of the songs on the album have some meaning.  This is not your everyday, empty, saccarine infused album, far from it.    There really isn’t one bad track on here, “Crowned & Kissed “, “Let Her“, “Endangered Species“, “Cinnamon Tree“, “Black Gold“… I could go on here.   This is an album you can just press play and leave it to do the rest.

Esperanza does an excellent interpretation of “I Can’t Help It“, with her beautiful voice, she truly puts her own spin on this classic favourite and does a very good job of it. 

The official trailer, watch here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SpDMLPixO8s&feature=player_embedded

You can listen to the album, in its entirety here: http://www.npr.org/2012/03/11/147979893/first-listen-esperanza-spalding-radio-music-society

The Woman and her Bass

 

Happy Birthday Bob…

In Daily Musings on February 6, 2012 at 3:42 pm

Happy Birthday to Nesta Robert Marley. Big up from all your British Born Jamaican Fans! We will always love you! you brought your music to the world, which crossed all colours and boundaries.  No matter who you are, where you lived or what type of music you listened to, you knew who Bob Marley was, and we still know who he is today!  If you have nothing else of his, I know you’ve got the Legend Album.  When you have a moment, please read and listen to a great post by fellow blogger Midnight Raver http://fb.me/1FxuTjvIP  Also take a trip to http://www.bobmarley.com/ One Love! 

Happy Birthday!!

He’s Back!!!!….

In Daily Musings on January 27, 2012 at 9:22 pm

CORRECTION – D’Angelo actually plays London next week.  After a 10 year absence, which included quite a few controversies, very unflattering photos and a whole bunch of other stuff, our guy D’Angelo made a serious comeback in Stockholm Sweden last night and gave them a truly outstanding show.  I know he’s playing in London tomorrow, where I know he’ll be accepted like a long-lost brother.  It’s been 10 long years, with only two albums to keep us company.  This is the man who paved the way for Raheem DeVaugh (love him!), because D’Angelo basically dropped off the face of the earth and the gap had to filled, which Mr. DeVaugh the R&B Rockstar filled very nicely indeed.  The interesting thing now, is will D’Angelo be able to take the crown back which he held very briefly or will they share the spotlight together?  So much time has passed and Raheem has come and taken the world by storm and become very successful in his own right.  In my opinion, there’s room for everyone. Two very talented artists’ taking center stage, only time will tell.  Read the full article posted in today’s Guardian UK. http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2012/jan/27/d-angelo-review I can’t wait for D’Angelo’s show to arrive Stateside. I for one will be there!

The man who stepped into the spotlight.