Once again, it's time to play You Play The Songs. If you weren't here last month for the last edition or you've forgotten how it goes, I'll tell you all about it. We're making a mixtape of songs, based on whatever you're feeling, whatever mood you're in, or whatever whatever. Doesn't matter whether it's an … Continue reading You Play The Songs Five
For the first time in ages, I'm bringing back Jam It or Slam It?! The occasion that brings it back is a new release from Maysa Leak. I've written about her numerous times, including how I first heard her voice, and the time that I saw her live performing with Incognito. In looking through my … Continue reading Jam It Or Slam It?: Maysa
Now is the time when the television show The Voice begins to find its winner. Each coach has three artists left and this week, each of them were mentored by country superstar Shania Twain. In addition, Twain was given a coach chair to watch each of the singers perform their songs on the show. Jesse Larson … Continue reading The Voice: Season 12, Top 12 Live Performances
It had to be, I guess. Throughout the past weekend, through means intentional and unintentional, I heard George Michael's "One More Try" at least four times. This, after not hearing it for months on end. For that reason alone, it should be today's 80's Mania Monday song. Then I started thinking: rather than feature just … Continue reading 80’s Mania Mondays: Faith
Welcome to this week's Sunday Slow Jams, also known as the weekly post where I try to play a Quiet Storm DJ. For fans of the Quiet Storm, the name Bridgette Bryant may not ring any bells. Through my research, the only thing I can claim is that she is a session singer—meaning that she … Continue reading Sunday Slow Jams: Happy Home
Today's Smooth Jazz mix was inspired by hearing "Riviera Paradise" by Stevie Ray Vaughan. While hearing the song during the week on satellite radio, I was unaware who the artist was. When I saw that it was a Stevie Ray Vaughan track, I was intrigued. I knew a little about his music, but I thought … Continue reading Sunday Smooth Jazz: Sunday Mix #9 (Riviera Paradise)
It’s been a year since Prince passed away. Ideally, I would like to have created a Funky Friday post in remembrance of his amazing talents. However, I think this tribute that I posted on the day of his passing suits just fine. He really was one of the best to ever do it. Feel free to post your memories of and favorites by Prince in the comments.
I have been fortunate enough in my lifetime to witness, or to have heard some of the greatest musical entertainers ever. Michael Jackson comes to mind immediately; Stevie Wonder follows not too long after that. Sam Cooke, Ray Charles. Marvin Gaye. The Beatles. The Rolling Stones. David Bowie. Earth, Wind & Fire. James Brown. P-Funk. Miles Davis. George Benson. Led Zeppelin. Eric Clapton. Santana. Elvis Presley. Public Enemy. Aretha Franklin. Luther Vandross. The Temptations. Smokey Robinson. So many great artists, and that list is leaving out so many, many others. And for as great as all of those artists and groups were, and are, there were none like Prince Rogers Nelson.
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I had a Funky Friday post just about ready to go for today, when I saw the news that Cuba Gooding, Sr. passed away. Best known now as the father of actor Cuba Gooding, Jr., he also had a measure of fame as the lead singer of the soul group The Main Ingredient. Most of … Continue reading Funky Friday: Happiness Is Just Around The Bend
The second night of the live playoffs aired last night, featuring the artists from Gwen Stefani's and Adam Levine's teams. Three artists from each team will join the six artists who survived Monday night's live playoffs from Blake Shelton's and Alicia Keys' teams. Gwen Stefani's artists started the show and the first one to perform … Continue reading The Voice: Season 12, The Live Playoffs, Night 2
Last week, as part of the Song A Day Challenge, I posted Lionel Richie's "All Night Long." In the comments there was a discussion about the difference between Richie in the Commodores versus Richie's solo career. In my opinion, he began to sound different once he went solo. His songs, though good, just weren't the … Continue reading You Made My Jagged Edges Smooth #RomanticTuesday