Category Archives: Music

Happy Anniversary Charlie Brown

One of my favorite albums to listen to during the holidays is called “Happy Anniversary Charlie Brown”.

The 40th anniversary of the Charlie Brown comic strip is celebrated on this 1987 CD by performances of songs used on the cartoon series (most of which were originally composed by Vince Guaraldi). A variety of artists participated in the project including David Benoit, B.B. King (singing “Joe Cool”),Dave Grusin, Chick Corea (“The Great Pumpkin Waltz”), Joe Williams, Gerry Mulligan, Lee Ritenour, Patti Austin and even Kenny G (“Breadline Blues”) and Dave Brubeck (“Benjamin”).

My favorite track on the album is The Great Pumpkin Waltz, performed by the Chick Corea Acoustic Band….Incredible track!!

You can click on the Amazon.Com pic to listen to samples of the entire album.

The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards

The beleaguered record industry couldn’t have been happier about the return to the spotlight in 2010 of rapper Eminem, the biggest-selling artist of the new millennium, and heaped upon him a field-leading 10 Grammy Award nominations for his “Recovery” album, including nods in all three top categories of album, record and song of the year.

Behind him, Bruno Mars got 7 and Jay-Z, Lady Antebellum and Lady Gaga each received six nominations.

The 53rd annual Grammy Awards ceremony will air Sunday, Feb. 13 (8/7c) on CBS.

Among the nominees:

Album of the Year:
Arcade Fire, The Suburbs
Eminem, Recovery
Lady Antebellum, Need You Now
Lady Gaga, The Fame Monster
Katy Perry, Teenage Dream

Record of the Year:
B.o.B. featuring Bruno Mars, “Nothing on You”
Eminem featuring Rihanna, “Love the Way You Lie”
Cee Lo Green, “F— You”
Jay-Z and Alicia Keys, “Empire State of Mind”
Lady Antebellum, “Need You Now”

Song of the Year:
Ray LaMontagne, “Beg Steal or Borrow”
Cee Lo Green, “F— You”
Miranda Lambert, “The House That Built Me”
Eminem featuring Rihanna, “Love the Way You Lie”
Lady Antebellum, “Need You Now”

Best New Artist:
Justin Bieber
Florence & the Machine
Mumford & Sons
Esperanza Spauldin

Best R&B Album
Raheem DeVaugn, “The Love & War Masterpeace”
Fanatasia, “Back To Me”
Jaheim,Another Round
John Legend & The Roots,”Wake Up!”
Monica, “Still Standing”

Best Female Country Performance:
Jewel, “Satisfied”
Miranda Lambert, “The House That Built Me”
LeAnn Rimes, “Swingin”
Carrie Underwood, “Temporary Home”
Gretchen Wilson, “I’d Love to Be Your Last”

Fleetwood Mac – Rumours

The album “Rumours” was one of the very first vinyl albums that I bought when I was a kid. For some reason I’ve been humming all of the songs off this album all week.

For me each song told their own emotions and anguish and pain of what they had been feeling. Knowing their story, you can hear it in each song. Wonderfully performed and in my opinion, one of their best albums.

If you have never heard this album, I encourage you to listen to it. It is a remarkable collection, and you will not be disappointed.

This is my favorite song on the album
“The Chain”

Jackson 5 – Ultimate Christmas Collection

My favorite Christmas CD this year is…..drumroll

The Jackson 5 – Ultimate Christmas Collection

The Ultimate Christmas Collection is a reissue of The Jackson 5 Christmas album released in 1970 on Motown, with ten bonus tracks. This is a pleasing combination of holiday classics, with not so classic, but still enjoyable, original tunes. I love the bonus cuts exclusive to this compilation, such as the spoken seasons greetings from Michael, Jermaine, Tito, and Jackie, originally issued on a 1973 promotional single; “Little Christmas Tree,” from A Motown Christmas, also from 1973; and remixed and a cappella versions of “Up on the House Top,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Someday at Christmas,” “Give Love on Christmas Day,” and “J5 Christmas Medley.”

I got this album last year and I listen to it over and over. This is a wonderful holiday album for any fan of The Jackson 5.

Let Love Rule

I don’t know what it is about this song, but everytime I hear it I just want to replay it over and over. This song displays everything I like about him, his usual brand of passionate vocals, heartfelt lyrics, and searing creative guitar solo

Love transcends all space and time
And love can make a little child smile
Can’t you see this won’t go wrong
But we got to be strong
We can’t do it alone

We got to let love rule
Let love rule

All I can say is sit back, listen and enjoy the masterpiece that is Lenny.

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