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MIKE'S DAILY JUKEBOX: June 2012

Saturday, June 30, 2012

How To Pick Up A Girl, Chayanne's Creative Style: Prima J, Eros Ramazzotti with Ricardo Arjona, Ricky Martin and Christina Aguilera, Chayanne

"CORAZON (YOU'RE NOT ALONE)"    PRIMA     J
Four music styles in under 4 minutes. "Corazon" is a summer jam that deserves a listen.  Give it a try!!  Starting off with a pop style then comes the club beats at the half way mark (love that part!!!), next a retro 90's New Jack Swing beat, before ending with a slow jam outro.    Jessica and Janelle Martinez are two Latina cousins from California who at the age of nineteen were releasing their debut single, "Rock Star" for the Bratz movie soundtrack.   They had a Disney hit song and only released one CD.    Off the basis of this song, I'm surprised they didn't get a second CD.   
 

"NOBODY WANTS TO BE LONELY"   RICKY MARTIN with CHRISTINA AGUILERA
Has Christina ever looked sexier than this video?    Her blue eyes, the long blonde hair, and her abs, smoking hot!   I'm sure the ladies (or some guys) are loving Ricky Martin's chiseled looks.   This song is a great blending of their powerful voices into a hot duet.  Listen to Christina's note at 3:50 (so beautiful!)   The special effect of morphing their bodies going through each other at 2:53, cool video trick!



"TORERO"    CHAYANNE
Such a fun video!   Well, that is one creative way to get a girl's attention!  Set up a flash mob dance routine, drive up on your motorcycle and become a bullfighter (or should I say a carfighter?) to her car in the street.  After she's impressed (or stunned??), proceed to romantically kiss the girl and drive away with her!    Chayanne has been around a long time, another great Puerto Rican artist and an entertaining summer video.

"A TI"   RICARDO ARJONA and EROS RAMAZZOTTI
Ricardo's song "A Ti" adds the Italian superstar, Eros Ramazzotti, to a new mix of his mega popular Latin ballad.  The song was originally on his Adentro CD but he did a compilation disc called Quien Dijo Ayer where he recorded some new versions of his favorites.   The new version has a little more power and Eros' voice works well next to Ricardo's.






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Friday, June 29, 2012

Heath Ledger Sings! Plus 3 Other Movie Scenes You'll Never Forget: Barbra Streisand, Blues Brothers, Selena, Heath Ledger

"RAWHIDE"    THE BLUES BROTHERS
What do you do when you're a funky blues band playing 60's R&B classics to a bunch of rednecks?  Bust out the whip and play the country & western chestnut, The Theme To Rawhide!   Love the chicken wire net in front of the band and the beer bottles getting thrown.   John Belushi's stoic pose during the chaos is priceless.   John Landis was such a great director in the 80's.

"WOMAN IN THE MOON"   BARBRA STREISAND
My mom's favorite musical artist and a movie soundtrack that was played so many times around my house.  Esther Hoffman (Streisand) was a struggling nightclub singer suddenly dating a destructive and rebellious rocker played by Kris Kristofferson.   He sees her talent and gives her a chance to sing at his concert set in an Indian reservation.   They're expecting a wild rock concert, watch how Esther wins the crowd over:

"DREAMING OF YOU"   SELENA
If you saw the movie, you remember the chilling last five minutes.   As unexpectedly as the tragic death of Selena comes this haunting movie tribute to her final moments.   Jennifer Lopez stares at the fallen rose on stage and the film intertwines movie footage with actual news reports.  Hearing the beauty of "Dreaming Of You" reminds of what could have been if Selena was still alive.

"CAN'T TAKE MY EYES OFF OF YOU"   HEATH LEDGER
Speaking of what might have been, the loss of Heath Ledger after his Oscar winning performance in The Dark Knight, still reminds us that life is short.   Here's one of the happiest movie scenes of all-time as Heath woos Julia Styles in 10 Things I Hate About You.   Love her reaction when the band starts playing!

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Godsmack Covers Joe Walsh: Whitesnake, Godsmack, Brandon Flowers Of The Killers, Gotthard

"ROCKY MOUNTAIN WAY"    GODSMACK
Godsmack covered Led Zeppelin's "Good Times, Bad Times" and now they're taking on 70's guitar hero, Joe Walsh, and his epic rock anthem, "Rocky Mountain Way".  The new version replaces Joe's funk guitar rendition with thunderous beats and nu-metal guitar riffs, same song with a totally different feel.  Some interpret the lyrics as escaping to the simple times up in the mountains of Colorado and others see it as a drug themed song reaching for the highest high.

"LOVE AIN'T NO STRANGER"    WHITESNAKE
David Coverdale has to be considered amongst the top rock vocalists of all-time.  Reminiscent of Robert Plant in so many ways, the power of his voice and his intrinsic ability to bring it way down to a whisper and still dig deep into your soul.  David even looks like Robert!   The Whitesnake classics all have that big hook chorus that got the rockers punching their fists to the air.   The lineup for this song included Vivian Campbell, Rudy Sarzo, and Adrian Vandenberg, potentially  the finest collection of metal superstars in one band. 

"JENNY WAS A FRIEND OF MINE"    BRANDON FLOWERS
Recorded at the rock music shrine, Abbey Road Studio, Brandon Flowers of The Killers channeled that retro 80's sound made popular by bands like the The Smiths and The Cure.   This song appeared on their breakthrough CD, Hot Fuss.   The big hits were "Mr Brightside", "Somebody Told Me", and "All These Things I've Done" but the song I chose always stood out as a tribute to the bands that inspired The Killers.   


"THE CALL"    GOTTHARD
Please give this video a viewing!!   Take about wearing your heart on your sleeve, giving your heart to the one you love, this video will change your mind!    Gotthard's lead singer, Steve Lee,  passed away in 2010 but his music lives on.   The biggest selling metal band out of Switzerland have filled my IPod with blistering rockers and beautiful ballads.   They just released a new CD with a new lead singer and I'm surprised at how good it is!


 

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Your Mama's So Poor, She Went To McDonalds and Put A Shake On Lawaway: David Guetta with Sia, Lil Wayne (Heart Sample), Biz Markie, James Ingram


"TITANIUM"    DAVID GUETTA with SIA
"I'm criticized, but all your bullets ricochet.  You shoot me down, but I get up.  I'm bulletproof, nothing to lose" - Titanium is another club smash by producer David Guetta.  Teaming up with Sia was an unexpected match.   Sia is primarily a jazzy, introspective singer-songwriter but her vocals on this dance track work flawlessly with David's party beats.   The original version of this song had Mary J. Blige and even Katy Perry was offered the track but she turned it down.  The song has topped the charts in multiple countries and the supernatural themed video is definitely worth checking out.



"JUST A FRIEND"   BIZ MARKIE
I dare you not to sing the hook!  "Oh baby, YOU got what I need, but you say he's just a friend"  This is old school rap at its finest, a simple rhyme, funny storytelling, and a chorus that gets the entire crowd chanting with Biz!  This song and his other big hit, "The Vapors" earned him the nickname, the "Clown Prince Of Rap".    Some other fun facts about Biz:   Won the first season of VH1's Celebrity Fit Club, appeared as an alien in Men In Black II, and the only guy who has rapped on a Rolling Stones song, "Anybody Seen My Baby".




"SHE LOVES ME"   JAMES INGRAM
Remember the first time you heard James Ingram's voice?   Incredible, a deep baritone, strong yet sensitive, James Ingram was discovered by Quincy Jones.  "100 Ways" and "Just Once" are two of the prettiest love songs of all time.  "She Loves Me" wasn't a big hit but it's very similar to his most famous hits.   What I love about the song is how the slow, vulnerable, romantic first half builds up until the last minute where James gets funky, soulful, no holds barred!    I wish James took more risks in the studio, could've had a longer career mixing up his predictable style.



"SOMETHING YOU FORGOT"   LIL' WAYNE
Say what you want about Weezy, he's one of the hardest working guys in music today.   Not only does he release his own CD's, he's a guest rapper on countless songs, he's releasing new mixtapes every few months, and one of biggest influences on today's music scene.   One of these mixtapes including "Something You Forgot" - a heartbreaking song sampling Ann Wilson and Heart's 80's classic, "What About Love".    One of my favorite Lil Wayne facts, his given name is Dwayne Jr. but he's goes by Wayne, why?  His dad wasn't involved in his life and he didn't want the reminder.  When asked if his dad knows why he changed his name, Lil Wayne said with a smile, "He does now!".
  

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

New Lead Singer For Journey? : New Music From Mary J Blige, Usher, Train

"ANYWAY YOU WANT IT"  MARY J. BLIGE
In October, I'll be going to my first big Broadway play when I'm seeing Rock Of Ages at Ruth Eckerd Hall.   Of course, the 80's hair band theme drew me in but the reviews have been amazing.  Stories of the crowd singing along to every song, big name musicians joining the cast, what a party!   Just saw the film on Saturday, it was SO much fun!    Tom Cruise as a washed up Axl Rose styled rocker, Alec Baldwin and Russell Brand, top notch.   But the sexy scene stealing Catherine Zeta-Jones as a Tipper Gore clone was the highlight of the film.

On the movie's soundtrack, Mary J. Blige rips into Journey's epic hit.  Mary's version might be even harder rocking than Steve Perry's version!   Love it!   Journey should consider Mary J. for their next lead vocalist (kidding!)

"SCREAM"   USHER
Usher's newly released CD, "Looking 4 Myself" is radically different from his other CD's.   He wanted to explore new music and take some chances.  You'll hear dubstep bass drops, productions from the Swedish House Mafia & The Neptunes, progressive R&B, techno mixed with old school hip hop, even 80's New Wave Beats on the title song.   The first big club banger is "Scream", reminiscent of OMG and More, one of the least adventurous new tracks but still vintage Usher, if "ain't broke don't fix it".


"THIS WILL BE MY YEAR"   TRAIN
The first thing that comes to mind hearing this song is Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start The Fire" (on a side note, Billy, we didn't accuse you, relax, man!).  Pat Monahan and Train have another poppy summer jam.   They combine a timeline of their band's career with highlights from Pat's life (meeting his wife for the first time, daughter's birth) and major current events like the start of Facebook, The Simpsons, and 9/11.   Great line about the year 2011,  "the artificial heart is born, how ironic when New York's is torn".    ESPN is already using this song in their XGames promotion.
 

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Monday, June 25, 2012

Linkin Park Live From Berlin: Movie Premiere, and a Riot Grrl Classic: New Linkin Park, The Scorpions, Silverstein, L7

"LOST IN THE ECHO"  LINKIN PARK
Tonight I'm heading to the worldwide premiere of Linkin Park's concert movie set in Berlin, Germany.   The film is a one night only special showing of the event with an introduction from the band!  It's a promotion for their brilliant new CD, Living Things releasing on Tuesday. 

Today I'm featuring Track 1:  Lost In the Echo, which is everything we love about the band PLUS MORE!  Mike's rap interchanged with Chester's brutal rock screams gets a hardcore dubstep beat added to the mix.  Great to see Linkin Park continuing to add new elements!
  

"DUST IN THE WIND"  THE SCORPIONS
The Scorpions do the unthinkable, they take possibly the most dreadful, saddest rock anthem ever written and turn it into an uplifting acoustic jam session, complete with Brazilian beats.  Originally recorded by Kansas, "Nothing last forever but the earth and sky, it slips by and all your money won't another minute buy, dust in the wind".   Not very inspiring lyrics but when Klaus and the Scorpions play the song acoustically with an orchestra in Brazil, they pump life into the tired jam.  A cello takes the place of the violin on the original track and adds a new dimension which makes the song sound more hopeful and inspiring.   A great cover reinvents a song, The Scorpions accomplish that feat here!



"I KNEW I COULDN'T TRUST YOU"   SILVERSTEIN
Silverstein is quite the dichotomy, half their songs are emo, half their songs are post-hardcore/scream-o.   In 2012, these released a CD called Short Songs where all 12 songs were under 90 seconds each!  "I Knew I Couldn't Trust You" is highly intense.  It's actually a converstation between two "friends", one who has severely let the other down time and again.   No pain is worse than that coming from the ones we love the most.  Loss of trust is the kiss of death of any relationship and Silverstein's song captures that pain so well.
 

"PRETEND WE'RE DEAD"   L7
L7 is a well-known riot grrrl group, only problem is most people don't know that music genre :)    They were kind of a feminist punk rock theme, L7, Bikini Kill, even Joan Jett at times, contributed to the genre.  L7 tears up a punk cover of the Blondie hit, "Hanging On The Telephone" but I couldn't find it on YouTube.    L7 aren't around anymore but made a splash back in the day with the things they threw around on stage (google them!)
 



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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Mariah Carey Discography Part 1: Favorite Song From Each CD

1990 - "PRISONER"  from   MARIAH CAREY
It was one of those magical musical moments the first time I heard Mariah's voice doing "Vision Of Love".    You JUST KNEW there was something unique and special about her from one song.   Her debut CD was amazing, the breathtaking heartbreak ballads "Love Takes Time" and "I Don't Want To Cry", the hopefulness of "Someday", and my favorite, "Prisoner".   Mariah actually "raps" the intro, then the disco beat drops, and Mariah defiantly sings she's had enough.  "You don't think I'll be strong enough, I won't be a prisoner of your love, I'm not the girl you thought I was!"

1991 - "MAKE IT HAPPEN"  from EMOTIONS
One of my all-time favorite songs, Mariah takes the congregation to church in another song of personal empowerment.   Mariah wrote the song with musical help from C&C Music Factory.   The song describes Mariah's rise to the top and how her faith in God helped maintain her motivation.   Hearing Mariah sing this with a full choir is an EVENT, the power of music is nothing to take lightly.

1993 -  MUSIC BOX from MUSIC BOX
Hands down, my favorite Mariah Carey CD was Music Box.   Listen to the ten tracks and you will appreciate that Mariah's voice is a gift from up above.   Her ballads like "Hero", "All I've Ever Wanted" and "Without You" soar and her R&B jams like "Dream Lover" and "I've Been Thinking About You" are some of the best of the decade.   No filler, ten top notch Mariah songs!   "Hero" is probably the best song but "Music Box" is so angelic and sweet, I'll choose it.

1995 - ONE SWEET DAY with BOYZ II MEN from DAYDREAM
In 1994, Mariah released her Christmas CD and then my least favorite of Mariah's CDs, Daydream.   It's not as consistent and there are filler tracks (her cover of Journey's Open Arms didn't work) but you can't deny the hits.  "Fantasy" with O.D.B., "Always Be My Baby", "Underneath The Stars", and the LONGEST RUNNING # of WEEKS  AT #1 OF ALL-TIME, "One Sweet Day".  If that's considered a weak CD, then what do I know!    Her harmony with Boyz II Men is perfection and the song's message has helped so many people who've lost loved ones.  
1997 - HONEY from BUTTERFLY
I've only been in the front row one time of all of the non-general admission concerts I've ever been to and it was for Mariah's Butterfly Tour.   The crowd was primarly female and Mariah sang a lot looking right at me, so in my eyes, we had a moment ;)   Butterfly is her first big crossover CD.  "Breakdown" with Bone Thugs N Harmony, "Baby Doll" with Missy Elliott, "Whenever You Call" (Brian McKnight).  Her biggest ballad, "My All" also came from this #1 CD.   I chose "Honey" since it captures the 90's (P. Diddy, big budget video, hip hop meets pop) and because Mariah just looks so hot in the video.  Come on, who comes out of the water looking like that!
1999 - CAN'T TAKE THAT AWAY (Mariah's Theme) from RAINBOW
Mariah continued her R&B transformation with her 7th CD.  She teamed with Jay-Z for Heartbreaker and duets with Usher, Mystikal, Snoop Dogg, Da Brat, and Master P were all included on the CD.   She tackled Phil Collins "Against All Odds" and "Thank God I Found You" is incredible (all 3 versions!).   But there is something special about "Can't Take That Away From Me".   Mariah asked her fans to send in video clips of what motivated them.   Those images accompanied by violins really struck emotionally the message of the song.   During this time,   Mariah's very public divorce had hurt her bad but she wanted to send the message that she can't be held down.  Written with Oscar winning songwriter, Diane Warren, the lyrics helped others find the inner power to move forward. It's truly a magical way for Mariah to end the decade.




 

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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Guaranteed You Don't Know All 4 Of These Songs! : Ciara, Black Sabbath, The Rockets, Delbert McClinton

"MAKE IT LAST FOREVER"  CIARA
A dream job of mine would be becoming an A&R guy for a record company, scouting and  choosing new artists to sign, deciding what singles to release, who to promote, and what direction an artist should take.   Ciara's CD, The Evolution, came out with the smash, "Get Up" (great move), then came "Promise" (slow jam, not as popular), "Like A Boy" (sexy video, picked up some momentum although the song wasn't Ciara's best), then came "Can't Leave Em Alone with 50 Cent" (he was losing his popularity at the time and the song died).   I would have released #2 "Make It Last Forever".   The song is a hip hop dance party in under 4 minutes.  Led by two prominent samples of James Brown and the Rob Base classic "It Takes Two", Ciara rocks the mic, one of her best songs ever, and her CD would have gone to higher levels.  


 

"SENDING ME ANGELS"  DELBERT McCLINTON
Delbert scored his biggest hit in the 80's with a J. Geils-styled jam called "Giving It Up For Your Love".   He's an accomplished multi-genre artist, skilled harmonica player, blues guitarist, and singer/songwriter out of Texas.   "Sending Me Angels" is a combination of a spiritual themed message with a simple love song.   Released in 1997, this hidden treasure song will uplift your day and the feel-good message will never go out of style.  Good friends are "our angels" that push us to higher goals.  Love the lyric:   "He keeps sending me angels, teaching me to fly". 
"OH WELL"   THE ROCKETS
"Don't ask me what I think of you, I might not give the answer that you think I'll do, oh well". This song is well traveled.   Originally from Peter Green, original member of Fleetwood Mac before Stevie Nicks joined the group.   The song has been covered by artists as diverse as Tom Petty, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and RATT on MTV Unplugged.  The song has that great blues guitar jam intro then that those lyrics suck you in.   Based out of Michigan, this was the band's only big hit, but for a One Hit Wonder, it's a great song.

  

"I WON'T CRY FOR YOU"  BLACK SABBATH
It's a lost ballad from the grandfathers of Metal.  Even some huge fans of the band don't remember this song!   In 1995, after Ozzy and Ronnie James Dio had gone their separate ways, the band enlisted Tony Martin as their new lead singer.  It's been called the worst Black Sabbath CD, but there is no denying this POWER BALLAD.   The song stands up to the best of the hard ballads of the 90's.  Tommy Iommi's guitar work is solid and it's the top track on their "Forbidden" CD.

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Friday, June 22, 2012

Rock Me, All A Dream, Shut Up And Let Me Go, Privilege (Set Me Free): Liz Phair, Norah Jones, Ting Tings, Patti Smith


"ALL A DREAM"   NORAH JONES

The daughter of Ravi Shankar (most famous for influencing the Beatles), Norah Jones dominated the 2002 Grammys and the airwaves with her massively overplayed hit, Come Away With Me.   Billboard Magazine named her the top jazz artist of the decade.   Her late night coffee house music style isn't a favorite genre of mine but "All A Dream" from her new CD is a winner.   I can see this song being used in a seductive scene in a Hollywood movie or HBO's True Blood. There's a great blend between the sly groove and her exotic vocals.

"ROCK ME"   LIZ PHAIR

Liz Phair has gone through a physical and musical transformation through her career.   She began her career as a totally indie artist with a controversial and critically acclaimed CD, Exile In Guyville.   There were some sexually explicit lyrics mixed in with her equally raw and honest emotional views on relationships.   Rolling Stone lists the CD on its Top 500 List.   Since then, Liz has progressively become "friendly" to modern radio.   Smash hits like "Why Can't I?" and "Extraordinary" have topped the charts.  Although she still taking major risks including songs like H.W.C.  (Hot White _ _ _).   Liz has added composing songs for TV shows to her repertoire and won an award for her 90210 theme song.  

"SHUT UP AND LET ME GO"  THE TING TINGS
Yes, this song has been played to death, countless Apple I-Pod commercials and even during a party scene in Anna Ferris' House Bunny movie, but it's such a fun pop hit.   The Ting Tings  are a British duo (the lead singer looks like a young Debbie Harry of Blondie).   They've done quite well on the charts overseas, even hitting #1 on the U.K. album charts with We Started Nothing.   For us in the U.S., this big hit is their claim to fame so far but if Kesha can top our charts, anyone can.
 



"PRIVILEGE (SET ME FREE)"   PATTI SMITH
The "Godmother of Punk", Patti Smith was a vital influence on the emerging NYC punk scene in the mid 70's.    The Ramones, Lou Reed, and Patti Smith were headlining CBGB's and setting rock music on its edge.  Patti Smith was a poet/singer who has taken huge risks throughout her career.   Her songs like "Privilege" and "We Three" combine an emotional & physical desire with a spiritual theme.  In addition, some of her greatest songs are covers including "When Doves Cry" (Prince), "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" (Tears For Fears), and her biggest hit, "Because The Night" (Bruce Springsteen) which she helped finish when Bruce passed it on.   Patti is an artist best heard and not seen, so this video is from a 1967 movie which inspired the song.
   

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Matchbox 20's New Single and John Mayer Covers Springsteen: John Mayer, Matchbox 20, Toto, 12 Stones

"MEAN"   MATCHBOX 20
Rob Thomas and the boys are ready to release their long awaited new CD, North.   It's been 10 years since they've released a full CD of new material.   "Mean" is everything we love about the band, an upbeat theme and a powerful chorus that feels like you can sing along with it the first time you hear it.  Rob describes the song as "that girl that keeps doing you wrong, but you keep coming back".

"BURY ME"      12 STONES
Most people best know 12 Stones for their lead vocalist, Paul McCoy, and his vocals on Evanescence's breakthrough hit, Bring Me To Life.  They've actually been around since 2000 and after much delay just released their fourth CD, Beneath The Stars on May 29nd. "Bury Me" is my favorite track so far.  The post-grunge lead single "Infected" rocks harder but feels "typical", I like the big chorus and the  violins near the end of "Bury Me".


"I'LL BE OVER YOU"    TOTO
By special request, Toto's 1986 #1 adult contemporary ballad that was most noteworthy for including Michael McDonald on the recording.   "As soon as forever is over, I'll be over you" - great line!    Toto's biggest chart hit was "Africa".  I saw on Jimmy Kimmel's show that Dax Sheppard and Kristen Bell went on a safari to Africa and lipsync'd their own homemade video to the song while in Kenya.   They crack me up and I can't wait to see that online!








"I'M ON FIRE"    JOHN MAYER
On his Battle Studies CD, the I-Tunes version had a bonus track of John Mayer covering the Bruce Springsteen late night driving song, "I'm On Fire".   John maintains the song's pensive moments and his guitar work is perfect.   As the song ends though, Bruce's "wooo oooh" is superior to John's.   You have to play the song to understand that last comment :)

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Love Train: A Tribute To Soul Train: O'Jays, The Commodores, Rick James, McFadden And Whitehead, MFSB and Three Degrees

"TSOP"    MFSB and THE THREE DEGREES
Not many TV show theme songs were legitimate dance/funk hits.  The theme song to Soul Train was TSOP (The Sound Of Philadelphia).   Every Saturday, I watched Soul Train in the 70's, yes, I know I was a white boy in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but I loved that show!   Funny thing was my dog, Clem, would HOWL when they'd say, "It's SOOOOOUUUUULLLLLL Train".   This is my same hound dog who would bark at only the black people in the town parade, hmmm, hope I didn't have a racist dog :)

"SOOOOOUUUULLLL TRAIN INTRO"
 
"LOVE TRAIN"   O'JAYS
Now sure how a group can be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and still be underrated?   Eddie Levert has one of the top 10 voices of all-time, is still alive although his two oldest sons including Gerald have both passed away.    The O'Jays were a soul/funk/R&B powerhouse.   "For The Love Of Money" (Donald Trump's theme song), "Used Ta Be My Girl", "I Love Music", "Backstabbers" are just a few of their timeless jams.   "Love Train" is Philly Soul at his finest. 

"SWEET LOVE"   THE COMMODORES
Lionel Richie and his boys, The incomparable Commodores, were legendary for their slow dance favorites like "Sail On", "Three Times A Lady", and "Still".   Yet the Tuskegee based band could get the crowd jumping to their funk classics like "Brick House" and "Machine Gun".   One of their first ballads, "Sweet Love" wasn't as popular on the charts but I think it's one of Lionel's greatest hits in his illustrious songbook.   Lionel turns preacher around the 2:20 minute mark, timeless love song.

"GIVE IT TO ME"   RICK JAMES
The Soul Train line dancers tear up this 70's Rick James club hit.  Need a laugh, check out Rick's classic interview with Don Cornelius during his first Soul Train appearance.  "When I was high in the sky, I'd imagine us dancing" - tough to hear from Rick James, wow, another reminder that cocaine is hell of a drug and took some of our greatest musical artists away from us too early.   
"AIN'T NO STOPPING US NOW"  McFADDEN & WHITEHEAD
"Ain't no stopping us now, we've got the groove" - The perfect song to turn a bad day around!   The lyrics don't quit and neither should you!   A timeless jam to get you on your feet, dancing, smiling, and loving life!   Each day is a gift.  "Don't Let Nothing, NOTHING stand in your way",  As the trendy saying goes YOLO, You Only Live Once!



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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Brand New Country Songs For The Summer: Carrie Underwood, Zac Brown Band, Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, Toby Keith

"TWO BLACK CADILLACS"   CARRIE UNDERWOOD
Sounding like the follow-up to "Before He Cheats", this new song has MAJOR hit potential.  Carrie's theme of vengeance for cheating gets doubled when a man's wife and mistress meet at his grave.  "It was the first and last time they saw each other face to face, they shared a crimson smile and just walked away".
"NO HURRY"   ZAC BROWN BAND
July 10th is the scheduled release date for the new Zac Brown Band CD, "Uncaged".    I've been loving this band for years before they hit it big and look forward to see what direction they're heading with the new material.  The lead single is this perfect laid-back summer song.   "Heaven knows I ain't perfect, I've raised a little cain, and I plan to raise a whole lot more before I hear the angels sing".

"SING 'EM GOOD MY FRIEND"  KENNY CHESNEY
Early running for my favorite CD of 2012 is the new Kenny Chesney CD, Life In A Fishbowl.   "Sing Em Good My Friend" is INCREDIBLE!   It's a contender for the greatest song Kenny has recorded.  The "do do do" intro reminds me of Lou Reed's "Walk On The Wild Side".   The lyrics remind me of "Don't Blink" and "I Go Back", tender words about cherished memories of the love of your life.  Some funerals turn into festive parties of the great memories, this song conjures up those images.
                                                                                  

"HER LIFE'S A SONG"  ALAN JACKSON
Traditional country will never go out style while artists like Alan Jackson are still around.  "Her Life's A Song" is 1990's AJ with a style similar to his biggest hits "Gone Country" and "Chattahoochee".    The new song is about a woman who loves great music whether it's hip hop, country, rock, or tunes that make her dance all night long.    

"BEERS AGO"   TOBY KEITH
Another great summer jam, Toby's back with a fast paced rocker.   "Beers Ago" is from his Clancy's Tavern CD and it's the perfect country song to crank up the volume, roll down the windows, and get the party started!   "Had me a hand me down ride painted rattle can red, second hand tires with poor boy tread" going to get his girl "the second runner up in the 4H pageant"!     FUN summer jam!

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