Tuesday, March 25, 2014

tunes on tuesday 3-25: amos lee, st paul and the broken bones, diana ross and the supremes, paco de lucia, james taylor & carly simon

Tunes on Tuesday is a fun new project. Each week I'll try to bring you five videos or audio files, each one focusing on a song, group or collaboration that just might pique your interest! If you have someone for possible spotlight then shoot me a private e-mail and we'll give it a listen. Hope you enjoy Tunes on Tuesday! 

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Chill in the Air from Amos Lee is off his new album Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song which was released on Blue Note Records at the end of 2013. Amos is a Philly native and former school teacher and Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song is his 5th album. The title song of the album is based on a visit he had with Levon Helm in Woodstock shortly before Levon's death. Amos's voice is soulful, full of emotion and Chill in the Air is a song that will get stuck in your head.


Based in Birmingham, Alabama, the 6 member St Paul and the Broken Bones  produce an R&B sound that's both nostalgic and refreshing all at the same time. Lead singer, Paul Janeway, was raised on gospel music and virtually shielded from secular music until his late teens. At that time he steered away from his calling to become a preacher and so began a musical path that leads to St Paul and the Broken Bones.    Call Me is from their first album, Half the City, which is newly released.  


Stop! In the Name of Love was released in 1965 on the legendary Motown Record label and hit the top of the Billboard charts in both the Pop Singles and Soul charts For many people, this is the song that was their introduction to Diana Ross and the Supremes. This single has a place in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's honorable "500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll" collection.


Paco De Lucia, a giant in the guitar world, passed away last month. He was born, raised and lived in Andalusia, an area in southern Spain that is the hub of Roma or Gypsy life and tradition. Paco's father and two brothers were both flamenco guitar players and at age 7 Paco picked up a guitar to follow in their footsteps. He made his first record at age 15 and become one of the world's finest jazz/gypsy-jazz/flamenco guitarists ever seen. In this performance of Mediterranean Sundance, Paco is joined by guitar legends Al Di Meola and John McLaughlin. The three went on to record together and make guitar history.


James Taylor and Carly Simon sing James' song  You Can Close Your Eyes, recorded in 1977, not long before the couple married. Their marriage lasted until 1983 and they have two very musical kids, Ben and Sally, both of whom have recorded and performed with each of their parents. It's a beautiful song performed by two amazing singer/songwriter/vocalists.  

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Angelsdoor * Penny said...

So nice to meet you Bev.. I really enjoyed the music here.
Thank you so much for visiting and leaving such a kind note.
Happy you enjoyed viewing the squirrel.

Kelleyn Rothaermel said...

Perfect! I grew up with cats and loved being snuggled all the time!