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Showing posts with label music. Show all posts
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21 October 2017

I Don't Wanna Fight ~ Tina Turner

I admire Tina Turner. She was a strong soul sista. There came a time in her life when she was a “turning point”. She is a role model to women who are in abusive relationships. She shows them what they need to do. Especially if children are involved. I liked this song because I can feel Tina's heart and soul in it when she sings it. Her heart was bleeding and she knew the best way was to just move on. She picked up the pieces and walked off!!



Image credit:
Tina Turner Wallpaper by eltonandtinafan, on Flickr


In my opinion, “All the Best – The Hits” and “Simply the Best” are her “best”! 



She is retired now and for your information, she performed her last concert in Austin, Texas, my current hometown.  I did not attend but according to those who did, she was Tina Turner all the way to the end!!  :)









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26 September 2017

Bollywood (Hindi/Indian) Entertainment – Google+ Community

Well!  It was fun while it lasted!  Update Sep 2017.  The Bollywood (Hindi/Indian) Music – Google+ Community no longer exists. No biggie! Joined another community and it is Everything Bollywood! Not just the music. I'm OK with that.

Bollywood : Your ultimate destination for Bollywood Entertainment.

Hurray for Bollywood!!

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English: Anil Kapoor at the Audio release of B...
English: Anil Kapoor at the Audio release of Black N White (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Katrina Kaif at the Nakshatra jewelry...
English: Katrina Kaif at the Nakshatra jewelry launch in 2008 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
There is this wonderful community on Google Plus called “Bollywood (Hindi/Indian) Music” and members are asked to share Hindi/Indian music they like or love. 

Well so far two videos were submitted by me, but even though the Moderator accepted one of my posts, the music was actually American songs that had been performed by famous Bollywood stars. One by Shahrukh Khan, a timeless classic “Stand By Me” (accepted by the Moderator); and the other by Priyanka Chopra, a modern collaborative crossover effort with hip hop all-star Will I. Am, lead singer for the group Black Eyed Peas (rejected by the Moderator - No biggie!  It's cool!).

- plus.google.com/communities/109475555187175670421

The truth is there were so many songs and so much music from Indian films that I've enjoyed it was difficult to choose. The video below is a clip from a movie - “Yuvvraaj” - about 3 brothers; two of them fighting over an inheritance that was left to their brother who is extremely gifted but unable to care for himself. The stars are Salman Kahn, Katrina Kaif, Anil Kapoor. All of the music for this film is incredible! This performance by Anil Kapoor is unbelievable!!

Even though this music is not a throwback for me, it's going in my throwback collection anyway.

It's true music is universal, but … Hurray for Bollywood! :)


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Content first appeared  at Bubblews on February 20, 2015










18 August 2017

World Music : Spotlight on Zaho, Algerian R&B Singer


Have always thought Algerian music had a moody, exotic, sensual vibe. Right? So tried to sign up at a site (a while back) to listen to Algerian radio stations. Could get other stations from other countries but for some reason could never get to hear music played on Algerian stations. Gave up trying!


Started watching foreign films with my SO (significant other) many moons ago and also began listening to singers from other countries or rather “world music”. You could say he opened up a new world for me; a fantastic point of view. :) But long before we ever met each other, the sound of people speaking in French has always captivated me. Mattered not what they were saying or singing – they could have been cussing at me - if it was in French it sounded way better than in English. Even people who RAP in French sound better!!



 
My SO (significant other) let me listen to this female singer called Zaho. Liked her sound. Did a little extra research on her. 

Zehira Darabid (born on May 10, 1980), known by her artistic name Zaho, is an Algerian R&B singer. - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zaho
 
Algerian? Yeah. Uh huh. That figures. Oh well! At least access to her videos wasn't cut off from the American audience.


[ Content previously published at Bubblews, Mar 20, 2015. ]

Zaho Music; available in MP3 or Unlimited Streaming with Amazon Music App


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26 July 2017

Vintage Moments in Entertainment History : Sophia Loren and Charles Aznavour

I collect vintage stuff.  That's why I joined this awesome online community.  Find more gems like the one below in Vintage, Posters &.. - Google+. They don't just share entertainment, celebrities pics, etc. They share really rare moments in history via vintage photographs you probably won't see anywhere else. Not all the photos are black and white, but the ones that are really add to that "moment in time" often captured by an unknown talented photographer.



Why do I like this photo so much?  For one thing, I'm loyal Sophia Loren fan.  I did a Top Ten List in one of my previous posts and included her in my collection of Iconic Female Celebrities.  Eh! Everybody knows Sophia Loren.  But the fact is, if it weren't for "The Truth About Charlie" movie* with Mark Wahlberg and Thandie Newton, I may have never known who Charles Aznavour was.  But I'm thankful.  His music is great for a romantic evening.  😍


* FYI.  That Wahlberg/Newton film was a remake of a classic old movie, "Charade", a 1963 flick which starred two of my favorite actors from back in the day - Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant, which did not include songs by this popular French singer.  So the film remake actually added a nice touch!  Audrey Hepburn (1929 – 1993) is also on my list of Iconic Female Celebrities.  Love her too! 💟






25 July 2017

For Lovers of Music : Bobby McFerrin & Richard Bona Collaboration

In America we call #NatKingCole “the man with the velvet voice”. Well! If the late Mr. Cole's voice is velvet. Then the voice of #RichardBona is as smooth as silk. He hails from the #Cameroon. Whoever thought to pair him up with #Bobby McFerrin for a duet was a genius!  McFerrin's voice is satin.  Silk and satin.  You can't beat that!  #music #musicians #singers #jazz

Commented on a video on YouTube.




Excellent collaboration and stellar performance by two consummate artists. Men who know their music and can share its beauty with the world. Amazing voices.




Medicine Music : Bobby McFerrin (Album)









Dina Lam : Richard Bona (Album Version)





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Gifts for Music Lovers: Duke Ellington Album: Far East Suite

A duke is like a sovereign prince or a nobleman. What an appropriate nickname for him. Calling this man "mister" or "sir" just seems so inadequate and uncomplimentary for one of America's most influential jazz ambassadors. "Ellington was an outstanding composer.

Gifts for Music Lovers: Duke Ellington Album: Far East Suite

A duke is like a sovereign prince or a nobleman. What an appropriate nickname for him. Calling this man "mister" or "sir" just seems so inadequate and uncomplimentary for one of America's most influential jazz ambassadors. "Ellington was an outstanding composer.


Gifts for Music Lovers : Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics

"As of 2016, Aretha Franklin still holds the record for the most hits on the Billboard Hot 100 ... she is still on the road and performing in her 74th year." (Even though her doctors advise her to take it easy.) * * Quote source: "FUV Essentials: Aretha Franklin." WFUV.

Gifts for Music Lovers : Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics

"As of 2016, Aretha Franklin still holds the record for the most hits on the Billboard Hot 100 ... she is still on the road and performing in her 74th year." (Even though her doctors advise her to take it easy.) * * Quote source: "FUV Essentials: Aretha Franklin." WFUV.


Gifts for Music Lovers: Artists Collaboration | Linda Rondstadt and Aaron Neville

There are so many male tenors in the entertainment industry and no doubt if one is mentioned by name, somebody will readily respond with an alternative or comparable singer and say ~ Yeah, he's alright but I just love _________. Nevertheless I am going to resort to name-calling because this guy's voice even impressed Linda Ronstadt .

Gifts for Music Lovers: Artists Collaboration | Linda Rondstadt and Aaron Neville

There are so many male tenors in the entertainment industry and no doubt if one is mentioned by name, somebody will readily respond with an alternative or comparable singer and say ~ Yeah, he's alright but I just love _________. Nevertheless I am going to resort to name-calling because this guy's voice even impressed Linda Ronstadt .


Gifts for Music Lovers: Carlos Santana: Ultimate Guitar Hero

Jingle Jangle Jungle is a fabulous music entertainment blog that publishes interesting tidbits about music, artists and the stories behind them. Per JJJ: " ... the sound of Carlos Santana is one of the world's best-known musical signatures. ..."

Gifts for Music Lovers: Carlos Santana: Ultimate Guitar Hero

Jingle Jangle Jungle is a fabulous music entertainment blog that publishes interesting tidbits about music, artists and the stories behind them. Per JJJ: " ... the sound of Carlos Santana is one of the world's best-known musical signatures. ..."

27 June 2017

The Beatles : Trivia and Interesting Tidbits About Members of the Fab Four

Fans love to latch on to info about The Beatles aka the Fab Four, no matter if it's current or old news.


The late John Lennon, original member of the Fab Four, known officially as The Beatles will always be a hot topic if you're discussing celebrity trivia , pop music history , etc. Linking back to an old post published a few months back sharing MY unofficial opinion of the unsuccessful musical career of Julian Lennon and connecting it to this link from The Guardian. Not that anybody in the Lennon family gives a hoot about my thoughts, observations or opinions. Not a hater, but the title of the article is a quote from Julian's step-brother Sean Lennon which perfectly summarizes the way I see him. LOL. 

Sean Lennon: ‘People only see me as the spoiled slacker son of John and Yoko’


People will always be curious about the lives of the offspring of music legends. You may not go looking for tidbits but when you see one, it's time for a conversation by the office water cooler. :)

Sean Lennon: 'People only see me as the spoiled slacker son of John and Yoko'


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23 June 2017

Introduction to Classical Music

Many of the famous classical music composers that we know of – Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, Tchaikovsky - are no longer with us.


Portrait Ludwig van Beethoven when composing t...
Portrait Ludwig van Beethoven when composing the Missa Solemnis (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Popular singers, songwriters and musicians like the late Nina Simone, the late Michael Jackson, Sir Paul McCartney, and Alicia Keys have all said they draw inspiration from or have been greatly influenced by these composers. 

The above is regarded by historians as the mos...
The above is regarded by historians as the most accurate surviving likeness of Mozart, painted when the composer was 26 years old. It is a section of an unfinished 1782 portrait by Joseph Lange. The splotchy texture of the composer's cheeks, visible in the original painting on display at the Mozart Museum in Salzburg, was verified by Mozart's contemporaries. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You heard that most music stores owners are tempted to put their classical music selections in a small room at the back of the store; however, it was just a bit of humor. The least we can do is display their masterful works – whether on the store shelves or in your home music library - in plain view so that their memory of these gifted musicians will live on.

Johann Sebastian Bach (aged 61) in a portrait ...
Johann Sebastian Bach (aged 61) in a portrait by Elias Gottlob Haussmann, Copy or second Version of his 1746 Canvas, private ownership of William H. Scheide, Princeton, New Jersey, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Thinking about experimenting and expanding your musical taste?


You want to listen to classical music, but you don't know where to begin?







25 May 2017

Jazz, America's Original Art Form ~ Cool Finds Around the Web (and Gift Shopping for Jazz Lovers)

"Jazz does not belong to one race or culture, but is a gift that America has given the world."
- Ahmad Alaadeen








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12 May 2017

Jackie Evancho - YouTube Channel

Just subscribed to this music channel. Yeah I'm late to the party.  Should have done it ages ago.  But better late than never!

This young lady got her first big break on "America's Got Talent". 

One of her performances that really impressed me was her singing a Sarah McLachlan song, "Angel", that I dare say is just as good as the original singer's performance. She was accompanied by David Foster on the piano. Magical! 

It is such a pleasure to see her continue to blossom and grow.  I know the mention of this flower likely provokes another cherished memory in your mind ("Sound of Music"), but it would not that far of a stretch to compare her to edelweiss






Here is another magical performance. It's on her album Awakening.

Jackie Evancho - The Rains of Castamere