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Anita Baker and Lalah Hathaway Surprise Appearance with Rachelle Ferrell @ The Catalina Jazz Club. Video Clips and Photos:

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I’m inviting you to My Little Secret: Rachelle Ferrell Live at Catalina Jazz Club – April 7th. Links:

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She's SO COOL.


I’ve talked about Rachelle Ferrell before (click here and act like you know).
At this point, it will be my 4th time seeing her in the same amount of years. And every time I go, the turnout grows just a bit more and more. It started with taking mom as a gift for mother’s day… and continued on ever since then. Why? Because she continues to give one of the best Live Jazz Performances I’ve seen. In a small venue format. Its AMAZING. This woman does everything. From singing with an 8 Octave range (INCLUDING THE WHISTLE REGISTER PEOPLE) to scat-vocals to BeatBoxing better than your favorite rapper… Rachelle Ferrell is possibly one of the greatest and UNDERRATED vocal talents of all time. OF ALL TIME. ©kanye.

You can click here to buy tickets… I already have. And I’m inviting buddies. I don’t care if you’ve never heard of her or her music before. You should get familiar and see this woman while you can. Eventually I’ll get around to making another appreciation post. Until then, you google this woman and witness her GREATNESS.

I'm inviting you to My Little Secret: Rachelle Ferrell Live at Catalina Jazz Club – April 7th. Links:

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She's SO COOL.


I’ve talked about Rachelle Ferrell before (click here and act like you know).
At this point, it will be my 4th time seeing her in the same amount of years. And every time I go, the turnout grows just a bit more and more. It started with taking mom as a gift for mother’s day… and continued on ever since then. Why? Because she continues to give one of the best Live Jazz Performances I’ve seen. In a small venue format. Its AMAZING. This woman does everything. From singing with an 8 Octave range (INCLUDING THE WHISTLE REGISTER PEOPLE) to scat-vocals to BeatBoxing better than your favorite rapper… Rachelle Ferrell is possibly one of the greatest and UNDERRATED vocal talents of all time. OF ALL TIME. ©kanye.

You can click here to buy tickets… I already have. And I’m inviting buddies. I don’t care if you’ve never heard of her or her music before. You should get familiar and see this woman while you can. Eventually I’ll get around to making another appreciation post. Until then, you google this woman and witness her GREATNESS.

The African Intro Song to “Coming To America” | The Ladysmith Black Mambazo (International | African) Appreciation Post.

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I’ve used up all of my words. ©…
They did the African Alphabet on Sesame Street.
Just hush up and listen.

Intro to “Coming To America” for the WIN

Right around the time they were featured on Paul Simon’s “Graceland”

How Long?

If you have kids, and they havent seen this, step your parenting game up.

…and its original…

2003 Mambazo…

and them being awesome at the 2010 Fifa Cup.

Nice saturday music if you ask me.
Have fun.

 

The African Intro Song to "Coming To America" | The Ladysmith Black Mambazo (International | African) Appreciation Post.

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I’ve used up all of my words. ©…
They did the African Alphabet on Sesame Street.
Just hush up and listen.

Intro to “Coming To America” for the WIN

Right around the time they were featured on Paul Simon’s “Graceland”

How Long?

If you have kids, and they havent seen this, step your parenting game up.

…and its original…

2003 Mambazo…

and them being awesome at the 2010 Fifa Cup.

Nice saturday music if you ask me.
Have fun.

Teena Marie. I Adore You. (AKA: The Teena Marie Media Appreciation Post.)

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I Love You.

Teena Marie. Known in LA to most of my Mom’s people as Mary Christine Brockert. Appeared in an episode of The Beverly Hillbillies at the age 7 as “Tina Marie Brockert.” Venice High School Alumni. All around multi-instrumental prodigy. Picked up and mastered several instruments (piano, guitar, bass) before the age of 21. The ORIGINAL protegé of Rick James. Founder of the “Teena Marie Law” (label cannot keep an artist under contract without putting out an album by him or her). I remember being 6 years old and finally figuring out Teena was white and awesome by going over my friend’s house, whose Mom had her vinyl collection. I stared at the cover of “Naked To The World” all day. One of my first inspirations to play music… especially since this woman produced, arranged and mastered the majority of her own music. The least I can do is play some piano. A regular at Los Angeles County High Schools, Teena would show up randomly for pep talks, appearances and performances. A woman who loved LA.
Her voice is legend. I didn’t get to see her live, and that really sucks.
I’m going to miss her so much.

When it hurts, I listen to music. And share with other people. You should too.
Heres some of my best stuff from my CD collection. You download what you need/don’t have. Excuse me while I roll around in her liner notes and cry for a while.

Emerald City

Shangri-La

It Must Be Magic

Where’s California

Square Biz (Long Version)

Square Biz – (Instrumental, 12-inch B-side)

Deja Vu (We’ve Been Here Before) – (Previously Unreleased, Live)

Oh La La La

Work it

Lovergirl

Fire and Desire:

Behind the Groove

And if that isnt enough…
Teena Marie: Unsung.
Takes about an 30 minutes to download in full.

And if THAT isn’t enough,
Billboard did a great article on her life and accomplishments. Included a ton of videos. Read this.

If you have any requests… let me know. I have almost everything.

Love you Ms. Marie.
Rest In Peace.

You Will Never Die.

This is the Music that makes me Hate Christmas a little less. Links:

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....And what happened then? Well, in Whoville they say that the Grinch's small heart grew three sizes that day.

I’m not the biggest fan of Christmas. Its great and all for families, and I have decent memories of Christmas coming up for the most part. But now… it’s not about family or loved ones or celebrating the end of the year and your accomplishments and setting goals for the next year. Nope. It’s about spending and buying and credit card debit and marketing and spending time with family that frankly… you just don’t like. Plus, as a grown woman with no kids, it just has no value at this point for me.

Christmas is just irritating. EXCEPT for the music. The Holidays is a perfect example of music stepping in and making everything better. There are just some songs and some things… no matter how much I find myself irritated by holiday advertisements or bratty kids begging (and mostly receiving) toys they don’t deserve… that can’t be marred by human stupidity. And one of those things is Music. Holiday Music to be precise.

Note to self: Find Boyz II Men’s Christmas album. Today.

Anita Baker: My Favorite Things and I’ll be home for Christmas – There are a lot of versions of these songs. But I only want Anita Baker to sing them to me, please. Thanks.

Leontyne Price: It came upon A Midnight Clear – Let one of the most legendary African-American Opera Singers change your life right quick.

The Roots: Millie Pulled a Pistol on Santa – Because its Christmas everywhere. Including the ‘hood.

Beck: Little Drum Machine Boy – Beck does some of his Dopest Beats in the name of the Holidays. Droppin Hanukkah Science on that ass. I do love this man. “I get down… I get down… I get down All The Way! Hanukkah Pimp! Hanukkah Pimp! Hanukkah Pimp!”

Jackson 5: Santa Claus is Coming To Town – It’s Michael Jackson. I don’t need to say anything else.

Johnny Cash: Silent Night, Merry Christmas Mary, and Christmas as I knew it – Listen to Johnny Sing to you about Love, Silent Nights, and get his spoken word poetry on with Christmas as I knew it… a really touching tale of growing up in the olden days of Christmas… and what it should really be about.

Take 6: He Is ChristmasAmen! – One of the best Harmonizing Groups to ever exist on this Earth remind you all you need is 6 powerful voices; no instruments.

Stevie Wonder: Someday at Christmas – Before he was really a man, Stevie took the time to tell us to remember all the good things and memories of Christmas. Awesome.

Mahalia Jackson: O Little Town of BethlehemChristmas Comes to us only Once A Year – The woman who told The Roots How To Get Over. The Goddess of Gospel. Praise her name, Rest in peace.

Wynton Marsalis: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing – Trumpets and Christmas. How are we losing.

Jimi Hendrix Trio: The Little Drummer Boy | Silent Night|Auld Lang Syne [Extended Version] – Dude, I forgot I even had this Epic Victory of a song. Didnt realize it until I searched the entire music collection under “Christmas.” Victorious.

Vince Guaraldi Trio: Linus and Lucy, and ALL THREE versions of Christmas Time Is Here: Vocal Version, Instrumental Version and The Rare Alternative Version…. – Because it’s just not Christmas without this song.

Kaki King: O Holy Night – This version of this song came into my life where I was sure I was going to hate christmas forever. Then she sang to me. And it wasn’t so bad. This version will always have a special place in my heart.

I have more, but I’m frankly tired of uploading.

When you get tired of this, You can always head over to JohnBook’s site and check out his top picks for Christmas Music. You’re sure to find something you like, I promise.
I started this post hating Christmas. Now I’m not so mad anymore.
I got some Christmas FIRE in here. Download away. And don’t say I never gave you nothin.
Merry Christmahanukwannzaka.