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Alice Russell's version of "Crazy" is the only version of the song that matters, Really.

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Random short posts, because this woman is amazing.
Alice Russell is one of the ILLEST in the game right now, and ya’ll arent even paying attention. Just please. Go check out my previous geekery on Alice here, download those links I gave you, and understand that I only pick winners.

Peace.

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July 3, 2011 at 1:02 am

Mary Mary consistently make hits in the name of the Lord. I have no negative qualms with this.

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I'm walking too!

I love Mary Mary. I have for a while. They are greatness. Shoutout to Yolanda Adams, by the way.
So why cant the sacred mix with the secular and party in the name of the Lord? Imagine all the youth that would find love in the lord as a result of music that was universal to everyone. As long as his name is glorified and respected at all times, I have absolutely negative qualms with this.

Then again, I’m not Christian. So yeah, I understand. But songs like Mary Mary’s “I’m Walking” in all of its inspirational glory in the name of the Lord… is the stuff that makes me wish I was.

Encouraging and uplifting music that reminds you that God is Good.
I think thats awesome.
Amen.

Written by E

June 16, 2011 at 10:26 pm

Since the Rapture is coming, I will prepare (celebrate?) with the appropriate musics.

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Mary Mary is always appropriate.

Throw in some Kanye West for good measure:

….and Blondie by default. Shoutout to VH1Soul an’em.

Gotta get some Sam Cooke in…


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Mahalia Jackson too.
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And its not the Rapture without Anita Baker singing about being caught up in it.

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I havent figured out how to center Haiku Player yet, but just tell me if it works for now.
Enjoy your raptures.

Written by E

May 21, 2011 at 9:02 am

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.

Alice Russell With The Park at Angel's Tonight. If you miss it, You Suck, basically.

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Alice Russell at Angel's. Tonight.

I am in love with Alice Russell. Always have been in awe of her voice… a stunning, gospel influenced, Teena Marie-like instrument with a range and sound unlike anything you’re listening to. Not only is her voice sweet… her personality and appreciation for her fans is even sweeter. Quite literally, in a Class of her own. Shes currently taking a quick trip from her native UK out to Sunny LA for a few shows… One of them being The Bootleg Theatre last night, where she destroyed her ‘KCRW Presents’ show. From there,  she’ll be making a quick stop through Angel’s Piano Bar in Santa Monica TONIGHT for an impromptu set. All ages,  $15 cover at the door… just come have good times.

And if you havent heard the voice… You can start here:

Enjoy.
I AM!

Alice Russell With The Park at Angel’s Tonight. If you miss it, You Suck, basically.

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Alice Russell at Angel's. Tonight.

I am in love with Alice Russell. Always have been in awe of her voice… a stunning, gospel influenced, Teena Marie-like instrument with a range and sound unlike anything you’re listening to. Not only is her voice sweet… her personality and appreciation for her fans is even sweeter. Quite literally, in a Class of her own. Shes currently taking a quick trip from her native UK out to Sunny LA for a few shows… One of them being The Bootleg Theatre last night, where she destroyed her ‘KCRW Presents’ show. From there,  she’ll be making a quick stop through Angel’s Piano Bar in Santa Monica TONIGHT for an impromptu set. All ages,  $15 cover at the door… just come have good times.

And if you havent heard the voice… You can start here:

Enjoy.
I AM!

This is the Rachelle Ferrell Appreciation Post.

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It's the best picture I got of her all night... because we were too busy going to MUSICAL CHURCH.

AKA: The “Rachelle Ferrell @ Catalina Jazz Club – 3.22.2010 | Rachelle is in the Studio for the first time in 10 years. PRAISE MUSIC JEBUS.” Post.

Now this is what a concert should be like. Hands Down.
If you didn’t know, Rachelle Ferrell is legend in the jazz and R&B game. almost 20 years and 3 albums deep with a loyal fan base, Rachelle can still cause a ticket buying frenzy when she comes to town… regardless of the fact that she hasn’t had new material out in almost ten years.

So what makes her so special? Man. All you really have to do is listen to the woman sing, really. A stunning 7 octave voice that she treats like the true instrument that it is, Rachelle is known for her range, her jazz-scatting abilities, projection of her voice and yes… her ability to beat box. ALL OF THAT. Not only can she execute all of this flawlessly (some at the same time), her live skill game is untouchable. No one does a live show like this woman. I waited almost 15 years to see her live… and it was one of the best shows (since Anita Baker) I’ve seen in a long, long time… I’m telling you. It’s like going to musical church. You come out feeling renewed and like you’ve caught the Music Holy Spirit. Several Times. With a thorough setlist and a powerful live jazz band backing her, It’s the best concert money I’ve spent in a while.

Really, the most important thing to come out of this show was Rachelle’s announcement that for the first time in 10 years… she is back in the studio again. So far, she says that she has several tracks recorded, and is still at work on many more before she is satisfied enough to release anything. From there, she is planning to tour to support the album, so hopefully she’ll be making a stop in your city, and you can witness the greatness yourself.

For those who don’t know, or just want a general introduction… Rachelle’s best songs, for me, are “With Open Arms,” “Waiting,” “It Only Took A Minute,” flexing her jazz skills on “Bye Bye Blackbird,” and the souled up, vocally epic “Sista.”

I’m telling you. This is some great Sunday music. If you’re not familiar, get familiar. For me. You know I’m not gonna lie to you. lol.

Enjoy.