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Happy Chrismahanukkwannzaka™, Everyone.

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This commercial means the world to me. Aired for the first time in 1984… its one of the last childhood memories I have embedded in my brain. May this commercial never die.

Happy Chrismahanukkwannzaka, everyone.

Its the "Praise Jebus; Anita Baker is on Twitter" Appreciation and Music Post.

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If you don’t know, just act like you do. Or I wont like you too much.

Oh My Lord I love you so much.

Why You Should Care:
She is Legend. Her voice and her story are a gift from God. One of the most powerful Altos/Contraltos I’ve had the honor of hearing Live. Her chest voice will make the earth SHAKE. Her voice can literally. LITERALLY. Fill an ENTIRE amphitheater with a resonance that even her own microphone and speakers cant handle (It happened at the Pala Casino; 2007. Check that link below. I was there). Its proof that Musical Jebus exists.  I’ve SEENT THE GLORY. PRAISE HER NAME.

And then, I mean, along with the 8 Grammys, 9 American Music Awards (give or take), 2 Gold Albums (last one in 2005), 4 Platinum albums and however many various international awards, jazz awards and Honors shes picked up along the way… there’s the plain and simple fact that her voice is probably one of the main reasons why I adore music the way I do. Waking up every other morning to the sound of this womans voice isn’t a bad way to grow up. Great way to tune your Perfect Pitch too.

With songs like “Angel” (Wedding Song Material), “You’re the Best Thing Yet,” Giving  You the Best That I Got, The Epically Truthiness Filled (Dont Believe In) “Fairy Tales,” and the old school jammyjam, “Do You Believe In Me?” all you have to do is basically shut up and listen. Then watch her sit down with Snoop Dogg for a quick interview and information on plans for a new album. Then go see her live. Then let her change your life.

And now… to add to all the glory… Anita Baker looks like she’s finally made to twitter. While it’s not verified (They aren’t verifying accounts until after the permanent switch to New Twitter, supposedly), It looks genuine and is verified by her website. So for now, I’m going with it.

Oh my God, I love this woman like she’s my Momma. *smh*

Enjoy The Links, and have a good one.

***Update
Peace to the Anita Baker Fan Fourm for finding and reaching out to me. You guys are awesome. For all things Anita Baker, and to connect with a really great fanbase, Click on that link above. 🙂

Its the “Praise Jebus; Anita Baker is on Twitter” Appreciation and Music Post.

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The Greatest of All Time.

If you don’t know, just act like you do. Or I wont like you too much.

Why You Should Care:

She is Legend. A gift from God. One of the most powerful Altos I’ve had the honor of hearing Live. Her voice can literally. LITERALLY. Fill an ENTIRE amphitheater with a resonance that even her own microphone and speakers cant handle. Its proof that Music Jebus exists.  I’ve SEENT THE GLORY. PRAISE HER NAME.

And then, I mean, along with the 8 Grammys, 9 American Music Awards (give or take), 2 Gold Albums (last one in 2005), 4 Platinum albums… there’s the fact that this woman’s voice is probably one of the main reasons why I adore music the way I do. Waking up every other morning to the sound of this womans voice isn’t a bad way to grow up. Great way to tune your Perfect Pitch too.

With songs like “Angel” (Wedding Song Material), “You’re the Best Thing Yet,” Giving  You the Best That I Got, The Epically Truthiness Filled (Dont Believe In) “Fairy Tales,” and the old school jammyjam, “Do You Believe In Me?” all you have to do is basically shut up and listen. Then watch her sit down with Snoop Dogg for a quick interview and information on plans for a new album. Then go see her live. Then let her change your life.

And now… to add to all the glory… Anita Baker looks like she’s finally made to twitter. While it’s not verified (They aren’t verifying accounts until after the permanent switch to New Twitter, supposedly), It looks genuine and is verified by her website. So for now, I’m going with it.

Oh my God, I love this woman like she’s my Momma. *smh*

Enjoy The Links, and have a good one.

 

***Update
Peace to the Anita Baker Fan Fourm for finding and reaching out to me. You guys are awesome. For all things Anita Baker, Click on that link. 🙂

New Album Alert and Review: Esperanza Spalding | Chamber Music Society.

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Beautiful. Photo ©Sandrine Lee

Sound: High Quality Jazz and Brazilian Jazz for everyone.
Album: Chamber Music Society (August 17, 2010)

Why?
Because with this album, Esperanza undoubtedly cements herself as one of the leading jazz musicians of this generation. Only 25, she has had a stunning career in not only music (already on her third album with tons of accolades), but an amazing career as a music teacher as well, becoming one of the youngest teachers at Berklee School of Music. Then theres the whole previous two albums of jazztaular winning, along with awesome appearances at President Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony. But really, that’s just a side note to the wonderful musical victory that is Esperanza’s newest album, “Chamber Music Society.” Its filled with fresh sounding and updated yet AUTHENTIC  jazz songs, brazilian influenced compositions and stunning instrumental arrangements that show a musical maturity far beyond Esperanza’s 25 years.

Well structured and perfectly sequenced to leave you wanting more, “Chamber Music Society” reaffirms that jazz has been and will continue to evolve (beautifully) and expand throughout generations, and that the love of jazz still exists (especially amongst the younger kids.) Basically, Jazz is not dead, will probably never die, and musicians like Esperanza Spalding are the reasons why. And if you were happy with anything off her first 2 albums… then this one will be just as sweet for you.

Key tracks to check out? “What A Friend,” “Winter Sun,” and the instrumental beauty “Short and Sweet.”

Get your jazz on.

 

New Album Alert and Review: Esperanza Spalding | Chamber Music Society.

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Beautiful. Photo ©Sandrine Lee

Sound: High Quality Jazz and Brazilian Jazz for everyone.
Album: Chamber Music Society (August 17, 2010)

Why?
Because with this album, Esperanza undoubtedly cements herself as one of the leading jazz musicians of this generation. Only 25, she has had a stunning career in not only music (already on her third album with tons of accolades), but an amazing career as a music teacher as well, becoming one of the youngest teachers at Berklee School of Music. Then theres the whole previous two albums of jazztaular winning, along with awesome appearances at President Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony. But really, that’s just a side note to the wonderful musical victory that is Esperanza’s newest album, “Chamber Music Society.” Its filled with fresh sounding and updated yet AUTHENTIC  jazz songs, brazilian influenced compositions and stunning instrumental arrangements that show a musical maturity far beyond Esperanza’s 25 years.

Well structured and perfectly sequenced to leave you wanting more, “Chamber Music Society” reaffirms that jazz has been and will continue to evolve (beautifully) and expand throughout generations, and that the love of jazz still exists (especially amongst the younger kids.) Basically, Jazz is not dead, will probably never die, and musicians like Esperanza Spalding are the reasons why. And if you were happy with anything off her first 2 albums… then this one will be just as sweet for you.

Key tracks to check out? “What A Friend,” “Winter Sun,” and the instrumental beauty “Short and Sweet.”

Get your jazz on.

 

Metal Appreciation: Megadeth – Sweating Bullets

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I like the old school shots.

Megadeth. LA Born. Metal. And Awesome.
No one could understand my love for Rock and Metal musics when I was a little kid. Yeah, I went hard for EPMD and En Vogue in my day, but I also kept a secret spot in my musical nerdery for things like Slayer up to my obsession with RATM. But recently, I had forgotten about my love for all things Metal…. until the coming of Guitar Hero 5. Yeah. I’m one of those nerds whose into that.

After shredding the “Death Metal” section of Guitar Hero (which included hits from Lamb of God and Children of Bodom, rock the fu*k on), I saved the best song, Sweating Bullets, for last. With the Challenge level set to medium, I had the greatest Guitar Hero experience ever (anything harder than that right now, and I’ll fail out. lol). Not only did it leave me feeling like a total Monster of Rock, it left me inspired to go find my old Megadeth CDs, and get updated on what they’ve been up to lately.  And even though the majority of the original members have been gone several times over, and Dave Mustaine has found Jebus (hey, at least its not Pantera)… the legacy of the music they made still stands. A song that is reminiscent of something from the blues genre (with thrashing, powerful guitar chords over it), Dave’s amazing voice snarls and soars while he describes what its like having to fight the “Dark Side.”

Here’s to a song that not only does it go hard in musical form, but kicks even more ass when you get to play along to it on Guitar Hero.

Thanks for activating the nerd in me.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo + Sesame Street = The most beautiful singing of any Alphabet you’ve ever heard.

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Dammit, I need to get to Africa.

So I’m a hardcore Sesame Street nerd. And were talking about 70’s and 80’s Sesame Street… when Kermit, Cookie Monster and (Super!) Grover ruled the show. Why? Because those are the times where you get a lot of beautiful musical performances from High Quality musicians and artists…. Like the Pointer Sisters counting to twelve for you. Another one of those is the Legendary Performance that African Choir Ladysmith Black Mambazo gave when singing the Alphabet in traditional isicathamiya and mbube format.

Already 40 years in the game, Ladysmith Black Mambazo was founded by Joseph Shabalala in 1960 in South Africa. After rising to prominence in their homeland, their reach began to spread when Paul Simon had them on his album “Graceland.” From there, the group has traveled and toured the world sharing their craft, and becoming cultural ambassadors for their music and their country.

But enough chatting from me. Seriously. Just watch this 1988 performance by one of the greatest choirs of all time. Enjoy the throwback awesome that is this video. And then check out the cool cameo by Kermit.

Yeah, its adorable that every word Kermit sings something that coincides with the letters in the alphabet. But what is he saying? Oh you know I got you.

Amazingly Beautiful Creatures Dancing Excites the Forest Glade, in my Heart how I do Jump like the Kudo Listen to the Music so Nice the Organ Plays. Quietly Rests the Sleepy Tiger Under the Vine tree at the Waters side and X marks the place ‘neath the Yellow moon where the Zulu king and I did hide.”

The original version, featuring Paul Simon is below.

Enjoy the throwback, and have fun.