BOOGALOOSA! By now, if you have visited my blog more than once, you know I love music, jazz in particular. Though I enjoy and support so many genres of music like pop, rock, country, blues, R&B, classical, Cajun, zydeco, gospel, hip hop, etc., jazz seems to fall further down on the scale of being high-profile. Even at the Grammy Awards, the jazz awards were not included in the prime time telecast, they were held in a separate hall, away from the high-profile nominees. That is disrespectful. The Americana Music movement is not helping either. Noticed that they aren’t recognizing JAZZ … Continue reading Boogaloosa and Malarkey
7+7=14 7+7=14 is simple math but also today’s date. Must be something magical in that, but not sure if there are any official groups that have a definition of what the date 7/7/14 could mean for us – the ones who need meaning, wealth and health. I will step forward, daring to declare this is a damn good date, full of love, magic and possibilities. That seems presumptuous and brave to declare such a thing, but it feels right. It’s a part of my boldness and I was reminded of this in a recent post from Mastin Kipp of The Daily Love. … Continue reading Things Independently Magical
LA Pride I’m a Los Angeles native who loves her home town. There are so many LA haters so I feel it is important for me to show my LA Pride. Today the 2X Stanley Cup Champions, LA Kings had their victory parade in Downtown. As I watched on TV, I noticed how very excited, happy and respectful the Kings fans were. I felt a lot of pride that the LA public were out there supporting our team’s victory in a way that shows how great it is to be in Los Angeles. Even on the night the Kings … Continue reading LA Pride, Dad and Ink-N-Iron
On Sunday (June 1) I went to The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano with friends to see Rikki Lee Jones and Alfred Johnson perform. It was a true gift in more ways than one. My neighbor and friend, Marla, treated two other great friends and me to this special evening and a girls night out. Marla gave us matching bracelets as a party gift memento for the night.
The live music was the best gift of the night as we were thrilled by Alfred Johnson’s opening set, Alfred was more than Rikki Lee Jones’ opener. Alfred Johnson has co-written hit songs with Rikki since they met in Los Angeles over 30 years ago. “Company” and “Weasel and the White Boys Cool,” which Rikki performed during her phenomenal set, are among the songs Alfred Johnson and Rikki Lee Jones co-wrote. Alfred accompanied himself on keyboard, no other musicians played and it was fine because what we were given was his full, joyful energy and talent. Alfred’s smile is as big as his personality and his songs are more than tunes, they are stories.
Rikki Lee Jones was a jewel. She’s a star. Rikki impressed me so much with her emotional, soulful delivery of vocals that moved the entire auditorium. Just like Continue reading “Story Life – Rikki Lee Jones and Alfred Johnson”