Get On Up The James Brown Story Last night I was privileged to attend a screening of “Get On Up” the soon to be released (Aug. 1) biopic about James Brown. It almost seems unnecessary to explain who James Brown was because he was such a larger than life artist who is known worldwide. In fact, all generations should know James Brown because his music has been sampled more than any other music artists, in contemporary recordings. “Get On Up” artfully presents the life story of James Brown, known as the hardest working man in show business. Filmed on location … Continue reading Get On Up
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
Horace Silver Horace Silver, an American jazz pianist “famous” for his funky playing style called hard bop, passed away last week at the age of 85. I put “famous” in quotes because I didn’t know about Horace Silver until two years … Continue reading Getting High on Hard Bop
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
June 14 is Flag Day. Not many people remember it but when I go out I usually see a few homes that display the flag. I also have a reminder when Flag Day comes around. A good friend’s birthday is June 14 and she told me years ago when she was a kid she thought people put the flag up because it was her birthday. I thought that was a nice reason and cool thought to have if your birthday is June 14. So Happy Birthday to all celebrating today. Let’s raise the flag and celebrate with “Old Glory.” Sounds like … Continue reading Wave the Flag, It Sounds Like New Jersey
If it wasn’t challenging enough to go through three months of Mars retrograde (March 1 to May 19) Mercury Retrograde has just begun and is usually a big pain in yours and my ass. If you are unfamiliar with Merc Retro just a brief description of the affects are: communications and devices that facilitate communication can go awry or are misunderstood, travel plans can be delayed or you may encounter more traffic jams (in LA this is imperceptible), electronic devices and vehicles can suddenly have unexplained problems and it’s not the best time to enter into legal agreements or begin new … Continue reading RETROgrade
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”