Get On Up

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 and Malarkey

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

Lovin’ the Soul and Innovation

Mental Lovin’ Friday night a Barbara Walters Special aired on ABC. She interviewed Peter Roger, father of Elliot Roger the young man who murdered several UC Santa Barbara students and himself.  The program was difficult  to watch because it made me feel terrible that this person could be on a path to a happier life, instead of taking the lives of innocent people and himself. If only he had some help from a “soul tending” professional.   Yes, Elliot did have a therapist, but it seemed from what his father said in the interview, Elliot didn’t form a close connection with … Continue reading Lovin’ the Soul and Innovation

Wave the Flag, It Sounds Like New Jersey

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