Are you ready to feel it now?

Photo of Harry CHAPIN


Two weeks running.
Every day. Every day.
The commute in. The ride home.
It opens the day.  It closes the doors.
Same tune. One tune.
Over. And over. And over.

[John Waters: “Without obsession, life is nothing.”]

From end to end.
The tune on a loop three to six times depending on traffic.


↓ click for audio (Harry Chapin – “All My Life’s A Circle”)


The Big Gato waits. Crouched.
Tapping his fingers on the seat. Impatient.
Waiting for Chapin to stop jabbering.
And then it comes. 4:30 on the running time.
I crank the volume up.
The dashboard vibrates.
Chapin cues him up.
Michael, the Cellist. Man Singing with Soul.
DK and the rest of the band join him to belt it out to the finish:

All my life’s a circle;
Sunrise and sundown;
The Moon rolls thru the nighttime;
Till the daybreak comes around.

All my life’s a circle;
But I can’t tell you why;
The Seasons’ spinning round again;
The years keep rollin’ by.


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Easing into Friday Night with Céu & Herbie


We all know the legendary Herbie Hancock.  Céu is a Brazilian singer-songwriter.  “Céu reached unprecedented chart numbers for a Brazilian female artist—1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers (New Artist) Chart, 57 on the Billboard Hot 100 and 1 on Billboard’s World Music charts. In 2008, Céu received a Grammy nomination for “Best Contemporary World Music Album” of 2007 for her debut album Céu.

If you like this music, check out  another one my Céu favorites: Sonhando (Portuguese for ” Dreaming”)


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Chillin’ on Friday Night with Zero 7

Alternative Music, Chill


Zero 7 is a British musical duo consisting of Henry Binns and Sam Hardaker.  This song, In The Waiting Line, is from their debut album, Simple Things which was released in 2001 and received critical acclaim.

↓ click for audio (Zero 7: “In The Waiting Line“)


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Easing into Friday Night with Patrick Watson…


Patrick Watson  is a Canadian singer-songwriter from Montreal, Quebec.

There is a house built out of stone
Wooden floors, walls and window sills…
Tables and chairs worn by all of the dust…
This is a place where I don’t feel alone
This is a place where I feel at home…

And I built a home
for you
for me

Out in the garden where we planted the seeds
There is a tree as old as me
Branches were sewn by the color of green
Ground had arose and passed it’s knees

By the cracks of the skin I climbed to the top
I climbed the tree to see the world
When the gusts came around to blow me down
I held on as tightly as you held on me
Held on as tightly as you held on me…

And I built a home
for you
for me


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Born to Sing: No Plan B

 Here’s a track from Van Morrison’s new album titled “Born to Sing: No Plan B.”

↓ click for audio (Van Morrison – “End of the Rainbow”)


Album Cover Source: ultimateclassicrock.com

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Be what you be, in all that you are…


First it was AC-DC. Then came Stephen P, Vicki @ The Kiwi Blog Bus and the incomparable Anake Goodall, all from NZ.  And then followed Tracie Louise from South East Queensland with her dazzle.  And just when you think the Down Under is tapped, I trip into an album from Angus Stone a folk-pop-rock singer-songwriter from Australia.  On this album, you’ll be treated to guitar, mandolin, harmonica, trumpets and more…in music that hits my sweet spot.  I couldn’t pick one favorite to share, so I’m giving you a taste of my three favorites…enjoy.

↓ click for audio (“River Love”)

↓ click for audio (“Monsters”)

↓ click for audio (“Be What You Be”)

I can still see my trails from the moon,

The compass for my shadow as it falls.
I can still feel my angel,
Come knocking at my door, she told me

Be what you be,
In all that you are
Be what you be,
In all that you are
Be what you be,
In all that you are
Are, in all that you are.


Album Cover Source: musicfeeds.com.au 

Music is Fuel. I am a Serious Consumer.


“Music has always been a matter of Energy to me, a question of Fuel. Sentimental people call it Inspiration, but what they really mean is Fuel. I have always needed Fuel. I am a serious consumer. On some nights I still believe that a car with the gas needle on empty can run about fifty more miles if you have the right music very loud on the radio.”

~ Hunter S. Thompson (via theglasschild)


Here’s Josh Groban & Brian McKnight with some of my fuel this morning – in their beautiful rendition of “Bridge Over Troubled Water” …I just need to find a way to join Hunter Thompson for a 50 mile ride on the Pacific Coast Highway…

↓ click for audio (Josh Groban & Brian McKnight – “Bridge Over Troubled Water”)


Music Inspiration: sweet-lilmz-mia-me. Quote Source: nuper via gene-how.  Image Source: Natgeo

Happy Birthday Bruce…

The Boss turns 63 today.  Here’s Bruce Springsteen with “I’m going down.”


The Gift

Here’s Glen Hansard with The Brooklyn Youth Chorus singing Hansard’s new song titled “The Gift.”  Be sure to also check out Hansard and his co-star Marketa Irglova in the movie Once which earned them the Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Falling Slowly” along with 10 other major award nominations.  Great song and great flick.

This gift will last forever
This gift will never let you down
Some things are made from better stuff
This gift is ready to be found
Just you believe it now 


Source: jungleindierock via gene-how

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Friday Night Serenade…

Joel Virgel, is a singer and songwriter who was born on the French Caribbean Island of Guadalupe and raised in Paris. Here’s Joel with “Kiss Me.”

↓ click for audio (Joel Virgel – “Kiss Me”)


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Walk on By

Music, Lyrics, Composer, Raindrops Keep Following On My Head

Burt Bacharach & Hal David


Hal David
passed away on Saturday.  David was a lyricist and partnered with music composer Burt Bacharach to produce some of the most memorable and long lasting hits of our generation including “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head“, “This Guy’s in Love with You“, “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again“, “Do You Know the Way to San Jose“, “Walk On By“, “What the World Needs Now Is Love“, “I Say a Little Prayer“, “(There’s) Always Something There to Remind Me“, and “One Less Bell to Answer“.

In memory of Hal David, here’s Dionne Warwick singing “Walk on By.”

Image Source: Bacharachonline.com 

So Sweet

Maria Mena is a Norwegian Pop singer and songwriter.  Here’s Maria (with Thomas Dybdahl) singing “So Sweet.

↓ click for audio (So Sweet – Maria Mena)

“…cool and soothing…the wind is in your hair…not a single care…the speed of moving…feels like you can fly… feeling kinda high…beneath the big blue sky…you let go and landed on your feet…and it felt so sweet…there’s nothing more that can hold you back now…Amelia, you always had what you finally found…you’re on your way…your fears are behind you…morning glory…shines upon your face…not a single trace…of years all gone to waste…oh now here’s a story…full of hope and light…you didn’t win without a fight…now here’s to your delight…you let go and landed on your feet …and it felt so sweet…there’s nothing more that can hold you back now…”

 

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Happy Birthday Van…


It’s Van Morrison’s 67th birthday today.  Here’s Van singing “High Summer.”

↓ click for audio

 

 

 


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Blue and White

Here’s Beth Waters singing “Blue and White.

…it’s okay I’m going home now
I’ll be okay tonight
I just wanna be alone now
with the dark and the light
that’s my favorite color blue there
as the sun sets in the sky
there’s just something in the hue there
in the corner of my eye

in the dark and the light
in the blue and the white
something’s pure that I am missing
something’s sure that I am not
holding back and never letting you see…


Image Source: Thank you Anake Goodall – Manolo Valdes, Double Negative, 1942

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Sunday Afternoon with Amos…

colors

Here’s Amos Lee with Norah Jones singing “Colors.”  Lee was born in Philadelphia.  He was a former schoolteacher and bartender before pursuing a career in music.

↓ click for audio (Colors: Amos Lee with Norah Jones)


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