Gospel music blends bold harmonies, feature spiritual messages in their lyrics and may feature a choir of singers. #1 this week on the Billboard Charts is Here I Am by Marvin Sapp. Gospel inspires and gets you moving!
Born today in 1949, Gloria Gaynor is most famous for her anthem for the brokenhearted, "I Will Survive," released in 1978.
Gloria Gaynor started off in the group, the Satisfied Sisters, but eventually went on to a solo career in the 70s. The 90s had her back in the limelight doing cameos on shows like Ally McBeal and That 70s Show. Her hit, "I Will Survive," was covered by Cake on their album Fashion Nugget, one of my personal favorites.
Reunited again with original vocalist Skye Edwards, Morcheeba's Paul and Ross Godfrey have managed to recapture the band's classic sultry vocal trip-hop chill-out vibe that fans have been waiting for through two experimental albums.....effectively, the blood is pumping again and swirling in the lemonade.
Seven years is a long time to wait for an album but the titans of trip-hop have returned full circle to the marriage of the Godfrey brothers beats and the sly vocals of the lovely Skye much to the relief of their fans.
Sometimes it's the simple things in life that make the most sense. Once again the good city of Brooklyn has stepped up to give the world of the music industry a blast of what it might need right about now....a bit of simplicity. Take one part hammering drums & guitar and one part shoegazer female vocals and you have the latest "Treat" from New York in the form of Sleigh Bells.
The musical hurricane known as the Sleigh Bells (with Derek Miller serving as the chaos of massive drums with screaming guitars and his band mate Alexis Kraus dwelling in the eye of it with her sweeter than sugar vocals) started dropping demos on the Internet last year and in the few months that followed they had quickly earned their way into every conversation of, "What is new in music today?" Following up the goss
Compared to legends like Billie Holliday and Shirley Horne, Abbey Lincoln was born Anna Marie Wooldridge August 6, 1930 in Chicago, the 10th of 12 children. Heading to L.A. at the age of 19, she became a nightclub singer until she rose to stardom. Sadly, Ms. Lincoln passed away this weekend at the age of 80.
In addition to being an amazing singer, Abbey Lincoln was nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress in 1969 for her role as the title character in For Love of Ivy starring opposite Sidney Poitier, who also wrote the story. This came as no surprise to those who had seen her in the 1964 film, Nothing but a Man.
If you hear a ruckus coming from The Fields at Dick's Sporting Goods Park this weekend, it's just the Mile High Music Festival. 45 musical artists will be playing August 14 and 15, including some of the hottest bands out there!
The lineup is stellar. Many have released a new album this year!
Have you heard the joke that if you can remember Woodstock, then you weren't really there? Those 32 musical acts on August 15 through 18, 1969 have gone down in history as the exclamation point for the sixties and came to define a generation.
Whether you were there or wish you were, you can experience the sights and sounds in their entirety through the documentary or recordings from the historic event.
Some of the musical acts during the festival included:
Banda is more than one type of music as it incorporates many different important influences including cumbia, corrido and bolero. These ensembles are usually a big band (10-20 people) with an emphasis on brass and percussion, including the tambora, and are best known for their rancheras.
Nothing gets me moving more than the song Eye of the Tiger, but these albums provide a motivating soundtrack to get one moving and energized - whether it is cleaning the house, working out at the gym or having a dance party in the living room!