I heard this Pat Metheny track on the Sirius XM channel Real Jazz, and would not have guessed it was Metheny, because it so heavily features sax. The Unity Band, Metheny's latest project, is the first time he's featured sax in more than three decades. No wonder!
From Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, the latest bit of musical comedy featuring celebrity guests. This time, from Thursday night's episode, a redo of the Lumineers' Ho Hey, featuring Fallon, guest Nick Offerman, musical guest Blake Shelton and staff writer Chris Tartaro.
Martha is baking me a cake that has two of my favourite ingredients: chocolate and coffee (espresso, to be exact). I came across this ad, produced a few years ago for the Italian manufacturer Zaini and its Kofli products.
This is the Rolling Stones' appearance on the U.K. pop show, Ready Steady Go! The performance was lip-synched, but notable for its presentation. The director, Michael Lindsay-Hogg, decided to play with things by doing rapid jump cuts and, in particular, gradually killing the studio lighting until only a single light stayed on Mick Jagger.
The annual chance to celebrate your friendly neighbourhood record store, and perhaps pick up a collectible, is this April 20. Here's the site. The local participating store is (surprise!!) the venerable Fred's on Duckworth Street in downtown St. John's.
It was a beautiful and sunny day today in St. John's, although the ocean was on a full roll. This is one of the pictures I took as we putter along the Marine Drive, showing the waves pounding Middle Cove and Motion right behind it.
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Even while Roxy Music was still a young band, Bryan Ferry had already established himself as an interpreter of other people's songs. That sideline/solo thing has evolved over the years; in 2007, he released Dylanesque, consisting entirely of Ferryized versions of Bob Dylan songs. (The lyrics? All now understandable!) If Not For You is one of my favourites from the record.
I've been able to sing along to Eddy Grant's biggest hit since it came out, but didn't know for many years that Electric Avenue is an actual place. It's the main street in Brixton, in London, and got its name because it had the novelty of being electrified before most other streets.
Many of my good friends know I have a thing about ice cubes ... although cubes are actually not involved at all. I have ice sphere makers (perfect for keeping certain drinks very cold without diluting them at all), and a wide range of novelty items that pop ice out in shapes ranging from hearts, Han Solo (a la carbonite) and skulls-and-crossbones. Arrrr...
I saw this product this week, and I'm tempted. Williams Sonoma sells these ice cube trays, with the annotation that the cubes are two inches on each side. Each set, thus, makes two. These are pretty big cubes, and as with the spheres, the idea is to keep something very, very cold without it getting watery. It's why those stones also sell.
This is one of the earworms I've had over the last few days ... so I'm passing it along to you.
The Spiral Starecase - the name was spelled wrong deliberately, this being the era of The Cyrkle, the Monkees and, yes, Led Zeppelin - had a hit in 1969 with this song, which seemed to presage the horn-driven arrangements that would be popular in the Seventies.
It's St. Patrick's Day; you won't be catching me wearing any tacky plastic things, but I am marking the day in my own way. Here's Sharon Shannon, one of the finest musicians to come out of Ireland, in full performance.
Dot Dot Dot is Morse code for the letter 'S,' the full message Guglielmo Marconi claimed to have received atop Signal Hill in St. John's in 1901. It ushered in the age of telecommunications. My maternal grandfather worked as a telegraph operator for Canadian Marconi on Signal Hill for many years.
As well, I have a habit of overusing the ellipsis when I write ... as frequent readers might notice.