Song Of The Day: 4/15/12 (My Valentine)

Today’s song of the day is one of Paul McCartney’s original songs, “My Valentine” from his newest CD of Pop Standards, “Kisses On The Bottom”. The video was just released this past week. I’m a little confused as to why he released it now and not right after the Grammys when he performed it live, right before Valentine’s Day, but I guess you just don’t question Sir. Paul. It’s an interesting video with Natalie Portman and Johnny Depp performing the song in sign language. You don’t see Paul at all, but his voice is indelible. Enjoy this laid back tune to wind down on this Sunday evening.

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Song(s) Of The Day: 2/17/12 (Abbey Road Medley: Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End)

Today’s song(s) of the day (a threefer, if you will) and the final 2012 Grammy performance I’d like to share is Paul McCartney’s Abbey Road Medley which consists of “Golden Slumbers”, “Carry That Weight” and “The End”. I’ve seen him perform this live and boy was it amazing!!! This was another great performance of it. I can never get enough of  The Beatle’s Abbey Road, especially not the second half of the album that includes these songs. I very much enjoyed everyone from Dave Grohl to Bruce Springsteen trading guitar licks at the end on “The End”. And it doesn’t get any better than the final line. “And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.”

Happy Valentine’s Day

In celebration of this wonderful day of love, I wanted to share a couple songs. The first song I wanted to share is “Happy Valentine’s Day” by OutKast. This is not the real video. No video was ever made for this song, but a couple of fans took the song on and made a pretty cool video for it.

 

I also wanted to share Paul McCartney’s newest single, which he performed on Sunday night at the Grammys, but no video of the performance was readily available online and this was the only thing I could find. There are no visuals, but the song is really nice and perfect for today, of course.

 

Happy Valentine’s Day to all you lovers out there!!!

Grammy Wrap Up

So last night was the 54th Grammy Awards and I have to say it was a great show!!! Lots of great performances, although I could have done without a Chris Brown performance, not to mention two of them and a win for him for best R&B Album. Also Nicki Minaj went way over the top in the most weird and unoriginal way possible. Her performance was a jab at the Catholic Church. Like that hasn’t been done before by Madonna and Lady Gaga. It was just weird for weirds sake. It may have been visually flashy, but was just done for shock value with no real depth or artistic value.

Other than those few negative moments, I can’t really complain with how it went. Some of the great performances of the night, came to you via Bruno Mars, Adele, Jennifer Hudson, Coldplay & Rihanna, Glen Campbell, Foo Fighters and Paul McCartney (twice!!!). All the big winners were deserving. And by winners I mainly mean Adele, because she walked away with just about every major award. She took home 6 awards in total, including the big award of the night, Album of the Year, as I predicted. It was pretty obvious that, that would happen. Also Bon Iver took home the award for Best New Artist, as I also predicted.

LL Cool J was the first host that the Grammys has had in many years and he did a great job. He began the evening leading a group prayer for Whitney Houston. Later in the evening, Jennifer Hudson performed a beautiful and moving tribute to Whitney Houston, as well. The only thing that was really missing from the night was a tribute to Amy Winehouse and the inclusion of Don Cornelius in the tribute montage for those that have passed away in the past year. However it was a very memorable night and of the nominees, the people who most deserved it, won for a change. The Grammys had been kind of losing me in recent years with poor choices for winners and weak overall shows, but they won me back this year. I can’t wait for next year!!! It’s MY Superbowl!!!

P.S. Paul McCartney ended the show with the Abbey Road medley. ending with the song “The End”!!! It doesn’t get any better than that. “And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.”

For a full list of winners go here:

http://www.grammy.com/nominees

Song Of The Day: 2/11/12 (Thriller)

On November 30th 1982 one of the greatest album’s of all time, Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” was released!!! Just over a year later, in 1984, it won Album of the Year at the Grammys. Since its release it has sold somewhere around 110 million albums worldwide!!! That makes it an 11 times Diamond record!!! Now if you follow this blog you know from a post from a few weeks back that Michael Jackson is tied for my #1 artist of all time with The Beatles and OutKast and “Thriller” just goes to show you the heights that true talent can achieve. What makes “Thriller”, an already infinitely great album, even better, for me, is the fact that one of my other #1 favorite artists, Paul McCartney, was featured on it, on the song “The Girl Is Mine”. There really isn’t much I can say about “Thriller” that has never been said a million times before. It was…well…a “Thriller”. It blended just about every and any genre of music known to man with perfect Pop sensibility, which of course made it appealing to just about anyone who loved any kind of good music. It actually also played a pivotal roll in breaking down racial barriers in America. Among the many racial barriers broken down, the popularity of “Thriller” and Michael Jackson made him the first black artists to be played in regular rotation on MTV (when they still actually played music). In honor of one of the greatest albums ever recorded and another GREAT Album of the Year winner at the Grammys, today’s song of the day is “Thriller”!!!

My Favorite Superbowl Halftime Shows

So Superbowl Sunday has arrived!!! I’m not into sports at all, but I love Superbowl Sunday for the food, drinks, commercials and of course the halftime show!!! As mentioned in a post earlier this week, Madonna will be performing at this year’s halftime. Although I’m not a big Madonna fan, I’m looking forward to seeing her halftime performance, especially since I now know that she will be performing a song with Cee-Lo Green!!! I got to thinking today about the great haltime shows of the past and thought I would share my top 5 favorites with you, in chronological order.

Of course, Michael Jackson’s 1993 halftime show was epic!!! I love how they created the allusion that he teleported from one end of the stadium to the middle of the stadium and I love how he stands there for about 2 minutes before he even starts and people are just going CRAZY!!!

I also loved the 2001 *NSYNC, Aerosmith, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige & Nelly halftime show. I liked seeing so many great artists from different genres sharing the stage and killing it. And you gotta love the opening sketch along with Ben Stiller & Chris Rock!!!

And then a few years later at the 2004 halftime show, there was the “wardrobe malfunction” heard round the world, when Janet Jackson & Justin Timberlake performed. If you watch the performance you can tell they planned on doing exactly what happened. I mean he says in the song, “I bet I’ll have you naked by the end of this song” and do you see how he really digs in there and so obiously, purposefully pulls her breast covering away and how it pulled away so perfectly. That was totally planned!!!

The next year they brought in the great and safe bet, that is Paul McCartney, to clean the shows reputation up a bit. And boy did he put on one hell of a show, as he always does. Viva La McCartney!!!

And finally in 2007 they brought in “The Purple One” A.K.A. The Artist A.K.A. Prince!!! He put on an awesome, rip-roaring spectacle. Unfortunately the Youtube video doesn’t include when he plays Purple Rain at the end, for some weird reason and I couldn’t find it on Youtube. I had to find another video of it on a different website, but that website won’t let me embed the video into this post so follow this link to see the rest of the performance (http://www.veoh.com/watch/v389304XGYhx25k?h1=(Purple+Rain)Superbowl+Halftime+Performance+-+Prince). I love how they added in the thunder and lighting, but how perfect was it that it actually rained!?! The power of Prince, people!!!

The 2012 Grammys Are Coming……

So we are just 3 weeks away from music’s biggest night, (or as I call it, the Superbowl of music) the Grammy Awards!!! To be honest I used to get a lot more excited about them, until they started to try and appeal to a younger audience. This aim to reach out to a younger audience has led to a lot more, less “talented” and less experimental/original artists winning. The Grammys problem is they either go to  too old and obscure with their winners or too young and Pop-py (as of late). For instance, I have nothing against Taylor Swift. I like her quite a bit actually, but her winning Grammy for Album of the Year in 2010 for “Fearless” was a little premature. She just hasn’t matured enough as an artist yet, to have earned a Grammy for Album of the Year. As matter of fact her follow up album “Speak Now” was a much better and more consistent album of ever better crafted songs, but she of course didn’t win for her better album or even get nominate for it, she won for her more popular album and that’s just not right. The Grammys aren’t supposed to be about popularity, it’s supposed to be about the quality of the music. For whatever reason it seems like the Grammys are sticking to this new “younger” format, which is evident in the nominations for Album of the Year, as well as other categories in the past 3 years.

The 2010 nominees for Album of the Year were as follows:

Taylor Swift – Fearless (Winner)

Beyonce – I Am… Sasha Fierce

The Black Eyed Peas – The E.N.D.

Lady Gaga – The Fame

Dave Matthews Band – Big Whiskey & the GrooGrux King (the exception here)

The 2011 nominees were as follows:

Arcade Fire – The Suburbs (Winner)

Eminem – Recovery

Lady Antebellum – Need You Now

Lady Gaga – The Fame Monster (just a deluxe version of The Fame with a handful of added songs, that was nominated the year before and lost, but for whatever reason was nominated again)

Katy Perry – Teenage Dream (really Grammys? really?)

And this year’s nominees are as follows:

Adele – 21 (I’m putting my bets on this album to win. Yes it’s popular, but it’s also quality music.)

Foo Fighters – Wasting Light

Lady Gaga – Born This Way (she will lose again, as she did for the same album two years in a row)

Bruno Mars – Doo Wops And Hooligans

Rihanna – Loud
Whoever wins, wether it’s a deserving artist or not, there are always great albums that get neglected each year, but I guess that’s just the nature of the politics involved within the academy. One thing you can always be sure of with the Grammys is that they always put on an impeccable show, with great and inspired performances by such a wide range of musicians. So far they have announce that Paul McCartney and Coldplay along with Rihanna will perform and “Rumor Has It” that Adele may make her first singing appearance since her throat surgery, that put the temporary breaks on her skyrocketing career. There has not been any more mention of her performing, but I think the big surprise of the night will be her coming out to sing. I think this is especially likely seeing as I’m pretty sure she will walk away with Album of the Year.

Before I conclude this post I would like to make my prediction for Best New Artist. I am almost always spot on with calling the winner in this category.

The nominees for Best New Artist are as follows:

The Band Perry

Bon Iver

J. Cole

Nicki Minaj

Skrillex

I’m going to place my best on Bon Iver winning. We shall see in a few weeks.

Who do you think will win Album of the Year?

Who do you think will win Best New Artist?

Song(s) Of The Day: 1/17/12 (Tied for #1. OutKast) (The Way You Move/Hey Ya!)

My final #1 favorite music act, tied with The Beatles and Michael Jackson are OutKast. You may be wondering why I did a 3 way tie and how that could be. The Beatles, Michael Jackson and OutKast are all so different and equally great in their genre. They have all played very important parts in my life and in the molding of my musical taste. Being that one is Rock, one is Pop and one is Rap, I didn’t think it was fair to compare them and rate them 1, 2 & 3, so I tied them all for #1 because they are all my favorite. OutKast is without a shadow of a doubt, the best, most original and most talented Rap group to ever do it. My favorite for sure. They are also 2 of the best lyricists in the Rap game. They have even been called the Paul McCartney and John Lennon of Rap. They have made classic album after classic album and are still the only Rap group to ever win a Grammy for Album of the Year for “Speakerboxx/The Love Below”, one of my personal favorite albums of all time. “Speakerboxx/The Love Below” as well as all of their other albums, which are all so different, innovative and genre bending, opened me up to even more music than I was before. “Speakerboxx/The Love Below” was a double album. One disc “Speakerboxx” was technically a solo album by Big Boi and the other disc “The Love Below” was technically a solo album by Andre 3000, all under the moniker that is OutKast. It was a very successful album. One of the few Rap albums to ever go diamond. It swept the nation and world. Today I decided to do 2 songs of the day. “The Way You Move” (for some reason I couldn’t find the video for this) from “Speakerboxx” and “Hey Ya!” from “The Love Below”. Both of these videos are also available in one large video, that is connected by a segment in between, but I couldn’t find that version online either. Enjoy. Tomorrow we move on to #4.

New Music Tuesday: 1/10/12

Unfortunately, I didn’t find any good new music this New Music Tuesday. When the best new CD of the week, on Spotify is a Ja Rule greatest hits compilation, you know it’s a slow week in the musical world. There are however a couple new songs out, that I  think are worth sharing.

Jay-Z must have ran right from the hospital to the studio after his and Beyonce’s daughter Blue Ivy was born because he released a song yesterday, titled “Glory” where he raps about his newborn on a well produced Pharrell track, which also samples a bit of baby Blue crying in the background and credits her as a featuring. Out of the womb for just a couple days and he’s already got her in a song. I guess she’ll be joining the family business. Check out the proud Papa rap about his new pride and joy.

Paul McCartney also released a new song on December 20th called “My Valentine”, but I just found out about it today. It’s off of his upcoming album of standards called “Kisses on the Bottom” which will be released, February 7th. This will be his fifteenth solo studio album, not including any Beatles or Wings albums. The title doesn’t allude to kisses on someone’s bottom, like you might be thinking, but kisses on the bottom of a letter, which Paul cleared up because the entire world apparently has a dirty mind. You all should be ashamed!!! Okay, I’ll admit it, I thought the same thing. The song is very cool and like he said of the whole album, “great come home from work and relax with a cup of wine music”. Take it away Sir Paul……