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There are certain songs that bring simple joys. It reminds us to be lighthearted, content and breezy … even crazy despite the hustle and bustle of everyday life…
All great loves experience their share of running barefoot in the park and playing knee-deep in daisies, the summers of our lifetime. This song reminds Teki of her first trip to Camp John Hay with Marg. Happy moments are like daisies whatever the season.
And then it happens. And when it does, you just know it.
Because Teki can’t contain her happiness, she’s just like anyone who is giggly and excited in love. For Marg, who in all of my shortcomings, found me and kept me.
A happy song for an extremely happy day for a happy girl….
Before, when Ingrid Michaelson was still unheard of, or Priscilla Ahn and a whole host of indie-rock girl musicians, there was Lisa Loeb. During the 90’s, when girls with glasses in the music industry were considered utterly rare, Lisa represented a kind of geek music that was refreshingly cool and had attracted a cult following within a generation. It may be said that her music wasn’t much of a standout, but it was the simple lyrics and the feel-good manner that characterized a lot of her songs.
Whitney Houston will always be a music icon.
A whole generation of those growing up in the late 80’s will remember Miss Houston’s songs most for her pop, soul, R&B and jazz renditions. She belongs to a class of performers that lifted music to a whole new level. Mariah Carey and all the other divas past the 90’s have very little when compared to the pure power of Whitney Houston’s voice. Despite the demons that have plagued her life, her performances still bring a kind of collective memory of a time when R&B was at its mainstream finest.
Soul and groove musicians William D. Smith and Eric Mercury composed the song Down The Backstairs (of My Life) which they both recorded separately in their albums. Smith (aka Smitty) would record the song in his A Good Feelin’ album in 1976 while Mercury would included it in his self-titled 1975 album, originally released in Toronto. Sadly these albums have become particularly rare even on iTunes.
The song was covered by Joey Scarbury in the album America’s Greatest Hero. Although the best version in Teki’s opinion is Kenny Rankin‘s. The track was included in his album After The Roses. This version has a fuller orchestration and elevates the melancholia associated with the song with a kind of hopeful plea. A nice song as this new year has started and as one has tiptoed in the background of our lives. Read the rest of this entry »
Throughout the years, Brazilian conductor, arranger and musician Sergio Mendes has elevated Latin Jazz to a whole new bossa nova plane, with a dash of funk. Backed up with groups such as Brasil ’66, Brasil ’77 and Brasil ’88, Mendes has covered Antonio Carlos Jobim, the Beatles, Burt Bacharach and Hal David, Stevie Wonder, Milton Nascimiento and a whole host of Latin artists. He has also collaborated with artists such as Herb Alpert, guitarist John Pisano, Alan & Marilyn Bergman, Dave Grusin, Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil, Michel Legrand and some newer artists such as the Black Eyed Peas and John Legend.
In a continuing series of blog entries, Teki will feature her favorite Sergio Mendes albums through the years. And for starters, here’s their 1966 album Herb Alpert presents Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66. Read the rest of this entry »
Listening to Boz Scaggs is like a day wherein a whole range of emotions just envelops you. Teki would like to share with you her ten most favorite music tracks from the former member of Steely Dan who eventually came out to his own star and with a lot of white soul.
Teki thinks that she is getting older because when compiling the playlist, she was getting more and more conscious that she won’t include some of Scagg’s relatively power-mild rock renditions but concentrate on her real favorites. Therefore, the shortness of the playlist. She encourages though that listeners get to buy remastered albums such as Silk Degrees, Middle Man and even the compilation album Hits!