Month: December 2011

Boz Scaggs: You Can Have Me Anytime

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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!

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A Chronology of Christopher Cross

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Christopher Cross is one of those West Coast artists who in himself is more than artist, he is an experience.
His is the kind of melodic rock that makes you smile and hurt without too much of the angst or emo.  A former roadie member of Fleetwood Mac, Christopher Cross is one of those artists that you can easily sing to in the kitchen and have happy memories of growing up.  He is notable for collaborating with musicians such as Michael Mcdonald, JD Souther, sessionist-musicians such as Mike Porcaro, Jeff Porcaro, Steve Lukhather and Lenny Castro (who were all from the band Toto.), Don Henley from the Eagles,  and other rock musicians of West Coast persuasion.
In an 18-track tribute to the best songs he has sung (in Teki’s opinion),  Christopher Cross is worth the listen in moments when you just want to relax and think about those memories of a time when you were still discovering yourself.

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Teki’s Pick: The Carpenters

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Perhaps the best female singer of all time, in Teki’s opinion, Karen Carpenter has become synonymous to divine purity.  In an age where being a diva comes with belting powerful renditions,  Karen holds a kind of gravitas without the need for embellished vocal affectations.  It is because of this clarity and subtle emotional richness of her voice  that makes her a true born talent.
Through the guidance and leadership of Richard Carpenter, the tandem would perhaps be not as powerful.  His musical and vocal arrangements behind all of Karen’s hit songs are not just made to highlight Karen’s voice but Richard’s finest choice of musical harmonies.
Teki has created a 20-track playlist of her most favorite Carpenters’ songs spanning their 12 original studio albums.  It has not been an easy choice for Teki to do such a thing as she likes a large majority of their songs.  Surely, though, there are some of the songs that remain top picks in her heart. Read the rest of this entry »