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!
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.
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 »
Play Meet Me In The Morning – Everything But The Girl
“I haven’t come to be a stranger…I’ve come to be your love.
Don’t let the grass grow under your feet. The sands of time keep running. For now, at last, i’m down on the street…“
The inherent poetry of the song’s lyrics touches those who have fallen in love despite current attachments. Both as an invitation for escape and a fervent rescue towards a fuller life of love. Many will perhaps sense that the song may have advocated cheating or adultery. But Teki would like to believe that the song talks more about the finding of true love, which is something you cannot discount happening. The hope of no harm by the singer’s perspective allows one to think that at last one is urged to take the adventurous plunge of being happy. (You will find this track in EBTG‘s 1990 album, Language of Life.)
This was the one of the first albums i ever bought when i started earning my own money over 16 years ago. Clair Marlo’s album Let It Go comes with a subtle simplicity and freshness during an age of new opportunities, an age where you come and discover who you want to be for the rest of your life. That i was, for all intents and purposes, a sensitive and caring young woman.
Sometimes, there are people in our lives who are just passing through like lost loves that we will always remember.
A song composed by songwriting greats Roger Nichols and Paul Williams in the 70’s, Traveling Boy was the first track of the album Angel Care.
The album title is lifted from a Thomas Hardy character from his book Tess of d’Urbervilles, a tragic tale of lost loves and sad circumstance. Angel Care, husband to Tess, abandons his wife due to her past. He comes back for her only to find Tess a mistress to a wealthy scion, who raped her in the past and whom she murders to exact revenge. Angel and Tess spend an uninterrupted five days of bliss before she is arrested and hanged.
Sometimes there is a song that captures our soul for days on end, that it becomes a part of your own soundtrack in life.
In the making of this video, Teki used photos from Corbis.
You can view the video in better quality at Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/31921630