Thursday, October 5, 2017

Son of Famed Drummer of Toto Passes Away

Miles Porcaro, the son of the late famed drummer; Jeff Porcaro of the band Toto, has passed away at the age of 31.



Sharing these photos, Miles' mother, Susan Porcaro Goings took to Facebook this evening to post a beautiful public tribute to her son saying, "My heart is broken. I am devastated. My Miles is gone. He's now in heaven with his Daddy."

No explanation was posted as to the cause of his death. Soon after the post, family and friends began to pour in, sharing their grief and condolences to Susan and her family.

Unfortunately, the Porcaro family has had their share of grief with the loss of Miles' father, Jeff Porcaro, who passed away at the age of 38 from a heart attack in 1992. Jeff was not only a respected studio musician within the recording industry, but was a founding member of the 1980's rock band Toto, which continues to write, record and tour.

Another sad loss within the Porcaro family was Jeff's younger brother and Mile's uncle; Mike Porcaro, who at 59 years of age, passed away in 2015 as result of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Although, not a founding member of Toto, Mike was an integral part of the band, not only as a session bass / cello player, but touring member before falling ill to the disease that took his life.




Continuing with her tribute, Miles' mother thanks her son for a rainbow that must have appeared when she heard the news of her son's passing and posted this photo of it, saying "I know it's from you."




As said earlier, a reason was not given as to the how or why he passed away. But it appears that from his mother's post, there may have been some kind of health issue; saying "I hope you are now at peace. And, I hope that one day I, and your brothers, and all of your family members and friends, who loved you so much, can find peace and understanding."


Susan ends her tribute with, "I am so incredibly sad. Truly heartbroken. I will love you forever and ever my dear, sweet son."

Our hearts go out to Susan, her children and extended family.







Thursday, September 21, 2017

Do You Remember the 21st Night of September!?

The music of Earth, Wind & Fire is forever a part of my soundtrack of life! The loss of Maurice White, founding member, still leaves me with a hole in my heart. I'm sure many of us feel the same way. Paying my respects, here is a reprint of my tribute; which appeared on Vinyl Radio when the world suffered the loss of a this great man.





This last week, another icon in music left this world. I can’t help but feel that this season, we’ve lost more artists / musicians than at any other time. This year has not started off very well, folks.

As most of you might have heard, Maurice White, who founded Earth, Wind & Fire passed away on February 3rd. He was 74 years old. Maurice had been ill since the late 80’s when he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. For myself, I was not surprised by the news. But it hurt nonetheless.

Maurice’s brother and founding member, Verdine White broke the news by posting on the group’s Facebook page with a simple and beautiful tribute: “My brother, hero and best friend Maurice White passed away peacefully last night in his sleep. While the world has lost another great musician and legend, our family asks that our privacy is respected as we start what will be a very difficult and life changing transition in our lives. Thank you for your prayers and well wishes.”

Fellow founding EW&F member; Philip Bailey wrote a beautiful tribute to Maurice, ending with; “So many Melodies, so many Memories.” YES, so true.

Fans all over the world were affected by the news. Social media has blown up with tributes of pictures and favorite songs adding thoughts on his passing.

Those in the music world who knew and or worked with Maurice also went to social media to post their sadness over this loss. From Janet Jackson, Chaka Khan, Nile Rodgers to Julian Lennon and more!



Steve Lukather of Toto, who not only knew these guys but worked with them, was terribly saddened by the loss, posting on his Facebook page the following tribute: Maurice White. We lost another great...I was honored to have known and worked with him and the EW+F family. My prayers are with you all.”

I reached out to Steve who is currently on a European tour with Toto and he told me exclusively; “'Reece was a genius and a kind man. I had great times with with him and all of EW+F on the “I AM” and the “Faces” albums! I don't really have any amazing stories to tell. Rather than to say he was wise, kind and I was honored to work with one of the best bands of all time. Timeless music! God Bless him.”

I also reached out to famed drummer John ‘JR’ Robinson, known for his work with, Rufus, Chaka Khan, Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones and MANY more. Considered the most recorded drummer in music; John told me exclusively, he was saddened by this great loss adding, “He had so much influence on me. God’s arms couldn’t be more open.”

My friend, Casey Young, also known for working with Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Michael Sembello & more, had this to say; “He was the best and the driving force of EWF. He was the man.”

Not wanting to leave this guy out; I contacted Nathan East, bassist extraordinaire of the jazz group “Fourplay,” known for working with the best in the business, including the above mentioned and including, Kenny Loggins, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Phil Collins, Daft Punk and Nathan had this to say to me; “Their music is definitely the soundtrack to my life. They are all dear friends and I had the honor of playing on one EWF album called “Touch The World.” Maurice (my Sagittarius Brother) use to call me for his productions and he was amazing to work with! Magical, Mystical Majestic Maurice! His influence on me is immeasurable and I will miss him dearly. We will NEVER forget the man, Maurice White. May he rest peacefully in Paradise.”

Nathan is right on the mark when he mentions that EWF was the soundtrack to his life. Mine too!! My youth was full of EW&F tunes. Being a 60’s child, I was old enough to know exactly who they were and recognized their music from the moment I heard them on my AM transistor radio, while riding the bus to and from school.

Junior high, songs were - “Evil,” “Shining Star, ” “That’s The Way of The World,” and “Sing A Song”

High school tunes were - “Getaway” and “Can’t Hide Love.” And then my life changed when “Serpentine Fire” from the “All 'N All” album was released in 1977. I had just been hired as a seasonal worker at our local dept. store, across the street from my high school. Soon after, I was moved to the little music dept. A DREAM JOB for a 16 year old! I used to set aside LP’s and 45’s that I would buy on the next payday.

“Fantasy" had been released in early 1978 and that was it. . . .I WAS HOOKED!! I had to have the album. So when it came in to the store, I set aside a copy for payday. And I still have that album to this day.

At that time, I was in choir and our teacher, Mr. Richard Reed had created an 4 part arrangement of “Fantasy.” So wish I had kept that arrangement. It wasn’t too bad, either. It was a current song and as a choir, we were happy to sing it. : )

I cried to the love songs. . . “Be Ever Wonderful” and “Love’s Holiday.” Wishing and wanting to be love just like the girls I knew in high school. But I was more like the girl Janis Ian sang about in “At Seventeen.” The girl who waited by the phone, but that’s another story for another time. : )

And being from Palm Springs, we only had one radio station and it was KDES 92 AM, so when we bought albums, we listened to the whole album. Was it because the album was good or because we had just what we had and didn’t “waste,” if you will? I think it was both. But I’ve always loved those deep tracks. As a teenager, my world was opened up with the “All 'N All” album. I was exposed to R & B, Funk and Jazz. “Runnin’” was my favorite!!! It stands to reason that “Runnin’s” core was Jazz. Maurice White said on their website, “we were basically jazz musicians.”

What was it about EW&F that made them so good? They were a group that all ages could enjoy because their songs were so addicting and catchy! With horn arrangements that were off the hook FUNK and those funky baselines!!! And the vocals!!! Oh my gosh, those vocals. Phillip Bailey’s beautiful falsettos. I can remember standing by my Panasonic stereo singing along to the latest EWF tune, I would work so hard to emulate him. But it was Maurice’s voice that could bring tears to my eyes, when I listened to his love ballads or could get me moving with songs like “Magic Mind,” “September,” “Jupiter,” “Fall In Love With Me” just to name a few.

Casey Young told me, and to which I agree, “I think EWF was one of the best bands in the world. All time.”

I wanted to know why.

So I asked Steve Lukather what he thought set them apart from other groups of the day and today? He had this to say; EW+F “touched ALL musicians of all styles and NON-musicians as well. They blazed a trail of intelligent R+B crossover-fusion music incorporating so many Pop-funk-rock styles in their OWN way!”

John “JR” Robinson, added; “Maurice White and EWF are referred to in the music industry as ‘The Bible’ of contemporary music.”

“Greatest group of all time!” says Nathan East. Why? Because, “I believe Maurice single-handedly had one of the most influential impacts on pop music as we know it. A true visionary, great to hang with and absolutely a creative genius.”

It is true, they crossed all the musical boundaries, breaking the rules and stamping tunes with their signature sound. When the RSO soundtrack “Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band” album came out in 1978, I absolutely fell in love with “Got To Get You Into My Life,” which was arranged by Maurice White. What a great song!! The listener can tell it’s a Lennon & McCartney composition, but it’s all Earth, Wind & Fire. Just like when Stevie Wonder rearranged another L & McC tune, “We Can Work It Out.” The integrity of the songs are there, but their style is all their own. And I love that!!

In 1985 Maurice, said in a interview with The Chicago Tribune that he “learned that music helps a lot of people survive” That people “want songs that can give them something” Ending with, “I guess you could call it hope.”

Thank you so much Maurice, for putting forth your desire to give people, such as myself, hope to face their problems, a new day or just to move and to groove. There will never be another you.

Yes, Earth, Wind & Fire will continue on. Maurice set this band on a firm foundation of Funk, Pop & Soul. And they will continue to move and wow music lovers all over this world.

For me, I have my prized albums, 45’s, 8-tracks, cassettes, CD’s, mp3’s and the internet. : )



It was an honor to take this selfie with the great Verdine White! Perhaps we can do it again, sometime!




Monday, July 24, 2017

Tears For Fears / Hall & Oates Postpone US Shows




Sad news for Tears For Fears / Hall & Oates fans.

Representatives announced late this afternoon that their remaining 4 US shows are postponed due to a family emergency with the band of Tears for Fears.

Good news. . . shows will be rescheduled with dates to be posted.

Tears For Fears took their Facebook page to make the announcement:

"Tears for Fears regretfully announce the postponement of their last four US tour dates, due to a family emergency. All dates will be rescheduled with details to follow shortly. Please see below dates and venues"

Representatives from Hall & Oates posted soon after:

"Due to a Tears For Fears family emergency, the Daryl Hall & John Oates and Tears For Fears upcoming dates - have been postponed. "

Tuesday, July 25
SAP Center, San Jose, CA (with Daryl Hall & John Oates)

Wednesday, July 26
Santa Barbara Bowl, Santa Barbara, CA (headline)

Friday, July 28 & Saturday, July 29
STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA (with Daryl Hall & John Oates)



The night before the announcement, both bands had just given stellar performances to a packed house in Sacramento on Sunday night. This was the 27th show of their 29-day tour.

Nothing more has been given as far as a reason for the postponement.

We hope all is well with the families of Roland Orzabal, Curt Smith and crew.



For updates on tour dates:
Tears For Fears Facebook 
Hall & Oates Facebook







Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy Birthday, America! You're 241 Years Old Today!!



Well it's that time of year again! People all over this nation will be celebrating the birth of America! And let's face it, no celebration is complete without music!

So turn your speakers up and let's celebrate the Fourth of July!!

A perfect song for a day outside.

WAR's "All Day Music"


"People Got to Be Free" by The Rascals


Have to throw in a couple of Trini Lopez classics.
His cover of West Side Story's "America."


"This Land Is Your Land"


Jay & The American's - "Only In America"


Seattle's own Jimi Hendrix tearing the "Star Spangled Banner" up at Woodstock


No list is complete without this classic by Don McLean
"American Pie"



“America the Beautiful” by The Great Ray Charles


Like Jimi and Ray, Stevie Wonder puts his spin on an American Classic. What I love is the integrity of the songs are not compromised but nothing less than memorable. “Blowin’ in the Wind”

"America" by Neil Diamond - I love this song!! 
So much power in it!

Elton John's "Philadelphia Freedom"
This song has to be part of this girl's list!

The Godfather of Soul; Mr. James Brown singing "Living in America!"

Saturday In The Park - EVERYDAY'S THE FOURTH OF JULY!!

I hope you and yours have a great 4th! And don't forget to turn up the music!


Friday, March 4, 2016

A Radio Station for Lovers of WestCoast AOR





Podcasting site; Inside MusiCast which boasts accurately that it takes music lovers deeper into music "one podcast at a time," is taking the music listener to an even deeper level - RADIO!

IMC founders Rick Such and Eddy Cabello have launched Inside MusiCast Radio, where lovers of West Coast AOR, Jazz, Fusion, Pop and Funk can hear tracks that may not be found on any radio station, satellite or any of the streaming services.

What's really cool about Inside MusiCast Radio is that it includes music from past guests of Inside MusiCast. Which I think is great because although I love the tracks IMCRadio is playing, especially my favorite cuts by my favorite artists, I kind of feel "forced" in a good way to listen to other tracks from former IMC guests whom I'm not too familiar with and may not have taken the time or have the time to listen to new stuff.

What you're guaranteed to hear is music from Eagles, Steely Dan, Kenny Loggins, Toto, Snarky Puppy, Gino Vannelli, Con Funk Shun, Boz Scaggs, Michael Sembello, Jeff Lorber, Earth, Wind & Fire, Al Jarreau, The Tubes, Lee Ritenour and more.

But what you'll ALSO hear is music you probably won't hear on any other stream station or satellite, such as, Jarrod Lawson, Young Guns - Silver Fox, Ed Motta, Jay Graydon, Monkey House, Bourgeois - Tagg, Michael Ruff, Ole Børud. Solo projects by Totos' Steve Lukather and Simon Phillips. Bobby Caldwell and Jack Splash,Tim Cashion, "Champlin, Williams, Friestedt," Tom Canning, Samuel Purdey, Tristan, State Cows, Los Lobotomy's and so much more.

The station is definitely is in it's infant stages but for the short time that it has been on the air, I have become totally addicted to it.  I like to believe that I am musician's musician (from the listener's standpoint) who craves the music of fellow musician's. Inside MusiCast Radio satisfy's that craving.

It's easy to listen - online from your computer at www.insidemusicast.com or download the app for iPhone or Android.
And these links:
Winamp, iTunes: http://cast1.citrus3.com:2199/tunein/insidemusicast.pls
Windows Media Player: http://cast1.citrus3.com:2199/tunein/insidemusicast.asx
Real Player: http://cast1.citrus3.com:2199/tunein/insidemusicast.ram
QuickTime: http://cast1.citrus3.com:2199/tunein/insidemusicast.qtl

At last. . .music for the lover of Westcoast AOR that is ear candy at it's finest!

Thanks Rick and Eddy!




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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Summer Concert Recap at The WA State Fair





So what's a reviewer to do when you know you have to be honest, especially when what you're reviewing is of some legendary people? You write it how you see it. Or in this case how you hear it.

Sometimes I wish I could just be like most of the music listeners out there in the world and just appreciate music for what it is. But, it's not to be.

I recently went to see several great shows at The Washington State Fair this past month.

I saw Heart, Patti LaBelle, Nile Rodgers with Chic, Duran Duran, En Vogue and Kool and the Gang! With the exception of Nile Rodgers / Chic, this would be my first time seeing these great bands and artists.

The majority of the acts I saw were amazing and memorable. There was at least one, that I can honestly say I'm okay not attending another one of their shows.

You can read all about it here at Vinyl Radio's page.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Chromo is the FUNK!!!




Synth Pop / R and B / Funk duo group; Chromeo have been in the music scene since the early 2000's.

These guys are frickin' fantastic!!!!!

All the music I've grown up with, it seems that they've also been raised with it and taken those styles rolled it up and added their own signature sound to create some truly funky old school music.  Maybe the credit should be given to their parents?  If so, then they raised these boys right. Especially the music of Hall and Oates, Midnight Star, George Benson, Roger and Zapp, MTume, and others.

The question I have asked myself over and over these last few months is

"WHERE THE HECK HAVE I BEEN??????"


Dang, I'd love to see these guy tours with the funk bands of the late 70's & early 80's.

On this week's Vinyl Radio, I focused on Chromeo. I figured our Vinyl Radio listeners haven't checked out this great band. Although I am about 10 years too late, no matter because these guys are going to be around for a very long time. They are keeping the cool music alive.

Check out my article on these guys here.




Thursday, July 2, 2015

Revisiting "If You Could Read My Mind" by Gordon Lightfoot





"If you could read my mind love
What a tale my thoughts could tell
Just like an old time movie
About a ghost from a wishin' well
In a castle dark or a fortress strong
With chains upon my feet
You know that ghost is me
And I will never be set free
As long as I'm a ghost, you can see"


Since it's release in 1970,  I've heard this classic tune by North America's Gordon Lightfoot.

How many of us listen to songs like this today and never really think twice about them? Walking through the aisles of our local grocery stores or sitting in a doctor's office, songs such as this play through the speakers filling the air with music, but no one is really listening. Or are they?

I decided I'd take a walk down memory lane and listen a little closer.

For the rest of the story, go to Vinyl Radio NW.



Saturday, April 18, 2015

Record Store Day - Picture Disc Treasures - Vinyl Radio Edition




Record Store Day is today, April 18th and for my Vinyl Radio article, I wanted to pay homage by showing off treasures from my high school days.  You can read that full article here.



My vinyl set up at home.


I hope you will get out and support Record Store Day!
Click here for where to go in your local area.

I, personally don't care about getting some type of limited edition vinyl that RSD is promoting. I will however, be looking for a few albums that I've been thinking about and some 45's.


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Toto XIV Is Classic Before Its Release




If you're a huge Toto fan, you've probably read the multiple reviews by now about Toto's long awaited project; Toto XIV.
The majority of those reviews touch on Toto's album history, with and without Bobby Kimball, band personnel changes, albums favorites, etc.

My focus?. . . is to talk about this album. PERIOD

Let me just say tho, I think there are several types of Toto fans out there. . .
  • The Hardcore who know everything about Toto from A to Z
  • Those that think "Toto IV" is the best Toto album and no Toto LP can compare to it
  • The "No one will ever replace Bobby Kimball" group
  • and the "yeah, I like some of their songs and have bought an album or two"

Truth be known, I stopped listening to them after "IV." Didn't mean I didn't like them, just was into other types of music.
But those 4 albums were my "go to's" when I needed a "Toto fix." And remain so.

And then there are the people who just listened to them on the radio. . .

So to fans who have have an album or two or are radio listeners. . .

THOSE are the people I want to speak to!!! Are you listening?


YOU ARE GOING TO LOVE THIS ALBUM!!!!!

These guys have created one HELL of a piece of work that I feel is very timely as our generation and the younger Gen Y and Z are looking at 80's music more seriously.  It's also my opinion that we are looking at a Billboard Hot 100 as well as several hits from this album.


Tracklist:
Running Out of Time
Burn
Holy War
21st Century Blues
Orphan
Unknown Soldier (for Jeffrey)
The Little Things
Chinatown
All The Tears That Shine
Fortune
Great Expectations
Bonus Track on Japanese release: Bend


From the first 30 secs of Running Out of Time, the essence of the late 70's and 80's rock is so prevalent. New technology mixed with going back to old roots is what I feel on this track. The chorus definitely has that "anthem" feel to it. Everyone shines here.  Harmonies are tight. I love the bass. . straight forward and coming at you hard, which is provided by bassist; Tim Lefevbre. Steve P kicks butt on the synth! Man, I cannot get over on his parts. I've had to listen to those secs of his solos over and over!!  Keith Carlock, favored touring drummer for Steely Dan and Donald Fagen, sets the tone for this track. What can I say about Steve Lukather that hasn't already been said? The guy is a monster on his axe! Amazing!!!! His playing between verses reminds me of Roy Mitchell-Cardenas of Mutemath. Seriously, this track has that "get in your car, open those windows, open up that roof, put on those sunglasses and drive that baby FAST and play it LOUD" feel. And that's just the music!! The message? Sounds like it's about accessing one's life and whether the cost paid has been worth it, be it, in or out of the corporate world.

The second track is Burn


One of my favorite bass artists; Leland Sklar, guests on this track. He is a long time friend of these guys and I am happy he was invited to be a part of this project.

Quite the message here. Not sure but sounds like it might be about someone suffering from either mental illness or pride and the writer wishing they could break through that "tower" saying they would burn it down for love. A very strong song that I could see on a movie soundtrack. David Paich's playing is so poignant and moving. The vision of fire flames can been seen in my mind as I hear Paich's playing towards the end. The hook is the bridge. Definitely that rock/pop feel.


Holy War is another driving song!!! I think I might be driving my car a little to fast on this one. : )
I Love this song. This is straight up Toto Rock! And you can feel it with David Hungate on bass. It's that Toto sound!

Can I just say that I owe Joseph Williams an huge apology for thinking in my mind that no one could replace Bobby Kimball? Listening to Joseph's vocals on this track seriously brings tears to my eyes at my own pride of thinking.
Man. . . Joseph, you are killing it here!!! I am a fan for life. Your vocals are stellar!!

The message if you haven't realized it by now is killing in the name of religion.

Gotta go back to this tho. . . Joseph is the star on this one!! I want to run outside and belt this one out. LOVE IT!!




21st Century Blues
The blues in full color!

The chorus is engrained in my mind. The rhythm of it is catchy. . . "How can we believe the world is round. I just can't conceive it. From all we see and hear the truth has drowned. It's all but disappeared. How can we believe the world is round. It's hard to perceive it. Shake Your head and scream but there's no sound. We got the 21st Century Blues."

With this track being so heavy, I'm not sure if I have the right to have the blues when all I want to do is sashay to this sexy rhythm. What a fantastic song!! I love Lukather's recollections of the old days. Especially when he mentions the amount of channels we had back in the day. In L.A. we had more than 3 in the 60's but I can remember when I grew up in Palm Springs, in the 70's and early 80's. If you didn't have cable in the early 80's, you really did have 3 channels. But the song is more than that. Steve Lukather is calling it the way he sees: we are living in strange times. Great message. Sax man, Tom Scott is the icing on this one. Hungate's bass. . . .man, I have missed him!!! What can I say?? Vocals are beautiful and full! CJ Vanston takes over on the piano at the end with one bluesy vamp. Lukather's playing is beyond stellar.


It's seems like everyone on this project has something to say about today's world and making us more aware that there is more to life than just living for yourself. And Orphan is no exception. This song is about coming from nothing and finding that you are somebody. Such a great motivational song! The message being. . . we are never alone. The driving force is the incredible percussion provided by Keith Carlock and Lenny Castro! Lukather is not only on bass here on this track but the next.




Unknown Solder (For Jeffrey). This song was written in memory of drummer and founding member Jeff Porcaro who had a love for the history of the Civil War.  The message; not much has changed. Soldiers continue to fight and die for their country. We continue to have unknown soldiers to this day.  Can't help but feel that this track has the essence of 70's rock band "Kansas." Beautiful Cello provided by Martin Tillman. "Choral" vocals on here include Michael McDonald and Amy Keys. Great song.


The Little Things is written by Steve Porcaro and Allee Willis. Allee is known for writing some great great songs, like EW&F's "Boogie Wonderland," Pointer Sister's "Neutron Dance," and even co-writer for Friend's theme "I'll Be There For You."

This track is very touching. Could be about a love lost, could be about friends, could be about kids. Could be about all of the above. For me, with two of my kids out of the house and more at home, this song has me looking back on myself as a mom of 5 little ones and how much I felt I missed out while trying to just "do and be." Later, as they've all grown, looking at their photos and wishing I could go back and somehow relive some of their precious moments.

Steve P's vocals truly capture the feeling of this song. What an incredible vocalist. His tone sounds so young. . .like that of a 20 or 30 something year old guy. Ending with just him singing is almost tear jerking. And even at this writing, one of my daughters comes up to hug me, reminding me of she and her twin's birthday coming up where they will turn 17. This song playing. . . feeling my once little one next to me. . . tears stream down my face.  The Little Things is forever the soundtrack of this moment.

Chinatown: Written about the Red Light District from a young man's perspective. This is old old Toto and or Boz Scaggs here. You, who loved Toto's early album, especially the self titled and Hydra albums are in for a treat!! Written by David Paich and Michael Sherwood back in the late 70's, it was kept in the archives. I am soooo glad it has been unearthed!! It's like discovering an old photo of a relative you've never met. With David Hungate on bass and Steve L / David Paich on vocals, Paich on piano, Steve P on piano, Lenny Castro on percussion, Tom Scott on sax, it's like "hail, hail, the gangs all here!" Not to dismiss everyone's else involvement. Joseph kills it when he belts his vocals. Everyone is incredible on this track. This will be one of my "go to's!"

All The Tears That Shine is another song written by Michael Sherwood and David Paich. A beautiful tribute of an imperfect love relationship, whether lost, still there or trying to get back to it. Tal Wilkenfeld supplies her bass skills here on this track as well as Paich on Stand up Bass.  This song is honest and poignant, I could see singing this to a couple who have made it through decades without killing each other and lived to tell about it! HA!! Lots of tears shed on this one. Beautiful.

Fortune
Bassist; Tal Wilkenfeld is great on this track! If you don't know who she is, look her up! Fortune is written by Joseph and seems this track is about fear of being vulnerable, so avoiding love is the only option. Background vocals are strong and tight, supplied by Michael McDonald and Amy Keys, as well as Lukather and Joseph. Michael McDonald vamps a bit at the end.

Great Expectations is a few songs rolled into one. David Paich wrote the first 30 seconds, years ago. Just something he was playing with and put aside. Those 30 seconds of piano and Paich singing, pulls at my heart strings. This song definitely takes me back to the track "Hydra." Doesn't sound like it, but has the feel of it. To me, anyway. And yet, this track is almost something like out of a Yes album, with several changes going on. A jam session. The lyrics have what I feel is like a warrior's anthem. 7 mins of unbelievable ear candy for your soul!

The Japanese release has a bonus track. Bend sung by Steve Porcaro and penned by Steve and Michael Sherwood.  I have no words to describe it. It's so beautiful. The movements of the music are played to describe the title. . . with bends coming from the instruments. I wish this had been on the U.S. release.

I love it when I can listen to an album from beginning to end. Concerning my four Toto albums, I felt I could only do that with Toto I and Hydra. I found myself bouncing around tracks on Turn Back and IV.

Toto XIV has been played from the first track to the last; over and over. Cannot wait to get my hands on the vinyl release so I can play it old school.



How can I describe what you'll feel?

I think this is the only way.

This is how I feel. . .


But if I can be honest, it took me a few listens before I fell in love with it. My husband attested to what I said as well.  
So if you don't like it the first time around, just give it a chance.

I really think this album is Grammy worthy.
Although, Kanye might have something to say about that! ; )


TOTO IS BACK!!!!



My pet peeve. . . can't find who is playing on what track. So here you go. . .

RUNNING OUT OF TIME (S. Lukather / D. Paich / J. Williams) Drums: Keith Carlock · Bass: Tim Lefevbre · Guitar: Steve Lukather · Piano: David Paich · Synths: Steve Porcaro · Additional synths: CJ Vanston Lead vocal: Joseph Williams · BG vocals: Steve Lukather, Joseph Williams, Jamie Savco
BURN (J. Williams / D. Paich) Drums: Keith Carlock · Percussion: Lenny Castro · Bass: Lee Sklar · Guitars: Steve Lukather · Keyboards: David Paich · Synths: Steve Porcaro Additional synths: CJ Vanston · Lead Vocal: Joseph Williams · BG vocals: Steve Lukather, Joseph Williams, Jamie Savko, CJ Vanston, Emma Williams, Keith Carlock, David Paich · Hand drumming on leather bench: Joseph Williams
HOLY WAR (S. Lukather / CJ Vanston / J. Williams) Drums: Keith Carlock · Percussion: Lenny Castro · Bass: David Hungate · Guitars: Steve Lukather · Piano/Organ: David Paich · Synths: Steve Porcaro · Additional keyboards: CJ Vanston · Lead Vocal: Joseph Williams · BG Vocals: Steve Lukather, Joseph Williams
21ST CENTURY BLUES (S. Lukather / CJ Vanston) Drums: Keith Carlock · Bass: David Hungate · Guitars: Steve Lukather · Piano/Organ: David Paich · Synths: Steve Porcaro, CJ Vanston · End vamp piano, additional synths: CJ Vanston · Lead vocal: Steve Lukather · BG vocals: Joseph Williams, Amy Keys · Saxes, horn arrangement: Tom Scott
ORPHAN (D. Paich / J. Williams / S. Lukather) Drums: Keith Carlock · Percussion: Lenny Castro · Bass & Guitars: Steve Lukather · Keyboards: David Paich · Synths: Steve Porcaro · Additional synths: CJ Vanston · Additional keyboards: Joseph Williams · Lead Vocal: Joseph Williams · BG vocals: Mabvuto Carpenter, Steve Lukather, Joseph Williams
UNKNOWN SOLDIER (FOR JEFFREY) (D. Paich / S. Lukather) Drums: Keith Carlock · Percussion: Lenny Castro · Bass: Steve Lukather · Guitars: Steve Lukather · Keyboards: David Paich · Additional synths: CJ Vanston · Lead vocal: Steve Lukather · BG vocals: Michael McDonald, Amy Keys, Joseph Williams, Steve Lukather · Cello: Martin Tillman
THE LITTLE THINGS (S. Porcaro / A. Willis) Drums: Keith Carlock · Percussion: Lenny Castro · Bass: David Hungate · Guitars: Steve Lukather · Keyboards: Steve Porcaro · Lead Vocal: Steve Porcaro · BG vocals: Joseph Williams · Cello: Martin Tillman
CHINATOWN (D. Paich / M. Sherwood) Drums: Keith Carlock · Percussion: Lenny Castro · Bass: David Hungate · Guitars: Steve Lukather · Keyboards: David Paich · Synths: Steve Porcaro · Lead Vocals: Steve Lukather, David Paich, Joseph Williams · BG Vocals: Michael McDonald, Amy Keys, Steve Lukather, Joseph Williams · Saxes: Tom Scott
ALL THE TEARS THAT SHINE (D. Paich / M. Sherwood) Drums: Keith Carlock · Percussion: Lenny Castro · Stand up Bass: David Paich Electric Bass: Tal Wilkenfeld · Guitars: Steve Lukather · Piano/Keyboards: David Paich · Synths: Steve Porcaro · Lead vocal: David Paich BG vocals: Steve Lukather, Joseph Williams
FORTUNE (J. Williams) Drums: Keith Carlock · Percussion: Lenny Castro · Bass: Tal Wilkenfeld · Guitars: Steve Lukather · Piano: David Paich · Synths: Steve Porcaro Additional synths: CJ Vanston · Keyboards: Joseph Williams · Lead Vocal: Joseph Williams · BG Vocals: Michael McDonald, Amy Keys, Steve Lukather, Joseph Williams
GREAT EXPECTATIONS (D. Paich / J. Williams / S. Lukather) Drums: Keith Carlock · Bass & Guitars: Steve Lukather · Piano/Organ/Keyboards: David Paich · Synths: Steve Porcaro Additional synths: CJ Vanston · Lead vocal: David Paich, Joseph Williams, Steve Lukather · BG vocals: Mabvuto Carpenter, Jamie Savko, Steve Lukather, Joseph Williams
BEND - Japan Bonus Track (M. Sherwood / S. Porcaro) Piano / Synths / Vocals



Friday, January 9, 2015

Celebrate The Life of Andraé Crouch - Open To The Public





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
January 9, 2015

Andraé Crouch Funeral Arrangements Announced
(LOS ANGELES, CA)

A celebration of Andraé Crouch’s life will take place on Tuesday, January 20th and Wednesday, January 21st at West Angeles Church of God In Christ, located at 3045 Crenshaw Blvd in Los Angeles, California. Both services will be open to the public.


Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Viewing: 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Tribute Celebration: 7:00pm


Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Viewing: 10:00am – 11:00am
Celebration of Life: 11:00am


In lieu of flowers, please send tax-deductible donations to:
Andraé Crouch Memorial Fund
c/o New Christ Memorial Church
13333 Vaughn
Pacoima, CA 91340
www.newchristmemorial.org


Cards and letters may be sent to:
New Christ Memorial Church
Attn.: Mauri Jones
13333 Vaughn
Pacoima, CA 91340


All media requests should be directed to Brian Mayes at Nashville Publicity Group, [email protected] or 615-771-2040. All other requests can be directed to Demetrus Alexander at [email protected]


About Andraé Crouch:
Andraé’s accolades include 7 Grammy Awards, 6 GMA Dove Awards, an Academy Award nomination for "The Color Purple," induction into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His songs have been recorded by everyone from Elvis Presley to Paul Simon, and he worked as a producer and arranger with many of music’s top artists, including Michael Jackson, Madonna, Quincy Jones, Diana Ross, Elton John and many others. Andraé can also be heard on Michael Jackson's hit singles "Man in the Mirror," "Keep the Faith,” "Will You Be There" and “Earth Song.”






Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Maybe 3 Times Is The Charm for Original Members of WAR

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


ORIGINAL FOUNDING MEMBERS OF WAR—PAPA DEE ALLEN, HAROLD BROWN, B.B. DICKERSON, LONNIE JORDON, CHARLES MILLER, LEE OSKAR AND HOWARD SCOTT—ARE NOMINATED FOR THIRD TIME FOR INDUCTION INTO 
ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME

Fans around the world are able to cast votes for 
2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees until December 9, 2014


(November 12, 2014—Seattle, WA)— The seven original founding members of the California funk/fusion band WAR—including Papa Dee Allen, Harold Brown, B.B. Dickerson, Lonnie Jordan, Charles Miller, Lee Oskar and Howard Scott—have been nominated for the third time for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. These seven acclaimed musicians were responsible for composing and performing such iconic 70’s mega-hits as Spill The Wine, Slipping into Darkness, Low Rider, Cisco Kid, The World Is Ghetto, Why Can’t We Be Friends and many more.



Greg Errico, Founding Member of Sly and the Family Stone and 1993 Inductee in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, comments, “The WAR….. the first multi-genre jam band! Numerous major cross-over mega-hits! This group of musicians / writers / performers brought much joy to the radio waves and many concert performances in the late 60’s and 70’s.  I must say they are deserving of the induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.”




As original Santana drummer, percussionist, composer and 1998 Inductee in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Michael Shrieve observes, “The sound of WAR is the sound of the other 70's - not the hippie sound of California, but the other sound. The sound of the ghetto, the pulse of the people. Those songs that the original members of WAR made is the soundtrack to many of our lives.  This band is DESERVING of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.”



Longtime music journalist and WAR superfan Loretta Sassaman notes,  “Now is the time for these icons to be officially recognized for their individual and collective contributions and for them to take their rightful place in history beside the other Rock and Roll immortals in the Hall of Fame. 


Loretta reminds fans around the world that we should not pass up this opportunity to let our voices be heard. "Voting for WAR is a vote for the pioneering band’s original members, including: Lonnie Jordan, (innovative keyboardist and vocalist);  Lee Oskar, (harmonica virtuoso); Howard Scott, (remarkable rhythm and lead guitarist, vocalist and song writer);  Harold Brown (acclaimed drummer with his unique style and rhythms); B. B. Dickerson, (incredible vocalist and highly innovative bass player), and two magnificent musicians of their time who have passed away, Papa Dee Allen, (percussionist genius) and Charles Miller (who together with Lee Oskar, were innovators of the signature Sax/Harmonica sound of songs like Low Rider). Their music is STILL being played and covered today!”

For the third year in a row, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will again offer fans the opportunity to officially participate in the induction selection process, from now until December 9, 2014.  Fans can vote daily.

Fans can cast their votes by visiting: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's website or Rolling Stone's Music News where nominees are listed alphabetically.  The top five artists, as selected by the public, will comprise a “fans’ ballot” that will be tallied along with the other ballots to choose the 2015 inductees. 


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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

MUTEMATH Bassist Debuts New Album As "The Pink Dust"




Roy Mitchell-Cárdenas of alt-rock band "MUTEMATH" has a new project he's releasing with friend and bandmate; Cliff Littlefield under the name of THE PINK DUST. 

The band says their music is "eclectic, capturing sounds reminiscent of 60’s and 70’s classic rock, 80’s new wave and 90’s alternative." I would say that's a pretty accurate description. But, I would also add there's a little fusion influence as well as some major soul here.  In listening to this LP, it somewhat reminds of "The Alan Parson's Project" in that, every song is fairly different with it being an album that the listener can play from the beginning to the end. And I am a huge proponent in the old school way of thinking that when the listener takes the album out of the cover / sleeve, they set it on the turntable, put that needle down on track one, play it to the end, flip that record over and continue listening. . . . cuz that's how we do it! (said with latin barrio inflection)


Let's start with the
TRACK LIST:



Lyricist, Cliff Littlefield is on lead vocals and rhythm guitar.  I'm assuming music for the tracks were written by Roy Mitchell-Cárdenas who is on guitar, bass, keys, programming, percussion, and BGV's. Drums are done by Plastic Planet's drummer; Jeff Alan Wright.

There is so much good stuff here. Lyrically, some songs have a light tone to them and some have cool references such as naming rock artists, like Guns and Roses' Axl Rose, quoting lines from Cheap Trick and Disney's "Songs of the South." And some of the songs are really deep. . .  and intense. Musically, my ears have been doing back flips. I absolutely love what is going on in the background. What I can hear, others listening cannot hear until I point it out to them. Roy Mitchell-Cárdenas, who was profiled in the March 2008 Bass Player Magazine, plays just about every instrument on this project. His jazz and fusion influences are noticeable on most of these of tracks. It's the little things that make me excited to wanting to go back and play those "seconds" of ear candy over and over.

I said that I listened to this album from beginning to end, but I will say that some of the tracks have dominated my attention more than the others.

Case in point:
GREEN EYES


This tune is so "poppy," and easy to sing along with. With a hint of Beatles influence, you just want to get up and dance, or at least I do. But what I truly love about this song is the sound of French Horns playing in the background, like a foghorn or Sirens, calling you to come back. It's so consistent as if the band is playing near a lighthouse, the music is making you move and groove,  at the same time, you hear in the distance that "foghorn" so low and deliberate. On a side note, the horns reminded me of Paul McCartney's "Mr. Bellamy" from his "Memory Almost Full" album.

I am not one to listen to any music in the morning. But I found myself waking up with the song playing in my head. When a song is pulling a person to listen to it over and over, even the next day, that says a lot about it. And I have listened to it over and over and can imagine myself back in the day as a kid, listening to it on my favorite L.A. radio stations. It has that nostalgic vibe to it. I would love to see this song released as a single and performed on Jimmy Kimmel or Fallon.



What follows is the deep, dark tune "OUT OF MY MIND"



I am going to guess this song is about addiction in the worst way.

Man, I love these lyrics, especially in the beginning, describing the "user" who puts up the front that everyone sees but no one sees in private, except the "Pusherman."  The music during the verses have this almost twisted seductive tone to them that go perfectly with the words. I could feel this song. That struggle, you want so badly to break away from, but are drawn back to, knowing it's going to be bad and not caring because the payoff is that momentary feel of pleasure. And then the cycle begins again. . . and deeper into the abyss you go.

Great solo work and programming with that fusion feel.



The essence of Alan Parsons is felt on this track; "TIME WILL TELL" 



I'm not sure what this song is about, but I found myself feeling pretty sad for a childhood that was lost. I'm thinking this might be about some type of abuse. I totally loved this song, though. Every part of it. I just love, love, love the solo work towards the end. This is so Alan Parsons, from vocals to echoes to the harmonies to that solo. Really good!!!



ALL OR NOTHING

My 16 yr old daughter loves this track. She told me that it reminded her of something she might hear on Scooby Doo or at Disneyland's Haunted Mansion. She is right on track. The song has that eeriness to it as well as that late 60's feel, which is why my daughter thought of Scooby Doo. That show's soundtrack is the epitome of the late 1960's rock music, with the carousel organ sound giving off that haunting but not quite gloomy feel.


I am really pleased with this project by THE PINK DUST.  Cliff's vocals are easy to listen to. His voice is such, that he is able to capture the sounds of 60's, 70's Pop and Rock, early 80's New Wave and 90's Grunge. His lyrics are profound,  thought provoking and emotional. All vocals are tight, including the harmonies. So good that my 16 yr old commented on how much she liked the bgv's. That is saying a lot. I didn't even have to ask. She felt it and had to "oooo" afterwards on one the tracks.

The album has the potential to be a timeless project. I was moved by most of these tunes.

The music is tight!!! Roy does one hell of a job on the music. Drumming by Jeff Alan Wright is incredible. It's apparent that Jeff and Roy are communicating on these tunes via their instruments. Jeff is one sick drummer!! I've only heard him on The Plastic Planets EP.  He's really good.

My personal opinion here is that as a lover of music, I am so bipolar when it comes to listening. I can get bored with music easily, wishing there were something I could listen to that didn't sound like everything else "out there!" But when I do get my hands on something that sounds good to my ears, I have that feeling of being lasso'd - mind, body and soul -  and I don't want to be freed from it. Like when I was a teen. . . obsessed with a 45 or album and playing that record over and over in one sitting, to the point of melting the vinyl from the heat. But isn't that a good thing??? LOL!

THE PINK DUST has accomplished that for me.

I hope it will do the same for you.

Check out the other tunes they've posted on their YouTube and Facebook.
And give me some feedback. I love to know what you think.


THE PINK DUST YouTube

FACEBOOK

TWITTER

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Father and Son Take To The Stage - The Backyard Stage, That Is.



Singer, songwriter Adrian Bourgeois teamed up with his dad, Brent Bourgeois of 80's iconic group; Bourgeois Tagg recently this summer in a special "secret location" show in the Seattle area. An intimate crowd were privy to "up close" interaction and some great tunes, including a couple from Brent's new album "Don't Look Back," as well as tunes from Adrian's latest release, "Pop /Art." Not to be confused with Lady Gaga's "ARTPOP" album. 

Heavy rains that week continued to threaten the day of the show, but it turned out to be a great night under the stars, with a few cloud coverage. 

Brent; "opening" for Adrian, started off with a tune from his solo project "Brent Bourgeois" released in 1990, which some might recall he sang duet with Fleetwood Mac's, Christine McVie.




Brent and Adrian performed "The High Road" from his record "Don't Look Back." The track features friend Julian Lennon on vocals. I'm really glad that Brent chose to sing this live since it's one of my personal favorites. About 2 minutes into the song, Brent smiles. I can't help but sense that he is "feeling" that connection when you've not only hit those vocals right with the person you're singing with, but adding to that, you're own child. A very proud moment, I'm sure. 



Fans were happy to hear Brent sing his 1988 hit with Bourgeois Tagg; "I Don't Mind At All."  You could hear several in the yard singing along.  




Although Adrian did sing several songs before the evening arrived, I wanted to feature two of my favorite; "As Your Hands Can Hold" following with what I call the "Andrew Gold and Todd Rundgren perform The Beatles" style "Everybody Knows It Was Me." 



Overall, the show lasted almost 2 hours with Brent and Adrian sticking around to sign autographs of their albums, which of course, I had to buy! Both are great albums.  
I encourage you all to pick up a copy of each. Info is listed below. 





I should make mention that attending included, Inside MusiCast's Eddy Cabello. Which I thought was very cool that Eddy came out all the way from Indiana. I, for one was very surprised and honored to finally meet Eddy and his lovely wife. Especially, since I am now part of the Inside MusiCast family. 






Speaking of Inside MusiCast, Brent was a recent guest. Check out the interview with hosts Eddy and another friend of mine, Rich Such.






It's been a while since Brent has embarked on an actual tour. I am hoping that he will consider doing so. If he does, I will keep you posted. In the meantime, Adrian, who I've said in the past is a great artist on his own, can be found in and around the Los Angeles area.
So make sure you catch his live show.

Many thanks to Steve Bartlett Photography for providing videos and photos.






Adrian's CD Pop / Art is available here.

Brent's album "Don't Look Back" is also available on his website as well as CD Baby, iTunes and "other fine locations!" ; )

Facebook: Adrian Bourgeois  Brent  Bourgeois

Twitter: Brent Adrian