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LO'S PICK OF THE DAY - "Groovin'" by The Young Rascals

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Originally featured on Inside MusiCast as my Pick of The DaySince today is my birthday, I wanted to revisit the first record I ever obtained.Early 1967 - 5 years old and back then I was really into EVERYONE from Motown, The Beatles, The 5th Dimension, Neil Diamond, The Monkees, Paul Revere & The Raiders and The Young Rascals.Although my parents had their share of records, I felt that I should have my own, so with my birthday coming up, I asked my mom to give me "Groovin" as a present. Not a doll. I wanted music.The song has been described as a slow, relaxed groove. And it is. . . but. . . I hear a slow relaxed doo wop in the piano and vocals. That could be because Felix Cavaliere who was once part of Joey Dee and the Starliters, known for their Doo Wop dance hit "Peppermint Twist," found that slowing down those chords and vocals to this Afro-Cuban influenced tune, was a good combination. And then add to that, at the interlude, the piano parts that remind me of …

LO'S PICK OF THE DAY - "Modern Times Blues" by Jean-Luc Ponty from his 1984 release; "Open Mind"

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Originally featured on Inside MusiCast as my Pick of The DayWhat a perfect title this is. It describes where I was in 1984 / 85.Today, my husband and I celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary.We both LOVE music. In fact, that was one of the main things that attracted me to him. This intense love of music of a higher level. But more from the technical side versus from how I related to music, which was more emotional.Before meeting him, I was all about Motown, Soul, 70's Rock, Soft Rock, Disco and New Wave / Punk. Which I still love today.Getting to know my husband, I learned he had seen just about every one, from the Police to Santana to Journey and more.One thing he was very passionate about was Jazz Fusion and experimental. I'm pretty sure that at some time or another I would have learned about great artists like Pat Metheny, Stanley Clark, Weather Report, Al Di Meola, Azymuth, Jeff Lorber, Yellowjackets and Jean-Luc Ponty and SCORES of others. But my husband was the one who …