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LO'S PICK OF THE DAY - '"Change of Heart" by Jon Gibson

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Originally featured on Inside MusiCast as my Pick of The DayLongtime “Contemporary Christian Music (CCM)” artist Jon Gibson has created music for about 40 years. . . his way - his rules. Jon is the epitome of that West Coast / Blue-Eyed Soul sound. Considered early in his career as the “white Stevie Wonder,” Jon has proved over and over that he has always been the real deal.This tune has that funky feel that is synonymous with 80's synth funk and soul. The message is clear, but delivered in a way that makes you want to get up a move yo'self, body and soul.The personnel on this are definitely "A" list. On sax is Jon's longtime friend, jazz artist; Eric Marienthal, whose solo has that "Huey Lewis and The News" feel. My own long time friend, Tony Patler is playing on this as well. . . guitar and keys. Bob Somma is on guitar. You might remember Bob's work on Paula Abdul's 1988 release; "Forever Your Girl," and 80's funk group "Gen…

LO'S PICK OF THE DAY -"2nd Emotion" by Rosie Vela From the 1986 release; "Zazu"

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Originally featured on Inside MusiCast as my Pick of The DayThis album has to be at the top of my list of treasured albums. Especially for me, because I tend to gravitate towards more male vocalists than female.When I play this album, I am always taken back to the first time I heard her single "Magic Smile" on Los Angeles' 94.7 The Wave. I was so crazed!! I was like - "WHAT THE HECK IS THAT!? I LOVE IT!" At the time, there was really nothing else similar on the radio waves. I not only bought the album but the cassette because of course, I had to listen to it on the way home.The vibe of "2nd Emotion" is so bouncy and ultra cool. Perfect for the mid-80's aerobics! Hearing that gorgeous velvety voice with her slight cool, airy vibrator and the band playing along side her is truly a match made in heaven. For me at least. ;)Written by Rosie Vela, this tune features the best musicians in the business; Donald Fagen and Aaron Zigman on synth, Jimmy Haslip…

LO'S PICK OF THE DAY - "Pacific Coast Highway" by Jeff Lorber From the 1984 release "Step By Step"

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Originally featured on Inside MusiCast as my Pick of The DayToday is another special day for this lady!
July 1st, marks the day I was welcomed as a team member of Inside MusiCast in 2014.To commemorate that day, I'd like to re-post one of my first posts as a correspondent.This one is perfect too. As most of us have been on lockdown, being that I am in Seattle, I am wishing I could be cruising down my beloved Pacific Coast Highway in Souther California.When I wrote this Pick 6 years ago, I had been in California driving that ocean highwayWritten by Jeff, his tune is the soundtrack of the Pacific Coast Highway. California music at it's best.Man, the vibe of this song is just too cool. From the beginning, with the two strums of the guitar, then percussion and then synth.
This is soft funk with a whole lotta soul!Jeff Lorber takes his keyboards and brings it home with his 80's jazz fusion, making you feel so good. . .you just want to keep on driving. And I did, all the way into …