So I have either heard these albums in their entirety and listened to them incessantly; heard one or a few tracks; heard of or know of the artist; LOVE the artist, or got a recommendation to listen to the album, from a fellow music enthusiast. Steeped in FUNK, Blues, Jazz, Gospel, Rock, Pop and Hip-Hop, this is Thee (in no particular order) FUNKALICIOUS List of Music for 2016 – ENJOY!!!
Above all, I’m grateful for my blessings, I can truly say that. This coward that took the lives of so many innocent people in Orlando should not be called a terrorist. It was a horrific occurrence, and while I do consider acts of violence terrorist acts, this weakling for lack of better description isn’t worthy.
80 Empire a.k.a. The Rezza Brothers and Andrea Godin are all from Canada, but their favorite music, was made in the lower half of North America. The production duo and rising pop star got together and revamped Godin’s song “Falling.”
Back in the day, “Krush Groove”, was the quintessential hip-hop flick. It was released through Warner Brothers studios in 1985, one year after the success of Prince’s “Purple Rain”, and starred his then protégé and companion Sheila E. Although rap and the culture of hip-hop, are rooted in advocating anti-establishment values and not “selling out”, ever since “Boyz N’ the Hood”, it’s been all about cashing in.
Taraji’s “trending”… Why? Apart from Ms. Henson’s “Empire” success, she’ll soon grace the cover of W magazine, and she’s giving the flavor of “The Boss.” The Inquisiter, People, US Weekly, Extra, Yahoo and Facebook, are all talking about her look.
Aretha Franklin, Barbra Streisand and Smokey Robinson all have new music out. Streisand and Robinson’s CDs are duet projects, and Franklin’s release is an album of covers, including classics from Etta James to Adele.
Stevie Wonder’s “Innervisions” album is forty years old today! What’s crazy is I was just listening to it no more than four weeks ago, thinking how relevant Stevie’s lyrics still are, but I put it on for the music. It was “Living for the City” that I wanted to hear in particular, but “Innervisions” is one of those records you can put on and just press play, still today. Back in the day when it was released, we had to put the needle on the record, as CD was something, on the way.
Stevie Wonder, Kings of Leon, Alicia Keys and John Mayer will headline the second Global Citizen Festival in Central Park on September 28th according to a USA Today article. The event is timed around the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York. The United Nations General Assembly meeting promotes a movement to end extreme poverty by 2030.
Tom Hanks is making his Broadway debut this season in Nora Ephron’s final play “Lucky Guy.” Bette Midler is even returning to the “Great White Way” for a one-woman-show in “I’ll Eat You Last,” where she’ll depict the life of Hollywood agent Sue Mengers. Although shows with Tom and Bette are exciting, after a 30-year absence, acclaimed actress Cicely Tyson returns to the stage for “The Trip to Bountiful” – that’s entertainment!
OR The Power of Red & Black in Advertising. The “Temptation” ad from my previous blog inspired this. Since the beginning of advertising the “creative mind” has literally banked on fear and nothing has changed. The all ever popular soap commercials of radio, that led to the soap commercials for soap operas on TV, are steeped in fear. Yes of course we need and use soap for cleaning things we use daily and our personal hygiene, however it’s the way the message is shaped.
Alicia Keys will be the first entertainer to perform three times at the Super Bowl. The singer is doing the National Anthem at the game this year on February 3rd in New Orleans.
There was lots of talk about Lindsay Lohan making her “comeback” on Saturday Night Live this weekend. Lohan’s performance lacked focus and spark, but Jack White set the stage on fire singing new music from his forthcoming solo album “Blunderbuss.” Scheduled for release on April 24th, it’ll be on his own label Third Man, distributed through XL Recordings. The first single “Love Interruption” was released on January 30th.
Music is my life!
I have worked in the business of music entertainment in one form or another for over 25 years. Below are some of the music personalities that I have met along the way. I have also interviewed many celebrities. You can hear my interviews at my funkalicious blog or c-dub’s interviews page.
Prince proved to thousands last week that purple still reigns. After two nights at the Izod Center in NJ (12/15 & 17), his highness took the stage of Madison Square Garden (MSG) on December 18th.
Lauryn Hill made a special appearance at this year’s “Rock The Bells” concert in New York recently (8/29). Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Swizz Beatz, Chris Rock, Alicia Keys, Bokeem Woodbine, Mary J. Blige, Michael Ealy, John Legend, Tracy Morgan and Estelle were all in the audience for a long awaited homecoming.
I don’t believe anyone would dispute the unique FUNK stylings of Prince when it comes to his music. Simply a master musician, he’s been categorized as a “Pop / Rock” artist for the most part. His first release, “For You,” was a refreshing contribution to music. It featured songs like “Soft and Wet” and “Crazy You,” which offered a kind of latent hippie sort of vibe. It was the FUNKY rhythm of his first hit, “I Wanna Be Your Lover” from his second self-titled album, that perked up the ears of the R&B community.
As I list my Top-10 for 2009, find there were not of albums I really loved. Maybe I missed a few, or were we just so saturated in 2008 that a lot of the good music from then just carried over into to last year. In any case, here are my favorites…
This Christmas I was very fortunate to get the gift of music. Two of my favorite people in the world bestowed treasures upon me that I’ll cherish for years to come. On Christmas Eve, as I did the last of the trimming to the tree, I opened my gift from Chantalle. It was a Beatles Christmas tree ornament. A scenic piece of pottery, the “Fab Four” are presented complete with instruments, as if they’re playing music from their early days of fame.