If you haven’t seen the movie Sing yet I urge you to watch it. We love to view it with my great-niece and great-nephews. We took them with their Mom and my brother and sister-in-law last year. to the movie theater to witness it. Upon repeated viewings, amazingly the performances, the story, and the 3D animation get better and better.
My favorite character is Johnny, an English teenage gorilla who longs to sing, despite his father who wants him to lead a life of crime. His moment of triumph is when he sings and plays the piano, Elton John’s “I’m Still Standing”.
Mavis! is the first feature documentary on gospel/soul music legend and civil rights icon Mavis Staples and her family group, The Staple Singers. From the freedom songs of the ’60s and hits like “I’ll Take You There” in the ’70s, to funked-up collaborations with Prince and her recent albums with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, Mavis has stayed true to her roots, kept her family close, and inspired millions along the way.
Featuring powerful live performances, rare archival footage, and conversations with friends and contemporaries including Bob Dylan, Prince, Bonnie Raitt, Levon Helm, Jeff Tweedy, Chuck D, and more, Mavis! reveals the struggles, successes, and intimate stories of her journey. At 75, she’s making the most vital music of her career, winning Grammy awards, and reaching a new generation of fans. Her message of love and equality is needed now more than ever.
The Staple Singers
Harry Chapin wrote a song, “Mr. Tanner” about a Midwest cleaner who dreamed of being a professional singer. We learned to identify with someone pursuing the desire of becoming famous beyond a meager existence. Only to have those dreams dashed by a NY Times critic’s review. The sweetest solace is the last verse.
Music was his life, it was not his livelihood,
And it made him feel so happy and it made him feel so good.
And he sang from his heart and he sang from his soul.
He did not know how well he sang; It just made him whole.
As it turns out Connecticut and Mr. Tanner have quite the bond. The song was recorded in Bridgeport at Paul Leka‘s Connecticut Recording studio in 1973. On Saturday night , 11/12 at the Quick Center on the Fairfield University campus three related events intersected with Harry Chapin’s “Mr. Tanner”.
He joined The Chapin Family on stage to sing, “Mr. Tanner” which validated the real person featured in the song from 1974 performing the song live.
3. There will be a children’s book, Mr. Tanner, based on Harry Chapin’s song with a happy ending :). The author, Bryan Langdo and book company representative, Rod Broder of Ripple Grove Press were in attendance in the lobby, promoting the future book with preliminary copies on display and taking pre-orders.
Ever since we visited Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee last year I have a newfound respect for Elvis Presley. He is the man who changed the course of popular music as the biggest selling solo artist in music history (having sold an astonishing one billion records worldwide!).
A new Elvis Presley Album, The Wonder Of You: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will be released October 21 On Sony Music’s Legacy Recordings. The new album features powerful Elvis vocal performances with brand-new orchestral accompaniment.
Following on from the 2015 release of the chart-topping Sony Music Legacy Recordings album “If I Can Dream,” which sold in excess of a million units in the United Kingdom and Europe and a scheduled follow-up album titled “The Wonder of You: Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,” comes the announcement of the world exclusive live concert experience featuring Elvis Presley on the big screen and backed by a full symphony orchestra for a ten date arena tour in Europe in May 2017.(with a very special personal appearance by Priscilla Presley) The European dates will follow hot on the heels of six arena concerts in the United Kingdom in November 2016, which are all set to be sold out.
A Big Hunk O’ Love
I’ve Got A Thing About You Baby
I Just Can’t Help Believin’
Just Pretend Love Letters
Let It Be Me
Always On My Mind
The Wonder Of You
Just Pretend [duet with Helene Fischer]
1.) for what it’s worth
2.) fool no more
3.) ain’t no way
4.) danger zone
ann wilson, lead-singer of the renowned rock group, heart, returns with her first ever solo ep, entitled the ann wilson thing! – #1.
the project features covers of such legendary artists as aretha franklin, ray charles and buffalo springfield. wilson also co-wrote an all-new original track for the ep, “fool no more”, which she describes as “a heavy blues song about bad love and the fleeting of time.”
in 2007, she released her first solo full length lp through rounder records, hope & glory, which saw her covering some of rock and roll’s greatest heroes. this new ep sees the celebrated rock & roll hall of fame inductee exploring new creative and vocal territories by using her amazing gift in passionate interpretations of blues, soul and more.
Hopefully you saw the 2015 Grammy Awards because Annie Lennox had the best performance of the evening. She collaborated with Hozier on the medley, “Take Me To Church/I Put A Spell On You”. She rocked the house.
For New York City area viewers, Annie Lennox: Nostalgia Live in Concert, featuring Great American Songbook classics from her Grammy-nominated album Nostalgia, will air on Channel THIRTEEN’s Great Performances on April 3, at 10 p.m. on PBS. Check the PBS listings in your area for when else this show will be aired.
Annie Lennox: Nostalgia Live in Concert, the singer’s unique interpretations bring a new intimacy to these timeless classics. On the 60-minute concert, taped in January Lennox will do songs from her Nostalgia album like “Summertime,” “Strange Fruit,” “I Cover the Waterfront” and “God Bless the Child.”