Monday, December 19, 2011

Christmas Music Part 1 - White Christmas

This blog started as a result of two guest posts on my friend Nicole Simone AKA Miss Late July’s site.  The first post was about Otis Redding and a discussion of his Christmas songs “White Christmas” and “Merry Christmas Baby”.  You can find it here: http://miss.latejuly.ca/2010/12/saturday-morning-soul-holiday-edition.html

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Sarah Tracey - Tell No One Review

Sarah Tracey’s new album Tell No One is a jazz album.  However, it’s so much more than that. Sarah Tracey has moved away from the typical Jazz Lounge sound and Tell No One represents a significant growth in her abilities.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Preview - Sarah Tracey - Tell No One

Sarah Tracey is a jazz singer in New York.  Her first full length album Tell No One, comes out today.  Using a theme of a secret spy agent, Tell No One lyrically explores the hidden side to us, while musically trying on different styles. This isn`t your typical Jazz lounge album. It`s better.


Thursday, July 28, 2011

Song Review - "Otis" by Kanye West & Jay-Z Ft. Otis Redding

My regular readers know by now that Otis Redding is my favourite singer of all time. They also know that Otis’ version of “Try A Little Tenderness” is my favourite song of his.  I blogged about it here: http://funkybarrister.blogspot.com/2011/01/try-little-tenderness.html

So last week Kanye West and Jay-Z released the first track from their upcoming collaborative album Watch the Throne. It’s called “Otis” and it features a sample of “Try A Little Tenderness”.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Amy Winehouse RIP

While the recent terrorist attack in Olso is a far more important issue, this is a music blog. The big news in music is the recent passing of Amy Winehouse.


Thursday, July 7, 2011

Late July - Hospital Quiet

As I mentioned in my last post, Nicole Simone who fronts Late July is a good friend of mine. Therefore, this post will likely be biased.


Thursday, May 19, 2011

Late July - Side Swept

The next two blog posts are probably going to be a little biased. (Whom am I kidding? They’re probably going to be very biased.)  A very good friend of mine, Nicole Simone, fronts Late July.  Ironically, the fact that she’s a good friend made it hard to write this review. 

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Song Review - Someone Like You by Adele

In addition to writing about albums or specific artists I thought that I would try something new.  I decided that I would write about specific songs.


Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Review - Adele From 19 to 21

Adele Adkins is a 22 year old singer from the UK. She has released two albums: 19 and 21 which both feature songs written when she was those respective ages.  Her music features lyrics that are wise beyond her years and some of the most soulful vocals in pop music today.


Monday, March 14, 2011

Oversouling?

Shortly after the Super Bowl, screenwriter and journalist John Eskow wrote a piece for the Huffington Post in which he talked about Christina Aguilera’s use of “Oversouling” during her performance of the Star Spangled Banner. Eskow’s article can be found here: 

Monday, February 14, 2011

Live Review - Ms. Lauryn Hill

A couple of weeks ago my two sisters and I went to see Ms. Lauryn Hill at Sound Academy.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Burn The Radio!

I have to say up front that this blog post is biased.  The lead singer of Burn The Radio, Paolo Rizzo, is a good friend of mine.


Friday, January 14, 2011

At Last

Etta James was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease about a year ago. Recently in a court dispute between her sons and her current husband, it was revealed that she now has leukemia.

Here is some of her most famous work:


Thursday, January 13, 2011

Elvis v. Beatles

In my last post, I talked briefly about a deleted scene from Pulp Fiction that claimed you are either an Elvis Fan or a Beatles Fan. You can’t be both. I acknowledged that I am an Elvis fan.

A friend of mine read that post and commented on FaceBook that she’s a Beatles fan, so what does that mean?


Saturday, January 8, 2011

Happy Birthday Elvis

If he was still alive Elvis would be 76 today (Living Colour said it best: Elvis is Dead). 




Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Try A Little Tenderness

One thing you should know about me is that my favourite type of music is Soul from the 60's and 70's. My favourite record label is Stax/Volt Records. My favourite singer of all time is Otis Redding and my favourite song of his is "Try A Little Tenderness". 


A few weeks ago, my friend Late July posted a live version of Otis Redding's cover of “Try A Little Tenderness” for her weekly Saturday Morning Soul post on her blog.  You can find it here:



Saturday, January 1, 2011

The Ivory Queen of Soul & The Queen of Stax

This was originally written for my friend's blog: http://miss.latejuly.ca/  However, since it's New Years Day I thought I'd make it my first post here.

On December 26, 2010, Teena Marie (AKA Marie Christine Brockert) passed away at 54. Teena Marie was known as the “Ivory Queen of Soul” because she was a white Rhythm and Blues singer who was more popular in the Black Community.