Every Friday night we smooth our way into the weekend with music, the universal language. These selections demonstrate that despite what is being passed off as art today, there is plenty of really good music available. Come along and enjoy.
The days are getting shorter and shorter, and now we change our clocks this weekend. Here comes the depressing darkness. I prefer as much daylight and sunshine as possible. Waking up in the dark, heading to work in the dark, leaving work in the dark, getting home in the dark can all be quite miserable, not to mention the colder weather.
However the evening hours can be intriguing, appealing, enticing, seductive.
We begin this week’s segment with Barry White and his Love Unlimited Orchestra.
“I love the silent hour of night,
For blissful dreams may then arise,
Revealing to my charmed sight
What may not bless my waking eyes.”
Anne Bronte, Best Poems of the Bronte Sisters
Our next artist is from nearby Gurnee, Illinois. He graduated from Northern Illinois University, then headed west to Los Angeles where he played in sessions at local jazz clubs. He would tour with Teena Marie, Sheena Easton and Janet Jackson and jazz greats George Duke, Stanley Clarke, Larry Carlton, George Howard, Billy Cobham, and Gerald Albright. On his resume: Musical director for jazz saxophonist Dave Koz for close to 20 years.
“Life begins at night.”
Charlaine Harris, Dead Until Dark
Walter Murphy is best remembered for turning Beethoven into disco with “A Fifth of Beethoven,” based on Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 in C-Minor. It went all the way to #1. Here’s another track from the album “A Fifth of Beethoven” and it’s derived from another classical piece, although I’m pretty sure Chopin never used trumpets and saxophones.
“And the night shall be filled with music,
And the cares, that infest the day,
Shall fold their tents like the Arabs,
and silently steal away.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Before going solo trumpeter Rick Braun toured and recorded with Rod Stewart, Sade, Tina Turner, Natalie Cole and Tom Petty. He now has 16 solo albums under his belt.
“We sat in the car
& the night dropped
down until the
only sounds were
the crickets &
the dance of our voices
& for a moment
the world became
small enough to
roll back & forth
Brian Andrews, Hearing Voices: Collected Stories and Drawings: 5
That’s it for this week.
Have a great weekend.
We close with the legendary soul/R & B/funk band Tower of Power and a piece with all those blaring horns that also includes 16 string musicians. Before you click the video, read the above quote just one more time.