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.
Over the past several weeks this feature has been rather nostalgic. And that’ s fine. When that happens we like to focus on music selections that are more contemporary. And because I like those oldies some interesting cover versions usually make the cut.
So enjoy these newer renditions of popular songs from the past.
Guitarist George Benson’s career is five decades long. As a solo artist he has racked up more than 30 recordings along with 10 Grammy Awards.
In his latest album Benson pays tribute to Chuck Berry and Fats Domino.
Another fine guitarist is Chris Standring. Born in Britain and now based in Los Angeles, Standring has been in the music business for the last 20 years. His latest album is “Sunlight.”
“Overall, ‘Sunlight’s got a joyful, upbeat vibe,” Standring said. ” I wanted to find some kind of word that described the overall feeling of the album, and thought ‘Sunlight’ captured the positivity and optimism of the music perfectly. It’s got an upbeat spirit about it. It probably wasn’t conscious, but maybe deep down I was being reactionary, calling out and taking a stand against the darkness of these times. For a lot of people, music can be a bright spot no matter what’s going on with them personally and in the world.
“The thing I like most about “Sunlight” is that it’s an album where you can just turn the musical faucet on and everything flows effortlessly and naturally.”
Watch this video with drummer Razz Lee. He’s all of 9 years old, the son of keyboard player Rodney Lee.
Now we turn the clock back to 1968 and a song that sounded like this:
Many guys have come to you
With a line that wasn’t true
And you passed them by (passed them by)
Now you’re in the center ring
And their lines don’t mean a thing
Why don’t you let me try (let me try)
Now I don’t wear a diamond ring
I don’t even have a song to sing
All I know is
La la la la la la la la la means
I love you
The group was the Delfonics and that was their biggest hit peaking at #4.
It’s redone here by saxophonist Kenney Polson from Portland. Can you believe Polson has lived and performed in more than 50 countries?
Not surprisingly Polson comes from a musical family. His grandfather, “Chubby Wayne” Harshaw (Count Basie, Cab Calloway), was a major musical influence, along with his Uncle Charles, who sang with the Coasters.
Herb Alpert is the Energizer Bunny. What a career! Five #1 hits. Nine GRAMMY® Awards. Fifteen Gold albums. Fourteen Platinum albums. Over 72 million records sold.
Now at 84 years old he’s cranked out another single, his cover of a #3 Bill Withers hit in 1971.
That’s it for this week.
Have a great weekend.
We opened with a guitarist and we close with another.
Art Ruprecht had clips of tracks from his first album played on the Weather Channel during those “Local on the 8’s” forecasts. His music is now heard on stations across America and also streams live on Pandora and Music Choice, as well as most other music sites. From his 3rd album, released in March, a tribute to well-known jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery.