Goodnight everyone, and have a nice, warm weekend!

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.

BRRR!

This week was the coldest so far this winter in Wisconsin. Perfect timing for NATIONAL PLAN A VACATION DAY that happened on Tuesday. Who wouldn’t want to escape to someplace much, much warmer. We’ll do that musically this week. Let’s get started.

We begin with a Hawaiian classic. Not as classic as that wedding song, Tiny Bubbles, or Aloha Oe. But still an old island favorite.

This has a big band beat and lots of cha cha.

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According to the Hawaii Tourism Authority, visitor arrivals so far this month are nearly triple what they were a year ago but they’re still far below pre-pandemic levels. That’s due to inflation and COVID restrictions. But Hawaii remains a draw.

Think of the 50th state and you think Don Ho. Billy Vaughn and his Orchestra perform one of Ho’s most memorable recordings. Normally playing the saxophone, Vaughn takes to a vibraphone on a stop in Japan.

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The photo is from Maui, taken this week by Steve Taylor of Franklin who is visiting his parents. The lucky devils live on the island.

Next up, a performer with a long and impressive resume.

Master guitarist Earl Klugh has been recording for more than three decades, has 22 Top Ten Billboard Jazz Chart albums (four of them No. 1), and 11 Grammy nominations.

Klugh studied piano at the age of 3, guitar when he was 10. As a youngster, Klugh was in awe at the sight of Chet Atkins play on Perry Como’s TV show.

“He was the first person I saw playing the melody on guitar, without singing. I had never heard the guitar being played like that,” says Klugh.

Like all successful musicians, Klugh had his many influences: George Benson, his first mentor, Bill Evans, Chick Corea, Wes Montgomery, Sergio Mendes, Burt Bacharach and the Beatles.

He has been seen on The Tonight Show, Late Night featuring David Letterman, The Today Show, and Good Morning America.

This selection will have you dreaming of tropical breezes and pina coladas.

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Another Taylor photo, this one from Kaanapali, Hawaii.

Temps all week there have been around 80 degrees with winds out of the east, northeast ranging from 12-15 mph.

In 1961 legendary composer Henry Mancini recorded “Lujon,” also known as “Slow Hot Wind,” and named after a percussion instrument used in the instrumental. Then in 1975Mancini released an album that combined soul music with an orchestra. One of the tracks, this updated version…

May be an image of coast, nature and ocean

That’s enough torture for this week.

Goodnight.

Sleep well.

Have a good weekend.

Thanks, Steve Taylor, for the amazing pictures.

We like to begin and end on rousing notes if we can. Success.

And ICYMI, last week’s feature, music from “Casablanca.”

Music from “Casablanca?”

Yes indeed.

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