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