Throwback Thursday: “Let’s Face The Music and Dance”

Briefly, for your throwback listening pleasure on this fine Thursday evening, here’s a gem from 1964…Nat King Cole’s outstanding version of the timeless jazz standard “Let’s Face The Music and Dance.” I’ve long loved many of Nat King Cole’s recordings of jazz classics, but for some reason his take on “Let’s Face The Music and…

Artist Spotlight: The Family Crest

“What’s your favorite band?” I’ve been asked that question a lot. (I’m sure all of us have.) As with any “favorite” question, my response usually takes the form of a long list of groups, with me apologizing for not being sure which one is at the absolute top of my list. That, however, may have…

Throwback Thursday: “Fidelity”

Looking through my blog posts, I haven’t done something for Throwback Thursday since March. That post focused on an album from the 1970s. This throwback is a bit more recent, from 2006. It’s also the first music video I’m throwing back to…travel through time with me to watch Regina Spektor’s fine video for her hit single “Fidelity.” To…

Music Video of the Day: “Amazing Grace”

It’s the eve of the Fourth of July (this blog has been very patriotic this week, hasn’t it?), and I’d love to share an excellent, just-released video with you that helps celebrate Independence Day in a very special way. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice & renowned violinist Jenny Oaks Baker here team up for a stunning rendition of…

Music Video of the Day: “Unstoppable”

I haven’t done two Music Videos of the Day in a row in quite some time, but there’s a really terrific one I’ve been anxious to share… “Unstoppable” by Lianne La Havas. Lianne La Havas, a British pop/folk/soul singer-songwriter (you know me and my love for music from the UK), released her debut album “Is…

Music Video of the Day: “Who Is It?”

It’s been a while since I’ve shared a Music Video of the Day, so let’s get to it. Today’s spotlighted song/video… “Who Is It?” by Kurt Elling. Kurt Elling is arguably today’s foremost male jazz vocalist, and for good reason…his musical output is legendary in the jazz world. This new song is the lead single from his…

Throwback Thursday: “Christmas Lights”

This blog has become very British as of late. Laura Mvula, Sam Smith, Kate Bush…I mean, I knew I was an Anglophile, but this trend is interesting. And it will continue with a Throwback Thursday post harking back to a song I highlighted 4 years ago this week. I’ve found it a bit uncharacteristically rocky…

Artist Spotlight: Laura Mvula

I haven’t been able to get around to posting lately, so now’s a great time to take on one of my first items of ‘business,’ my first full-fledged Artist Spotlight post in…ouch. It’s been nearly 3 full years. The last time I did a full Artist Spotlight was on Sia in Feb. 2012. She kind…

Music Video of the Day: “God Only Knows”

Today’s music video spotlight, our first in a bit, is quite a star-studded affair. And it’s a very, very good one. Let’s get right to it, the Music Video of the Day… “God Only Knows”! But who’s the artist? Well, there’s actually quite a few. Last week, the BBC released this all-star cover of the…

Music Video of the Day: “Everything You Didn’t Do”

I’m still working on catching up on the music I wasn’t able to check out in the past 2 years or so, and one of the first artists I searched out again was one of my absolute favorites, British jazz-pop wonder Jamie Cullum, who has been spotlighted on this blog before. He released an outstanding…