Sunday Sleep In ~ “Love Remains” ~ Bobby Watson

Buona Paqua

 

My God what an alto.

What an absolutely beautiful ballad and title befitting today. Jesus is alive and the love remains. May all of you have a very Blessed and Peaceful Easter.

 

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Bobby Watson-younger

 

 

Love Remains

Written by Bobby & Pamela Watson.
Released off the song entitled album in Italy 1986.

Bobby Watson – sax
John Hicks – piano
Curtis Lundy – bass
Marvin “Smitty” Smith – drums

 

Bobby Watson

 

 

Easter_Blessings

 

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Saturday Psychedelics ~ “San Francisco Girls (Return of the Native)” ~ Fever Tree

Fever Tree 1968

 

Sadly unforgotten band and song.

This may have only been their biggest hit out of the four albums produced from 68′-70′ but this native Texas group in my opinion had some nice sounds with other songs. I loved Dennis Keller’s set of pipes. What they lacked was more innovating writing.

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Good Friday

Good-Friday

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Sunday Sleep In ~ “Sundays” ~ Enrico Pieranunzi Trio

Enrico Pieranunzi

 

Born in Rome, Italy this pianist, composer and arranger has accompanied and played among the best in Jazz.

Chet Baker, Charlie Haden, Frank Rosolino, Billy Higgins, Art Farmer just to name a few.

He has written scores for movies, is a professor and an author. The album “Ballads” from which this song is from is the 6th album in-which he collaborated with bassist Mark Johnson and drummer Joey Baron in 2006. The first with them in 1984 and since has released two more.

Starting in the 70s in Europe he quickly set both the classical & jazz scene there on fire before hooking up with American musicians.

In all Enrico Pieranunzi has written more than 300 compositions and recorded more than 70 albums/CDs. From solo’s, duets to quintets. Chet Baker’s “Night Wind”, Phil Wood’s “Hindsight” just a few from a notable list that became international standards.

A lyrical approach so fine it has made him a very much recognizable figure of contemporary jazz.

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Mickey Rooney… An Era Of Legendary Hollywood Has Died.

Mickey Rooney_Mickey & Judy

 

Lord, what can you not say about this man and actor.

I have been watching him all my life, my mom all of her life. Generation after generation after generation.

Of course I’ll always have forever etched in my mind all those Andy Hardy movies he made with Judy Garland, but there’s one in particular I have never forgotten.

A Human Comedy.

I first watched this movie when I was about 6 years-old and remember crying at the scene in-which he reads a letter from his brother. At almost 57 I still remember Homer Macauley. To this day I still believe it was Rooney’s best performance ever at a young 22.

I can’t count all the movies he made in an era when an actor signed to a studio pumped out 7, 8 movies a year. All I know is with his passing you feel as if a part of your family has left.

All the words apply, Icon, Legend in reality with the acting, dancing & singing abilities Mickey Rooney was a Monument of Entertainment.

He has left this world with enough of it on film and television there would be always something on to watch. Something that a thousand cable channels can’t seem to provide. Just goes to show you what classics are all about and class acts. Mickey was on the top of the list.

93+ years of life God graced us with of this man and after God welcomed to Heaven I’m sure Judy was standing there waiting. What a grand reunion that must be taking place right now. There always smiling in one place and tears left behind, yet still these stars always remain with us forever.

There’s only one channel I need, Turner Classic Movies. It’s where they keep our happiest memories for us and put them on display.

Hollywood lost its biggest star, a Hollywood Golden Era very much missed.

 

Mickey Rooney

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Sunday Sleep In ~ “What Now?” ~ Kenny Wheeler

Kenny Wheeler and John Taylor

Who needs drums when you don’t even notice they’re not there. Kenny Wheeler composes such rich in-depth songs with artists who cast you into a spell, it actually makes it sound as if you hear some cymbals in the background. Dave Holland’s spectacular double bass playing does exactly that.

On this particular piece both Wheeler and Chris Potter play off each other beautifully, add John Taylor’s piano and you have magic.

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Sunday Sleep In ~ “Secret Beach” ~ Brad Mehldau Trio

This Mehldau composition was released in 2006 off of his album “Live” recorded at the Village Vanguard over a four night period in Oct.

This pianist has been recording since 1991. In 1995 he finally got signed to Warner Brothers and produced 10 albums through 2002. Then put out another 13 out with Nonesuch. His latest release was in Feb. his 24th. He also can be heard on nine movie soundtracks.

The entire trio excels at preserving Jazz in fine tradition & tune.

 

Brad Mehldau

Larry Grenadier

Jeff Ballard

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Saturday Psychedelics ~ “Odyssey” ~ Jasper Wrath

Jasper Wrath Album Cover 1971

This band formed in 1969, New Haven, Connecticut. They mostly defined progressive rock on their self entitled album released in 71′, but I thought Odyssey stood out the gem hearing what had come out of the 60s San Fran Haight/Ashbury scene.

Giannotti (aka Gennette) split from the band before a national tour even took place soon after its release. Not finding a suitable replacement the band went on a hiatus with Cannata ( aka Christopher Hawke) & Solden going to London then to Spain. In 73′ the reformed with Stone (aka Stoltie) and three new members but really never had any national success though they maintained performing live with new songs until 76′ when Jasper Wrath finally came to a conclusion.

 

Jasper Wrath

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Sunday Sleep In ~ “Little One” ~ Herbie Hancock

Herbie Hancock

 

Maiden Voyage_Herbie Hancock

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Thursday Throwdown ~ “Lonely Avenue” ~ Kurt Elling

Kurt_Elling Jazz

Kurt Elling takes this Doc Pomus gem and absolutely smokes it. With the help of bassist Clark Sommers and the whole band singing the chorus, to me he blew away Ray Charles who had a hit with the song in 1956.

Sadly the song didn’t end up on his 2012 album “1619 Broadway – The Brill Building Project” that was dedicated to The Brill Building songwriters. What an elite group.

But as you can see from this 2012 New York Lincoln Center performance he has been blazing it in concerts.

1619 Broadway gained him his 11th Grammy nomination, for Best Jazz Vocal Album. He won one for 2009 “Dedicated to You” Best Jazz Vocal Album.

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Sleep In Sunday ~ “Midnight Sugar” ~ Tsuyoshi Yamamoto Trio

Tsuyoshi Yamamoto

This was Tsuyoshi Yamamoto’s debut album, since, he has produced another 14 with the last his quartet being released in 2012. He is still performing today.

 

 

 

Tsuyoshi Yamamoto Trio _ Midnight Sugar

Tsuyoshi Yamamoto 1974

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Sunday Sleep In ~ “Silently” ~ Tim Lapthorn Trio

Tim Lapthorn

So nice to see somebody carrying on the tradition of a Bill Evans, Dave Brubeck & Vince Guaraldi.

Transport his third album released in 2012 makes you feel as if it’s the 60s again. Every song shines with harmonies and explosive improvisations you’d expect from the greats of jazz. Swings & Roundabouts is another off this album/CD that shows his talent beyond his years.

This British born pianist excels in everything he’s done thus far.

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Jockey T.D. Houghton injured in Moutaineer Park 2014 Season Opener.

Terry D. Houghton

March 1, during the 4th race when his mount named Syeshacat a three year-old filly had a clear lead inside the quarter-pole, when she broke down. Her jockey, Terry D. Houghton, was taken to East Liverpool City Hospital then transferred to University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Presbyterian Hospital where he underwent surgery Sunday for a fractured collar-bone and three chipped vertebrates and is undergoing a second procedure today to make sure his neck and spine are alright.

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Sunday Sleep In ~ “Canción de Amor” ~ Paco de Lucía

In memory of one of the most influential virtuoso’s of Spanish Flamenco Guitar that ever lived. On Feb. 25, 2014 his being left us but through a catalog of music a mile long from 1964, you will experience his spirit forever.

My first taste I got of this man’s talent was in 1976 when he played on Al Di Meola’s Elegant Gypsy. When I heard Mediterranean Sundance I absolutely flipped. I had never heard such acoustical precision like that in my life. It was Paco’s “Río Ancho” that was fused into the song.

But unlike Di Meola who dipped into different fusions, Paco de Lucía who also crossed over into the classical & jazz realms his sound managed to stay completely enjoyable to his roots. All variations had that epic Spanish history to everything he played. He was on his own level yet played as if he created the musical atmospherical equivalence and I mean that as a storm, thunderous and awakening.

Such a sad loss at only 66 years old. I’m sure there will be tributes upon tributes to this exquisite player.

Heaven is dancing as Paco has taken his place.

Our hearts will see you through the beauty of the music you left us with. God’s greatest gift.

 

Paco de Lucía

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Sunday Sleep In ~ “Our Game” ~ Till Brönner

Not hard to hear where this German born trumpeter, fluglehornist, singer and player gets his style from.

With the tone, his low key intimate vocals it spells Chet Baker all over the place.

Born in 1971 and raised in Rome by early teens he got a taste of bebop via Bird. But who would become his hero would be Chet. Two years after this release in 98′ he would record Chattin With Chet as a dedication to him.

Not as mesmerizing as Baker for nobody could take that spot, but for Till’s generation he reigns as Germany’s best jazz artist and I can’t argue with that recognition.

 

Till Brönner

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Shirley Temple, The Child That Made Our Childhood Has Died.

Shirley Temple dies at 85.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/shirley-temple-dies-at-85-1.2531741

 

Shirley Temple

Blog upcoming later today…

 

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Sunday Sleep In & Remember ~ “This Boy” ~ The Beatles 1964

The Beatles_1964_Ed Sullivan Show

6 years old, at my grandma’s on east side of Detroit, laying on that wine colored carpet with the cream swirls watching wide-eyed at a black and white television set that only had 4 channels. That night the whole world only need one.

The music made us see colors.

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Friday Freak Flag Flying ~ Colors Welcomed ~ “Born To Be Wild” ~ Steppenwolf

Penetrators MC Detroit

Scorpions MC Detroit

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Sunday Sleep In ~ “Speak Low” ~ Roy Hargrove Quintet

Roy Hargrove

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Friday Freak Flag Flying ~ “Time Has Come Today ” ~ The Chambers Brothers

An Epic Masterpiece.

 

The Chamber Brothers

The Chambers Brothers

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MGCB Director Richard Kalm’s Latest Contradictions.

Letter to Harness Horsemen by Richard Kalm on Jan. 24, 2014.

http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mgcb/2014-01-24_letter_to_Horsemen_445532_7.pdf

I love this excerpt:

The entry/starter fee is paid to the track management to cover track related matters. “This money is not co-mingled with the purse pool money. The starter bonus is an amount of money negotiated by the CHO and track to be paid from prizes awarded out of the purse pool” for horsemen who start each race.

WTF??? LOL Isn’t this the same damn thing. We all know it’s a “back door” deal. $$$ going and coming from same source. Unbelievable.

This is the one thing that pissed off the MIHBPA about MPM, having to do this to begin with. Who is kidding who here?

In it’s entirety.

January 24. 2014

Harness Horsemen of Michigan:

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MGCB Director Richard Kalm’s Games Continue. Signs Order To Approve Harness Tracks For Thoroughbred Racing in 2014 After Already Denying Northville Downs.

http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mgcb/NVD_Denial_of_2014_Thoroughbred__Mixed_Meet_Race_License_442855_7.pdf

EDIT ON JAN. 30, 2014 AT END.

MICHIGAN GAMING CONTROL BOARD – HORSE RACING SECTION
OFFICE OF EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

In the matter of:

John Carlo, Peter Battista, Margaret Zayti Partnership, d/b/a Northville Downs Application for a 2014 Standardbred, Thoroughbred and Mixed Meet Race Meeting License and 2014 Simulcast Permit Amended to reduce live race days from 26 to 10 on October 22, 2013. ORDER DENYING NORTHVILLE DOWNS A 2014 THOROUGHBRED AND MIXED MEET RACE MEETING LICENSE Northville Downs filed an application on August 30, 2013, for a 2014 Standardbred, Thoroughbred, and Mixed Meet Race Meeting license and a 2014 Simulcast Permit with the Executive Director of the Michigan Gaming Control Board. The application was filed under the Horse Racing Law of 1995, Public Act 279 of 1995; MCL 431.301 et seq., and the promulgated administrative rules. On October 22, 2013 Northville Downs submitted a significant and untimely amendment to their application to decrease live race days from 26 to 10. That request was denied on November 1, 2013.

On November 1, 2013 the Executive Director granted the application of the licensee for a Standardbred 2014 Race Meeting license at Northville Downs for the 26 live race days requested in the original application. While the Horse Racing Law of 1995 does not provide for the submission of race meeting applications after September 1 of each year, the Executive Director, in the best interest of racing, allowed Northville Downs to submit an amended application subject to certain conditions listed in that order and referenced below. Northville Downs represented that the amended application was for the primary purpose of converting its track to allow for
thoroughbred racing. The conditions for considering the amended application for a Thoroughbred and Mixed Meet Race Meeting license included the following:

(a) Amend the application for a 2014 Race Meet license by answering all questions as they pertain to the horse breed(s) contracted to race at the 2014 Northville Downs race meet.

(b) The licensee must submit a signed contract with all certified horsemen’s organization(s) representing the breed(s) of horses the applicant intends on racing.

(c) The licensee must submit a business plan detailing how the combination and/or changeover from Standardbred to Thoroughbred and mixed breeds will occur. That plan should detail the costs, funding and timeline involved with converting the track.

Replies to the above conditions were required to be adequately and sufficiently submitted to the Executive
Director by December 1, 2013 to allow for these amendments to be considered. However, Northville Downs has failed to meet the above conditions.

Specifically, Northville Downs has failed to demonstrate a definitive, specific, and detailed plan that could be approved according to the Horse Racing Law of 1995. The Executive Director finds the following deficiencies:

1. The licensee failed to supply a convincing plan to assure sufficient numbers of Thoroughbred horses and Quarter Horses for the proposed meet.

2. No assurance that sufficient simulcast purse pool money will be available for such a race meeting.

3. The amended application is untimely due to the ordered race dates commencing in January 2014 which does not allow for complete vetting of the application.

4. No assurance that the track will be safe for the proposed function and on par with industry standards.

5. No assurance of funding for the track conversion.

6. The submitted plan does not appear to be in the best interest of horse racing in the State Of Michigan for 2014.

Accordingly, Northville Downs’ amended application for a Thoroughbred and Mixed Breed race meeting license is denied.

IT IS SO ORDERED.

Date: December 18 2013

Richard Kalm, Executive Diirector Michigan Gaming
Control Board

 

Jan. 21, 2014

Reporting on both the MIHBPA (http://www.mihbpa.com/news.html)& MHHA (http://www.mhha-online.com/newsite/index.php)websites out of a clear blue sky signs an order approving both Northville Downs & Hazel Park applications for Thoroughbred Racing in 2014.

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Sunday Sleep In ~ “From Moment to Moment” ~ Woody Shaw

@ Keystone Korner, San Francisco CA 11/10/1979

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Friday Freak Flag Flying Feature ~ Psych-Out

Psych Out 1968

JackNicholson, Susan Strasberg, Dean Stockwell

 

Outside of the 4 hour directors cut of Woodstock this is my all time favorite Hippie movie. How long YT will allow it to remain, remains to be seen. It has been in parts for years. This one was uploaded in whole by YT user Jill Lachenmayer.

She just became one of my hero’s!

The entire Soundtrack of this film was outstanding.

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Wednesday When It Was Music ~ “The Other Hours” ~ Harry Connick, Jr.

Harry Connick Jr.

 

There is no other singer I know of that absolutely captures Frank Sinatra’s fabulous phrasing other than the very talented Harry Connick, Jr..

This man is a blessing that has thankfully continued the tradition of fine tuned vocalization.

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Motown Monday Snow Storm/Freeze Madness!

Detroit Mi. Jan. 5 2014

MyfoxDetroit Weather Forcast Jan. 5 2014

I Hate Winter.

 

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Sunday Sleep In ~ “All I Have to Do Is Dream” ~ In Memory of Phil Everly – The Everly Bothers

The Everly Brothers

If only one word could define the Everly Brothers it would be: HARMONY

For it would influence so many other musical/vocal groups that would follow them. In 1958 All I Have to Do Is Dream was the only single ever to be #1 on all of Billboard’s singles charts at the same time. In the UK it remain #1 for 6 weeks, 21 weeks on the singles chart. #1 R&B & Country.

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Saturday Sediments…Even More Snow & Freezing Temps..

fuck_winter

 

8-10 more inches expected Sunday in Metro Detroit with single digit highs, below zero lows all next week.

No snow thrower, sick on top of it. I’m wasted & stressed.

I hate this, it is depressing.

Somebody HELP.

 

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2014 A New Year…Will it be Happy?

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Where I sit personally right now I can’t foresee it being one.

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Motown Monday ~ “Where Did You Go” ~ Four Tops

Four Tops

 

Never get tired of featuring my favorite male vocal group, or these fantastic extended versions that highlight The Funk Brothers, The Andantes & The Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

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