Growns, enjoy “Uncle” Charlie Wilson’s new song, “I’m Blessed”, featuring T.I.. With a forthcoming new album and a tour kicking off in February 2017, we agree that he is.
As a longtime fan here in the place where my fandom has been well documented I’m going to boldly state here about the news of your retirement that it was all the best Anita! All the best music and performance, style and grace… everything. I know that this is a sort of a road end or perhaps a slight turn for you but we truly wish you the best, you’ve earned it. I’d like to boldly proclaim that for us here at Grown Folks Music this is not an ending, but a beginning of sorts… for you see we believe that we need to continue to celebrate you and your music now more than ever. While we know that there will never be another Anita, we also know the importance of presenting all of what you’ve accomplished so that someone out there can remark that someone as special as you was able to share an incredible gift with the people. A gift that brought us joy and love and effectively had many of us caught up in a feeling of euphoria every time we heard a note emanate from that contralto.
This is not a news item to us, this is the equivalent of hearing from an old friend who is letting us know about the path she’s undertaking now. Mark my words as true that you will continue to hear from us through tributes, podcasts, conversations, polls, messages and so on and so on because it’s all about love here. On a personal note these familiar words truly sum up how I feel about your music and magic.
We may never understand if love just happens or if it’s planned…
As a 16 year old full of wonder about the world I could have never planned to fall in love your music. It just happened and I’m(we all are) a much better person for allowing myself to be lead into that love.
Take it easy…
Let the well wishes continue ad-infinitum well done!!!
Growns, LeToya Luckett put together a dramatic cliffhanger with her visuals for her new single “Back 2 Life”. Check it out. “Back 2 Life” is from Luckett’s forthcoming album titled Until Then.
Growns, get ready for new music for the new year from jazz favorites Phil Perry and Rick Braun. Perry’s album, Breathless and Braun’s new album, Around The Horn, is set for release February 2017 from Shanachie Entertainment.
Al Jarreau declares “Phil Perry is the real thing.” Perry’s rich velvety tenor, unrivaled falsetto and smooth, soulful and compelling voice, have set him in a class by himself. His ability to convey the deepest meaning with a simple turn of a phrase, whisper or inflection in just the right place, has long made him the go-to-man for music insiders. Phil Perry’s vocal talents have been sought after by everyone from Patti LaBelle, Chaka Khan and Anita Baker to Quincy Jones and Barbra Streisand, among others. On Breathless, Phil Perry once again proves why he is one of the greatest voices of our time. Co-produced by Perry along with long-time collaborator Chris Davis (Will Downing, Kim Burrell, George Clinton), Breathless features the album’s riveting title track, Lee Ritenour’s signature song “Is It You?,” a stunning interpretation of the Stevie Wonder classic “Love’s In Need Of Love Today, as well as stellar reinvention of Burt Bacharach’s hit for the 5th Dimension “One Less Bell To Answer.”
Known for his impeccable chops, melodic wizardry and keen compositional prowess, trumpeter, composer and producer Rick Braun has been thrilling audiences for decades. Having clenched over 20 #1 Smooth Jazz hits, Braun has collaborated with the best in contemporary jazz including Kirk Whalum, Norman Brown, Peter White, Dave Koz, Boney James and Brian Culbertson, to name a few. The highly versatile musician has also made a mark collaborating with pop stars like REO Speedwagon, Rod Stewart, Tom Petty, Sade and Natalie Cole. Around The Horn features a refreshing mix of originals such as Vila Vita,” showcasing guitarist Peter White, “Love Take Me,” showcasing rising star and label-mate Lindsey Webster, and the funky “Everything Is Alright.” Around The Horn highlights Braun’s ultra hip and beautiful reworking of Coldplay’s “Yellow,” a vibey re-imaging of Alicia Keys’ hit “In Common,” and a memorable version of the Charlie Puth/Selena Gomez collaboration “We Don’t Talk Anymore.”
Sometimes you just need a release, an escape if you will. Here’s mine for today, what’s yours?
Get Grown: The Brothers Johnson: “Stomp” 1980
In this era where there is often much debate between the use or often over use of technology in music, DOA anyone? But what are we really debating here? I often like to draw comparisons between tools and toys. When I was growing up and wanting to possess a keyboard there was really only one keyboard that I could afford to buy. Now I’m going to give brand names but let’s just say you could find this keyboard anywhere fine electronic items and watches were sold.
I was often frustrated by the lack of musicality that I perceived as shortcomings of the keyboard. But was it really the fault of the keyboard? Conversely nowadays when I program a couple of string patches to play a nice cascading line am I really an arranger of strings?
For comparison let’s look at the definition of Tool: an implement used in the practice of a vocation. Now let’s look at how a toy is defined Toy: an artifact designed to be played with. Well, I guess we’ll have to define play now. I think that definition can be summed up in one word: amusement.