Dame Shirley Bassey – “Goldfinger” Live At The 85th Academy Awards

Quite simply this is good and grown. Take care of the instrument and you will be able to sing for decades. That’s worth repeating: Take care of the instrument and you will be able to sing for decades. That means rest and exercise and always careful consideration about all things vocal. What Dame Shirley Bassey did last evening shouldn’t be surprising, it should simply be the standard. We should all stop giving anyone a pass who cannot reach the baseline of the standard. Preachers preach, teachers teach and at a very bare minimum singers should be able to sing.

Ivan Orr is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, performer, and writer. A native of Charlottesville, Virginia Ivan was involved with the forming and nascent days of The Music Resource Center as its first Program Director. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Music, Ivan currently resides in Richmond, VA where he maintains an active performance and production schedule while serving as the Music Editor for Grown Folks Music, a position he has held since 2010.

“Cover Me” Sundays – Uno Dei Tanti / I (Who Have Nothing)

Even though I’m considered a music writer, expert or whatever the hell you wanna call me, I much rather consider myself a student of music. No matter how much I think I know, I’m always discovering and learning new things from music. So in digging around for a post, I stumbled across this interesting find. Now the wonderful thing about music is it’s incredible ability to cross the boundaries of nationality, language and time. This is definitely shown through one of my favorite songs, “I (Who Have Nothing)”. Though this song has traveled from it’s Italian roots through actor and singer, Mr. Joe Sentieri, it has continued to move through the voices of Ben E. King, Linda Jones, Tom Jones, Donnie Hathaway with Roberta Flack, Sylvester, Shirley Bassey and many more. For this particular post, it was hard for me to chose which version I loved the most so I did a threesome. Ya’ll keep yo mind out the gutter – I ain’t talkin’ ’bout that kind of “threesome” 🙂 . I wanted to stack the original version with the timeless voice of Luther Vandross and Martha Wash then bring it back with a live version with Ms. Gladys Knight. Hope you enjoy!!!
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Hope is a music enthusiast and continual student of photography. Also known to rock out a quiet church or elevator with her current ringtone, Tom & Jerry’s Uncle Paco, “Crambone”.