BLAKE is a vocal group of three young men who were school friends, They reconnected through Facebook. They started singing together again and produced their first album in six months. Stephen Bowman is a bass-baritone; Humphrey Berney is a tenor as is Oliver Baines.
Rebecca Newman, affectionately known as “the people’s soprano,” sings with the Brit-award winning BLAKE on BBC Songs of Praise, The Prayer, written by David Foster, Carole Bayer Sager, Alberto Testa and Tony Renis.
With an impasse at work with labor negotiations, I’m allowed to take time off. I was very relaxed last night, and spent a late night with my dog, sharing snacks and watching some very mediocre television late into the night.
They say that timing is everything. And this is probably very true for the next artist that William Price King is going to be talking about in the next few weeks in the Saturday morning music posts. I will hand over to William and the subject of his new series on iconic musicians, composers and singers of the last 100 years.
Melvin Howard Tormé (September 13, 1925 – June 5, 1999)
Mel Tormé was a multi-talented performer across the music and film industries from the 1940s through to the 1990s and most of us of a certain age will certainly remember seeing him on television or hearing him on the radio in the 50s and 60s. What most of us will not appreciate is that many of the well-known songs of the time were written by Mel and sung by iconic stars of the day such as Nat King…
Sometimes it is not very easy to find a quality video to post – I mean when great musicians (Ben Goldberg – clarinet Myra Melford – piano John Shifflett – bass Scott Amendola – drums) are videotaped performing a great tune (xcpf by Ben Goldberg) and it doesn’t look like that it was me on the corner doing it, with everybody talking loud over dinner and late spectators showing their new hairstyle in front of the camera! One not so positive observation, the audience was a bit cold, but never mind, I’ll cheer the musicians for their excellent rendition from here!
From a performance at Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, Berkeley, California
Video by Black Parrot Productions
Billie Holiday was born in Baltimore, Maryland. Her early life was difficult. It’s said she sought solace in music and started performing at an early age. When she was 18, Billie performed in a Harlem jazz club. John Hammond, a producer, saw her there, and got her recording work with bandleader Benny Goodman. That was the beginning of her outstanding career that brought her fame.
Billie Holiday died in 1959, a victim of substance abuse. She’s quoted as saying, “I never hurt nobody but myself, and that’s nobody’s business but my own.”
“I’ll Get By”
1.This Year’s Kisses 0:00
2.I Must Have That Man! 3:08
3.I’ll Get By 6:05
4.Mean to Me 9:16
5.I’ll Never Be the Same 12:21
6.Easy Living 15:25
7.Foolin’ Myself 18:30
8.Without Your Love 21:31
9.Me, Myself and I (Are All in Love With You) 24:24
10.A Sailboat in the Moonlight 27:02
11.Trav’lin’ All Alone 29:55
12.She’s Funny That Way 32:10
13.Getting Some Fun out of Life 34:48
14.I Can’t Believe That You’re in Love with Me 37:50
15.Back in Your Own Backyard 40:35
16.You Can’t Be Mine (And Someone Else’s Too) 43:16
17.Say It with a Kiss 46:37
18.The Man I Love 48:1
Xiao Min was born in the village Henan Province in central China of farming parents. Even though she didn’t finish junior high, she has used her musical talent to compose over 1,270 hymns, lyrics as well as music. Her hymns are sung throughout the Chinese churches and through out the world.
It’s for those of you who are part of a faith community every week; a physical place where you usually find yourself on Sundays. You come there willingly, expectantly, and in that place you receive encouragement and find community and feel acceptance, and where you regularly experience moments of challenge and inspiration and joy.
You feel at home there in that building, connected to those people, confident in the creeds you recite there, comforted by the songs you sing together. The sum total of what you find in that place makes you certain that God exists and makes that God feel close enough to touch. Your presence there on the inside of it all makes you better. It leaves you feeling lighter. It takes your faith deeper.
If that describes you, I celebrate what you’ve found and what you feel and what you have, because it is well worth celebrating.