Happy Birthday, Stevie Wonder

Posted by The G on May 13, 2011 under Celebrities | 3 Comments to Read

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Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder

Happy birthday to musical legend Stevie Wonder.  I’ve seen him in concert many times and he’s amazing!  One memory that sticks out in my mind is when he sang a cover of Michael Jackson’s “The Way You Make Me Feel,” soon after MJ died.  Stevie broke down in tears in the middle of the performance and every person in Madison Square Garden followed suit.  It was very powerful.  What’s your favorite Stevie Wonder song/album?  Are you are “Songs in the Key of Life” or “Journey Through The Secret Life of Plants” kinda fan?  There are no wrong answers!  Hell, I even admit to liking “I Just Called To Say I Love You.”

Also born today: ‘actor’ Robert Pattinson, singer Ritchie Valens, political comedian Stephen Colbert, boxer Joe Louis and actress Beatrice Arthur.

CNN to Offer George Michael’s Royal Wedding Song

Posted by The G on April 14, 2011 under GNN | 4 Comments to Read

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George Michael

George Michael

Finally!  My beloved George Michael is making headlines for music again!  Last month, he released a cover of New Order’s “True Faith” and donated all the proceeds to charity.  The singer announced via Twitter that he’d be recording a cover song for Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding.  He asked fans to make song suggestions (and of course, I picked “When 2 R In Love” by Prince – fingers crossed).  The song will be available for download for free on CNN beginning April 15, 2011.  In lieu of paying to download the track, George requests that you make a donation to the Prince William and Kate Middleton Charitable Gift Fund.  You can learn more and make your donation here.

A few other bits of George Michael news revealed over the last few weeks via his Twitter account:

-He’s making a dance album

-He’ll be touring again (though on a smaller scale than his “25 Live Tour.”)

-He used the expression “Cock Piss Bastard.”  (I just had to throw that in, because I’ve been laughing about that one for days!)  Thanks for that George!

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UPDATE:  The song is Stevie Wonder’s “You and I.”  You can download it for a limited time at George Michael’s official website.

Don’t forget to donate!

Eric White at Freight + Volume

Posted by The G on February 2, 2011 under Artsy Fartsy | Be the First to Comment

Photos by G.  Art by Eric White.

For Members Only by Eric White

At Freight + Volume in New York, there is a really cool group show on display called “Haymaker.”  The exhibit features 5 artists showing very diverse work.  Obviously, since I am a huge lover of music, the art that resonated with me the most is the work of Eric White, who painted mock album covers.  Perhaps you’ll recognize these covers from your music collections?

Songs In The Key Of Life by Eric White

Fear of Music by Eric White

The Koln Concert by Eric White

“Haymaker” featuring the works of Tatiana Berg, Doug Fishbone, Kristen Schiele, Damian Stamer and Eric White is now on display at Freight + Volume in New York. Freight + Volume is located at 530 + 542 W. 24th St.  “Haymaker” runs until February 12, 2011.

Mr. Brainwash – Icons (Part 4)

Posted by The G on February 17, 2010 under Artsy Fartsy | 2 Comments to Read

Photos by G.  Art by Mr. Brainwash.

If you missed the first 3 installments of the Icons series, click here and catch up.  We’ll wait.

As a final reminder, all of the art you are about to see was made with pieces of broken vinyl records.

The Beatles - Icons by Mr. Brainwash

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – Night One

Posted by The G on October 30, 2009 under G Reviews | 3 Comments to Read

All photos by G.

What can you say about a 6 hour concert where you see Jerry Lee Lewis (performing Great Balls of Fire), Crosby Stills and Nash (perform with Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne and James Taylor), Simon and Garfunkel (performing You Can Call Me Al, Bridge over Troubled Water, Cecilia, Mrs. Robinson, The Sounds of Silence and also performing with David Crosby and Graham Nash), Stevie Wonder (performing Signed Sealed Delivered I’m Yours, Higher Ground, Living for the City before being joined on stage by Smokey Robinson – performing Tracks of My Tears, and with Sting – performing Roxanne, and also solo performing Michael Jackson’s The Way You Make Me Feel – getting so choked up, the entire Madison Square Garden was crying), BB King (performing The Thrill is Gone) and Bruce Springsteen (performing w/ Sam Moore singing Soul Man, Darlene Love singing Da Do Run Run, with John Fogarty singing Pretty Woman and Proud Mary and with Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine performing The Clash’s London Calling, plus solo doing The Ghost of Tom Joad)?  INSANELY HISTORIC NIGHT!

Here’s a few pix to whet your appetite until next month when a highlights show of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 25th anniversary is aired on HBO.  After the jump.

Update:  Here’s the full setlist:

Jerry Lee Lewis :
Whole Lotta Shakin Going On

Crosby, Stills and Nash:
Woodstock
Marrakech Express
Almost Cut My Hair

Bonnie Raitt with David Crosby and Graham Nash:
Love Has No Pride

Bonnie Raitt and Crosby, Stills and Nash:
Midnight Rider

Jackson Browne with Crosby, Stills and Nash:
The Pretender

James Taylor with David Crosby and Graham Nash:
Mexico

 

Crosby, Stills and Nash with James Taylor:
Love the One You’re With

Crosby, Stills and Nash:
Rock and Roll Woman

Crosby, Stills and Nash with Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne and James Taylor:
Teach Your Children

Paul Simon:
Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes
Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard
You Can Call Me Al

Dion DiMucci with Paul Simon:
The Wanderer

Paul Simon with David Crosby and Graham Nash:
Here Comes the Sun

Paul Simon:
Late in the Evening

Little Anthony and the Imperials:
Two People in the World

Simon and Garfunkel:

The Sounds of Silence
Mrs. Robinson/Not Fade Away
The Boxer
Bridge Over Troubled Water
Cecilia

Stevie Wonder:

Blowin in the Wind
Uptight (Everything’s Alright)
I Was Made To Love You
For Once in My Life
Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours
Boogie On Reggae Woman

Smokey Robinson with Stevie Wonder:
The Tracks of My Tears

John Legend with Stevie Wonder:
Mercy Mercy Me (the Ecology)

Stevie Wonder with John Legend:
The Way You Make Me Feel

B.B. King with Stevie Wonder:
The Thrill Is Gone

Stevie Wonder:
Living for the City

Stevie Wonder and Sting:
Higher Ground/Roxanne

Stevie Wonder with Jeff Beck:
Superstition

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band:
10th Avenue Freeze-Out

Sam Moore with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band:
Hold On I’m Comin
Soul Man

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band with Tom Morello:
The Ghost of Tom Joad

John Fogerty and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band:
Fortunate Son
Proud Mary
Oh. Pretty Woman

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band:
Jungleland

Darlene Love with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band:
A Fine, Fine Boy
Da Doo Ron Ron

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band with Tom Morello:
London Calling
Badlands

Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band:
You May Be Right
Only the Good Die Young
New York State of Mind
Born To Run

Darlene Love, John Fogerty, Tom Morello, Billy Joel, Jackson Browne, Peter Wolf and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band:
(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher

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