Time to L.E.A.R.N.!

TODAY’S CLIP: So with the long Labor Day weekend coming up, I thought a “work related” song might be appropriate. That got me to thinking about one of the Michael Moore documentaries that I saw a while back. Not sure which one it was, but there was a song at the end of the movie titled “L’Internationale” by Tony Babino. It’s a swinging jazz version of an older song by the same name. Check it out… enjoy the swingin’ groove… and HAPPY LABOR DAY WEEKEND!

As a musician, 90% of what you do is listening. Music is too much of a universal language to get stuck on one dialect. Therefore, today’s blog is dedicated specifically for you to LISTEN (to the clip provided), EXPAND (your thinking on music in a way that you may not have considered before), AND ROCK NOW (with more musical knowledge added to your repertoire)!

DISCLAIMER: I do not own the rights to this song. The video included in this blog is only intended to bring musical awareness to the reader.

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Time to L.E.A.R.N.!

TODAY’S CLIP: I don’t know quite how to explain it, but I’ve been on a hymn kick this week. The hymn of the week? “Pass Me Not”. There are a lot of clips to choose from of singers who sing this song, but this one is my favorite. Pastor E. Dewey Smith of The Greater Traveler’s Rest Baptist Church in Atlanta, GA. Check it out.

As a musician, 90% of what you do is listening. Music is too much of a universal language to get stuck on one dialect. Therefore, today’s blog is dedicated specifically for you to LISTEN (to the clip provided), EXPAND (your thinking on music in a way that you may not have considered before), AND ROCK NOW (with more musical knowledge added to your repertoire)!

DISCLAIMER: I do not own the rights to this song. The video included in this blog is only intended to bring musical awareness to the reader.

Time to L.E.A.R.N.!

TODAY’S CLIP: I came across this song on accident, but I love it. This is jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan playing “Totem Pole”. It’s got that driving old school jazz feel. Check it out.

As a musician, 90% of what you do is listening. Music is too much of a universal language to get stuck on one dialect. Therefore, today’s blog is dedicated specifically for you to LISTEN (to the clip provided), EXPAND (your thinking on music in a way that you may not have considered before), AND ROCK NOW (with more musical knowledge added to your repertoire)!

DISCLAIMER: I do not own the rights to this song. The video included in this blog is only intended to bring musical awareness to the reader.

Time to L.E.A.R.N.!

TODAY’S CLIP: Let’s start here. I watch “The Colbert Report”. I don’t know that I’m an official part of the Colbert Nation, but I definitely enjoy the show. On Tuesday evening (7/29/2014), he had a musical guest on by the name of Jon Batiste with his band “Stay Human” and when I say that this performance was amazing, it was AMAZING. They played in the studio, then continued playing out into the street. It’s all too easy to pick up his New Orleans roots as it is displayed throughout his music. I won’t waste words here. YOU JUST NEED TO LISTEN. This is Jon Batiste and Stay Human performing “Let God Lead” from their new album “Social Music”. Check it out.

For more information on Jon Batiste and Stay Human, go to: http://jonbatiste.com/

As a musician, 90% of what you do is listening. Music is too much of a universal language to get stuck on one dialect. Therefore, today’s blog is dedicated specifically for you to LISTEN (to the clip provided), EXPAND (your thinking on music in a way that you may not have considered before), AND ROCK NOW (with more musical knowledge added to your repertoire)!

DISCLAIMER: I do not own the rights to this song. The video included in this blog is only intended to bring musical awareness to the reader.

Time to L.E.A.R.N.!

TODAY’S CLIP: Today’s clip is a TWO FOR ONE SPECIAL!!! The first clip features the one and only Ahmad Jamal, jazz pianist extraordinaire, performing “Poinciana (Song of the Tree)”. I love this song and played it during my time in college. The version that we know as the jazz standard today was written in 1936 by Nat Simon (music) and Buddy Bernier (lyrics). Check it out:

The song you just heard is based on a Cuban folk tune titled “La canción del árbol” (“The song of the tree”). The second clip features a version of the original as performed by soprano Erika Escribá-Astaburuaga and pianist Carlos Apellániz. Check it out:

As a musician, 90% of what you do is listening. Music is too much of a universal language to get stuck on one dialect. Therefore, today’s blog is dedicated specifically for you to LISTEN (to the clip provided), EXPAND (your thinking on music in a way that you may not have considered before), AND ROCK NOW (with more musical knowledge added to your repertoire)!

DISCLAIMER: I do not own the rights to this song. The video included in this blog is only intended to bring musical awareness to the reader.

Time to L.E.A.R.N.!

TODAY’S CLIP: Today’s clip is a special one for me. This is William “Chan” Hall, a former piano student of mine. He is making his way in the smooth jazz piano arena and doing quite well. He sent me this YouTube video of him not too long ago playing his rendition of the jazz standard “Body and Soul” and you owe it to yourself to check it out. If you’re a smooth jazz piano lover, then you will love this.

Like what you heard??? If you want to learn more about Chan OR purchase his CD’s, please visit his website at: http://www.reverbnation.com/willomatic31

As a musician, 90% of what you do is listening. Music is too much of a universal language to get stuck on one dialect. Therefore, today’s blog is dedicated specifically for you to LISTEN (to the clip provided), EXPAND (your thinking on music in a way that you may not have considered before), AND ROCK NOW (with more musical knowledge added to your repertoire)!

DISCLAIMER: I do not own the rights to this song. The video included in this blog is only intended to bring musical awareness to the reader.

Time to L.E.A.R.N.!

TODAY’S CLIP: Today’s clip is “He Is Exalted/Hallelujah” as ministered by J. J. Hairston and Youthful Praise. This song is originally by Twila Paris, but this version of it is awesome. I recently taught this at a music ministry workshop (with a 3-piece horn section) and it was amazing. Check it out.

As a musician, 90% of what you do is listening. Music is too much of a universal language to get stuck on one dialect. Therefore, today’s blog is dedicated specifically for you to LISTEN (to the clip provided), EXPAND (your thinking on music in a way that you may not have considered before), AND ROCK NOW (with more musical knowledge added to your repertoire)!

DISCLAIMER: I do not own the rights to this song. The video included in this blog is only intended to bring musical awareness to the reader.