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Christmas One More Time XII

The Hunt for New (Christmas)Music:

At the end of the string for Christmas music playlists this year. This one, COMT XII, contains some classics, including “Run, Run, Run Rudolph” by Roomful of Blues; the rocking “What Christmas Means to Me” by Rahsaan Patterson, “Thank God for Kids”, by Kenny Chesney, Straight No Chaser’s version of “Merry Christmas Baby” which features an overdub with Otis Redding; and “Getting Ready for Christmas Day” by Paul Simon. Lots of really good music on this list (as is the case with all of the Christmas One More Time playlists, and all of it tested at high volumes in listening rooms and cars.

Happy Holidays and good listening.

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No, Song, Artist

1, Jingle Bell Jamboree, Keb ‘Mo

2, Wonderful Dreams, Melanie Horton

3, Keep Driving, Katherine McPhee

4, It Snowed, Meaghan Smith

5, Most Wonderful Time of The Year, Andy Williams

6, Baby It’s Cold Outside, Rod Stewart and Dolly Parton

7, Run Run Rudolph, Roomful of Blues

8, What I Want For Christmas, Lemon

9, Little St. Nick, Erica Nicole

10, What Christmas Means to Mean, Rahsaan Patterson

11, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Chris Botti

12, Thank God for Kids, Kenny Chesney

13, A Gift, James Brown

14, Merry Christmas Baby(w/Otis Redding), Straight No Chaser

15, Long Road Home, Sheryl Crow

16, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, Tony Bennett

17, Christmas I’ll Be Steppin’, R.Kelly

18, Island Christmas, Michael Franks

19, Getting Ready for Christmas Day, Paul Simon

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You can listen to the entire playlist through the courtesy of our friends at Spotify. Just click this link: COMT XII  and you will be able to stream the Christmas playlist via Spotify’s excellent web player. Special note: when you click the link, you will be taken to Spotify’s web player. There, you’ll have a couple of choices: sign in if you currently have a Spotify account; signup for a free Spotify account (you’ll be glad you did) or take advantage of their $.99 special for three months of Spotify premium, which has a few extra features the free version doesn’t have –wider selection and no commercials. Either way, you should check it out if you like music.  Enjoy…and Happy Holidays. Special thanks to DJ Tschugge for compiling the list, along with the team at the Media Bunker and Perception Engineering


Christmas One More Time XI

The Hunt For New (Christmas) Music:  

Yet, another very good Christmas playlist, this one containing some of the very best of the previous Christmas One More Time lists…actually a bit of a “greatest hits” playlist. As with all of the playlists posted this Christmas season, this one is available to play with a click on the Spotify link. Complete instructions are at the end of the playlist.

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No, Song, Artist

1, Jingle Bells, Katherine McPhee

2, Carol of the Bells, Keith Lockhart

3, Thinking About You, Paul Carrack

4, Sleigh Ride, Arthur Fiedler & Boston Pops

5, A DC Christmas Melody, Destiny’s Child

6, The Christmas Song (Holiday Remix), Christina Aguilera

7, Driving Home For Christmas, Billy Mathis

8, White Christmas, Michael Buble’ (w/Shania Twain)

9, Blue Decorations, BB King

10, I Believe in Father Christmas, Cortex Cure

11, All Alone on Christmas, Darlene Love

12, Snowflake, Joe Sample

13, Holiday Road, Lindsey Buckingham

14, Waltz of the Flowers, Greg Long

15, The Spirit of Christmas (Chillout Lounge Mix), Skillmates

16, Christmas at My House, Rahsaan Patterson

17, Rudoph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, Los Lonely Boys

18, Wrapped in Red, Kelly Clarkson

19, Let It Snow Let It Snow Let It Snow, Dean Martin

20, All I Want For Christmas is You, Mariah Carey

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You can listen to the entire playlist through the courtesy of our friends at Spotify. Just click this link: COMT XI  and you will be able to stream the Christmas playlist via Spotify’s excellent web player. Special note: when you click the link, you will be taken to Spotify’s web player. There, you’ll have a couple of choices: sign in if you currently have a Spotify account; signup for a free Spotify account (you’ll be glad you did) or take advantage of their $.99 special for three months of Spotify premium, which has a few extra features the free version doesn’t have –wider selection and no commercials. Either way, you should check it out if you like music.  Enjoy…and Happy Holidays. Special thanks to DJ Tschugge for compiling the list, along with the team at the Media Bunker and Perception Engineering.

 

 


Christmas One More Time, X

The Hunt for New (Christmas) Music:

The Christmas Music posts continue with yet another playlist of traditional favorites redone by contemporary artists and new Christmas music you haven’t heard before. Pay special attention to The Blenders’ version of “Sleigh Bells”,  Blake Shelton and Michael Buble’s “Home”, Mahalia Jackson’s “No Room at the End”; and “It Snowed” by Meaghan Smith. Everything on the list is terrific and everything will give you a seasonal lift. And…playing loud is recommended.

The 10th in a series of terrific and smartly curated playlists of Christmas and Holiday music.

As always, the spirit shines through.

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no, title, artist

1, Sleigh Bells, The Blenders

2, Wonderful Dream (Holidays Are Coming), Melanie Thornton

3, Ye Merry Gents, Billy Paul Williams

4, Home, Blake Shelton w/Michael Buble

5, Best Christmas Ever, Wonder Girls

6, It’s Not Really Christmas, Kevin Parker

7, White Christmas, Michael Buble (w/Shania Twain)

8, Working at Christmas, Paul Brady

9, The Day It Snowed, Amusement Parks On Fire

10, Christmas Time to Me, Jordan Sparks

11, Christmas Kiss, Steven Curtis Chapman

12, Even Santa Gets The Blues, Marty Stuart

13, Driving Home For Christmas, The Reggae Band

14, No Room At The Inn, Mahalia Jackson

15, It Snowed, Meaghan Smith

16, Birth of Love, SuperHerose

17, Just To Be With You (This Christmas), Nick Lowe

18, One More Sleep, Leona Lewis

19, Merry Christmas Baby, Bruce Springsteen

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You can listen to the entire playlist through the courtesy of our friends at Spotify. Just click this link: COMT X  and you will be able to stream the Christmas playlist via Spotify’s excellent web player. Special note: when you click the link, you will be taken to Spotify’s web player. There, you’ll have a couple of choices: sign in if you currently have a Spotify account; signup for a free Spotify account (you’ll be glad you did) or take advantage of their $.99 special for three months of Spotify premium, which has a few extra features the free version doesn’t have –wider selection and no commercials. Either way, you should check it out if you like music.  Enjoy…and Happy Holidays. Special thanks to DJ Tschugge for compiling the list, along with the team at the Media Bunker and Perception Engineering.

 

 


Christmas One More Time, VIII

The Hunt for New (Christmas) Music:

More music from our library of Christmas music playlists. Playing loud is highly recommended. You can hear this playlist via our friends at Spotify, who have kindly made it available online…just click the link below and a web player will appear on your desktop and play the list…..enjoy some new sounds for the Christmas holidays.

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no, title, artist

1, Merry Christmas Baby, Cee Lo Green Rod Stewart & Trombone Shorty

2, All I Want For Christmas Is A Real Good Tan, Kenny Chesney

3, Run Run Rudolph, Roomful of Blues

4, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, Little Big Town

5, Jingle Bells, Michael Buble’ (w/The Puppini Sisters)

6, You’re Mine, jeremih

7, I Believe In Father Christmas, Vertical Horizon

8, Everyday is Christmas, Colbie Caillat (w/Jason Reeves)

9, Stay A Little Longer Santa, Shemekia Copeland

10, Shake Up Christmas, Natasha Bedingfield

11, Linus & Lucy, Dave Koz

12, Shopping on Christmas Eve, Keb ‘Mo

13, Little St. Nick, Erica Nicole

14, Give A Little More, Eric Bigg Maria Muldaur & Rory Block

15, Just Like Christmas, Ingo Star Cruiser (w/Gaby Froden)

16, Wintertime Blues, John Hiatt

17, Christmas at My House, Rahsaan Patterson

18, Driving Home For Christmas, Chris Rea

19, Auld Lang Syne, James Taylor

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You can listen to the entire playlist through the courtesy of our friends at Spotify. Just click this link: COMT VIII  and you will be able to stream the Christmas playlist via Spotify’s excellent web player. Special note: when you click the link, you will be taken to Spotify’s web player. There, you’ll have a couple of choices: sign in if you currently have a Spotify account; signup for a free Spotify account (you’ll be glad you did) or take advantage of their $.99 special for three months of Spotify premium, which has a few extra features the free version doesn’t have –wider selection and no commercials. Either way, you should check it out if you like music.  Enjoy…and Happy Holidays. Special thanks to DJ Tschugge for compiling the list, along with the team at the Media Bunker.

 

 


Christmas One More Time I(COMT I)

The Hunt For New (Christmas)Music:

For over a decade, I’ve been putting together a Christmas playlist.

The goal is simple: Introduce friends to new Christmas music they probably haven’t heard, or old Christmas music performed in a new version by a new artist. In the spirit of Christmas, it’s time to share these lists, all of them, starting with the very first playlist. There are now 16 lists in total and they will be posted every few days starting on  December 1st. Along the way, we will toss in some Christmas classic videos, with music and videos running all the way up to Christmas day, 2018.

It’s the season for great music–Christmas and otherwise–so spread the spirit of the season by playing and sharing.

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no, title, artist

1, Jingle Bell Jamboree, Keb ‘Mo

2, Let It Snow Let It Snow Let It Snow, Bing Crosby

3, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, Dianna Krall

4, Christmas Time is Here, Vince Guaraldi

5, Last Christmas, Wham

6, I’ll Be Home For Christmas,  Jimmy Buffett

7, Run Run Rudolph, Dwight Yoakum

8, All I Want For Christmas, Mariah Carey

9, The Christmas Song, Ray Charles

10, Angels Running, Cher

11, White Christmas, The Drifters

12, Merry Christmas Baby, Sheryl Crow & Eric Clapton

13, Layway Love, Gloria Estefan

14, What A Wonderful World, Keb ‘Mo

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To make it easy for you to enjoy the Christmas playlists, we have created a unique Spotify embed code. Just click the link

You can enjoy the entire playlist through the courtesy of our friends at Spotify. Just click this link: COMT  I…and you will be able to stream the Christmas playlist via Spotify’s excellent web player. Special note: when you click the link, you will be taken to Spotify’s web player. There, you’ll have a couple of choices: sign in if you currently have a Spotify account; signup for a free Spotify account (you’ll be glad you did) or take advantage of their $.99 special for three months of Spotify premium, which has a few extra features the free version doesn’t have –wider selection and no commercials. Either way, you should check it out if you like music.  Enjoy…and Happy Holidays. Special thanks to DJ Tschugge for compiling the list, along with the team at the Media Bunker. 


Annals of YouTube: Joe Walsh on Setting up a Gibson Les Paul Guitar

The Hunt for New Music:

Who can forget the searing, scorching, call-the-cops guitar solos in “Life in the Fast Lane”, the song written by Joe Walsh, Don Henley, and Glenn Frey, that owes its’ existence to Walsh’s opening guitar solo. So…..it’s a perfect world, it is, and someone–who really, really, likes you–has gifted you with a Gibson Les Paul Guitar and you’d like to get going on it but it needs, you know, to be set up. As before–it’s a perfect world, so here, to show you how to setup your Gibson Les Paul is the right man for the job, Joe Walsh.  This piece turned up in a YouTube search for something totally different but…it’s just too terrific to stay hidden in the search results. Even if you don’t play guitar, you should love it. Joe Walsh is a bit of a rock and roll treasure.

 

The Fine Print, Credit where Credit is Due Department. Published on YouTube.com, initially, on 7 June 2015, by mojoresen74.The video has a Gibson logo in the corner so Gibson may have made this video available or produced it. All rights belong to respective rights holders. We do want to thank everyone involved in this video for making it available. 


The Weekend Concert Series: Aretha Franklin Meets the Blues Brothers

The Hunt for New Music:

A classic that always brings a smile to your face: Aretha Franklin with her great performance of “Think” from “The Blues Brothers” movie. The direction by John Landis is spot-on and very, very, sharp–notice how he doesn’t bring the Blues Brothers into the choreography until late in the video. Absolutely terrific.

 

 

The Fine Print: Video embed provided by our friends at YouTube. Video posted by Juanjo de Goya on May 7th, 2013. The video has not been altered in any way. All rights belong to their respective rights holders. Special thanks to director John Landis who directed the Blues Brothers movie and is one of our very best comedic directors. The Hunt for New Music posts are produced by Perception Engineering and the Media Bunker;  we won’t go into details on the process, but we believe that very loud music, huge flat screens, and other special accessories are involved. 


The Playlist: 4 July 2018

The Hunt for New Music:

Just in time(barely) for the Fourth of July, a special playlist, created by DJ Tschugge on Spotify for your evening’s listening pleasure.

Clink the play button the link to Spotify (above) and you’ve got a soundtrack for the rest of the day…..

 

The Fine Print: Embed code provided courtesy of our friends at Spotify. All rights reserved by their respective artists and rights holders. Playlist compiled by DJ Tschugge. 


Transitions: Hugh Masekela, (1940 to 2018)

The Hunt for New Music.

Hugh Masekela, one of the world’s finest and most honored jazz musicians, has died at the age of 78. Masekela, called a “great son of Africa”,  was not just a terrific trump player, but also an anti-apartheid activist who spent three decades in exile. Masekela died from complications of cancer, a disease he had been fighting for several years.  Rather than re-note his major contributions both to music and to South Africa and race relations in that country, in this post we will simply present a Hugh Masekela concert, in full. Please click the link on the first sentence above to read the excellent New York Times obituary of this amazing man.

As a young man, I had the opportunity to see Hugh Masekela perform in person and it was uplifting to say the least. Part concert, part evangelical meeting, Masekela raised the music stakes and intensity with every song, the pureness of the notes coming from his trumpet enhanced and complimented by the complex rhythms and chords of traditional South African music updated to a new era and cultural consciousness. If like the  African influenced music that you heard on Paul Simon’s “Graceland” album (which is 100% excellent), then maybe you would appreciate a deeper dive, by listening to Makela’s work and one of his earlier groups, the Jazz Epistles.

Enjoy the concert. We thank our friends at Arte Concert and  Archives Culturelles Afro for making this concert available. As always–kick it to the big screen, run it through your audio system, and enjoy.

 

The Fine Print: Embed courtesy of our friends at YouTube, who have more than you would ever imagine available online and ready for your education or enjoyment. We also thank Arte Concert and Archies Culturelles Afro for posting the video on YouTube. All rights belong to the respective rights holder. This post is a tribute to the character and music of Hugh Masekela. We need a lot more like him in our world today. 


The Poetry of Rock: Before The Deluge

 

Jackson Brown has been one our finest songwriters since the seventies. He has a very unique voice and writes exceptional lyrics–it can’t hurt that, at one time, he, along with John David Souther and Glenn Frey and Don Henley (Eagles) all lived in the same apartment complex in Los Angeles. His best work–at least in my opinion–was that in very early period, the one that produced “Late for the Sky”, “The Pretender”, “Doctor My Eyes”, Fountain of Sorrow” and other Jackson Brown Classics. Today, the focus is on “Before the Deluge”. Jackson has always had a little bit of melancholy in his work, an underpinning of sadness in his outlook and lyrics, but that only adds to the depth of his music. Below, the lyrics for “Before the Deluge”, and above, a clip from a documentary on Jackson and his work, which features a performance of the song. Enjoy both.

 

“Some of them were dreamers
And some of them were fools
Who were making plans and thinking of the future
With the energy of the innocent
They were gathering the tools
They would need to make their journey back to nature
While the sand slipped through the opening
And their hands reached for the golden ring
With their hearts they turned to each other’s heart for refuge
In the troubled years that came before the delugeSome of them knew pleasure
And some of them knew pain
And for some of them it was only the moment that mattered
And on the brave and crazy wings of youth
They went flying around in the rain
And their feathers, once so fine, grew torn and tattered
And in the end they traded their tired wings
For the resignation that living brings
And exchanged love’s bright and fragile glow
For the glitter and the rouge
And in the moment they were swept before the delugeNow let the music keep our spirits high
And let the buildings keep our children dry
Let creation reveal it’s secrets by and by
By and by…
When the light that’s lost within us reaches the sky
Some of them were angry
At the way the earth was abused
By the men who learned how to forge her beauty into power
And they struggled to protect her from them
Only to be confused
By the magnitude of her fury in the final hour
And when the sand was gone and the time arrived
In the naked dawn only a few survived
And in attempts to understand a thing so simple and so huge
Believed that they were meant to live after the deluge
Now let the music keep our spirits high
And let the buildings keep our children dry
Let creation reveal it’s secrets by and by
By and by…
When the light that’s lost within us reaches the sky”–written by Jackson Brown.

The Fine Print: Embed courtesy of our friends at YouTube. This video clip is from the DVD, “Jackson Brown: Going Home” . All rights reserved by their respective artists. We thank YouTube and Jackson for sharing. And remember–always listen deeply to music that you love.