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Song Of The Day – The Civil Wars – “Poison and Wine”


The Civil Wars' Barton Hollow cover

The Civil Wars’ Barton Hollow cover (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Civil Wars song “Poison and Wine” is today’s selection. I have said many times in the past that, first, country is not my usual cup of tea, and second, it is all about the song. This song strikes a few chords. The lyrics, when taken with their personal history, are hauntingly cryptic. The tune amazing in its subtlety. Put both together and you have one heck of an emotional song. Beautifully crafted and worthy of something I seldom do. That would be listening to it several times in a row. This constitutes high praise from me for a song on a genre I don’t normally praise.

“Oh I don’t love you but I always will”

Song of the Day – The Lumineers – “Stubborn Love”


The Lumineers LIVE in Concert Presented By T-M...

The Lumineers LIVE in Concert Presented By T-Mobile Rock4G and Walmart Soundcheck (Photo credit: Lunchbox LP)

I, like a heck of a lot of people, really enjoyed the first single off their self-titled debut. The LumineersHo Hey is a great song, just as is their follow-up single “Stubborn Love“.  The Denver based folk band exploded onto the scene in 2012 and gathered 4 Grammy nominations in 2013.  Their style melds simple folk lines with a more recent root revival sound.  These sounds could easily be heard in movies or TV as soundtrack, and are destined to have long lives as such.  Enjoy Stubborn Love.

Canadians at the 2012 Grammy Awards – Update


 

 

Congratulations to the winners, and double congratulations to the Canadian contingent.

First, kudos to Deadmaus5 for rocking the tent out with the Foo Fighters.  May have been the most talked about performance of the night.

 

Melanie Fiona won 2 Grammys, along with Cee Lo Green for Fool For You.

Best Traditional R&B Performance – Fool For You – Cee Lo Green & Melanie Fiona

Best R&B Song – Fool for You

 

A third Grammy was won by Vincent Morisset for Best Recording Package – Scenes From The Suburbs – art director (Arcade Fire)

 

 

A 4th Grammy was won by Levon Helm.

Best Americana Album – Ramble At The Ryman

 

Canadians at the 2012 Grammy Awards


Canada has scored 12 Grammy nominations this year.  The contingent is led by Drake with 3, as has Deadmau5.  Melanie Fiona followed with 2, while Sum 41, Vincent Morisset, Levon Helm and,yes, Justin Bieber each garnered 1 nomination.

The categories are:

Deadmau5

Best Dance Recording – “Raise Your Weapon”

Best Dance/Electronica Album – “4×4=12”

Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical – “Rope”

Drake

Best Rap Performance – Moment 4 Life (With Nicki Minaj)

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration – What’s My Name? (Rihanna & Drake)

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration – I’m On One (DJ Khaled, Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne)

Melanie Fiona

Best Traditional R&B Performance – Fool For You – Cee Lo Green & Melanie Fiona

Best R&B Song – Fool for You

Sum 41

Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance – Sum 41 – Track from: Screaming Bloody Murder

Vincent Morisset

Best Recording Package – Scenes From The Suburbs – Vincent Morisset, art director (Arcade Fire)

Justin Bieber

Best Song Written for Visual Media – Born to Be Somebody

English: Justin Bieber performing "Favori...

 

Born to be Somebody

 

Levon Helm

Best Americana Album – Ramble At The Ryman

 

Best of luck to all nominees, although there can only be one winner in each group.

Remembering Frank Foster


Grammy Award

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On July 26, Frank Foster, singer, composer, flautist and saxophonist passed away.  Frank worked very closely with many Jazz and blues greats, including Count Basie, Thelonius Monk and George Benson.  He received a Grammy in 1988 for Best Instrumental Arrangement, Jazz Category.  This was for arranging “Basie’s Bag” for George Benson.  In 1987 he won his first Grammy for Best Arrangement Accompanying a Vocal, 1987.  He made a big band arrangement of “Deedles’ Blues” to win this award.

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