Rebuild My Record Collection

Well, a couple of weeks ago, I brought a record player with the intent of playing records. One small issues, I don’t have any albums to play.

Back in the day, I have over 200 albums. Everything from Elvis to Charlie Rich. But when the CD craze started, I got rid of all my albums. Now, I need to start off over again, building up collection of records I can find.

Along with my album collection, I had a lot of 45″ records too.  Oh, how I would lie next to my record player, playing the little records over and over again. Those were fun times… until the damn record would skip!

So now I’ll be searching eBay and Amazon.com to rebuild me album collection. Hopefully I can find some at a good price and find some of my favorite ones.

Side Note:

Hello Josh! I’m getting closer to a million hits!

 

New Edition in Concert

I had the chance to see New Edition in Concert at the Tobin Center in San Antonio on July 3rd. 

What a concert. It was so much fun hearing all the old songs that I grew up on. 
The band looked great. Ricky BellMichael Bivins,Bobby BrownRonnie DeVoeRalph Tresvant and Johnny Gill sang and danced all night on stage. They sang tjeir hits included “Candy Girl,” “Cool It Now” and “Mr. Telephone Man“.

Then they all sang songs from when they were Bell Biv DeVoe and solo acts of Johnny Gill and Ralph Tresvant.

They sang two of my favorite songs by them,  “If It Isn’t Love” and “Can You Stand The Rain.”
It was a great concert and I love the Tobin Center. Where else can 2,300 people have a great seat to watch a great band?

Side Note: I can barely remember what I had for lunch last Thursday, but I remember all the words to “Cool It Now” from 1984!

Chicago in Concert

I can’t believe with all the c9ncerys that I have seen, I had never seen Chicago, until last night.


Chicago came to Sam Antonio, Texas on Saturday, May 28th at the Majestic Theater.

 I had a great seat, 13 rows left center of the stage.


I have always been a Chicago fan. I have many of their songs in my iTunes library and I enjoy listening to all of their songs over their 50-year career.

Here is a list of the members who were at the concert last night. The only exception was that Jason Scheff wasn’t there. (From Wikipedia.com)

Members

Robert Lamm – keyboards, vocals, 12-string guitar (1967–present)

Lee Loughnane – trumpet, flugelhorn, guitar, percussion, vocals (1967–present)

James Pankow – trombone, percussion, keyboards, vocals (1967–present)
Walter Parazaider – saxophones, flute, clarinet, backing vocals (1967–present)
Jason Scheff – bass guitar, vocals, keyboards (1985–present)
Tris Imboden – drums, percussion (1990–present)
Keith Howland – guitar, vocals (1995–present)
Lou Pardini – keyboards, vocals (2009–present; touring – 1999, 2007)
Walfredo Reyes, Jr. – percussion (2012–present)

My favorite is Keith Howland. 


I have been trying to find out we was the fill in bassist with no luck. So I posted a picture of him on Chicago’s Facebook page and they responded back to me!

This is Jeff Coffey. He’s a talented guy, glad you enjoyed the show.

The played so many songs. Some I knew every word to, so that I didn’t know they sang and there were some new songs.

Here are some of my favorite Chicago songs that they played:

  • “Beginnings”
  • “Colour My World”
  • “If You Leave Me Now”
  • “Make Me Smile”
  • “Saturday in the Park”
  • “25 or 6 to 4”
  • “Hard Habit to Break”
  • “Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?”
  • “I’m a Man”

I am so glad that I went to see Chicago in concert. 

Now, need to get a Chicago playlist ready to listen to at work. 

R.I.P. Emilio Navaira

I was about to shut down for the night and I saw a post on Facebook that Tejano legend Emilio Navaira has passed away from a heart attack tonight at the age of 53 years old.

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It was in 1992 that I really started listening to Latino music. One of my first favorite artists to listen to was Emilio Navaira. I loved the Tejano music and he was one of the best.

I downloaded as many as his songs as I could. I loved his songs, Here are some of my favorites.

  • “Bailando Contigo” (My favorite)
  • “¿Dónde Andará?”
  • “Como Le Hare”
  • “It’s Not the End of the World”
  • “Ya No Me Pones Atencion”

R.I.P. Emilio Navaira, thank you for your music that will live on.

Comfortably Numb

This post is for my friend, Josh. 

I asked him what his favorite song is and he said it was “Comfortably Numb” by Pink Floyd (1980).

I told him that I don’t think I have ever listened to that song and he gave me a strange look. 

So that evening, I went home and Googled the song. 

Here is what I found out about the song:

The song is one of Pink Floyd’s most famous, and is renowned especially for its guitar solos in the middle and at the end of the song. 

In 2004, the song was ranked number 314 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. 

(From Wikipedia.com)
And after posting this, I finally listened to the whole song. Thanks, Josh, for pointing me in the direction to listen to such a song. 

R.I.P. Billy Paul

I really had that some of my posts lately have been about entertainers and artist that have passed away.

Well, there was another one over the weekend.

Billy Paul

Me and Mrs. Jones” Singer Billy Paul Dead at Age 80

NEW YORK (AP) — Billy Paul, a jazz and soul singer best known for the No. 1 hit ballad and “Philadelphia Soul” classic “Me and Mrs. Jones,” died Sunday.
Paul, whose career spanned for more than 60 years, died at his home in Blackwood, New Jersey, his co-manager, Beverly Gay, told The Associated Press. Paul, 80, had been diagnosed recently with pancreatic cancer, Gay said. (from Associated Press, April 24, 2016)

One of My Favorite Songs

“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” recorded by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell in 1967. The song was written by Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson in 1966.

I’m not sure why I love this song so much? Don’t even remember how old I was when I first heard the song? The older I have gotten, the more I appreciate the songs from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s.

From Wikipedia, I found out that the instrumentation was by The Funk Brothers and Detroit Symphony Orchestra. And I am fascinated by The Funk Brothers after watching the Paul Justman’s 2002 documentary film Standing in the Shadows of Motown.

The Funk Brothers were a group of Detroit-based session musicians who performed the backing to most Motown recordings from 1959 until the company moved to Los Angeles in 1972. They are considered one of the most successful groups of studio musicians in music history. The Funk Brothers played on Motown hits such as “My Girl“, “I Heard It Through the Grapevine“, “Baby Love“, “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours“, “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone“, “The Tears of a Clown“, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough“, and “Heat Wave“. (From Wikipedia.com)

If you are anything like me, you had no idea who The Funk Brothers were and who important they were to the Motown sound. Here are some of the songs that they played on:

  • “My Girl” – The Temptations
  • “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)” – The Four Tops
  • “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” – Marvin Gaye
  • “I Can’t Get Next to You” – The Temptations
  • “Someday We’ll Be Together” – Diana Ross and the Supremes
  • “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” – Diana Ross
  • “The Tears of a Clown” – Smokey Robinson and the Miracles
  • “Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)” – The Temptations
  • “Let’s Get It On” – Marvin Gaye
  • “Shop Around” – The Miracles
  • “Shotgun” – Junior Walker & the All Stars
  • “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing” – Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
  • “(I’m a) Road Runner” – Junior Walker & the All Stars
  • “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” – The Temptations
  • “It’s the Same Old Song” – The Four Tops
  • “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me” – The Miracles
  • “Standing in the Shadows of Love” – The Four Tops
  • “Dancing in the Street” – Martha & the Vandellas
  • “Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)” – Marvin Gaye
  • “Cloud Nine” – The Temptations
  • “What’s Goin’ On” – Marvin Gaye
  • “Get Ready” – The Temptations
  • “Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours)” – Stevie Wonder
  • “Bernadette” – The Four Tops
  • “This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You)” – The Isley Brothers
  • “Mickey’s Monkey” – The Miracles

I have the special on my DVR and I have watched it several times. It’s my go to show to watch when the satellite dish is out. Ever time I watch it, I get goose bumps, shed a tear or two and sing to all the songs they play on the show. If you have not seen this documentary and you are a fan of Motown, you really need to watch it.

Here are the lyrics, just in case you don’t know the words to the song.

“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell

Listen baby, ain’t no mountain high,
Ain’t no valley low, ain’t no river wide enough baby
If you need me call me no matter where you are,
No matter how far; don’t worry baby
Just call my name; I’ll be there in a hurry
You don’t have to worry,

Oh baby there ain’t no mountain high enough,
Ain’t no valley low enough,
Ain’t no river wide enough
To keep me from getting to you babe

Remember the day I set you free
I told you you could always count on me darling
From that day on, I made a vow,
I’ll be there when you want me,
Some way, some how

Oh baby there ain’t no mountain high enough,
Ain’t no valley low enough,
Ain’t no river wide enough
To keep me from getting to you babe

Oh no darling
No wind, no rain
Or winters cold can stop me baby, na na baby
‘Cause you are my goal
If you’re ever in trouble;
I’ll be there on the double
Just send for me, oh baby, ha

My love is alive
Way down in my heart
Although we are miles apart
If you ever need a helping hand,
I’ll be there on the double
Just as fast as I can
Don’t you know that there

Ain’t no mountain high enough,
Ain’t no valley low enough,
Ain’t no river wide enough
To keep me from getting to you babe

Don’tcha know that there
Ain’t no mountain high enough,
Ain’t no valley low enough,
Ain’t no river wide enough
Ain’t mountain high enough
Ain’t no valley low enough

Read more: Marvin Gaye – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough Lyrics | MetroLyrics

Side Note:

Other links to check out:

 

The Count:

While I was writing this post, I have listen/watched the video 14 times. My favorite part of the video is at 1:16.

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