Kennedy Center Honors

One of my favorite shows to watch in December is the Kennedy Center Honors. 

Here are the 2016 Honorees.

2016’s honorees, including pianist Martha Argerich, rock legends The Eagles, actor Al Pacino, gospel and blues singer Mavis Staples, and singer-songwriter James Taylor.

Here is how these honorees were honor on the show. 

Host:
Stephen Colbert

Attended By:
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama

Honoree:
James Taylor

Tribute Presenters/Performers:
President William Jefferson Clinton (Spoken Tribute)
Darius Rucker (Performs “Sweet Baby James”/”Carolina in My Mind”)
Sheryl Crow (Performs “Fire & Rain”/”Your Smiling Face”)
Yo-Yo Ma (Spoken Tribute)
Garth Brooks (Performs “Shower the People”)
James Taylor Tribute Cast (Performs “How Sweet It Is”)

Honoree:
Al Pacino

Tribute Presenters/Performers:
Chris O’Donnell (Spoken Tribute and Tango Performance from “Scent of a Woman” with Gabrielle Anwar)
Bobby Cannavale (Spoken Tribute)
Lily Rabe (Performance Tribute)
Laurence Fishburne (Performance Tribute)
Kevin Spacey (Spoken Tribute)
Gabrielle Anwar (Tango Performance from “Scent of a Woman” with Chris O’Donnell)
Sean Penn (Spoken Tribute)

Honoree:
Mavis Staples

Tribute Presenters/Performers:
Bonnie Raitt (Spoken Tribute and Performance of “We Shall Not Be Moved”/”Freedom Highway” with Andra Day)
Elle King (Performs “Respect Yourself”/”I’ll Take You There”)
Don Cheadle (Spoken Tribute)
Andra Day (Performs “We Shall Not Be Moved”/”Freedom Highway” with Bonnie Raitt)

Honoree:
Martha Argerich

Tribute Presenters/Performers:
Jeff Goldblum (Spoken Tribute)
Itzhak Perlman (Performs “Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 8, in G, Op. 30, No. 3. Allegro Vivace (Third Movement)” with Yefim Bronfman)
Yefim Bronfman (Performs “Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 8, in G, Op. 30, No. 3. Allegro Vivace (Third Movement)” with Itzhak Perlman)
Placido Domingo (Spoken Tribute)
Yuja Wang (Performs “Piazzola Grand Tango”)

John F. Kennedy Tribute Segment:
Jack Schlossberg, Rose Schlossberg and Tatiana Schlossberg Grandchildren of John F. Kennedy (Spoken Tribute)
Cynthia Erivo (Performs “The Impossible Dream” from the Broadway musical “Man of La Mancha”)

Honoree:
The Eagles

Tribute Presenters/Performers:
Ringo Starr (Spoken Tribute)
Kings of Leon (Performs “Take It Easy”)
Vince Gill (Performs “Peaceful Easy Feeling”)
Bob Seger (Performs “Heartache Tonight”)
Juanes (Performs “Hotel California” with Steve Vai and Steuart Smith)
Steve Vai (Performs “Hotel California” with Juanes and Steuart Smith)
Steuart Smith (Performs “Hotel California” with Juanes and Steve Vai)
Eagles Tribute Cast (Performs “Life in the Fast Lane”)

Side Note:

The honor for the Eagles in particular will be bittersweet, as founding member Glenn Frey died in January. The group was scheduled to be honored in 2015 but postponed due to Frey’s declining health. Band members Don HenleyJoe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit are expected to attend the ceremony. (From Los Angeles Times by Mark Olsen.)

Once again, the Kennedy Center Honors show is as entertaining as in previous years. Let’s see who will be honored in 2017. 

R.I.P. Glenn Frey

Man!! I can’t believe that another entertainer has past away. Today when I checked my e-mail I saw that the founding member of The Eagles, Glenn Frey died at the age of 67.

Glenn Frey

One of my favorite songs be The Eagles is “New Kid In Town” (1976).

 “New Kid in Town:” The first single off of 1976’s “Hotel California,” ”New Kid in Town” features Frey’s lead vocals and Don Henley’s harmonies. They co-wrote the song with frequent collaborator J.D. Souther.

And one of my favorite songs by him as a solo artist was “The Heat Is On” (1984).

I think he was my favorite member of the band because he was born in Detroit, Michigan. I remember when he guest starred on Miami Vice in the first season episode “Smuggler’s Blues” and when he was in the film, Jerry Maguire.

R.I.P. Glenn Frey. You’re music will live on forever.

The Streets of Heaven are too crowded with Angels tonight… by Joshua Hill

The streets of Heaven are too crowded with Angels tonight.
Don’t let them be forgotten, don’t let them fade away.
God bless their memory, God bless our nation’s
The streets of Heaven are too crowded with Angels tonight.

The Streets of Heaven are too crowded with Angels tonight…
Based upon an excerpt from The West Wing episode 20 Hours in America (Part 2)

Witchy Woman

I haven’t blogged about a song that gets on my nerves in awhile. Here is one of the many on that list of songs — “Witchy Woman” by The Eagles.

Witchy Woman” is a song written by Don Henley and Bernie Leadon, and recorded by the American rock band Eagles. Released as the second single from the band’s debut album Eagles, it reached #9 on the Billboard Pop singles chart and is the only single from the album to feature Henley on lead vocals.

From Wikipedia.com

There is something about this song from 1972 that gets on my nerves! I don’t know if it’s the beginning with the musical intro or if it’s the lyrics (heavens knows, I rarely listen to the lyrics of a song) or if it’s the sound of Don Henley’s voice or the Woo hoo witchy woman lyrics?

But every time I hear this song, I get the same reaction…. PFFFFFFT!

And just in case you want to sing along to this song, here you go!

Witchy Woman by The Eagles

Songwriter(s): Don Henley, Bernie Leadon

Raven hair and ruby lips

Sparks fly from her finger tips

Echoed voices in the night

She’s a restless spirit on an endless flight

Wooo hooo witchy woman

See how high she flies

Woo hoo witchy woman

She got the moon in her eye

She held me spellbound in the night

Dancing shadows and firelight

Crazy laughter in another room

And she drove herself to madness with a silver spoon

Woo hoo witchy woman, see how high she flies

Woo hoo witchy woman, she got the moon in her eye

Well I know you want a lover

Let me tell you brother, she’s been sleeping in the Devil’s bed

There’s some rumors going round, someone’s underground

She can rock you in the nighttime ’til your skin turns red

Woo hoo witchy woman

See how high she flies

Woo hoo witchy woman

She got the moon in her eye.

Lyrics from eLyrics.net

16 Songs Everyone Over 50 Must Own

You know how much I love my music and list, this is the perfect thing for me. I’m not 50 yet (in a couple of more years), but I can’t wait to get my AARP membership form in the mail. Generation X is fast approching “the 50’s” age range and now it seems to be cool to be in your 50’s!

So, if you are over 50, do you have these songs in your music library?

16 Songs Everyone Over 50 Must Own
See if your favorite tracks made it on best-selling author Jacquelyn Mitchard’s list
by: Jacquelyn Mitchard | from: AARP | March 23, 2012

Music stokes my mood, keeps me spinning, on the bike and in life, and recalls for me irreplaceable moments we get to experience once, if we’re lucky. So I’ve compiled a list of favorites from every genre, each of which speaks in some important way to our generation.

#16 In My Life (The Beatles, 1965)
As we reach the September of our lives, we hear it a new way. “There are places I remember, all my life, though some have changed …”

#15 Jailhouse Rock (Elvis Presley, 1957)
The King never did it better.

#14 God Only Knows (Beach Boys, 1966)
Paul McCartney drove his children crazy playing this song over and over, calling it the most perfect of all pop songs and bemoaning the fact that he hadn’t written it.

#13 Crazy (Patsy Cline, vocals; Willie Nelson, lyrics; 1962)
Patsy Cline said she couldn’t sing it, but this song became one of her signature pieces.

#12 For What It’s Worth — Stop, Hey What’s That Sound (Buffalo Springfield, 1967)
Written by Stephen Stills, this haunting anthem of the risks of the Vietnam protest movement still cuts deep.

#11 He Stopped Loving Her Today (George Jones, 1980)
“He Stopped Loving Her Today” refers to George Jones’ love for country queen Tammy Wynette. Its gentle dignity touches your heart.

#10 C’est La Vie — You Never Can Tell (Vocals by Emmylou Harris, 1977)
Chuck Berry wrote this song while in prison. If this song doesn’t put you in a good mood, well, I’m not sure there’s anything that would. The duchess of country pop does it better than anyone.

#9 You Shook Me all Night Long (AC/DC, 1980)
From the great album Back in Black, this is a song about … well, if I have to explain what it’s about, being over 50 still holds a big surprise for you!

#8 Hotel California (Eagles, 1977)
Don Felder, Don Henley and Glenn Frey wrote, “You can check out anytime you like/But you can never leave.” What, exactly, did the Eagles mean by “Hotel California”? It remains a great mystery of rock ’n’ roll—and one of the eeriest rock songs ever.

#7 Landslide (Stevie Nicks, 1975)
If it hadn’t been for Stevie Nicks’ lousy relationship with her co-band member Lindsey Buckingham, we’d have missed one of the most poignant pop songs of regret from this or any era.

#6 Gangsta’s Paradise (Coolio, 1995)
If you never got into rap, listen to these words, some taken from an arrangement of Stevie Wonder’s “Pastime Paradise,” all speaking of the desperate sadness of lifelong badness.

#5 Little Green (Joni Mitchell, 1971)
One of the most intimately confessional, forthright songs ever written, performed by a lyricist whose poetry arguably compares with Stephen Sondheim’s. It’s from the album Blue, which was the one to cry to in high school or college. If you can get through “A Case of You” without remembering the one that got away, you’re a better dingo than I am.

#4 A House Is Not a Home (Dionne Warwick, 1964)
Warwick asserted that this was not her favorite song from her legendary collaboration with Burt Bacharach and Hal David. OK. For my money, this is a torch song that out-blazes Julie London’s “Cry Me a River.”

#3 Lately (Stevie Wonder, 1980)
“Lately,” written and sung by Stevie Wonder, may be one of the master’s most complex and enthralling melodies, a song of infidelity. It’s stunning to recall that the inimitable Stevie had already, by this time, recorded the album Songs in the Key of Life. He was just 30 years old.

#2 Harvest Moon (Neil Young, 1992)
Both written and sung by Neil Young, “Harvest Moon” is one of the most beautiful waltzes about the September years.

#1 Once Upon a Time (Frank Sinatra, 1965)
People say that the definitive version was sung by Bobby Darin. He’s great, but this cut, recorded as Ol’ Blue Eyes turned 50, makes us ache for all the sweet byroads of our lives.

I have all of these songs, I just have to create a song list for my iPod. Most of the songs are pretty good. But I have always had a minor dislike for any and all of Neil Young songs. Not sure why, but I do.

Probably my favorite songs on this list are:

  • God Only Knows by The Beach Boys
  • Crazy by Patsy Cline
  • A House Is Not a Home by Dionne Warwick
  • Latelyby Stevie Wonder

I would love to see a 50+ person rocking out to “Gangsta’s Paradise” by Coolio. That would be a site to see

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