Friday, September 29, 2023

FRIDAY MUSIC: Albertina Walker, by JD

Albertina Walker (1929 - 2010) was an American gospel singer who was greatly influenced by Mahalia Jackson, her friend and confidante, whom Jackson took on the road when Albertina was just a teenager.
Perhaps not so well known here in the UK but highly regarded in the USA where she was known as the Queen of Gospel music. And the Queen of Soul music Aretha Franklin, who started her own career singing gospel in her father's Baptist church, sang at Walker's funeral.

Albertina Walker - Lord Keep Me Day By Day (Live) with Billy Preston

Lord I Thank You- Albertina Walker

I Can Go to God In Prayer


Albertina Walker--In The Morning (at the 1994 Youth Explosion)


Friday, September 22, 2023

FRIDAY MUSIC: Music for the autumn equinox, by JD

It is now autumn with the equinox being saturday 23rd (this year) and now we shiver our way into winter. Did we have a summer this year? It feels as though we slipped silently from vernal to autumnal without turning off the central heating.

"Autumnal equinox, two moments in the year when the Sun is exactly above the Equator and day and night are of equal length; also, either of the two points in the sky where the ecliptic (the Sun’s annual pathway) and the celestial equator intersect. In the Northern Hemisphere the autumnal equinox falls about September 22 or 23, as the Sun crosses the celestial equator going south. In the Southern Hemisphere the equinox occurs on March 20 or 21, when the Sun moves north across the celestial equator.

"According to the astronomical definition of the seasons, the autumnal equinox also marks the beginning of autumn, which lasts until the winter solstice (December 21 or 22 in the Northern Hemisphere, June 20 or 21 in the Southern Hemisphere)."


Meet Me On The Equinox \ [w/film footage] (Video)

Celtic Music - Equinox

Lisa Thiel - Mabon (Autumn Equinox)

John Coltrane - Equinox (Original)

Friday, September 15, 2023

FRIDAY MUSIC: Ola Gjeilo, by JD

 "Ola Gjeilo is one of the most frequently performed composers in the choral world. An accomplished pianist, improvisations over his own published choral pieces have become a trademark of his collaborations. Although Norwegian by birth, it is perhaps Ola’s adopted country of America that has influenced the composer’s distinctive soundworld the most, evolving a style that is often described as cinematic and evocative, with a lush, harmonious sound.

"Ola grew up in a musically eclectic home listening to classical, jazz, pop and folk, a broad background he later incorporated into his classical composition studies at The Juilliard School, the Royal College of Music in London, and currently as a New York City-based freelance composer. He is especially inspired by the improvisational art of film composer Thomas Newman, jazz legends Keith Jarrett and Pat Metheny, glass artist Dale Chihuly and architect Frank Gehry."

Ola Gjeilo - The Lake Isle ft. Tenebrae

CWU Chamber Choir: Gjeilo - "Luminous Night of the Soul"

Ola Gjeilo - The Rose

Ubi Caritas (Ola Gjeilo) - Ensamble Oikos

Ola Gjeilo - Tundra

Choras Bel Canto: DREAMWEAVER (Gjeilo)

Friday, September 08, 2023

FRIDAY MUSIC: Samara Joy, by JD

Samara Joy McLendon is a Grammy Award-winning American jazz singer. She released her self-titled debut album in 2021 and was subsequently named Best New Artist by JazzTimes. Her second album, Linger Awhile, was released in September 2022, winning the award for Best Jazz Vocal Album and herself for Best New Artist at the 2023 Grammy Awards.

Joy was born in 1999 into a musical family. Her paternal grandparents, Elder Goldwire and Ruth McLendon, were founders of Philadelphia gospel group The Savettes. (A few of their videos can also be found on YouTube.)

In 2019, as Samara McLendon, she won the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition. Working with producer and eventual manager Matt Pierson, she recorded her self-titled debut album while still in college, Samara Joy was released on July 9, 2021, on Whirlwind Recordings. Jazz Times named her Best New Artist for 2021. In an interview, film director Regina King called her "a young woman who seems like Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald are both living in her body."

Pasquale Grasso - Solitude (Official Video) ft. Samara Joy

Samara Joy - Guess Who I Saw Today

Emmet Cohen w/ Samara Joy | I'm Gonna Lock My Heart

Samara Joy x Jason St.Clair EDM "Blessed Assurance"

Samara Joy, Antonio McLendon - O Holy Night (Live Performance)

Sunday, September 03, 2023


La Tomatina is a Fiesta held on the last Wednesday of August each year in the town of Buñol near to Valencia in Spain. Thousands upon thousands of people make their way from all corners of the world to participate in this, the ‘World’s Biggest Food Fight’ where more than one hundred tons of over-ripe tomatoes are thrown in the streets.

The following is an edited and slightly amended version of a description of this year's Fiesta taken from the newspaper El Mundo:
The red of 150,000 kilos of tomatoes has coloured the central streets of the Valencian town of Buñol as every last Wednesday in August for 78 years. La Tomatina has once again been festive, international and massive.

The party, whose images go around the world on television and social networks, began at noon, with the slow parade of six trucks loaded with 150 tons of tomatoes -30 more than the figure provided yesterday by the cooperative that supplies them- ripe and juicy, not suitable for consumption but ideal as ammunition in this pitched "battle", in which everyone fights everyone with a clean tomato.

The President of the Generalitat, Carlos Mazón, followed this celebration from the balcony of the City Hall with some 20,000 participants and in which a helicopter and more than 200 Civil Guard agents, in addition to other security forces, have been deployed to monitor and attend to any incident arising from the crowding. Mazón has assured that next year he will go in a swimsuit and will live it from the street.
This year many citizens of India have been seen mobilized by a Bollywood movie, although there were also those from the United States, Australia or Japan, among other nationalities.

For an hour, the tomatoes have "flown" in this "war" that started almost by chance in 1945; in fact nobody really knows how it started, you can take your pick from the many tales as recounted in the Official Website pages below.
They have already started selling tickets for next year's Tomatina which will be on the 28th of August 2024 and you can even book your place for the following year when it will be held on the 27th of August 2025. Details are on the official website here -

Friday, September 01, 2023

FRIDAY MUSIC: The Everly Brothers, by JD

The Everly Brothers were an American country-influenced rock and roll duo, known for steel-string acoustic guitar playing and close harmony singing. Consisting of Isaac Donald "Don" Everly (born February 1, 1937) and Phillip "Phil" Jason Everly (January 19, 1939 ), the duo were raised in a musical family, first appearing on radio singing along with their father Ike Everly and mother Margaret Everly as "The Everly Family" in the 1940s. When the brothers were still in high school, they gained the attention of prominent Nashville musicians like Chet Atkins, who began to groom them for national attention.

They began writing and recording their own music in 1956, and their first hit song came in 1957, with "Bye Bye Love", written by Felice and Boudleaux Bryant. The song hit number 1 in the spring of 1957, and additional hits would follow through 1958, many of them written by the Bryants, including "Wake Up Little Susie", "All I Have to Do Is Dream", and "Problems". In 1960, they signed with the major label Warner Bros. Records and recorded "Cathy's Clown", written by the brothers themselves, which was their biggest selling single. The brothers enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserve in 1961, and their output dropped off, though additional hit singles continued through 1962, with "That's Old Fashioned (That's the Way Love Should Be)" being their last top-10 hit.

Everly Brothers International Archive : Brothers in Arms (2005)

The Everly Brothers - Wake Up Little Susie ( 1957 )

The Everly Brothers - Bye Bye Love (Shindig, Nov 18, 1964)

Everly Brothers - Crying In The Rain

Everly Brothers, Silver Haired Daddy of mine

Everly Brothers Country Music Hall of Fame Video

The Everly Brothers - On The Wings Of A Nightingale - Platengala 1984 - 13-10-1984