Today’s Favorite Song(s)

It’s Saturday here in Okinawa and it’s a nice ‘n lazy afternoon for the hubby, Rocky and me.  This morning we ran errands and lunched with friends but we got home by 1pm (which is usually unheard of for a Saturday) and we got a nap in.  The last couple of days I’ve discovered an amazing website called Pandora RadioIt’s a free Internet radio service but the cool thing about it is you can design your own radio stations.  You type in an artist you like and it not only plays their music, it plays other artist’s music that fall into the same category and if you don’t like the song it selects you can tell it so and it will stop the song automatically and move on to another selection. 

I’ve been listening to a lot of soul and blues lately and just love an artist out of NYC named Sharon Jones.  She sings with the band The Dap-Kings and though the recordings sound decades old they are very new and amazing. 

Another present day lady of the blues is the lovely Susan Tedeschi.  Now if you EVER get to see this firecracker live please, please do your self a favor and go!  The hubby and I discovered her during our first year together while shooting pool and playing Golden Tee at Buffalo Billiards in Dupont Circle, D.C. and just fell in love with her.  Two years later we had the shear luck of seeing her live at Memphis In May in Memphis, TN. 

This next lady may be the most amazing singer I never got to hear live.  Unfortunately Eva Cassidy passed away in the mid 90’s from cancer and I didn’t discover her until I worked at Borders in Rockville, MD in 1997.  Eva was from the nearby town of Bowie, MD and was a regular performer at Georgetown’s legendary Blue’s Alley.  I remember meeting her father when he would bring in Eva’s cd’s to sell in the concession area of the music department.  He was such a nice man but I still wasn’t aware of his daughter’s story and just how truly gifted she had been.  Some have compared my voice to hers on many levels though I believe that no one can be Eva Cassidy except for the lady herself. 

One of my favorite movies of all time is “The Commitments” from 1991.  I was very pleased to find out that the hubby also loved this movie and the soundtrack.  We can watch the movie or listen to cd’s (yes there are two) over and over and never get bored.  I’ve posted two different performances from the movie below.  For those of you who are fans of Showtimes “The Tudors” you will recognize the female singer on the first song, “Dark End of the Street”.  Yes that’s King Henry’s first wife, Queen Catherine of Aragon.  The second tune is Otis Redding’s “Try A Little Tenderness” and keep in mind that the actor, Andrew Strong, was only sixteen when this movie was made.  AMAZING!!!!

Time to Vote for Planet Books’ May/June’s Book

Three books were nominated for the May/June book vote.  I am going to stick with the three titles and not submit one myself because the purpose of asking you to nominate a title was to put it i your hands for a change.  The following books were nominated:  

MATRIMONY: A Novel by Joshua Henkin A Novel

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez Love in the Time of Cholera (Vintage International)

Occasion for Loving by Nadine Gordimer Occasion for Loving

 So without further ado HERE is the Planet Books voting poll for May/June.  The deadline is Sunday, May 4th at midnight EST (in Okinawa that is Monday, May 5th at 1pm).