the van hunt performance.

Check it. A couple of people had reviews and opinions about Van Hunt. Since he's in our town and had also done quite a bit of session work, I copped the album and loved it. Of course, me doing a review of Van Hunt would be a duplicitous effort, since there had already been reviews of it that I agreed with on all fronts. However, since some of the live performing reviews were a bit different, I was very curious. I expected this to be a very good live performance - I wasn't expecting vocal prowess or choirs or orchestras - just some good old fashion funk, soul and rock.

That's exactly what I got.

While walking around the second floor of Smith's Olde Bar, I saw Van Hunt and introduced myself. Since I don't really get to meet very many performers, I thought that I would give the album props, let him know that the reason I'm there is for him and only him, and as soon as he was done, we would jet. After chuckles from the entourage, he let me know that he would be the second performer on stage. I mentioned that I had my camera, that I would be taking pictures, shook hands and left. Ten minutes later, Van Hunt's brother stops by and gives me a pound and email addresses for sending them photos of the band's performance to them. I am by no means a photographer, so I was in for a challenge. After the first session with Candy From Strangers, I made my way to the front, managing to take some pretty good photos.

The concert was what I expected it to be - a concert that allowed the people to jam and appreciate the artist and his vision. I would have loved to have heard Out of The Sky, since his guitarist and keyboardists provided very good background vocals and had a lot of funk to kick out to us but the cuts performed were more than ample. Showing us he can kick the ballistics with Hello Goodbye, Down Here In Hell, and Seconds of Pleasure, he also graced us with Highlights, Precious, Hold My Hand, Anything and Dust. Mid-set, he graced us with the highlights Got To Get You Into My Life, the Earth Wind and Fire cut sans the horns, and an all-too-short rendition of The Ohio Players Sweet Sticky Thing.

For sure, if you're expecting people with vocal prowess, choreographed moves, or a backing choir, you'll be dissapointed. For down-home grooves, savvy band members, and feel-good vibes, check him out. You should already have the CD. Don't sleep.

* Selected cuts on the new Radio Blog under Moonrays...or right here for those who are first-timers.

March 14, 2004 in Music | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

sol searchin'

I need a boost to catapult me high / Feels like the come up is way too tight
- Sunshine and the Rain, Joi, The Pendulum Vibe

When blogfriends spread their brilliance out so much it's hard to resist. With everyone locked out of the gym (including personnel), for a good 30 minutes, I used my time wisely.

First I noticed that George did a little magic, and then Jason followed suit. Originating from Jonno and his mind, they were able to throw a keyword into iTunes and shape and mold a playlist. Since I don't have iTunes, I came up with another solution.

The problem at DIC is that there is not one piece of Apple equipment. With a total of over 15 computing devices and not one Apple, what's a brother to do? The solution: use file searching and Media Center to burn a CD. Using Media Center, we had the added advantage of fade-out/fade in when playing and recording music. (Caveat: Music Match works well also; Media Center, however, has newer features).

My keyword for the making of my CD was the word 'sun'. Using this, I came up with the following playlist:

## Track Artist Album Length
1 Sunshine & the Rain Joi The Pendulum Vibe 4:37
2 In The Sun Adriana Evans Adriana Evans 4:39
3 Summer Sun Koop / Nagano, Yukimi Waltz for Koop 3:47
4 Sun Goddess [Live] Earth, Wind & Fire The Eternal Dance (2 of 3) 7:37
5 Run To The Sun NERD (The Neptunes) In Search Of (Retail) 4:47
6 The Sunshine N'Dambi 'Tunin' Up & Cosignin'' (Disc 2) (2001) 4:26
7 el dorado sunrise (super chicken) Cee-Lo Cee-Lo Green And His Perfect Imperfections 5:31
8 Sunshine [Mediterranean Vocal Mix] DJ Chus/Penn, David Jazz in the House (3 of 3) 6:48
9 Lenny Fontana Featuring Beverly T - Spirit Of The Sun (Bump & Flex Hard Step Dub) Artful Dodger Rewind 4:40
10 The Sunshine Ease Your Love [#] Bingle, Aaron Brazilectro, Vol. 4 (2 of 2) 3:47
11 Walking on Sunshine Donnie Calvin/Rocker's Revenge Old School Jams: The History Lesson (2 of 2) 4:51
12 Never in Your Sun Stevie Wonder In Square Circle 4:06
13 Sunrays Yesterday's New Quintet Another Late Night 3:14
14 Sunshine Nicki Richards Naked ( To The World ) 4:02
15 Sunshine Alexander O'Neal Hearsay 5:59
16 A Place in the Sun Stevie Wonder At the Close of the Century (1 of 4) 2:51
17 Sandy Farina - Here Comes the Sun Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band   3:05

This playlist was easy to compress into a CD format. I had a mishap with the word 'moon' however, coming through with far few tracks that I had in MP3 format. A great list, yes, but far too short:

  Artist Song Title Album Length
1 Erykah Badu Orange Moon Mama's Gun 7:10
2 Norah Jones Shoot The Moon Come Away with Me 3:56
3 N'Dea Davenport Underneath a Read Moon N'Dea Davenport 4:15
4 Erykah Badu Orange Moon Mama's Gun 7:10
5 Various Artists Moonraker - Shirley Bassey The Best of Bond... James Bond 3:09
6 Rufus & Chaka Khan Half Moon Rufusized 3:17
7 Brandy Full Moon Full Moon 4:08
8 Lamya Pink Moon Learning From Falling 2:47
9 George Benson Kisses in the Moonlight The Best of George Benson [Warner Brothers] 4:25
10 Jamiroquai Mr. Moon The Return of the Space Cowboy 5:29
11 Donald Fagen Countermoon Kamakiriad 5:05
12 Herb Alpert Rocket to the Moon Keep Your Eye on Me 3:53

Hmm, my mind is all clear now. What playlists do you have in mind? Discuss.


October 4, 2003 in Music | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack