This week’s BFP/Jamiol pick is “I Shall Be Released” written by Bob Dylan in 1967. It has been covered many times by a slew of singers across the musical landscape. None did it better than the late American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and civil rights activist Nina Simone. Nina’s cover of Dylan’s song infuses it with the incredible soul she was noted for.
A little trivia on this week’s BFP/Jamiol music pick…first off, it was a request from Sibel who brings some great music to the turntable and secondly, this song was played as the theme song during Sibel’s first radio interview ever. She explained to me, “I’d always liked Dylan’s poetry (not his voice), and everything Nina Simone, and until that interview I hadn’t heard Simone singing one of my most favorite Dylan lyrics. So folks, kick back with Sibel and enjoy a great song with Nina’s incredible singing and her outstanding piano….DJPJ Read more È
This week’s BFP/Jamiol pick is American singer-songwriter, musician and actress Pink singing her song “Dear Mr. President” live at Wembley Arena. Pink’s incredible career has bought her 3 Grammy’s, 5 MTV Video Music Awards and 2 Brit Awards. Of all her songs, she considers this open letter to George Bush her most important. Her stirring anthem has been both criticized and heralded. It has been heard by millions around the world and continues to be one of Pink’s most listened to songs…enjoy…PJ
Sooner or later we had to have Tina Turner as our BFP/Jamiol Music Pick. She needs no introduction. The only problem with her music is picking out a song from a career of phenomenal songs and performances. I decided that I would segue into her song from last week’s BFP/J pick. We listened to singer-songwriter and guitarist Tony Joe White. This week’s song, Steamy Windows, was written by White and he’s on stage with Tina with his guitar. It is really great Tina performance. So jack up the sound and if you can play full screen.
The concert was at the Olympic Stadium in Barcelona back in October 1990 in front of 75,000 people. I saw Tina many, many moons ago when she was starting out with Ike Turner. It was at a bowling alley lounge in Cambridge, MA. She has come a long. long way….PJ Read more È
Tonight’s BFP/Jamiol music pick is what “Soothing the Beast” is all about. American singer-songwriter and guitarist Tony Joe White wrote his hit Rainy Night In Georgia back in 1962. It has been covered by many artists but no one does it like Mr. White. So break out that frosty mug of beer or glass of wine, get out the ear phones or ease up those speakers and chill to Tony Joe White performing Rainy Night in Georgia…PJ Read more È
This week’s BFP/Jamiol Music pick was really easy. It was a request from our own Bill Bergman so it’s almost like a night off for me. Bill’s pick is Monster by Steppenwolf. John Kay and Jerry Edmonton wrote and released this powerful song back in 1969 almost over 40 years ago. Listening to the lyrics shows little over those 40 years has changed.
Part of the visuals accompanying the music are from our present time and slams home how little has changed. Bill, thanks for request. While Irate, our little furry friend in the recliner above, may not be all that soothed tonight, he will seriously enjoy Steppenwolf’s Monster…DJPJ Read more È
Fleetwood Mac was one of the most celebrated bands of all time. Stevie Nicks’ voice, choice of music and persona took the band to unheard of levels. Nicks is still out there singing and performing with various younger artists. This performance, back in 1976, of Rhiannon is probably her best ever…an incredible intensity and the power of Stevie. There’s some pretty phenomenal performances by the rest of the band too. This week’s BFP/Jamiol Music pick requires some decibels. So folks crank it up and enjoy…and make sure you stay ’til the very end. PJ Read more È
This week’s BFP Jamiol music pick has 2 things going for it. First off, it’s a request from Sibel and secondly it’s a song performed by Solomon Burke aka “King Solomon.” Burke also earned the title “the Muhammad Ali of soul” for his ability to transcend Gospel, R&B and Soul.
Tonight we listen to Solomon Burke singing his masterpiece None of us are Free from his Don’t Give Up on Me album to which Sibel adds “When one of us is jailed/gagged/classified/tortured/stripped of constitution/liberties, think Manning, think Drake, think …, none of us are free….” Indeed. PJ
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