I don’t like his official music videos all that much, so here’s a way to listen to one song, “Open” while watching some behind the scenes from their recent tour. Check out the full album, Woman. He’s basically a sweet-voiced indie dude crossed with Sade! Down.
Went on a bit of a Wendel Stuart bender this week thanks to hearing a track of his on a recent Chances with Wolves episode. Super smooth stuff. Cue porch swing.
Instant goosebump material. I have been paying close attention to Merry Clayton‘s vocals on the Stones’ “Gimme Shelter” ever since watching 20 Feet From Stardom last weekend. Great documentary telling the story of backup singers of the 50′s onward to today.
Merry was a very successful backup singer, performing with many greats such as Ray Charles and Bobby Darrin. One evening, she got a call from the Rolling Stones in the middle of the night — they were recording Gimme Shelter in the studio and decided a woman’s voice would add a lot to the song. So she arrived at the studio, with her hair still in rollers and in her nightgown and robe, to sing this part. And she killed it.
Here’s the full trailer for the film:
And the full “Gimme Shelter”:
Here are a few songs I liked. The song “Batuque” got me hooked but I can’t find a video. Hope you enjoy!
(*via High Snobiety)
Check out Javelin tomorrow at the Prospect Park Bandshell!
Going to see Hugh in concert tonight! Happy summer solstice Friday all.
The onset of summer heat has me listening to a lot of old favorites, like this: “Waiting for You” by Tony! Toni! Toné! from the Poetic Justice soundtrack.
Wow. Sweet little Lauryn Hill, age 13, singing at the Apollo’s Amateur Night. Doesn’t she look just the same! She had a lot going on for a little girl, but still a bit shakey on the vocals. So cool to see her unique sound and style at that age.
And now that I’ve spent forever in a YouTube spiral, here’s one beautiful song from her MTV Unplugged performance in 2002 to see her older, wiser self on stage.