Song Of The Day – The Civil Wars – “Poison and Wine”

The Civil Wars' Barton Hollow cover

The Civil Wars’ Barton Hollow cover (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Civil Wars song “Poison and Wine” is today’s selection. I have said many times in the past that, first, country is not my usual cup of tea, and second, it is all about the song. This song strikes a few chords. The lyrics, when taken with their personal history, are hauntingly cryptic. The tune amazing in its subtlety. Put both together and you have one heck of an emotional song. Beautifully crafted and worthy of something I seldom do. That would be listening to it several times in a row. This constitutes high praise from me for a song on a genre I don’t normally praise.

“Oh I don’t love you but I always will”

Song of the Day – The Lumineers – “Stubborn Love”

The Lumineers LIVE in Concert Presented By T-M...

The Lumineers LIVE in Concert Presented By T-Mobile Rock4G and Walmart Soundcheck (Photo credit: Lunchbox LP)

I, like a heck of a lot of people, really enjoyed the first single off their self-titled debut. The LumineersHo Hey is a great song, just as is their follow-up single “Stubborn Love“.  The Denver based folk band exploded onto the scene in 2012 and gathered 4 Grammy nominations in 2013.  Their style melds simple folk lines with a more recent root revival sound.  These sounds could easily be heard in movies or TV as soundtrack, and are destined to have long lives as such.  Enjoy Stubborn Love.

Remembering Frank Foster

Grammy Award

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On July 26, Frank Foster, singer, composer, flautist and saxophonist passed away.  Frank worked very closely with many Jazz and blues greats, including Count Basie, Thelonius Monk and George Benson.  He received a Grammy in 1988 for Best Instrumental Arrangement, Jazz Category.  This was for arranging “Basie’s Bag” for George Benson.  In 1987 he won his first Grammy for Best Arrangement Accompanying a Vocal, 1987.  He made a big band arrangement of “Deedles’ Blues” to win this award.

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