What Are You Listening To?

Started by Chris L, Jun 21, 2017, 11:53 am

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Leighton

Self indulgence is better than no indulgence!

Leighton

I've spent a lot of today listening to Laura Nyro, and Carole King and James Taylor Live at the Troubadour.

Glorious summer music
Self indulgence is better than no indulgence!

KathyB

Anthony de Mare's Liaisons: Re-Imagining Sondheim from the Piano. This is an insanely great album.

Chris L

Serious Playground: The Songs of Laura Nyro - Judy Kuhn

I hated this album the first time I heard it, which must have been about a decade ago. I may even as said as much on the old FTC. I grew up with Laura Nyro's songs, losing myself in the most soulful musical interpretations I'd ever heard from a white woman. Something inside me must have changed, or maybe it's been a long time since I listened to Laura Nyro. Kuhn's versions don't sound bad now. They're different from Nyro and Kuhn doesn't even try for the soulful interpretations, which is a good thing, because I don't think she'd be capable of them. But now her versions make me smile, because the songs meant so much to me once and it's good to hear that they hold up on their own (not that, back in the day, the radio wasn't blanketed by covers of Nyro's songs).
But us, old friend,
What's to discuss, old friend?

Leighton

I love a bit of Laura Nyro :)

I have been listen to the NBC of 'Promises, Promises', which, while not a patch on the OBC, has grown on me.
Self indulgence is better than no indulgence!

KathyB

City of Angels OBC. For some reason this has been stuck in my head (especially "The Tennis Song") even though it's been ages since I've listened to it.

Chris L

Kathy: I recently went through a phase of listening to one of your favorite scores, The Full Monty, over and over on Spotify. I had "Big Ass Rock" stuck in my head for days8)
But us, old friend,
What's to discuss, old friend?

KathyB

XTC, Nonsuch.



Happy 25th anniversary!

Chris L

Simply Christmas by Leslie Odom, Jr. (who we saw in concert at Disney Hall over the weekend).
But us, old friend,
What's to discuss, old friend?

Hester Jean

I saw him earlier this month.  He was funnier than I expect and he definitely is going for the Modern Nat King Cole sound!

Chris L

Quote from: Hester Jean on Dec 12, 2017, 09:52 amI saw him earlier this month.  He was funnier than I expect and he definitely is going for the Modern Nat King Cole sound!
Yes, I loved his Nat King Cole set ("Mona Lisa," "Straighten Up and Fly Right" and "Unforgettable," if I recall correctly). His wife, Nicolette Kloe Robinson, came out and joined him for a song, but I'm guessing that's just because they live locally. He seemed very nervous at first about appearing in LA, maybe because it's where he's lived since 2003 (according to Wikipedia), but he warmed to it pretty quickly.

He also did three songs from Hamilton, including a rapid-fire jazz version of "The Room Where It Happens" that would have been totally incomprehensible if I hadn't listened to the song a dozen times.
But us, old friend,
What's to discuss, old friend?

Hester Jean

Quote from: Chris L on Dec 12, 2017, 02:22 pm
Quote from: Hester Jean on Dec 12, 2017, 09:52 amI saw him earlier this month.  He was funnier than I expect and he definitely is going for the Modern Nat King Cole sound!
Yes, I loved his Nat King Cole set ("Mona Lisa," "Straighten Up and Fly Right" and "Unforgettable," if I recall correctly). His wife, Nicolette Kloe Robinson, came out and joined him for a song, but I'm guessing that's just because they live locally. He seemed very nervous at first about appearing in LA, maybe because it's where he's lived since 2003 (according to Wikipedia), but he warmed to it pretty quickly.

He also did three songs from Hamilton, including a rapid-fire jazz version of "The Room Where It Happens" that would have been totally incomprehensible if I hadn't listened to the song a dozen times.
His wife was at our show also. And yes,  "In the Room Where It Happens" was fast! And he did a very lovely "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" for his encore. 

Chris L

Quote from: Hester Jean on Dec 12, 2017, 07:10 pm
Quote from: Chris L on Dec 12, 2017, 02:22 pmHis wife was at our show also. And yes,  "In the Room Where It Happens" was fast! And he did a very lovely "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" for his encore.
I guess he's traveling with her. Did she only do one song at the St. Louis concert? They must have brought their daughter along; if Nicolette isn't taking care of the kid it seems a bit odd that she'd come along on tour for just a single song.

He also closed his LA performance with "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." That's one of the songs on the Simply Christmas album.
But us, old friend,
What's to discuss, old friend?

Gordonb

We're listening to the sound of Romans slurping on pasta! Did I mention we're in Rome. Tonight we are eating at la Nonna Betta in Testaccio, a Roman/Jewish kosher restaurant.

No idea what sounds to expect! Ciao!

Gordonb

Quote from: Gordonb on Dec 13, 2017, 10:39 amWe're listening to the sound of Romans slurping on pasta! Did I mention we're in Rome. Tonight we are eating at la Nonna Betta in Testaccio, a Roman/Jewish kosher restaurant.

No idea what sounds to expect! Ciao!
Well they were much like other Roman eating sounds. 
From our table there may also have been sounds of disgust (Rey) and pleasure (me) as I slurped on rigatoni alla pajata. Pajata is a Roman delicacy of poached baby veal intestines- I'm a bit of a believer in nose-to-tail eating and I am very much with the Romans with this dish.