The walls didn’t come crashing down at Bethel University’s Benson Great Hall as some thought just because famed rapper Snoop Dogg performed at the annual Super Bowl Gospel Celebration. Snoop performed two songs from his forthcoming non-secular album, Snoop Dogg Presents the Bible Of Love, including “Blessing Me Again” accompanied by Rance Allen of the Rance Allen Group and … [Read more...]
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A bitter cold draped “Salute to Prince” night at Super Bowl Live in downtown Minneapolis on Monday evening. It was cold enough that the singers seemed unable to perform without mentioning the dire weather. But even with the frigid four-degree temperature steadily dropping into the night, the cold couldn’t stop attendees from dancing and reminiscing. Swarming the capacity of … [Read more...]
Life Etiquette, it’s all about respect for ourselves, respect for others and respect for the world around us. I was listening to a local radio station the other day and I heard a song that had an awesome back-beat. I wanted to get out of the car and dance. But then I tuned in to the words...Oh, my! The radio station "subtly" bleeped out the "f" word and the "b" word and a … [Read more...]
The James on Jazz journey continues in 2018. It's hard to believe we started this journey back in 2000. thank you for hanging in there. There've been some pauses along the way, nevertheless, it's always an adventure and richly entertaining for all of those on board. Lately, the talk of the town is the Super Bowl. Yes, it's about to get lit. Indeed, there'll … [Read more...]
Hugh Masekela was one of the few jazz artists to penetrate pop music with covers of “Up, Up and Away” in 1967, and the next year, the through-the-roof hit “Grazing in the Grass” — his unique trumpet style rendering the mellow, laid-back tune a strutting ode to quintessential cool. Released in May and topping the charts by July, “Grazing in the Grass” eventually sold upwards … [Read more...]