Winners of the 60th Annual Grammy Awards

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James Corden did a great job hosting the live broadcast on CBS of the 60th Annual Grammy Awards from Madison Square Garden in New York City.  He announced that Jay-Z was the recipient of the 2018 Music Industry Icon award at that Recording Academy Pre-Grammy Gala.  One of the funniest performances was James Corden, Sting, and Shaggy doing “subway karaoke” – watch here:

Here’s the list of the 2018 Grammy Winners (in order by category):

Record of the Year – “24K Magic” – Bruno Mars

Album of the Year – “24K Magic” – Bruno Mars

Song of the Year – “That’s What I Like” — Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus & Jonathan Yip, songwriters (Bruno Mars)

New Artist – Alessia Cara

Pop Solo Performance – “Shape of You” – Ed Sheeran

Pop Duo/Group Performance – “Feel It Still” – Portugal. The Man

Traditional Pop Vocal Album – “Tony Bennett Celebrates 90” – (Various Artists) Dae Bennett, Producer

Pop Vocal Album – “÷” — Ed Sheeran

Dance Recording – “Tonite” — LCD Soundsystem

Dance/Electronic Album – “3-D the Catalogue” — Kraftwerk

Contemporary Instrumental Album – “Prototype” — Jeff Lorber Fusion

Rock Performance – “You Want It Darker” — Leonard Cohen

Metal Performance – “Sultan’s Curse” — Mastodon

Rock Song – “Run” — Foo Fighters, songwriters (Foo Fighters)

Rock Album – “A Deeper Understanding” — The War On Drugs

Alternative Music Album – “Sleep Well Beast” – The National

R&B Performance -“That’s What I Like” – Bruno Mars

Traditional R&B Performance – “Redbone” — Childish Gambino

R&B Song – “That’s What I Like” — Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus & Jonathan Yip, songwriters (Bruno Mars)

Urban Contemporary Album –“Star Boy” — The Weeknd

R&B Album – “24K Magic” — Bruno Mars

Rap Performance – “Humble” — Kendrick Lamar

Rap/Sung Performance – “Loyalty” — Kendrick Lamar Featuring Rihanna

Rap Song -“Humble” — Duckworth, Asheton Hogan & M. Williams II, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar)

Rap Album – “Damn” – Kendrick Lamar

Country Solo Performance – “Either Way” — Chris Stapleton

Country Duo/Group Performance – “Better Man” — Little Big Town

Country Song – “Broken Halos” — Mike Henderson & Chris Stapleton, songwriters (Chris Stapleton)

Country Album – “From A Room: Volume 1” — Chris Stapleton

New Age Album – “Dancing On Water” — Peter Kater

Improvised Jazz Solo – “Miles Beyond” — John McLaughlin, soloist

Jazz Vocal Album – Dreams and Daggers — Cécile McLorin Salvant

Jazz Instrumental Album – “Rebirth” — Billy Childs

Large Jazz Ensemble Album – “Bringin’ It” — Christian McBride Big Band

Latin Jazz Album – “Jazz Tango” — Pablo Ziegler Trio

Gospel Performance/Song – “Never Have To Be Alone” – CeCe Winans

Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song – “What A Beautiful Name” -Hillsong Worship

Gospel Album – “Let Them Fall in Love” — CeCe Winans

Contemporary Christian Music Album – “Chain Breaker” –  Zach Williams

Roots Gospel Album – “Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope” — Reba McEntire

Latin Pop Album – “El Dorado” – Shakira

Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album – “Residente” — Residente

Regional Mexican Music Album (including Tejano) – “Arriero Somos Versiones Acústicas” — Aida Cuevas

Tropical Latin Album – “Salsa Big Band” — Rubén Blades Con Roberto Delgado & Orquesta

American Roots Performance – “Killer Diller Blues” — Alabama Shakes

American Roots Song – “If We Were Vampires” – Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

Americana Album – “The Nashville Sound” — Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

Bluegrass Album (tie for winner) – “Laws of Gravity” — The Infamous Stringdusters; and – “All the Rage – In Concert Volume One [Live]” — Rhonda Vincent and the Rage

Traditional Blues Album – “Blue & Lonesome” -The Rolling Stones

Contemporary Blues Album – “TajMo” — Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’

Folk Album –“Mental Illness” – Aimee Mann

Regional Roots Music Album – “Kalenda” — Lost Bayou Ramblers

Reggae Album – “Stony Hill” — Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley

World Music Album – “Shaka Zulu Revisited: 30th Anniversary Celebration” — Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Children’s Album – “Feel What U Feel” — Lisa Loeb

Spoken Word Album (includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling) – “The Princess Diarist” — Carrie Fisher

Comedy Album – “The Age of Spin & Deep in the Heart of Texas” — Dave Chappelle

Musical Theater Album – “Dear Evan Hansen” — Ben Platt, principal soloist; Alex Lacamoire, Stacey Mindich, Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, producers; Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, composers/lyricists (Original Broadway Cast Recording)

Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media – “La La Land” — (Various Artists)

Score Soundtrack For Visual Media – “La La Land” — Justin Hurwitz, composer

Song Written For Visual Media – “How Far I’ll Go” — Lin-Manuel Miranda, songwriter (Auli’i Cravalho)

Instrumental Composition – “Three Revolutions” — Arturo O’Farrill, composer (Arturo O’Farrill & Chucho Valdés)

Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella – “Escapades For Alto Saxophone and Orchestra From Catch Me If You Can” – John Williams, arranger (John Williams)

Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals – “Putin” – Randy Newman, arranger (Randy Newman)

Recording Package (tie for winner) – “El Orisha De La Rosa” – Claudio Roncoli & Cactus Taller, art directors (Magín Díaz); and – “Pure Comedy (Deluxe Edition)” — Sasha Barr, Ed Steed & Josh Tillman, art directors (Father John Misty)

Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package – “The Voyager Golden Record: 40th Anniversary Edition” — Lawrence Azerrad, Timothy Daly & David Pescovitz, art directors (Various Artists)

Album Notes –  “Live At the Whisky A Go Go: The Complete Recordings” — Lynell George, album notes writer (Otis Redding)

Historical Album – “The Goldberg Variations – The Complete Unreleased Recording Sessions June 1955” — Robert Russ, compilation producer; Matthias Erb, Martin Kistner & Andreas K. Meyer, mastering engineers (Glenn Gould)

Engineered Album, Non-Classical – “24K Magic” — Serban Ghenea, John Hanes & Charles Moniz, engineers; Tom Coyne, mastering engineer (Bruno Mars)

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical – Greg Kurstin

Remixed Recording – “You Move (Latroit Remix)” — Dennis White, remixer (Depeche Mode)

Surround Sound Album – “Early Americans” — Jim Anderson, surround mix engineer; Darcy Proper, surround mastering engineer; Jim Anderson & Jane Ira Bloom, surround producers (Jane Ira Bloom)

Engineered Album, Classical – “Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5; Barber: Adagio” – Mark Donahue, engineer (Manfred Honeck & Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra)

Producer of the Year, Classical – David Frost

Orchestral Performance – “Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5; Barber: Adagio” — Manfred Honeck, conductor (Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra)

Opera Recording – “Berg: Wozzeck” — Hans Graf, conductor; Anne Schwanewilms & Roman Trekel; Hans Graf, producer (Houston Symphony; Chorus of Students and Alumni, Shepherd School of Music, Rice University & Houston Grand Opera Children’s Chorus)

Choral Performance – “Bryars: The Fifth Century” — Donald Nally, conductor (PRISM Quartet; The Crossing)

Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance – “Death & the Maiden” — Patricia Kopatchinskaja & The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

Classical Instrumental Solo – “Transcendental “— Daniil Trifonov

Classical Solo Vocal Album – “Crazy Girl Crazy” – Music By Gershwin, Berg & Berio — Barbara Hannigan (Orchestra Ludwig)

Classical Compendium – “Higdon: All Things Majestic, Viola Concerto & Oboe Concerto” – Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor; Tim Handley, producer

Contemporary Classical Composition – “Higdon: Viola Concerto” — Jennifer Higdon, composer (Roberto Díaz, Giancarlo Guerrero & Nashville Symphony)

Music Video – “Humble.” — Kendrick Lamar

Music Film – “The Defiant Ones” — (Various Artists)

2018 Music Educator Award – Melissa Salguero – PS 48 Joseph R. Drake in the Bronx, NY

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2018 Academy Awards – Nominees

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As announced this morning, here are the 2018 Oscar nominees:

Supporting Actress:

Mary J. Blige – “Mudbound”

Allison Janney – “I, Tonya”

Lesley Manville – “Phantom Thread”

Laurie Metcalf – “Lady Bird”

Octavia Spencer – “Shape of Water”

Actor in Supporting Role:

Willem Dafoe – “The Florida Project”

Woody Harrelson – “Three Bilboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Richard Jenkins – “Shape of Water”

Christopher Plummer – “All the Money in the World”

Sam Rockwell – “Three Bilboards…”

Foreign Language Film:

“A Fantastic Woman” – Chile

“The Insult” – Lebannon

“Loveless” – Russia

“On Body and Soul” – Hungary

“The Square” – Sweden

Documentary Short Subject:

“Edith & Eddie”

“Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405”

“Heroine”

“Knife Skills”

“Traffic Stop”

Documentary Feature:

“Abacus: Small Enough to Jail”

“Faces Places”

“Icarus”

“Last Men in Aleppo”

“Strong Island”

Original Song:

“Mighty River” – “Mudbound”

“Mystery of Love” – “Call Me by Your Name”

“Remember Me” – “Coco”

“Stand Up for Something” – “Marshall”

“This is Me” – “Greatest Showman”

Animated Feature:

“Boss Baby”

“Breadwinner”

“Coco”

“Ferdinand”

“Loving Vincent”

Adaptation Screenplay:

“Call me by Your Name” – James Ivory

“Disaster Artist” – Scott Newstander & Michael H. Weber

“Logan” – Scott Frank, James Mangold, and Michael Green

“Molly’s Game” – Aaron Sorkin

“Mudbound” – Virgil Williams and Dee Rees

Original Screenplay:

“The Big Sick” – Emily Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani

“Get Out” – Jordan Peele

“Lady Bird” – Greta Gerwig

“Shape of Water” – Guillermo del Toro

“Three Billboards. . .” – Martin McDonaugh

Actor in a Leading Role:

Timothee Chalamet – “Call me by Your Name”

Daniel Day-Lewis – “Phantom Thread”

Daniel Kaluuya – “Get Out”

Gary Oldman – “Darkest Hour”

Denzel Washington – “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”

Actress in a Leading Role:

Sally Hawkins – “Shape of Water”

Frances McDormand – “Three Billboards.,.”

Margot Robbie – “I, Tonya”

Saoirse Ronan – “Lady Bird”

Meryl Streep – “The Post”

Achievement in Directing:

“Dunkirk” – Christopher Nolan

“Get Out” – Jordan Peele

“Lady Bird” – Greta Gerwig

“Phantom Thread” – Paul Thomas Anderson

“Shape of Water” – Guillermo del Toro

and finally,

Best Picture:

“Call Me By Your Name”

“Darkest Hour”

“Dunkirk”

“Get Out”

“Lady Bird”

“Phantom Thread”

“The Post”

“The Shape of Water”

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Congratulations to all of the nominees.  The Oscars will air on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at 8:00 p.m. EST/ 7:00 p.m. Central, with Jimmy Kimmel as host on ABC. Care to make your predictions? Feel free to comment below. – BMT

 

The Final World Tour Broke My Heart and Mended It All In One Night

ryannnnnnnYellowcard has held one of the most special places in my heart for the longest time. Though I was born in 1998, a year after their journey as a band began, I was reached by their music at a very young age. They had a way of making me feel less alone, and somehow made me smile in some of my worst moments. Even now, at 17, after many changes in my life,  they are still a constant reminder that “everything is gonna be alright.”

Often, when talking about the band, I mention that Ocean Avenue was the first CD I ever bought with my own money. This CD became the cornerstone for a collection that is now built by over 100 albums and is still growing. Yellowcard made me want to listen to music and become involved in it, whether I was crying and singing “One Year, Six Months” or smiling at the possibility of forever and belting out “Ocean Avenue,” they were an integral part of my growth in music.

The prospect of them not being a band is something I am still trying to wrap my head around. Though I know that they will all go on to do great things, it is hard to accept that one of the few constants in my life will no longer be constant. However, the Final World Tour brought me quite a bit of closure. For an hour and fifteen minutes or so, I was reminded of Yellowcard’s amazing past but also assured by Ryan Key, the voice behind the lyrics that have meant so much to fans throughout the years, that though this chapter of their lives is closing, there is more to come in the future.

Dryjacket and Like Torches were amazing support. The former opened the show with melodic tunes that left the room craving more music, and the latter, a Swedish band on their first U.S. tour, were so entertaining, I was sad to see them leave the stage. Both openers shared stories of growing up listening to Yellowcard, and I believe this definitely caused an immediate connection between them and the masses of fans in the crowd. People standing around me commented on how impressed they were with both acts, and how great they fit with the tour. I was equally impressed, and hope to hear more from both bands in the near future.

Though I could write lines and lines about how absolutely perfect the Yellowcard set was, I believe the only way you can truly understand it is to attend one of their last shows. As always, they left me speechless, both from their spectacular performance and also from the fact that I sang along with every song.  They are a band that will never be forgotten by anyone who has been touched by their music, and who are unrivaled in love and support from fans. I hope everyone gets a chance to see them on this tour and is able to receive the closure I received from seeing them perform live one last time. There is something so touching about watching a band that has meant so much to you for such a long time say their final goodbye.

If you want to purchase tickets to a date near you, please visit: http://yellowcardrock.com/

You will not regret it, I promise.

All I can say with certainty is, long live Yellowcard. They are legends in my eyes, and legends never truly die.

-Rini Christina

For more photos of this show and others, please visit: http://www.facebook.com/rinicphotography

 

Vicki Lawrence & Mama Sing at the Tobin Center

This seems to be my year for checking items off my bucket list or simply doing things I’d never imagined!  Being in the same room as a comedic legend such as Vicki Lawrence falls into the latter category!

I grew up watching the Carol Burnett Show; we never missed it. It didn’t matter where we were, a friend’s house, a family get together, everyone sat around to watch Carol Burnett, Vicki Lawrence, Harvey Korman and Tim Conway perform their weekly comedy sketches and Movie/TV Show parodies.  My favorite segments were the Mama’s Family skits.  Being a young girl, I found it amusing that a Grandma could be so raw, mean, and funny at the same time!  I remember how shocked I was to find out that Vicki Lawrence was actually much younger than Carol!  I actually thought she was older, or at least the same age. I believe that’s how you can judge good acting, when someone can make you believe that she IS the person whose role she’s playing!

We sat behind a taxi driver that had the pleasure of driving Vicki around San Antonio. He was scrolling through his photos and we noticed a photo of him and Vicki.  We asked if he was at the meet and greet.  He told us that she, her husband, Al Schultz, and her son, were really nice. They gave him tickets to the show and it appears that he was their driver for the weekend.

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Vicki sings (Photo by JohnDavid Scarcliff)

Vicki came out and connected with the audience by telling comical, but true stories, about routine events such as visiting the gynecologist.  She reminded some of us that may have forgotten (or those that didn’t know) that she produced and recorded the first version of “The Night the Lights Went out in Georgia.”  Yes folks, Reba is not the original redhead to sing it!  She said her then husband, Bobby Russell, didn’t like the song and she “got it in the divorce.”  In 1973, it was number one on the “Billboard Hot 100.”  She sang it for us and joked about how she was the only artist that could do a medley of her hits in one song.

Vicki also told us the story of how she was discovered by Carol at a “Miss Fireball” contest. Over the years I’ve seen articles speculating that Vicki resented being in Carol’s shadow. I didn’t sense that Vicki had any resentment for Carol at all.  In fact, I think it is the opposite.  I think she is grateful. Though I did sense a little resentment between Vicki and Mama. It seems that whenever Vicki is spotted by fans, they yell out to her, “where’s Mama?” It is as if they don’t realize that she IS Mama.  I believe she should be proud that after 40 years, Mama lives on in the hearts of fans everywhere.  Even though Mama came out of the Carol Burnett Show, she is clearly Vicki’s masterpiece.  The Tobin Center was nearly full with people that came to see Vicki AND Mama and all the laughs were for Vicki and her alter ego – Mama; no one else!

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One thing Vicki did say begrudgingly, was that Bob Mackie created glamorous sequined gowns for Carol and for her just the Mama costume! (Photo by JohnDavid Scarcliff)

Since it is not shown in re-runs, my 17-year old daughter never saw the “Carol Burnett Show” or “Mama’s Family.”  She had no idea what she was in for, but she loved it!  She screamed with laughter, just as much as us “old folks!”  By the way, Vicki advised us that “Mama’s Family” is currently showing on “MeTV,” so if you get that channel, you are in luck.  Sadly for us, MeTV is not on the Dish Network.

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Better listen to Mama! (Photo by JohnDavid Scarcliff)

Of course the crowd really went wild when Mama came out and did a rap for us! It was hysterical!  She did an “ask Mama” routine where she touched on some current issues. One question I recall was how she felt about Caitlyn Jenner.  Mama said that she didn’t understand why someone would want to become a woman at the menopausal stage of life!   The best way to describe the show is to quote Vicki, herself, “My show is not a retrospective, . . .It is a mixture of stand-up comedy, music and my observations about real life.”(http://www.vickilawrence.com/2woman2013.html) The only thing she left out is that you will be laughing so hard your sides will hurt and your eyes will tear!

“Vicki Lawrence and Mama, A Two Woman Show” is touring the country and I highly recommend you catch it if you can.  You can see the schedule on her website by following this link http://www.vickilawrence.com/VickisSchedule.html.  I hope she comes back to San Antonio next year. – BMT

Frampton: Alive 40 Years Later

I entered the Tobin Center excited to see Peter Frampton for the first time. I was just 10 years old when I was introduced to his music, and too young to go to a rock concert. Typically artists don’t allow photographs during the show, so we didn’t bring a camera. Obviously aware that fans will sneak photos anyway, Peter Frampton must believe “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em,” so he posted signs stating fans could take as many videos and photos as they wanted during the first three songs only.  Once inside the theater, people were holding signs and walking up and down the aisles stressing that photos could be taken during the first three songs.  After the three tunes, he requested we put away the recording devices and “live in the moment!” Bravo Peter! I find myself saying that to my daughter at least once a day – “enjoy the moment.”  Not too long ago, OK, I’ll say it, “in our day,” we had to wait several days to get our photos back from the Fotomat AND we were lucky if they

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turned out! That was IF we were allowed to bring cameras into the venue. Unless we were there with our friends, we had to tell our friends about it AFTER the concert, (usually the next day), we’d then follow-up a few days later to show the few blurry photos we managed to salvage from the roll [of film for those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about.] While we were at the concert though, we screamed, danced, clapped, sang along and could care less about connecting with ANYONE other than the artist and the fans around us! But I digress. . .

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Photo taken at end of 3rd song.

As you can imagine, during the first three songs, the auditorium looked like a sea of smart phone screens! Peter later commented that he didn’t recognize us (because he couldn’t see anyone’s face, just the back of their phones!) Our seats were not close enough for our cell phone camera, so my apologies, but our pictures resemble 1970’s Fotomat prints!  Thanks to the generosity of the Tobin Center, we were able to obtain two very awesome close-ups that were taken by their photographer, John David Scarcliff.

Frampton was ready to rock the night away and he told us that he was going to play for us, “virtually all night.”  Normally, that would make my daughter and I extremely happy, but this being the night before her last final exam, we were thinking that she should have stayed home. OK, so I failed Parenting 101 by taking her to a concert during finals week, but in the end, it was worth loosing sleep and study time!  (In case you are wondering, she got an A on the final.)

He began with his classics and went into at least a half-hour set of acoustic solos from his new album released in February 2016 – “Peter Frampton – Acoustic Classics.”

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Released 2/26/16 (Photo and track list from Frampton.com)

Tracklist:
01. Fig Tree Bay
02. Wind Of Change
03. All I Want To Be ( Is By Your Side )
04. Show Me The Way
05. Lines On My Face
06. Sail Away
07. Baby, I Love Your Way
08. All Down To Me
09. Penny For Your Thoughts
10. Do You Feel Like I Do
11. I’m In You

Peter allowed the audience to connect with him by telling personal stories that were very touching.  For example, he told the story behind his song, “Hummingbird in a Box.” When he was a little boy, his grandfather gave him some type of puzzle box that once opened revealed a small hummingbird figurine.  He had several guitar changes and told us a story about one he stole from his good friend, George Harrison!  He marveled at how big George’s property was and how many “tuners” (guitars) he had and stated that it was OK because “a Beatle should have everything he needs!”  He told us about the guitar given to him by Buddy Holly’s wife – a replica of Holly’s guitar named “Peggy Sue,” which contains the fret from Buddy’s original guitar.  Maria Elena Holly gave the guitar to Peter for his participation in an artist collaboration of recording Holly’s hits for a children’s charity.  He told us that “Peggy Sue” was the very first song he ever sang in front of anyone. He sang it for a Cub Scout music proficiency badge!  He then performed a fantastic rendition of “Peggy Sue” for us!  We even got to learn about his pet peeves.  For instance, it was obvious that he was not a big fan of people screaming things at him while he was trying to tell a story!  A few times he turned up the volume, while tuning to drown out the audience noise!  He also doesn’t like when people arrive to the concert late!  He embarrassed a couple that came in around the fifth song.  He told them, “. . .there’s probably a good reason why you are late” then rubbed-in that they missed several good songs and that there was a photo rule!  So, if you have tickets to his next show, be sure to arrive on time!!

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Photo by John David Scarcliff

A die-hard performer, Frampton never took a break.  His band got several, but he kept on playing and telling stories until his last bow.  As expected, he and the band came back for an encore.  He sang, “I Want you to Love Me. . .till the hair grows on my head.” Obviously making fun of his balding hair-line.  But don’t be fooled, at 66 years old, even though he no longer has those long golden locks, Peter Frampton still ROCKS!! The grand finale, was a tear-jerking performance of the Beatles’ “While my Guitar Gently Weeps.” I’m not sure about anyone else, but it made me cry.

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Photo by John David Scarcliff

The best part of the night was meeting him and getting his autograph.  Peter had two separate and private meet and greets that night.  One, I was told, was sponsored by Budweiser and the other for people who purchased VIP tickets from the tour.  Sadly, we did not have passes for either one but waited outside with a handful of others hoping to meet him.  We were joined by two people who came out wearing tour passes. They told us that Peter’s tour manager was their close friend and that they often get backstage passes.  What was interesting was that even though they have been backstage numerous times, they have never, I repeat, NEVER, actually met Peter Frampton and/or obtained his autograph! So, it was an honor and privilege that Peter decided to come out, greet us, and sign one item. We respected his request for no photos and just thanked him for the great show and for allowing us to meet him.  He was very humble and gracious.The Manager’s friends also said that they never heard Peter tell so many personal stories!  I guess the intimacy of the Tobin Center makes artists feel comfortable with the audience.

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In case you are wondering why the ticket is signed upside down – I mentioned that we waited and were respectful, but there were a handful of rude people who came “out of the woodwork” and just pulled-up to where we were waiting.  These type of people are why artists usually don’t bother greeting fans and ruin it for everyone else!  I use a cane and was standing on the side; I could not jump down to where the rest of the people were standing, I was technically at the beginning of the line, but Peter started from the other end.  These two guys who just pulled-up, cut in front of me.  When I pointed that out to them, they said, “well come down here.” Hello?! Didn’t they see the cane?! Someone else told them that we’d been waiting there a long time, so they grabbed my ticket and handed it to Peter, upside down, (after he signed their items) and told him it was mine. Peter handed it back to me and gave me a beautiful smile.  I was upset when I realized it was upside down, but being able to thank him for a great show and getting a huge smile makes it priceless.

Frampton is still touring, currently with Cheap Trick.  I highly recommend you make it to one of his shows. Check out his tour dates here – http://www.frampton.com/live/

– BMT

Downs Thompson, Clay Walker’s Fiddle Player

 

Shared Clay Walker’s photo on my Facebook page.  In case you missed it, thought I’d share the post here.

 

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Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo at San Antonio Livestock Show & Rodeo

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Hey “Heartbreaker” “Love is a Battlefield.”  You “Whisper Promises in the Dark,” you’re like “Fire and Ice” “Whatcha Tryin to do to my Heart? You Better Run.” “We Belong” at the rodeo. Come on Pat Benatar “Treat Me Right,” “Hit me with Your Best Shot.” We will be “Invincible!”
Can you tell I’m “All Fired Up” with “Anxiety” to see another musical legend and my teen idol, Pat Benatar?! I’ve been waiting for “Precious Time” and tonight I will cross off another item on my bucket list! Not even “A Little too Late.” Thanks to my daughter for her awesome and thoughtful Christmas present:)

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Rest in Peace Glenn Frey

“There’s . . .Heartache Tonight, I know.”

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What a terrible way to start the year for music fans. I was about to turn off my computer, when I came across this shocking post on the Eagles Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/EaglesBand/posts/1200240780005485

“There’s a Hole in the World”

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How I wish the news came from “Lyin’ Eyes.” Unfortunately, it is true, yet another musical legend has left us.  The Eagles founding member, guitarist, songwriter, and singer, Glenn Frey, passed away today. He was 67 years old. The post from the Eagles page said that Frey died from “complications from Rheumatoid Arthritis, Acute Ulcerative Colitis and Pneumonia.” I am saddened by this news. The Eagles are one of my favorite bands. In fact, I never met anyone that said they didn’t like them! I grew up in the 70s and 80s listening to their music and loved it all. I think it is safe to say that everyone has a favorite Eagles song.  Who hasn’t been to an event where the crowd was singing along to “Hotel California,” “Desperado,” “Take it Easy” or any number of Eagles classics?  Don Henley and Glenn Frey’s song lyrics are poetic genius; true works of art.

I got to cross something off my “bucket list”

Since they disbanded in the 80s, I never thought I’d get to see the Eagles perform live in my lifetime, but on September 8, 2008, my dream came true.  I was blessed to get tickets from one of my bosses to see them at the AT&T Center here in San Antonio. I took my,then 9 year-old, daughter with me.  There was not one song that we didn’t sing along to. We were up on our feet the entire time. (This was back when I could stand more than 10 minutes!) It was a surreal experience to be able to enjoy music from my childhood icons with my daughter. It is still one of the best concert memories we share. In fact, just last week, when we picked-up our tickets to the upcoming Pat Benatar rodeo concert (my Christmas present) we talked about how fantastic that show was. Music has always been a big part of our routine.  I’ve taken her to many concerts, but this one made a huge impression on her back then because they have so many hits, that the concert, as I recall, was over two hours long!  Also, on our way to the concert, she said she didn’t know who the Eagles were, but she recognized almost all of the songs in the set list. Each song sounded almost identical to the versions recorded some 20-30 years earlier; their voices were just as crisp. To me, it is the epitome of musical talent when artists sound just as good or even better, live in-concert, as they do on their studio recordings.

“Part of Me, Part of You”

This post seems to be more about the Eagles, than Glenn Frey, but let’s face it, as a co-founder, one of the lead singers and songwriters, Glenn Frey is a huge part of the Eagles and the Eagles are a huge part of Glenn Frey.  I imagine the band will continue to tour without him, since they were in the middle of their “History of the Eagles” tour when they took a break because of Glenn’s illness.  I think it would be an awesome tribute to him to continue, but they can never replace Glenn Frey.

Soundtrack to Our Lives

During Glenn’s solo career in the 80s, “The Heat Is On” was one of his biggest hits.  It is one of the songs on the soundtrack of “Beverly Hills Cop,” the story of a Detroit Cop (Eddie Murphy) that winds up in Beverly Hills. Coincidentally, Glenn Frey was born in Detroit on November 6, 1948. His song, “Part of Me, Part of You,” is also on the soundtrack for the movie, “Thelma & Louise.” His voice was soft yet powerful, with just the right amount of “rasp,” making his songs perfect to use in movies and really, perfect music for life’s many occasions.  Since reading the news of his passing, I’ve seen so many Twitter posts by celebrities, one that stands out, and I think most would agree with, was from Melissa Gilbert, she wrote, “Rest well Glenn Frey. So grateful for the soundtrack you gave my life. . .” I couldn’t put it better, he did give our lives a soundtrack!

David Bowie, There’s “A New Kid in Town”

Glenn joins so many great artists in Heaven tonight.  Rest in Peace Glenn, your music will live on forever.  You have the best of our love. – BMT

Rest in Peace David Bowie

The World has lost another legendary artist.

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Natalie Cole Dead at 65

Legendary Jazz Icon Natalie Cole Passes
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We are saddened to learn that we lost another musical legend.  Natalie Cole died on New Year’s Eve at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles due to “complications from ongoing health issues.”  Multiple sources released a statement from her family – her son Robert Yancy and sisters Timolin and Casey Cole:

“Natalie fought a fierce, courageous battle, dying how she lived … with dignity, strength and honor. Our beloved Mother and sister will be greatly missed and remain UNFORGETTABLE in our hearts forever”

Natalie suffered from hepatitis C which she believed she contracted from her prior drug use.  She had a liver transplant in 2009 after she appeared on Larry King Live.

Maria Cole wife of Nat King Cole

Maria and Nat King Cole

Natalie Cole had Music in her Blood

Natalie was born with musical talent.  How could she avoid it?  Not only was she named after her renowned father, Nat King Cole, her mother, Maria Hawkins Ellington Cole, who was also a jazz singer that worked with Count Basie and Duke Ellington.

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Though Natalie had her own musical hits such as, “This Will Be” and “Our Love,” she is also know for her multi-platinum, Grammy award winning virtual duet with her father, the late, great, Nat King Cole.  In 1991, she recorded an album entitled, “Unforgettable … With Love,” which won six Grammy Awards in 1992, including album of the year. The “Unforgettable” duet won record and song of the year.  The album won every award for which it was nominated.

(http://www.nytimes.com/1992/02/26/arts/cole-s-unforgettable-sweeps-the-grammys.html)

In and interview with The Associated Press in 1991, Natalie said, “I didn’t shed really any real tears until the album was over, . . .Then I cried a whole lot. When we started the project it was a way of reconnecting with my dad. Then when we did the last song, I had to say goodbye again.”

(http://bigstory.ap.org/article/6a4c103be2a74a2587334ec6eff65c13/natalie-cole-grammy-winning-singer-has-died)

The virtual duet with her father of his timeless hit, “Unforgettable, ” is still being played daily on radio stations.  Watch her emotional live performance here –

This YouTube link will play several of Natalie and Nat King Cole’s virtual duets.  Hope they make you “SMILE.”

Nat King Cole died on February 15, 1965

 

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The Legendary Nat King Cole

I find it no coincidence that Natalie Cole died at the age of 65 in 2015 and her legendary father, Nat King Cole, passed away in 1965 when she was 15. God’s plan is masterful.  May their memory be eternal.

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