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New Post has been published on http://mikesdailyjukebox.com/danny-gokey-hope-front/Danny Gokey:  Hope In Front Of MeFour weeks after his wife’s death, Danny Gokey auditioned for season 8 of American Idol.   The talented church choir director from Milwaukee, Wisconsin brought a likeable blue eyed soul to the competition.  But the emotional pain  of his recent loss added an deeper impact to Danny’s performances.   His version of Rascal Flatts’ “What Hurts The Most” rivals their #1 hit.   Danny finished 3rd that season, Adam Lambert and Kris Allen finished as the Top 2.    Shortly afterwards, Danny Gokey became the first male American Idol member to sign with a Nashville country music label.  His most memorable single, “I Won’t Say Goodbye” touched the hearts of fans worldwide.  The emotional lyrics combined with touching real life stories of family members lost reminded listeners of Danny’s personal life. One of the most powerful music videos of the decade.
“I WILL NOT SAY GOODBYE”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNyk6ema5AM
Flash forward to 2014, Danny’s back with a return to his first love, Christian music. His 2nd CD, “Hope In Front Of Me” debuted at #1 on the Christian Charts. There is so much happiness and joy in Danny’s voice and lyrics today. He has remarried and you can feel that he’s in such a different place in his life. The title track and “Tell Your Heart To Beat Again” are two of the most beautiful uplifting songs of the 2014. If you’re hurting or need a pick-me-up, I highly recommend downloading a copy of Danny Gokey’s new CD. No filler, just incredible inspirational music that can interpreted in so many ways.
“HOPE IN FRONT OF ME”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPEErtCjtg0
“TELL YOUR HEART TO BEAT AGAIN”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwJ4atkFeI8

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Danny Gokey: Hope In Front Of Me

Danny Gokey 2014Four weeks after his wife’s death, Danny Gokey auditioned for season 8 of American Idol.   The talented church choir director from Milwaukee, Wisconsin brought a likeable blue eyed soul to the competition.  But the emotional pain  of his recent loss added an deeper impact to Danny’s performances.   His version of Rascal Flatts’ “What Hurts The Most” rivals their #1 hit.   Danny finished 3rd that season, Adam Lambert and Kris Allen finished as the Top 2.    Shortly afterwards, Danny Gokey became the first male American Idol member to sign with a Nashville country music label.  His most memorable single, “I Won’t Say Goodbye” touched the hearts of fans worldwide.  The emotional lyrics combined with touching real life stories of family members lost reminded listeners of Danny’s personal life. One of the most powerful music videos of the decade.

“I WILL NOT SAY GOODBYE”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNyk6ema5AM

Danny Gokey Hope In Front Of MeFlash forward to 2014, Danny’s back with a return to his first love, Christian music. His 2nd CD, “Hope In Front Of Me” debuted at #1 on the Christian Charts. There is so much happiness and joy in Danny’s voice and lyrics today. He has remarried and you can feel that he’s in such a different place in his life. The title track and “Tell Your Heart To Beat Again” are two of the most beautiful uplifting songs of the 2014. If you’re hurting or need a pick-me-up, I highly recommend downloading a copy of Danny Gokey’s new CD. No filler, just incredible inspirational music that can interpreted in so many ways.

“HOPE IN FRONT OF ME”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPEErtCjtg0

“TELL YOUR HEART TO BEAT AGAIN”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwJ4atkFeI8

New Post has been published on http://mikesdailyjukebox.com/50-shades-grey-beyonces-crazy-love/50 Shades Of Grey:  Beyonce’s “Crazy In Love”The hottest movie trailer of the year, “50 Shades Of Grey” features a ultra-sexy slowed down version of Beyonce’s “Crazy In Love”. The new reworking amps up the vulnerability of the song and the violin accompaniment is so seductive. Should be an incredible version when the full length song is released in early 2015.

“Trailer To 50 Shades of Grey”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KfJnTgkzd8
“Crazy In Love” was Beyonce’s first big hit after breaking away from Destiny’s Child. If Beyonce’ has a signature dance move, her bounce and twerking on the video for “Crazy In Love” is a top contender. The multi-Grammy winning song (Best R&B and Rap Single) first merged Queen B with her soon-to-be husband, Jay-Z. But did you know where that crazy beat came from and how the songwriter was hung over when he wrote the lyrics? Producer Rich Harrison loved the horns and go-go feel of a 70′s R&B song by The Chi-Lites called “Are You My Woman”. The Chi-Lites are best known for the #1 hits “Oh Girl” and “Have You Seen Her”. Harrison thought that backing track would work perfectly on an updated hip hop record but he needed a BIG voice to keep up with that lively horn section.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViwtNLUqkMY
When Rich Harrison first pitched the song to Beyonce’, she wasn’t 100% sold on such a retro sound with big horns. But his reputation with artists like Mary J Blige and Alicia Keys was enough to give it a try. Beyonce said, “I love the idea, now write the song, I’ll be back in 2 hours!” Harrison was hungover at the time but busted out “Crazy In Love” by the deadline. Beyonce’ added that “”Uh-oh, uh-oh, you know” to the hook and later on Jay-Z was brought in to drop some rhymes. Now “Crazy In Love” has become one of the Top 10 songs of the 2000′s and NME Magazine even named it “Best Song Of The Century” in their July 2013 issue!
“ARE YOU MY WOMAN”    The Chi-Lites
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEZAC9B7MFQ

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50 Shades Of Grey: Beyonce’s “Crazy In Love”

50 shades of greyThe hottest movie trailer of the year, “50 Shades Of Grey” features a ultra-sexy slowed down version of Beyonce’s “Crazy In Love”. The new reworking amps up the vulnerability of the song and the violin accompaniment is so seductive. Should be an incredible version when the full length song is released in early 2015.

“Trailer To 50 Shades of Grey”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KfJnTgkzd8

Beyonce Crazy In Love Jay-Z“Crazy In Love” was Beyonce’s first big hit after breaking away from Destiny’s Child. If Beyonce’ has a signature dance move, her bounce and twerking on the video for “Crazy In Love” is a top contender. The multi-Grammy winning song (Best R&B and Rap Single) first merged Queen B with her soon-to-be husband, Jay-Z. But did you know where that crazy beat came from and how the songwriter was hung over when he wrote the lyrics? Producer Rich Harrison loved the horns and go-go feel of a 70′s R&B song by The Chi-Lites called “Are You My Woman”. The Chi-Lites are best known for the #1 hits “Oh Girl” and “Have You Seen Her”. Harrison thought that backing track would work perfectly on an updated hip hop record but he needed a BIG voice to keep up with that lively horn section.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViwtNLUqkMY

Beyonce Crazy In LoveWhen Rich Harrison first pitched the song to Beyonce’, she wasn’t 100% sold on such a retro sound with big horns. But his reputation with artists like Mary J Blige and Alicia Keys was enough to give it a try. Beyonce said, “I love the idea, now write the song, I’ll be back in 2 hours!” Harrison was hungover at the time but busted out “Crazy In Love” by the deadline. Beyonce’ added that “”Uh-oh, uh-oh, you know” to the hook and later on Jay-Z was brought in to drop some rhymes. Now “Crazy In Love” has become one of the Top 10 songs of the 2000′s and NME Magazine even named it “Best Song Of The Century” in their July 2013 issue!

“ARE YOU MY WOMAN”    The Chi-Lites

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEZAC9B7MFQ

New Post has been published on http://mikesdailyjukebox.com/70s-classic-rock-lyrics-still-hold-true-today-elton-reo/70’s Classic Rock Lyrics Still Hold True Today (Elton, REO)“I’VE SEEN THAT MOVIE TOO” Elton John
Betrayal: a deliberate act of disloyalty where one party violates the trust and confidence of a friend or ally. Nothing stings worse than being hurt by the ones you love and trust the deepest. When it’s happening to you, everything’s in slow motion like a scene from a dramatic movie. Elton John and songwriter Bernie Taupin vividly capture that emotion here. After appearing on “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”, this song should have been released as a single in 1973. Those who witnessed “I’ve Seen This Movie Too” perfromed at Elton’s concerts claim you could hear a pin drop during this emotional number:
I can see by your eyes you must be lying
When you think I don’t have a clue
Baby you’re crazy
If you think that you can fool me
Because I’ve seen that movie too
The one where the players are acting surprised Saying love’s just a four letter word Between forcing smiles, with the knives in their eyes Well their actions become so absurd
So keep your auditions for somebody Who hasn’t got so much to lose ‘Cause you can tell by the lines I’m reciting That I’ve seen that movie too
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMRmbWnsMMk
“GOLDEN COUNTRY”   R.E.O. Speedwagon
Almost a decade before REO Speedwagon became the #1 band in the country with their  10 times platinum Hi-Infidelity LP, they were a band with a big local following but not much of a splash nationwide.   Their 2nd album was poorly reviewed by many critics but one track, “Golden Country” became a concert favorite remarkable for Gary Richrath’s guitar solo and Kevin Cronin’s political attack lyrics. In 2014, the U.S. is a still dominated by an upper 1% of ultra-wealthy white men while the plight of our weakest continues to worsen.   Check out these lyrics from 1972 about minorities, mortgage brokers, and a general sense of insecurity.    Not much has changed in 40 years.
“Golden country your face is so red
With all of your money your poor can be fed
You strut around and you flirt with disaster
Never really carin’ just what comes after
Mortgage people you crawl to your homes
Your security lies in your bed of white foam
You act concerned but then why turn away
When a lady was raped on your doorstep today
Well your blacks are cryin’ but your back is still turned
And your freaks are dyin’ but your back is still turned
You better stop your hidin or your country will burn
The time has come for you my friend
To all this ugliness we must put an end”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Se3O2vHG1So

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70’s Classic Rock Lyrics Still Hold True Today (Elton, REO)

“I’VE SEEN THAT MOVIE TOO” Elton John

I've seen this movie too Elton JohnBetrayal: a deliberate act of disloyalty where one party violates the trust and confidence of a friend or ally. Nothing stings worse than being hurt by the ones you love and trust the deepest. When it’s happening to you, everything’s in slow motion like a scene from a dramatic movie. Elton John and songwriter Bernie Taupin vividly capture that emotion here. After appearing on “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”, this song should have been released as a single in 1973. Those who witnessed “I’ve Seen This Movie Too” perfromed at Elton’s concerts claim you could hear a pin drop during this emotional number:

I can see by your eyes you must be lying
When you think I don’t have a clue
Baby you’re crazy
If you think that you can fool me
Because I’ve seen that movie too

The one where the players are acting surprised
Saying love’s just a four letter word
Between forcing smiles, with the knives in their eyes
Well their actions become so absurd

So keep your auditions for somebody
Who hasn’t got so much to lose
‘Cause you can tell by the lines I’m reciting
That I’ve seen that movie too

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMRmbWnsMMk

“GOLDEN COUNTRY”   R.E.O. Speedwagon

Golden Country REO SpeedwagonAlmost a decade before REO Speedwagon became the #1 band in the country with their  10 times platinum Hi-Infidelity LP, they were a band with a big local following but not much of a splash nationwide.   Their 2nd album was poorly reviewed by many critics but one track, “Golden Country” became a concert favorite remarkable for Gary Richrath’s guitar solo and Kevin Cronin’s political attack lyrics. In 2014, the U.S. is a still dominated by an upper 1% of ultra-wealthy white men while the plight of our weakest continues to worsen.   Check out these lyrics from 1972 about minorities, mortgage brokers, and a general sense of insecurity.    Not much has changed in 40 years.

“Golden country your face is so red
With all of your money your poor can be fed
You strut around and you flirt with disaster
Never really carin’ just what comes after
Mortgage people you crawl to your homes
Your security lies in your bed of white foam
You act concerned but then why turn away
When a lady was raped on your doorstep today
Well your blacks are cryin’ but your back is still turned
And your freaks are dyin’ but your back is still turned
You better stop your hidin or your country will burn
The time has come for you my friend
To all this ugliness we must put an end”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Se3O2vHG1So

New Post has been published on http://mikesdailyjukebox.com/brand-new-melissa-etheridge-korn/Brand New:  Melissa Etheridge and Korn“TAKE MY NUMBER”   Melissa Etheridge
“Just come for me and take me home”. Next month, Melissa Etheridge is back with a new CD creatively titled “This is M.E.” Fans have got a sneak preview of Melissa’s new material as she’s been playing the lead single “Take My Number” on tour this summer. The upbeat rocker has a fun pop sound but maintains Melissa’s passionate style. The simple music video rotates between a black and white serene performance mixed with color footage of Melissa’s rocking out on the road. If it’s any reflection of the new CD, longtime Etheridge fans will fall in love with the new record set for a 9/30/14 release date.

 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zX5UO4lYsxA
“HATER” KORN (NSFW)
Jonathan Davis of Korn has been very open and outspoken about his abusive childhood. Sexual abuse by family members, ridicule from classmates who would mock his eyeliner, alternative clothing, and the worst slang terms were constantly being directed at Jonathan. If anyone deserves to be a spokesman against bullying, Mr Davis is at the front of the line. Korn’s latest video, “Hater” is a brutal attack against the bullies. Fans share their painful experiences in this graphic music video that pulls no punches in making its dramatic point. The final message appears on screen, ““Self harm or suicide is never the answer. Don’t let the haters win.”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0K67veEPOYM

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Brand New: Melissa Etheridge and Korn

“TAKE MY NUMBER”   Melissa Etheridge

melissa etheridge take my number“Just come for me and take me home”. Next month, Melissa Etheridge is back with a new CD creatively titled “This is M.E.” Fans have got a sneak preview of Melissa’s new material as she’s been playing the lead single “Take My Number” on tour this summer. The upbeat rocker has a fun pop sound but maintains Melissa’s passionate style. The simple music video rotates between a black and white serene performance mixed with color footage of Melissa’s rocking out on the road. If it’s any reflection of the new CD, longtime Etheridge fans will fall in love with the new record set for a 9/30/14 release date.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zX5UO4lYsxA

“HATER” KORN (NSFW)

Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival 2014 at San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino -  July 5, 2014Jonathan Davis of Korn has been very open and outspoken about his abusive childhood. Sexual abuse by family members, ridicule from classmates who would mock his eyeliner, alternative clothing, and the worst slang terms were constantly being directed at Jonathan. If anyone deserves to be a spokesman against bullying, Mr Davis is at the front of the line. Korn’s latest video, “Hater” is a brutal attack against the bullies. Fans share their painful experiences in this graphic music video that pulls no punches in making its dramatic point. The final message appears on screen, ““Self harm or suicide is never the answer. Don’t let the haters win.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0K67veEPOYM

New Post has been published on http://mikesdailyjukebox.com/new-cd-godsmack-1000hp/New CD Review:  Godsmack 1000HP 
It’s been four years since Godsmack’s last CD, “The Oracle”.   During this time, everyone in the band was so worn out from non-stop touring, Godsmack announced they were taking a break.  Thankfully the Massachusetts hard rockers are back with a new 10 track CD titled 1000HP.   Opening with a 1-2 punch of aggressive rockers, the title track and first single which looks back at their early days in Boston. Followed by the gnarly but lesser “FML”.    Track 3, “Something Different” lives up to the name as lead singer Sully Erna gets more emotional on a slower track.      So far, 1000HP is typical Godsmack, hard driving but a little predictable.
“1000HP” (lead single)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rL4em-Xv5o

By the time you get to tracks 5 and 6, 1000HP really shines with the CD’s top 2 songs here.   “Generation Day” clocking in at just over six minutes, you get the best of everything you love about Godsmack.   The first half of the song rocks hard similar to 90′s era Alice In Chains, but then a softer interlude changes the mood completely before returning with a vengeance for the closing minute.     Depending on your mood, the next song “Locked and Loaded” might be even better!    If you remember their last big hit, “Cry Like a B^tch”, this sounds like the sequel.    Full testosterone overload on this nasty rocker. “Locked and Loaded” is reportedly dedicated to Sully’s feud with Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx.  The CD has some filler, “What’s Next”, “Living In the Grey”, and the closing song “Turning To Stone” get old really fast.   But if you’re adding songs to your iPod playlist, you’ve got 5 to 6 keepers including the defiant riff heavy “I Don’t Belong”. B- Grade
  “GENERATION DAY”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_2APLJhHMQ
“LOCKED AND LOADED”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJGUB8ws8uQ

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New CD Review: Godsmack 1000HP

 

Godsmack 2014It’s been four years since Godsmack’s last CD, “The Oracle”.   During this time, everyone in the band was so worn out from non-stop touring, Godsmack announced they were taking a break.  Thankfully the Massachusetts hard rockers are back with a new 10 track CD titled 1000HP.   Opening with a 1-2 punch of aggressive rockers, the title track and first single which looks back at their early days in Boston. Followed by the gnarly but lesser “FML”.    Track 3, “Something Different” lives up to the name as lead singer Sully Erna gets more emotional on a slower track.      So far, 1000HP is typical Godsmack, hard driving but a little predictable.

“1000HP” (lead single)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rL4em-Xv5o

GodsmackBy the time you get to tracks 5 and 6, 1000HP really shines with the CD’s top 2 songs here.   “Generation Day” clocking in at just over six minutes, you get the best of everything you love about Godsmack.   The first half of the song rocks hard similar to 90′s era Alice In Chains, but then a softer interlude changes the mood completely before returning with a vengeance for the closing minute.     Depending on your mood, the next song “Locked and Loaded” might be even better!    If you remember their last big hit, “Cry Like a B^tch”, this sounds like the sequel.    Full testosterone overload on this nasty rocker. “Locked and Loaded” is reportedly dedicated to Sully’s feud with Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx.  The CD has some filler, “What’s Next”, “Living In the Grey”, and the closing song “Turning To Stone” get old really fast.   But if you’re adding songs to your iPod playlist, you’ve got 5 to 6 keepers including the defiant riff heavy “I Don’t Belong”. B- Grade

 
“GENERATION DAY”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_2APLJhHMQ

“LOCKED AND LOADED”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJGUB8ws8uQ

New Post has been published on http://mikesdailyjukebox.com/peace-music-playing-change/Peace Through Music:  Playing For Change“Music is the poetry of the air.”—Jean Paul Richter
Even if you don’t understand the language, hearing a beautiful foreign song and melody can emotionally move you so deeply. We all speak the same language when it comes to music. In 2005, a producer named Mark Johnson took on the challenge of unifying this planet with his Songs Around The World campaign. Traveling from continent to continent with mobile recording equipment and cameras, his crew recorded musicians adding their unique flavor to different songs. Their first recorded song, “Stand By Me” fused 35 musicians from 10 countries who never even met each other. Many were street musicians but a few big names like Bono and Keb Mo contributed verses on some songs. The song has now reached over 100 million views on YouTube! A CD was compiled and titled “Playing For Change”. A documentary, “A Cinematic Journey Of Street Musicians” captured the recording process.
“IMAGINE” Playing For Change
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-t2ouOLYYw
“SITTING ON THE DOCK OF THE BAY” Playing For Change
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Es3Vsfzdr14
In 2007, the Playing For Change Foundation was created as a non-profit organization to promote music and arts for children all over the world. Music schools have opened, scholarships awarded, and band equipment has been obtained through this amazing charity organization. PFC is dedicated to “creating hope and inspiration for the future of our planet”. In 2014, the 3rd compilation CD was released. Highly recommended you check out any of the three volumes. You may have heard songs like “Imagine”, “La Bamba”, and “One Love” so many times, but these versions inject so much heart and new life.

 
“REDEMPTION SONG” Playing For Change
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55s3T7VRQSc
“LA BAMBA” Playing For Change
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5dkwQY-_tk

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Peace Through Music: Playing For Change

“Music is the poetry of the air.”—Jean Paul Richter

Playing For Change 1Even if you don’t understand the language, hearing a beautiful foreign song and melody can emotionally move you so deeply. We all speak the same language when it comes to music. In 2005, a producer named Mark Johnson took on the challenge of unifying this planet with his Songs Around The World campaign. Traveling from continent to continent with mobile recording equipment and cameras, his crew recorded musicians adding their unique flavor to different songs. Their first recorded song, “Stand By Me” fused 35 musicians from 10 countries who never even met each other. Many were street musicians but a few big names like Bono and Keb Mo contributed verses on some songs. The song has now reached over 100 million views on YouTube! A CD was compiled and titled “Playing For Change”. A documentary, “A Cinematic Journey Of Street Musicians” captured the recording process.

“IMAGINE” Playing For Change

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-t2ouOLYYw

“SITTING ON THE DOCK OF THE BAY” Playing For Change

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Es3Vsfzdr14

Guantanamera PFCIn 2007, the Playing For Change Foundation was created as a non-profit organization to promote music and arts for children all over the world. Music schools have opened, scholarships awarded, and band equipment has been obtained through this amazing charity organization. PFC is dedicated to “creating hope and inspiration for the future of our planet”. In 2014, the 3rd compilation CD was released. Highly recommended you check out any of the three volumes. You may have heard songs like “Imagine”, “La Bamba”, and “One Love” so many times, but these versions inject so much heart and new life.

 

“REDEMPTION SONG” Playing For Change

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55s3T7VRQSc

“LA BAMBA” Playing For Change

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5dkwQY-_tk

New Post has been published on http://mikesdailyjukebox.com/billy-joel-serenades-christie-brinkley-week/Billy Joel Serenades Christie Brinkley This WeekDid you know that Billy Joel’s song “Uptown Girl” was actually written about TWO supermodels that he had dated.     In 1983, Billy’s girlfriend was Australian model and Sports Illustrated cover girl, Elle MacPherson.  Who knew?   The song “Uptown Girl” was actually written with Elle in mind as Billy paid homage to the sound of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons.  But, by the time the video was filmed, Billy fell in love with Christie Brinkley and she became the high society girl in the music video.   The song is now synonymous with the love affair between the New York rocker and the girl of his dreams.   Billy and Christy married shortly afterwards, had a beautiful daughter, Alexa Ray, but sadly their marriage ended in 1994.   But life took a really funny turn this past week.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCuMWrfXG4E
Billy hasn’t been playing “Uptown Girl” as often in his sets since the divorce.   But during his recent concert stint at Madison Square Garden, Billy noticed Christy sitting in the front row.   Side note:  Christy must bathe daily in the fountain of youth, does she ever age?     Billy dusted off the 80′s classic and serenaded Christy as she cheered and smiled and danced along to “Uptown Girl”.   After the concert, Christy posted a huge smile selfie on Instragram, proclaiming “Joel’s Still Got It!” Watch the closing minute of this footage from MSG this week!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8K1WUIUolZ0
Speaking of Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley’s love affair, let’s jump back to 1992 and an often overlooked gem from Billy’s catalog.   “All About Soul” is dedicated to the power of a great woman’s love and dedication to soothe your soul. Written two years before their divorce, Billy’s lyrics read like poetry.   “It’s all about soul, it’s all about the joy that comes from sorrow.”   “She turns to me sometimes and asks me what I’m dreaming, And I realize I must have gone a million miles away, And I ask her how she knew to reach out for me that moment, And she smiles because it’s understood there are no words to say.” Christie illustrated Billy’s album cover for “River Of Dreams” and won multiple awards for her artwork.

“ALL ABOUT SOUL”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSvomXlbTUM

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Billy Joel Serenades Christie Brinkley This Week

christie brinkley 2014Did you know that Billy Joel’s song “Uptown Girl” was actually written about TWO supermodels that he had dated.     In 1983, Billy’s girlfriend was Australian model and Sports Illustrated cover girl, Elle MacPherson.  Who knew?   The song “Uptown Girl” was actually written with Elle in mind as Billy paid homage to the sound of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons.  But, by the time the video was filmed, Billy fell in love with Christie Brinkley and she became the high society girl in the music video.   The song is now synonymous with the love affair between the New York rocker and the girl of his dreams.   Billy and Christy married shortly afterwards, had a beautiful daughter, Alexa Ray, but sadly their marriage ended in 1994.   But life took a really funny turn this past week.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCuMWrfXG4E

Christie Brinkley Uptown Girl MSGBilly hasn’t been playing “Uptown Girl” as often in his sets since the divorce.   But during his recent concert stint at Madison Square Garden, Billy noticed Christy sitting in the front row.   Side note:  Christy must bathe daily in the fountain of youth, does she ever age?     Billy dusted off the 80′s classic and serenaded Christy as she cheered and smiled and danced along to “Uptown Girl”.   After the concert, Christy posted a huge smile selfie on Instragram, proclaiming “Joel’s Still Got It!” Watch the closing minute of this footage from MSG this week!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8K1WUIUolZ0

Billy Joel River of DreamsSpeaking of Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley’s love affair, let’s jump back to 1992 and an often overlooked gem from Billy’s catalog.   “All About Soul” is dedicated to the power of a great woman’s love and dedication to soothe your soul. Written two years before their divorce, Billy’s lyrics read like poetry.   “It’s all about soul, it’s all about the joy that comes from sorrow.”   “She turns to me sometimes and asks me what I’m dreaming, And I realize I must have gone a million miles away, And I ask her how she knew to reach out for me that moment, And she smiles because it’s understood there are no words to say.” Christie illustrated Billy’s album cover for “River Of Dreams” and won multiple awards for her artwork.

“ALL ABOUT SOUL”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSvomXlbTUM

New Post has been published on http://mikesdailyjukebox.com/breaking-bad-playlist-top-10-music-moments/Breaking Bad Playlist:  Top 10 Music Moments“Better Call Saul”, the prequel to AMC’s Breaking Bad will be premiering this fall.   Breaking Bad’s story of Walter White, a high school teacher turned meth lab kingpin along with his unpredictable ex-student now sidekick, Jessie, is one of the most gripping and exciting TV shows to come along in years.   Even from the opening episode, the producers recognized the power of a great soundtrack to pump even more energy and drama into the script.   Like Tarantino, some lost treasures and truly obscure songs were added to many of the best Breaking Bad episodes.   When you combine a well written story performed by an incredible cast and add it brilliant editing and music, you can see why Breaking Bad is deserving of so much praise. 
 Here’s an unranked Top 10 list of the best:    (no big spoilers, but I listed the season and episode #)

Season 1, Episode 7 (the finale)    Gnarls Barkley   “Who’s Gonna Save Your Soul”
Jessie, Heisenberg, and Tuco Salamanca in the junk yard.   Gritty, dark, and intense.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0nvqiwGCNx0

Season 4, Episode 5           Ana Tijoux   “1977″
Jesse and Mike (the hitman) take a drive out in the desert to take care of some “business”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpFDJNLIjZA

Season 5, Episode 8        Tommy James and the Shondells “Crystal Blue Persuasion”
Essentially the unofficial theme song.   Crystal Blue Persuasion works on so many levels here.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XI1ULMb4zH0

Season 2, Episode 10      TV On The Radio  “DLZ”
The dark transformation from mild mannered husband to the ruthless kingpin, Heisenberg.   One of the best music moments of blending the live action to the ultimate fitting song.    “Stay Out Of My Territory”  – “Say My Name!”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDIeN02wPOs

The Breaking Bad Theme Song (Extended Version)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMt1ILTzCac
Season 5, Episode 8     Nat King Cole  “Pick Yourself Up”
The phone rings…. “It’s Done”…..a beautiful R&B classic set to one of the most brutal scenes of the whole series.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2uLNioVW-M

Season 5, Episode 2     Whitey  “Stay On The Outside”
Remember the Roomba vacuum cleaner and the search for the ricin cigarette?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0g0PB6Y2QU

Season 5, Episode 15 (the finale)   Badfinger   “Baby Blue”

Producer Vince Gilligan saved this 70′s epic for the last Breaking Bad episode.   “I Guess I Got What I Deserved….”    Can you name a show with a better finale that Breaking Bad?   Hard to top perfection
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R95f7VwXqIw

Season 4, Episode 14    Apparat  “Goodbye”
Walter’s showdown with  drug lord and Los Pollos Hermanos’ owner, Gus Fring   (video is a spoiler)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYVooUE2Rz8

Season 3, Episode 12    The Association   “Windy”
Brilliant editing:  taking a poppy 60′s gem and linking it to a montage of Wendy in the parking lot doing what she does best.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXhRoY-Utxo

 

 

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Breaking Bad Playlist: Top 10 Music Moments

Breaking Bad Walter Jesse“Better Call Saul”, the prequel to AMC’s Breaking Bad will be premiering this fall.   Breaking Bad’s story of Walter White, a high school teacher turned meth lab kingpin along with his unpredictable ex-student now sidekick, Jessie, is one of the most gripping and exciting TV shows to come along in years.   Even from the opening episode, the producers recognized the power of a great soundtrack to pump even more energy and drama into the script.   Like Tarantino, some lost treasures and truly obscure songs were added to many of the best Breaking Bad episodes.  When you combine a well written story performed by an incredible cast and add it brilliant editing and music, you can see why Breaking Bad is deserving of so much praise. 
Breaking Bad Cast

Here’s an unranked Top 10 list of the best:    (no big spoilers, but I listed the season and episode #)

Season 1, Episode 7 (the finale)    Gnarls Barkley   “Who’s Gonna Save Your Soul”

Jessie, Heisenberg, and Tuco Salamanca in the junk yard.   Gritty, dark, and intense.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0nvqiwGCNx0

Season 4, Episode 5           Ana Tijoux   “1977″

Jesse and Mike (the hitman) take a drive out in the desert to take care of some “business”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpFDJNLIjZA

Season 5, Episode 8        Tommy James and the Shondells “Crystal Blue Persuasion”

Essentially the unofficial theme song.   Crystal Blue Persuasion works on so many levels here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XI1ULMb4zH0

Season 2, Episode 10      TV On The Radio  “DLZ”

The dark transformation from mild mannered husband to the ruthless kingpin, Heisenberg.   One of the best music moments of blending the live action to the ultimate fitting song.    “Stay Out Of My Territory”  – “Say My Name!”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDIeN02wPOs

The Breaking Bad Theme Song (Extended Version)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMt1ILTzCac

Season 5, Episode 8     Nat King Cole  “Pick Yourself Up”

The phone rings…. “It’s Done”…..a beautiful R&B classic set to one of the most brutal scenes of the whole series.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2uLNioVW-M

Season 5, Episode 2     Whitey  “Stay On The Outside”

Remember the Roomba vacuum cleaner and the search for the ricin cigarette?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0g0PB6Y2QU

Season 5, Episode 15 (the finale)   Badfinger   “Baby Blue”

Producer Vince Gilligan saved this 70′s epic for the last Breaking Bad episode.   “I Guess I Got What I Deserved….”    Can you name a show with a better finale that Breaking Bad?   Hard to top perfection

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R95f7VwXqIw

Season 4, Episode 14    Apparat  “Goodbye”

Walter’s showdown with  drug lord and Los Pollos Hermanos’ owner, Gus Fring (video is a spoiler)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYVooUE2Rz8

Season 3, Episode 12    The Association   “Windy”

Brilliant editing:  taking a poppy 60′s gem and linking it to a montage of Wendy in the parking lot doing what she does best.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXhRoY-Utxo

 

 

New Post has been published on http://mikesdailyjukebox.com/new-daughtry-ariana-grande-polish-superheroes/New Daughtry, Ariana Grande, & Polish Superheroes?“BATTLESHIPS” Daughtry
Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Chris Daughtry had been dominating the rock charts since his expulsion from American Idol almost a decade ago. But his last CD, Baptism, hasn’t produced any big hits and he’s quickly slipping back into becoming just one of those artists who are simply added to the concert lineup instead of headlining. His latest work is less rock and more of the electronic, over-produced music so prevalent today. But listening to “Battleships”, you can still hear what an incredible voice he has and how much potential is there for a strong comeback. The video is a toe-tapper that would probably sound better stripped down and raw without the gimmicks, but regardless it’s still one of the best songs on Baptism.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJxM16wFr7I
“BREAK FREE” Ariana Grande with ZEDD
10 million views in 4 days for the reigning pop princess of the moment. Ariana Grande’s sci-fi themed video, that pays homage to Jane Fonda’s Barbarella, is cheesy and the Auto-Tune is turned up to maximum, but “Break Free” is indulgent summer fluff that you’ll be hearing over and over the next few months. Teaming up with EDM superstar, Zedd, adds such a fun element to the pop hit. On a side note, Ariana’s brother, Frankie is a contestant on this season of CBS’ Big Brother. After keeping his sister’s identity secret for weeks, he finally shared the news of his “big secret”. Fans of the show haven’t been thrilled with Frankie’s gameplay but he’s a strong contender to win the reality show.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8eRzOYhLuw
“SOMEDAY” Paula & Karol
The Guardian described the duo of Paula and Karol as Poland’s new superheroes. “Not the tight pants, fluttering cape kind. More like, come to our concert – we’ll break your heart, and then we’ll fix it up kind.” Paula is a Canadian pop/folk singer who went to Warsaw, Poland over a decade ago to study music. After meeting struggling rocker, Karol, their chemistry ignited and they have since become one of alternative music’s rising stars. Playing at festivals worldwide and touring with a revolving band of Polish musicians, their urban folk sound will remind you of bands like Mumford & Sons. Check out their brand new romantic video for “Someday”.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ygGhOqvlKM

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New Daughtry, Ariana Grande, & Polish Superheroes?

“BATTLESHIPS” Daughtry

Daughtry BattleshipsOh, how the mighty have fallen. Chris Daughtry had been dominating the rock charts since his expulsion from American Idol almost a decade ago. But his last CD, Baptism, hasn’t produced any big hits and he’s quickly slipping back into becoming just one of those artists who are simply added to the concert lineup instead of headlining. His latest work is less rock and more of the electronic, over-produced music so prevalent today. But listening to “Battleships”, you can still hear what an incredible voice he has and how much potential is there for a strong comeback. The video is a toe-tapper that would probably sound better stripped down and raw without the gimmicks, but regardless it’s still one of the best songs on Baptism.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJxM16wFr7I

“BREAK FREE” Ariana Grande with ZEDD

Ariana Grande Break Free Zedd10 million views in 4 days for the reigning pop princess of the moment. Ariana Grande’s sci-fi themed video, that pays homage to Jane Fonda’s Barbarella, is cheesy and the Auto-Tune is turned up to maximum, but “Break Free” is indulgent summer fluff that you’ll be hearing over and over the next few months. Teaming up with EDM superstar, Zedd, adds such a fun element to the pop hit. On a side note, Ariana’s brother, Frankie is a contestant on this season of CBS’ Big Brother. After keeping his sister’s identity secret for weeks, he finally shared the news of his “big secret”. Fans of the show haven’t been thrilled with Frankie’s gameplay but he’s a strong contender to win the reality show.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8eRzOYhLuw

“SOMEDAY” Paula & Karol

Paula and KarolThe Guardian described the duo of Paula and Karol as Poland’s new superheroes. “Not the tight pants, fluttering cape kind. More like, come to our concert – we’ll break your heart, and then we’ll fix it up kind.” Paula is a Canadian pop/folk singer who went to Warsaw, Poland over a decade ago to study music. After meeting struggling rocker, Karol, their chemistry ignited and they have since become one of alternative music’s rising stars. Playing at festivals worldwide and touring with a revolving band of Polish musicians, their urban folk sound will remind you of bands like Mumford & Sons. Check out their brand new romantic video for “Someday”.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ygGhOqvlKM

New Post has been published on http://mikesdailyjukebox.com/lost-ciara-favorites-hotline-tell-name/Lost Ciara Favorites:  Hotline & Tell Me What Your Name Is“TELL ME WHAT YOUR NAME IS”  Ciara

Ciara’s CD, “Fantasy Ride” produced five singles, four featuring special guest stars.  “Love Sex Magic” (Justin Timberlake), “Work” (Missy Elliott), “Never Ever” (Young Jeezy), and “”Go Girl” (T-Pain) all landed on the R&B charts but her label missed a golden opportunity with an great song.   Ciara slowed things down for a sexy slow burner, “Tell Me What Your Name Is” that never received airplay but anyone who’s a Ciara fan probably lists this song as one of her best ballads to date.   Shortly after Ciara released this song, Nicki Minaj dropped her mega-hit “Starships” that sounds eerily similar during the soft chorus part.

 

 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1l5TeDXZ3z8

“HOTLINE”    Ciara
Ciara burst onto the scene with “Goodies”, a sexy hip hop duet with rapper Petey Pablo that went straight to #1.   “Oh” with Ludacris and “1, 2 Step” with Missy Elliott both reached #2 on the U.S. R&B charts for the Queen of Crunk.   If you’re a fan of any of these three Ciara classics, dig a little deeper on her debut CD.   “Thug Style” highlighted the softer side of Ciara, a ballad reminiscent of Mya.    If you’re looking for Goodies Volume 2, play “Hotline”.     “You say you’re single and ready to mingle…..”, this is one of those heavy bass jams that brings everyone to the dancefloor.   The label probably thought it was too similar to “Goodies” but this one definitely could have been a hit.

 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tF2Y-R3BuE0

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Lost Ciara Favorites: Hotline & Tell Me What Your Name Is

“TELL ME WHAT YOUR NAME IS”  Ciara

Ciara Tell Me What Your Name IsCiara’s CD, “Fantasy Ride” produced five singles, four featuring special guest stars.  “Love Sex Magic” (Justin Timberlake), “Work” (Missy Elliott), “Never Ever” (Young Jeezy), and “”Go Girl” (T-Pain) all landed on the R&B charts but her label missed a golden opportunity with an great song.   Ciara slowed things down for a sexy slow burner, “Tell Me What Your Name Is” that never received airplay but anyone who’s a Ciara fan probably lists this song as one of her best ballads to date.   Shortly after Ciara released this song, Nicki Minaj dropped her mega-hit “Starships” that sounds eerily similar during the soft chorus part.

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1l5TeDXZ3z8

“HOTLINE”    Ciara

Ciara Goodies HotlineCiara burst onto the scene with “Goodies”, a sexy hip hop duet with rapper Petey Pablo that went straight to #1.   “Oh” with Ludacris and “1, 2 Step” with Missy Elliott both reached #2 on the U.S. R&B charts for the Queen of Crunk.   If you’re a fan of any of these three Ciara classics, dig a little deeper on her debut CD.   “Thug Style” highlighted the softer side of Ciara, a ballad reminiscent of Mya.    If you’re looking for Goodies Volume 2, play “Hotline”.     “You say you’re single and ready to mingle…..”, this is one of those heavy bass jams that brings everyone to the dancefloor.   The label probably thought it was too similar to “Goodies” but this one definitely could have been a hit.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tF2Y-R3BuE0