Variety Makes ‘Wonderful You’ A Wonderful Family Record

Courtesy: MonkeyJump Music

Courtesy: MonkeyJump Music

Children’s entertainers Vanessa Trien and The Jumping Monkeys are preparing to release their new album in only two weeks.  The album, Wonderful You is a fun new effort from the veteran children’s musical act.  The reason for the album’s success can be summed up in just one word: variety.  Between the variety of musical sounds at the center of its 12 songs, the variety of the songs’ lyrical topics, and the variety in the songs’ sequencing, this record offers more than its share of variety, and in turn enjoyment, for the whole family.

Wonderful You is a properly titled new offering from Vanessa Trien and the Jumping Monkeys.  Set for release on Friday, October 14th in stores and online, the variety offered throughout the record’s presentation will keep listeners of all ages entertained and engaged from beginning to end.  One way in which the record presents its variety is through the musical sounds presented at the base of each song.  That variety begins with the album’s opener ‘One Foot In Front of The Other.’  This song’s musical arrangement is so interesting because of its ABCA format.  It starts out with a dual folk/pop approach in its instrumental and vocal arrangement.  The C section comes as the song turns to more of a Kansas City Dixieland vibe before switching back to the folk/pop approach of the A section.  The variety of sounds and arrangements within this song is just one example of why the album’s musical variety is so important to note in its presentation.  The album’s title song is another example of what makes the musical variety so important to note to its presentation.

The musical variety presented throughout Wonderful You is a clearly important part of its presentation.  That is shown right off the top in the album’s opener ‘One Foot in Front of the Other.’  It is just one example of why the songs’ musical variety is so important to note.  The album’s title track, which comes early in the album’s run, is just as important to note as its opener.  That is because it takes a completely different path in its arrangement than the album’s opener.  Whereas the album’s opener mixed folk, pop and Dixieland within its three-minute, six-second run time, the album’s title track is a more laid back, jazzy tune.  Its arrangement transports audiences into a dimly lit jazz club with its gentle guitar line, bongos, piano and Trien’s own vocal delivery.  Even the steady drive of the drums plays its own part in that musical journey.  The whole of the song’s arrangement stands completely apart from the album’s opener and the rest of the album’s offerings, too.  The result of that identity is another example of why this album’s musical variety is so important to note to its overall presentation.  It is yet another example of why the album’s musical variety is so important to the album’s presentation, either.  Trien and company also incorporated some reggae into the album as the basis for ‘Round & Round,’ yet another example of what makes the record’s musical variety so important to note in its presentation.

‘One Foot in Front of the Other’ and ‘Wonderful You’ are both key examples of what makes the musical variety of Wonderful You such an important piece of the record’s presentation.  They are not the only songs that serve to exemplify this, though.  ‘Round & Round’ is one more example of why that variety is so important to the record’s presentation.  In terms of its arrangement it incorporates the instrumentation and classic reggae style very well.  The easygoing guitar line, tambourine, and bongos instantly conjure thoughts of Jamaica and the Caribbean Sea, taking listeners familiar with their music history back to the days of Bob Marley and The Whalers.  It’s nice to hear that full acoustic approach to the genre rather than what has, in so many cases within the genre, been watered down with so much electronics.  So not only does this arrangement stand out from those of the previously examined song but it also stands out from so much other reggae out there today.  To that end, it shows even more why the musical variety presented throughout this record is so important to its presentation.  It is still not the last song that could cited in making that argument. ‘Chi Chi Bom Bom’ with its full-on bluegrass arrangement, ‘Willie and The Hand Jive’ with its similarity to Bow Wow Wow’s ‘I Want Candy’ (musically speaking of course) and the group’s ukulele-driven cover of The Beatles’ ‘All Together Now’ each show just as much the importance of the variety of the songs’ musical arrangement to its overall presentation.  All things considered, it should be clear at this point why the musical variety presented throughout Wonderful You is so important to its overall presentation.  It is not the only important element to note, though.  There is just as much variety in the songs’ lyrical topics as there is to their arrangements.  That is just as important to note as the variety in the songs’ musical arrangements.

The musical variety that is presented throughout the songs of Wonderful You is in its own right a very important part of this record’s presentation.  That is because with its many different musical arrangements it is certain to reach listeners of all tastes and ages.  While it is clearly an important part of the album’s whole, it is not the record’s only important element.  The variety in the songs’ lyrical topics is just as important to note as that of their musical arrangements, too.  The album’s title track tells young listeners that they can be anything that they want to be no matter what.  It does this in a way that makes the message accessible to those younger listeners, too.  On another note, the album’s opener encourages listeners to keep moving forward no matter what happens from one day to the next.  On a lighter note, ‘Magic Wand’ encourages Trien and company’s young audiences to use their imaginations.  ‘Feeling Thankful’ takes its own turn with its message of…well…being thankful and appreciative for everyone and everything.  Yet again here is another example of the variety present in the lyrical topics presented in the record’s songs.  Any of the album’s other compositions could be cited just as easily as those noted here.  That being the case, the lyrical topics presented throughout the record’s songs proves in the end to be just as important to note in the album’s presentation as the variety in the songs’ musical arrangements.  It still is not the last important element to note in examining the record.  The variety in the album’s overall sequencing is just as important to note that of the songs’ lyrical topics and musical arrangements.

The variety in the musical arrangements and lyrical topics of Wonderful You’s songs is clearly important in both cases.  That is because that variety will reach listeners of all tastes and ages, ensuring doubly the maintained engagement and entertainment of all involved.  While that variety is undeniably important the variety in the bigger picture of the album’s sequencing is just as important to note as the variety in the songs’ musical arrangements and lyrical topics.  From beginning to end, the variety in the album’s sequencing is in fact just as deliberate as that of the songs’ musical arrangements and lyrical topics.  The album’s first two songs are steady, upbeat compositions.  When the album transitions to its title track, the song’s more laid back vibe makes an enjoyable change of pace for listeners.  The album’s energy gradually increases again over the course of its next trio of songs before pulling back again in ‘Round and Round.’  This time, Trien and company waste no time picking back up.  ‘Chi Chi Bom Bom’ and ‘Willie and the Hand Jive’ are both rather upbeat tunes, and a direct juxtaposition to the laid back vibe of ‘Round and Round.’  One more back and forth ride in the album’s final three songs rounds out the rollercoaster of its musical energy.  The end result is a ride that will keep listeners just as engaged for that variety of tempos as for the variety in its musical arrangements and lyrical topics.  All things considered Wonderful You proves in the end to be a record that is…well…wonderful.

Vanessa Trien & The Jumping Monkeys’ new album Wonderful You is a properly titled offering.  That is because it is…well…a wonderful record.  That is due to the variety presented through the record from beginning to end.  Its musical arrangements present just as much variety as its lyrical topics.  Even its sequencing presents its own variety, too.  All things considered, that variety makes Wonderful You a wonderful new effort from Vanessa Trien & The Jumping Monkeys.  Wonderful You will be available in stores and online via MonkeyJump Music on Friday, October 14th.  More information on Wonderful You is available online now along with all of the group’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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‘Live In Munich’ Shows Scorpions Still Has A Strong “Sting”

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

It might be hard to believe to most audiences out there, but in 2015, the veteran rock band Scorpions marked its 50th—yes, 50th—anniversary.  The German rock outfit originally got its start in 1965.  Throughout all of the changes that the music community has undergone since then, Scorpions has been there.  Now more than half a decade after the band originally formed, it has released a special new live recording, showing why it has remained so popular the world over.  The recording Live in Munich 2012 is the band’s tour closer from its 2012 “Sting in The Tail Tour.”  There is plenty for the band’s fans to appreciate about this new recording beginning with the concert’s set list.  That will be discussed shortly.  The band’s stage presence throughout the concert is just as important to note as the show’s set list.  Last but hardly least of note in this recording is its cinematography.  Each of the elements noted here are equally important to note in this recording’s presentation but are hardly the only elements worth noting.  One could also note the recording’s production values just as much as anything else and even its packaging.  All things considered, Live in Munich 2012 proves in the end to be another welcome addition to any Scorpions fan’s collection.

Scorpions’ new live recording Live in Munich is an outstanding and welcome addition to the personal collection of any of the band’s fans.  The elements that prove this argument true are many; so many that there is not enough time or room to list them all.  But for the sake of this examination three of its elements will be examined to prove said statement.  The first of the elements in question is the recording’s set list.  The concert’s set list runs 21 songs deep and more than an hour and a half in time.  The songs that are featured in this recording are pulled from as recently as the band’s 2010 album Sting in the Tail ( three songs are pulled from that album) and as far back as the band’s 1979 album Lovedrive.  The album is one of the most heavily represented in this recording, with four of its eight total songs being featured here.  Animal Magnetism, which followed Lovedrive in 1980, is represented here, too along with Blackout (1982), Love at First Sting (1984) and Crazy World (1990).  That’s hardly the end either in examining the show’s set list.  Given, not every one of the band’s albums could be covered within the one night, homecoming show for the band.  But it is still an extensive set list in its own right.  The set list is just one part of what makes this recording stand out for the band’s fans.  The band’s stage presence throughout the performance is just as important to note as the show’s set list.

The set list that makes up the body of Live in Munich 2012 is in its own right a hugely important piece of the recording’s presentation.  That is because it reaches back through so many of the band’s albums even back to albums that many U.S. audiences might not have even known about, considering the band didn’t really gain major fame in the U.S. until the 1980s.  That in itself gives American audiences plenty of reason to experience this concert.  It is definitely not the only reason for audiences to experience it, though.  The band’s stage presence (its performance) throughout the course of that rich set list is just as important to note as the set list itself.  Audiences will take special note in the band’s performance that it keeps its audience completely engaged from beginning to end, wasting little to no time with any antics or rambling between songs.  Rather the band lets the music do the talking for its members.  Between the old school multi-member guitar solo showcases in some of the songs, front man Klaus Meine’s equally old school swagger (that was so commonplace among 80s bands), to the minimalist use of pyro, the band speaks loud and clear through its performance right up to the show’s final moments.  It is like the band has never aged for lack of better wording.  The band is just as full of life and energy in this performance as it was in its early days.  That is a very good thing for fans of the veteran rock outfit.  It translates so well on screen, too.  That is even better for fans because it means that energy will impact fans as they watch on screen as it did the fans who were in attendance at the concert’s original filming.  Even as important as all of this is to the recording’s overall presentation it still is not the last remaining element to examine. The concert’s cinematography is just as important to note in examining this recording as the band’s performance and the featured set list.

The set list at the center of Live in Munich 2012 and the band’s performance thereof are both key elements to examine in this recording’s presentation.  While there is no denying their importance they are not its only important elements.  The concert’s cinematography is just as important to examine as those elements and is still in itself not the last element to note, either.  The cinematography that is presented in the concert’s presentation is so important to note because it really is what makes the band’s performance translate so well on screen.  The concert’s camera crew captures all of the right angles at all of the right moments, serving in the end to heighten the energy of the more upbeat songs and illustrate the emotion of the slower pieces.  Some might argue that the quicker shots in the more upbeat songs are dizzying and perhaps too short.  But when one looks at the cinematography in the bigger picture, one will see that there was a method to the camera crew’s madness so to speak.  Being that the camera crew was so methodical in its approach, it heightens the concert’s overall viewing experience even more for fans watching it at home.  When that is taken into consideration, it works with the band’s performance of the show’s set list and the show’s set list itself to show clearly once more why Live in Munich 2012 is such a welcome addition to any Scorpions fan’s personal collection.

Live in Munich 2012 is a much-welcome addition to the personal collection of any Scorpions fan.  Available now in stores and online, that is due in no small part to the recording’s set list, which reaches into a number of the band’s decades-long catalogue.  The band’s performance of those songs plays just as important of a part in that success as the set list itself.  That is because the band doesn’t waste time with unnecessary dialogue or anything else at any point in the show.  Rather, the band lets the music do the talking for its members.  The concert’s cinematography plays its own part in the concert’s presentation, too.  That is because it serves to translate the energy of the band’s performance to audiences at home through both the more upbeat numbers and the slower, more emotional songs.  While al three of these elements are clearly important both alone and collectively, they are hardly the only important elements to examine. One could examine the concert’s production values and its packaging just as much as the previously noted elements.  All things considered, Live in Munich 2012 proves in the end to be a recording that, again, every Scorpions fan will want to have in his or her personal collection.  It is available today in stores and online.  More information on Live in Munich is available online now along with Scorpions’ latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/scorpions

 

 

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PBS Presents Tesla Bio In New Episode of ‘AE’ This Fall

Courtesy: Public Media Distribution

Courtesy: Public Media Distribution

PBS Distribution has announced it will release another new episode of its hit bio series American Experience this fall.

American Experience: Tesla will be released Tuesday, November 22nd.  The new episode of the hit series examines the life of genius Nikola Tesla.  Tesla is revered today as one of the great minds of the 20th Century.  What few people know, though is that Tesla died penniless and unknown.  This new episode of American Experience discusses that and much more throughout its hour-long run time.

Tesla originally rose to fame for creating what would eventually become the basis for the world’s major power grids.  But what few people know of Tesla is that he didn’t stop there.  As this episode of American Experience reveals, he had much more that he wanted to address including the wireless transmission of messages and pictures, and utilizing renewable energy sources among so much more.

For all of his ideas, that were obviously ages ahead of his time, Tesla never received the fame nor fortune that he so rightly deserved.  That is all discussed in this new episode of American Experience, from his fallout with Edison to losing out on countless millions due to a deal gone bad.

American Experience: Tesla will be available on Tuesday, November 22.  It will retail for MSRP of $24.99.  Audiences can view a trailer for this episode of American Experience online now here.  It can be pre-ordered online now via PBS’ online store at a reduced price of $19.99.

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Brian Setzer To Release New Live Recording This Fall

Courtesy: Surfdog Records

Courtesy: Surfdog Records

Brian Setzer has a new live recording on the way this fall.

Rockabilly Riot: Osaka Rocka! will be released on Friday, November 4th in stores on Blu-ray/CD combo pack via Surfdog Records.  It will be available in stores and online.

Originally recorded on February 18th, 2016 at Namba Hatch in Osaka, Japan, the concert’s set list features a number of songs taken from Setzer’s 2014 album Rockabilly Riot! All Original as well as some hits from Stray Cats and the Brian Setzer Orchestra.  The complete track listing for the recording’s Blu-ray and CD presentation is noted below.

 

ROCKABILLY RIOT: OSAKA ROCKA! – LIVE IN JAPAN

Blu-ray Track List
1. IGNITION
2. RUMBLE IN BRIGHTON
3.VINYL RECORDS
4. STRAY CAT STRUT
5. NOTHING IS A SURE THING
6. STILETTO COOL
7. CRY BABY
8. ’49 MERCURY BLUES
9. WHAT’S HER NAME
10. DRIVE LIKE LIGHTNING (CRASH LIKE THUNDER)
11. SLOW DOWN / FOLSOM PRISON BLUES
12. GENE & EDDIE
13. BLUE MOON OF KENTUCKY
14. RUNAWAY BOYS
15. 8-TRACK
16. FISHNET STOCKINGS
17. LET’S SHAKE
18. SLEEPWALK
19. ROCK THIS TOWN
20. SEVEN NIGHTS TO ROCK

CD Track List:
1. IGNITION
2. VINYL RECORDS
3. STRAY CAT STRUT
4. NOTHING IS A SURE THING
5. STILETTO COOL
6. CRY BABY
7. WHAT’S HER NAME
8. SLOW DOWN / FOLSOM PRISON BLUES
9. GENE & EDDIE
10. BLUE MOON OF KENTUCKY
11. RUNAWAY BOYS
12. FISHNET STOCKINGS
13. LET’S SHAKE
14. SLEEPWALK
15. ROCK THIS TOWN
16. SEVEN NIGHTS TO ROCK

 

Audiences can see a teaser trailer for Setzer’s new live recording online now here.  Pre-orders for the recording will be available beginning Sept. 30.  Information on pre-orders is available online at http://www.BrianSetzer.com.

Rockabilly Riot!: Osaka Rocka is just the last way that fans get to experience Brian Setzer live.  The Brian Setzer Orchestra will hit the road beginning Nov. 12 for its 13th annual “Christmas Rocks Tour.”  Tickets for the tour are available online now at http://www.BrianSetzer.com.

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Eagle Rock Entertainment To Release The Rolling Stones’ Iconic Cuba Concert This Fall

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Early this spring, The Rolling Stones made headlines the world over when it did something that no band has ever done.  The band became the first rock act to ever perform a free, live show in the city of Havana.  Now this fall audiences will be able to experience that landmark concert for themselves when Eagle Rock Entertainment releases Havana Moon: The Rolling Stones Live in Cuba.

The new Rolling Stones live recording, captured by award-winning film director Paul Dugdale, will be released in stores and online on Friday, November 11th.

One million people turned out for the concert, which was held the very same week that President Obama became the first United States President to visit Cuba in 88 years.  His visit was touted by countless news agencies around the world as the “warm up act” for The Rolling Stones.

When the band took the stage, front man Mick Jagger addressed the crowd quoting fellow Bob Dylan as he said, “Finally the times are changing. Cuba, we are so happy to be here.  The concert’s extensive set list featured many of the band’s biggest hits including: ‘Brown Sugar,’ ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash,’ ‘It’s Only Rock N’ Roll,’ ‘Paint It Black,’ ‘Honky Tonk Women,’ ‘Start Me Up,’ and ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want,’ and ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction),’ among many other songs.  The complete track listing for the concert is noted below.

 

TRACK LISTING

1) Jumpin’ Jack Flash

2) It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll (But I Like It)

3) Out of Control

4) Angie

5) Paint It Black

6) Honky Tonk Women

7) You Got the Silver

8) Midnight Rambler

9) Gimme Shelter

10) Sympathy For The Devil

11) Brown Sugar

12) You Can’t Always Get What You Want

13) (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction

 

The band’s performance was hailed by the audience with at least one fan saying, “Wow, never ever did I think we would see this happen.  Tonight has been a dream come true for me.”

That statement was echoed by another fan who said, “Simply fantastic – this is a moment I have been dreaming about for a really long time.  I have just witnessed the most important concert in Cuba because this is The Rolling Stones.”

Audiences can check out a trailer for the upcoming recording online now here.

Havana Moon: The Rolling Stones Live in Cuba will be available in stores and online on Friday, November 11th.  It will be available on DVD + 2CD Combo Pack, Blu-ray + 2 CD Combo Pack, DVD + 3LP Vinyl Combo Pack, and a special limited edition Deluxe Edition.

More information on Havana Moon: The Rolling Stones Live in Cuba is available online now along with all of the latest news from The Rolling Stones at:

 

 

 

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ESPN To Feature Its Own Battle Of Red Vs. Blue Friday In Postseason Impact Game

Courtesy:  ESPN

Courtesy: ESPN

ESPN has added another matchup to its 2016 MLB postseason coverage schedule.

The Blue Jays and Red Sox will face off live this Friday on ESPN. The game, the first in the teams’ three-game weekend series, will be the network’s key MLB Postseason Impact Game telecast presented by Exxon and Mobil.  Broadcast of the game is expected to begin at 7:10pm ET.

Neither team has announced its rotation for the game or who will take the mound.  The weekend series will have extra meaning for Red Sox fans and for star David Ortiz.  That is because this weekend’s series is the last regular season series at Fenway Park for Ortiz.

Ortiz announced ahead of the 2016 season that this season would be his last before he hangs up his cleats and bat for good.  Ortiz will go out on a high note, though as the Red Sox have already clinched a spot in the postseason. So his final season will be extended at least a little bit longer.

Dan Shulman will have the call for Friday’s game.  He will be joined in the booth by analysts Aaron Boone and Jessica Mendoza for additional commentary.  The game will be blacked out in the Boston market.

Friday’s game is just the latest in ESPN’s 2016 MLB season broadcast schedule.  The Indians and Tigers will be live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes+ in a Wednesday double header schedule. The Rockies and Giants cap the night beginning at 10pm ET.  The Indians and Tigers will be live again on ESPN and ESPN Deportes+ at 1pm ET on Thursday.

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MLB On TBS Team Mourns Fernandez’s Death

Courtesy: Turner Sports

Courtesy: Turner Sports

Sunday was another sad day in the sports world.  Jose Fernandez, who had played with the Miami Marlins from 2012 – 2016 passed away Sunday morning after a boating accident.

As news of the young star’s death made its way through the league, some members of TBS’ MLB broadcast team shared their thoughts on Fernandez and his passing with heavy hearts.  They include Pedro Martinez, Gary Scheffield, and Rollins.  The trio’s comments are noted in whole below.

Pedro Martinez: “It’s not only sad for baseball, but [also] the culture, the family, and the hope that the entirely family has.  That’s a kid that went through a lot of struggles [to make it].  Destiny tells you where you are going to end up.  It’s hard for me to believe that this day is going on.  A kid so energetic, so happy all the time… all the things we can say about him.  More than anything, I understand how the family must feel losing this young baby.  Maybe one of the best arms that was ever going to play in the game.  The hopes that they had, so many people that looked up to him to open that door to finally make it to a better life, it’s really difficult for us to swallow.  I thank God that I was able to bring that back home… For this family, it’s devastating and it’s devastating for all of us.  I feel extremely sad.  I saw a better talent than I was lose his life this tragic morning.  It’s really sad and I don’t have words to express how bad I feel for baseball, for him and his family.

https://twitter.com/TurnerSportsPR/status/780083378024423425

 

Gary Sheffield: “Wow, that’s all I can say at this point is, wow.  Condolences go out to the family, big time, because when stuff like this happens, especially in the baseball family – baseball is really a family – when you lose a guy in your family, it hits home and it hits you right here [in the heart].  To know this young man in Tampa, Florida, he wanted to meet me.  I didn’t think it was a big deal until I met him.  I came to meet him, he was working out with all the Cuban players, and when I met this kid, there was a spirit about him that lights up the room.  He gives and he breathes energy into you.  When I talked to him about his preparation for the season – I’m watching this kid go out and throw 98 MPH in November getting ready for the season – I pulled him to the side and said you’ve got to tone it down a little bit.  And he said, ‘Mr. Sheffield, I only have 100.  I have 100% in me and I have to go as hard as I can, that’s just my energy level.’… When you got to meet this guy, the life that he instilled in everyone around him, he’s just full of energy.  It’s a sad loss.  Not only for the Marlins but all of Major League Baseball and his family.”

https://twitter.com/TurnerSportsPR/status/780083926026948608

 

Jimmy Rollins: “When I first met the kid, I had seen him on TV and seen his stuff and his dynamic arm, but it was his smile.  You knew his struggle, you knew where he came from and what he went through to get here and he never lost who he was and that joy for the game and joy for life.  I wanted to meet him because he was the next big thing… As a competitor he was in your face and smiling and joking with you and letting you know he was a presence.  From the field, you knew he was the same way off the field – he accepted everyone and wanted to bring joy and happiness to everyone’s life.  Not just the attention on him, but it was his journey and he wanted you to be part of it and share it with those that he loved… For a life to end so young, you feel it and you realize how precious life is… Baseball is a family, you don’t want to lose anyone, especially in a tragic way.”

https://twitter.com/TurnerSportsPR/status/780084337811202048

 

Jose Fernandez originally came to the United States when he was 15, defecting from Cuba at the time.  He then eventually went on to become one of MLB’s major pitching stars.  Two others were killed in the accident along with Fernandez.

 

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