Lorraina Marro’s Most Devoted Audiences Will “Love” Her New Covers Collection

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Jazz vocalist Lorraina Marro is scheduled to release her latest record this week.  The record, a covers collection titled Love Is For All Time, is scheduled for release Thursday independently.  The collection is a presentation that audiences will find a good fit for any date night setting and even for those maybe going through the loss of their relationships.  That is due in no small part to its featured songs, which will be discussed shortly.  The sequencing of those songs adds its own touch to the collection’s presentation and will be discussed a little later.  The compilation’s production rounds out its most important items and will also be discussed later.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of the collection.  All things considered, they make this compilation a presentation that will, again, help set the mood for any couple’s date night.

Lorraina Marro’s forthcoming covers compilation is a presentation that will find select appeal among audiences.  That is due in no small part to its featured songs.  The 10 songs that make up the record’s 44-minute run time are all romantic compositions and are varied in style from one to the next.  This in itself is actually not the most important aspect of the songs.  The fact that they are less commonly covered songs is really their most important aspect.  The one song that people will likely most recognize is the Bob Merrill/Jule Styne song ‘People.’  The song gained much of its fame through the musical Funny Girl in 1964 and its big screen adaptation that debuted four years later in 1968.  On a different note, a song, such as ‘The Night Has a Thousand Eyes’ – co-written and composed by Jerry Brainin and Buddy Bernier – is a less commonly covered song among so many of today’s jazz acts.  Given, it has been performed by the likes of Bing Crosby, Sonny Rollins, and the Eddie Haywood Trio, but in the bigger picture, it is, again, not a song that is commonly presented in most jazz covers collections.  To that end, it is nice to have that “lesser known” standard, presented here, even being considered a standard.  The same can be said of, say, ‘My Baby Just Cares For Me,’ another of the songs featured as part of the collection.  Co-written and composed by Gus Kahn and Walter Donaldson in 1930, for the soundtrack to the movie Whoopee!, it has been covered by the likes of Nina Simone, Natalie Cole, and Gene Kelly (just to name a few), it is another song that jazz aficionados will be hard pressed to find in most of today’s jazz covers collections.  Between those two songs and most of the others featured in this collection, the songs overall prove so important, again, because they are not just the everyday standards that flesh out so many jazz covers collections.  It is refreshing to say the least to have that unique aspect in this presentation.  It is just one part of what makes the collection worth hearing.  The songs’ sequencing adds its own appeal to the record’s presentation.

The sequencing of the songs featured in Love Is For All Time is important to address because the stylistic approaches are aligned with their “sub-topics” (love gained and lost).  The record starts off on a light, relaxed note in ‘Stairway to the Stars.’  This mid-tempo composition is an easily danceable composition that celebrates that love gained.  Things pick up less than halfway through the album’s nearly 45-minute run time in Marro’s take of ‘The Night Has A Thousand Eyes,’ yet another song celebrating love gained.  ‘Rain Sometimes’ is one of those songs of love lost.  Its mood matches, too, being quite reserved throughout its nearly five minute presentation.  The mood changes once again in that song’s follow-up, ‘My Baby Just Cares For Me,’ yet another song of love gained.  Looking back through this first half of the record, it is clear that the sequencing takes into account the subtleties of each song’s mood and lyrical theme.  The result is that the sequencing ensures audiences’ maintained engagement and entertainment in its own way thus far.  ‘Viajera Del Rio’ (‘River Traveler’) pulls things back again, but in a positive fashion.  The mood here is relaxed, but happy, ensuring even more, that noted engagement and entertainment.  ‘When The World Turns Blue’ pulls things back even more as it translates so well the feeling that so many people go through in low times in life when love leaves their lives.  The subtleties in the songs continue in the record’s last group of songs, ensuring even more that things change just enough in that case, too.  All things considered, what audiences get throughout this collection in regards to their sequencing is subtle changes from one song to the next.  Those subtleties will be appreciated by those who take the time to immerse themselves in the record.  Keeping that in mind, the record’s sequencing proves just as important to its presentation as the songs that make up its body.  They are just one more part of what makes the collection worth hearing.  The songs’ production rounds out the record’s most important aspects.

The songs’ production is so important to examine because all 10 songs featured in this record are so subtle.  Each is subtle in its own way, but still subtle regardless.  As a result, the fullest attention had to be paid to each work to make sure that the subtleties in each arrangement were fully pronounced and balanced.  The painstaking time and effort in this case paid off well.  Marro’s gentle vocal deliveries are expertly balanced with the songs’ bass lines and even gentle brushwork on the drums in certain songs.  Simply put, each line within each song compliments its counterpart in each composition.  The end result is that the record’s songs prove just as worth hearing for their sound as for themselves and the impact of their sequencing.  All things considered, they make Love Is For All Time a presentation that the most devoted audiences will themselves love.

Lorraina Marro’s forthcoming covers compilation, Love Is For All Time, is a presentation that will find a targeted appeal among Marro’s most devoted audiences.  That is due in part to the record’s featured songs.  While the songs are considered standards, they are for the most part, far less commonly featured in other jazz acts’ own covers collections.  It is a breath of fresh air for those audiences.  The sequencing of said songs adds its own appeal to the record.  That is because it takes into account the subtleties within each arrangement to keep audiences engaged and entertained throughout the record’s nearly 45-minute run time.  The songs’ production rounds out the most important of the record’s elements.  That is because it is responsible for balancing and bringing out those subtleties within each arrangement.  Each item examined here is important in its own way to the whole of the collection.  All things considered, they make Love Is For All Time a covers collection that Marro’s most devoted audiences will love.  Yes, that awful pun was intended.

Love Is For All Time is scheduled for release Thursday independently.  More information on the collection is available along with all of Lorraina Marro’s latest news and more at:

Website: https://www.lorrainamarro.com

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/LorrainaMarro

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Dancing: A Man’s Game Will Have Gene Kelly Fans Dancing With Joy

Courtesy:  Entertainment One/Warner Brothers Entertainment, Inc./Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation

Courtesy: Entertainment One/Warner Brothers Entertainment, Inc./Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation

The art of dance is something that has been traditionally associated more with women than with men.  Any man that has ever openly admitted to being a dancer or even a fan of the dance arts has been stigmatized.  Terms such as “sissy” and worse have been commonly used for said men.  It’s a sad reality even now into the 21st Century. Thanks to Entertainment One’s brand new re-issue of Omnibus: Gene KellyDance: A Man’s Game though, one can hope that the fight to make dancing socially acceptable among men. This is the biggest and most important of the positives in this new re-issue from E1.  Just as important to the documentary is its historical aspect.  This is just one episode from one of television’s most revered series. It’s also an example of what once made NBC a powerhouse among television’s very limited options during its day.  In watching the near hour-long presentation, one must also take into account the actual presentation of the episode.  Considering the age of this episode’s footage and its quality, one can’t help but be impressed.  That along with the bonus booklet brings everything full circle and makes Omnibus: Gene KellyDance: A Man’s Game a piece of entertainment history that any viewer will appreciate for one reason or another.

Omnibus: Gene Kelly—Dance: A Man’s Game is an important piece of entertainment history.  It’s important first and foremost because it touches on a topic that still is very pertinent to society even today.  Simply put, it transcends generations.  It also crosses the lines in terms of its key viewer base. It manages to reach not just one but many different audience groups by having a famous actor discuss said topic. So whether audiences are fans of Gene Kelly the actor, Gene Kelly the dancer, dancers themselves, fans of the dance arts, or even athletes, this episode of one of television’s groundbreaking series reaches so many audiences without even trying.  Kelly makes an argument in support of dance that has been used countless times since this episode.  It had even been used at the time of this episode, obviously, and before.  The argument in question ties together the movements of athletes into the world of dance. The argument in question is used in hopes to dispel the long-held stereotypes centered around men that dance.  Unlike all of the other times that this argument has been used, Kelly enlists some rather famous friends to help illustrate how the two separate worlds are in fact more closely related than one might otherwise think.  The value of this episode of Omnibus is crystal clear from this factor alone.  But there is even more to appreciate in this near hour-long episode of NBC’s landmark series.  The historical value of this episode is just as important as the episode’s content.

The content of this episode of Omnibus reveals that it is timeless to say the very least.  It covers a topic that is still very relevant even now in the 21st Century.  That is just the beginning of this re-issue’s value to viewers.  Looking at this episode from a larger historical side, its value is increased even more. Viewers today are offered so many channels thanks to cable and satellite.  Yet despite the massive number of channels, viewing options are actually quite limited.  Television today is limited largely to crime and medical dramas, reality (voyeur) TV, countless awful rip-offs of Star Search, and just as many news magazine shows that are front loaded with real life crime stories.  PBS is television’s only network today that offers any programming even remotely near the level of Omnibus.  That’s because even the once powerhouse Discovery Communications networks (Discovery Channel, TLC) and History Channel have fallen victim to the reality show virus.  To that extent, it goes without saying that any television history buff will appreciate this episode of Omnibus if only for the fact that it serves as a reminder of what once made television great.

Any television history buff will appreciate this episode of Omnibus first and foremost because it serves as a reminder of what once made television great.  On a deeper level, television history buffs will appreciate this episode because of the quality of the footage.  Gene Kelly’s episode of Omnibus was originally broadcast on December 21st, 1958.  That is a span of nearly fifty-five years.  Audiences see in this episode the original footage from that broadcast.  There are some audio jumps throughout the course of the episode’s near sixty-minute run time.  And the footage itself is quite grainy.  But all of this is a good thing.  It’s a good thing because it means viewers today are seeing this episode almost exactly as it was in its original broadcast.  For some, that will certainly generate a warm and happy feeling of nostalgia.  For others, it will be appreciated as that audio and video mix shows just how far television has come since its infancy.  Regardless of the effect of the footage on viewers, the general positive emotional and historical appreciation felt by viewers pushes this episode of Omnibus even higher.

Everything that went into resurrecting Gene Kelly’s episode of Omnibus makes it a wonderful watch.  But one would be remiss to note, too the bonus booklet included with the DVD. The booklet included with this DVD is a bonus in every sense of the word.  It offers an in-depth look at Kelly’s own career, as well as everything that went into bringing this episode to life.  There is even a copy of the episode’s script included as a visual aid for viewers among so much more.  That much more includes photos taken from the set of this episode, publicity photos, newspaper reviews of the original broadcast, and even Kelly’s own words in which he explains his view of society’s stereotype of men and dancing.  That mass of information brings everything full circle in this brand new release from Entertainment One and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation.  It will be available on DVD Tuesday, December 17th, just in time for Christmas.  Audiences can get even more information on this release and all things Gene Kelly on the official Gene Kelly website, http://www.GeneKelly.com and the official Gene Kelly Legacy Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/GeneKellyTheLegacy.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.