Madonna - Medellin & I Rise Staunch defender of her previous two releases (MDNA and Rebel Heart), I am supremely underwhelmed with the two songs released from Madame X, Madonna's upcoming new album. The saturation of autotune aside, both tracks lay flat, delivering none of the Madonna mastery I'm used to: songcraft. "Medellin" is breezy … Continue reading Music Box: Madame Zzz
Prince Shreds On "Let's Go Crazy" at Tower Records in West Hollywood 3.21.06 Three years later, and the loss of one of the singular pioneers in the history of Rock N Roll still stings as if we just heard the news. Ubiquitous for decades, that he’s not here to continue to gift us with his … Continue reading Music Box: Prince – Partyman/Let’s Go Crazy (Tower Records, West Hollywood, CA 3.21.06)
On March 6th, 2002, Sheryl Crow filmed a concert for TV benefiting Breast Cancer Awareness (it aired later that year). She invited the Queen of Rock N Roll (Stevie Nicks, of course!) to perform with her on a few songs. Strong Enough Sorcerer Come On, Come On The Difficult Kind Midnight Rider (Allman Brothers cover) … Continue reading Music Box: Sheryl Crow & Stevie Nicks Live 2002
Rest In Peace, Fontella Bass. The singer - most known for her Aretha Franklin-sounding soul classic "Rescue Me" - passed away at the age of 72 from complications resulting from a heart attack she suffered a month earlier. Click on photo for Huffington Post obit.
I can't remember the last time a song made me cry, but toward the end of Mike Acerbo’s evocative, engrossing CD, THE SEARCH, it happens. "Robbie" chronicles Acerbo's soul-kept memories of his childhood best friend, who drowned in the Delaware river when he was in his early teens. But the images this poet evokes bear … Continue reading Music Box: Mike Acerbo’s THE SEARCH
Amy Winehouse died this past week and the real grief is in the knowledge that no one was surprised at all. As of this writing the cause of death was still undetermined, but lest we fool ourselves, is there really any wonder? Winehouse - whose breakthrough (2006's fine, if overrated BACK TO BLACK) cemented the … Continue reading Legacy: Amy Winehouse…Another Dead Rock And Roll Cliché
Some of the most profoundly poignant, hauntingly beautiful pieces of music I’ve had the trembling pleasure of hearing have come from the cello. It’s the closest a musical instrument has ever come to the innate cries of the human heart, and I can say (even as an atheist) that if there is a god, surely … Continue reading Music Box: 2Cellos – Cello, I Love You