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Sunday Session – Paul Simon Edition

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Yay! Time for another Sunday Session. Perhaps one day I will post on a Sunday.

Paul Simon would have to be another all time favourite artist. He also has chooses the most amazing musoes to play with him. The particular beat that drummer Steve Gadd plays in this classic song is one that many drummers attempt to master. Steve Gad has that ability to make it flow and make it look so effortless. You can see why he is one of the most admired drummers in the world.

Finally a classic from the 80’s. Very appropriate considering it’s one of my nicknames. This video always gives me the giggles.

So which grooves have been getting your feet moving, or giving you the giggles?

Come and share it with us over at Thea’s blog!

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Sunday Session – Jeff Buckley

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Last week I dug out a cd that I hadn’t heard for a while. WH and I were introduced to Jamie Cullum when my sister gave us a cd of his many years ago. On the cd he did a cover version of another favourite artist of mine. I really like this live, jazz version of Jeff Buckley’s song…

Second song for this week is the man himself, Jeff Buckley. I’ve been fascinated by his voice since the very first time I heard this particular song on Triple J many years ago. The night that he played a concert in Perth I remember thinking ” I’ll definitely have to catch him the next time he’s in town! ” Unfortunately that opportunity never came. So sad that he passed away at such a young age. With his insightful lyrics, versatile voice,  unusual chords and guitar riffs, and the amazing grooves set by the drummer, I’d have to say that Jeff Buckley is one of my all-time favourite artists.

Want to share some tunes that are significant to you? Feel free to link up with us over at Thea’s blog.

Sunday Session – Groovy gals (and guy) edition

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I’ve loved linking up regularly with Thea’s Sunday sessions. As my sister said during our Skype chat last night,” Music is a big part of you Alice!” Joining in with this link up is a part of  what I’ve communicated in my poem “Just Ask…“. THANK YOU THEA!

Both pieces of music today make up a big part of my musical history.

Hiromi Uehara & Chick Corea

This would have to be one of my favourite jazz tunes. I was introduced to the music of Chick Corea by a percussion teacher in high school. During my first year at uni I was introduced to this tune, and I catch myself singing the melody fairly regularly. I love the rhythm and energy that it has. I love how Hiromi and Chick communicate how much fun it is to play in a group situation, which musos refer to as “an ensemble” or “chamber music” situation. In this case, obviously, they’re playing together as a duo. Such energy and sensitivity in this performance.

Claire Edwardes

The final piece for this week is performed by the amazing Australian percussionist Claire Edwardes at a prestigious music festival in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. I played some pieces like this while I studied percussion, and watching this has brought back many memories. Anyway, Claire is someone who has performed and done wonderful things for percussion music, and contemporary chamber music all over the world. Check out her website (by clicking on her name above) to find out more about her.

Want to share some tunes that are significant to you? Feel free to link up with us over at Thea’s blog.

Sunday Session – Lego Boy’s Birthday Edition

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Last Friday was Lego Boy’s 9th birthday. Our eldest, our one and only boy…OUR BABY boy is 9! I know it’s a cliché, but I keep asking myself, “Where has the time gone?”

Here are two tunes that he absolutely LOVES!

First up, the amazing Stevie Wonder. You can’t keep still to this tune can you? How about that catchy brass lick? Just humming it can change the way you’re feeling. Not to mention giving you a quick lesson in jazz history. Take it away Stevie!

Finally, whichever mood Lego Boy is in, he perks up when he hears this tune, and happily sings along.

Want to share some tunes that are significant to you? Feel free to link up with us over at Thea’s blog.

Sunday Session – Hubby’s Birthday Edition

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Last week was a significant birthday for WH (Wonderful Husband) so it got me thinking about some of his fave music. As it turns out Thea handed the reins over to her Hubba this time round…not quite snap, but almost! It was hard to keep to two tracks, so I chose five, and still it was hard. Here we go…

Thought it would be good to get two-for-the-price-of-one here…nice to have Neil Finn joining in with Paul Kelly. WH is also a big cricket fan, so this song is very appropriate. I guess it’s actually like getting four runs, isn’t it?

WH played in a blues band before I met him. This tune features three of his all-time faves BB King, Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan…in the same room.

WH met this guy through a bass players forum while we were living in Europe, and we had the pleasure of meeting him in Frankfurt. Norm is a great guy, with a beautiful family, and as you’ll find in this video, an extremely talented bass player. The title of his cd is pretty cool too…”Pondering the Sushi”.Take it away Norm!

We’ve been fortunate to have caught Niels Henning Orsted-Pedersen live on both sides of the world. With his own group (including guitarist Ulf Wakenius, who is also featured here) at the Festival of Perth many years ago , and with pianist Mulgrew Miller at the North Sea Jazz Festival when it was in Den Haag, not as many years ago. Such sweet sounds that they get out of their instruments in this tune. Shame that Niels no longer with us.

This track reminds me of cruising around The Netherlands on weekends. WH must have listened to it a lot when he had to drive to work, because he learnt the words to all the tracks on the cd fairly quickly. This guy from Steely Dan sure has a way with chords and words!

This is someone that WH has been listening to lately. Thanks for introducing me to her Bub!

What’s been exciting your ears lately? Want to share it? Check out what others have been listening to over at Thea’s Sunday Session.

Sunday session – Inspired

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YAY! It’s time for another (belated) Sunday Session with Thea 🙂

I’ve just been away on an inspiring weekend…with other mums like me from all over Queensland. The organisation that we’re all a part of is called MOPS, and it is an organisation that encourages me to be the best “me” that I can be, with all the different hats that a mother has to wear! If you want to find out more, head on over to the website…http://mops.org.au/

I was very fortunate to be part of the music team that played for the weekend, so the music from the weekend is still playing in my head. Despite having practically no voice, the lovely Cath (http://squigglemum.com/) did a great job leading out team (among other things) as best as she could, and I met some new friends. When I first heard this song a few years back I was in tears, and playing it over the weekend has been a great encouragement for me. I love Brooke Fraser‘s music and lyrics.

While away I found out that Alison, our amazing keyboard player, will also be playing in a concert with me in a few weeks. We’ll be playing with the Queensland Philanthropic Orchestra. It’s a great way to combine our professional experiences with music, and supporting a good cause. One of the pieces on the programme is Leonard Bernstein’s “Symphonic Dances from Westside Story”, which I have fond memories playing at my very first National Music Camp. Enjoy the choreography in this snippet from the Westside Story movie…

So what have you been listening to this week? Feel free to link up with Thea if you’d like to share it with us 🙂

Sunday Session – Karaoke

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So, this week’s Tuesday…I mean Sunday Session hosted by (my new URL friend) Thea, is based around singing along to your favourite ditties. Must admit that I’ve only been karaoke singing once and I can’t remember what we actually sang it was THAT LONG AGO!  So, I’m going to go with the last two concerts that I’ve been to, with hubby, which were both interactive. Thankfully we don’t have to stick to the rules. Thanks Thea!

In February we had a fantastic time seeing Sting with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the Riverstage here in Brisbane Thanks to our next door neighbour for looking after the kids. He got us to sing the chorus to this well known song of his…

Then, just last weekend I treated my husband to an early birthday present. (Thanks to our neighbours up the road for looking after our kids this time round!) We’ve loved The Idea of North for a while, and this is the first time that we’ve caught them live. And, the Powerhouse… what a great venue!  But I guess all the Brisbanites would know that already. Anyways,  TION got us singing their harmonies towards the end of their version of the Stevie Wonder classic “Isn’t She Lovely”. Someone had tweeted that they would gladly put “backing singer for The Idea of North” on their resume after the experience 🙂

They’re a talented bunch don’t you think? Check out their shiny new website http://www.idea.com.au/ if you want to find out more about them, including details of the current tour to launch their new cd “Extraordinary Tale”.

So, which tunes have you been singing along to recently?