Uncle Bardie’s Spotlight Song: Where’s the love?

Once a week on Friday, Uncle Bardie celebrates the creativity in others by shining a Spotlight on a movie, a song or a creator. This week’s Spotlight Song is the Black Eye Peas with “Where’s the love”:

1 John 4:20. Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.

 

Uncle Bardie’s Spotlight Song: Devastate

Once a week on Friday, Uncle Bardie celebrates the creativity in others by shining a Spotlight on a movie, a song or a creator. This week’s Spotlight is the wonderful Amanda Shires singing “Devastate”.

Man, do I like Amanda Shires. She’s one of the good’uns. It’s late at night when I am turning out this post. I must  have listened to this song a dozen times or more. Great lyrics and great music to go with them. Like many of my favs it’s more than the music and lyrics that get to me. It’s the package. By package, I mean the sound that comes with the song, the singer’s voice, the arrangement, the feeling the performance gives me as I listen.

Amanda Shires, Jason Isbell, John Paul White and Ashley Monroe are the new country. They know what country should sound like. For all the pop country out there, I am here to tell you that real country sounds Hank Williams sad. Because country is above all else the white man’s blues. And when you have the blues, you don’t load up the truck with your dog and your girl friend in jeans and go for a picnic. No sirree. You cry because you are on the bad side of lonely. Loss is the feeling that occupies your heart at just this moment. And you want to listen to someone who understands that emotion. Cause you’re having a fight with that dark side of your personality.

So listen to Amanda Shires. You are hearing the real thing. And here’s hoping she never sells out to pop country.

Alice and the Piano

The piano had been sitting there in the music room for quite some time. It was lonely. She knew it was lonely. There was nothing for Alice to do but provide it with some companionship, to sit down and caress those keys with some Chopin. She loved Chopin. From the first moment she heard the composer, she loved him. His music made her happy. She could be having the worst day of her life. A real down day. Then she hears a Chopin Nocturne and she is floating on air. So Alice sat down and began. She let her finger touch a key lightly and then it was on to another. Soon the keys were singing in such harmony it was almost as if they were playing a symphony. They weren’t. They were just playing a Nocturne.

Uncle Bardie’s Spotlight Song: Ball and Chain

Once a week on Friday, Uncle Bardie celebrates the creativity in others by shining a Spotlight on a movie, a song or a creator. In celebration of Women’s History Month, this week’s Spotlight Song is Janis Joplin’s amazing performance of “Ball and Chain” at the Monterrey Pop Festival in 1967:

There are no words for Janis. Just seeing her leaves you stunned. What a force of nature she was.

Uncle Bardie’s Spotlight Song: Anni in the Wind

Once a week on Friday, Uncle Bardie celebrates the creativity in others by shining a Spotlight on a movie, a song or a creator. This week’s Spotlight Song is “Anni in the Wind” by Norton Buffalo:

Norton Buffalo, singer, song writer and the best darned harmonica player you ever heard, is no longer with us. He sure could play a mean harp. I first saw him years ago on Austin City Limits. What a wonderful musician he was. So here’s one of his good’uns. Enjoy.