As young person growing up in Los Angeles, Florentine Gardens was the premeire dance club of that time. It was featured every week on KIIS FM and Power 106, and like every other preteen, I could not wait until I was old enough to attend-- heck, I wanted to sneak in! As, I grew older, however, my fansination with that club waned, but the music that reminds me of Forentine Gardens makes me burst out in laughter because it is of a time and place long gone but still dear to my heart. Here's a taste, enjoy!
The Re:Generation Music Project documentary is spearheaded by the Grammys and teams top DJs with classic genres and sees what happens. The first time I heard of the Re:Generation concept was a few years ago when I came across the Re:Generations Nat King Cole album and fell in love. I am a great fan of the original Nat King Cole songs and the remixes were, to me, phenomenal, but I do think you have to start with an open mind.
On of my most wonderful experiences is Carnival 2004 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I can't stress the amount of fun and adventure that I had being in such an interesting place with wonderful people who know how to party, terrific food and wonderful sites. Many things about Brazil are part true, part myth and you would have to experience it yourself to discern which is which.
This band's distress signal is a call to action to slow down and enjoy life... Released in 1980, it was certified platinum, number one on the R&B charts and number three on the pop charts. Sampled by Birdman in his song Baby You Can Do It and by Father MC in Close to You, this song stills inspires booty shaking and music producers today. Can you name the band and the song?
|Siedah Garrett pictured with Michael Jackson|
One of my favorite singer/songwriters is Siedah Garrett. She has collaborated with some of the most talented people in the music business including Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones. I find the music she is associated with ranges from the wonderfully inspirational, MAN IN THE MIRROR and TOMORROW to the seductively sexy, I JUST CAN'T STOP LOVING YOU and SECRET GARDEN. Below is a little tribute (including my favorite lyrics) to the songstress who sometimes gets overshadowed by the "big names" she has worked with.
|Drifters and Dominoes|
I was introduced to KT Tunstall through an episode of Grey's Anatomy some years back. In fact it was the non-acoustical version of this very song that captured me, and I became a fan of her music. This songs embodies the journey I have been on and thus is the appropriate theme song for The Arty Hobo. I particularly love this version because it is so stripped down and bare. The song is sensual and earthy and if you listen closely you can hear the universe talking to you:-) Enjoy and check out other songs and projects by KT Tunstall.