Archives for the month of: April, 2013

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It’s better to regret the things you’ve done than the thing you haven’t done.


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I was wrongly led to beleive that I could. So I could.

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Click on the image to watch Take Five from Dave Brubeck

I love jazz. Really, I do. I know when someone wants to sound interesting, he says he loves jazz. But I have proof I really love jazz: The first record I bought was Take five from Dave Brubeck. I was only 7 years old when I heard it for the first time in my father’s car radio. I asked my Mom to take me to the only record strore in town, and she bought me my first vinyl single 45 rpm, Take Five. I played it until it skipped (for those who don’t understand, vinyl records skipped from scratches if you played them too much.)

My second and third records were not as intelectual, I went for The Gambler from Kenny Rogers, and 9 to 5 from Dolly Parton. And my appreciation for Country Music would be born, but that is a different story.

Take Five came out in 1959, written by Paul Desmond and played by Dave Brubeck and his quartet. Some years later, with my own money I started to buy all Dave Brubeck’s albums. My friends from school tought I was crazy becuase I played jazz in my car, when all they listened to was 80s Heavy Metal.

Dave Brubeck is Classic Jazz, if there’s such a thing. It never gets old. If you haven’t heard Dave Brubeck, you should.

Enjoy Take Five while you read a little more about it. Enjoy your Sunday.

Take Five” is a jazz piece written by Paul Desmond and performed by The Dave Brubeck Quartet on their 1959 album Time Out. Recorded at Columbia’s 30th Street Studios in New York City on June 25, July 1, and August 18, 1959,[1] this piece became one of the group’s best-known records. It is famous for its distinctive catchy saxophone melody; imaginative, jolting drum solo; and use of the unusual quintuple (5/4) time, from which its name is derived.[2] The song was first played to a live audience by The Dave Brubeck Quartet at the Village Gate nightclub in New York City in 1959.

The inspiration for this style of music came during a US State Department sponsored tour of Eurasia and Brubeck observed in Turkey a group of street musicians performing a traditional Turkish folk song with supposedly Bulgarian influence that was played in 9/8 time, a rare meter for Western music (traditionally called “Bulgarian meter”). After learning about the form from native symphony musicians, Brubeck was inspired to create an album that deviated from the usual 4/4 time of jazz and experimented in the more exotic styles he experienced abroad.[3]

While “Take Five” was not the first jazz composition to use the quintuple meter, it was one of the first in the United States to achieve mainstream significance, reaching #25 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #5 on Billboard‘s Easy Listening chart in 1961, two years after its initial release.

“Take Five” was re-recorded and performed live multiple times by The Dave Brubeck Quartet throughout the group’s career. In addition, there have been many covers of the piece. Some versions also feature lyrics, including a 1961 recording with lyrics written by Dave Brubeck and his wife Iola, sung by Carmen McRae. Al Jarreau performed an unusual scat version of the song in Germany in 1976.

“Take Five” has been included in countless movies and television soundtracks, and still receives significant radio play. It was for several years during the early 60s the theme music for the NBC “Today” program, the opening bars playing half a dozen times and more each day.

Upon his death in 1977, Desmond left the rights to royalties for performances and compositions, including “Take Five”, to the American Red Cross, which has since received combined royalties of approximately $100,000 per year.[4]

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Being happy makes all the difference in the world. Try it, it will change your life.

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What is your excuse?

Healthy food in the Refrigerator

If you keep good food in your fridge, you’ll eat good food.

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(click on the image to hear Sara from Fleetwood Mac)

The song Sara came out in 1979, but I heard it for the first time at the beginning of the 1980s, and since then I have been captivated by it. I never quite understood what  the lyrics were about, and I still don’t, but the melody was sweet and elegant for those times that were full of Rock and Metal. And also, I was captivated by Stevie Nicks’ voice and her presence (which teenage boy wasn’t captivated by Stevie Nicks at that time?). She had this double image of a beautiful and sensual woman, and at the same time that of a witch (there even were rumors that she practiced black magic). For those younger people who never got to see Stevie Nicks in her prime, you really missed out of something unique.

Sara is still current, and Fleetwood Mac continues to sell albums. Sara is the perfect song to kick start this lazy Sunday, and while you enjoy listening to Sara, here is some information about Fleetwood Mac courtesy of Wikipedia:


Fleetwood Mac are a British-American rock band formed in 1967 in London. Due to numerous line-up changes, the only original member present in the band is its eponymous drummer, Mick Fleetwood. Although band founder Peter Green named the group by combining the surnames of two of his former bandmates (Fleetwood, McVie) from John Mayall‘s Bluesbreakers, bassist John McVie played neither on their first single nor at their first concerts, as he had to straighten things out with Mayall before joining the band permanently. The keyboardist, Christine McVie, who joined the band in 1970 while married to John McVie, appeared on all but two albums, either as a member or as a session musician. She also supplied the artwork for the album Kiln House.

The two most successful periods for the band were during the late 1960s British blues boom, when they were led by guitarist Peter Green and achieved a UK number one with “Albatross“; and from 1975 to 1987, with more pop-orientation, featuring Christine McVieLindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. Fleetwood Mac’s second album after the incorporation of Nicks and Buckingham, 1977’s Rumours, produced four U.S. Top 10 singles (including Nicks’ song “Dreams“, which was the band’s only U.S. number one) and remained at No.1 on the American albums chart for 31 weeks, as well as reaching the top spot in various countries around the world. To date the album has sold over 40 million copies worldwide, making it the eighth highest selling album of all time.

The band achieved more modest success in the intervening period between 1971 and 1974, with the line-up including Bob Welch, and also during the 1990s which saw more personnel changes before the return of Nicks and Buckingham in 1997, and more recently, the departure of Christine McVie. In 1998, Fleetwood Mac were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Fleetwood Mac have sold well over 100 million albums worldwide with a certified 48,500,000 units sold in the U.S.

To read the whole bio on Wikipedia click here.


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