Music Monday: “Have You Seen Her,” by The Chi-Lites

I was watching a music program on PBS this weekend, and part of the show featured interviews with soul music performers from the 1970s.  George McRae (“Rock Your Baby”) said something very interesting:  you could not put these songs in different musicians’ hands and have them be as brilliant because they were emotional products of the composers and performers.  As I considered his words, I realized how very true that was of certain songs in particular.  This is a long-time favorite of mine, and I simply cannot imagine it without the brilliant lead vocals of Eugene Record.  Enjoy!

Music Monday: RIP, Chuck Berry

It is hard to point to one person as the real progenitor of rock-and-roll music.  Ask half a dozen people and you’ll get half a dozen different answers.  However, I’ve always picked the same man:  Chuck Berry.  Chuck passed away this past Saturday at the age of 90, and he had never stopped performing.  Please enjoy these two live tracks, “Johnny B. Goode” with John Lennon, and “Nadine,” with Keith Richards.


Music Monday: “Little Wing,” by Laurence Juber

It’s a new week, which means it’s time for Music Monday.  This time, I thought I would introduce you to the man who has been my favorite guitarist since 1979:  Laurence Juber.  I guarantee you’ve heard a ton of his work and had no idea it was him.  LJ is primarily a studio musician, and he’s done a ton of film work as well.  He was part of Wings during the “Back to the Egg” period; prior to that, he worked with Cleo Laine, John Dankworth, and a host of other jazz greats.  He’s also a two-time Grammy award recipient.

I’ve had the privilege of seeing him live several times, and gotten to know him a bit via Facebook.  He’s a genuinely nice guy, and a brilliant talent.  Please enjoy his live performance cover of Jimi Hendrix’ “Little Wing.”