I wanted to see Coldplay to see if Chris Martin is sexy in person. Indeed he is. For his August 6 performance in Philadelphia, my niece Audrey and I were given two fabulous seats at Lincoln Financial Center aka the Linc. On the fifty yard line. Up close and personal so I could inspect Mr. Martin without getting a nose bleed.
Until the very night I met him, Sammy Davis Jr. was someone that I irreverently made fun of because, to me, he represented that 'show business song-and-dance man' which I thought had a lack of sincerity when I would see him perform on TV.
Considered by many in the music industry to be the most frustrating place on the charts for a pop single to peak, I have always been fascinated with songs that made their home at #11.
And as people argue that so much mainstream music today has become all about superficialities (at least in my circle, they do), more about image and marketing than expression, we are forced to say goodbye to a man who epitomized the real and gritty.
Hey Leon, Life Journey, your latest album, was recorded with Tommy LiPuma, Al Schmitt, Elton John...you have an awful lot of friends rooting for you. Do you feel the love?
Chats With Jimmy Webb, Nora Guthrie and Little River Band's Wayne Nelson, Plus Tracy Newman and The Slants Exclusives, and Colin Gilmore's Best
Let's talk about Jimmy Webb's new album, Still Within The Sound Of My Voice.
'Tis the Season: Chatting With Scotty McCreery, Rita Coolidge and Tom Keifer, Plus Slam Dunk's "Fantasy" Exclusive
"I enjoy getting out in front of the crowds every single night, I enjoy seeing their faces light up and having a good time out there and seeing the smiles on their faces. That's what gives me a thrill now, just getting up there for the live action and just performing."
The 69-year-old Paul McCartney & Wings guitarist is critically ill after suffering from a heart attack on Monday, Nov. 5
"If you're prepared for what you'd like to do with the rest of your life and you're putting in the time and are passionate about what you're doing, you have to just stay with it. There's no magic formula for how to get through the maze."
Rob Giles' new album, When We Were Happy, dives into the heartbreak of loosing and healing from relationships, shows his raw emotional ability to transport listeners through song.
"I found out a couple years ago that I'm actually dyslexic in music ... it does explain why I can write for an orchestra but then I can't read it back the next day. It's like trying to write with my left hand. It can be done but it doesn't make any sense for me."
Moments before he accepted the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award from his lovely friend and former hospital co-worker Julianna Margulies, George Clooney proved once and for all what a truly great humanitarian he is.
Listening Booth: 1970 is a concept album that compiles Marc Cohn's favorite -- and many would feel greatest -- songs from that year.
This modern legend is considered one of the greatest innovators and most influential musicians of the 20th and 21st centuries, and Herbie Hancock's music continues to transcend jazz's stereotype.