Posts Tagged ‘Music

15
May
15

Night Owl Chat – Rest in peace, BB

”The blues has lost its king, and America has lost a legend. B.B. King was born a sharecropper’s son in Mississippi, came of age in Memphis, Tennessee, and became the ambassador who brought his all-American music to his country and the world. No one worked harder than B.B. No one inspired more up-and-coming artists. No one did more to spread the gospel of the blues.

Three years ago, Michelle and I hosted a blues concert at the White House. I hadn’t expected that I’d be talked into singing a few lines of “Sweet Home Chicago” with B.B. by the end of the night, but that was the kind of effect his music had, and still does. He gets stuck in your head, he gets you moving, he gets you doing the things you probably shouldn’t do – but will always be glad you did. B.B. may be gone, but that thrill will be with us forever. And there’s going to be one killer blues session in heaven tonight.”

– President Barack Obama

The blues are not about depression. The blues are about finding joy and life in the face of sorrow. And BB King sang about life and love. In honor of his life, a night owl chat.

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Sweet Little Angel

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The Thrill is Gone

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14
Apr
15

A Gospel Celebration At The White House

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 That wonderful moment Aretha Franklin the Queen of Soul serenades and praises you

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U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks as he plays host to a tribute to gospel music for an "In Performance at the White House" television event at the White House in Washington

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Obama delivers remarks as he plays host to a tribute to gospel music for an 'In Performance at the White House' television event at the White House in Washington

President Barack Obama delivers remarks as he plays host to a tribute to gospel music for an “In Performance at the White House.” Also included on the program were Bishop Rance Allen, Aretha Franklin, Rodney Crowell, Rhiannon Giddens, Emmylou Harris, Darlene Love, Lyle Lovett, Tamela Mann, the Morgan State University Choir and Michelle Williams

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Aretha Franklin, The Queen of Soul

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Shirley Caeser and the Morgan State University Choir perform in the East Room of the White House

Barack Obama, Loretta Lynch, Michelle Obama,  Marian Robinson

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The legendary Darlene Love

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Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child

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Tamela Mann

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Rhiannon Giddens

Barack Obama

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Barack Obama, T. Bone Burnett

U.S. President Barack Obama arrives to play host to a tribute to gospel music for an "In Performance at the White House" television event at the White House in Washington

President Barack Obama is applauded by T. Bone Burnett and audience members as he arrives

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@TheObamaDiary: President, First Lady and Mother-in-Law-in-Chief at Gospel Night in the White House.

19
Jan
15

Early Owl Chat – MLK Day

A few songs to recall and reinvigorate the struggle.

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Shirley Verrett – Oh Freedom

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Mavis Staples – We Shall Not Be Moved

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18
Jan
15

Night owl chat – David Bowie

A bit of the Thin White Duke for your winter evening’s enjoyment.

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Let’s Dance

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Heroes

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17
Dec
14

Night owl chat – Cuba

Music from the land of my fathers and mothers.

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Cachao – Guajira clasica

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Celia Cruz – La negra tiene tumbao

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