Category: Music

2012 HOLIDAY GIFT & TRAVEL GUIDE

If you’ve been procrastinating about what to get the special people in your life or simply want to reward yourself, here are some last minute ideas.

25 GIFT IDEAS FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Gifts that keep on giving are ones that recipients can enjoy year round and will go back and visit long after the morning of wrapping paper destruction frenzy. DVDs, books and cds are cost effective gifts that your loved ones will cherish far longer than hats, scarves, socks and grandma’s secret brittle recipe.

ELVIS FOR THE HOLIDAYS

This is shaping up to be a joyous holiday season for Elvis Presley fans as RCA has just dug into its vaults and released two albums from The King, “Prince From Another Planet” and “The Classic Christmas Album.”

SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME 2012 INDUCTION CEREMONY

Although it was created seventeen years before the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall of Fame has never gotten the attention from the entertainment media and the public that it deserves. Part of the problem is that the Songwriters Foundation has never gotten the funding to build a permanent home in a city (it’s currently a wing in LA’s Grammy Museum) the way Cleveland stepped up for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. It’s a shame because New York, with its rich music publishing and theatrical history would be a natural fit to pay tribute to the greatest tunesmiths in history.

KOOL & THE GANG – “ICON”

Few things make us wistfully recollect our youth as when a heritage radio station changes its format. It happened 30 years ago this month when WABC switched from Top 40 to talk, then again in 2005 when WCBS-FM temporarily dropped its oldies format (it brought it back with some alterations in 2008), and this past week, KISS-FM (98.3) ended its run of playing smooth soul music as ESPN made the station owners an offer that they couldn’t refuse to change it into a sports talk station.

MELISSA MANCHESTER – “THE VERY BEST OF”

Bronx native Melissa Manchester never achieved the superstar status of her close friends Barry Manilow and Bette Midler (she served for a while as a member of Midler’s flashy concert vocal backup group, the Harlettes), but she has had a very durable career.

PABLO CRUISE – “IT’S GOOD TO BE LIVE”

One of the most popular bands for Top 40 radio programmers in the 1970s was Northern California-based Pablo Cruise. No one in this combo was actually named Pablo Cruise; it was just a name made up out of the blue.

MADONNA – “MDNA”

At the recent Super Bowl in Indianapolis, Madonna proved that just because you have an AARP card doesn’t mean that you can’t perform with the same vim and vigor that you always have. Her acrobatic dance moves and strong voice seemed to be identical to when she was touring to promote her first album nearly thirty years ago.

PAUL McCARTNEY – “KISSES ON THE BOTTOM”

As one of the most esteemed composers of our lifetime, it’s not a surprise that Paul McCartney would have the utmost respect for the songwriters who his parents loved such as Irving Berlin, Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer and Frank Loesser. Sir Paul honors his late mom and dad on this album by performing some of the songs that they would all sing at family gatherings when he was young.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN – “WRECKING BALL”

Despite being one of the world’s most famous rock stars, Bruce Springsteen has always championed the cause of the working man but never has he devoted as much attention to tough economic times as he does in his latest cd, “Wrecking Ball.”