Two For Tuesday: Chieli Minucci and Special EFX

Chieli Minucci is the leader of the group Special EFX as well as having a solo career of his own. They’ve recorded 30 CD’s, eight of which are solo efforts by Minucci. He has recorded with a number of jazz and pop artists, and composed for film and TV. He won Daytime Emmys in 1998, 2007 and 2008 for his compositions for the daytime drama The Guiding Light.

Here’s the title track from Minucci’s 2003 solo album, Night Grooves.

From Special EFX’s latest album, 2017’s Deep As The Night, the title track. This was the #1 Smooth Jazz Song for last year.

According to his website, he and Special EFX will be appearing in Tokyo at the end of this week, and will be touring through the US through October. He’s present on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram, so if you’re active on one or more of those platforms you’ll be able to follow him.

Chieli Minucci and Special EFX, your Two for Tuesday, June 25, 2019.

Weekly Song Challenge, Round 19!

It’s time once again for the Weekly Song Challenge, brought to you by Laura Venturini and this station. The rules are simple:

  • Copy rules and add to your own post, pinging back to Laura’s post (the link is above).
  • Post music videos for your answers to the musical questions.
  • Tag two people to participate!

Sound like fun? You bet it is! Here are this week’s questions, along with my responses.

Post a video of a song that makes you think about being a teenager. Brownsville Station, “Smokin’ In The Boy’s Room.” The theme song for my teen years…

Post a video of a song that is about finding your voice. Chip Skylark (from Fairly Oddparents), “Find Your Voice.” I played YouTube Roulette and found this one.

Post a video of a song that represents an “I’ll kick your ass” attitude. Marvin Gaye, “Trouble Man.”

OK, y’all are tagged. Let’s see what you can come up with.

Monday’s Music Moves Me: Summer 2019 Playlist!

Summer playlist time again! I was initially going to use my playlist from last year, but said “nah, that’s cheatin’.” My next thought was to do the #1 hits from a random summer, such as 1974, but the more I did, the more I realized I’d already done that and you probably were sick of the songs. So I created a new playlist with summerlike songs. Some of them aren’t specifically summer songs, but they work.

  1. The Jamies, “Summertime, Summertime” Brother and sister Tom and Serena Jameson had a minor hit with this in 1958, when it reached #26. After a bunch more records that didn’t go anywhere, the re-released it in 1962, and it reached #38.
  2. John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, “Summer Nights” From the 1978 movie Grease, which was based on the musical of the same name. John and Olivia, as Danny and Sandy, are talking about their summer vacations, totally unaware that they’re talking about each other.
  3. Johnny Rivers, “Summer Rain” Johnny’s tribute to the summer of 1967, also known as The Summer Of Love. I was in San Francisco that summer, but only being 11, I didn’t partake in any of the festivities, so to speak…
  4. Kool & The Gang, “Summer Madness” A great instrumental that still gets a lot of play on Smooth Jazz stations, from their 1975 album Spirit Of The Boogie.
  5. Ramsey Lewis featuring Earth Wind & Fire, “Sun Goddess” Some more Smooth Jazz from a couple of Chicago acts. Title track from Ramsey’s 1975 release.
  6. Martha & The Vandellas, “Dancing In The Street” Summer’s here and the time is right… From 1964, when it went to #2.
  7. Linda Ronstadt, “Heat Wave” This could have been a Martha & The Vandellas twofer, then I remembered that the lovely Ms. Ronstadt had done it as well. 1975 is well represented in this list: this is from her Prisoner In Disguise album from that year, and reached #5.
  8. The Motels, “Suddenly Last Summer” From Berkeley, California, these New Wavers reached #9 in 1983 with this one.
  9. The Trashmen, “Surfin’ Bird” You have to include a surf tune if you’re talking summer, and The Trashmen are considered the greatest landlocked (they’re from Minneapolis, Minnesota) surf band ever. This is a combination of two R&B hits by The Rivingtons, “Bird Is The Word” and “Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow”. This went to #4 in 1963.
  10. Corey Smith, “The Baseball Song” Baseball players are sometimes referred to as “the boys of summer,” right? Corey’s from outside Athens, Georgia, which we all know by now is a sort of hotbed of musical activity. After graduating from UGA, he taught Geography, History and Guitar at North Gwinnett High School (the other side of Atlanta from me) until he decided to make music his life.

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for June 24, 2019.

Monday’s Music Moves Me is sponsored by X-Mas Dolly, Callie, Cathy, Alana, Michelle and Stacy, so be sure and visit them, where you can also find the Linky for the other participants.

Song Lyric Sunday: “Your Love Is King”

The song I chose for today’s prompt, “Cards/Dice/Gamble/Lose/Win,” is Sade’s “Your Love Is King.” While the lyrics really have nothing to do with the prompt, the official video for it features a few scenes in which the beautiful Ms. Adu (the Sade in Sade) is playing with a deck of cards, even showing a touch of legerdemain. It was written by Sade and guitarist/saxophonist Stuart Matthewman and was on their debut album, 1985’s Diamond Life.

This came from her YouTube channel, and the lyrics were included…

Your love is king, crown you in my heart
Your love is king, never need to part
Your kisses ring, round and round and round my head
Touching the very part of me, it’s making my soul sing
Tearing the very heart of me, I’m crying out for more

Your love is king, crown you in my heart
Your love is king, you’re the ruler of my heart
Your kisses ring, round and round and round my head
Touching the very part of me, it’s making my soul sing
I’m crying out for more, your love is king

I’m coming on, I’m coming
You’re making me dance, inside

Your love is king, crown you in my heart
Your love is king, never need to part
Your kisses ring, round and round and round my head
Touching the very part of me, it’s making my soul sing
Tearing the very heart of me, I’m crying out for more

Touching the very part of me, it’s making my soul sing
I’m crying out for more, your love is king
This is no blind faith, this is no sad and sorry dream
This is no blind faith, your love, your love is real

Gotta crown me with your heart
(Your love is king)
Never, never need to part
(Your love is king)
Touch me
(Your love is king)

Never letting go
(Your love is king)
(Your love is king)
Never letting go of your love
(Your love is king)
Never gonna give it up
(Your love is king)

I’m coming
(Your love is king)
Making me dance

And that’s Song Lyric Sunday for June 23, 2019.