Sunday, March 31, 2019

Set List Sunday Favorite

In this edition of Set List Sunday Favorite, your top choice is once again Steve Martin - Musical Comedy Part 1.

In this first part of a two-part series, I introduced Steve Martin and a brief introduction to his career as an actor, comedian, writer, musician, and so on.  Critical acclaim was acknowledged.  In the end, I touched on Steve Martin's main career focus in music by playing the banjo, recording, and touring.

"Atheists Don't Have No Songs" was the feature.

Natural comedian & Natural musician

And so the post will say the rest of it.  Follow the link above.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Top 3 Most Favorite Commercial Jingles

In this edition of Saturday Music Pick, I am opting for a change of pace.  Where normally I highlight a favorite music selection as featured during the week, I am instead highlighting my top 3 most favorite commercial jingles...

...And it has been quite some time since I wrote about commercial jingles.  I have long believed that commercial jingles help shape popular culture and the music industry.  A profound statement is made when a song lasting mere seconds on television is immediately searched for online, on YouTube, and on iTunes.  In the realm of music, this is pop culture at its finest.  In the realm of music, this is all cultures uniting on common ground.

Out of curiosity, I could have chosen "Cha Cha Cha" by Jimmy Luxury for the 2017 Corona Light commercial.  Intriguing, but not quite my style.  I could further have chosen The Heavy's "How You Like Me Now" from well in the past (Kia advert in 2011).  Awesome iTunes purchase.  

And then there were four...well, three are listed as my top most favorite jingles, but a fourth jingle name mysteriously does not exist in any search I have conducted.  

In 2016, Matthew McConaughey was the established face of the Lincoln auto line.  In 2016, mass curiosity flooded Google searches for the jazz song behind the Lincoln MKX.  To date, I myself have no idea.  Speculation suggests Miles Davis, but I cannot seem to find the exact song on iTunes.  I did, however, find the advert on YouTube.  This is the fourth jingle.

"Fort Knox" by Goldfish for the Kia Soul commercial in 2010 - The forever famous hamsters.  An iconic advertisement that led to an iconic song as a staple in the music industry.  Well at the top of my most favorite songs, let alone being a commercial jingle.

"Worship" by Lizzo is the backdrop for the 2019 Weight Watchers Freestyle Program.  I personally find the upbeat tempo to be an inspired groove.  Although I myself am not a member of Weight Watchers, the song maintains a pace to keep anyone moving in their own way.

"Saltwater" by Geowulf is the backdrop to the 2019 Corona commercial.  This commercial is known more for the themed line - "A Corona Gets Its Lime."  As for the song, I find a sense of relaxation with no need to rush through a beat or lyric.  "Saltwater" is a great choice for the product being advertised because a slower pace is best to enjoy the beverage and atmosphere - both musical and literal.

And there you have it - my top 3 most favorite commercial jingles from 2010 to present.  Of course, you never know what advertisement agencies will feature in the future.

Friday, March 29, 2019

At the end of the day

In this edition of At the end of the day, the themed series was Steve Martin - Musical Comedy.  As I have fairly well addressed this series, at the end of the day I would like to highlight "Stayin' Alive."

I imagine the disco era as vivid in lighting, flashy in apparel, and funky in dance moves.  Urban nightlife, as described by Wikipedia.  Of course, I was born in the 1980s, so.

Wikipedia offers a lengthy background worth reading of the disco genre.

Disco music does have a point - catchy, groovy, and simply fun.

I am guessing that rock bands formed in the 1970s may have been inspired by the disco music parent genres - Pop Rock, Electronic Dance, Funk...just to name a few.

As an example, I can see Duran Duran taking after the disco theme because of their roots in Synth-Pop, Dance-Rock, and New Wave.  The band hoped for their fans to just dance and have fun...much the way nightclubs would be.

At the end of the day, the Bee Gees best describe a generation and genre I cannot.

Friday Fave

In this edition of Friday Fave, I am featuring Steve Martin - Musical Comedy Part 1 as the most well received post based on my stats.

Musical comedy, in my opinion, is a difficult genre to be defined in because there are specific factors necessary for long term success.  I find musical comedy to be quite difficult to break into as a genre.  Instrumental talent and natural comedic nature are requisite to the genre.

Sarah Jarosz is a natural in the bluegrass and folk genres.  She brings the all-American sound to younger generations who may otherwise pass.

Steve Martin is a natural in the bluegrass genre and, with his banjo, brings the all-American sound to all generations.  Steve Martin is a natural comedian with talent and timing at its finest.  He truly is a one of a kind talent.

In Steve Martin - Musical Comedy Part 1, I focused on "Atheists Don't Have No Songs."

There is just one other iconic musical and comedic act Steve Martin brought to life - King Tut on Saturday Night Live in 1978.

On this note, 
Enjoy and Happy Friday to all!

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Lauren's Weekly Favorite

I thought this edition of Lauren's Weekly Favorite would be an easy choice.  Steve Martin's musical comedy is a breath of fresh air and a profoundly one of a kind mix of humor and bluegrass music.  As of Sarah Jarosz, I have really taken to the bluegrass genre.  On the other hand, my milestone celebration lingers with "Stayin' Alive" by the Bee Gees.  I truly do not know which to call my Thursday weekly favorite.

Unless...Can I include both?

In my introduction to Set List in 2010, I provided a disclaimer - Set List would be about anything music in any way it forms.  Set List may be inspired by Duran Duran, but is not limited to Duran Duran (although there are times when I appear exclusive to Duran Duran).  As you can clearly tell, I do not focus on one genre at a time.  One post may be about one genre and another post may be entirely different.  This is what I love about Set List.

And so yes, I would like to include both Steve Martin and the Bee Gees in Lauren's Weekly Favorite.

"Atheists Don't Have No Songs" is my personal Steve Martin favorite.  As a reminder -

The "Stayin' Alive" YouTube video is of course below.

Stayin' Alive

Set List remains strong by "Stayin' Alive."

"Stayin' Alive" remains strong through the song's history.

Background -
- A feature on the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack
- Released in December 1977
- A Bee Gees signature song
- No. 189 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time (2004)
- No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100 (1978)*
*On release and remained at No. 1 for four weeks
- Most recognizable for its place at the beginning of the film

Other critical acclaim -
- In the U.S., "Stayin' Alive" became second in six consecutive number-one singles...A record tied with the Beatles...Later broken by Whitney Houston (7 consecutive number-one singles)

(Source - Wikipedia)

Bee Gees - Point of interest
- Formed in 1958
- Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb
- Prominent in disco genre
- 220 million+ records sold worldwide
- Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1997)

(Source - Wikipedia)

Bee Gees - Stayin' Alive (1977)

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Set List Milestone Celebration

I am so excited to share my first Set List milestone for this year - 100 posts as of yesterday and as of January.  A milestone definitely worth celebrating.

"Celebration" is of course brought to you by Kool & the Gang.  Let's celebrate their achievements in this most special post.

Critical acclaim -
- "Celebration" No. 1 in the U.S.
- 2 Grammy Awards
- 7 American Music Awards
- Music Business Association Chairman's Award for artistic achievement (2006)
- Robert "Kool" Bell, Ronald Bell (brothers), George Brown, and Louis Taylor inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame (2018)
- 23 studio albums
- 70 singles
- 7.5 million sales
- 4.5 million RIAA-certified albums and singles in the U.S.

(A detailed history of Kool & the Gang can be found on Wikipedia.)

As always,
Play it!

Kool & The Gang - Celebration (Official Video)

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Steve Martin - Musical Comedy Part 2

In the first part of Steve Martin - Musical Comedy, I briefly discussed Steve Martin's background in the performing arts, critical acclaim, a musical hint, and ultimately a YouTube sample of Steve Martin's musical comedy.

In this concluding part of Steve Martin - Musical Comedy, I thought I would touch on Steve Martin's film career.

Steve Martin's well-known performances -

- The Jerk (1979)

- Three Amigos (1986)
(Steve Martin, Martin Short, Chevy Chase)
(Written by Steve Martin, Lorne Michaels, and singer-songwriter, Randy Newman)

- Little Shop of Horrors (1986)
(Movie musical)

- Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)

- Father of the Bride (1991)
(The original version starred Spencer Tracy)
(Sequel in 1995)

- Bowfinger
(Steve Martin, Eddie Murphy)
(Written by Steve Martin)

- Cheaper by the Dozen 
(Sequel in 2005)

- The Pink Panther (2006)
(The Pink Panther series dates to the late 1960s and into the 1970s.  Steve Martin's role as French Inspector Clouseau is well defined by the late British actor, Peter Sellers.)

- The Pink Panther 2 (2009)

- It's Complicated (2009)
(Steve Martin, Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin)

A full list of Steve Martin's acting career can be found on Wikipedia.)

Critical acclaim -

- "Stand-up comedy was "just an accident" for him, his real goal was to get into film"

- The Jerk success - Grossed over $100 million ($4 million budget)

- Roxanne (1987) earned Steve Martin a Writers Guild of America Award

- By 2003, Steve Martin ranked 4th on box office stars list
(Cheaper by the Dozen earning over $130 million)
(Bringing Down The House earning over $130 million)

- The Pink Panther + The Pink Panther 2
Grossed over $230 million 
*I am a huge fan of the The Pink Panther franchise, from the original (starring David Niven, Robert Wagner, and Peter Sellers) to every sequel that has its own story.  Steve Martin is an excellent follow to Peter Sellers' unique, slapstick, and hilarious role as Inspector Clouseau.  I personally would recommend a rental or purchase depending on your cable setup.

- 2009 " article in The Guardian listed Martin as one of the best actors never to receive an Oscar nomination"

Steve Martin's writing career can be found on Wikipedia

Let's switch gears.  

Although I have seen many of Steve Martin's films, I am most intrigued by his musical comedy.

His career in bluegrass music is rather detailed, so I will leave Wikipedia to describe.

Point of intrigue -

In 2010, Steve Martin founded the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass - a $50,000 prize, bronze sculpture, and chance to perform with Steve Martin on the Late Show with David Letterman - to honor artistry and greater visibility to bluegrass performers.  Thus far, there have been eight recipients.  

Okay, now for musical comedy..."Jubilation Day."

Monday, March 25, 2019

Steve Martin - Musical Comedy Part 1

Steve Martin is a one of a kind individual with a career profoundly impacting American performing arts.

In this first part of a two-part series, I will highlight Steve Martin's career ultimately ending in musical comedy.

Let's meet Steve Martin -

He is an American actor, comedian, writer, producer, and musician.  He is furthermore an author, pianist, and banjo player.

Steve Martin's career began in the 1960s as a writer for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.  He was also a repeat guest on The Tonight Show.  In the 1970s, Steve Martin performed comedy routines on national tours.  In this time (and to the present), he was known exceptionally well for guest appearances on Saturday Night Live and a successful SNL host (27 appearances and 15 times hosting - only second to Alec Baldwin).  As of the 1980s, Steve Martin has focused on successful acting, writing, and music.

Critical acclaim -
- Emmy
- Grammy
- American Comedy Award
- Ranked No. 6 on list of 100 Greatest Stand-Up Comics (Comedy Central, 2004)
- Honorary Academy Award at 5th Annual Governors Awards (2013)

Musical hint -
As of the 2000s, Steve Martin has focused most of his career to music by playing the banjo, recording, and touring.  In 2002, Steve Martin and Earl Scruggs won a Grammy for Best Country Instrumental Performance.  In 2009, Steve Martin won a Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album (The Crow: New Songs for the 5-String Banjo).

(Source - Wikipedia)

Natural comedian & Natural musician 
Steve Martin - Atheists Don't Have No Song

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Set List Sunday Favorite

In this edition of Set List Sunday Favorite, I have to admit surprise.

"I Wish" and "Superstition" held the majority this week, including YouTube videos and regular posts.

I shared the YouTube live from London version of Duran Duran Wild Boys later this week with a follow up post...

...And this is where I am surprised.  The YouTube videos of "I Wish," "Superstition," and Lady Gaga's "I Wish" tribute to Stevie Wonder held the better part of this week.  I guess a part of me just assumed.

Yet, on this Sunday you chose Wild Boys Always Shine as your favorite.  This is okay!

In Wild Boys Always Shine, I noted Simon Le Bon's age, Nick Rhodes's age, John Taylor's age, and Roger Taylor's age as a consideration into whether they might still consider themselves the wild boys they once were just starting out as Duran Duran.  With time, the guys (if you will) are more refined and focused.  However, I think a slight part of them will always remain wild and will always shine.

And so the post will say the rest of it.  Follow the link above.  

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Wild Boys

In this edition of Saturday Music Pick, I am featuring "Wild Boys" as defined by the truly wild boys of Duran Duran - Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes, John Taylor, and Roger Taylor (Andy Taylor will always deserve due credit).  Simon will be 61 in October, Nick will be 57 in June, John will be 59 in June, and Roger will be 59 in April...but they do not look or act their age.  Duran Duran music and Duran Duran inspiration keeps them young at heart.  For this reason, Duran Duran will always be wild.

"The Wild Boys" background -
- 12th single
- Released in October 1984 in the UK & in November 1984 in the U.S.
- Only studio track on the live album, Arena (1984)

"The Wild Boys" Critical Acclaim -
- No. 2 on US Billboard Hot 100
- No. 2  on UK Singles Chart
- No. 1 in Germany, Italy, & Canada
- No. 3 in Australia

"The Wild Boys" Certification -
- Gold Canada
- Gold Germany
- Silver UK
- Gold U.S.

"The Wild Boys" Elsewhere -
- Decade:  Greatest Hits (1989)
- Night Versions:  The Essential Duran Duran (1998 - only in the U.S.)
- Greatest (1998)
- Strange Behaviour (1999)

(Source - Wikipedia)

And so to honor Simon, Nick, John, and Roger as forever wild boys on stage or perhaps recording, I once again present to you "Wild Boys" live from London.

Friday, March 22, 2019

At the end of the day

Welcome to the launch edition of At the end of the day! 

Lauren's Weekly Favorite features a personal favorite post from Monday to Thursday.

On Fridays - At the end of the day - I feature a select post from a themed series during the week.

In this launch edition, I am highlighting Stevie Wonder's "I Wish" YouTube video. 

There is just something about the lyrics to "I Wish" that I could continue with from Friday Fave.

Childhood is defined by enjoyed creativity - from toys to coloring books to using an active imagination.  Teen years are awkward because the body is going through so many changes and mental realizations.  Cliques define teen years, which can be difficult.  After high school graduation, young adults generally go to college or trade school or perhaps direct employment.  I don't necessarily count a person's 20s as full adulthood because when you are in your 20s, you are still finding your path in life and enjoying one last fling at being young.  By the age of 30, figure it out - whether it be an industry or a simple passion to pursue.

My childhood?  Typical.

My teen years?  Typical.

After high school graduation?  College and grad school.

My 20s?  In and out of the hospital for multiple mental illnesses.  I never got to enjoy my last fling at being young.

As of age 30, I figured it out - blogging and creative writing.

And so at the end of the day, Stevie Wonder sings it best -

Friday Fave

In this edition of Friday Fave, I am featuring I Wish... as the most well received post based on my stats.

"I Wish" is a reflection of Stevie Wonder's childhood in the 1950s and early 1960s. 

Consider select "I Wish" lyrics to better understand the song as a whole -

...Then my only worry
Was for Christmas what would be my toy
Even though we sometimes
Would not get a thing
We were happy with the
Joy the day would bring
...I wish those days could come back once more
Why did those days ever have to go
...Cause I love them so

He got into trouble as a young boy, but all children get into trouble.  He learned better as he grew up and knew that childhood antics aren't always right, but in the moment...

I think all adults can relate to "I Wish."  The innocence of childhood tends to get lost as we grow into adult responsibilities.  The pure joy of life is best felt early in life.  Adulthood has its own perks, but during the work week, life is based on the morning alarm clock and office clock ticking away.  I think that for adults, joy includes Friday afternoon rush hour because the work week is over, weekend plans out or just staying home, a sigh of relief when chores are kept up to date...and I suppose so many other reasons.

At any rate, "I Wish" is meant for the young at heart.

On this note,
Happy Friday!

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Lauren's Weekly Favorite

In this edition of Lauren's Weekly Favorite, Stevie Wonder was the primary feature and the two songs shared - "I Wish" and "Superstition" - are personal favorites.

Of the two, though, I would have to preference "I Wish" and specifically Lady Gaga's performance in tribute to Stevie Wonder in 2015.

An encore performance on Set List...

Always remember,
Play it!

Random iTunes Selection

"One Thing Leads To Another" is on my iTunes collection and is the feature for today. 

"One Thing Leads To Another" is not a series highlight, but just a random selection I felt worth sharing.

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"One Thing Leads To Another" is, according to Wikipedia, the band's most successful song - No. 4 on US Billboard Hot 100 in 1983 and No. 2 on US Mainstream Rock Tracks.
Reach the Beach is the second studio album by The Fixx - a British new wave band - released in 1983.
The Fixx - Reach the Beach.jpg
Reach the Beach is the most acclaimed album in the band's history - much the way "One Thing Leads To Another" is, which happens to be the first track out of ten on the album.
Critical acclaim -
- No. 8 on Billboard 200 album chart
- 2 million copies sold in the U.S. alone
- Certified Platinum by the RIAA
Another well-known track by The Fixx is "Saved by Zero" - the fourth track on the original album and first on the 2003 bonus track list.  Critical acclaim - No. 20 on US Billboard Hot 100 and No. 9 on US Top Rock Tracks. 
Point of interest for "Saved by Zero" - it is played in the background of the Fidelity Investments commercial (2018).
And so I conclude my random iTunes selection.
"One Thing Leads To Another" - Wikipedia
Reach the Beach - Wikipedia
"Saved by Zero" - Wikipedia

One Thing Leads To Another

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Wild Boys Always Shine

When Simon Le Bon became a grandfather in 2018, I could not help  but wonder how he can still be a wild boy by concert and touring standards.  Do fans keep him young?  Does recording new albums keep him young?  Do set list performances keep him young?  Simon Le Bon's age - 61 in October - does not match his energy and eagerness to keep going.

And then there is Roger Taylor.  He has three grown children with his first wife (divorced in 2005) and a young son (born in 2011) with his current wife.  When he is not recording, traveling, or performing, he DJ's on the side...with an intense beat not necessarily related to someone of his age.  Roger Taylor's age - 59 in April - certainly does not match his energy and eagerness to keep going (especially as happily stated in the brief documentary following the Live from London DVD).  The question is - how can he still be a wild boy?

And then there is Nick Rhodes - the youngest of Duran Duran.  On a personal note, he is well known for relationships with much younger women...not that too many people would care.  From an instrumental point of view, do constant updates to synths keep him young?  Interesting point - He once had to back off from a concert performance due to exhaustion.  He, of course, was able to bounce back.  Nick Rhodes's age - 57 in June - certainly does not match his energy and eagerness to keep going.  (Humorous note - In the brief documentary, he spoke of how the concert set list could not get any longer when the guys really wanted to add more to the upcoming performance.)

And then there is John Taylor - shortly following Nick in birthdays.  I think...I think John defines wild boy from the time Duran Duran was formed to perhaps the present.  His personal past made him quite the wild boy, but now he always seems upbeat.  John Taylor's age - 59 in June - certainly does not match his energy and eagerness to keep going.

I think music keeps all musicians young.  In the case of Duran Duran, their music genre and constant need to keep up to date for albums and excited fans has to keep them wild boys at heart.

Wild boys truly do shine.

Duran Duran Wild Boys

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Stevie Wonder Superstition

Very superstitious

...Superstition ain't the way...

As written in the lyrics for "Superstition" by Stevie Wonder.

"Superstition" was released as the lead single to Stevie Wonder's 15th studio album, Talking Book, in 1972.

Talking Book.jpg
Reception -
- No. 1 in the U.S.
- No. 1 on the soul singles chart
- No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 in 1973
- No. 11 in UK Singles Chart in 1973
- No. 74 500 Greatest Songs of All Time - Rolling Stone, 2004
- Platinum in Italy and the UK
(Refer to Wikipedia for a detailed background of the writing and recording of "Superstition.")
I am a fan of Stevie Wonder, but mainly as found on iTunes.  I will say that I discovered "I Wish" through the Lady Gaga performance and immediately turned to iTunes to download the song.
In Stevie Wonder's career, he has earned 48 Grammy nominations, 23 Grammy Awards, and the prestigious Gershwin Prize as presented to him by former President Barack Obama in 2009.
In the 1980s, actor Eddie Murphy portrayed Stevie Wonder on Saturday Night Live alongside Stevie Wonder himself.  Where Stevie Wonder is a musical genius with plentiful successes to his name, Eddie Murphy is a genius at looking and sounding exactly like Stevie Wonder.
And so let's dedicate the above "Superstition" YouTube video as performed by Stevie Wonder.
As always,
Play it!

Monday, March 18, 2019

LADY GAGA – I Wish (in tribute to Stevie Wonder 2015, HD)

Stevie Wonder - I Wish (the original version)

I Wish...

...those days could come back once more... grow up and learn that kinda thing ain't right...

Self-proclaimed in "I Wish" by Stevie Wonder.

"I Wish" was released as a single and as part of the album, Songs in the Key of Life, in 1976.

Songs in the key of life.jpg

"I Wish" reflected on Stevie Wonder's childhood from the 1950s to the early 1960s.

Reception -
- No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100
- No. 1 on soul singles chart
- No. 1 on Billboard R&B 1976-1877
- No. 51 on Billboard Hot 100 in 1977

(Refer to Wikipedia for global reception)

So let's dedicate the above "I Wish" YouTube video as performed by Stevie Wonder and a special tribute by Lady Gaga to Stevie Wonder on YouTube.

As always,
Play it!

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Set List Sunday Favorite

In this edition of Set List Sunday Favorite, Sarah Jarosz's music has defined the whole of this week.  The best summary of Sarah Jarosz's background is actually the most well received post for the week - Sarah Jarosz iTunes Collection.

Sarah Jarosz is a young talent (she will be 28 years old in May) with a long and successful road ahead of her.  She defines the Bluegrass, Folk, Country Folk, and Americana genres with a fresh and modern take.  I find Bluegrass, Folk, Country Folk, and Americana to be as specific in genre interest as Country Music.  Of course, Country Music has a dedicated awards ceremony and Sarah has been nominated three times and won twice at the Grammy Awards, so.

Tell Me True on YouTube, Run Away on YouTube, and Dark Road on YouTube created a three-way tie as favorites this week.

With this said, there is one last song and album worth consideration - "House of Mercy" on Undercurrent.

Undercurrent is Sarah Jarosz's fourth studio album, released in 2016.  Success - 2016 Grammy for Best Folk Album, one nomination.

"House of Mercy" - Third track out of 11 on Undercurrent.  Success - 2017 Grammy for Best American Roots Performance.

On this Set List Sunday Favorite, enjoy "House of Mercy" below.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Where The Road Will Lead Us

In this edition of Saturday Music Pick, I am featuring the final track from The Rippingtons album, Weekend in Monaco.

"Where The Road Will Lead Us" follows "Highroller" to complete the album.  "Highroller' and "Where The Road Will Lead Us" are on entirely opposite ends of the rhythm spectrum.  "Highroller" is upbeat and catchy.  "Where The Road Will Lead Us" is subdued and soothing.  I personally would not place the two songs next to each other.

Consider the post Highroller.

Now, close your eyes and imagine a tropical beach - any island you prefer.  Imagine the morning sun slowly rising above the horizon.  Waves gently lap against the shoreline.  The water is crystal clear blue, teal, and all breathtaking colors in between.  Seagulls chirp as they fly above the sandy beach.  The air is filled with dewy warmth.

The instrumental soon falls into place.

Can you see this? 

Listen closely and let me know what you think!

Friday, March 15, 2019

Amazon Associate Farewell

Dear readers and passersby,

I am so sad to say that my application for the role of Amazon Associate is likely not going to be accepted.  I did not achieve the requisite three qualified sales within 180 days of sign up.

For some time, I was eager and hopeful to have an affiliate marketing title - Associate.  However, I know that I am not the quintessential salesman.  So I am okay not to formally join Amazon's program.

My heart is first with posting on Set List and all else just falls into place.

Set List is my forever passion and tapping into interest and intrigue with you - my readers and passersby - means everything.

Thank you for stopping by.

And as always...

Play it!

Friday Fave

In this edition of Friday Fave, I am featuring Sarah Jarosz iTunes Collection and Tell Me True as a dual favorite based on my stats. 

In short, the Sarah Jarosz iTunes Collection post detailed Sarah's background as a singer-songwriter in the Americana, Country Folk, Folk, and Bluegrass genres.  The post also detailed her success as a young talent (at nearly the age of 28).  In the Sarah Jarosz iTunes Collection, I listed favorite songs discovered through my mother's personal iTunes collection...

This post leads to the second popular post based on my stats - Tell Me True.  "Tell Me True" is a track from Sarah's first studio album, Song Up in Her Head (2009).  The post primarily highlighted the song via YouTube.

And so on this note, the posts will say the rest of it.  Follow the links above.

Happy Friday!

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Lauren's Weekly Favorite

In this edition of Lauren's Weekly Favorite, Sarah Jarosz was the sole feature and every song posted is a personal favorite.

In summary, I thought I would share Sarah Jarosz iTunes Collection.

As with country music and rap music, I never considered folk or bluegrass to be of interest.  However, Sarah Jarosz adds a young yet beautifully timeless take on the Americana genre.

And so with this said...

Always remember,
Play it!

Dark Road

"Dark Road" is the fifth track out of 11 on the album, Build Me Up from BonesBuild Me Up from Bones is Sarah Jarosz's third studio album, released in 2013.

Enjoy "Dark Road" below.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Run Away

"Run Away" is the first track out of 11 on the album, Follow Me DownFollow Me Down is Sarah Jarosz's second studio album, released in 2011.

Enjoy "Run Away" below.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Tell Me True

"Tell Me True" is the third track out of 13 on the album, Song Up in Her HeadSong Up in Her Head is Sarah Jarosz's first studio album, released in 2009.

Enjoy "Tell Me True" below.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Sarah Jarosz iTunes Collection

Sarah Jarosz is an American singer-songwriter in the genres of Americana, Country Folk, Bluegrass, and Folk.  Her instrumental talents include the mandolin, banjo, guitar, and octave mandolin.

Sarah Jarosz has recorded four studio albums -

Song Up in Her Head (2009)
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Follow Me Down (2011)
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Build Me Up from Bones (2013)
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Undercurrent (2016)
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Critical acclaim -

Americana Music Honors & Awards
- Emerging Artist of the Year (Nominated 2010)
- Instrumentalist of the Year (Nominated 2011)
- "Come Around" Song of the Year (Nominated 2012)
- Build Me Up from Bones Album of the Year (Nominated 2014)

Grammy Awards
- Best Country Instrumental Performance (Nominated 2009)
- Build Me Up from Bones Best Folk Album (Nominated 2014)
- "Build Me Up from Bones" Best American Roots Song (Nominated 2014)
- Undercurrent Best Folk Album (Won 2017)
- Best American Roots Performance (Won 2017)

- "a songwriter of uncommon wisdom" (Austin Chronicle)
- NPR and Rolling Stone interviews
- described as a contemporary-bluegrass prodigy
- New York Times acclaim

(A full background can be found on Wikipedia.)

I discovered Sarah Jarosz through my mother's iTunes collection and have since created my own iTunes collection that includes -

"Tell Me True"

"Run Away"

"Dark Road"

In posts to come, I will share each song individually.

My anticipated take away -

Sarah Jarosz is a young talent (born in 1991) that brings in a fresh take on folk music.  She taps into common interest from an Americana genre point of view, allowing listeners to enjoy any aspect of her songs - whether it be lyrics, vocals, instrumentals, a combination, or all.  As a fan, I enjoy all.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Set List Sunday Favorite

In this edition of Set List Sunday Favorite, The Rippingtons are by far the most well-received this week with Friday Fave - The Rippingtons in the lead.

On Set List, I tend to assume rock music will be the most popular.  I especially assume Duran Duran will take the forefront.  When I do write about jazz in any format it may be, I tend to lean toward Chris Botti and Miles Davis.  I consider both to fall under classic jazz.  When I wrote about my Boney James album collection with specific focus on the song, "RPM," positive reader response was surprising in a good way.  And so now, with consistent posts about smooth jazz and The Rippingtons in particular, I am once again surprised by positive reader response.

And so the post will say the rest of it.  Follow the link above.