Two for Tuesday: Peter White

It’s closer to Wednesday here, but I have a couple here from smooth jazz guitarist Peter White. Peter got his start working with Al Stewart (of “Time Passages” fame), and worked with jazz singer Basia in the 1990’s. He’s recorded 13 albums since 1990 and gets a significant amount of play on smooth jazz stations. He and saxophonist Mindi Abair have worked together often in the last few years, including a Christmas concert series with trumpet player Rick Braun.

The first song is “Bueno Funk,” from his 2001 album Glow. It was recorded in July 2011 at the Star of the Desert Arena in Primm, NV, and features Peter on acoustic guitar, Euge Groove on saxophone, Greg Karukas on keyboard, Darryl Williams on bass, Ross Bolton on guitar, and Darryl Williams on drums. The second is a cover of the Isley Brothers’ “Who’s That Lady,” also from Glow, recorded in September 2011 at the Kettle Moraine Jazz Festival. It features White, Karukas, Evan Knight on saxophone, Khari Parker on drums and vocals, and Sharay Reed on bass.

And, with eight minutes to spare, that’s your Two for Tuesday, June 4, 2013…

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#ROW80: Holiday edition

I had a good holiday weekend. Mary and I had been talking about upgrading the computer, and we had an opportunity to do that. It’s another Mac Mini, but with four times the memory and twice the hard drive (as if that’s ever been a problem), and I can run 64-bit applications on it. At the same time, there are applications that will no longer work on it, most notably the version of Microsoft Office that I had been using. Faced with the prospect of dropping another couple hundred on it, I downloaded OpenOffice.org, which can create documents compatible with Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and it’s free. Take that, Bill Gates.

On to the update:

  • Writing: Slacked off a little and didn’t write every day, but that’s all right: I got more writing in than I would have if I sat in front of the TV doing nothing at all. I’m learning to live with the days that I don’t feel like writing.
  • Reading and Tweeting: Not much of either. Next time through, I don’t think I’ll set either as a goal.

See you next week.

Two for Tuesday: Michael Franks

Samba Blue

Rainy night in Tokyo

I love holiday weekends. The week doesn’t begin on Monday; it begins on Tuesday. I got up this morninbg and realized that I hadn’t done “Two For Tuesday” yet, and I panicked. No, not really, but I realized that I hadn’t thought about it. I was writing my morning 750 words and listening to Accuradio.com‘s “Smooth Guitar” channel, and today’s first selection, “Samba Blue,” from Michael Franks’ most recent album, 2011’s Time Together, came on, and I had my answer.

Michael Franks has been around since I was in high school. His eponymous first album was released in 1973 (I graduated in 1974). Eighteen albums (and numerous collections, retrospectives, and “Best Of”s) and forty years later, his voice is still as warm and clear. I like how he can bring you somewhere with his voice, whether it be Paris or Tokyo (as in our second selection, “Rainy Night In Tokyo,” from 1983’s Passionfruit) or his deck, as he does in “Now That Summer’s Here,” the first selection off of his latest album.

Visit his website and you’ll notice he and his wife are animal lovers who support Hearts United for Animals and their local SPCA, both worthy charities (and, as an aside, if you’re thinking of letting a dog or cat into your heart, check your local shelters, where so many older animals are looking for someone to fall in love with them).

Enjoy Michael Franks, your Two for Tuesday, May 28, 2013.

#ROW80: Oh, yeah, it’s Wednesday….

I knew that I was forgetting something!

This has not been a particularly good week. I spent the latter half of last week dealing with computer issues. We had been having sporadic issues where our wireless network at home would be fine for a while, then all of a sudden decide to go out to lunch and leave us sitting there watching the wheel spin around. Resetting the router would help for a while, then it would start again. Using a wired connection, with my netbook connected directly to the router, was the same way: it would work fine for thirty minutes, then hang for ten.

Finally I decided to bite the bullet and buy a new wireless router, since the old one had been in service since before the stroke. I received the new one on Friday (Amazon is wonderful), plugged it in, configured it, and everything worked fine.

For about an hour.

Then the same thing happened with the new router.

I Googled “wireless router hangs” and read several of the top articles, all of which suggested that I look for a source of electromagnetic interference. I thought it might be the shredder, the printer, the television, even the cable modem (which I couldn’t really unplug, but I could move it farther from the router), and none of those seemed to be the issue. I was ready to turn my attention to the six-outlet power source that sits on the computer table, and stopped…

About two weeks ago, Mary got a new cellphone. I charged it for her by plugging the charger into the aforementioned power source (it’s nice because it sits on the table so that I don’t have to get on the floor to plug things in). When her phone was charged, I unplugged it from the charger and left the charger plugged in (I know, I’m not supposed to do that, sue me). I realized that it had been since I had plugged it in that we started experiencing problems….

So, I unplugged it, and we haven’t had the problem since.

CONELRAD: CONtrol of ELectromagnetic RADiation. Something I should have known to do...
CONELRAD: CONtrol of ELectromagnetic RADiation. Something I should have known to do.

Anyway, on to the update:

  • Writing: I’ve figured out a way to get this done early in the day: Write the stories into 750Words.com. The stories are lousy first drafts, anyway, might as well write them while I’m throwing words on the screen first thing in the morning. I started doing this yesterday morning. So I wrote a story four days out of seven.
  • Reading: Focused on short stories from the collection Best Short Stories From The Saturday Evening Post Great American Fiction Contest 2013. This gives me some idea what people are writing as well as giving me examples of what award-winning short fiction looks like. It’s fun reading, and I’m learning a lot. I read the first five stories in the book over the last seven days.
  • Tweeting: Not as much Twitter this week as I have been doing. I’m not losing sleep over it.

So, that’s the news from this end. Hope your week is going well.

Two for Tuesday: Chuck Loeb

I have wanted to feature Chuck Loeb for several weeks now, as we did Fourplay three weeks ago and Chuck replaced Larry Carlton as the guitarist in 2010. Today’s videos come from a gig at London’s Pizza Express in October 2010, courtesy of Jimi King at Sky.FM Smooth Jazz. Personnel include Chuck on guitar, Oli Silk on keyboards, Frank Felix on bass, and Andrew Small on drums. The first tune here is “Sarao,” originally recorded on Chuck’s 2002 Shanachie release All There Is. The second is a cover of “Rock With You,” which Michael Jackson originally recorded on his 1983 album Off The Wall.

For once here, I’m going to shut up and let you enjoy. You can find out more about him at his official website. Enjoy!