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These podcasts I find myself coming back time and time again, laid back, relaxing podcast. I guess this past week has been long one and I was hoping to publish this podcast last week but time got away from me. This podcast was a little long for me as well (close to 90 minutes). I’m going to get back to having just an hour a little over.

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  1. Heather’s Song-Andy McKee
  2. The Lady and The Sea-Special EFX
  3. Consolation-Rick Peller
  4. Walk And Talk Like Angels-Toni Childs
  5. Honeymoon Nights-Mark Isham
  6. Strawberry Letter 23-The Brothers Johnson
  7. Trail of Tears-Peter Buffett
  8. People-Level 42
  9. Day By Day-Point of Grace
  10. Home Life-John Mayer
  11. Time and the River-Fred Simon
  12. Mercy Street-Peter Gabriel
  13. Geometry-Michael Manring
  14. The Way That I Want You-Tanita Tikaram
  15. Riverwalk-Spyro Gyra
  16. Show Me-Seal
  17. Visiting-Will Ackerman
  18. Jamaica Farewell-Earl Klugh

Heather’s Song by Andy McKee remind me of a autumn day and for me Autumn is a time for new beginnings. Just sitting here listening to this song brings a smile to my face and my love more and more for artists who has the gift to make the acoustic guitar shine in a world where electronic samples dominates the music airwaves. I hope one day to see this gentleman in concert.

If you have been following my blog you know I am a huge fan of Special EFX. This is one group I wish I would have had a chance to see live. The late George Jinda still blows me away whenever I hear perform on their tracks. “The Lady and the Sea” is a very mellow/laid back track that makes me miss the 80s when it comes to their music and the 90s when I finally began realizing that I wasn’t going back to my old neighborhood.

Rick Peller’s “Consolation” from the Windham Hill Piano Sampler is beautiful and yet makes you reflect at the same time. Sometimes hearing compositions like this can make me break down and cry because for me it forces me to think about everything I have went through growing up…the loneliness, the crushes I had on young ladies that in the end never gave me a second look but for some reason made me keep moving forward because deep down I knew God had a plan for me.

Toni Childs‘ “Walk and Talk Like Angels” is one of those tunes that brings an image of a young, beautiful, innocent lady with a long Autumn Dress that is on a swing. This was a song that brings to mind wholesome, quality companionship because in the rush, rush world it’s good to just slow down.

The music from Mark Isham has been memorizing/haunting/surreal and “Honeymoon Nights” is no exception. I love and respect trumpet players and when you can blend acoustic and electronic with a hint ambient that is really cool. From his self-titled LP every track to me is a journey of making you take time and soak in every track.

You can not tell me that Strawberry Letter 23 by the Brothers Johnson does not make you lean back in a chair and just “chill”. Two thing I truly realize now…Louis Johnson is a heck of a bassist and Lee Ritenour made that guitar solo bumped this track up to another level.

Back in the late 80s I work as a overnight janitor cleaning Target stores and I came across this compilation LP from the Narada label, and the song “Trail of Tears” by Peter Buffett made me feel when the Native Americans were forced to relocate. For me, it lets me know that America is still paying for that horrible mistake.

To me, Level 42 never received the respect here in the states for their gift of not only nice music arrangements but song writing. Mark King, Mark Lindup and the Gould Brothers. Standing in the Light has some great tunes on the LP and “People” is a very soft but truth telling song with lead vocals by keyboardist Mark Lindup.

Growing up in church I was turned off by some of the songs I heard because to me they seemed so…depressing. Years later I began hearing songs by BeBe & CeCe, The Newsboys, Kirk Franklin. This let me know that it was cool to have upbeat music arrangements and still respect God. I find myself following Christians songs and this track “Day by Day” by Point of Grace is pretty cool and makes me truly thank my Lord and Savior every day for situations He has brought me through.

My favorite LP by John Mayer is “Heavier Things”. It’s a rarity for me to enjoy EVERY track on a vocal LP but this one I played over and over and I hooked my queen on his music. This is another guy that not only plays the guitar well but is a very smart/witty song writer. “Home Life” I think tells my life story and again takes me to a Autumn day (you see a pattern here with me when it comes to the Fall season…I can’t wait).

What can I say about this gifted pianist/keyboardist that the critics have not said about him. I have Fred Simon’s “Usually/Always” on cassette LP and the CD. This track “Time and the River” is only on the CD. Whenever I hear any of his tracks from this LP I think of a soundtrack. I know this song has never been in a movie but it makes me think “movie”. Produced by well known acoustic bassist Steve Rodby I’m glad I held on to the cassette LP close to 15 years.

When hearing the “So” LP by Peter Gabriel for me the first thing I think of is the X-Files. His songs I think would fit perfect in that series (especially Seasons 1-5). “Mercy Street” is a song that I pictured in a novel and screenplay (which I never wrote). For me Peter Gabriel, Kate Bush has tracks that make me think of a grim futurist era that there once was hope then lost and trying to get back to that time of optimist again.

I hope to see Michael Manring in concert one day. This blessed bassist not only good when playing with an ensemble but I hear his solo concerts are something to check out as well. This bass solo track “Geometry” from his “Toward the Center of the Night” is really impressive. I have been following Michael Manring for a minute and I have to admit, I miss his days when he was at Windham Hill but time marches on and we can’t live in the past but thank God I have his earlier work to take me back to that time and place

Everybody know my love for Tanita Tikaram. I love her husky/sultry/haunting voice. Just about every track I hear from her I truly love and “The Way That I Want You” ranks up there for me as beautiful. I don’t know if she still performs but I have to work hard to get other LPs from her.

Some artists take me back to when I first moved over here to Missouri, when I was single this LP by Spyro Grya does that for me. “Point of View” to me is one of best work. I love the vibes sounds from Dave Samuels, the keyboard work of Tom Schuman and of course the sax work of Jay Beckenstein. “Riverwalk” is a very laid back, relaxing Sunday morning song to play while you’re having breakfast with that special someone.

Seal’s first LP was a very refreshing because for me it was very different and innovative because some of the songs blended together and Wendy and Lisa (from Prince) working on this project was really cool. Even though “Violet” is my favorite cut on this LP “Show Me” ranks up there for me as well. For me it’s really sad that many musicians in the UK truly love putting together quality music and I miss the Black bands here in the states. I love how string arrangements are arranged on this track.

One person I would love to sit in on and watch him work would be William Ackerman. The founder of Windham Hill records (who sold it in ’96 to Sony/BMG to get back to his roots of recording in a small setting) has this very beautiful song “Waiting”. With the help of Michael Manring, the late Chuck Greenberg(founder of the group Shadowfax) . This song will relax the most stressed out person because of the arrangements of the acoustic guitar/fretless bass/and the lyricon

Wrapping up this music set is a cool track from one of my favorite acoustic guitarist Earl Klugh. “Jamaica Farewell” from his “Late Night Guitar” LP is very soothing, full of warmth and makes me slump down in my chair with the sheer feeling of delightful feelings.

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{shout outs from: Todd Kelley, Fave, Macedonia}

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