Saturday, August 16, 2014

Date night with my hubby and saxophonist Marion Meadows

There is nothing more romantic than hanging out with your significant other,  and watching a musician play his or her saxophone, and if the music is equally as good, it makes it even sweeter.

While browsing my news feeds and checking my email, I learned that saxophonist Marion Meadows would be in my town at Warmdaddy's restaurant on Columbus Blvd in Philly, Friday, August 15th.  This was also the same night we were planning to attend the free summer jazz concert at Penn's Landing; There was no hesitation on my part; I called the husband, and said, "honey change of plans, we got a date night with Marion Meadows".

We chose the first set at 7:30pm so we could have dinner while we enjoyed the show.  Warmdaddy's has been around for quite some time and locally known for their southern cuisine and great music.  Since changing their location, the nostalgia is gone from the old bluesy decor and style at its former home, but many loyal people still flock to their new home for the food, drinks and of course the music.

If I had to change one thing it would be the modern decor, but I still like coming here when I can.

Marion Meadows is as sexy as he is talented. His petite but well toned, manly frame fits him so well.  His music is a mix of sensual, upbeat, soul and a hint of soft rock. He plays his saxophone like he's married to it, and that is not a bad thing. He touched on some of and his old and new music, and in between wowing the crowd he spoke a few words about his love of Philly.

The last time I saw Marion play was at the Rehoboth Beach Jazz Fest 2013. During this event he was a part of entourage of other musicians, playing a variety of different instruments and tunes. At Warmdaddy's it was quite different because he played his own music.

That is one of the things I love most about small venues like Warmdaddy's. You get that up close and personal feeling of being one on one with the musician.  You are only hearing their music, and if you have favorites from their CD's, you may not hear what you want, but it also may expose you to something new. After his first set, he came into the crowd and spoke to people and just as I was leaving the ladies room, I was going to tell him how much I enjoyed his show and his new CD, Black Pearl, but a few ladies snatched him up so quick for pictures, I didn't stand a chance.  All is well. There is always a next time, and I am looking forward to seeing him perform again.  Thanks for the date night Marion!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

In My Listening Booth with the late "Teena Marie"

Call her a song bird, or an ivory sister with a soulful voice, but one thing she wasn't, is just an ordinary singer. The late Teena Marie was everything you could want in a singer, whether you were feeling like the blues, madly in love, or just going through the motions in a new relationship, Teena had a song for you.  Unfortunately I never got a chance to see her sing live, but I am grateful to have a good collection of her many many great songs.  One of my all time favorites that I still play often is "Miracles need wings to fly".  Oh how I love this song, and she sang it like no one else could.

"Last night I saw a shooting star fall from the sky, I thought of you and wished you here.  "I tried to kiss your lips, invade your private dreams, but miracles need wings to fly".

Beautiful words from a song that tugs at my heart strings every time I hear it. I often wonder when I hear this song, who was she talking about. What happened in that relationship that helped her create this song. Who knows, she could have made the song up out of thin air, but when I hear lyrics like that, the only thought that comes to mind, this is being sung from the heart, from experience.

The soulful range in her voice is rare and hard to master. It reminds me of a someone who is gifted as an visual artist, a great chef or musician.  That type of talent comes from within, from the soul.

Whether a song is written by the artists themselves or song writer, only someone as gifted and talented as Teena Marie, Aretha Franklin, Phyllis Hyman, and many more female artists, can sing the most magical of songs.

RIP Teena!

"Miracles Need Wings To Fly"