Michael McDonald leant his smooth soulful voice and his gospel-inspired keyboard playing to Steely Dan, The Doobie Brothers and countless other musical artists during the 70s, 80s and 90s! Let's explore the fascinating career that crossed from Classic Rock to Pop to Motown to Yacht Rock and see if we can discover what made EVERYONE want that "Michael McDonald Sound."
Keith Jarrett is the epitome of melody, the king of lyricism and the master of the motif. Explore the Standards In Norway album with me as we discover the genius of this master together.
Explore the musical side of Jack Black with me - from his beginnings with Tenacious D to his obsession with Bobby Mcferrin to School of Rock and his ability to tap into various musical styles at the drop of a hat.
I hope you enjoy these melodies/songs as much as I enjoyed compiling this list of my favorites and yours. So fun to explore such beauty that ranges from Puccini, to Ravel, to Joplin, to Glenn Miller, to Neil Young, to Bowie, to Linkin Park! A beautiful melody is a beautiful melody, regardless of genre or decade.
Diane Warren, Billie Eilish, Beyonce, Lin Manuel Miranda and Van Morrisson are all up for for best original song for the 2022 Academy Awards and I'm giving all five songs my honest opinion. Who do you think will get the Oscar? Let me know in the comments on YouTube!
Ride around and listen to me muse about my experience "speaking the jazz language."
Learn about the music - the key changes, the orchestration, the emotion of Barry Manilow with me and have a little laugh about the Homecoming Concert in Central Park last summer. Much thanks to Matthew G for inspiring this video
I flew up to Berkeley for a whirlwind trip this week - to see my hero, Bobby McFerrin. Let me tell you all about it!
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