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Hollis Jordan "Runaway" the Video and the Batmobile? with Bruce Hilliard
It’s often said by musicians that “music is in my blood.” In the case of Detroit RandB/Pop singer/producer Hollis Jordan, nothing could be more accurate. Jordan is the younger brother of well-known area producer, MoStaxx. He is also the 2nd cousin of Def Jam Recording artist and #1 Billboard charting female rapper, BO$$. If you look further up Hollis’ family tree, you will find one of the most well-loved and influential jazz musicians, Louis Armstrong, a 6th cousin. So, it’s no surprise that Hollis Jordan would stake his own claim on the family business. At a young age he debuted a self-released national single, “Live For the Moment”.
Now, Hollis Jordan is back with https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkQPnbYzPbg (“Runaway,” )a dance single and video collaboration produced by Hollis and features upcoming female artist, Zaire Danae. Written by Hollis Jordan, along with Zaire Danae and Chris Delshawn Manns, the video was directed by Tommie Green.
Israel's Ambassador of the Blues Andy Watts' "Supergroove" with Bruce Hilliard
Premier blues guitarist Andy Watts has earned a reputation as Israel’s Ambassador of the Blues. Over the years he has brought some of the world’s leading blues artists to Israel to perform and record with his 9-piece rockin’ blues band, Andy Watts and Blues on Fire, known as the biggest RandB show in Israel. Andy’s recent guests have included Joe Louis Walker, Kenny Neal, Lucky Peterson, Rick Estrin, Bernard Allison, Eliza Neals and others. Andy developed such great musical chemistry with Kenny Neal that Kenny wound up co-producing Andy’s new album, SUPERGROOVE, for his new label, BOOGA Music, in cooperation with the VizzTone label group and BratGirlmedia label management.
SUPERGROOVE features Watts’ signature guitar work and his great band – including bass, drums, keyboards, trumpet, trombone, saxophones and occasional guest harmonica. For vocalists, the album features special guests Joe Louis Walker and Eliza Neals, plus explosive soul singer Roy Young, Danny Shoshan and Gadi Altman.Half of the songs are Watts originals, while the others dig into classics by Freddie King and longtime influence Peter Green, plus compositions by Walker, Coastin’ Hank, and others.
Gathering Time, Stuart Markus and the New Album "Old Friends" with Bruce Hilliard
Maybe the best vocal group on this show to date. Stuart Markus is our guest. He talks about the band and their new album Old Friends.
Short BioGathering Time is an internationally touring folk-rock harmony AAA/Americana trio in the spirit of the '60s and beyond, playing original, classic 20th-century, and trad tunes. Like a co-ed CSN, GT is known for astute songwriting, spirited and accomplished musicianship -- and a stellar vocal blend.
Stuart Markus, Hillary Foxsong and Gerry McKeveny evince deep roots in ‘60s folk-rock, with a healthy dash of traditional folk in the mix. Their stage chemistry makes clear that they take the music (if not themselves) very seriously, yet their infectious energy wins over even fans who never considered themselves folkies.http://bettereachday.me/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/download.jpg ()
Gathering Time swept the international folk radio chart Folk DJ-List in March 2016, as their original CD Keepsake took the #1 album and #1 song slots which, with five other songs in the top 25, landed them as the #1 artist as well. This followed on the heels of When One Door Closes (#3 album, January 2014) and Red Apples and Gold (#5 album, September 2012).
Since then they've followed up with three top-5 singles: "Tanglewood Tree" (Dave Carter), #3 in March 2017, and a joint 2-song release with Mara Levine, "By My Silence" (Bukstel/Annis) and "Too Far to Turn Back Now" (Markus), #1 and #4 in September 2017.
To date, Gathering Time has had a record five juried showcases at NERFA (Tricentrics in 2009 and ’10, a Formal in 2011, a mini-NERFA showcase in 2013 and a Quad in 2015); they were one of the three Emerging Artists at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in 2012 voted “Most Wanted” to return in 2013.
Whether a tribute show of ‘60s classics or a concert of (mostly) originals, a night with Gathering Time will make evident why they were voted one of “Long Island’s Best” by the Long Island Press.
Why Don't You Just Shut Your Big Yapper ~ Halloween 2020 with Bruce Hilliard
The script: It’s Halloween 2020, a year to remember indeed. Welcome to the Better Each Day podcast. Trick or treat, from six feet, throw the candy to the street. I’m Bruce Hilliard and I approve this message.
Set your clocks back, wear your mask, drink your Ovaltine and wash your junk.
This year is fraught with fright. Los Angeles won both the NBA Championship and the World Series but the LA fans weren’t allowed to attend the games. Only cut outs and a select few.http://bettereachday.me/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/edwin-hooper-Q8m8cLkryeo-unsplash-1024x683.jpg ()
Dressing up in costumes was once a way to hide from ghosts. The tradition originated as a way for the Celtic and other European people to hide from the spirits who returned at this time of year. People wore masks when they left their homes after dark so the ghosts would think they were fellow spirits. This year there’s a world of masked people everywhere. The ghosts are thinking they’re at Comic-Con.
Halloween falls on a blue moon. Okay, a blue moon in the Northern Hemisphere but that’s okay for the sake of my point since Halloween is celebrated only in the Northern Hemisphere.
The first full moon of this month fell on October first. It was the Northern Hemisphere’s https://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/harvest-moon-2 (Harvest Moon), or full moon nearest the September equinox. This month will have a second full moon, which – by popular decree – shall be called a Blue Moon. It’ll come on October 31 which is the night of Halloween.http://bettereachday.me/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/images-2.jpg ()
There won’t be another blue moon on Halloween for another 19 years. The next time the blue moon will be on Halloween will be in the year 2039.
Even scarier is the presidential election. In a few days there will be votes followed by accusations of fraud and blame. Blame never results in progress but that’s what fuels our candidates narratives.
One Halloween in about 1959...When I was four my mom took an old sheet, cut out some eye holes and dressed me up as a ghost. She dropped me off with some strangers in the basement of our church and left me with a thousand other kids dressed as hobos and witches.
We played a game that involved closing our eyes and being spun around by one of the grown up 13-year-old girls. When I opened my eyes I couldn’t see anything but white sheet.
I started to wander. I found a wall to use as a guide and after a minute or two of feeling my way around I heard a door close and there I was in darkness.
The next day they found me in the coat closet.
That was an excerpt from Orson Wells’ War of the Worlds from an October 30th 1938 radio show, the original fake news. It caused mass hysteria and inspired journalists to this very day.
By request, a song I recently wrote about Saturday nights...a girl that wants to go where the other kids are going...the local Saturday night dance shootout. She puts on best jeans, checks herself out in the mirror...all systems go except...Your Momma Won’t Let You Go.
Well, trick or treaters are a knockin’. I’m going to the door to look at their innocent little masked faces, remind them to remain six feet away from everything, wash their hands, wear a seatbelt, eat your broccoli, don’t run with scissors, take your Flintstone vitamins, look both ways before crossing the street, if a freak on the street grabs you scream like Hell, don’t bet on slow horses and above all, have a happy Halloween 2020. They only come once in a blue moon.
Australia's Shayne Cook Talks New Release "Epiphonetics" with Bruce Hilliard
Shayne Cook is a Brisbane bred, Melbourne based singer/songwriter who writes hypnotic songs ranging from dark, simple and haunting to unleashed emotional outpourings.
Australia's Shayne Cook Talk New Release "Epiphonetics" with Bruce Hilliard
Shayne Cook is a Brisbane bred, Melbourne based singer/songwriter who writes hypnotic songs ranging from dark, simple and haunting to unleashed emotional outpourings.http://bettereachday.me/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/download-2.jpg ()
Played in full in this episode, Matters of the Heart features a 12 string acoustic rhythm section while Shayne’s heartfelt vocals describe the decisions made by the heart and also those made by the head. The impulsive and the well thought out. The questions we ask about what is or what isn’t “right", making a choice fraught with risk. Knowing all well the probability of failure, but still going ahead anyway. The junction between letting go or holding on tight and seeing where love leads.
Cook originally thought the track was a throwaway demo, but album producer Simon Moro heard it and suggested they see how it developed. His ideas and finesse as a producer/engineer, including utilising contacts at the City of Prague Symphony Orchestra for strings on the song, helped ensure the song made the cut for his debut, and indeed become the album’s first single.
It shows how sometimes the throwaways are the best.