Sunday Grooves – 03/27/11

I’m constantly listening to music for inspiration and enjoyment. Each Sunday, I will share 10 songs that have influenced me during the week. 1.   Something Beautiful by Trombone Shorty featuring Lenny Kravitz 2.  Nobody’s Baby by Sharon and the Dap Kings 3.  Deep Blue Sea by John Lee Hooker 4.  True Love Will Find…

Sunday Grooves – 03/20/11

I’m constantly listening to music for inspiration and enjoyment. Each Sunday, I will share 10 songs that have influenced me during the week. 1. Tighten Up – The Black Keys 2. Whipping Post – The Allman Brothers 3. Cold Shot – Stevie Ray Vaughn 4. Immigrant Song – Led Zeppelin 5. I’d Rather Be With…

Live Music: Ezra Charles Band at AIDS Walk Houston

I have participated in AIDS Walk Houston for the past four years. It is a 5K walk that raises funds and awareness for HIV/AIDS research. At the end of the walk, participants are treated to some great entertainment. One of the crowd favorites is the Ezra Charles Band. Their brand of energetic Texas blues always…

Desert Island List: Ricardo Sweatt Rodriguez, Guitarist

1. Koln Concert, Keith Jarrett – Keith was comatose after driving more than 24 hours to make this gig. It’s 100% improv and shows tremendous musical virtuosity and integrity. 2. Midnight on the Water, Mark O’Connor – Mark shows excellent mastery of the guitar and violin. Impressive. 3. Soundtrack: The Good, the Bad and the…

The Importance of Thorough Preparation Before Performing

Although I’m still a novice guitar player, I look forward to the day when I’m able to perform in front of an audience. After reading Gerald Klickstein’s book, The Musician’s Way: A Guide to Practice, Performance, and Wellness, I learned much about practice and preparation. However, guitarist Joe Carmouche shared a personal account that impacted me more than…

Sunday Grooves – 03/13/11

I’m constantly listening to music for inspiration and enjoyment. Each Sunday, I will share 10 songs that have influenced me during the week. 1. Blackbird by The Beatles 2.Whenever, Wherever, Whatever by Maxwell 3. My Heart Says Yes by Troy Sneed 4. You Are the Best Thing by Ray LaMontagne 5. Just the Way You…

CD Review: “A Life of Song” by Ella Jenkins

by Mocha Dad Artist: Ella Jenkins Title: A Life of Song Release Date: 2/22/11 Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars for Cultural/Historical significance and 3 out of 5 Stars for listenability As the father of three children, I’m always seeking some interesting and appropriate music for my kids to listen to. My kids are at…

The Spirit in the Music

One day, while I was practicing my guitar, my stepfather walked into the music room. “Hey,” he said. “You’re sounding good.” This was a nice compliment coming from him. He majored in music education and was a gigging jazz musician for many years. In fact, he was the one who nurtured my love for jazz…

Sunday Grooves – 03/06/2011

I’m constantly listening to music for inspiration and enjoyment. Each Sunday, I will share 10 songs that have influenced me during the week. 1. Colour My World – Chicago 2. Broadcast – Ricardo Sweatt Rodriguez 3. Maybe Now – Clara Hill 4. I Wish I Love You – Dave Stryker 5. California Dreamin’ – Eddie…