I was recently in Atlanta to record with my Venezuelan-American musical brother, José Manuel Garcia, at José’s MusicWise Studios. José is one of the best musicians & pianists in the world, virtuosic in classical, jazz, all styles of latin music, and is a world-class composer. We met during our time together at the University of Georgia, and it warms my soul to make music with him again. Irving Berlin’s “Count Your Blessings” originally appeared in the film “White Christmas” in 1955. This was recorded Live on the 1st take.
José is a Steinway Artist and an active performing & recording artist based in Atlanta, Georgia; he can be contacted via his website, http://www.josepiano.com, or on Instagram http://instagram.com/pianojosemanuel
With Good Friday upon us, we wanted to share this song by our friend Tommy Walker, which recalls Jesus’ words as recorded by John the apostle: “I am the Good Shepherd; I know My sheep, and My sheep know me… My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and no one will snatch them out of My hand.” The Good Shepherd music & lyrics by Tommy Walker, ©2017 WeMobile Music (BMI).
I’ve always loved this playful love song. Technically it’s a Country ballad in Western Swing style, but I say we add it to the Great American Songbook! Big thanks to L.A. guitarist Matt Hornbeck for joining me again.
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A friend once told me that playing Bach made him feel closer to God. I concur. This is the Gigue from J.S. Bach’s 5th solo Cello Suite.
Since first hearing this song by our friend Tommy Walker, it’s become a Christmas classic in our house. Scarlette and I wanted to record it for you as a gift this Christmas; we hope you enjoy it, and have a very Merry Christmas for all the right reasons.
Dedicated to my grandmother Inez (“Mama”), at whose house I was first introduced to Dolly Parton records. And yes, by records I mean… records. with Matt Hornbeck on guitar
The Christmas Waltz, live & raw with Matt Hornbeck. Merry Christmas, everyone. Music by Jule Styne, Lyrics by Sammy Cahn (1954)
Today the world’s best songwriters reside in Nashville, Tennessee. But in the early 1900’s, the most delicious songs were cooked up on Tin Pan Alley in NYC. JUST FRIENDS (1931) is one such gem. Russ Columbo’s original Broadway-Vaudeville style rendition with Nat Shilkret is mostly forgotten, but this great tune is still widely played & sung, a Jazz Standard and beloved member of the unofficial Great American Songbook. Music by John Klenner, Lyrics by Sam M. Lewis.