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Laura Mvula – “Green Garden”

Laura is a British singer/songwriter, who hails from the suburbs of Birmingham, England. Her debut album was “Sing To The Moon” (2013), and her follow-up album was “The Dreaming Room”, released in 2016. She has since done duets with other musicians, and been nominated for several awards.

I first heard Green Garden at a Mister Donut in Tokyo…and fell in love with the melodies and harmonies. It sticks in your head, once you hear it!!

You can read more about Laura here.

I think she is a great vocalist and songwriter, and I wish her the best.

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MÖTLEY CRÜE’s TOMMY LEE Is Enjoying ‘The Golden Years’ Of His Life: It’s Been Pretty F**king Rad’

Mötley Crüe was one of my favorite bands when I was a teenager…even now. The band itself retired a couple of years ago, with a big farewell tour, but each member continues to make music on their own (with a couple of collaborations between Nikki Six and Tommy, for the movie “The Dirt”).

This video by Ben Coleman is a self-reflection of Tommy Lee’s days in  Mötley Crüe, his regrets, his “retirement” and why he creates …as told by Tommy himself.

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Rivers Cuomo – Today (Smashing Pumpkins cover)

Smashing Pumpkins have been a favorite of mine, since ’93. Obviously, they have inspired countless musicians over the years. Rivers Cuomo (lead singer for Weezer) is undoubtly a fan. Enjoy!

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Lindsey Stirling – Carol of the Bells

Do you remember the first recorded Christmas music that you listened to? My first was maybe way back in 1981 or 82…and it was a cassette that we acquired somehow. I played it on my new cassette player/recorder that I had gotten for my birthday (?) a few months prior. I loved the tape.

Several years later, I discovered Mannheim Steamroller on television…and was won over on the new style of Christmas music. I never bought their music, but I enjoyed it when I could catch it on TV (later, YouTube).

Musicians are constantly trying to keep Christmas music and hymns exciting and appealing…especially to newer generations of listeners. No one will ever replace Gene Autry or Dean Martin as Christmas music staples, but you can’t exactly turn away from some of the newer artists like Lindsey Stirling, either.

I love that Celtic sound…it adds excitement and new mysticism to Christmas music again.