SUSPICIOUS MINDS

While the entire world watches the United States embroiled in a scandal of humungous proportions…we sit in our bunkers waiting for the fallout and hope we can pick up the pieces of our deeply battered population and be one again.

Innuendo and accusations do not indict.  Enabling hate and prejudice  do not impeach.  And this is not a political post…at least I do everything in my power to keep my political outrages to myself…not very good at it apparently.

So, this week, let’s hear musically for deception and suspicion!!!! Let’s have some fun

I have a song especially for those Trump supporters.  Marvin Gaye’s “Ain’t that peculiar”….”you tell me lies that should be odd enough to me”……please listen to the lyrics…it’s worth the chuckle. All this, delivered from that Motown funk songwriting machine…with backup singers and  smoking piano…a great oldie…like me!

Reaching in the way back machine are the Knickerbockers “lies”… I send this out to Trumpie from me…made especially fun when you watch this old video where the group is lip sincing on stage…  the guitars are not plugged in!!!  no mics!!! Telling for so many reasons. Check it out. It’s FAKE singing!!!!

“Suspicions minds” one of The King’s most popular recordings…To be ‘caught in a trap’ is the sympathy statement for the Republicans.  I just threw this in here just because.  Can you imagine how these guys feel about now!!!!

Yes, I’m the “Great Pretender” the great Platters from the 50’s. nuff said

Oh-oh, yes I’m the great pretender
Pretending that I’m doing well
My need is such I pretend too much
I’m lonely but no one can tell

Oh-oh, yes I’m the great pretender
Adrift in a world of my own
I’ve played the game but to my real shame
You’ve left me to grieve all alone

Too real is this feeling of make-believe
Too real when I feel what my heart can’t conceal

Yes I’m the great pretender
Just laughin’ and gay like a clown
I seem to be what I’m not, you see
I’m wearing my heart like a crown
Pretending that you’re still around

Too real is this feeling of make-believe
Too real when I feel what my heart can’t conceal

Songwriters: BUCK RAM

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IT TAKES TWO

Two.
Such a great number. Two besties hanging out laughing, crying…fighting. Two partners solving the business catastrophies together…Two lovers enjoying life through a shared smokey glass. Two helpings of dessert.
In the recording sphere, there have always been couples on stage belting it out.  Sonny and Cher, Ike and Tina, to name a few. And family duets, like the Carpenters (which I will never include in my blog for obvious reasons), the Everly Brothers, the Allman Brothers.  So, just a quick note here about how I went to an Allman Brothers concert in New Jersey with my college roommate, and we were sooo high, I don’t think we made it out of the parking lot. One of the most shameful (and stupid) days of my young life.
Anyhoo…  I went back a bit for the “King and Queen”, Otis Redding and Carla Thomas and tapped into my “soul self”  for a remake of Eddie Floyd and Steve Croppers ’66 hit  “knock on wood”. A rocking little ditty. Love Otis talking throughout …great horns from ‘The Memphis Horns’. It just sounds like they were really enjoying themselves. This would be one of the last times Otis was in the studio.  He died the following year.
1966 was a good year.  In a similar styling, Sam and Dave’s “I thank you”. This one is more soulful but still has that strong Memphis sound with full orchestration and rockin’ horns.  While their harmonies and solo vocals are strong, I enjoy the way they interact during the song.
Moving ahead a little, but not much, is white eyed soul, Hall and Oats. From 1980, ‘you make my dreams” is a happy addictive number,  heavy on the keyboards and considered one of the duo’s top 5 songs. For those of you know don’t know, Darrell Hall opened a place in Brewster, NY called Darrell’s House where they featured live music and food but make reservations.
I’m into a vibe thing here. Keeping it light and fluffy!!!
Now get up and dance!!!!
 
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    Knock On Wood
    Otis Redding and Carla Thomas
    Eddie Floyd and Steve Cropper
    2:54
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    80
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    I Thank You_
    Sam and Dave
    Isaac Hayes and Dave Porter
    2:47
    s2
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    80
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    http://www.floraunplugged.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Hall-Oates-You-Make-My-Dreams-Come-True.mp3
    You Make My Dreams Come True
    Hall and Oats
    Hall, Oats and Allen
    3:05
    s3
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    80
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Two Lonely Guys recipe

 
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Mix Butter Shots and Crown Royal and pour into glass. Fill it with Coca Cola on the rocks and enjoy!

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LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE

I got to tell you,  its the law of averages.  Things sometimes go from bad to worse …from the frying pan to the fire….. one step forward, two steps back.  So, the good news is  the worse things get, the more material available for the funnymen of the world. Trump is the best thing that has ever happened to late night tv.  Ain’t it the truth?  Dealing with craziness is hard… Barring the obvious cures … drugs, sex and rock and roll….there is always laughter. Plus it’s free. Don’t you love that?

Dylan is considered to be our generations prolific poet/genius, speaker of truths, predictor of doom and injustice… on battlefields and campuses. We were listening. But  in the 70’s and 80’s Dylan developed a lighter side with ‘Maggie’s Farm”, ‘Subterranean Blues”. That’s not to say he ever abandoned his conscious. To this day, thinkers look to Dylan for direction and inspiration.  I include in this set “Everything is broken”. And boy, is it. This song illustrates more of a  bluesy style for Dylan but still delivers the same “politics as usual” punch.

Randy Newman “You can leave your hat on” is a great statement about what really matters, at least to Randy Newman. He’s taken some slack for some of his honest lyrics about ‘short people’ and ‘red necks’ but you must admit, Newman keeps it real. He has his own brand of political poking and proves that ‘It’s money that matters’. You’re so right Randy.

Another contemporary poet songwriter emerging in the 80’s with a completely different spin on things is Lyle Lovett. Leaning to a country feel, not only are his stories cutting and poignant, but his personal style is unmistakable. Lovett won a Grammy for Best Male Country Vocal Performance in 1989. He had some commercial success with “She’s no lady” and “I loved you yesterday” but with his totally unique sound, he was hard pressed to find a genre for radio. Here’s a fun song with Delbert McClinton and John Prine “too much stuff”, I always think he wrote this for the 1%.

Laugh a Minute recipe

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Shake and strain into an old-fashioned glass half-filled with broken ice. Add lemonade, and serve.

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IT’S HEARTBREAK…TAKE AN ASPIRIN

Who doesn’t know what a broken heart feels like. Damn. The pain sears right through you, grabs your insides and then lets go   r e a l l y   r e a l l y slowly over a    l o n g   l o n g    period of time. It’s miller time.

When I sported a broken heart as a young teenager, my mother turned me on to the poet and writer, Dorothy Parker and I immediately fell in love. Not only in love with her wit and sarcastism but also in her wisdom. So, I want to give you a bit of light hearted prose from Ms. Parker before you plunge into the deep despair to follow.

 Unfortunate Coincidence

‘By the time you swear you’re his,

shivering and sighing,

And he vows his passion is

Infinite, undying-

Lady make a note of this:

One of you is lying’   

When it comes to torch songs, without doubt, “and I am telling you I’m not going” from “Dreamgirls”, is a powerhouse of hurt expressed by unmatched vocals from Jennifer Hudson. This is the movie version. That last note makes me gasp. He’s walking and I am so feeling her pain.  It’s not that he’s walking…but that he walking away with your best friend. Ouch

Unarguably one of the most celebrated voices ever, Mariah Carey gives her all to “my all”. Beautifully orchestrated and a tribute to her vocal range and flexibility, this is yet another tale of woe. Sad stuff.

And  ending with Roy Orbison and with him on this version  are Elvis Costello and Bruce Springstein from the Black and White LP.    I love the background singers and full orchestration behind this.  His crescendo closing is powerful with that cold ending.

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It’s only Rock and Roll…..

I could implode the blogosphere…to chose a few rock and roll artists that influenced our lives and future musicians.  I tried to find some that are similar in some ways and yet not at all alike. If that makes any sense. David Bowie, David Byrne,Peter Gabriel and Police. So difficult because the 70’s and 80’s produced some of the best pop tunes ever. Each of these performers, with their very original sound, wrote hit after hit, with great staying power, generational in appeal, as powerful today as they were 45 years ago. Yes. David Bowie’s “Young American’s was released in 1975.

So I start there. I Love David Sanborns’  smokin’ sax in this, as well as Luther Vandross arrangement of background vocals. The Political references are almost overlooked because the music is so complex and the lyrics, demanding. One day I will dedicate an entire blog to David Bowie and it will be insufficient.

When I first heard David Byrne and Talking Heads, it was a tuneful fantasy of sounds, a strange storybook. “And she was” is
one of the more commercially successful hits for them. This artist really pushed the limits of creativity with mini movies,  “Big Suit”. If you are a fan, check out a “Ted Talks” lecture from David Byrne at  www.tedtalks.com.

When solo Peter Gabriel came on the scene after the success of Genesis, he really expressed his individuality. His music was more mainstream, and included songs you could dance to like ‘Addicted to Love’ ‘Simply Irresistible’ and ‘Sledgehammer’. But the buzz back then was about the videos considered to be ground breaking. It’s worth checking them out all these years later. You’ll get a kick out of them.  Gabriel won  1987 MTV’s best video music awards for these…

Sting, Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers made such a great combination of talents in Police. My last inclusion, “every little thing she does is magic” is so interesting musically; switching keys and tempos is brilliant. Not to mention the lyrics which are sweet and sincere.

So while I cannot say enough, nor do I know enough about these tremendous talents to do real justice, just a layman with music passion…I hope that you enjoy these tunes as much as I do after all these years…..

No cocktail recipe this week.. I gave it up for Lent. Only kidding….looking for inspiration

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    Young Americans [HQ]
    David Bowie
    David Bowie
    5:12
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    80
  • 02.
    http://www.floraunplugged.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Talking-Heads-_And-She-Was_.mp3
    And She Was_
    Talking heads
    David Byrne
    3:38
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    80
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    http://www.floraunplugged.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Peter-Gabriel-Sledgehammer-HD-version.mp3
    Sledgehammer (HD version)
    Peter Gabriel
    Peter Gabriel
    5:45
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    80
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    http://www.floraunplugged.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/The-Police-Every-Little-Thing-She-Does-Is-Magic.mp3
    Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
    Police
    Sting
    4:11
    s4
    audio/mpeg
    80

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MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU

    I am involved with the news machine on a very intimate level. Some say I am addicted. Huh.  They are right. It’s because I am in Germany  and it’s 1935. I am witnessing a tragedy  of catastrophic proportions unfold in every breathe I take, I hear the voices of women in the near distance. They are saying “No. I will not be obedient. You can not push us under. We will stop you”.  We know how that ended.

I see my friends strong, beautiful, powerful women; not shy, weak, submissive. No weaklings.. this group, let me tell you! You know who you are!
They are shaping the world, moving forward, making things, caring for families…’You are every woman’

I been listening to Maxine Waters, Representative of California, whip this president and his cronies every which way but Sunday. She’s fearless and has no filter whatsoever. I love her! And I fear for her. While not as “In your face” as Maxine, we have Elizabeth Warren, mouthpiece of the progressives, speaking her mind loud and clear. Others, too, stepping up to the mike and telling the truth. Then there is the league of reporters who won’t back down. Rachel Maddow, April Ryan, Anna Navarro. I am both proud and honored to be among the same sex.

I want to select some music from strong women, but there were so many!!! to pick 3 or 4 would be a feat. I’m thinking Aretha, Pink, Demi, Beyoncé, Mariah, Janis….not possible. I chose a few.

One woman who really  inspired me as a young woman was Tina Turner. Not just because she puts over a song like nobody’s business, but because she was battered and abused and emerged on the other side, strong as hell. I like that quality!!!

Stevie Nicks has always been a favorite of mine. She sings with great passion and commitment: “Stand Back” from ‘The Wild Heart’. Knowing when to walk away, so hurtful and yet brave. “He asked me for my love. That was all”. Her raspy vocals unlike anyone elses. She brings it with every vocal. It’s pure and real. Written with the inspiration from Prince, who played synthesizer on the recording.

And influential woman in modern music history is Whitney Houston. Often times, she was unable to ascend from her personal sadness. Strong in appearance, overwhelmed with sorrow privately. “It’s not right. But it’s ok” is one of my favorites.  She tells this loser that he’s a creep (in the kindest words) but she’s gonna make it ayway. That is the strength I like to remember her with.

 

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  • 01.
    http://www.floraunplugged.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Tina-Turner-I-dont-wanna-fight.mp3
    I don't wanna fight
    Tina Turner
    S. Duberry, Lulu, B. Lawrie
    4:39
    s1
    audio/mpeg
    80
  • 02.
    http://www.floraunplugged.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Stevie-Nicks-Stand-Back-Music-Video.mp3
    Stand Back (Music Video)
    Stevie Nicks
    Stevie Nicks, Prince
    4:56
    s2
    audio/mpeg
    80
  • 03.
    http://www.floraunplugged.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Whitney-Houston-Its-Not-Right-But-Its-Okay.mp3
    It's Not Right But It's Okay
    Whitney Houston
    LaShawn Daniels, Rodney Jerkins, Isaac Phillips, Toni Estes
    4:22
    s3
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    80

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Hour Of Power recipe

 
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3/4 oz white tequila
3/4 oz triple sec
3/4 oz vodka
3/4 oz gin
1 oz sweet and sour mix
3.5 oz orange juice
2.5 oz Sprite® soda

 

Using a standard stainless steel shaker fill with ice. Put in all the mentioned liquors along with the sweet and sour and oj or sunny delight. Top off the shaker with the sprite,  then shake well and pour into large glass. You can use cheaper liquors with this.

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OLD FRIENDS

The mountains  are steep. Life makes you tired. Sometimes I feel like Indiana Jones in the scene where the boulder is rolling faster towards me. Picking up speed. I’m running faster and faster to get away. I’ve got the whip, the pistol and the hat! but they are not helping. It’s so easy to become enveloped by that shit. It seeps into your very breathe.  I’m gasping for air. But, as the republicans say “we have choices”.  “Succumb to the dark side Luke.” That’s one choice. Or, remember that you can surround yourself with what makes life great.  Besides drugs and alcohol. Or in addition to…….Friends.

I want to play some of my “Old Friends” that deliver a sense of calm…lowers my heart rate and puts a smile on my face as I remember the first time I heard them. Or where I was then I would plop the record on the HiFi and ‘take five’, A jazzy number in 3 quarter time. Dave Brubeck, unarguably one of the most recognized and talented pianist in the 20th century.

No one remotely sounds like Erroll Garner,  who couldn’t read a note, here playing one of my favorites from 1955 “Concert by the Sea” recorded live in Carmel, Ca., “Where or When”. With Eddie Calhoun on base and Denzel Best on drums.
His unusual right hand playing a fraction of a second after the base is uncanny. He hums Loudly, along with the music and was known to be so physically involved with the artistic workout, he would routinely change chothes a few times during a performance. Really. So said Sylvia Whitelaw, who knew jazz on a very intimate level. Give a listen and then think about how much energy went into that performance. WoW!

Canadian born, Oscar Peterson, My hero! plays the most beautiful rendition of “Georgia on my mind” and demonstrates why he is the coolest cat.

I’ve got to throw in some Cal Tjader from the early 60’s delivers that bossa nova beat with full orchestration. Love this. Now get up and dance!!!!

FOUR FINE FRIENDS RECIPE
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1/4 oz Jose Cuervo® Especial gold tequila
1/4 oz Jim Beam® bourbon whiskey
1/4 oz Jack Daniel’s® Tennessee whiskey
1/4 oz Johnnie Walker® Scotch whisky

Mix together in a shot glass and slam it down.

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  • 01.
    http://www.floraunplugged.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Dave-Brubeck-Take-Five.mp3
    Take Five
    Dave Brubeck
    Paul Desmond
    5:30
    s1
    audio/mpeg
    80
  • 02.
    http://www.floraunplugged.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/10-Where-or-When.mp3
    Where or When
    Erroll Garner
    Richard Rogers
    3:10
    s2
    audio/mpeg
    80
  • 03.
    http://www.floraunplugged.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Oscar-Peterson-Georgia-on-my-mind-1.mp3
    Georgia on my mind (1)
    Oscar Peterson
    Hoagy Carmichael
    3:55
    s3
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    80
  • 04.
    http://www.floraunplugged.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Cal-Tjader-Soul-Sauce-1964.mp3
    Soul Sauce (1964)
    Cal Tjader
    Dizzie Gillespie
    2:19
    s4
    audio/mpeg
    80

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LEONARD COHEN 1934 – 2016

My dearest friend is crazy for Leonard Cohen.  Those that know her say she’s just plain crazy. But that is for another post.  So it is at her request that I write this post and include his music.

Canadian visionary ,poet and artist, Cohen painted stories often reflective of religious, political views and relationships. Lots of relationships. Cohen never shyed away but controversial and sexually explicate content.

While Cohen had a distinct vocal quality (I am being kind here),his songs were covered by so many artists across many genres, the versatility of his work and range of his influence was widely shared.

‘Bird on a wire’ sung by Aaron Neville is one of his most well-known compositions. Beautiful in content and styling. Lyrics not withstanding, Aaron adds his lilting vocals and haunting orchestration to this piece.

An acapella group  ‘Pentatonix’ featured in my post from a couple of weeks ago, does a version of ‘Hallelujah’ that I find spellbinding. It delivers gorgeous harmonies;  and a commanding and powerful performance. It really moves me to my core.

Lastly, John Baez doing ‘Suzanne’ written about his friend’s ex-wife, Suzanne, with whom he lived and had 2 children.

SUZANNE RECIPE

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4 oz grapefruit juice

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    Bird On A Wire
    Neville Brothers
    Leonard Cohen
    4:37
    s1
    audio/mpeg
    80
  • 02.
    http://www.floraunplugged.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/OFFICIAL-VIDEO-Hallelujah-Pentatonix.mp3
    Hallelujah
    Pentatonix
    Leonard Cohen
    5:05
    s2
    audio/mpeg
    80
  • 03.
    http://www.floraunplugged.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Suzanne-JOAN-BAEZ.mp3
    Suzanne
    Joan Baez
    Leonard Cohen
    5:00
    s3
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    80

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FOR BONNIE

A beautiful little bird flew away this week and with it, my heart. The Gods took my sweet girl Bonnie from earth.  Bonnie was larger than life.  Warm as sunshine on your back in Spring. She sparkled like a chilled flute of champagne.  She was actually the one who would walk into a room and all heads turned. She was gorgeous inside and out. But as beautiful as she was, she was no dumb blonde.  And I can honestly say I have never knew her show anger or nastiness. It wasn’t in her nature. She was very kind.

I met Bonnie when she ran a unique business called “Divorce yourself” where unhappy couples could rehitch their vows without a lawyer.  She opened several franchises. Later when we re-connected, she was running a glass business. But as smart as Bonnie Berger Herde Goodman was, she was easily swayed into a darker place.   That was Bonnie’s potion. And while Bonnie charmed the pants off the devil more than once or twice, and slipped through the hands of death a few times, she lived her life on her terms. I like to believe that most of her life was a rich and happy place.

When I heard the news, I felt myself being drawn into a giant hole of sadness.  I knew this was coming.  She had distanced herself from me in the last month. No weekly chats and texts. I braced for the text I got from her husband at 2:47am. It was no surprise to Bonnie either. She lived her life hard.

Look,  It was my good fortune to have shared the adventure with her for most of 40 years.  I smiled, remembering how she changed my life forever. That crazy girl made me do things I would never have done alone! Never. I flash back to being in her corvette going 100 mph toward the city to go dancing at 11pm.  Bonnie, draped in diamond by the mile, 6 inch spikes and designer clothes. And she wore it well. Picking up well-positioned gentlemen at the bar at the plaza and going for a limo ride to who knows where; Shopping in Stamford Housewreckers and browsing antiques; Meeting for lunch at L’Pastisse in White Plains, (she was always an hour late).  She must have had a dozen pair of large gold hoops! When I think about, we could have been in serious trouble a few times. There was the banker with counterfit money. The stranger who wanted to take us to Venezuela that day!. Yup. Bonnie attracted  an artful element, which was nothing less than exillerating. if not a little angst producing.

When her younger sister, Sara, died from cancer,  I met her for dinner in Manhattan with another friend. We saw her approaching.  She looked exactly the same. How is that possible? But when I saw her for the last time a few years ago when she flew up for a visit, It was apparent that her heath was seriously failing. Her gorgeous glowing skin was sallow. Her frame had become frail. Her shiny blonde mane was dull.  I didn’t recognize her as she exited the airport.  That is not an image I can erase, but not the one I hold.

Bonnie lived super large, with tremendous vigor and passion. No regrets. Fearless. No one that crossed paths with Bonnie Berger was ever left the same.

The music that plays in my memory is the score of Bonnie’s and my young lives as we made our way together. So I ask you to take a trip back in time, when disco was king”, And do ‘the hustle’ right there in your livingroom, just once for us and the 20 somethings we all were once!!!

And a wild ride was had by all!!!Thank you precious girl.

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  • 01.
    http://www.floraunplugged.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Evelyn-Champagne-King-Shame.mp3
    Shame
    Evelyn "Champagne" King
    John H. Fitch, Jr. and Rueben Cross
    6:31
    s1
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    80
  • 02.
    http://www.floraunplugged.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Got-To-Be-Real-CHERYL-LYNN-1978.mp3
    Got To Be Real
    Cheryl Lynn
    David Foster, Cheryl Lynn and David Patch
    7:41
    s2
    audio/mpeg
    80
  • 03.
    http://www.floraunplugged.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/I-will-survive-Gloria-Gaynor.mp3
    I will survive
    Gloria Gaynor
    Freddie Perren and Dino Fekaris
    4:57
    s3
    audio/mpeg
    80

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Bonnie’s Black Jack recipe

 
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Invented as a substitute to a Perfect Manhattan with green olives. It use Jack Daniels whiskey instead of bourbon. “It’s delicious and I usually have to instruct bartenders how to make it.” thanks to Bonnie.

 

Scale ingredients to servings
3 oz Jack Daniel’s® Tennessee whiskey
1 1/2 oz dry vermouth
4 jumbo, pitted black olives

Combine Jack Daniels and Dry Vermouth and pour into old fashioned glass filled with ice cubes. Add 3 or 4 pitted jumbo black olives.

SEND IT

I can discuss the accolades and awards this couple has won and the many artists who have recorded their compositions but this is a short post. Marvin and Tammy, Diana Ross, Chuck Jackson and the Shirelles are a few.

They met White Rock Baptist Church in Harlem. It was a slow start for the composing couple but when they joined Motown Records, the hits kept coming.

One of my favorites from the earlier times, for a slew of reasons, is “I don’t need no doctor”. 1960’s classic Ray Charles does what he does best. He puts it right out there not only in his chit chat style, but in his delivery of the lyrics. Plus Raylettes rockin’ it.

Nick and Valerie continued to influence the music world for decades writing blockbuster hits like Chuka Khan  “I’m every woman” 1978. When Quincy Jones produced a jazzy spin with Chuka Khan, Ernie Watts on sax and a host of other fab musicians, a new generation was introduced to the talents to Ashford and Simpsons with “Stuff Like that”.

Nick Ashford died in 2011 but the music never stops.
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NICK AND NORA COCKTAIL

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Scale ingredients to servings
1 1/2 oz gin
1/2 oz dry vermouth

Pour gin and vermouth into a mixing glass filled with ice, and stir well. Strain into a chilled martini glass, garnish with an olive, and serve.

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