Saturday, December 5, 2015

Jukebox Saturday Night Entry for Dec. 5th, 2015: Smiling and Skywalking Edition (with Prelude to the Upcoming Sinatra Centennial!)

"Sara Smile" smooth jazz instrumental by Nils from his What the Funk? release (2010)

This video has some nice still shots of lovely scenery, although some of them look color-enhanced and/or partially illustrated.

"Sara Smile" is, of course, by Hall & Oates from the duo's self-titled album Daryl Hall & John Oates released in 1975.

Here is the odd cover of that album:


Here is something awesome 1970s old school disco ...

"Don't Leave Me This Way" by Thelma Houston from her album Any Way You Like It (1976)

The song was originally released by Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes on their 1974 album Wake Up Everybody. As for this video version, the intro blue title page misspells her name.


And now let's end with something old school trance-dance club ...

"Walking in the Sky" by DJ Encore ft. Engelina from his release Intuition (2001)

This version includes the lyrics -- but not in an annoying bright yellow Arial sans serif font sort of way -- so let's just following the proverbial bouncing ball.


Now my plan next week is for a Frank Sinatra extravaganza, and the timing couldn't be more perfect: December 12, 2015 marks the 100th birthday of the Chairman of the Board himself, also known as Ol' Blue Eyes, Francis Albert "Frank" Sinatra. And although he died over 17 years ago in May 1998, he basically lives on forever as -- if I can cite the Wikipedia description -- one of the most influential music artists of the 20th Century.


Frank Sinatra doing a live TV performance of "Fly Me to the Moon" (1964)


The only slight wrinkle to that is I might be away next Saturday for the day (more details to follow). If that's the case, then I'll save the feature for the following Saturday.

Today's West Wing White House tour courtesy Jake was kind of awesome. The real surprise was seeing so much of the Old Executive Building (that's where he has worked for the past year).

OK, that's all for now. I'll try to update the blog tomorrow.


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