Singer/songwriter/musician Sherif Serag and I are sitting in his producer Omer Avni's Los Angeles studio, listening with joy to the final versions of the five tasty cuts that make up his first solo EP, Look How Far We've Come.
Colbie Caillat: "I love vinyl. My parents raised us listening to that, with the importance of how music sounds, and the quality and everything. So yes, I have a record player and I love listening to it."
After all, music soothes the savage beast. And there's plenty of wild legislators roaming the government corridors that could use some calming down. Jazz dudes may have found the elixir: jazz is Xanadu minus the Xanax.
"I managed to pull it off, but there are thousands of other people that haven't, and that's the tragedy. You try to follow a dream and it gradually pales and then you wake up and the rent is due and you don't have the funds to pay it."
"There isn't much hiding the heartbreak in this song," Diane explains. "It's about the point of knowing how bad the blow is gonna be but hoping you can just stall reality." Check out the premiere of the track "Tell Me Tomorrow" from the upcoming record.
I personally was saddened by the iconic producer/engineer/mastermind's recent passing not only because I kind of bonded with him during our two interviews together, but also because his sonic fingerprints are all over so much of the music I grew up on.
Chick Corea's new album, Forever, is a two-disc set, with the first disc being acoustic, and the second disc with a full band and guests. For the first disc, I asked him if it was a return to Return To Forever.
For her new album, Diane Schurr says: "The one thing that I did purposefully on this was, number one, not to do it with a twang, and number two, I wanted it to please both people that are into country and people that are into jazz."
With Layne Staley's death, Alice In Chains was all but done. But fourteen years later, here we are with something that sounds a lot like what the group would have had they returned to the studio a couple years later.