scottsdale fun: Scottsdale Treasures - Don Bluth Front Row Theatre - 06/14/19 01:23 PM

Scottsdale Arizona is a place that is often recognized for outdoor activities such as golf or hiking. But Scottsdale has so much more to offer than outdoor activities. I have lived and worked in Scottsdale for 18 years. Still, I am always finding new adventures and activities that remind me why we relocated here. I call them hidden treasures.
One such hidden treasure is the Don Bluth Front Row Theatre. For over ten years, the cast members have been performing insightful comedies and musicals that have delighted audiences both young and old. Located just off Shea Blvd and the Loop 101 Freeway, … (1 comments)

scottsdale fun: Soundtrack of a Lifetime – 2019 Edition – Day 16 - 06/13/19 07:30 AM
Its Carole King week on the Soundtrack. One of the most iconic songwriters of our generation is undeniably Carole King. When I decided to include Carole as an artist, I began to look at which of her songs to feature. As I looked at the long list of song choices I decided to focus not only on Carole King, but also on some the artists that made her songs famous.
It is somewhat hard to grasp how many great songs she wrote with her then husband and collaborator Gerry Goffin and a host of other stars. Her first number one hit “Will You … (0 comments)

scottsdale fun: Soundtrack of a Lifetime – 2019 Edition – Day 15 - 06/11/19 04:00 PM
In 1978 the disco scene was still reigning over pop music. Dancing was back in vogue and the result was a plethora of dance songs. Most of these songs and dances did not stand the test of time, but one song somehow caught the attention of crowds and evolved out of the disco scene into an anthem for parties, weddings, and sporting events all over the world.
"Y.M.C.A." was the song written and performed by the Village People, and made it to number 2 on the pop charts in the U.S.
The song which is based on a double meaning lauds the … (4 comments)

scottsdale fun: Soundtrack of a Lifetime – 2019 Edition – Day 14 - 06/09/19 05:57 PM
Welcome to day fourteen of the Soundtrack. Hopefully, you have been following along and enjoying some of my favorite songs. It is a great way to take a couple of minutes out of your busy day to reflect on how we got to where we are now.
Today’s song is one that was performed by a band from my home town Chicago. Originally formed in 1967, they took the name Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) after the public transportation organization in the city. The real C.T.A. took issue with the band's use of their moniker so the band shortened the name to Chicago.
Chicago … (2 comments)

scottsdale fun: Soundtrack of a Lifetime – 2019 Edition – Day 12 - 06/06/19 04:57 PM
Thanks for following along on my musical adventure. Today we feature the band, Fleetwood Mac.
Fleetwood Mac is named after Mick Fleetwood and John McVie founded along with original member Peter Green. Green left the group in 1969, leaving it to Fleetwood and McVie. Over the years the band has added a number of talented members. Christine McVie joined the band in 1970, with Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham joining in 1974.
Band members John McVie and Christine McVie have had an on again off again relationship as did Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. This sometimes caused turmoil during recording sessions and tours. … (2 comments)

scottsdale fun: Soundtrack of a Lifetime – 2019 Edition – Day 11 - 06/05/19 07:34 PM
In the early days of rock music came from a lot of different places, R&B, Pop, Country, etc. One of the more sultry voices to cross over from the country music scene to the pop charts was Patsy Cline. Born Virginia Patterson Hensley she adopted the name, Patsy Cline. Patsy had hit after hit with her Nashville sound.
Cline was just beginning to be recognized worldwide when she died at age 30 in the crash of a private airplane.
Today’s song, Crazy, was written and originally recorded by Willie Nelson. The story goes that in 1961, Clines husband heard the Nelson version … (4 comments)

scottsdale fun: Soundtrack of a Lifetime – 2019 Edition – Day 10 - 06/03/19 07:46 PM
The Byrds band was first formed in 1964 by Roger McGuinn. They were one of the first groups to bring folk rock onto the pop charts. Anyone that listened to popular music in the early sixties will recognize the opening riffs from songs like Mr. Tamborine Man and Turn, Turn, Turn. The music, which emanated from a twelve string guitar played by McQuinn gave their melodies a distinct sound.
Over the life of the band personnel changes were frequent with only McGuinn being the consistent member.
Today’s song Turn, Turn, Turn was written by Pete Seeger and performed by many folk artists over … (3 comments)

scottsdale fun: Soundtrack of a Lifetime – 2019 Edition – Day 9 - 06/02/19 12:37 PM
Time to hop into the Wayback Machine. Back to the 1950s a time when wholesomeness and good clean looks were a prerequisite to stardom. Teenage heartthrobs abound and one of the earliest was Ricky Nelson. Ricky the youngest member of the Nelson family starred in radio and TV on the popular show The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. Ricky was often featured singing his latest song on the show. It wasn’t long before Ricky became a popular recording artist placing over 50 songs on the Billboard Top 100 chart.
Rock and Roll was still in its infancy and not everyone took the … (4 comments)

scottsdale fun: Soundtrack of a Lifetime – 2019 Edition – Day 8 - 06/02/19 09:15 AM
For me, it is often the same old song. So many of the great songs I listened to growing up still sound great today. It is remarkable how many young people listen to old songs that were written and performed before they were born,
Today's song It’s The Same Old Song by The Four Tops, a vocal group from Detroit, is a good example. 
The original group was composed of lead singer Levi Stubbs, Abdu Fakir, Renaldo Benson, and Lawrence Payton. One of the unique things about the Four Tops was that the lead singer, Stubbs, was a baritone. Almost all other vocal … (5 comments)

scottsdale fun: Soundtrack of a Lifetime – 2019 Edition – Day 7 - 06/01/19 07:47 PM
The Soundtrack isn’t just about oldies. It also isn’t just about rock music. There are a lot of great bands and songs that come from all genus. Sometimes you just hear something that you like and it brings you joy. It may be R&B, Jazz or Country.
Have you ever had the chance to see a band play live just before they broke onto the national scene? I have been fortunate to see several. One band that I was fortunate to see in 2003 before they made it big is Sugarland. Sugarland is a country music band that consisted of guitarist Kristen … (2 comments)

scottsdale fun: Soundtrack of a Lifetime – 2019 Edition – Day 6 - 06/01/19 09:04 AM
In 1964 Soul music was still very much the most popular genre for pop singers. The Beatles and the British Invasion was just starting to sweep the nation, but a lot of people still liked listening to what was then termed blue eyed soul. The duo of Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield, who called themselves The Righteous Brothers, released a song produced by Phil Specter titled "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin". It became a number one hit in both the U.S. and the U.K.
"You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" has the claim of being the most-played song in the history of American … (3 comments)

scottsdale fun: Soundtrack of a Lifetime – 2019 Edition – Day 5 - 05/30/19 07:46 PM
Another band that brought a new sound to music during a time when super groups abound, was Genesis. The name Genesis proved to be fitting because just as the band was achieving huge success with the album The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, lead singer and driving force Peter Gabriel left to begin a solo career.
Faced with starting over, the band searched high and low for a dynamic replacement. Eventually, then drummer Phil Collins reluctantly took over as lead singer. Collins turned out to be the right choice as the band continued to gain popularity releasing album after album under the … (2 comments)

scottsdale fun: Soundtrack of a Lifetime – 2019 Edition – Day 4 - 05/28/19 08:21 PM
Smokey Robinson is one of the founding creators of the Motown sound.
Starting out with the singing group The Miracles, Smokey became one of the first acts signed to the Motown label. In fact, he had actually been friends with Barry Gordy since before the formation of Motown Records. In late 1960, The Miracles recorded their first hit single, Shop Around, which became Motown's first million-selling hit record.
Smokey Robinson ultimately would produce 26 top forty hits as the lead singer for The Miracles. He also was a prolific songwriter and producer. Between 1960 and 1970, the group released other top ten hits … (3 comments)

scottsdale fun: Soundtrack of a Lifetime – 2019 Edition – Day 3 - 05/25/19 08:57 PM
Every once in a while a band of superstar performers unite together to create a Super Group. In April 1988 former Beatle George Harrison and Electric Light Orchestra band leader Jeff Lynne came up with the idea to bring in their friends Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and Roy Orbison to record a song titled “Handle with Care”. The track was so successful they decided to form a band and record an entire album. The result was the album entitled Traveling Wilburys Vol 1.
As part of the fun, each of the band members adopted a pseudonym.
Nelson Wilbury - George Harrison … (4 comments)

scottsdale fun: Going Old School with Music CDs. - 05/24/19 08:59 PM
I like to listen to music, a lot. I simply cannot listen to talk radio or shock jocks spout their BS day in and day out. Furthermore, commercials bore me. My cure for boredom is listening to my favorite songs from an increasingly large music library. After all my favorite music spans over 6 decades.
I know for a lot of people streaming is the current method for listening to music. There are dozens of music services that offer thousands of songs and even create predictable playlists for the listener, but I am just not there yet. Streaming can be expensive, unreliable … (6 comments)

scottsdale fun: Soundtrack of a Lifetime – 2019 Edition – Day 2 - 05/23/19 09:21 PM
One of the icons of Rock that has continued to maintain his relevance for over 50 years is Carlos Santana. Santana ranks up there in my book as one of the finest guitar players around. From his debut album Santana, released in 1969, on up to his 9 times Grammy-winning album Supernatural he continues to demonstrate his remarkable talent.
Carlos Santana and his band were one of the headline performers at the original Woodstock Music and Art Fair. This year Bethel Woods, the site of the historic Woodstock festival will host a series of concerts to celebrate the 50th anniversary. The lineup … (5 comments)

scottsdale fun: Soundtrack of a Lifetime – 2019 Edition – Day 1 - 05/23/19 09:05 PM
It is that time again!!! 30 Songs in 30 days.
Like so many other baby boomers, I grew up listening to Rock & Roll. From the mid-1950s right on up to the present day, Rock has endured. Even when we think the genre has run its course a new record or album surfaces that brings us back into the fold.
In June of 2018, I launched an effort to share 30 songs in 30 days. I called it The Soundtrack of a Lifetime. Listening to the songs was so much fun I decided to reprise The Soundtrack for 2019. The Soundtrack is compiled … (3 comments)

scottsdale fun: Scottsdale Treasures - Hiding in plain site. - 05/15/19 09:15 PM
Scottsdale Arizona is a marvelous place. It offers residents and visitors alike activities and lifestyle choices that can make anyone happy. I have lived and worked in Scottsdale for 18 years, yet I am always finding new adventures and fun activities that remind me why we relocated here.
Waterfront property is not the first thing that you think of when considering life in Scottsdale. More often you think of Scottsdale as a desert community. Yet we have several marvelous neighborhoods that border small lakes and canals. Areas with tall trees, green grass, and classic architecture.
Today I had the chance to spend a … (3 comments)

scottsdale fun: Squatters at our house! - 05/11/19 04:53 PM
We have squatters living at our house and we have to let them stay a few more weeks.
My wife enjoys hanging a variety of seasonal wreaths on our front door. We currently have a nice spring wreath of twigs and bright red flower buds. Along with our “Welcome” doormat, it invites our visitors to come inside. In fact, it is so welcoming that one of our local doves decided to build a nest in the wreath. When we went out to see what she had done we noticed that there were a couple of eggs in the nest.
Hmmm…, now what? We … (2 comments)

scottsdale fun: I feel healthier already. - 04/11/19 11:50 AM
Does where you live affect your health and wellbeing or does your health and wellbeing influence the place where you live? I don’t plan to answer the question, as I am sure there are dozens of studies and articles that can substantiate their findings and declare they have found nirvana.
But in a recent survey published by WalletHub, a web-based personal financial directory, Scottsdale, Arizona has been ranked amongst the healthiest place to live in America. According to WalletHub Scottsdale ranks 9th overall out of 170 cities based on a formula that includes Health Care, Healthy Food, Fitness and access to open … (2 comments)

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