scottsdale fun: Phase 2 Now Open! - Scottsdale Heights. - 10/20/21 02:55 PM

At long last Scottsdale’s only new build, over fifty-five community is open again. Phase 2 of Scottsdale Heights has reopened for sales. Phase 1 sold out quicker than expected and unexpected delays temporarily halted sales until Phase 2 could be readied.
Conveniently located at the intersection of Dove Valley Road and Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale Heights is one of the last remaining undeveloped parcels in North Scottsdale. With phase two offering only fifty-eight lots, this project is sure to sell out fast.
Scottsdale Heights consists of four villa styled single-story models, ranging in size between 2090 and 2194 square feet. These two- or three-bedroom … (2 comments)

scottsdale fun: Old MacDonald Had a Pumpkin Patch. - 10/13/21 11:10 AM

 
It is fall, a time for transition. In Scottsdale, AZ fall is a time to put those hot summer days behind us and get back outdoors to enjoy the clear skies and cooler sunny days.
 
As the weather mellows, we begin to welcome back visitors and many of our annual fall festivities. One fall festivity that has become a yearly event is The Pumpkin Patch at MacDonald's Ranch in North Scottsdale.
 
Owned by the Richardson Family, MacDonald's Ranch has been a western-themed fun park that offers horseback riding, hayrides, and paintball outings since 1956.
 
Each year the owners convert the ranch to The Pumpkin … (5 comments)

scottsdale fun: It’s Butterfly Time. - 09/12/21 07:17 AM
For those of you who know the Phoenix area, you know that it is a desert. The desert can be a hard place to live in the summer. But Phoenix also experiences a summer monsoon season when we get a significant portion of our annual rainfall. The amount of rainfall varies from year to year so you are never really sure how much will fall. This year has been a good year with more than normal precipitation. That means that the flowers and trees are experiencing exceptional growth.
Along with the flora came an explosion of birds and bugs and lovely little … (7 comments)

scottsdale fun: Soundtrack of a Lifetime - 2021 - Frank Sinatra - 06/23/21 04:01 PM
 
Another big star that needs no introduction is Frank Sinatra. Sinatra was likely the guy that people once thought of when the term superstar first came into play. “Sinatramania” in the 1940s preceded Beatlemania by twenty years.
Sinatra is one of the best-selling recording artists of all time, having sold more than 150 million records worldwide. But he was so much more. An Academy award winning actor he starred in dozens of movies throughout the 1950 and 1960s and eventually his own television show.
He was named one of the Twentieth Century’s Most Influential people by Time magazine. I could go on forever … (9 comments)

scottsdale fun: Soundtrack of a Lifetime - 2021 - The Moody Blues - 06/21/21 11:57 AM
 
The Moody Blues have always been one of my favorite bands. I saw them in concert multiple times and each time I walked away smiling at their live performances.
Because their music is a bit more complex than most Rock bands they often employed a full orchestra to back them up in concert. The album Days of Future Past was originally recorded back in 1967 but re-recorded as a concept album with the help of The London Festival Orchestra in 1972. The newer version became a landmark that other progressive bands soon aspired to match.
Their most popular song Nights in White Satin … (8 comments)

scottsdale fun: Soundtrack of a Lifetime - 2021 - Willie Nelson - 06/16/21 01:10 PM
 
Today’s artist is a man that needs no introduction. Willie Nelson has been around what seems like forever. Actually, he hasn't been around forever. He was born in 1933 and at 88 years old is still performing to sellout crowds.
Always known as a Country singer, Willie and friends perfected the outlaw sound. Nelson has worn many hats as an entertainer including author, disc jockey, song writer and movie star. Willie had parts in 30 movies including his starring role in Honeysuckle Rose.
In the 1980s Nelson joined with John Mellencamp and Neil Young to establish the Farm Aid benefit concerts to help … (13 comments)

scottsdale fun: Soundtrack of a Lifetime - 2021 - The Eagles - 06/16/21 12:54 PM
I haven’t featured The Eagles on the Soundtrack since 2018 an oversight that I am correcting right now. After all, The Eagles are the largest selling rock band of all time.
A lot of great music has come from this group since their early days when Glenn Frye and Don Henley split off from the Stone Ponies to form their own band. Over the years there have been a few changes to the personnel , but the band has only gotten better with each year.
Today’s song Hotel California has, more than any other song, become their signature sound. For my money, no … (9 comments)

scottsdale fun: Soundtrack of a Lifetime - 2021 - The Carpenters - 06/13/21 10:52 AM
 
In the early 1970s The Carpenters were one of the most sought-after acts in the world. According to their website they performed over 800 live concerts between 1971 and 1975 in addition to recording 10 albums and three number one singles. In the late 1970s they produced five television specials. That was an incredible workload.
During the 1970s The Carpenters were On Top of the World.
Driven by Richards compositions and harmony and powered by Karen’s deep sultry voice their music is easily recognizable and still sounds great 50 years later.
Although being known mostly as the lead singer, Karen, fancied herself as the … (8 comments)

scottsdale fun: Soundtrack of a Lifetime - 2021 - Harry Chapin - 06/12/21 10:09 AM
 
Harry Chapin was a singer songwriter that achieved international fame in the 1970s with his poignant folk-rock songs often detailing the dark challenges that people face as they move through life.
His breakthrough hit was a song title Taxi which told the story of a cab driver lamenting his failed attempt to be a pilot.
Chapin was a dedicated humanitarian who performed more than half of his concerts for charity. He was an active force behind the creation of the Presidential Commission on World Hunger. He was posthumously awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for his humanitarian efforts in 1987.
Our song today is his … (5 comments)

scottsdale fun: Soundtrack of a Lifetime - 2021 - Campbell / Paisley - 06/11/21 11:58 AM
 
Today we are going to try something a little different. We are going change over to the Country genre and at the same time give you two versions of the same song. Back in the 1970s a lot of Country stars were crossing over to the Rock charts. These days, it seems a lot of former Rockers are crossing over to the Country charts. I guess what goes around comes around.
Todays’ song is Try a Little Kindness first recorded by Glen Campbell. Campbell took the song to number 23 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song also topped the charts on … (4 comments)

scottsdale fun: Soundtrack of a Lifetime - 2021 - Peter Frampton - 06/10/21 11:41 AM
 
I had the good fortune to see Peter Frampton at the Kinetic Playground a famous nightclub on Chicago’s north side. The year was 1973 and Frampton, still a relative unknown, had just released the album Frampton’s Camel. He shared the stage that night along with The J. Giles Band who opened the show for psychedelic band King Crimson.
Frampton, who was rather clean cut, with long hair and sparkling costumes had a unique sound compared to the other bands that were emerging at the time.
Frampton employed a new sound that had not been used in rock music. The talk box, a synthesizer … (5 comments)

scottsdale fun: Soundtrack of a Lifetime - 2021 - Santana - 06/08/21 02:13 PM
 
Today we are going to flip the calendar forward to blend a little old with a little new. Carlos Santana has been one of the premier guitarists since the 1960s. A lot of people first started rocking with Santana from their appearance at the Woodstock Music and Arts Fair in 1969. But Santana never stopped and continues to make great music and keep up with the times.
Today’s song finds Carlos teaming up with Pop artist Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty to provide some top-notch lyrics and create a great song for modern times.
Released in 1999 Smooth topped the Billboard 100 for … (6 comments)

scottsdale fun: Sountrack of A Lifetime - 2021 - Little Anthony and The Imperials - 06/07/21 04:24 PM
 
We are rolling the clock way back to the doo-wop era. In the late 1950s and early 1960s R&B music was finding its way onto the pop charts. Singing groups would harmonize with voices from deep bass to falsetto, behind a lead singer with a variety of made-up sounds (doo-wop) that kept the beat.
One of the more popular groups was Little Anthony and The Imperials. Their first big hit single was Tears on My Pillow which sold over a million copies to achieve gold status from the Recording Industry Association of America.
Little Anthony’s child like high pitched voice added a distinct … (7 comments)

scottsdale fun: Soundtrack of a Lifetime - 2021 - The Temptations - 06/07/21 09:19 AM
Think the world is a confusing place? If you do, I can reassure you that your feelings are not new or different.
Many of you are too young to remember the turbulent 1960s. It was a time not unlike our current period. There was a lot of disagreement and many protest movements. The music of the time reflected many of those viewpoints. One song that seemed to sum it all up was a song by the Soul group The Temptations. Psychedelic music was just gaining a foothold in the industry and The Temptations transitioned their repertoire from love songs to songs about … (7 comments)

scottsdale fun: Soundtrack of a Lifetime - 2021 - Earth, Wind and Fire - 06/06/21 11:16 AM
 
Today we are going back to my old hometown of Chicago to listen to a band that originated in Chicago but went on to international acclaim. Earth, Wind and Fire. Earth Wind and Fire’s music fits into a lot of categories. Some consider it R&B, others Soul, still others identify with their funky Disco sound.
Their music is complex with a variety of percussion and horn sections. Their stage shows were equally complex with elaborate costumes, perfect for the times, and precision dance routines.
Earth, Wind and Fire has been honored with 6 Grammy Awards, 4 American Music Awards and a Grammy Lifetime … (7 comments)

scottsdale fun: Soundtrack of a Lifetime - 2021 - Kyu Sakamoto - 06/05/21 07:00 AM
You can probably count on one hand the number of foreign language songs that made it to the top of the charts in the U.S. In 1963 a song from Japanese singer Kyu Sakamoto made it to the U.S. and reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100. The song sold over 13 million copies.
The song's title was Ue o Muite Aruko or translated into English, "I Look Up as I Walk".
The story goes that British record producer Louis Benjamin heard the song on a visit to Japan but was concerned that westerners would not be able to identify with the … (4 comments)

scottsdale fun: Soundtrack of a Lifetime - 2021 - Carly Simon - 06/04/21 12:53 PM
 
Every so often a song comes along that becomes the identity for another art form. In this case, our song today Nobody Does It Better became synonymous with the 1977 James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me. The song broke with tradition in that most theme songs from the James Bond films were titled with the name of the film.
The song was composed by Marvin Hamlisch and Carole Bayer Sager and of course was performed by Carly Simon. Nobody Does It Better received an Academy Award nomination, a Golden Globe nomination, and a nomination at the 1978 Grammy Awards.
It was … (10 comments)

scottsdale fun: Soundtrack of a Lifetime - 2021 - Paul Simon - 05/31/21 12:01 PM
Are you ready for a fun music video? Why not?
Today’s Soundtrack song is from one of my favorite artists Paul Simon. Simon who’s career has spanned generations has tried his hand at so many different genre’s you will always be guessing what he will do next.
The song is about two boys hanging out in the schoolyard who were caught doing something that one should never do. Just exactly what they did is and forever will remain uncertain. When the songs character “Mama Pajama” reports them, the police arrest them. Fortunately for the boys the radical priest comes to their aid and … (9 comments)

scottsdale fun: Soundtrack of a Lifetime - 2021 - Buffalo Springfield - 05/31/21 11:52 AM
Think that times have changed? Maybe not as much as you think. Many of my readers may be too young to remember the turbulent 60’s. It is hard to believe it has been 50 years. Yet, many of the same problems that faced the world in those days still face us today.
We all have our opinions of the way the world should work. Do I have all the answers? Sorry to disappoint you.
But I do know that I still like to listen to music. My music is a library of songs that spans sixty years everything from Nat King Cole to … (5 comments)

scottsdale fun: Soundtrack of a Lifetime - 2021 - Bob Dylan - 05/31/21 11:44 AM
Bob Dylan’s name has been bandied around in the musings of this Soundtrack dozens of times. Dylan wrote so many of the songs that were popularized by other artists. He has become almost ubiquitous in the world of Folk, Pop and Rock music. He also played with so many other artists in concert and on recordings that you take him for granted.
Bob Dylan was the first pop artist to be awarded a Pulitzer Prize Special Citation, “For his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power.”, in 2008. (He was later joined by … (8 comments)