All posts tagged: Natalie Cole

The Sixteenth Day of Mellowmas: Into the Ear of Mellowmas Madness

Jason: So today’s track is from a David Foster Christmas album. Jeff: Isn’t that perfect? Jason: Anybody want to take a guess who suggested it? Jeff: Ken! Ken Shane! Jason: Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! No, you fucknut! Terje! Terje Fjelde! The man behind Into the Ear of Madness, the weekly Foster-obessive series on Popdose! Jeff: Oh riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight! That dude! Jason: I have no idea what to do with the “j’ in his last name, do you? Jeff: You mean how to pronounce it? Jason: I guess it’s a “y” sound? Jeff: When I say it out loud, I pronounce it “Curtis Armstrong.” Jason: Ha ha ha ha ha ha! Okay, so Terje sends us an e-mail, and he says: “It’s an All-Star rendition of ‘White Christmas’ from David Foster’s 1993 Christmas album, with what no doubt is the most soulful delivery of the line ‘sleighbells in the snow’ in the history of recorded music. “With: Natalie Cole, Roberta Flack, Peabo Bryson, BeBe and CeCe Winans, Celine Dion (in French), Tom …

Into the Ear of Madness: Week 14 — Goodbye To Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of…

Over the next year Terje Fjelde has agreed to listen to nothing but David Foster on his iPod. He’s loaded the thing with over 1,200 songs produced, arranged, composed, and/or played by David Foster. A deal with the devil? He keeps wondering. It’s time for another Theme Week! I’ll leave it up to you to figure out what’s the theme, though. It should be pretty obvious. I heard Donna Summer’s “Livin’ In America” (1982), produced by Quincy Jones, for the first time when I watched a documentary about Quincy released around the same time as his album Back On The Block in 1989. He had invited a bunch of hot rappers such as Ice T, Melle Mel, Big Daddy Kane and Kool Moe Dee to join him along with a stellar cast of musicians but, me being a very pale and very Scandinavian teenager, I just didn’t get the rap and hip hop thing at all in 1989. Well, I still don’t for the most part, but that’s another story. Anyway, I was for all …

Bottom Feeders: The Ass End of the ’80s, Part 19

You know, there are times when even I’ve had enough of ’80s music. It’s hard to believe that since I’m still acquiring “new” music all the time, but sometimes I need something more. One of those times occurred this past Saturday as I was sitting at a poker table in Atlantic City, New Jersey. My iPod contains every Hot 100 hit from the ’80s plus many more ’80s tunes, some random great albums from the past two decades, and a ton of metal. I rarely ever choose a single artist or a full album and listen to the whole thing since I love the randomness of the shuffle option. There’s just something about hearing a 17-minute track from doom metal masters Electric Wizard followed by a Flock of Seagulls tune that does it for me. But as I was sitting at the table, I actually started to see a trend — when Tiffany came on, I was playing passively and poorly, but when it shuffled to Slayer I was nice and aggressive and winning hands. …

Mix Six: “Wedding Songs”

DOWNLOAD THE FULL MIX HERE It’s almost June, and time for people to completely lose it when it comes to locking in all the elements that goes into a wedding. If you’re a regular to this feature, you know that I logged in quite a few years as a mobile DJ. Weddings were my bread and butter, and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve played the following songs in this mix, but I can tell you that even at the most stressful weddings, these songs have the most soothing effect over Bridezillas, Fatherzillas, Motherzillas, Groomzillas, and every other “Zilla” you’ve ever met at a wedding reception. Nat King Cole/Natalie Cole, “Unforgettable” When I first heard this single, I really thought it would have a limited shelf life. But it’s 17 years later, and it’s still a top “first dance” song. I haven’t heard this song in years (because I don’t do the mobile DJ thing anymore), but it’s clear that this had “classic” written all over it and I was just too cynical …