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Paul McCartney Honored

                 Add another honor to the list  for Sir Paul McCartney. The legendary singer/songwriter will be honored as Grammy award’s 2012 MusicCares Person of the Year. MusicCares is a program that ensures music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical and personal need. Sir Paul is being honored not just for his creative accomplishments, but also for his lifelong range of philanthropic activities said Neil Portnow, president of the MusicCares program . Ever modest, McCartney had this to say: "I've been given a great gift -- a life making music -- and it's my privilege to try to make the world a better place by giving back," said McCartney. "For more than 20 years, MusicCares has helped so many music people in times of crisis -- whether with emergency financial assistance or access to addiction recovery resources -- and it is an honor to be recognized as the 2012 MusicCares Person of the Year." Mccartney will be honored in February, 2 days before the 54th annual Grammy Award presentation.  If you have the funds, there’s a silent auction, with an exclusive selection of luxury items, VIP experiences and one-of-a-kind celebrity memorabilia for bidding guests. The reception and silent auction will be followed by a dinner, the award presentation and a star-studded tribute concert.  Proceeds from the February 12 concert and auction will go to the MusicCares program. Congratulations to Sir Paul  McCartney!
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My Thoughts about Amy.

When I heard Amy Winehouse had died, I was very saddened. No, it did not come as a suprise, but it's still a loss nonetheless. I rememberback in 2006 when I first heard " Rehab". My head kinda exploded from how great I thought that song was. No one could walk past my desk without me saying " Hey... you gotta hear this".  When the full album arrived, I was so pleased to hear that Rehab wasn't a fluke. Perhaps you only know her music from the few songs on the radio. Maybe you didn't know that she released an album in 2003 called " Frank", after Frank Sinatra. Did you know she was a jazz singer? Check it out: Before she met " the bad husband" and went down the the road to drugs, alcohol and tats, she looked like this: Note  how healthy and sweet she looked. A of this morning, there was no word as to the cause of death.  over the weekend I read stories that said it was bad Ecstacy. But People Magazine is saying there were no drugs hear her , and she was in bed when she died. Whether it was a drug overdose, or just complications from destroying her body, 27 is just too young to die. Yes, she is not a part of the " 27 club", but I, for one, wished she'd have been in the "83 club." Do you think we would have had an " Adele" if there hadn't been an Amy???? RIP Amy, and I leave you with one more song:
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Madison Musical Memories

I’ve lived in Madison for most of the last 30 years, and have seen a LOT of concerts over the years.  Some of the shows that stand out in my mind include the first time I saw John Butler Trio perform at the High Noon Saloon. I could swear there were 5 or 6 people playing considering the sound. That was one great trio!  I was at Headliners to see The Nighthawks, a blues band from the DC area. If you remember Headliners, the stage was VERY high. That night, one of the band members ( I think it was the harmonica player) jumped from the stage , hurt himself and couldn’t perform the rest of the night. I miss Luther’s Blues, where I first saw Will Hoge, Hot Tuna and a host of other greats. Did you know the Decemberists performed there in 2004? Jackie Greene was awesome at a free show at the Memorial Union terrace. But one night stands out in my memory more than any other show.  August 4, 1989, Bob Dylan came to the Dane County Coliseum. I had not seen him since the Rolling Thunder Review in 1975, so I was pretty excited to see him. It was a dark and storm night, seriously stormy, and after only 4 songs, there was a power outage, leaving the venue lit by a few emergency lights exit lights. He stood around, strumming a bit to an instrumental jam, mostly percussion. The crowd hushed to listen, and were most patient.  When the lights came back on, he went into Shelter From the Storm. It was perfect and I will never forget it.
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Bob Dylan 1965

Like many of us, I was introduced to lots of new music from my older sister. She received the very first Bob Dylan album for her Sweet 16. Considering he only sold about 2500 copies of his first album I came in on the ground floor of his career. One of the first concerts I ever attended was a Dylan show in 1965! It was in October at Carnegie Hall. My birthday was ten days later and I asked my parents for tickets to the concert instead of a party. I took my kid brother Michael and my cousin Michelle. I was so excited to see him I could hardly contain myself! We had seats in the very back of the orchestra. The first set was acoustic and the crowd loved it. However, when he plugged in for the second set, people left in droves. This was just a few months after he got booed at the Newport Folk Festival for doing the same thing. Well, their loss was our gain and we ended up moving to about the 10th row for the remainder of the show. I remember it as if it were yesterday. As a birthday present my cousin gave me 3 Dylan albums, where I proceeded to put a check mark next to each song he had sung that night. I still have the albums. Here's what he sounded like at the Newport Folk Festival!
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