Isaiah's The World Today Just Nuts' "The Curse of Chuckie" went up last night and I like the perspective of that one, how he's coming at you.
Now two things. First, Bette Midler's in the news and I was just blogging about her on Friday. She's heading to Broadway in a play about Sue Mengers -- that's the super agent who was called a "pig" even by those who knew her. Why? Foot odor among other things.
I hope it's a comedy.
Second, Valerie Simpson's Dinosaurs Are Coming. This came out a few months ago. I completely missed it. I heard it at C.I.'s this weekend. I'm a big Valerie fan so I do love it.
I would've given it a rave if I'd known it was out. I don't know if it would have made my top 20 or not. Supposedly the album itself sneaks up on you with each listen. There are stand out tracks already from just listening to it in the last 24 or so hours.
She does a duet with Roberta Flack and she's got a song with Nina Simone that might be the last song Nina ever recorded. Plus, she does a major re-working of "Ain't No Mountain High Enough."
I probably need to explain Valerie for those who may not know the name.
Valerie and Nick Ashford wrote some of the great songs of all time including "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)," "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," "Surrender," "Once in the Morning," "The Boss," (with Quincy Jones) "Is This What Feeling Gets," "Some Things You Never Get Used To" and many other songs recorded by Diana Ross. For Roberta, they wrote "Uh-Uh, Oh-Oh, Look Out Here It Comes." For Chaka, they wrote "I'm Every Woman" and "Clouds." For Gladys Knight and the Pips, they wrote "Landlord," Bougie Bougie," "Didn't You Know You'd Have to Cry Some Time." For Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, they wrote, "Your Precious Love" ("Heaven must have sent you from above, heaven must have sent your precious love"), "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," "You're All I Need To Get By" and "Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing." They wrote Ray Charles' "Let's Go Get Stoned." They ended up at Motown in the 60s and they were songwriters, producers, background singers, etc. They left Motown and would end up with Warner Brothers and Capitol as a duo. Their hits on their own included "Solid," "Count Your Blessings," "I'll Be There For You," "Street Corner," "High Rise" and "Is It Still Good To Ya?"
They fell in love in the 60s and married in the 70s. The only other songwriting team that was a romantic couple that had that kind of longevity (in art and in love) would be Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann.
So Valerie did a solo album in the early seventies and it became a huge collector's item. Her recording a solo album was news. I'm really mad at myself for missing this album. :( I would have given it a serious and extensive review.
Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"