Tag: Michael McDonald

GFS home movies: Michael McDonald’s This Christmas: Live in Chicago

GFS home movies: Michael McDonald’s This Christmas: Live in Chicago

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Having already cultivated a sizable fan base through his work with Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers, as well as from his solo work, Michael McDonald has spent the better part of the last decade following two different muses - classic Motown/soul and holiday music.  In 2009 he added another entry to the latter with This Christmas, pulled from a concert featuring McDonald and his band in a holiday performance on the PBS concert series Soundstage.  It's available on CD, but it's the DVD edition I'm reviewing here. I'll just say right up front that if you are already a fan of McDonald and his trademark soulful baritone, you will not be disappointed with This Christmas.  But even if you only have a passing interest in the man and his work, it's still a good addition to any holiday music co
2010 – The year in recorded musical performances

2010 – The year in recorded musical performances

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I really need to find a way to turn music listening into a paying, full-time gig.  Because that's the only way I could ever hope to have time to take in all the good (and not-so-good) music that comes out every year.  Life really was much simpler when I didn't even want to make time for anything that wasn't by Kiss, Rush, or Iron Maiden.  So instead of approaching this as a "Best Albums of 2010" or "Best Music of 2010" list, it's more of a "My Favorite Albums/Music of 2010 That I Had Time to Listen To" list.  These are the albums that moved me one way or another this year, although obviously this is not (and cannot be) an exhaustive list.  I'm sure lots of really swell records got left off, but that's why there are other year-end lists on the internet, right? #10. Kanye West, My Beautiful
‘Tis the season to win Michael McDonald’s new Christmas DVD!

‘Tis the season to win Michael McDonald’s new Christmas DVD!

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That's right kids, don't say I never give you anything.  Thanks to the generous folks over at Eagle Rock Entertainment and Universal Music, I have a copy of Michael McDonald's latest DVD, This Christmas: Live in Chicago, to give to one lucky reader.  It features McDonald and his band in a holiday performance on the PBS concert series Soundstage. This DVD showcases a bunch of McDonald yuletide originals and covers, and even features some of his best-known solo and Doobie Brothers hits.  If you're a McDonald or latter-era Doobie fan, you will want this disc (my review is forthcoming).  But even if you just like good Christmas music, you still can't lose.  And best of all, it's free! To win your very own DVD of This Christmas, simply do any one of the following by 11:59pm (New Jersey ti