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Relax With My Weather Channel Classic Local Forecast Spotify Mix

Relax With My Weather Channel Classic Local Forecast Spotify Mix

Music
You don't even have to be a weather geek to appreciate the sublime beauty that once was the Weather Channel's local forecast segment. In addition to the classically spartan graphics -- courtesy the vintage WeatherStar I, II, III, and 4000 systems -- the 1980s and '90s brought us viewers perhaps the greatest collection of smooth jazz and New Age music ever. Bands and songs that I would not normally listen to under most circumstances somehow become not just tolerable but enjoyable when paired with those charmingly simple graphics and radar loops. And thanks to the yeoman-like effort put in over at The Weather Channel Classics, the names of many of those songs are readily available. So I decided to take my love of those old forecasts to the next level but compiling a Spotify Weather Cha
Sunday Jazz: RIP Joe Sample (1939-2014)

Sunday Jazz: RIP Joe Sample (1939-2014)

Music, Sunday Jazz
It's been far too long since my last Sunday Jazz installment, but I'm compelled to post now to mourn the loss of one of my all-time favorite musicians -- the great Joe Sample, who passed away yesterday at age 75. Sample's contributions to the music world are immeasurable, but primarily I will remember him both for his work with the Jazz Crusaders and for some of his great solo music. What once was contemporary jazz is now known (derisively by some) as smooth jazz. Writers far better than I will have much more profound thoughts to share on Sample's music, so I'll just share some of my favorite moments from his long career. First up is a fine Jazz Crusaders side, "Tortoise and the Hare," from the group's 1962 LP Lookin' Ahead. It's a prototypical slice of the particular brand of sou...
Nevermind the best new music release of 2007…

Nevermind the best new music release of 2007…

Music
I think we have a winner for Greatest CD in the History of Ever. That's right, the magic of the Weather Channel's local forecasts is finally available for us mortals to listen to with The Weather Channel Presents Smooth Jazz -- A collection of instrument smooth jazz heard on "Local on the 8s." Calling this a sublime musical experience would be like saying the Grand Canyon is a big hole. This is more like...aural manna. Also, if you don't buy this CD Jim Cantore will fly to your house and punch you in the brain. He farts in Atlanta and causes earthquakes in California, so don't think for a second he views you as a challenge.