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PAGE 10 POST-GAZE'I'rE, FEBRUARY 12, 2016 reviewing the best BURNT - ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK Lakeshore Records Rob Simonsen has estab- lished himself on the list of new wave composers making a meaningful impact in the film industry. This film about a chef, Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper}, who had it all -- and lost it, includes a tasty menu of 11 songs with a mixed list of ingre- dients. Barnes Courtney serves =Fire" to warm things up. The Avener & John Lee Hooker add some color with the blues via "It Server You Right to Suffer," the imaginative "Dream" is compli- ments of Autograf. The Avener returns to dish out "Fade Out Lines," Bonobo brightens things up with "Flashlight," and RY X has the recipe for "Love Like This." Simonsen steps things up by serving a four-course meal that consists of "Adam Arrives to London," "Cooking for Simone," "Birthday Cake," and "The Next Menu," with Cooper contributing the brief, outra- geous "Ode to a Sous Vide." BROOKLYN ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK Lakeshore Records Brooklyn is a film set in Ire- land and Brooklyn in the early 1950s, and follows a young lady's travels from her Irish home to Brooklyn with ap- propriate music. The mix of songs is a bit of the olde sod's dancehall music and stateside music. Johnny Moore's Three Blazers open with "Be Cool AKA Keep Cool," followed by "Boolav- ogue," back stateside with "The Yellow Rose of Texas," Linda Hayes' "What's it to You Jack," then a return to Ireland with "The Stack of Barley," "Castle Finn," and "Dynaflow." Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney contribute "Zing a Little Zong," Ruth Brown with the bluesy "Five, Ten, Fifteen Hours," and its back across the ocean for "A Garden in the Rain," "My Wild Irish Rose," and the finale is in the form of"Casadh An Tsflg'ain" performed by Iarla O Lionaird. KUNG FU PANDA 3 MUSIC FROM THE MOTION PICTURE Sony Classical Academy Award-winner Hans Zimmer has again been given the responsibility of scoring the music for the Kung Fu franchise, having already done so with one and two. On num- ber three, Zimmer supplies the music, along with an original performance by The Vamps rifled "Kung Fu Fighting," and the global theme song for the film, "Try," performed by Patrick Brasca and featuring Chinese musical icon Jay Chou. Cuts of note include, "Oogway's Legacy," "The Power of Chi," "The Panda Village," "How to Be a Panda," and "Po Belongsf As Po attempts to train a vil- lage fuli of fun-loving, clumsy brethren, Zimmer's music fills the moment with tracks such as, "Two Fathers," "The Battle of the Legends," "Passing the Torch," and "Father and Son." In addition, superstar pianist Lang Lang contributes piano solos on the soundtrack. Kung Fu Panda has all the moves to go with the music! by bob morello ,! ,the rest COCOFUNKA - CHUCARO Conquista Records If you scour the travel ads, you will see Costa Pica advertised with a lifestyle that is easygoing, and rainforests complete with lush vibes. Music-wise, the description is also the sound of Cocofunka's sound, produced by local icon Mario Mirands and sonic mastermind Felipe Alvarez. The duo's ability to fold their blend of soca and calypso beats neatly into rock and reggae is dope. Sample the Costa Rican flavors of the title track, "Chflcaro," followed by the funk of"Coleccionista," the emotional "Melancoliaf the smooth "Antes De Nacer," the staccato beat of "Aunque Llueva," and hit the halfway mark with the rhythmic "Saboteo." The music flows nicely via "Temprano" featuring Andrew Trosh, trailed by the upbeat "Oso Perezoso," the bright, steady downbeat of "Luces," the repetitive "Noche Tras Noche," and the foot tapping "Alma Valiente" featuring Lilo Sanchez. The final touches are applied with the haunting "Perseguidor." Music for living the good life! ST. LUCIA - MATTER Columbia Records St. Lucia released Matter, their sophomore album that is chock full of 11 songs that will keep your feet tapping on the floor, and your mind headed to the heavens. "Do You Remember" sets the pace, moving on with "Home," the band's recent single "Danc- ing on the Glass," along with their new song "Physical," de- scribed as a primal dance track, learning the rules for "Game 4 U," and the subtle breeze from "The Winds of Change." The mood of insecurity is maintained with the pleading "Love Somebody," the fearful plea "Rescue Me," the begging "Stay," the fast-paced condi- tion of "Help Me Run Away," finishing up with the negative feelings of "Always." Catch St. Lucia "live" at Boston's Royale, Wednesday, February 17"! KEN PEPLOWSKI ENRAPTURE Capri Records Ken Peplowski is labeled, "The king of swinging clarinet and tenor sax." With no boundar- ies, Peplowski drops ten tracks of jazz styles on your ears. Pick your favorite(sl from cuts like Duke Ellington's opus "The Flaming Sword," the stan- dard "An Affair to Remember" served up in a soothing ar- rangement, John Lennon and Yoko Ono's sad "Oh, My Love" stripped bare, the ballad "Cheer Up, Charlie" from the film Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, trailed by Noel Coward's elegant waltz "I'll Follow My Secret Heart." Pep- lowski does a nice job on Herbie Nichols' composition, "Enrapture," the rapid tenor sounds of "Twelve," the unique "Vertigo Scene D'Amouf' from Bernard Herrmann's score for the film Vertigo, and the end is near with Barry Manilow/ Johnny Mercer's "When Octo- ber Goes" with a performance on tenor sax, ending with Fats Waller's sprightly "Willow Tree." The time has come, the walrus said, TO TALK OF MANY THINGS of shoes and ships and sealing wax of cabbages and kings by Sal Giarratani FATHER JOHN RECEIVES BUDDY MANGINI AWARD At the re- cent Prosper- ity Awards Gala host- ed by the East Boston Chamber of Commerce, Father John Nazzaro, di- rector of the Salesian Boys & Girls Club of East Bos- ton, was the first recipient of the Annual Buddy Mangi- ni Award for community service above and beyond all expecta- tions. Father John, like Buddy Mangini, are not just residents of this community, they are this community. Their values and commitment are always ongoing. They believe that East Boston can be all it wants to be. It is a community thing with everyone working together. SOMETHING SAD ABOUT THE NEED FOR A SUICIDE FENCE A tall fence installed by Mass- DOT along the Tobin Bridge is clearly a good step to take to reduce suicides and suicide attempts. It is so sad that over the decades this bridge has seen many suicides or suicide at- tempts by desperate folks trying to end their troubles. Hopefully, the fencing will be a preventative measure for some. What is needed more is to get to people before they start walking or driving to the bridge on a one-way trip. A bridge alone is but one small step to ending more of these personal tragedies. There is help out there available. Talk- ing is always much better than jumping. We need to do more when it comes to mental health care in this nation. Leave the stigma behind and stay alive. THEY'RE STILL LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD MEN, TOO The Nazzaro Center Seniors group is seeking new blood for the group. The club meets Tues- days and Fridays for socializing and bingo. They offer trips and seasonal parties. Anyone 50 or older are welcome to join. At the moment, I think there is only one guy in this club, and he is looking for more guys to chat with. For more information, call Ida at 617-635-5166. REACTION TO RECENT LETTER WRITER I always enjoy reading my Boston Herald every morning with my bowl of oatmeal. Some- times it is difficult reading the news on an empty stomach. A recent letter writer, Tina Falconi of Quincy, opined on the high costs of health insur- ance. Falconi stated, "I believe that affordable health care is a fundamental right of civilized society." She said she works 40 hours a week and pays for her health insurance. However, she says thanks to ever-increasing copays and deductibles, "I often feel I can't afford to go to the doctor." She added, "The whole setup is unfair." As humorist P. d. O'Rourke once said, "If you think health care is expensive today, just walt until it's free." Bernie Sanders would tell Tina, support him and you l get single-payer health care. However, if you read the fine print in his campaign promise, taxes for us will go up billions upon billions. Obama Care, Hillary Care and Bernie Care are nothing more than empty bottles of snake oil. Like Tina, Sal here hasn't got the answer that millions of Americans are seeking. Does anyone have the answer? I know I am tired of hearing the same old bu11^%$ every four years on the campaign trail. How "oout you? LYDIA EDWARDS GETTING AROUND DISTRICT A special election is upcom- ing in the First Suffolk and Middlesex district with nomi- nation papers due March 1st. Currently, there are a number of candidates on the campaign trail, including Lydia Edwards of East Boston. She has been all across the district lately. Last week she held a get to- gether in East Boston and later that week over the bridge in Winthrop. The Primary is April 12th and the election is May 10th. Don't forget to register, and don't for- get to vote. Practice Safe Skin with Free Public Sunscreen Melanoma Foundation of New England (MFNE), a non-profit aimed at reducing the incidence of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, is now offering cities, non-profits and private businesses the opportunity to obtain weather resistant, low maintenance sunscreen dispens- ing units for the benefit of their communities. A limited number are available for free to mu- nicipalities and non-profits that apply via an online RFP process, and any public or private organization can purchase dispensers for their use or as a donation. This sunscreen distribu- tion program, called Practice Safe Skin, offers an effective preventive measure to help visitors avoid sun over-exposure year round in public and private recreation areas including playgrounds, ski areas, beaches, civic buildings and amuse- ment parks. The RFP process to apply for a free unit runs through March 30, 2016, with priority given to New England-based organizations in the first round. BusinesSes and organizations seeking to purchase units can apply online throughout the spring. Melanoma is rising faster than any other cancer, with one person dying from the disease every 50 minutes. Studies show that with daily sunscreen protection, the risk of melanoma is reduced. In response to the Surgeon General's 2014 Call to Action to address skin cancer as a major public concern, MFNE and partner Make Big Change (MBCI launched a pilot program dur- ing the summer of 2015 to donate free sunscreen throughout Boston parks and Massachusetts beaches at no cost to taxpayers. According to Deb G'trard, Executive Director of MFNE, "Our pilot program this past summer to install sunscreen dispensers within the City of Boston and on Massachusetts state beaches was a huge success. We are thrilled to be able to expand on that program and offer these sunscreen units for public and private distribu- tion throughout New England and beyond." She added, "We hope these sunscreen dispensers will become as ubiquitous as hand sanitizer over the next few years in businesses and outdoor recre- ation areas across the country." Following the success of the pilot program, the Weather resistant, low maintenance dispensers hold a I000 mL bag of sunscreen, for 670 applications per bag. The all-natural SPF-30 sunscreen stocked in the dispensing units is safe for people aged 6-months and up with an all-natural blend of 6% zinc and 6% titanium. All of the ingredients will be printed on the machines upon installation, and are available upon request. Practice Safe Skin initiative is expanding to give cities and businesses across the country the abil- ity to offer this public safety program. MFNE will continue to donate free sunscreen dispensers to the City of Boston and the Massachusetts Depart- ment of Recreation for state beaches in 2016. Sunscreen dispensers hold a 1000 mL bag of sunscreen, for 670 applications per bag. The all- natural SPF-30 sunscreen is safe for people aged 6-months and up with an all-natural blend of 6% (Continued on Page 12)