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Page 10 POST-GAZE-TTE FEBRU-ARY 1-3,-20t 5 by bob morello Facts00wax reviewing the best.., forgetting the rest I 2015 GRAMMY NOMINEES RCA Records A 21-song collection of chart topping hits on this CO, shine with music's Grammy-nominated artists and songwriters, who vied for victory on Music's Biggest Night (Sunday). The diverse array includes, "Shake it Off' (Taylor Swift), "Fancy" (Iggy Azalea), "Sing" (Ed Sheeran), "Problem" (Ariana Grande & Iggy), "All About the Bass" (Meghan Trainor), "Dark Horse" (Katy Perry), "A Sky Full of Stars" (Coldplay), "Wrecking Ball" (Miley Cyrus), "Chandelier" (Sia), "All of Me" (John Legend), and "Take Me to Church" (Hozier). Nominees continue with "Drunk in Love" (Beyonce & Jay Z) Winner R&B Song/Pecformance, a pair from Pharrell Williams -- "Come Get it Bae" and "Happy" Winner Music Video, plus "Stay With Me" (Sam Hunt) Winner Record & Song of the Year, "Blue Moon" (Beck), "Raise 'Em Up" (Keith Urban/Eric Church), "Gentle on My Mind" (The Band Perry) Winner Country DuoGroup Performance, "Meanwhile Back at Mama's" (Tim McGraw/ Faith Hill), "Somethin' Bad" (Miranda Lambert/Carrie Underwood), and "Day Drinking" (Little Big Town). THE ESSENTIAL DISNEY COLLECTION Silva Screen Records A host of performers, called Stars of The London Stage, pay tribute to 19 of the very best songs from cinema's greatest animation studio, Disney, with particular emphasis on the last 25 years. Opening with the monster hit "Let it Go" (Frozen), along with "I See the Light" (Tangled), "Reflection" (Mulan), "Colors of the Wind" (Pocahontas), "A Whole New World" (Aladdin), and "Tale as Old as Time" (Beauty and the Beast)..A pair from "Little Mermaid" splashes the ears via "Part of Your World" and "Under the Sea," followed by a pair from "The Jungle Book" titled " I Wanna Be Like You" and "The Bare Necessities," and from "Mary Poppins" -- "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" and "A Spoonful of Sugar," ending with "Pinocchio" favorite "When You Wish Upon a Star." Just a taste of the wonderful Disney songs that have enlightened many lives of adults and children alike! EVERLY - ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK Sparks & Shadows "Everly" is a film that stars Salma Hayek as a femme fa- tale that unleashes the ultimate vengeance against a mob boss and his army of assassins. The film's soundtrack fea- tures original music by Bear McCreary, along with his brother Brendan, and Raya Yarbrough. The music features searing electronics, intimate chamber orchestra, Japanese instru- ments, taiko drums and Christmas carols. A weird mix that results in very interesting tracks. The carols included have, "Deck the Hails" performed by Raya and arranged by Brendan, he also wrote and performed "A Very Merry Christmas" and "Fa La La," plus arranging and performing "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," and Raya returns to perform "Silent Night." The percussive "A Gift from Taiko" sets the pace, trailed by the mellow flute sounds of "Allies," the pounding "Fighting to Survive," along with the string laden "Dead Man." The Asian- flavor of "The Sadist" is interesting, plus "Taiko," the emo- tional "Resolution," and finishes with the pulsating "Everly End Credits." Super! GEORGE EZRA - WANTED ON VOYAGE Columbia Records UI( singer/songwriter/guitarist George Ezra has released his anticipated debut album of a dozen songs. 'Wanted on Voyage' opens with the self-deprecating "Blame it on Me," the al-bum's catchy single is "Bud-apest," followed by the pleading "Cassy O," the smooth sounding "Barcelona," the up-tempo "Listen to the Man," and marks the midpoint with the awkward encounter of "Leaving it Up yo You." Second half happenings include the threatening "Did You Hear the Rain?" the plot-planning "Drawing Board," plus the explosive "Stand by Your Gun," the mysterious "Breakaway," the insecure "Over the Creek," and Ezra has his final say with the droning "Spectacular Rival." Recently released in the U.S., "Wanted" has already sold more than half a million copies in Ezra's native UK. CHICAGO FIRE: SEASONS I & 2 Lakeshore Records Atli Orvarsson's talents can be found in the broad range of films from historical epics to courtroom drama to the super- natural, the Icelandic composer has set the scene for many of these diverse types of films. As a musician and composer, he has created the music for television's "Chicago Fire, Sea- son i and Season 2." The soundtrack for Season 1 is a roller coaster of emotions that evoke feelings that feel so real. "Chicago Fire Suite" is a bit hectic, with powerful guitar work mixed in, "Giving Thanks" is a lengthy cut (six min- utes long), Orvars-son cranks it up a notch for cuts as "Warehouse Fire" and "Rooftop Action," plus the mixture of emotion and a hint of inspiration on "Fireman Salute." Season 2 soundtrack segues Season 1 with "Borden's Retirement," trailed by the haunting "Arson Fire," the pow- erful action sound of "Factory Fire Call," the mood-changing "No Regrets," and more action with "Underwater Rescue," and the intrigue of "Casey and the Darden Boys." The sound of the siren is evident in the soundtracks of both seasons, Orvarsson's music creates the adrenaline rushes, and simi- lar to those closely involved in fighting a fire! 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 BILLY JOEL IN CONCIRT Billy Joel will be back in concert at Fenway Park for the second consecutive year. The show date is July 16 th. It will hopefully be warm and sunny. Get this winter out of your head. It can't snow in July. Tickets are on sale right now. Go to RedSox. Com/ BiUy Joel. SNOW BIRD FRIENDS WATCH US ON THE NEWS A few weeks, Two-Dogs took off in his Chrysler 300 on his winter vacatio]3 to Florida. Then, Sam took off fl:om Logan, followed by Larry and now Dickie. They're all down there together creat- ing their own East Boston Florida. They watch the weather on TV or call me up for weather updates. I keep telling them it's still snowing but they don't have time to worry about me at the beach. DEAD ZONE AT THE VA? I recently saw that an un- known male was found (lead one morning at an outside shelter on the grounds of the Brockton Veteran's Affair's facility. Outdoor shelter? Wintertime? No foul play was suspected. The Plymouth County D.A.'s office said the dead guy wasn't currently a VA client. Does that make his death less horrible? Why are there outdoor shelters at any VA in the winter? Not exactly a safe harbor for the homeless or homeless vets, is it? FILE THIS ONE: Shouldn't have happened! DAMN GLOBAL WARMING Where are all those envi- ronmentalist harping about global warming? They dis- appeared. Maybe, they're hiding under all the snow mounds out there. TRYSTS OUT AT HARVARD Harvard University last week banned its professors and undergraduates from fooling around with each other. Shouldn't that have always been the case? The ban came about after a con- ductpolicy revision following a review of Harvard's Title IX policy on sexual harass- ment. The prior policy did not fully recognize the "unequal status" between instructors and students. It only took more than 300 years for Harvard to get the right policy in place, eh? MORE STUFF AT THE LYNN AUDITORIUM Coming up on May 3 rd Pat Benatar and Nell Giraido will perform with the Celtic Woman June 28% For more info, LynnAuditorium, com or call 1-800-745-3000. HEALTH INSURANCE FOR METHADONE TREATMENT Major Bay State health plans covering 2.6 million folks announced last week they will cover methadone treatment by July I st in an effort to address the epi- demic of addiction to opiate drugs. Medicaid already cov- ers this treatment and Blue Cross Blue Shield has done so for about 10 years. YOU KNEW IT WAS TO0 GOOD TO CONTINUE After months of watching gas pump prices fall, we all knew the drop in prices would end sometime and ap- parently that time is now. Prices are on the rise. Down at the Emporium gas station on Washington Street near Forest Hills Station, the price dropped to a low of $1.93 per gallon, but is now u,p to $2.15. Further down Washington Street near Roslindale Square, the price dropped to $1.95 and has now edged up to $2.09 per gallon. Oh, and now home heating oil will start an upward pat- tern too. HOW HAVE YOU GRADED SNOW REMOVAL? One Boston TV station rated the City of Boston an "A" for a snow removal. What do you think about that high of a grade? Personally, from driving around Boston neighborhoods, I would rate Boston no better than a high C. Even in Dorchester, no better than a C. Parts of Eastie deserve a flunking grade. With more snow fall- ing as I write this over the weekend, this has become the winter from hell. Saint Walfrid by Bennett Molinari and Richard Molinari The collapse of the Roman Empire led to that period of time in European history known as the Dark Ages. Culture and civilization would be shrouded for hundreds of years with the flame of learning kept alive in monasteries and the monastic movement that developed during that period. Saint Benedict was the inspiration behind the development of western mo- nasticism. Born at Nursia, Italy in 480, Benedict was a student in Rome prior to his calling to the hermit's way of life. Having become the leader of a group of her- mits near Subiaco, he later founded the mother monas- tery of the Benedictine order on the hill of Monte Cassino about half way between Rome and Naples. There he formulated a cohesive and practical Rule which gov- erned the way of life for his followers, who ultimately spread the Rule throughout Europe. An interesting example of monastic development is that of Saint Walfrid. Walfrid or Galfrido della Gherar- desca was born in Pisa, Italy early in the eight century. He was deeply attached to his wife Thesia with whom they had five sons and at least one daughter. After years of marriage, both Walfrid and Thesia felt a call to a closer relation- ship with God. Walfrid had two friends, one was a rela- tive named Gunduald the other a man named Fortis who was Corsican, like Saint Walfrid, they were living in the world, but felt drawn to serving God under a monastic discipline. Monte Verde, between Vol- terra and Piombino became the site of a new monastery to be named the Abbey of Palazzuolo where they would live under the Rule of Saint Benedict. In addition to .their own Abbey, they built at a distance of about eighteen miles a convent for women, in which their wives and Walfrid's daughter Rattruda took the veil. The new Abbey attracted many novices, and before long there were sixty monks in- cluding Walfrid's son Gimfrid and Gunduald's only son Andrew, who would become the third Abbott and wrote the history of St. Walfrid. Gimfrid, who became a priest, left the monastery, taking with him, horses and papers which belonged to the community. Walfrid, greatly distressed, sent a search party after his son. On the third day, when he was pray- ing in the midst of his monks for his son's repentance and return, he prayed that God would send Gimfrid a sign which would be constantly before him as a reminder and a warning for the rest of his life. That same day Gimfrid was caught and brought back penitent, but with the middle finger of his right hand so mutilated that he could never use it again. Walfrid saw this as the sign to Gimfrid he requested in prayer. Walfrid guided the Abbey wisely as abbot for ten years. He passed away on February 15, 765 and was succeeded as abbot by his son Gimfrid, who despite his earlier lapse became, as Andrew records, a great and good pastor. St. Walfrid was canonized in 1861 by Pope Plus IX, His feast day is February 15%