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Page 10 POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 15, 2013 Fact reviewing by bob morello ' the rest EMMY ROSSUM - SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY Warner Bros. Emmy Rossum currently stars in the comedy series 'Shameless' on Showtime, and the actress also appears in the Warner Bros. Pictures' film 'Beautiful Creatures.' In addition, this talented lady has put together this album that features a collection of covers of classic songs from the 1920s to the 1960s.' Having been exposed to classics, jazz and stan- dards as a child, Emmy was inspired to record this musical journey. The collection includes the title track "Sentimen- tal Journey," "The Object Of My Affection," "I'm Looking Over A Four Leaf Clover," "These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You)," a song her mother sang as a lullaby to her -- "I'll Be With You In Apple Blossom Time," and the breezy "Summer Wind." The road continues with the spirited, "Many Tears Ago," slowing the pace for "All I Do Is Dream Of You," the bluesy "Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out," plus "Autumn Leaves," Bobby Darin's "Things," and Willie Nelson's "Pretty Paper," and the bonus cut "Keep Young And Beautiful. ". btING BREAKERS - MUSIC FROM THE MOTION PICTURE Big Beat-Atlantic DJ/Producer Skrillex has teamed up with Cliff Martinez, to score the film 'Spring Breakers.' The collaboration of electro house sounds will be part of the film's official soundtrack. Skrillex has won six Grammy's, and his cre- ative work is heard on, "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites," "With You, Friends," the original mix of "Smell This Money," "Park Smoke," the haunting "Ride Home," and the music on "Scary Monsters on Strings." Martinez solo contributions have, "Pretend It's a Video Game," "Your Friends Ain't Gonna Leave With You," "Big 'Ol Scardy Pants," and a handful of creations with Skrillex. Actor James Franco teams with Dangeruss for the rap gem "Hangin' With Da Dopeboys," along with the group effort of Meek Mill, Pill, Torch & Rick Ross, featuring Montana on "Big Bank," the tasty "Lights" by Ellie Goulding, and Waka Flocka Flame serves up a pairT CESARIA EVORA - MAlE CARINHOSA Lusafrica Cesaria Evora's thirteen last songs are released on 'Mae Carinhosa' (Mother Tenderness), a tribute to this woman who put Cape Verde's music on the global map. Her death in late 2011 left a huge void for her fans, one that will be buoyed by this album. Enjoy Evora's gems that include, "Sentimento" (Feeling), the beautiful title cut, the pain of "Talvez" (Maybe), and the rhythmic free-spirited "Essencia D'Vida" (The Essence of Life." Evora's prayer-in-song has "Caboverdeanos D'Angola" (Cape Verdeans In Angola), the pain of lost love is reflected in "Emigue Ingrote" (Ungrateful Friend), emotion springs eternal on the pretty "Esperanca" (Hope), and Evora's final track is fittingly a tribute to the land she so loved - "Nos Cabo Verde" which translates to "Our Cape Verde!" PAUL ANKA - DUETS Legacy Paul Anka's legacy has to be his ability to stay active as a performer for six decades. The Canadian-born Anka topped the charts in 1957, when at 16, he wrote and recorded his first hit -- "Diana." On April 9 a, Legacy Records will release 'Duets,' an outstanding collection of classics and standards, recorded with entertainment royalty. Collaborations have 14 songs, with a dozen written by Anka. Michael McDonald & George Benson join Anka on "Walk A Fine Line," followed by duets "Do I Love You" (Dolly Parton), "This Is It" (Michael Jackson), "I Really Miss You" (Leon Russell), "Think I'm In Love Again" (Gloria Estefan), plus two cuts he didn't write: "Pennies From Heaven" sung with Michael Bubl6 and Willie Nelson's "Crazy" which he sings with Anka. Patti LaBelle performs on an early-career hit for Anka, "You Are My Destiny," the horn-laden gem "Les Filles de Paris" with Chris Botti, along with "It's Hard To Say Goodbye" (Celine Dion), the sexy "She's A Lady" (Tom Jones), the pleading "Hold Me 'Til the Morning Comes" (Peter Cetera), and Anka's gold standard -- "My Way" which he performs with the legendary Frank Sinatra. Memories galorel NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL MUSIC! 45 EMI-Sony-UMG Get a chance to collect the biggest new hits on one album -- "Now That's What I Call Music! 45." This potpourri of 16 songs has something for listeners of every genre, from rap to country, etc. The UK's One Direction opens via "Live While We're Young," rap royalty Flo Rida's "I Cry,," Ke$ha's "Die Young," the tasty "Let Me Love You" (Ne-Yo), Pitbull and TJR celebrate with "Don't Stop the Party," Calvin Harris and Flo- rence Welch whisper "Sweet Nothing," 7he Script and Will.I.Am honor "Hall of Fame," while Maroon 5 opens eyes and ears with "Daylight." American Idol favorite Phillip Phillips croons "Home," the popular Ed Sheeran joins forces with "The A Team," country cutie Taylor Swift swears "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," Kelly Clarkson leaves you breathless with "Catch My Breath," while the colorful Pink satisfies with "Try." One Republic encores with "Feel Again," as listener's hallucinate with Imagine Dragons' "It's Time," and country newcomers Florida Georgia Line take you on a musical "Cruise." All this plus four free tracks from hot up and coming artists. ,,.,., .... , ..  , ........... 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 SAIL LaMATTINA AROUND AND ABOUT Last Wednesday evening at Ecco Restaurant and Mar- tini Bar, friends and sup- porters showed up at a re- ception for City Councilor Sal LaMattina to thank him for his leadership for East Boston and all of District 1. The place was packed with folks from all across the district and not just Eastie. Folks in the North End and Charles-town are glad to have him too. EATING LIKE A LIBERAL NOW CAN YOU BELIEVE IT? Recently, I had a bit of a health scare when I found out my blood pressure was elevated as was my blood sugar. It isn't terribly bad but not what the numbers should be. My doc will be checking these numbers again soon but in the meantime, I will have to monitor more closely what I have been eat- ing. Tonic is out as is most candy. Basically, if it tastes really good, I am probably going to have to skip it. Re- cently, I bought my first con- tainer of organic vanilla yo- gurt at one of those healthy supermarkets along with fresh fruit. This morning, for instance, I had granol a and yogurt mixed together and it tasted pretty good. I will probably make a peanut but- ter sandwich when I get home. I had to laugh walking around the aisles of that healthy supermarket doing pretty much the same kind of buying that all those yup- pies and liberals were doing all around the store too. I have to admit liberals usu- ally eat fairly well which is why they never seem to grow old and go away. I certainly hope all this healthy stuff now going into my body doesn't make me like the way that both Obama and Patrick are doing things right now. THOSE ANTI-SOUTHIE PARADE LIBERALS ARE BACK LIKE CLOCKWORK I've already seen liberals getting quoted in the media about how they can't march in the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade because it bars gays from marching. Two state senate candidates Linda Dorcena Forry and Margaret Dahill have al- ready bowed out of the pa- rade for it being not inclu- sive to gays. Someone in Dahill's campaign is quoted saying that Dahill's brother is gay but can't march in support of his sister's candi- dacy because he is gay and not allowed to march. This is such hogwash. Nothing precludes Dahill's brother or any member of Boston's gay community from marching and celebrating St. Patty's Day. What they can't do is hold signs that say they are gay. The parade is about be- ing Irish not about being gay. The whole reason this parade issue made it to the U.S. Supreme Court nearly 20 years gq w,asJle,cue. some members of the gay community had an agenda that was more about them- selves and less about the holiday being celebrated. I even fault the mayor who sounds just like these sen- ate candidates about the phony inclusion issue. I also have friends on the city council who don't get it ei- ther. Hey Dahill and Forry can boycott the parade and call themselves politically correct but don't be sur- prised if voters from Southie act accordingly in the up- coming special state senate primary. LEGENDS OF THE SUMMER COMING The Legends of the Summer Stadium Tour starring Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z will be at Fenway Park on Saturday, August I0 th. Tickets now on sale. More information, con- tact Tickets will not be avail- able at the Fenway Park ticket office. WHY BIG BUCKS FOR BLUE CROSS BOARD MEMBERS? Hey, I grew up in Boston's Ward 8, home to both James Michael Curley and Rep. Charlie lannello back in the '50s and '60s and practiced my politics first-hand in the '70s over in Charlestown, the real Kennedy School of Politics I think I can figure out why board members get paid handsomely. I think the word is access, isn't it? Look at some of the names on the list, Phil Johnson, Ralph Martin, Paul Guzzi and Gloria Larson (You always need at least one Republican in the fold). These folks should be serving gratis as a public service to the com- munity at large rather than getting as the Boston Herald reported $1,500 to attend board meetings and a mere $500 if they just phone in. These powerbrokers should be ashamed of themselves. DON'T FORGET SACRED HEART'S EASTER BAZAAR This year, Sacred Heart in East Boston will be holding its Easter Bazaar on Satur- day, March 23 rd from noon to 6:00 pm. Father Wayne says, "Come on down," like Ernie Boch used to say on those old TV commercials of his when he was a Rambler guy. You will find great food, Chinese raffle (Don't you have to say Asian raffle now?) games, toys, raffles, appliances and gift baskets. The Easter Bunny is coming for break- fast with the kids. All chil- dren are welcome to join the Easter Bunny. YOU KNOW ST. PATRICK'S DAY IS GETTING CLOSER WHEN... The South Boston Citizens Association, the nation's oldest neighborhood civic association just held its annual 2013 Evacuation Day senior luncheon at St. Monica's lower hall on Saturday, March 2nd It was the traditional Irish corned beef dinner. Music was by the Mike Reynolds Band. As I entered the packed hall, the "Four Southie Irish Ten- ors" were lerforming, Tommy Butler, Nick Collins, Tommy McGrath and Bill Linehan. It sounded like the Irish Hit Parade on WROL. The audi- ence was singing right along with them. The parade is inching closer and closer. ST. FINBARR'S ANNUAL BANQUET AND DANCE The Grand Banquet & Dance held by the Knights and Ladies of St. FinbaiT, the oldest Irish County organi- zation in New England, will be held on April 13 th at the American Legion Nonantum Post 440 in Newton. For more information or tickets call Cheryl at 781-935-1174 or Mary at 978-664-4652. BOCELLI IS CHANNEL 2's FUNDRAISING BABY Can I tell you this, Andrea Bocelli is a powerful singer but he must be a PBS em- ployee. It seems every time I turn around, Channel 2 is pushing him to raise big bucks. As I flipped the chan- nels and came across him singing "Love Me Tender," I just had to laugh and quickly looked for another cable station, maybe there was a "Law & Order" or "Crimi- nal Minds" rerun on some- where on the dial. IS "SPRINGING AHEAD" THAT DIFFICULT TO DO? This past Sunday at the 8:30 am Mass over at Sacred Heart in East Boston it cer- tainly appeared that way. More than half the church seemed empty. Most folks were probably still at home just getting up without real- izing it was one hour later. Father Wayne, in fact, com- mended everyone present for having the presence of mind to turn their clocks ahead the previous evening. This all brought back to mind a great story from my youth as an altar-boy. I grew up in St. Philip's Parish which had two church buildings. St. Philip's was on Harrison Avenue and Old St. Pat's was located around the corner on Northampton Street. As folks in the pews started looking at their watches, they noticed the 10:00 am Mass was late in starting. I was all dressed in my altar- boy getup but there was no sign of a priest It was time for Daylight Savings Time and I figured out the prob- lem. I ran around the corner to the rectory, started press- ing the bell, the priest came to the door and wanted to know why I was there. I simply answered, "You didn't change your clock last night, did you?" His eyes opened wide, he told me to go back to Old St. Pat's and within minutes he entered the church for Mass. Even 50 years later when it comes to changing clocks we're no better than we were before. Call it human s.ta_nd_ing,,rp.Qm..c_ro_wd,fQr,., lt.ur.el ............