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PAGE 10 POST-GAZE'n'E, JULY 1, 2016 ! ! r r r r r reviewing VIVA: ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK Lakeshore Records + Phineas Atwood Viva is an Irish drama film set in Cuba, the story of a gay hairdresser who attempts to reconcile with his father while pursuing a career as a drag performer. The soundtrack from the film contains original music composed by Stephen Rennicks. With a music list of 20 tracks, Rennicks touches on many subjects to create musi- cal images. Beginning with the guitar strains of "Opening," he continues with the reflective "Mirror," the rhythmic "Ask Mama," "Eat Together," and the haunting track rifled "Je- sus." Rennicks reminisces on the hard times with "No Food," and "Rent for Food," plus the hallowed sound of "Dying," fol- lowed by the somewhat spirited feel of pleasure via "Ice Cream," while living for the moment with the title cut "Viva." It's hard to swallow the pain and thought of "Starve," nor the dark feeling of despair with "Shutters," but Rennicks brings it all to life with his score. The final tracks have, "End Game," the pensive track rifled "The Dying," before bring- ing it all to an end with uplifting music from "Ending." SAM COHEN - COOL IT 30~ Century Records Guitarist and songwriter Sam Cohen was a founding member of the bands Apollo Sunshine and Yellowbirds. His decision to record under his given name has led to this exciting collec- tion of ten songs he penned himself, along with playing all the instruments (guitars, bass, drums, organ, synth and synth guitars, percussion, and vocals) -- with some help from his Yel- lowbirds band members. Cohen explodes with the initial cut "Let the Mountain Come to You," then lowers the decibels for the ballad "Pretty Lights," before planting a 'seed of thought' in the listener's mind with "The Garden." He powers up the ro- mance on "Unconditional Love," before the pensive "Don't Shoot the Messenger." Driving drums lay the foundation for "Last Dream," and the psychedelic flavor of "Kepler 62" runs over your ears, along with the flow- ing"A Farewell to Arms." Cohen finally winds down with the har- mony of "Midnight Conqueror' and ends the slow-paced beat of "El Dorado." KRISHA: ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNIYrRACK Lakeshore Records + Phineas Atwood Brian McOmber answered the call to compose the original music for the drama Kr/sha. The storyline portrays a Texas fam- ily gathering that takes place over Thanksgiving, and the drama is reflected in McOmber's soundtrack of a dozen cuts. Little time is wasted before listeners are confronted with "Face," the bass-driven sounds emanating from the aptly tiffed "The Woodpecker Part 1," and the questioning of "Where's My Timer." "Kitchen Chaos" sends by bob morello ' the rest out the odd sounds of pots and pans feeling the beat. "The Woodpecker Part 2" is more of the staccato rapping sound of Part 1, and a brief moment of peace is distorted with "Anxi- ety." The mystery and suspense of it all reaches new heights with "Grab a Leg," trailed by the crescendo-building "Ends." Then there is the promising and peaceful "I'll Always Be Here" with vocals by Olivia Applegate, and the lush sounds of"Sunset Strings." McOmber puts the fin- ishing touches on his creation with the raucous sounds com- ing from the finale "Music from the Short Film." CIRO HURTADO - SELVA Intl Productions Recordings The album's title Selva is Spanish for "jungle," the name Ciro Hurtado translates as "in- triguing rhythmic music" from a magical guitarist. Hurtado uses a baker's dozen of songs to deliver music with elements of his native Peru, combining it with a variety of styles from other Latin cultures. The fes- tivities start with "Cumbia de la Selva," the spirited "Asi Eres Tu En Mi Corazon" with vocals in Spanish by Nelly Cortez, the pretty "Un Pacto de Amor," fol- lowed by the fast-paced, flute- laden, "El Morro." "Suavecito" is a moving track with vocals in Spanish by his wife Cindy Harding along with Libby Hard- ing, Gary Johnson and Gino Gamboa. Hurtado maintains the mood with "Caminando en el Fuego" featuring vocals from Rosalia Leon and Suemy Gon- zalez. Next is "Chullachaqui," a potpourri of Latin percussion instruments that result in an enjoyable sound, along with the pretty "Pacto de Amof' and more haunting vocals from Gonzalez. Hurtado shines on guitar on the bare bones track "Bolero Del Ocaso." A pair of tunes delivers the final brush strokes to this excellent album -- "Zamba Triste" with Ciro so- loing on guitar, and "Solo Tu" featuring Hurtado once again on guitar, this time with his wife Cindy providing the romantic vocals. LIGHTS - MIDNIGHT MACHINES Warner Bros. Records Canadian singer, songwriter Lights {Valerie Anne Poxleitner} released Midnight Machines, her fourth studio album which is an acoustic follow-up to her album Little Machines. This orchestral-like mix of tracks culled from Little Machines has six acoustic renditions plus two brand new songs. Lights' pair of new songs is "Follow You Down" and "Head Cold." An acoustic version of "Meteorites" is the leading single, plus beauties as, "Up We Go," a tsunami of emotion is contained in "Same Sea," the pleading "Don't Go Home Without Me," strength in numbers with the confident "Running with the Boys," and puts her power on display with "Muscle Memory." Working with a string quartet on this acoustic album, they used completely new and full arrangements to give new life to their electro-rock counterparts. The time has come, the walrus said, TO TALK OF MANY THINGS of shoes and ships and sealing wax of cabbages and kings BIKE LANES FOR I~WBREAKERS? I have nothing against bike lanes or keeping bicyclists safe on the roads. But wouldn't it be nice if, in return, the 90 percent of bicyclists who don't obey the rules start obeying traffic laws like the dreaded red light. Red lights aren't just for cars and trucks, they're for everyone on the road. LOW FIBRES, NO FRILLS AMM TO CORK Norwegian Air Shuttle, a low-fare, no-frills airline, has received federal approval to of- fer flights between the United States and Europe, including plans to offer service between Logan and Cork, Ireland. Cur- renfly, almost all Boston-lre- land service is offered by Air Lingus which flies to Dublin and Shannon. I think with the large population of folks in Greater Boston with family in Ireland, especially County Cork, flights going directly to Cork will be a big seller around here. NEW BEER IN TOWN Boston has a new drink in town called Dot Ale. Their motto is, "I heard it's good. I drank it, it's better!" It is supposed to be "Soulfully Dorchester!" Check out the new guy in town at per- civalbeercompany, com. BOSTON'S NORTH END AN ITALIAN-AMERICAN STORY Recently, the Friends of the North End showed the movie, Boston's North End - An Italian- American Story at the Sons of Italy Lodge in Winchester. The film tells the story of the Italian immigrant migration to Boston's North End. The film was developed and produced by the North End Historical Society. Copies of this film can be obtained by going to North- End.Boston. org. PEOPLES REPUBLIC OF CAMBRIDGE BANS COLUMBUS Like Howie Carr, I too am glad that former Mayor Al Vel- lucci died before the Cambridge elites kicked Columbus to the curb. The holiday has been renamed "Indigenous People Day." I agree with Howie, "The Beautiful People" who voted 9-0 at City Hall have apparently gone into the dirty business of ethnic cleansing in North and East Cambridge. For all you indigenous Italian- Americans from Cambridge, don't worry, be happy. This year, come on over to America in East Boston where once again the neighborhoods, all the neighborhoods, will be celebrat- ing Columbus Day with a big, bright and beautiful parade. It starts at 1:00 pm on Sunday, October 9th. For more informa- tion, call Indigenous Buddy Manglni at 857-615-2549. BASTILLE DAY RETURNS TO MARLBOROUGH STREET The French Cultural Center's Bastille Day Party returns to the Back Bay on Friday, July 154. This is France's national holi- day commemorating the storm- ing of the Bastille prison during the French Revolution of 1789. This year marks the first by Sal Giarratani year that I now know for sure that my Giarratani family from Sciacca in Agrigento, Sicily, actually migrated there from southern France in the Bourbon Region. Oral history passed down generation to generation always referred to our French- ness, but a DNA test by my nephew Dominic from Austin, TX, proved those old tales were true. I think I should make it over to the Bastille Day Celebration this year to celebrate my secret French side, huh? For more information, call 617-912-0400. WINTHROP'S ANNUAL HORRIBLES PARADE ON JULY 4TM The 134th Annual Horribles Parade will be held on the Fourth of July starting at 9:00 am from Winthrop Town Land- ing. The parade route goes through Point Shirley and ends at Coughlin Park where the party begins for all ages. For more details, call Pat McGee at 617-846-0273. PLAYING AT THE SOUTH SHORE MUSIC CIRCUS This summer you should check out the South Shore Music Circus in Cohasset just off Route 3A. Frankie Valle and the Four Seasons on July 8% Paul Anka on July 23rd, and the Four Tops and Temptations on August 27th. To check out the summer schedule, go to- DOUBLE DOSE OF SANITY Jeff Kuhner's show on WRKO is one of my favorite conserva- tive talk radio shows. I don't always agree with him, but he makes me think and he makes me laugh, too. He is on every weekday from 12:00 pm until 3:00 pm on 680 WRKO. His wife, Dr. Grace, is now also on conservative talk radio in Boston, over at AM 1260 the BUZZ weekdays 8:00 am until 12:00 pm. It is a double dose of conser- vativism. If they aren't talking about it, it ain't happening. COMING TO THE LYNN AUDITORIUM On Friday, November 11th, you can hear Jay & the Ameri- cans. Their music takes me back to when music was music. For further information, call 781-599-SHOW. 2016 MISS/MR. EAST BOSTON COLUMBUS DAY PAGEANT This year's Miss/Mr. East Boston Columbus Day Pageant will be held on Saturday, Oc- tober Ist at 1:00 pm at the Ve- ronica Robles Cultural Center. Applications will be available in August. For more information, go to Veronica Robles at 781- 558-5102 or email into@Bev- erlyRichardsDanceCenter, com. DORCHESTER PARK GALA CELEBRATION The Gala Celebration of the 125th Anniversary of Dorches- ter Park will be held on Friday evening September 9th from 7:00 pm until 11:00 pro. For more details, go to ANNUAL CLASSIC AUTO SHOW The Annual Classic Car Show and Family Fun Day will be held at Dorchester Park on Sunday, September 11th from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. For more info, go to THE BOYS ARE BACK! Jersey Boys, the Tony & Grammy award-winning Best Musical, is returning to Boston from October 4th thru 16th at the Boston Opera House. For more details, call 800-982-2787. POW/MIA MEMORIAL STONE Thanks to the support of the Everett School Committee, the Everett DPW, the Veterans Commission, and so many in the community, plans are un- derway to construct a memo- rial stone at Everett Veterans Memorial Stadium. The 7-foot granite stone is being made, at cost, by David DeFilippo of Woodlawn Memorials. In addi- tion to the POW/MIA insignia and the symbols representing the five branches of the U.S. Military, the memorial will include the names of the nine Everett citizens who died while serving their nation in Vietnam. Dormtions for this project are gladly accepted. You can send a check payable to the Everett Publi.c Schools, c/o Memorial Stone Fund, 121 Vine Street, Everett, MA 02149. IT'S A WONDER MORE KIDS AREN'T DYING OUT THERE As I read the morning news- paper this past Monday, I no- riced the story on a toddler left alone at a Mattapan playground on River Street. I pass this play- grourld often. It is a great little spot for parents to spend time with their kids and relax a bit, especially on a hot summer day. I think it has a pool for the kids. The news that a little two- to three-year-old was found wan- dering alone is very disturb- ing. Apparently, other parents there called the cops, and the cops started searching for the parer~ts. According to a news report on WRKO radio, the parel~ts reportedly notified the police about their missing child 20 hours after the fact. "What took so long?" most of us are asking. Do you leave a playground without your child? Who does that? What was the excu,~e for doing so? These and other" questions surely will be asked of them by DCF officials before this child can be re- turned to anyone. The child at the Ryan Play- groufid could have wandered into the nearby, and quite busy River Street traffic. Someone could have snatched the child up. Anything, and many things bad, could have happened. Recently while driving, I came acro~~s some Canadian geese crossing the street in front of me. I stopped and watched two adult geese, one in the front and the other in the rear guid- ing then" babies, three of them, across the busy street. Seems like geese are taking better care of the young than some adults are, huh? I am appalled at this news story and hope there is a good expla- nation for what happened, but I won't hold my breath waiting for it, WWW.BOSTONPOSTGAZETTE.COM