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Page 10 POST-GAZETTE, OCTOBER 17, 2014 z~ -It" by bob morello reviewing the best ' therest JULIAN LENNQN - EWERTTIIING CHANGES Music From Another Room Julian Lennon has devoted two years to a global promo- tional tour in support of 'Everything ChangeS,' the four-disc box set. Included are three selections of his recent studio re!ease, including studio, acoustic and instrumental ver- sion, along with the acclaimed documentary 'Through the Ficture Window.' The accompanying 36-page booklet is spec- tacular, along with the two-picture vinyl disc set. A limited editicn of 1000 %111 be numbered, and include a signed cer- tificate from Lennon. Much like his dad, John Lennon, Julian possesses a sensitive and poetic ~ision of life, readily seen through his exquisite photography, philanthropic endeav- ors, and of course his music. Lennon's commitment to the world and its people is recognized by the global en,~lronmen- tal and humanitarian organization, The White Feather Foun- dation. Following his success as a renowned photographer, he returned his first album in 15 years, 'Everything Changes,' earning critical acclaim with his music categorized as powerfully vulnerable and sophisticatedly ac- cessible adult pop. BOOK REVIEW - JAKE BROWN: NASHVILLE SONGWRITER - The Inside Stories Behind Country Music's Greatest Hits Ben Bella Books Considered 'the soundtrack of our lives,' hit songs often hit #1 and become "our songs." The result being that the songs become timeless, and the artists who sing them be- come legends. Monster hits from artists as Willie Nelson, Tim McGraw, George Jones, Carrie Underwood, Brooks & Dunn, Lady Antebellum, Brad Paisley, Luke Bryan, The Oak Ridge Boys, George Strait, Rascal Flatts, Kenny Chesney, Trace Adkins and Jason Aldean. Brown reveals these sto- ries and more, even including one of Music City's best-kept secrets. In what will likely be a surprise to many, the ma- jority of hits were ~Titten or co-written by an elite club of Music City songwriters, twenty of those writers are inter- ~dewed in this 300-plus page fountain of country music knowl- edge. Sage advice can be culled from the pages and inter- views with country music's celebrated writers, Craig Wise- man, Tom Shapiro, Dallas Davidson, Bill Anderson, Bob DiPiero, Sonny Curtis, Tom T. Hall, Kelley Lovelace, Rivers Rutherford; Dean Dillon, Wayne Carson, Chris DuBois, Jeff $ilbar, David Lee Murphy, Brett James, Lee Thomas Miller, Ashley Gorley, Neff Thrasher, and John Rich. ALEX & SIERRA- IT'S ABOUT US Columbia-Syco X Factor winners Alex & Sierra are getting the opportu- nity they needed, as the winners have released their 13- track debut album, 'It's About Us.' Appropriately much is about them as they had a hand in writing most of the tunes. Their powerful debut single "Scarecrow" sets the tone, followed by bi-weekly instant downloads in the form of *Just Kids,-" *Here We Go," "Bumper Cars," and their very appealing new single, "Little Do You Know." Added enjoyment can be found on slices as the pleading "Give Me Something," the promising "Al- most Home," the title track interlude, and the fantasizing of "Cheating." The hurt of lost love resonates through "I Love You," followed by the realization of the pain felt in the words cf "Broken Frame," the questioning "Back To You," and the Bonnie & Clyde-esque finale is titled "All For You." The duo are heavy into social awareness, including Breast Cancer Awareness, Anti-Bullying, recycling, and a non-profit orga- nization THE BOXTROLLS - SOUNDTRACK Back Lot Mhsic Dario Marianelli is an Academy Award-winning composer, honored for his work in 'Atonement," 'The Boxtrolls' is the first animated featt/re Marianelli has scored, his use of Un- usual instrumentation, a saw, a music box, toy piano, dulci- mer, accordion, rubbed glasses, washboards, broken light bulbs, forks and knives, and a typewriter. His score is a per- fect fit for the film, which also has a song composed by com- edy icon Eric Idle, of the Montv Python troupe, whose "The Box-trolls Song" is a sure 'winner.' Filling out the album are three tracks from the Portland-based band Loch Lomond. 25 slices on this tasty musical pie selwed up by Marianelli. RAY PRICE - BEAUTY IS - THE FINAL SESSIONS AmeriMonte Country superstar Ray Price never forgot his fans, show- ing his gratitude "til the day he died at 87. Fans are hard- pressed to forget the golden baritone vocals Price utilized on scoring hits as, "Release Me," "Crazy Arms," "'Heartaches bv the Number." "For the Good Times," "Night Life" and "You're the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me." The Country Music Hall of Fame legend's collection showcases him at his best, ve~" fitting for a final bow. Golden sounds shine via, "Beauty Lies in the Eyes of the Beholder" with Vince Gill. trailed by the pretty. "This Thing of Ours," the convinc- ing '1 Can See You With My Eyes Closed," the Willie Nelson classic "It Always Will Be," Price's beautiful and moving fi- nN love letter to his wife, "No More Songs to Sing," plus the string-laden gem "An Affair to Remember," sung with Martina McBride. Price's vocals are priceless as he delivers "Senses." the duet "Until Then" ~ith Vince Gill, the surreal "Beautiful Dreamer," reminiscing "I Wish I Was 18 Again." plus "'Among My Souvenirs." and the haunting "I Believe." Price's vocals are "priceless!' The time has come, the walrus said, TO TALK OF MANYTHINGS of shoes and ships and sealing wax of cabbages and kings by Sol Giarratani MEDFORD'S TABTE .OF ITALY Medford's Taste of Italy will be held on Wednesday, Oc-. tober 22"d starting at 6:30" pm at Tufts University (Carzo Cage) in Medford. For more details, call Rita Cornelio at 781-396-0710 CHARLESTOWN MOTHERS ASSOCIATION GALA The Charlestown Mothers Association will be holding its 2014 Gala at the Knights of Columbus in Charlestown or~ Saturday, November 8th starting at 7:00 pm. For more details, go to charlestown mothersassociation, org. ELVIS' 80th BIRTHDAY PARTY Live tribute to the King of Rock and Roll and live per- formances of '50s and '60s hits by Bobby Darin, The Everly Brothers, Fats Domino, Buddy Holly, Nell Sedaka, Dion, Conway Twitty and many more. Starting off the show will be Joey B-Bop. Remember, you never know what to expect when you get a Jewish-Ital- ian guy who wears funny little hats. Special guest fe- male performer Patty Veluci will be singing the songs of Patsy Cline, Connie Francis, Etta James and more. The party will take place at the Prince Restaurant, Route 1 South in Saugus on Janu- ary 8th. Call 781-248-5731 for more information. CITY COUNCIL OKAYS $2OK RAISE The Boston City Council has gone ahead and voted, 9- 4 to raise its salary by $,20,000 per year. Originally, they sought a $28,000 raise. If it passes without a may- oral veto, it would begin with the next Boston City Coun- cil elected in November 2015. Tito Jackson's latest com- ments in support of the pay raise sounded silly, by saying "public service shouldn't- be a subscription to poverty." Pardon me, but last I looked getting $87,500 a year for a part-time job isn't exactly a vow of poverty to most people. Sometimes saying noth- ing to the press is better than saying something stu- pid to the press. CHARLIE'S HIGH SCHOOL If Mattapan ever does get a new public high school, it needs to be named after City Councilor Charles Yancey. who has been pushing this idea for decades. He never gives up. I guess he is hop- ing to wear people down eventually, huh? Recently, South Boston High School shutdown due to a lack of students. Why does Boston need to spend ump- teen dollars on a high school that really isn't needed as we look at the city's student population? He'll keep push- ing the idea and I'I1 keep fighting it. MH ROAD RACE The Mission Hill Road Race will be held on Friday. October 18th starting at the Kevin W. Fitzgerald Park on St. Alphonsus Street. The Felicia Puopolo is a real people person. 5K footrace raises funds to keep the park in good condition and is named after the late State Rep. Kevin Fitzgerald or as all his friends referred to him as "Fitzy". I knew Fitzy as a great neighborhood guy and a voice for Mission Hill for decades. He is much missed today. You can honor his memory by putting your feet to the pedal. For further information, go to http:// racewire, comevent: php?id=251 I. VOTE YES ON # 1 Recently, Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone and Braintree Mayor Joe Sullivan co-wrote a letter to the editor irl the Boston Globe stating their support for the "Vote No on Question 1" campaign. According to these two pols, if we vote to end the automatic gas tax based on inflation, all of our bridges and roads will crumble like Pompeii. They say gas tax indexing provides a consis- tent, stable, aI~d predictable revenue stream. I say, if Beacon Hill thinks the gas" tax needs to be raised in the future, do your job and vote for-or against the measure. as the need arises. That's the job of our legislators. Sometimes they need to get off the fence and vote when it becoi,aes necessary and take the heat that goes with the job's territory. ANNUAL SALESIANS SPAGHETTI SUPPER Once again, it is time for the annual Spaghetti Supper fundraiser for the Salesian Boys & Girls Club in East Boston on Fviday, Novem- ber 6:00 pm. For further information, call 617-569-6551 and let F ather John know I told you to call. ITALIAN AMERICAN POLICE BANQUET POSTPONED The /vlassachusetts Italian American Police Officers Association Annual Banquet scheduled for Fridav, October 24=~ in Middleton has been cancelled until Spring 2015. WHEN DID PATRICK BOB TIIE IIUSIC AT 740AM - It-is so nice to see that WJIB AM740 on the dial is good to go for another year. This morning I heard a great old song from back when I was a little kid called "Someday" by Frankie Lane. He was a big singer back in the '50s. He sang the theme song for "High Noon" starring Gary Cooper and also the theme song for "Rawhide." Frankie did lots of country- westerns back then and I didn't know until a year ago that he was also an Italian American. "STRICTLY SINATRA" RON DELLA CHIESA STILL TRUCKIN' I love listening to Ron Della Chiesa's "Strictly Sinatra/ American Songbook" radio show Sundays at 7:00 pm on WPLM 99.1. Last week, I heard him playing "Come Blow Your Horn" by Frank Sinatra and I was reminded about the current governor's race when he sang the lyr- ics, "Make like a Mister Milquetoast and you'll get shut out." Isn't this what is bad about Charlie Baker's campaign? The guy is Milquetoast. I don't see much energy or passion. The "shutout" could be com- ing if he doesn't smarten up. MARKEY'S RUNNING AGAIN? At this year's Columbus Day Parade in Eastie, I no-. ticed U.S. Sen. Ed Markey was up for re-election and marched the. entire parade route. Most folks don't even know there's a U.S. Senate race going on or can even name his Republican foe. The Bay State Republican Party is looking pretty bad when they basically ceded the U.S. Senate race with a no-name opponent. The state GOP can't possi-. bly think they don't look bad right now. E.B. SAVINGS BANK'S NEW ORIENT HEIGHTS MANAGER The East Boston Savings Bank has named Assistant Vice President Felicia Puopolo as its new bank manager at its Orient Heights branch. I had the pleasure of meeting up with her at the recent Senior Spaghetti Luncheon at Spinelli's last week spon- sored by the Ruggiero Fam- ily Memorial Home, which celebrated the upcoming pa- rade this past Sunday. PUMP PRICES CONTINUE TO FALL BECOME DR. DEVAL? There he was last week trying to keep the people calm by sayin~ it was easier to catch AIDS tlhan Ebola. Not true. We don't know enough about Ebola to compare it to anything else yet. Why do politicians need to say any- thing about it? Let the medi- cal community- voice medi- cal information. Last I looked, Patrick wasn't a doc- tor and has less knowledge on the subject than even actors who play doctors on TV. I just filled up at Premier Petral over in Chelsea and as you can see the price was right.