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Page 10 POST-GAZETTE, DECEMBER 7, 2012 by bob morello Fac ax reviewing the best  ! i ttting the rest THE MUSIC OF NASHVILLE SOUNDTRACK Big Machine Records Country music fans have been enjoying the music of ABC Television's Nashville and it has resulted in the release of a soundtrack CO. Led by east member co-stars Connie Britton (Rayna daymes} and Hayden Panet- tiere {duliette Barnes), each member contributes to the ll-song track. Britton opens solo with Buried Under then joins Panettiere for Wrong Song and Charles Esten (Dea- con Claybourne) for the pretty No One Will Ever Love You. The dynamite duet of Clare Bowen (Scarlett O'Connor) and Sam Palladio (Gunnar Scott) shine on the tender If I Didn't Know Better and the haunting When The Right One Comes Along. Hayden rocks the stage with Esten on Undermine and offers up a pair of solo gems, Love Like Mine and the soaring first single Telescope. Esten tugs at the heartstrings via Side- show as an aspiring singer/ song-writer, Avery Barkley (Jona-than Jackson) is con- vincirlg with TWist of Barbwire and it all ends following Canadian real-life sisters Lennon and Maisy Stella's (cast as Britton's daughters) performance of Telescope. Country gold! SAFFRON DAWNING Palmetto Records Growing up in her native Iran, Katayoun Goudarzi was frequently exposed to the words of poet Rumi. Making her home in the U.S., she worked on finding new ways to incorporate her recitation into musical pieces with di- verse and different musi- cians. Surrounding herself with sitar master Shujaat Khan, jazz and rock saxophon- ist Tim Ries whose work with the Rolling Stones is legend- ary, tabla master Abhiman Kaushal and composer and jazz pianist Kevin Hayes and Saffron was born. The 20- minute title track Dawning sets the pace, followed by an- other lengthy meditative slice The Inquisitor. The emotions flow from the brevity of Yours and the almost 18 minutes of Tease. Goudarzi is the lone interpreter of the poems penned in Persian and she was able to get the members of Saffron to understand their intent by simply reading a couple of verses so they could hear the meter. Over- come is draining, the hectic tempo of Trembling is unique and Nomad is a well-traveled track! WRECK-IT RALPH - SOUNDTRACK Walt Disney Records With a no-holds-barred score penned by Henry Jackman, this 25-slice soundtrack is blessed with a diverse collection of songs. With Adam Young's Owl City covering the end credit track with the electronica beauty When Can I See You Again, the pace continues with Buckner & Garcia of Pac-Man Fever fame , del.ivering Wreck-lt, WreclC-lt Rdlfih, phis Kol & TI Gang's 1980 hit Celebration and the sweet sound of Japan's all-girl group AKB48's melting Sugar Rush. SkriIIex contributes the high-energy, futuristic track titled Bug Hunt and Rihanna's 2007 song Shut Up and Drive rounds out the potpourri of sounds. Jackman's 19 additional cuts feature arcade game sounds resulting in hefty scores! AARON LEWIS - THE ROAD BlusterWarner Music Nashville Music fans will recognize Aaron Lewis' name as the front man for the multi- platinum selling rock band Staind but he now has put himself on The Roadto his roots, country music. The Worthington, Massachusetts native's CD is covered with ten songs, of which he wrote nine. Sounding very comfort- able in country, he opens by keeping his speed at 75 hit- ting the pedal hard with the title cut The Road, singing the praises of Endless Summer, saluting the family patriotism with Red, White & Blue and suggest pacing your life with Lessons Learned. The rela- tionship of Forever is question- ing, moving on with the only tune he didn't write, titled Granddaddy's Gun, reminisc- ing tour travels with State Lines, looking at where he's going and wre's:,been -on the self-reflection of Anywhere But Here and ends with the heavenly Party In Hell. Nice transition from the rock sound of Staind to country musicl JOE GILMAN - RELATIVITY Capr/ Records Pianist/composer Joe Gil- man uses the surface of his CD Relativity to express his concept of creating musical interpretations of art, specifi- cally the art of M.C. Escher. Escher's 1946 lithograph of three different globes is cov- ered by Joe in Three Spheres, 1961's Waterfall features a descending melody, the simple honesty of 1955's Three Worlds is majestic, ap- propriately the 1956 wood en- graving Smaller and Smaller is about infinity and is horn- laden, with a mix of piano and sax playing in unison to cre- ate Covered Alley. 1944's En- counter is the confrontation of the synergy of a pessimist and an optimist, followed by the 1936 lithograph Snow that has both chill and thaw, as Day and Night moves smoothly with a Brazilian-inspired groove. The 1938 woodcut Sky and Water has both the ascending sound of sky and the descending water melody, the inspiration for Dewdrop was the 1948 Mezzotint and depicts a brief lifetime of mu- sic in a single, tiny drop, and the finale is Ascending and Descending, an iconic 1960 lithograph that features a wonderful blend of bebop en- ergy and repetition! Joining Gilman are Nick Frenay, trumpet & flugelhorn; Chad Lefkowitz-Brown, tenor sax and bass clarinet; Zach Brown, bass; and Corey Fonville on d?fini,s, r _'  ,, ,, ,-, ,.-, ,.,. 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 YOU BETTER NOT CRY, BETTER NOT POUT I'M TELLING YOU WHY SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO THE NORTH END Buon Natale from the North End Athletic Associa- tion as they prepare for the 42 na annual 2012 North End Christmas Parade on Sunday, December 16 th at 1:00 pm. Celebrate a Merry Christmas by seeing Santa arrive at the North End Park by helicopter at 1:00 pm sharp. This annual event is co-sponsored by the Nazzaro Center, North End Against Drugs and the Mayor's Office of Arts, Tourism and Special Events. This event is dedi- cated in memory of James "Jimmy' Pallotta. SEVENTH ANNUAL HOLIDAY WINDOW CONTEST Attention East Boston busi- ness community! Take pride in your community and brighten up your storefronts because it is time once again for East Boston's annual win- dow display contest spon- sored by both the East Boston Chamber of Commerce and East Boston's Main Streets. As they say, "Decorating your windows will help cre- ate a safe and festive atmo- sphere for our neighborhood during the 2012 holiday season." The top five entries will receive special recogni- tion. To get on board, you will have to contact the East Boston Chamber of Com- merce's Executive Assistant Sherri Raftery at 617-569- 5000 or by logging on to ANNUAL EAST BOSTON KIWANIS HOLIDAY MEETING The annual East Boston Kiwanis Holiday meeting with the East Boston Asso- ciation for Retarded Citizens will be held this year on Tuesday, December 18 th at 6:00 pm at Spinelli's in Day Square. A visit from Santa Claus is expected. WORK BEGINS ON GREENWAY APARTMENT TOWER Not long ago, work began on a $130 million apartment tower along the Greenway. Now work has kicked off on construction of a 26-story tower with 240 units at 120 Kingston Street, the site of the demolished 12 l-year- old Dainty Dot building at the intersection of China- town and the Financial and Leather districts. The build- ing will curve with the Greenway. The tower is on schedule to finish construc- tion in mid-2014. KUDOS TO CITY COUNCILOR SAL LaMATTINA The recent ceremony over in East Boston's Maverick Square for the unveiling of a memorial plaque for the six Boston firefighters who perished during the Luongo Fire on November 15, 1942, took place at the site on the fire's 70 th anniversary. The ceremony was the work of many folks, especially our T>, q I- I i * * City' Cbun611'i: :al 'i:Matlilzl5  who, when the fire memorial was brought to his attention, got behind it until it became a reality. LaMattina, like many of us, myself included, had never heard of this fire. LaMattina looked it up on the Internet and said, "I was in shock that there was a major fire in East Bos- ton on November 15, 1942 and that 6 firefighters were killed, 43 people injured and many more trapped under debris for up to 18 hours." Two weeks after this blaze, the Coconut Grove Fire took place where 492 died and it was natural that the six dead Boston firefighters got lost in the shuffle against that nightclub fire where so many died. However, thanks to the continuing efforts of LaMattina and others, those six firefighters and their sacrifice will no longer be forgotten in East Boston. BRETT WINS NEW ELECTION Former State Rep. Jimmy Brett, D-Savin Hill, has been elected president of the Mas- sachusetts Association for Mental Health board of direc- tors. Brett has served as president and CEO of the New England Council since 1996. Previously, he had served as a State Represen- tative up on Beacon Hill for over 15 years. EASTIE RESIDENTS HEARD DEVELOPER'S PLANS A Fall River developer who has purchased a large parcel of land on McClellan High- way and plans to develop a hotel, restaurant and plenty Of retail space, re- cently briefed members of the Orient Heights Neighbor- hood Council on the $32 mil- lion project. Representatives from First Bristol Corpora- tion Developers said they would like to build a 5-story, 177-room, Hilton Garden Inn to be followed by a res- taurant and many retail opportunities. The front of the hotel and retail space is planned to face Boardman Street facing the neighbor- hood and parking in the rear by McClellan Highway (Route 1A). GREAT HERALD LETTER WRITER I read a great letter to the editor in the Boston Herald the other day. Read this: "There are several simple inexpensive ways to monitor or prevent EBT fraud. One way is to require ALL pur- chases to be itemized. Two, require a state photo ID with all purchases. If I can be required to show a photo ID with my paid-for-by-me credit card, why can't an EBT beneficiary be required to show a photo ID when it is also being paid by me?" Thank you to Stephen Buonopane of Billerica for your great insight. TRY THE MEDITERRANEAN GRILL & PIZZERIA If you are anywhere near Route 1 in South Attleboro and-tnmgry-yo- eed-to- -stop by the Mediterranean and satisfy your hunger with a great meal. If you are lucky, Ricardo will be there to serve you. Best wait-staff person anywhere. For more details on this dyn-o-mite place, visit www. TheMediterranean- HOLY NAME PARISH SAYS SAVE THIS DATE On Saturday, December 8 , Holy Name Church on Cen- tre Street in West Roxbury will hold a special family Mass that will include 100 singers. The Mass will include children's music, the blessing of the outside Christmas Nativity and the lighting of the 80 foot Christ- mas tree. Following the Mass, a supper, sponsored by the Home and School Asso- ciation, will follow in the Parish Hall. All are welcome and don't forget to bring a friend. FREEDOMS FOUNDATION BAY STATE CHAPTER HOLIDAY LUNCHEON This year's annual holiday luncheon and dance will be held at Spinelli's in Day Square on Sunday, Decem- ber 16 th at 12:30 pm with music by Frank Zarba and lunch at 1:30 pm. Tickets are $40 per person. Make check payable to Bay State Chap- ter Freedoms Foundation by December 10 to P.O. Box 287, East Boston. MA 02128. CHRISTMAS CONCERT AT ST. MARY'S IN CHARLESTOWN This coming Sunday, December 9 th at 3:30 pm, St. Mary's - St. Catherine's Parish in Charlestown will be holding a Christmas con- cert at St. Mary's Church on Warren Street. I want to thank Mary Curtin for pass- ing this bit of news on for this column. What a great way to start off the season. There's no more beautiful church in Boston than St. Mary's in Charlestown. SACRED HEART PARISH CHRISTMAS PARTY The Sacred Heart parish in East Boston has announced that Saturday, December 15 th will be the date for this year's Christmas party to be held in the parish hall start- ing at 6:00 pm. Food will be provided by Meridian Food Market and the entertain- ment by singer/DJ Stephen Savio. Call the rectory for tickets. Tell Father Wayne you heard about this great time from me. See you in Eastie on December 15 th. Don't forget your dancing shoes!, HAPPY 75 TM TO MP & COMPANY OF EAST BOSTON For 75 years Previte has been a respected name and fixture in the Maver- ick Square area. Matthew Previte established his com- pany in 1938. In 1985, his daughter Grace Previte Magoon continued in her father's footsteps and the business continues to grow. On December 5% the com- pany celebrated its 75 th anniversary at its 146 Mav- erick- StTeet-location. - ....