November 23, 2010

Album Review: "...Featuring Norah Jones" - by Norah Jones

Norah Jones' newest CD "...Featuring Norah Jones" was released on Tuesday, November 16, 2010.  I was privileged enough to be asked to review this new album.  I was soooo excited and could not wait!

I left for Africa on the 7th and the CD had not made it to my home before I traveled.  I was hoping to be able to listen to it during all of my flight time...but oh well!  When I got home, I ripped into the package immediately!!!  I couldn't wait to pop it in and listen.  I was NOT disappointed!!

This collection of 18 songs with various artists is outstanding!!  There are a couple of songs that I don't really care for BUT the majority of it is just fabulous!!!  My favorites would have to be "Baby It's Cold Outside" with Willie Nelson, "Creepin' In" with Dolly Parton and "Blue Bayou" with M. Ward.

Here is an excerpt taken from her PR release on August 19, 2010:
The tracks on …Featuring span her entire career, from one of her earliest recording sessions (a version of Roxy Music’s “More Than This” with guitarist Charlie Hunter in 2001) to her most recent performance, a song called “Little Lou, Ugly Jack, Prophet John” that she cut with Belle and Sebastian, which will also appear on their new album. The result serves as a kind of parallel history to her own four albums, which have sold over 40 million copies worldwide.

These collaborations reveal Jones’s astonishing musical versatility, from jazz to country, hip-hop to rock. Three of the songs on …Featuring originally appeared on records that won Grammy awards forAlbum of the Year (Ray Charles’ Genius Loves Company, Herbie Hancock’s River: The Joni Letters, and OutKast’s Speakerboxxx/The Love Below), and several others were also nominated for

The album also includes recordings by some of Jones’s own bands and side projects (The Little Willies and El Madmo), and performances with artists that she’s toured with including M. Ward, Sasha Dobson, and Gillian Welch and David Rawlings. Songs on …Featuring range from classics recorded by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Joni Mitchell, and Roy Orbison to new material by such wide-ranging innovators as Ryan Adams and Q-Tip.

Thank you to One2One Network for this complimentary CD in exchange for my honest review on my blog!

For Norah Jones website and to order the new CD go here

November 20, 2010

Jambo!!! I Am Back in the USA!

Jambo, Rafiki!!!  I am so glad to be back home!!  I left for Nairobi, Kenya on Sunday, November 7.  A team of 12 from my church went with two other churches to assist an orphanage with some major needs.  We had an UNBELIEVABLE time!!  I have close to 1,000 pictures and will be forced to narrow that down!  It is going to be a great task for me to do that!!  I think it would be best to break them up into several posts.  I think I will start that post tomorrow.  For now, here's a peek at my experiences:

The roof over the boy's dorm - FIRST PRIORITY!!

 Meeting the Kenya's Kids for the first time.

Momma Paticia, Miriam and Faith greeting us on our first day.

Working on the roof with clouds looming behind.

Happy children!!!

Giving gifts to the kids.  Much needed gifts!!

Freshening up the front of the orphanage with paint.

Me with a few of the girls at the orphanage.

More details and wonderful pictures to come!!  What a lifechanging experience!!

November 3, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Grandbabies!!!!  HOW FUN!!