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Smokey & Friends: Memories, Music and a Giveaway

The latest release from Smokey Robinson, "Smokey & Friends" smolders and rocks - Giveaway

My earliest memories involve my Dad with a guitar in his hand, sitting at a piano, or dancing around with Mom. Music has always been a part of my life – a friend.

I grew up with the sounds of everything from 60’s protest songs, to classical compositions, dad’s original tunes to the soulful sounds of Motown. The Shirelles sang me to sleep at night. I can’t thank my parents enough for giving me the gift of good music. Now I’d like to do the same for you.

The legendary Motown icon and Grammy® award-winning singer-songwriter, Smokey Robinson released an album that is sure to become as iconic as he is. A compilation of duets with other music legends (hello, Sir Elton) and some of today’s top artists (John Legend, swoon) titled, “Smokey & Friends.”

Everything is good in the world tonight, when Smokey sings along with; James Taylor, Sir Elton John, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, and Mary J. Blige, as well as with some of today’s hottest artists including John Legend, Miguel, Jesse J, and CeeLo Green, among others.

John Legend lends an elegance “Quiet Storm,” with his soul-filled grace at the piano. Legend starts the track with an homage and thanks.

“Bob Dylan called Smokey Robinson one of the greatest poets of our time, Smokey it’s an honor to sing this with you.”

The honor is all ours, dear music fans. I literally got goosebumps when Smokey began to sing.

Smokey & Friends

The Tracks Of My Tears – Elton John

You Really Got A  Hold On Me – Steven Tyler

My Girl – Miguel, Aloe Blacc & JC Chasez

Cruisin’ – Jesse J (almost good enough to erase the memory of Gwyneth Paltrow butchering it with Huey Lewis – almost)

Quiet Storm – John Legend

The Way You Do (The Things You Do) – CeeLo Green

Being With You – Mary J. Blige

Ain’t The Peculiar – James Taylor

The Tears Of A Clown – Sheryl Crow

Ooh Baby Baby – Ledisi

Get Ready – Gary Barlow

Whether you – like me- love Smokey’s velvety, soulful, put-the-kids-to-bed-early groove, or enjoy a more contemporary vibe, there is something for you here. Like Sinatra’s duets before it, “Smokey & Friends,” is sure to become a timeless classic.

I’m so excited to have two copies of “Smokey & Friends,”  to give away!

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Nugget Hijack!

Yep, you read that correctly.  Your beloved @diPaolaMomma, Head Nugget in Charge around here, is not writing this post.  She’s gone off on vacation in beautiful Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and left us all high and dry.  So, rather than remain nuggetless for an entire WEEK, I’ve decide to sneak in here to share with you, her dear readers,  a juicy revelation I’ve just discovered.

This is my serious face...

(Who am I, you ask?  I’m Ri from over at Music Savvy Mom and The Music Mamas.  Lara’s a Music Mama too, and we’re tight, so it doubtful that she’ll shoot me for this.  I think.  I hope…)

So, anyway – she would have you think that she’s vacationing at the Cape because of its beauty, its history, its charm.  She’d say it’s because she’s spending a week with her family, building sandcastles and frolicking in the surf.

Yeah, well, I know better.  I’ve figured out why she’s REALLY there.  She’s a shameless fangirl.  She’s trying to find THESE guys:

Now, if you read this blog or follow her on Twitter or Facebook, then you know she’s a proud Potterhead – or whatever they call folks who would rather live in Hogsmeade than anywhere else on Earth.  Yes, she is an unapologetic fan of all things Harry Potter…therefore the information I’ve discovered about Harry and The Potters (the group you see above) explains everything.

These guys are FROM Massachusetts!  They had a gig in DC on July 19, and their next gig isn’t until July 28…IN MASSACHUSETTS!

…coincidence?  Not a chance. 😉


Disclaimer: The preceding, in ALMOST its entirety, is a complete fabrication.  Well, except for the part about Cape Cod being in the state of Massachusetts, and some other stuff. The TRUE part is that we miss your nuggety face, Lara, and hope you’re having a wonderful time! xoxoxo

Come TWITTER Party with Me (and The Music Mamas)

I was lazy today.. this post is a re-post of my post over at The Music Mamas.. did I get the word “post” in there enough? None the less check it out and hey hop over to check out the “band” aka The Music Mamas and join us tonight for our TWITTER PARTY!

Check one…check two.  IS this freaking thing on?

Helllllloooo, Cleveland!  Are you ready to ROCK?

Oh, wait…Mishi, didn’t Lindsay say we were doing the Twitter gig? No, that was Melisa.  What the Belle…?  Tiffani says the gig is Monday.  Yes, yes, Ri…we all know how much you HATE Mondays. (You and the Boomtown Rats) Put on your big girl panties and deal already!

Hi everyone!  I’m Lara – the newest member of “The Band”.  I run the light show around here, and it looks like I need to give our Roadie, John, a hand with the tour duties as well!  We are The Music Mamas, and like our Mantra says:

“…we do not espouse the notion that having given birth means that we have aurally surrendered to Barney, et al. Because we don’t care what the Wheels on the Bus do. Because we can still rock…”

So in the true spirit of the Almighty Jam Session, we’ll be kicking off this lil’ web gig of ours with a par-tay!  (On Twitter, that is.)

Join us Monday, July 19th from 9:00 – 10:30 EST as we officially launch this Epic Web Tour, with Twitter as our opening act!

And, what’s a party with out sahWHEET swag and stars? (Um, really – what is it?  Cause we’d like to know…)

Our party will feature musical guests (for instance…Chris Blake, voted the Seventh Sexiest Man on Twitter. ahem.), a guest DJ shuffle from NY Times Best Selling author Allison Winn Scotch from Ask Allison,  and the swag…oh, Lordy!  The SWAG!

It’s still rolling in, but here’s a teaser of what we’ll be giving away.  Not all, mind you…just SOME.  For example:

    • GIFT CARDS! (iTunes, Amazon, Hella Sound Running Music…)
    • CDs! (Chris Blake, Clutch…)
    • GAMES! (Green Day Rock Band for X-Box…Lego Rock Band for X-Box…)
    • DVDs! (Clutch “Full Fathom 5″ and “Momz Hot Rocks”)
    • BOOKS! (From several rockin’ mom authors!)
    • CUSTOM WEB DESIGN! ($100 worth of “Spruce Up” for your Blog, Twitter or Facebook pages!)

So, put on some dancin’ duds and brush up on your music trivia!  Be sure to follow @themusicmamas , @musicsavvymom , @rockandrollmama , @thisbellerocks , @dipaolamomma , @soundcheckmama , @secretagentmama , @melisalw , @hellasound , @greeblemonkey on Twitter, and join The Music Mamas on Facebook.

The Hashtag is #musicmamas and if you RSVP over HERE you’ll be eligible for all sorts of other prizes!