music

‘Springsteen & I’: A Love Letter to The Boss

Posted on 07/25/2013 by | Television and Entertainment | Comments

EntertainmentI suppose it goes without saying that your level of enjoyment of the new documentary Springsteen & I, which premiered Monday night in movie theaters and screens again in select cities on July 30, will be in direct correlation to your proximity to New Jersey and/or your ability to recite all the lyrics to “Rosalita.” As I fall into that category of fist-pumping fans who have attended dozens of Bruce Springsteen concerts, I had a great time watching it. But it …

Who’s the ‘Grandma Drummer’? Mystery Solved

Posted on 07/22/2013 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | EntertainmentYou may have seen her in the past few days: the gray-haired, bespectacled woman in a pink shirt and jeans who stars in a video uploaded to YouTube by a drum shop in La Crosse, Wis. She walked into the store, sat down at a drum set and began rocking out. It’s not just the drumming that caught people’s attention. Watch what she does with those sticks! When the store uploaded the video, they gave it the title: Grandma Drummer, and …

New Musical Doc Will Rock You Out

Posted on 06/21/2013 by | West Coast Editor, AARP The Magazine | Comments

EntertainmentFinally, a film that shines a light on a supporting cast—and, man, can they sing!  Twenty Feet From Stardom tells the stories of several backup vocalists for the greatest rock and pop acts of our time.  Legends like Bruce Springsteen, Mick Jagger, Sting, Madonna and Stevie Wonder appear in this moving and joyous documentary, but they’re only there to sing the praises of the until-now-little-known talents who helped create their sound. Vocal powerhouses with names like Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, …

Remember ‘O-o-h Child’ by the Five Stairsteps?

Posted on 05/30/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyClarence Burke Jr., who died on May 26 at age 64 in Marietta, Ga., was the lead singer, guitar player, sometime songwriter, and choreographer of the Five Stairsteps, four brothers and a sister from Chicago who got their name because their mother said that when the siblings stood together, they looked like stairs. While the Five Stairsteps achieved an impressive string of R&B hits in the 1960s and 1970s, their shining moment was “O-o-h Child,” a 1970 single that became their …

Spot the Beastie Boys Tracks Featured in This MCA Tribute

Posted on 04/12/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentA Year and a Day from James Curran on Vimeo. If you’re 51 today, you were 25 when the Beastie Boys released Licensed to Ill; you might remember dancing to “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)” They were inducted into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame last year, just after the death of 47-year-old lead singer MCA. As the anniversary approaches, we’re starting to see some amazing tributes. Above, an artist put together a trailer for his London art show …

Three Ways Caregivers Can Use Music Therapeutically

Posted on 03/15/2013 by | Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingAs a music therapist, I worked for many years with older adults and children with special needs using music as a tool to achieve non-musical goals. I used music to encourage expression and social interaction, physical activity and movement, brain stimulation, healing, verbal expression and communication, expression of emotions, reminiscence and even achieve simple eye contact. I created a hand-chime choir with my adult day services center participants who traveled around performing for their peers at other centers. One of …