Feast of The Broken Heart

My black heart has been feasting on this magnificent offering from Hercules and Love Affair since the first track was released in the spring. All the beats and bells and singers that we have come to expect from  Andy Butler’s extravaganza of dance and more.

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The Feast of The Broken Heart

The whole album is wonderful from start to finish but one of stand outs is “I Try to Talk to You” featuring John Grant. Such a beautiful song and when I saw the video with the modern duet choreography I wept. Truly one of the best songs of the summer:

Here is the official playlist of the album on Youtube, although you will want to buy it so you can listen to it on every device in every room:

Feast of The Broken Heart playlist

There are so many good tracks but I would like to point a couple of more notables. The “Hercules Theme 2014”?!! Everyone should have a theme song. Such a good idea! The song “Liberty” is outstanding as well, another track featuring John Grant. Do not let him overshadow your enjoyment of Gustaph and Rouge Mary, though. They are totally fierce!

Thanks again, Andy Butler. You have made my summer better.

Barry Manilow, 1978

I tend to forget that the height of the disco era was also that of the singer/songwriter. (Ok, that’s not true. Just trying to figure out how to fit Barry Manilow in here, although ALL of Barry’s ensembles would be more than fit for the disco.) Sinatra knew and said in the 70’s that Barry would be “next.” I’ll give you one of the best Manilow clips I’ve found, after watching about a hundred this week in preparation for his mini-tour. It was 1978 at the Greek Theater in L.A., outdoors, during a hot summer. Barry played there for two weeks; one evening was televised by the young HBO, setting the stage for everyone else, from Springsteen to Madonna. Check this:

In 1978,there were only three networks – ABC, CBS, and NBC. HBO was new on the scene and wanted to rock the boat…and asked Barry Manilow to do the rocking. It was their first big music special, and they gambled on Barry. With a two-hour Manilow concert at The Greek Theater, HBO rocked. Everyone watched. And we mean everyone. So many that the networks felt a dip in their ratings and the first hint of what cable TV would do to their viewership.

God, I feel my blood flow too, Barry. The whole last verse and chorus with your classic key change completely sends me over the edge. Practically holding my breath to see you in person. When will this strong yearning end? December 6, 2012, that’s when. See you in San Jose, my darling.

-Spectre of the Rose