Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Purple Rain at 24

Last night, I went to see PURPLE RAIN on the big screen for what I believe to be only the second time. The first being in East Lansing back in 1984 with brother Nate and his best friend Craig. Back in the days when no one cared who walked into an R rated musical. First things, the event was sponsored by AFI (American Film Institute) and the print was shitty and the sound was OK. That out of the way, what a trip to see Prince and Co. 20 feet tall. The musical numbers are still groundbreaking. My favorites are The Beautiful Ones and I Would Die 4 U. The Time's cuts Jungle Love and The Bird brought back fond memories, too. Our crowd was a little sedate until the vamp of Let's Go Crazy. By the end of each number there was hearty applause from yours truly and the real diehards in the audience.

Apollonia looked young and fresh and Prince was even more beautiful on camera. I was amazed at the way shots lingered on members of the "audience:" Apollonia, waitress Jill Jones and club owner Billy Sparks. They really telegraph how moved, pissed off or ecstatic they were about a particular tune. The film is not subtle, lots of mistreatment of women and minstrelsy (it was the Reagan 80's) and some unintentional laughs result. But overall, it was a fun experience to be transported back to middle school for 90 minutes. Granted you could do just as well watching the recently rereleased DVD with extras, but it's a concert film that requires being with other 30-somethings singing along to Computer Blue. Time to watch Under The Cherry Moon.

On the NK front, dates in Los Angeles are coming in. I've been tabbed to play the Defy Music Group premiere event on Weds. July 30 in downtown L.A. details to follow. But check out the
DMG splash page on myspace! I'm also booked to play on the Universal Citywalk in August as part of their outdoor concert series. Check my updated website normankelsey.com for show details.

Peace & Disco Beats

Friday, April 18, 2008

Major Upgrade To NK.com

Hey All,
I spent the wee hours of the morning upgrading
normankelsey.com. Please be sure to check it out and try out all of the new pages. There's lots of cool stuff up and more coming. Lots of shopping opportunities. I am able to track the amount of traffic and sales from digital downloads as well as physical CD sales, so it's really helpful to know who I still need to get my music to. Probably you! :)

Have a great weekend everyone. I'll be at the Avengers' game as they take on the Cleveland Gladiators (or something like that). Always have to represent Cleveland. LOL.

Peace Be With You!

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Soul Serenade Playlist From April 7

Last night was pretty exciting and I'm not talking about the NCAA title game.

I hope you had a chance to tune into Soul Serenade on WICN, Mass for the FM debuts of "Everything My Heart Desires" and "A Talent For Loving." Check out
DJ Tom Shaker's playlist. My sides were spun in between classics by Aretha, Bobby Womack and The J5. Help the cause and drop Mr. Shaker an e-mail or a request for next week. And it's perfectly fine to request either of the songs he played. In fact, those are the two songs I'm promoting to radio, blogs, etc as the singles.

Rehearsals for the tour continue. The numbers are starting to gel nicely. We even had a discussion about some surprise cover versions. More on that later.

Have a great Tuesday.
Peace Be With You

Monday, April 07, 2008

Tune In Tu-Night: 90.5 FM WICN

Hey y'all.
Just a reminder, in between jump shots and free throws, tune in to 90.5 FM tonight in the Boston area for the
Soul Serenade. DJ Tom Shaker will be spinning the latest platter from yours truly. The show airs between 7-11 PM EST. You can also stream it online. The beauty of National Public Radio.

Peace and Love!

p.s. Happy Birthday, Mom!!

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Shining A Light

Hey all,
sorry I haven't checked in with a blog in a few weeks. Easter was a very happy and busy time. I spent almost all day at church from sunrise service on. The choir sang lots of great music and it was a real blessing having my Mom in town for it.

OK, here's the music news!

I was interviewed yesterday by
Folio Weekly from Jacksonville, FL. The article should be in print by the end of the month. The interview was short but sweet. It gave me a chance to talk about the place where my music career really began. For those of you from Northeast Florida, I even played at the legendary Einstein A-Go-Go, a CBGBs-type club out at the beach back in the day. So it was nice to reminisce about concert-going in high school and talk about making music today.

Last night, I saw the new Martin Scorsese IMAX movie "Shine A Light" starring the Rolling Stones (thanks, Jen). It was mighty impressive. Not to mention huge. The Stones looked and sounded great. Charlie Watts, of course, steals the movie with simple glances at the camera and with vintage interview footage. It's no wonder Ringo is the most beloved Beatle and Charlie is the most beloved Stone. There's something unassuming, yet hysterically funny about those drummers. You really feel like you are in the front row and on stage with the band; getting glimpses of non-verbal communication between the Stones is a treat. The older material that Scorsese intersperses between songs is wonderful. Were the Stones ever that young? And then, the guest stars are superb too. Jack White is having the time of his life duetting on Loving Cup. And Buddy Guy owns Champagne and Reefer, making Mick and Co. look like fresh young things trying to keep up. This is a must see if it comes to an IMAX screen near you.

Back to news about yours truly. I learned that
Soul Serenade on WICN, NPR outta Worcester, Mass, will be spinning a selection from A Talent For Loving. So tune in on-line worldwide or at 90.5 on your FM dial in the Boston area on Monday night, April 7 at 8 PM EST. Thanks to DJ Tom Shaker for digging my album.

All right. I'm done for now. Y'all have a blessed Friday!

Peace & Disco Beats