Heres to partying on the right note
Plenty of music will fill the air this weekend, with both Jazz Aspen Snowmass and the Aspen Music Festival & School kicking off.The Aspen Times decided to take a look at the headliners of JAS, and the music they have put out over the years, to create a wish list of what we’d like to hear, as well as the songs that call for earplugs.So without further ado, here are our (not-so) humble requests for this weekend’s headliners:Don’t do it!”Valerie” – Steve Winwood. The one-time boy wonder tells Valerie, “I’m the same boy I used to be.” Sorry, Steve, but you haven’t been the same since you left Blind Faith and Traffic. Please lay off Valerie. She’ll appreciate it. So will we.”Got to Get You into My Life” – Earth Wind & Fire. This song was a great one – when The Beatles did it. The funkalicious sounds of EWF will have tentgoers dancing and grooving with zingers such as “Shining Star” and “September.” No need to force us out of the tent with this Beatles tune.”Hard to Handle” – The Black Crowes. Popularized by Otis Redding, “Hard to Handle” got Freebirded to death in the ’90s on FM radio. Chris Robinson and Co. can do much better than rehashing this has-been of a song. Robinson’s hard enough to handle without him belching out this rip-off. Just ask Kate Hudson (but we doubt she’ll be there). Must-hears”The Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys” – Steve Winwood. Traffic’s experiment with song structure – tempo changes, horn solos, a minimalist keyboard hook – turned out beautifully. The thing we’ll be hearing (hopefully) is the sound of this Winwood classic. “Let’s Groove” – Earth Wind & Fire. None of the pop-funk masters of the ’70s and ’80s – not even Kool & The Gang, Midnight Star, or the Gap Band – can make those feet happy like Earth Wind & Fire’s “Let’s Groove.” It wasn’t a Billboard top-10 hit for nothing, and if this doesn’t have you moving under the tent, you might as well groove your booty back home. “She Talks to Angels” – The Black Crowes. This is one tune from the Crowes is easy to handle, and it may prompt a few handoffs under the tent as well. If you’re in attendance for this one, make sure to inhale this classic by these Georgia blowhards.
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