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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

WELCOME!


IT'S ALL ABOUT THE VIBE

Welcome to my blog... 

After more than 5 decades in the music business,  I have promised my family and friends that I would try to do a better job documenting my memories, sharing musical information and keeping everyone updated on the latest and greatest.

It is always good to hear from you.

Stay in touch!

Love to you all,
Clarence
www.clarencemcdonald.com

"The melody dictates everything." - Clarence McDonald

Saturday, August 23, 2014

ALL ABOUT THE PAPER - THE DELLS

"ALL ABOUT THE PAPER"

Thanks! We came across El Club de Musica's twitter posting of "All About The Paper" so we thought we would pass it on. We appreciate music lovers who continue to keep the good energy flowing.

The mighty Dells did a great job of delivering a classic groove still as tasty today as it was when it was first recorded.
The Dells / 1995
The Story Behind The Song
Many listeners have inquired about 'the meaning' of "All About The Paper." Clarence explained that he wanted to encourage kids to stay focused, remain in school and get their degree (i.e. paper).

"It's all about the paper, all the rest you can get later." 
"The more you learn, the more you'll earn."
Credits
Since this YouTube post (below) does not give musical credits to the creators, we wanted to pass them on here:
Written: Clarence McDonald & Lowrell Simon
Produced: Carl Davis & Eugene Record
Arranged & Conducted: Tom Tom 84 http://www.discogs.com/artist/277890-Tom-Tom-84
Musical Direction: Sonny Sanders
The Dells: Marvin Junior, Johnny Carter, Michael McGill, Verne Allison, Chuck Barksdale
http://www.themightydells.com/

                        

We discovered that "All About The Paper" is included in several compilations. We provided a link to AllMusic.com - Backbeats Records (UK) SOUL STEPPIN 80's Soulful Steppers (below).
http://www.allmusic.com/album/soul-steppin-80s-soulful-steppers-mw0001966922
Backbeats SOUL STEPPIN (2010 Release)
A Special Message From The Dells: (taken from their official website) The lead singer of The Dells, Marvin Junior, passed away on May 29, 2013. We'll miss him! We encourage friends, family, and fans to celebrate Marvin's amazing contribution to music in commemoration of our brother and dear friend. 

Keep the music playing!
Much joy & gratitude,
The C. McDonald Team

Link to El Club de Musica @Elclub_demusica 
Link to Ebonitelondon  ebonitelondon .

Blog Note: After more than 5 decades in the music business,  I have promised my family and friends that I will try to do a better job documenting my memories while also keeping everyone updated on the latest and greatest.

With much assistance, I utilize this blog, IT'S ALL ABOUT THE VIBE to chronicle my exploits and stories through words, music and photographs.

Stay in touch!

Love to you all,
Clarence
www.clarencemcdonald.com
cmcdonald999's Channel - YouTube
www.youtube.com/user/cmcdonald999/feed


Saturday, July 26, 2014

NANCY WILSON "HE MAKES ME FEEL GOOD 'BOUT MYSELF"


MUSIC ON MY MIND (re-released)

NANCY WILSON



Clarence McDonald & Fritz Baskett co-wrote several songs for Nancy Wilson's 25th Anniversary album, MUSIC ON MY MIND.  We came across a posting of one of those songs, "He Makes Me Feel Good 'Bout Myself" complete with lyrics. We thank 'Matrix Healing' for the YouTube posting (below). We know these things take time. Enjoy the beautiful sentiment of this song and keep it circulating in honor of Fritz who passed away in 2008.

"Times when I doubt what I am really all about
that's when he helps me see
there's a better me 
 A man who understands
I can't love him unless I love me"

This song was not released digitally until 2002 and was never offered as a single. Enjoy it right here!

Keep the music playing,
The C. McDonald Team

                              
                         http://www.allmusic.com/album/music-on-my-mind-mw0001893460/releases
http://www.soulmusic.com/index.asp?S=5&ART=2804




Blog Note: After more than 5 decades in the music business,  I have promised my family and friends that I will try to do a better job documenting my memories while also keeping everyone updated on the latest and greatest.

With much assistance, I will utilize this blog, IT'S ALL ABOUT THE VIBE to chronicle my exploits and stories through words, music and photographs.

Stay in touch!

Love to you all,
Clarence
www.clarencemcdonald.com
cmcdonald999's Channel - YouTube
www.youtube.com/user/cmcdonald999/feed

Friday, November 15, 2013

PIANOTEQ 3 | PART 1 / JEAN ROUSSEL





PIANOTEQ 3 & GREAT PIANIST JEAN ROUSSEL


The wonderful composer/artist/producer/arranger Jean Alain Roussel just reminded us of this Pianoteq short video Clarence did a few years ago. Enjoy!

Jean and Clarence have been friends for many years. They met when Jean was working with Cat Stevens. Jean is also a keyboardist and an incredible talent. He has worked with so many great artists including some of our personal favorites such as Cat Stevens, Bob Marley & The Wailers, The Police, Wilson Pickett and Celine Dion. Check out his website:
 
Jean Alain Roussel
Right now Pianoteq is offering a video contest using Pianoteq 4. Keep us posted if you win!
PianoTeq4
As always, keep the music playing and stay in touch!
Much joy,
The C. McDonald Team

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

GEORGE DUKE - THANK YOU & FAREWELL

GEORGE DUKE (1946 - 2013)


We say thank you & farewell to one of our favorite musicians, George Duke.
He was one of the best in the business and a truly wonderful human being. 
We are grateful for all of the incredible, funky music he so graciously shared with the world.
He was and always will be a shinning example of how to live a creative, productive,
meaningful life.
Thank you George!
You will be deeply missed!
With love,
The C. McDonald Team




Monday, August 5, 2013

LARRY DUNN / CHARLES STEPNEY / CLARENCE McDONALD

"It's not as much what to write as what not to write." 
            - Charles Stepney  (as told by Larry Dunn)
This is an interesting Larry Dunn interview for DOWN THE RHODES Webisode series (below).  Of course Larry Dunn is one of the great Keyboardists, Producers, Writers and Musical Directors of our time.  He was one of the original members of Earth Wind & Fire, worked with The Emotions and so many music greats.  Mr. Dunn tells a story about Charles Stepney who was transcribing a "Clarence McDonald Song" (probably a song for The Emotions LP).

We have shared the brilliance of the late, great Charles Stepney in a previous posting about The Emotions (Flowers LP). Mr. Stepney was one of a kind, a truly brilliant man. We continue to celebrate the music he had such a big role in creating.

Larry Dunn Music Site

ALL MUSIC Biography / Charles Stepney

It is worth taking a look at the other DOWN THE RHODES Webisodes for music history and pearls of wisdom from some of the best in the business.

Keep the music playing!
The C. Mac Team

"There was no sequencing, there was no sampling, it was all live." - Larry Dunn (Re: EWF Live)


Blog Note: After more than 5 decades in the music business,  I have promised my family and friends that I will try to do a better job documenting my memories while also keeping everyone updated on the latest and greatest.

With much assistance, I will utilize this blog, IT'S ALL ABOUT THE VIBE to chronicle my exploits and stories through words, music and photographs.

Stay in touch!

Love to you all,
Clarence
www.clarencemcdonald.com
cmcdonald999's Channel - YouTube
www.youtube.com/user/cmcdonald999/feed

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

THE WHISPERS / LONG BEACH JAZZ FESTIVAL - AUG. 9, 2013

THE WHISPERS / LONG BEACH JAZZ FESTIVAL
We did a recent post on "You're A Special Part of My Life" but then we found out that The Whispers will be touring and making a stop right here in Southern California where they first began! Yay! We couldn't help but shine a little light on the subject once again.

Yes, indeed! It is good to see that The Whispers will be performing live on August 9th, 2013 at the 26th Annual Long Beach Jazz Festival along with special guest Everett Harp (sax).
Of course we are hoping The Whispers include "You're A Very Special Part of My Life" in their
set. It is one of our favorite Whispers tunes. It never gets old... Great melody, beautiful lyrics -- the perfect combination! As you may know, Clarence McDonald co-wrote this classic tune with June D. Williams and Lani Groves.

Here in the office, today's feature album is The Whispers / HEADLIGHTS.
What a great way to begin our day -- soothed by a blanket of impeccable vocal harmonies.

ALL MUSIC.COM - THE WHISPERS / HEADLIGHTS / SOLAR RECORDS
Here is Clarence (in blue) at the Long Beach Jazz Festival.
Keep the music playing!
The C. Mac Team

Blog Note: After more than 5 decades in the music business,  I have promised my family and friends that I will try to do a better job documenting my memories while also keeping everyone updated on the latest and greatest.

With much assistance, I will utilize this blog, IT'S ALL ABOUT THE VIBE to chronicle my exploits and stories through words, music and photographs.

Stay in touch!

Love to you all,
Clarence
www.clarencemcdonald.com
cmcdonald999's Channel - YouTube
www.youtube.com/user/cmcdonald999/feed