Day #6 of the 30 Day Challenge is right up my alley! “A band/artist many people may not know of, but that you think should!” This one was actually kind of difficult as well as fun…because there are quite a few bands and/or artists I like to share with others! However, one band/artist totally comes to mind first…The Neville Brothers and Aaron Neville! I LOVE THE NEVILLE BROTHERS AND AARON NEVILLE! I cannot even express myself when it comes to them…not well, anyway. My children all grew up with Aaron Neville and The Neville Brothers and love them as much as Kevin and I do. In 2008 we had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see them in concert in Denver! Now, you need to know…that by 2008, Aaron Neville and his brothers were into their 70s! The oldest was pushing up to 80 years of age and could still ‘jam’ like nobody’s business!
The Neville inspire me…they have song (a rendition of Bird on a Wire) to which they added these lyrics: “Don’t cry no more…don’t cry. It’s completed…oh, it’s finished…it’s been paid for…” These lyrics touch the very depths of my soul! The Neville Brothers are very religious and often there will be themes of repentance, forgiveness, atonement in their songs. LOVE them! Now beyond their lyrics…these guys can JAM! I know that’s an archaic word, but it fits so perfectly! Here’s a video clip of the song Brother Jake (one of my kids’ favorites). Keep in mind that at the time they are performing this they are well into their late 50’s and 60’s. When we saw them perform this song in 2008 in their 70s, they were just as awesome!
Now, in truth, Kevin and I discovered Aaron Neville shortly before the Neville Brothers. Aaron Neville performed several beautiful and popular duets with Linda Ronstadt in 1989 and we loved them! Pretty soon thereafter, we saw a movie with Goldie Hawn and Mel Gibson (Hysterical by the way) called Bird on a Wire. The ending credits song was Bird no a Wire by The Neville Brothers. We loved this of course, and I ran out to buy find them in the store (in the days long long long before the convenience of on line shopping). I couldn’t find a CD with the song on it, but I DID find a CD entitled Warm Your Heart by Aaron Neville. Purchased it in an instant and it became a life-long family favorite! Gorgeous CD! Very romantic and mellow! Oh, just sooooooooo romantic! (In fact, there’s one track Close Your Eyes with Linda Ronstadt where Aaron abandons his famous falsetto and speaks the words “I love you! I love you!” AWESOME!)
Anyway, I found a couple of YouTubers for you…one is the very romantic (at least in MY opinion) 1989 video Don’t Know Much…it’s old-school MTV and the sound is really low…AND I suppose it’s a little middle-aged for you younger ‘shorties’…but I love it! The next one is kind of weird…I think someone just put their CD on play and filmed their fish tank…but it’s actually kind of groovy and relaxing! I will confess that probably one reason our family digs Aaron and The Neville Bothers so much is the smooth, easy, southern, New Orleans or Louisiana themes of many of their songs. Still, I think anyone who loves a broad spectrum of music can’t help but fall in love with this music! Furthermore, how can one suggest a band and/or artist without offering…well, an offering! Thus, leave a comment, a Facebook message or e-mail me the reason YOU might just turn out to be a fellow Neville fan, and be entered to win this week’s blog contest…a Warm Your Heart CD and The Best of The Neville Brothers CD!
Oh, that reminds me…”Sil” you won the Dean Martin CD (which, I might add, has a different cover than the one I posted…a MUCH better cover!) Facebook your address to me and I’ll get that in the mail for you! Meanwhile, groove to Aaron and The Neville Brothers, ladies! LOVE them!