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Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

Goodnight everyone, and have a weekend filled with NEW surprises!

Goodnight everyone!


“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.”

Norman Vincent Peale


It's Friday night. Time to unwind with our regular Friday night feature on This Just In.

The weekend has finally arrived.

The sun has set.

The evening sky has erupted. 

Let's smooth our way into Saturday and Sunday
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Tonight and for the rest of the year on our Friday night music blog, Christmas music. Because after all, music is the universal language.

Sorry about being so tardy.

Traditionally this first Christmas music blog features brand new Christmas music, so we won’t mess with tradition.

Saxman Dave Koz has never disappointed with his Christmas albums.

“Christmas songs already have, inherently, in their DNA, all the things you want in a piece of music,” says Koz. “Why do we want to hear these same songs year after year? Because they’re more than just lyrics or notes on a page. They’re touchstones. They are musical doorways that enable us to go back and visit times in our lives that were much simpler and much more innocent.”

His new album has plenty of guests, including another saxophone star. I’m sure you’ll recognize Dave Koz’s guest and his distinctive sound on our first selection.

“Kenny is a good friend, and we’ve known each other for many years, but we’d never recorded together,” says Koz. “So this track is something of a musical moment – a coming together of two people who have played the saxophone for a very long time. This was an opportunity for each of our musical identities to be well represented – soprano sax for him, tenor sax for me – and yet we could meet in the middle and play off each other. Kenny was very open to the concept of doing a big band arrangement with a killer rhythm section and it was really fun.”









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Double sax.

How cool.

During 2014 you’ve probably heard this female vocalist, and more than once, but you may not know her name.



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Idina Menzel teams up with Michael Buble and the collaboration is way beyond cute!


 

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Goodnight everyone, and have a twisted weekend!

Goodnight everyone!

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Goodnight everyone, and have a weekend with a whole lotta love

Goodnight everyone!


"Music is for every single person that walks the planet."
Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin

It's Friday night. Time to unwind with our regular Friday night feature on This Just In.

The weekend has finally arrived.

The sun has set.

The evening sky has erupted. 

Let's smooth our way into Saturday and Sunday.

Coming to the Riverside Theater in Milwaukee next month…




The Australian Pink Floyd Show | Wednesday, October 01 | The Riverside Theater


In previous Friday night blogs, and by the way, let’s just stop here. Why do we do this? Simple. Music is the universal language. Appeals to conservatives and liberals (yes, they read my blog). Common ground, baby!

And because we want to clearly demonstrate that despite the absolute garbage being passed off as talent these days that there is plenty of really good music to be found.

In previous Friday night blogs, I’ve written that by their sheer nature, Beatles and Roiling Stones tunes easily translate into other musical styles.

But Led Zeppelin? Led Zeppelin? C’mon, really?

Yes, really

Tonight, the music of Led Zeppelin, with a twist.

We begin with, oh, I just love this stuff, a group of young women performing at Britain's Got Talent.

Escala are a string quartet from London that met on a tour bus in 2006 while travelling around the United Kingdom and Ireland. They were part of the string section of the orchestra they were touring with, and it was there that they decided to form a group incorporating both their talent for playing classcial music and their love of contemporary styles. Nastasya Hodges (cello), Izzy Johnston (violin), Chantal Leverton (viola) and Victoria Lyon (violin),  are Escala. Here they are performing Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir" on Britain’s Got Talent.



 

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Goodnight everyone, and have a weekend filled with chills!

Goodnight everyone!


“I think if human beings had genuine courage, they'd wear their costumes every day of the year, not just on Halloween. Wouldn't life be more interesting that way? And now that I think about it, why the heck don't they? Who made the rule that everybody has to dress like sheep 364 days of the year? Think of all the people you'd meet if they were in costume every day. People would be so much easier to talk to - like talking to dogs.”
Douglas Coupland, The Gum Thief



 It's Friday night. Time to unwind with our regular Friday night feature on This Just In.

The weekend has finally arrived.

The sun has set.

The evening sky has erupted. 

Let's smooth our way into Saturday and Sunday.


Tonight we begin with a remake of a huge hit originally done by…



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Fred Bronson wrote the following in The Billboard Book of Number One Hits, Billboard, 1988:

"He needed a song to play when they said, 'Let's hear Edgar Winter, bring him out here,'" remembers Rick Derringer. "So he wrote this song called 'The Double Drum Solo,' just for a working name, and every night when he came out he'd bring down the house. At the end of the song he'd get to play sax, he'd get to play keyboards, he'd get to play drums -- he'd get to play everything."

"When it came time for Edgar to do his first band album, They Only Come Out at Night, he wanted to include that instrumental in the album," Rick explains. "Bill Szymczyk and I -- I was the producer and he was the engineer -- were really looking forward to doing that song. To us, we're musicians, the rest of the album was a little more predictable. The one thing that seemed like it was going to be fun was the instrumental. At one point in the project Edgar started to be nervous. 'Oh, I don't know, it's a little too crazy. Is this gonna be too jazzy, to out of context for the rest of the album?' All of us voiced our opinions immediately, saying, 'It's fantastic, it's gotta be on the record.' We went ahead and finished it; we did some editing to shorten it, as it was too long in the live form."



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"The editing is where Edgar got the name 'Frankenstein,' through all the little cuts and stuff, all the patches in (the) master."

I encourage you to Google on You Tube Edgar Winter performing like crazy in concert playing "Frankenstein" and performing on the sax, drums, and synthesizer.

Many years after Edgar Winter scored a monster hit here's contemporary jazz bassist Marcus Miller and his cover version.


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Goodnight everyone, and hope you get Jesus on the line this weekend!

Goodnight everyone!


“The only thing better than singing is more singing.”
Ella Fitzgerald



It's Friday night. Time to unwind with our regular Friday night feature on This Just In.

The weekend has finally arrived.

The sun has set.

The evening sky has erupted. 

Let's smooth our way into Saturday and Sunday.

Tim Hauser died last week at the age of 72. Hauser was the founder of the vocal group, the Manhattan Transfer.



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At an early age Hauser became interested in vocal pop music. He even
sang in his high school glee club.

In 1956, he met the members of Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers.

“I heard them warm up a cappella in the dressing room before a concert, and that did it for me,” said Hauser. “I would say karmically, that was God hitting me with that lightning bolt, going, ‘Here it is, kid; if you miss it, it ain’t my fault.’ ”

When he was still in his teens, Mr. Hauser and a friend started a singing group called the Criterions, recording several songs and appearing on the same bill with groups including Dion and the Belmonts. He later sang in a folk trio, the Troubadours Three.

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