I grew up with my parents music of the '40s and many of those lovely songs are being revisited by some of the musicians of today like Diana Krall http://www.dianakrall.com/mediaplayer.aspx?meid=2160
and Michael Buble http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCqFr6sF0jo&feature=related
I grew up with the beat of Rock and Roll.
In the summer, we attended a live performance on Buddy Holly's life. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQiIMuOKIzY The actors who sang the songs did a magnificent job.
Then, in the summer we went to the Elvis Festival in Penticton - that was a blast!
There were dozens of Elvis performers ... all passionate about the music. The gospel sing on the last day had thousands in the audience.
We also enjoyed a concert with Leon Bibb, his son Eric and his granddaughter, Yana. Leon Bibb visited Vancouver in the 1960's and was amazed to find that as a black man he was not restricted by law and was treated by others as an equal. He returned to the USA and brought his family to live in Canada. http://www.artistdirect.com/nad/window/media/page/0,,3576395-7761182,00.html There is something very special about three generations who have sung together for years. Leon has a deep resonant voice, Eric is a blues singer and specializes in the songs of the deep south http://www.ilike.com/artist/Eric+Bibb/track/Shine+On and Leon's grand-daughter has a modern style. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Leon-Bibb/127517120597288
The CULCH in Vancouver hosted a local singer Ron Kamlokoff.
He sings a range of beautiful songs, some he writes himself. His pitch is true and perfect. Although he chose a different vocational path as a businessman, music is his heart's journey. http://www.facebook.com/RonKalmakoffSingerSongwriter
Recently we attended a concert with Judy Collins in the Dream Cafe, an intimate restaurant/theatre. She is amazing, at 71 she still has the voice of an angel. http://www.wildflowerrecords.com/video-judy.html
We reminded ourselves that although we have access to thousands of recordings, it is so much better to see a live performance and get insight into the artist and their music.