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.
“We can all agree that human beings have natural, sometimes uncontrollable, visceral reactions to music — laughing, crying, dreaming, or dancing.”
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 put controversy and provocative blogs aside for the rest of this work week and smooth our way into Saturday and Sunday.
The Grammy Awards will be handed out this Sunday night. Last Friday night we featured some of this year’s Grammy nominees that fit out smooth, soft, easy theme. This week, more Grammy nominees.
We open with a nominee from the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album category.
The always popular Michael Buble sings a Frank Sinatra classic. I enjoy the sentiment, being a 50-plus guy with a lovely, sensational much younger wife and a soon-to-be 5-year old beautiful daughter.
Next, a 1947 song from the movie of the same name that became a jazz standard. In the film, in 19th-century New Zealand, two sisters compete for the same man against a backdrop of political unrest and natural disaster.
The classics stay alive as this version of the title theme is nominated for Best Instrumental Arrangement.
Their website says the "Pacific Mambo Orchestra" has changed the salsa landscape of the San Francisco Bay Area. This 19-person band plays one set on Mondays, from 9:30 to 11pm, at Café Cocomo in San Francisco. It plays salsa, mambo, bolero and cha-cha with the unique and full sound only a well-synchronized group of talented musicians can. Many are well-known in the salsa scene while others are less so, but one exposure to their collective sound makes it evident that every single member is a contributing and solid part of the whole."
The orchestra is nominated for "Best Tropical Album." Look out your window and then return to be transported to a much warmer place.
There are very few vocalists from the standards era still with us. One of them is a legend. I admire him for teaming up with many young artists, some you’d never dream of like Lady Gaga or Amy Winehouse. Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse's second musical, The Roar of the Greasepaint - The Smell of the Crowd, followed the ups and downs of a character named Cocky. At a particular low point in his life, Cocky despairingly addressed God in the ballad "Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me).”
From the album nominated for Best Traditional Pop Album, a classic.
That was a very nice one. And what a wonderful duet, Tony Bennett and Gloria Estefan.
Did you hear that Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr will be performing at this year’s Grammy Awards ceremony?
They’ll be presented with a Lifetime Achievement award.
McCartney is nominated for an award, described on his website as “a stunning 13-song film, directed by Jonas Åkerlund, that captures the magic of an extraordinary evening in February of this year. In the intimate surroundings of Capitol Studios in Los Angeles, where Paul recorded much of his ‘Kisses On The Bottom’ album, he was reunited with the all-star musicians who joined him on the record to bring the songs to life for a once in a lifetime performance. This was a concert unlike any Paul had given before. Without his famous Höfner bass in hand or in fact any musical instruments, Paul took his place behind the same microphone that has captured some of the most iconic voices in history to focus on his vocal delivery as he led the assembled A-list group of musicians through a collection of the standards he grew up listening to in his childhood."
From the nominee for Best Music Film featuring Diana Krall (piano), John Clayton (bass), John Pizzarelli (guitar), Kariem Riggins (drums) and Abe Laboriel Jr (background vocal).
That’s it for this week.
Have a great weekend.
Enjoy the Grammy Awards.
We close with a nominee for Best Musical Theater Album.
Here is the complete list of Grammy nominees.