On Repeat: July 15, 2022
On Repeat is our weekly rundown of what we’re listening to here at the Lensic. We’re music lovers and live for the joy of a great new track, the rediscovery of an old gem, the fateful chance of hearing just the right song at just the right time. We hope you find something you love. This week’s recommendations come from Executive Director Joel Aalberts.
Francine Reed, “Wild Women Don’t Get the Blues”
The incomparable Francine Reed turned 75 on July 11. Francine is both much beloved but also one of the truly under-heralded singers of this era. Best known as a member of Lyle Lovett’s Large Band, her contributions to Lovett classics like “Church” and “Here I Am” show off her genius. Her signature solo, “Wild Women …” presents this musical treasure at her finest. Happy birthday, Francine! Come back to Santa Fe soon!
The Five Stars, “Malu A’E Le Afiafi”
The New Zealand dance company Black Grace takes the Lensic stage Friday, July 22, presented by Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. On their program is new work titled O Le Olaga–Life, which features music from Vivaldi’s Gloria, as well as this Samoan song from the New Zealand band The Five Stars. One of the most popular Polynesian bands, The Five Stars’ 18 LPs continue to define a generation of popular music in New Zealand.
Taron Egerton, “Crocodile Rock”
There’s a question you may ask yourself when you come to see Rocketman at the Lensic on August 7 and the answer is yes, it really is Taron Egerton singing all those Elton John songs. Three years before Rocketman, Egerton showed off his talent in the role of a singing gorilla named Johnny in the 2016 animated feature Sing, belting out “I’m Still Standing,” a 1983 track that remains one of John’s biggest hits.
Scary Pockets feat. Madelyn Grant, “Back to Black”
The LA-based band Scary Pockets has become an internet sensation, having released a funk-inspired cover song on their YouTube channel every week since 2017. Their songs take on an added dimension through a revolving door of collaborators, talented singers and musicians eager to add their imprint on a song. This Amy Winehouse cover shows exactly why Scary Pockets model is so fun, thanks in large part to the smoky-smooth voice of Madelyn Grant.