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“Quando, Quando, Quando” by Winterplay

WINTERPLAY is a Korean pop-jazz group, comprised of vocalist Haewon and Juhan Lee (trumpet, composition and producer), with bassist Eunkyu So and guitarist Saza-Woojoon Choi completing the band.  Their signature sound is a brand of pop infused with an organic jazzy vibe (does that make any sense??).  

The original “Quando, Quando, Quando” is an Italian pop classic from 1962 which was composed by Tony Renis and originally sung by Alberto Testa.  The song went on to gain international recognition which lead to renditions in English, Portuguese and even Vietnamese.  

When you eventually get past how beautiful Haewon is (her voice I mean…;)), you might notice a very subtle “Bachata” beat in the background.   Great touch.

Thanks to Ms Orekoya for this one.

Title: Quando, Quando, Quando / Artist: Winterplay / Album: Happy Snow Bubble (2008)

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“Can’t Keep My Cool” by Durand Jones & The Indications

Keeping it cool is overrated…  

Let it happen.

Title: Can’t Keep My Cool/ Artist: Durand Jones & The Indications

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“Blue in Green” by Miles Davis

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately.  

You know: about the “big” questions.  What’s next? How to approach that potentially life-altering decision, and of course the biggest of them all: what does it all mean?

Such an exercise is less about finding exact answers than it is about developing self-awareness.  After all, as James Arthur Ray pointed out: “The journey of true success and lasting leaderships begins with the inward journey to the soul.”

What’s a journey without music to accompany you? Better yet, what’s a moment of reflection without Jazz?  

As I take the road on this “inward journey”, I’m bringing along Mr Miles Davis on the trumpet, Mr John Coltrane on the saxophone, Mr Wynton Kelly on the piano, Mr Paul Chambers on the bass and Mr Jimmy Cobb on the drums.

Good travel companions indeed.

Title: Blue in Green / Artist: Miles Davis / Album: Kind of Blue (1959)

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“Can’t Get Over” by Dinner at The Thompson’s

Title: Can’t Get Over / Artist: Dinner at The Thompson’s / Album: Lifetime Planet Earth (2007)

“Tanto Tempo” by Bebel Gilberto

“Tanto Tempo” is about living in the moment without the need to rationalize or question anything.  It’s about recklessly immersing yourself in the “now”, which is the ultimate acknowledgement that it is all there is.

Every day is good day.

Title: Tanto Tempo /Artist: Bebel Gilberto /Album: Tanto Tempo, 2000

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