February 18, 2012 |
In a hometown funeral service that resonated with gospel hymns and preaching that “brought the world to church,” Whitney Houston was remembered Saturday for her beauty, vulnerabilities -- and her powerful gift of voice. As Whitney Houston's private funeral unfolded Saturday full of passionate eulogies, some poignant and some humorous, it became clear it was a service steeped in spirituality. New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, N.J., was filled to capacity with celebrities, family and friends for what was described as “home going celebration.” Outside, dozens of fans had gathered in the early morning hours to say farewell, but were kept several blocks away and when the service began most quietly left, perhaps to watch a live video stream of the event on a computer or television.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 2008 |
Theresa Fajardo had a moment of fright Friday afternoon as she waited to sing her solo in front of a nearly full house at Walt Disney Concert Hall. But as the gospel-style Christian anthem "Let Everything That Hath Breath" simmered to the drum beat, Fajardo, 18, felt at peace. Mid-song, the Agoura High School senior fell out of line to stand apart from the other singers -- one of about 900 from 28 Southern California schools gathered for the 19th annual High School Choir Festival.
October 13, 1986 |
Michael W. Smith's music is based on the idea that Christian kids like to rock too. Smith's show Saturday at the Greek Theatre featured the usual rock show trappings--fog, strobe lights, power chords--but his songs also conveyed religious messages. In fact, Smith was so conscious of appearing hip and contemporary that he and his five-man band didn't really connect until a third of the way through the set.
June 10, 1991 |
Anticipation ran high on Saturday among the nearly full house at the Greek Theatre for what was billed as Little Richard's first L.A.appearance in 20 years. Would his voice be weak from constant rounds of self-promotion? Would he be back in one of his recurring gospel-only phases? Would the show be a stunning comeback for one of rock's most influential and commanding figures or a big wop-lop-a-loo-bop-a-wop-bam-fizz ?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 29, 1997 |
It did not move him to shout, "Good golly, Miss Molly." "Awop bop a-loo bop, awop bam boom" did not screech from his lips. He did not appear to shake a whole lot. That all came later. Instead, getting the first look at his wax likeness at the Movieland Wax Museum Thursday, Little Richard, 64, was plainly honest. "It makes you look like [you] died when you look at this thing," he said with a chuckle, posing for news cameras as Dick Clark mopped Richard's sweaty brow.
January 10, 1997 |
**** VARIOUS ARTISTS "The Roots of Rap" Yazoo Don't expect to find the dynamic production touches of Dr. Dre on this 70-minute survey of blues-related recordings from the 1920s and 1930s. But you will find enough humor, commentary and rhyme in most of these 23 tracks to justify the album's title and concept.
February 4, 2011 |
A 50-year journey along the coiled contours of North American roots music can take some unexpected turns. But "The Beatles Are in Town" really strikes as an odd fit on a new box-set/book package. "Hear Me Howling! Blues, Ballads & Beyond" features previously unreleased or long-unavailable recordings celebrating that half-century trip that is Arhoolie Records. FOR THE RECORD: Arhoolie Records: An article in the Feb. 4 Calendar section on Arhoolie Records' 50th anniversary said Santiago Jimenez was the son of Flaco Jimenez.
March 16, 2004 |
Much of the discussion surrounding Mel Gibson's controversial film "The Passion of the Christ" centers on authenticity: Did Gibson stick to the gospel accounts as closely as he claims and, if so, are they historically accurate? With Gibson's film we have only to contrast what is on the screen with what is on the page to assess his declaration of biblical adherence.