Listening To: Ellen Foley’s Night Out

Night Out

Listening to last night: Actor/singer Ellen Foley’s debut album Night Out, more pop than I’d typically have playing while working, but this one’s special. Most folks remember Foley not for her own solo projects, but as the incredible voice on Meat Loaf’s mega-selling Bat Out Of Hell album (though another singer toured with the Loaf, Foley doing a co-star stint on NBC’s sitcom Night Court).

Jazz Noir

jazz noir

As if there could be something better to listen to when you’re writing noir-ish crime fiction, circa 1959?

I’m a CD and vinyl person myself. Old fashioned? Maybe. The Jazz Noir 3-CD set includes 60 pieces of jazzy 1950’s film noir themes and background tracks. A couple television series themes snuck in there too, but that’s cool. Touch Of Evil, The Man With The Golden Arm, Anatomy Of A Murder, 77 Sunset Strip, The Asphalt Jungle and so much more. Pure inspirational mood music, and I swear, it makes my fingers dance across the keyboard.

Listening to…

lush life

Listening to: Might not all be period perfect, but right now at the keyboard, my head’s stuck in 1959, and I’m going with The Very Best Of Etta James, and Lush Life: Linda Ronstadt with the Nelson Riddle orchestra.

etta james

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