Talk Talk: Celine drops by for a song, Isaac Slade loves Tebow, holiday tunes from Kissing Party and Dressy Bessy, more music newsBy Julio Enriquez | December 15th, 2011 | 1 Comment »
Celine Dion serenades the Anschutz family
Denverites have a habit of slipping out of events early, either to avoid the crush at coat check or the parking garage. But you can bet some will be re-thinking the wisdom of an early departure after what happened at Collectors’ Choice. The 31st edition of this benefit for the Denver Art Museum had a surprise appearance by Celine Dion, who’d flown in from Florida to sing “Because You Loved Me” to her longtime friends (and the evening’s honorees) the Phil and Nancy Anschutz family. Her one-song performance was preceded by a 15-minute acoustic set by John McEuen of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, whose music Phil Anschutz has enjoyed since his teenage years. – Joanne Davidson, Denver Post Society Editor (Photo courtesy of Wonderworks Studio.)
There’s simply no escaping Tim Tebow or the Fray
When Josh McDaniels drafted Tim Tebow in the 2010 NFL draft, it was done with the sole purpose of making the devout Christian athlete a pet project in the same way that ex-Patriots quarterback Matt Cassel made McDaniels’ career stock skyrocket. The firing of Coach McDaniels almost spelled the end of Tebow as a Bronco. Neither new VP of Operations for the Denver Broncos (John Elway), new head coach (John Fox), nor general manager Brian Xanders wanted a hand in the Tebow experiment. The voice of the fan ultimately prevailed and the gamble of waiving the original quarterback, King Neckbeard (Kyle Orton), has yielded a 7-1 record. There’s no escaping Tim Tebow in Denver; he is everywhere. Omnipotent if you will. DJ Steve Porter has chopped up video footage of the ESPN crew chewing the fat about Tebow into a mashup video — “All He Does Is Win” — well worth the time of any Timothy Richard Tebow disciples out there in Broncoland. I witnessed the first Tebow comeback victory last year when the Broncos faced the Houston Texans. The performance was nothing short of magical.
Isaac Slade (lead vocalist for the Fray) recently narrated a segment on ESPN entitled “Source of Inspiration” detailing Tebow’s journey from high school football to the pros. Aside from living in the same town, the two share a strong belief in Christianity. The Fray started as a Christian rock band before the pop music dominance, and the collaboration of the two couldn’t have worked any better.
Churchill records live session with Ultra5280
Churchill is making the rounds count during the holiday season. Reverb reported the release of the video for the band’s single “Change” last week. Three-fifths of the group checked in with local music blog Ultra5280 to lay down an inspiring acoustic set flexing new material that you can check out below.
The Heyday wants you to be “Someone”
The Heyday is riding high with its FM-ready single “Somebody to Someone” making the KTCL rotation these days. Listen to the sugary song and check out the accompanying video. If you like what you hear/see, make sure to vote for them over here to participate in KTCL’s Home for the Holidays contest.
Cobraconda gets Back in Black
See if you guys can catch the AC/DC sample in the trailer for Cobraconda’s upcoming video for “Back in Black.” If you don’t have your NYE plans as of yet, you can catch the duo playing a live set with the world’s best DJ (DJ Vajra) and Prince Paul over at Beauty Bar.
Happy Holiday from Kissing Party and Dressy Bessy
Tis the season to be giving, and Kissing Party and Dressy Bessy are giving away some holiday-inspired tunes. We don’t get much Dressy Bessy news nowadays, but we’ll take it how it comes, and fans are given the gift of free music. “Mister Kringle’s” is the name of the track and it is available for free download below with accompanying video.
Kissing Party is charging you the price of an email address over here to download its contribution to the Christmas festivities with new single “Merry Christmas Darling (Maybe Next Year Things Will Change).” The tune is an obvious ode to a rosy 2012. Duh.
Dressy Bessy-Mister Kringle’s [mp3] (via Dressy Bessy)
Julio Enriquez is a Denver writer and photographer, editor of the Cause=Time blog and a regular contributor to Reverb.