Saturday, October 29, 2011

Dreams really do come true...

Today I sat in the parlor on behalf of Kimberly our Fourth Thursday's Diva of the Day. I thought that it would be great to provide some time for us to reflect on our "Dreams"-what are they, where are we in fulfilling them, are we getting our own way, and are we even giving ourselves room to dream.

As a part of this show today we interviewed vocalist, songwriter, and storyteller Ayanna Gregory who's latest release NOW is out now. Thank you Ayanna for stopping and sitting in the parlor with us even if it was just for a few on Thursday.

Please be sure to check out the artists on the playlist below, these are fierce musicians who dared to dream and are living out their dreams each and every moment of their lives. Are you dreaming?

Contact me via:

Twitter @sophiesparlor or @dreaofwater


Diva of the Day,


Artist Song Title Album Label Played

Pam Parker Sophie's Theme Imagine Pam Parker 01:08 PM
Grace Kelly Happy Theme Song Mood Changes PAZZ Productions 01:11 PM
Tracy Chapman At This Point In My Life New Beginning Elektra/WEA 01:18 PM
Nnenna Freelon I Feel Pretty Homefree Concord 01:23 PM
Sara Tavares f/Boy Ge Mendes Planeta Sukri Balance Times Square Records 01:31 PM
Sarah Vaughan It Shouldnt Happen To A Dream Sarah Vaughan Verve Jazz Masters Verve 01:35 PM
Sherrie Maricle & The Diva Jazz Orchestra f/ Carmen Bradford I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water Live from Jazz at Lincoln Center's Dizzy Club Coca Cola Series Diva Jazz Orchestra 01:41 PM
Ledisi Dreaming Interlude Soulsinger Tommy Boy 01:44 PM
Terri Lyne Carrington f/Dee Dee Bridgewater Soul Talk The Mosiac Project CONCORD RECORDS 01:46 PM
Geri Allen Portraits and Dreams Timeless Portraits and Dreams Telarc 01:54 PM
Anat Cohen A Change is Gonna Come Notes from the Village Anzic Records 02:05 PM
Brandi Carlile Dreams Lilth Fair 2010
02:10 PM
Dawn Avery Dream Come True True Okenti Records 02:18 PM
Floria Purim Angels Nothing Will Be As It Was...Tomorrow JVC Japan 02:21 PM

02:25 PM
Les Nubians f/Manu Dibango Nu Soul Makossa Nu Revolution Shanachie 02:26 PM
Carmen Staaf Reflection Reflection CDBaby 02:30 PM
Sade The Moon & The Sky Soldier of Love SONY 02:42 PM
Elizabeth Sheperd Higher Ground Parkdale Do Right Records/Groove 02:46 PM
Nina Simone Feeling Good Four Women: The Phillips Recordings Disk 2 Phillips 02:51 PM
Hailey Naiswanger Serenity Confeddie Hailey Naiswanger 02:54 PM
Hailey Naiswanger Serenity Confeddie Hailey Naiswanger 02:56 PM

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Choose Life...right NOW!

Recent events in my life have made me understand & value this life that I live everyday. I am hoping to share with you, through music this afternoon, what it means to choose LIFE. No matter our daily circumstances, everyday is a new lease on that life that we purposely live. I ask you to take this musical journey with me today and evaluate, expand and ultimately appreciate the life you have, the life you lead today and the life you will choose for yourself tomorrow.

As always comments (on the blog), calls to the studio (202-588-0839), or tweets are always appreciated (@sophiesparlor 0r @dreaofwaters). I would love to hear from you all this afternoon, I really hope this show heals you, me, and all of us today!

The playlist will be posted this evening and don't forget to listen in online at

Andrea, your Diva of the Day

Song Title
Pam Parker Sophie's Theme Imagine Imagine
The Original Cast f/Dee Dee Bridgewater If You Believe The Wiz Atlantic
Tial Fuller Decisive Steps Decisive Steps Mark Avenue
Ledisi In My Life Soul Singer
Aretha Franklin Bridge Over Trouble Waters Live at the Filmore West Atlantic/Wea
Eva Cassidy Time is A Healer Eva by Heart Blixstreet
Eva Allyon Raices Negras Latinas: Women of Latin America Putamayo
Catie Curtis Sweet Life Sweet Life Compass Records
Clora Bryant Gypsy in my Soul ...Gal with A Horn VSOP Records
Dawn Avery Manifestation Alchemy - Music for Meditation Okenti Records
Heather Rigdon Really Something Young & Naive Cliff Goldmacher Music Prod
Aretha Franklin You'll Never Walk Alone Aretha Franklin Gospel Greats Rhino Flashback
Elizabeth Sheperd Trio Roots Start to Move Do Right! Music
Alice Coltrane Blue Nile Translinear Light Impulse
Mary Lou Williams What's your Story Morning Glory Solo Recital-!978 Monterey Jazz Fest Ojc
Phyllis Hyman Somewhere in My Lifetime Under Her Spell: Greatest Hits Sbme Special Mrtks
Erin McKeown We Are More We will Become Like Nettwerk Records
Dinah Washington Bye Bye Blues After Hours with Ms. D Verve
Betty Carter Shine on Harvest Moon 'Round Midnight ATCO
Sweet Honey in the Rock Battle for My Life Breaths Rounder/Umgd
Claudia Acuna Lilas Luna MAXJAZZ
Nina Simone See-Line Woman Four Women: The Nina Simone Phillips Recordings (Disk 1) Verve
Terri Lyne Carrington f/ Lori Perry Let it Be More to Say...(Real Life Story: NextGen) Koch Records

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Helen Celebrates Her Fiftieth on the Air!

It was my joy and honor to share my favorite songs of the past few years. If you missed the show, please listen here: Select Mid-Day Jazz, October 6, 1:00 PM. My show starts at around 1:07 PM.

Artist Song Title Album Label

Pam Parker Sophie's Theme Imagine Pam Parker

Rosemary & Betty Clooney Sisters Mothers & Daughters Concord Records
Valerie June Rain Dance Mountain of Rose Quartz Pre-release
Sarah Vaughan Lullaby of Birdland Verve Jazz Masters Polygram Records
Mindi Abair Change Stars Peak Records
Freshlyground Fire is Low Radio Africa Freeground/Sony BMG Africa
Terri Lyne Carrington Unconditional Love The Mosaic Project Concord Jazz
Miriam Stockley Finlandia Second Nature - The Voice of Adiemus Cop International
Vul'indela Brenda Fassie Greatest Hits: The Queen of African Pop Narada
Ashleigh Mannix Power of a Girl My First EP Pre-release
Abbey Lincoln Wholly Earth Wholly Earth Polygram Records
Sherrie Maricle & The Diva Jazz Orchestra Happy Talk Live from Jazz at Lincoln Center DIVA Jazz Orchestra, Ltd.
k.d. lang The Air That I Breathe Drag Warner Bros
Mary Lou Williams Libra Zodiac Suite Smithsonian Folkways
King Kong the girl that got away Sounds of Self Defense Pre-release
Melody Gardot Deep Within the Corners of my Mind My One and Only Thrill Verve
Erin McKeown Get Happy Sing You Sinners Nettwerk Records
Telmary Libre A Diario PID
Amanda Vincent, J.F.T. Hood & Moodswings Spiritual High (State of Independence), Pt. 2 Moodfood Arista
Anne Heaton My Only Way Out is In Blazing Red Spill Records
Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer Long Time Travelin' Postcards Community Music
Elana Stone Give Me the Night In the Garden of Wild Things
Elizabeth Shepherd Higher Ground Parkdale Do Right Records/Groove

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