Philadelphia-based vocalist, songwriter/composer, arranger, bandleader, and educator Najwa Parkins joins us this episode! We talked about the making of her albums, her writing process and what inspires her. We also reminisced about playing Tuba Christmas '05, discussed our shared love of ska and reggae, and recorded songs in both those genres! PLUS, we got to witness Najwa's reaction to hearing Scatman (yes, that smash crossover hit from 1995) for the first time. What a treat!
This episode includes:
****edit: the first release of this episode mistakenly included the studio version of Clouded Dreams instead of the live version****
00:00 Sean & Dave Make Music Theme feat. Najwa Parkins (Najwa on vocals, Dave on guitar, Sean on bass guitar)
07:12 Clouded Dreams by Najwa Parkins (Najwa on vocals, Evan Gregor on bass, Larry McKenna on tenor sax, Skip Wilkins on piano, and Tom Whaley on drums)
18:14 Improvisation 1 - speed-composed chord progression, improvised melody (Najwa on vocals, Sean on ukulele, Dave on bass guitar)
28:13 Change Scares Me by Sara Murray and Sean Arawjo (Najwa on vocals, Dave on bass guitar, Sean on guitar, flute, alto and tenor saxes, clarinet, drums, and percussion)
37:00 Improvisation 2 - free (Najwa on vocals, Sean on flute, Dave on djembe)
50:57 Jolene by Dolly Parton - Reggae Cover (Najwa on vocals, Dave on bass guitar, Sean on guitar, keyboard, banjo ukulele, and percussion)
Special thanks to Dan Pardo for the music suggestion! If you want in on the fun, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to tell us what kind of music you want to hear next.