DEEPAK CHOPRA’s FIRE —Last week at the launch of Deepak Chopra’s new project – HOME: Where Everyone is Welcome – the co-writer of the Nile Rodgers/Kimberly Davis/Tony Moran #1 dance hit this week, “My Fire,” Mike Greenly delivered an impassioned poem he wrote for Chopra. “I was honored to present to Deepak Chopra, a poem that I had written called ‘One Home; Many Builders’ … in honor of his new project: HOME – Where Everyone is Welcome.”
HOME is a collection of 34 poems and 12 songs inspired by a diverse group of immigrants who have made significant contributions to the United States.
Greenly, a former corporate exec who has often been referred to as the world’s first interactive journalist (as he was the first reporter to actually use a computer), has written seven other Billboard-charted Dance hits.
The event was held at ABC Carpet and Home in Lower Broadway in NYC.
CAMPBELL’S ADIOS — Glen Campbell has just released the final album of his career, appropriately titled Adios. But in a heartbreaking new interview, his family admits his Alzheimer’s has progressed to the point where he cannot comprehend anything about what’s going on with the project.
“We don’t want to sugarcoat it,” daughter Ashley Campbell says, “But, he has no idea that he has an album out. He had no idea when he won a Grammy.”
Campbell won a Grammy for Best Country Song in 2015 for “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” which he wrote and recorded about his Alzheimer’s disease when he was still well enough to work. But in the time between the recording process and receiving the award, he had progressed to the point where he couldn’t process winning.
“I handed him the Grammy when I brought it back to him, and he had no idea what it was,” his wife Kim says. “But he listens to music, nonetheless. So we always play it for him.”
Adios consists of songs Campbell has always loved, but never recorded and released until now, including tunes from Bob Dylan, Roger Miller, Willie Nelson and Jimmy Webb. Nelson and Vince Gill also make guest appearances. The album was recorded before Campbell lost all of his higher functions.
Campbell revealed his Alzheimer’s diagnosis in 2011, and when his musical skills began to decline, “A feeling of urgency grew to get him into the studio one last time to capture what magic was left. It was now or never,” Kim Campbell says. “What you’re hearing when listening to Adios is the beautiful and loving culmination of friends and family doing their very best for the man who inspired, raised, and entertained them for decades — giving him the chance to say one last goodbye to his fans, and put one last amazing collection of songs onto the record store shelves.”
The album’s release is somewhat bittersweet for Campbell’s family, since he can’t really grasp how it completes the circle of his career.
“I wouldn’t say closure, but I would definitely say ‘accomplishment,’” adds Kim. “Glen contributed to society with his music, and now he’s raising awareness of Alzheimer’s. Both contributions are huge accomplishments, and having this album out brings all of this to the forefront of the discussion. We’re talking more and more about Alzheimer’s, and he’s bringing more music to everyone. It’s really satisfying, and I’m really proud of him.”
EMMY NOMS — Here’s what I really liked about last week’s Emmy noms:
* Carrie Coon getting recognized for her understated Fargo performance
* FX’s exquisite Feud snagging 18 nominations, including for leads Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon.
* American Crime’s Felicity Huffman getting a nod for her strong work in the ABC anthology drama’s final season.
* Breakout drama This Is Us snagging nods for best drama series and stars Milo Ventimiglia, Sterling K. Brown and Chrissy Metz.
* Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s Tituss Burgess’ supporting actor nod (here’s hoping for a long overdue win this year).
* All the nods for HBO’s Big Little Lies, particularly standout leads Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon.
* Samantha Bee’s Full Frontal scoring a best variety series nod after last year’s snub.
* The strong showing for Donald Glover’s Atlanta.
Here’s what I really did not like:
* The Leftovers’ Carrie Coon turned in the (female) dramatic performance of the year and yet nothing for this HBO-show?
* Homeland’s Rupert Friend being MIA.
* Difficult People getting screwed.
* Benito Martinez getting the shaft for his heartbreaking performance in American Crime‘s final season.
Per usual, there are always gripes. Watch the show Sunday, September 17, with Stephen Colbert hosting.
SHORT TAKES — Robert Miller’s Project Grand Slam hit a home run in New Jersey over the weekend, as they opened for Blues Traveler. Miller said Traveler’s John Popper gave them a great reception. Thanks to John Wisdom for this shot … Producer Tony Moran at a Hall & Oates concert in Dallas last week.
Moran’s “My Fire” is the #1 Dance Record in Billboard this week. Check out his interview in this month’s Music Connection here:
http://www.musicconnection.com/tony-moran/ Congrats … The Micky Dolenz/Mark Lindsay 50 Summers Of Love tour kicked off Friday night in San Diego. Heard it was a smash. They’ll be in our area (New Jersey and Long Island) in two weeks … Writer/producer Ken Sharp at Dolenz’s solo-show last night inPasadena. He was covering the show for industry-trade FMQB … Last week Billy Bush was announced to top line a new infotainment show on Fox. Next day, both Fox and Bush denied it. I know Billy’s PR-gal Jill Fritzo and she’s no novice, but what was the point of the announcement in the first place … and, who leaked it? Stay tuned. I like Billy, I always have and Trump did go on to becoming the President … RIP Martin Landau and George Romero. Two giants for sure.