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Jam of the Day/Paul McCartney/Michael Jackson/”Say Say Say”

if there’s one thing in this absolutely f#$king bonkers world that we can all agree on, it’s that Philly has already been making us live that summer concert life to the fullest–Beyoncé, Hall & Oates, Kenny Chesney, Dave Matthews Band, Sting, Peter Gabriel, Phish–and that’s only just a handful of the esteemed music artists who’ve already graced us with their powerful music presence this summer and will help the City of Brotherly Love keep its title in being the best Concert City in America, an honor (we got one!) that was bestowed upon us last year by Vivid Seats. 

But if you’re worried those live music vibes will run out of juice before Labor Day, there’s no need to fret because Coldplay, Adele, Gwen Stefani, Eve, Demi Lovato, Garbage, Lauryn Hill (and lots more) are on the schedule to stop by before you pack up those white open-toed shoes until next summer. 

And tonight is certainly is no exception as the living rock legend himself, Sir Paul McCartney, will be taking over Citizens Bank Park with a show that truly needs no explanation because at seventy-four years old, there’s no denying that Mr. McCartney can still rock it out with the best of them. While we can absolutely expect the British rock icon to perform a number of his solo material and a headphones full of collaborations from his Wings days (get those lighters ready for “Baby, I’m Amazed), you can also most likely bet that we’ll get to see elements of his second number one single with the number one with the late Michael Jackson, “Say Say Say,” worked into show that critics are calling “magic.” 

Served as the lead single from McCartney’s chart busting record, Pipes of Peace, the cheeky tune was penned by McCartney and MJ, which would further prove that the dazzling duo was unstoppable after their preceding single “The Girl is Mine,” struck Billboard chart gold a year prior. Also, after its release in  ’83, “Say Say Say” became Jackson’s seventh top-ten hit inside a year, which would certainly set a nice stage up for him to the turn the world on its axis with the release of Thriller a year later. 

Of course, McCartney’s timeless ’80s tune was given a big push to the top because of its accompanying video, which was directed by iconic filmmaker Bob Giraldi and constructed as a short film centered around two con artists called “Mac and Jack” (played by McCartney and Jackson). The video was released around the same time MTV was in its true infancy stages in changing the music landcape (sigh..), and in turn both music artists were both credited for the introduction of dialogue and storyline into music videos, a trend we know is certainly going strong today. Lemonade, anyone? 

Okay, so while we could easily sit and spill about every detail of this classic music video and true moment in pop culture time (hey, Latoya!), but you need to start getting ready for McCartney’s show at CBP tonight, so just watch and reminisce on times when music was music and this world seemed a little easier to get through, and “Say Say Say” is one of the shining reasons why. 

Cover photo courtesy of www.paulmcartney.com 

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Mixtape Music Tea/ Stetson Rose

A few weeks ago, Philly Mixtape sat down in a much well deserved air conditioned room at the Firefly Music Festival to spill some music tea with local singer/songwriter, Stetson Rose.

Having already won the hearts of many at Philly Songwriters Project, Ms. Rose was offered an opportunity to play the annual festival, where she was quite gracious in spilling all of the local music dish for us. Take a sip below…

PM- How did you get your start as a musician?
SR- I just always have (been a musician). I started on ukulele then my parents got me a guitar when I found a broken one in the garage.

PM- Hey, that was like me! I found one in my mom’s attic after being enamored by my cousins. She got it fixed up for me and I started just riffing on it. So, Firefly is a pretty amazing opportunity. How was the experience for you?

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SR- It was phenomenal. I was so scared before going on but it was so much fun while I was up there. I just wanted to keep going.
PM- You did have a good crowd going. I could hear your voice half a mile away when walking up to the tent.
SR- Aw thanks ! People came up afterwards telling me they were headed to another stage and that I had stopped them in their tracks.

PM- That’s an awesome thing. So you have traveled a bit before I’m told?
SR- I was born in the Bay area on the west coast. I have traveled to New York and Florida, was a part of California’s West Coast Songwriters. I’m well traveled I guess you could say. For a long while I took a on music to focus on family. It definitely feels good to be back and this is probably the first time I’m professionally promoting it.

PM- It looks like it’s working quite well for you. What inspires you as an artist?
SR- Making someone cry (laughs). It’s being so touched within that moment that I try to evoke.

PM- Any artists?
SR- My parents lived in San Francisco in the 60s…so The Band, Paul Simon, Sam Smith. I’m a sucker for a vocal. First and foremost I’m a singer. But the feeling…I don’t know how to describe it. Oh and Ray la Montagne. His album, Trouble, so good.

PM- So you do have a day job and a child at home as well as being a performer. How do you juggle all the responsibilities?
SR- I cry a lot (laughs).
PM – So do I. Trust me haha.
SR- I have a lot of support though from friends and family. No one becomes successful alone. For me it’s about how to get the energy and then keep the energy.

PM- Any act that inspired you here at the festival?
SR- Paul McCartney of course. I’m also excited to see Max Frost.

Listen to her single “Silver Lining” and check out her TOUR below:

Tour Schedule:

Jul 11Rose Tree Summer FestivalMedia, PA Free

Jul 15Penn Museum Summer Nights Music SeriesPhiladelphia, PA Tickets

Jul 18The Oval StagePhiladelphia, PA Free

Aug 16Bethlehem Musik FestivalBethlehem, PA Free