Double 7-Down Memory Lane

May 21. 2016

Double 7–Down Memory Lane with Songs

For my special Double 7 Birthday, I skyped Dr. Kamsiah this evening to ask her what I should do to entertain you. She suggested that we play tunes of the ‘ 40s, ’50s. ’60s, ’70s and ’80s. In addition, I have added my all time favorite voice, Nat Cole. Once you have listened to the crooner with a velvet voice, you will perhaps understand why Nat remains my special man through the last  6 decades.

I hope, you like what we have chosen to play for you this weekend. Be of good cheer, my friends. Pursue your dreams and make them real, I say. Thank you for your good wishes for my Double 7 and for your continued support of and interest in the Malaysian DJ Blogger.– Dr. Kamsiah and Din Merican

Best of the ’60s

Best of the ’70s

Best of the ’80s

Din Merican’s All Time Favorite –Nat Cole

Here comes the Weekend again

May 7, 2016

Here comes the Weekend again–Diana Ross

Before  Malaysians feel depressed about the defeat of the political opposition by Najib Razak and his crony Adenan Satem and their money spinning UMNO-Barisan Nasional juggernaut in the 2016 Sarawak Elections, we should enjoy the renditions of Diana Ross (and The Supremes) and relax. With electoral cheating, control of the media,  and vote rigging, and huge amounts of money spent by Najib, only a miracle can change the outcome.

This remarkable entertainer is an American vocal wonder. If you don’t believe us, we will allow Diana to do the talking ( what we mean do the singing). By the way, she also sings jazz, and is best known as the actress who played Billie Holiday in the movie The Lady sings the Blues.–Dr. Kamsiah and Din Merican

Your Weekend Entertainment–Here’s Mr. Sam Cooke

April 30, 2016

Your Weekend Entertainment–Here’s Mr. Sam Cooke

May 1 is also Freedom Day for Malaysia

Tomorrow  is May 1, 2016. It is Labour Day. It should be renamed Human Resources Day. Old economics treated labour as a factor of production. Today, perception has changed rather dramatically. Labour is a strategic resource which combined with technology enhances productivity that enables a country to compete in world trade.

Today, Dr Kamsiah and I choose to pay tribute to men and women around the world for their contributions to global prosperity. Your services and sacrifice are no longer to be taken for granted. As they say, “you have come a long way baby”. For Malaysia, May 1 should also be dubbed Freedom Day.

So this weekend, we have chosen to feature the sound, voice and music of Sam Cooke, one of the pioneers of soul music.

Samuel Cook (January 22, 1931 – December 11, 1964), known professionally as Sam Cooke, was an American singer, songwriter, and entrepreneur.

Influential as both a singer and composer, he is commonly known as the King of Soul for his distinctive vocals and importance within popular music. His pioneering contributions to soul music contributed to the rise of Aretha Franklin, Bobby Womack, Al Green, Curtis Mayfield, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and Billy Preston, and popularized the likes of Otis Redding and James Brown. AllMusic biographer Bruce Eder wrote that Cooke was “the inventor of soul music”, and possessed “an incredible natural singing voice and a smooth, effortless delivery that has never been surpassed”.

Cooke had 30 U.S. top 40 hits between 1957 and 1964, plus three more posthumously. Major hits like “You Send Me“, “A Change Is Gonna Come“, “Cupid“, “Chain Gang“, “Wonderful World“, and “Twistin’ the Night Away” are some of his most popular songs. Cooke was also among the first modern black performers and composers to attend to the business side of his musical career. He founded both a record label and a publishing company as an extension of his careers as a singer and composer. He also took an active part in the Civil Rights

We hope you like our choice for this weekend.–Dr. Kamsiah and Din Merican

Here comes your Weekend of Songs

April 23, 2016

The Weekend Entertainment: Joni is Back

Last Weekend, I was in Kuala Lumpur with my dearest wife, Dr. Kamsiah Haider. Now back in Phnom Penh, I have decided to bring back the sultry voice of Joni James to entertain us. Of course, the songs she renders are of ‘5os and 60’s.

My generation enjoys her singing style and unique voice very much. Others may disagree, but they should nonetheless listen and decide why my contemporaries and I are still Joni’s diehard fans. I dedicate these tunes to Dr. Kamsiah and her generation. Let us sit back and relax.–Din Merican

Your Weekend with The Best of Bread (1973)

April 16, 2016

Your  Weekend with The Best of Bread

It is indeed great to play songs of a bygone era for your weekend entertainment, our friends. Enjoy your Freedom but never take it for granted. It has to fought and defended  against those who abuse their electoral mandate at home here in Malaysia and elsewhere. We also dedicate songs by Bread to our good friend, Haris Ibrahim, who may have to go jail for sedition.

Bread, a vocal group of 1970s, led by singer and composer, David Gates, makes good music. You can look back to 46 years and reflect on what the world was like then. Technology and the Internet  have transformed our lives and changed the way communicate to another. No Facebook,no Twitter and so on, way back then and we were spared the agony of having to bear the twitts of our fawning Inspector-General  Police.

Our beloved Prime Minister, Najib Razak would have had an easy time with the 1MDB scandal,  and the unfolding lies and spins, the latest one being the statement by the youthful looking Saudi Foreign Minister. Forget all that, just enjoy your weekend with Bread.–Dr. Kamsiah Haider and Din Merican

Your Weekend Entertainment: Tribute to Merle Haggard

April 9, 2016

Your Weekend Entertainment:  Tribute to Merle Haggard

For this weekend, Dr. Kamsiah and Din Merican pay to tribute to Country Music Legend Merle Haggard who passed on recently after short illness with double pneumonia. He was 79. Merle was known for his rendition of Okie from Muskogee ( here with Willie Nelson). Do  have a good times and enjoy Merle’s legacy to country music USA.–Dr. Kamsiah Haider and Din Merican