MusicMonday: Kennedy Center Honors Recap + Free Downloads!

Kennedy Center Honors Recap

On December 6, the 32nd annual Kennedy Center Honors paid tribute to five legends of the arts community -- including comic genius Mel Brooks and actor Robert DeNiro. The event, which was broadcast on CBS last Tuesday, also paid homage to three music greats -- jazz pianist/composer Dave Brubeck, opera singer Grace Bumbry and rock singer/composer Bruce Springsteen.

  • Click on the names above to read bios for these music honorees.
  • Not sure you know Brubeck's music? Well take a view/listen of "Take Five" clip here. Sound familiar?
  • Click here for a video clip of Bumbry singing "Habanera" from the opera, Carmen.

  • Ok, I may be biased -- but the highlight of the Springsteen segment came from Grammy Award and Golden Globe Award-winning singer Eddie Vedder’s powerful rendition of "My City of Ruins;" it can be viewed here:

Free Downloads

Here are this week's offerings:

  • Landmark Theater and FILTER Magazine's Winter 2010 album -- with 10 tracks -- can be downloaded here.
  • I Love the (18)80s, a 26-track classical album, is available from Amazon here.
  • Also from Amazon, the 14-track Eternal Baroque album is available here.

And don't forget to continually check the following sources for more free downloads -- new songs covering all genres are added frequently. Just click on the links below and enjoy some new tunes.


  • In 2010, the MusicMonday column shifts from a weekly feature to an occasional feature.

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