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The Grey’s Anatomy Music Experience

The 6th season of Grey’s Anatomy premiers tonight on ABC and can I tell you how excited I am!!?  I first saw this show my junior year of college.  I turned on the TV, mid-season, and after 20 minutes or so, realized that every character in a leadership position (Chief of Staff, Head of NeuroSurgery and the head of interns) were being played by black actors!  I was even more elated to find out that the show  was written and produced by a black women – Shonda Rhimes.  WHOA!  More than these awesome tidbits, importantly the show’s sheer excellence nurtured my intrigue every Thursday for the last few years.  Now, five seasons later, I can’t wait for tonight.

Without talking ad nausium about all the cinematic things that make this show fantastic, I can tell you that the best unsung hero of the whole show is – THE MUSIC!! Alexandra Patsavas (the music supervisor) does an awesome job of using independent artists and in using music with lyrics that bring deeper meaning and sentiment to each scene. Without the musical experience, this show would only be good, not great.  For the seasoned Grey’s anatomy watchers – remember when Izzy had to say goodbye to Denny during the first season, as Meredith and the other cast members were in the room, and the music lyrics sang “I can’t express how I feel”…classic! The show inspires me to write music that could be played on Grey’s.  How awesome would this be?  I declare right now that it is so!!

Below is an interview with Grey’s Patsavas:

Below, catch a peak at tonight’s premier below and make sure to notice the “Wade in the Water” being played as soundtrack to the two minutes…

Did you notice Wade in the Water at the end of this KSE Recording (available on my Walks of Faith album @  

When you tune in tonight, enjoy the show, but pay attention to the music.




Review of Whitney’s New I Look to You

HEY KSE FANS – I thought you’d all enjoy the following critique on Whitney’s new album, written by my friend, and music lover/expert, Terelle Hairston.  You can view the full critique at


First things first: Cop this album.

I fully expected to be a non-fan of this album; to listen to it, MOUTH AGAPE, as one of my long-time top 3 singers struggled and FAILed for note after note. I expected Beyonce-ish beats, wacked out hip-hop R&B, and Mariah Carey-ish confusion over appropriate topics and styles. I got some of that, but for the most part, I got a solid album that is easy to hate on but even easier to enjoy.

Let’s be clear, if you were expecting Whitney of 1989 (20 yrs ago, wtf?) then you’re an idiot; if you were expecting Whitney of at least 1998 (11 yrs ago, wtf?) My Love is Your Love type vocals, you’re a reasonable person who might be reasonably disappointed. If u’re a genuine hater who expected absolute crap, you’ll probably listen once or twice and stamp it and throw it away: it’s your loss though. 

“I Look to You” is surprisingly competent if not awe-striking, strong if not superhuman, interesting if not intelligent, and rousing if not energizing. You could very easily sleep on this album and most will since it is more fun to throw a star away rather than to accept it’s new, not-as-bright shine. But if you listen closely, you will be rewarded for your patience
What you’ll miss:

Gone are Whitney’s beat-you-over-the-head notes and full-throttle belting that made her famous; but there are moments when it is there and you appreciate that this is not her last album and that her voice will probably even stronger on the next album. There are also times when you wish she would come harder or taken more time perfecting a song. The production sounds way better on a real stereo and in high-quality but is still fair-to-middlin’; if I were Clive I would’ve stole a little neosoul magic and mandated live instrumentation and some of the levels are a bit off – too loud here, too soft there.

What you’ll get:

Whitney finally trying to sing a song. Whitney has always been effortless and at times it seemed like she didn’t care about what she was singing because all she had to do was…SING….MORE at