Pay It Forward: Martina McBride, Robbie Williams, and John Lee Hooker

“LOVE’S THE ONLY HOUSE”   MARTINA McBRIDE

Martina packs arguably the biggest female voice in country music with one of her earliest, yet most powerful videos.   Small things in life can mean the biggest things.  A kind word, letting a frustrated driver into traffic, lending an ear when someone desperately needs a ear, even a sweet note in your packed lunch can make someone’s day.  Great scene, Martina as a cashier paying for a pregnant woman’s groceries when she has no money.   “Pay It Forward” – simple principal, amazing results.

“BETTER MAN”   ROBBIE WILLIAMS

Robbie is one of the biggest selling acts in music history and he’s practically an unknown to many in the States.  Originally from the boy band, Take That, Robbie was named the UK’s “Greatest Artist of the 90’s”.   “Angels” set records for chart longevity.   His videos for “Come Undone” and “Rock DJ” are creative, disturbing, and legendary.   “Better Man” is my favorite song by Robbie, simple, sincere, and lyrics that should affect any true man.

“BOOM BOOM”   JOHN LEE HOOKER
The embodiment of the Delta Blues, John Lee Hooker was a sharecropper, a blues pioneer, and as authentic as any artist of any genre.    A true “gangsta”, this video captures his talking-blues style and his “don’t mess with me” attitude.   I dare you not to tap your feet on this song!   To underestimate his legacy on Southern blues music and electric guitar would be criminal.   He had a notable scene in the Blues Brothers movie which to many was their first memory of this legend.

 

  

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