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    Song Artist

    Come on in My Kitchen

    Family Business

    Family Affair

    Cornbread and Butterbeans

    Struttin With Some Barbeque

    Robert Johnson

    Kanye West

    Mary J. Blige

    Carolina Chocolate Drops

    Louis Armstrong



    In honor of Rule 13 Self-Medicate with Art here are some of Ada’s favorite songs. Click on a title and you’ll be directed to iTunes where you can start filing up your ipod with sounds that lifted Ada up and chilled Ada out. May they do the same for you! If you think of great songs too for self-medication of the soul—post them on our Facebook page.

    Lift You UP!

    A few of Ada’s favorite singles:

    Song Artist

    These Boots Are Made for Walkin'       
    This Little Light of Mine  
    Get on the Good Foot 
    I Got a Woman
    Brown Eyed Girl 
    I Got You (I Feel Good) 
    If You’re Going Through Hell 
    Michael Row the Boat Ashore
    Stand by Me

    Nancy Sinatra
    Sam Cooke
    James Brown
    Ray Charles
    Van Morrison
    James Brown
    Aretha Franklin
    Rodney Atkins
    Harry Belafonte
    Ben E. King

    Chill You OUT.

    A few more of Ada’s favorite singles:

    Song Artist
    Baby Love
    Welcome Table
    Brown Girl in the Ring
    Diana Ross and the Supremes
    Bill Brickey & Sue Demel
    Taj Mahal


    And a few  of Ada’s favorite albums:

    Song Artist
    Lady in Satin  
    Purple Rain  
    Al Green Greatest Hits 
    Art of Fugue   
    Aretha Franklin’s 30 Greatest Hits  
    Are You Experienced
    Billie Holiday
    Al Green
    Bach Academy of St. Martin in the Fields released Nov. 28 1994
    Aretha Franklin
    Jimi Hendrix

    And if you do think of great songs to for self-medication of the soul—post them on our Facebook page or tweet them!
    I love songs. So do many of my characters. I love imagining my readers listening to music reading my books. Below is a list of the songs featured in Rebel Yell. Download them all or download a few. All titles go to iTunes. If you would like to purchase the entire list click here to do so icon.
    John Henry icon
    Hoochie Coochie Man icon
    A Change is Gonna Come icon
    St. Louis Blues icon
    Dixie icon
    Mystery Train Pt. 2 icon
    This Little Light of Mine icon
    Swing Down Sweet Chariot icon
    Go Down Moses icon
    I'll Fly Away icon
    The Old Rugged Cross icon
    Amazing Grace icon
    Jesus Wonderful Savior*
    Your Grace is Enough* icon
    Onward, Christian Soldiers* icon
    Idlewild Blue (Don'tcha Worry 'Bout Me) icon
    Whatever Happened to Us icon
    Bootzilla icon
    Break My Mind icon
    Someday My Prince Will Come icon
    This Time the Dream's on Me icon
    My Creole Belle icon
    Angel From Montgomery icon
    Willin' icon
    If We Make it through December icon
    In the Bleak Midwinter icon
    Don't You Make Me High icon
    Things Have Gone to Pieces icon
    Honeysuckle Rose icon
    You Are My Sunshine icon
    Kiss icon
    Ahe Lau Makani icon
    Flying Horses icon
    The General icon
    John Jackson
    Muddy Waters
    Sam Cooke
    Bessie Smith
    Bob Dylan
    Steve Earle
    Paul Robeson
    Staples Singers
    Paul Robeson
    Selah Jubilee Singers
    Mahalia Jackson
    Aretha Franklin
    Jonathan Foster
    Chris Tomlin
    Morman Tabernacle Choir
    George Jones/Tammy Wynette
    Bootsy Collins
    Glen Campbell
    Miles Davis
    Kenny Burrell
    Mississippi John Hurt
    John Prine
    Little Feat
    Merle Haggard
    Blind Boys of Alabama feat. Chrissie Hynde
    Blu Lu Barker
    George Jones
    Fats Waller
    Governor Jimmie Davis
    Jeff Peterson





















    *Not available on iTunes.


    A few of the songs I co-wrote available on iTunes:
    Many Mansions icon by Moe Bandy
    Went for a Ride icon by Radney Foster
    Blinded By Stars icon by Adrienne Young & Little Sadie
    You can find some wild and wonderful translations, amplifications, adornments of my songs on youtube as well as the video I wrote for a song I didn’t write (Is There Life Out There?) on my youtube channel.
    And yes, that is Huey Lewis co-staring with Reba in the video and it won ACM Video of the Year.



    The Making of the Book Trailer for Alice Randall’s Rebel Yell: A Novel


    Alice Randall and I met through Craig's List. I was in Nashville looking for bandmates, a record label, a publishing deal, and an odd job.  She was in Nashville teaching at Vanderbilt University, mothering a daughter long distance to London, partnering a lawyer husband, launching a book into the world and cyberspace while still partially rooted in her beloved Guttenberg era, and looking for an assistant. I got the job and before I knew it we, in collaboration with Studionow, were making a book trailer.

    The idea of a book trailer was new to me, so I had to do some research.  I went on the internet, and watched as many as I could.  Stephen King, J.K. Rowling, and many others had very professional and interesting book trailers.  As opposed to a movie trailer, where you have existing footage to choose from, a book trailer must create the world from new media.  Such was our task.

    At first, there was an idea to do a song inspired by the novel wherein various artists, including myself, would sing a verse.  We may still do that, but not yet. We decided to go with an approach that reinforced the importance of marriage to the novel by echoing the form and feel of a rehearsal dinner video, but using a collection of what are presented as "family photographs" depicting two people growing up and together.

    The collection of photos were pulled from very disparate sources.  The opening photo came from istock, but the beautiful black baby on velvet is a family photograph Alice's husband rescued from a house in Vicksburg, Mississippi. The images of civil unrest and police force came from the Nashville Public Library Metro Archives. The photo of the National Guard lining the front of the State Capital on the day Martin Luther King was killed is particularly fascinating.  Another interesting shot was that of a drawing of soldiers and airplanes, set in blue light, on and over a battlefield.  This was taken from the front cover of a piece of sheet music that Alice found, long buried, in her piano bench.  The piece was a WWII propaganda song called Go and Get the Enemy Blues (music by W.C. Handy, words by Langston Hughes).  When we were considering music for the booktrailer we considered that piece. Roy Wooten had some of his string friends play it and it was magnificent but so completely unknown, and so nineteen-forties.  We didn't think, despite its intriguing premise that underlined Able's warrrior nature, it would do anything but confound viewers.

    I should say, at this point, the booktrailer was very much a collaboration.  Reggie Hudlin, director of such films as House Party and Boomerang, gave us invaluable advice in terms of sequence and pacing of the photo collage. Kimiko Fox provided the key insight that the focus of the piece should be on the teenaged Ajay.  Bob Delevante, Caroline Randall Williams, Kate Ezell, and Ray Kennedy were with us the whole way providing their high-quality artistic sensibilities. 

    Once we got the basic framework of the visuals down, we had the other side of the coin to tackle: sound.  We knew that we wanted music and possibly some voiceover.  This for me, as a musician, is where it really got fun.  For the music, Alice wanted a medley of the U.S. National Anthem (The Star-Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key) and the Negro National Anthem (Lift Every Voice and Sing by James Weldon Johnson) to play as the score to the video. 

    First and foremost, we were lucky enough to record in artist and producer Ray Kennedy’s Room and Board studio in Nashville.  Ray has released albums on Columbia and Atlantic Records and produced for many acts, including Steve Earle and Lucinda Williams.  This is the best sounding studio I have ever been in, and Ray, the best music producer I have ever worked with.  The warmth of tone in his recordings and the warmth of the relationship between Ray and Alice (who are close friends) were a treat to be around.

                Once we got the right playground, we needed the right players.  Enter Joseph Wooten and Barry Scott.  Joseph is the real deal. Nicknamed the ‘Hands of Soul’ by his equally talented multi-Grammy winning brothers, Joseph has magic in his fingers and musical virtuosity in his heart and mind.  The quality of his musicianship is enviable and the quality of his character even more so.  He ran in from being on the road with the Steve Miller Band to play Ray's 19th century piano for Alice; reminding her and telling us that he moved to Nashville after singing a demo for her.

                If Joseph has the hands of soul, Barry has the voice of God. Barry Scott is an accomplished actor, director, and voiceover artist. Barry squeezed us in before another session but you wouldn't have known it. When he was with us, Barry acted like he had all the time in the world.  Barry defines the word professionalism. He arrived in a white Jaguar and a beautiful suit. He gave us five different excellent takes.  Barry added needed gravity to the soundtrack.  His voice is, at the same time, authoritative and endearing.  It is what I hear one of the main characters of the story, Abel Jones’ voice to sound like.  He was a perfect fit!

                Last, but certainly not least, Faith McQuinn and the good folks at StudioNow, particularly Doug, John, and David, here in wonderful Music Row offices in Nashville helped edit and compile all of our materials into the final video you see today.  I hope you have as much fun watching it as I did in helping to make it…and read the book too-it’s great! And Click Here to check out my music.
                                                                                    -Adam Foster, August 2009