North Korea launches multiple missiles: Seoul

North Korea launched a series of what appeared to be “surface-to-ship” missiles on Thursday, South Korea’s defence ministry said — in what would be the latest in a string of tests in defiance of UN sanctions.”North Korea fired multiple unidentified pr…

June 7, 2017

North Korea launches multiple missiles, says South

North Korea fired what appeared to be multiple land-to-ship missiles off its east coast on Thursday, South Korea’s military said, the latest in a fast-paced series of missile tests defying world pressure and threats of more sanctions.

June 7, 2017

Lennar’s Legacy Community Grand Opens Saturday, June 24

Lennar is thrilled to announce the highly-anticipated Grand Opening of their Legacy community will be Saturday, June 24. Lennar’s popular Cambridge Collection of floorplans will be available at this community and three will be modeled.

June 7, 2017

Chuck Berry revisits youth in posthumous album

Chuck Berry defined rock ‘n’ roll as he gave voice to feel-good 1950s baby-boomer culture. For his swan song, he is reliving that same youthful spirit — and tidying up some loose ends.

The rock pioneer died in March just as he was planning an unlikely comeback; in October, for his 90th birthday, Berry had announced he was releasing a new album.

Entitled simply “Chuck,” the album comes out Friday and marks the first studio recordings by Berry since 1979, with the 10 songs fine-tuned for release since his death.

Returning after three decades in which musical tastes have shifted in manifold ways, Berry stays true to his classic sound — tightly structured tunes rooted in the blues, with a touch of country and the electrifying energy that he called rock ‘n’ roll.

On “Chuck,” Berry signs off as forever young. His world at age 90 was the same one that embraced him in the 1950s — a lifestyle of driving fast cars, partying mischievously and checking out women.

The album kicks off with quintessential Berry, his verses alternating with frolicking yet brassy-toned guitar riffs, on “Wonderful Woman.”

In the song, Berry remains transfixed — who knows for how many years — by a woman with “big beautiful eyes” and “long, brown wavy hair” who showed up at his concert — in the second row, he recalls.

On the album’s first single, “Big Boys,” Berry remembers trying to befriend cool older schoolmates, with his enthusiastic guitar complemented by one of rock’s premier axe-men, Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine.

– A woman for Johnny B. Goode –

Berry recorded the album around St. Louis, where he lived his whole life, with his son and grandson and other artists who accompanied him for two decades in gigs at the Blueberry Hill club.

Berry dedicated “Chuck” to his wife of 68 years, Themetta Suggs. But he also appeared to want to close some of the musical stories he started.

Berry revisits 1958’s “Johnny B. Goode” — a song so famous that it represents rock ‘n’ roll to potential extraterrestrials on the Voyager spacecraft — with the new “Lady B. Goode.”

Nearly 60 years later, Berry has turned his classic song into a diptych. “Lady B. Goode” brings the perspective of “the little teen queen” who fell in love with someone who sounds an awfully lot like Johnny B. Goode — a humble country boy who finds fame with his guitar.

Berry, opening with a hard-driving R&B guitar riff similar to “Johnny B. Goode,” sings of her: “She followed him around where he would play his guitar / Till he got so popular they made him a star.”

“Then she could only see him on a TV screen / And hoped someday that he’d come back to New Orleans,” he sings.

– Back to the Caribbean –

Berry also revisits old territory on “Jamaica Moon,” a remake of his “Havana Moon” whose commercial flop in 1956 had irritated him.

For his second take of the song, Berry again imagines himself as a Caribbean boy waiting on a dock for an American girl who promised to return.

But this time, a bouncy guitar brings a touch of reggae as Berry sings in patois, “Me still alone, me sip on de rum.”

The original “Havana Moon” — acoustic with a Latin flavor — faded as Fidel Castro’s revolution soured Americans’ romance with Cuba, although the song was revived as a cover by Carlos Santana.

“Jamaica Moon” also echoes a lyric in another defining rock song, the famously indecipherable “Louie Louie.”

Berry’s sound goes most contemporary on “Dutchman” as he switches to spoken-word over his blues guitar, telling the story of a dog who enters the bar and explains he was once a musician whose “music was considered superb.”

“He didn’t make the Hall of Fame, but it bought him shrimp, rice and beans.”

Berry, in real life, was one of the first inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

June 7, 2017

Irish War Cry early favorite for Belmont with Classic Empire out

Irish War Cry, trained by Graham Motion, was installed as the early favorite for Saturday’s 149th Belmont Stakes after Classic Empire withdrew hours before the post position draw.Classic Empire was expected to fill the favorite’s role in the third leg …

June 7, 2017

French leader Macron urges Gulf heads to defuse crisis

French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday urged the leaders of Saudi Arabia, Iran and Qatar to engage in dialogue and defuse the crisis which has pitted Doha against its Gulf neighbours.Macron spoke separately with Qatari ruler Emir Sheikh Tamim bi…

June 7, 2017

Move-in by End of Summer at Estates at Heritage El Dorado Hills

If you’re looking to make the move into a brand-new home at the end of summer, set in a community designed specifically for individuals aged 55 and up, then look no further than Lennar’s Estates at Heritage El Dorado Hills.

June 7, 2017