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NREL helps federal buildings get solar makeovers

1 hour ago
www.nrel.gov

With zero congressional wrangling, President Obama sent down Executive Order 13693, dubbed “Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade,” which mandates that federal agencies get at least 30 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by the year 2025.

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colo. has the task of guiding building supervisors toward that goal.  Andy Walker, Ph.D., Principal Engineer with NREL’s Integrated Applications Center, joined “First Take with Lando and Chavis” to talk about the massive, fast track program.

"Gee, Baby Ain't I Good To You" | Stories of Standards

Aug 31, 2015
jazzagemusic.blogspot.com

Don Redman composed, “Gee, Baby Ain’t I Good To You” as the roaring twenties drew to a close. 

The first recording, featuring McKinney’s Cotton Pickers, was produced in 1929—just one week after the stock market crash that marked the beginning of the Great Depression.

Andy Razaf’s lyrics reflect the consumer-driven culture of the time, using expensive presents to illustrate the depth of the narrator’s sentiments.

annieboothmusic.com

Join the First Take crew each Thursday at 8:35 a.m. as they talk about Colorado’s cultural scene with Arts District host Carrie Saldo. Below is the summary from August 27, 2015. 

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"Confirmation” | Stories of Standards

Aug 25, 2015
jazz.com; info from jazzstandards.com

Charlie Parker’s “Confirmation” is a notoriously complex composition, comprising a favorite testing ground and audition piece for jazz saxophone players.

Tune in to First Take with Chavis and Lando - weekdays from 6-9 am MT - for Stories of Standards to hear our favorite versions of this song all week long!

"One Note Samba" | Stories of Standards

Aug 17, 2015
Bruno Quaino Editores; info from Bossa Nova: The Story of Brazilian Music That Seduced the World by Ruy Castro

The Brazilian songwriting team of composer Antonio Carlos Jobim and lyricist Newton Mendonça collaborated to produce “One Note Samba,” finishing the piece as 1959 drew to a close.

Tune in to First Take with Chavis and Lando - weekdays from 6-9 am MT - for Stories of Standards to hear our favorite versions of this song all week long!

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