Whole Foods Market’s “Special Release” CD for May is AM/FM by Rita Wilson. AM/FM explores a collection of Rita’s favorite songs from the 60’s and 70’s. She has a fantastic voice – and the production values (produced by Fred Mollin) are very tasteful. You can hear a bit of Eva Cassidy and Rita Coolidge in her smooth and heartfelt vocal storytelling.
Growing up in Los Angeles, cars were a big part of how we heard music. I remember sitting in the back of my parents’ 1958 Plymouth Belvedere in the sixties -- listening to the AM radio and hearing the songs that made me wonder about love, romance, marriage… I became the person in the song.
Sometimes I was the woman being sung about or sometimes I was the person singing. When I finally got my license and earned enough money to buy my own car, (a 1971 Datsun 2000 Roadster), FM radio had come about. I associate those FM songs with the reality of what life must be like. By then, some boy had already broken my teenaged heart.
I was convinced that the singer-songwriters of that period knew exactly the pain I was feeling. The material had somehow shifted from the innocence of young love to the complexities of a more mature relationship.
On my album, AM/FM, I chose songs that tell a story. I hope that listening to the album you will reflect on the stories you all may have from your own lives.
Also, Rita is also donating her guitar – signed by some incredible artists —to an upcoming online auction online with proceeds benefitting Whole Planet Foundation opens in a new tab. Sign up for Whole Planet Foundation’s newsletter opens in a new tab or like them on Facebook opens in a new tab and you’ll be notified when the auction is taking place.
Thanks to Jimmy Dunne, President of Inspire – a music and branding company partnering on entertainment initiatives with Whole Foods Market – for celebrating artists, such as Rita Wilson, who use the arts and their talents to make the world a better place.