2Pac "Dear Mama" (1995) [from Me Against the World]
Mother’s Day 2012 (Sunday, May 13th) may soon be upon us but there's still plenty of time left to get mom the gift of music from Amoeba, whether you order something online from our website shop on Amoeba.com (and have us mail it directly to mom) or if you stop into one of the three Amoeba Music stores. With the endless choices of CDs, DVDs, records, posters, and more, you're bound to find something just right for mom.
Kanye West "Hey Mama" [from album Late Registration]
Macka B "Respect to Our Mothers" [from the album Roots Ragga]
Recent DVD releases mom might like include the PBS television show Downton Abbey or the new Scorsese documentary about George Harrison, Living In the Material World. There is also a CD companion to the film called Early Takes, Vol. 1, which features intimate demo versions of some of Harrison's songs. Another new music release along the same lines as Early Takes, Vol. 1 is Carole King's Legendary Demos, a previously unreleased collection of demos used to pitch her songwriting talents to other artists. Or there is a new music DVD about Greenwich Village in the '60s called Legends of Folk: The Village Scene, which features performances by Peter, Paul & Mary, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, and other iconic artists from that period.
If you still can't find the right gift for mom, there is always the dependable Amoeba Gift Certificate that covers all bases.
I have included specific mom-themed and Mother's Day tailored songs or albums for some audio inspiration. The albums that they are culled from should all be available in each Amoeba store and many are available online. (For direct links to the corresponding CDs on the Amoeba online shop, just click on the bright blue font in title under song or video clip). These songs include "Dear Mama" by 2Pac from his third solo album, 1995's Me Against the World, which was written in dedication to his own mother Afeni Shakur. Others include (TSOP sounds of Gamble & Huff) The Intruders' timeless 1973 top ten hit single "I'll Always Love My Mama"
Will Smith "Momma Knows" [from album Born to Reign]
Duff McKagan's Loaded "Mother's Day" [from the album Sick]
The Intruders "I'll Always Love My Mama" [from the Save The Children LP]
John Lennon "Mother" [from the album John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band]
And should you chose to take mom out to brunch on Mother's Day, maybe surprise her with a visit to Amoeba Berkeley, San Francisco, or Hollywood afterwards to pick up some nice music related gifts. SoCal Amoeba fans, if you stop by the Hollywood store on Mother's Day there will be an in store DJ set starting at 3pm by Berlin-American DJ/Producer Vanville who was born and raised not far from the Hollywood Amoeba location. If you can't locate what you are looking for at Amoeba, simply ask any of the ever helpful and knowledgable Amoeba staffers for assistance!
And from all of us at Amoeba Music, Happy Mother's Day!