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David Bowie Jan12

David Bowie

It has been nearly two days since we learned of David Bowie‘s passing, and fans of the musician have been left reeling from the unexpected news. This past Friday marked the artist’s 69th birthday as well as the release of his 27th studio album, Blackstar – what critics are now considering to be his personal goodbye to the fans. One of the most original and influential artists of his time, Mr. Bowie paved the way for countless others – Prince, Madonna, and Lady Gaga among them. Never has someone so successfully (and so cooly) been able to transcend the boundaries of art, music, and sexuality. He brought us Major Tom, Ziggy Stardust, The Man Who Fell to Earth, and what was perhaps my favorite, Jareth the Goblin King. Farewell,...

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Whitney Houston Feb25

Whitney Houston

Two weeks have passed since we lost Whitney Houston, and it still seems very strange. Like so many others, I’ve been listening to a fair amount of Whitney over the past fortnight. With a voice like that, The Voice – it’s hard to pick a favorite song. But for me, her rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner (at the 1991 Super Bowl) ranks at the very top. What a moment that was! Take a listen… Whitney Houston – The Star Spangled Banner        ...

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Amy Winehouse Jul23

Amy Winehouse

Although I can’t say that I was surprised, I was most definitely saddened to hear about the death of Amy Winehouse earlier today. Navigating the loss of someone who is already so lost is always a peculiar experience, isn’t it? Amy’s talent was so hugely special, and her sophomore album, Back to Black so astronomically successful – that she seemed almost predestined for greater heights. But with genius often comes madness, and it’s probably safe to say that her demons finally got the better of her. Of course the irony of her most famous song, Rehab, is certainly not lost on anyone. I remember so clearly the first time that I heard the song. We were vacationing on the island of St. Lucia – where strangely, Winehouse herself eventually sought refuge. That song was and is staggeringly special – not in its message, of course – but musically. I’ve been listening to Back to Black all afternoon, and for whatever reason, Tears Dry On Their Own has been in especially heavy rotation. Rest in Peace, Amy. Amy Winehouse – Tears Dry On Their Own All I can ever be to you, is the darkness that we knew, and this regret I’ve got accustomed to. Once it was so right, when we were at our high, waiting for you in the hotel at night. I knew I hadn’t met my match, but every moment we could snatch. I don’t know why I got so attached. It’s my responsibility, and you don’t owe nothing to me, but to walk away I have no capacity. He walks away. The sun goes down. He takes the day but I’m grown. And in your way in this blue shade, my tears dry on their own. I don’t understand, why do I stress the man, when...

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Break My Stride Jul14

Break My Stride

Since it’s nearly Friday, I thought that we could use some cheerful tunes. Matthew Wilder’s ‘Break My Stride’ has been in my head for the past week for whatever reason. It’s one of those upbeat songs that always takes me to my happy place. I must admit that until a few minutes ago, I had no idea what Matthew Wilder even looked like – but was tickled to find this video of him performing with the Solid Gold Dancers. Weren’t the 80s positively genius? Matthew Wilder – Break My Stride Last night I had the strangest dream. I sailed away to China – in a little row boat to find ya. And you said you had to get your laundry cleaned. Didn’t want no one to hold you. What does that mean? And you said… Ain’t nothin’ gonna to break my stride. Nobody gonna slow me down. Oh no – I got to keep on movin’. Ain’t nothin’ gonna break my stride. I’m runnin’ and I won’t touch ground. Oh no – I got to keep on movin’. You’re on a roll and now you pray it lasts. The road behind was rocky, but now you’re feeling cocky. You look at me and you see your past. Is that the reason why you’re runnin’ so fast? And she said… Ain’t nothin’ gonna break my stride. Nobody gonna slow me down. Oh no – I got to keep on movin’. Ain’t nothin’ gonna break my stride. I’m runnin’ and I won’t touch ground. Oh no – I got to keep on movin’. Never let another girl like you – work me over. Never let another girl like you – drag me under. If I meet another girl like you – I will tell her. Never want another girl like you – have to say. Ooooooh… Ain’t nothin’ gonna break my stride. Nobody gonna slow me down. Oh no, oh...

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The Longest Time Jun04

The Longest Time

I’ve had Billy Joel on a loop for the past few days – particularly his compilation album, The Essential Billy Joel. Isn’t he just so fantastic – especially as a soundtrack for summer? 2011 marks the 40th anniversary of his first album, Cold Spring Harbor, and since then he has recorded a plethora of great music. When it comes to the landscape of popular American music, Billy Joel is undoubtedly an essential element – with such an incredible songbook! I could really go on and on about so many of his songs, and particular memories that I associate with each one. One of my absolute favorites is The Longest Time, from Billy’s 1983 album, An Innocent Man. It’s just such a fun throwback, doo-wop kind of song – and listening to it, I am immediately transported to summers from my childhood – riding tandem bicycles with my cousins, at our family’s summer home. You know how you associate certain sounds, smells, and sights with a particular moment in your life? Perhaps that’s why I love this song so much – because it’s such a very special memory. The video for this song is also especially fun. Listen, and enjoy! Billy Joel – The Longest...

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The End of the World May21

The End of the World

6:00 has come and gone in New York, and without much of a commotion. So I think it’s safe to say that all of the Doomsday nonsense is over – that is until the Mayan calendar comes to a screeching halt on December 21st of next year. It’s all so very dramatic, isn’t it? Either way, I thought that it would be appropriate to let Skeeter Davis mark the day for us. This song is so haunting, and always reminds me of this scene from Girl, Interrupted. Skeeter Davis -The End Of The...

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The Bell Song May17

The Bell Song

Last month when I watched the HBO remake of Mildred Pierce, one thing that really stayed with me, was the great soundtrack – specifically, an aria that was sung by Veda, Mildred’s terrible daughter. For the film, producers turned to celebrated coloratura soprano, Sumi Jo, to provide the vocals for the character. Sumi Jo is a remarkable vocalist, and sings several songs on the soundtrack – but I was surprised to find that for the aria that had really captured my attention, (The Bell Song from Leo Delibe’s Lakmé), they chose to use a decades old recording from another soprano – China’s Dilber. Set in British India during the late 19th century, Lakmé is the tragic story about the forbidden love between a British officer, and Lakmé, the daughter of a Brahmin priest. The more famous song from the opera is The Flower Duet, sung by Lakmé, and her servant – but The Bell Song aria (Où va la jeune Indoue?) is my favorite. And to hear Dilber’s version… well, I’ve been listening to it on repeat for the past two weeks. Her voice has drawn comparisons to a nightingale, and most appropriately. Listen and love! Dilber – Ou Va La Jeune Indoue The libretto from an early production...

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Expialidocious May09

Expialidocious

Despite the fact that I’ve entered my thirties, I like to feel that I’ve never lost touch with my inner child. For me, and hopefully for you, there are certain things (thoughts, sounds, smells) that bring me right back to childhood. Disney is one of those things, and this morning I’ve been playing a fun album of classic remixes – on repeat, it would seem. A Mary Poppins remix, Expialidocious is one of the songs that I can’t seem to get out of my head. Pogo –...

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Good Mornin’ Apr26

Good Mornin’

I’ve already discussed my love of the classic film, Singin’ in the Rain – but for once during this dreary Spring, it seems like the weatherman may actually be on our side. The clouds are parting, and they’re calling for a high of 80 degrees today in New York. Needless to say, there will be no singing in the rain – at least for the time being. It’s a good morning – which reminds me of my other favorite song from this film. Enjoy the day! Singin’ in the Rain – Good Mornin’ Good mornin’. Good mornin’. We’ve talked the whole night through. Good mornin’. Good mornin’ to you. Good mornin’. Good mornin’. It’s great to stay up late. Good mornin’. Good mornin’ to you. When the band began to play, the stars were shinin’ bright. Now the milkman’s on his way, it’s too late to say goodnight. So, good mornin’. Good mornin’. Sunbeams will soon smile through. Good mornin’. Good mornin’ to you, and you, and you, and you. Good mornin’. Good mornin’. We’ve gabbed the whole night through. Good mornin’. Good mornin’ to you. Nothin’ could be grander than to be in Louisiana. In the morning, in the morning. It’s great to stay up late. Good mornin’. Good mornin’ to you. It might be just a zippy if we was in Mississipi! When we left the movie show, the future wasn’t bright. But came the dawn. The show goes on, and I don’t wanna say good night. So say good mornin’. Good Mornin’. Rainbows are shining through. Good Mornin’. Good Mornin’....

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Saturday Night Apr16

Saturday Night

We’re spending a long weekend in Washington, D.C., visiting the city, and spending time with good friends. We’ve been visiting museums, doing some shopping, and enjoying a very relaxing weekend. Our hotel, the W (formerly Hotel Washington) is across from the White House – so we’re definitely having an authentic D.C. experience. Since it’s Saturday night, I thought that it might be fun to check out the hotel’s rooftop terrace bar – but first, some music is in order! The Noisettes is a London based, indie rock band. This song, Saturday Night, is from their sophomore album. When it came to shooting the video for the song, the band partnered with Nokia – and had 100 of their fans shoot the with the mobile devices. The resulting video is cool, and indie – but also different, and fun. Noisettes – Saturday Night I’ve waited for so long. Put up with your shenanigans. I’m going to take you on, and you won’t know the half of it. I’m gonna put you in your place. You’ve got the queen. I’ve got the ace. I’ll light you up and smoke you down, and watch the rings go round and round. Oh, oh, oh oh oh. This is woah, woah. Woah, woah, woah. Saturday night. Saturday night. Now I don’t know what went wrong. Thought you would get away with it. Now the band are playing your swan song, and you shall know the wrath of it. You could have said it to my face. Any time or any place. I’ll light you up and smoke you down, and watch your walls come tumbling down. Oh, oh, oh oh oh. This is woah, woah. Woah, woah, woah. Oh, oh, oh oh oh. This is woah, woah. Woah, woah, woah....

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