“Summer breeze, makes me feel fine…”

“…blowing through the jasmine in my mind…”  Ah.  A twangy blast from the past, for these last days of the season.  Enjoy. [Read more…]

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This is why God made shopping malls

For insane publicity stunts like this one. Something I never thought I’d see, let alone enjoy: the Polish cast of “Les Miserables” singing “One Day More,” in Polish, in a mall, as a flashmob. I don’t speak Polish, but I think they’re singing, “Come to our show, come to our show, come to our show” [Read More…]

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“Every major’s terrible”

Just in time for the back-to-school crowd, this inspired Gilbert & Sullivan parody. I hope his major is music. [Read more…]

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“You got Daddy Skills…!”

For all the dads out there: something sweetly infectious from a rapper you might call Snoop Daddy Dad (a.k.a Sam Dorman), who boasts on YouTube that he shot this entirely on his iPhone. Whatever he did, this is a new anthem for a generation of dads.  Enjoy. [Read more…]

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“Would you sing something different?”

The Johnny Cash biopic “Walk the Line” was on Ovation tonight, and the scene below just knocks it out of the park. Struggling songwriter and door-to-door salesman J.R. Cash (the incredibly good Joaquin Phoenix — why didn’t he get the Oscar for this?) gets a chance to audition for legendary record producer Sam Phillips, who [Read More…]

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“There is a wisdom to wrong notes”

The writer here returns to the piano at the age of 50 — and finds some valuable life lessons in the keyboard: Many a man or woman upon reaching a certain age will splurge on a Ferrari, trade in city life for a new start as a country squire or wed a trophy spouse. My [Read More…]

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Swing low, sweet flashmob…

Admit it: you have been waiting and WAITING for someone to do a gospel flash mob with “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot.”  Haven’t you? Well, the wait is over. The setting: the University of Toronto, last month.  Chancellor David R. Peterson was about to depart after a six-year term. The faculty and students arranged a little [Read More…]

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The (abridged) history of Western Music, told through “It’s A Wonderful World”

Here’s a fun little palate-cleanser for you, from the fiendishly clever folks at CDZA:  [Read more…]

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“Me going off me rocker, please feed me Betty Crocker!”: Cookie Monster covers “Call Me Maybe”

What the world has been waiting for! You can see the original, by Carly Rae Jepsen, here.  But I like this one better. [Read more…]

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In tribute to that great Jewish novelty tune, “God Bless America”

Who knew? At least one critic has noted that parts of the song are lifted from a Jewish vaudeville song written over 100 years ago. (If you’re curious, give a listen to a sampling, and you can indeed hear the title strains of “God Bless America” very clearly.) Below, Kate Smith’s iconic rendition from “This [Read More…]

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