Pippin has always been one of my favorite shows. I'm not under any illusions that it's a classic of the American Broadway Musical genre, but the loopily sinister hippy-carnival/medieval costumes (original designs by Patricia Zipprodt) and the pop-y songs with their loving nods to classic U.S. showbiz tropes, have always made me happy.( Cut for pictures and video )
Amazon and Pandora have both recommended a group called the Lumineers for me. I don't think they've ever come up with the same group for me at the same time like this.
Pandora played me one cut, which was pleasant but not perfect: certainly none of the happy head rush that I felt when I first heard "Can You Hear Me" by Poets of the Fall or "Little Talks" by Of Monsters and Men. I guess I'll see what else is up by them on YouTube. Anyone else familiar with them?
So this was excellent. I know that various critics have been mouthing off about Springsteen and saying that he's not so relevant these days, or whatever. But let's face it: if you still enjoy hearing his songs, whether they're 2 years old or 30 years old, he's relevant to you, and I'm definitely in that category.
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"The 34th annual Takoma Park Folk Festival will be held on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, and this year’s theme of Peace and Reconciliation is in recognition of that tragic event. Performers have been encouraged to present music and dance related to this theme, and they will reflect ways that the arts can promote unity and harmony across cultures. Some performers, such as emma’s revolution and Magpie, are internationally known peace advocates. The Festival also will provide opportunities for visitors to hear and discuss various points of view with representatives of nonprofit organizations at our Community Tables."
The Washington Post had a review of a recital by U.S. opera star Joyce DiDonato, in which she performed pop standards as well as arias. The WaPo reviewer loved her, so I was wondering what she sounded like.
Well, of course YouTube had videos. Lots of them. So for the past half hour I've been listening to her sing "Over the Rainbow," "I Could Have Danced All Night," and stuff like that.
She's far too mannered for my taste, and she has that operatic vibrato, which I don't like much. But man! What a set of pipes! When she goes for a high note, you know she's still got a lot more to give: such power.
Go to Wikipedia and hit random. The first random Wikipedia article you get is the name of your band.
Go to quotationspage.com and hit random. The last four or five words of the very last quote of the page is the title of your first album.
Go to flickr and click on explore the last seven days. Third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.
Use Photoshop or similar to put it all together. Post it with this text in the caption.