Music Monday: Carol of the Bells

Music Monday: Carol of the Bells

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Today’s Music Monday is a Christmas song! Is it too early for a Christmas song? Absolutely NOT! We love Christmas music and listen to it all year round. One of our favorite Christmas songs is Carol of the Bells by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.


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Music Monday: Glorious by Macklemore ft. Skylar Grey

Music Monday: Glorious by Macklemore ft. Skylar Grey

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We love Macklemore, he is an excellent rapper who isn’t afraid to shy away from difficult subjects. Glorious is a great uplifting song and the video features his grandma who absolutely adorable!


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Music Monday: I Am Here by P!nk

Music Monday: I Am Here by P!nk

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We wouldn’t necessarily classify ourselves as huge P!nk fans but her latest album, Beautiful Trauma is awesome. There are multiple songs on this album that are great, but I Am Here has a great message a rockin’ beat. Listen to this great song below.

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Friday Tunes: British Boppers

Friday Tunes: British Boppers

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We made it through another week and we need some songs to get pumped for the weekend.

Mac has recently rediscovered the greatness of Adele’s 19, so her Friday Tune is Tired.

 

Sticking with the British theme, Al has picked a Tears for Fears classic song to sing along to, Shout.

 
We hope you have a great Friday!

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Music Monday: Canadian Crooners

Music Monday: Canadian Crooners

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Al’s new favorite song is Wild Things by Alessia Cara (20 years old from Brampton, Ontario). It’s an upbeat song with a bumpin’ beat, which Al always loves in a song!

 

Mac’s new favorite song is Golden by Ruth B (21 years old from Edmonton, Alberta). It’s a quieter tune with a message of inner strength and self-confidence, which always appeals to Mac in a song. Ruth B also sings Lost Boy, an excellent song about Peter Pan which you may have heard before.

 
Interestingly, both singers are Cancers, with Alessia being born July 11 and Ruth born on July 2.

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Judy Collins and the Tucson Symphony Orchestra

Judy Collins and the Tucson Symphony Orchestra

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Last Friday, we had the opportunity to see the lovely and ageless Judy Collins perform with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra.

We waited with bated breath as the house lights dimmed, then a silver-haired beauty floated onto the stage wearing a stunning white satin dress and a complementary bejeweled white jacket. She was an amazing sight, just glowing!

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While we were still taking in her dazzling outfit, she got right into the music, belting out “Both Sides Now,” her falsetto soaring among the rafters.

What an opening! Her voice is so powerful, pure, and strong; it is easy to forget that Judy Collins is in her mid-seventies. She still has a commanding stage presence, with plenty of passion and a sprightly joy while performing.

As the set list went on, Ms. Collins had us riveted with “Someday Soon” and Sondheim’s “Move On,” had us swaying with “Barbara Allen” and had us singing along with Simon and Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” I had never heard “Barbara Allen” before. It is a wonderfully haunting Scottish Ballad; you can read more about on the BBC’s website here.

After the brief intermission, Ms. Collins emerged in another stunning outfit of all black: top, leggings, boots, and another gorgeous bejeweled jacket. (She is wearing a similar outfit in the video above—a live performance at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.) The second half was packed with poignant songs, including “Marieke” and “Send in the Clowns.”

Throughout the concert she told us so many stories; the evening reminded me a little of listening to A Prairie Home Companion, in the best possible way. She told us about how she got her big break in New York City and about her friendship with the late Joan Rivers. Ms. Collins has a great sense of humor herself, making us laugh several times during the concert.

The highlight of the night was when she moved from center stage to the piano and weaved little melodies and chatted with us about her life. She is a talented piano player! It was like we were at a little hole-in-the-wall jazz club. She managed to turn the huge music hall into a very intimate setting. You can see her piano skills in her performance at WNYC below.

At the piano, she told us about the time she came to Tucson in the early 1960s to play a show and discovered that she had tuberculosis. Ms. Collins spent a month here, convalescing at Tucson Medical Center. She wrote a song about her time here called “Arizona” and debuted it at the concert on Friday night. As Arizonans, it was delightful to hear a song about our home state, its scenic wilderness, and its healing effect.

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Overall, the night was a very memorable one. It was an absolute joy to hear such a legend belt out so many classic songs.

You can see more videos on Judy Collins’ website, including a devastatingly beautiful performance of “In My Life” from 1966.

What’s your favorite Judy Collins song?


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Happy 100th Birthday, Édith Piaf!

Happy 100th Birthday, Édith Piaf!

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Édith Piaf was born on December 19, 1915 and today would have been her 100th birthday!

In honor of her birthday, I found this quote on the Édith Piaf page on bio.com.

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Her voice, so full of vibrato, is indeed a very moving sound! I believe she achieved her goal.

In 2007, Piaf was portrayed by Marion Cotillard in the movie, La Vie en Rose, for which Cotillard won an Academy Award for Best Actress. You can watch the trailer here on IMDB.

The movie is named after one of Piaf’s most famous songs, which she wrote herself. I first heard La Vie en Rose when it was featured in one of my favorite movies, French Kiss.

Here is a live performance of La Vie en Rose. The title roughly translates to “life through rose-colored glasses” in English (source).

And here is a live performance of Non, je ne regrette rien (No, I regret nothing).

Thank you for the glorious music, Édith Piaf!

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Today In History: Tchaikovsky’s ‘The Nutcracker Suite’

Today In History: Tchaikovsky’s ‘The Nutcracker Suite’

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On December 18, 1892, the unofficial soundtrack of Christmas premiered in St. Petersberg.

I attended Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Suite every December when I was in elementary school, like many other Americans.

According to philharmonia.co.uk, about forty percent of major US ballet companies’s annual ticket revenues come from The Nutcracker.

In honor of today’s 123rd anniversary, I searched for a quote from the great composer and found one on bio.com.

“Inspiration is a guest that does not willingly visit the lazy.” —Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

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This quote should help you stay hungry and inspired this holiday season!

If you are a big Nutcracker fan, check out this  article from the Huffington Post, This Is The Only Version Of ‘The Nutcracker’ You Need This Season.

It features a modern take on Tchaikovsky’s classic featuring dancers from So You Think You Can Dance.

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