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Happy 95th Birthday Carol Channing!


Carol Channing and her late husband Harry Kullijian at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival. — Patricia Gay photo

Carol Channing and her late husband Harry Kullijian at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival. — Patricia Gay photo

Well hello, Carol, I’m so glad you are celebrating your 95th birthday today!

Carol Channing immortalized at Sardi's

Carol Channing immortalized at Sardi’s

I am forever grateful to you for bringing your own special brand of humor and joy to the theater. I will never forget as a little kid listening to my mom’s original Broadway cast recording of Hello, Dolly! I knew then and there I would forever be a Broadway musical and Carol Channing fan.

Singing to the record, (yes kids, we had vinyl records back then) I particularly liked how Carol sang So Long Dearie, with the drawn out opening notes. I sang this song many times when I was leaving a place, a job, or something else unpleasant.
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Weird Al’s Tacky


Weird Al is back and Tacky as ever.

Weird Al is back and Tacky as ever.

Every now and then a song bursts on the scene that hits everyone, young and old. Such is the case with the song Happy by Pharrell Williams. You hear it everywhere, radio, elevators, supermarkets, in your dreams.
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Musical Art: Dan Newbie


Dan Newbie playing the theme to Game of Thrones.

Dan Newbie playing the theme to Game of Thrones.

Dan Newbie is making beautiful music, using basic household items like wine glasses, pots, pans, even water bottles. So when you have a few moments, crank up the volume and enjoy!
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Happy Birthday Elton John


The iconic Elton John —Terry O'Neill photo

The iconic Elton John —Terry O’Neill photo

Happy 67th birthday Sir Elton, you’re still standing after all these years. My daughter Katie was born on March 24th, 26 years ago. Too bad. Had she been born just one day later I could have named her Eltonia Johnna.  😉

So much good music from you over the years! And I did my part to support you. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road — I bought the album first, then the 8-Track, yes the 8-Track which quickly got snarled in the player and had to be extracted yielding wads of tangled tape. Great invention…  Then bought it on cassette tapes, then the album again, then CD.

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It’s a great day for the Irish


judy-garland-1940Happy St. Patrick’s Day from Judy Garland from her film Little Nellie Kelly.
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Beautiful music


Amira Willighagen and Jackie Evancho have voices like angels.

Amira Willighagen and Jackie Evancho have voices like angels.

Is it déjà vu all over again? Or perhaps a battle of the angelic divas? Whatever it is, Jackie Evancho and Amira Willighagen are making beautiful music.

Jackie Evancho wowed the judges and the American public in 2009, when at age nine she sang Puccini’s aria “O Mio Babbino Caro” for an audition on  America’s Got Talent. Since then, Jackie’s star has risen to fame. She has recorded five albums (two gold, one platinum) and has filmed two solo concerts for the PBS series Great Performances.
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