Browsing: Music

A Brief History On June 21, 2018, we celebrate the Summer Solstice just like our ancestors, welcoming the season of vacations, swimming pools, fishing, baseball, and barbecues. Another thing we love about Summer are the great songs about this greatest of seasons, or at least featuring “Summer” in the song. We list 10 songs we believe are either iconic as representing the genre of Summer songs or at least among our favorites. Please tell us the songs we neglected to mention that you would absolutely include on this list. Happy Summer Solstice to all our Pagan friends! (“Summer Wind?” “The…

A Brief History On June 7, 1982, the widow of the late King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Aron Presley, Priscilla Ann (Beaulieu) Presley, opened the estate of the late singer for public tours. The bathroom in which Elvis died of a heart attack in 1977 was kept off limits. The estate, named “Graceland” by its original owner after his daughter, Grace, is one of the most famous homes in the United States, and is second only to the White House in number of annual visitors with 650,000 Elvis fans visiting each year. Located in Memphis, Tennessee on 13.8 acres,…

A Brief History On May 14, 2018, we celebrate another one of those goofy pseudo-holidays, this time National Dance Like a Chicken Day, a day in which we acknowledge the superiority of that wedding reception standby (along with the Hokey Pokey), the Chicken Dance. Of course, we must also delve into what chickens are and how they are important to us. Digging Deeper Long before there was a Chicken Dance, people kept Chickens not for food, but for entertainment. About 5000 years ago in Asia people started keeping the Red Junglefowl (perhaps crossbred with the Grey Junglefowl), the bird that…

A Brief History On May 3, 2018, Twentieth Century Fox Film and Columbia Records announced that the Deadpool 2: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack will release on May 18, 2018. Digging Deeper The 12-track compilation is available for pre-order now and features two new original songs recorded exclusively for the film, including “Ashes” by Celine Dion and “Welcome To The Party” by Diplo, French Montana, Lil Pump featuring Zhavia Ward.  The accompanying official video for “Ashes,” helmed by the film’s director David Leitch, has also premiered today. The video features Deadpool himself and was filmed in The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, the…

A Brief History On May 3, 1960, the Off-Broadway musical production The Fantasticks began it record setting run of 42 years and 17,162 performances in a row, an incredible record as the world’s longest running musical of all time, and the longest continuous run of any production in the US. Film and television versions have been produced, and the musical is a staple of high school productions, to the tune of about 250 new school productions every year. Its modest set requirements and small cast and orchestra make it an easy production to mount. Digging Deeper As you would imagine,…

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