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Easter Parade

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LFDWjzaQvU I’m a sucker for Irving Berlin Musicals. Easter Parade stars Judy Garland and Fred Astaire as they sing and dance to 17 terrific Irving Berlin tunes in a story that is as sugary sweet as Easter candy. When professional dancer Don Hewes (Astaire) is ditched by his stage partner Nadine (Ann Miller) one day…

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Lady Gaga (again)

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_GMgkcc2KM I know there’s at least one massive Lady Gaga fan here at AAR (Jane, I’m looking at you).  My appreciation for her has grown very slowly; there was always respect, but it took a while for me to get beyond the makeup, controversy, eggs and 15-minute music videos.  I think what clinched it, though,…

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Hey, Hey We're The Monkees

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzA_qmJkmLY I grew up watching re-runs of the iconic The Monkees TV show. I started in the late 70’s, when they were on after school on our local network. This was back before the days of cable, when people typically received about ten stations (if they were lucky). Kids were willing to watch old shows…

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Some People Want to Fill the World with Creepy Love Songs

I love love songs. From medieval ballads like Greensleeves to power ballads like Sweet Child of Mine there is nothing more romantic than a truly heartfelt musical tribute. The lyrics to these tunes are often descriptions of what we want our own affairs of the heart to resemble. Can’t Smile Without You lets my lover…

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I Want To Be In A Flash Mob Dance

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xn676-fLq7I I am slow to discover things, so many of you may have already seen Kelly Clarkson’s video for “Stronger”.  Did you know that she  challenged her fans to submit videos of a predetermined dance routine to be used in her clip for “What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger)”?  Then she picked numerous selections and incorporated…

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