Liza with a Z. And with everything else. Why do I love her? There’s the talent, of course. But more than that, there’s the guts. Let’s face it; a lot of people thought she’d go down the same path as her brilliant but troubled, mother, Judy Garland. Indeed, Liza has gone through several addictions (not to mention husbands.) But through it all, she fights back, and REFUSES to be a “victim.” Need proof? Here she is on today’s Good Afternoon America show, belting out her signature New York, New York. She can’t dance like she used to (she’s had hip replacements), so she gets talented young dancers to strut for her. And she focuses on what she CAN do–belt that baby out of the park.
So here’s to Ms. Minnelli–a Fabulicious survivor if ever there was one!
I love discovering new music. I also love the classics. So, when a new young band reinterprets classic genres in creative ways–well, I’m over the moon. Such is the case with The Carolina Chocolate Drops. Here, they take an Ethel Waters standard and make it their own. Somehow or other, I can also see Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughn smiling down from heaven. Take a listen and enjoy.
The Fourth of July in America: time for friends, family, and fireworks. And it’s a time for music. The American music that stirs me the most are songs honoring “we the people.” I’ve put together a little sample below, ranging from the more traditional (Morton Gould’s American Salute) to more recent tomes that pay homage to our resilience by speaking truth to power (Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the USA and Levon Helm’s Poor Old Dirt Farmer.)
Hey, gang. It’s Friday. And with it, it’s time for some let-your-freak-flag-fly-and-be-yourself kind of music. Here are three of my favorites. And if you’ve got some of your own, let me know by replying (with a YouTube link, if possible.) Because one can never have too much Friday music. And a world with all these crank-it-up tunes really can’t be all that bad.
When a bank in Spain celebrated its anniversary recently, this is the gift it gave to its community. Like we are in the United States, Europeans are going through tough economic times. But look no further than the smiles on the faces of those, young and old, who were lucky enough to witness this impromptu celebration, and you’ll see the power of beauty, culture, and compassion. Could a world that produces Beethoven–and talented musicians who share his gifts–really be all that bad?
Here’s a guy who dances badly–and he does it all over the world, encouraging people everywhere to join in. If you’re having a bad day, just play this, or any of his Where in the Hell is Matt? videos. The world may suck sometimes, but people like Matt prove that we still have our humanity.
Because she sings like an angel. Because she makes you laugh with her and not at her. Because she was one of the first women in any genre of music to write her own songs. And because there’s a brain–and a heart–behind all the glitz. For all this and more, Dolly Parton is what makes life fabulicious today.