Justin Timberlake – Not A Bad Thing (Bonus Fascination)

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This is a terrific new song from Justin Timberlake’s album The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2. Kind of vintage JT with its production and rhythms.

The video is apparently a real life search for a couple seen getting engaged on the LIRR on January 14th, 2014. Couple’s talk about finding love during the video.

“Love is so exquisitely elusive. It cannot be bought, cannot be badgered, cannot be hijacked. It is available only in one rare form: as the natural response of a healthy mind and healthy heart.”― Eknath Easwaran

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It Could Be Worse

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It Could Be Worse is a webseries set in NYC.  This online show chronicles the life of a musical theatre actor (Wesley Taylor from Smash). This growing trend of self-produced series are often entertaining and fun; especially when they enlist all of their Broadway and Television star friends to join in. It seems we will be watching more shows like this in the near future. Hey, it could be worse.

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It Could Be Worse

Jimmy Fallon, Idina Menzel & The Roots Sing “Let It Go” from Frozen (Bonus Fascination)

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Let’s say I have been a late adaptor to Jimmy Fallon, Idina Menzel, and Frozen. I know all 3 and appreciate all they have done. Jimmy Fallon on SNL, Idina Menzel from the original casts of RENT and Wicked, and Frozen the enormous hit from Disney. But somehow this clip pulls them all together with The Roots in a special, relaxed, cool-vibe way. It’s like a post Unplugged from MTV. Check it out.

Plus Idina is currently feature on the cover of Billboard magazine and it is selling out. Fun to see a Broadway star rise in popularity.

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Her

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This Oscar Winning film for Best Writing – Original Screenplay was nominated for 5 Academy Awards total. It’s so clever and written in a just-out-of reach future. The music and production design are inspired. It’s an odd, quirky film that challenges how we look at relationships, love and loss. Listen to how well Scarlett Johansson takes on the roll of Samantha and watch the sensitive work of Joaquin Phoenix.

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Samantha: The past is just a story we tell ourselves.

Bates Motel

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Ok. Totally obsessed with this show. Meaning we have binge watched all 10 episodes of Season 1. You have to give proper credit to the writers who have created a series based on the film Psycho. This modern day prequel continues to surprise, most of all by the performances of Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore. Check it out on Netflix or Season 2 on A & E.

You can check in to the hotel as there are vacancies.

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Is That All There Is – Peggy Lee

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“Is That All There Is” by Peggy Lee is a haunting, fascinating song. It first came to my attention when I saw it performed during Sleep No More in NYC. It’s incredible to think that this song was written is the 1960’s by Leiber and Stoller who also wrote “Jailhouse Rock”, “On Broadway”, and “Stand By Me”.

From wikipedia: The lyrics of this existentialist song are written from the point of view of a person who is disillusioned with events in life that are supposedly unique experiences. The singer tells of witnessing her family’s house on fire when she was a little girl, seeing the circus, and falling in love for the first time. After each recital she expresses her disappointment in the experience. She suggests that we “break out the booze and have a ball — if that’s all there is”, instead of worrying about life. She explains that she’ll never kill herself either because she knows that death will be a disappointment as well. The verses of the song are spoken, rather than sung. Only the refrain of the song is sung.