Snapchat

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Snapchat. Ok. Trying to get my head around this app which has over 500 million views a day. Yes, 500 million (according to wikipedia). The basic premise is to take a photo or 10 second video clip and send to your friend or friends. And then it disappears after they view it.

So, as you can imagine, apparently, there is a lot of “sexting” going on. But also, according to wikipedia, one of the largest categories is sending “stupid faces”.

Had a friend encourage me to sign up, and I have, and it is a bit of a time waster. Most of the exchanges I have had are silly, or just images and clips of people and what they are doing that day. It also, it turns out, is an opportunity for the above mentioned friend to tease me relentlessly.

The bright side is that it connects you to people in a brief and fleeting way. Kind of like life.

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https://www.snapchat.com/

Kelly Clarkson – Invincible

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Can you believe Kelly Clarkson won American Idol in 2002? Wow. And she is still making music and touring. Her newest song, Invincible, from her album Piece by Piece is my newest fascination. It’s really a dynamic, empowering song. And Kelly Clarkson continues to deliver vocally.

There is some satisfaction in seeing her succeed after all these years. The fact the we were invested in her from the first season of American Idol, voted for her multiple times, and determined to have her win over Justin Guarini. And look at her. An established artist who is still relevant after so many years.

Take a listen to this newest song, play it while your driving to work the next time. Its bound to lift your spirits.

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Amy

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Amy, the new documentary about Amy Winehouse is one of the best films of the year so far. Certainly, one of the best documentaries. This troubling, moving, comprehensive, empathetic work brings so many topics to light. What is does so well is present Amy Winehouse as a human being who is talented beyond her years and fighting demons of addiction while becoming world-famous. It’s compelling and heartbreaking at the same time. You see her talents as a young performing mature into a pop culture phenom. All the while you know where this is headed, and yet, you still hope the ending turns out differently.

It is impossible to walk out of this film and not view her differently. The surprise is how the struggles, successes, and life moments feel universal. You experience the lows and the highs in equal measure.

The care, effort, and approach with this film is evident. It will also help Amy Winehouse’s legacy endure.

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REHAB

by Amy Winehouse

[Chorus]
They tried to make me go to rehab
I said, “no, no, no”
Yes, I been black
But when I come back, you’ll know, know, know
I ain’t got the time
And if my daddy thinks I’m fine
He’s tried to make me go to rehab
I won’t go, go, go

I’d rather be at home with a Ray
I ain’t got seventy days
‘Cause there’s nothing, there’s nothing you can teach me
That I can’t learn from Mr. Hathaway

I didn’t get a lot in class
But I know we don’t come in a shot glass

[Chorus]

The man said, “why do you think you here?”
I said, “I got no idea.”
I’m gonna, I’m gonna lose my baby
So I always keep a bottle near
He said, “I just think you’re depressed.”
This, me, yeah, baby, and the rest

They tried to make me go to rehab
But I said, “no, no, no”
Yes, I been black
But when I come back, you’ll know, know, know

I don’t ever want to drink again
I just, oh, I just need a friend
I’m not gonna spend ten weeks
Have everyone think I’m on the mend

And it’s not just my pride
It’s just till these tears have dried

[Chorus]

Songwriters
Winehouse, Amy

Published by
Lyrics © EMI Music Publishing

A Chorus Line

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A Chorus Line. I did not see the original cast. I did see the film in the 80s. But I did have 3 different people at 3 different times in NYC tell me about when they saw this show. Each time, in retelling the story they cried. Each person recalling this musical actually cried when talking to me about it. Rarely does theatre hit so many people on such a deep level. A Chorus Line was one of those rare achievements that still resonates today.

I wish I had seen the original cast and production of A Chorus Line. I did have the chance to meet many of the cast while working an event with Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids. The cast was recalling special times in the past, reveling in seeing each other, and also discussing the unfair aspects of their share of the profits. (Apparently Michael Bennett kept it all to himself).

But here is what remains…The cast of A Chorus Line put their hearts and stories into this groundbreaking musical, and it worked. And their stories now will last. Listen to Music and the Mirror and you can actually hear the emphatic passion behind Donna McKechnie’s performance. (No wonder she won the Tony Award).

At best, this is what all artists hope to achieve; success and to be remembered. A Chorus Line showed us that we all matter. The Leading players, the stars, and the chorus line.

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Jeremy Jordan

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So, Jeremy Jordan is the real deal. Immense talent, vocal chops for days, a more than capable actor. He has stared in Newsies on Broadway (Tony Nomination), Smash, The Last Five Years, among other projects including the upcoming TV Series Supergirl. Having seen him in Newsies on Broadway it was clear he is talented. But this clip of him singing Celine Dion songs at 54 Below in NYC is a true testament to his abilities. What he pulls off vocally is hard to believe. It can sometimes be hard for actors to transition from Broadway to larger platforms (TV/Film), but my bet is on this guy.

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http://jeremy-jordan.com/