Troye Sivan

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Troye Sivan is a 21 year old singer, songwriter, and actor. He was born in South Africa, but now lives in Australia.

He has released one album, Blue Neighbourhood, in 2015Since then he has released several singles. One of note is “There for you” which just came out May 26, 2017 and was produced by Martin Garrix, the major international DJ.

This young performing is an up and coming star amassing youtube followers in the millions.

What is also significant is Troye is openly gay. Becoming more and more mainstream with every song he puts out. This shows the amount of progress which has been made for LGBT performers globally.

From Logo.com “At last month’s GLAAD Media Awards, Sivan, who came out publicly on YouTube at the age of 14, became the youngest recipient of the Stephen F. Kolzak Award, which is presented to LGBT media professionals who promote equality and acceptance in their work and life. He honored trailblazing LGBT activists like Peter Staley, Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, and Gilbert Baker in his acceptance speech.”

http://www.newnownext.com/troye-sivan-lgbt-heroes-glaad-awards/04/2017/

Teaching us all that music can unite.

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http://www.troyesivan.com/

Broadway Backstory

 

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Musical Theatre Nerds Unite!

Completely obsessed with the podcast Broadway Backstory. This podcast was recommended to me by my friend Laura (thank you Laura!). In season one, tales of 7 Broadway shows are told from idea to creation. With interviews of key players (Directors, Producers, Composers, Actors, etc.) Each podcast is dedicated to one shows story.

Patrick Hinds hosts this addictive series. The shows included in season one are: In the Heights, Fun Home, Deaf West’ Spring Awakening, Legally Blonde, The Secret Garden, Next to Normal, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

The podcast pull back the curtain on what it takes to produce shows on Broadway, the years of dedication, setbacks, and triumphs.

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https://www.todaytix.com/insider/nyc/posts?category=broadway-backstory

Dear Evan Hansen

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Have you heard of Dear Evan Hansen, the new Broadway Musical? If not, you soon will. This show has quickly become a must-see show of 2017. All this is before any attention it is about to receive from the Tony Awards.

The show is written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, the duo who won an Oscar for their work on La La Land. 

It is the story of a guy who is socially awkward and suffering from anxiety. He struggles to be accepted, find friends, love, or just someone to sign the cast of his broken arm.

Social media and social isolation are predominant themes of this wildly popular show. One which seems to speaking to our times of iphones and bullying.

What is accessible to all of us is the music, and it’s amazing. Original Cast Recording is available as well as songs and clips on YouTube.

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http://dearevanhansen.com/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCt4w6RmCEHrb4_AJRpDf2gg

http://time.com/4696451/dear-evan-hansen-musical/

Lorde

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Lorde is a singer/songwriter from New Zealand. She made a big splash with her album Pure Heroine and breakout song “Royals” in 2o13. She is one of the youngest artists to have a number 1 song in the US at age of 16.

She is 20 now and has released a few songs off hew upcoming album, Melodrama.

Her performances on Saturday Night Live recently caught my attention. There is something quite unique and connected about her performances. And she is 20!

Some artists come along and are clearly meant to do what they do.

Take a look and listen.

Google Home

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Technology continues its march forward with Google Home. Much like Alexa and Amazon Echo, this new personal assistant forges way to our collective future.

Having received this as a gift from my parents (Thanks Mom & Dad), it’s rather mesmerizing. You start with “Hey Google” or “Ok Google” and then ask it a question or give it a command.

Example: “Hey Google, will you play Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Judy Garland” And then it plays it. Or “Ok Google, how far away is the moon?”

It also can connect you to you TV, Nest, and other technology.

The future is now. Isn’t it incredible. “Hey Google, how far will technology go?”

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https://store.google.com/product/google_home

La La Land

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La La Land. It’s rather extraordinary. And have already have seen it twice.

The story is about Mia and Sebastian, both with the desire to pursue their dreams in Hollywood. Mia is an actress and Sebastian is a musician. They meet and struggle to love and follow their dreams.

What makes this film special is the nostalgic and modern sensibilities smashed up together. It feels both familiar and fresh at the same time. And the talents of both Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling are on full display.

It’s also a musical, but a touching and affecting one.

My friend Tyler said he took from it that “Some dreams come true, some dreams change.”

This one is for the dreamers.

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