Oh, My Goodness Gracious: A Cell-Phone Salesman Sings


A Cell-Phone Salesman Sings: And He Seizes the Moment!

Paul Potts’ Audition for Britain’s Got Talent: Puccini’s Nessun Dorma

Sometimes, even on one of those American Idol type talent shows, a brilliant light shines through so wonderfully that no one can fail to acclaim it. This particular show happens to be a British version of Idol, known as Britain’s Got Talent, also hosted by the often cranky Simon Cowell. Paul Potts, a cell-phone sales clerk from South Wales, is one of those totally unexpected lights. Listen, as he seizes his moment with an operatic performance of simple grandeur!

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Legendary Country Music Queen Loretta Lynn: Wildwood Flower

Loretta Lynn: “Wildwood Flower

Country Music Queen Loretta Lynn

June Carter and Johnny Cash: Photography by Annie Leibovitz

Wildwood Flower” was the last song on the final album that June Carter Cash recorded during her lifetime. Given such importance, the producers of the new tribute album “Anchored in Love: A Tribute to June Carter Cash” weren’t about to let just anyone deal with that particular song. In the end, they found a perfect match in the legendary country music star Loretta Lynn, who, at 72 years old, confers her still strong and sparkling voice upon a song that, like so much classic folk, is even sadder than it initially sounds.

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My Articles for Monday, June 11, 2007

 

Quoted: The Pentagon’s Gay Smart Bomb Well, Maybe Not So Smart… And from Andrew Sullivan at Atlantic Magazine: “Yes, the military was seriously considering a project for a bomb that could turn enemy soldiers gay, and thereby presumably make them a less lethal foe. This was in 1994. And we wonder why the top brass couldn’t cope with openly gay servicemembers?”

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Quoted: A newly redeemed Paris Hilton piously whispers, “I’m not the same person I was. I used to act dumb. It was an act. I am 26 years old, and that act is no longer cute. It is not who I am, nor do I want to be that person for the young girls who looked up to me. I know now that I can make a difference, that I have the power to do that.

[tags: blogs]

“Teddy Pendergrass: In My Time”

This is the story of Teddy Pendergrass, who rose through the ranks of the Philadelphia music scene in the 1960s and eventually became the drummer for Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes. Pendergrass stepped to the front of the Blue Notes as lead singer on hits like If You Don’t Know Me By Now and became a star in his own right with his 1977 solo album, Teddy Pendergrass.

Onstage, he was a dynamic force of sultry sexuality who became famous for his “ladies only” shows where he’d be showered with panties thrown from the audience. That changed on March 18, 1982, when he crashed his Rolls-Royce on Lincoln Drive in Philadelphia.

“The truth of the matter is at the very beginning of your experience, things are very different than what you knew two days ago and it is quite devastating,” said Pendergrass of the accident. “The honest answer is that some people don’t want to deal with it. This is a life altering injury that will change your views, your emotional views, your economical views. It changes everything so when you make a decision to live (with the injury) that means you have to make a decision to say, ‘Well, I’m going to have a road ahead of me but I’m willing to deal with it while I can and make the best of where I am,’ ” he said.

Photographs and music video are included.

[tags: Teddy Pendergrass, In My Time, music, video, music video, disabilities, celebrities]

 

“Homelessness as a State of Mind”

For years, Johnny Five lived not on the streets but below them, in the dark underworld beneath an abandoned train station in the Bronx. He had to crawl in the dirt at the edge of a concrete platform to get in and out. This is the heart-wrenching story of Johnny’s attempt to emerge from the world of the homeless, which in the end he could not do. Photographs and video are included.

[tags: homeless, cities, city streets, urban streets, poverty, photography, video]

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