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The Weeknd brings a different style Super Bowl half-time show

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The singer known for his falsetto and arguably dark lyrics if a person listens just right, The Weeknd, performed at this year's Super Bowl half-time. The singer's main set included people in neon makeup and white choir-like robes. This group of people was divided by lighted props with lettering that spelled out some themes...

Now Streaming: “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” on Netflix

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The work of two-time Pulitzer-winning playwright August Wilson is a gift that has been overlooked by too many people for too long for a variety of reasons. Wilson's "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" premiered on Netflix Dec. 18, 2020. For a number of American viewers, this was the first they had heard of the masterpiece. The play was...

Iconic hard rock guitarist, Eddie Van Halen dies, age 65

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The New York Times and other media outlets reported today that guitar legend, Eddie Van Halen has died. The 65-year-old guitarist is reported to have suffered from throat cancer, which eventually moved to his brain. The loss is brutal for so many who have revered the Dutch-American musician for his evolutionary style "Where Have...

Rachael and Vilray play swing music of yesteryear with a side of charm and wit

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Without any introduction or explanation otherwise, anyone listening to swing duo Rachael and Vilray would think that the duo had stepped right out of the 1930s or 1940s to bring the world harmony and humor-rich songs that shake away the anxieties and doldrums of the present day. Recently, the pair appeared on NPR's...

Kayle’ Brecher’s “Kayleidoscope” is full of surprises

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"Kayleidoscope" is vocalist, arranger, and composer Kayle' Brecher's eighth recording. She has created new arrangements for classic songs. The arrangements illustrate her approach to re-visioning songs. With a hearty ensemble of more than a dozen musicians, Brecher brings a fresh style to beloved tunes. Among them, "My Favorite Things." A bit about Brecher

Jake Hoot wins “The Voice” season 17

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And, seemingly just like that, it's over. After weeks of speculation, commenting and reading comments online, judging performances as they aired, it is over. A new winner of "The Voice" has been crowned. Jake Hoot, a six-foot-six country crooner with a humble persona and radio-friendly voice has won. Did anyone see this coming? Odds...

Radio station bans Kanye West after slavery remarks

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A radio station in Detroit has placed a ban on all things Kanye West. According to the Detroit Free Press, msn.com and others, 105.1, a hip-hop station, has begun using the hashtag "mute Kanye" because of his recent comments about slavery, in which he claimed that black Americans chose to be enslaved. West has stated that because slavery had...

A conversation about music with blues musician, John Minton

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John Minton is a legend in Fort Wayne, Indiana, but he would never describe himself that way.  Music- and culture-minded students at Indiana University-Purdue University, now Purdue University, Fort Wayne have flocked to his graduate and undergraduate classes on folklore, rock ‘n’ roll history and master classes on popular culture, music and society. The popularity of those classes coupled...

Michael Sweet of Stryper talks God, music, and Wal-Mart

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Michael Sweet is the lead singer of Christian metal band, Stryper. Recently I had the opportunity to interview the singer via email just as the band was embarking on a tour that will take them around the world. I first learned of Stryper upon the release of “In God We Trust.” I was a child, and naively thought that it...

Influential gospel singer and arranger, Edwin Hawkins dies

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Edwin Hawkins, gospel singer, and arranger died Tuesday, Jan. 15. Hawkins is best-known for his contemporary arrangement of "Oh, Happy Day." Hawkins' version of the song influenced performers across racial and genre boundaries. The beauty of "Oh, Happy Day" For decades, I thought that the late Andrae Crouch was the originator of "Oh, Happy Day." The gospel singer's version was popular...

Bollywoody Ekakshari Dha

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Today’s second post is Bollywoody Ekakshari Dha. This article is a continuation of the Bollywoody Ekakshari D that was posted in early March 2021. Today’s post has Bollywood songs beginning with the Hindi letter ‘dha’. Here are some of my favorite Bollywood songs falling in the category. I hope you like them. Bollywoody Ekakshari...

Top 20 Punjabi Songs – April 14, 2021

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Today’s post is Top 20 Punjabi Songs – April 14, 2021. This week as well, there have been additional disruptions in the song sequence. Riyasat… by Navaan Sandhu and Lost love… by Prem Dhillon have been completely thrown out of the list. New songs – Prahune… by Prem Dhillon and Pallazo 2 by Kulwinder Billa have entered the list...

Antakshari with Hemant Kumar

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Today’s second post is the Antakshari with Hemant Kumar, which is a continuation of the Antakshari with Sudha Malhotra that we had played in February. Born Hemanta Mukhopadhyay, Hemant Kumar sang several songs, besides composing many of them. He was the exclusive voice of Uttam Kumar and had given his vocals for Bishwajit, Pradeep Kumar, Dev Anand...

Oonche Himalay ke neeche – Lata Mangeshkar – Kalyanji-Anandji – Mala Sinha | Himalay Ki God Mein (1965)

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Movie - Himalay Ki God Mein (1965) The song, Oonche Himalay ke neeche, featured in Shree Prakash Pictures’ socio-drama Himalay Ki God Mein (1965) produced by Shakanbhai Bhatt and directed by Vijay Bhatt. The movie starred Manoj Kumar, Mala Sinha, Shashikala, Jayant, etc. Dr. Sunil Mehra’s (Manoj Kumar) flight lands in some wilderness...

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR Job in Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia – Department of the Navy

The United States government is a massive employer, and is always looking for qualified candidates to fill a wide variety of open employment positions in locations across the country. Below you’ll find a Qualification Summary for an active, open job listing from the Department of the Navy. The opening is for an ASSISTANT DIRECTOR in Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia Feel...

Registered Nurse – Community Living Center Job in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania – Department of Veterans Affairs

The United States government is a massive employer, and is always looking for qualified candidates to fill a wide variety of open employment positions in locations across the country. Below you’ll find a Qualification Summary for an active, open job listing from the Department of Veterans Affairs. The opening is for a Registered Nurse - Community Living Center in...

Program Analyst Job in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Department of Housing and Urban Development

The United States government is a massive employer, and is always looking for qualified candidates to fill a wide variety of open employment positions in locations across the country. Below you’ll find a Qualification Summary for an active, open job listing from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The opening is for a Program Analyst in Oklahoma City,...

SUPERVISORY MANAGEMENT ANALYST Job in Goodfellow AFB, Texas – Department of the Air Force

The United States government is a massive employer, and is always looking for qualified candidates to fill a wide variety of open employment positions in locations across the country. Below you’ll find a Qualification Summary for an active, open job listing from the Department of the Air Force. The opening is for a SUPERVISORY MANAGEMENT ANALYST in Goodfellow AFB,...

Supervisory Program Specialist Job in Herndon, Virginia – Department of Homeland Security

The United States government is a massive employer, and is always looking for qualified candidates to fill a wide variety of open employment positions in locations across the country. Below you’ll find a Qualification Summary for an active, open job listing from the Department of Homeland Security. The opening is for a Supervisory Program Specialist in Herndon, Virginia Feel...

Teacher (Special Education) Job in San Felipe Pueblo, New Mexico – Department of the Interior

The United States government is a massive employer, and is always looking for qualified candidates to fill a wide variety of open employment positions in locations across the country. Below you’ll find a Qualification Summary for an active, open job listing from the Department of the Interior. The opening is for a Teacher (Special Education) in San Felipe Pueblo,...