Songs for International Happiness Day

March 20, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

What are the tunes that convey unalloyed joy to you?

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Movies: ‘The Lady in Number 6’—“Music Saved My Life”

March 16, 2014 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

Her mother was taken to Treblinka and her husband to Dachau. Neither survived. Herz-Sommer and her son, Raphael, who was then 6, were among the lucky ones (if you can imagine using that phrase to talk about anyone persecuted during that period). They were taken to Theresienstadt.

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This Just In! My First (and Last) Justin Timberlake Concert!

November 9, 2013 by Karen Mehiel

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By Karen Mehiel

After an impulsive bid at a New York City charity silent auction, I found myself in possession of four tickets to see Justin Timberlake at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. I have never been a huge fan of Justin’s musical genre—but his showmanship at the MTV Music Awards was exciting enough to compel me to pick up that pen and sign my name on the auction list.

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Finest Musical Flashmobs

October 27, 2013 by Deborah Harkins

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By Deborah Harkins

Oh, that contralto sidling into view singing confidently while flourishing a huge fish! Once again, part of the fun of watching a video like this is trying to figure out which of the customers eyeing the veggies is going to burst into song.

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Book Review: Linda Ronstadt’s ‘Simple Dreams’

October 8, 2013 by Toni Myers

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By Toni Myers

Fluid writing, modesty about her accomplishments, and a light touch make this book a fun read. I have always admired Linda Ronstadt’s singing; now I admire her intelligence and style, in both the literary and the musical sense.

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You Never Forget Your First

July 25, 2013 by Roz Warren

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By Roz Warren

The music we blasted at age 12 defined who we were. Not only that, but I believe that your first 45 record suggests something about who you still are, or at the very least contains important clues to your character, in a way that’s every bit as significant as your birth order, Zodiac sign, or response to a Rorschach or Scientology Personality Test score.

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Lynne Halliday: This Singing Life

June 18, 2013 by Deborah Harkins

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By Deborah Harkins

Lynne Halliday’s voice training gave her a love of good lyrics—a love she finds lacking in some of today’s pop singers. “Porter, Gershwin, Berlin can take a simple lyric and make it just stunning.” she says. “But some contemporary singers, I think, are not listening to the words; they’re listening to their voice . . . it’s all about frills rather than the words of the song.”

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Wednesday 5: Tina Fey, Aretha Franklin, Helen Mirren

March 27, 2013 by Women's Voices For Change

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Ford wants us to “Leave Our Worries Behind” in (another) sexist ad; Tina Fey responds to her Internet critics with a hilarious comeback; the women have been “leaning in” for centuries before Sheryl Sandberg; Aretha Franklin turns 71; and Helen Mirren champions women in film, behind the camera.

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Composer Florence Price: To Be Young, Gifted, and Black in a Jim Crow Era

March 8, 2013 by Women's Voices For Change

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On the evening of June 15, 1933, in Chicago, Illinois, an all-white male orchestra, led by a German conductor, played music composed by a 46-year-old black woman—a breakthrough thanks to the gifted Florence Beatrice Price.

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Carols that Swing: ‘The Jazz Nativity’

December 11, 2012 by Deborah Harkins

Every year, “The Jazz Nativity” presents a collation of jazz greats adorning Christmas carols with improvizations. The finale, ‘Deck the Halls,’ has been compared to ‘Peter and the Wolf’ because you distinctly hear each instrument riffing. So many styles: Benny Goodman–style swing, bebop, Latin, and (on the show’s CD), a rather far-out electronic vocal . . .

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(Video) Days of Their Lives: Amy Coleman, Chanteuse

November 29, 2012 by Amy Coleman

“Flamin’ Amy” Coleman has red hair and a voice “bigger than God.” Here, to inaugurate WVFC’s series “Days of Their Lives”—profiles of accomplished women with unusual jobs—is a peek into the everyday world of a chanteuse.

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(Video) A Good Day in the Life of a Chanteuse

November 29, 2012 by Amy Coleman

“Ohmigod, I just finished having dinner with the archbishop of La Cattedrale di San Marco Argentano, in his quarters. Eleven nuns cooking, cleaning, serving his every need. I just can’t help thinking, “What’s a nice Jewish girl like me doing in a place like this?”

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Wednesday 5: from Poetry to the New “Middle-Aged Diva”

September 26, 2012 by Women's Voices For Change

Natasha Trethewey’s views on the healing power of poetry; Debora Spar’s theory about women caught in a “purgatory of perfection”; a 1956 look at women as bosses; the discovery that 73% of speaking roles in film and television belong to men (yikes!); and fun with the new “Middle-Aged Diva,” Terisa Griffin, covering Adele.

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(Video) Resounding Joy: Finding Your Voice in Middle Age

September 25, 2012 by Anne Phillips

Not sing? How can someone go through life never singing? I’ve spent many years as a singer, pianist, composer, and voice teacher, and I’ve never met someone who really couldn’t learn to carry a tune.

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This Is My Quest—to Follow That Star

August 23, 2012 by Roz Warren

The crowd Jonathan Coulton draws is as odd and compelling as his songs: Most would look right at home in a Diane Arbus photo. They know all the words. They sing along. They dress like zombies. A Coulton show is where you fit in if you don’t fit in. I felt right at home.

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