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Music Monday: A Misérable Passover

25 Mar

As usual, the Maccabeats have come out with a catchy video to kick off the Jewish holidays.  This time, it’s less about creative new lyrics and instead focused on the crafty repurposing of the Les Misérables songs to tell the story of Passover (with some mighty fine singing in the process, though I would have liked to see them hit those high notes…).

Check it out below – and check out my matzo brei recipe if you’re looking for a way to spice up your unleavened bread.

Music Monday: We are young

4 Feb

Every day, I check the marquee of the Orpheum Theatre on my way to work.  Whose tour bus will be blocking my door this week, I wonder?  But for the last few days, I looked up with an extra smile because I was actually going to see the band whose name was displayed – it was time for me to have some FUN.

fun marquee

It was surreal to actually be inside the theater for the first time – it felt like walking into Mary Poppins’s bag, like “how could this large space possibly fit in the downtown Boston that I know?”  The opener was underwhelming, the beer was $13, but the seats were good and FUN. was amazing.  They rocked the house, even if they did play a little too much new stuff for my fellow fans’ taste – it’s rare to find a band that sounds as solid in person as in the studio.  They also brought the Boston charm for encore #1 (photo courtesy of the lovely Katie Catano).

Photo courtesy of Katie Catano

(c) Katie Catano

My favorite part was just how much they enjoyed playing, and their newfound fame.  When they held their mics to the audience to let us sing “SO WE SET THE WORLD ON FIRE, WE CAN BURN BRIGHTER…” the looks on their faces were of mild disbelief and sheer joy.  This is my absolute favorite part of live music – seeing the face of an artist who clearly is still wondering “What did I do to deserve this, to get all these people to pay ME to sing to them, and to have people who not only like my words and tunes… they love them so much that they know them by heart?”  If that isn’t the point of getting famous in the first place, I don’t know what is.

Here’s their megahit – trust me when I say it’s even better in person.

Music Monday: Edelweiss

28 Jan

Last weekend, we lost my Grandma Sugarplum.  She was 93 and one of the best people I’ve ever known.  She was kind to everyone, loved her family with all her heart, had an inquiring mind and a love for tv game shows, baked the best brownies in the world, had the biggest sweet tooth, and was eternally grateful for everyone from a cup of Lemon Zinger to a warm hand to hold.

This was one of her absolute favorite songs – when I used to bring my guitar to her house. she would sit through the John Mayer and cowboy songs then would request this one which we would sing together.  It will always make me think of her, and remember this amazing woman who has left the world, but will stay in my heart forever.


Singing the songs of angry men

9 Jan

What do you get when you combine one of the hit movies of this season with the biggest political news story of the New Year?


And my personal favorite:

Seriously though, this bargaining with people’s jobs – and healthcare, and benefits, and schools – is ridiculous.  I hope that our elected officials can get it together and actually govern, instead of fighting.

Music Monday: The sounds of a year

7 Jan

I might be a little late to the party, but I am obsessed with this 2012 pop mashup.  From the paths of the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp to Logan Airport to the streets of Boston and NYC, this is what 2012 sounded like – and I loved it all.

What was your favorite song of 2012? Let me know and you could see it here some future Monday!

Music Monday: Tomorrow!

5 Nov

In case you ever wondered what it’s like to live in a swing state, it’s a little bit like this:


I was one of 14 thousand people who showed up to see POTUS and “OLD POTUS” (as my mom says) in Concord New Hampshire yesterday.  Five hours in the cold gave us plenty of time to think about tomorrow and what’s actually at stake in this election – healthcare, equality, women’s rights to make decisions about their own bodies, climate change, and more.  So while I know the ads are getting annoying… we’re tired of people knocking on our doors… you can’t stand to see another poll or political pin… just remember what’s on the line.  And don’t stop thinking about tomorrow – and then DO remember to vote tomorrow.  The future of our entire planet could depend on it.



Still not sure where to cast your ballot?  Click here to find out!

Music Monday: What are YOU listening to?

15 Oct

As the days get shorter and the evenings get longer, I need some music to put some pep in my step.  So today, I want to know – what are you listening to/watching for great music and music videos these days?  What gets you out of bed in the morning, provides the soundtrack for your day, or mellows you out at the end of a busy day?  Leave a comment below and you might see your song featured here on a future Monday!

Music Monday: Wonder(ful)

24 Sep

Here’s your daily dose of awesome, with a good song to go with it from my friends at The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp.

Music Monday: Eye of the Tiger

23 Jul

Here’s some pump-it-up music to get you into the Olympic spirit. I have been reading about the Games and getting ready to share some awesome facts and tips with you starting later this week.  For now, let the kids of PS22 warm you up for the week ahead!

Music Monday: Call your girlfriend

25 Jun

I’ve loved this song since I saw how silly it made my coworkers’ dance moves, but the mini-artists here make this version fabulous.  They’re s confident and musical, banging on their butter tubs.  I play the guitar because I love to sing along, and you can tell that these gals are in it for the same reason: to have fun.

(Thanks, Lauren, for the recommendation!)


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