Donna Summer: She could sing anything, anywhere, with anyone, at any time.
[JUL 24] Happy Sunday all! Well, this week it's condolences to the
people of Germany who have suffered terrorist attacks this week.
Seriously - can you terrorists/random nuts with guns/etc just give it a
[JUL 24] The CBSLocal
website gave Donna a shout out on their July 11 this day in music
history article. They chose Bad Girls to represent the 70s.
[JUL 24] I know many of you know that a couple of Donna's songs were
used in the Broadway musical, Priscilla Queen Of The Desert. I never saw
it on Broadway, but I caught a local production last night, and I have
to say the biggest laugh of the night for me came with MacArthur Park.
They us a slow version of the song for a scene where 2 characters
discover they are falling for each other as they get to know each other
under the stars over some champagne and cake. (You know where this is
going now, right? LOL) They fall asleep and in the morning are
discovered by a third character. He spots the cake and announces
(basically to the audience) that "I've been waiting my whole life for
this!" And he launched right into the lines "someone left the cake out
in the rain...." and it goes into the uptempo version of the song with
him accompanied by a bunch of drag queens dressed as green cakes
and holding umbrellas. I'm not exactly sure what happened right after
that because I was still laughing! LOL If you ever get a chance to
see the musical, do it. You won't be disappointed.
[JUL 24] Brooklyn area fans - there is an event coming to your area on
September 9 and 10 called I Feel Love. It is described as "a
groundbreaking immersive music experience." They promise to grant
attendees "access into a world reflective of the sights and sounds of
the disco era with classic music re-envisioned and reimagined by today's
top artists." More to the point - Giorgio Moroder will be performing
both nights. :-) The press release is posted
here, and tickets are for sale
[JUL 24] Bruce Sudano fans - check out his new interview on
NoDepression.com where he talks about a few things such as Donna,
and his recording process.
[JUL 24] Johnnyswim fans - You really need to be following the
Today they had a phone number to call for advance info on tour dates and
tickets. (Plus they almost always have cute pics of their baby.
:-) ) And tune into their
YouTube channel this week because at some point tomorrow they plan
to post a new song.
[JUL 24] I think that brings us to YouTube. This week we have a
random collection of clips I have saved here and there. First up
amazing megamix. (That one is over a half hour of mix goodness so
save it for some time when you can spend that much time dancing.)
Then we have Tony Moran's mix of
Valley Of The Moon, a 70s appearance on
The David Soul & Friends Special, the
opening to a 2007 concert at Universal Studios, and finally a
2003 interview in support of the Ordinary Girl book.
[JUL 17] Greetings all and Happy Sunday. Well this has been quite an
awful week. First of all, let me extend my deepest condolences to the
people of Nice, France where some lunatic drove a big truck into a crowd
of people celebrating Bastille Day and then started shooting them up. 84
people were killed and who knows how many were injured. Then an
attempted coup in Turkey left 290 people dead. That's 290 families
missing someone they love. Seriously, just what is this world coming to?
I wish I knew a way to just make the violence stop.
[JUL 17] Then in other sad news, long time Donna fanatic and DJ from
Mexico's Looking Back radio program passed away earlier this week
after a long battle with cancer. He was a really nice guy and I know
quite a few of you knew him from the various Donna groups online.
He will definitely be missed! His obituary is
posted here for those who wish to see it. (It is in Spanish, so if
that's not your language, you may want to hit up Google Translate or
just find a cute interpreter.)
[JUL 17] On to happier news, Johnnyswim has announced that they will be
playing 7 dates with the BELONG Tour. The dates are posted along with a
nice article on the
BELONG Tour website. And yes, there is yet ANOTHER story about how
Johnnyswim got their name! LOL
[JUL 17] Bruce Sudano fans - he's just announced 2 new concert dates.
The first is September 8 at Belly Up in Solana Beach, CA with the
Zombies, and the other is September 24 at BarN in Williamstown, MA. He's
the headliner on that second date. Look for more shows to be announced
[JUL 17] I think that brings us to YouTube. In light of recent events, I
think we could all use a little more love in the world. So let's start
off with Love Is
The Healer, then we have
Love Is In Control,
Unconditional Love, and
State Of Independence. Then we have
Let There Be Peace, and Donna's go to songs for times of trouble -
Amazing Grace and
[JUL 9] Happy Saturday everyone! It's a quiet week, but we have some big
Johnnyswim news. Their next album, will be called Georgica Pond
and it will be out September 30. You can
read about it here (and see the tracklist!) You can also hear a
little preview featuring the track Summertime Romance on YouTube.
And here's a little trivia for you - Georgica Pond is the name of a
place near East Hampton here on Long Island where I very strongly
suspect Donna and her family spent some time. I've never been there, but
I imagine it's very pretty. Most of the east end is.
[JUL 9] That brings us to YouTube - yes, already. I told you it was a
quiet week! Last week I went kind of USA heavy on the clips since
it was Independence Day, so this week I will try for a more
international feel. First up a slideshow set to
Tokyo. Then we have
Paris With Love,
Don't Cry For Me Argentina, a short live clip of
Driving Down Brazil,
Bring Down The Reign (about Darfur) set to a slideshow, and an audio
Another Place And Time to cover all the places I didn't find a video
[JUL 3] Greetings all! Happy Independence Day to my American friends,
Happy Canada Day to my Canadian friends and happy Sunday to everyone
else! It's a new month, so that means a new Summer Fever Pick.
This month rumor has it that we are going on a fairy tale high with
Once Upon A Time.
[JUL 3] You guys will both love and hate this. There is a new version of
Sometimes Like Butterflies posted on
Reservoir Media. That's the part most of you will love. (Go listen -
it's nothing like the version we already know and love!) The part you
will hate is this - there is no buy link for it at this time. So it's
just a big tease at the moment.
[JUL 3] In the Donna is everywhere category (or at least her music is) -
Last Dance is featured heavily at the end of the new Absolutely Fabulous
movie. (Hello - another reason to go see it! I love the AbFab team!) The
movie is already out in the UK and comes to the US on July 22.
[JUL 3] Giorgio Moroder fans - according to Billboard, he is back on
Casablanca and hopes to release some new stuff this summer. You can
read the article here.
[JUL 3] And I think that brings us to YouTube. So let's pick some songs
appropriate for the weekend. We have
Livin' In America,
God Bless America,
The Star Spangled Banner,
State Of Independence,
Happy Birthday (to the Canada and the USA).
[JUN 26] Happy Sunday all! And Happy Pride to all of you who had your
parades this weekend. I don't know about everywhere else, but it was a
gorgeous day for a parade today. In fact it was perfect weather for a
few (okay, A LOT of) Summer tunes. ;-)
[JUN 26] Speaking of tunes,
Stargayzing.com has an article on I'm A Rainbow, calling it the best
album ever rejected by a major label.
A video from the Donna Summer Memorial Roller Disco Party has turned
up. This one has Mimi phoning into the event with a message for the
fans. Then there is another
much longer clip showing people dancing and singing along to the
music. (Seriously, Donna would have loved that!) You can also see O'Mega
Red perform Angel with his sister Taihisha, and then the whole family
took the stage to sing along with State Of Independence. :-)
[JUN 26] I mentioned last week that many of you probably have vouchers
for free tickets in your Ticketmaster account. Well, they have finally
list of events you can use them on. (Don't forget to click change
location so you can see events close to you.) Check that page
periodically as new events will be added (and old ones will go away).
[JUN 26] I think that brings us to YouTube. First up we have a live clip
Sand On My Feet. Then we have an audio clip of
a live video of
Hot Stuff from the 1980 TV special that's been edited a bit,
WEN!NG's mix of
Bad Girls from The Tonight Show, an audio clip of
Driving Down Brazil, and Stor Dubine's video for
Got Your Love.
[JUN 19] Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there!
[JUN 19] Let's start off with something that's not Donna related but
that affects many of you who have attended concerts over the years. If
you bought tickets through Ticketmaster any time between October 21,
1999 and February 27, 2013, well you may have a voucher for some free
tickets waiting in your Ticketmaster account. Apparently a class action
suit was recently settled and this is the result. Now so far they
aren't saying which shows you can use your vouchers for, but since the
vouchers are good until 2020, we have plenty of time for them to decide.
There is more info
here, but I recommend that you all check your Ticketmaster accounts
and see what's waiting for you.
[JUN 19] Boston held the 3rd annual Donna Summer Roller Disco Party the
other night. I saw a couple of videos on Facebook and it looks like the
place was PACKED! It also looked like people were having a blast.
:-) (Well, how could they not have fun with all those Donna tunes
playing?) They also included a moment of silence for the victims of the
Orlando Pulse tragedy. I thought that was a nice touch. I expect in the
coming days there will be photos and videos off Facebook that I can
Paste Magazine has compiles a list of 10 disco records for people
who don't like disco. Bad Girls made the list - along with Giorgio
Moroder's From Here To Eternity.
[JUN 19] According to a recent article on
LatinGossip.com, Thalia is working on the Donna Summer Project
[JUN 19] I think that brings us to YouTube. In honor of the Tonys last
weekend - let's check out Donna and some showtunes. First up we
have Donna with the cast of Haare in Germany with
Flesh Failures. And then a 2009 performance of
Der Wasserman in Berlin. Then we have a cover of
Don't Rain On My Parade, a cover of The
Impossible Dream, and a cover of
Send In The Clowns. Then there is
Will Live For Love, both from musicals Donna was working on. And
then finally, this
last one isn't from a Broadway musical, but it is from a movie
musical and it's very fitting for Father's Day.
[JUN 12] Greetings all. I was going to say Happy Sunday, but if
you have read the news from Florida, it's not a happy day. If you
haven't seen the news yet, well the short version is that some nut went
into a gay club called Pulse in Orlando and shot the place up. He killed
50 people and wounded another 50 some odd in what is being called the
worst mass shooting in the history of the US. The gunman himself was
killed in an exchange of fire with police. I just can't even wrap my
head around what would possess a person to do something so heinous. I
know there will be plenty of talk and debate over the next days and
weeks of what we as a nation should be doing to prevent another mass
shooting. (And as usual, probably 99% of that will be hot air that leads
to nothing.) But for tonight, I would just like to focus on the victims
rather than the debate. And so, I offer my deepest condolences to
the families and friends of those who lost people in this tragedy. And
to the injured, I wish a very speedy recovery from both the physical and
the emotional wounds you incurred. It shouldn't have happened. But it's
going to take someone way smarter than me to figure out how to keep
something like this from happening again.
[JUN 12] Boston - don't forget that this Friday (June 17) you have the
big Donna Summer Memorial Roller Disco Party in City Hall Plaza from 6
to 10 PM. This is the third annual roller disco party and fans
have reported that the last 2 have been really fun. So if you are in the
area - go check it out.
[JUN 12] OK, there has been a lot of discussion on the forum
lately about this
Greatest Hits package. Upon examination, the fans have determined
that this particular set is a Russian bootleg. So buyer beware!
[JUN 12] Bruce Sudano fans - check out this nice review on
FlickOfTheFinger.co.uk. Also, Bruce was on The Vinyl Lunch a couple
of weeks ago and that has finally turned up on the show's
online archives. So you can hear it now if you missed the broadcast.
[JUN 12] I think that brings us to YouTube. Since it's Tony night, I had
originally planned to showcase Donna and her theater songs. But in light
of the events in Orlando, I think the world could use a little love
right now. So let's start with
Love Is The Healer, and then
Love Is In Control,
Love You live, and the amazing symphonic clip of
Will Live For Love. And then let me throw in
Celebrate Me Home, and
Let There Be Peace just because they feel appropriate tonight.
[JUN 5] Happy Sunday all! First up - the new
Summer Fever Pick is posted. This
month we look at I Remember Yesterday.
[JUN 5] Some sad news this week. Muhammed Ali passed away Friday after a
long battle with Parkinson's Disease. As many of you know, he was a
world class boxer, a man of conviction who wasn't afraid to stand up for
his beliefs, and a friend of Donna's. I believe at one point in the 70s
they even shared a bodyguard. You can see pictures of them together like
this one on
Getty Images, or this one on
Tumblr. Our friend Suecase Hall on YouTube came up with a tribute
video set to
The Power Of One.
[JUN 5] Boston - don't forget that on Friday June 17 you have the 3rd
Donna Summer Memorial Roller Disco Party in City Hall Plaza. They
have free skate rental, food trucks, water stations, live art and
interactive exhibits, the Boston Roller Derby, and ... oh yeah...
MUSIC!!! Lots of Donna tunes presided over by DJ Kon. O'mega Red
is going to put in an appearance, and who knows who else may show up?
Donna does have lots of family in Boston still. :-)
[JUN 5] In honor of summer,
Musicvaultz.com has posted their list of the top 20 "hot" songs.
(They are all songs with either "hot" or "heat" in the title.) Can you
guess what came out at number one? ;-)
[JUN 5] Johnnyswim fans - check out one of their
new songs captured at a recent concert.
[JUN 5] I think that brings us to YouTube. First up is
Remember Yesterday live from 1977, the
Man Medley from her 1980 TV special,
Smile from 2010,
Lush Life from the Quincy Jones album,
Vie En Rose live in Paris,
Masquerade live in Venezuela, and
Someone To Watch Over Me from Live & More Encore (audio only).
[MAY 30] Happy Memorial Day weekend to all my American friends! And
happy normal weekend to everyone else! As it's the first official
weekend of the summer (or should I say Summer?) season here in the US, I
hope you all found some time to play a few Donna tunes. :-) I also
hope you took a little time to remember the reason for the holiday - all
those soldiers from all those wars who made the ultimate sacrifice. May
they rest in peace with the thanks of a grateful nation.
[MAY 30] In the Donna is everywhere category - I Feel Love is being used
in an odd little ad in the UK. The company is EDF Energy and their odd
little mascot dances to the song. You can
watch it here.
[MAY 30] Bruce Sudano fans - there is a new interview with him on
In The Spotlight. He was also on Acme Radio Live's The Vinyl Lunch
today. That show does have
archives online, but as of this writing Bruce's episode isn't posted
just yet so just check back there in a few days. If you have Facebook,
you can check out
Bruce's whole set at City Winery in Nashville. For those who are
wondering, that's Randy Mitchell on stage with Bruce. (Yes, he was with
Donna's band previously.) The link MAY work for non-Facebookers as well,
but I can't promise that.
[MAY 30] I think that brings us to YouTube. Let's have a summer theme
this time. :-) So first up is
Spring Affair/Summer Fever live. Then there is
Hot Stuff live at the Today Show Summer Concert series,
Sand On My Feet live, a fan video for
Driving Down Brazil,
Will Go With You live at Jones Beach, and of course
Last Dance from the Hollywood Bowl. ANd finally in honor of Memorial
Day we have
The Star Spangled Banner, and
[MAY 22] Happy Sunday all! My MS Walk was yesterday and it was a
big success, so thank you all for your support! All but 2 of my thank
you gifts have been mailed out (and those were from late donations and
will go out sometime during the week.) So if you didn't get yours yet,
it's on the way.
[MAY 22] If you are in Vancouver (or will be on May 28) check out the
Reinvention Of Disco event at the Edgewater Casino. It will be a live
multimedia stage event celebrating the music of Donna Summer. For more
info and to see the promo video, check out the
Reinvention Of Disco website.
[MAY 22] The deluxe edition of Crayons is out on
Amazon UK now. The word from a fan who has it is that the book
and essay are great. He also says the sound quality is fantastic.
[MAY 22] If you want to have a little fun with Google, try
this search. You will get a bunch of classic photos, a bunch of
outtakes from various photo shoots, and then some super rare photos
where Donna looks just like Diana Ross, Cher, Charo, Loni
Anderson, Jane Fonda, etc. LOL (Gotta love search results! They
can be so random sometimes!) Don't forget if you are in the
Nashville area, catch Bruce at the City Winery on May 27.
[MAY 22] Bruce Sudano fans - check out his
recent interview promoting his NYC show at Rockwood Hall. If you are
on Facebook, you can check out a short clip of the
NYC Show. And those of you who didn't go to the show are gonna kick
yourselves - at the end of the concert Bruce invited Joe Esposito and
Eddie Hokenson to join him on stage. (You might recognize those names as
the other 2 members of the Brooklyn Dreams.) The 3 of them did a
nice impromptu version of Bad Girls to close the show.
[MAY 22] I think that brings us to YouTube. Let's start with the
alternate version of
People Talk. This version has a little "rap" section that didn't
appear in the released version. Then we have the original demo of
True Love Survives, the demo of
Bad Girls, a demo of
Addiction, a short clip of
Half The Battle, a short clip of Donna singing
Dolce Vida, a clip of the studio version of
Life being played in a club, and finally the studio version of
Vie En Rose with the
live version for comparison.
[MAY 15] Happy Sunday all! First of all, let's get this out of the way
right away. You guys all know what Tuesday is. It's so hard to
believe it's been 4 years since Donna left us. (Add all the others who
have left us recently and all I can say is there must be one heck of a
music festival going on in Heaven!) Tom over at the Fan Club has
a page set up for anyone who wants to share their memories or
thoughts of Donna at this time. And of course all the Facebook pages and
groups will be very active with... well just about anything Donna
related that people care to share.
[MAY 15] Moving on from memories to something more current,
has been updated a bit. AND in an interview in Billboard, Bruce
confirmed that we will be hearing some unreleased Donna tracks. (Take a
breath.... he didn't say WHEN, so don't hound the guy every day!
LOL) He also mentioned the Broadway play that was announced in Playbill
a couple of weeks ago. Bruce is one of the producers, along with
Dodger Theatricals - the guys behind Jersey Boys. :-)
[MAY 15] And as long as I mentioned Bruce's interview, you might want to
go take a look at it. He also talks about the music business,
touring with the Zombies, and just putting his back in order the past
[MAY 15] In Johnnyswim news, the duo will be spotted this summer in
Macy's American Icons campaign.
[MAY 15] And I think that brings us to YouTube. I know a lot of you will
be sad on Tuesday, but last year I made the decision to remember the fun
side of being a Donna Summer fan instead of focusing on her loss. That
worked for me because I'd really rather remember Donna with a smile than
with tears. (And please note, this is what works for ME - you guys have
to do what works for YOU. Grieving and healing very personal things.) So
with that in mind, I thought I'd post some fun clips. First up,
red Ferrari story (not my favorite telling of that story, but videos
of it are hard to come by.) Then we have Donna having fun with a
late night interview, the video for
When Love Takes Over You (with a little classing mugging for the
camera), an audio clip of Donna hamming it up on
Happy Birthday, a
between songs silliness from the Hot Summer Night concert, and
Prince Poppycock. My favorite ever fun Donna clip is her with Barry
Manilow on Could It Be Magic, but the video seems to have been pulled
from YouTube. :-( The
audio is still there though. And I do have one
silly one on
Vimeo posted by the diva herself (with the help of Nathan Digesare) 7
years ago. It defies description so just go see it. LOL EDIT:
Wait I found Donna and Barry on
Daily Motion! Whew! I'd hate to see that one lost forever!
[MAY 15] And finally - my
MS Walk is Saturday and I will be wearing my Donna gear. :-)
Thanks to all who have contributed! You guys are amazing! A couple of
years ago I posted some PSAs Donna recorded for an MS event, along with
my own very dorky video. If you want to check those out, they are
[MAY 8] Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers out there! I hope your
kids were all good to you. :-) In honor of the occasion, I have 2
video clips for you. The first is a song Bruce wrote for his mother
Santa Margarita In The Clouds. The other is a video by our YouTube
friend Suecase Hall. It's Martina McBride's
My Daughter's Eyes set to clips of Donna and her daughters.
[MAY 8] In the Donna's music is everywhere, last Monday's Dancing With
The Stars had an icon show, where everybody danced to the music of an
icon. They opened the show with
Last Dance. I LOVE that someone finally used Last Dance to open a
show! LOL And then the song as used again last week on Ellen,
where she introduced a
new game called Last Dance.
[MAY 8] In Johnnyswim news - New Music Monday is back! The latest entry
is a song called
My Arms and the previous one (that I forgot to mention last week) is
Summer Time Romance.
[MAY 8] In other Johnnyswim mews, there is a nice article on
CavalierDaily.com. And there is
article about Home being used as the theme song for Fixer Upper on
[MAY 8] In Bruce Sudano news, The Burbank Sessions got a nice review
[MAY 8] I'm in the final weeks of my
MS Walk fundraiser. So far you guys have generously contributed over
$1200. You are awesome!! There are still 2 more weeks to go if anybody
else wants to toss in a couple of bucks. I still have plenty of photos
to give out that are unspoken for. :-)
[MAY 8] And that brings us to YouTube. See if you can guess the theme
this time. (It's not hard. LOL) The first video up is
Mimi's Song from the Music For Unicef Concert. (And there is a
little bonus duet before that.) Then we have
State Of Independence from the Hot Summer Night concert, the
official video for
This Time I Know It's For Real,
Hot Stuff from the Sharon Osbourne Show, and
High from the 1980 TV Special (the link is to the whole show, but it
should start you at the 8 minute mark.) And for the casual fans who may
not have figured out the theme - every one of those clips features Donna
with one or more of her girls.
[MAY 1] Happy May everyone! It's a new month so it's time for a new
Summer Fever Pick. This time we look
at Four Seasons Of Love.
[MAY 1] He's an odd little surprise from the world of iTunes. Dance
music fans have rediscovered On The Radio and as I write this, the album
is currently #4 on iTunes Dance Music Album chart. It was Number 1
earlier this week! :-)
[MAY 1] Here's something interesting. Playbill.com reports that
there will be a workshop of a new musical currently titled The Donna
Summer Project. It will be directed by Des McAnuff, choreographed
by Sergio Trujillo and musical direction will be by Ron Melrose. The
workshop is scheduled for June 22 to August 6, so hopefully we will hear
more then. Among the roles they will be casting:
3 actors to play Donna (at different ages), and actors to play
whole bunch of other key players in Donna's life. Hmmm.....I'd
really like to see a song list for this show. Ideas are starting to form
in my head...
[MAY 1] Fans of the song MacArthur Park will want to check out this
redbullmusicacademy.com. It has lots of Giorgio Moroder's
thoughts on the creation of the track. I will bet money that you can't
resist playing the Suite after reading the article. :-)
[MAY 1] And in the Donna is everywhere category, there is a new book
coming out soon called Imagine Me Gone. One of the main characters
is obsessed with Donna Summer songs (among other things.) Sounds like my
kind of character! LOL
[MAY 1] Don't forget we have Crayons Deluxe coming out on
May 20 in the UK and then as an
import in the US a week later. Don't forget that Amazon UK will ship
to the US, so keep an eye on currency conversion and shipping rates to
see which store will give you the better price in the end. :-)
[MAY 1] I think that brings us to YouTube and I'm in the mood for a
MacArthur Park party! :-) So we have the
1978 video, then there is
live performance which I think was from one of the Night Of Proms
shows she did, there is the
1999 Today Show performance (ok East Coast guys - look for
yourselves! LOL), and finally the
Hot Summer Night performance. And then just so the rest of the Suite
gets a little love, here is a great performance of
Heaven Knows by Donna with the Brooklyn Dreams.
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