Donna Summer: She could sing anything, anywhere, with anyone, at any time.
[JUN 28] Greetings all and happy Sunday! Let's start off
with an interview
with David Day about this year's Donna Summer Roller Disco
Party in Boston. It was recorded before the party actually happened.
[JUN 28] It's been pretty quiet on the Donna front this
week, but the rest of the family is busy. First up is Bruce. If you
follow him on Facebook, well then you need to update your follow list to
www.facebook.com/brucesudanomusic. That's his new Facebook url, so
that's where he'll be posting updates. He's also got an
account now, so you can follow him there too. Both accounts have
sneak peeks of his Songwriter Series video session.
[JUN 28] If you want to see Bruce performing live, well
he'll be in NYC at
Joe's Pub on September 9 (for a record release party!) and in
World Cafe Live on September 10. Tickets for both are on sale now.
[JUN 28] Speaking of touring, Johnnyswim is
still on the road.
And they have just added a July 19 date at the Stephen Talkhouse in
[JUN 28] Savanna Dohler fans - she's selling some
of her visual art on
Go check it out when you get a chance.
[JUN 28] I think that brings us to YouTube.
Usually I pick a theme for the clips based on what I am in the mood for
when I do the update. But this time I picked my theme on Friday. After
the news of the Supreme Court ruling, what else could I pick but "love"?
:-) So let's go with some love songs. There is the
Love Is In Control video,
Love You live from the Tonight Show,
Will Go With You live on Oprah,
Anyway At All from Jay Leno, Stor Dubine's video for
Got Your Love,
Love Is The Healer from The View,
Will Live For Love the live symphonic clip,
Vie En Rose live in Paris, and
Sand On My Feet live. My congratulations to all the newly
engaged and/or married couples out there. May you have many years of
happiness together - in all 50 states! :-)
[JUN 21] Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there!
And happy first day of Summer!
[JUN 21] Hmm.. .let's start with Boston. They had their
big Donna Summer Roller Disco Party the other night and it looks like
they had fun. :-) There is a whole album of photos on
here, and WBUR.org has an article and a couple of photos
[JUN 21] In the Donna is everywhere category, she
was the answer to a Jeopardy question again the other night. No wait,
that's backwards. She was the question an an answer. (If you have never
seen the show, that's the way the game is played. They give you an
answer and you have to come up with the question.) The answer was:
"MacArthur Park: Richard Harris in 1968, the Four Tops in 1971 and this
disco diva in 1978." The appropriate response was (of course!) , "Who is
Donna Summer?" And having said that, I don't think I ever heard the Four
Tops version. I should go look for it.
[JUN 21] Those who are waiting for Donna to be on the
CNN series The Seventies have a little longer to wait. We went
from episode 1 being about TV to episode 2 being about Watergate and now
episode 3 (Thursday June 25) will be about Viet Nam. Don't forget,
if you are watching the series, episodes do repeat at various times
during the week.
[JUN 21] Johnnyswim fans - the duo played the Telluride
Bluegrass Festival the other night.
Heyreverb.com has photos from the event, but only one of Johnnyswim.
[JUN 21] Vienna Dohler fans, check out the new
video of her singing "karaoke". (I use quotes because when I think of
karaoke, I think of drunks performing badly. LOL This is
DEFINITELY not that! LOL) In this video Vienna sings the
Leonard Cohen version of
feel very sorry for whoever had to follow her. ;-)
[JUN 21] I think that brings us to YouTube. Let's
see... why not celebrate the day this time? For Father's Day we have
Papa Can You Hear Me, and
Celebrate Me Home to honor the dads who are no longer with us.
Then for the first day of summer, well you have to have
Sand On My Feet. And
Brazil always feels like summer to me. And of course it
wouldn't be summer (or Summer) without a little
Hot Stuff, and a few
Bad Girls. Then we can
Dim All The Lights, while we hear what's
The Radio and we ask the important question,
Could It Be Magic. (Ok, I'll stop now. LOL) Oh what the
heck - let's just have a
whole concert on the beach - Jones Beach. :-)
[JUN 14] Happy Sunday everyone! Boston - don't
forget that this Friday (June 19) is the free
Donna Summer Roller Disco Party at City Hall Plaza. From all
accounts, last year's party was a lot of fun, so if you are in the
neighborhood this year, go check it out. :-)
[JUN 14] As many of you know, CNN started a new series
called The Seventies. Now if you missed this week's episode, never fear,
they are repeating episodes at various times. Plus, the last episode was
on the TV shows of the Seventies, so Donna wasn't in that one.
This week will be Donna-free too as the topic is President Nixon.
But if you want to catch it anyway, it debuts Thursday at 9 PM on CNN
and will be repeated at various times after that.
[JUN 14] Johnnyswim fans - They are making a live
recording at Rockwood in NYC on
July 13 and
July 14. There is a presale for tickets that goes until noon
Monday (June 15). Use the links above and the promo code: LIVEATROCK
SFGate.com has a new interview with the Amanda and Abner to promote
their concert at the Regency Ballroom Tuesday. The article is
short but good. :-)
[JUN 14] Also, the last Johnnyswim New Music Monday was
Villans (with bonus cameo by Joachim at the end.) What will they
play tomorrow? I can't wait to find out. :-)
[JUN 14] I guess that brings us to YouTube. Let's
see... maybe some live duets this week? Let's start with Donna's
performance with Seal from the David Foster & Friends show.
And of course we need to include
Heaven Knows with the Brooklyn Dreams. Then there is
Try A Little Tenderness with Joss Stone, a
country medley with Eddie Rabbit, a
with Kenny Rogers, a
short clip from
1979 with Rita Coolidge, and some
with Mac Davis, Tom Jones and Dolly Parton. (Ok, technically that's at
least a quartet - more if you count the choir that joins in.) And of
course I can't leave out the duet of
Enough Is Enough
with Mary "The Real Diva (TM)" Gaines Bernard. :-) (Unfortunately
in this video you don't really see much of Mary, you just hear her. I
think the guy filming was just too afraid of overwhelming his camera
with all the diva power. ;-) )
[JUN 7] Happy Sunday everyone! Let's start with
the Another Place And Time UK singles box set. It is now
available from Amazon - both the
[JUN 7] Last week I did a YouTube list of Donna's
long form interviews. Well A&E's Biography was missing (mostly) from the
list, but now the
complete version is available for your viewing pleasure.
[JUN 7] Bruce Sudano fans - he will be playing
Joe's Pub in New York on September 9. But if you need a
musical fix before then, check out some of the music from the Joe Bruce
& 2nd Avenue album on
[JUN 7] Johnnyswim fans - they are on tour all
summer, so make sure you check out the current list of dates on their
Then check out the latest New Music Monday. This week is a new
song from their upcoming album. It's called
or not.... Maybe it's untitled? LOL (You will understand when you
see the clip.) What's coming tomorrow? Who knows? We'll have to tune in
[JUN 7] I think that brings us to YouTube. And since
tonight is the Tony Awards, let's do a little Broadway Donna Summer
style. First up, her cover of
Don't Rain On My
Parade (from Funny Girl). Then we have
Don't Cry For Me
Argentina (from Evita), a brief 2009 clip of
Aquarius/Wasserman (from Hair/Haare),
My Life and
(from Ordinary Girl which Donna hoped to bring to Broadway),
I Will Live For
Love (from another musical Donna was working on), an audio clip
(that sounds like it's been speeded up a little) of
O segne Gott mein
Seel (from Godspell) ,
Someone To Watch
Over Me (from Ok Kay and Crazy For You), and finally
(from Priscilla Queen Of The Desert). Okay - I admit that last one
is cheating. LOL
[MAY 31] Greetings everyone! Tomorrow is June 1 so it's
time for a new Summer Fever Pick. So this month
She Works Hard For The Money... or
in my case, the no money. ;-)
[MAY 31] Okay, let's start off with the Record
Store Day release of Another Place And Time: The UK 12" Singles. I
know some of you were disappointed that you couldn't find a copy in
stores, but here's some good news for Europe and Australia. Donna's
MyPlayDirect.com has a number of copies available for sale. So
before you drop a lot of money on ebay, go check out Donna's store.
[MAY 31] In other release news, the Hits Singles &
More compilation is out. It's a 2 cd set with 16 tracks a piece and it
comes in a cardboard slip cover with the cd case inside. And interesting
bit of trivia... the photo on the cover is the - well I won't say
unretouched because I sincerely doubt there is such a thing as
commercial photo that isn't retouched in some way LOL - but it
hasn't been edited to hide the baby belly. Yup, that's Amanda
hiding behind that big belt. (And now don't you all feel old! LOL)
The albums is available at
Amazon UK and as an import at
Amazon US, and you can probably find it in a bunch of other places
[MAY 31] Moving on to Italy, our friends
Giovanni and Andrea (the guys behind the excellent book
La Disco) did a special tribute to Donna in Rome on May 17 where DJs
and journalists got to reminisce about Donna and her artistry.
That was followed a couple of days later by Andrea's appearance on a
morning show to promote the book. (Jump to about 6:18 to see that.
And yes it is in Italian, so if that's not your language, then find some
hunky Italian to help you out. ;-) )
Huffington Post posted an article by David Munk about his personal
memories of Donna. It's a beautiful article - well worth the read!
[MAY 31] Johnnyswim fans - this week's New Music Monday
features the littlest member of the family - Joaquin. :-) And of
course Amanda and Abner are there singing
Falling In Love. (Hmmm.. Joaquin is looking at Abner's guitar like,
"I could play that if I wanted to! LOL)
[MAY 31] I think that brings us to YouTube. Let's
go with some long-form interviews this week. First up, Donna's
2004 Lifetime Intimate Portrait has turned up on YouTube. Catch
and Part Four.
Then there is the 1999
Behind The Music.
A&E's Biography used to be up on YouTube, but only
part 5 still
remains. SIriusXM posted a couple of clips from Donna's Artist
Confidential from 2008. So you can watch
Science Of Love
and Last Dance
- both with a bit of interview before the songs. Now let's change it up
with a short one -
Playlist where Donna gets to talk about some of her favorite songs
by other artists.
[MAY 24] Happy Memorial Day everyone! Let me take
this opportunity to thank all the service people and their families who
sacrifice every day so that we can spend the weekend enjoying all the
[MAY 24] CNN will be airing an original series
The Seventies that will examine the politics, culture and historical
events of the Seventies. Donna's photo is featured in a couple of
the trailers, and I'm sure her music will be featured in the appropriate
episodes. The series debuts on Thursday June 11 at 9 PM.
[MAY 24] Bruce Sudano fans - catch him performing
Bad Girls at the Sunset Sessions in Mexico in this
[MAY 24] Johnnyswim fans - don't forget to check out
their New Music Mondays on YouTube. Last week they did a song called
Live While We're
Young. What will they do tomorrow? Who knows? You'll just have
to wait and see. :-)
[MAY 24] Speaking of Amanda, she and Brooklyn (and their
mom) and the subject of an article on
[MAY 24] Congrats to Vienna Dohler - a brand new high
school graduate! Here's to a bright future filled with endless
possibilities! (And yes, I feel old again...
[MAY 24] I think that brings us to YouTube. Let's
see... it's officially the start of the summer season here, so
let's go with some stuff that reminds me of summer. First up,
Sand On My Feet.
(And what is up with that ad YouTube threw on the video? Something
about a 3000 lb sea monster? Are you guys seeing the same ad? LOL)
Then we have a
clip that includes bits of Don't Cry For Me Argentina, Spring
Affair, and of course Summer Fever. If you have a little time on your
hands, there is the full
2008 concert from Jones Beach. Then there is a live clip of
To Paris With
Love, a clip of
Nights In White Satin, and finally since Memorial Day is the day we
honor our fallen soldiers, this audio clip of
Let There Be
Peace. Maybe someday our human species will evolve to the
point where we won't ever need to resort to conflict to settle our
[MAY 17] Greetings all. Well, it's been 3 years
since the worst update I ever had to write. I can't believe how
time has flown by. But even 3 years later I still find myself
looking at the concert listings at the beginning of every summer, and
then I remember I won't be seeing my favorite name on any list.
[MAY 17] So with it being the anniversary,
everybody is posting tributes on their Facebook pages, etc. Bruce
had this to say this morning:
It was my privilege to walk with you in life
And down the darkened road
That leads to the forever
Someday we all will know
Your grace was ballerina
Your heart was purest gold
Our love was burning fire
And I held you
Until I had to let you go
Forever I'll remember...
He also posted a new video on YouTube for
It's just audio, but it fits the day perfectly. :-)
[MAY 17] Now enough sadness. The Donna Summer I
remember was about fun, and a sense of humor, and having a good time.
So let's have a good time! So let's go right to a demo for
This Girl's Back In Town - sung in its entirety by Donna. (In
the actual released version, Donna only solos on a couple of lines.)
Then for the Facebookers out there - one fan has posted a VIDEO for
Worth The Wait. The quality is a little rough because let's
face it, VHS doesn't always wear well - especially after a couple of
decades. But this is the whole song!
[MAY 17] Now let's have some fun with
YouTube. :-) As Donna always said - sing if you wanna sing
and dance if you wanna dance. (Although I will qualify that by saying
that if you are reading this at your job.... you might want to save the
singing and dancing for your break times. ;-) ) First up, my
favorite YouTube clip - Donna with Barry Manilow just having a total
blast with Could
It Be Magic. Then another favorite of mine,
from Live & More Encore. That one always rings back such fond memories
for me. Then there is the classic
performance from the Johnny Carson Show, and
Enough Is Enough
with a short version of the classic red Ferrari story. I know some
people got tired of the red Ferrari story, but I always enjoyed seeing
how much Donna would ham it up each time. :-) Then we have
Donna owning Divas 2000 with
Love Is The Healer.
I could watch that long note forever! And then we have Nathan's video
for Fame The Game.
I loved that song live in concert! And finally - this is
Donna made with some software Nathan showed her. And with that I
hope many of you are remembering Donna as I am now - with smiles instead
of tears. I still miss her, but the happy memories are keeping her
light in my life.
[MAY 17] And finally on a personal note - I did my MS
Walk yesterday. A little rain at the start didn't deter us! Thanks
to your generosity, I raised over $1800! Special thanks to lastdnce who
always goes over and above what anybody has a right to ask. :-)
Someday there will be a cure - and I can say with certainty that in the
5 years I've been walking, I have seen progress in the treatment of MS.
Thank you all - and I will be getting out the rest of the bracelets I
didn't mail yet sometime during the week. :-)
[MAY 14] Just a quick update for you to hold you over
until the weekend. First up - Sunday is the 3rd anniversary of Donna's
departure from our world. (Can you believe it's been 3 years already?)
Tom over at the fan club is putting together a page where fans can share
their memories of Donna. If you head over to
Summer Fan Club, you can listen to Friends Unknown while you read
all the details, and instructions on how to publish your memories. (And
please note, if you are following the fan club on Facebook - that's
cool, BUT you need to share your memories on the actual fan club website
and not the Facebook page if you want to be part of this.
:-) ) Then after you do that - go play some more Donna tunes!
Summer is right around the corner and we need more tunes playing -
preferably at a high volume with all the windows open! ;-)
[MAY 14] And while I'm here - Nathan DiGesare has
released another clip from his vault. This song is called Half The
Battle, and you can view the clip on
I'll see you all on Sunday night. I wonder which CD I'll be playing
while I update? So many to choose from..... :-)
[MAY 9] Happy Mother's Day weekend! Let's start off with
an article about vociferous fans. LOL
Spin.com has an interview with the remixers Holy Ghost! in
which they talk about their experiences mixing a few artists - including
Donna. (If you recall, they did the Working The Midnight Shift remix
that featured a different vocalist.) In the article they explained why
that happened, and what their experience with angry fans was like.
[MAY 9] Giorgio Moroder fans - his interview for Out is
online. He talks about Donna quite a bit in it. He's
also got an interview with
Billboard that's done as sort of a "pearls of wisdom" list of things
he's learned over the years. There is also a video companion piece
YouTube to go with the Billboard article.
[MAY 9] In Johnnyswim news, they had a song called
Falling For Me (from their Diamonds album) featured on the VH1 show,
Swab Stories. And don't forget, the pair are
on tour again,
so try to catch them when they come to your area.
[MAY 9] Brooklyn Sudano fans - she's on
Instagram now. If you are on Instagram too, give her a follow.
[MAY 9] Bruce fans - we had Live In Rehearsal Part 1.
Then we had part 2. Are you ready for
Also, Bruce has recently been performing at Sunset Sessions Tulum, and
he took part (with all the other artists there) in a
tribute to the
late great Ben E King.
[MAY 9] I think that brings us to YouTube. Let's
go with some early Donna this week. We have Flesh Failures from
Hair (in German. You will see Donna at about 2:25, so be patient with
that clip.) Then there is
from a German TV show, a clip of
Lady Of The Night,
a humorous clip for
a clip of
O segne Gott mein
Seel (audio only from the German Godspell soundtrack), and
Love To Love You
from Soul Train.
[MAY 9] As you all know, next weekend is special. Sunday
is May 17, the third anniversary of the day Donna left this world.
As always, I would like to mark the anniversary by celebrating Donna's
legacies. So let's crank those tunes (wake the neighbors if you have to!
LOL) and honor the musical legacy. And then to honor Donna's
humanitarian legacy - do something nice for someone. I leave it to
your imagination and means to decide how to do that. You can donate
money or time to a worthy cause, you can cook dinner for your
significant other, you can let someone cut you in line at the
supermarket. Whatever works for your lifestyle.
[MAY 9] Also on May 16, I will be walking for MS again.
I have already collected enough to wear my Donna gear to the walk
instead of my team gear. (Thank god! The team shirt is orange and
I hate to wear orange! LOL) But there is still time to
contribute if you would like to. And as an added bonus, I have a really
cool guy out there who will match any $20 donation made this week.
:-) And I still have those neat little wristband. (Some of those
have been mailed out already. I think I still have 3 or 4 left to mail -
so far.) If you would like to donate - the link is
[MAY 3] Greetings all and happy May! It's time for
the new Summer Fever Pick and
this month it's the self-titled album, Donna Summer.
[MAY 3] Ok let's start off with a new release.
There is a new 2 CD compilation called Hits, Singles & More coming
out in a couple of weeks. (Amazon
UK lists it for May 25,
Amazon US lists it for June 2.) The set is a collection of 32 tracks
(hits, album tracks, and mixes) culled from the Geffen and Atlantic
years. For a complete track list, just check out the Amazon link.
[MAY 3] In the Donna's music is everywhere category,
Love To Love You made the monologue for Saturday Night Live last night.
Scarlet Johansson sang a bit of the 'lullaby" she says she sings to her
new baby - yup, it was Love To Love You Baby. It's pretty funny,
you can watch it
[MAY 3] Giorgio Moroder fans, he has an interview in the
latest edition of Out Magazine, and another in
Variety. Of course Donna gets mentioned.
[MAY 3] Johnnyswim fans - they have brought back their
YouTube series, New Music Monday. This past Monday they perform
Take The World.
Tune in every Monday for more new offerings.
[MAY 3] Bruce Sudano fans - remember last week I
mentioned he posted a video called Live In Rehearsal Part 1. Well, Part
1 is always followed by a part 2, and that is now
on Youtube as
[MAY 3] Vienna Dohler fans - if you are in Nashville (or
will be), she is playing at The End on May 15. Tickets are available
[MAY 3] I think that brings us to YouTube. First
up is a 16 minute segment from a
talk show. Then there is a 1992 performance of
(also from Brazil), and a 2009 interview from Brazil's
(That comes with an English transcript in the description. The
actual audio has Donna's interview in English, but then with a
Portuguese interpreter speaking over it. ) Also see the live performance
of Say A Little
Prayer from a 1992 concert in Brazil. And then let's round out
our Brazil theme this week with a little bit of
[MAY 3] And on a technical note, you might have noticed
that I changed the theme colors again. For some reason this time I
had a heck of a time getting the changes to publish. So if you run into
a page with the old theme still, just holler and I'll fix it. :-)
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