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[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 share.

[JUN 19] 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 musical.

[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 My Life, and I 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.

Roller Disco poster

[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 ControlI Love You  live, and the amazing symphonic clip of I 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 annual 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 I Remember Yesterday live from 1977, the My Man Medley from her 1980 TV special, Smile from 2010, Lush Life from the Quincy Jones album, La 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, I 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 Amazing Grace.

[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 La Dolce Vida, a clip of the studio version of My Life being played in a club, and finally the studio version of La 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, DonnaSummer.com 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 few years.

[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, the 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 little between songs silliness from the Hot Summer Night  concert, and Donna with 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 here.

[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 called Santa Margarita In The Clouds. The other is a video by our YouTube friend Suecase Hall. It's Martina McBride's In 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 In 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 another article about Home being used as the theme song for Fixer Upper on starcasm.net.

[MAY 8] In Bruce Sudano news, The Burbank Sessions got a nice review from dcrocklive.

[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 Fairy Tale 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 a 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 article on 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 a 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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“I call [my father] the super dad. He is a dad's dad. He's the kind of guy you copy to be like a dad. He -- coming from wherever he came from as a young boy, having come from the South, coming North -- he dealt in his life with a great deal of injustices. And he was someone who could have allowed himself to be beaten down and very bitter. But I think I recognized at a very early age that he had chosen not to go that way, that he had chosen not to allow life to dictate to him. And I think that was always a great inspiration to me.”

-Donna Summer, A&E's Biography February 9, 1995

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