Donna Summer: She could sing anything, anywhere, with anyone, at any time.
[AUG 20] Happy weekend everyone! First up: the mix that everybody has
been talking about lately. It's the DJ Meme version of
MacArthur Park. 10 minutes of green cake melting goodness - with a
few extra ingredients tossed in as well.
[AUG 20] Pete Bellotte fans - Radio London did a rare interview with him
that you can hear on
YouTube. They talk about Donna, Casablanca, and other things.
[AUG 20] Johnnyswim fans - the new album Georgica Pond will be available
for pre-order starting in a week so keep an eye on your favorite music
vendors. When you pre-order, you get an instant download of Let It
Matter just to keep you going until the whole album is on your hands.
;-) And of course,
Summertime Romance is currently available for purchase. And don't
forget that the duo is perpetually on tour (I seriously don't know if
they remember what their house looks like. LOL) Check out the
current list of
[AUG 20] Bruce Sudano fans - don't forget he's got a bunch of dates
coming up in Califorina in a c ouple of weeks.
Check out the list here.
[AUG 20] That brings us to YouTube. Since we're all enjoying the DJ Meme
mix of MacArthur Park, let's have a remix party. We'll start with the
famous Patrick Cowley mix of
Feel Love, then
Feel Love vs Giorgio's Chase,
State Of Independence New Millennium Mix,
Will Go With You Groovy G Mix,
Myself Again Klyk Mix, and
Love Is The Healer Thunderdub.
[AUG 13] Happy Saturday al! Some of you may remember that there was talk
awhile back of a Dan Fogelberg tribute album that Donna had contributed
to before her passing. Well, someone has been in touch with Dan
Fogelberg's estate and the album is finally finished. They hope to
have it out in a few more months and it will include Donna's cover of
Nether Lands. If you aren't familiar with the song, here is
and here are
the lyrics. The word is Donna did her recording in 2011.
[AUG 13] Barbra Streisand is on tour and it seems she is doing Enough Is
Enough in her set. Photos have turned up with Barbra on stage with a
huge photo behind her of her and Donna. (You know the photo - the back
to back divas pose they used on the single sleeve.) It looks like she's
got someone up on stage with her to sing the Donna part.
[AUG 13] In the land of covers, Giabiconi has recorded
Love To Love You Baby. It's so strange to me to hear a guy singing
[AUG 13] Vienna Dohler fans - she's posted a piece new song on
It's just piano and vocals - but, what vocals! (On a side note, I
still don't understand how Donna's GRANDdaughter can be practically a
grown woman now! It makes me feel old! LOL)
[AUG 13] That brings us to YouTube. Let's do some really early stuff for
a change. We have a clip of
Black Power from the German show 11 Uhr 20. Then we have
Flesh Failures from Haare (you have to wait almost 2 and a half
minutes to see Donna), then there is the fan video for
Can't Understand (by Donna Gaines!), a slideshow set to
segne Gott mein Seel from Godspell, an old commercial for
Africola, a slideshow for
How I Feel (from The Me Nobody Knows), an audio clip for
Sally Go Round
The Roses, an audio clip for
and finally an audio clip for
[AUG 6] Happy Saturday everyone! First up is the new Summer Fever
Pick for August. This time it's Live & More - the first Donna album I
ever got. :-)
[AUG 6] So as many of you know, there was a workshop for a show being
called (for now) The Donna Summer Project. Well a few behind the
scenes glimpses have appeared on Twitter. Start with
#donnasummerworkshop and then click on the people who have posted
with that hashtag for a few more things.
[AUG 6] That brings us to YouTube - yes, already! It's very
quiet week. I think in honor of the Olympics, we should pick some
fitting songs. So let's start with what should have been a sports'
Stamp Your Feet. Then we have a n audio clip of
One Of A Kind (because I remember hearing it on a sports broadcast
once), an incomplete live clip of
Fever (for the summer games), a live clip of
Don't Rain On My Parade (because it's hard to play in the rain), a
fan video for
Driving Down Brazil (because they are playing in Rio),
Smile (for the athletes who don't perform as well as they hoped),
Hot Stuff (because did you see that
flag bearer from Tonga at the opening ceremonies? Wow!)
[JUL 30] Happy Saturday everyone! Let's start of with some
Johnnyswim news. Their new song Summertime Romance is out now and
available on most of your favorite music services (both streaming
services like Spotify and for purchase sites like Amazon and iTunes.)
Links for all services are
here. The duo have
also announced a whole bunch of tour dates which you can see on
[JUL 30] Bruce Sudano fans - if you are in California, you will be very
happy because he's announced several dates for September there in
Pasadena, San Juan Capistrano, Ojai, Santa Crus and Solana Beach.
here. There is also a short article about The Burbank Sessions
[JUL 30] I think that brings us to YouTube. We haven't done interviews
for awhile, so let's go with a collection of those. We have the "lost"
1978 interview, a
1978 Bandstand interview, a 1975/6ish
Mike Douglas Show interview, a
mid 80s ET Interview (her first with ET), a
1983 UK Breakfast TV interview, a
1989/90 interview in support of Another Place And Time, and a very
80s interview with Alan Thicke.
[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.
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