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David Archuleta Retrospective Series Part Twenty Five: “Nature Boy”


By Pamela Pike and Rosanne Simunovic Pamela Pike’s Recollections Most people know the song “Nature boy” either from Nat King Cole’s major hit a pop and jazz standard or from the movie “Moulin Rouge’. It was written by Eden Ahbez, published in 1947, and first to be heard in 1948 in Joseph Losey’s “The boy […]

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David Archuleta Retrospective Series Part 22 – Broken


By Pamela Pike and Rosanne Simunovic Pamela Pike’s Recollections As their sun sets, fear rises in Africa. “Broken” written by Jon Hunt and David Archuleta aims to draw attention to the devastation of a lost generation of children in a long civil war in Africa being abducted, used as soldiers and slaves. Jon Hunt, a […]

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David Archuleta Retrospective Series Part 22: Ave Maria


By Pamela Pike and Rosanne Simunovic Pamela Pike’s Recollections Once again we find ourselves enmeshed in the Christmas season, that very special time of year when we join our loved ones in sharing old traditions. What better way to celebrate the season than with David Archuleta’s “Ave Maria”. It is a traditional Catholic prayer asking […]

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David Archuleta Retrospective Series Part 21: O Holy Night


By Pamela Pike and Rosanne Simunovic Pamela Pike’s Recollections O Holy Night” was composed by Adolphe C. Adam in 1847 to the French Christmas poem “Midnight Christians” by Placide Cappeau. It was translated into English by Unitarian Minister John Sullivan Dwight, editor of Dwight’s Journal of Music in 1855. The Carol’s text reflects on the […]

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Kelly Clarkson Is Releasing A New Christmas CD And It Is Out! Stand! Ing!


First of all, congratulations to Kelly Clarkson on two fronts: her recent marriage to Brandon Blackstock AND the impending release of her spanking new Christmas CD “Wrapped in Red. The CD is scheduled to drop in stores and online on October 29th. Here is the official release notes from KellyClarkson.Com “Start the holiday season early […]

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David Archuleta Retrospective Series Part Twenty: Somewhere Only We Know


By Pamela Pike and Rosanne Simunovic Pamela Pike’s Recollections For as long as people have been making and recording music, people have been covering and reinterpreting music. While many covers are forgettable and easily dismissed, there are those that are so successful that they eclipse the source material. Some covers are so exceptional they way […]

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David Archuleta Retrospective Series Part Nineteen: Gotta Get Thru This


By Pamela Pike and Rosanne Simunovic Pamela Pike’s Recollections “Gotta Get Thru This” is a title of a song by artist Daniel Bedingfield. It was released November 26, 2001 as a single from his album of the same name. It was one of the biggest hits in the UK and went to number one on […]

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Tenor Group Forte Raises The Roof And The Judges At Radio City Music Hall


On Tuesday, August 27th, Tenor Trio, Forte, brought down the house in Radio City Music Hall with their outstanding rendition of the pop classic, “Unchained Melody”. And received the only standing ovation of the night from all four judges in doing so. Commanding the America’s Got Talent stage with consummate professionalism and artistry, these three […]

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David Archuleta Retrospective Series Part Eighteen: Forevermore


By Pamela Pike and Rosanne Simunovic Pamela Pike’s Recollections Can some popular Filipino pop ballads from the 1980’s and 1990’s create that romantic evening with your special someone? Love is such an exciting feeling that should be celebrated and decorated with words and feelings and David’s tribute of “Forevermore” to the Filipino writers give you […]

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John Stevens Band Releases A New Music Video For “Intoxicated”


Remember my man, John Stevens, from American Idol Season 3? Oh my how I loved this kid and his retro style and substance. Well, guess what? He is back and all grown up and, after watching this video below, I love him even more. And, his hair is still red! Always loved the red hair […]

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[Video]Stevie Wonder Takes A Powerful Stand Regarding The Trayvon Martin Case


Finally! Someone with vision and fortitude. I am beyond disgusted over the outcome of the Zimmerman trial. And, although I understand the now infamous “Stand Your Grand” law factored into the “not guilty” verdict, that doesn’t mean that this law is correct and should be embraced by society. In fact, it is downright stupid, crazy […]

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America’s Got Talent Performer Fernando Varela Of Forte Fame Performs The Star Spangled Banner


Happy Independence Day to my American readers. In order to celebrate Independence Day in grand style, I have packed a one-two punch in “Star Spangled Banner” video performances here on this blogging site. Below this topic, you will see and hear a gorgeous rendition of both the Star Spangled Banner and God Bless America by […]

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David Archuleta Retrospective Series Part Seventeen: Star Spangled Banner/God Bless America


By Pamela Pike and Rosanne Simunovic Pamela Pike’s Recollections In the year of 1812, an attempt to take Baltimore the British attacked Fort McHenry, which protected the harbor. After witnessing the bombardment, a young lawyer, Francis Scott Key wrote a poem from which the lyrics came for The Star Spangled Banner. The song is a […]

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[VIDEO]Happy Canada Day To My Canadian Readers


Shameless promotion alert! The video, featured below, is of a choir that I founded and conducted for 25 years, The Timmins Youth Singers, which later evolved into The Timmins Concert Singers. We were in Toronto celebrating our 15th Anniversary by taking part in the International Choral Festival in 1993. In addition, we were asked to […]

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[VIDEO]Opera Trio Forte Shines Ever So Bright On America’s Got Talent


Look at those smiling faces. They belong to Fernando Varela, Josh Page and Hana Ryu, members of the astounding vocal trio, Forte. And they have plenty to smile about. They just gave a spectacular performance of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Pie Jesu on Tuesday night’s America’s Got Talent show. Look at those relaxed jaws and round […]

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Next Week’s Promo For America’s Got Talent Season 8: Episode 4


This is the act that will set the world on fire. Appropriately called Forte, these talented young men are set to make a debut appearance on next week’s June 25th episode of America’s Got Talent. They have never performed as a trio in front of a live audience but expect to be dazzled. Big time […]

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DeAndre’s Video Performance Of His New Single, “Her Crazy”


DeAndre has released the video from his spanking brand new single, “Her Crazy”. It is exceptionally well done and his performance oozes charisma and musicality. How is this young man not destined for super stardom? He has the whole package – this is what The X Factor looks and sounds like. You can download the […]

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Matthew Morrison Gives A Dynamite Performance Of “It Don’t Mean A Thing” On Today Show


This is how it’s done folks! Check out this fantastic video of Glee star, Matthew Morrison, performing this great jazz standard, “It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing” on The Today Show. This guy has style and pizazz like nobody’s business! He is so smooth, such a great dancer and singer […]

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David Archuleta Retrospective Series Part Sixteen: Wait Video


By Pamela Pike and Rosanne Simunovic Pamela Pike’s Recollections Almost everyone who has ever lost someone they really loved will remember them through the power of music; probably from a song that relates to a memorable moment in life frozen in time. Music can hold a place in your heart for that loved one that […]

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[VIDEOS] Courageous Cancer Patient Zach Sobiech Dies But Leaves Us With Powerful Life Lessons


Zach, back row on the right, with his family Words cannot express the uplifting and inspirational basis behind this story. Zach Sobiech was 17-years-old when he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. Given just a few months to live, Zach bravely chose life over death, embracing all that the world has […]

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