Pasion Tropical http://pasion-tropical.com/ Tue, 18 Jan 2022 14:44:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.2 Theater Royal Stratford East unveils plans for 2022, including musical Fantastically Great Women https://pasion-tropical.com/theater-royal-stratford-east-unveils-plans-for-2022-including-musical-fantastically-great-women/ Tue, 18 Jan 2022 10:57:11 +0000 https://pasion-tropical.com/theater-royal-stratford-east-unveils-plans-for-2022-including-musical-fantastically-great-women/

The Theater Royal Stratford East has unveiled its plans for the 2022 season.

The venue will host the London premiere of the new musical Fantastically great women who changed the world, written by Chris Bush, Miranda Cooper and Jennifer Decilveo under the direction of Amy Hodge.

Telling the story of iconic characters from history, the play has sets and costumes by Joanna Scotcher, choreography by Danielle Lecointe, lighting by Zoe Spurr, sound by Carolyn Downing, cast by Rosie Pearson, orchestration and musical production by Decilveo, live arrangements by Jen Green, musical direction by Audra Cramer, production direction by Tamsin Rose and general direction by Kenny Wax. Casting is TBC by production, with the show running from June 15 to July 17.

You can watch an issue of the show here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=/_KJpsDirxxw

A series of newly commissioned plays will be presented script in hand from April 19 to May 5, 2022 as part of the burn it down series, while Ballet Black will present a double program from May 11-21 with half featuring work by South African choreographer Gregory Maqoma and an original score by Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante.

The double invoice is composed of pancho and Makoma. The former is directed by Ballet Black founder and artistic director Cassa Panch and has choreography by José Alves, Charlotte Broom, Isabela Coracy, Alexander Fadayiro, Sayaka Ichikawa, Rosanna Lindsey, Marie-Astrid Mence, Mthuthuzeli November, Pancho, Cira Robinson and Ebony. Thomas, with lighting by David Plater, costume design by Jessica Cabassa and music by Michael Asante, Jon Batiste, Flowdan, Etta James, Lord Kitchener, Steve Reich and Soweto Gospel Choir.

The season opener will be that of Dennis Kelly, previously revealed After the end, directed by Lyndsey Turner and from February 25 to March 26.

Artistic Director Nadia Fall said: “Listening to our audience, there has been a tremendous appetite for congregation and debate around the most pressing political and social issues that affect all of our lives. Burn it Down is truly an answer to this: short, sharp, dramas from some of the most talented writers around.I expect lively conversations in the post show bar.

“Along with this, we all felt the need to be uplifted and entertained. The magnificent and ever-popular work of Ballet Black and the jaw-dropping new musical Fantastically great women who changed the world are a total antidote to drudgery, and I challenge anyone not to go on cloud nine.

After the end is a masterclass in storytelling, with dazzling twists of darkness, it’s pure theatre. This season is designed to be electric and life-affirming, there’s nothing soft about softness.”

The venue will also launch a new “Future Leaders” initiative, while preparing to present a new production from its young company in July.

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JESUS ​​CHRIST SUPERSTAR Canceled Dec. 18; The musical will play at Clowes Memorial Hall in Indianapolis from January 19-23. https://pasion-tropical.com/jesus-%e2%80%8b%e2%80%8bchrist-superstar-canceled-dec-18-the-musical-will-play-at-clowes-memorial-hall-in-indianapolis-from-january-19-23/ Tue, 18 Jan 2022 02:40:34 +0000 https://pasion-tropical.com/jesus-%e2%80%8b%e2%80%8bchrist-superstar-canceled-dec-18-the-musical-will-play-at-clowes-memorial-hall-in-indianapolis-from-january-19-23/

The Tuesday, January 18 performance of JESUS ​​CHRIST SUPERSTAR has been postponed due to travel conditions impacted by recent weather events. The show will continue as scheduled with the remaining performances Wednesday through Sunday.

Tickets purchased through Ticketmaster and the Broadway in Indianapolis eClub for the January 18 performance will be automatically refunded. Subscribers have the option to redeem tickets for another show by going online to broadwayinindianapolis.com or by calling 1-800-793-7469.

Following critically acclaimed and sold-out engagements in the UK, the reimagined JESUS ​​CHRIST SUPERSTAR 50th Anniversary Tour will take place in Indianapolis from January 18-23. Regent’s Park Open Air Theater’s 2017 Olivier award-winning production is now on sale to the general public. Tickets are available at www.broadwayinindianapolis.com and www.ticketmaster.com.

Featuring lyrics and music by Emmy, GRAMMY, Oscar and Tony winners Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, the North American tour of this iconic musical is led by acclaimed director Timothy Sheader and forward-thinking choreographer Drew McOnie. The creative team is complemented by set and costume design by 2016 Tony Award nominee Tom Scutt, lighting design by Lee Curran, sound design by Keith Caggiano and Nick Lidster, with musical supervision by Tom Deering and North American music supervisor David Holcenberg.

JESUS ​​CHRIST SUPERSTAR is set against the backdrop of a series of extraordinary events during the final weeks of Jesus Christ’s life, seen through the eyes of Judas. Reflecting the rock roots that defined a generation, the legendary score includes “I don’t know how to love it”, “Gethsemane” and “Superstar”.

JESUS ​​CHRIST SUPERSTAR is a proven musical phenomenon with a worldwide fan base. As demonstrated by NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, this epic work garnered over 9.6 million viewers, garnered the highest ratings of its time and received the highest critical rating. of all live music events on network television. On September 17, 2021, a variety of special edition Jesus Christ Superstar albums, remastered at Abbey Road, were released. These special anniversary editions are a celebration of the original 1970 concept double album and its continued success spanning an incredible 50 years.

The Regent’s Park Open Air Theater production of JESUS ​​CHRIST SUPERSTAR won the 2017 Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival, selling back-to-back engagements in 2016 and 2017. The production played a West End engagement at the Barbican in 2019 before returning at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. in concert version during the summer of 2020.

The JESUS ​​CHRIST SUPERSTAR North American Tour is produced by Stephen Gabriel and Work Light Productions, and will have traveled to over 50 cities during its three-year run. The original production was produced by Regent’s Park Open Air Theater in London.

For more information on this production, please visit ustour.JesusChristSuperstar.com. JESUS ​​CHRIST SUPERSTAR will play at Clowes Memorial Hall in Indianapolis from January 19-23. Tickets are on sale now and available at www.broadwayinindianapolis.com and www.ticketmaster.com.

The show schedule is now Wednesday and Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m., Saturday mornings at 2 p.m., Sunday mornings at 1 p.m. and Sunday evenings at 6:30 p.m.

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Cinderella’s musical beginnings reimagined in Wellington https://pasion-tropical.com/cinderellas-musical-beginnings-reimagined-in-wellington/ Mon, 17 Jan 2022 18:35:00 +0000 https://pasion-tropical.com/cinderellas-musical-beginnings-reimagined-in-wellington/

The Wellington Footlights Society is proud to present the New Zealand premiere of Ashes of Soho, a charming and hilarious modern musical adaptation of the Cinderella story. Originally launched outside the West End in 2012, Ashes of Soho
is a new urban musical fable filled with gritty humor and infectious melodies that will thrill audiences long after the clock strikes midnight.

Under the neon lights of London’s Soho district, Robbie barely manages to make ends meet working in his mother’s laundromat, under constant harassment from his abrasive stepsisters. When he becomes romantically tangled with indentured mayoral candidate James Prince, their worlds are turned upside down as they battle for true love in this fabulous take on the classic fairy tale.

“This show is so much fun,” says returning director Karen Anslow (Heathers: The Musical, Flatline with two sugars). “With romance, great music and dirty jokes, people will walk away with big smiles on their faces.”

Footlights supports InsideOUT for its production of Ashes of Soho, building on its history of giving back to the community, and will donate 10% of all ticket revenue to the Rainbow Organization (LGTBQ+). Having raised funds for Mary Potter Hospice, Youthline and School’s Out in previous productions, InsideOUT naturally fit the themes of Ashes of Soho.

“It’s really important to us to give back to the communities that have supported and helped so many of us through difficult times,” said Footlights co-founder Michael Stebbings, who plays mayoral candidate James Prince. “The acceptance of the history of
Ashes of Soho is thanks to the work of groups like InsideOUT and we’re proud to use our show to recognize and thank them for all they do.”

Ashes of Soho takes place from January 27 to February 5 in Te Auaha, Wellington. Music by George Stiles. Lyrics by Anthony Drewe. Book by Anthony Drewe and Elliot Davies. Tickets available at https://events.ticketbooth.co.nz/event/soho-cinders

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‘Peter Pan’ music production benefits from scholarship fund https://pasion-tropical.com/peter-pan-music-production-benefits-from-scholarship-fund/ Mon, 17 Jan 2022 18:31:40 +0000 https://pasion-tropical.com/peter-pan-music-production-benefits-from-scholarship-fund/

Palatine Park District will host a live performance of “Peter Pan: A Musical Adventure” at the Cutting Hall Performing Arts Center, 150 E. Wood St., Palatine.

Opening at 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 22, the show will also have performances at 7 p.m. on January 22 and 1 p.m. on Sunday, January 23. The box office and lobby will open one hour before showtime for ticket sales and raffle tickets.

Performances from the Palatine Dance Class will be presented before the show and during intermission. All proceeds from the event will support Susannah’s Gift Scholarship Fund.

Tickets are $10 and are available in advance and at the door. Palatine Park District will also livestream the 1 p.m. show on January 22. Live stream tickets can be purchased for $5, hosted on Eventbright.

The Susannah Gift Scholarship Fund was established in memory of Susannah Kist, a longtime theater and music teacher from the Palatine Park District, who lost her battle with cancer in 2009. The Scholarship Fund, made possible through the Palatine Park Foundation, assists residents in financial need who would like to participate in cultural arts activities in the Park District.

“We’ve set up this wonderful scholarship fund, so students don’t need to let funding be a barrier to pursuing a course in the arts. We’d like to spread the word that more people can enjoy it,” said Lisa Swan, Cultural Arts Coordinator for the Palatine Park District.

Tickets are available at the Cutting Hall box office and can be purchased in person at 150 E. Wood St., by phone at (847) 202-5222 or online at coupehall.org.

A link to Livestream Tickets can be found on the Park District Facebook page and at coupehall.org. Additional ticketing fees may apply.

For in-person advance transactions, the box office will be open one hour before each scheduled performance.

If you have any questions regarding the Palatine Park Foundation donation program, email parkfoundation@palatineparks.org. All donations to the foundation are tax deductible. Donations, sponsorships and in-kind donations can be made for a specific purpose or can be used without restriction to provide financial assistance where it is most needed.

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Safety Justin Simmons’ work in the Broncos community is no secret. The three-time Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee is as dedicated off the court as he is, working closely with several charities in the Denver area and beyond.

Now Simmons and his wife have embarked on a new adventure – helping fund a musical that aims to tackle bullying, a subject Simmons himself is familiar with.

“One of the things that hurts me the most in society today is bullying,” Simmons told The Undefeated, “and I was bullied when I was younger by moving from Virginia to South Florida just as I was starting college, so it was tough.”

Simmons is always looking for ways to get more involved in the community, and he felt a strong connection to the message of “Speak Life: The Musical.”

“One of the community service projects he’s been working on and connecting to because of his mission to end bullying with a message of empathy is Speak Life End Bullying the Musical,” wrote Victoria Hernandez of The Undefeated.

Simmons was first introduced to Dan and Rebecca Burd, the founders of Speak Life, in his hometown of Stuart, Florida, where Simmons and the Burds attend the same church.

“The Simmons family immediately signed on and funded the transformation of the musical into a film suitable for screening in schools with the goal of reaching 1 million students in 1,000 schools by 2022,” Hernandez wrote.

The ability to spread Speak Life’s anti-bullying message even further was an opportunity Simmons could not pass up.

“I think it’s so powerful for kids to be able to see this movie and see this message, because a lot of the time you think you’re the only one going through something,” Simmons said.

Simmons’ work in the community extends far beyond Speak Life. He works with the Denver Broncos Boys & Girls Club and started his own foundation, the Justin Simmons Foundation, to support Colorado youth in various ways.

And Simmons’ continued dedication to improving his community doesn’t go unnoticed by anyone who comes in contact with him.

“I don’t know if I’ve ever met such a young man who understood the power that one life can have, because his life is going to change the lives of millions of children,” Rebecca Burd told The Undefeated.

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A musical revelation in the traditional Pahari folk industry by Inder Jeet & ISur Studio. https://pasion-tropical.com/a-musical-revelation-in-the-traditional-pahari-folk-industry-by-inder-jeet-isur-studio/ Mon, 17 Jan 2022 15:19:23 +0000 https://pasion-tropical.com/a-musical-revelation-in-the-traditional-pahari-folk-industry-by-inder-jeet-isur-studio/ Inder Jeet is known as a very popular Himalayan singer, actor, lyricist and composer. He has a great contribution to save and promote Himachali culture and to bring Himachali culture in the country and abroad.

Inder Jeet was born on March 12, 1992 in the inaccessible place Doghari of Kullu district. He liked to sing songs since childhood. He completed his government school education. Senator Sec. Shalang School. He started his career in 2010 with the debut album “Dil Ka Kya Kasoor”, which people didn’t like very much. After that, Inder Jeet released her second album “Dil Pardesi Ho Gaya” in 2012, which was highly praised by people. He got a lot of recognition from this album.
Due to personal reasons, there was no way to pursue a career in singing despite Inder Jeet having a good identity. Inder Jeet comes from a middle class family. At that time, no one supported Inder Jeet to advance in this field. It was very difficult to have a singing career in Himachal Pradesh because the language changes after 2 km in Himachal. At that time, the trend of Himachali songs was over in Himachal Pradesh. No one wanted to listen and watch himachali songs. Because no one was working at the highest level on the videos. None of the artists wanted to take the risk, as the source of income was very less in Himachali songs.

Inder Jeet has always been fascinated by its typical himachali culture. He wanted to work his Himachali culture at a good level and wanted to take Himachali culture in the country and abroad. This task was not so easy but Inder Jeet did not give up. And it’s been determined that whether the destination is reached or not, it doesn’t matter now. Until then, I will still work on my Himachali culture.
After taking a 3 year hiatus, Inder Jeet set up his business and started making traditional Kullu songs. Then Mr. Suresh Sur, Director of iSur Studios and Inder Jeet started to work together on typical Himalayan culture. Faced many difficulties but Inder Jeet never looked back. He mainly portrays the Himachali culture in his videos. Such as old houses, beautiful places in Himachal, Himachal clothes, kullvi topi, dhattu, wool coat, old time clothes. He also included the villagers in his videos. Different types of Himachali caps have been designed in order to increase the trend of Kullvi Topi all over the country as well as foreign countries. Inder Jeet composed all types of himachali songs but he kept the himachali culture in every song. After that, Inder Jeet started making song after song and got a lot of love from people. Inder Jeet’s songs started trending on YouTube. His songs started getting millions of views on YouTube. Those who disliked watching Himachali songs are now eagerly waiting for the release of new Inderjeet songs. Inderjeet’s songs are now seen and listened to in the country and abroad. Inder Jeet changed the trend of Himachali songs. Inder Jeet gave many good messages for society through his songs. As of today’s date, famous folk singer Himachali Inder Jeet has become an inspiration to the youth and reigns in the beating of millions of hearts.
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Check out new musical The Drifters Girl starring Beverley Knight from £20 https://pasion-tropical.com/check-out-new-musical-the-drifters-girl-starring-beverley-knight-from-20/ Mon, 17 Jan 2022 10:35:00 +0000 https://pasion-tropical.com/check-out-new-musical-the-drifters-girl-starring-beverley-knight-from-20/

Beverley Knight, Britain’s ‘Queen of Soul’, stars in the West End’s hottest new musical, The Drifters Girl.

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You can enjoy performances of some of The Drifters greatest hits in the new musical production.

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Save 57% on Jersey Boys Musical Tickets https://pasion-tropical.com/save-57-on-jersey-boys-musical-tickets/ Mon, 17 Jan 2022 09:21:00 +0000 https://pasion-tropical.com/save-57-on-jersey-boys-musical-tickets/

It’s just too good to be true! The beloved musical about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons is back in the West End.

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Jersey Boys tells the amazing true story of the creation of the legendary group the Four Seasons.

From humble New Jersey origins to gigantic success, it’s a classic rags-to-riches tale – but with a twist.

Each of the four core members – Frankie Valli, Tommy DeVito, Bob Gaudio and Nick Massi – recounts the band’s troubles, from run-ins with the mob to jealousy and disputes over money.

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Chelsea Halfpenny will serve a tasty musical at the Nottingham Royal Concert Hall https://pasion-tropical.com/chelsea-halfpenny-will-serve-a-tasty-musical-at-the-nottingham-royal-concert-hall/ Mon, 17 Jan 2022 00:00:00 +0000 https://pasion-tropical.com/chelsea-halfpenny-will-serve-a-tasty-musical-at-the-nottingham-royal-concert-hall/

Meet Jenna, an expert waitress and baker who dreams of a little happiness in her life. When a hot new doctor comes to town, life gets complicated. With the support of her co-workers Becky and Dawn, Jenna overcomes the challenges she faces and discovers that laughter, love and friendship can provide the perfect recipe for happiness.

Hosted by a groundbreaking female-led creative team, this show features an acclaimed score by Grammy Award-winning Sara Bareilles (Love Song, Brave), a book by talented screenwriter Jessie Nelson (I Am Sam) and a directed by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus (Finding Neverland).

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Chelsea Halfpenny will lead the cast when the hit musical Waitress arrives in Nottingham later this year.

To find out more about how to get tickets for the show you can go to www.trch.co.uk

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Bill Callahan and Bonnie “Prince” Billy Merge Their Musical Minds https://pasion-tropical.com/bill-callahan-and-bonnie-prince-billy-merge-their-musical-minds/ Sun, 16 Jan 2022 11:00:51 +0000 https://pasion-tropical.com/bill-callahan-and-bonnie-prince-billy-merge-their-musical-minds/

Two years ago, singer-songwriters Bonnie “Prince” Billy and Bill Callahan released coverage by Yusuf/Cat Stevens”darkness of the night», a dark and quiet song about exile, grief and loneliness. The musician Azita Youssefi, who records as AZITE, contributed acoustic guitar and synthesizer, giving the track a surreal swing. The timing of the song’s arrival — weeks before the presidential election, months before the rat race for vaccine appointments — felt like a strange little gift. Life seemed bleak, but connection and collaboration were still possible. Bonnie “Prince” Billy, the pen name of Will Oldham, and Callahan, who began his career as Smog, are natural musical companions. Each has a rich, idiosyncratic voice (Oldham’s is lean and snappy; Callahan’s is low and reticent), and they’re both former representatives of Drag City, the Chicago-based independent label founded in 1990 by Dan Koretzky and Dan Osborn. The label has hosted, at various times and for varying durations, artists such as Pavement, Joanna Newsom, Scott Walker, Stereolab, Silver Jews, Death and the comedian John Mulaney. For over thirty years, Drag City has provided something of an eccentric haven for artists working outside the mainstream, sometimes far away. Until recently, it was one of the only record labels to refuse streaming. (In 2017, he began selectively publishing his catalog on Spotify, Apple Music and Tidal.)

More covers followed from Oldham and Callahan, who were joined each time by another Drag City roster member: Hank Williams, Jr.’s “OD’d in Denver” (featuring Matt Sweeney), “Wish You Were” by Billie Eilish. Gay” (with Sean O’Hagan), “I Love You” by Jerry Jeff Walker (with David Pajo), “Lost in Love” by Air Supply (with Emmett Kelly) and “I’ve Been the One” by Lowell George (with Meg Baird). Some songs (“Deacon Blues” by Steely Dan) favor the original arrangement, while others (“Wish You Were Gay”) seem totally reinvented. Eventually, the nineteen covers the pair posted online were collected for “Blind Date Party.” I recently reached out to Oldham and Callahan via Zoom – Oldham from his home in Louisville, Kentucky, and Callahan from his home in Austin, Texas – and we talked about the shock of the pandemic, the future of independent labels and the mourning for David Berman.

It’s really nice to see you both.

Will Oldham: Bill, you look so good with glasses! I don’t remember if I’ve ever seen you wear them. You look very distinguished, like a 70s action star.

I was going to say “professional”.

WO: It’s like a Lee Marvin, Robert Redford, man against the universe, flamboyant kind of thing.

Bill Callahan: Thank you. I went through thirty pairs of glasses. I always break them, or my kids grab them and shock them. I think these are my glasses forever.

I listened to each of the “Blind Date Party” singles as they were released online, but found it to be a very different experience to hear them put together and sequenced.

WO: Bill came up with the sequence. I like the flow.

Bill, is this work – the order of the songs – instinctive for you?

BC: He is. It’s the one thing in music that I think I’m good at. And, you know, I proved it with this. [Laughs.] When I make my records, I’ve already sequenced them before even going to the studio. The songs may be unfinished, but they already have a sequence.

The act of serialization can be shockingly powerful – sometimes you put one thing next to another and then change them both. You started collaborating on these songs in the spring of 2020. How did you start?

WO: During the last year of his life, David Berman came up with the idea of ​​a tour with Bill, David and myself called the Gentlemen of Drag City. We brainstormed casually, thinking that would probably never happen. But what if that do? How fun would that be? This does not happen. And then the lockdown happened. One day I was talking with Dan Koretzky. I throw ideas at him, and usually hear his glassy eyes on the phone. I started thinking about Willie [Nelson] and Wayne [Jennings] records, how they would team up – they were supposedly duet records, but maybe Waylon wouldn’t be on a song, or it wouldn’t be totally obvious, or they would be covering for each other. So I thought, Well, what if Bill and I did this, and tried to get as many other people together as possible? We still didn’t know what was going on in the world. How could we jam all these musicians and get them to do something together? Impossible! But everything happened. We started the engine, and it wouldn’t stop for months and months.

In the early panicked days of the pandemic, I thought a lot about an interview I read with Frank Sinatra years ago in which he said something about the importance of fallow periods for artists – it’s time to reset. He meant intentionally. But, over the past couple of years, it’s often felt like someone pulled the emergency brake on music, or at least live music. How did each of you react to this?

BC: I always try to write. But one sentiment that I’ve heard a lot of people echo with me is that there’s nothing worth writing about except the pandemic, and what can you say about the pandemic? He took so long to show himself to us. I went through a period of reflection, there is no place for my stupid little music in this world. When you do a cover, you are not responsible for the lyrics. It was the perfect way to keep working during a confusing time.

WO: I try to deal with this idea of ​​the fallow period. I think I’ve always been comfortable with the times when there’s no writing, because why worry? It seems worrying about it would only make it a problem when it isn’t. You just have to trust that something is going on. Bonnie “Prince” Billy’s record “I Made a Place” had just come out, and I told Drag City that I was going to stick with my kind of skeletal, dark social media accounts, or shut them down for a while. , or , you know, get rid of them. And then, at that point, the pandemic happened, and I thought, Oh, well, that’s why Big Tech engineered the virus, right? To increase everyone’s addiction to these forums. And I thought, we’re going to cover these songs, but we’re going to do them on steroids, we’re going to use all the resources we have, including social media. We identified and expanded our community through it. It was about Bill and I connecting with each other and then with all these different artists that we had some degree of connection with, superficial or strong, through Drag City. Rather than mourning the lack of connection with others, it was the perfect time to take stock of the connections we had.

It seems like a good time to ask you both about the title. It’s playful, but it also suggests a lack of context. I like to sometimes come to an artwork without much information. It’s something I love about collecting pre-war 78 rpm records – for all sorts of nefarious and not-so-negative reasons, it’s often hard to find information about pre-war American artists . So the song exists on its own terms, unhindered. There is something difficult about it, but also something beautiful. Did you encourage some of the artists you worked with to come to these songs blind, and not worry too much about provenance?

BC: A blind date comes to your door. It was like that with those songs. We gave these artists full permission to do whatever they wanted, absolutely whatever they wanted, on the cover. Make him unrecognizable, whatever. So when we retrieved those files, it was like a stranger showing up for a date.

WO: Bill said “Blind Date” and I said, how about “Blind Date Party”? Nobody chose his songs; each was randomly assigned a song.

Was anyone in Drag City pulling songs out of a hat?

BC: If we told you the truth, you would think that we were tearing your chain off. [Laughs.] He was chosen by a dog, Dan Koretzky’s dog. He set up an elaborate situation in his apartment, with each song title and each performer’s name on a treat. Somehow, the order in which the dog found the treats around Dan’s apartment determined who got which song.

It’s incredible.

WO: I like to think about what you just talked about – the mess, the quirks, the mystery behind some of the pre-war 78s. Bill and I both brought big names to the table, in my case Lou Reed, and in Bill Iggy Pop’s case. They are well recognized, well respected and well celebrated. And yet, I still don’t feel like the Lou Reed I love is recognized and celebrated. Maybe everyone feels that way about some of their favorite performers or artists. But, you know, I think “Legendary Hearts” is like a pre-war 78. It’s still one of the best records I’ve ever heard, and yet I’ve never seen anyone try to dissect it or tell me anything about it. And “Rooftop Garden” is even deeper. Just, like, what? Why is it a good song? I do not know. It’s a good song, but why is it a good song? It’s wild. Or “I want to go to the beach”, by Iggy Pop. It’s like, well, what’s up with that? Where does this magic come from, and why does it move me? We think we know something about Iggy Pop, and luckily we don’t, because that way I can still listen to that Iggy Pop song and be completely transported to a place where the rules of reality don’t apply. not necessarily apply.

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