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By Jennifer Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun Media Group | June 19, 2013
"This is the song. La la la la. Elmo's song. " More like: This is the song. La la la la. Always in my head. One day several weeks ago, I was attempting to trim Danielle's fingernails (since she doesn't fall asleep in my arms any longer) and I decided to Google "Sesame Street video" to find something to distract her from squirming. Enter "Elmo's Song. " Ever since, Dani has been clamoring for more and more of the video. Any adult goes near a computer in my house and she's on them immediately -- arms up, hopeful look on her face.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | July 3, 2013
For your Midweek Madness drollery: Yuri Simonov's ever so slightly animated conducting finds a perfect match with a gangnam soundtrack.
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By Jordan Bartel | June 5, 2013
Still an emotional wreck after last week's heartbreaking Red Wedding episode? Maybe some music will cheer you up. The HBO series' composer, Ramin Djawadi, has just unveiled the Season 3 soundtrack before the June 9 season finale. Highlights include three different versions of the series' theme (because one is not enough), the Hold Steady performing "The Bear and the Maiden Fair" and Kerry Ingram (Shireen Baratheon) on "It's Always Summer Under the Sea. " The soundtrack is embedded below.
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By Jennifer Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun Media Group | June 19, 2013
"This is the song. La la la la. Elmo's song. " More like: This is the song. La la la la. Always in my head. One day several weeks ago, I was attempting to trim Danielle's fingernails (since she doesn't fall asleep in my arms any longer) and I decided to Google "Sesame Street video" to find something to distract her from squirming. Enter "Elmo's Song. " Ever since, Dani has been clamoring for more and more of the video. Any adult goes near a computer in my house and she's on them immediately -- arms up, hopeful look on her face.
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By Henry Scarupa | January 2, 1991
It's a sad, haunting melody and listeners love it.Ashokan Farewell" -- the plaintive fiddle theme from the soundtrack of Ken Burns' documentary "The Civil War" -- is off and running on at least one local country music radio station.Greg Cole, music director for WPOC-FM, reports the cut, performed by J. Unger and the group Fiddle Fever, drew a couple dozen requests, more than any other number played during the week before Christmas."In comparison with the other songs we carried that week, it was by far and away the leader," he says.
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By Sheila Rule and Sheila Rule,New York Times News Service | August 19, 1993
NEW YORK -- The gravelly voiced Jimmy Durante crooning on MTV? It could happen, thanks to the popularity of the soundtrack from the romantic comedy hit "Sleepless in Seattle" (Epic Soundtrax), which this week strutted its way to No. 1 on Billboard's top albums chart. It is the fastest-selling soundtrack since the huge success of "The Bodyguard" last year.Heavy on nostalgia and not-so-familiar renditions of old standards, the album has produced a hit single, a remake of "When I Fall in Love" by Celine Dion and Clive Griffin.
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By Jonathan Pitts and Jonathan Pitts,SUN STAFF | January 3, 2004
When Charles Frazier's epic novel Cold Mountain came out in 1997, it found two passionate readers in the world of American traditional music. Multi-instrumentalist Tim O'Brien, long known as a leading light in bluegrass and American-Celtic music, and Dirk Powell, a well-known Appalachian fiddler, composer and session man, found the journey of the main character, a wounded Confederate soldier making his way home during the Civil War, as moving as any...
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,SUN POP MUSIC CRITIC | February 23, 2000
Make no mistake: "The Next Best Thing" is definitely a showcase for Madonna. Not only does she star in the film (along with Rupert Everett, who gets top billing), but she put the soundtrack album together. But even though the disc features new songs by the singer/actress, it would be wrong to say that the soundtrack to "The Next Best Thing" (Maverick 47595) is the next best thing to a new Madonna album. Anyone who was a fan of her last album, 1998's "Ray of Light," will find much to like about "The Next Best Thing."
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By M. Dion Thompson and M. Dion Thompson,Sun Staff | October 7, 2001
Our lives have soundtracks, songs that become touchstones for our experience. All we have to do is hear a few familiar strains, and we are transported back to a certain time and place, a certain mood. It could be as dynamic and transcendent as John Coltrane's "A Love Supreme," as innocent and tender as Smokey Robinson's "You've Really Got a Hold on Me," or as exuberant and defiant as James Brown's anthemic 1968 hit, "Say It Loud. I'm Black and I'm Proud." The Godfather's song was a cultural and psychological breakthrough if you happened to be a black baby boomer growing up in the 1960s, watching riots, assassinations and war, listening as your people moved by fits and starts from being colored to being Negro to being black.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | July 3, 2013
For your Midweek Madness drollery: Yuri Simonov's ever so slightly animated conducting finds a perfect match with a gangnam soundtrack.
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By Jordan Bartel | June 5, 2013
Still an emotional wreck after last week's heartbreaking Red Wedding episode? Maybe some music will cheer you up. The HBO series' composer, Ramin Djawadi, has just unveiled the Season 3 soundtrack before the June 9 season finale. Highlights include three different versions of the series' theme (because one is not enough), the Hold Steady performing "The Bear and the Maiden Fair" and Kerry Ingram (Shireen Baratheon) on "It's Always Summer Under the Sea. " The soundtrack is embedded below.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2012
The passing of time is impossible to ignore, but Motion City Soundtrack's Justin Pierre tried his hardest for more than a decade. "I spent a good, long chunk of my life - 15 years, I'd say - not really living in the moment but rather avoiding the moment," Pierre said. A couple of years ago, the lead singer, now 36, looked at his family and suddenly knew he had to change his perspective. "My brother has a kid. Some of my siblings are married. My parents are grandparents," he said.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | April 4, 2012
David Bryan has a message for Baltimore theatergoers: You won't be able to tell the difference between "Memphis" at the Hippodrome and its Broadway counterpart. The casts and stage have changed, but the 50-year-old playwright and Bon Jovi keyboardist ensures the quality will remain the same. "You don't have to go to Broadway to see the real show," Bryan said. "This is the real show. " Bryan should know, since he is the show's "quality-control guy. " He says he and co-writer Joe DiPietro were in charge of all of the auditions for the Baltimore production.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | July 23, 2011
It looks a little bit like a body board, and it does ride the waves — sound waves, that is. Meet the harpejji, a fretted string instrument invented and built in the Baltimore area. Coldplay bought one. A.R. Rahman, who composed the score to "Slumdog Millionaire," purchased several of the instruments. A huge global audience saw Rahman play one during the Academy Awards ceremony last February, in a performance of the song "If I Rise" from his score to "127 Hours. " And Jordan Rudess, keyboardist of prog-metal group Dream Theater, plans to feature the harpejji (pronounced "har-PEH-jee")
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By David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun | April 23, 2011
Last season in previewing HBO's "Treme," I said that in 30 years of writing about television, I had never heard music used as organically, wisely and powerfully as it was in the New Orleans-based series created by David Simon and Eric Overmyer. I also said I never expected to hear it done better on TV. I was wrong. Sunday night's opening of Season 2 takes it to another level. And the use of music just keeps getting stronger and stronger through each of the episodes made available by HBO. In the Season 2 opener, titled "Accentuate the Positive," there is one knockout musical production after another.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,tim.smith@baltsun.com | July 10, 2009
Taking a shower has never felt truly safe ever since Janet Leigh stepped under the spray in the bathroom of nondescript Cabin 1 at the Bates Motel, during the most famous scene of Alfred Hitchcock's stylish horror film from 1960, Psycho. It's chilling enough to see the mysterious assailant's knife come slashing through the air at the unfortunate woman. What really makes the scene click is the accompanying sound of Bernard Herrmann's music, with its piercing strings underlining every jab of the violence.
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May 3, 2006
Concert Ben Lee performs Tonight at 8, Australian singer-songwriter Ben Lee, whose most recent album is Awake is the New Asleep and whose song "Catch My Disease" is featured on the Grey's Anat omy soundtrack, performs at Rams Head Tavern. The venue is at 33 West St. in Annapolis. Tickets are $18.50. Call 410-268-4545 or visit ramshead tavern.com.
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By Christina Lee and Christina Lee,sun reporter | April 19, 2007
The rotoscoped 2006 film A Scanner Darkly begins seven years from now with a scene that sends shivers down spines. As Freck (Rory Cochrane) twitches and itches, aphids scramble down from his scalp and across his whole body. Graham Reynolds struggled for nearly 1 1/2 years to create the right music for this eerie, frantic scene. "It was the first scene we worked on, and it was the very last scene we finished," Reynolds confessed. Two nights before the soundtrack was due, he and his Austin, Texas, band, the Golden Arm Trio, scrapped the version they had in favor of a completely new one. Richard Linklater's film of Philip K. Dick's haunting novel stars Keanu Reeves, Robert Downey Jr., Woody Harrelson and Winona Ryder.
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December 4, 2008
Every great social movement creates its own musical score. So it was with the American civil rights movement and Odetta, the honey-voiced songstress and musical conscience of that era who died this week at the age of 77. Odetta was a force of nature who drew from every strand of America's folk music tradition - prison ditties and work songs, Irish ballads and gospel tunes, spirituals and the blues. Her art and her voice embodied the rage, courage, defiance and hope of the terrific moral struggle that transformed America in the 1960s.
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By Joe Burris and Joe Burris,sun reporter | August 15, 2007
Tweens everywhere are texting, blogging and chatting about Friday's eagerly anticipated sequel, pondering whether it will be as totally awesome as the original. Adults without a preteen in their home may be asking, "Sequel to what?" High School Musical 2, welcome to the radar screen. The follow-up to last year's hit movie on cable TV's Disney Channel is garnering mainstream attention, more than three months after the network announced that the show would premiere Friday night. Consider that the original High School Musical was one of the biggest successes in pop culture last year.
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