Since social distancing has become a standard practice, many people have turned to music to help stay connected and in this case inject some much needed humor into our current situation. Below are three different covers from songs originally sung by The Bee Gees, The Knack and Nirvana. Enjoy.
“Stayin’ Inside” (Bee Gees cover)
My Corona (The Knack cover)
by Chris Mann
Stay Inside (Nirvana cover)
by Urian Hackney of Rough Francis
All over the world we have seen videos of people using music to uplift spirits and to make people feel connected. Shelbie Rassler, a composition major at Boston Conservatory at Berklee, put a spin on that idea, bringing together over 70 of her fellow musicians together virtually for a rendition of “What the World Needs Now is Love” by Burt Bacharach. The result is a unique spin on a classic song, with video of each of the musicians playing or singing their parts, safely socially distanced, but brought together by the music. The credits at the end are accompanied by multiple dancers. Enjoy the video and much thanks to Shelbie and her classmates for a beautiful video.
Much thanks to my sister for sharing this local story with me earlier this week. You can read more about this story on Boston.com, here.
Mark Kanemura was on So You Think You Can Dance a few years back. He regularly posts short, entertaining videos like this one from last year. As you can see, Mark has enough Christmas spirit for all of us.
So for those of you who are celebrating Christmas, I hope you have a wonderful holiday and for the rest of you, enjoy this ridiculous video. I’m sure it will bring a smile to your face.
It is easy to get caught up in American politics, but there is a world outside of the US and many in the LGBTQ community have it far worse. I was struck by this creative response by husbands Jakub and David who decided to respond to the Polish government’s recent decision to create “LGBT-free zones” by asking people to record themselves singing the Taylor Swift song “Calm down”.Approximately 350 videos from 140 people were submitted to the couple to show their disapproval of the Polish government and in response to the uptick in attacks and assaults targeting the Polish LGBTQ community.
At the end of the video, they explain how Poland is becoming one of the most homophobic countries in Europe. Take a listen and watch.
Renée Zellweger has been cast as Judy Garland in this movie about the Hollywood legend that will open in theaters this October. The movie opens with the star arriving in London in the winter of 1968 to perform in a sell-out run. As you might imagine, drama ensues as she prepares for the show, battles with management, charms musicians, and reminisces with friends and adoring fans. But after working for 45 of her 47 years, she is exhausted; haunted by memories of a childhood lost and gripped by a desire to be back home with her kids.
The movie will feature some of her best-known songs, including the timeless classic ‘Over the Rainbow’, JUDY celebrates the voice, the capacity for love and the sheer pizzazz of “the world’s greatest entertainer”. Assuming this is as well done as the trailer looks, I bet you can expect an Oscar nomination for Renée.
Boston’g LGBTQ film festival organizer which is better known as Wicked Queer invites you and a guest to a special screening of The White Crow on Monday. Please RSVP your intentions to email@example.com.
Unfamiliar with the film? Check out the official trailer below.
A new film about the life and work of photographer Robert Mapplethorpe opens next month. For those who are unfamiliar with Mapplethorpe, Wikipedia describes his work as “sensitive yet blunt treatment of controversial subject-matter in the large-scale, highly stylized black and white medium of photography.” His most controversial work is that of the BDSM subculture in the late 1960s and early 1970s of New York City. The homoeroticism of this work fuelled a national debate over the public funding of controversial artwork.
The movie, Mapplethorpe, opens March 1 and depicts his life from moments before he and Patti Smith moved into the famed Chelsea hotel, where he begins photographing its inhabitants and his new found circle of friends including artists and musicians, socialites, film stars, and members of the S&M underground. Exploring the intersection of his art, his sexuality and his struggle for mainstream recognition, the film offers a nuanced portrait of an artist at the height of his craft and his self-destructive impulses.
At this point, I don’t have details for where or when this film will show in Boston.