Apr. 17th, 2009

Parton Joins 9 to 5's Block on Debut Solo Recording, "This Place I Know"

By Andrew Gans
April 17, 2009

Grammy Award-winning songwriter Dolly Parton duets with 9 to 5: The Musical co-star Stephanie J. Block on the Parton classic "I Will Always Love You," one of 13 tracks on Block's debut solo recording, "This Place I Know," due in stores in June on the PS Classics label.

Produced by its music director, Dominick Amendum, the new CD will arrive in stores June 2; iTunes will feature the recording beginning May 12.

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So, it's Friday and I can amuse myself by watching the Youtube Symphony... which ends Act 1 with Wagner's The Ride of the Valkyries.

See Bugs Bunny's take on the whole thing:

This is the first act of the Carnegie Hall performance... and Ride of the Valkyrie's is at the end...

And the second act:

April 17, 2009
Television Review | 'Grey Gardens'
Decline and Fall, in Genteel Style

Genteel folly has many faces — Miss Havisham and Blanche DuBois are two of them — yet until 30-some years ago, there wasn’t a handy shorthand for both faded grandeur and alarming decay. “Grey Gardens,” a legendary 1975 documentary about the Beales of East Hampton, N.Y., filled the gap between Norma Desmond and the Collyer brothers.

The mere spectacle of Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale and her daughter, Little Edie, an aunt and a first cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, eating out of tin cans and sharing their dilapidated mansion with dozens of cats, raccoons and fleas was shocking. But that freak show alone would not have been enough to keep “Grey Gardens,” so vivid in the public imagination — and cultural lexicon — for so long.

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