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James Starace

Not Fade Away -- David Chase's Ode to 60s Rock Play

David Chase's Love Letter to Mid-60's Rock -- Not Fade Away

David Chase's recent film "Not Fade Away" is an examination of the 1960's in suburban New Jersey, as seen through the prism of music. John Magaro plays a musician who is moved by hearing The Beatles and The Rolling Stones to join a band. His band endures many typical "band problems" including fights about song writing, lead singer changes, searching for a manager and love interests. As the 60s progress the band achieves some minor success and Magaro's character (Douglas) ends up in Los Angeles with his girlfriend Grace (played by Bella Heathcote) at a party with Charlie Watts.

On the way, the film slowly reveals the changes the 60s created both in the younger and older generation.

Two of David Chase's "Sopranos" co-workers James Gandolfini (as Douglas' father) and Steven Van Zandt (as musical coordinator) add depth to the production.




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"David Chase"
"Not Fade Away"
"John Magaro"
"The Beatles"
"The Rolling Stones"
"band problems"
"Bella Heathcote"
"Charlie Watts"
"James Gandolfini"
"Steven Van Zandt"
"I Want To Hold Your Hand"
"Please Mister Postman"
"I Just Want To Make Love To You"
"Time Is On My Side"
"Hey Bo Diddley"
"All Day and All of the Night"
"The Kinks"
"Tomorrow Never Knows"
"Good Mornin' Blues"
"Bali Ha'i"
"South Pacific"
"I Can't Stand It"
"Eric Clapton"
"I've Got A Feeling"

Faith Hill -- Waitin' All Day for Sunday Night Play

Faith Hill Merges Music, Football, Phones and Fashion

The NFL kicked-off the 2012-2013 season. Sunday's edition of NBC's coverage of the NFL (Sunday Night Football) brought us Faith Hill's latest version of the introductory song, let's call it: "I've Been Waitin' All Day for Sunday Night." One great way to promote your product is to align it with the correct music. In this case NBC has a fantastic product (NFL Football)...and pairing Joan Jett's "I Hate Myself for Loving You" with a country superstar certainly is a touchdown. NBC also uses this prime spot in the program to take care of two other pieces of business: a plug for SNF's sponsor (Verizon) and one of their programs (The Voice).

Obviously a strong singer and "The Voice" are a natural pairing, and seeing the pro's from "The Voice" is kind of a kick (and a surprise). Most of the Verizon mentions are also organic and make sense. I like the "rolling case" and the "mobile phone" version of the football action. Sprint used to have this position in the original SNF intro...and I'd advise Verizon to pay whatever NBC wants to keep the slot.

Fashion also plays a part in "I've Been Waitin' All Day for Sunday Night". It looks like Faith's dress is from Alexander McQueen, with heels from YSL. Both designers should be happy with the placement...in previous versions of the songs, Faith makes wardrobe changes...so this seems a positive for McQueen and YSL.

The Song Behind The Spot -- Tropicana and The Beatles Play

The Song Behind The Spot -- Tropicana, Ingrid Michaelson and The Beatles

One great way to promote your product is to align it with the correct music. Tropicana's latest commercial with Ingrid Michaelson goes a bit further. Of course, the song "Good Day Sunshine" is perfect for an orange juice commercial. But, once the creative team decided to pay the rights for a Lennon/McCartney song (decidedly tilted toward McCartney in this case)...they knew they had the Boomers covered. Next question around the table probably was..."What about the Millennials (aka GenY)?"

The answer was a smart one...Ingrid Michaelson. With her 2007 breakout hit "The Way I Am" on her "Girls and Boys" album...she's well known to Millennials. If you were in high school or college when "The Way I Am" came out...you're likely out of college and into the "buying orange juice" portion of your life. Not that it really matters...but I wonder if Millennials even know it's a Beatle song from the album Revolver.

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"The Way I Am"
"Ingrid Michaelson"
"Lennon/McCartney"
"Good Day Sunshine"
"Girls and Boys"
"Orange Juice"

That's Life Play

Smash: Opening Night Duet of "That's Life"

Opening night for "Bombshell" on Broadway and the reviews for Ivy (Megan Hilty) are good. Karen (Katharine McPhee) watches the performance and is feeling more than a tinge of remorse for giving up the part. Backstage Karen tells Ivy she was jealous of her, but stayed to see the show's closing number "Don't Forget Me", which Karen sang in season one's finale. At the after party Ivy calls Karen up to the stage for a duet of "That's Life", the Frank Sinatra classic.

It's great to see a rare Karen/Ivy duet...similar to the "Impromptu Street Performance" from season one.

Crazy Playlist Play

Crystal Bowersox Is Patsy Cline

Crystal Bowersox is slated to star on Broadway this summer as Patsy Cline. The show is currently called "Always...Patsy Cline". According to Broadway.com it tells the true story of the friendship that developed between Patsy Cline and Louise Seger, her most devoted fan. One day in 1961 Louise met Patsy at Houston's Esquire Ballroom. Afterward, Patsy kept in touch with her number one fan by writing her long hand-written letters until the day she died tragically in a plane crash. She signed the letters "(Love) Always, Patsy Cline." Annette O'Toole will play Seger.

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"Crystal Bowersox"
"Patsy Cline"
"Broadway.com"
"Louise Seger"
"Houston's Esquire Ballroom"
"Annette O'Toole"
"Willie Nelson"
"Sheryl Crow"

Naya Rivera and 2CELLOS

Naya Rivera and 2CELLOS In A Spaceship

Naya Rivera (Santana from Glee) reunites with 2CELLOS in the new song Supermassive Black Hole. The video -- directed by Scott Lochmas -- takes you to an unusual spaceship...where warning lights create the need for cello music and a female singer with a big voice.

However unlikely the scenario...the music and singing is great. The song is on 2CELLOS latest album "In2ition" released January 2013.

Young Croatian cellists Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser, known as 2CELLOS, achieved sensational success by taking the cello to a new level and breaking the boundaries between different genres of music. Their dueling cellos version of Michael Jackson's 'Smooth Criminal' -- featured on Glee -- has in the words of their verified Twitter account "taken the world by storm".

Elton John has said about 2CELLOS, "...Go and see them live, because it really is astonishing! I can't remember seeing anything as exciting as them since I saw Jimi Hendrix live back in the 60's."

The cross-promotion between Glee and 2CELLOS proves once again the need music has for TV and visa versa.
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