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Happy Birthday Amanda Palmer


Today is the birthday of dark cabaret artist, Amanda Palmer.

I’m a fairly new fan, of the last few years.

Here’s some cool stuff by her:

Dresden Dolls – Coin Operated Boy

Amanda Palmer & The Young Punx – Map of Tasmania

Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra – “Want it Back”

Amanda Palmer “No Surprises”

Amanda Palmer – “The Killing Type”

Happy Birthday Tommy James!

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta

tommy-james-and-mary-anneTommy James, Maryanne, 2011

Happy Birthday to one of my favorite artists, Tommy James!

In honor of his birthday, I am directing you to a blog I wrote last year on my other blog page, “Maryanne’s Jukebox” which describes my first experience going to see Tommy James perform back in 2010, and at the end includes an article I wrote about him that was published in several Patches online.

I truly feel that seeing Tommy James perform “Crystal Blue Persuasion” live planted a seed in me becoming a Christian. One day I was sitting in my car and heard “Crystal Blue Persuasion” started breaking down in tears and at that moment rededicated my life to Jesus Christ. Then just a few years later, I found my home church.

(Interesting side note, today I found a Christian magazine that needs writers — such a coincidence on Tommy James birthday! I’ll let…

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Happy Birthday Barbra Streisand!

"What's Up, Doc?" Barbra Streisand 1972 Warner Brothers ** I.V.

Happy Birthday to the beautiful, legendary Barbra Streisand.

I’m mostly a fan of her earlier work (1960s, 1970s) and here are some of my favorites:

From Funny Girl, and she looks so gorgeous — those eyes!

“I’d Rather Be Blue”

I loved her version of “Stoney End” from the 1972 “Live at the Forum” that my mom played regularly

Stoney End

Her biggest hit, “People” — also from “Funny Girl”


And written by Laura Nyro, “Time and Love”

Time and Love

Another from “Funny Girl”

Second Hand Rose

And from her “Butterfly” album — covering David Bowie’s “Life on Mars”!

Life on Mars

Doors Legend John Densmore at Vintage Vinyl, Fords, NJ

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta

SAM_0650John Densmore

Over 600 fans waited outside Vintage Vinyl in Fords, New Jersey to meet John Densmore, legendary drummer of the Doors who was there promoting his new book, “The Doors: Unhinged.”

When I got my book signed, Densmore took the time to compliment me on my jacket before he signed my book. “Wow, that’s a great jacket!” he said.

I told him, “It’s an honor to meet you!” and shook his hand.

There’s a limited run on the books, 2500 only. I’m number 662!

I started reading the book last night and it’s super good. He illustrates the finer side of Jim Morrison, the genius that he was, rather than how he was known as a drunk. Also how Jim didn’t want his music used in commercials as a sell-out, he wasn’t in it just for the money. Good stuff and I can’t wait to read more.

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RIP Richie Havens

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta

Ritchie HavensRichie Havens

Rest in peace to another legend. Richie Havens died of a heart attack on Monday at age 72.

Richie Havens was one of the musical legends that played at Woodstock in 1969, his most famous song, “Freedom.”

My husband Dennis and I had the honor of meeting him a few years ago when he played at Crossroads in Garwood. As we were walking in, he was standing out in front getting a breath of fresh air, so we said hello. He was a very kind man.

Here is his song Freedom to honor him on this sad day:

Richie Havens

And his version of Here Comes the Sun

Here Comes the Sun

God bless his family, friends and fans in this time of sorrow.

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RIP Chrissie Amphlett

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta

ChrissieChrissie Amphlette RIP

Chrissie Amphlette, beautiful lead singer of the Divinyls died yesterday of breast cancer at the age of 53.

My heart goes out to her family, loved ones and many fans.

Another talent lost to Rock ‘n’ Roll Heaven.

Here’s the cool, sexy song they were most known for:

I Touch Myself

RIP Beautiful Angel

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Happy Birthday to Selena (RIP)

SelenaSelena (photo swiped from Google search)

Today is the birthday of Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, top Latin artist of the 1990s who  was murdered March 31, 1995 by president of her fan club.

I had the honor of reviewing some of her CDs for the Aquarian/Arts Weekly. In fact, that’s how I learned of her music and I LOVE her! She sings beautifully, is gorgeous and timeless. RIP Selena!

Here are some great songs by Selena:

Fotos Y Recuerdos (You’ll recognize this one! Hint: It’s a Pretenders song)

Bidi Bidi Bom Bom

La Bamba

Happy Birthday Samantha Fox

Samantha+Fox+Sam+Fox+and+Cat+2Samantha Fox (photo swiped from Google Search)

Samantha Fox was a singer/model who was very famous in the 1980s for her hit “Touch Me.”

Touch Me

To me, that’s her best song. I love that song so much, to this day.

And here’s a cute little clip of her singing/dancing with Freddie Mercury:

Samantha Fox, Freddie Mercury

She is still making albums and performing. Here is a clip from 2010, Samantha Fox and Italian singer Sabrina singing Blondie hit “Call Me”

Call Me

Happy Birthday Samantha Fox, who turns 47 today.

Michael Nesmith at Union County Performing Arts Center, Rahway, NJ

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta

SAM_0562Famous Union County Arts Center, Rahway, New Jersey

(“School of Rock” was filmed here!)

SAM_0555Legendary Michael Nesmith (Photo by Dennis Mistretta)

Last night my husband and I enjoyed the most extraordinary evening — a performance by music legend, Michael Nesmith. We had fifth row!

Nesmith is mostly known for being in The Monkees. But what most people don’t realize is how many amazing songs he’s written for other artists and in his solo career. Two of my favorites are “Different Drum” and “Some of Shelley’s Blues,” which were recorded, beautifully, by Linda Ronstadt. And then hearing these gorgeous songs live, by the man who wrote them, was just off the hook. I got so choked up as I held back tears, I was totally moved.

He opened up with one of my other favorite Mike Nesmith songs, “Papa Gene’s Blues.” (Side note, my cat Billy likes this song. When we…

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One Night of Queen at Count Basie Theater, Red Bank, NJ

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta

Gary Mullen - One Night of QueenGary Mullen as Freddie Mercury (photo swiped from One Night of Queen website)

I am a true, diehard Queen fan. The first five albums, I know better than the back of my hand. I can tell you every song, in order, who wrote the songs, who sang lead vocal and what special instruments were used in addition to the basic guitar, drums, bass and vocals.

Whenever I go to see a Queen tribute band, I don’t expect much, because #1, there was and is only ONE Freddie Mercury; #2, even if the band was awful (and none ever were), it’s still great to hear all those old songs performed live.

I only saw Queen once in 1982. Then I saw them again in 2005, with Paul Rodgers. Then I saw Almost Queen, an amazing tribute band, many times.

Last night I saw One Night of Queen, featuring Gary Mullen and…

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