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If you’re a fan of both Weird Al Yankovic and the musical Hamilton, then you will enjoy this polka tribute from Weird Al:

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The Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race kicked off this weekend which is part of the reason I was so excited to find this song, “You’ve Got to Run (Spirit of the Wind)” on YouTube. This is a song written by Canadian folksinger Buffy Saint-Marie for the George Attla biopic, “Spirit of the Wind,” which I have fond memories of. Some of the downtown scenes were filmed in my hometown and some of the extras were folks from the community.
George Attla, for those that don’t know, was an Athabascan dog musher from the small village of Huslia. In the film, “You’ve Got to Run” is heard during the climatic scene where young George runs his first major dog race, the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous. The song is terrifically catchy. The young lady singing along with Buffy is Inuit throat singer, Tanya Tagaq.

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I really don’t need any proof that I’m tragically un-hip, but if I did, it would be right here: I learned about the hottest Latin song sweeping the nation from the “Guardian” website. The song is “Despacito” (check it out below).

Luis Fonsi, who is Puerto Rican, translates the song’s lyrics from Spanish to English and talks about his inspiration for the song in the below article from “Huffington Post”:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/despacito-lyrics-english-translation_us_59272008e4b062f96a34f844

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Here’s my little shout out to all women everywhere in honor of Women’s History Month. This is Malvina Reynolds’ song, “It Isn’t Nice”, which I thought was very appropriate. Malvina was a singer-songwriter and political activist who began her songwriting career when she was in her 40s.

 

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This jukebox is going out to the members of the Women’s March and to all protesters everywhere fighting the good fight. Your strength inspires and encourages me.

Sam Cooke’s “A Change is Gonna Come” is a classic. I like the way the video draws parallels between the protest marches of the past and those of today.

A new classic for our time, “Quiet” by MILCK (Connie Lim). Performed at the Women’s March in Washington (Jan. 2017) and then on Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.

And my favorite protest song of all time, “Step by Step,” a 19th century union song popularized by Pete Seeger and here performed by Sweet Honey in the Rock. A great marching song.

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Okay, it’s not Halloween yet, but in every way that matters autumn has come to Arnor. The geese and cranes are migrating, the leaves have turned gold and are starting to fall, the evening darkness falls sooner and lasts longer, the harvest is starting to come in, the fog settles in until the sun burns it off ….In short, a perfect time to enjoy a few Halloween-related songs.

Starting us off is the theme song, “This is Halloween”,  from Tim Burton’s claymation musical Nightmare Before Christmas. The marching beat is particularly fun.

 

Following that is the mashup between the opening songs of “Hamilton” and “Sweeney Todd”. Yes, prepare yourself for “Hamiltodd”.

What, er, kills me about “Hamiltodd” is how much the cast of Hamilton enjoys rapping the story of Sweeney–and cutting throats.

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