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Posted on April 9, 2015 by Dana

The Soundtrack Series (well, this site) is going under the knife! In the meantime, check us out at our other home–Infinite Guest. (And don’t worry–change is good. Here. This cassette tape should serve as the perfect reminder of that.)

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Isaac Butler – Shop Around/Smokey Robinson & The Miracles

Posted on February 23, 2015 by Dana

Isaac Butler is a writer whose work has appeared in Slate, Narratively, and American Theatre. His upcoming book is called The Thousand Natural Shocks: A Father, A Family, A Crisis of Faith. This is his story about Shop Around, by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, and the very special woman who introduced it to him.


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Saidah Blount – Nothing/ Depeche Mode

Posted on January 27, 2015 by Dana

Saidah Blount is the music events manager and producer at NPR Music. This is her story about how Depeche Mode — specifically the “Nothing” scene in Depeche Mode 101 – changed her teenage life, and showed her that there were other kids looking to break out of the place they’d come from, just like her.

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AK – Do Lord

Posted on December 11, 2014 by Dana

Musician AK grew up on movie sets because her parents work in film production. But this is her story about the first time she got to appear and sing in a feature film–and why her song is not the one playing over the end credits.

“On ‘The Fast and the Furious’ I spent my summer standing in the windows of the fake stores of the Universal Studios back lot, pretending to be a dead mannequin and then coming to life as tour buses went by.”


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Whitney Joiner – Am I Right/Erasure

Posted on November 25, 2014 by Dana

Whitney Joiner is a Senior Editor at Marie Claire, and a co-founder of The Recollectors–an online community for people who have lost parents to AIDS. This is Whitney’s story about losing her father to AIDS in 1992, and how she and her brother were finally able to properly honor his memory at an Erasure concert 13 years later.

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Photo of Whitney by D. Robert Wolcheck

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Hillary Rea – I’m Gonna Get You/Bizarre Inc.

Posted on November 15, 2014 by Dana

Many couples have a song that brought them together. But as storyteller Hillary Rea can attest, not every couple is one part the lead singer of Reel Big Fish, and not every song that brought them together is “I’m Gonna Get You” by Bizarre Inc.

“I walked up to him and said, ‘What are you doing in the Techno section?’”


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Dale Dudley – Bring Him Home/Les Miserables

Posted on October 29, 2014 by Dana

Austin shock jock Dale Dudley (The Dudley & Bob Morning Show on KLBJ) on breaking free from a religious upbringing, the tattoo you’d never think he has, and Bring Him Home from Les Mis.

“We should get tattoos! On the air!”

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R. Eric Thomas – Ray of Light/Madonna

Posted on October 14, 2014 by Dana

BIG NEWS! This is our first episode as new members of Infinite Guest–the podcast network under American Public Media!

Philadelphia legend R. Eric Thomas tells us how queuing up Ray of Light always helps him to visit a very special friend.

“And now, I think that is exactly how I want my wedding to look. So if you have a barn, holler at a bitch.”

Eric Thomas

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Daren Fleming – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough/Diana Ross

Posted on September 24, 2014 by Dana

Performer Daren Fleming (also known as the brilliant drag queen Miss Grenadine Ross) tells us about his undying love for Diana Ross, and the one time that love threatened to upstage Miss Ross herself.

“I look up onstage and there’s Diana Ross, saying to me, ‘Young man. Yes you. Show’s up here.’”

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Photo of Daren/Grenadine by D. Robert Wolcheck

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