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Johnny Goudie – Head Over Heels/Tears for Fears

Posted on September 11, 2014 by Dana

Legendary Austin musician Johnny Goudie tells his story about a perfect life becoming suddenly, tragically interrupted, and how “Head Over Heels” came to find him when he needed it the most.

“‘I wanted to be with you alone and talk about the weather.’ This was exactly how I felt at that time. That’s all I wanted–was to have that moment where you can talk about something totally stupid with somebody.”

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Mary Elizabeth Webster – I Am Not Yours/Z. Randall Stroope

Posted on September 3, 2014 by Dana

Mary Elizabeth Webster tells us her beautiful story of actually being sixteen and pregnant, and the one place she found comfort when she didn’t know where to turn.

“He broke into my car and left me flowers. And I thought, that is the most threatening apology ever.”

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Gregg Gethard – Girl From Mars/Ash

Posted on August 20, 2014 by Dana

Philadelphia-based comic, writer, and the man behind the novel written entirely in Yelp reviews–Gregg Gethard–and his story about Ash, baseball dates, girls who bring wingmen, and the one thing he won’t do no matter where he is, or who he’s with.

“There was a time between 1999 and 2001 when white girls between the ages of 19 and 23 would hook up with any guy who seemed remotely British.”

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Isaac Oliver – A Case Of You/Joni Mitchell

Posted on August 6, 2014 by Dana

Writer and humorist Isaac Oliver on Joni, A Case Of You, and how much harder it is to fall in love with someone in real life, rather than on a TV screen in the warm, dark oasis that is your childhood basement.

“Like a copy of The Canterbury Tales, I went untouched for most of high school.”

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John Charles – Theme from “The Legend of Zelda”

Posted on July 24, 2014 by Dana

Philadelphia’s own John Charles tells the story that every video game nerd growing up in the 80s knows–how “The Legend of Zelda” showed him a world of endless possibility, and actually changed his life.

“And then The Legend of Zelda came out. Had no idea what it was. The kids at school seemed excited, so I was excited. You know why? Because I’m a fat kid and I want to fit in. Back off.”

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Elizabeth Anne – Say Hey/Michael Franti & Spearhead

Posted on July 16, 2014 by Dana

Philadelphia based musician and performer Elizabeth Anne tells us about her beautiful, once in a lifetime relationship with the late Reuben Mitchell.

“His idea of a good time was driving to the airport and parking under the landing strip and sitting on the top of his car eating sushi by candlelight listening to Sam Cooke while the planes rolled in right over our heads.”

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Jay Owen Eisenberg – Mr. Sandman/The Chordettes

Posted on July 2, 2014 by Dana

Actor, writer and illustrator Jay Owen Eisenberg on Mr. Sandman, marine biology, and how he was the only one who knew he did not, in fact, go to an all girls’ school.

“I didn’t know what being transgender was at 12 years old. I kind of just assumed that I would grow up to be however I envisioned myself to be–which in my head was a marine biologist, or a squirrel, or a boy.”

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Jessica Ryan – Sweet Child O’ Mine/Guns N’ Roses

Posted on June 18, 2014 by Dana

Austin performer and vaudevillian Jessica Ryan tells us how her father connected with her in a way she never would have expected–using Guns N’ Roses’ “Sweet Child O’ Mine.”

“With parents as overprotective as mine, I was shocked when I learned my little brother had gotten into heroin.”

Jessica Ryan

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Dana Rossi – Losing My Religion/REM

Posted on June 12, 2014 by Dana

We’re taking a quick break, but we’ll be back with a big, full, gorgeous episode next week! For now, snack on this. It’s me, Dana Rossi, telling everyone at the Museum of the Moving Image why I absolutely hated the video for “Losing My Religion”.

“The more I was forced to watch this, the more I started to love hating it.”

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Peter Aguero – The Entertainer/Scott Joplin

Posted on June 4, 2014 by Dana

Digging into the vault for the quintessential summer story–here’s how master storyteller Peter Aguero emerged victorious from the greatest ice cream truck driver showdown in history.

“One way or another, old man, this ends tonight.”

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