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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.”

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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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Photo of Dana by D. Robert Wolcheck

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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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Sharon Spell – Sing Your Praise to the Lord/Amy Grant

Posted on May 28, 2014 by Dana

Sharon Spell, host of The Big Shrink and The Sharon Spell Show, and her foray into producing a Christian music video show in Mississippi when she was fourteen years old.

“My idea was, we’d play a list of songs that were all hits and I named it ‘Hit List.’ I didn’t really know what a hit list was.”

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Kathy Valentine – Sunshine of Your Love/Cream

Posted on May 15, 2014 by Dana

Kathy Valentine–former bassist for The Go-Go’s and current guitarist for The Bluebonnets–and her story about how “Sunshine of Your Love” totally changed the way she listened to music.

“The way I look at it, I got to be a kid in the 60s, a teenager in the 70s, and a really irresponsible young adult in the 80s.”

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Carrie Sapp Barrett – Tomorrow from “Annie”

Posted on May 8, 2014 by Dana

Fitness coach and columnist for Austin Fit Magazine Carrie Sapp Barrett–on a high school musical audition she never thought would turn out quite the way it did.

“If I was ever going to be famous as a kid it was going to be as a cross between Jo and Natalie on The Facts of Life.”

Carrie Barrett

Photo of Carrie by Brian Fitzsimmons for Austin Fit Magazine

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John Asante – Dancing Queen/ABBA

Posted on May 2, 2014 by Dana

NPR producer John Asante defends his great big love for ABBA, and the one time he felt a little pang of shame that he loved them so much.

“So I said, I’ve never sang ABBA during karaoke. How would you feel about singing Dancing Queen?”

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Zach Hall – Flash’s Theme/Queen

Posted on April 25, 2014 by Dana

Zach Hall, lead singer of the Austin band Magnifico, on how he and his father have two completely different associations with “Flash’s Theme” by Queen.

“My father used to play this record every Sunday while he was pumping iron in the garage.”

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Mike Daisey – Rock Me Amadeus/Falco

Posted on April 17, 2014 by Dana

Master of the storytelling universe Mike Daisey, and his story about experiencing the moment when the purpose of acting and theater became painfully clear–which might not have happened without “Rock Me Amadeus”.

“I was really into it. Not method acting where I let people punch me in a parking lot, no. It was actually worse than that.”

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Photo of Mike by D. Robert Wolcheck

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