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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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Photo of Sharon by D. Robert Wolcheck

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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.”

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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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Photo of John by D. Robert Wolcheck

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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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Robin Gelfenbien – Oscar Mayer Wiener Jingle

Posted on April 11, 2014 by Dana

Storyteller and host of Yum’s the Word Robin Gelfenbien, and how the Oscar Mayer Wiener song can’t help but remind her of the time she auditioned to drive the Wienermobile.

“I was getting interviews for other jobs, but I didn’t want them. I just wanted to drive a dick truck.”

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Photo of Robin by D. Robert Wolcheck

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Carrie Clark – Blue Poland/Ed Hall

Posted on April 3, 2014 by Dana

Carrie Clark of the legendary Austin band Sixteen Deluxe tells her story of a night spent in a mosh pit–a sweaty, sticky…crunchy mosh pit.

“Bruises are the mark of a life well lived–the bigger the fun, the bigger the bruise.”

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Selena Coppock – Theme from Saved by the Bell

Posted on March 26, 2014 by Dana

New Rules for Blondes author Selena Coppock, and her story about her love of Saved by the Bell, and how its theme song popped up in the oddest place.

“The middle school I attended was a brick and poured concrete box that made Soviet Russian architecture look warm and fuzzy.”

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Photo of Selena by D. Robert Wolcheck

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Elizabeth McQueen – Precious Things/Tori Amos

Posted on March 20, 2014 by Dana

Austin musician Elizabeth McQueen, and her story about how playing Precious Things in her high school talent show put her on a direct path to becoming a musician.

“We weren’t like ‘Riot Grrrl’ cool. We were like ‘future college professors in women’s studies’ cool.”

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