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A Great Cover (Idea): Adele and The Bee Gees’ “Run to Me”

Honestly, that would have been such an amazing collaboration, but with only Barry left, not possible. THOUGH, a duet between Barry Gibb and Adele would be amazing. But couldn’t you see Adele covering “Run to Me”? The whole lush yet stripped down ballad is right up her alley. I’m surprised that no pop singer/act has covered this in recent years. I actually think One Direction would’ve done a great job with this song, that is before the one kid that could genuinely sing Zayn left. But you know what would have been the ULTIMATE cover of this? Queen killing this, with Freddy Mercury tearing up those lead vocals. But, alas. Anyway, can someone call Adele’s people and get her on this?

Happy Humpday: Frank Ocean’s Cover of “At Your Best (You Are Love)”oul

If you’re like most of us on the West Coast still struggle through your Wednesday, look no further than this inspiration:

For Baby Girl’s 36th birthday, Frank Ocean released a cover of Aaliyah’s cover of the Isley Brothers’ “At Your Best (You Are Love). It’s simply stunning. The beat is rather bare, letting Ocean’s falsetto play across scales and bars.  Ocean’s version is so reminiscent of Baby Girl as well as being his own creative interpretation that it’s one that you’ll have on repeat. Here’s hoping he releases a cover of “Back, Back, Forth and Forth”.

And for fun, listen to Aaliyah’s version and the Isley Brothers’:

Gilda Snowden 1954-2014

I love reading and seeing love from one artist to another. The writer of this article, Victor Littlejohn is not only an amazing artist, but is a dear and important friend of mine. If you don’t know Gilda Snowden’s work (and I certainly did not until Victor introduced me to her work via Facebook), this is a good time to begin!

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From a 1990 Exhibit at the Detroit Institute if Arts From a 1990 Exhibit at the Detroit Institute of Arts

We lost another important Detroit artist earlier this month.  Gilda Snowden died unexpectedly.  I would have attended her funeral, but I didn’t find out about it in time.  I’ll pay my respects here instead.

I first met Gilda Snowden in the late 1970’s.  We were around the same age and both “new artists” at the same time.  She studied painting at Wayne State University.  I was self-taught.  I never got to know her well, but it was always great to see her.  I had a lot of respect for her and her work.

In a September 14 Detroit Free Press article, artist Mary Fortuna, said “She was the opposite of competitive. … Whoever you were, you could count on Gilda to show kindness, generosity, advice and support.”  I always got the same sense.

She was one of Detroit’s best known…

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The Neurological Similarities Between Successful Writers And The Mentally Ill

Thought Catalog

Knowing his wife was upset with him for spending more time with his typewriter than with her, F. Scott Fitzgerald hatched a plan. He wasn’t proud of many of his short stories (he only included 46 of his 181 short stories in his published collections), but he knew that in order to win back his wife he’d have to whip up something quickly. Working from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m., he churned out “The Camel’s Back” for The Saturday Evening Post for a fee of $500. That very morning, he bought Zelda a gift with the money he had made.

“I suppose that of all the stories I have ever written this one cost me the least travail and perhaps gave me the most amusement,” he commented in the first edition of Tales of the Jazz Age. “As to the labor involved, it was written during one day in…

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