Browsing: Friday Sing-Along

Lately, I haven’t been able to get My Hero, Zero out of my head. The classic Schoolhouse Rock song helped us learn that instead of counting on our fingers and toes we could use the power of 10 to change math completely. https://youtu.be/3huvvxUHDmM Forty-three years later, Schoolhouse Rock still manages to teach, keep our toes a tapping, and gives us a nexus for pop culture. With 64 3-minute segments, Schoolhouse Rock may be one of the best educational tools we’ve ever had., but I wonder if we have anything like Schoolhouse Rock today?

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Since 2013, the musical group Critical Hit (not to be confused with the Critical Hit podcast, that has been around since 2009), has been traveling the country bringing their love for video game music to fans around the world. Just how good are they? Check out this rendition of Bowser’s Castle. https://youtu.be/AgV2XN_GBmE Wouldn’t it be really weird/cool for Critical Hit to compose a Critical Hit theme song? If only I knew people who worked at Blizzard Entertainment…

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Prince was a genius when it came to shaping the way we listened to and experience music, and he was no stranger to covering different genres and songs in his live performances. As we wrap up the week, check out Prince from his 2008 Coachella performance where he covers Radiohead’s Creep. https://youtu.be/NFXZNt4oLkE

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The music featured on the Friday Sing-Along doesn’t always have to be pop culture related. Sometimes it can just be bizarre and beautiful at the same time. Postmodern Jukebox’s take on Royals is a perfect example of this, as a very sad clown breaks it out and surprises everyone.

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Steve Martin has a new musical opening on broadway, and earlier this week, he appeared on Jimmy Fallon to talk about it. Since Fallon is famous for musical numbers, and Martin has been known to bust out a tune every now and then, this bit makes for perfect Internet click bait…and it will put a smile on your face (ask me how).

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The minor key has long been known for its somber and sometime ominous undertones. It’s what makes songs like The Imperial March so menacing. But what if the song used a major key? Ian Gordon explores the changes in this week’s Friday Sing-Along.

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