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wonders never cease Wednesday, January 27, 2010

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 27th, 2010 play list of the week: the creative state of the union on january 27th

[caption id="attachment_2934" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="click to listen"]StateoftheUnion[/caption]January 27th, a very creative day to be born. Listen up and read on as we salute a passel of creative people and events born on this day. We hope President Obama manages to capture some of the creative sparks that historically fly on this day as he outlines his plan to get us out of the mess we’ve gotten ourselves in. Mr. President, we know you're busy, so you should get back to work after listening to this first song. However, if you need a bit of a break later, be sure to check out song number 2: two guys playing one guitar. Awesomely. It makes us think that anything, even working with the Senate, might be possible if you're willing to get uncomfortably close to someone and concentrate really hard.

1. "However Many Takes It Takes" – Vandaveer
Some hopeful, inspiring advice for our president on the day of his first State of the Union Address, beautifully delivered by Vandaveer. From their debut album, 2007's Grace And Speed: "Sometimes it's better to be strong. We all got to be moving on. You got to walk a million miles. Oh, honey, go walk them with a smile."

2. "Rondo Alla Turca" from "Piano Sonata No. 11" - Mozart
In honor of Mozart’s birth on this day in 1756, we bring you two guys playing the Turkish Rondo on one shared guitar. No slight to this brilliant sonata, but we chose it over all other Mozart masterpieces solely on the basis of the video. You gotta watch this.

3. "M'bife" - Amadou et Mariam
To celebrate the founding of The National Geographic Society on this day in 1888, right here in Washington, D.C., we've chosen a song from this amazing couple from Mali. Don’t miss the video, full of photos worthy of National Geographic's peerless collections.

4. ”Don't Come Around Here No More" - Tom Petty
On January 27th, 1832, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson was born. He would become better known by his pseudonym, Lewis Carroll. In his honor, we revisit a song from our October 7th "Madhatter" Play List. And we’ll return to this subject again in a few weeks when we host a trunk show at Madhatter Tea Party Premiere party for the new Tim Burton/Johnny Depp film. Just warning you.

5. "Turn on Your Love Light" - Bobby Blue Bland
Born on this day in 1930, the "Lion of the Blues" started out as a valet and driver for BB King but ended up being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992, and he received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997. Happy Birthday, Bobby Blue!

6. "Wish You Were Here" - Pink Floyd
The only constant member of Pink Floyd, drummer Nick Mason was born 1/27/1944, exactly 11 years before current US Supreme Court Justice John G. Roberts. He's the only man we know of who owns a car reported to be worth more than 50 million dollars.

7. "High" - The Lighthouse Family
The video for this otherwise sort of toss-away song features ballet star and birthday boy Mikhail Baryshnikov in the movie “White Nights.” That guy sure can dance, even when he's shirtless. We had to work in the words “shirtless Mikhail Baryshnikov” for the inevitable bump in search engine hits.

8. "The Boys Are Back In Town" - Thin Lizzy
The big hit for these Irish rockers, whose drummer Brian Downey celebrates his 1951 birth today. Perhaps he'll have a little Whiskey in the Jar in honor of the song that brought them their first mainstream success.

9. "Take the Money and Run" - Steve Miller Band
The song's title seems like a more sensible suggestion after the latest US Supreme Court ruling. Chief Justice John J. Roberts (born on this day in 1955) may not be a typical creator by definition, but his court's recent landmark decision granting corporations the rights & protections afforded to individual citizens is sure to create havoc in our electoral process and has created a great deal of enthusiasm in CEOs and campaign treasurers alike. Fellow birthday-sharer Keith Olberman (born this day in 1959) delivers quite a diatribe on the subject here.

10. "True Faith" - New Order
New Order keyboard and guitar player (and wife of drummer Stephen Morris) Gillian Gilbert was born 1/27/1961. Gilbert had the unenviable task of filling the gap left by the suicide of Ian Curtis, her bandmates’ previous fourth member when they first achieved success as “Joy Division.”

11. "Willkommen" - Alan Cumming with Joel Grey
Scottish actor Alan Cumming, born 1/27/1965, has created many wonderful characters on stage and screen, but his next one is going to be as Spiderman's nemesis the Green Goblin in the new Broadway musical Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark, with original music written by Bono and The Edge. No kidding.

12. "Vietnam" - Jimmy Cliff
On this day in 1973, the Paris Peace Accords officially ended the Vietnam War, creating a long awaited peace. Bob Dylan called this song the best protest song he ever heard, and this year Mr. Cliff is to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

13. "I Like Giants" - Kimya Dawson
We lost a beloved cultural icon on this day in 1993. (I know, we promised birthdays, but we wated to talk about this. So.) French professional wrestler and actor AndrГ© RenГ© Roussimoff, better known as Andre the Giant passed away in his sleep. You wonder why we honor him as a creator? We'll concede that the man probably destroyed more spines, bedsprings, chair legs, and beer cans than any man in history. Why do we honor the day he died? His outstanding work in one of the best children's films of all time, The Princess Bride.

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