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Another good movie soundtrack

You've Got Mail album cover
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As soon as I put up the post about the soundtrack for Sleepless In Seattle, another Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan movie came to mind. That is the romantic comedy You’ve Got Mail. The movie is clever and fun. Tom Hanks is always easy to watch and Meg Ryan is pretty cute in this part. there are some great people in the supporting cast. Look for Dave Chapelle in what, I am pretty sure, was his first movie role as Tom’s assistant at Fox Books.

The musical selections are terrific and, again, they really feed the story. Once more, like Sleepless In Seattle, the movie climaxes with the incomparable Jimmy Durante setting the mood with You Made Me Love You. It can’t get any better than that.

Listen to this lineup of performers: Harry Nilsson, Bobby Darin, Louis Armstrong, Roy Orbison, Stevie Wonder, Carole King, Billy Williams and Jimmy Durante. Also included, but maybe not as familiar, The Cranberries and Bobby Day (with Rockin’ Robin). Harry Nilsson is featured on three tracks and, if you have not given him a listen in recent years, by all means do so. He does The Puppy Song (cute), Remember (very pretty song) and one of the three best versions of Over the Rainbow you will ever hear. (The other two are, obviously, Judy Garland’s original from the movie, and Jane Monheit.

Jane Monheit, btw, is one of the best of today’s jazz, cabaret, ballad, swing & showtune performers. She tours with her own excellent band led by her husband, Rick Montalbano, and featuring his excellent custom arrangements. If you get a chance to see them live, especially in one of the small, intimate venues they prefer. her website has some good samplings from her impressive album catalog . Here is the link: http://janemonheitonline.com/ A Jane Monheit CD is always a safe investment.

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On an unrelated topic, but interesting

You think you have a hard job (if you still have a job)? Consider Daniel McIntosh, goalkeeper for the Division III Northland hockey team. According to an item in the Go Figure column of this week’s Sports Illustrated (Feb. 2, 2009), McIntosh made 95 saves in a 4-0 loss to Adrian this past Friday.

Having given up four goals and made ninety-five saves, McIntosh faced 99 shots in a sixty-minute game. That is one every 36.4 seconds. Yikes!!

While McIntosh was, no doubt, thoroughly gassed by the end of the contest, his teammates were still quite fresh, having played no defense whatsoever.

February 2, 2009 Sports Illustrated

February 2, 2009 Sports Illustrated

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My daughter, Carol,  put me onto the very best web source I have found for music from currently-producing independent musicians. If you are a real music lover, get with cdbaby.com right away. These cool people, who are very fun to deal with, distribute music in all genres for musicians who are operating without a big record deal.

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