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Dueling Banjos

On it’s own, the jangling banjo tune featured in the 1972 film Deliverance doesn’t have a hint of foreboding to it.

Billy Joe Armstrong’s Ordinary World

When Billy Joe Armstrong made his debut in the leading role for a movie in 2016’s Ordinary World, the film was less then well received. The accompanying soundtrack however, included a poignant song by Armstrong that had many convinced that he could have a second career as a folk singer. Sharing the same title as the film, Ordinary World was also included as the closing track on Greenday’s Revolution Radio. In 2017 they re-recorded the song with Miranda Lambert for the band’s greatest hits album.


I love when a band covers an unexpected song outside of there own genre and does it justice. 30 Seconds to Mars does exactly that with their soulful stripped down cover of Rihanna’s Stay, recorded in 2013 for BBC Radio’s live lounge.


It’s been almost 15 years since Amy Winehouse’s album Black in Black was released, and 9 years since her death. Her cover of Rod Stewart’s Valerie is one of my favorites, and this video of her singing it in a plain room sitting in an oversized chair feels strangely timely in our new era of social distancing.


One of my favorite artists is Salvador Dali. His work is endlessly fascinating, and when I discovered that he worked on a short film with Disney called Destino, I was instantly intrigued. Although Destino was released in 2003, production for the short film began over 70 years ago in 1945. Disney artist John Hench worked with Salvador Dali for eight months before the project was shelved in 1946 because of financial issues within Walt Disney Studios. It was rediscovered in 1999 by Walt Disney’s nephew Roy E. Disney, who decided that the Destino should be finished. A team of 25 animators with Disney’s Paris division working under director Dominque Monfrey used the original story boards, journals kept by Dali’s wife Gala, and input from Hench to finish the film. The music featured in Destino was written by Armando Dominguez, and recorded by Dora Luz, who is also known for her performance in The Three Caballeros.