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I love classical covers of pop songs, and Lindsey Sterling‘s version of Katie Perry’s Roar is simple, light, and fun. My favorite part of this video is that she performed the song on the spot after a band member joked that she should start taking requests on a radio show.


After listening to the wistful and nostalgic tone of Francis Poulenc’s Mélancolie, it may not surprise you to know that it was composed in 1940, while Poulenc was living in war torn France. This performance is by Neil Rutman for Noontime Concerts, which streams a new concert from its archives every Tuesday at 12:30.

The On Ice Perspective

I have to give my sister credit for sending me this video of figure skater Adam Rippon performing to Beyoncé’s Otherside. What sets it apart from the other figure skating I’ve seen is the “on ice perspective,” filming close to the skater in order to create a more intimate way to experience the routine. Adam Rippon is so captivating here, I didn’t notice until viewing a second time that there are no jumps, only footwork and spins. View this post on Instagram Everything going on in the world right now can feel scary/weird but @beyonce always makes things better. Stay safe everyone 🌎❤️ This was filmed by @oniceperspectives – who always kills it Choreography is from the literally amazing @corderozuckerman 🙆🏼‍♂️🙆🏼‍♂️🙆🏼‍♂️ A post shared by Adam Rippon (@adaripp) on Mar 19, 2020 at 1:08pm PDT

On at Grand Central Station

You don’t need to understand the lyrics to BTS’s new ra ra, future stadium anthem to know what it’s about. Thanks to the marching band drum line and upbeat energy, to get the never give up, keep fighting vibes it’s giving off. BTS seems pretty unstoppable at this point, and this huge performance at Grand Central Station in NYC is just more evidence.

Can Harp Music Rock?

If the Kitt sisters could answer that question, they would tell you yes. Known for their covers of rock songs like Sound of Silence, Fear in the Dark, and One, twins Camille and Kennerly both have degrees in Harp Performance, and arrange their own covers and original songs. They’ve released six albums, and traveled the world performing and as culture ambassadors for the United States.

Eminem’s Second Chance at the Oscars

When ‘Lose Yourself’ was nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Song in 2002, I was disappointment that he did not perform live at the ceremony. At the time, I was just starting to seriously write poetry in high school, and really appreciated his talent as a songwriter. Almost 20 years later, he received a second chance, a surprise finish to a montage celebrating music in popular films. Eminem’s performance was intense and urgent, a reminder of why it is considered one of the greatest rap songs of all time.

Snake Charming on Ice

I know, the next Winter Olympics aren’t until 2022, and here I am with an ice skating post. It’s not even about one of the exciting kinds, it’s a clip of ice dancing. But what this winning free dance preformed by Madison Chock and Evan Bates lacks in big lifts and jumps it more then makes up for in serpentine curves and intricate choreography. Definitely ups the excitement factor for one of the more subdued forms of ice skating!

I Rise Up

The long running science fiction show Dr. Who is well known for the wild adventures of it protagonist, an alien space and time traveler known as The Doctor, who battles bullies and injustice across the universe. Some of the show’s most poignant episodes however, are set right on earth. An episode from the shows more recent season finds the Doctor and her companions trying to thrwart the efforts of a time traveling parole who blames all of his hard times on the Civil Rights movement. He is determained to change the course of history by ensuring Rosa Parks never refuses to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus in 1955. At the end of the episode, they realize that the only way to ensure history plays out as it should is to remain on the fateful bus ride, ensuring that the bus is full enough that the driver will ask Rosa to give up her seat. This forces them to watch silently as Rosa refuses and is then arrested. The scene is set to …