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Page 10 POST-GAZETTE, DECEMBER 6, 2013 -(,_ --4 st- Fac reviewing the BARBRA STREISAND - BACK TO BROOKLYN Columbia Records For two magical nights in 2012, Barbra returned to her roots and brought her magic to Brooklyn to perform for her friends and fans. Using two dozen tracks, Streisand performed songs as Andrew Lloyd Weber's "As If We Never Said Goodbye," followed by Alan & Marilyn Bergman's "Nice 'n' Easy/That Face/ The Way He Makes Me Feel," along with Rodgers/Hart's "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered," Jimmy Webb's "Didn't We," and a moving rendition of the original movie score of the late Marvin Hamlisch's gem, "The Way We Were." This col- lection is filled with high- lights including a medley with trumpet player Chris Botti on "What'll I Do/My Funny Valentine," plus two tunes from the film 'A Star Is Born' -- "Lost Inside of You" and the classic "Ever- green." For the first time, Barbra dueted with her son Jason Gould on "How Deep Is the Ocean," adding her mon- strous hit "People," smelling the roses via "Here's to Life," "Make the Garden Grow," and ends with "Some Other Time." FROZEN - SOUNDTRACK Walt Disney Records Walt Disney Animation Studios delivers a double- barreled track for their film 'Frozen.' Add a phenomenal score by Christophe Beck, along with eight original songs from Kristen Ander- son-Lopez and Tony Award winner Robert Lopez, and you've got a 'winner.' Demi Lovato vocalizes on the end- credit recording of "Let It Go." The music has been described as able to 'elevate and propel the storytelling, from the emotional story and the humor within the high- action comedy adventure. Songs of note that will thaw your heart include, "For the First Time in Forever" per- formed by Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel, the humor of "In Summer," plus "Frozen Heart," "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?" "Love Is an Open Door," "Reindeer(s) Are Better Than People" and "Fixer Upper." The sound- track melts together nicely, taking you on a musical jour- ney -- beginning to end. FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE - HERE'S TO THE GOOD TIMES ... THIS IS HOW WE ROLL Republic Nashville Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard are from Florida and Georgia respectively, PRAYER TO ST. JUDE May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be adored, glorified, loved and pre- served throughout the world now and forever. Sacred Heart of Jesus pray for us. St. Jude, worker of miracles, pray for us. St. Jude, help of the hopeless, pray for us. Say this prayer 9 times a day and by the 8th day your prayers will be answered. It has never been known to fail. Publication must be promised. My prayers have been answered. P.M. ..... by bob morero the rest hence the duo's name. Cur- rently the two are riding a wave that shows no sign of cresting, based on the suc- cess of "Cruise," their single that has already sold over six million copies. That hit was followed by the gold of "Round Here" and the platinum of "Get Your Shine On." The CD part of the album offers 17 songs, with a second disc containing six music videos, and six behind-the-scenes videos. Potential chart-winners are among "Here's to the Good Times," "It's Just What We Do," the haunting "Stay," the sweltering "Hell Raisin' Heat of the Summer," and "Tell Me How You Like It." The FCL debut album continues with the tasty "Tip It Back," joining with Sarah Buxton for "Dayum Baby," then team up with Jaren Johnston of Cadillac Three for "Party People," and Luke Bryan for "This Is How We Roll." The boys keep the hectic pace with "Take It Out On Me," slow- ing it down for "People Back Home," getting an ear- ful with 'Headphones," the touching "Hands On You," and wind up their album with a neat re-nix featuring Nelly on "Cruise." Hot! equals -- FGL! THE BOOK THIEF - MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK Sony Music "rhe Book Thief is a mov- ing film by Brian Percival based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Markus Zusak. Legendary composer John Williams, whose work is the film music for some of the best- known Films of all time, wrote the original score. Williams takes the opportunity to implement his trademark intimate orchestral compo- sition, utilizing solo instru- mental textures. From the opening track "One Small Fact," a haunting solo piano passage, through to the final track q'he Book Thief," Will- iams' strengths are dis- played. In between listeners can enjoy the wonderful blend of piano and lush strings on "New Parents and a New Home," turning to the up- beat, full of energy excite- ment of "The Snow Fight" and "Foot Race." The dark side of sound is heard on the hard-edged "Book Burning," on to the tender melody of "Max and Liesel," trailed by an introductory solo via cello. A total of 22 tracks of music composed and conducted by John Wil!iams -- truly a leg- end in his own time! ST. JUDE AND ST. ANTHONY NOVENA May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be adored, glorified, loved and preserved throughout the world now and for- ever. Sacred Heart of Jesus pray for us. St. Jude, worker of miracles, pray for us. St. Jude, help of the hopeless, pray for us. St. Anthony, most loving protector and wonder worker, pray for us. Say this prayer 9 times a day and by the 8th day your prayer will be answered. It has never been known to fail. Publication must be promised. My prayers have been answered. Favor received. V.F. The time has come, the walrus said, TO TALK OF MANY THINGS of shoes and ships and sealing wax of cabbages and kings by Sal Giarratani THE SPIRIT OF THANKSGIVING The spirit of Thanksgiving was present last week in East Boston thanks to Rep. Carlo Basile and family who hosted their community Thanksgiving Day dinner at Sacred Heart Church's lower hall. As usual every- one had a great time shar- ing a communal meal with one another in the spirit of Thanksgiving and for all the blessings we have received over this past year. BEAWOLFE TO PLAY AT TWIN RIVERS East Boston's classic rock band will be appearing at Twin River Casino in Rhode Island this coming January. Stay tuned here for more in- formation on when it will happen. Already East Boston fans are planning to go en masse to hear the electrify- ing sound of Beawolfe. As soon as guitarist/electri- cian Dominic Petrosino knows more about the date and time, I will pass it on here in this column. THANKS TO ITAM POST 6 This year Post members put on a Thanksgiving Day dinner open to all the veterans in the East Boston community who were thank- ful for coming together with other area veterans to thank God for all his blessings. 2 ND ANNUAL BIKER BALL The 2 nd Annual Biker Ball fundraising event presented by United Riders Motorcycle Association will be held on February I st at the Moose Lodge in Yarmouth, Mass. Music, dinner, dancing, raffles and more. For more information, log on to or call 508-827-4133. KUDOS TO DAVE D'ARCANGELO Dave D'Arcangelo just topped the ticket in the race for Malden City Coun- cil at-Large. TWo of the three at-Large councilors happen to be Republicans and Italian-American too. Dave is a former aide to ex-State Cooking up a storm at the first annual Thanksgiving Day Veterans Dinner at the ITAM Post 6 club are Miehelle DeFronzo, Sherri Raftery and Virginia TaUuto Nano where over 35 veterans stopped by for a great lunch of Thanksgiving with Post 6 members. Senator Richard Tisei, R- Wakefield. TIME FOR A LITTLE KARAOKE? I love singing out loud, if only to myself, if that's my only option. However, re- cently, I was over at King's Bowling at Legacy Place in Dedham. King's is much more than bowling, it is a nightclub and restaurant bar too. They even have karaoke nights. I was goated to get up and sing for my dinner. When I am home alone, I admit to sometimes listen- ing to WJIB and start sing- ing into the mirror pretend- ing to be Frank Sinatra or Perry Como. Knowing how I sing, at Kings I did my version of Sonny Bono do- ing "I've got you Babe." Who can't sing like Sonny Bono? BLACK HAWK SANTA COMING SOON The North Christmas Parade is right around the corner again. I can't believe how quickly time passes the older you get, huh? Ku- dos to the North End Athletic Association for making this tradition possible year after year. This year's parade will be on Sunday, December 8 th right after Santa lands by helicopter at the baseball field. The Annual St. Agrippina Christmas Party will be held on the same date at their club. IS IT JUST ME OR ... I love watching NCIS on NBC on Tuesday nights and in repeats anywhere else I can catch it but in the new episodes I am wondering why this series is trying to soften the image of the NSA? Bring this troubling spy agency into the story plots. I want NCIS to be entertaining and not anything else. Is the lib- eral media trying to wash our brains here? STOP BY THE ELITE The best little coffee shop/ diner in East Boston is down in Day Square. Joe Young's little hole in the wall eat- ing joint is hopping with happy and satisfied custom- ers who keep returning day after day after day. Paula, the latest chef at the place is doing a super job creating some of the best breakfast plates in town. My favorite is her blueberry oatmeal. Best ever! Get one pancake with it and you are in culinary heaven. Don't believe me, try it for yourself. * Dropkick Murphys and Boston's Favorite Authors (Continued from Page 5) Jezebel I My Heart is Bound- less [ Marmee and Louisa Kathryn Lasky [ Guard- ians of Ga'Hoole Bill Littlefleld [ Only a Game [ Fall Classics [ The Circus in the Woods Pat Lowery Collins I The Deer Watch Jackie MacMullan [ When the Game Was Ours [ Bird Watching William Martin [ Back Bay I City of Dreams [ The Lincoln Letter Brian McGrory [ Buddy[ Strangled [ The Incumbent Claire Messud [ The Emperor's Children Robert Pinsky [ Thou- sands of Broadways [ The Life of David Jim Ring [Necessary As- sets [ Erksine Childers Hank Phillippi Ryan [ Drive Time[ Air Time I Face Time I Prime Time Susan A. Shea l Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow? Casey Sherman I Animal I The Finest Hours [ Bad Blood J. Courtney Sullivan [The Engagements [ Maine l Commencement Larry Summers [ Trading Blocs [ Investing in All the People Phil Vitti I The Passage JoJo White [ Make It Count: The Life and Times of Basketball Great JoJo White (Mark Bodanza) WHEN: Monday, Decem- ber 9, 2013, 6:00 - 8:00 pm at the Hotel Commonwealth, Esplanade Ballroom, 500 Commonwealth Avenuel Boston www.hotelcommon $35/person do- nation (all proceeds benefit ReadBoston); includes com- plimentary beer, wine and light hors d'oeuvres. To purchase tickets in advance, please call 617- 918-5289 or visit http:// readboston.eventbrite, corn ?s=19552687. Tickets may also be pur- chased at the door, pending availability. Please Note: Books are not included in the price of ad- mission; books are available for purchase separately at the event. About ReadBoston: Launched by Mayor Tho- mas M. Menino in 1995, Read-Boston's mission is to ensure that every child in Boston can read at grade level by the third grade. Read-Bos- ton, through many resources, helps children learn to read so that in the future they can read to learn. Boston is proud to be one of the first cities in the nation to launch a city-wide effort to help chil- dren learn to read. Read-Bos- ton, through many partner- ships with city organizations committed to children's lit- eracy, funnels resources, innovative programs, books and best practices into Bos- ton neighborhoods .......