The Story – May 18, 2019: Madonna Update

From the desk of Don Merrill:

On April 14, 2019, Madonna revealed that Madame X would be the title of her upcoming fourteenth studio album.  The first single, a collaboration with Colombian singer Maluma called “Medellín“, was released on April 17.

You may have seen her and Maluma (why does everyone only have one name now) perform Medellín at this years Billboard Music Awards a couple of weeks ago.  If not, no worries, I recorded it on my smart phone for you:

Not bad for a 60 year old woman, huh? ......(Read more)

The Story – May 17, 2019: Andrea Bocelli

From the desk of Don Merrill:

Tickets are on sale now for “An Extraordinary Evening with Andrea Bocelli” at Shakespeare Ranch, a private Lake Tahoe estate in Glenbrook, Nev., on Thursday, June 20 to benefit Keep Memory Alive, the Andrea Bocelli Foundation and the Prostate Cancer Foundation. Tickets are $10,000 per person and can be purchased at keepmemoryalive.org/events. I hope to see you there.

Can’t make the Keep Memory Alive event?  No problem, here is a list of other places he will be performing:  Andrea Bocelli Tour Dates. ......(Read more)

The Story – May 15, 2019: Charlotte & Jonathan

From the desk of Don Merrill:

Do you remember when Susan Boyle came out and shocked everyone with her voice?   Can you believe that was over 10 years ago?  By the way, she didn’t win Britains Got Talent that year.  She came in second to a dance troup called Diversity.

Well, it happened again in early 2012.  A duo billed as Charlotte Jaconelli and Jonathan Antoine came on the show and completely leveled everyone singing “The Prayer.”

Here is a look back at that amazing performance: ......(Read more)

The Story – May 14, 2019: RIP Doris Day & Tim Conway

From the desk of Don Merrill:

As I am sure you have heard, Doris Day died yesterday and Tim Conway passed today.  Below is my tribute to each of them.

I don’t know what your most memorable Doris Day song is.  Mine is Que Sera Sera.  This clip is from the movie “The Man Who Knew Too Much” with Jimmy Stewart:

Tim Conway of course became famous on the Carol Burnett show.
There were many funny (unscripted) moments on that show. Here
is the one I remember most:

And yes, you heard it right. Mama got a little bit ugly at the end.  Her question at the end of the outtake became famous in it’s own right. ......(Read more)

The Story – May 10, 2019: Josh Groban

From the desk of Don Merrill:

By now, you should be as impressed as I am how much David Foster has figured into the lives and careers of many of the most famous performers of our time.

Well, here we go again…

David Foster was working with Celine Dion in preparation for the 41st Annual Grammy Awards show in early 1999.  Celine was supposed to sing “The Prayer,” as a duet, with Andrea Bocelli.

Celine Dion has said that “if God would have a singing voice, he must sound a lot like Andrea Bocelli,” and David Foster often describes Bocelli’s voice as the most beautiful in the world. ......(Read more)

The Story – May 9, 2019: The Day The Earth Stood Still

From the desk of Don Merrill:

Actually, in my lifetime there were three moments where time seemed to come to a complete stop:

1.  11/22/1963 – the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

2.  9/11/2001 – the suicide attacks against the World Trade Center.

3.  12/14/2002 – the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre.

Depending on who you are and where you were you may have other dates that are more important to you.  I know many, many people will list 4/4/1968, the day Martin Luther King was assassinated in Memphis, TN. ......(Read more)

The Story – May 8, 2019: This Is Not Possible

Last night I finished writing the segment I intended to publish today.  But, as luck would have it, the Barr “contempt” proceedings got the better of me.

I stopped watching the 24-hour “news” networks a few years ago because they got too ridiculous.  But, my wife still believes these peple have our best interests at heart, so the junk news continues for me in the background.

I am fairly successful at ignoring the background noise but the stunt the Democrates pulled off today was way too enticing to ignore.  But, what I want to share with you today has nothing to do with Barr…..or even Trump! ......(Read more)

The Story – May 7, 2019: Michael Buble

From the desk of Don Merrill:

So, today I promised to reveal why Amy Foster has any importance to this story.  In the video (below) Michael dedicates his next song to his “future wife” Amy Foster, David Foster’s daughter.  No, they never did get married but this is a great opportunity to transition to hear the song Michael wrote and the song Blake Shelton made famous:  “Home:”

I am not a big Michael Buble fan, but apparently some of you are.  And Michael Buble’s career and rise to stardom should give hope to everyone with a dream.  Go here and read his story:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Buble ......(Read more)

The Story – May 6, 2019: Whitney Houston

From the desk of Don Merrill:

Did you enjoy the Charice video yesterday?  It’s one of my favorites.  If you missed it, here it is:  https://don-merrill.com/can-i-tell-you-a-story/

But, did you notice who was playing the piano during the Oprah segment?

His name is David Foster and he is quite famous in his own right.

He was also the handsome young man pictured in yesterday’s post.

He doesn’t look like that any more….  Here is how he looks today.

He was born November 1, 1949….10 months after I was born. ......(Read more)

Can I Tell You A Story?

From the desk of Don Merrill:

Today I would like to tell you a story.

This is part 1 of N.  For those of you who are not mathematically inclined, “N is an unspecified number or variable, usually an integer.”

By that I mean, I am not sure how many parts this story will have.

So, let’s get started….the story starts here:

If you have seen this video before, please do enjoy it again…

If you have not seen this video before, please strap yourselves in…..we are about to take off…and you are going to love this video: ......(Read more)