Damienne Merlina is a comedian, actress, voice over actor, writer, painter and activist! She is high energy from Pennsylvania and Arizona with a wild story. These are the songs she brought that inform her life!
MISSY ELLIOT---We Run This
Miss was so involved in music that grades matter....zero to her. The only time grades were important was when she had to change F's into A's. She took an IQ test and tested at genius level. Everyone was shocked. She took the test again. Same score. She was considered a class clown in school and didn't want to skip ahead 2 grades and leave her friends behind. She admitted later that the “plan” was to fail her classes on purpose...but hr family moved before she could commit scholastic suicide.
ANDERSON PAAK---Come Down
Before Anderson released his first album in 2012, he was working at a marijuana farm in Santa Barbara, CA. He was let go without warning which left his new wife and infant son homeless. The next year he would become the drummer for American Idol contestant, Haley Reinhart. Four years after his stint on American Idol, Anderson would release his third album, which earned him a Grammy Award.
QUEEN---Don't Stop Me Now
Guitarist Brian May told Absolute Radio in 2011 how he loved this song and that it was “a lot of fun” but there was an underlying fear because the entire band was worried about Freddie at this time. Brian May struggled with these lyrics because it was about Freddie's hedonistic lifestyle, “taking lots of drugs and having sex with lots of men.”
TINA TURNER---What's Love Got To Do With It
Tina hated this song. It's an anti-love song and she did NOT want to record it. She turned to her manager who was working hard at her “comeback” and was sure it would be a hit. Turner is more of an actress than anyone realized. This song went #1 in 1984 and because the oldest female solo artist to ever top the chart. This record has since been broken by Cher, who recorded “Believe” in 1999. She was 52.
THE CLASH---Know Your Rights!
The first Clash gig ever, they opened for The Sex Pistols. Their first album...was not even released in America. However, it did sell 100,000 copies which made it the largest selling import album of its time.
MADONNA---Like A Prayer
The choir you hear is called The Andrae Crouch gospel choir...they were also in Michael Jackson' Man In The Mirror the year before! The choir does not appear in her video after Andrae Crouch realized what Madonna was planning to do with the video.
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