March Music Mavens | LC Staff Picks

It’s Women’s History Month so for our March playlist, we asked The Lincoln Center staff, “What is your favorite song by a female artist, girl group, or all-woman band?

Read about the songs that were chosen then check out our Spotify playlist to listen on repeat!

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“Love on Top” by Beyoncé

“Beyonce is my favorite artist of all time! If I could create my own dictionary definition of female empowerment, I’d just paste in a picture of her face. I love her and this song is so fun and uplifting!” —Megan

“Hallelujah” by K.D. Lang

“I love the way that K.D. Lang sings Leonard Cohen’s ‘Alleluia’.  She brings so much soul to all the songs that she sings.  Absolutely love her voice.” —Ruth

“I Love Me” by Demi Lovato

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“Demi Lovato’s ‘I Love Me’ is a reminder that we all need to love ourselves and focus on us.” —Jaime

“I Am Woman” by Helen Reddy

“And I HAVE to put this one…because…I mean really??? An oldie but goodie!” —Jaime

“A Little Wicked” by Valerie Broussard

“My favorite song right now by a female artist is ‘A Little Wicked’ by Valerie Broussard. It’s empowering, catchy, and a little dark, which to me makes a great combination..” —Rachael

“Kingston” by Faye Webster

“I love this song because it is unique and dreamy. It is a song I could listen to on repeat, and Faye wrote the song entirely herself!” —Cierra

“Rock Steady” by Aretha Franklin

“Recorded at the dawn of the ’70s, as part of her landmark Young, Gifted, and Black album, stylistically [Rock Steady] acts as a bridge from her Memphis Soul days to the funk era, a dance tune that also speaks to empowering women at the dawn of the sexual revolution. The studio musicians on this track include Billy Preston, Dr. John, and the great Bernard Purdie on the drums. Not only does she own the vocal track, but this is one of the few hits by the Queen of Soul that she wrote herself. ” —Jack

“She Flies With Her Own Wings” by Kristen Grainger & True North

“It’s about not being afraid to look forward despite setbacks, and accepting everyone, even those with differing viewpoints. The album was #2 in Folk Radio for 2020.” —Steve

“Bachelorette” by björk

“Björk – I will be real with you folks. I had a lot of trouble deciding between Björk and Kate Bush. Both are unique voices that created a genre of music that literally only they inhabit. They also defy music industry norms when it comes to style, be it their one-of-kind attitude, their trend-defying fashion, or their different take on music. In the end, I chose Björk because while I like more Kate Bush songs, the songs I love by Björk are songs I REALLY love.” —Alison

“Jig of Life” by Kate Bush

“I love the poetic evocation of a woman experiencing the time-transcendent nature of her being, where the past, present and future commune.” —Peter

“New Year’s Day” by Taylor Swift

“Not only do we share a name, but there are so many amazing things about Taylor Swift. She’s a songwriter, multi-instrument musician, singer, women’s rights activist and so much more. I find her endlessly inspiring as a person, and love that her music has always so openly portrayed where she is in life. It was nearly impossible for me to choose just one song (seriously I changed my mind at least five times), but this pick embodies so many of the storytelling and musicianship qualities that I love about Taylor Swift; it’s simple yet so beautiful.

Since this is Women’s History Month though, I would definitely be remiss if I didn’t at least mention ‘The Man’ by Taylor Swift. It’s definitely a fitting song for the month and an anthem for the struggles women face everyday as a woman.” —Taylor

“People Have the Power” by Patti Smith

“This track from the eighties still touches my heart and is an apt anthem for 2021.” —John

“East of the Sun (and West of the Moon)” by Diana Krall

“I enjoy Diana Krall. I like the song ‘East of the Sun and West of the Moon’. She did not write it, but when I hear her Live in Paris album it brings back fond memories. A bonus is that she is married to Elvis Costello. Would be fun to have a concert with them both!'” —Liz

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A Note from The Lincoln Center Director, Jack A. Rogers

Why is it that when you are preoccupied with something, every song you hear seems to speak to it? I turn on the radio, and it’s one of my British Invasion favorites, The Kinks.

…So tired, tired of waiting, tired of waiting for yoooouuuuu…

The last year has been an exercise in waiting, one that has been so difficult for all of us. Somehow the months amble ever forward as the days seem to creep along interminably.  It is an exercise in waiting that may have tried even the Buddha’s patience. I know that I, and many of the staff here at The Lincoln Center, live for the shared experiences we have all had to forego to keep each other safe. That doesn’t mean that we are not hard at work. The Lincoln Center is open for business and has had the pleasure of hosting several events over the last few months. In fact, if you need a place to host a socially-distanced meeting or other affair of some kind, we can absolutely do it for you! More importantly, we can do it both legally and safely. 

In the last year, The Lincoln Center team has learned a lot about things we often took for granted: live streaming and webcasting, navigating public health orders, and air exchange rates—just to name a few. (You know, all of the reasons one gets into show business.) I am proud to say that our research into these areas shows us to be the safest indoor event facility in Northern Colorado. We have been able to film the Fort Collins Symphony on five different occasions, and as I type this, we are preparing for our sixth. Maestro Wes Kenney believes that we may have webcast the only July 4th symphonic celebration in the nation this year! We have learned that each individual room in The Lincoln Center completes a full air exchange with outside air every ten minutes. As the nation ramps up its vaccination program, we look forward to the day when crowds can once again gather to share the magic that is only unlocked when we come together to share an experience. Until then, let’s see what’s on the radio. Oh great! Tom Petty!

…The waiting is the hardest part, everyday you see one more card, you take it on faith, you take it on heart, the waiting is the hardest part…

This does seem like the hardest part. The good news is that there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel. Our colleagues in Australia and New Zealand are already hosting festivals, and the Australian productions of HamiltonHarry Potter and the Cursed Child, and Come From Away have just reopened. The British government has stated that large-scale music events could operate at 100% capacity by June 21. Even closer to home, Westword recently reported that Red Rocks could possibly operate at 80% capacity by July. We just all need to do our part, mask up to protect our communities, and get vaccinated as soon as we can.

We have heard from many of you who are excited to return and trust me when I tell you that we are even more excited to welcome you back. We are moving forward with the plans for a 21–22 season. We are so excited to share all of the wonderful art we will be bringing to Fort Collins. Right now, we are still working with our partners in the industry to navigate the choppy waters of our collective response to this crisis as to how and when we can put performances on sale. I expect that late in the spring or early this summer you will see our season announcement and get your first chance to either renew or purchase a new subscription and get the best seats in the house.

After the Dark Ages of the bubonic plague came the glory of the Renaissance. After the Spanish Influenza epidemic, the Harlem Renaissance revitalized American culture. I have no doubt that the art that is unleashed in the wake of this pandemic will be transcendent. Perhaps more importantly, my team and I cannot wait to share it with you. So, keep an eye out for our 21–22 season announcement, and for some other exciting things we have planned this summer. In the meantime, I will just be over here listening to this Carly Simon record. 

We can never know about the days to come, but we think about them anyway. And I wonder if I’m really with you now or just chasin’ after some finer day…Anticipation, anticipation…

We will see you soon my friends, and oh what magic I anticipate!

Jack A. Rogers
Director, The Lincoln Center

Find Your Groove: How to Pick the Perfect First Dance Song

Choosing a first dance song that is special, tasteful and unique can be challenging for a lot of couples. Unless you and your partner have had “your song” since you were dating, there may not even be a song that comes to mind when you think of your story. And with the wide array of music that is available at the touch of a button, where do you begin? Don’t fret: The perfect track is out there for you, and I’ve put together some tips on how to find it and some song suggestions to kick off your search.

So, where do you start? My first suggestion is to be authentic. Try to find a song that reflects your relationship. If you’re not a particularly sentimental couple, don’t feel pressured to choose a sentimental song. If you prefer to go against the grain, it’s okay to have different, ironic, or non-traditional music at your wedding. This song may remind you of your wedding day for years to come, so don’t be afraid to step outside the box to find something that really speaks to you and your partner.

Secondly, find a song that you feel comfortable dancing to. I often work with couples who are a bit intimidated by the first dance (“All eyes on me? While I dance? No thanks!”) That feeling is completely understandable. So, when looking for a song, find one that suits your comfort level. If you like to get fancy with the footwork, choose an upbeat jam. If you are at your best when you can stand and sway, keep the song slow and sweet. Both are great options.

Lastly, have fun with it! It may seem like there are rules, but there aren’t. Dance to what makes you smile, what you want to remember, and what speaks to you and your partner.

To get your creativity flowing, I’ve put together a Spotify playlist of my favorite first dance songs. Not only that, but I’ve listed below my top choices of songs for different couples. Enjoy! 

The Sentimental Couple:
Sweet Love by Phillip Larue

Couples who Survived Long Distance: 
Crazy Love by Van Morrison

The Fun-Loving Couple:
Stuck on You by Meiko

The Nostalgic Couple:
At Last by Etta James

The Disney-Obsessed Couple:
You’ll Be in My Heart by Phil Collins

The Couple with a Burning Desire to Recreate an Iconic Dance Number from an 80s Movie:
(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes

Rachael Russell | Conference Services Coordinator

The Art in Public Places Program is Looking for Local Artists of All Ages!

The City of Fort Collins Art in Public Places (APP) Program is seeking artists to work on four different projects. Two of the current calls, Pedestrian Pavers and Transformer Cabinet Murals, seek to work specifically with artists from the Fort Collins community.

APP is seeking designs from artists aged 3 to 18 years old for the annual Pedestrian Paver Project. Since 2002, the program has worked with the City’s Engineering and Streets Departments to incorporate granite pavers with drawings by youth community members into City sidewalks. Over 250 pavers have been placed so far. The designs are selected through an open call process and each young artist receives an honorarium for their work. The designs are sandblasted into granite and the pavers are placed throughout Fort Collins during sidewalk improvements. Deadline: March 29.

The APP Program is also seeking muralist for the annual Transformer Cabinet Mural Project. This project started in 2006 as a collaboration between the Fort Collins Light and Power Utility and APP to help mitigate graffiti on transformer cabinets and bring original artwork by local artists to the city. Nearly 350 cabinets have been painted so far. Artists are be selected based on their qualifications and then assigned a location to paint. New this year, artists will also be selected to paint a cabinet mural with a local neighborhood assigned by the City. All artists receive an honorarium for their work. Deadline: April 5.

For more information: www.fcgov.com/artspublic/current-competitions.php