When 20-year-old leukemia patient Ben received a surprise visit from Taylor Swift at Boston Children’s hospital last month, he’d been in the process of learning to play Adele’s “Someone Like You” on the piano. A nurse had brought a keyboard to the hospital to help him pass some time while recovering from a bone marrow transplant, and he’d been writing down the notes of the song on blank staff paper as he learned it. When Taylor dropped by, she asked him to play a song for her. What followed was a magical moment that made Ben feel, according to the Huffington Post, “like the luckiest person in the world for days afterward.” In case that wasn’t amazing enough in itself, Ben also got a hug from Taylor when the camera stopped rolling. His cancer is currently in full remission! [Huffington Post]
Beyonce made a surprise appearance during Jay Z’s set at the Global Citizen Festival in NYC this weekend, and it was glorious. She joined him to sing Justin Timberlake’s vocals in “Holy Grail,” and then added her voice to “Young Forever” (in a totally on-point outfit, I might add). You’d think that being fresh off the heels of their On The Run tour would make these two sick of performing together, but it just never gets old for the rest of us. All rumors aside, I am forever obsessed with these two. They bring out all the feels every damn time. [Rolling Stone]
Last night was the Season 3 premiere of “Nashville,” and, as usual, it had me at the edge of my bed, wine in hand and slack-jawed. The story lines just keep getting better and better, and, if possible, the stars’ musical performances are doing the same. From Hayden Panettiere and Connie Britton to Lennon and Maisy Stella, the show’s actors also have some killer chops. If these 10 killer musical performances haven’t sold you on Season 3 yet, I don’t know what will. Keep reading »
Gwen Stefani sang “Hella Good” on “The Voice” last night, and while it definitely wasn’t a full-on No Doubt reunion, Gwen totally rocked it. Instead of the rest of the band, Pharrell Williams, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton awkwardly stagebombed the whole thing. They don’t exactly give off the right level of badassery to match Gwen, but she carried the whole thing like the rockstar that she is, and the dudes get points for effort I guess. “Don’t Speak” next, please!
Artist Katriona Dean designed and painted a piano, which she calls Foxgang Amadeus, for a Cobourg, Ontario art initiative called the “Keys To Our Town.” The goal of the piano was to inspire citizens and encourage them to make music whenever their hearts desired, and that seems to be the exact effect it had on Michael Anthony McNamara. Dean occasionally stops by the piano with a camera, and her lens captured McNamara playing a raw, emotional rendition of “Say Something.” A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera are great and all, but I’ll take McNamara’s cover any day. You can hear McNamara singing heartfelt covers of some other hits here. [Neatorama]
The ladies of The Frisky have just upped their street cred in a big way, thanks to some kickass new headphones that have made us the envy of our officemates. And now we’re giving you a chance to join the Cool Kids Club and win a pair of A-Audio Luxury HD Over-Ear Headphones for yourself! The headphones’ 3-stage technology allows you to select base enhancer, active noise cancellation and audio modes, and you can even use a dual jack to share music with friends. Oh, and did we mention the isolated sound ear cups are made of memory foam? Heaven. All you have to do is fill out the entry form after the jump for your chance to win! Click here to see Official Rules & Regulations. Keep reading »