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Visions Of Sugarplums: John Legend’s “A Legendary Christmas”

The slow bossa nova beat slinked its way into the room, sultry and impassioned. As Gwen stood by the stove prepping dinner, she began to involuntarily shift her hips back and forth to the rhythm.

Wrap me up in your love / wrap me up in your love / wrap me up in your love (this Christmas)

The lyrics weren’t as vibrant as the other tracks on the album, but John Legend made for a perfectly effective backdrop during the holiday season. Gwen hummed along.

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Appropriate Moves: Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)”

“Ten years?”

Eleanor had gotten used to the dread that came with each notification on her phone –– keeping up with the news had drained her, but out of a maligned sense of civic responsibility, she continued to do so. Of course, every now and then, the clouds parted and gave her respite to discuss something more enjoyable.

“Ten years since what?” Gwen asked.

“This music video is ten years old now!”

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March To The Beat: Charles Stone III’s “Drumline”

“I want to count someday,” Gwen said, as the screen faded to black, “what percentage of sports movies end with a heroic freeze frame. It must be at least fifty or sixty percent?”

“Was that the end?”Eleanor asked, though the beginning of the credits answered the question for her.

“What else did you think would happen?” asked Gwen.

“I don’t know, some kind of post-win scene,” Eleanor said. “Something having to do with the relationship to Zoë Saldana.”

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Tear It Up: “Cannonball Adderly’s Fiddler On The Roof”

The cover art made Eleanor uneasy. Something about that neon yellow background, with Adderly’s beady eyes at the center. Not to mention the forced perspective of his feet – he looked as though he were about to slip off the roof.

But the album cover, she knew, was not what she had purchased from the garage sale. What she had intended to buy was a gift for Gwen. The record was an unexpected but  appropriate discovery, matching Gwen’s passion for theatre and her hipsterish fascination with vinyl. A quick search confirmed that the record was indeed the  combination the cover implied: an album of jazz covers of songs from Fiddler On The Roof, performed by the famed Cannonball Adderly Sextet.

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