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Donna Summer’s <i>I’m a Rainbow:</i> The Best Album Ever Rejected by a Major Label

Donna Summer’s I’m a Rainbow: The Best Album Ever Rejected by a Major Label

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It’s been well over 30 years but I still find myself bewildered and annoyed in equal measure that Geffen Records (presumably label-head David Geffen, specifically) rejected Donna Summer, Giorgio Moroder, and Pete Bellotte’s 1981 double album I’m a Rainbow, the artist’s ninth studio album. This stunning lapse of judgment is all the more bizarre considering the artist had just been lured away from Casablanca Records as one of Geffen’s first three signees (along with Joni Mitchell and John Lennon.)  Geffen proceeded to force Summer to step away from her longtime collaborators and make a record with Quincy Jones (1982’s Donna Summer, which I also like very much).  Coming on the heels of a long series of hit albums that not only sold millions of…
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15 Songs About Peace, Love & Understanding

15 Songs About Peace, Love & Understanding

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In the days after a tragedy like Orlando where it seems that the world (and certainly the world of Stargayzing readers) are grieving, the usual topics of the blog would seem rather tone deaf. I have struggled to find a way back to Stargayzing in this heightened atmosphere of anger, confusion, and pain. After ruminating for several days, I knew the answer must be musical, hence a list of 16 musical messages of hope, empathy, and peace.

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