Top Recommendations from TeenTix Press Corps Writer Linda G.
About the DJ: I am a freshman in high school and especially enjoy studying American Sign Language and writing. I enjoy most art forms, including theater, music, dance, and visual art. In my free time I love to bake, read, draw manga, play the piano, and paint my nails. Fun fact about me: I am homeschooled.
Of course! This is by far the best Disney movie ever! Instead of being a love-at-first-sight, fairytale-ish, totally idealistic story, Frozen is much more realistic and empowering for girls. Plus Olaf, the snowman, is so cute and funny. His summer song is the best — the first time I saw it, I laughed so hard I cried! Right after the movie was available, I bought the DVD, so I’ve watched it many times and never get tired of seeing it. The songs are so awesome and super catchy. I’ve been singing them for months! Let it go!!!!!
2. “For Good”
This song from Wicked paints a beautiful picture of love and friendship. It is sung by Elphaba (Idina Menzel) and Glinda (Kristin Chenoweth) as they say goodbye after many years. Though I've never seen the musical, I love the song — and not just because it is in the alto range. The similes in the lyrics are wonderful. Toward the end of the song, the two different parts sung together create such richness and beauty.
3. Mara, Daughter of the Nile
I read this book for school and loved it! It’s not well-known, but it definitely should be. It’s about a girl named Mara who is playing a double spy in ancient Egypt for two opposing rulers. If her deceit is discovered by either side, she will lose her life. But soon she falls in love with one of her masters. With the fate of Egypt on the line, she must decide which side she is on to save Egypt and to survive.
4. Fiddler on the Roof
The movie is wonderful, but the stage production keeps most of what is in the movie and adds some fun details, such as extra two songs that weren’t included in the movie: “Now I Have Everything” and “The Rumor,” which is a hilarious song like the telephone game. The rumor that is passed along gets more and more absurd each time it is told. There are several productions you can watch on YouTube.
Not your usual Christian singer, TobyMac (short for Toby McKeehan) produces music that is more hip-hop in style that most other Christian bands. Some of his songs even include rap, like the song, “Lose My Soul.” He is best known for his single “Me Without You,” but my favorite song of his is “Speak Life.”