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Ilene Angel
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Ilene Angel is an award-winning songwriter, producer, political activist, and writer. Her first book, In Search of George Stephanopoulos - A True Story of Life, Love, and the Pursuit of a Short Greek Guy, is available now. She is currently recording her second singer/songwriter CD, titled In Color, and completing her second book, which will be available in late spring. Ilene blogs regularly on the subjects of politics and popular culture.

Entries by Ilene Angel

A Final Offering

(0) Comments | Posted August 18, 2014 | 3:32 PM

It's been a few days since I heard the news of Robin Williams' death, and though that scarcely seems like enough time to wrap my head around referring to his life in the past tense, the entire world seems to have weighed in, whether using his end as a cautionary...

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A Facebook Comment, George Stephanopoulos, the President, and Me

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2014 | 3:01 PM

I don't have much time to watch TV these days. Where I used to carve out the hour(s) to watch or read things that kept me both politically informed and perpetually fired up, as time has progressed, I have grown weary of the pettiness and rancor, the stalemates and the...

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Coming Full Circle

(1) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 5:29 PM

If you were to ask any songwriter what their favorite song is, most of us would answer, "The one I wrote today." We can't help it. It's our newest baby, our shiny toy, and the one whose luster hasn't worn off yet. We've still got hopes and dreams for it,...

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Unfinished Business: What I Learned From the Good Wife

(1) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 4:50 PM

I don't watch much television anymore. I have my TV viewing whittled down to a handful of shows that I intentionally watch. And none of them are "reality" shows, because a) there is no reality in reality television, and b) I often find fictional characters to be far more likable...

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Review: David Michael Finkelstein's Bar Mitzvah

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 11:53 AM

Bar Mitzvahs, much like sweet 16's, have morphed into some pretty wacky events of late. And while there is yet to be a reality TV show about this rite of passage, there is a new musical written by Sue Fabisch with enough comedy and drama to satisfy even the greatest...

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You Know You're Old When...

(2) Comments | Posted November 7, 2013 | 10:00 AM

Bill Clinton called me last night. Okay, so it was one of those automated political calls, urging me to vote for our local Democratic candidate, but still, I'm going with Bill Clinton called me last night.

He was sure to remind me that we were neighbors, live in the...

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What Are We Creating?

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2013 | 11:02 AM

I'm on a lot of email lists. Political ones. And this week, I have received more political emails than at any other time, including the past two presidential elections. It was as if someone, somewhere out in the political ether, thought I could stop the government shutdown, or at the...

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Sid Bernstein Remembered

(0) Comments | Posted August 22, 2013 | 8:25 AM

There are pivotal moments and pivotal people in everyone's lives, people who leave indelible impressions, sometimes knowingly, sometimes not, and our lives are forever altered because of them. So when someone like that passes, we are momentarily stopped in our tracks, forced to take a moment out of our otherwise...

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America's Breath of Fresh Air -- a Standout at the Fringe Festival

(0) Comments | Posted August 15, 2013 | 2:00 PM

I love musical theater and so I go to see it every chance I get. But I'm also not immune to the guilty pleasures of our celebrity obsessed popular culture. Enter America's Breath of Fresh Air, the perfect marriage of the two.

With book, music and lyrics by multi-platinum hit...

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Changing the World -- One Song at a Time

(3) Comments | Posted July 1, 2013 | 1:46 PM

These are cynical times we live in, where it seems like it's every man for himself. Instead of being more unified by our limitless ability to communicate with anyone anywhere in the world 24/7, we're more polarized, more isolated, less connected in actuality, regardless of how things appear virtually.

We...

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Can We Talk About Love and Peace Now?

(3) Comments | Posted April 16, 2013 | 6:08 PM

After yesterday's bombing in Boston, I cannot keep silent any longer -- I don't think we can have a war on anything and expect peace to be the outcome.

No war on terrorism, drugs, guns or anything else has ever achieved a lasting defeat to what it was trying to...

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And the Oscar Goes to... the Oscars

(1) Comments | Posted February 25, 2013 | 10:57 AM

I know there are people in parts of the country that just don't care about the Oscars. I would not be one of them. In fact, I do not have a conscious recollection of a time in my life before I was cognizant of these golden statues.

Some little...

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Blue Sky Riders, Finally Home: The Review

(2) Comments | Posted January 30, 2013 | 5:50 PM

The thing about life is it is accompanied by a soundtrack, and that soundtrack differs for each one of us. Our lives are marked by songs from the fleeting days of our childhood, to our entrance into adolescence, first love and rebellion. Songs are the consolation prize during angst-ridden heartbreak,...

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The Audacity to Still Have Hope

(2) Comments | Posted January 21, 2013 | 2:05 PM

Much will be said about the president's second inaugural address today, what points were touched on, the tone, the delivery, how many times he used the word "together."

Going into it, I didn't envy his job. Would he be centrist enough for the right, liberal enough for the left? Whom...

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In the Silence Between our Tears

(6) Comments | Posted December 15, 2012 | 7:30 AM

I don't much care how it happened. It happened. I don't care that gun legislation of any significance is tantamount to the third rail of either party's politics. That doesn't matter now.

It is not naïve or Pollyanna to say that we are better off not possessing guns. We...

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'Somewhere Beautiful' -- a Different Soundtrack of our Lives

(2) Comments | Posted November 9, 2012 | 2:10 PM

I used to play what I referred to as "the nursing home circuit." It was a chance to spend a little time performing music without any agenda and simply bring joy to people.

I would sing songs from bygone eras and see otherwise catatonic patients light up in ways they...

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Kenny Loggins and Me... Sort of a Comedy

(11) Comments | Posted October 24, 2012 | 12:03 PM

I'm usually not at a loss for words. Really. But in my defense, I don't meet rock stars every day. So when I found myself face to face with Kenny Loggins recently, rather than the cool demeanor I envisioned myself exhibiting, I instead came down with a severe case of...

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The Voice on The Voice

(7) Comments | Posted October 8, 2012 | 11:59 AM

Every time there's a new reality singing show on TV, I give my guilty pleasure a watch. Sure, there's the thrill of accompanying some unknown on his or her journey from struggling anonymity to superstardom. But really, there's singing. Lots and lots of singing. And some of it is even...

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Blue Sky Riders: Music for the Rest of Us Part Deux

(2) Comments | Posted October 1, 2012 | 11:36 AM

When last we left off on July 30th, I had just seen a new band called Blue Sky Riders as an opening act for a Kenny Loggins concert. I contended that this new band, comprised of Kenny Loggins, Georgia Middleman, and Gary Burr, was the breath of fresh musical air...

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My Advice to the President on How to Win Re-Election

(0) Comments | Posted September 26, 2012 | 1:31 PM

I've been wondering lately what it will take. Every day of this campaign season seems to bring with it new polling numbers, new data on jobs and the economy, and new opportunities for me to dine with the president and any number of famous people, the most appealing of which...

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