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They Share Something Heartbreaking, But It’s So Beautiful When They Come Together

On any given night in the United States, over 500,000 sleep outside without protection. Homelessness affects hundreds of thousands of people across the country, and in quite a few states, numbers are rising.

Many people write off those experiencing homelessness as being lazy, and they speak ill of those struggling with addiction. In reality, however, these people could be anyone. They could be your grandmother. They could be your neighbor who lost his job. They could be the wounded veteran who was let down after serving her country.

Even though kind citizens across the nation spend their time and money helping them, the system often works against homeless people. After all, keeping morale up is hard when employers don’t want to interview them and passersby stigmatize their circumstances. That’s why the Dallas Street Choir is so important to homeless Texans.

By raising their voices, they uplift their community and stand in solidarity together.

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Even though homelessness affects thousands, it is an isolating experience. Through the power of music, these people can join hands with others who share their struggles. To learn more about the Dallas Street Choir, visit their website. You can also donate to their cause here!

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Wedding Singers Are Cool And All, But Little Performers Like This Are Even Better

Brides and grooms always want guests to take special memories away from their ceremonies.

After agonizing over centerpieces, flowers, seating charts, dresses, food, and decor for months, happy couples everywhere hope that their weddings leave lasting impressions. One particularly important piece of the matrimonial puzzle is the music. Some people go with DJs, and others do things the old-fashioned way by hiring bands. While those choices are always entertaining, performers with a flair for getting preciously personal tend to stand out.

And this little girl named Emma is a wedding singer of the most adorable variety. The bride and groom had no idea what to expect when their little friend grabbed the microphone, but when she started singing, everyone in the room practically melted.

Emma’s rendition of “Love Is an Open Door” will go down in wedding history as one of the cutest acts ever.

These are the wedding moments that people talk about for weeks. It’s pretty obvious that she stole the show at this ceremony, and based on the bride’s reaction, she didn’t mind one bit.

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In Honor Of Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize, Here Are 6 Dylan Songs Made Famous By Others

Bob Dylan’s lyrical prowess has never been kept secret or overlooked, and the Nobel Committee just honored the prolific singer-songwriter with the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature.

While the win has kicked up some controversy in literary circles, it’s easy to argue that Dylan’s songwriting stands at the helm of his success. Very few artists adjust to the ebb and flow of musical tides quite like he’s done since the early ’60s. Fewer still pen lines that never lose their consequence or relevance in changing times.

His strange, relentless cadence is instantly recognizable. His iconic tracks continue to fill coffee shops, ride on radio waves, and fly in the face of generational difference. But sometimes, mastery is found in the last place you’d think to look. To honor his Nobel Prize win, let’s leave no stone unturned. Here are six Bob Dylan songs made famous by other artists.

1. “Wagon Wheel” — Old Crow Medicine Show

Dylan wrote what is now the chorus of this country-tinged favorite and ultimately scrapped it. Ketch Secor of Old Crow Medicine Show built it out with verses and released the final version of the track in 2013.

2. “The Mighty Quinn” — Manfred Mann

Dyan wrote and recorded “The Mighty Quinn (Quinn the Eskimo)” in 1967. The following year, Manfred Mann released a cover that charted well in the United Kingdom. In 1970, the original version was added to Dylan’s “Self Portrait.”

3. “All Along the Watchtower” — Jimi Hendrix

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Although Dylan’s original version is one of his most beloved songs, Jimi Hendrix gave it new life with his cover, which made it onto the guitar legend’s 1968 “Electric Ladyland.”

4. “Make You Feel My Love” — Adele

Fans go crazy when vocal powerhouse Adele performs her rendition of “Make You Feel My Love,” but she always gives Bob Dylan due credit. He wrote the song in 1997.

5. “Love is Just a Four Letter Word” — Joan Baez

Baez effectively helped Dylan get his career off the ground in the ’60s by covering his work, but this cover of “Love is Just a Four Letter Word” gained the most traction in 1968.

6. “Mr. Tambourine Man” — The Byrds

While it’s one of Bob Dylan’s most popular songs, the track didn’t make it to number one on the charts until The Byrds covered it. That being said, both versions did receive Grammys.

Read More: You’ve Heard These 10 Smash Hits, But Did You Know That Prince Brought Them To Life?

To learn more about Bob Dylan’s historic win, you can read this announcement from the New York Times.

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You’ve Heard These 10 Smash Hits, But Did You Know That Prince Brought Them To Life?

Although we rung in the new year a few short months ago, 2016 has already taken David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Harper Lee, Natalie Cole, and Otis Clay, to name a few.

And we’re now in the throes of another major loss. The Artist Formerly Known as Prince left us on April 21, 2016, and it’s already proven to be a crushing blow.

When larger-than-life entertainers suddenly exit stage left, it’s hard to imagine the world without them. Although losing them is always hard, they leave us trails of breadcrumbs that we can follow whenever we need a little comfort. Seeing doves, for example, will undoubtedly strike a chord with Prince fans all over the world from now on.

But did you know that The Purple One contributed to way more material than the music that helped him top the charts? Here are 10 popular songs that got the Prince treatment.

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1. “Manic Monday” by The Bangles

Being a lover of pseudonyms, Prince decided to drop his royal moniker and keep a low profile while helping The Bangles out with this tune. He called himself Christopher Tracy instead.

2. “Stand Back” by Stevie Nicks

The songstress loved “Little Red Corvette” so much that she drew inspiration from the track while writing “Stand Back.” Nicks sent it along to Prince and he loved it, so he hit the studio and helped her arrange the piece.

3. “Jungle Love” by Morris Day & The Time

This was actually The Time’s first major hit. Prince assembled the group and co-wrote “Jungle Love” with Jesse Johnson.

4. “The Glamorous Life” by Sheila E.

You can hear Prince’s signature funkiness in this hit. The track is full of life without being fussy, which lends “The Glamorous Life” its undeniable appeal.

5. “Yo Mister” by Patti LaBelle

Prince experimented with a new style called swingbeat when he wrote and produced this chart topper for Ms. LaBelle, and it has proven to be one of her most successful tracks.

6. “With This Tear” by Celine Dion

Before Dion released her self-titled album back in 1992, Prince decided to give her “With This Tear” as a gift. She then repackaged that gift and gave it to us.

7. “Nothing Compares 2 U” by Sinead O’Connor

Although “Nothing Compares 2 U” was originally written for one of The Purple One’s side projects, the tune took off when he let Sinead O’Connor run with it.

8. “How Come You Don’t Call Me” by Alicia Keys

Originally a lesser-known Prince B-side that goes by the name of “How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore,” Keys reinterpreted the song so beautifully that the two artists became fast friends. This version of the track brought his music to the attention of a new generation.

9. “Love Song” by Madonna

Even the Queen of Pop got a little help from Prince back in the day. The two royals co-wrote “Love Song” and the superstar added his voice to the mix.

10. “Sugar Walls” by Sheena Easton

Never one to shy away from controversy, Prince helped Sheena Easton pen this song, which the Parents’ Music Resource Council deemed one of their “Filthy Fifty” songs that kids should never listen to. That didn’t put a damper on its success.

Prince wowed listeners and industry heavy hitters for decades, and his work will continue to do so. Seeing him in action speaks volumes about his unforgettable, undeniable talent.

We miss you already, Prince. May your music, sass, and epic side-eye live on forever.

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