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STAND BY YOUR MAN (Donald Trump) – A Randy Rainbow Song Parody

The new normal in America is almost daily controversy coming out of Washington D.C and the White House in particular.

The latest controversy is former aide Rob Porter, who has been accused of domestic violence by both of his ex-wives.

Randy Rainbow’s latest video, a satire of the Patsy Cline song, Stand By Your Man, is just one more reason why Trump should not be in office.  Known for publicly defending powerful men who has been accused of sexual assault and/or sexual harassment (and denying the accusations coming his way about similar acts), it is not surprising that he is defending Rob Porter instead of doing what right for his office and the country.

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ALL ABOUT HIS BASE – Randy Rainbow Song Parody

Compromise is on the cornerstones of having to deal with everyone around else. It is especially imperative in politics and even more imperative when one sits in the Oval Office.

Donald Trump does not know the word compromise.

Randy Rainbow release his new video today, All About His Base. What Trump forgets is that he is not just President of his base, he is the President Of The United States. That means he has not only appeal to as many citizens as possible, he also has compromise with his fellow elected officials to keep this country running.

A mashup of the Meghan Trainor hits “All About That Bass” and “Lips Are Movin”, Randy Rainbow keeps us laughing and keeps reminding us why we must continue to fight for our democracy. If we don’t, one day it could be no more.

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Thoughts On Holocaust Remembrance Day

Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day. Today, we remember the millions of victims were killed simply for who they were.

I count myself among the lucky ones. My family has been in this country for more than a century. My great grandparents left Europe in the early 20th century, looking for a better life for themselves and their families in America. My grandparents were born in this country, I am a third generation Jewish American. But that does not exempt me from The Holocaust. Most of the family that my great grandparents left behind were slaughtered.

In the late 1970’s, one of my mother’s uncles added his grandfather, my great-great grandfather to the list of Holocaust victims at Yad Vashem.

While I will go about my business today, my heart will be breaking a little.

May the memory of those killed be a blessing and a reminder of what happens when we forget that the person next to us is first and foremost just another human being.

Never again.

 

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Thoughts On The 21st Anniversary Of The Release Of Spice World

21 years ago yesterday, Spice World hit theaters.

My generation’s answer to The Beatles 1964 film A Hard Day’s Night, the film followed The Spice Girls as they traveled around London in the most spectacular tour bus ever seen, have a variety of wacky experiences and performed for their fans.

There are some movies that are intellectually stimulating and/or appeal to a wide variety of audience members. This film, however, is not one of them. While it doesn’t take itself too seriously, it is just really one very long music video meant to appeal to the fans of the group. It doesn’t help that the members of group are just playing themselves and are far from trained actors.

There are some films that are timeless and some that are dated. Spice World is dated.

Even so, the fact that this film is 21 makes me feel like time has gone by too fast. If it were a human being, it would be of age to drink legally. Happy Birthday Spice World.

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Cruel Intentions The Musical Review

Two thoughts come to mind when it is announced that a musical based on a story that is not a musical will soon be on stage. One thought is that the producers have chosen a known work with a dedicated fan base, who can spread the word and reduce the work of the publicity department. The other thought is that the producers took the easy way out, choosing a known work instead of taking a chance on a work by a writer whose name is not as well-known.

I saw Cruel Intentions: The Musical earlier today. As with the 1999 film of the same name, the story is set in New York City. Sebastian Valmont (Constantine Rousouli, taking over from Ryan Phillipe) and Kathryn Merteuil (Lauren Zarkin, taking over from Sarah Michelle Gellar) are rich step-siblings. They make a bet that Sebastian can seduce Annette Hargrove (Carrie St. Louis, taking over from Reese Witherspoon), the virgin daughter of their school’s new headmaster. If Sebastian wins, he gets to sleep with Kathryn, the one girl who is out of his reach. If Kathryn wins, she can claim ownership of Sebastian’s car, his pride and joy.  It seems like a simple task, but by the time the game of seduction and lies is over, nothing will be the same.

Based on the book Dangerous Liaisons, the show is a ton of fun and extremely enjoyable. True to the film incarnation, with a singable soundtrack straight out of the 1990s, the show is one of the best I have seen in a very long time.

I absolutely recommend it.

Cruel Intentions is playing at (Le) Poisson Rouge (158 Bleeker Street, New York City) until March 16th, 2018. 

 

 

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Rick Springfield Opens Up About His Battles With Depression

Depression knows nothing of boundaries. It doesn’t matter where you grew up, where your family is from, who you go home to every night, etc. Not even fame and success in Hollywood can ward off the demons of depression.

Rick Springfield is one of the millions around the world who suffer from depression. The musician and actor recently opened about his own bouts with depression and his attempts to take his own life.

I found his story not only to be meaningful, but also relevant. One of the things I have learned about depression is that those of us who suffer from the disease tell the same story. We may use different phrasing and talk about our battles with depression from our own individual perspectives, but the stories are the same.

I find that very comforting because we need to talk openly about depression and other mental illnesses. Talking open and honestly opens doors, helps to diminish the stigma, brings comfort to those suffering and will hopefully prevent the loss of life due to suicide.

 

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RIP Dolores O’Riordan

If you were a teenager in the mid to late 1990’s, you may have been a fan of the band, The Cranberries. Today it was announced that the band’s front woman, Dolores O’Riordan, passed away suddenly at the age of 46.

For a generation of music fans, The Cranberries represented a simpler time in life.  Their music spoke of life, love, change, and everything in between.

When nothing else helps us to get life and the sh*t that life throws at us, music is often the one thing that makes wading through the sh*t a little easier.

For reasons that are only known to our creator and heavenly parent, sometimes we don’t live to see our old age. Unfortunately, Dolores O’Riordan is one of those people. RIP.

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New Randy Rainbow Video-“BUTTONS! – A Randy Rainbow Song Parody”

Randy Rainbow released his new video today, BUTTONS! – A Randy Rainbow Song Parody.

I was definitely laughing (as I do with every Randy Rainbow video), but with this video I was laughing through my fears.

You know who’s most recent tweet about his button sounded more like a ten-year old playing a game top this rather than a 70-year-old man who happens to be The President of The United States. And, the fact that he is playing the game opposite Kim Jong-un, who could start a nuclear World War III is not a laughing matter.

I don’t know what kind of daddy issues or low self-esteem issues you know who has, but we need a President who acts like an adult and a leader. Not a 70-year-old with the temperament and the maturity of a ten-year old.

 

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Thoughts On Lorde Cancelling Her Tel Aviv Concert

“A lie told often enough becomes the truth.”-Vladminir Lenin

Recently, Lorde decided to cancel her summer 2018 concert in Tel Aviv, bowing to the pressure from anti-Israel activists.

Her decision bothers me for two reasons: the first is that music is music is music. Music brings us together. It bleeds through the political and social boundaries of class, race, religion, etc. Second is that she fell victim to the haters whose only goal is to see Israel wiped off the map and her citizens either murdered or forced into exile.

Pallywood has won once again. Pallywood for those unaware is the purposeful creation of fake news to create a myth that Israel is the big bad in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Palestine is the innocent victim.

 

What’s worse than the lies being spread is the fact that millions around the world believe the lies. A rather sad example of this is the recent UN resolution in which most of the member countries voted against the US moving their embassy from its current location in Tel Aviv to a new location in Jerusalem.

I suggest Lorde and every other musician who is thinking about cancelling their upcoming concerts in Israel re-think their decisions and do their homework. Her decision shows (at least from my point of view), that hate and prejudice still rule and that human dignity and mutual respect/understanding are still being forced from the spotlight.

 

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Pitch Perfect 3 Movie Review

It used to be that adults in middle age experienced a mid-life crisis. The new crisis experienced by the younger generation is called the Quarter-life crisis.

This is the basic premise for Pitch Perfect 3. It’s been three years since the audience has seen the Barden Bellas. Adulting has not come easy for them, to say the least. The Bella’s unofficial leader, Beca (Anna Kendrick) is working for a record label, but it seems that the career she imagined in college does not fit her reality. At a Bella’s reunion, Audrey (Anna Camp) informs the girls that she can get them onto a USO tour. When the girls arrive at their first stop, they discover that the tour is actually a competition. The winner of the competition will be the opening act for DJ Khaled. Not only are the Bellas going against acts who use instruments, there is also a little issue with Fat Amy’s (Rebel Wilson) previously unknown father, played by John Lithgow.

Can the Barden Bellas win the competition or are they stuck  in the past?

 

Directed by Trish Sie, in terms of the narrative, it is the weakest of the films in the franchise. However, there is an undercurrent of girl power and diversity that helps to make up for the parts of the narrative that needs work. The overall message of the film, which I truly appreciate is that family, whether by blood or emotional connection is forever and it is ok to move on with our lives, if we have the courage to.

Do I recommend it? Yes.

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