When P!nk broke into the music world at the turn of the millennium, she was packaged as just another pop princess. But P!nk was determined to be her own artist and not be defined by the genre or the era that saw her become a superstar.
Nearly twenty years and six albums later, she released her latest album, Beautiful Trauma last week. What I love about the album is that it is everything I expected and more from her.
Some of the songs are heartfelt (Barbies), some are political (What About Us) and some are just too darn catchy (Revenge, which is a duet with Eminem).
What I love about this album and what I’ve always loved about P!nk as an artist is that her music is real. There is nothing false or phony about her songs. I love artists who cut past the b*llsh*t and produce albums that are authentic and real. P!nk has always been and hopefully will always be one of those artists.
I absolutely recommend it.
Beautiful Trauma is available wherever music is sold.
Randy Rainbow has been my saving grace since last November. The perfect satirical light in the darkness, he reminds us about the power of freedom of expression and how both art and satire are important, especially in this political climate.
One of the best aspects of our democracy is not just freedom of speech, but art that flows from that freedom.
Eminem recently released a rant about Donald Trump. It is perfect, brilliant and he states exactly what needs to be said.
I must warn that the video contains adult language and images.
Perhaps if enough of us speak up, the madman in Washington DC will be removed and cooler, more reasonable heads will actually get back to governing this country.
Filed under Music, Politics
A new Randy Rainbow never fails make me smile.
His new video, entitled “How Do You Solve A Problem Like Korea?” is the mashup of “How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?” from The Sound Of Music and the Elton John song “Rocket Man”.
If there is one voice of sanity in this insane world of ours, it is Randy Rainbow.
A child and their pet animal has been a story that never gets old. The question, is how does a writer spin the story so it stands out among other stories in the genre?
In he 1993 movie, Free Willy, Willy is a orca whale who was caught by fisherman when he was young. Since then, he has lived in a marina. Jesse (Jason James Richter) is a young man with a troubled past. When he is caught vandalizing the marina, he is let off easy. His punishment is to clean up the mess he made. While cleaning his mess, Jesse makes friends with Willy and is able to train him. But when Willy cannot perform, the owners of the marina seek to kill him. It is up to Jesse and his friends to free Willy.
What can I say about this movie? It’s very early 90’s, especially with Michael Jackson singing the movie’s theme song.
However, it is quite sappy and borders and predictable.
Do I recommend it? Maybe.
When Linkin Park front man Chester Bennington took his life a few months ago, the loss was palpable. One of the unfortunate by products of his loss is that he has become one of the faces of mental illness.
His widow, Talinda Bennington, recently shared photos of her husband that were taken just days before he left this world. Without knowing anything about him, one might guess that based on the pictures, Chester was a man who was content, even happy with his lot. He had a successful marriage, happy children and a music career that many can only dream of.
But pictures and smiles can be deceiving. Living with depression and mental illness does not mean that someone is spending their day lying around, mindlessly watching television or staring at the wall. For some, living with mental illness and depression means finding whatever it is within ourselves to get up and do what needs to be done while fighting the urge to say f*ck it and lay in bed all day.
Underneath the smile is an ocean of dark emotions with dangerous creatures whose sharp teeth threaten to pull us down to the murky depths at any moment. Somehow, we want to find a way to swim to shore, but the ocean and her inhabitants keep us in the water.
I wish I could swim free, but it seems like the more I swim, the more I tread water and the farther away the shore feels.
Life, as we know, it to be is precarious. We never know when we will meet our maker.
I work very close to where the Twin Towers once stood. As I got up this morning and prepared for the day, I couldn’t help but think of the nearly 3000 people who woke up on September 11th, 2001, not knowing that it was to be their last day on Earth.
As I got off the train, my eyes could not help but look upward and remember what was there 16 years ago and how the world will never be the same. Even though it has been more than a dozen years, the grief and the pain will never truly fade.
May the memories of those killed, both on 9/11 and during the recovery in the days after be a blessing to those who knew them and loved them, and to all of us. Z”l
There is nothing like a new Randy Rainbow video to provide a satirical light in the darkness that is the Trump Presidency.
His new video “DACA Shame” is sheer perfection.
20 years ago today, Princess Diana was killed in a car crash. She was 36.
When she married Prince Charles in 1981 at the young age of 19, she looked every inch of the fairy tale princess who had found her prince.
But life, as we know it to be, is not a fairy tale. It is complicated, it contains unforeseen twists and turns and can be heartbreaking.
The thing that I see in the memories of her is a pliable, caring, innocent young woman, who persevered through the sh*t that was thrown at her and learned to not only stand on her own two feet, but also make a life of her own choosing.
In finding her backbone and learning to stand on her own two feet, Princess Diana not only increased her icon status, but also became a heroine to those who find themselves fighting to develop their own backbone.
As many other have said before, if we remember her for nothing else, we remember that she was amazing mother. Her sons, Prince William and Prince Harry have grown into men that I am sure their mother would be nothing but glowing about. As a mother-in-law to Catherine and a grandmother to George and Charlotte, she would have been a light of modernity and love in the darkness of blind tradition.
RIP Princess Diana. Your legacy of love, strength, compassion, and humanity will last forever.
We can often chart our lives by the music we listen to.
Todrick Hall’s latest video, “4 The 2000’s” is music from my early adulthood. It’s strange that no matter how old I get or how my music taste changes, I still know some songs by heart.
I enjoyed the video, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.