Category Archives: Music

Throwback Thursday-Meet the Barkers (2005-2006)

Part of being a celebrity is constantly being in the spotlight. There is no better way to stay in the spotlight than a reality show.

Meet the Barkers aired on MTV from 2005-2006. Starring Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker and his then-wife Shanna Moakler, the show took viewers into the private lives of the program’s subjects.

The problem with the sub-genre of the private lives of celebrities within the umbrella of “reality shows” is that they have been done to death. If a program wanted to last, it needed to stand out in some way. Meet the Barkers did not, which is why it only lasted two seasons.

Do I recommend it? Not really.

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Madonna Needs a Dose of Reality

If the coronavirus has done one thing, it has accentuated the differences between the 1% and the rest of us.

Over the weekend, Madonna posted a video to her Instagram and Twitter pages, claiming that the disease is the “great equalizer”.

To say that she got called out for her b*llsh*t is an understatement.

The clip starts at 4:15

While other members of the 1% in Hollywood are doing their part, Madonna sits in a bathtub as roses float by and does nothing.

I have nothing but respect for her as musician and a woman who paved the way for multiple generations of female musicians. However, instead of using her name and influence for good, she is only thinking about herself.

In short, she needs a dose of reality.

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New Randy Rainbow Video-ANY DEM WILL DO! – A Randy Rainbow Song Parody

There is nothing like laughter to relieve stress. There is nothing like satire to make one feel better when it feels like the world is crumbling around you.

Depending on where one lands on the political spectrum, it would be understandable to feel that the political system that ensures America’s survival is disintegrating before our very eyes. That is where elections come in. Elections, whether on the local, state or national level, give the voters a sense of control.

Randy Rainbow released his newest video earlier today. It is titled “ANY DEM WILL DO! – A Randy Rainbow Song Parody”

The video is based on the song “Any Dream Will Do” from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Back in January, I wrote a post questioning if “Vote Blue, No Matter Who” was the best way to go in this election. As of now, my mind has started to slightly change. We need a Democrat in the White House, but we also need to be smart about who we vote for.

But if nothing else, we have Randy Rainbow to keep us laughing and thinking at the same time.

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New Randy Rainbow Video-NO RULES FOR DONALD – Randy Rainbow Song Parody

The job of the United States Attorney General is to be the country’s lead attorney. Though he or she is nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate, they are not the personal attorney of the President.

Try telling that to you know who.

Randy Rainbow’s newest video is entitled “NO RULES FOR DONALD – Randy Rainbow Song Parody“.

Set to the Dua Lipa song, New Rules, the song lays out why Attorney General William Barr is as corrupt as his boss. He should be doing what is right for the country. But he is doing what is good for his boss and his bosses’s ability to keep his job.

Just another reason to vote him out out of office in the fall.

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Thoughts On “The Day Democracy Died” Sung by The Founding Fathers

When this country was founded in the late 18th century, the men who stepped forward to lead this new country knew exactly what they didn’t want. While they did not have a crystal ball to see into the future, they also knew enough to insert certain boundaries to hopefully ensure that the republic would last.

The Day Democracy Died” is a parody set to the Don McLean song, American Pie“.

Regardless of where one lands on the political spectrum, we should all be concerned. This President believes himself to be above the law and therefore, able to do whatever he wants without being called out.

As anyone who does not live under a rock knows, we have a Presidential election coming up in November. If there is one thing that I have learned over the past few years, it is that democracy is not easily maintained. It requires hard choices, tough decisions and the knowledge that if it is to last, we must fight for it.

That means voting in November and getting you know who out of office.

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Thoughts On the 2020 Super Bowl Controversy

For many viewers, the halftime show during the Super Bowl is the highlight of the evening.

On Sunday, while the majority of viewers were entertained by Jennifer Lopez and Shakira, some viewers got their knickers in a twist about the clothing worn by the performers.

I have two very big problems with the people who have problems with the costumes worn by J.Lo and Shakira. Both come down to the double standards that still dog our culture.

When Adam Levine went shirtless during Maroon 5‘s performance last year, there were crickets. Simply because this year’s main performers are female, they are being attacked in the press for presenting a bad image to young girls. This is where the double standard comes in. Women are encouraged (in more ways than one) to show off their bodies. But when they do, they are labelled all sorts of names and accused of corrupting the next generation.

Our world and our country would be much better off if certain people focus on important things. Such as jobs, education, maintaining our planet, etc. Getting your knickers in a twist because of the choice of wardrobe of a performer (especially a female performer) is not important and in the long run, will never be important.

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Don’t Blame “Female Tendencies” for Your Losses

Dear Marcus Morris,

Don’t blame “female tendencies” for your losses. I don’t follow the Knicks, but if the team’s record this season is appalling, it has nothing to do with “female tendencies”.

The term “female tendencies” sounds like the 19th century than the 20th century.

If nothing else, we have babies. I am thoroughly convinced if men were biologically able to carry and bear a child, this world would turn upside down. I challenge you (if you are ever to read this post) to even consider that fact before blaming your team’s losses on something that has nothing to do with the shitty way that the team has been playing.

Sincerely

A Woman

P.S. I suggest you listen to Beyonce, if you don’t already. You might learn a thing or two.

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Flashback Friday- The Hills (2006-2010)

We all know that so-called “reality shows” are not real. The question is, is the show “real” enough to bring in viewers?

The Hills aired on MTV from 2006-2010. A spin-off of Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County, the show followed the lives and careers of four young women living in Los Angeles.

The only good thing about this show was that the song sung over the opening credits is sung by Natasha Bedingfield. I watched enough of this show to know that it was as fake as fake could be. Some critics accused the show of being a nighttime drama labelled as a reality show. Frankly, I could not agree more.

Do I recommend it? Not really.

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Jagged Little Pill Broadway Musical Review

Family is complicated. Life is complicated. Bring those together and you have a complicated reality.

The new musical, Jagged Little Pill (based on the groundbreaking 1995 album by Alanis Morissette) takes place in suburban Connecticut. The Healy family appears to be picture perfect. Steve Healy (Sean Allan Krill) works long hours in the city, creating an emotional rift between himself and his family. His wife, Mary Jane (Elizabeth Stanley) does everything she can to be the perfect wife and mother. But an off stage car accident and a prescription for post surgery pain killers has led Mary Jane down the road to addiction.

Their son, Nick (Derek Klena) is everything a parent would wish for in a teenage son. His collegiate path seems to be headed straight to the Ivy Leagues, but Derek is not sure if this is the best option for him. Adopted daughter Frankie (Celia Rose Gooding) is unsure about her place in her mostly White community. Focused on social justice and getting into a relationship with her best friend Jo (Lauren Patten) is only the beginning of her struggles.

With a book written by Diablo Cody, Jagged Little Pill is more than the standard jukebox musical. The narrative includes thorny issues such as addiction, sexual assault, finding your sexuality, growing up, etc. But instead of being written as if standing on a soapbox, Cody naturally integrated the issues into a story of a family going through a rough patch.

Though the impression is that one needs to be a fan of Morissette and her music to enjoy the show, that is not necessarily true. It helps to know the songs, but not knowing them is not a deterrent for seeing and enjoying the show. I don’t see Broadway musicals very often, but this (for me at least) is one for the books.

I will warn that some long time Morissette fans might be a little put off by change of some lyrics. The changes were only made to match the narrative and are still the same songs that we have known and loved for 25 years.

I absolutely reccomend it.

Jagged Little Pill is playing at the Broadhurst Theater in New York City. Check the website for showtimes and ticket prices.

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Jillian Michaels is Fat-shaming Lizzo

One of the major problems we have in our culture, especially when it comes to women, is the idea that we have to be a certain size. Any woman who does not fit into the minuscule sizes prescribed by Hollywood, Madison Avenue or the fashion industry is essentially told that she is wrong for not fitting into their vision of how a woman should look.

Lizzo is one of the newest and hottest stars in the music industry at the moment. She is also not a size 2.

Recently, she has been the recipient of criticism because of her size. Television personality and trainer Jillian Michaels (known for The Biggest Loser) publicly berated the singer for her size.

Granted, there are valid health risks when someone is overweight.

However, the idea that someone who is thin is healthy and someone who is overweight is not healthy is a fallacy. But my main problem with her criticism is that if Lizzo was the same size as Beyonce or Taylor Swift, no one would say anything about her size.

But because Lizzo looks more like the average American woman than 99% of Hollywood, she is called out for her weight. The problem with this criticism is that it sends the wrong message to women, especially young women. Eating disorders affect too many women who embrace the idea that they have to be a certain size to be loved or to be successful.

I understand that Michaels was not speaking out of malice, but out of concern. But I wish that she and others would realize that not every woman is meant to be a size 2 and a healthy body comes in all sizes.

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