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Jagged Little Pill Book Review

In every generation, there are handful of musicians who bust open the door musically and emotionally. They speak their truth and in doing so, allow their fans to do the same.

In 1995, Alanis Morissette burst onto the scene with her third album, Jagged Little Pill. It became an instant classic, speaking for and to a generation of young people who were confused, angry, and disappointed. Last year, the musical adaptation of JLP opened on Broadway. Combining Morissette’s music with a narrative that is firmly entrenched in our era, it became a hit and has been nominated for 15 Tony Awards.

In November, the official book from the musical was released. Taking readers behind the scenes, the book contains interviews with the cast and crew, discussions of the real world issues that are weaved into the narrative, and incredible photography.

I loved this book. It is a must read for fans of both the musical and the original album. I loved how deep readers are taken in, for me it is a reminder why this show is so dam good. It is also the perfect companion to keep us happy until next spring, when Broadway (hopefully) re-opens.

Do I recommend it? Absolutely.

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New Randy Rainbow Video: Don’t Tell Donald He’s NOT RE-ELECTED TODAY! – Randy Rainbow Parody

Learning to lose graciously is part of growing up. Most of us accept that by a certain age, we will have to admit that not everything in life is winnable.

We are several weeks out from the Presidential election. At this point, the results should be old news. The focus should be the peaceful transition from the current administration to the new administration. But, thanks the antics and false claims of voter fraud by you know who, the nation and the world is unable to move forward.

Enter Randy Rainbow’s new video, Don’t Tell Donald He’s NOT RE-ELECTED TODAY! – Randy Rainbow Parody. Using the song Getting Married Today from the musical Company, the video mocks the futile attempts to ignore the voice of the voting public.

What I love about this video is that in addition to the usual delicious satire, there is a feeling of rejoicing. We all know that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris won the election. It’s time to let them do their job and show you know who the door.

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I Am Woman Movie Review

It’s easy to get on a soapbox and rail against whatever one feels is wrong with the world. But sometimes, it takes art and music to give that needed change life.

I Am Woman premiered last year. Starring Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Evan Peters, and Danielle Macdonald, the movie tells the story of the late singer Helen Reddy. The narrative begins in 1963. Helen (Tilda Cobham-Hervey) is a single mother with a dream of signing a recording contract. Originally from Australia, she is currently living in New York City. Making a living as a lounge singer, it looks like her dream is just that.

Her fate changes when she meets music journalist Lillian Roxon (Danielle Macdonald) and wannabe talent manager Jeff Wald (Evan Peters). Lillian inspires Helen to write her iconic song “I Am Woman“. Jeff straddles to the dual role of husband and manager.

It looks like Helen has everything she has ever wanted. But fame and the constant grind of work begins to take a toll on her private life. Jeff becomes an addict, forcing Helen to take a hard look at her life.

The thing about a movie or television biopic is that it can feel dry and predictable. The womb to tomb story arc has been done to death. But this movie is neither dry or predictable. It is entertaining, charming, and most of all inspiring. I love that the filmmakers wove in their protagonist’s story with the burgeoning second wave of feminism in the 1970’s.

Do I recommend it? Absolutely.

I Am Woman is streaming on Netflix.

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HOW WILL YOU VOTE? – A Randy Rainbow Song Parody

In only a short few days, Americans will know who will be leading the country for the next four years. While millions have already made the choice known, others will be going to the polls on Election Day.

Randy Rainbow released his newest video on Friday. Entitled HOW WILL YOU VOTE? – A Randy Rainbow Song Parody, the song is based “That’s How You Know” from the 2007 movie Enchanted.

I loved this video. Over the last week or so, the reminders to vote have come at us in all directions. Though we are told every year that that year’s election is the important, this year’s election is critical. If we do not vote you know who out, the United States as it exists today may not be there tomorrow.

#BidenHarris2020

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Don’t be a Freier, Vote for Joe Biden

P.T. Barnum is supposed to have once said for following:

“There’s a sucker born every minute.”

In Yiddish, the term for sucker is freier. On Thursday, an article in The Jerusalem Post stated that those who believe you know who (especially those of the Jewish faith) are suckers.

I couldn’t agree more with the article. We need a President who sees beyond himself and his needs. We need a President who is compassionate, open and is willing to make tough decisions. We need a President who genuinely believes in reaching across the aisle to those of the opposing party.

That man is Joe Biden.

#BidenHarris2020

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New Randy Rainbow Video-IF DONALD GOT FIRED – Randy Rainbow Parody (featuring Patti LuPone!)

I don’t know about anyone else, but at a certain point in the presidential election process, I feel like I am ready to vote and get on with my life. This year, that feeling is magnified by one hundred.

Randy Rainbow released his new video today. It is entitled IF DONALD GOT FIRED – Randy Rainbow Parody (featuring Patti LuPone!). Based on the song If Momma was Married from the musical Gypsy, the addition of Patti LuPone is the cherry on top.

The fact is, is that you know who has to go. For the sake of our country, for the sake of our democracy, and for everything we hold dear.

#BidenHarris2020

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Could You Know Who be Charged With Reckless Homicide?

The legal definition of reckless homicide is as follows:

A crime in which the perpetrator was aware that their act (or failure to act when there is a legal duty to act) creates significant risk of death or grievous bodily harm in the victim, but ignores the risk and continues to act (or fail to act), and a human death results.

For months, we have all known how dangerous and life-threatening Covid-19 is. The more than 200,00 American who have died from the virus is a testament to itself. When you know who was taken to the hospital last weekend after he tested positive, there many of us who did the “told you so” dance.

If there was any glimmer of hope that he had learned form the experience, it soon became obvious that hope with him is a mirage. The number of White House staffers getting sick grows longer every day. Adding to the list of the infected or possibly infected is not just those who work for you know who. He was the guest of honor at a fundraiser in New Jersey just days before he went to the hospital.

The question is, can he be charged with reckless homicide?

As far as we know, no one who has been or might be infected with Covid-19 from either the White House or the fundraiser has died. But the fact that he told Bob Woodward back in February that he knew and did nothing is in my mind enough information to charge him.

The question of if and when this comes to pass is unknown at this point. But given the evidence, as we know it to be today, I believe that there is a good chance he would be found guilty.

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RIP Helen Reddy

Art has a way of creating change in a way that few other things can.

Australian singer Helen Reddy passed away on Tuesday.

Her most famous song is the 1970’s feminist anthem, “I am Woman”.

The thing that I love about her song is that it reflects both the joy and the work that comes with being independent. It is also one of the OG feminist songs, paving the way for future female artists to express themselves and inspire the next generation of women.

RIP Helen Reddy. May your memory be a blessing to all of us who have walked on the trail you blazed for us.

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Flashback Friday-Grease: You’re the One That I Want! (2007)

Reality television has a way of worming itself into every niche of the television world that it can.

In 2007, it made it’s way to Broadway. Grease: You’re the One That I Want! aired for one season. The purpose of the program was to use the reality show format to cast another revival of Grease. Using the competition show as a backbone, the format was not unfamiliar: the contestants would perform every week. One by one they are eliminated until the winners are cast as Danny and Sandy.

At the time, it was good television. Looking back I can see that it was not that good. It was not completely lifeless, but it was one of the shows that was only destined to last one season.

Do I recommend it? Maybe.

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New Randy Rainbow Video-I Won’t Vote Trump! – Randy Rainbow Song Parody

Every four years, we are told that that year’s election is the most important. Though it was certainly true of past elections, this statement is I think a testament to how crucial it is that we vote in November.

Randy Rainbow released his latest video earlier today. Entitled “I Won’t Vote Trump! – Randy Rainbow Song Parody“. It is based on the song “I Wont Grow Up” from the musical adaptation of Peter Pan.

Normally, Rainbow goes all out, technology wise to create his work. But this is so simple, mainly because of the delicious simplicity of the original lyrics.

In our crazy world, it is easy to become frustrated and disillusioned. Work like these lets us take a breath, laugh and remember what we are fighting for.

#BidenHarris2020

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