Music Monday

11 Feb

Happy “Day After the Grammys!”
If you watched music’s Super Bowl last night you would’ve seen the great performance of the Zac Brown Band, Mumford and Sons, Elton John, and others, during the In Memoriam portion of the show.
It was almost a paradox to put the Zac Brown Band in this performance, as they are usually known for their upbeat, life loving, country music.
Still, all the performers blew it out the park last night, which is what inspired today’s “Music Monday.”
“A Different Kind of Fine,” is a song off the band’s album, “The Foundation,” and once again has an upbeat, country chorus with a positive message about being yourself.


Music Monday

28 Jan

I must say, before I went to his show in Nashville I thought Hunter Hayes was a pop-country, 14-year-old version of Justin Bieber.
However, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that he is in fact an adorable, talented, 21-year-old country up-and-comer. Who would of thunk that I would’ve went into that concert critical and have come out humming, and addicted to this song?
Whether you too are questioning the kudos of the blonde haired, doe eyed singer, or already know and love his infectious tunes, it’s worth taking a listen to “Somebody’s Heartbreak.” Oh, and look at that I already have it cued up for you…..

Music Monday (On Thursday)

24 Jan

Day 2 back from Nashville and already my ears ache for more of its authentic, passionate music. The nickname “Music City” is a far understatement for the southern town. Everywhere you turn, from the local bars to the newspaper, music is being played or talked about.

I sat and watched in amazement as every artist I heard play sounded so soulful and amazing, yet they weren’t on the radio… and Justin Bieber is. The enjoyment that these artists got out of playing music (audio tune free), whether it was for a packed house at the Ryman Auditorium or for the 10 people in the lunch crowd, was infectious.

I can tell you about the music from now until forever, but to really understand the realm of which I’m talking about you must listen.

Carolina Story is a married couple, touring the world with a guitar, a tambourine, and a harmonic. I was lucky enough to hear them live at Nashville’s famous Blue Bird Café, and I’m delighted to bring them back with me to Connecticut for you all to hear….

“Where in the World” Wednesday?

16 Jan

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While looking for a photo to feature in today’s post I went into my Pinterest “Travel” board, like I do many weeks. The perfect picture wasn’t popping out at me like it normally does, and I was ready to exit out and try again later, perhaps then I would feel more inspired. However, seconds before clicking the “X” one picture caught my attention. Down at the very bottom of the page was a picture of the Eiffel Tower. Not very exciting to most. Pretty? Yes, certainly, but nothing original. It was the caption, however, that made smile. “So soon,” I had written below the vintage edited photo. I must’ve written it weeks, even days, before I embarked on the best ten days of my life, a true trip of a lifetime. When I pinned this picture my adrenline was pumping and my curiousity was through the roof. The amazing part about today’s post, is even though my trip was over months ago, the original picture still excites me. I’m no longer curious as to what Paris looks like at night (I know now that it is stunning: full of noise, music, wine, and literally sparkling). My adrenaline no longer pumps in fear of the long plane ride or language barrier. Today I smile, because just a few months ago, this rountine photo of the famous structure was a dream, an envy, and now it is my reality. I stood in front of that tower. There, I sat on a picnic blanket with my oldest friend, and two newest, and sipped cheap wine and ate expensive meat and cheese. I listened to the music of the street performers, I laughed until I cried, and I stared in amazement as the lights on the tower twinkled like nothing I have ever seen before. Proving that dreams really do come true, my fantasy turned into a memory, one that will be with me forever.

Fast Facts Friday

11 Jan

“Glee” is Back… and Then Some: I take a deep breath before I say this BUT….the magic that “Glee” once had has slowly dwindled since the original cast graduated. The new characters are cute, talented, and have some of that same adorable annoyingness, but there has been something missing since Rachel turned sexpot and Mr. Shu bit the dust. The ratings have since taken a hit, and part of me was okay with my once favorite show, singing its sawn song in the new future (PUN intended). Perhaps it was their mega win at The People’s Choice Awards, or the fact that Murphy and crew aren’t ready to send their baby off into the horizon, but Fox has announced that “Glee” is going to be picked up for season 5, AND the idea of spin-offs haven’t been canned yet! I’m actually hoping that the Rachel/Kurt NYC love affair is moved to a completely different show, and “Glee” could once again be about the relatable awkward high school misfits and not about musical prodigies living their dreams in the big city.

Oscar Nominees Announced: It was much of the same at this year’s Oscar Award Nominee announcement party. Movies we never heard of lead the way in nominations, and ones we have heard of, but wish we hadn’t, leave us scratching our heads with how they may walk away with a golden statue. To brief, “Lincoln” leads the pack with 12 nominations, “Life of Pi” followed close behind with 11, and “Les Miserables” and “Silver Lining Playbook” round out the top three, tying with 8 nominations. For a full list of nominees check out:

Kardashian Kids Take Over: OK, let us get this one over with as fast as we can. Kim’s pregnant with (ughhh) Kanye’s baby. Moving on…

Bieber Fans Take Things Too Far: With any pre-teen, flash in the pan groupies, girlfriend hating fan clubs, and trending topics are not unusual, but Justin Bieber’s fan base took things too far when they decided to create a self-harming protest against Bieber smoking week. After TMZ published pictures of the singer smoking weed, fans took to Twitter to start the #cut4bieber trending topic, hoping to get Bieber’s attention. “Let’s start a cut yourself for Bieber campaign. Tweet a bunch of pictures of people cutting themselves and claim we did it because Bieber was smoking weed. See if we can get some little girls to cut themselves.” While many would ignore such a ridiculous and idiotic comment, many immature and naïve girls took the suggestion to heart and started the trend. Although some pictures posted were of fans cutting paper or cake, others did post gruesome self-harm pictures. The topic unsurprising outraged many and the initial tweeted was taken down. Bieber has released no comment thus far.

Taylor Swift’s Biggest Revenge: Call it repetitive, annoying, or old news, but you’ll be singing it non-stop in two months. After a break-up with One Direction’s, Harry Styles, earlier this week, Taylor Swift did what she does best…she wrote a song about it. After stepping out on The People’s Choice Award’s red carpet looking stunning in a neck plunging white gown, Taylor tweeted out “Back in the studio. Uh oh…” Uh-oh is right Harry, get ready to feel the $52 million wrath of Ms. Swift.

Old School Musicians, Ready to Make a Return: Just when I thought the music industry was on its way down the toilet, with One Direction, Nicki Minaj, and Gangam Style swirling down with it, we were hit with some epic comeback news. Tweeting a pic of him in the studio was Justin Timberlake’s way of announcing that he was bringing sexy back to music, and Beyonce, Kelly Rowland, and Michelle Williams announced that they have decided to put their solo careers aside and make new Destiny’s Child ear candy. And how will they introduce the world to these joyous harmonies? At the Super Bowl of course!!! The trio’s performance is rumored to be the headline at the February half-time show! Oh please let this be true!!!!

Music Monday

2 Jan

Two thousand and tweleve was quick, hectic, and a little bit tragic, so to welcome everyone into 2013 I give you Tristan Prettyman’s just plain, “pretty” (PUN intended), version of my favorite song off the soundtrack of my favorite movie, “Juno.” (Yes, I know it is Wednesday, but coming back from the holidays, we are all feeling the Monday blues).
Happy New Year!

14 Dec

Potter is Back!!!: Just when we all thought our lives had no meaning since both the “Harry Potter” and “Twilight” franchises were over, executives at Universal Studios decided to give the world an early Christmas present by announcing that Harry and the gang will be back for a ninth installment. The production of the film will be on a much smaller scale, and is being filmed exclusively for the opening of the Potter theme park at Universal Studios in Los Angeles. Shooting for the film has already begun, and the final product will be released in 2014!!! Now that’s magically!

LA Reid Announces His X-it From the Judge’s Panel: Maybe all us common folks should be re-thinking the tears which we shed over the jealously we have for singing competition judges who make millions for sipping Cokes, smiling, and bobbing their heads. I’m just speculating here but maybe the grass is not always greener on the other side, as there has to be a reason multiple judges are leaving their money soaked chairs for “alternative endeavors.” Following suit with Paula, Nicole, J-Lo, Steven Tyler, Christina, Cee-Lo, and all the other singing show ghosts, LA Reid announced yesterday that he is giving up his spot on the “X-Factor,” to focus more on his job as Chairman of Epic Records. Regardless of being in front of or behind the scenes, Reid will surely keep his salary in the millions, but perhaps the real reason for his departure was the dull ratings and mediocre talent of the show ruining his street cred?

More Heartbreak over Jenni Rivera’s Death
: The term dirty cop doesn’t even begin to describe the Mexican cops who are suspected for stealing the personal belongings of Latin singer, Jenni Rivera, after her plane crashed earlier this week, leaving everyone on board dead. Not only did the despicable cops steal from the dead, but they are also suspected of releasing confidential photos of the wreck to the press. How disgusting!

Bethenny Frankel’s “Ever After” is Going to Be Without Jason: I can’t say that I didn’t see it coming (well it actually slammed through my TV screen like a rocket ship into space), but sources are once again confirming that the marriage between Bethenny Frankel and Jason Hoppy is o-v-e-r. If you watched Bethenny on “The Housewives” you would know that her life goal (besides making millions) was to marry and have a baby. It was check, check, and check for Bethenny on all three of those bucket list wishes, all within just a couple of years. Maybe the pressure of instant stardom, fortune, and motherhood became too much for the SkinnyGirl. Although I was waiting for the shoe to drop, I was hoping this would’ve been the underdog marriage to pull through!

Olivia Wilde Defends Those Wild Rumors: Olivia Wilde may have been rocking out at the Rolling Stones concert last night, but she did find some time (perhaps during intermission) to tweet one very important thing. “No I’m not engaged (to her BF Jason Sudeikis),” she tweeted, But I AM at the Stones show and holy s–t Ronnie Wood you got style, boy. It’s just a fact. Trying to score a shoe pic.” Perhaps, Katy Perry could snap that picture for you Olivia, as she and her boy toy, John Mayer, were sitting front row at the same concert.

“Glee” Reunites: It’s been a season of cameos and name drops, but the fire hasn’t been burning as bright since the original cast of “Glee” graduated. However, this picture, below, is reminiscent of the times when the McKinley kids were rolling around in wheel chairs, and dressing up like Lady Gaga. Since they graduated, Santana, Quinn and Rachel haven’t shot a scene together, but after this joyous reunion it seems like the three amigos may be reconnecting soon!