The first time I saw Mika perform in concert was in 2008 at Terminal 5, a music venue in Hell’s Kitchen, NYC. The 24-year-old singer was alive with an infectious energy and passion for self-expression. He was colorful and loud, with so much to say about everything. The stage was filled with larger than life props and characters, many of which spilled out into the audience, breaking down an invisible wall that usually exists with performers.
I was lucky enough to meet him after the show, although just long enough to shake his hand, tell him I loved the show, and take a picture with him. I was surprised at how reserved he was, with a bit of a shy quality. I guess I imagined him to be surrounded by a legion of friends, laughing and carrying on, making plans to go to some big after-party that involved glitter and drugs. But he wore a modest white t-shirt and black cardigan, and seemed more likely to be returning to his hotel room to eat take-out and watch TV alone.
Today’s the day Jason Mraz’s new album, titled YES!, is released. I love Jason’s music and songs from this album were an inspiration to me when I was working on my blog recently.
His new short film combines three songs from the new album to tell the lifetime story of two lovers. It’s a really beautiful. Naturally I dedicate this post to the love of my life, my husband Daniel.
Check out the video below:
Damn! This is a great video.
I love it that Lady GaGa does some crazy shit and people can’t get enough. Who else could do a video like this and have it played to mainstream audiences? Undoubtedly another hit for her. You have to see it to understand:
The 80s was a bad time for fashion and concept videos, but I didn’t realize it was this bad. Check out this hilarious video of “Total Eclipse of the Heart.” You won’t be able to turn away, even though you’ll want to. (Found through Chris.)
I think if more people broke out into dance in public places, the world would just be a better place. Look at the smiles on everyone’s faces. (Thanks Irisgirl.)
The short answer is NO…
Despite all his crazy, self centered, eccentric ways, I usually really like Kanye West and I usually defend the things he says. But I strongly disagree with a statement he recently made during a taping of VH1’s Storytellers.
Kanye asked the crowd, “Can’t we give Chris a break? I know I make mistakes in life.”
A mistake is one thing… battering someone is something else.
When I was growing up, my best friend’s father used to get drunk and beat his wife until she was bloodied and bruised. She was too scared to call the police, too afraid to tell anyone. My friend and I were young and vulnerable. We were scared too. Scared that if we told someone, he’d do the same things to us. So there we were, many nights, listening to the yelling and crying through the walls. We just tried to focus on our toys, or cartoons, or anything that would block it out.
I cannot even imagine beating someone, much less a woman. I’ve been violent only a few times in my life, and that was in high school when I was being beaten up by bullies for being gay. But that was self defense. I’ve never just went up to a person and attacked them. I’ve never even slapped someone. I can’t imagine how much anger it would take inside me to hit another human being.
I understand that people make mistakes. I understand that people can change… get counseling and overcome their violent ways. I’m well aware of the power of forgiveness. And perhaps I am punishing Chris Brown as a result of my childhood.
But I believe he belongs in jail so society can be safe from him. Beating a woman like that is just one step away from murdering her. And people can die from head injuries. There is just no way to sugarcoat such horrible behavior.
So no, Kanye West, I don’t think Chris Brown deserves a break.
Last night, Dolly Parton made a rare public appearance at Nashville’s Wildhorse Saloon.
The fabulous Ms. P sang a set of her signature hits, “Two Doors Down,” “Jolene,” “Coat of Many Colors,” “I Will Always Love You,” and “9 to 5,” with guest Kellie Pickler. We went to the event to celebrate Rodney’s birthday (happy birthday honey!). He’s a big fan of Dolly, and this was actually our second time seeing her. We went to a concert in 2004 when she was touring.
Below are some videos I recorded of Dolly’s performances.
9 to 5 with Kellie Pickler
The band got off track, but Dolly and Kelly forged ahead with grace.
I Will Always Love You
Coat of Many Colors
One of the year’s most popular artists is surprisingly talented.
Okay, I made a mistake. I owe an apology to Katy Perry. I originally thought she was just a one-hit wonder, and she kind of bothered me. Her first single “Ur So Gay” seemed homophobic. Her next, the huge summer hit “I Kissed A Girl” also bothered me because I thought it was sending the wrong message. She made homosexuality seem like some perverted fetish… something college kids do when they’ve had too much to drink. It also kind of irked me that there was no girl kissing at all in the video.
By the time “Hot N Cold” rolled around, I’d come to love her music. I get it now. She’s a fag hag. She’s not homophobic, and perhaps she’s been around gay people for so long that she doesn’t even realize that her music could be misconstrued. A true fag hag can joke around with her gays and they understand that she loves them. So okay, you fag hag, I love you now.
Her fourth video, “Thinking of You”, is surprisingly deep. It has love, tragedy, drama, all rolled into one. The video features Matt Dallas (cough… homo… cough..) and has a vintage theme to it. You can see it here:
But now the plot thickens. It seems there was a different video originally shot in 2007. It’s very interesting. In the end, she murders her boyfriend by stabbing him in the back and is covered in blood. Wow. I’m glad the video was re-shot because it has a more developed storyline. Still, it’s worth seeing the original for the surprise ending:
David Archuleta is finally legal. He turned 18 on December 28th.
So for all you homos with a twink syndrome (you know who you are), it’s okay to publicly admit you have the hots for him. Now that the whole world is his oyster, it’s time for David to decide what kind of homo he’s going to be when he grows up.
I’m going to guess he’s a sugary romantic at heart, probably writes love poems in his journal and waits for his prince to come and whisk him away on a white horse. David is traditional in that way. I think he gets a nervous case of flatulence on his first dates and he’s saving himself for that special someone.
What can I say? I’m good at reading people.
But wouldn’t it be a hoot if he were secretly an aggressive leather daddy with a fisting fetish? I can just see him all Criso’d up telling some guy in a sling to “take it like a man”. What a sight that would be!
In other news, last month I wrote a post about David stating that his official website said it was “coming soon” even though David had a full length album available in stores.
So how did they rectify the situation? With a Ning page! That’s right. Ning. If you’re not familiar, it’s a wannabe MySpace site that kind of blurs the lines between forum and blog. This is as good as it gets. Come in 2nd place on American Idol and you’ll get your very own Ning page. Hiring a real web designer to build a real web site would just be too much effort for Jive.
Anyway, happy birthday David and have a great new year! You can handball all the men you want now. Please send us photos.
I hate to say I told you so… but… well, I did.
Last summer I posted the video for “Chasing Pavements” by Adele and promised you’d be hearing a lot more from her. I guess my prediction was on point because she’s been nominated for 4 Grammy awards, including Record of the Year. She is one of the most talented new artists I’ve heard in awhile, and I hear someone is going to be getting me her CD for Christmas. 😉
Here is a video from her that I really love, called “Cold Shoulder”: