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And On The Playground Is Where I Spent Most of My Days

June 21, 2010 2 comments

As most of you know today is the first day of summer here in our little half of the world. Now I could do some sappy post about the things I love about this time of year.

But I think this says everything I need.

From the men whom I believe need no introduction, ladies and gents, I give you Summertime.

*Also, if you hadn’t all ready my favourite masshole Lilu has some rather great news to share but needs our help (read: we need to pimp her on Twitter which she tells you how to do. Now what are you waiting for?

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Legends Never Die

June 26, 2009 5 comments

Me and Pippi are standing at the train station, waiting to board our train. I check Twitter on a whim and what do I see? Michael Jackson is dead.

Then we hear one of the other passengers talking about him being taken to the hospital, in bad shape. Cardiac arrest, we found out later. Once actually on the train and moving, those who had laptops began checking every media site they could.

Everyone waits, several people are praying, hoping that it is just one of TMZ’s hasty rumours. That he would recover.

Then the AP wire confirmed.

Next the LA Times.

Finally, CNN.

The King of Pop was dead at 50.

There was a moment of disbelief. Then someone burst into tears. Someone found a live newsfeed and turned up their speakers so everyone on the car could hear.

Now I’ve always had a mixed opinion on the man. Nearly my entire life he has had those accusations of pedophilia hanging over his head. Do I believe them? Not sure but I have to lean more towards no. The man always seemed too childlike. I’m not saying he didn’t have serious issues, he did, just not sure pedophilia was one of them.

However, I did grow up listening to his music despite being nonexistant/too young to remember the early days of MTV when his videos dominated. I remember watching Thriller when I was a small child and trying to mimic the moves, falling flat on my face. I remember buying his greatest hits as my first ever CD at the age of 11. I remember his surprise performance at the 2001 VMAs when I was 13.

The man was a worldwide phenomenon as evidenced by the Internet pretty much choking (especially Google, Twitter, and Wikipedia) with a huge surge of traffic. Talking to my mom later, I hear that many networks including MTV had pulled programs to pay tribute to him.

So when someone pulled up their iTunes and began playing “Beat It”, nearly everyone in the compartment between the ages of 9 and 50 were singing along. I myself could be found dancing with a brunette woman in her 30’s, whose name I did not actually found out until I reached my stop.

About 20 plus strangers dancing and singing together, with similar scenes repeating up and down the train. A rather fitting tribute to the man who is easily one of the greatest performers of all time.

Whether it’s that crazy half-fall during “Smooth Criminal”, the hat and glove, his gorgeous album covers, or the classic moonwalk. He will never be forgotten.

Now that he’s passed on, I’m sure that him and James Brown are breaking it down in the afterlife.

Music has been my outlet, my gift to all of the lovers in this world. Through it — my music, I know I will live forever.” – Michael Jackson

Wednesday Workshop: Take That, Mr. Cowell

January 21, 2009 3 comments

Hey, it’s that time again folks!

This week’s assignment from Mama Kat goes as follows:

Other than the birth of a child or your wedding, write about a joyous moment.

I kind of subverted this but you’ll understand what I mean by the end. And here we go in 5…4…3…2…1…

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For as long as I can remember, music has been a part of my life. From learning how to dance standing between my great-grandparents in their kitchen as a little boy to my grandpa teaching me how to sing as he would strum his guitar along to the words. I guess you could say that music was in my blood.

I could feel the heat of the lights as they beat down on me atop that stage, they didn’t matter. I could feel the crowd cheering as I took a deep breath. Years of singing and an additional year of practice in preparation of this moment were about to be put to the test. You would think I’d have been happy just to win the competition but I have always been the kind of person that if you really want something, no reason to half-ass it.

The Nokia Theater was packed as people had crowded in to watch the final round live with millions more watching from their homes. I gathered the adrenaline, the joy, and let it carry into my voice as I sung my “Contestant’s Choice” pick of the final.

She was staring out the window of their SUV
Complaning, saying “I can’t wait to turn 18”
She said “I’ll make my own money, and I’ll make my own rules”
Mamma put the car in park out there in front of the school
Then she kissed her head and said “I was just like you”

You’re gonna miss this
You’re gonna want this back
You’re gonna wish these days hadn’t gone by so fast
These are some good times
So take a good look around
You may not know it now
But you’re gonna miss this

Before she knows it she’s a brand new bride
In a one-bedroom apartment, and her daddy stops by
He tells her “It’s a nice place”
She says “It’ll do for now”
Starts talking about babies and buying a house
Daddy shakes his head and says “Baby, just slow down”

Cause you’re gonna miss this
You’re gonna want this back
You’re gonna wish these days hadn’t gone by so fast
These are some good times
So take a good look around
You may not know it now
But you’re gonna miss this

Five years later there’s a plumber workin’ on the water heater
Dog’s barkin’, phone’s ringin’
One kid’s cryin’, one kid’s screamin’
And she keeps apologizin’
He says “They don’t bother me.
I’ve got 2 babies of my own.
One’s 36, one’s 23.
Huh, it’s hard to believe, but…

You’re gonna miss this
You’re gonna want this back
You’re gonna wish these days hadn’t gone by so fast
These are some good times
So take a good look around
You may not know it now
But you’re gonna miss this…

The final note dies as the crowd roars their approval. I stood beside my opponent, a woman a few years older than me with curly brown hair, while we waited for Ryan Seacrest to share the results. We give each other anxious smiles as we soak up the cheering.

“And the winner of American Idol 2010 is…Kendall A–!”

The air leaves my lungs as I see my friends and family in the audience get to their feet. Before I can make a sound, there is a beeping noise in my ears.

The dream is over.

Back to reality now.

Although I now know what my next goal is.

After all, a dream is a wish the heart makes.

Soundtrack to Life

December 28, 2008 Leave a comment

It’s been a while since I had done a meme. It’s open so anyone who wants to do it can. Just comment with a link to your post when you’re done.

Here’s how it works…Put your iPod or whatever music player you have on shuffle. The first song that you hear will be the song for your Opening Scene. Skip to the next song, this is your next category. Keep doing this until the end.

Opening Scene: Savin’ Me – Nickelback
Show me what it’s like
To be the last one standing
And teach me wrong from right
And I’ll show you what I can be.

Wake Up Scene: This Is How We Do It – Montell Jordan
This is how we do it, all the hands are in the air
And wave them from here to there
If you’re an O. G. mack or a wanna-be playa

Average Day: What Do Ya Think About That? – Montgomery Gentry
Some people care about what other people think
Worry about what they say
Let a little gossip coming from a loose lip
Ruin a perfect day

1st Date: For Good – Wicked (Original Broadway Cast)
I’ve heard it said
That people come into our lives for a reason
Bringing something we must learn
And we are led
To those who help us most to grow
If we let them
And we help them in return
Well I don’t know if I believe that’s true
But I know I’m who I am today
Because I knew you

Falling In Love: If You’re Reading This – Tim McGraw
If you’re reading this there’s gonna come a day
When you move on and find someone else but that’s okay
Just remember this I’m in a better place
Where soldiers live in peace and angels sing “Amazing Grace”

Fight Scene: 10,000 Fists – Disturbed
People can no longer cover their eyes
If this disturbs you then walk away
You will remember the night you were struck by the sight of
Ten thousand fists in the air!

Break Up Scene: Wasted – Carrie Underwood
I don’t wanna spend my life jaded
Waitin’ to wake up one day and find
That I’ve let all these years go by

Back Together: I Believe I Can Fly – R. Kelly
I used to think that I could not go on
And life was nothing but an awful song
But now I know the meaning of true love
I’m leaning on the everlasting arms

Secret Love: Through Heaven’s Eyes – Disney’s The Prince of Egypt
If a man lose ev’ry thing he owns
Has he truly lost his worth?
Or is it the beginning
Of a new and brighter birth?

Life’s OK: Ready, Set, Don’t Go – Billy Ray Cyrus
This is where I don’t say
What I want so bad to say
This is where I want to
But I won’t get in the way
Of her and her dreams
And spreadin’ her wings

Mental Breakdown: Our Town – James Taylor
Main street isn’t main street anymore
Lights don’t shine as brightly as they shown before
Tell the truth, lights don’t shine at all
In our town

Driving: Everyday (Family Reunion) – Chaka Ghan & Gerald Levert
We should speak
From the heart
And let love be the solution
Let us forgive
And put the past away
No time to wait
The time has come to give love everyday

Learning A Lesson: I Can Go The Distance – Disney’s Hercules
But to look beyond the glory is the hardest part
Because a hero’s strength is measured by his heart

Deep Thought: Fly Me to The Moon – Frank Sinatra
Fill my heart with love
Let me sing for ever more
You are all I long for
All I worship and adore
In other words, please be true
In other words, I love you

Flashback: Find Yourself – Brad Paisley
Well you go through life, so sure of where you’re heading
And you wind up lost and it’s the best thing that could have happened
‘Cause sometimes when you lose your way it’s really just as well

Partying: ABC – Jackson 5
Reading and writing arithmetic
Are the branches of the learning tree
But listen without the root of love, girl
Your education ain’t complete

Happy Dance: My Girl – The Temptations
I’ve got so much honey
The bees envy me
I’ve got a sweeter song
Than the birds in the trees

Regretting: Black Horse & The Cherry Tree – KT Tunstall
Well my heart knows me better than myself
So I’m gonna let it do all the talking
I come across a place in the middle of nowhere
With a black horse and a cherry tree

Long Night Alone: Behind Those Eyes – Three Doors Down
There’s something I can’t see
There’s something different in the way you smile
Behind those eyes you lie
And there’s nothing I can say
‘Cause I’m never gonna change your mind
Behind those eyes you hide

Death Scene: Waitin’ On A Woman – Brad Paisley
I’ve read somewhere statistics show
The man’s always the first to go
And that makes sense ’cause I know she won’t be ready
So when it finally comes my time
And I get to the other side
I’ll find myself a bench, if they’ve got any
I hope she takes her time, ’cause I don’t mind
Waitin’ on a woman.

Closing Credits: This Is Halloween – Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas
This is Halloween, everybody make a scene
Trick or treat till the neighbors gonna die of fright
It’s our town, everybody scream
In this town of Halloween

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