Archive for November 2011

Grammy Award Nominations - Live Updates

Grammy Award Nominations - Live Updates
Because really who can wait til the end of the hour to find out who the nominees are?  And the nominees are: Record of the year: “Rolling in the Deep” – Adele “Holocene” – Bon Iver “Grenade” – Bruno Mars “The Cave” – Mumford & Sons “Firework” – Katy Perry Song of the Year: (this... Read more »

I'm a Big Grownup Crybaby

I'm a Big Grownup Crybaby
This morning after I brought the newspaper in, right there on the front page was a picture of the grieving Daley family.  My eyes immediately started to well…at 5:45 AM.  Last Friday when the Tribune covered Maggie Daley’s death, I was unable to finish the article on the train because I didn’t have a proper... Read more »

Mary J. Blige: My Take on "My Life II"

Mary J. Blige: My Take on "My Life II"
There are some weeks when I can’t decide whether there’s any new music I want to buy, and there are other weeks when the decision is easy.  Last week was an easy week.  I have been a Mary J. Blige fan for years and was very excited about the release of her tenth album, “My... Read more »
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Florence + The Machine: Her New Album and Thoughts on Hungover Creativity

Florence + The Machine: Her New Album and Thoughts on Hungover Creativity
Last weekend, I spent a total of 13 hours (not including another three hours of drive time) at my son’s volleyball tournament.  If you’ve ever been to such an event, you already know that approximately 66.67% of the time is spent with your kidnotplaying.  It is essential that you bring activities to entertain yourself.  I... Read more »

American Music Awards: (Semi) Live Updates

9:52 – The evening wraps with LMFAO doing Party Rock Anthem so the crowd can party down.  The audience is wearing 3-D glasses.  Um, aren’t they really there, so why would they need 3-D glasses?  Too tired to ponder.  Night night!  Wait, wake up!  David Hasselhoff is on stage with them?  Okay, now I’m really... Read more »

No Shave November: Music Edition

Truth be told, this is not my favorite look for Dave Matthews, so I’m glad it’s not a regular thing for him.
In case you didn’t know, it’s No Shave November (or as I prefer to call it “Novembeard”- get it?).  I did a little research on the topic, initially believing it was an insulation tactic as the weather turns cold.  Alas, it has a more noble purpose: to promote awareness of men’s health issues.  Last year... Read more »
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Childhood Obesity: The Flip Side

Childhood Obesity: The Flip Side
I have skinny kids.  It’s not because I’m a devotee of the Word of Michelle Obama; it’s purely genetics.  My husband and I were skinny kids.  We had skinny babies who looked like they had the misfortune of being nourished in third world countries, skinny toddler who people constantly wanted to feed Hostess products, and... Read more »

Grey's Anatomy Music: It's Not Just for Television Anymore

Grey's Anatomy Music: It's Not Just for Television Anymore
I was recently in the car listening to my favorite satellite radio station (The Spectrum, XM channel 28) when the song “Heart on Fire” by Scars on 45 came on.  The DJ mentioned that the song was from the recently released “Grey’s Anatomy” soundtrack and  that it was Volume 4 of such albums (“Grey’s Anatomy,... Read more »

Nature versus Nurture: How much credit--or blame--can we take for how our kids turn out?

Nature versus Nurture: How much credit--or blame--can we take for how our kids turn out?
I’m just finishing a book that has made me consider how sizable my role is as a parent in the outcome of my kids.  It’s called Someone Else’s Twin by Nancy L. Segal, and it’s the true story of a number of sets of identical twins, in each case with one twin inadvertently being switched... Read more »
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Tony Bennett Duets II: The Songs Rated Best to Worst

Tony Bennett Duets II: The Songs Rated Best to Worst
Fresh off my Coldplay disappointment, I went a different and much more optimistic direction: Tony Bennett.  At the age of 85, he is certainly tried and true.  Five years ago, Tony had phenomenal success with a duet album, which won three Grammy awards while the accompanying television special numerous Emmy awards.  Now he’s back with... Read more »