Archive for February 2012

New Music: Estelle, Leonard Cohen and Fun.

Since I am in Spotify heaven, I can easily indulge my music A.D.D. and listen to a new album practically every day.  Rather than inundate my dear readers with one review after another (and let’s be honest, it’s hard to make them interesting), I thought I’d consolidate a few at a time in mini fashion. ... Read more »

What the heck is Spotify?

Disclaimer: This post is for people who know nothing about Spotify.  It’s Spotify for babies, Spotify 101.  I’m a first semester freshman Spotifier.  Very simply, Spotify is an online streaming service.  It allows you to access its library of 13 million songs at any time.  I’ve been interested in trying it and finally took the... Read more »

The Civil Wars in One Word: Lovely

The Civil Wars in One Word: Lovely
There weren’t many surprises during the Grammy Awards last Sunday. We could expect Katy Perry to do something on a trapeze, Taylor Swift to feign a look of surprise and The Beach Boys to look old. But about midway through the show, a charming duo called The Civil Wars “opened” for the performance by Taylor... Read more »
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Oscar Puzzler: Only Two Nominees for Best Original Song?

Oscar Puzzler: Only Two Nominees for Best Original Song?
When the nominations for the Academy Awards were announced last month, Twitter told me that Mary J. Blige (among others) was outraged over the fact that there were only two nominations for Best Original Song.  Mary J. had hoped and expected “The Living Proof” from The Help to be nominated, but it wasn’t.  At the... Read more »

Johnny Cash Had His "List" and Now I Have Mine

Johnny Cash Had His "List" and Now I Have Mine
In the past week, there have been several incidents that have caused me to question how well I’ve raised my children.  No, no- no one got arrested or got a call from MTV to be on “Teen Mom.”  Those things just happen; they’re not a parent’s fault.  Here is where I blame myself: 1. Whitney Houston... Read more »

Jumping on the Breakup Bandwagon: Lana Del Rey

Jumping on the Breakup Bandwagon: Lana Del Rey
Many female artists have found great musical inspiration in the wake of a breakup.  On Sunday Adele won a boatload of Grammys from her album about her ex.  If I was a guy in my twenties, I wouldn’t even date Taylor Swift (although I’m sure she’d want to date me) because the ensuing breakup would... Read more »
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Was Whitney Houston a Bad Mother?

Was Whitney Houston a Bad Mother?
I was as shocked as everyone else to hear the news Saturday night of Whitney Houston’s death.  As a teen in the eighties, her music was a softer alternative to Madonna for me.  I was not too surprised that my own teenagers were only mildly familiar with her since she has not done much to... Read more »

Grammy Awards: Live Updates

10:31 – I never thought I’d be happy that the Grammys are over, but after 3 1/2 hours I am ready to be done.  So happy that Adele had a great night.  Her performance, along with Jennifer Hudson’s and (surprisingly) the Beach Boys’, were my favorites.  Good night! 10:23 – Paul McCartney does the closing... Read more »

How to Pronounce Gotye (and Other Useful Information)

How to Pronounce Gotye (and Other Useful Information)
How do you pronounce Gotye?  What even is a Gotye?  Where did Gotye come from and why is the song “Somebody That I Used to Know” played everywhere, despite the bad grammar in the title?  Why is everyone from suburban moms to 15-year old boys crazy about Gotye?  I’ve researched all of this for you. ... Read more »
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Riding in Cars with Boys and Music

A rite of passage for all parents is spending endless hours driving children to and fro.  Since my son just turned 16, I can see the end in sight for that particular albatross.  In the meantime, I’m not ready to let him to drive 25 minutes each way to his volleyball practice three times a week,... Read more »