Archive for February 2013

The real attraction of the Academy Awards: The Music

Sunday night brings us the Academy Awards, a celebration of movies red carpet excess and eye candy for normal people. I love watching the Oscars but not because I’m a movie buff- or that I really watch movies much at all. I just like to watch famous people in fancy clothes sometimes say things that... Read more »

What is the Harlem Shake, you ask? The answer is in the videos

I rely on my kids to keep me abreast of important pop culture trends. They are particularly adept at highlighting my shortcomings in that department. Thus is the context for the following conversation that occurred last night between my 17-year old son and me: Boy: Mom, do you know what the Harlem Shake is? (said... Read more »

Mindy McCready: Worst case scenario for both parents and kids

Mindy McCready: Worst case scenario for both parents and kids
I’ve been thinking about Mindy McCready quite a bit today. I’m not really sure why since I knew next to nothing about her except what I saw on “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew” (don’t judge). Everyone can generally agree that the country singer’s death by apparent suicide at the age of 37 was a “senseless... Read more »
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In honor of President's Day: Obama's would-be playlist

In honor of President's Day: Obama's would-be playlist
In honor of President’s Day, my concern focuses on what our president has streaming through those headphones of his. Way back in late 2010, I compiled a playlist for Obama and am rerunning it now (since approximately five people read my blog back then). Spoiler alert: I never heard back as to whether he actually... Read more »

The Oprah Interview with Beyoncé: The Woman Behind the Image

The Oprah Interview with Beyoncé: The Woman Behind the Image
This morning I was reading about the new HBO documentary about Beyoncé: “Life Is But a Dream.” Famous as she is, Beyoncé has managed to stay pretty quiet about her personal life but has now chosen to share some of it via this new documentary. I was intrigued. Seriously, who doesn’t love Beyoncé, but we... Read more »

Valentine's Day songs for the rest of us

Valentine's Day songs for the rest of us
Well, it’s everyone’s no one’s favorite holiday: Valentine’s Day. At this point I’m kind of indifferent to Valentine’s Day- and I’m not just saying that because my husband and I don’t really acknowledge it. I think the only people who actually like Valentine’s Day are girls in their twenties who have a boyfriend. In college... Read more »
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2013 Grammy Awards: One stop shopping for all results and commentary

10:29 – Time for bed. Good night! 10:25 – The finale, which I find to be very anticlimactic, includes a performance by LL Cool J, Travis Barker and some other people who I don’t know. This doesn’t really feel like a universal crowd pleaser to me. I think I’m showing my age- it just sounds... Read more »

Wardrobe Malfunctions: Ghosts of Grammys Past

Lady Gaga goes for maximum shock value, including the threat of her breasts springing free of her dress at any moment.
“CBS Program Practices advises that all talent appearing on camera please adhere to Network policy concerning wardrobe. Please be sure that buttocks and female breasts are adequately covered. Thong type costumes are problematic. Please avoid exposing bare fleshy under curves of the buttocks and buttock crack. Bare sides or under curvature of the breasts is... Read more »