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moggit

My Canadian buddy, blogger extraordinaire, funny gal, mom to the adorable Wilbur, and ‘looks good all the time which really annoys’ gal, Joy, and her friend Janet, have created a  design eye candy blog *moggit , to tackle (in their own words) “fugly design and home decor”.  Read the rest of this entry »

Koko Taylor

The incomparable “Queen of the Blues”, Koko Taylor, has passed today due to complications from a recent surgery to correct a gastrointestinal bleed, according to her website.  Any lover of the blues, such as myself, is most definitely suffering a serious case of the blues upon hearing this terribly sad news. If you do not have Koko in your musical library, do yourself a favor and include some, if not all, of her recordings.  This is a voice, and woman, who cannot be replaced and will most definitely be missed.  RIP Koko Taylor 1928-2009. Read the rest of this entry »

I’ve been meaning to post a review of the opening night of the New York Dolls “‘Cause I Sez So” tour, with The Cliks opening for them,  from last Wednesday night (5/20/09) at the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach, CA, but haven’t gotten around to it.  Short review: GO SEE THIS SHOW!!!  Especially if you’re on the west coast and get the great opportunity to see The Cliks (“Snakehouse” and “Dirty King”) open for the New York Dolls!!!!  I figured if I don’t at least post these videos now, I might not ever get around to it. 😉 (Laziness ensues…) I’ll try to write more later, especially on the main reason I went to the show, the incredibly talented The Cliks, whose new CD “Dirty King” is fantastic, and available at the show, as well as various online options such as iTunes for $11.99, “Snakehouse” for $9.90. Read the rest of this entry »

I’ve never been a patient one, so of course I just couldn’t wait another three hours for Saturday Night Live to air here on the west coast and had to scour the internet for snippets of tonight’s show with rumored guest, Sarah (cough, gag, puke)Palin.  Huffington Post had the entire opening skit and the “Alaska Rap” on Weekend Update.

So I’m not really sure if it’s just that I despise far too much of what Sarah Palin represents, or if her parts in the skits truly WERE snoozeville, but man they bored me to tears.  The best part of the opening skit was Tina Fey (no surprise there),and the best part of Weekend Update was the line in the song “I can see Russia from my porch, and such” being rapped by the very pregnant Amy Poehler. Read the rest of this entry »

Can’t believe I almost forgot that today, February 6th, would have been Bob Marley’s 63rd birthday (my math might be a tad off).  What an incredible legacy of music and positive energy this amazingly talented man left us all in his very short life.  Thank you, Bob! 🙂

Here’s not only my favorite Bob Marley song (and there are SO MANY to choose from), but also my fave song PERIOD.  This song, Three Little Birds, can absolutely change my mood the minute the first notes hit my ears.  Love, love, LOVE it!

It goes without saying that we should celebrate and live Martin Luther King Jr.’s message of nonviolence, coexistence, and civil rights for all, each and every day of the year, and not just just on his birthday (today) or on the federal Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebrated the 3rd Monday of each January (this year 1/21/08). That being said, and considering the headlines of the past few days regarding the Clinton and Obama camps divisive comments regarding race (don’t get me started on that mess), I think that taking at least today and MLK Day to reflect on the mission and life’s work of MLK, Jr., is something we ALL would be advised to do. One would hope that this introspective reflection would continue well past these two celebratory days set aside to give thanks and appreciation to MLK, and become an integral and commonplace part of each of our lives. There truly is so much joy to be had in reveling in the diversity of us all.

Here is the post I did last year on this day. Peace. 🙂

MUST SEE: A reminder of Martin Luther King’s message

I think we all need a reminder of the message behind the day, behind the man. Here are a couple videos WELL worth a look. Also included is a link to the History Channel’s page dedicated to Dr. King, and a link to the lyrics of “Where is the Love?”, which is the song by the Black Eyed Peas playing over the images in the first video. Peace.

Washington, D.C. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial

Yeah baby, yeah baby, yeah baby!!! My San Diego Chargers came to play and play they did, NEVER allowing the much-favored Indianapolis Colts to run away with the lead, or to allow the raucous hometown crowd to get them down. It has been very frustrating to not have the Chargers receive the props they have deserved, and instead hear about how wonderful other teams are. Can we PUH-LEEZE finally give the San Diego Chargers a little credit and admit that they ARE a real football team, that they CAN come together to hang tough and pull out some serious wins, and that they ARE a team to be reckoned with and not some fluke? I’m anxious to read the write-ups about this game and see if ANYONE gives respect to my Bolts. (Boomer Esiason seemed to be the only one to give any kudos to the team at halftime on CBS…thanks Boomer!)

(VIDEO BELOW ADDED 1/20/07: Found this good video recap of the game when posting today’s blog entry about the Chargers/Pats game…enjoy!)

I’ll probably have more to add later, but just HAD to head over to give some major lovin’ to my boys from SD–thank you San Diego Chargers for representing 619 (760 and 858, too! ;)) as well as you have!!! While the video below of San Diego’s own POD (Payable On Death) performing their “Chargers Anthem” at a Chargers rally isn’t of very good quality, that sooooo doesn’t matter since it goes above and beyond expressing the enthusiasm and support of San Diego Chargers fans for their team. Watch out Patriots, do NOT underestimate us because we’re heading your way to ruin your perfect record!

Chargers Anthem lyrics

San Diego Chargers, Chargers

The west coast is back, better respect the name.
It’s the San Diego Chargers, feel the lightning bang.
Kill the hype we reign, S.D. runnin this game.
This is 619 straight born and raised.

This ain’t no fad or phase, this is Cali for life.
We gon’ rally tonight, so pump your fists till you get it right.
And keep it real so all of Diego can feel you.
But for now, sing the anthem so the whole world can hear you.

San Diego Chargers!
San Diego come on, come on!
Chargers!
San Diego come on!

San Diego Chargers!
San Diego where you at? come on!
Chargers!
San Diego where you at?

Stay true to your hood, don’t betray your roots.
East, West, North, South, Diego know your roots.
Fly your flag through the city, cause we callin all crews.
All you Diego dedicated rock your yellow’s and blue’s.

It’s the West Coast, California resurrection.
America’s finest city with border-line connections.
You can have your Raider Nation cause we ready for war.
It’s the San Diego Chargers takin over the world.

And we still Raider hatin’
San Diego Chargers!
South side come on, come on!
Chargers!
South side come on!

San Diego Chargers!
East side where you at east side?
Chargers!
East side where you at? come on!

San Diego Chargers!
North side come on!
Chargers!
North side come on, come on!

San Diego Chargers!
Everybody on the west side
Chargers!
Everybody on the west side

San Diego Chargers!
West Coast are you with me?
Chargers!
West Coast are you with me?

San Diego Chargers!
West Coast where you at? where you at?
Chargers!
West Coast where you at? where you at?

Sorry Sharon, but I just could NOT help myself with this one! Yup, blame some of it on the champagne and feeling giddy from the good news today, but most of all on me just being a mischievous little wench. Couldn’t leave it at merely a mention of the television commercial and just HAD to seek out more ways to inflict pain on ya (and yes, me)–just impale me on those poles, or plungers, or whatever the heck they are! The audience seems about as enthralled as we were, oh so many years ago in Vegas. If I recall correctly, didn’t someone fall asleep. 😉 Seriously, the memories of the boredom are unfortunately flooding back to me in HUGE waves. Don’t say I never gave ya anything, babe.

Still not really feeling the blogging bug, kiddos (despite there being so much to blog about from the continuing WGA strike to politics), but since it was one year ago today that I first took the plunge (blog was named “If I only knew then… “) into the blogging world I just HAD to pop on over to acknowledge the occasion. It’s been odd to look back on the previous 168 posts and be reminded of the events I blogged about and the feelings they invoked in me and in others. Goes without saying that the pet food recall is really what put this lil’ ole blog on the WordPress map last spring, which was surprising to me and something I definitely never envisioned. This blog has never been about trying to get readers or hits, but more about me just having a venue to express my thoughts, frustrations, happiness, and of course share pictures of my poochies, past and present. And especially this time of year, to lament AND CHEER my San Diego Chargers and their play-off experiences. Here’s hoping this year my boys take it all the way after having put it to the Tennessee Titans last Sunday, beating them 16-7. Since we already beat the Colts this year, I’m sure we can take care of them again this coming Sunday–GO CHARGERS!

So I’ll close with a “Happy Birthday” video from Concrete Blonde, which I suppose could be me; am still in my pj’s at 9AM…just substitute the cat for my pooch Rudy, and her dark hair for my blond…am sure I can dig up some champagne to toast in the event..but rest assured I would NOT release any balloon into the air since it causes harm to not only our environment, but to wildlife. (Hey, if you didn’t know that last part about me from reading this blog over the past year, you’ve got more reading to do! ;)) I’m sending out a HUGE thank you to all that have popped over to SoCal Muchacha to read a blog entry, agree or disagree with me in the comment section, and who also put out so much interesting reading on their own blogs. Happy blogging everyone!

Hope everyone who celebrates Christmas is having an enjoyable Christmas Eve (more so than it appears my pooch Rudy did in the accompanying picture; rest assured his tail WAS wagging at the time), although for most of you it’s already Christmas. I’m coming down off of too much sugar, and a bit too much of the yummy Wilson Creek almond champagne, so thought I’d pop on over and post a quick blog.

My nephews and I have been tracking Santa Claus on NORAD tonight (really fun site I was turned onto last Christmas–thanks Donna!), and as pathetic as it sounds, even though they’ve just gone to bed I’m quite sure I’ll keep checking the updates and watching the videos. Hey, it’s fun to “be a kid” for a little bit. I suppose it’s that “wishful thinking” state which has me posting this video of Santa’s trip to Paris, France, since I’m hoping maybe one day I’ll be spending the holidays there myself. Hey, I DID say it was wishful thinking. Right now NORAD has Santa tracked in Tucson, Arizona, so at least he’s getting closer to good old SoCal.

Speaking of SoCal, thanks to WordPress I’m having a white Christmas without having to head up to the mountains. Until January 2nd, the good folks at WordPress are giving us the gift of blog snow. (Anyone else getting a visual from The Breakfast Club right now? lol)

We opened family gifts early since the Chargers were playing the Broncos on Monday Night Football. No way in heck we’d be focusing on what the kiddos were opening while the game was on, and the nephews had NO problems with being given a MUCH earlier gift opening time. I’m sure they’ll be hoping the Chargers play every Christmas Eve if it means getting at those presents earlier! I’m just wishing the Chargers had been playing as well all season as they did tonight in their dominance over the Denver Broncos (23-3). Always nice to pull out a win over a division rival.

Before I head off to “help Santa” with a last-minute request in a note my five-year-old nephew penned for the jolly old man in the red suit tonight (this is in addition to the note to the right asking for a guitar), I’ll leave you with a classic rendition of “Santa Baby” by the absolutely amazing, Ms Eartha Kitt. Thanks for sending it along to me, Janice–love it. Off to put on those elf ears!

I promised Jackie Beat I wouldn’t post any of the videos I took of her FANTASTIC holiday show “Give ‘Til It Hurts” at Bourbon Street in San Diego on December 12th, until after her holiday tour ended. (We did agree on one I posted the day after the show.) Well folks, the tour was completed this past weekend in San Francisco, so yours truly is about to unload upon you several holiday gifts via the hilariously witty, somewhat twisted (in a very good way), and totally talented mind of drag queen superstar, Ms Jackie Beat. For those of you who haven’t heard of Jackie before, shame on you because I posted about her recently so that means you haven’t been a regular reader of this blog. Tsk-tsk. I will forgive you, though, and still share these little gems with you. Keep in mind that due to language and content they are TOTALLY for mature audiences only, and narrow-minded, homophobic, no-sense-of-humor folks also need not view. I’m sure those of you with such viewpoints can find some Jerry Falwell or Bill O’Reilly videos somewhere.

Here are a couple videos to tease you with, and quite honestly the most mild I can share on this blog. 😉 The first video is a prelude to the second, and shows precisely why I didn’t pop my hand up when Jackie asked who in the audience is straight. I know enough about Jackie’s equal-opportunity-offending sharp tongue to know that while its outcome is hilarious to watch, it’s not necessarily something I want to be on the wrong side of yet. The second video is Jackie’s version of “Silver Bells” titled “Go to Hell”–perfect holiday sentiment, no? (We’ll see what you say AFTER the holidays!) You can watch more of the videos here, then head over to Jackie’s web site to buy some CDs!

Okay, I gave you your gift, now where’s mine? 🙂

Jackie using a “straight prop” to set up “Go to Hell”

Jackie Beat-“Go to Hell”

I’m in DIRE need of some happiness, so Will Ferrell to the rescue; well, Will in “Elf”. Have to say when I first saw Elf in the theater I was a bit disappointed, but that darn movie has totally grown on me. I’m not really sure why I didn’t dig it from the get-go, but quite often when something is so hyped up like that it’s bound to be a bit of a letdown. The clip I’m including below from Elf is when Buddy Elf discovers New York–hilarious! I’ve added other Elf clips in the VodPod to the left, and here is a nearly 8 minute video of Buddy Elf heading off to find his father in New York.

Another favorite holiday flick of mine, albeit more for Thanksgiving, is “Home for the Holidays“, with an OUTSTANDING cast (Holly Hunter, Robert Downey, Jr., Charles Durning, Anne Bancroft, Claire Danes, and more!) and tons of humor I think we can all relate to–at least in MY fairly dysfunctional family. 😉

In a short bit I’ll be off to see Big Head Todd and the Monsters at one of my new favorite venues, Anthology in San Diego, since the most awesome of radio stations (not that I listen that much anymore) KPRI is having a private listener gig there with BHTM. I saw Ozomatli there in August at another KPRI event and it was great, so I’m really looking forward to tonight being the same.

Another “happy moment” came today when my Chargers slugged it out with the Titans and pulled out a win in overtime. Quite a down-and-dirty win, but a win is a win, baby!

So despite life being on the incredibly sucky side for me the past few weeks, I guess there’s ALWAYS something to be grateful for, yes? 🙂 Enjoy the videos below and in the VodPod, and have a great week!

Buddy discovers New York

“Home for the Holidays” trailer

“It’s Alright”-Big Head Todd and the Monsters
(My fave BHTM song. :))

“Boom Boom”-Big Head Todd and the Monsters
(Sooooo hope they play this shake-your-ass song tonight!)

Today, December 1st, is recognized around the globe as World AIDS Day. With some crisis or another grabbing the news headlines, it is easy for the importance of AIDS research and funding to somehow be diminished, if not totally pushed aside. While we should all be concerned with this far more often than once a year, I suppose this once-a-year observance at least serves as a reminder that HIV/AIDS is a fight not yet won, one that needs our constant attention and concern, and one that can easily affect each and every one of us.

We are well into the third decade of a scourge that has expanded exponentially beyond a small specific group to almost every corner of the globe. Whilst in some areas, incidence may have turned, prevalence continues to rise and will do so for a long time- more young people will be infected, more orphans will occur.

Yet, today still 70% of infected people don’t have access to life saving therapies. Many still face stigma, economic deprivation and rejection because of their infection. Many still don’t have access to basic information or simple interventions that will reduce risk. This is not the time for complacency nor apathy. It is the time for compassionate leadership that recognises that the voiceless are often those who suffer most- who can they turn to if their leaders do not listen and heed their cries.

–Archbishop Emeritus Desmond M Tutu

Thanks to my friend Davi for reminding me of the following videos. The first video is of Elton John, Axl Rose, and Queen, from the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert to raise AIDS awareness. The second one, the 2001 Artists Against AIDS Worldwide’s All-Star remake of Marvin Gaye’s classic “What’s Going On”, is unfortunately just as relevant today as it was then.

ALL-STAR TRIBUTE LYRICS

“What’s Going On?”

Tell me
People dying
People crying
Lord help us

Mother, mother
There’s too many of you crying
Oh, brother, brother, brother
There’s far too many of you dying
That’s right
You know we’ve got to find a way
To bring some lovin’ here today

Oh my father, father
We don’t need to escalate
You see war is not the answer
For only love can conquer hate
You know we’ve got to find a way
To bring some lovin’ here today
Barricades, can’t block our way
Don’t punish me with brutality

Talk to me
So you can see

Oh what’s going on
What’s going on
Yeah what’s going on
Ahh what’s going on

What’s going on in a world filled with pain
Where’s the love for which we pray
What’s going on
When our children can’t play
Homeless can’t eat
There’s got to be a better way
What’s going on
When we politically blind
Can’t see the signs of endangered times
What’s going on

What’s goin’ on in the world today
I’d rather be dead than to turn my head away
We got this first world vision too
Comfy to lift up our hands in the air
And cry for a switch

Father, father
Father help us, come on
Everybody thinks we’re wrong
Oh, but who are they to judge us
Together we can all be strong
United we stand, divided we fall
Oh you know we’ve got to find a way
To bring some understanding here today
Barricades can’t block our way
Don’t punish me with brutality
Baby talk to me
So you can see

Yeah, what’s going on
Hey, what’s going on
Somebody tell me what’s going on
I’ll tell you what’s goin’ on-uh

What’s going on ‘cross seas
Every minute a child dies by this disease
In record numbers indeed
Got momma’s crying out please
My baby hold on
My child ain’t done nothing wrong
Still I want to holler
Ask them why they don’t bother
Oh no, oh no
Make me turn to my father
And ask him why they all got a trapped soul

I can feel what was bothering Marvin
Why his words forever remain
Dealing with these modern day problems
‘Cause of ignorance surrounding me and my constituents
Too many infected
Too many lives diminishing
Nobody say Protestants, Jews, Blacks, and Whites, Latinos and Asians
Pray together
Less fight
We better unite
As genocide chemical war
And the rich and the poor
Know that God delivers a cure

It’s a shame our reality is devastating
People praying for a cure
Dying while they’re waiting
Ask the Lord for the comfort and strength to face it
All the kids with dreams
Won’t get the chance to chase it
Makes me sad
Think about the lives they would’ve had
Think about the orphan babies got no moms and dads
How can we sit back and not try to make it right
We gotta come together
We gotta fight for life

Somebody tell me what’s going on
(What’s going on)
We got human beings using humans for a bomb
But everyone wanna live
Don’t nobody really want to die
You feeling me right
I can’t be watching people die (die)
And watching people cry
Let me break it down for a minute
If there’s enough room here for you and me
There’s plenty of room for some humanity

Somebody tell me what’s going on
(What’s going on)
Somebody tell me what’s going on
(What’s going on)
Somebody tell me what’s going on
(What’s going on)
Somebody tell me what’s going on
(What’s going on)
Somebody tell me what’s going on
(What’s going on)
Somebody tell me what’s going on
(What’s going on)
Somebody tell me what’s going on
(What’s going on)
Somebody tell me what’s going on
(What’s going on)

Not sure how many of you caught “My Night at the Grammys” on CBS Friday night (rub it in that you all probably have much more exciting social lives on a Friday night than I have right now! ;)), but I watched it and have to say I was surprised at how much I actually enjoyed the show. Only bummer is that they rarely showed the entire performance being showcased, but they showed enough to get me motivated to seek the videos out on YouTube. (Man, I sure do love YouTube! :))

The show gave me some serious flashbacks (feeling old since I remember actually watching Michael Jackson in ’88, Babs and Neil in ’81, Marvin Gaye in ’83!), and instilled in me an even deeper appreciation for the immense talent of the artists on the show. What I wouldn’t give to have an ounce of the energy Beyonce had in her duet with Prince; the ability to belt out a tune like Melissa and Joss did in their duet; or the coordination to come even close to ANY of the moves Michael made look so easy. Ain’t gonna happen!

Watching Michael’s performance of “Man In The Mirror” reminded me of how much I love the lyrics of the song and how much they’ll always ring true. It also brought back vivid memories of (gulp–gonna show my age here) his “Off the Wall” tour (white gloved hand and high water pants) being the FIRST concert I ever attended–with my high school boyfriend AND his entire family at the San Diego Sports Arena (not sure how I survived THAT adventure). The Sports Arena had the WORST sound on earth, and more than likely still does. Another concert at that venue was brought to mind when Tina Turner performed “What’s Love Got To Do With It” , since I’d seen her open for Lionel Richie (stop laughing at me…I also saw The Commodores a few years earlier!) there when she was launching her big comeback. Prince’s performance reminded me of the ridiculous scalper prices we paid for tickets to see him in Long Beach for the Purple Rain tour.  At least I think that was the tour…all I remember is the seats sucking and us having to walk around the arena all night to get better views.  Was a nice view of his, um, uh, ‘lower portion’ in the see-through type pants he was wearing. 😉

I was made aware of Joss Stone and Mary J. Blige, thanks to the Grammys, and what powerhouses they both are. (I kind of feel like Mary’s “No More Drama” should be my theme song for this stage of my life. ;)) And who wasn’t impressed with not only Melissa’s singing that night with Joss, but the fact that she was so strong despite dealing with cancer–what a role model.

One of the other fun parts of the show was being reminded of some of the wild fashion crazes we’ve gone through over the years by way of what the performers were wearing, but also via the audience shots; shoulder pads, big hair, huge earrings! It was also nice to see performers on stage or in the audience, who are no longer with us.

Here are a few of my favorites from the Top 25 shown on “My Night At the Grammys”…enjoy!

Mary J. Blige “No More Drama” Grammys 2002

Melissa Etheridge and Joss Stone “Cry Baby” and “Piece of My Heart” Grammys 2005

Prince and Beyonce “Hits Medley” Grammys 2004

Michael Jackson “Man In The Mirror” Grammys 1988

 

“Man In The Mirror”
I’m Gonna Make A Change,
For Once In My Life
It’s Gonna Feel Real Good,
Gonna Make A Difference
Gonna Make It Right . . .

 

As I, Turn Up The Collar On My
Favourite Winter Coat
This Wind Is Blowin’ My Mind
I See The Kids In The Street,
With Not Enough To Eat
Who Am I, To Be Blind?
Pretending Not To See
Their Needs
A Summer’s Disregard,
A Broken Bottle Top
And A One Man’s Soul
They Follow Each Other On
The Wind Ya’ Know
‘Cause They Got Nowhere
To Go
That’s Why I Want You To
Know

 

I’m Starting With The Man In
The Mirror
I’m Asking Him To Change
His Ways
And No Message Could Have
Been Any Clearer
If You Wanna Make The World
A Better Place
(If You Wanna Make The
World A Better Place)
Take A Look At Yourself, And
Then Make A Change
(Take A Look At Yourself, And
Then Make A Change)
(Na Na Na, Na Na Na, Na Na,
Na Nah)

 

I’ve Been A Victim Of A Selfish
Kind Of Love
It’s Time That I Realize
That There Are Some With No
Home, Not A Nickel To Loan
Could It Be Really Me,
Pretending That They’re Not
Alone?

 

A Willow Deeply Scarred,
Somebody’s Broken Heart
And A Washed-Out Dream
(Washed-Out Dream)
They Follow The Pattern Of
The Wind, Ya’ See
Cause They Got No Place
To Be
That’s Why I’m Starting With
Me
(Starting With Me!)

 

(Chorus repeats)

I’ve been meaning to post the video clip below since becoming aware of it about a week or so ago, but this nasty cold has me being on the lazy side. The video is the product of the witty, irreverent, right-on-the-money, and totally talented drag superstar Jackie Beat penning the lyrics to this hilarious parody performed by Rosie O’Donnell and Roseanne Barr opening night (11/6/07) of the New York Comedy Festival.

For those who haven’t heard of Jackie Beat you really DO need to check her out. Mind you, she may not be your cup of tea (not for the faint of heart and definitely not rated G ;)), but I enjoy the daylights out of her ability (technically his ability, Kent Fuher) to create some insane, fantastically funny, and quite often politically-biting lyrics (as is evidenced with the lyrics below and with her thought-provoking blogs on her MySpace page) and belt them out donning some of the most lavish make-up, wigs, and outfits you’ll ever see. I’m hoping to catch the incomparable Ms Beat soon after finally getting my fanny moved up to LA. Enjoy!

Rosie and Roseanne “I Got You Bitch” at Lincoln Center

I GOT YOU BITCH!

lyrics by Jackie Beat

ROSIE: They say we’re nuts and full of crap
Just one false move and we are gonna’ snap!
ROSEANNE: We’re big & loud, well-known and rich
Girl, do the math, to men that equals Bitch

BOTH: Bitch! I got you bitch, I got you bitch

ROSIE: Gay marriage causes such a scare
But you’ve changed husbands more than your underwear
ROSEANNE: If adopting children is so divine
How’s about I give you some of mine?

BOTH: Bitch! I got you bitch, I got you bitch

ROSIE: We need healthcare for everyone
ROEANNE: And to bring home, every daughter and son
ROSIE: When you’re under attack, I will be there so fast
ROSEANNE: Girlfriend I’ve got your back, I’m prepared to kick ass!
ROSIE: And when your voice cannot be heard
Just stand your ground and give them all the bird
ROSEANNE: Cuz what good is a voting booth
If we can’t stand up here and speak the truth?

BOTH: Bitch! I got you bitch, I got you bitch

ROSEANNE: I call you when things ain’t right
ROSIE: But not too late it’s a school night
ROSEANNE: I read you my blog you missed
ROSIE: It’s half past two, my wife is pissed!
ROSEANNE: I needed you, you disappeared
ROSIE: Frankly Roseanne, this is getting weird!
ROSEANNE: There’s no need to be so rude
ROSIE: Here we go, another feud!

BOTH: Not with YOU, bitch!

While I wholeheartedly support the WGA strike (see related videos in VodPod player to the left), I do have to selfishly admit that at least one good thing is coming out of it: A rerun of the night we were at the taping of The Cliks on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson! Mind you, if you’d read my previous entry about our fun with The Cliks back in August you’d already have seen the video clip of them on the show, but it’s still fun to see it in context even though it was taped out of sequence on show night. (How confusing was that sentence? ;)) Anyway, if you aren’t going to be up for the 12:35 AM airing of the show tonight (well, technically tomorrow! ;)), then set your VCR/TIVO or whatever you need to. Or you could just click here to watch it. Enjoy!

Although the headlines have continued to frustrate the living daylights out of me (hugging being banned in school/Iraq war costs skyrocketing to over 1.6 TRILLION dollars /1 in 4 homeless are veterans/Chinese manufactured toys continue to endanger our children), I haven’t really had the desire/energy to do any blogging lately since my life’s been a bit too full of uncertainty and limbo. In times like these, instead of doing what I should (like packing), I tend to turn to my drug of choice: MUSIC! (Yes, I have done some packing while listening to music, but…)

My all-time “turn that mood around” artist is, without a doubt, Bob Marley (especially “Three Little Birds“), closely followed by local Southern California bands Common Sense (LOVE “Say the Word“), B-Side Players, and Ozomatli, along with a heaping helping of Blues Traveler. Then to go a bit old school I’ve just got to throw in some Elvis Costello, Joe Jackson, and The Kinks. And since blues music is right next to reggae at my soul’s core, there’s got to be some John Lee Hooker (regret having not seen him before he passed), B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Shemekia Copeland, and Candye Kane. Topping it all off are more recent faves The Cliks, Placebo, and The Cat Empire.

Yup, a bit on the eclectic side when it comes to music, so thank goodness for iTunes party shuffle to keep me happy with a constant rotation of my favorite artists and music. Seriously, if you put ANY of the above mentioned artists on the CD player my mood would instantly change…for the better! Come to think of it, I’ve seen all but four of them live, so I’m sure the great memories of their concerts and the fun times we had must have something to do with their music’s ability to change my mood. Don’t you all have music that can do the same thing for you? I hope so because it would be such a shame if you didn’t–if music didn’t affect your life the way it does mine. Then again, maybe it’s just me!

Sadly I missed the return concert the other day of B-Side Players to San Diego after their recent tour. I am really enjoying their new album “Fire in the Youth“, although truth be told I’m still a sucker for their older stuff (again, possibly due to having seen them in concert so many times). I thought I’d introduce those of you unfamiliar with this high-energy, positive message, deeply talented band, with the following video of them talking about their band, their music, and their latest release. I’ll also see what other B-Side Players videos I can round up to really help you enjoy their music, but the truth is that no video could EVER come close to capturing the energy of a live B-Side Players concert. Take one in when you can!

B-Side Players “Fire In The Youth” EPK

B-Side Players twist on “Could You Be Loved”

“Nuestras Demandas”

Anyone who has spent much time on this blog knows that music of all sorts is vital to my everyday existence, and that live concerts with all of their energy, talent, electricity and excitement, are what gives my life that jolt we all need. So when the following video by Sarah Connor and Naturally 7 (extremely talented performers I’m afraid I had never heard of before) was sent to me today it was almost as if they had tapped into my brain and put into words and music a huge portion of what music means to me and how it affects my life.

The timing of being introduced to these performers, this beautiful song, and the great images in the video, is also a bit of kismet since the past few days have been an emotional roller coaster due to one of my best friends suddenly losing his best friend. It goes without saying that putting any energy into writing a blog has been the furthest thing from my mind, but this video just touched something in me and made me want to share it with everyone. While nothing short of love, support, and time, can even begin to chip away at the incredible pain and emptiness from such a tragic and heartbreaking loss, I really do feel that music can play an important role in the healing process, and this video seems to speak directly to that notion. And to my dear friend Jackson, if you happen to read this, babe, let me say again that I am ALWAYS here for you and that I love you. (((J)))

“Music is the Key” Sarah Connor and Naturally 7

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketToday, October 11th, is National Coming Out Day, so I thought I’d post a little information from the Human Rights Campaign web site. For those who have yet to come out, know that there is support out there, sometimes where you’d least expect it. And for those of you like myself, who have “come out” as straight supporters of GLBT rights, keep your voices strong. This is an issue of common sense, common decency, compassion, and most of all love.

T.R. Knight PSA for GLAAD

From the Human Rights Campaign web site:

About Coming Out as a Straight Supporter (from the HRC web site)

A straight ally is someone who is not gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender (GLBT) but personally advocates for GLBT equal rights and fair treatment. Straight allies are some of the most effective and powerful advocates for the GLBT movement. These allies have proven invaluable personally and politically, and are increasingly important in the fight for GLBT equality. Indeed, their voices often have been heard while those of GLBT people have been ignored.

Coming out as a straight ally may be an extremely challenging experience, but many find that it is unexpectedly rewarding. Some may think that advocating on behalf of GLBT equality is solely the responsibility of those who are affected by the inequality.

But as straight ally Caleb Baker has put it: “U.S. Representative John Lewis once said that the next great movement in America would be the gay rights movement. His words make me remember there are white people fighting for black people’s rights in the civil rights movement. There are men fighting for women’s rights in the feminist movement. I would be greatly ashamed if there were no straight people fighting for gay rights in our movement.” (GLSEN’s Students and GSA’s Yearbook)

Like GLBT people, straight allies will find that coming out is not a one-time event, but rather a lifelong journey.

Opinion polls show that people who know someone who is gay or lesbian are more likely to support equal rights for all gay and lesbian people. Anecdotal evidence also suggests that the same is true for people who know someone who is bisexual or transgender.

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A couple of reminders…

Cyndi Lauper on The View discussing True Colors Tour 2007

Cyndi Lauper on The View singing “True Colors”

I’ve always admired Keith Olbermann’s ability to put into words many of the thoughts I am unable to eloquently express. He has outdone himself with this video showcasing the outright lies, hypocrisy, immorality and lunacy of George W. Bush. (Here is the text for this video from 9/4/07).

While the entire video is incredible, it’s the last thirty seconds which especially touch upon the outrage I, and countless other Americans, feel toward this entire Iraq situation; Keith gives a voice to our concerns–our demands. It’s in this last half-minute of time that I can’t help but be reminded of a definite “must see” movie I didn’t think I’d like at all, but found myself loving, “V for Vendetta.” I can see legions of citizens fed up with GWB and his regime’s status quo, figuratively standing alongside Keith Olbermann during this video, as were the thousands of masked citizens in the final scenes of “V for Vendetta” fed up with the fascist “Norsefire” party. Could someone please hand me a Guy Hawkes Keith Olbermann mask, please?

Keith Olbermann Special Comment from 9/4/07

Sniffin’ out the info

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