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It’s baaaaaaaack! Yes indeed, folks, the 21-Day Vegan Kickstart is making its third foray into the refrigerators and lifestyles of anyone interested in improving their health, helping our environment AND fellow sentient beings. As some of you may know, on April 11th I will have been a vegetarian for 17 years! For me it’s ALWAYS been an animal rights issue, and once I finally made the decision to become vegetarian I have not looked back or even ONCE missed being a meat-eater.  There are SO MANY delicious and healthy alternatives, never mind the fact I could never, ever, EVER again bite into something that had once been living. Read the rest of this entry »

Chargers 50thYup, it’s that time of year again: CHARGERS time!  Seems like it’s been much longer than a few months since delving back into the blue and gold, but all that matters now is that it’s training camp time, with the official season just around the corner.  Woo-hoo!  Larry English’s contract was signed Saturday morning, just in time for him to then get the “newbie” treatment from veterans later at his first training camp practice,  Shawne Merriman is working his mohawk and ready to play, and early camp word is that things are looking VERY good all around.  Anxious, anxious, anxious for this season to get under way, and would LOVE to have Chargers talks with the City of Oceanside come to fruition, but I’ve seen far too many ventures at the old Valley Drive-In site fall through over the years.  Fingers crossed, though! Read the rest of this entry »

Walter CronkiteThis is one of those times where something so moves me (yes, tears in my eyes) that I head right over here and put forth my thoughts, not really caring if they make sense to anyone else, if there are typos, or what others think, but just feeling the intense need to put them out there. 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 »

What a great tribute Keith Olbermann gave to his mom, Marie Olbermann, on Countdown tonight. She passed away this past Saturday, April 4th, from cancer. I’m not really quite sure how Keith made it through without losing it (I know I was shedding a few tears, along with the laughs), but in his incomparable Keith style he was able to make us all feel like we knew his mother, Marie. After watching the segment, it’s plain to see that Keith is the male version of the very witty, sarcastic, and endearing Marie. What a character she apparently was, and how obvious it is that she’ll be missed by not only Keith and their family, but by many others. Our thoughts are with you, Keith.  R.I. P. Marie Olbermann.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

President Obama’s weekly address hit upon one of the more troubling aspects of our government right now: the total failure of the FDA to keep us, our children, and our pets safe in the knowledge that what is consumed will not harm any of us.  He has named a new Commissioner of the Food and Drug Agency, Dr. Margaret Hamburg (go ahead, giggle as I did at her last name being Hamburg(er)–I blame the cold meds I’m taking), and Dr. Joshua Sharfstein (nope, no food-related funny with his last name) as Principal Deputy Commissioner.  Obama is also creating a new Food Safety Working Group which ultimately sounds like it will be making sure that the left hand of government agencies involved with food safety know what the right hand is doing–what a concept!

And as an animal welfare advocate I am THRILLED with the short, but oh-so-important sentence President Obama stated, “As part of our commitment to public health, our Agriculture Department is closing a loophole in the system to ensure that diseased cows don’t find their way into the food supply.”  Please read Wayne Pacelle’s email sent out this afternoon in response to this fantastic decision.  Thank you President Obama, and thank you to everyone who helped put an end to the horribly abusive downer cattle issue!

Great news from President Obama on farm animals

March 14, 2009


Our investigation thrust a global spotlight on abuse of downed cows.

Dear ******,

It’s been a long fight, and today, we closed another chapter on it. Since the mid-1990s, The HSUS has been working hard to stop as a matter of public policy the abuse of downer cattle — animals too sick or injured to walk. And today, President Obama himself announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture was officially putting a stop to non-ambulatory cattle being mishandled in order to get them into slaughter plants. He made the announcement along with two top selections for the Food and Drug Administration and a series of other statements about food safety.

I invite you to read my blog post for today about the food safety crises and horrifying investigations that led up to today’s announcement.

The length of time we had to persist and what our investigations revealed are sad, but today I celebrate this news. And I hope that it is a harbinger of a far more serious attitude toward food safety and animal welfare from the new Administration. I am personally looking forward to working with Secretary Vilsack — a man of great integrity — on a wide range of issues. And I express my gratitude to him and his team today for his decisive action.

Many of you joined us in demanding change on this issue, so this is your victory as well as the animals’. Thank you for all you do.

Sincerely,

Wayne Pacelle
President & CEO
The Humane Society of the United States

P.S. Did you know you can easily subscribe to receive my blog daily by email or RSS? Look for the links to subscribe on the right side of my blog, www.waynepacelle.org. I write daily about pressing issues like farm animal abuse, so it’s a great way to stay in touch.

You’re a better person than yours truly if you can really grasp all that is (and hopefully will be) the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  Here is President Obama’s weekly address regarding the topic, along with a link to the White House blog discussing it.  I’ve also added a link in my blogroll to Recovery.org, the website which lays out, it all its transparent glory, details of the Recovery Act, the entire bill for your reading pleasure, as well as a timeline of where the money is going.  Let’s keep our fingers crossed on this one, and our politicians held to task.

Yup, it’s me.  I’m really back…well, for the most part.  I moved in early December and was without cable/internet until 1/16.  (Yes, it IS humanly possible to NOT be connected to the internet; I just don’t recommend it.) And a big fat “Screw you AT&T”  for claiming to service my area with U-verse, having me wait WEEKS upon weeks for an installation appointment, then the day of installation notify me that ‘ooops’ you don’t service my area!!!  And Cox isn’t doing much better since for some annoying reason I can’t get the internet to be connected if I’ve got the TV connected…argh!  And I just don’t have the patience to deal with the customer service runaround I get each time I call, so until I do, I have to unscrew the TV cable if I want to connect to the internet.  Obviously very annoying (TV cable is behind a bunch of stuff), so it goes without saying I’m not popping over to the web very often.  (Hmmm, does anyone say web anymore?)

Anyhooch, what amazing things we’ve had happen since I’ve been gone, most notably inaugurating our new President of the good old USA!  Now you just KNOW this big time Obama supporter made damn sure she had cable in time for all the inauguration hoopla.  Heck, I even took a vacation day off of work to plop my fanny in front of the TV all day.  But if that wasn’t enough, I made sure to hang my US flag up in the window AND wear my Obama/Biden shirt.  Yes, I’m a geek, but I don’t care. 🙂  Let’s just say that the tears started when I was watching the Whistle Stop Tour, continued that Sunday with the Inaugural Concert on HBO, and were out in full force on Inauguration Day.  Is it not absolutely INCREDIBLE to actually be (dare I say it?) PROUD to be an American again?!?!  And yes, despite this annoying BS back-and-forth debate about the stimulus package, I AM still proud and thrilled with our country and our democracy.  I do want to kick the majority of the Republicans in their collective stubborn elephant asses, but will try desperately to retain even the slightest of grips on that olive branch Obama really wants us all to extend.  Let’s just say my grip is quickly slipping away and I’m just about ready to use that branch to start knocking some common sense into some noggins, but…

Okay, enough with that–for now.  How about that Adele and her two Grammys on Sunday night?  Who’s Adele you say?  Well gather round my friends, and let me introduce you to one of the most powerful, unique, soulful, and incredible voices I’ve heard in quite some time.  I first became aware of Adele when she appeared on Saturday Night Live mid-October, last year.  Of course I was watching SNL hoping the Sarah Palin appearance would be worth it (read that as Tina Fey really sticking it to her), and wasn’t too interested in the musical performer I’d never heard of before.  But the minute Adele belted out those first notes I stopped what I was doing, turned my attention to the TV and was instantly mesmerized–and hooked!  This girl can sing, and I mean S-I-N-G!  I was so excited when they announced her name as the winner of the Grammy for Best New Artist two nights ago, and was hootin’ and a hollerin’ (did I just go hillbilly on ya?) and making sure Rudy (yes, he’s my dog…told you I’m a geek) was as excited about her win as I was.  This gal has got a powerhouse voice that you just know is going to withstand the test of time.

Catch Adele on her tour which happily begins in my area on 3/9, but sadly is already sold out.  Don’t let that happen to you, so buy your tickets NOW!  Here’s her SNL performance for you to (hopefully!) enjoy as much as I do.

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The NO on Prop 8 Campaign has put together some great informational television ads, and has the endorsement of logical and forward-thinking groups, businesses, and individuals from all walks of life, but is now in DIRE NEED OF MONEY in order to push back against the massive influx of finances from those who are supporting discrimination: the backers of Prop 8, led in large numbers by Mormons. Please donate as much as you can afford (and as quickly as you can) to help make a bold and powerful statement on November 4th that California will NOT go back in time and tolerate discrimination of ANY of her citizens.  Thank you! (ADDED: Shout-out to my friend Jeanne who read this blog, then donated to the NO on Prop 8 campaign–and she doesn’t even live in California!  WTG, my friend, wtg! :))

Here is my previous posting on Prop 8, and the following is the latest from the NO on Prop 8 web site

New No on Prop 8 Ad Calls Upon Californians to Reject Discrimination
Ad is Narrated by Samuel Jackson

SACRAMENTO – The NO on Prop 8 campaign today announced a dramatic new television ad, narrated by actor Samuel L. Jackson. The ad calls upon Californians to reject discrimination, and Vote NO on Prop 8.

The full text of the ad follows:

“It wasn’t that long ago that discrimination was legal in California.

“Japanese Americans were confined in internment camps.

“Armenians couldn’t buy a house in the Central Valley.

“Latinos and African Americans were told who they could and could not marry.

“It was a sorry time in our history.

“Today the sponsors of Prop 8 want to eliminate fundamental rights.

“We have an obligation to pass along to our children a more tolerant, more decent society.

“Vote No on Prop 8 it’s unfair and it’s wrong.”

The ad places Prop 8 in its appropriate historical context as a measure that would discriminate against certain Californians and treat people differently under the law.

“We believe it is important in the final days of an unfair initiative attacking individual rights, to remind voters that there have been other times in our history when we stood at this threshold of fairness,” said Patrick Guerriero, NO on 8 Campaign Director. “We know that most California voters do not want to wake up Wednesday morning to learn that we’ve taken a step back to a darker time. That’s why we believe on Tuesday, voters will resoundingly reject Prop 8.”

“Proposition 8 would take away fundamental individual rights, and I believe the historical analogies presented by the NO on Prop 8 campaign are completely appropriate,” said Congressman Mike Honda (D-Campbell). “I am opposed to Prop 8, and I hope my fellow Californians will reject it.”

“California used to ban people of different races from getting married under the law. It was wrong then and it’s wrong now,” said Fabian Nuñez, Former Speaker of the California Assembly. “Proposition 8 is a lot like that unfair ban on interracial marriage. And even though people may feel differently about marriage, everyone ought to agree unequal treatment under the law is a bad thing.”

“Proposition 8 eliminates equal rights for one segment of the population while continuing to grant that right to others,” said Maria Armoudian, an Armenian-American radio personality on KPFK in Los Angeles. “We Armenians have had to endure a century of discrimination. Let us now stand together calling for an end to discrimination for all people. Vote NO on Prop 8.”

Using historical footage, the ad reminds voters of three particularly bleak periods in state history:

— Japanese American Internment: Authorized by President Roosevelt in 1942, the Army ordered all people of Japanese descent, whether citizens or non-citizens, living in CA to be interned in permanent “relocation centers.” Those centers remained operational until the end of the war. Former Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren, who was California Attorney General at that time, later wrote that the internment was “not in keeping with our American concepts of freedoms and rights of citizens.”

— California’s Ban on Interracial Marriage: In 1948, California became the first state in the nation to wipe away a state law banning interracial marriages. In the 1967 case of Loving vs. Virginia dealing with the remaining state bans, the United State Supreme Court ruled that: [T]he freedom to marry has long been recognized as one of the vital personal rights essential to the orderly pursuit of happiness by free men. Marriage is one of the ‘basic civil rights of man,’ fundamental to our very existence and survival.”

— Racially Restrictive Covenants: These covenants were widely enforced in the early 20th century to discriminate against African Americans, Jews and other ethnic groups by prohibiting the lease or sale of property. The covenants were widely used in the Central Valley against Armenians. They were declared unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1948.

In 2007, on the 40th anniversary of the Loving vs. Virginia decision, Mildred Loving wrote: “I am still not a political person, but I am proud that Richard’s and my name is on a court case that can help reinforce the love, the commitment, the fairness, and the family that so many people, black or white, young or old, gay or straight seek in life. I support the freedom to marry for all. That’s what Loving and loving, are all about.”

We’re ALL pro-life, it’s just that some of you are ANTI-choice.  People, PLEASE stop for a moment, put aside the anger/frustration/confusion, clear your head and seriously and thoughfully think about the ramifications of your vote for the McCain/Palin ticket, upon your mothers, daughters, sisters and friends.  Don’t be complacent and think the status quo shall remain the same–it can change in a heartbeat, it can change in an election. 

MySpace Democrats just posted a bulletin with a great video from an organization I was previously unfamiliar with, truthandhope.org, but one of which I’m now a fan.  This video does a fantastic job of pointing out the important history of community organizing Sarah Failin’ Palin and other GOP folks disgustingly mocked at their liars convention last week.  THANKFULLY someone is out there responding to the BS the repugs, I mean repubs, are dishing out; BS which, sadly, folks with no interest in discovering the truth are lapping up.  Truthandhope.org needs help getting this ad on TV, so if you can muster up some dinero, please help them out.  Just click on this link to find out more.

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Seriously, folks?  THIS is who you want engaging in discussions on national security issues (even remotely), let alone living in OUR White House?  Someone whose response to Palin’s lack of national security experience is that we all remember that Alaska is the closest part of “our” continent to Russia. (I think Canada and Central and South America might want to lay claim to the continent, too, Cindy!)  Say what?  Closeness to Russia constitutes experience?!  Well since I’m part Russian/German/Finnish/Polish I guess her warped logic really gives me an in, with an appointment  to Secretary of State in my future under a McCain presidency?  ARGH!

When (if) you vote for John McCain, you get the baggage that is his wife, sort of like marrying into your spouse’s family.  Of course worse than having Cindy Read the rest of this entry »

I’m coming out of blog hibernation (yikes, over 4 months!) to see if any of you reading this have a negative memory from childhood which still burns as vividly in your mind as if it happened just yesterday?  Ever wish someone had done something about it or had let you know things would be okay?  If so (or even if not), PLEASE take the time to follow the links I’ve included and DO SOMETHING about this most atrocious story I just heard about this morning.  I honestly could NOT believe there was a chance ANY of it could be true–but it is.  Instead of going into all of the details myself, the story/video link takes you to an in-depth interview with Harry Smith (CBS news) and the mother of Alex,  the kindergartner who was “voted out” by 14 of his 16 classmates.

I do have to say that as an aunt to two nephews I could NOT love more (one of which has been dealing with emotional/behavioral issues for most of his young life–at one time having been considered to have Asperger Syndrome such as little Alex is being tested for), and as someone who is still hoping to one day complete her teaching credential (two more classes ;)), it disgusts/shocks/saddens me to see such a ridiculous and cruel event be inflicted on such a young child, especially by a teacher who is entrusted to care for, educate, and nurture our children.  Not only will it more than likely have a long-lasting effect on Alex, but it sends the most intolerant of messages to the classmates involved that they do not need to understand and embrace the differences amongst us, and can instead simply “vote” someone out of their surroundings.  If we are teaching this to kindergarten children, imagine how they will think they can deal with those they don’t care for as they get older?  Don’t like that person because of their sexual orientation, religious affiliation, skin color, then “vote” them out.  And trust me, folks, “voting” will NOT be the way they handle it; violence will be.  Sigh.

I hope you’ll all take the 6 minutes needed to watch this video (if anyone finds it on YouTube, please let me know so I can post it here…thanks!), then also please, PLEASE, PLEASE take the time to click the photo of Alex and send a card to the address listed to let him know he IS uniquely special, beautiful, and loved just the way he is–we ALL are!  Feel free to re-post this blog or to contact me regarding how to add the links/photo to your blog or email, and by all means do all you can to get the word out about this situation and the card campaign. 

Thank you for your time. 🙂

PS I hope to get back to a “somewhat” regular routine of blogging again.  Goodness knows there’s enough going on in the world today which I definitely have opinions about! 😉 

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)

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