Well almost. But you know what? Here's something we don't use nearly enough. You Tube tutorials! You can learn just about anything you'd ever want to know! You can learn calculus. How to tie a bow tie. How to use complicated software. How to nurse your cat back to health. Whatever you want. I made a decision recently that I'm tired of not knowing how to do stuff. Like fix a hole in the wall in our townhouse. I've never really done dry wall but I'm gonna learn thanks to you tube. A few months ago I needed a costume for a comic con event and I wanted to be a White Walker from Game Of Thrones. Check it out.
I used this site to achieve that look.
The sassy gal in my pic on the left is my fiance Beth. She gets tons of make up tips from LUSTRE LUX. It's a pretty amazing channel. This girl running it has nearly 400,000 followers. She has all kinds of make-up and hair ideas and tutorials. Check her out!
I saw Joan Rivers live and in person in February of 1987. I was 16 years old and fortunate enough to be in the studio audience at an episode of The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers, on the brand new Fox Network. I'd never seen a television broadcast before and I as absolutely geeked to be there. As someone who aspired to talk on the radio someday, I remember wondering before she came out if she was nervous about performing in front of a national TV audience. I was nervous for her just thinking about it. The pressure must have been incredible. When she finally burst out of the curtain the first thing that struck me was how little she was. We screamed and cheered endlessly just as we had been instructed to do by the warm up staff. She took the room by storm. She absolutely crushed the monologue. I remember laughing so hard that my ribs ached! She was in total command of the room, the band, the audience and the viewers. I was in awe of her confidence and natural ability to entertain. I was inspired. But also wanted to hide. She picked on a few people in the audience and you didn't want to be next. No one was safe!
Her stint on The Late Show didn't last but she was the first woman to have her own talk show on a major TV network. She set the stage for a many to follow.
It was only a few months later Joan Rivers endured a gut-wrenching tragedy when her husband committed suicide. Something she never forgave him for. I felt horrible for her. She stayed out of the public eye for a few years before bravely returning to host another day-time talk show in 1989. Then she became a red carpet staple on the E! network in the 90s. After everthing she went through personally and being unfairly blacklisted from late night TV she could easily have dropped off the grid for good. Be she rebuilt herself and her career. I've always admired her courage to do that.
This quote from her explains a lot:
"I have become my own version of an optimist. If I can't make it through one door I'll go through another door – or I'll make a door. Something terrific will come no matter how dark the present."
I came across this picture over the weekend and it got me thinking about our buddy Ed Sheeran. I’m wondering if he’s still as angry over the “opps” between he and Ellie Goulding as we was when he wrote the song months ago.
What? You don’t know about that?? Well then, you need to read about “Don’t.”
It’s a great song and an even better story! Click.
You may know Bob Lefsetz as the blogger who famously and ruthlessly criticized Taylor Swift after her 2010 Grammy Performance where she committed the unforgivable sin of missing a few notes. The column he wrote about it and the subsequent backlash was the impetus for Taylor’s song “Mean” which is widely considered to be about Lefsetz.
I read Lefsetz almost every week because sprinked in with his occasional mean spiritedness and over simplications are some brilliant insights on the music industry, media and pop culture. He’s always a great read. You should check him out!
Especially now! Seems he’s taking a bit of a run at Matchbox Twenty. In the first part of the column compliments the band’s early successes but then knocks them over the head with claims that “their time is over.” Agree or disagree, you’ll love M20 guitarist and drummer Matt Douchette’s response at the bottom of this page.
1. The opening acts were painful. Who was that metal band making everyone cover their ears? And DJ Starlight? Can someone tell me what she brings to the stage besides a friendship with Lady Gaga prior to her fame? I admire the loyalty, but sorry, her monotonous, dial tone house set had everyone in my area begging for it to end. Where was the next big up and coming band? Or how about a GLBT, cutting edge or socially conscious artist who is making waves right now like Mary Lambert, Meghan Trainor, Charlie XCX or anything that's not what you did last tour or a friend riding your gravy train?
2. When she finally showed up it took SIX songs before Ms. Gaga got to anything the audience cared about. All stiffs until she finally played Just Dance. And the show started with her standing still for what seemed like forever. The shock and awe of her mere presence works for a minute or two but eventually you do have to sing and dance. No really. Go. Any minute now. Go! Hello?
3. There's a really uncomfortable and awkward God-complex in this show. She proudly proclaimed that when "Just Dance" was released in 2008 the most authentic fan base of the new millennium began. I adore you Gaga but that made me throw up in my mouth a little bit. No one who follows any other band besides you is authentic in who they are or how they live? Fans of Coldplay, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Jack White, Michael Buble and U2 just don't get it right? Also last night, the message of be yourself, love yourself and be tolerant of others seemed to be choked around a tortured tie in to her failing album 'Artpop' where as last time it was simply a message of support to the GLBT community, now it's the "Artpop" movement. Um.. Ok.
4. Born This Way was performed as a sad piano ballad. Isn't this supposed to be a happy, in your face, get up and go song of empowerment and excitement? I know you already rocked it on the last tour, but not everyone got to see that. Some of these fans were seeing you for the first time! Why did you pull all the joy out of one of your greatest songs? And where was You And I?
5. The choreography was clunky and out of sync in parts and where is your band? Why can't we see them? Even when they were on screen they were grayed out. You're supposed to be the raw authentic rock star who plays live and sings live. This is what sets you apart from Britney Spears, Justin Bieber and all the other manufactured pop. Yet it was clear you sang behind a track most of the night and for a lot of songs weren't on cue. Then the songs Swine and Gypsy to end the night? What?
Alright look! The costumes were amazing. The set and lights were stunning. Her hair was dang fabulous. The letter she read from a fan was moving. No other pop artist I know of can sit at a piano and let it all hang out the way she does, but our dear Gaga needs to rethink this show. The edge we saw 3 years ago at Pepsi Center was missing last night.
A woman who recently had a problem on a United flight received an apology letter from the airline. The airline uses a form letter, which I think anyone can understand. They have a lot of people to communicate to and it probably saves them time responding to thousands of customer questions. But in this case they forgot to fill in the blanks. Now they'll need a new apology letter. Writing an original this time might be a good idea.
Missy Franklin may not be as anamored with Justin Bieber as she once was. And you have to hear about this OPPS apology letter from an airline to a customer. It's all in Mark Andrew's Mile High Mix Fix.