Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Justin Bieber!!!!!!! W'hoooooooooooooo!!!!!

At the risk of ruining any street cred i somehow manage to have left after my Duran Duran post... i have to tell you, i'm really digging the new Justin Bieber/Kanye West/Raekwon song.

This is honestly the first time i'd heard Bieber's voice, which, i guess, considering his popularity, is kind of shocking. Until, that is, you consider that, one: i stopped listening to the radio a few years ago. And, two: i am not an eleven year old girl. Regardless, this video i stumbled upon a few months ago was my first impression of him...

I love that video! How can you not love that video??? I mean, watch it again, and listen for the sound at the 0:05 second mark and tell me that Beethoven couldn't have constructed a beautiful symphony around it!!!



It's just perfect.

But, anyway.... I really liked the kid after i saw this. Because, truthfully, how many other stars in this situation would have been whisked away suddenly by his entourage, as if smacking your face on a door was a potential career-wrecker?

"MOVE!!! MOVE!!! JUSTIN WALKED INTO THE DOOR!!! JUSTIN WALKED RIGHT!!!! INTO!!!!! THE DOOR!!!!!!! WHAT DO WE DO?????? GO GO GO GO GO GO!!!" (van door closes, tires screech off into the distance...)

But, no, he just walked up to the cameras and said, "Hey guys... not sure if you noticed, but i'm a geek! Walked into a door over there-- can you believe it???"

Now, i'm sure, in between the "Poinnk" and the "What up?" there was a twenty minute deliberation amongst his team on how to handle the event. ("Did the paparazzi see it? I think they saw it... Crap, it's gonna be on youtube in like 15 minutes...") But i still give him credit for not shying away from the cameras at a moment when he didn't look his best. And for seeming to be genuinely okay with being a nerd.

It's good to be able to laugh at yourself, enit?

Okay, back to the song. I was surprised at how much i liked it. Bieber's voice in particular. Reminded me slightly-- slightly-- of the Jackson 5. Or... maybe not so slightly. Or maybe not a seven year old Michael, as much as a late-twenties Janet.

"Come go with me, we've got it made... Let me take you on an esc-- onnn an escapade, baby..."

Anyway, you be the judge...

Tell me what y'think!

the five things i fell in love with today...

1) I HAVE THIS WEEK OFF!!!!! So far, i really haven't put it to good use, though-- playing a lot of Madden football, watching too many movies. But i'm determined to not let the rest of the week go by without .... eh, nevermind, whatever.
2) I have the first line of a GREAT novel! I didn't really have any plans on writing a novel until i saw my friend's inspiring facebook status update yesterday: "Bad day for the organic deodorant." Seriously, how intriguing is that???
3) Yes, I, too, have walked into a glass door. I was in a hotel room with my sister in Cairo, Egypt. She was reading a book on the balcony and i walked out to tell her something, when-- POINNK! And, after a few Bieber-esque "Ow's", I thought the same thing as i did when a doctor, a few years back, diagnosed me with pneumonia... "Does this actually happen to people?"
4) Laughing at yourself... Although, y'know, sometimes the jokes aren't as funny as y'think they are. I bumped into a friend on the train yesterday afternoon, who immediately took my saying the word "food" as his cue to pat me on my increasingly large belly. "Yes... Yes, it's a whimsical visual aid. Thank you for reminding me, asshole."
5) Not hating Justin Bieber. I mean, c'mon, he's just tryin' to be cool. Cool. What else you 'spect him to dooooo?

Song of the day...
"Escapade" by Janet Jackson

Movie of the day...
"Michael Jackson's This Is It"

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Duran Duran...

Y'know what's great about being thirty-seven? I no longer worry about what people will think of me when i make startling confessions like this one: I dig Duran Duran.

When i was a kid in the mid-80's, Duran Duran was at their peak. They were everywhere. Every single girl i knew was in love with Simon Le Bon, and every single guy i knew automatically rolled their eyes whenever he or they came up in conversation.

"Urgh, i HATE them!!! Buncha pretty boys!!! Urggggggghhhh!!!"

For years this went on. I was like a Pavlovian dog, if someone said anything remotely close to, "Hungry like the Wolf" i would instinctively want to punch a poster of something adorable.

Then, sometime after high school, they came out with the single, "Ordinary World" --a song i truly, truly wanted with all my heart to hate, but... y'know, i couldn't do it. It's just a beautiful tune. I had to give them their due, and my money. Very embarrassed to buy that album, but i couldn't help it.

Somehow after that, i found myself listening to their greatest hits-- i think a friend of mine had it on? I dunno. But i remember telling someone, "Oh, c'mon, do we have to listen to this crap? I like that one song of theirs, but, the stuff they did back in the 80's was garbage."

...which turned into, "Okay, well, that song wasn't too bad."

And then, "...Hm, actually, that was quite good, i don't remember that being as good as it was, but..."

And, "Oooooh! I haven't heard this one in YEARS! Turn it up!"

And finally, of course, "Oh no.... I freaking love Duran Duran."

Not only that, but i pretty much knew every word of the entire album by heart. How that happened, i don't know. Osmosis, or something.

Anyway, i've kept it a secret for too long. But not anymore. Simon Lebon, Nick Rhodes, Taylors... I apologize for all those things i said about you when i was in junior high. As it turns out, y'all actually rock. And i wish you well.

the five things i fell in love with today...

1) in addition to duran duran, i've also been listening to a lot of michael penn recently. which brings to mind the advice i wish someone had given me when i was in college: "if you have a crush on a girl and want to make her a mix tape, make sure you don't include any songs in which the singer belts out, 'I GOT A FEELING SHE'S BEEN SLEEPING WITH THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD!' three times during the chorus."
2) ibraheem youssef.
3) MADDEN football!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! started building up the new franchise last night. my defense is killer.
4) i just looked up "osmosis" on wikipedia. ...i don't think that's how i knew the duran duran lyrics.
5) hairspray.

song of the day...
"Rio" by Duran Duran

movie of the day...
"A view to a kill"

Monday, August 2, 2010

Brand new backdrop...

These are my, "W'hoooooooooo!!! I cleaned my apartment, and finally positioned things around so that my camera will now capture some dvds instead of my barely-folded laundry!!!" pictures.

...much more better, i'd say.

the five things i fell in love with today...

1) Got the day off!!!!!! Going to use the time wisely by doing some writing, entering a crazily amazing contest, eating too much food and possibly seeing 'inception' again!!! Good to be me!!!
2) Football's right around the corner!!! Someone posted on twitter recently that we just passed the last non-football weekend we'll have until next February. Nice!
3) BREAKING NEWS!!! Yesterday, the Soda Guy-- THE SODA GUY!!!!! --after THREE consecutive days in which i saw him either naked, or in his bikini underwear-- actually said this to me, "I should really start wearing a robe..." .......(yeah... yeah, you really should).
4) Ohio State!!! Go Buckeyes!!!!!!!
5) Being secure enough in who you are to freely admit to the world that, yes, you had to go to a calendar to look up the word "February."

...also, you spelled "calendar" wrong.


song of the day...
"So Fresh, so Clean" by Outkast

movie of the day...
"Nobody's Fool" --fantastic and terribly underrated Paul Newman film! One of his best!!!