Hey guys, I was sifting through my Roku box and discovered that the channel “Docurama” has Bill Withers’s documentary available for FREE (with commercials of course). It is also available on your Samsung SmartTV. If you love Bill Withers’s music, I think you’ll love this documentary. Lots of things I didn’t know about him and his life, including his struggles with stuttering. Hope you enjoy it.
Hi guys, today I watched a free premiere episode of “Preacher” produced by AMC. At first, it seemed like it would be a typical boring horror comedy, you know, equivalent to something like one of those Sy-Fy original movies. Yet, the comedy was very subtle, you kind of don’t know certain things were supposed to be jokes, until you think about it way after it happened… LOL However, I did give it a chance, since the trailers I’ve seen looked so good. I’m glad I did, because the ending of this episode was shocking as shit! My Jaw dropped, but of course, I’m not going to spoil it for you guys, so I’m not going to say anything about it. 😀
The TV show stars handsome, Dominic Cooper, who plays the preacher. From the trailers that I’ve seen, I had the assumption that this TV show was about the supernatural. However, I realize that it looks like it could actually be a Sci-Fi alien thriller. It’s too early to tell, but that was my perception. The movie starts off with some kind of unidentified object crashing down to earth. Some kind of energy was released after the object crashed, found it’s way to a preacher in Africa, while preaching to his congregation. The force of the energy was so strong it momentarily killed him, he then came back alive. Everyone in the church thought it was a miracle! But then seconds after praising a miracle, the energy inside the preacher caused his body to explode. Everyone ran out of the church scared and screaming. After many years later Dominic takes over a church (that looks eerily similar to the first church where the first preacher was killed), and tries to continue to keep the towns faith.
He helps everyone with pretty severe situations. He helps people like Ian Colletti, who I’m not sure if he suffers from a severe birth defect, or if this was an accident. It’s funny, when I first saw him, I immediately said to myself, “hey, he could be Conan O’Brian’s Son!” LOL. Not only is Ian dealing with a serious facial defect, he is also dealing with built up guilt for things he’s done in the past, and needs the preacher to help him deal.
Of course there are kick ass rebels on the show like Ruth Negga. She is no joke, I get the impression she is some kind of bounty hunter. There is some kind of relationship between her and the preacher, but I”m not sure what it is yet exactly. The story line alluded to the fact that they had a past business relationship, and she’s desperately trying to convince him to go back to what they were doing. However, because preacher has made a promise not to go back to being violent, he consistently declines her offer. Much of this has to do with the murder of his father. However, that all changed when that same energy that killed the first preacher, entered Dominic. Not only has he changed from being the nice preacher, he also now has the ability to control peoples minds (literally). So, the show took a little bit to pick-up the pace, but I think this will be a show worth watching. Keep in mind that this show has many story lines, so you’ll really have to sit and watch it. The show shows you strange things happening all over the world, you won’t understand what’s going on, if you’re not stuck to the TV unfortunately. I’m not sure how all of these different stories relate to each other yet. If you want to watch a free episode, just create a free VUDU account here. Free version is in Standard Definition, but it has surround sound.
Not sure if anyone remembers this group from back in the day. They were called Klymaxx. I have to be honest, I never did like a lot of there music. However, there was one song that as far as I’m concerned, was their biggest song throughout their career. It’s called “I Miss You (1984). The original album was released in 1984, however, Wiki has it as 1985 and I’m not sure why? The only thing I can think of is that the song was re-released on a separate bonus album? Also, “Meeting In The Ladies Room” is cool also, but, that’s about it for that album. They’ve been performing off and on for a little over 20+ years collectively. Listen to “I Miss You” on Rhapsody.
I have another look-a-like for you guys. The young Tony Danza, from “Who’s The Boss (1984-1992),” and Fred Gwynne who everybody knows as Herman Munster from “The Munsters (1964–1966).” Boy, you know your old, when you can remember these guys as vivid as I do. Or maybe it’s just good memory. 😀
You know, we know about Blacks being sold in to slavery, but we never actually see the actual business of slavery. Because it wasn’t really talked about much, as a child I always assumed that slaves were sold via direct hand exchange of money. In other words, I’ve always envisioned boats coming to land with a bunch of slaves, and potential slave masters all patiently waiting to see which slaves they’d like to buy, as if our ancestors were produce. Each slave valued differently based on the slave’s physical strength, and perceived health. It never occurred to me as a child that there were actually physical business, buildings that stood, like Price, Birch & Co., one of many actual dealers in slaves trade/Black human trafficking.
Now, the reason why I decided to write about this, is because this reminded me of the movie “12 Years As A Slave (2013),” starring the very handsome Chiwetel Ejiofor. The movie tells the story about Solomon, who was kidnapped in to slavery. In real life, Solomon kept journals of his experience. He had written that a man named “Burch,” stole him; but actually, it was a man named “James H. Birch,” who happened to part own this slave trade building pictured above. Lately, there are a lot more Black films being made about slavery, I know that many are hard to watch, but it’s important to watch at least one as a family, so that we as a people can appreciate where we came. These movies are important, because they remind us the need to respect each other. Do you now see why photography is so important?
A beer manufacturer named Corona kept running this commercial all day today; and the tune they used got stuck in my head. It’s a very catchy tune called “Take It Easy (1968),” by Hopeton Lewis, originally released under Merritone records. Recently, this album was digitally re-released last year. You know, the song does seem perfect for that commercial, see for your self here. Unfortunately, I didn’t find a whole lot written about him. But I do know he was born in Kingston, Jamaica; he had many hits during the 60’s; and started out as a background vocalist. There are two other songs I liked from this album, they’re called “Rock Steady,” and “Cool Collie.” Very smooth beat and easy to dance to. If you’re a fan of Ska and Rock Steady music, you’ll like most of the songs on this album. Check it out on Rhapsody.
You know, for action filled Sci-Fi movies like this, I usually wait for the 3D version. However, there doesn’t appear to be any (be it streaming or disc), and I’m not sure why? This is a huge franchise so I don’t think it’s an issue of funds. I’m wondering it could be they’re looking in to how they would package the various “collector blu-rays” for the various types of movie fans. Well, regardless if you’re a 3D fan, or 2D, or the fan that wants all of the behind the scenes blu-ray, or the fan that wants some kind of memorabilia with that blu-ray, I knew that it would be a long time I would see that disc (just because of the sheer fandom of it all). Never the less, I thoroughly enjoyed Star Wars, and paid a lot less on streaming, for what they would have charged for a physical disc. Special effects was out of this world (pardon the pun), and the sound effects were also amazing. I was very please that (with the exception of a few) almost all the original actors came back to do this movie.
John Boyega had a huge role in this movie, a long side phenomenal actors such as Harrison Ford. Well the story goes, John was one of the very many that were captured as children and trained to be a killer. However, he still had some heart left in him. When a friend was literally killed in front of his eyes while in battle, he brakes down and decides he does not want to be a storm trooper any longer, and starts thinking of a plan to escape Darth Vader’s successor, played by Adam Driver. He helps a prisoner escape, who happens to also be a pilot, together the managed to get away.
Another phenomenal lead actor is Daisy Ridley, who really kicks ass in this movie. Although I loved the movie, I haven’t followed the franchise the way real fans have, so there were a lot of things that confused me to be honest. There were certain questions that came of for me after the fact. Like, why do they say “may the force be with you?” When it’s quite obvious to me that the “force is already in them.” Is the force inherited through a genetic bloodline? Or is it given to those who take some kind of oath of the Jedi? I’ll guess I’ll have to talk to a diehard fan to find these questions out. However, as someone who didn’t follow every trilogy, I did enjoy the movie very much. You would not be so confused that you can’t get the jest of it.
Fast forward, Harrison Ford, Chewbacca, Daisy Ridley, and John Boyega all get together to stop Adam Driver from blowing up Harrison’s ship and crew (as well as other planets) using a very dangerous weapon. Lots and lots of action and special effects. I don’t think any Star Wars fan would be too disappointed. Again, everyone did wonderful job, even the robot had a comedic personality that worked very well in the movie. Well, I think I’ve given enough info, anymore I’d be giving spoilers. The movie is available in all major movie streaming services. Again, just want to remind you to not purchase from Youtube/Google yet, because as far as I know, they still don’t offer DD5.1 minimum. So, get it from Amazon, Vudu, or just rent the video from Netflix, it will be available starting tomorrow I think (just know that there may be a long wait for it).
Everything in life repeats itself eventually, especially when it comes to art that is inspired by other art. The interesting thing is, regardless of the era, both were considered hot and risque at the time. I could not find the name of the pinup girl on the left. However, the right is our beloved Donna Summer.
Amazon is giving a 1 month free trial of video prime, so I figured why not? Before I continue with my review, I want to start off by saying, don’t bother with the student package. As much as I LOVE amazon, I was pissed with what they were offering. Yet I do understand that a lot of it was not in their control. Let me explain, the offer is 6 months free trail, and half off the yearly subscription price for verified students. I was approved, however, in the email confirmation, it said that I can’t watch any movies during the 6 month trial period! What??? I immediately realized that this had to do with copyright and licensing. As I’ve said before, to license music and movies is expensive; but even more expensive for movies. So I understand why Amazon did it, but they didn’t inform the customer before we sign up. The other thing was, I didn’t know that Prime also included digital books. However, digital books was also omitted from the 6 month trail. Say what?? Books is the first thing that a student is going to need? So at the end of the day, the only benefit you’re getting is the shipping. So, I got the regular movie Prime package instead (8.99 a month with one month free, includes SD through Ultra).
I’ve read such good reviews about a series called Bosh (2015-2016) 😍. The character Bosch is played by Titus Welliver, and is based on a novel. But unfortunately, this is an Amazon original, and is not available on Netflix or anywhere else. I had no other choice but to get Amazon’s Prime. Let me say that Amazon’s stream quality is mind blowing! I hate to say it, but it is actually much better than my beloved Netflix. However, understand that Amazon is an exponentially bigger online retail business, so they have the power to command better licensing agreements than Netflix. Unfortunately Netflix has to charge more for Ultra streaming. The sound is amazing! I just melted when I heard Titus’s voice. What I really love about having these streaming accounts, is that when I get tired of HULU movies, I can temporarily suspend my HULU account for a couple of months and use Amazon, and vise versa. Amazon doesn’t have a suspend feature, but I verified with them that you can cancel and sign up again as many times as you want without penalty. That was a REALLY nice thing to hear; because these services are a lot like cable, in that, when you first get cable, you try to watch as many movies you want, then the hype wears down. The only difference is, you usually have to upgrade to pay more money to get curtain channels, whereas streaming, you can just move services around and pay the same price. That is a resounding HUGE plus over cable! [Please note: if you cancel from Netflix more than a year, you could loose your playlists]
There only small minor things I did find annoying. The first is Amazon’s interface. The interface for my Roku is a lot better than the interface for my SmartTV. Unfortunately, we have no control over that, it’s all up to Amazon to update it. The SmartTV app isn’t well organized, and the navigation/back button tends to put you back all the way to the beginning. To be honest, my opinion is, if you have a SmartTV, it is better to just search movies through your online account. Roku Application is easier and more intuitive; navigation is also on point. The last annoying thing is, it doesn’t seem like I can easily identify the last episode I’ve watched. I had to go online and check before watching (Amazon please update that!). Hope my review helps.
😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 Look what the late Elvis Presley is driving? doesn’t his car have a striking resemblance to the 70’s cartoon car “Speed Buggy?” Unless you’re a TV buff, not too many of my readers are probably old enough to remember this cartoon. It was quite entertaining to me as a kid. It was almost a damn near rip off of Scooby-Doo.
I decided to take some time to quickly write about the subject of sound quality, in terms of video streaming services. I’m not going to go into anything technical, because there’s so much to audio that it would make your head spin. It truly is hard to keep up, unless you are already working inside the technical areas of film and music. Software engineers are frequently developing new ‘n’ improved sound and video codecs for all devices. There are quite a few popular codecs, some of them are PCM, DTS-MA, DTS-HD & Dolby HDtrue DDPlus, AC3, and all are uncompressed. Now, which ones are the best? Well, some times that all depends on the ear that is listening to them. They’re those people who will say that there is absolutely no difference them; then there are others who’d think that “those” people are crazy and out of there minds. There are those who think that PCM is better, but in my opinion, it is louder not necessarily better. However, many people have always associated a louder sound with better quality, and that’s just not true. Personally, I think it also boils down to the equipment, in addition to how it is setup. The best analogy I can think of is, if you’re still using an old analog television, and you’ve connected a Blu-Ray player to it, you’re not going to see a big difference in quality. But unfortunately, those people will make an unwavering assumption that it doesn’t matter what you use, all sound and video are the same; which is not quite correct. Other times we don’t have much of a choice. Personally I’ve always preferred DTS; in fact, older movies that were originally recorded in DTS were exponentially better. I’m not sure what happened with the newer DTS, all I can tell you, it doesn’t sound as crisp and pristine as it once was. But unfortunately, the vast majority of movies now are produced using either PCM or DD5.1/DD True (although DD5.1 is better than PCM, but neither is as good as DTS). Eventually I realized it doesn’t make any sense bitching about it, because our equipment can only process what’s encoded on the Blu-Ray. Sometimes studios would come out with special edition Blu-Rays that would include different codecs, but that also means you’re usually spending more money because it’s most likely a collector’s item.
There is also one more factor we may not realize. I’ve written quite a lot about fake 3D movies, where a movie studio would print 3D on the package, however, in reality they’re just 3D conversions, because it cost too much to shoot in 3D. Well, the truth of the matter is, sound is kind of like that too. Depending on how the movie was produced, or sometimes even how old the movie is, you may not get improved sound just because your movie is on Blu-Ray. For instance, A Blu-Ray may state that an old movie has DTS 5.1/7.1 sound; but in reality, all they did what copy the same sound to 5-7 channels; giving the illusion that it is actually 5.1/7.1. Yet, they will charge you 40-70% more because it’s on Blu-Ray. Anybody who is real finicky about sound, would know right away that it’s fake.
I don’t think movie fans talk about this much, maybe a lot of us haven’t realized it yet. But sound quality have improved tremendously in the video streaming world. Do you realized that video sound on streaming is now superior to cable? Granted, I’m not familiar with all the major cable companies out there, but, lets look at the company I am for familiar with, CableVision. If you browse through your premium HD movie channels, and even a lot of the “Pay-Per-View” movies, all of them are in HD Stereo sound (actually I shouldn’t say all, but a significant number of them are stereo). Some of the HD channels are still only broadcasting 720p, WTF?? But Netflix movies are both HD and DTS/DD 5.1, and Netflix movies cost in the pennies in comparison to cable movies. Hulu also has Dolby Digital 5.1 movies, but they may be available only on certain devices. I think Amazon is DD5.1 too (on Roku/Amazon Fire/SmartTV). There are even some totally free streaming services that have DD5.1 as well, I think it was TubiTV I saw it. So why can’t cable? [By the way, google movies are regular stereo; I purchased Vampire Hunter, Battleship and Prometheus and they were stereo when I bought them. @ $15, I should have gotten bare minimum DD5.1. Never again] Because of issues like these, I never saw a good reason to buy a 4K TV, when very few things would be able to watch on 4K. By the time 4K becomes standard, your unit would be out of warranty and time for a new one. Although Netflix has 4K streaming available, they are a small selection (not Netflix fault). It’s so important to understand these technologies before you spend your hard earned money. These are just more reasons why cable/premium networks/HBO, etc.) companies will eventually go down by the next 15-20 years (maybe not extinct, but they will crumble significantly). Trust me, as soon as T-mobile’s bandwidth improves (probably around 6-7G), I will have no need for cable.
You know the interesting thing about all of this? Cable companies will tier your internet bandwidth to make more money, but in terms of actually watching movies on through your cable box, it’s full bandwidth, so there’s no reason they should be holding back on any parts of movie quality (especially sound). As a whole, in the era of movie streaming, most very old movies will never be remastered because of cost. But at least we can expect the highest of video and audio quality for all future movies, as digital technology improves, and cost goes down for the independent film maker. As Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon stream continue to grow, I wouldn’t be surprised if later on down the line; HBO, ShowTime, Starz, and all the other greedy networks start offering 1 and 2 year deals to win back customers. Kind of like how movie studios started packaging Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital bundles! Now, why would I want 3 versions of the same movie? Well, I guess I can give two away, maybe that’s it! Involuntarily pay more money for a movie, to give as a gift to someone else. Or they may just decide to come up with their own streaming service, which will cost just as much as cable if not more. Like the music industry, they had to make some serious changes and adjust for this current economy; the movie industry will learn the same. Can’t continue to charge these bloated prices, or the same circulated movies.
Hi guys! Today I saw an incredible movie called “The Wilby Conspiracy (1975),” directed by Ralph Nelson and filmed in Kenya. The movie was based on the 1972 novel by Peter Driscoll. The movie stars two incredible actors, Sidney Poitier and Michael Caine. This movie has A LOT of twists, turns, and deception all over this movie, too much to cover in this article. But, trust me when I tell you, I enjoyed this movie, and it is absolutely FREE to watch on TubiTV!
I never saw this movie until today. I am extremely fond of Sidney and the positive roles he has chose to play throughout his career. However, I have to say that this particular movie shattered the handsome image I was accustomed to seeing. Sidney was as raw and gritty as he could get in this movie. But, this is one of the reasons I love Sidney, don’t care how much of a big actor he was, if the movie conveyed a powerful message, he wanted to do that movie, and play his given character to the fullest! The movie is almost two hours long, but I will give you a condensed summery.
Sidney plays a anti-apartheid South African revolutionary who spent time in jail for working underground. His defense attorney managed to get him out of jail, only to become a fugitive the same day, for assaulting a racist police officer. The officer tried to arrest Sidney because he did not have any identification documents. The office slaps Sidney, his female lawyer played by Prunella Gee got out the car furious at the officer. The officer proceeds to punch her in the stomach. Michael Caine who was also in the same car got out and started beating the hell out of the cop and one other cop.
It was obvious the cops must have had some kind of quota, because prior too, they arrested other Africans and lined them up. Sidney was just that “one more African” to round up for that day. All three, Sidney, Michael, and Prunella fled the scene and became fugitives. All of a sudden, all three became part of the revolution that day. They ended up fleeing to Johannesburg to hide (so they thought), where Sidney knew some people who could help him, who were also part of the revolution.
Their nightmare was because of this pig, played by Nicol Williamson. Nicol hunted all three like animals. He even gone to the extent of planting a homing device under their car. Will all three get out alive? Or will Nicol get his just deserts? I can’t go in to further detail because I don’t want to risk giving away spoilers. This movie has a lot of action, and as usual, both actors gave a phenomenal performance. Watch it on TubiTV free!! Also available on Roku and Amazon Fire.
Hi guys, I finally watched “Dead Rising: Watchtower (2015).” This movie is a Crackle original. I watched this not expecting anything spectacular; however, it was much better than I thought it was going to be. In fact, in terms of overall science fiction quality and good story line, it’s kind of between cable’s SyFy and worthy of being on Netflix streaming). Meaning, it has a touch of “modern day “B-movie” quality, yet has just enough action that pulls you in enough to keep you interested. Although IMDB has a rating of 5.2, to be fair, this type of movie isn’t for everybody. It’s not like big time actors are in this movie, such as Milla Jovovich; and if she was i’d be a whole different story. Lately, Crackle has been freezing in between commercials. I’m starting to think they got so popular that their computers can’t handle the traffic. However, if you have problems viewing it from your Roku or other streaming device, the DVD is available via Netflix.
This movie has elements of “Night Of The Living Dead,” Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” and “Resident Evil” all rapped up in to one. However, like “Resident Evil,” “Dead Rising” was also inspired by a video game. And like Resident Evil,” “Dead Rising” is also about some sort of illness that turns humans in to flesh eating zombies. And of course, there was a coverup that wasn’t discovered until it was way too late. I’m not sure why zombies and video games are so closely connected. LOL 🙂
In my opinion, the zombies look pretty damn good, and realistically zombie like (in the classic sense), for a non-blockbuster, made for streaming movie. What’s interesting is that the directors of this movie had decided to have their zombies do things that were traditionally “un-zombie” like. For instance, we all know that zombies are the walking dead, with primal instincts to feed on other humans. That’s it! Zombies are not supposed to exhibit any form of intelligence; yet the above cop, turned zombie somehow thought clearly enough to use his gun to try and shoot his victim. The funny part was, I guess the cop was such a good actor, he actually pulled it off, despite how corny the whole idea of a zombie using a weapon is.
Although their are actually three heroes in this movie, Meghan Ory (kicks ass) as Crystal, and Keegan Connor Tracy as Jordan; our main hero is a reporter named Chase, played by Jesse Metcalfe. Chase is trying desperately to get the “real” story for the walking dead outbreak. There already exist a cure, a vaccination to prevent those who are infected from turning in to zombies. While Chase tries to sneak some pictures with his phone of someone being vaccinated, something went horribly wrong. The drugs were not working.
The next thing you know, it seemed as though everybody around him was turning in to zombies. Chase then runs for his life. Unfortunately, our heroes discovered that there was a HUGE coverup, a conspiracy to bomb the entire city, including people who have not been infected. Officials tried to make the public believe that the vaccination was no longer working; and there was no other choice but to decimate the city. The only real thing that pissed me off about this movie was that, Crystal (I believe) found Virginia Madsen, who played the mother of a child she had to kill because she turned in to a zombie. SPOILER ALERT: well, after Crystal went through all that trouble to save the mother, Virginia opens this door where a lot of zombies were locked up. The mother opens the damn door, sees her zombie daughter, starts to cry, and let her daughter eat her, and let all the other zombies out in the process. Oh, I wanted to jump in the TV and strangle her. LOLOL. Will Chase be able to stop officials from destroying the city with him in it? Watch the movie for free on Crackle.
My absolute favorite from this album, is the song called “The Boss.” I know a lot of my young readers don’t have a clue about this song. You’ll probably hear different opinions about it, but as far as I’m concerned this was the biggest hit of her career! Well, at least in the gay world, “The Boss” was once the anthem of the SGL community back in the day. It’s not that I don’t acknowledge her other music, it’s just this album has a special place in the “unsaid history.” This album catapulted Diana in the club and disco scenes. If you knew absolutely nothing about Diana Ross’s music, chances are you’d recognize “The Boss” immediately; this is how popular the song was. It was written by the late Nick Ashford, and wife Valerie Simpson. The song was so huge, there wasn’t enough hands to count how many remixes and LPs that existed then.
For some strange reason, I am having difficulty trying to pinpoint the exact stats to this album. I don’t know how accurate it is but, according to some sources I’ve read in 1979, it peaked #10 in the R&B charts, but I can’t find how long. I also had difficulty finding when it hit number one and it’s duration. Fans will enjoy this album, because it includes the extended version of “The Boss.” Unfortunately, the only other hit that came from this album was “My House.” Back from that, this album did not fancy me. Listen on Rhapsody.
You know I was thinking….. I think that in this day and age; where digital technology is here to stay; it’s absolutely hilarious that we are still using the word “albums” to describe non-physical medium. We we’re still using the word “albums” even for CDs. This goes to show you how much of an impact that old school still has on our society as a people (and not even know it). I think that we’ll still be using the word “albums,” long after albums eventually become extinct. Can you imagine a great grandfather trying to explain to his great grandchild what an album was? LOL… I would love to be a fly on the wall for that conversation. I know that would be funny as hell! By then then I truly hope that every single piece of history has been preserved on digital; and easily accessible by all; without “elite membership prices.” You need to help support and fight for the digital archiving of our history; because once it’s gone, it’s gone (even if it exists, it’s lost).
Does anybody remember the Partridge Family? This was a television show based on a real life group called The Cowsills. The stars of the show were Shirley Jones and David Cassidy. Other casted family members were Danny Bonaduce, Jeremy Gelbwaks, Suzanne Crough, Dave Madden, and Susan Dey. I’m not sure if all of them were real musicians, I know that for most if not all of the show, they pretended to play instruments. However, I do know that David Cassidy was an actual performer. Girls went goo goo gaa gaa for David. You’d think he was a Beatle or something. I didn’t listen to a whole lot of their songs, but one popular one that I liked was a song called “I Think I love You.” The song reached to number one, on Nov. 21, 1970. It’s basically an up beat song about young school love. Check the greatest hits collection on Rhapsody.
I’ve discovered striking resemblance between actresses Amanda Peet and Jennifer Aniston. In someways, it almost feels like it’s unfair to put these two in a look-a-like comparison, because Jennifer doesn’t look anywhere near the way she looks now 15+ years ago. Jennifer has appeared in movies such as “Leprechaun (1993),” and a long time actress on the TV show “Friends (1994-2004).” Amanda has appeared on a movie called “Whipped (2002),” and a movie “The Battle for Terra (2007).” Honestly, pretty soon, I think straight men will have to stamp a number on their wives/girlfriends wrists, because with all these plastic surgeries women with money are having, str8 men are not going to be able to tell them apart. Am I wrong for saying this?
You know, I’ve probably said this before but; it is my opinion that some of the most beautiful music in the world comes from Spain/Mexico. I say this as a person who has an affinity to music, and as someone who has always been exposed to many many types genres. There are quite a few old school music that comes from Spain, that are so beautiful to listen to, you don’t need to understand a single word the performer is singing, just because the emotion in the music is often enough to understand. I’m particularly attracted to guitar compositions. I’ve heard music from Spain that are so beautiful, it can make you cry. On this post, I’d like to focus on my most favorite Carlos Santana music composition ever. It’s called “Europa.” It’s a combination of music from classic Spain and American soft rock.
Many, many artists have reinterpreted Santana’s Europa, and I’d like to share with you some of my favorites with you. The first beautiful interpretation of Europa is from Guitar Romantica, and the album is called “Beyond Borders.” Second musical interpretation of Europa is from an album called “Panorama: Trumpet Prism,” and the composer is Vaughn Nark. And the third interpretation of Europa I like is from an album called “Soft Sexy Jazz,” unfortunately, the only thing in the artist description is “Various Artists.” So, I’m going to assume that this album is a collaboration of lesser known artists. These guys deserve a lot of credit, because they’ve done a wonderful job. Actually, you should check out the entire album, most of them are pretty good. I think you’ll like their interpretations of Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together.” The last interpretation of Europa I like is a very mellow flute composition, from a guy named Bradley Leighton, and the album is called “”Just Doin’ Our Thang.” There are many other interpretations out there, and I encourage you to find them.
Live365 suffers a collision of misfortunes, lays off most employees and vacates office
Today, I decided to login to my free Live365 listener mobile app, when I kept getting “incorrect login and password” messages. I then decided to go to the live365 website to reset my password, and saw a large message that I interpreted to be very vague. I tried to escape out of the message but could not. It looks like Live365 has shut down January 31, 2016! Why? Upon further research, the Copyright Royalty Board recently released their new rates for webcasters. Unfortunately, the new rates are significantly more than Live365 could afford (what most webcasters could afford). Long story short, Live365 had to make a decision to either raise their already high membership fees to cover the royalty cost, or shut down. It would have cost a web DJ about $40+ a month (lowest package), for a maximum of about 2 hours worth of music uploaded at a time; and a maximum of 10 listeners at a time. According to the following article from “Rain News,” they have chosen to focus more on other business ventures they currently have. I think it’s good to note that streaming services such as Spotify, Pandora, etc, have not been effected much, because they are under a different category; I believe it’s called “non-interactive.” However, I think these new rates for webcasters have inadvertently devastated our ability to listen to a broader selection of music, by real people and real fans. You may not see it now, but at least for us older folks, we can clearly hear the difference between music played on the radio that was hand selected by a human fan; and the kinds of music played that was mathematically selected by a computer. As far as I’m concerned a significant chunk of our music history & culture has been lost as of last month; it is because of sites like Live365 that we were able to hear music we no longer hear; it is because of Live365 that we heard music that other services don’t have a licenses for. Live365 was the only station that I could think of, where you could listen to the rarest of music not played anywhere. Not even 8Tracks have the music that Live365 had. There are some things within the human experience that a computer chip cannot replace.
It is interesting, as much as I used to complain that not enough older folks are using streaming technology, a significant amount of seasoned folks were using and DJing with Live365. Only amateur DJs with a certain level of experience could play the kinds of music we heard there. That’s just a fact, whether you’d acknowledge it or not. This really saddened me. Live365 was an extremely unique service, that allowed real fans to share their personal music they already own, with other fans (especially when it came to classic music). Many of the stations played music you’d never hear from any Genome selected music playlist. I will truly miss them. However, again this speaks to the larger existing problem of the music industry. The music industry is trying to price music streaming in the same way they used to sell albums. If this continues, the only business that will be able to afford these licenses, will be the larger mainstream stations like Z100, etc. I really think that the answer here is YouTube. YouTube needs to be structured more like a traditional streaming music service; but unfortunately, I’m beginning to realize that it appears that the music industry is using YouTube more as a promotional tool, and the smaller webcasters/internet radio are being used to off set royalties. Well, the decision holds till about 5 years; and I don’t think that much change will happen till then.
I think you true disco fans will appreciate this album. This is from a guy we DEFINITELY do not hear about anymore, Van McCoy. His music was huge back in the 70’s. If ‘m not mistaken, his biggest hit was “The Hustle (1973).” Everybody got up and danced to this song, whether you were young or old! The tempo wasn’t too fast, and it wasn’t to slow. This was the perfect dance tune even if you couldn’t dance, because all the beats were pretty consistent. Another hit I love is an instrumental called “Love Is The Answer (1979).” I’m making an assumption that McCoy originally composed this for the Stylistics first in 1974. Unfortunately, shortly after the instrumental version was released he died of a heart attack, he was only 39. Listen with Rhapsody.
As you guys know, I love to write about my thoughts on music and film. But rarely do I insist that anyone listen or watch a particular video. I think “Before The Music Dies (2007),” is an exception. This is an outstanding documentary, put together by Andrew Shapter and Joel Rasmussen, who are on a quest to find answers concerning the dramatic change of the music industry, and where it’s heading. Of course, radio also had a lot to do with the demise of quality music. This documentary is phenomenal! It was far beyond what I expected. I highly recommend that very young music lover watch this documentary especially. Many of the things in this documentary I’ve already mentioned in various places on my blog. And to some it up, it really talks about the loss of our music culture; and a lot of it was the result of the greed and corruption of the music industry bottom line.
Many people were interviewed including Erykah Badu. Although I don’t listen to her music much, I admire her so much. You can tell she is so down to earth. What she shared was, “back in the day, you didn’t have to alter your body, like get butt implants to have a record deal!” Real artists didn’t have to sacrifice their creativity in order to sign a record deal. Badu stresses the importance of artists being able to be themselves, and not feel they have to compromise who they are, because of unrealistic visions of a record label.
Bonnie Rait talked about the repetition of music on radio. There was no real diversity. Everything was about ratings and numbers. This caused a host of problems not even discussed in this documentary. The music industry feels that this is the formula in which they need to operate to make money. But in reality, if you feed our young people mental garbage, then that’s what they will eventually gravitate towards. Not everybody has a parent that is musically cultural, who can expose them to different types of music. The art of music slowly became the business of music. This film gives you a greater appreciation as to why so many artists like Janet Jackson started their own music label, and why artists like Jay-Z starting his own streaming service (although I think his service is not any better than crook labels that are crying broke right now, but I digress).
The film also talked about music streaming, and how it changed music forever. I think that streaming services actually saved the music industry single-handedly; because people were not going to continue paying the high cost of albums (especially in this economy). Music streaming has also exposed music fans to lesser known artists who are just as talented. In addition, music streaming has made it possible for people who can’t afford collector albums, and or access to music that is out of print, and listen to them for pennies or nothing at all.
One artist felt that music should be free. I’ve heard and read a lot of artists who feel this way. However, many people are divided on that issue. In my opinion, I guess it can be free like Spotify, if more companies with money are willing to sponsor other music services like it. But there aren’t many. But even if it could happen, we have the issue of the P2P mindset. Even though using Spotify and other services like it are so much easier, safer, and convenient; there are people who will never stop using torrents. On the other hand, because Spotify offers free music, many people think Spotify is illegal. The average non-technical person is so misinformed. But I guess, why should we be informed? The point of music is to enjoy it, not to worry about the legalities of listening to it. At the same time, it would be nice for us to talk about it more! Because the bottom line is, it’s not just about rebelling against the greed of the music industry, it’s about supporting our artists. Especially artists of color. Please watch it on Hulu.
Sorry guys, I couldn’t resist. It was his facial expressions that did it! You have to admit, it is funny. LOLOL 😀
This was a real hard one for me, because both Reba McEntire and Jennifer Shepard (NCIS) are like chameleons, they’re constantly changing their looks all the time. These are the best photos I could find that show some resemblance. Although, there are times were I’ve seen Jennifer look more like Marlene Dietrich.
Hi guys! I’m back with another episode of “The Bionic Woman.” This episode is called “Sanctuary Earth.” Now, this episode was not one of Lindsey’s best episodes. However, I did find a couple of the scenes in this episode hilarious. The episode was not a comedy, but it had that definite feel of “low budget” all around it, which made it funny. Not that there is anything wrong with low budget movies/TV shows; there are quite a few shows that were low budget that became cult classics; but it adds more to the nostalgic feeling when watching any film.
I was tickled to see a young Helen Hunt on screen. You may remember her from the movie called “Twister (1996),” and the TV show “Mad About You (1992-1999).” Helen plays an alien traveling past earth in her spaceship. But some how, an American satellite that was launched knocked her ship off course, and was damaged as a result. She has the ability to shrink her body in to small places, and manages to get in side the American satellite temporarily, so she can temporarily land on earth. The Satellite lands in water, and Lindsey (Jaime Summers) hears a heart beat (bionically), and the next thing you know, Helen appears swimming in the water, and Lindsey goes and saves her.
Helen tells Lindsey that she is hiding from two other alien men who’s trying to capture her. They are twins played by Jim and Jon Hager. Their haircuts annoyed the hell out of me though. Those of us who are old enough to remember, the Hager twins were most famously known as actors in the hit country TV show “Hee Haw (1967-1977).” According to Helen, two planets were at war, and the bad planet (which the twins came from) planned to kidnap her if the bad planet won.
One of the funniest things I still can’t get over, is the device above. The twins were holding this device almost throughout the show. It reminded me of a cross between one of those classic “lady Shavers,” and a techno-light that dance clubs use. This device is used both as a tracking device and as a weapon. The twins even used it to trap both Lindsey and Helen in a force field. How will they get themselves out of this predicament? Order Season 3 Disc 4 on Netflix.
Wow, what can I say about this movie? Well, let me start off by saying, I thoroughly enjoyed myself watching this movie. There was lots of action, suspense and some special effects throughout the movie. However, there were so many elements and traditions in the movie, that it was very hard for me to grasp were the writers were going. I wasn’t sure if the movie was mythical, supernatural, or what? But that didn’t stop me from enjoying the movie though.
In essence, there was a cult called “The Temple of Hades,” whose main purpose was to not only destroy China spiritually, but enslave and turn people in to mindless killing machines. The captured men were forced to fight to their death. This cult was so bad that not only did they capture subject prisoners to unbelievable torture, they were identified by a number that started with K. Our hero is K-29 played by Xing Yu. He was one that was trained to be from a child, and now returns to bring justice! Let me say that, I used to think that Donnie Yen who played “Ip Man (2010),” was the best martial artist currently. But after I saw Xing Yu’s moves in this film, I was totally taken back. Xing is smooth, quick, and ferocious without breaking much sweat. His fight scenes are phenomenal, and very realistic.
Our hero K29 had two major fights with two major villains. The first was at the beginning of the movie with was actor Baocheng Jiang; he was like watching a Chinese version of Andre The Giant (a wrestler back int the day). K29 loses his temper after witnessing Baocheng Jiang kill his friend in front of him. It was like watching K29 beat Goliath! It was truly an awesome scene to watch. The second major fight was almost at the finale with physically beautiful Yoo Seung-jun. Yoo was truly a monstrous leader in this movie, I’ll just leave it at that because I don’t want to give any spoilers.
The fight between Yoo and Xing is intense; a major secret concerning Xing’s brother unraveled during this time; the remainder of captured people managed to get out of their prison cells and try to save the innocent children. Will Xing finally get to defeat Yoo, and become the new Vajra? If you don’t mind reading subtitles, I definitely think you should add this to your list of weekend movies. Watch on Netflix.