Category Archives: Pop Culture

All I Want for Christmas Is You: The only truly great holiday song written in the past fifty years?

I had no idea Mariah, with her long-term collaborator, wrote this song.

This article at Slate.com states (about the recent not very nice criticism’s of Ms. Carey’s recent live performance):

Those pop culture Grinches who’ve been expressing shamefully unseasonal schadenfreude over Carey’s flop would do well to remember two things: 1) Mimi sings better on her worst day than 99.9 percent of all humans who’ve ever lived; 2) She is the co-author, along with longtime collaborator Walter Afanasieff, of the only Christmas song written in the last half-century worthy of inclusion in the Great American Songbook.

Go Mariah!

The Sexiest Man Alive

This article which gives an in-depth but not too long history of People Magazine‘s Sexiest Man Alive is a funchris-hemsworth-768 read.

It makes several stellar points. It is absurd that there’s only ever been one man of color–Denzel in 1996. And last year’s choice of Adam Levine was a poor one. I agree with Jezebel’s Madeleine Davies, “Adam Levine is not the Sexiest Man Alive.” He is “the human equivalent of testing positive for chlamydia.”

What do you think of this year’s choice? Does Mr. Helmsworth make you swoon? Personally, I prefer his brother. liam

 

Chinese pop singer Wang Rong Rollin’s music video “Chick Chick” is, well, something.

Is this, as several on the internet have claimed, the most bizarre music video of all time? The video, which sounds mostly comprised of avian sounds and electronic bass, features so many odd objects it has to be seen to be believed. I especially like the dancing topless men wearing farm animal masks….

When art and its patrons become one work

knights.jpg.CROP.original-originalIf you’re like me and you like going to museums, you’re probably a secret people watcher too. (Or maybe it’s just me….) I love watching how people respond to art, how they hold themselves back to see a painting from a distance, or scurry past a statue that seems, to them, hideous.

This artist, Andres Wertheim, has been using sophisticated photography to create works of art that meld masterpieces with their viewers. I think his work is fascinating and beautiful.

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What do you think?

Dabney Grinnan

It’s all about the bass… line. The song “Sweater Weather” has a great one.

Romance writer Carrie Lofty posted this video on Facebook with the the comment “One of the best pop hooks in years.”

I had to give it a listen and I’m glad I did. Indie band The Neighbourhood was unknown to me but I’ve since then watched a few more of their videos on YouTube and I really like them.

This video also showcases one of my favorite cars of all time: A 1969 Mercedes Benz. Plus the black and white film gives it a timeless sense.

Enjoy!

Dabney Grinnan

Busiest Man on My TV

gr He has teddy bear-button eyes set in a face that looks like a knuckle, and he’s on my television, literally, half the time its on. And I just adore him. Yep, it’s Gordon Ramsay.

My TV-husband crush began earlier this summer when I was introduced to Kitchen Nightmares, which airs on BBC America. Before that Ramsay was just the mean guy I occasionally saw abusing cooks when commercials for some random show interrupted whatever I was watching. Now I know that “random show” is Hell’s Kitchen, and it is among the many, many Gordon Ramsay programs I watch. And there ARE many, many. There’s the travel one, and the prison one, and several cooking ones including two cooking contests, and two different incarnations of the Kitchen Nightmare show. There may be more of which I’m unaware.

That “mean” guy is actually quite funny, and he has a lot of charm on camera. If you watch him for just a few minutes it becomes apparent why he is such a huge reality TV star.

Do you watch Gordon Ramsay reality TV? Do you find him charming as well?

Wendy Clyde

Bring On the Eye Candy

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So, lets see a show of hands – can we all agree that the Summer Olympics are the pinnacle of beautiful, fit bodies in motion? (Yes, I’m talking to you, U.S. Water Polo Team…)

I’ve always believed that summers without the Olympics are seriously bereft of half-dressed, muscular, eye-candy athletes, until now that I’ve discovered American Ninja Warrior. Its on NBC Monday nights, at seven central time, and re-run on G4 just about any time you tune into that channel. My goodness, those contestants are FIT. No matter your sexual, racial or age preferences there is someone to enjoy watching and to root for.

The boys in my home know to leave the women-folk alone to watch TV on Monday nights. Are you watching also? The video I’ve included is of one of my favorite contestants, Lance, a rancher from Idaho. He’s out of the contest now, but was fun to watch while he was competing. Do you have a favorite contestant?