Saturday, April 23, 2011

Lovin' Mercedes This Week


Do you remember Amber Riley from American Idol? Of course you don't. She never made it past the audition with the producers. Yet more proof that the show is more Idiot than Idol. I guess it worked out for Amber because she gets to play Mercedes Jones on Glee.

I watched this week's episode last night and was blown away by Amber's performance. I can't remember every hearing Ain't No Way before. I like Aretha Franklin but my knowledge of her work is limited. That doesn't matter. I love the song now. Amber was that amazing.

And she looked totally beautiful.

Kudos to the costume designers for picking that beautiful dress for Amber. And while I'm giving out production kudos, I gotta give one to whoever found that choir. It's just a shame I can't find the name of the choir anywhere. I'd love to have some mp3s from them. They aren't even credited on the mp3 from the episode that is for sale. Not surprising given that the main cast aren't getting royalties from the songs they've recorded.

I don't have much to say about this episode.  I knew Will and Holly weren't going to last. If Gwyneth Paltrow was joining the cast they would have been advertising it to the moon and back. Lauren was unlikeable. That could be my my own bias. I've known managers who make demands they say are from their clients but often turn out to be their own desires.

That's it from me today.* You can watch Mercedes here until FOX takes it down.

mp3 - Ain't No Way (Glee Cast Version)


mp3 - Ain't No Way - Aretha Franklin

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*You may have noticed I haven't been around much this month. I'm working on a couple of projects that are taking up all my time. I might have something to say about them at the end of June. Hopefully I can get back to regular posting soon.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Wrong and Not in the Right Way


szólj hozzá: Glee - Raise Your Glass


Let me start by saying that I loves me some Warblers. I gotta give props to whoever is arranging and choreographing their songs. Except for the strangeness of having a bunch of guys who probably don't know who Mister Mister is singing Hey Soul Sister all of the numbers have been great.

Until Regionals. Raise Your Glass by Pink is probably the worst song they could have done. Didn't anyone understand the lyrics?

Right right, turn off the lights
We gonna lose our minds tonight
What's the dealio?

I love when it's all too much
5 AM turn the radio up
Where's the rock and roll?

Party crasher, panty snatcher
Call me up if you are gangsta'
Don't be fancy
Just get dancey
Why so serious?
So raise your glass if you are wrong
In all the right ways
All my underdogs, we will never be, never be
Anything but loud
And nitty gritty dirty little freaks
Won't you come on, and come on, and
Raise your glass
Just come on and come and
Raise Your Glass!

Slam slam oh hot damn
What part of party don't you understand?
Wish you'd just freak out (freak out already)
Can't stop coming in hot
I should be locked up right on the spot
It's so on right now (so fuckin' on right now)

Party crasher, penny snatcher
Call me up if you a gangsta'
Don't be fancy
Just get dancey
Why so serious?

So raise your glass if you are wrong
In all the right ways
All my underdogs, we will never be, never be
Anything but loud
And nitty gritty dirty little freaks

Won't you come on, and come on, and
Raise your glass
Just come on and come and
Raise Your Glass!
Won't you come on and come on and
Raise your glass!
Just come on and come and
Raise your glass!

Oh shit my glass is empty...
that sucks !

So if you're too school for cool (I mean...)
And you're treated like a fool (treated like a fool)
You could choose to let it go
We can always, we can always
party on our own...

So raise your (Aw fuck)
So raise your glass if you are wrong
In all the right ways
All my underdogs, we will never be, never be
Anything but loud
And nitty gritty dirty little freaks
So raise your glass if you are wrong
In all the right ways
All my underdogs, we will never be never be!
Anything but loud
And nitty gritty dirty little freaks
Won't you come on! and come on! and
Raise your glass
Just come on and come and
Raise your glass
Won't you come on! and come on! and
Raise your glass
For me
Just come on and come and
Raise your glass...for me


The Warblers wear perfect, matching uniforms. Their choreography is precise. To have them sing “we will never be anything but loud and nitty gritty” is stupid. Not that it didn't sound great. It did but I kept thinking HELL NO as I was watching. It's just a touch hypocritical for a group that is the epitome of conformity to be singing a song about being happy about being different. Rebels they are not.

I think the Warblers should leave the Pink songs to Pink. They obviously don't get it.





Raise Your Glass (Glee Cast Version)




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Friday, April 8, 2011

Crash. Bang. What the heck was that?

It has been a big week in the world of particle physics.The people at Fermilab had some interesting results from tests done with their Tevatron collider. It seems they've found a new subatomic particle. While it might not change anything in your day to day life, if the results are repeatable there will be a big change in the particle physics world.

For those of you falling asleep right now, I give to you Strange Charm: A Song about Quarks:


Saturday, April 2, 2011

High School Angst


 These days everyone is talking about bullying. The treatment of “Glee kids” is a big issue on Glee. It's been a long time since I was in high school and I don't have kids so I'm out of the loop on bullying. There's always been bullying. That doesn't make it right. Just makes it a fact. I can't imagine anyone being able to make me feel like killing myself.

Times have changed since I was a teenager. If you believe the news reports kids have become more violent, more self-centered and more willing to act on impulses. What the hell have the parents been doing? The schools don't seem to be able to handle problem children. Obviously something is not working.

When I watch Glee and see someone get a slushy in the face or thrown in a dumpster or locked in a porta potty I can't believe it. No one would have gotten away with that kind of shit in my Catholic high school. Are there actually schools where that stuff goes on now? I can't get my head around it. If that kind of thing had gone on when I was in school I might not have survived it.



Overall, my high school years weren't that bad. Grade 9 was hell because I tried to fit in. I had a circle of friends that included some kids who were popular. About halfway through Grade 10 I realized that I didn't actually like any of the people I was trying to be accepted by. Once I hit on that truth I was free.

There was never any chance of me being popular. First off I was a big girl. Strike One. I was a straight A student. Strike Two. I was a Catholic living in a Protestant house. Strike Three. I was quiet. I never tried to stand out. I usually had my nose in a book. No hope of being popular at all.

On top of that, I was a Glee kid.

I am so thankful that there wasn't a chess team because I would have been on that to – just like I was in elementary school. At least I wasn't in the A/V club. Bad enough I knew people who were. And I sometimes sat with them in the cafeteria.

Wait... I forgot about the short lived Dungeons & Dragons Club. See what I mean? Hopeless.



Starting in the middle of Grade 10 I let my Freak Flag fly. I was New Romantic with a touch of Rockabilly and just a hint of Bowie. Think Prince meets The Thin White Duke meets Brian Setzer (with red hair).

One day, when I was in Grade 12, I was walking down the hall and one of the football players I'd just walked past yelled “FREAK!” at me. I turned around, smiled and bowed. I said, “That's the nicest thing anyone has said to me all week.”

No one ever bothered calling me names after that.

Here is something I truly believe:

"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." 
 - Eleanor Roosevelt

Below are three messages from actors on Glee on behalf of the  It Gets Better project. It really does get better but you have to be here to see it.

















About the images: I picked a couple of sceencaps that reminded me of my time in high school. I would have fit right in with these Glee kids.


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