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Etta James: Settling for the Gold

Posted in Entertainment, Life, Music, people, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 5, 2009 by Rick

Proverbs 16:16 “How much better is it to get wisdom than gold!”

It’s amazing how age wears on people in different ways. My father seems to get wiser and more methodical as his years accumulate. I love to sit and listen to my friend Derrick’s dad because he drops nuggets of wisdom like F-bombs in a Tarantino flick. Even the most trivial subject can elicit a Job-like “one-to-grow-on” from that guy. I feel great about getting older because of the wisdom that diverse trials, disappointments, failures and triumphs can afford me……and then there’s Etta. You know! Etta James? The golden-haired, satin-voiced crooner whose timeless song “At Last” has dazzled love longing listeners for four decades and counting. Etta’s now 71 and still performs the classic her classic for audiences worldwide. However, one performance passed her by and she expressed, in no ambiguous terms, her disdain for the snub, thereby exposing her shortage of winter season wisdom or, at least, her reluctance to use it. 71 year old Etta, grow up!

*disclaimer* these comments are in response to Etta James’ recent rant against the current President and Beyonce. Her behavior in this situation could very well be an anomaly.

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Am I Not Entertained!?!

Posted in Entertainment, Music with tags , , , , , , , , on November 27, 2008 by Rick

There are few things I love more than music and even fewer things I enjoy more than great music performers. It is rare to catch truly memorable performances which is why I like to record award shows and skim through the fluff in hopes of catching a transcendent performance to restore my faith in modern music and entertainment. With that goal in mind I watched portions of this year’s American Music Awards and I have to say the search for transcendent performances continues. But here are a few things that struck me.

1. Beyonce is hands down the best performer/entertainer of this musical era. My wife and I agree that I limit the amount of Beyonce performances I consume. I’m fine when she sings, I’m okay when she dances but I am smitten when she does both. I have yet to see her perform “Single Ladies” in it’s entirety.

2. Neyo is growing as an entertainer. He is lauded for his song writing but I see him trying to really give people quality performances. He’ll be limited because he doesn’t have the broad appeal of JT and Usher but he works hard and I appreciate that.

3. Alicia Keys writes some good songs, is a good piano player and have a nice voice, that doesn’t qualify her as a genius (musical or otherwise).

4. Pink grates my nerves. She can sing, she is pretty, she writes catchy songs but her arrogance, misandry and hyper-feminism make me dry heave every time she’s on screen.

5. Kanye West is an internally tormented, genius of an arrogant jerk. I love his new album though.

FINALLY!

New Kids On The Block should not be allow back into the pop limelight. Fourty-year-old dudes should not be skipping across stages with faux-hawks and goatees, wailing falsetto tales of meeting girls in clubs and dirty dancing. I’m most disappointed with Donnie Wahlberg who carved a nice niche for himself as a Hollywood B-lister but still found it necessary to embarrass his 16-year-old by stealing his hair style and grabbing his crotch on stage. It’s amazing how the music industry will reject talented acts that start in their 30’s but they will bring former acts back in their 40’s even though the glitter looks more like dust (New Edition). What music genius thought it a good idea to put the New Kids with New Edition for a sexually charged pop single? Please let it die!