The original idea was to do these on Thursday nights, but then on my busier workdays, I put it off to Friday night or the weekend. But since my weekend plans are put on hold due to all of the raining Memorial Day weekend, I'm doing this week's installment now (instead of 6/2/11). So, here we go: 1. Marilyn Manson:
I was talking to a buddy on Facebook about how I’m not a fan of rock music, but there’s something that gets me going about Marilyn Manson. His music just rocks the crowd. The guitar playing on “The Beautiful People
” is the ish (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ypkv0HeUvTc
) and “The Dope Show
) is pretty slick, too. To many, it probably just sounds like a lot of noise, but I love the instrumentals in the background, and I kinda dig Marilyn Manson’s creepy voice. Plus, how could I not like him for being in a Michael Moore movie “Bowling for Columbine
.” 2. Aerosmith’s “Janie’s Got a Gun”:
Speaking of rock music, I’ve been a longtime fan of Aerosmith. Of course there are some songs of theirs that I like more than others, such as “Cryin’
” and “Crazy
.” But the beat at the beginning of this song gets me every time. There’s something about instrumentals that will pull me in and this does just that (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqQn2ADZE1A
). It doesn’t hurt that they did “Walk This Way
” with Run DMC either.
1. Justin Bieber's "Never Say Never" film: When I saw Street Kingdom dancing to a Justin Bieber song on "America's Best Dance Crew," I wasn't just amused. I was surprised that the song fit them so well. I was fanatical about Immature, so I get the whole teenage celebrity crush deal. I remember running under a (parked) truck because I saw Romeo waving in a window at the end of a concert, but the level of the Beliebers and Bieber Fever is nuts! I finally rented the video through Netflix and now I understand. He's not just cute. He can really lay the charm on thick, and he seems right at home with any lady (or girl) you put in front of him. I loved the video. I actually liked it so much that I kept it an extra few days and will probably buy it. No cougars here, but that "You Smile" song makes me want to buy his CD.
2. Marion Meadows "Player's Club" song: I've never heard of him until today but a buddy of mine (Dina) put me onto him. I miss volunteering for the Hyde Park festivities, and I'm looking forward to the Hyde Park Jazz Festival this year. I dig jazz and I used to play the alto sax so mold the two together and that's an automatic winner. Click below to hear the song.
1. Archer Farms Indian Inspired Vegetarian Samosas: I probably wouldn’t have picked these up, but I had a Target coupon for Archer Farms appetizers, and I get those spinach and artichoke purses so much. I wanted to get something new. I like them. They’re dangerous though because I’m already a sucker for potatoes. They also have lentils (my bean favorite), green peas and onions—three items I’m always cooking something with or eating solo. Wait, not the onions, but you get the idea. I ate the whole box!
2. Crystal Waters “Storyteller”: I was singing along to this CD in my car on Mother’s Day, and my mother kept bobbing her head. She asked me was this a new artist, and I gave her an odd look. I told her I’d had this CD since I was 12, and she told me I was being stingy and held out on some good music. I laughed when she requested a copy. (Of course I gave her one.) I’ve always been a fan of Crystal Waters. I have no idea where she ended up, but she was an excellent singer, made hot dance tracks and had soul for days. If she ever made a comeback, I’d be front and center!
1. Larenz Tate’s feature in Celebrity Travel:
Keep in mind I’ve only been updating the National Travel section for approximately three weeks, so I’m running into all kinds of stuff that I missed out on when it was originally published. I was ecstatic to see this “Going away with Larenz Tate
” piece in the collection. The Tribune added this collection to its site today. I look forward to seeing what all these folks are up to, but nobody has beat “Mr. Darius Lovehall.” Click here to read his feature travel story
. 2. Sinbad’s “It’s Just Family”:
It took me a couple of episodes to warm up to this show, but I love it now. It’s a breath of fresh air from all the negative reality shows I see on television (not that I’m an angel when it comes to watching them). The show is positive, funny, clean and entertaining. Plus any show that makes me want to get up and exercise is a winner. Sinbad replied back to a couple of my Tweets. I exercised because of that episode where they went to that dance class, and he was the reason why. His tweets to me:
I've never been into organized team sports. I remember this guy I went to elementary school with used to get so furious when he lost, and I was always baffled at how mad he got. I remember mentioning that to a cousin of mine last year, and she called me out on it. The year before that, I was at a family reunion and both sexes had a fitness competition. The guys had to do push-ups depending on the number in a deck of cards, and the ladies had to do sit-ups. My cousin's boyfriend won the push-up competition, which cracked me up because he was the smallest of the bunch, but he also played baseball so his stamina was consistent. I wanted to win the sit-up competition. I did sit-ups so regularly so I thought this was going to be easy, and it was initially. I beat the grown-ups, but going up against teenage girls was killing me. I finally got disqualified for pulling myself up by my feet because I'd given up completely on stomach muscles, and I argued about it. My cousin said I was being a sore loser about it, and in retrospect, I probably was. I didn't curse anybody out, but my lip was poked out for a second. (In my defense, I'd been drinking liquor, too, so I was getting hot while exercising way too fast.) But anyway...
1. "Fast Five": My gawd I love that movie. I think Tyrese is as gorgeous as Paul Walker, so that tells you how varied my "type" is, but outside of the eye candy, I've enjoyed 3 of the 5 in this series: the first one "The Fast and the Furious," the second one "2 Fast, 2 Furious," and the third one-->this one. Yes, there were plenty of moments when certain characters should've died, but the action was so hot I just didn't care. I'd strongly recommend seeing it and understand why it's the most popular movie in the country. $83.6 million and counting!
2. Jim Jones' "Perfect Day": Even though I've enjoyed "Ballin'," I wouldn't call myself a Jim Jones' fan. (I enjoyed "Love and Hip-Hop" though.) However, I'm loving this song. It threw me off when I first heard it because I wouldn't have expected him to make that song, but it's hot.
I'm about three days too late, but life has been busy on my end. Anyway, here are the five things I'm digging right now. 1. "Love and Hip-Hop proposal": I was not on Chrissy's team from "Love and Hip-Hop." I thought she was starting unnecessary drama with Somaya, but you've got to respect a woman who would get up in front of a whole room full of family and friends and propose to her boyfriend. Whether they really do get married is sketchy, but that was really a brave movie, and I enjoyed both episodes dedicated to it. BTW, Jim Jones' mother was dead wrong. 2. Obama, Donald trump at correspondents' dinner:
After all the birth certificate conspiracies were done (well, for many it was never a topic to begin with), I enjoyed this video. I literally fell out laughing when President Obama made a reference to where Tupac and Biggie are. I'm laughing now while I type that last sentence.