Goodbye Netflix

Dear Netflix,

What a long ...long relationship we have shared you and I. There was a time you made life easier for me and saved me from those "Oh, did you return the movie?" moments that used to cost me a fortune. And you reallllly have gotten to know me it seems. You take my preferences and create categories for me. The top ten for me includes toy story 3 (because I seem to have rented quite a few animated features in the last 9 years) and Demetri Martin (because I seem to like quirky comics) . Youve figured out that I like Sci Fi movies, not just any sci fi but "goofy sci fi and fantasy for ages 11-12", Independent movies, and witty father son comedies. My favorite catagory you created for me based on my "taste preferences" is "Visually Striking Cerebral Documentaries." Yeah..I guess you could say like that stuff. But here was one I didn't understand ...Dark Father Daughter Social Issue Dramas. Really. That's not a joke, that's an actual category. Hmmmmmm ...wonder what series of films I watched that created that row? I'm surprised they didn't actually call me to say "Hey, we actually found a Tom Hanks movie you have NOT seen." Oh well...while Netflix figured out all this about me and my family, it seems to have forgotten why I joined them in the first place. TO CUT COSTS ...the plan I am on... "Two Blue Rays at a time with unlimited streaming (streaming is scrolling through 1000 movies that I don't care to see or don't care to see again) is now up to ...well.....its almost up to the price of the family going to the Regal. Aint worth it anymore. I think we'll spend that 300 bucks a year on something a bit more worthwhile. So, goodbye Netflix ...been a nice and very long...and apparently on your end, very personal relationship. Sorry to break your heart this way ..and sorry your stock has plummeted from 300 dollars to a little over 100 in the last 3 months ...but we just grew apart ..financially. Blockbuster, Redbox, Hulu, amd others ...I will play the field for awhile.

Goodbye Clarence Clemons - Goodbye E Street Band

Bruce Springsteen at his Rock HOF admission in 1999: "You wanna be like him, but you can't. The night I met Clarence, he got up on stage; a sound came out of his horn that seemed to rattle the glasses behind the bar, and threatened to blow out the back wall. The door literally blew off the club in a storm that night,. But there was something else. Something happened when we stood side by side; some energy, some unspoken story

“….For 15 years, Clarence has been a source of myth, and light, and enormous strength for me onstage. He has filled my heart so many nights, so many nights. And I love it when he wraps me in his arms at the end of the night. That night when we first stood together, I looked over at C., and it looked like his head reached into the clouds, and I felt like a mere mortal, scurrying upon the earth. But he always lifted me up - way, way, way up. Together we told a story of the possibilities of friendship; a story older than the ones that I was writing, and a story that I could never have told without him at my side. I want to thank you, Big Man - I love you so much.”

That was what Bruce said in 1999 being inducted to the Rock Hall Of Fame. if thethe "15 years" he mentions seems short, it was Bruce honestly taking in to account the years Bruce played with someone else...and I can tell you from seeing those "F Street Band" performances as they were called, it felt VERY empty when a song came up that needed Clarence on Sax ...was not the same without him, as the music world never will be without him today. I've seen Bruce a dozen times ---first time in 1975 at Burruss Hall in Blacksburg for $4.50. and the arena was always electric when Clarence stepped into the spotlight. I also had one of the times of my life when "Clarence Clemons and the Red Bank Rockers" played to about 300 faithful during a huge ice storm at Radford University until the wee hours of the morning in the early 80's . Somehow, those of us who saw the band the past few years had to realize we were seeing the end of something . At the end of the shows, with the crowd prompted by the screens, we all hailed
The E Street Band!

The E Street Band!

The heart-stopping, pants-dropping, house-rocking, earth-shaking, booty-quaking, Viagra-taking, love-making -

Le-gen-dary E - Street - Band!

Guess you know I will miss him. 

Sweet Revenge by Obama on Donald Trump & Birthers

Here are the words of Donald Trump after being skewered by Seth Myers and President Obama at the Correspondents Dinner Saturday night...   "Well, I really understood what I was getting into, I didn't know that I'd be virtually the sole focus," he said. "But I was certainly in a certain way having a good time listening.  I had no idea it would be to that extent, where you know, it was just joke after joke after joke," Trump said on Sunday morning. "It was almost like, is there anyone else they could talk about?"

Obama said Trump has made the tough decisions, for instance firing Gary Busey on  "Celebrity Apprentice" instead of Meatloaf. "These are the types of decisions that would keep me up at night. Well handled, sir."  Obama also showed a photoshop White House where Trump had turned the home into a casino. 
Obama thinks now The Donald can focus on serious issues, like if the moon landings were faked or "where are Biggie and Tupac?"
Said Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Anchor Seth Myers about Trump,  "Donald Trump often talks about running as a Republican, which is surprising, I just assumed he was running as a joke."

So Trump walked into the Lions Den and was dispatched easily.  After drinking in two weeks of publicity in demanding the President's Birth Certificate, he had to wonder at some point what would happen should Obama actually produce the document would he be mocked ?  Now, he knows, up close and personal, and how gratifying for him to be brought to within a few feet of Obama himself to do the skewering. 

New singer songwriter musician Anna Calvi is something special

She started as a violin player and switched to guitar.  The singer who has had the greatest influence is Maria Callas she told NPR’s Lyn Neary.  She says Maria has a confrontational quality in her voice, not afraid of being raw and vulnerable.  A risk taker like her.   She says starting her album with a long piece of guitar heavy  instrumental music was to achieve a hypnotic effect and bring the listener into her world.   She has said her self titled debut album was the culmination of 3 years of work in her parents basement.  It was already critically acclaimed abroad and released in the U.S. March 1, 2011.  NME says it may just be the first great album of 2011. The first single in the U.S. is called “Blackout.” 

Calvi is known for her intensity as a musician along with a combination of sensous and seductive live show.
 She is known for a different guitar style where she hits the strings in a circular motion, as opposed to strumming.

Songs like like “Desire” have a “melodic motif that keeps on building and building “ metaphorically.   It keeps adding instruments until it’s “Bursting” at the end.   “Playing live is a fulfilling experience for me because it allows me to be fearless and strong”  

This is just the start of a great moment when music needed something new. 

Predicting the American Idol Top 13 - Top 10 plus Wildcards

ELEVEN of the top 24 will be cut Thursday night by American Idol  (Did you realize they were going to eliminate ELEVEN ?)  

Fans will select their top 5 boys, top five Girls, and the judges will pick 3 wild cards.    I think I got this.   Here are 14 potential season 2011 Idols that will make up the 13 as I see it.  


Casey Abram the bass player

Clint Jun Gamboa the karoke idol

Jacob Lusk the gospel / luther vandross

James Durbin - the high voice autistic

Paul McDonald-the carefree smooth soul voice

Scotty McCreery- the country baritone

the girls

Ashthon Jones  who has the x factor

Pia Toscano who sang stand by me

Karen Rodriguez wowed em

BOTH laurens

Lauren Turner

Lauren Alaina

Thia Megia

Naima Adedapo

Haley Reinhart (on the bubble ---my 14th out of 13)

Gina Gershon as Sara Palin is on the mark

ginaI know when we all think of Sarah Palin impersonations, we first think of Tina Fey, and deservedly so.   She looks spot on and has some of the mannerisms down pat.  BUT …seeing Gina Gershon for Funny or Die do Palin puts a great spin on it …hard to pick a favorite.

More Impersonations - Less Games for Jimmy Fallon

Jimmy Fallon, this will come as no surprise to anyone who is a fan, has become this generations Johnny Carson, but more so because late night hasn't been as vital and "can't miss" since the days of Carson.  It sure isn't Leno that sparks that sentiment, and Letterman did at one time, but now, it feels like watching him is a tribute to his former greatness.  Having said that, allow me to offer that Fallon could be better if we could see more impressions.  I think that probably makes me  an old fogey to those who love the endless ingenuity of his games he plays, and the wonder of "remix the clips" and "thank you notes," but the truth is everytime Jimmy does an impression I find myself wishing that he did more characters he creates (like the game show hosty guys) and the likes of every impression from Bill Cosby to Bill Clinton to Bruce Springsteen to Neil Young.  And speaking of the musical icons, Jimmy Fallon can play and spot on sing reproductions of any style or genre of popular music.   I'd also like to see a return of the words of advice bit he did in the early stages of the show when he would be in the locker room giving advice to the likes of Tiger Woods.  Great.  

The Hypocrisy of the Virginia General Assembly

Lets get this straight> Republicans they in Washington, or anywhere else, oppose what they call Obama Care because it is  for their taste "socialism"  and  is unconstitutional because it requires one to be required to carry insurance.  THEN , in an ultimate act of hypocrisy, are now requiring Virginia business owners to carry protection for autistic children in their company insurance.   Hmmmmm  can anyone say why this is different   ?   Once again, I say that the true way to get a national health insurance policy supported by the Republicans would be for Obama to oppose it, because even if something is right, and clearly makes sense, if Obama or other democrats are for it, Republicans must oppose it for some reason.

Seriously...a REPUBLICAN group of legislators MANDATED a health care covenant, while on a national level, opposes anything that resembles mandate as socialism.  Really ?   Really ?  Seriously ?

Here is the Washington Post Article

15 Greatest Guitarists

Prince: The Glory Years - A Documentary Review
1-Jimi Hendrix - Easy to acknowledge that he re-invented guitar for all who came next
2-Stevie Ray Vaughan-technique / guru that  had more talent than he knew what to with
3-Prince-is the greatest living guitarist IMHO and gets almost no love for it because he does so much else well.
4-Keith Richards -mixed rythm and lead together and made it seem easy
5-Pete Townshend-for performances and keen craft
6- Eddie Van Halen- ReReinvented guitar-I quit playing for years because I couldn't play like him
7-David Gilmour-Nobody complimented the material more
8-Neil Young -puts a music lover in heaven / music teacher in the hospital
9-Eric Clapton-blues and technique mastery-blistering speed while remaining tasteful
10-Knopfler - emerged with combination riffs that nobody had dreamed of
11-The Edge - defined the shape of U2 sound with simplicity and personae- no need to show off
12-Angus Young ...No matter what I might think of ACDC lyrical content ..the guitar always grabs me
13-Robby Krieger-Doors guitarist wrapped his improv around the singer, the songs and Ray's keyboard.
14-George Harrison who blended his work into the definitive body or work in the shortest imaginable time
15-Scotty Moore- Elvis would not have been Elvis without his sound

HM-cant stop a list at 15 with Jimi Page whom I respect but didnt move me as much as he moved others, Jerry Garcia who is responsible for a sound that almost needs it's own list, BB King--Well Well Well Lucille
& I almost HAVE to include Bruce Springsteen - SO underated as a lead (I know I will get stink for this one

Ranking theBest Pixar Movies

Cars Toon: Mater's Tall Tales (Two Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo)Just my list of how much I enjoyed the Pixar movies to date ...some controversial I know ...but take it away and post your own list if you like.

Life Without Regis ? Say it ain't so.Can you imagine what a weekday morning will be like without him ?  Who will Letterman be able to pick on.

Regis Philbin announces retirement today, June 18th 2011, saying "This is my last year on the show." He indicated that it would be late summer or fall before the end came, and no word on whether or not they will try to get a new Regis with Kelly. Regis Francis Xavier Philbin has been hosting talk and game shows since the 1950's. He is sometimes called the Hardest Working Man in Show Business.

I'm Only One ManHe is the Guinness world record holder for most time in front of a television camera. He went to Notre Dame and always talked of his love for the Fighting Irish on the show. Perhaps his biggest claim to fame was when the game show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire enjoyed HUGE ratings in 1999. He was also the original of America's Got Talent before being replaced by Jerry Springer. Regis will be irreplaceable on American TV.

Jared Lee Loughner 's assasination attempt on Gabby Giffords Rant

Just chiming in with a rant on the shooting in Arizona that took the life of so many, so senselessly, including a 9 year old, and seriously injured Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, shot during a public political gathering in Tucson yesterday. My prayers are with all of the victims and their families, even the shooters family. At one point yesterday, both CNN and NPR had confirmed the congresswoman was dead, so the hope for her recovery is already a prayer answered.

Jared Lee Loughner is a terrorist plain and simple. Yes, he is completely disturbed, but then again so are the terrorists we most commonly think of as being of middle eastern descent with hatred for America. I am always a bit perplexed that terrorism doesn't happen as often here in America as it does worldwide. No doubt, in reading the incoherent youtube postings from the shooter, he's simply not living in the same world as the rest of us. Now today so many want to link the partisan rhetoric as one of the causes, even though no connection to the Limbaughs of the world has yet been proven...and I will just say I doubt it is proven to be the instigator here. The 22 year old is just a mess mentally, plain and simple. The tragedy is what it is, like the Virginia Tech shootings, one guy who somebody should have seen some warning signs about. It can unfortunately happen anywhere with any disturbed mind with or without political motivation. It unfortunately can't be prevented unless someone intervenes before a tragedy like this happens.

While I WANT to see a tempering of partisan political rhetoric on the airwaves, I doubt this incident is related and I doubt this will fix it. In fact, Limbaugh and those of his ilk will feast on the ratings they get this week while fending off the accusations that they are the cause of this tragedy. Don't blame free speech ...I doubt anything can be done to prevent the real cause, which is insanity hitting home.