Sunday, July 24, 2011

Amy Winehouse R.I.P.

Curt Cobain I think perhaps wanted to join the 27 club, Amy Winehouse I don't think she really wanted to join it. Amy had her demons she was battling, I think in the end her demons won. In the end, we have lost a talented singer.

It isn't an opinion that she was a talented singer. Her debut album won 5 Grammy Awards, there has to be talent in order to pull off that feat. Perhaps one day we will be lucky to hear the album she was working on. Like so many artists who have died to young we will never know what her talent and creativity would have brought if she lived a longer life.

I love the blues and guitar music I often think what would have happened if Jimi Hendrix would have lived longer. Could you imagine the songs Janis Joplin would have sang? The lyrics Jim Morrison would have composed? We could go right down the list of the 27 club and ask questions. Now we ask questions about Amy Winehouse.

Here is Amy performing her hit song Rehab:

Here is some other coverage of her death:

Amy Winehouse may your demons now leave you alone and may you rest in peace. Thank you for the songs that we can still listen too.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Pop! at the Studio Theatre in Washington D.C.

My latest review is published you can read it here. The musical was performed at the Studio Theatre's 2nd stage in Washington, D.C. It was really neat you entered the set as soon you entered the stairs leading up to the stage. The seating was very close to the stage as well creating a very intimate theatrical experience. If you want to read more check out the review.

I went to the play on Wednesday and it was a sizzling day in the city. The temperature at 10:40 was 87 degrees. It was one of Washington's typical summer days hot, hazy, and humid. However, it was neat to walk through the DuPont Circle neighborhood of Washington, D.C. We had a quick dinner at the Playbill right across the street from the Studio.

|Stayed tune for upcoming reviews..

Friday, July 22, 2011

Borders Books Closing

Sad new Borders Books is closing. Apparently they can not compete with e-books. I guess I am old fashion I prefer a solid book to read. Okay not that solid, a paperback novel is my style. Sure, I read a lot of things online. However, mostly I read non-fiction or research something. I hope that modern trend continues since I do write online.

However, I will always be partial to the novel. I liked Borders Books, it was a great store to find gifts for book lovers or find a hard to find book. I'm not the best customer for full price book stores as I buy most of my books online or at a used book store. Still, the loss of Borders is a loss of an opportunity to find books. It also can't be good for the book writers. If there is no place to sell books, there won't be a demand for writers.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Congrats Japan!

Congrats to Japan for winning the 2011 Woman's Soccer World Cup. Team USA great job getting to the finals. The girls from both teams played their hearts out in a dramatic game decided on penalty kicks. A great, exciting game is what soccer fans wanted and the teams delivered.

Abby Wambach and Alex Morgan scored goals for team USA. Team USA we will turn in again in 2015 as you go for the cup in Canada. Hopefully, your great run will carry over to more support for the woman's pro league in the USA. Japan may you enjoy your title and may your victory spring woman's soccer in your country like the 1999 USA team's win did in the the USA. Below are some highlights from youtube.

World Cup Final USA Vs Japan

The woman's World Cup Final is today 2PM EST pitting the USA team against Japan. Team USA has been compared to the team in 1999 which won it all. However, the 1999 team had more media support.

This year's final isn't on a major network, but on ESPN. It is probably true, the ratings would be lower in the USA if the American girls weren't in the finals. However, the girls deserve kudos for making it to the finals. They are doing their part to keep woman's soccer on the map in the USA.

They may not be the superstars like Mia and company were but they deserve a chance. The media should be covering more. The 2011 team did their quest on the road. The 2011 team can be beaten like Sweden proved. Japan will challenge team USA ad hopefully it will be a terrific match. Win or lose Team USA has done a wonderful job in 2011.

Game time is soon, enjoy!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Rock of Ages

It was my first theater review for the MD Theatre Review and I think it was a success. I based my review on if the play was entertaining or not. Considering it was not a deep work it had to be entertaining, and it had to have talent to pull it off. Rock of Ages certainly did.You can read the review here. It was quoted by the National Theatre on their website and that was a thrill for me!

I don't want to spoil it. The National Theatre in Washington, D.C. is beautiful inside. It was also easy to get to using Metro by getting off at the Metro Center stop. It was a very fun evening. I hope to publish several more reviews soon. My next review will probably be Pop at the Studio Theatre in Washington.

Monday, July 4, 2011

USA VS. Sweden WWC

USA and Sweden are both out to 2-0 starts in the 2011 Woman's World Cup. Both teams have qualified for the quarterfinals. Tomorrow the teams play each other. I hope USA continues to have success in the World Cup. It is good for the woman's pro league. It is good for soccer in general in America.

If Sweden wins, I am fine with that. Team USA can still have success. I have enough Swedish bloodlines running through me to root for Sweden. I wish both teams well. I wish for a great match.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Willie Dixon's Birthday

If you follow my blog, you may have noticed I am a fan of blues music. Today is Willie Dixon's birthday. In my opinion he was one of the best songwriters in the blues. He influenced so many musicians from The Doors, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones to many more.

He was also a great bass player as well and performed with Howlin' Wolf.

A musician who influenced so many. May you R.I.P. and may your music be appreciated.