How’s your week going? This week, I’ve been nursing a sunburn to just my face and stomach from spending too many hours in the pool last Sunday with Ray. It’s been several years since I had a sunburn and that was from a tanning bed!
Otherwise, the John Deere Classic is going on the Quad Cities. While I’m not a golf fan, it was nice getting four invitations to parties (three at the Classic) focusing around the tournament. It’s fun to eat and drink and socialize even if you’re not watching the play! I hope you have a great weekend and thank you for checking out my random thoughts today.
“Rah rah ah ah ah”. While I had already planned a controversial Lady Gaga mention in today’s blog (you’ll see it below), Mother Monster made a very big (HUGE!) announcement in the very early hours Friday morning while you were sleeping!
“ARTPOP”, her third full length studio album and the follow-up to the multi-platinum, “Born This Way” disc, will be released on November 11, 2013, and the new Lady Gaga single comes out August 19th. I’m so excited. I now return you to my regularly scheduled “Random Friday Thoughts”.
I’D LIKE TO VOMIT, TOO, BUT I’M ON THE WAGON!
As I’ve blogged and shared before, I’m a recovering food addict. I was bulimic from 1986-1995 and I’ve been on the wagon ever since. Yes, I think of how much easier it would be if I was still a practicing bulimic rather than having to eat healthy and exercise, but that would be very unhealthy! But, this blog has nothing to do with that. It’s just a metaphor.
However, Pat Robertson, the religious zealot and host of “The 700 Club” basically says that I make him want to vomit and I guess in all fairness, that’s okay because he makes me want to vomit, too!
Pat, here’s something for you.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
IS THAT WHY I LOVE DOUGHNUTS?
In the past I’ve talked about how much I love doughnuts and donut-flavored vodka. (I’ll spell it both ways to cover all bases). Now, I find that there might be a reason! 🙂
Years ago, I subscribed to the website realage.com to do some survey on life expectancy. Occasionally, the site will send me an email for new quizzes. Interestingly enough, a couple of weeks ago, I got an email with the subject line, “Tasty tips for your love life”. Of course, it got my attention and I clicked on it instead of just deleting it.
And, this is what I found: “Aphrodisiac Foods — We’ve got a food list that’ll spice up your sex life. These natural aphrodisiacs will get both of you in the mood for love.” So, I kept reading and if it’s true, a trip to grocery store might be all you need, my friends!
The article claims, “Men, a sniff of lemons, doughnuts, or licorice can increase blood flow to your genitals. For women, licorice and cucumbers often do it.” WTH???
Now that I have your curiosity aroused, forget the B-52s and the “Love Shack”, here are the “love snacks” that Real Age recommends!
Bon appetit, you sexy devil!
COUNTRY WITH A HINT OF PINK
Quickly, name an African-American pop star. Of course you’re thinking Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Prince, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, and the list goes on and on.
Now, name a black country music star. If you’re on top of your game, Darius Rucker and Charley Pride come to mind. After those two, you’d have to think very hard and you’d likely come up empty-handed. Big & Rich fans might say Cowboy Troy. While he hit #2 on the country album chart in 2005, he never scored a Top 40 country solo hit. I also remember Rissi Palmer and while she released three singles in 2007-2008, none of them cracked the Top 40 at country radio either.
Let’s try another. Name a gay pop singer. This is another easy one: Elton John, George Michael, Tegan & Sara, Ricky Martin, Boy George, Melissa Etheridge, and many more.
Now, name an out country music singer. You might say k.d. lang. She did have two hit country albums that reached #9 and #12 on the chart in the late-1980s and two modest hit songs at country radio during the late-1980s, reaching #21 and #22. However, that was before she came out as a lesbian in 1992.
There’s also Chely Wright. She scored nine Top 40 country hits between 1997 and 2005. One of them, “Single White Female” made it to the Top Ten peaking at #1 in 1999.
However, she didn’t come out as a lesbian until 2007.
Now, there’s a Chicago singer that’s gaining national attention. Could 22-year-old Steve Grand be the first openly gay country singer? The video to “All-American Boy” has now been viewed more than 462-thousand times.
Earlier this month, Steve said, “I fought with who I was for most of my life. In every way a young person can fight with himself. But starting today, I’m laying it out there. I’m done playing it safe.” He added, “I feel like most music industry people wouldn’t like the idea of me “pigeonholing” myself by telling this story as I have. But I don’t believe the world sees change until it sees honesty.”
Steve, good luck!
SWEDISH FEAR OF WOLVES
I just read an article about the late author Stieg Larsson, who wrote the “Millennium” series (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”, “The Girl Who Played With Fire”, and “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest”) and I found out something very interesting about Swedish culture.
When he grew up in the 1950s and 1960s, there was an old Swedish law, written about 100 years ago, that was still on the books that prohibited children from attending school until they were seven.
It was to protect little kids from being devoured by wolves as they were coming and going to school when walking through the woods and forests.
GET WELL SOON, ELTON
Sir Elton John has been forced to “postpone all forthcoming shows from his current European tour.”
The 66-year-old rocket fell ill while on tour and his medical team ordered a number of exploratory scans and blood tests. He was diagnosed with appendicitis and is currently taking intensive antibiotics to reduce toxins within the inflamed appendicitis site and he’ll undergo surgery in the next few weeks.
Summer tour dates in London, Italy, Germany, Russia, France, Spain, and Monaco were cancelled. While Elton will not return to touring until he’s fully recovered, he hopes to play his September and October dates, which include 14 shows at The Colosseum At Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada.
We saw him there last October for my birthday weekend (Elton on Friday night and Madonna on Saturday night). He was flawless and fantastic. Elton, I wish you a speedy recovery.
PEEPS’ ’80s FRIDAY FLASHBACK
For today’s ’80s flashback, who better to feature than Elton John.
From his first hit, “Your Song” (#8, 1970) to his last radio hit, “Written In the Stars” (#29, 1999) with LeAnn Rimes, Elton made 60 Top 40 appearances on the Billboard Hot 100. Of those 60 songs, 29 reached the Top Ten, 20 of them climbed into the Top 5, and nine made it all the way to number one!
There are so many of his hits that I absolutely love, but today I’ll share a song that only reached #13 in 1989, but with his upcoming surgery, you couldn’t find a more convenient hit song than “Healing Hands”.
FACEBOOK FLASHBACK PICTURES
As you probably know, I love taking pictures and sharing them on Facebook. However, unless I’m on vacation or on a getaway, I don’t take as many pictures now that Miss ABBA is in “puppy heaven”. Looking back this week in 2010, we were at Ray’s parent’s old house on Spirit Lake, Iowa. Yes, it was a challenge keeping both of our girls out of the water!
And, two years ago, as Gretel celebrated her birthday with a little cookout with cake and ice cream with her neighborhood friends, I drove to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to spend the evening with Britney. Yes, Britney “It’s Britney, Bitch” Spears.
ANTICIPATION IS BUILDING AND I’M NOT ALONE!
billboard.com recently held its Mid-Year Music Awards and while I didn’t take part in the voting, I definitely agree with the top two choices of what online readers were excited about in the music industry this fall.
Most Anticipated Event of 2013’s Second Half:
1. New Music From Britney Spears (23%)
2. New Music From Lady Gaga (19%)
3. Beyonce’s ‘Mrs. Carter’ Tour… And Album? (17%)
In all fairness, I’m curious to hear Beyonce’s new music and I’d definitely see her in concert. But, my loyalty lies with Britney and Gaga.
While Britney is currently in the studio working with will.i.am on her eighth studio album due this fall, her new song, “Ooh La La”, from the soundtrack to this summer’s “The Smurfs 2” is currently at #23 on Mediabase’s radio airplay chart.
Britney claims that she “always loved the Smurfs as a kid and now my boys are the biggest Smurfs fans EVER. I wanted to surprise them with a song in the movie. I know they’ll think it’s Smurftastic!”.
The video to “Ooh La La” was just released yesterday and features not only Britney, but her sons, Sean Preston and Jayden James.
About the new album, expected this fall, Britney says, “I want to definitely take this album and have a new approach with it and make it a little different than anything I’ve ever done. Will has a lot of really interesting different tracks that I’ve listened to that are really cool that I haven’t actually written on yet, but there’s a lot of guitar and I think people will be surprised with this album. It’s gong to be really different.”
Earlier this year, will.i.am & Britney scored a Top Five hit (and #1 on the Billboard Dance chart) with “Scream & Shout”.
Britney is also “really, really excited” to be working with William Orbit on the new album. He’s co-produced Madonna’s Grammy-winning 1998 “Ray of Light” album. Orbit is also excited about the venture. He posted this on his Facebook page, “Going to cut vocals in LA with Britney in a few weeks. We’ve songs to die for.”
PUT YOUR PAWS UP!
After being forced to cancel the rest of her highly successful and profitable, “Born This Wall Ball” Tour earlier this year because of a labral tear of the right hip that required surgery, Lady Gaga has been rather quiet. She even shut down her Twitter account recently. Obviously, it was for some big news (“ARTPOP” comes out in November and her new single arrives in August!)
Many were already speculating that there was going to be a big announcement since billboard.com posted this story recently, “On two recent Interscope Records industry email blasts (its “Top 40 Fact Sheet”), a simple closing line has shown at the end, after the label has filled in radio/records/trades on other current releases. Four words: “COMING SOON: LADY GAGA!”
I’m so excited that we’re on “The Edge of Glory” to hear new music from Mother Monster! Her last hit at Top 40 radio was “Marry The Night” and that was released in November 2011!
I was so lucky to see Gaga in Las Vegas, Nevada, in late January, just nine shows before she had to cancel the rest of the tour!
A few weeks ago, Gaga came out for one of her first live performances since February, when she sang “The Star Spangled Banner” at New York City’s Gay Pride parade.
And, of course, that performance has become controversial because she changed the last line from “home of the brave” to “home for the gays”.
Former U.S. Congressman, Tea Party advocate, and current Fox News contributor (enough said, but I’ll carry on) Allen West posted this on his Facebook page, “I find Lady Gaga’s defiling of our National Anthem reprehensible… This young lady should be taken to Ft. McHenry and given a history lesson as to why Francis Scott Key wrote those words incredible words… She and all those who cheered her abomination should be ashamed and apologize to every serving and retired member of our Armed Services. But perhaps I ask too much…”
But, Gaga isn’t his only target lately.
I’m glad we live in the land of the free where West has a right to say whatever he wants, even if I think he’s a blowhard. Some may think the same of me!
And, one last Anthem comment, conservatives also criticized Marvin Gaye, Jimi Hendrix, and Steven Tyler for changing the words to the National Anthem.
So, what are your thoughts? Was Gaga wrong to change the words to the National Anthem?
SEARING A THOUGHT INTO YOUR BRAIN
“Under the Dome”, the new hit CBS drama based on a Stephen King novel, is one my favorite shows on television. It’s debut episode was the highest drama summer premiere on any network since 1992 with 16.7 million viewers.
If you haven’t seen the three episodes that have aired, you have to catch up! A mysterious dome appears over Chester’s Mill, Maine, cutting part of the town off from the world around it. No one knows how or why it appeared or how to make it go away. People have died and I’m sure more will before the 13-episode first season ends September 16, 2013.
I warned you earlier that you might want to skip this part, but the most incredible special effect in the premiere was when the dome came down on a cow pasture and one unfortunate bovine was cut in half. This is the aftermath, but the effects were incredible watching it happen. Way to go to the producers and CBS for being clever (and gross)!
Okay, I can’t leave you on that note. My apologies. “Under The Dome” is not all gore and sadness.
Peace! Have a great weekend and thank you for checking out my random thoughts this week.
You can watch all of the episode for free here: http://www.cbs.com/shows/under-the-dome/