It’s Friday and the weekend is almost here.
In the Quad Cities, the Christmas holiday season officially kicks off with the “Festival of Trees” in Davenport, complete with a parade, and “Lighting on the Commons” in downtown Moline.
It’s been a trying period post-election for winners and losers. I hope that we all find some peace and common ground soon.
Thank you for checking out my thoughts. I welcome yours and if we disagree, do it diplomatically.
This touching performance from “Saturday Night Live” and Kate McKinnon made me smile a little more this week.
HOLLY DUNN PASSES ON
Back in September, I wrote about country music singer Holly Dunn and her fight against a “rare and aggressive” ovarian cancer and that her chances of survival were bleak.
Earlier this week, Holly succumbed to the disease at the age of 59.
If you listened to country music in the late 1980s, you definitely heard her music. Dunn’s breakthrough hit, in 1986, was the Top Ten smash, “Daddy’s Hands”.
She scored a total of thirteen country hits with nine of them reaching the Top Ten.
“Are You Ever Gonna Love Me” topped the chart in 1989 and in memory of Holly, here’s her other #1 hit from 1990, “You Really Had Me Going”.
Thinking of you, Holly.
I’M READY FOR A “SLUMBER PARTY”
The latest singles from Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and Britney Spears received only lukewarm responses from Top 40 radio.
To be honest, while “Perfect Illusion” (Gaga), “Rise” (Perry), and “Make Me (Ooh)” were okay songs, none of them represented the best or what was expected of the superstars that released them.
As Christmas songs start popping up on radio, I’m really hoping radio takes a chance on the second single from Britney Spears’ “Glory” album, “Slumber Party”, a new remix featuring Tinashe, a 23-year-old Kentucky-born singer and songwriter. Go Wildcats!
If you’re familiar with my blog, you know I love Britney.
She’s had some moderate success at radio over the past five years, but most of the songs were misses rather than hits.
“Femme Fatale” from 2011 was my favorite album of that year and featured some of the biggest songs of Brit’s career, “Hold It Against Me”, “Till The World Ends”, and “I Wanna Go”.
“Glory”, the new album, is equally phenomenal and the remix version of “Slumber Party” is different from the album and inviting Tinashe to the party was an excellent idea.
Let’s just say the new video is so hot and sexy, it’ll smolder long after you finish watching it. It’ll fuel many fantasies — even with gay men (and maybe even a few open-minded straight women)!
American Top 40 radio, add this song now!
“BEAUTY AND THE BEAST”
In just four months, Disney’s live-action remake of its classic, “Beauty and the Beast”, hits theaters.
After a very secretive first trailer last March, a new trailer was released earlier this week.
It was viewed by 127.6 million people in just the first 24 hours breaking the previous record of 114 views in the first 24 hours set by “Fifty Shades Darker”!
“Beauty and the Beast” hits theaters March 17, 2017.
A BEAUTY WITH A DIFFERENT LOOK
When Todrick Hall’s “Britney and the Beast” came out last June, I can’t tell you how many times I watched it.
I guess I wasn’t alone. It’s now been viewed almost 1.8 million times.
THE WEEK OF TRUMP
I said I would accept the fact that more Americans voted for Hillary Clinton (actually, more people vote for Hillary than for any white president in the history of the U.S.), but Donald Trump won the electoral college vote and the presidency.
However, that doesn’t mean I won’t mention interesting developments in the week of Trump!
He’s now accepting of marriage equality (?), wants his kids to have access to “Top Secret” information (? — Trump denies this), Vice President Mike Pence is going to court to keep his emails hidden (wait, wasn’t emails the biggest part of Hillary’s undoing in the public eye?), and Rudy Giuliani ws rumored to be a front runner for Secretary of State (sorry Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell). Now, it seems that Mitt Romney’s name is floating around for that position.
“THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE”
The television buzz last year was all about “Mr. Robot”, which was phenomenal in its first season.
However, my favorite new show last year was Amazon Prime’s “The Man in the High Castle”.
The second season is now less than a month away.
Its premieres December 16th.
“PEOPLE YOU MAY KNOW”
I’m sure there are some great gay movies on the festival scene snow. However, this year, there weren’t too many that I saw on DVD that really stood out.
“Beautiful Something” was a good one.
Last weekend, I finally got around to watching “People You May Know”, which features a LGBT regular and one of my favorites, Mark Cirillo — a Twitter buddy of mine.
In the movie, Herbert (Cirillo), Joe (Sean Maher) and Delia (Andrea Grano) are BFFs and get together to hang out one Friday night with dinner, wine, and cocaine.
When one of the friends goes to bed, the other two continue to party and that leads to a major plot in the movie. (And, just because it’s a LGBT film, you might be wrong on which two hook-up).
While I would have liked to have seen more of Herbert as he got to know Nicholas, watching Delia and Joe work through some very complicated circumstances was rewarding.
The cast is amazing and the movie makes you realize just how important friends are in life through the ups and downs.
“Water Under The Bridge” is Adele’s fourth hit release from her “25” album, which has sold 20 million-plus copies worldwide since its release one year ago this week!
Two of the singles, “Hello” and “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)” reached #1 on the Billboard Top 40 radio airplay charts and “When We Were Young” just missed out on the Top Ten.
With all the craziness in the world, make it the best in your little part of it!