Today’s random thoughts is short and sweet. I don’t think I have anything too controversial in here, but with human nature, I can’t be sure. 🙂
Have a great last weekend of February!
Millions will be tuned in Sunday night to see the best of Hollywood (at least those nominated and chosen) accept their awards and make political speeches.
I’m basing my picks on my “entertainment” knowledge.
The only nominated movies and performances I’ve seen, so far, in the top categories are “Arrival”, “Captain Fantastic”, “Florence Foster Jenkins”, and “Hell Or High Water”.
My picks for the big prizes are:
Best Picture: “La La Land”. I saw “Arrival” and it’s definitely not going to be that one.
Best Actor: Denzel Washington. If not, it’ll be Casey Affleck. However, I’d love for it to be Viggo Mortensen.
Best Actress: Emma Stone
Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali
Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis
Earlier this week, at least 74 bodies of migrants washed ashore from the Mediterranean Sea in Libya.
Libya is a North Africa country on the other side of the world that I’d never want to visit, even if it borders the beautiful Mediterranean Sea.
It’s a country strife in human rights violations and political regimes.
While it’s so far away (and tragedies like this one are a frequent occurrence), it’s gotten minor news coverage. Sadly, many across the rest of the world probably had little concern about it as it crossed their online news feeds.
But, for some reason (maybe since I’m pontificating about life and my future), it really hit me.
I didn’t know those people and I know things like this happen. Yet, those people yearned for something better. They were willing to sacrifice the most prized gift we’re given — life — for it.
What it all comes down to is that those people were someone’s loved ones!
CAITLYN JENNER SAYS “CALL ME”
It’s no secret that I’ve never been a Caitlyn Jenner fan.
While she’s educating herself more and making progress, I still feel she’s out of touch with what life is really like for the average transgender American.
However, “from, well, one Republican to another”, she’s finally stepping up and speaking out against U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and her “friend” in the White House.
While I say “kudos” to Jenner on this, I’m still shaking my head to think that she didn’t have the foresight to see this coming!
This leads me into part two of this thought process!
JACKIE EVANCHO & TRANSGENDER RIGHTS
16-year-old classical singer Jackie Evancho sang the National Anthem at the Inauguration of #45 last month.
To those familiar with her, this was a little (or a lot) confusing since her sister, Juliet, is transgender. It probably wouldn’t be a stretch to think of how the new administration would feel about LGBT rights, specifically transgender rights.
Earlier this week, the president rolled back federal government protections allowing transgender students to use the bathroom associated with their gender identity.
So far, she hasn’t heard back from him.
What are your thoughts? I’m torn.
Maybe she performed to make a connection to discuss her sister and transgender rights? Or, did she do it for the publicity and a possible bump in record and concert ticket sales?
Before the performance, she and her family were questioned about the new administration’s views and her transgender sister and they basically said that it’s a performance and not political.
Well, I do have issues with that one. It is political!
REMEMBERING AL JARREAU
As I mentioned last week with the passing of French actress Emmanuelle Riva, real life gets in the way and I miss some things (even with real news and fake news on Facebook).
I was saddened to learn that jazz, R&B, and pop legend Al Jarreau died the weekend before Valentine’s Day at the age of 76.
He was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and didn’t release his first album until he was 35 years old!
If you’re not a jazz or R&B music fan, you’ll likely remember him singing the theme to the late-1980s ABC hit show “Moonlighting” with Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd.
Jarreau charted 11 Top 40 hits on the R&B chart with four reaching the Top Ten.
On the Billboard Hot 100, he had three hits. The “Moonlighting” theme reached #23 in 1987, but “We’re In This Love Together” from 1981, my favorite, was his biggest. It reached #15.
Throughout his career, Jarreau won seven Grammy Awards and was nominated for 17 more.
CHRISTMAS MUSIC RELEASES STRESS
When I find myself stressed or really bummed out, Christmas music always snaps me back into reality.
The past few weeks have been rather stressful and Wednesday morning, I found myself letting Mariah Carey soothe me.
If you’ve never heard her version of “Oh Santa” or seen the retro video, check it out.
Hey, don’t feel bad for clicking on the video, Christmas is only ten months away!
CLOSING IN ON HISTORY
Don’t think too hard and don’t Google it. What artist has had the most Top Ten hits on the Billboard Hot 100?
Could it be Elvis? The Beatles? Madonna? Whitney Houston? Michael Jackson? Mariah Carey? Janet Jackson?
It’s actually Rihanna!
With “Love On The Brain” moving into the Top Ten this week on the Billboard Hot 100, Rihanna is now in third place in music history!
It becomes her 30th Top Ten hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and she didn’t scored her first until 2005!
So, who’s ahead of her?
In second place with 34 Top Ten Hot 100 hits, it’s The Beatles.
Their first was “Love Me Do” in 1962 (it hit #1) and their last was “Free As A Bird” (peaked at #6) in 1995.
And, in first place, it’s Madonna, with 38 Top Ten hits!
Her first Top Ten hit was “Lucky Star” (#4 in 1984) and her most recent was “Give Me All Your Luvin'” (with Nicki Minaj and M.I.A.) in 2012. It peaked at #10.
Behind Rihanna for the most Billboard Hot 100 Top Ten hits are Michael Jackson in 4th place with 29 and Stevie Wonder is in 5th place with 28.
Elton John, Mariah Carey, and Janet Jackson are tied in sixth place with 27 Top Ten Hot 100 hits and the Rolling Stones, Whitney Houston, and Paul McCartney are in ninth place with 23.
By the way, Rihanna was just named Harvard’s “Humanitarian of the Year” and will be appearing in the final season of “Bates Motel”, now airing on A&E, as Marion Crane, Janet Leigh’s iconic character from the original “Psycho” movie!
CAITLYN, UNTIL THE PHONE RINGS, “CALL ME”
OR, “CALL ME MAYBE”
With all the craziness in the world, make it the best in your little part of it!