It seems like forever since I’ve written a “Random Friday Thoughts”.
While I shared my favorite movies, songs, and albums in blogs in December, I’ve mostly written about the weather lately.
As always, I appreciate you checking out my thoughts. Feel free to share yours and if we disagree, do it diplomatically and concisely. I won’t put up with tired rants! 🙂
LAST MENTION (HOPEFULLY)
I did share one more blog about you know who yesterday and that means I’ll be trying very hard not to bash him either. You guessed it — I’m not referring to him by name.
If you missed that, click here and it’ll open in another window.
IT’S AN HONOR….
Playing for the president of the United States, regardless of party, would be an honor for any performer.
But, after the decisive 2016 election, singers are catching hell for signing on or skipping this year’s inauguration and parties.
Garth Brooks is facing backlash from some of his conservative fans, but he says his decision not to play the inauguration was because of his world tour.
Brooks says, “We left it up to karma. If Cincinnati goes two weekends instead of one, then of course we are out.”
Strong sales prompted him to add three more shows over that weekend.
Brooks adds, “I’ll tell you with this whole presidential thing: We got one going out. Pray for him and his family. And for the president going in, pray for him and his family to guide this nation. Let’s stay together. Love, unity — that’s what it’s all about.”
As Garth sings in his amazing anthem, “We Shall Be Free”.
However, it was the other way around for Jennifer Holliday. When it was announced that the “Dreamgirls” star was planning on performing, the backlash from her fans — people of color and LGBT — was immediate.
Holliday dropped out and apologized.
While I’m happy for that decision, I’m appalled about a reporte that Holliday and her family received death threats once it was initially announced that she would be performing.
If true, those people are as disgusting as the ones spewing their hate and ignorance before and after the 2016 presidential election!
…BUT YOU’RE NOT DOING IT “FOR THE COUNTRY”.
While I said “it’s an honor” to play for the president, I’ve actually heard some performers say they do it for the country.
I think that’s stretching it quite a bit.
Our uniformed men and women in the armed forces do what they do for the country!
WHERE IS THE SNOW?
It’s now January 20th and it’s been over a month since we’ve had measurable snow in the Quad Cities of Illinois and Iowa.
Officially, in the Quad Cities, in Moline, we’re at the same point we were at last winter at this time on snowfall — 13.8″ (as of Thursday).
Typically, we should be at around 16″ at this point in the winter.
Since Davenport had more snow with the first storm of the season in early December, the total there is up to 16.5″ this winter compared to 11.8″ at this point last winter.
No snow is expected until later next week.
While we’re only a few weeks into the new year, I’ve already finished two books while walking on the treadmill.
I mostly read autobiographies, biographies, or books about real life events. Occasionally, I’ll read fiction.
Over the past year, my favorites were “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins and “Dietland” by Sarai Walker.
If you’re looking for a thriller with the “Gone Girl”-like twist of who’s telling the truth and what is real and what isn’t, “The Widow” by Fiona Barton is a great book to check out.
Jeanie is now a widow and is being pursued by journalists to tell her story after her husband Glen is hit by a bus.
But, this isn’t the first time that she felt badgered by the television and print reporters. The last time, it was mostly about Glen and a crime for which he was charged.
There’s also twists and turns centering around a missing child and internet porn.
This psychological thriller is now out on DVD and it’s definitely worth catching.
Three down on their luck young adults are breaking into houses in Detroit and selling what they steal for money. Yet, they feel they’re not getting the money they deserve for the stolen merchandise.
So, they decide to target one more person, an Army veteran, who won a settlement from a wealthy family after their daughter killed his only daughter in a car accident.
He appears to be an easy target because he’s blind. Big mistake!
Let’s just say you’ll never look at a turkey baster the same way again! If your mind is already reeling, it’s not exactly what you’re thinking! 🙂
This thriller was very successful. It made $155.1 million on a $10 million budget!
While “Don’t Breathe” is a psychological thriller and I love those types of crime capers, “Lights Out” is more of a suspenseful, supernatural movie.
It’s like an extended movie version of an episode of “The X-Files”.
A family is left to pick up the pieces after the dad is murdered at his business by something that can only be seen when it’s dark — “lights out”.
His wife, played by Maria Bello, suffers from a mental illness.
She sinks further into depression after her husband’s death and their adolescent son, Martin, is becoming more and more distressed after seeing his mother talk to a third unseen “person” in the room.
Unable to sleep, he falls asleep in school and goes to stay with his grown sister. We learn that she left home because of her mother’s behavior.
It’s all because of Diana and Diana’s identity drives this movie.
The $5 million movie made close to $149 million and a sequel is in the works,
MORE FROM TERESA PALMER
Teresa Palmer is the star of “Lights Out” and she’s phenomenal.
Although movie goers will recognize her from “Warm Bodies”, “I Am Number Four”, “The Grudge 2”, and “Hacksaw Ridge”, I first saw the Australian actress in her incredible second movie, “2:37” from 2006.
If you come across it, it’s definitely worth checking out.
I saw Jennifer Holliday in concert at Market Days in Chicago in 2007. She was amazing, as usual.
Most people remember her as Effie White in her Tony Award-winning role on Broadway in “Dreamgirls”.
That show also gave Holliday her only Top 40 hit on the “Billboard Hot 100” chart, “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going”. It reached #22 in 1982. (That song also reached #1 on the R&B charts and won her a Grammy Award.)
Holliday has also scored six Top Ten hits on the Billboard Dance charts.
“And I Am Telling You…” hit the Top Ten twice, in 2001 and 2007, but it didn’t chart when the song came out originally in 1982!
She’s also topped the dance chart twice with “No Frills Love” — in 1985 in its original release and again in 1996!
This is my favorite Holliday song!
With all the craziness in the world, make it the best in your little part of it!