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Random Friday Thoughts — March 4, 2016

I don’t know about you, but I find it hard to imagine that it’s already March.

Spring will be here in a couple of weeks and after the warmth last weekend and the snow earlier this week in the Midwest, I’m ready for it.

As always, I appreciate you checking out my random thoughts.  Feel free to share your thoughts and if we disagree, do it diplomatically.


I know this happens much more than people know — a kid tells their parents they’re gay or the parents find out and either kicks them out onto the streets or severs ties with them.

Promoting his autobiography, “Master of Ceremonies”, 83-year-old Oscar winning actor Joel Grey (“Cabaret”) tells “Entertainment Weekly” about telling his parents when he was a teenager that he’d had an affair with a man.

Grey says, “When I told my mother, I remember reaching out to her, and she said, ‘Don’t ever touch me again, you disgust me.’  It was one of the worst moments of my life.  Secrets became necessary.”

I know people have hang ups with LGBT people, but I’ll never understand, as a gay man and as a parent, how a mother or father (or grandparent) could say that to their child.  If you could or have done that and have no regrets, please “unfriend” me now!


The documentary, “Amy”, by director Asif Kapadia walked away with an Academy Award Sunday night for “Best Documentary Feature”.

I saw it and it’s an insightful piece on the rise, fall, and death of five-time Grammy Award winning singer Amy Winehouse, who died in 2011 at the age of 27 from alcohol poisoning.

At one point, the director had the support of the Winehouse family, but then they had a change of heart and spoke out publicly about how the documentary portrayed Amy and the family.

Amy’s father, Mitch, said this after the Sunday night win, “I am not changing my stance just because film won Oscar.  It’s a negative, spiteful, and misleading portrayal of Amy.  We will fix this.”

It’s been almost five years and it’s time for the Winehouse family to move on it.  The documentary is much nicer about Amy’s life and death than some of the things I’ve heard in the past few years.


If you follow politics, you already know that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were the big winners from “Super Tuesday”, even as Bernie Sanders won four states, Ted Cruz three, and Marco Rubio eked out a win in Minnesota.

Here’s how Nate Silver, the editor-in-chief of the website FiveThirtyEight and considered the ultimate expert in politics and presidential election predictions, summed up the night.


After last Tuesday and the debate Thursday night, I don’t know what Trump could possible say to offend anyone he hasn’t already and not secure the Republican nomination.

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As for Democratic race, Clinton is winning big states and in big numbers and is on track to secure her party’s nomination.

Harry Enten, a senior political writer and analyst for FiveThirtyEight, sums up that race like this:

“Sanders, perhaps not surprisingly, has indicated that he’ll continue to fight for votes across the country. But for every win he may get in mostly white states, Clinton will be marching toward the nomination with likely victories in states such as Michigan and Florida. The math indicates that Clinton eventually will win the nomination with relative ease.”


If you follow politics, you see all of the polling from different organizations on Real Clear Politics (RCP).  I can say I haven’t seen any results from Scruff, the gay app hook-up site listed on RCP.

But, a poll was conducted and 72% of guys who responded classified themselves as Democrats.  Only 9% claimed to be Republicans with 16% listed as Independents.


Of the more than 10-thousand Democratic respondents, 63% supported Hillary Clinton compared to 31% for Bernie Sanders.  6% were still undecided.


Of the smaller Republican group, 38% picked Donald Trump, 19% Marco Rubio, 9% John Kasich 6% Ted Cruz, and only 2% for Ben Carson, in last place.

And, just think, this poll came out before Trump made sure we know that his endowment is not small, in reference to Rubio making a small hands reference last week.  Ewwwww!


Another prime example to prove he’s not presidential material.


One of the greatest entertainers in music is back with a new album.  Okay, I should say “The Bitch Is Back”.

Elton John just released his 32nd studio album, “Wonderful Crazy Night”.  It debuted at #8 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart and dropped precipitously the following week.

That happens with highly anticipated album.  It doesn’t reflect on how good or bad an album is, it’s more of an indication that Top 40 radio doesn’t play songs from the album.

So, with new music to promote, it’s time for Elton to ruffle some feathers.


It seems like a lifetime ago when he ripped on Madonna accusing her of lip-syncing in her concerts in 2004 and, in 2012, his husband, David Furnish, blasted Madonna after Elton lost to her at the Golden Globes.

Elton says now, “I probably went too far with Madonna and I got very personal and I wrote her – she was very gracious”.


Now, his venon is directed to “No, my first name ain’t baby.  It’s Janet, Miss Jackson, if you’re nasty.”


Elton tells “Rolling Stone”, “You know, f*cking music magazines writing a review of Janet Jackson saying, ‘This is the greatest show – four and a half stars.’  It’s f*cking lip-synced.  Hello!  That’s not a show!  I’d rather go and see a drag queen.  F*ck off!”

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As for the feuds and the talent, Elton, I saw you in concert in Las Vegas in 2012 the night before I saw Madonna and both of you were incredible.

Chill out!


This past fall, I saw Janet on her “Unbreakable World Tour” in Omaha, Nebraska, and the show dazzled me.

You’d think if it was “lip-synced”, you wouldn’t have heard her cough at the end of one song!


The European leg of that tour picks up again in late March and she returns to the United States this May for the North American leg.

She’ll be playing right here in the Quad Cities, in Moline, Illinois, at the iWireless Center, and I’d highly recommend you see the show.

Here’s a video from the Omaha show.

And, here’s what I have to say about the concert:


The fourth season of the incredible “Bates Motel” returns Monday night, March 7th, on A&E.

We’ll see Norman (Freddie Highmore) descend deeper into madness to take on the persona of his mother, Norma (Vera Farmiga), who’s also losing it.

After that, stick around for the premiere of “Damien”, the return of the evil child from the 1976 motion picture, “The Omen”.

Hot English actor Bradley James, plays Damien, now a 30-year-old photographer who has forgotten his Satanic past.

It’s from the creator of “The Walking Dead” and also stars Scott Wilson, who played Hershel Greene on “Dead”.


Adele is one of the biggest stars on the planet.

She’s won more Grammys than she can carry and she’ll likely cash in again early in 2017 when “25” sweeps the awards just as her as her last album, “21”, did.


She’s already had two smash hits from her new album, “Hello” and “When We Were Young” and the third single will likely be announced soon.

But, thankfully, “she graciously passed” when Macklemore and Ryan Lewis asked her to lend vocals on “Growing Up” from their new album.

That song made my list of “worst songs” of 2015.  Sadly, Ed Sheeran stepped in for Adele.


In May, we’ll be seeing Ellie Goulding and Years & Years in concert in Rosemont, Illinois, on the “Delirium World Tour” to support Ellie’s latest album.

I’ve been a fan of hers since long before “Lights” became a huge hit in America in 2011.

Last year, the English trio, Years & Years released “Communion”, which was my second favorite album of 2015.

Ellie’s latest hit, “Something in the Way You Move” is one of my favorite songs out right now and is already one of the 20 most played songs on Top 40 radio.

And, if you’re not familiar with Years & Years, here’s more on “Communion”.  Check out the blog I featured last summer which features more songs from the album.


Have a great first weekend of March.

I’m going to enjoy the nice weather, have some great food and drinks, watch some movies, catch up on my television shows, and check out this weekend’s caucuses and primaries.

Feel free to comment on any of my topics today.


Janet Jackson’s “Unbreakable World Tour” Dazzles

It’s great to have Janet Jackson back making new music and touring the world.

As soon as she announced her “Unbreakable World Tour” this summer, I bought tickets to her show in Omaha, Nebraska, the day before Halloween. It was a treat and definitely not a trick.


After four postponed shows due to strain on her voice, Janet returned to the stage for her first show back in Omaha and fans, including myself, were definitely dazzled.

For Janet fans since her first Top 40 hit, “What Have You Done For Me Lately” in 1986, she packed so many chart smashes into her 90-minute set. Yes, many were included in medleys and you only heard bits and pieces of the song.

However, that worked for me. When you have artists like Janet (and Madonna) with 30 years of countless hits, you would miss so many of them if they performed the entire song. So, the medleys worked for me even if I would have loved to have heard some of the complete songs.


The show was lively and fun. There was so much energy during the upbeat dance numbers and Janet and her dancers took advantage of the stage to keep the party going.

When she performed slower numbers, she was mesmerizing and captivating.


Janet only performed five songs from her latest album, “Unbreakable”, but the song selections were amazing, especially “After You Fall”, “Shoulda Known Better”, which was accompanied by a very powerful, moving video, and “Burnitup!” with the legendary Missy Elliott, who’s ready to drop her own new single, “WTF (Where They From)”, soon!

I think my favorite part of the show (if I had to choose just one) was when she performed “If”.

At the end of the show, Janet thanked the fans for the continued support not only for herself, but for her family.

A couple of times during the show, Janet pointed a finger to heaven and smiled to her brother Michael — proof that family means everything to her.


If you’re a Janet Jackson fan, this show is not to be missed. Janet will be playing in my city, Moline, Illinois, at the iWireless Center, next summer and I hope to see the show again.

And, Janet, from what I’ve seen, you wear black sometimes and white at other times.  If I get to see you in Moline, I hope you’re wearing white this time so I can get the best of both fashion worlds.

On the day I saw Janet in Omaha on Halloween Eve, I blogged my 20 favorite Janet Jackson songs and I’m sharing that link here, too.  Let me know which of your favorites didn’t make my list.

“Gimme a beat! — Hey Mr. DJ, drop that track and won’t you turn it up — Imma dance all night and I don’t care who’s out there watching us — Just give me that fire and Imma show you how to burnitup!”


P.S.  I just love “Burnitup!” so much I’m including the lyric video, too.

My 20 Favorite Janet Jackson Songs

Janet Jackson’s first headlining concert tour was 1990’s “Rhythm Nation World Tour”.  Since then, she’s embarked on six more world tours.


The North American first leg of her latest, the “Unbreakable World Tour”, is down to eight shows following some recent postponed shows to rest her vocal cords.

Lucky for me, her first show back is tonight in Omaha, Nebraska, and I’ll experience my first Janet Jackson show.  So, to entertain myself (and hopefully, you), I’m sharing my 20 favorite Janet hits from all of her Billboard Hot 100, R&B, or Dance Club Song chart entries.

“I hope you enjoy this as much as I do/Are we ready?/I am ’cause it`s all about control/And I’ve got lots of it”.

Okay, those are lyrics from Janet’s 1987 Top 5 Hot 100 hit “Control, which also topped Billboard’s R&B/Hip Hop and the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart.  While a fantastic song, it didn’t crack my Top 20!

Let the countdown begin.


“AGAIN” (1993)


“RUNAWAY” (1995)




“I GET SO LONELY” (1998) 




“GO DEEP” (1998)

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“ALL FOR YOU” (2001)


“BURNITUP!” (2015)



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“THROB” (1994)




“IF” (1993)


“MISS YOU MUCH” (1989)


“NASTY” (1986)

#4 CD

“ESCAPADE” (1990)

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That song was so popular back in 1986 when I started going out to the clubs in Kentucky and we’d be jamming to it as we got ready to go out on the town.  It’s still my favorite Janet Jackson song.

This past summer when Janet announced the “Unbreakable World Tour”, it was featured in our entertainment report on “Local 4 News This Morning” in the Quad Cities of Iowa and Illinois.  (By the way, Janet is coming here to Moline in June 2016!)

So, spontaneously, I started doing the Janet and Paula Abdul video introduction to “What Have You Done For Me Lately” from the diner.

You’ll have to forgive me because we were running out of time and I hadn’t seen the video introduction in decades, so I left out one line and changed a word.

But, it showed my love for Miss Jackson and it’s the thought that counts. 🙂

So, what are your favorite Janet songs?  Let me know.