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Love Song

You love music. You have introduced me to so much with your eclectic taste that ranges from NOFX to Leon Bridges to Kaiser Chiefs. For our 20 years together as a couple I made you a playlist of the songs that will always remind me of the great times we’ve had.

Fitz

Brown Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison

We had been dating barely two months when you went as my date to my sister’s wedding. I watched you sit in the front pew, patiently waiting for me as I stood as maid of honor. You politely nodded when you were asked when we were going to get married by nosey ass relatives. And when you took me out on the dance floor and Van Morrison came on, you sang “Green Eyed Girl” to me. Damn if I didn’t have to catch my breath when you did that.

Kaboo

Here with Me” by Dido

One night early on in our relationship we were hanging out at yours and Charles’ apartment in Whittier. I remember the living room being dark and us laughing about the burnt mark on the bookcase because Charles had lit a candle on the second shelf. You told me you wanted to play me a song. You put the CD in the CD player (it was 1999 after all). As soon as the first notes of “Here with Me” started to play, my heart started racing and my hands shook. I had heard this song before. In fact, I had become obsessed with it because it had such an urgent sense of need and romance in it. I’m pretty sure I would have floated off the carpet if it was possible or even had stars in my eyes like in an old episode of The Monkees.

AltNation

Better Together” by Jack Johnson

We got engaged in July of 2005. I was so excited for us to get married that I went into full planning mode. Movie themed, candy bar, premiere invites in place of wedding invitations, gold and silver colors, and a Sour Patch martini for our signature drink. You said yes to it all. And when it came time to pick out our first dance song, we both knew it would be “Push” by Sarah McLachlan. But the song that makes me cry every time I hear it is the song you chose to play after we said our I dos. I felt so loved and special because you picked that song.

Musink

Bad Girls” by M.I.A.

I grew up having dinner with my family every night. I love that we have continued that with our family. But you have taken it one step further by adding a soundtrack. You have introduced the kids and I to Leon Bridges, The Flaming Lips, Kaiser Chiefs, and my new obsession, NPR’s Tiny Desk Series via YouTube. I feel this all began when you played “Bad Girls”. None of us could sit still when she started singing in the desert of Ouarzazate, Morocco. I started seat dancing, Wesley jumped out of his chair, and Scarlet even lit up.

Foster the People

I thank every day you’re in my life my love. You have brought music to our lives and my heart. Happy Anniversary Baby. I love you.

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Favorites of 2018

The other day I was watching an Instagram Story of a music group I follow. Whoever runs the account talked about how they were in an Uber and the music playing was atrocious. They identified the artist and went on to trash the music some more. It disgusted me. We all have our opinions on what we like and don’t like. There are obviously critics out there for everything who get paid to spout their opinions. But this account took time out to blast a fellow artist. There is so much negativity in the world that I don’t understand the need to act like that person did. And in the interest of that, I would like to state instead of doing my best of 2018, I am just going to do my favorites. I would also like to say that there is so much wonderfulness out there that I can’t begin to make a dent in all of it. Maybe you will like what I loved. Maybe you won’t. You can listen to your cousin’s Netflix recommendations during Christmas and try that Netflix show that is a mashup of The Office and Game of Thrones (yes, that does exist) or maybe you can watch Golden Girls again. 

Movies

Incredibles 2-The mid century modern visuals, Jack-Jack and Edna’s relationship (if you don’t know who Edna was inspired by, please go Google it), and a female superhero story set in the 60s surprised the hell out of this mom who only saw this Pixar flick because her kids wanted to.

Mandy-This trippy ass horror film with Nicolas Cage made me laugh out loud while being extremely disturbed.

Spider-Man, Into the Spider-Verse-Isn’t it wonderful when a film lives up to the hype? Even though I am a huge Marvel fan and Spiderman is my favorite superhero, I was tired of all the reboots (no offense cutie Tom Holland). But this animated feature not only showed my kids that anybody could be a hero, it gave us Peter Porker, Miles Morales, Spider-Man Noir (hello again Mr. Cage), badass Gwen Stacy, Peni Parker, and some memorable villains.

Hearts Beat Loud-A small and sweet film with Nick Offerman. It tells the story of the last summer he has with his college bound daughter and the struggles that come with letting go.

TV

Over the Garden Wall-Yes, this mini series from Cartoon Network came out in 2014. But it is worth a viewing if you haven’t had the pleasure. It is magical darkness.

Pose-My favorite show of the year. This chosen family of men and women in the 80s in New York from Ryan Murphy shows it doesn’t matter what sexuality you identify with, family and love are what keeps us together.

Marvelous Mrs. Maisel-So much fun and the costumes are deserving of all the awards.

The Haunting of Hill House-A ghost story around a family that grows up in a haunted house and the lingering damage that follows them into adulthood.

The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell-Christine McConnell is a true artist who can put together a perfect monster house cake, skull ornaments, and Veronica Lake like costumes. And her misfits of pets are hilarious.

Books

Shake the Sleeping Self by Jedidiah Jenkins-I felt a connection to this author who rode his bike from Oregon to Patagonia. He takes an honest look at his life and what he wants out of it. He doesn’t hold anything back as he mulls his sexuality, religion, etc.

A Very Large Expanse of Sea-A YA Romance told from the perspective of a teen Muslim girl that deserves to be read, heard, and seen (fingers crossed for a film!).

To Kill A Mockingbird-I will always be working through classics that I should have read in high school. Atticus Finch is my new conscience.

Music

Home” by the cast of Pose-I can’t focus on anything but the emotions this song brings out when I hear it. This phenomenal cast (with Broadway icon Billy Porter) is perfection.

Kacey Musgraves’ Golden Hour: One of my favorite albums of all time.

Chvrches’ Love is Dead-lead singer Lauren Mayberry singing about failed opportunities and love still gives me shower singing material.

Happy New Year’s!

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SMC: We Will Rock You Part 2

Music fuckology

Truth courtesy of Fuckology

Smashing Pumpkins, Shiny and Oh So Bright, Vol. 1:

The World is a Vampire” from Bullet with Butterfly Wings might as well be my life slogan. 90s royalty Smashing Pumpkins new release gave me a few new ones (and hello there Mr. McGrath):

Band-Aid, Do They Know It’s Christmas?:

This 80s kid’s all time favorite Christmas song (sorry traditionalists):

Francis and the Lights feat. Chance the Rapper, May I have This Dance?:

Love the original version but Chance makes everything better. Throw in the choreography that my hubby wants us to learn (challenge accepted Sir) and this earworm of a song can live rent free in my brain.

Dumplin’ Soundtrack:

10 minutes into Netflix film Dumplin’ and I was talking with a southern twang y’all. This sweet movie is based on a YA novel about a teenage girl who enters a beauty pageant in protest. There are positive female friendships, drag queens, and a Dolly Parton soundtrack that reminds me what a treasure she is (I’m ashamed I forgot):

I hope you find passion and happiness this weekend!

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Saturday Morning Cartoons: We Will Rock You

Because we all need an anthem. Here are a few options to choose from.

Anderson Paak on SNL:

The joy in his performance and the fluidity of his movement. All sealed with that beautiful smile at the end.

The 1975’s A Brief Inquiry in Online Relationships:

Busy Phillips and her Instastories told me to go give this a listen. It got me through my recent reminder. It has humor, a Francis and the Lights like song in I Like America and America Likes Me, and every track could define a scene in a movie. It is an epic showcase of their talent.

The Hannukah Song by Adam Sandler:

I still know it by heart after all this time (it’s been almost 25 years and that is completely unacceptable).

2019 Grammy Nominations:

It has been a great year for music and the Grammy nominees that were announced yesterday morning featured a lot of my favorites: Kacey Musgraves, Childish Gambino, A Star is Born, etc. Janelle Monae’s Dirty Computer was also recognized. It is sexy, catchy, and empowering.

I hope you find passion and happiness this weekend!

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Saturday Morning Cartoons: Social Media Weariness

My phone has this new shaming feature. Every morning when I wake up and decide to scroll through Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, it first lets me know how long I averaged on my phone the day before. I won’t scare you with the details but let’s just say I have no business telling my kids to get off their electronics. And if I am being honest, I am tired of waiting for good news to come of the U.S.’s current political state (Twitter), of looking at people’s lives that make me feel like I am a failure in all aspects of my life (Instagram), and waiting for people to care about what’s happening our country (Facebook). The following brought me some happiness this week. 

Detective Pickachu trailer

I am pretty sure I rolled my eyes when I heard this was being made. But when the trailer premiered this week, it surprised the hell out of me. I love Ryan Reynolds and Justice Smith. And all the cute Pokemons! Yes, I am excited for that other animated feature but I loved to be surprised.

Taron Egerton being trained for Robin Hood

I don’t think we really need another Robin Hood film, especially with Ben Mendelsohn as the bad guy. But this video of Taron Egerton as Robin Hood being trained by Lars Andersen has peaked my interest.

Over the Garden Wall series

This animated series can be found on Hulu and came out in 2014. Recently an author I follow on social media recommended it and I decided to give it a shot. Each episode is it’s own little story of brothers Wirt (Elijah Wood) and Greg (Collin Dean) as they try to make it back home after getting lost. It is creepy, sweet, and weird. My husband and I loved it.

Widows

Just saw this yesterday and I was vibrating when I left the theater. It has a heist, a love story, political corruption, and action scenes that will leave you jarred. I told my hubby before I saw it that I imagined it as a female Heat. But I think it might have been even better.

I hope you find passion and happiness this weekend!

Posted in Fighting for the Good, Good Things, Word Therapy

Saturday Morning Cartoons: Find the Good

Smile at a stranger. Open the door for someone. Put that shopping cart away that is taking up a spot in an already busy parking lot. Hug the hell out of your loved ones. It’s week number 8 million into this rotten white house administration (they don’t deserve my capital letters) and I plan on finding the good and contributing some this weekend. Love you all.

Panic! At the Disco’s “The Greatest Show” cover from The Greatest Showman:

It’s possible I like this cover better than the original. Brendon Urie’s voice is made for musicals (and somebody please put his butt back on Broadway!)

Queen at Live Aid:

Have you seen Bohemian Rhapsody yet? It is a great film that ends with Freddie and the boys giving their iconic performance for Bob Geldof and the world. They were truly a gift.

Missing Link Laika movie trailer:

Coraline. Paranorman. Boxtrolls. Kubo and the Two Strings. All of these animated features are unique, have heart, and are more than just “kids’ films”. The new movie from Laika Studios is about a creature trying to find his family. The trailer made me giggle.

Tuba cover of Hamilton’s “You’ll Be Back”:

Covers of songs from the hit Broadway show continue to astonish me in the best way possible. Lin-Manuel Miranda himself shared this on Twitter this week and it gave me goosebumps.

I hope you find passion and happiness this weekend!

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Saturday Morning Cartoons

The marathon that is the holidays is coming up and we all need our coping skills packed and ready to go (White Fudge Oreos? Check.). Social media can make it even harder but just remember we all have family issues, not all of our friends are there for us, and dogs will never let us down.

Hasan Minaj being Queer Eyed by Tanvir France: I will never call my favorite drink Tea Tea again.

Trailer for Netflix’s Dogs: I just bought stock in Kleenex. You should too.

Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House: Yes, October is over along with the need for scary stories (I am looking at you news channels-PLEASE VOTE 11/6). But this family drama being tormented by ghosts will make you burst into tears, jump more than once, and make your heart hurt. As an emotion junkie who likes to be made to feel things, this was right up my alley.

Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: I mentioned this show a few weeks ago from the producers of Riverdale. I binged it in under a week and it delivered on its promise to be dark and eerie. This story of a strong teenage witch tackles religion, LGBTQ issues, and female empowerment. It does have mature elements but if my Curls decided to watch it I would be right there to answer any questions she might have and help her understand.

Sia’s Holiday album: I told my husband with pride that I managed to take down all the Halloween decorations down this week. He snarkily replied that he was surprised he didn’t come home to Christmas decorations ( I so love my Grinch of a hubby). Whether you are taking the holidays one step at a time or diving head first into the deep end (you do you), this album from last year is my new go to and I am going to do my best to not drive my family crazy by playing it once a day (at least).

I hope you find passion and happiness this weekend!

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Saturday Morning Cartoons

Let’s not rehash the week and just dive into the good stuff, shall we?

Under the Shadow: Want a scary ghost story without the gore? Under the Shadow is set in the 80s during the Iraq and Iran war. A mom and her daughter live in Iran in an apartment complex where they are subjected to air raids due to bombings by Iraq. As other tenants start to evacuate, the mom finally agrees to head to her in-laws for safety but not before finding her daughter’s missing doll. When she can’t find it she starts to believe a ghost is haunting them and preventing them from leaving.

Marvelous Mrs. Maisel season 2:

I really can’t gush enough about this show, it just makes me deliriously happy. The central characters, Midge and Susie, have an authentic, funny, and strong friendship. Midge’s confidence and enthusiasm as she chases her dream of becoming a comedian is inspiring. The will they or won’t they between Midge and her ex-husband Michael has me fully invested. And good god, those costumes deserve their own shrine with candles lit.

Birdbox trailer:

This upcoming Netflix action/drama/horror movie starring boss lady Sandra Bullock is written by the man (Eric Heisserer) who penned Arrival. The world starts coming to an end when an alien invasion causes humans who see them to commit suicide. They are always on the hunt, forcing survivors such as Sandra and her two children to try and find safety while being blindfolded. Playing on the basic need to protect your own at all cost is at the heart of this tense looking story (release date in theaters and Netflix will be 12/21)

Pink! With daughter Willow for “A Million Dreams”

Oh My Heart. If you don’t already love this song from the wildly popular The Greatest Showman soundtrack, you will after hearing Willow’s sweet voice with proud mama bear Pink singing right next to her.

Andy Lassner and Chrissy Teigen do the The Purge maze at Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights:

Every year Ellen forces her producer Andy to survive a horror maze at Universal Studios. This time he was accompanied by model and chef Chrissy Teigen. Andy never disappoints with his reactions and Chrissy’s giggling and trying to console Andy makes them a perfect match.

I hope you find passion and happiness this weekend!

Posted in Good Things, Pop Culture

Saturday Morning Cartoons: Dark and Twisted

It’s October and the news is a continual loop of shit with the government trying to oppress freedom of speech and the marginalized. Sometimes it is just too hard to pull out of the darkness. This week I chose to revel in the anger and sadness. So here’s a list if you are like Lydia Deetz:

The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell: One part Food Network, one part Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, a third of the absurd and you have the most original baking show I have ever seen. It’s hand clappingly good.

Destroyer: This latest performance from Nicole Kidman looks like her performance is going to decimate the audience with her portrayal of a LA cop who goes undercover with tragic results.

WTF with Marc Maron: Marc Maron is a comedian who also plays Sam Sylvia on Netflix’s GLOW. His podcast is him navigating through the Hollywood scene and interviewing celebrities. His brutal honesty about his neuroses is relatable and almost made me feel bad about laughing.

http://www.wtfpod.com/

Mandy: I honestly don’t even know how to describe the experience that is this Nicolas Cage led 80s horror style movie. Outrageous fun? Not for the squeamish? A work of art? Every year I find a new horror movie that floors me. Hereditary definitely left a lasting impression. But Mandy will be at the very least an annual viewing in the month of October while spreading the word to horror movie aficianados.

I hope you find passion and happiness this weekend!

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Saturday Morning Cartoons: Badass Women Edition

How was your week? Are you having fall weather where you live? It rained here last night and even gave us some lightning (woohoo!). I hope you all had a wonderful one. If not, yay for the weekend! Even if you have to work, I hope you are able to take some time to yourself and relax. So pull up a chair, relax on a comfy couch, or even stay in bed and pull up the covers. Here is your list of the good for your listening/viewing pleasure:

Chvrches, Love is Dead:

Chvrches is an alternative band that became popular with the single “The Mother We Share.” Their new album is Love is Dead. Lead singer Lauren Eve Mayberry’s vocals and angsty lyrics make you want to sing every song at the top of your lungs.

Spider-Man, Into the Spider-Verse:

After Chris Miller and Phil Lord were released from directing duties on Solo, I have to admit my excitement for the movie went down a notch. So when I saw the trailer for this new take on my favorite superhero, I was elated. Different Spider-Mans in different dimensions, a confident Gwen Stacy, and Spider-Ham are just a few of the elements of this Marvel film that will be released in time to be the only Christmas present I need.

Shallow” by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper from A Star is Born

Need to release some tears? I love watching movies I know are guaranteed to make me cry because it releases all the sadness that builds up, whether it be from something I am going through or depression getting me down. I saw A Star is Born 8 days ago and haven’t been able to get it out of my head. Shallow is the first single that was released before the movie debuted and even though I have listened to the album over and over, this is still my favorite.

 

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

I didn’t watch the 90s sitcom Sabrina the Teenage Witch ( I was reserving my Friday nights for Full House fan). But when I saw the trailer for this reboot with Kiernan Shipka, my inner-brooding teenager added it to the Netflix queue. It looks dark and eerie, has costumes that invoke Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf, and Ross Lynch as her mortal love.

Ozarks

This is my oh-my-god you have to watch this show because it is SO GOOD recommendation. The story has been compared to Breaking Bad where our antihero Marty Byrde (Jason Bateman) agrees to do things for the drug cartel to save and protect his family. They move down to the Ozarks to launder money. And if something can go wrong, it does (my anxiety went through the roof watching the first season but I just couldn’t stop). The cast of the show is outstanding. Laura Linney as Wendy Byrde and Julia Garner as Ruth Langmore are stunning as Marty’s wife and his employee. They burn the typical wife and white trash little girl stereotypes to the ground. I never thought I would watch a drug cartel drama to escape reality but here we are.

I hope you find passion and happiness this weekend!