St. Paul and the Broken Bones

1 Jan

St. Paul and the Broken Bones is a r & b band from Birmingham Alabama. And this band doesn’t hold back. Their music will take you back to the late 60’s when soul music was hot, and packed full of energy. You know when a song really expressed how it felt to be in love, and then how you felt when loved ended. And their music is pretty soulful. It’s packed full of horns, guitar, and great lyrics.

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The song Broken Bones and Pocket Change has a slow bluesy feel to it. It’s the song that you listen to over and over when a relationship ends. Somehow the lyrics all she left me with is broken bones and pocket change really do remind you of exactly how you feel about your relationship the first few days after a relationship ends.

My absolute favorite track on their new release is Champagne Halloween. Why? I think it’s the mainly the songhas the a little bit of a psychedelic sound to it. It kind of reminds me of the songs by Cambodian Space Project that I love so much. Or it could be the title of the song Champagne Halloween I mean you just have to listen to a sing with a title like that don’t you?

So if you like a soul music, and you’re looking for a new band give St. Paul and the Broken Bones a try they won’t disappoint you.

 

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Another State of Mind: Social Distortion, Youth Brigade and Minor Threat

28 Dec

Another State of Mind is the 1982 documentary about the punk bands Social Distortion, Youth Brigade and Minor Threat’s tour. This movie shows how the ambitious desire to bring their music to the different punk communities throughout the country.

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 Another State of Mind

Another State of Mind focuses in on these bands, and the communities they visit during the documentary. It some footage from the bands shows. But most importantly it shows how diverse the punk community was at the time. It shows how different individuals became involve in the punk scene. And it shows how the bands really did want to make their shows about more than money.

Unfortunately, the bands had a few lessons to learn on their trip. One being that money is a little more important than they realized.

I watched Another State of Mind several years ago. Umm, more than I would care to admit. And I liked it then, but as I watched the documentary again, I remembered the time when punk really was about an attitude you had, and not about style. It really was about marching to your own beat. And that is one of the things I liked so much about punk rock.

If you’ve never seen Another State of Mind, and you enjoy seeing what music was like back in the day, you should definitely check out this film.

Alison Wonderland Book Review

25 Dec

Alison Wonderland is a crazy tale by Helen Smith that I read recently. The book is about a young woman who is recently divorced. She needs to find a way to support herself, so she turns to the private investigator that provided her with information about her ex-husbands cheating.

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Alison Wonderland

Alison soon settles into her new life of going on stake outs, and working at temp jobs to find out information about men who might be cheating with their secretaries. And then in walks a client who is looking for something a little bit different than information about a cheating husband. She is looking for a newborn baby. More specifically she is looking for a foundling.

The book moves along quickly, and it is full of interesting characters. Some are a little eccentric, and some are like the people you meet in your everyday life. But all of them are put together in a story that is delightfully confusing at times. But in the end it all makes sense.

In some ways the book is far-fetched, but in so many other ways it is like real life. Like real life we are often drawn into events that we didn’t see coming. And we end up losing and gaining so many things that we want.
If you are looking for a book that will keep you entertained, you will definitely enjoy this book.

My Blueberry Nights Review

22 Dec

My Blueberry Nights is a 2007 movie with a romantic storyline. The story revolves around Elizabeth who goes into a bakery after her affair comes to an end. The café owner Jeremy listens to Elizabeth’s story, and he provides her with comfort through blueberry pie. Each evening Elizabeth comes to see if your ex has come to pick the keys that were left at the diner. And each evening Jeremy informs her that he has not. Over the course of time the two develop a friendship. And then one day Elizabeth doesn’t show up.

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My Blueberry Nights (The Miriam Collection)
 

Elizabeth has decided that she needs to see some different things in life. She leaves for Memphis, and she begins sending Jeremy postcards about her life in Memphis. Jeremy realizes that he misses Elizabeth, and he begins to contact all the places she could be working at in Memphis with no luck. Meanwhile, Elizabeth is learning a few life lessons about relationships.

Then Elizabeth decides to move on to another destination. She moves to Las Vegas. Yes, in Sin City Elizabeth makes a friend with a gambler, and she learns a few lessons on trust. And after her adventures in Las Vegas she decides to return to New York.

This movie is packed full of great actors. Jude Law, Kevin Spacey and Natlie Portman are a few members of the cast. So you know the story isn’t lightweight. And the film won several awards at the Cannes Film Festival that year.
So did the movie deserve all those awards? In my opinion My Blueberry Nights did deserve the praise it received. I loved how the film basically had three stories that connected. Elizabeth was the connecting point in each story, but the movie is actually three different individuals stories. I liked that each of the individuals was flawed. It made the individuals interesting. And it was really interesting to see how these flawed individuals lives affected Elizabeth.

I am a person who loves to see how people change, and I was sad when two of the characters in the movie didn’t change. But they do teach Elizabeth valuable life lessons so their inability or unwillingness to change is necessary.

I recommend this movie to anyone who is looking for a romantic story with a few twists and turn. If you enjoy movies that take you to different locations this one is also for you. And if you want to see Natlie Portman play a quite different role than the one she played in the Star Wars prequels, you will definitely enjoy My Blueberry Nights.

Best of Kokua Festival

17 Dec

I love the music festivals, and the Best of Kokua Festival, is a great cd from the Kokua Festival. The festival is a fundraiser for the Kokua Foundation, which promotes educational opportunites for children that encourage environmental awareness in Hawaii. So the money from the cd goes to a great cause.

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Jack Johnson & Friends: Best of Kokua Festival

The cd was put in 2012, and it has a group of diverse artists. They include Joe Jackson, Willie Nelson, and Ziggy Marley. Many of the songs of the cd are covers of songs by other artists, but they are great cover songs. My favorite song on the cd is A Pirate Looks At Forty by Jack Johnson, Dave Matthews, and Tim Reynolds. I really enjoy the original version of this song, and the song has a real Hawaiian feel to it with a Hawaiian guitar sound. There’s also a fun version of Take It Easy.

All of the songs on Best of Kokua Festival are great to listen to when you are dreaming about lying on a warm beach when the snow is flying outside.

Dear Margaret Mitchell

15 Dec

Dear Margaret Mitchell
Can you believe it’s been 84 years since the premiere of your work Gone With the Wind on the big screen in Atlanta? And I hear that there was some party that was thrown in Atlanta for that premiere. I was wondering if you had trouble finding a dress that you really liked for that premiere? I know that you were 4’ 11” tall, and sometimes finding clothes for a short person can be a little challenging. I am taller than you were, and sometimes it is such a pain to have to get dresses, pants, and skirts hemmed. I’ve just always been a little curious about that.

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But what I really wanted to ask you was what did you think when Hattie McDaniel won an Academy Award for her performance as best supporting actress in Gone With the Wind? I mean she was a great character in the movie, and Hattie did a great job of portraying the character. Did you believe that she actually did a great job in the movie and deserved the award, or were you one of those people who said she only won the award because she wasn’t allowed to attend the premiere? It seemed a little unfair of the city of Atlanta not to allow one of the stars of the movie not to attend the movie because of her race. Those segregation laws you all had were kind of foolish in my opinion.
But somehow I think you might have thought segregation was alright. I mean Gone with the Wind really did
romanticize the south during the pre-civil war era. So it kind of leads me to think that you felt that excluding Hattie from the celebrations was okay. It seems like that was pretty disrespectful to me, and if you didn’t believe that it acceptable wasn’t there something you could have said or done to ensure that she was able to attend the premiere. I mean you were the reason that the premiere was going on after all.

I hope that you haven’t found my questions to be too judgemental, I’m just trying to find out what your thoughts on the matter were. And if you could let me know where to get a great dress for the horizontally challenged I’d appreciate that too.
Sincerely,

Heidi

Sam’s Story Series

14 Dec

I recently read the second book in the Sam’s Story series, and I really enjoyed the book. There are currently two books in the series, and they are both well written books by Amy Crusan-Kramer. The first book in the series focuses in on Samantha Skylar’s life in a small town in WV. Samantha is 14 and she becomes pregnant. Samantha faces tragedy, and she decides to move to Atlanta. Samantha meets a gentleman who becomes her caretaker. Not in a weird sexual way, but more like a person who provides her with a home so that she can heal and move forward in life.
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Sam’s Story: Book Two (Skylar Trilogy)

In the second book, Sam is still in Atlanta, and a few years have passed. Sam’s life is full, she has great people in life that she loves, and they love her. She is a 20 something girl living life to its fullest. She is provided with great opportunities. And she takes advantage of them, and then one weekend changes everything in her life.

Like I mentioned earlier, this both of these books are well-written. But they do take a lot of commitment in reading since both are fairly lengthy. The books are stories about life and the opportunities it presents, and the tragedies that cause individuals to change drastically. I recommend this book to individuals who are looking for a new author, who writes romances with a twist.

Sahara Lounge

12 Dec

Sahara Lounge from Putumayo Presents was released in the year 2000, but it is still a cd I enjoy listening to on Sunday afternoons when I’m lazing around reading book, and writing blog posts. The music on the cd is a mix of the best of the Saharan world in the year 2000.

I really enjoy the variety of music on this cd. It has a little bit of a traditional Arab sound mixed with electronic beats. My absolute favorite song is by Nabiha Yazbeck called Astahel. The song is smooth, and relaxing. And her voice is absolutely beautiful. The song definitely has a seductive feel to it. I wish that I could find a translation of the lyrics because I’m sure that it would bring further meaning to the song.
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SAHARA LOUNGE

The other artists on the cd are equally talented, but Yazbeck’s song is the one that really sticks with me each time I listen to it. If you want to explore what music in other parts of the world song like Sahara Lounge might be a good place for you to start your exploration.

Sam’s Story Series

11 Dec

I recently read the second book in the Sam’s Story series, and I really enjoyed the book. There are currently two books in the series, and they are both well written books by Amy Crusan-Kramer. The first book in the series focuses in on Samantha Skylar’s life in a small town in WV. Samantha is 14 and she becomes pregnant. Samantha faces tragedy, and she decides to move to Atlanta. Samantha meets a gentleman who becomes her caretaker. Not in a weird sexual way, but more like a person who provides her with a home so that she can heal and move forward in life.

sams story book 2
Sam’s Story: Book Two (Skylar Trilogy)
In the second book, Sam is still in Atlanta, and a few years have passed. Sam’s life is full, she has great people in life that she loves, and they love her. She is a 20 something girl living life to its fullest. She is provided with great opportunities. And she takes advantage of them, and then one weekend changes everything in her life.

Like I mentioned earlier, this both of these books are well-written. But they do take a lot of commitment in reading since both are fairly lengthy. The books are stories about life and the opportunities it presents, and the tragedies that cause individuals to change drastically. I recommend this book to individuals who are looking for a new author, who writes romances with a twist.

Mad Seed

10 Dec

Remember when there was a new sound out of Seattle? Remember when that new sound got old? And then the sound wasn’t what anyone was really listening to anymore. Well there were a few bands that kept the sound alive, and one of those is Mad Seed from Argentina. The band uses that familiar sound from the 90’s, and it has added a few new lyrics of their own.

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The music has that bass sound that so defined grunge, and the in your face lyrics that go along with it. If you’re a fan of grunge you’ll be glad to hear that they have released a song called Mrs. Bitch. And they have loads of shows they are playing in Argentina. Who knows what the future will bring or this band, but hopefully it will be good things.