"Nuttin' new, nuttin' new - y'all not sayin nuttin' new..." Ain't Sayin' Nothin' New - The Roots
I promise, this will be the last mention of George Michael until I revive after his concert in July - ok truthfully I cannot keep that promise. In hindsight, I forgot to let the George Michael fans out there know that he was on the TV show Eli Stone last night. It was great to see him in all his hot glory, but unfortunately he cannot act and he was lip snycing. HOWEVER, I will not complain because he was being George and I got a glimpse of what he is up to. Very happy for him and my countdown begins!
Alright, so with all of the news coming from New York State's new Governor David Paterson and the media all in a tizzy, I wanted to take a minute to get my rant off of my chest even though the frenzy has died down.
A bit of an overview if you will:
The day after David Paterson was sworn in, he shared with the country that he and his wife previously had difficulty in their marriage. This difficulty resulted in both of them having extra marital affairs. Then a couple of days ago, he divulged the fact that he dabbled a bit in cocaine and weed when he was younger. He stated that he has not touched drugs since then and that's that. And here's my take on the situation.
Yes, I'm Canadian and we have our own problems across the border, nonetheless, I do take interest in politics all over as ridiculous, interesting and convoluted as it can be. At the moment, the consensus in the media seems to be whether or not it was right for David Paterson to go public with these intimate aspects of his life. Well my answer is - yes. See the one thing about media that we all know, is that it acts like a rabid dog given a steak bone when personal information is dug up about a prominent person. The media will stop at nothing to warp, perpetuate, slander and crucify the person's obstacle at hand. They will take a situation and blow it so out of proportion, we usually end up totally forgetting the initial problem. Once again, yes I do agree with David Paterson being upfront about his drug use and affairs. If he didn't come out and say these things now, we all know they would have somehow surfaced later in the worst imaginable way from some overzealous journalist sitting on a hot story . And the question from the masses would be, "Why didn't he say something before?" There would be more emphasis put on the situation because it would look more than a secret, rather than what it really is right now - a straight up admission. So is it any of our business that the man had affairs and took drugs before he was in office? I say no. The affairs are a personal matter and the drugs were taken way before he came to office. Both of his disclosures have nothing to do with running the state and getting his job done. If he was snorting coke in the middle of meetings and meeting prostitutes on his lunch hour, then that would be a different agenda all together. I just don't see what the big deal is with the whole thing. He told us, now let's move on. What do you think?
Another thing I needed to get off my chest, I have the need to talk about Miss O. Yes, Oprah and her terrifying influence on American culture or should I say culture on the whole. Now, I do respect Oprah immensely for the woman she has become - philanthropist, studio owner, actress, producer and I can go on and on. I even wrote a thesis paper on her when I was in college. What she has done for the book industry is indescribable, with her book club. However, I would like to know when, just WHEN did Oprah put her foot into the music world as a proven artist publicist? I do know that past artists who have been on her show have had a surge of increased record sales; Billy Joel, John Legend and Celine Dion - who are all certified artists in their own right. But recently O had on Leona Lewis, a British singer who happens to be one of Simon Cowell's new projects. Leona Lewis has been touted to be the next Whitney Houston (oh hell no) and from Oprah's perspective, Leona is the truth. I haven't really been interested in the whole "wave" of Miss Lewis, but I did find myself looking for this song "Bleeding Love" and I have to say - my ears were bleeding and there was no love for the song. And of course because Oprah said, "run and get it, it's FABULOUS!!" everyone went out and made the song a number one hit on Billboard. And in turn, Leona became the first female Brit to top the U.S. charts in two decades. Wow...I mean, don't get me wrong she does have a god given gift, but the song did not do anything for my listening pleasure. NOTHING. Hopefully the album has more to show for than this bleeeeeed-ing track. Take a listen if you didn't get to see her on Oprah, but hey - I did warn you.
For those of you asking, Danalee and I do have another podcast coming your way. I am just having some problems posting it. Do not fear, it's on its way.
On that note, here is the flashback of the day. Before Mint Condition, this band did the damn thing in the 70's, 80's and beyond. I still say that no one can replace J.T.
See y'all soon...