Adore this version of a classic. How amazing as a singer to duet with Tony Bennett. The equivalent for me would be to have Maya Angelou or Tony Morrison write a forward for my book…when I write it…
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This video is shaky, but just close your eyes and listen. Gaga’s voice is amazing. This songwriting reminds me of the FAME album. Sadly some silly young person will probably use this song’s subject matter as an excuse to do something unfortunate. But knowing Gaga she’s not the least interested in suicide, she’ll be making some commentary on fame, being a celebrity and the death of art in the 21st century. LOL
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I saw a WSJ interview where the interviewer commented that Usher’s voice seemed to have gotten bigger on his new album Looking for Myself. I finally listened to the whole thing, and I have to agree. E’rybody knows I love me some Usher. Not for the looks – though I admit it doesn’t hurt that my man … Continue reading Lord, the Vibrato!
It’s amazing what you can find on YouTube. Cornel West is trying hard to bring some brains to this gathering. LOL I met him once outside the Knickerbocker Hotel. My sister and I were having a drink and he was walking by. I ran out and shook his hand. He seemed happy. He was wearing a … Continue reading Hip Hop and Politics
So, I have to view all things Usher, and I finally got around to Scream. Not my favorite on the radio. Too 80s international dance for my taste. And I can’t say the videos was much better. Like his last video, Lemme See, there was too much off camera work, not enough Usher. He’s trying something new – shibari anyone? – but I get the impression the technique has not been perfected. Not to say I didn’t watch. I did. Scream was like an ode to Michael Jackson, Billie Jean, Thriller, Leave Me Alone if I’m not mistaken. but not enough Ursh. One can take the mystery thing too far I think.
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There is a reason that sarcasm will never, in my opinion, go out of style. That reason is, other people’s obliviousness. Whether it’s rooted in selfishness, unawareness, idiocy or sheer bloody mindedness, sarcasm is really the only logical response to certain situations. For instance, I am an editor, a journalist. I have been my entire … Continue reading I’m Too Old to Work For Free
…the relaxation that could happen in this dining room. Oi.
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If you had any doubt that James’ Fifty Shades of Grey has had a profound impact not only on the erotic romance genre, but popular culture in general, look no further than the rope bondage in Usher’s latest video Lemme See.
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For my inaugural post, I thought an image would set the tone nicely. In this pic Shala Monroque does what she always seems to do, look incredibly good on her way somewhere interesting. The outfit is very Holly Golightly, elegant but stark in uncompromising black and white, yet also a bit whimsical given her rather serious body language. There’s a … Continue reading The Business of Looking Good