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Fabulous Fridays: #52Lists Project

This week’s list asks us to list the things that cheer you up! What made the cut for you? 52lists

  1. Hearing “Stairway to Heaven.”
  2. Hearing any song by Heart on the radio.
  3. When someone follows my blog.
  4. Pictures of Disney World.
  5. When I plant something.
  6. When it germinates.
  7. Vincent’s smile.
  8. A kid with a great laugh!
  9. When someone says “I Love You.”
  10. A good book.
  11. A good movie.
  12. Fan mail
  13. Found money.

Take action: circle the things that you can do yourself. You are the only owner of your happiness.

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Glo Column November: Passing the Test

bg_header       Although admitting this may confirm the fact that I have no life and that I really need to re-think what I do with my spare time, I positively love those little quizzes that pop up in my Facebook feed. You know which ones I am referring to, right? The ones that tell you in which country you really belong (France), which Disney princess you are most like (Belle), what song was written about you (“I Will Survive”) and on what day you are going to die. (I didn’t take that one because I believe some things in life really should remain a surprise.)

Yes, I question the scientific research that goes into the development of these things. After all, how does my picking a landscape scene have any bearing on which super hero sidekick I resemble? Still, I have to presume someone knows what he or she is doing and that by answering five or six multiple-choice questions; I will gain great personal insight into my psyche.

In the past month alone, I have learned some incredible things about myself. I did not know that I was Cleopatra in a past life or that I dated James Dean in an alternate universe. Apparently, I have more in common with JFK than any other US president and that I am 71 percent Jedi and 29 percent Sith. (Talk about a disturbance in the Force!) I am an “ultimate booktarian,” which isn’t even a real word according to…well, Word and I know all of my television sitcom characters from the 1960s through the 1980s. (Yet another fact that proves I should get out more.) If I were a student at Hogwarts, I would be sorted into Gryffindor and if I were part of a heavy metal/hard rock bank, I would definitely be a member of Led Zeppelin. OK, I did NOT need a Facebook quiz to tell me that one!

It’s true that I am addicted to Facebook quizzes in much the same way as I am countdown shows, tennis tournaments and term “Buy One Get One Free” however, I should have quit while I was ahead. A few nights ago, in a fit of inflated ego, I took the “Can You Answer Basic Fifth Grade Science Questions?” quiz and failed miserably.

Unlike the goobers at PlayBuzz who ask, “What inanimate object are you?” this quiz was brought to me from the good people at Time Magazine. I have to assume this means that they have done their homework and based on my two-out-of-eight score, clearly I didn’t do mine.

Seriously, did I learn any of this stuff at all? Admittedly fifth grade wasn’t my best year of elementary school, but still… Who knew nitrogen was the most common gas in the Earth’s atmosphere or that momentum is defined as the product of an object’s mass and velocity according to classical mechanics? (I think my dad subscribed to that magazine, by the way.) Why would I need to know which item (pulley, screw, wedge or hammer) is not a simple machine? I had it narrowed down to the wedge and hammer, but didn’t use my phone-a-friend lifeline to riddle out the final answer. In my defense I did know the three types of rock classifications and which element is responsible for the red look of the Martian soil, but it doesn’t make me feel any better and only begs the question why I know more about Mars than I do my home planet.

Naturally, Boy Wonder was delighted by my failure and tells everyone he knows that his mother is not “smarter than a fifth grader.” Maybe not, but neither are most Americans according to the study. Still, I must be doing something right. After all, I have two college degrees; a career that I love and Facebook says I am 95 percent likely to survive the zombie apocalypse. What more does anyone need?

 

 

 

 

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Naptown Nostalgia: Let the Music Play On

used_records      I miss music stores. I’m not talking about the places loaded with the “if you break it, you buy it” signs on the guitars and some Jimmy Page wannabe plucking out the opening notes of “Stairway.” That’s an instrument shop. (OK fine, it technically qualifies as a a “music store” but I will make my point in a minute so work with me here.) I’m talking about music stores, the kind of place where you can find every album, tape, CD, rock music trade rag, t-shirt and popular sheet music one could ever want. The MUSIC store.

Once upon a time they were everywhere: There was Swann’s on 10th Street, the Listening Booth, Camelot, National Record Mart, a few places in Broad Ripple, etc…all staffed by people who knew all of the latest artists and knew exactly what you were looking for before you even asked. Sometimes it seemed that the employees of these emporiums had nothing to do all day but talk about the lives and careers of the music gods and debate the merits of Freddie Mercury vs. Robert Plant, but in reality, those conversations built a loyal customer base that lasted until digital downloads put the last nail in the coffin of the music industry as we knew it.

Don’t get me wrong. I love to stream my music. I’m as guilty as the next person, but I miss unfolding a double album jacket to see the central photo on the inside. I miss  reading the lyrics and liner notes as I listen to a vinyl album for the first time. I miss the work that goes into the art on the cover (some of those albums were truly iconic) and I miss flipping through the poster rack to find that black light Zeppelin poster that I knew my mother would never let me hang in my bedroom.

I tell this story because tonight, I was able to reach out and touch the past. Irvington Vinyl inside Bookmamas is EXACTLY the kind of place we used to have but don’t anymore. From the moment I stepped inside and breathed in the musty smell of wax and old cardboard, I was a goner. (Thank God my purse was in the car or I would be BROKE!) I saw the familiar faces of the Fab Four smiling out from the Meet The Beatles album, a seal copy of Led Zeppelin II and III (they are probably reissues, but who cares?) There was a signed Brian Wilson Smile framed on the wall and I was drooling over some of the old magazines featuring some of my favorite artists.

“Funny thing about old albums is that sometimes the goodies inside were worth more than the actual disc,” I commented offhandedly.

“Very true,” he replied. “Some of that stuff is worth a lot.”

“KISS excelled at that including stickers, tattoos and other things that ended up being the real collector’s items,” I went on. “Of course then there is the bummer of buying an album three or four times only to find out that you still don’t have the rare version. I found that out the hard way with Heart’s Magazine.”

“Oh yeah, if you don’t have the original from the legal dispute when the songs were in a different order it’s not the same,” he confirmed.

Was I really having this conversation after all of these years? Who would have ever believed it? Sure on occasion I see some of these old album covers but usually it is somewhere that people are using them to make attractive tote bags (which feels sacrilegious  to me somehow) or in places like Urban Outfitters who wins brownie points for trying but you KNOW none of the employees know what is supposedly so significant about Paul’s bare feet on the Abbey Road cover.

While I know that this is not the only “music” store in the city, it is the closest one to me and I am begging all of my fellow Indy residents to support these businesses who “Keep the Faith,” who “Don’t Stop Beliveing” and who at times are “Livin’ on a Prayer” in order to make sure that the music goes on and on and on and on….

Until Next time, Keep Rockin’,

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Fabulous Fridays: My favorite cult movies

Everyone has a movie that they are inexplicably connected to…and most likely you are not alone. Cult films are a unique breed of cinematic achievement in which the actual movie is less-than-Oscar-worthy, but over time the fans create a following that over time, dubs the movie a “classic.” So…in honor of all of the cult classics out there, I present my favorites:

RHPS      Obvious Honorable Mention:  The Rocky Horror Picture Show. This is the movie that started it all. Were there any cult movies BEFORE this one? While I believe RHPS deserves a place on anyone’s list, if I am truly honest, the be-all and end-all of cult movies leaves me a little cold. I like the concept, but I’m not a horror movie person. I never subscribed to the British fascination with men in drag and aside from the “Time Warp” and “Hot Patootie/Bless My Soul” I can do without it.

 

Newsies-Poster    Number 5. Newsies. I remember going to see this at the theater during its original run when I was younger and being unimpressed. The film features a very pre-Batman Christian Bale and Ann Margaret and I thought it had a bit of an Annie-esque quality. I hadn’t realized that the show gained a cult following, until I heard that someone brought it to Broadway, but I would love to go to a midnight show and see the audience singing to “I’m the King of New York.”

 

The Wall     Number 4. The Wall. Pink Floyd’s grand concept film played every weekend at the Eastgate General Cinema theater for I don’t know how long. I was never permitted to be out so late at night so I did not get to experience it in the theater setting. I was suck with MTV’s eventual commercial-filled presentation and a VHS tape.

 

Led Zeppelin - The Song Remains The Same DVD (1976)    Number 3: The Song Remains the Same. Led Zeppelin’s epic concert film from the Houses of the Holy tour was a must see on my teenage itinerary. I’m too young to remember this ever being shown in the late-night runs, but I have been told that it was. My first experience with it was during MTV’s Led Zeppelin weekend in the fall of 1985. I fell in love with the band, the music and everything even though I would learn in time that there was better footage of the band in existence. I love the inclusion of the fantasy sequences highlighting the band’s “inner personalities.”

 

Christmas with the Kranks     Number 2: Christmas with the Kranks. Now, I admit-most people would not consider this a “cult” movie…but if you were around my house from Thanksgiving to Christmas, you would realize that this particular film has achieved that status for no other reason than we seem to watch it every day, we can quote the dialogue and we seem incapable of turning it off if we happen by it on TV. Though it may only have a following of a select few at the moment…it’s only a matter of time before the Kranks hit it big!

 

jesus-christ-superstar-1974-film-soundtrack       Number 1. Jesus Christ Superstar. What’s the buzz about this movie? Well aside from being the Greatest Story Ever Told, JCS rocks! Like many of the others on my list, it only found its following in the late night show, but I am fairly convinced that the main character is OK with getting his audience wherever he can. (Isn’t that the whole point of the show anyway?) I loved the 1970’s movie, have seen Ted Neely and Carl Anderson reprise their iconic roles on stage and I own a number of updated versions of the show as well. The O2 performance from 2012 is very impressive…but I’ll always have a special place in my heart for the original flick. “Everything’s all right…yes, everything’s all right…”

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