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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Pride and Joy: Stevie Ray Vaughn

I was just a girl but man I loved this guy.
In a musical sense of course.

It's put the cig the fuck down. ha. Jammin'

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Taylor Hicks: the Most Maligned Celebrity Ever?

Taylor Hicks, is he the most maligned celebrity ever? Do bloggers and media types have it in for him? Wait, when is the last time he's hit a printed magazine? People and their bachelor issue was a while back. My Darling Man works for a company that specializes in Time magazine as well as a few entertainment magazines. To date, I haven't seen Hicks maligned or even for that matter, included in anything I've read in printed media for a long while. So my first thought on reading this obviously heartfelt statement posted in this post CLICK, charging that Hicks is one of the 'most maligned celebrity ever' was - please are you serious?

The poster, one of IDOL BLUES regulars wrote, "Everyone seems to know just exactly what Taylor should be doing to achieve success. Everyone seems to have something to criticize. Sometimes I think he is the most maligned celebrity ever."

Now I'm not sure who 'everyone' is, like I said, haven't really read that much about him lately with the exception of on-line blogs and the occasional morning program. That said, most of the press he's been doing of late, has been positive and promotional. Media talking heads have been very kind to him on the morning talk shows. They've all asked him the same questions over and over again and he's replied with the same answers. All has been very tame, sometimes fun and rather peachy. I've seen no maligning.

"People post on blogs, people who don't know Taylor from Adam, yet they seem to know what he 'means', what he's trying say, what he wants. Does anyone have any faith that maybe the man has a method to his madness? That perhaps he knows things we don't about his choices, that he may have a different career path than the one we would like to foist on him? Taylor seems to be a very intelligent man."

In that statement, the poster is doing that very thing she's arguing against. She's imagining what he's thinking and that he knows what he's doing and knows he just has to have a Mensa IQ going on. I read that on many of the only-positive-words-allowed blogs out in internet land.

This poster added, "I say 'Keep the Faith'. It's his career. All we can do is support him. If you can't, then maybe you should just let him get on with it. This is simply meant as my opinion. I'm not a hater, or anything like that. I read your blog daily, and mostly enjoy it. I just wonder what Taylor feels when there seems to be so much second guessing of his decisions."

While I appreciate her being a Taylor Hicks' fan. I do have to disagree on several points.

"Keep the Faith" for one. Who says I have lost or never had faith? This blog has his name in it, right? I haven't bean-canned it yet now have I? Regarding it's his career, Amen on that, I have no monetary vested concerns in what he does.

Regarding support the guy, it's what I have done since January of 2006. Certainly I'm not throwing glitter in the air or spamming other sites with Billy Mays impressions. Too, I'm not always knocked out by everything he has done career wise or musically. I don't think he's the hottest man to grace this Earth either. My questioning actions he may do, is in no way standing in the man's way - so I don't understand the 'let him get on with it' phrase I read so often. I say, get on with it Mr. Hicks, go for it, but hey, I have a brain, albeit perhaps not Mensa IQ caliber and I sometimes I just wonder what the Hell is going on.

Questioning a celeb or star or politician for that matter, is not a bad thing. We're not in George Orwell's nightmare - yet - being a person in the public limelight does not give you absolution from the curious on-lookers. In fact often it's controversy that draws people's interest about someone, that's a fact proven through many aspects of our media. Hicks is not unfamiliar with this concept.

In my blog post I'm not assuming Mr. Hicks is 'saying' any damn thing, nor 'thinking' any damn thing. I'm writing my observations. My questions remain unanswered in the original post: His band - what's up with that? Most musicians have a regular band they perform and record with - his approach - appearing on the talk shows with guys separate from what's on the disc, what does that say? Anyone have a theory? All I read is "Leave Taylor Alone!" Makes me think of Chris Crocker, insert Taylor Hicks. No one addressed the topic over whether he's really in this game for the music or is he just chasing Fame either.

I thank the large group that hits me daily, who hit me from where you really live, as well as all you guys wearing out 'hidemyass' and Reston, VA. I thank the few friendly souls who post to the blog on occasion. I am pleased everyday when I see so much interest in Mr. Hicks. It may come as a surprise to many of you but I feel good about the number of folks who stop by on a regular basis - it's very encouraging to me regarding his chances for the success that he desires, on whatever level that may be. You see dear poster, and you readers, I'm not a 'hater' either.

Speaking of, Taylor Hicks single is now on the market on iTunes. Click on the link to purchase "What's Right is Right". You can click Taylor Hicks' myspace to add your positive praise about this latest offering.

An Entertainer introduces a Musical legend:
"Little Girl Blue" Janis Joplin on the Tom Jones Show

great video by Rhinoannon

Monday, January 26, 2009

Taylor Hicks, the Return of The Dead

Taylor Hicks is sometimes referred to by those critics trying to be clever, as the Idol that shouldn't have won. Now while his ardent fans may differ with this, he is at a point in trying to make a comeback of sorts. Granted his brush with fame has been limited to his cult like following and the win off that reality show, but he was pretty much a household name for at least a short while in 2006. Mr. Hicks has a dream to be more than that 2006 reality show winner.

Taylor Hicks, hasn't been granted much in the way of respect as a viable musician in today's music scene. Writers when talking about Idol past and present, often refer to him as an after thought or joke. This in comparison to Kelly Clarkson, Chris Daughtry or Carrie Underwood, never comparisons to musicians outside the Idol franchise. While his post-Idol CD nabbed him 'platinum selling' status, Hicks did not impress the majority of music critics. Much of the negativity following Hicks was the post-Idol CD itself. For many fans of whom he captured attention of, from his time on the show, that record was not exactly what they expected, myself included. I'm not saying it was bad, just not what I expected.

Hicks has some new tunes coming out soon on his album, "The Distance". What is striking about this new body of work is the caliber of support that Taylor Hicks has somehow amassed to aid in the success of this album. He has famed producer Simon Climie as a consultant and a back up of musicians who have worked with Paul McCartney and Eric Clapton. If Hicks can't wring some positive praise and accolades out of this new album, I just don't see it ever coming for him. I do retain high hopes.

From reports I've recently read, Hicks not alone in his quest for that one more chance grab at the brass ring. Several other artists who had, in the past far surpassed anything Taylor's done to date, are trying to step it up and do it again. This next year we should see Eminem, No Doubt and Natalie Imbruglia returning with new music. One of the most exciting, for me, The Grateful Dead.I never thought I'd see the Dead return after the death of beloved Jerry Garcia. They have modified their name to just The Dead but are getting back on the road for a 20 gig tour. I guess I'll be dragging out my tie-dyed Dead shirts: Long live The Dead, RIP Jerry Garcia.

Exciting news reverberates around the band's line up - we'll see original Dead members Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart, but they'll be joined by keyboardist Jeff Chimenti and - here's an exciting part- Allman Brothers Band/Gov't Mule guitarist Warren Haynes! Oh yeah baby! All venues will be indoor arenas except the one near San Francisco. Be still my heart - they'll be performing at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA, May 10!

One thing that The Grateful Dead was known for - okay there were many things - they were a band that toured relentlessly and encouraged their fans, the "Dead Heads", to tape and share their exploratory and always jamming free-flowing concerts. This was a Grammy-winning Rock & Roll Hall of Fame band - yet even from the beginning - were never a media squelching group. They understood the value of letting the fans celebrate them, share experiences. On tour, in concert, the band allowed and encouraged fans to record, to film and to then share live bootlegs of their concerts.

The Grateful Dead formed in San Francisco's electric Haight-Ashbury neighborhood (how I love that area) in the mid-'60s. The Dead's sound a combination of bluegrass, country, electric rock and jazz. They never gave their sound a name or a brand, they just went with it. How The Grateful Dead managed to create one of the most iconic repertoires in rock music was through continuous touring, never relying on radio hits or latest trends, never penning tunes with a goal to enter into the mainstream.

I point out the Grateful Dead's history to show some of the Taylor Hicks' fans who are fighting about whether to film, to record him on tour that there are two sides to each coin. Of course, with word from Hicks to the fans, he does not want filming or recording of his live concerts, that says how he feels about having his show out on view for those not ticket-paying fans. Many times I have read Mr. Hicks say how he'd like a fan mass like the Parrot Heads. This will never happen with the socio-environment currently established within Hicks' inner circle, nor the often times combative on-line fans who like to think in antiquated terms such as 'hierarchy' and 'proper ways to conduct oneself in his name' (yeah, send me a telegram) in the fan base.

The 'secrecy' with which much of Hicks' music and activities are currently handled could very well work to the opposite of what the man claims he wants as fans and career. He's said he wants a following like the Parrot Heads, like the Dead Heads, but he doesn't handle his fans the way say, Jimmy Buffet nor Bob Weir handle their fans. Too, I'm struggling with what kind of fans Mr. Hicks really wants. Is he really in it for the music, or does he prefer more of a "Tom Jones" type fan base? On this album coming out he works with different musicians than he has in the past. Since this album's creation he's not been really talking about his 'band' or if he has a regular 'band'. Sure there are guys he plays with more than others, but are they actually The Taylor Hicks Band? If so why were they not on the album? Is he just in it for himself, for what he, as Taylor Hicks, can gain from fame or is he wanting to really make a statement in music?

Taylor Hicks' said to a fan, after a show recently, "I know what the fans want before they know themselves." But does he? Importantly does he really know what he wants for himself?

"The Wheel/(at 2:19)Touch of Grey" The Dead, Obama Mid-Atlantic Inaugural Ball, January 20, 2009 One thing, Obama has great taste in music.

Grateful Dead perform Uncle John's Band as the encore for the famed Halloween show at Radio City Music Hall in NY, NY. 10-31-80

To catch The Dead: 2009 ARENA TOUR DATES

Sun 4/12 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum
Tue 4/14 Washington, DC Verizon Center
Wed 4/15 Charlottesville, VA John Paul Jones Arena
Fri 4/17 Albany, NY Times Union Center
Sat 4/18 Worcester, MA DCU Center
Sun 4/19 Worcester, MA DCU Center
Tue 4/21 Buffalo, NY HSBC Arena
Wed 4/22 Wilkes-Barre, PA Wachovia Arena @ Casey Plaza
Fri 4/24 Uniondale, NY Nassau Coliseum
Sat 4/25 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
Sun 4/26 Hartford, CT XL Center
Tue 4/28 E. Rutherford, NJ IZOD Center
Wed 4/29 E. Rutherford, NJ IZOD Center
Fri 5/1 Philadelphia, PA Wachovia Spectrum
Sat 5/2 Philadelphia, PA Wachovia Spectrum
Tue 5/5 Chicago, IL All State Arena
Thu 5/7 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
Sat 5/9 Los Angeles, CA The Forum
Sun 5/10 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheater

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Crisscrossing Irony and Censorship It's so Repetitive

Isn't it Ironic? Don't you think? I guess I should post a warning for delicate souls this is a fan observation. Not an uplifting post about Taylor Hicks. ha.

15minsoffame1 Says:
January 22, 2009 at 5:08 PM


Same with itsallgrey. Every blog she writes, she takes a swing at someone or a group of people. But if you call her on it she
deletes the comment. Kind of like DAH. She just maybe looking for her 15 minutes of fame as well. That’s if she continues to be nasty towards people. She seems to get worse as each day goes by."

Written by none other than cyberstalker, 15 Minutes, whose blog is nothing but personal attacks. Too, talk about not letting other folks post, just ask 15, she'll not let anyone post but what she wants heard. Yet she cries in her milkshake about anyone else deleting comments. Truly ironic.

One main thing that caught my interest, check the list of "who" hanging at that crisscross blog. Surprised?

These folks are really entertaining.

ETA click "who" or 15's entry name for the crisscross the fan divide blog.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Taylor Hicks Video My Favorite Photo

"The Beauty of Gray" Live

"This is not a black and white world
To be alive
I say the colors must swirl
And I believe
That maybe today
We will all get to appreciate

The beauty of gray"

Friday, January 23, 2009

Nineteen and Gone

Nineteen minutes more like it.

Yesterday on the A2M site, in the music box, another of the Taylor Hicks' songs from his upcoming CD, "The Distance", was up for a brief while. Long enough to capture the attention of those fans who roam the net looking for the latest news on the guy, pass around and talk about. Then it was gone. Big teasers running that A2M site.

Video stills of the music vid filmed in Chicago on this link.

Regarding the sound of the rest of the album, someday we'll know.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Taylor Hicks "Nineteen"

ETA; song has been removed. Sadness.

Taylor Hicks and 19 - No Not 19E

Taylor Hicks previews another song off of his album, "The Distance", due to hit the buyer's market in March. You can give the tune a listen on Rocket Science.com. Scroll down to the music box and hit "Nineteen".

I'm thinking this "Nineteen" should do much more for him than 19E ever could. Certainly I'm holding some optimistic thoughts.
Click here to go to the musicbox on the blogspot.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Stiff Talks to Hicks

Interview in Cinci passed on to me by a fan. I was not able to keep up on-line today - grateful for the assistance. (Thank you anonymous one...)

Taylor Hicks gives a decent interview - Considering what he has to interact with. Can't we hear something else? Are all the tour interviews gonna sound the same?

"Shut Up" Black-eyed Peas


"The Distance" track listing

Tracklisting of Taylor Hicks' "The Distance":

1. "Wedding Day Blues"
2. "Seven Mile Breakdown"
3. "What's Right Is Right"
4. "Hide Nor Hair"
5. "Woman Gotta Have It"
6. "New Found Freedom"
7. "The Distance"
8. "Nineteen"
9. "I Live on a Battlefield"
10. "Yes We Can"
11. "Maybe You Should"
12. "Once Upon a Lover of Mine"
13. "Keepin It Real"
14. "Indiscriminate Act of Kindness"

Folks are talking about this new album over at Gossip Boulevard if you'd like to drop by and write in your opinions.

MJ's got a thread on it as well on her Big Blog. Mixed bag of comments, naturally.

"The Distance" Oliver James tune (not sure if this the one on the album)

Click to listen to Nick Lowe's "I Live on a Battlefield".

Found this song on the Youtube, Mason Jennings "Keepin It Real" not certain if this the song on the album but check out Jennings: LYRICS

Just things I found rattling around on-line this morning.

"Wedding Bell Blues"

Alrighty then.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

What is Wrong With Me?

Yeah the gist of several inquiries in my magical mystery email box. I'll keep it short and simple right now. Sometimes that's the way to travel...light.

"Some people call me the space cowboy, yeah
Some call me the gangster of love
Some people call me Maurice
Cause I speak of the pompitous of love

People talk about me, baby
Say I'm doin' you wrong, doin' you wrong
Well, don't you worry baby
Don't worry
Cause I'm right here baby, right here, right here, right here at home

Cause I'm a picker
I'm a grinner
I'm a lover
And I'm a sinner
I play my music in the sun

I'm a joker
I'm a smoker
I'm a midnight toker
I sure don't want to hurt no one

Cause I'm a picker
I'm a grinner
I'm a lover
And I'm a sinner
I play my music in the sun"

History is Made Today

This band with their incredible musical talents perfect for this day.

Now let's see what Barack Obama can do for our country. I'm not a democrat but I'm open to giving him a chance to make a change.

Barack Obama, the first Black elected President of our country.

Taylor Hicks, Can Your Fans Go "The Distance"?

Taylor Hicks' new CD, "The Distance", is available for advance purchase. It is currently not set to drop until March 10th. Unfortunately for the CD, no previews on songs included on the disc, posted for review. Up until tracks are up, the only consumers who will be buying this CD in advance are the ardent fans who would buy anything Taylor Hicks puts out. Now before you jump to the conclusion I'm about to trek South and talk dirt about Mr. Hicks, give me a moment or twenty, this is a lengthy post.
ETA the single is hitting the public. CLICK TO PLAY

Positive, spin, I read he now has his designated single, What's Right is Right, streaming on his pay fansite, Taylor Hicks Headquarters. I think this a great idea, considering this particular site has a rather negative reputation with not putting out much news or new information about Mr. Hicks. Since this is the Taylor Hicks' fan base, reviews so far are not all rainbows and kittens. To be sure, this current fan base is an unique grab bag of folks. A real potpourri regarding musical tastes, musical education, religious affiliations and artistic appreciations. You can't please all the people all of the time, and even though there are many who will disagree with me, many of those fans on-line who have the reputation for being the most critical of the guy are in reality some of his biggest fans. They're honest, they're opinionated, they know music, and they have high expectations for the man.

Taking a page from history being created today, this one of the most memorable days for this country - that guy being sworn in today as President of the United States, Barack Obama, (I know this is a reach, folks) say his Grandmother, his Mother, he himself, did not set high expectations, would he be where he is today? Absolutely not. (Can I create a longer run-on sentence? Where is my editor?)

To be fair I've only heard the snippet of this single as available on amazon.com. It would not be fair of me to work out any real evaluation of this tune - I've not heard it in its entirety. From what I've read lyrically, it reads similar to perhaps a Lionel Ritchie type "Say You Say Me" song.

"What’s Right is Right"

When there’s sadness in your eyes I see it
You can’t hide what’s weighing on your mind
When there’s trouble in your life I feel it
What’s wrong with you is wrong with me
What’s right is right

When there’s joy inside your heart I’ll share it
When you got a dream I say reach for the sky
If you ever fall I’ll catch you
What’s wrong with you is wrong with me
What’s right is right"

"Say You Say Me"
As we go down life's lonesome highway
Seems the hardest thing to do is to find a friend or two
A helping hand - some one who understands
That when you feel you've lost your way
You've got some one there to say Ill show you

So you think you know the answers - oh no
'Cause the whole world has got you dancing
That's right - I'm telling you
Its time to start believing - oh yes
Believing who you are: you are a shining star"

Certainly anyone who has listened to the radio or even followed music in any form over the past couple of decades is familiar with how successful Lionel Ritchie has been in his career. Are all his songs lyrically deep? Do they convey world shattering poetry or meanings? No. Are they mentally memorable, well sung and catchy? Yes, most are. I'm bringing up Ritchie not just because he's a successful artist from Hicks' home state, but because the styling of that song put me in mind of the guy. Surely Mr. Hicks is hoping for radio play. Getting a song out that is radio friendly formulaic is the key to breaching that marketplace.

Taylor Hicks has created this new album under his company he's named, "Modern Whomp" That phrase in itself has created some buzz within the on-line fan base, some good, some indifferent. Nothing real positive so far because I don't think most folks are of an understanding of what he's talking about with those words. I could be wrong, but listening to his CD, "Under the Radar" lends some insight to that moniker. That little independent creation carries a meld of pop, blues, soul, a little zydeco, some Spanish guitar, a touch of country (steel guitars), as well as some haunting jazz elements. I believe this is what Mr. Hicks intends when he describes Modern Whomp, that type of sound.

I am a fan of that independent record, one of my favorite tracks on that disc, "West Texas Sky". I love the musical score, his vocal treatments as well as the lyrics. It's a piece that eloquently lays out soul and yearning, a life's journey, the past with hope for the future.
"So you're drivin' away these miles
So far away from your southern home
Takin' your charms and dreams to the Golden State
Make your way, seal your fate..."

His tune, "The Deal" a more soul driven love song. Click to hear. The lyrics are very well put together and paint a distinct love story. Sample:
"I've given you the best I've got to offer
'Cause there ain't no more in here to see
This premonition I have is awful
Thanks to the moonbeam's generosity"

The reason I'm looking backward while initially talking about Taylor's new material is that many of the fan comments I've read express disappointment. Before folks start walking away from Hicks new material, before the folks who love to instigate long standing fan fights dive in, we need take a deep breath. That's one of the most ridiculous things about this fan base - the always at the ready to take umbrage, to fight, to one-up one another. I can't tell you how many times I've read things insinuating we have 'places' in this group. How so and so is stepping out of her reach, has no 'authority' to speak about or write about Mr. Hicks.

Those who have been around a while know of the folks of which I am referring to in this case. I'm going to say this ain't no country club folks, we are not church ladies, and no one has been crowned as the Queen. Most importantly, just because we don't see eye to eye, write and say the same phrases in unison, no reason to brand one another. It's the fanatic viewpoint that everyone need lock step with one another, conform to one theory of thought or you're a hating fool not a fan. Next we'll all be told how to dress ourselves and what colors to wear if we are true blue fans. I can see it now, the SP dress code as written by those who think they are in the know. We'll be passed rules and etiquette and how to speak publicly or be ostracized.

I feel confident that Taylor has folks reading the on-line discussions even if at times, he has no time to do it. Likely it's why that single is streaming right now on the Headquarter site. Too I feel confident that fans' discussions, comments are taken under consideration, it's part of marketing any product be it records or soap, you learn it in Marketing 101 in community college, get the consumer reaction.

That takes me to this one site in internet land in which anyone wanting a case study of what's happening in and around the Hicks' fan base need gather. Sort of the Watering Hole of the Hicks on-line community. I'm talking about "It's All Grey". I just am concerned that she, under pressure, might allow some of the bullies of the Soul Patrol on-line faction to get her down. The SP bullies might scare off those who want to discuss Taylor in a way once done on Gray Charles' site. Objective and subjectively without name calling, petty insults and the need to chant the same words. We need sites like hers so I hope enough support can keep her going. My word to those who don't like to debate, don't want to hear anything but the voices in your head, have to be surrounded by folks who think just like you - don't go there, stay in your sheep pen where it's nice and safe. It's that simple - but by not joining in, you are missing out.

That brings me to the whole filming the shadow tour issue I thought about yesterday while running with the kid and the dogs at the park. (I'm an incredible multi-tasker.) Certainly ticket sales are worth something but if he's not filming these shadow tours he's thinking small time and short-sighted. Considering the folks he's used as consultants (Simon Climie) on this new record, the musicians behind him, and the uber talented videographer he hired (Jake Davis) I would not count Mr. Hicks as a small time thinker or a short-sighted flunky.

Perhaps next we'll see some videos created by Mr. Hicks' selected personnel on that pay site, or even up for free on the Youtube. Some while naturally wanting those Good Girl pats line up in complete agreement that no one should put film up on the Youtube or elsewhere need remember the last few vids of his you watched. What if those were not available? Perhaps Mr. Hicks should go the way of that Prince guy and jerk all his vids on the internet? Someone asked what is the good in having the cellcerts, the videos anyway - most are inferior quality, most not good sound or imagery. I find them a tool for the musician to utilize as a form of advertising.

Taking that into consideration, I do agree on restrictions on the whole process of audience photography, recording and filming. I've been to a few concerts in which it was a complete circus with ladies competing with one another for camera angles, etc. I half expected to see hair pulling and blouse rending. There's having footage available of a show and then there's that zoo that can be created by crass fans. Thing is where would we stand without sites like Youtube, Vimeo or Go Fish. The internet would be a darker less musical place without them.

So in a nutshell, and this fan base could constitute one big bag of nuts, my concerns lie in whether the fans the man currently has can stick around, all the while watching - and importantly listening to see if Taylor Hicks can go the distance. Together.

(Now those are great lyrics.)

Monday, January 19, 2009

Ms. Manners of the Soul Patrol Speaks!

Reading commentary on another board today I read this little gem of insight, I'll share with the class. Seems some of us who follow Taylor Hicks just don't do it right. My goodness, some of us actually use vulgar language. Yes, we run about without our aprons and frilly bonnets and praise be to Jesus, actually say words that are not condoned in a proper society.

I for one say this lovely denizen of the Taylor Hicks fan world be nominated as the one to lead and instruct us all on the proper way to behave to honor him (Taylor Hicks). Why I bet she can instruct us on which fork to start with and how to hold your pinky while drinking afternoon tea with crumpets.

"It is more amazing to me that an admin of a board who tries continually to promote themselves as a Taylor board and one with class, has the poor manners to post vile cussing on a public board, and about something that was never her right to do in the first place. Perhaps they need a personally delivered telegram next time. Perhaps they need to reconsider who they are actually promoting. Perhaps they need not post a set list, then attack the person who they took it from.

Perhaps one day, people will realize what a support board for Taylor really is…one with less drama and more consideration for the man and his music and his interests."

Yes indeed, Ms. Taylor Hicks Manners, show us the way and enlighten all on the proper way to show our support. We heathens be lacking.

Oh, and 'telegram'?

Seriously, how full of yourself do you have to be to write that?

Cardinals Have Learned to Fly

Yesterday the Cinderella Cardinals proved, in the last minutes of the game they have what it takes to finally shed proper light on what former coach, Dennis Green, in 2006 said, "The Cardinals are who nobody thought we were".

The day started on a high note with the Cards showing dominance the first half with McNabb and his Eagles coming up short. Half time bred new fight into the guys from Philly. They returned to answer the Cards, manning a mighty comeback drive lead by by the Eagles, who scored three touchdowns in a span of eight minutes, 23 seconds, climbing into the lead by one point.

Kurt Warner has had a dream this season that he wasn't ready to relinquish; neither was this team. Cardinal's receiver Larry Fitzgerald (number 11) once again emerged as a star of this team, scoring three TD's but rookie running back Tim Hightower clinched the win on an 8-yard shovel pass from Kurt Warner with 2:53 to go. It was a real nail biter, but that two-point conversion sealed the deal for this Cinderella team and their first ever visit to the Super Bowl in Cardinal franchise history. This body of football players show the heart, drive and Team Work to do what has historically been seemingly impossible for this franchise.

Here's to hoping those Super Bowl rings an exact fit for this historically overwhelmingly underdog franchise. Terrell Owens - this is the real deal in 'getting your popcorn ready'.

Your Time is Gonna Come

Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
Toads Place
Richmond, VA

vid c/o hammerofthegods
And, yes, do what you wanna do...

Sunday, January 18, 2009

The Gray Ghost Speaks

And so he writes...."The study found that the radiofrequency electromagnetic waves a cell phone emits when it's in talk mode can lead to higher levels of free radicals in sperm samples from healthy men—free radicals are the rogue molecules that have been implicated in heart disease, cancer and numerous others human diseases—and to a reduction in sperm motility and viability.

Our sources have, of course, sent us some audio."

Live it Out Loud, Man. And come back. *wink*

Taylor Hicks: Not Clowning Around

Taylor Hicks performed one of his 'shadow tour' concerts last night in Chicago at Martyrs Restaurant and Bar. So far only a few tidbits of on-line noise circling the internet this morning. Many of the gals I read that attended the show likely still sleeping it off this morning.

Word out, Mr. Hicks wasn't just clowning around when he told recent M&G gals about not taking pictures, recording the songs at Martyrs. According to one concert attendee, "By the way, while Taylor was singing “What’s Right Is Right” he saw someone with a camera pointed at him and he said, “get that camera out of here.” He means business."

I just had to laugh to think he’d pause in mid-sentence to shout at some lady snapping pics. I imagine him yelling out mid-stanza or something - then getting right back into the tune, “When you’ve got a dream… put the damn camera up!…reach for the sky…”.

The fans who follow Hicks on-line seem to have their skirts in a knot over Taylor not wanting pre-record release recordings, photos or Youtubed vids to be available prior to release of the new material, if even then. Many Loyalists to Hicks repeat their mantra about following Mr. Hicks' wishes as if he's some sort of guru heading some special sect, perhaps he is to them. Others are getting their rebel on and saying who cares, cheering on the bootleggers.

Personally I'm getting a tickle out of the Teacher's Pets who are writing, "I wouldn’t watch it because Taylor has made it absolutely clear that this is NOT how he wants us to hear his new music for the first time! I respect that. Personally, I hope that if anyone attempts to record or cellcert they get bounced out of the place on their idiotic arrogant asses". That made me think of those cute little monkeys. I can just imagine them giving a 'yip' if someone posts material not sanctioned by Taylor and quickly covering their eyes, hitting the sound button on their computer; they're such good fans. I guess it's good that folks are complying, to get caught with camera or recording devices can get you tossed from the club and your equipment confiscated. You can also be shown the door to litigation court for that violation. My view is, if it is posted and stated no recording etc. while you are at a show, then don't violate the rules or face the consequences.

It's glaringly obvious "the Why" about Hicks' not wanting a cell cert or recordings to emerge from his shadow tours. Taylor Hicks needs this to be a successful venture, with that in mind, he's got to be very careful with material release, how it is handled. Too there's the profit margin issue to contend with - free material on line might cut into the profits of the sale of the real product. Interesting too to see if any of the local entertainment writers will show up to cover Mr. Hicks at any of the venues or if that is being denied at this point as well. Take that one step further are any of the entertainment writers even interested? I'd think so considering the press he's been doing in some of the tour cities so far and after all, he was that reality show winner.

That said, Mr. Hicks should want to share his new material, be open with the fans more. He's still thinking along the mindset that the less out there the more folks will be interested. Shouting out at fans while you're in mid-song not real good P.R. either but I understand the frustrations. Hell, just recently at one of Darling Man's band performances some of the ladies present were damn annoying with their popping up and down and talking through the guys' set. Small scale example, but suffice to say, I get it.

Perhaps Mr. Hicks will see the light and start filming his shows to put up on one of his websites, you know, to draw more traffic. I'm looking forward to the video created by Jake Davis, no word out yet on where this video will be seen first. I guess that's one more thing Mr. Hicks deems placed on a need to know basis... At least Mr. Davis understands the benefits of providing a teaser peek.
(Click picture)Mr. Davis has a little Leonardo DiCaprio thing going on in that photo.
"Tears of a Clown" Smokey

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Big Night in Chi-Town

"Sweet Home Chicago"

"Soul Man"

Just a few things that popped into my mind today.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Anoop Dawg Desai and the Dawg Pound Clef Hangers

Now this guy might be fun.

How Do You Spell Censorship?

In Taylor Hicks fan world it seems to be B-O-O-G-I-E. The Season of the Soul site popped up in the Taylor Hicks alerts this morning with the blogger reviewing her recent treatment by the powers that be on The Boogie Board. I've heard tales before about the site administrators being controlling over the type of material and information allowed seen on the site. I know it's a private board and you have to gain entrance to be allowed to read it and post. I also recall a time when some sort of major dissension occurred between moderators and the gossip behind the who and why of that little circus.

I'm not writing this to stand up for Wonder, the "Season of the Soul" blogger. I don't really know her nor do I belong to her forum, of which from what I understand is one of those not taking on any more members. What I am writing about is the idea of censorship. This very continuing and prevalent circumstance one of the very things that lends to giving Taylor Hicks' fans a bad rap, the 'cult-like' following reputation tied to the guy. It's almost like a secret enjoinder anyone writing or following Hicks need know, be careful of what you write and what tone you might use to do it in. Of course, with the written word what is put in print can be mentally construed in various ways dependent upon the mindset of those reading and perhaps how they view the particular writer.

This issue ties in with the continuing saga of the green-eyed monster battle to be first in the Hicks' camp to get word of and by the guy. Now I'm not talking about the Sue from Peoria types who simply post on sites - I'm talking about the site owners and forum moderators, not all but many, are in some sort of bizarro land competition to be the first with the most.

Now if you're wondering why I'm combining censorship, information, the green-eyed monster of envy and The Boogie, it's simple. Apparently during a Meet & Greet with Taylor Hicks, certain ladies were given a message from him regarding upcoming concert behaviors. He requested they pass on the word to not plan to record or film the upcoming concert at Martyrs this weekend in Chicago. Seems Mr. Hicks does not want folks taking material, namely any new material he may have on this new CD scheduled to come out in March and pass any of it around. The ladies,pleased he selected them to confide in, dutifully started hitting the sites and passing the word. The Boogie Board, apparently one of their on-line bases, so natch they spread the info on that site. Moderators for whatever reason, whether green-eyed envy - or the validity of the information - selected to erase the posts and ban the people spreading the message.

Talk about killing the messenger.

Yesterday on Taylor Hicks' MySpazz page a message showed up, it was brief:
" Thursday, January 15, 2009
Live Show Policy
Please note that for all live appearances, there is a strict no recording policy. This applies to all video recording devices, including amateur and professional video cameras as well as cellular telephones. This policy will be strictly enforced."

No "Hi-de-ho! or "How's it kicking", or "How's your Grandma!" Keeping it brief to the point of terseness. This the only message he's has posted on that site since December 3rd. But wait, now his profile reads he's female and 109 years old. Is that to be some form of humor injected?

Now, I'm sure the Taylor Hicks fan soldiers will feel the need to add how busy he is, he doesn't have time to blog blah, blah blah to infinity; that's pure and simple nonsense. If he had time to write those words, which likely he did not, he would have time to add a few fonts of niceties to his fans who hang on that site every day. Shame on his MySpazz writer for being negligent in the communication front. Considering this guy has a new record coming out and all that appears on that site as a blog entry is that message? I just shake my head.

Grey has up that picture on her site which could carry a big message. So, forums with your controlling moderators, just go ahead and continue the censorship of your messages, ban the fans who have been loyal and long-term members - Taylor Hicks, keep authorizing terse messages once every few months, Soul Patrol soldiers keep running interference.

Let's hide and watch how this works out.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

A Few Musings on A.I. Last Night

I'm not going to get into a whole show critique, there's so many out there to pick from, don't have the time. I will comment about local boy, Michael Castro. Mike, dude, read "The Emperor Has No Clothes" and apply it to your hair. I'm thinking the style has something to do with his family influence and the thought process that he needs have something to stand out from the crowd, especially with brother Jason and his dreads.

Last night the interview of the two Castros were revealed, you can spot that family resemblance.

Haven't found vid on Michael's actual singing on the show yet, but sure it will surface soon enough. Spoiler alert, don't get too excited about a Castro 2.0, Joe's Place spilled he gets cut in Hollywood.

I sort of liked this guy's voice, he's got a Robert Downey Jr look to him too. Thing is the sad story part incorporating his wife's death into the show just comes across as something that rhymes with his last name. Rickey had a good vid up on his site. Link Danny Gokey HERE.

Then there's this guy, did a thesis on BBQ in college. Got to love that.

Anoop Dawg. Has a ring to it.

Hard to find good youtubes today, guess I'll have to start making my own.

Oh, have to say two more words: Lil Rounds. You have to catch her.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Scott MacIntyre on American Idol

"And so It Goes" Billy Joel sung by Idol contestant.

vid c/o MasonMKaumans
Reading comments, he's already got the home audience crying and carrying on about him. Should be one of the top contestants, this show will love him.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Taylor Hicks "What's Right is Right"

Video shoot for Taylor Hicks video supposedly went as well as could be expected yesterday - especially in light of it being shot in a city currently under blizzard warnings.Neither, rain, no snow, no gloom of night - wait we're not talking postal system. That brings me to this photo being featured on IDOL BLUES. No, he's not a postal worker nor on the verge of 'going postal' at least we hope not, but he did attend the Taylor video shoot, and it appears enjoyed himself immensely, getting some Taylor time.

From his smile, maybe he was treated to some of those purple Martinis. You know, to stave off the wind and cold. Like anti-freeze.

American Idol Changes Format

Yes, the pop cultural monster machine that chews up any other television program in its path is back tonight on FOX. This season, the eighth, has several differences from seasons past.

First, the producers are throwing in yet another judge to the panel, making it an even four. Considering four has no tie-breaking abilities being an even number, I say, hey, go to five while you're at it. The Hoff has some time off, bring him to the show. Since no one of any importance on the show listens to me, they're sticking to four. This fourth judge added to the karaoke reality show, Kara DioGuardi. The first time I had really heard of her she judged the defunct and completely awful wanna be to A.I., a show called "The One". Heard of it? No biggie since only about 4 people beside my Idol pal, Chancelucky, and I watched it. Oh yeah, she's also written a few pop numbers and even wrote for Taylor Hicks' eponymous album.

Nigel Lythgoe, who quit Idol last year had said he did not want another judge for the panel, because afterall hearing what an absolute failure of a singer you are once is bad enough, but to have it reiterated fourfold a bit much. Considering how well his "So You Think You Can Dance" does in the ratings I'd not call him a stupid guy. She's also the youngest member of the panel so perhaps the show believed that a benefit considering all the other judges are hitting the mid-century mark, albeit all are quite well botoxed preserved.

Second, the "Wild Card" round will return, something forgotten about a few seasons back. Hey, it's how Clay Aiken stuck around in the second season. It also sheds light over which judge is biased for what contestant. With four of them in the mix that may haul four more contestants back in the ring for the battle of the fittest.

Third,the ever special "Idol Gives Back" won't be back this season. The charitable event that tries to make the show look like it truly is about making dreams come true has been canned for this year. Guess last year's event did not go over that well. Never heard Seacrest bragging about the gazillions raised this year like he did the previous season. Likely those gazillions did not materialize...

Fourth, instead of 24 finalists making it to the real competition and national showtime we're to see 36 this year. Yes that's 12 more dreamers for the television audience to dig dirt up on follow on their path to the higher ground of the fame mountain.

Last but not least,there will be more emphasis on the Hollywood round. Now before anyone gets excited thinking that with these changes the show may last until next July, the number of shows remain the same. Sadly there will be fewer audition shows, and less of the more colorful characters that make the initial weeks so endearing for me. Concentration cited as being more focused on the aspirational singers, less on the ever enjoyable 'train wreck' performances. One of my favorite such performances came from my city, yes, Dallas brought Idol this guy -
certainly the season would have been less bright without Simon Cowell's biggest fan.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Get Ready for the Cheesy Goodness! American Idol Returns!

I'm so excited. I just can't hide it. I'm about to lose control and I think I like it!

Tomorrow night the entertainment feast of all karaoke reality shows is back and I am counting the minutes. I can only hope for moments like this during this next season.
Fantasia's special performance:

Maybe Hollywood week will bring me some of this: (Give it a few secs, the choreography is the kicker.)

thanks to psychosmurf2006

House of Blues and Government Mule

Government Mule come to Dallas, February 8th, come get your "Soulshine" on.

vid c/o dAiLaN59

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Cinderella Cardinals and The Other Taylor

Last night Darling Man and I were spudding on the couch, downing Shiner Blacks cheering on the fantastic Cinderella Cardinals as they kicked the overall favorited team's ass last night. Man, tragic for Delhomme, he looked completely Romo-tized, his Panthers traumatized. Not so happy a birthday for Delhomme. Wonder if Tony gave him an after game empathy phone call?

Ever since this past disastrous Cowboy season fell into the final crapper we've decided on becoming Cardinal fans for the duration of this season. This team appeals to me on several levels. I've always liked Kurt Warner, he's been one of my favorite QB's through good times and bad, he's a talented athlete and incredible fighter who's not ready to say quits because of age or past injuries. Warner had been counted out back in 2005 as possibly being unable to sustain starting QB position, but he fought his way back into the role. Some have criticized his playing for the Cards since they haven't seen play-off light since 1947 when they were a Chicago team - too this long standing football team - one of the original football teams in the history of the NFL has never been to the Super Bowl. This year with Warner giving it what he can give, and this team, love me some hard playing heads up football, (shout out to number 11!) they have a chance to make some real history for the franchise.

Cards slaughter the Panthers highlights:

video created by The InfamousBSO
It's a good thing the Cowboys are out, there's no way they could compete with heart like this team's showing. Have to say after seeing Delhomme's handsome face after the game, I felt badly for him. It's so sad to be Romo-tized.

Today I'll tune into the Eagles vs Giants game - will likely be a great game. Nothing against Baby Manning, but I've been a McNabb fan for a long while so partial to 'Superman' taking the team further; he's been having some tough times, but like Warner keeps on keeping on - no Romo-tizing for him either. Man, what a Super Bowl it would be to see the Cardinals vs the Eagles.

Anyway, after the game last night and since we were still spudding on the couch, had one more beer to down, we tuned into Saturday Night Live. Neil Patrick "Doogie Howser" Harris was to be a special guest, and young Taylor Swift was the musical guest, this one of her songs captured from the show.

Perhaps it's one of those Jonas Brothers, Hannah Montana things.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Copyright Infringement?

Takes more than the same or similar name. Copyright infringement is the lifting of the same material, whether written or in musical scores without permission. It can follow along the lines of plagiarism; same lyrics, same musical scores can get artists in trouble, even if accidental.

Having the same name of a song for example, not copyright infringement. Example, Chris Daughtry and the Foo Fighters (and a few other bands) have tunes titled, "Home".
Daughtry's "Home" sounds nothing like Dave Grohl's version.
"Home" Foo Fighters

Recent Taylor Hicksian blooper at amazon.com had a sampling of Mr. Hicks' purported single selected off of his upcoming album, current release date set at March 10, 2009. A wee amount of fan furor erupted when another blog insinuated that this sampling of the tune, "What's Right is Right" was pulled due to another band having a tune of the same or similar name. Thing is the songs themselves, in an understatement, vastly different. Of course, along that same train of thought, perhaps Mr. Hicks could be cast in copyright infringement because the title incorporates some of the lyrics of this tune:

Seriously. Check the lyrics in this stanza:
When you oughta not bet.
You keep samin',
When you oughta be a-changin'.
Now what's right is right,
But you ain't been right yet...

I kid, but you get the idea. I have to hand it to that blogger, she certainly knows how to push those buttons.

Shinedown Need No Second Chance (but it's great)

I fell in love with Brent Smith's vocals a long while back. Man, wore out the first CD they put out. Acted like a 17 year old to get to see them last time they performed near here. Darling Man from the moment I pointed out this band found reasons to really dislike them. For some reason he simply selects to hate anything I enjoy unless it has to do with him. (He's not on my 'Good List' lately as you might surmise.) This song is being played like every fifteen minutes on our main rock station here in Big D. Considering this station, like most here in Dallas (in other words they usually suck) have a set format to adhere to, that says something.
Shinedown acoustic, "Second Chance"

This is one of the first songs I fell in love with from Shinedown,"45"

I was so knocked out with the power of his vocals, just gorgeous.
Love the tone of this song and the story behind it. "I Dare You"

Test of a truly great band, and singer... Live.

Shades of The Doors wander through the windows of my mind when I listen to them.
In the event you're interested, I put together a published piece on them and made a rudimentary webpage as a reminder, back in 2006. Carries links to their sites and information.

Friday, January 09, 2009

Taylor Hicks: "Hold on to Your Love" Video

In the nwi.com>, a Munster,IN on-line publication, Taylor Hicks said, "To each his own. Everybody has their own particular path they create for themselves. For me, I'm creating my own niche and my own career path." further indication he's not throwing the towel into the ring yet.

Finally "Hold on to Your Love" performed on CBS Chicago Morning Show hits Youtube:
Taylor Hicks

video provided by krunkyou10

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Taylor Hicks: You Gotta Move to Capture Information

As in the past, Taylor Hicks has sent out information, sound bites, and he then he taketh away. Thought I'd go ahead and post this up since on his "My Rocket Science" page his bio page has reverted back to the old format and the new image, the one I've captured in this post, is now removed. (Information now has him still in New York doing "Grease" twice a week.) Theory of thought with Hicks, if you stumble across some information, best get it while it's there, by tomorrow it's likely to have vanished. Sometimes it feels like perhaps I imagined it...

(Click to enlarge.)
Found this link posted by that lady who calls herself Griz over at It's All Grey's blog yesterday. Taylor does his harmonica/guitar thing on the morning show. Love this clip, performing "Hold on to Your Love". Bill Zwecker talks to Taylor.

Mysterious ways of Taylor Hicks, always something to consider when following his path. Which made me think of this tune, appropriate because it is The King's birthday.
"Mystery Train"

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Taylor Hicks and Jake Davis, Chi-Town Video

Jake Davis is the guy selected to create Taylor Hicks' first song video in promotion of Mr. Hicks' new material CD due out March 10, 2009. He graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, was nominated MTV student visionary filmmaker and hired while still in school, by Wieden+Kennedy to direct a short film for Nike. Man, this guy's no slacker.

Understated to say his resume is impressive - Taylor Hicks should have a brilliant video resulting from time spent with him. Checking out Jake's website, today he had posted a collage of ideas featured as Taylor Hicks Inspirations.

From the images Jake's collected, he's thinking throwback and old school which is very cool, very part of Taylor's sound, part of what influenced him in his music. There's also this type of music that has played a part:

Another thing that caught my attention, Mr. Davis is involved as a collaborator with international skate/streetwear brand Supreme, which made me wonder if maybe he's familiar with an aquaintance of mine who works with the 'new' GOST line.

Naturally I'm looking forward to see what comes out of this, interesting to see how they're going to work around Chi Town's wintry weather - which hey, could lend an even better vibe to the shoot.
"Inspiration" Gipsy Kings (Nothing to do with any 'Hicksian' inspiration, something that popped into my mind.)

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Taylor Hicks, WGN Chicago: He just keeps reeling me in...

Taylor Hicks appeared on the WGN Chicago Morning Show today which marks the start of the "Grease" tour stop in the Windy City. He selected a tune off of his "Early Works" CD, sat on a darkened stage on a stool with just his guitar. He performed one of my favorite tunes off of that compilation record, "Early Works" called "The Fall". Click that link to watch the performance from this morning. He was brilliant.

To watch his interview from the show, go HERE. Talk ranged from riding that "Grease" ice cream cone to the whole entertainment situation; theater vs music stage. Naturally talk about American Idol had to surface. Taylor also reminisced about his night playing with Buddy Guy and friends and what a great honor and fun experience that was for him. Oh, yeah, and he loved the "Bozo Show". Good times. He is set to return the 17th it sounds like... to play that special Bozo game.

Mr. Hicks will make some dreams come true soon, click this link for the what and the when.

Taylor Hicks jamming - short clip:

video supplied by Geanna5876
Another longer jam at Buddy Guy's bar

vid shot by fastchic44
Taylor Hicks has his new single for MP3 downloading on amazon.com.

Monday, January 05, 2009

Taylor Hicks; a Glimpse at the Road Back

Back from what you might ask? I'll get to that. Yesterday, Taylor Hicks sang at the Eagles/Viking match up, performing the National Anthem; unfortunately with football, for all the Taylor Hicks fans, that portion is not shown, unlike baseball. Who makes these rules anyway?

vid by skeeter226
It's a good thing he was able to do this game, too bad it wasn't a televised moment, example why; folks like this who were simply wondering where he's been. Wtf Taylor Hicks sang the National Anthem. Where has that guy been?.

This one reason the Teen Angel role is an absolutely brilliant choice for Hicks' career. This gig has the potential to provide the man the national mobility he needs, while at the same time interview options in the various 'ports-o-call'. This may have played a hand in his landing this Vikings/Eagles* game as well, but since the game was also aired on FOX, simply a decision made to aide in promoting the new season of American Idol.

I know there are many fans who consider the "Grease" national tour a horrible idea. My opinion leans toward these folks mean well, they may just not be thinking in the vein of the entertainment business. Too, it's possible some prefer to continue the train of thought holding Mr. Hicks in a sort of fairy-tale Cinderella role. You know, one day that glass slipper will show up and miraculously fit; a miracle will ensue and he'll be handed the recognition all his fans think he deserves.

I based this opinion on reading some of the fans discussing Mr. Hicks' time playing dives, bars, those days he slept on that worn and torn couch dreaming of making it one day in the entertainment world playing his music. I'll tell you, dear readers, that's one highly overrated and absolutely non-glorious lifestyle if one has to actually live it. Sure, it looks romantic on the silver screen, and yes, usually those script writers end the story in a glow of happy circumstance with that artist gaining recognition, carried about on the shoulders of their fans celebrating a long deserved success. But in the real world, that story usually far from truth. It's one reason we love the movies, that escape from the harsh road that awaits most dreamers walking in the real world; the real world is not a "Miracle on 34th Street", there are no glass slippers.

Taylor Hicks is reported to have a new single to hit the sound waves soon. Word out, it was to be available on iTunes the 6th, tomorrow, but seems there's been a change. Now projected for the 20th of the month. It has a name now, "What's Right is Right". You can visit this site, My Rocket Science for up to date information on Mr. Hicks, this music release information and other related topics. Too, tomorrow, the 6th, he is scheduled to perform on the WGN morning show, Chicago. No indication whether he's promoting his role in "Grease" or if we may be in for a taste of the material on the new CD promised for March. If your satellite or cable provider doesn't carry WGN, check this site link.

So, as I said in the opening of my post, back to what? Back to striving toward that goal he's set out for himself when he entered that FOX reality show. I retain high hopes for Mr. Hicks that he gain good press and recognition in this next endeavor to have his voice heard. Taylor Hicks has always reminded me of a boxer and as long as he keeps swinging, I'll keep on listening.
"The Boxer" LYRICS Cinderella Man filmclip

created by lizardlady44
(If you've not seen this movie, you're missing out. Viva Jim Braddock's memory)

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Taylor Hicks Half time Performance? Holiday Greetings? Big Ol' Nada in the News

Word out by a fan that Taylor Hicks is performing the National Anthem today for the Vikings/Eagles match-up at 3:15 p.m. Interesting nothing to be found on the game's website, NFL Game Center or on any of the 'official' Taylor Hicks websites. Perhaps a last minute deal.

Promotion be damned I guess. Just let the on-line fans and the bloggers go at it - it's free. Hell, folks, last update on his MySpazz site was December 3rd, over a month past. No Christmas cheersing, no Happy New Year, nada. What gives on the communication front? Or, should I say Lack of Communication front - that's more appropriate.

This noteworthy considering Taylor Hicks is set to release some new material, last word from the Hicks' camp he was releasing on iTunes next week a new single. What is it? What does it sound like? Remains to be seen. I did read that his Headquarters site has some word on a video to be shot in Chicago. That's something, I guess.
"Song Remains the Same" Led Zeppelin

Benjamin Buttons, Curious Case of a Great Movie

This has to be one of the best movies I've seen since "Big Fish" (written by John August). This movie, upon which the F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Great Gatsby) short story was loosely based, translated to the silver screen carrying a fantastic message about life, loved ones and the value of treasuring every moment that you can while you can. It's those small moments, those snap-shot bits of time and space that hit you as something to never forget and mentally preserve that this movie vibrates to... this is one of those movies, when you walk out, you don't forget - it remains with you a long while.

The story of aging, of life, death and the necessary circle ruled by time that we all of mortal caliber undergo and experience. The movie reminds you of your own mortality and the mortality of those you love and how saying goodbye can be sad yet bittersweet. The necessity of staying in touch with your soul, your emotions yet not forget your humor, the fun and the crazy aspects that make all of us unique. This little bit of Saturday afternoon entertainment a reality check in the truth in "you never know what's coming for you".

Brad Pitt often maligned as just a pretty face is sorely underrated in his abilities to convey emotion, feeling and depth of thought with his eyes, his voice. I fell hard for him in his role as Tristan in
"Legends of the Fall".

I also enjoyed his role in the not so well received "Meet Joe Black" in which Mr. Pitt portrays another being not quite of the regular world.

Julia Ormond was his love interest in "Legends..." and she plays a pivotal role in this new one. Cate Blanchett who is also a repeat co-actor filmed with Pitt in the movie, "Babel". She absolutely glows on-screen, film lighting casts her bathed in an ethereal luminosity lending to the story's fantasy plot. They were a good team in "Babel" and even better in this movie.

This movie is being compared to "Big Fish" for a few reasons apparent. It's told in story flashback form and both are radical fantasies with one movie having a man turn into that big fish in a real pond and the other man born old and growing young. They're both about morphing, changing and the circle of living that targets the human psyche. Both movies tell about the possibilities of that life continuing and never really dying, both movies have main characters being mystical, made of legend, impacting the lives of the regular folks around them.
"Benjamin Buttons"

vid by way of 'therealangelah'
It's a fabulous bit of truth wrapped in a 2 hour 48 minute hollywood delivery that I highly recommend.