Monday, July 31, 2023
Sunday, July 30, 2023
I figured I'd do a monthly 'what I'm listening to' kind of thing. This could be viewed as a lame placeholder kind of post. And probably it is. But it's my blog! So there!
Williams has been at this for pushing 50 years and in the last 10 (maybe longer?). I had to look, but save her first two disks, I own everything she's put out - phenomenal, good or bad. I have joked in other reviews and her vocals made it sound like she's had a stroke or a mouthful of marbles. Some of it was just unintelligible and not great listening.
In her last few disk the vocals became better and then she actually had a stroke. Ironically, on Stories, her vocals haven't been this good since maybe Essence (which is still such a great album!). And it's co-produced by the dude who co-produced her stellar Car Wheels on a Gravel Road.
I'd say highlights include "Last Call For The Truth", "This Is Not My Town", "Stolen Moments" and "Where The Song Will Find Me", and they are, but I like all the songs on this.
The musicians are good, though Williams isn't one of them. Her stroke has left her unable to play guitar. At least for now.
I'm glad at 70 she's still writing and recording music. And glad Stories is a good piece of her discography.
Saturday, July 29, 2023
Blah Blah Blah Ginger.
Far Side aficionados will get that. I've been lame on the intros these last few pet posts. Today will be no different.
Song by: Metro Boomin, the Weeknd & 21 Savage
Friday, July 28, 2023
Thursday, July 27, 2023
Wednesday, July 26, 2023
Tuesday, July 25, 2023
Monday, July 24, 2023
Sunday, July 23, 2023
Our friends, David & James, who are frequent-ish movie companions, asked us to go. I would assume they'd want to see Oppenheimer, and they do, but this was their first choice. We deferred to them.
It was shown at our art house theater, so instead of trekking to the 'burbs, we showed up (tickets pre-purchased) at a place 1.5 miles from us.
There was not an empty seat in the house. I'm 93% sure none of the youths there had been in that local, independent cinema.
I won't give away plot points too too much - if at all, but the script was clever. The execution, for the most part, was very good. The only spoiler, which is even in the trailer, Barbie goes to the real world.
This is how good a job Greta Gerwig did: she hired Will Ferrell and even he couldn't fuck up the movie. ...and they only played "Barbie Girl" for about 7 seconds, which was unexpected. matchbox 20 got more exposure.
I think Margot Robie did a great job. Ryan Gosling, whom I love, did pretty good. The hair and body were actually distracting. Maybe that was the point? It did not make me want to bump smooth parts with Ken.
Oddly, America Ferrera has a biggish part in it, and possibly the longest monologue of anyone in the movie, and it's on point.
There are other moments too - more subtle. One being my purposefully select image for today's post. And one with a character played by Rhea Pearlman. I know, right? .....and I was glad to see Issa Rae too.
I might have two criticisms, one of the movie, another possibly of the movie or maybe not.
1. Weird Barbie. Kate McKinnon was perfect, but shouldn't have Weird Barbie remained weird and not become a lot less so as the movie went on?
2. The sound. Often, I struggled with the muddiness of Ken's dialogue. And some of the songs. I cannot, unfortunately, rule out age-related anything here. It might all be me. Or some of it.
Clearly, I don't know a lot about Barbies and her cohort. Yes, I've heard of Midge and Skipper, but they use variations of the Mattel history of the dolls - all real things - that you'll laugh at because they sound so unreal. They are not. Who knew?
Right now, Barbie might be the best movie I've seen all year. .....and I never expected those words to ever come out of my mouth.
2023 Movie Count / Goal: 08 of 15
Song by: Elvis Costello
Saturday, July 22, 2023
It's way way past my bed time. No intro. Just cats and dogs.
Song by: R.E.M.
Friday, July 21, 2023
Thursday, July 20, 2023
Wednesday, July 19, 2023
Tuesday, July 18, 2023
Well, maybe one thing.
Monday, July 17, 2023
Sunday, July 16, 2023
Saturday, July 15, 2023
We are kitten heavy today.
We let Simon out last week. Out of his enclosure. Not out of the house. Never out of the house.
For the first hour, he stuck to the adjoining room. But now he owns the place. He's brave, feisty and adventurous. He's also figuring out hierarchy. Or we are.
Song by: Diana Ross
Friday, July 14, 2023
Thursday, July 13, 2023
So I'm doing my 159th 12 of 12.
Normally it is 12 pictures taken on the 12th of the month. Since I only post once per day, you get my images the following day. All pictures taken with my iPhone. Click images to enlarge, if you choose.
Created by Chad Darnell and picked up from, what I can tell, any number of random bloggers who then link back to him and vice versa. Chad is no longer doing this, nor is successor coordinating the linking of other 12 of 12'ers anymore.
There you go.
Wednesday, July 12, 2023
Tuesday, July 11, 2023
Monday, July 10, 2023
Sunday, July 09, 2023
I'm drafting this on Saturday prevening. Somewhere between 16:00 and 18:00.
Saturday, July 08, 2023
Well, the good thing about having a kitten: there are no lack of pictures. Let's just get to it.
Song by: Siouxsie and the Banshees