And The Grammy Goes To….

Okay, so I decided to jump on the bandwagon with regards to the Grammys and blog about some of the highlights.  Every year ever since I was kid, I’ve always looked forward to seeing live performances.  My love of music runs deep as music is universal and all of us have an internal playlist.  I was born in the era where Michael Jackson, Madonna, Prince, Aerosmith, etc. were prevalent and you could almost guarantee that they will put on a great show. Alas, now those days are gone as artists struggle for individuality in their performances and fail miserably.  But, this year, the Grammys are on a slight incline as most of the nominees this year, actually have TALENT.

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Can I say that the Grammys did a fantastic job of pairing five soul-stirring women (Yolanda Adams, Martina McBride, Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson and Florence Welch from Florence and the Machine) whose voices embodied the iconoclastic Aretha Franklin as they performed classic hits in her honor?  These ladies were simply amazing as they each brought out the soul in all of their renditions.  Christina really needed this validation since she was panned so severely for ruining our National Anthem at this year’s Super Bowel (I mean, Bowl).  Well, none of my picks made it.

I have to also say that Cee-Lo Green’s collaboration with Gwyneth Paltrow on “Forget You (aka “F**K You”)” was absolutely brilliant. 

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His choice of using the Muppets playing the band brought out the playful side of the performance and even Gwyneth rocked it out; mad props to her as she seamlessly went from actress to singer before our very eyes.  However, Cee-Lo’s bold choice in costume made him look like an oversized peacock.  Other than that, clearly it was the best and most memorable performance of the evening.

How about the country music group Lady Antebellum dominating the Grammys this year for their song “Need You Now” by winning SONG and RECORD OF THE YEAR.  If you didn’t know who they were at first, you will now and I’m pretty sure this week a plethora of people will head over to iTunes and download the “ultimate drunken booty call” song of the year and add it to their Music Library. “It’s a quarter after one, I’m all alone and I need you now!”

As if Lady Gaga couldn’t top any of her other entrances she’s done in the past (i.e. The MEAT dress, Kermit The Frog as her date, blood spurting out of her during her dramatic performance of PAPARAZZI, etc.), she has outdone herself once again and appeared on the Red Carpet in an iridescent EGG!?!?  She baffled reporters big time as to how in the hell were they going to get their interview with the Grammy-Nominated performer.  By the way, her new song “Born This Way”, disappointed as she sampled Madonna’s “Express Yourself”.  She’s much better than that.



Other noteworthy performances were Usher (who puts on a great show always), Eminem & Dr. Dre, Bruno Mars and Janelle Monae and Katy Perry (even though it was just okay). 

Alright (sigh), I guess I’m going to have to go and download Arcade Fire and Esparanza Spaulding to find out who the hell these people are since they won the major honors this year.  No need to download Lady Antebellum, don’t need it right now.

Treating Life As A Chapter

CHAPTER:  A distinct period or sequence of events relating to history or a person’s life.

They say that every moment and every step taken in life is a chronicle.  Essentially, you are writing your scenario, you are writing your own book and every book has a beginning which starts molding and shaping who you are and the circumstances surrounding you include several moments and those moments become chapters.  What would be in your book?  Is your book comedic, a dramatic, a fast-paced action flick, a timeless romance or is filled with sorrow and regret about loss and what could have been?  What genre would your book be?  When you think about it, your book can only be written by one person:  YOU.  

The cool part about writing your own book is controlling what goes in it.  We all want to focus on the things we love to do; the things that make us happy and have a purpose for getting up in the morning.  Some of us are successful at doing it, some of us are still finding our groove and some of us are stuck in reflection.  Your book should say you’ve accomplished everything in your life you intended to do without lack or limitation.  Your book should create an indelible imprint on the ones that will remember you.  Your book should be a blueprint you (as well as the ones who love you) can continue to build on for the rest of your life.  As far as the ending goes, a predetermined destiny which you have no control over so in other words, do all you can in life because the next day is never promised.

So the moral in treating life as a chapter is, whenever you hate the direction of where your book is heading, there is such thing as revision:  REVISE, REVISE, REVISE.  There may be moments happening around you that are devastating, but harness strength from the pain and continue writing. In life, as well as, in your book, there’s a do-over.

 

Dinner With Helena…….

It would maybe go a little something like this.

HELENA: Jerod.
(pronouncing it as JA-RED as opposed to JE-ROD)
What is this delightful confection we are having?
ME: It’s called chicken and waffles, Helena. A soul food delicacy.
HELENA: Mmmmm. . . and this side dish?
ME: That’s collard greens.
HELENA: Wow…these are….how do you say….da shiznit!?!?
ME: You know it. Don’t forget to add the hot sauce.

Of course, I’m only imagining this conversation in my head. There are only a few celebrities that have resonated within me as of late, but the one that sticks out I would love to meet and have dinner with would have to be Helena Bonham Carter.  She’s an extremely gifted and talented actress (A ROOM WITH A VIEW, THE KING’S SPEECH, THE WINGS OF A DOVE) with a style all her own.  She embodies and defines the phrase “completely unapologetic”.  She got panned by fashion critics for her outrageous outfits during this year’s award season and I love her response, “Who cares!”.  And trust me, she’s a breath of fresh air whenever she parades out on the red carpet.

Even though H-Bon did look like a hot mess with her mismatched shoes, her Vivienne Westwood gown on with hair resembling an eagle’s nest, her style is what makes her what she is—FUN, DARING and goes against the grain of traditional red carpet wear.  I love anyone whose style that can bring out their true self.  Celebrities, remember that when trying to find that perfect outfit.  There weren’t any airs that she was putting on or a façade she was maintaining.  She was HER. Accept her or F**K off!

Helena, if you are out there and you just so happen to stumble upon reading this blog.  Would you have dinner with me so that I can pick that beautiful brain of yours?  You make me smile.

The Universe Is Listening

Greetings from the local neighborhood coffee shop SOLAR DE CAHUENGA.  This is the place where I frequent to get away from my tiny studio apartment to get away whenever I feel inspired to write.  As I’m sitting here sipping on my warm tea on a chilly 51 degree night in the unglamorous and seedy part of Hollywood, CA.

This evening’s blog is about achieving GOALS, making your DREAMS into reality, affirming your AFFIRMATIONS and making things right with THE UNIVERSE.  One of my New Year’s resolutions I said that I was going to do for myself was to start paying attention to my own goals and dreams and stop being the backseat and the vehicle for others.  It’s hard when you allow yourself to fall into a monotonous pattern where you become THAT person that listens to everyone else’s problems or when you become THAT person who works tirelessly with others to achieve THEIR goals and not paying attention to your own.  It’s hard because you think that’s what your purpose is—-just to be the vehicle where you are the passenger and not the driver.  Well, I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m going to start paying attention to what my heart is yearning for me to do and that is to start living for ME.  I encourage and implore others who have goals that you want to achieve to challenge yourself to not say (I CAN’T), but rather (I CAN).

What am I putting out in the universe for myself you may ask?  Well, here are a few things that are high on the list that I plan on doing:

  • SKYDIVING
  • FINISH MY SCREENPLAY
  • FINISH MY NOVEL
  • TRAVEL SOMEPLACE EXOTIC (GREECE, ITALY, PUERTO RICO, ETC.)
  • BECOME A FITNESS INSTRUCTOR
  • TALK TO MY FAMILY MORE OFTEN
  • WIN AN ACADEMY AWARD

I know the last one may be a bit of a stretch, but hell it can happen and it WILL.  Remember, I’m putting it out there in the universe. In essence, what I’m trying to say is—-you have a voice, use it, you have a voice, speak your mind, you have a voice, don’t let anyone tell you, you can’t do because all that does is give them power over your journey.  They are not traveling on the same road.  If anything, they are derailing you from reaching your destination.  Once your goal is out there, walk (or better yet) stomp with your best shoes on until you get what’s yours and that, my friends, is putting it out there in the universe.

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