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Aretha’s Famous Hat Seen From Satellite

In 2009 Presidential Inauguration, Barack Obama, Entertainment, Music, Washington D.C. on January 23, 2009 at 11:06 am

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Ok, it wasn’t actually seen from that awesome Inauguration Day satellite shot. But so many people fell in love with her bodacious bow and hat during her rendition of “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” that calls began pouring into the hat’s shop origin. The Detroit hat shop owned by Luke Song has become quite popular in the last few days.

From the AP:

Franklin, who wore a gray felt custom-designed hat from Mr. Song Millinery, has inadvertently caused an economic boom for the South Korean immigrant’s store.

Song said he wasn’t prepared for the hundreds of calls requesting the hat with a Swarovski rhinestone-bordered bow.

“We even have a lot of men calling to get it for their wives, mothers and grandmothers,” Song said.

The hat worn by the “Queen of Soul” was hand-molded and would cost upward of $500 โ€” if it were for sale, the 36-year-old designer said. Customers instead were offered a satin ribbon version for $179.

“They want the same hat, but they understand it’s for the ‘Queen’ only,” he said. “Ninety-nine percent said, ‘That’s fine. I’ll get the next best thing.'”

The family millinery has been in Detroit for about 25 years, and Franklin has been a customer for about 20 of those years. The store also sells to about 500 boutiques across the country.

“We always make hats for her for high-profile events, so for us, the inauguration really was no big deal,” Song told The Associated Press on Thursday.

The design for Franklin’s hat came from two different hats at the store.

“She walked through the shop and said ‘I want that bow (put) on that hat,'” he said. “She had the coat already, but she needed the hat to set it off.”

I, for one, loved her hat. I even became a fan of it (yes, the hat itself) on Facebook. It shouted “R-E-S-P-E-C-T” with the diva-ness that only Aretha could exude. Admit it: no one else could wear that hat and get away with it. So for all of you that are bombarding Mr. Song’s shop, just quit it. You cannot and will not be able to wear Aretha’s hat without looking like a fool.

This is from my view at the 2009 Presidential Inauguration:

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Blogger Arrested Over Unreleased Guns N’ Roses Music

In Are you kidding me?, Bloggers, Internet, Music on August 27, 2008 at 7:19 pm

Another blogger getting in big trouble.

From Anthony McCartney of the AP:

A blogger suspected of streaming songs from the unreleased Guns N’ Roses album “Chinese Democracy” on his Web site was arrested Wednesday and appeared in court, where his bail was set at $10,000.

FBI agents arrested 27-year-old Kevin Cogill on Wednesday morning on suspicion of violating federal copyright laws. Cogill appeared in court in the afternoon wearing a T-shirt; his girlfriend sat in court and afterward said, “Rally the troops,” but declined further comment.

Federal authorities say Cogill posted nine unreleased Guns N’ Roses songs on his Web site in June. The songs were later removed.

In later posts, Cogill wrote that the FBI had questioned him and asked his readers if any of them knew a good attorney. He was represented Wednesday by a federal public defender.

According to an arrest affidavit, Cogill admitted to agents that he posted the songs on his Web site. Prosecutors said Wednesday the leak could result in a “significant” financial loss for the band.

Cogill will not face any special Internet restrictions, but was ordered to appear in court for a preliminary hearing on Sept. 17.

No statement was issued by the band or frontman Axl Rose after the arrest.

“Chinese Democracy” is a much anticipated โ€” and repeatedly delayed โ€” new album by Guns N’ Roses that is more than 10 years in the making. At least one of the album’s songs could be heard legally: The band wrote on its Web site in July that its track, “Shackler’s Revenge” will be featured on the video game Rock Band 2, slated for release in September.

Now why would you go and post something like music that has not been released? The same would go for copies of books or movies that have not been released to the general public. At 27, I would expect a little more common sense from Mr. Cogill. Go figure.

Reagan Girl – Tribute to the 80’s

In GOP, Humor, Music, Political Humor, Ronald Reagan on June 27, 2008 at 12:59 pm

This reminds me of how bad some of the music was in the 80’s.

REAGAN GIRL (Parody to Debbie Gibson’s SHAKE YOUR LOVE):

The real song:

Condoleeza Rice and KISS Team Up

In Bush Administration, Condoleeza Rice, Music, Politics, War in Afghanistan, War in Iraq on May 30, 2008 at 12:41 pm

Today from Scott Thillย of Wired.com:

Kiss_condi_2 In what has to be a sign of some sort of apocalypse, Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice took time off from the war on terror to enlist in the KISS Army during a stopover in Stockholm for a conference on Iraq.

Can Condi help this Army’s chances of being greeted as liberators? Probably not.

But at least she got to spend what the Associated Press called a “late-night encounter” with Gene Simmons and walk away without becoming one of his thousands of bedded women, dignity intact — despite a photograph that may some day rival one of Richard Nixon and Elvis for head-scratching “What the hell led up to that?!” honors.

“I was thrilled,” the classically trained, piano prodigy Rice told reporters. “It was really fun to meet Kiss and Gene Simmons,” she added, noting that she has yet to catch the band whose fan club she just joined in, er, the flesh.

That’s debatable. While in Australia in 2004, the Israel-born Simmons notoriously slammed Islam, saying “This is a vile culture and if you think for a second that it’s going to just live in the sands of God’s armpit you’ve got another thing coming…They want to come and live right where you live and they think that you’re evil.”

That less-than-diplomatic remark may mean that you’re more likely to see a picture of Rice in Simmons’ hotel room than Gene at Foggy Bottom.

Photo: State Department/Ann Lyons

Wow…never thought that they would look better WITH the make-up on. Maybe we should send them in au-natural to scare Bin Laden out of his cave. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Roger Waters for Obama

In Barack Obama, Election 2008, Music, Politics on April 28, 2008 at 7:43 am

Roger Waters for Obama

From the AP:

Roger Waters brought Coachella to a close with an epic two-set performance that included playing all of “Dark Side of the Moon” and unleashing a giant inflated pig into the night sky.

The 64-year-old Waters, the third headliner of the three-day music festival following Prince and Jack Johnson, performed an elaborate, almost retrospective concert Sunday featuring music from throughout Pink Floyd’s catalog.

Old photographs of the band often flashed across the screen behind Waters and his current band, which played songs from “The Wall,” “Wish You Were Here” and “Animals,” among other Floyd albums. They also played “Dark Side” in its entirety, culminating with the album’s iconic triangle prism rising above the stage.

But Waters’ biggest prop was an inflatable pig the size of a school bus that emerged while he played a version of “Pigs” from 1977’s capitalism critique, “Animals.”

The pig, which was led above the crowd from lines held on the ground, displayed the words “Don’t be led to the slaughter” and a cartoon of Uncle Sam wielding two bloody cleavers. The other side read “Fear builds walls.”

The underside of the pig simply read “Obama” with a checked ballot box alongside.

As Waters drew the song to a close, flame bursts exploded on the sides of the stage and the swine floated into the night sky. Waters said sadly and comically, “That’s my pig.”

The performance also included speaker towers placed around the outside of the crowd. Smoke machines funneled across the stage and over the audience, thickening the atmosphere.

The Greatful Dead Reunites for Obama

In Barack Obama, Election 2008, Music, Politics on February 5, 2008 at 1:36 am

The Greatful Dead

Dead Heads for Obama

From Reuters:

Saying Barack Obama embodies political hope absent since Robert Kennedy was killed 40 years ago, three surviving members of the Grateful Dead reunited on Monday to back the presidential candidate.

“Every few generations a guy like this comes along,” percussionist Mickey Hart told a news conference a day ahead of California’s primary, in which Obama is the underdog against Hillary Clinton. “It seems like desperate times and we’re desperate people.”

The band known for its loyal fans, known as “Deadheads,” broke up in 1995 after band leader and guitarist Jerry Garcia died. They have since played together occasionally, most recently in 2004.

At a San Francisco concert in front of 2,400 fans, singer-guitarist Bob Weir, 60, said the counter-culture band has never performed on behalf of a presidential candidate before, though they have often embraced liberal social causes.

“The last time hope was in the air, it was ended by a bullet,” Weir said, referring to Kennedy, who was assassinated on the night he won the California Democratic primary in 1968. “We’ve been reluctant to do political events all along.”

Bassist Phil Lesh, 67, said he met Illinois Senator Obama, who told him he has some Grateful Dead songs on his iPod music player, last year.

Obama’s dapper, clean-cut image contrasts with the tied-dyed shirts and long, shaggy hair of fans who lined up for hours to attend the “Deadheads for Obama ’08” reunion. Some concert-goers, including those with gray in their hair, addressed each other as “dude.”

Dude??? I hope Barack isn’t considering a Grateful Dead song as a possibility for a theme song. Just looking at their lyrics, one can see how much the wacky tabacky contributed to their “far out” mumbo jumbo…

Example:


 

U.S. Blues

Red and white, blue suede shoes, I’m Uncle Sam, how do you do?
Gimme five, I’m still alive, ain’t no luck, I learned to duck.
Check my pulse, it don’t change. Stay seventy-two come shine or rain.
Wave the flag, pop the bag, rock the boat, skin the goat.
Wave that flag, wave it wide and high.
Summertime done, come and gone, my, oh, my.

I’m Uncle Sam, that’s who I am; Been hidin’ out in a rock and roll band.
Shake the hand that shook the hand of P.T. Barnum and Charlie Chan.
Shine your shoes, light your fuse. Can you use them ol’
U.S. Blues?
I’ll drink your health, share your wealth, run your life, steal your wife.
Wave that flag, wave it wide and high.
Summertime done, come and gone, my, oh, my.

Back to back chicken shack. Son of a gun, better change your act.
We’re all confused, what’s to lose?
You can call this song, the
United States Blues.
Wave that flag, wave it wide and high.
Summertime done, come and gone, my, oh, my.


Chicken shack? Thank GOD the 70’s are over ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s the Dead from 1978:

Yes We Can – New Video for Barack Obama

In Barack Obama, Democrats, Election 2008, Entertainment, Internet, Music, Politics, YouTube on February 3, 2008 at 10:09 pm

Yes We Can Website

A new video has been released commemorating Barack Obama’s “Yes We Can” Speech.

Written by the Black Eye Pea’s Will.I.Am, the video features well recognized celebrities such as John Legend, Scarlett Johannson, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Kate Walsh, Adam Rodriguez and many more.

Recorded on January 30th and 31st, the song echoes Obama’s voice in the background with the celebrities’ voice tracks and music accompanying.

The CEO of Inspiration is listed as Barack Obama. Nice tribute.

http://www.yeswecansong.com

Here’s the video with the words to the song below it:

It was a creed written into the founding documents that declared the destiny of a nation.

Yes we can.

It was whispered by slaves and abolitionists as they blazed a trail toward freedom.

Yes we can.

It was sung by immigrants as they struck out from distant shores and pioneers who pushed westward against an unforgiving wilderness.

Yes we can.

It was the call of workers who organized; women who reached for the ballots; a President who chose the moon as our new frontier; and a King who took us to the mountaintop and pointed the way to the Promised Land.

Yes we can to justice and equality.

Yes we can to opportunity and prosperity.

Yes we can heal this nation.

Yes we can repair this world.

Yes we can.

We know the battle ahead will be long, but always remember that no matter what obstacles stand in our way, nothing can stand in the way of the power of millions of voices calling for change.

We have been told we cannot do this by a chorus of cynics…they will only grow louder and more dissonant ……….. We’ve been asked to pause for a reality check. We’ve been warned against offering the people of this nation false hope.

But in the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope.

Now the hopes of the little girl who goes to a crumbling school in Dillon are the same as the dreams of the boy who learns on the streets of LA; we will remember that there is something happening in America; that we are not as divided as our politics suggests; that we are one people; we are one nation; and together, we will begin the next great chapter in the American story with three words that will ring from coast to coast; from sea to shining sea —

Yes. We. Can.

Merry Christmas From Our Home to Yours: Music by Bing Crosby and David Bowie

In Christmas, Music on December 25, 2007 at 12:18 pm

Hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday! Cheers!

Below is a picture of our animals this morning as they patiently await to unwrap their Christmas gifts.

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Happy Christmas: War is Over by John Lennon

In Christmas, Congress, Military, Music, Pakistan, Politics, War in Afghanistan, World News on December 25, 2007 at 11:59 am

I found this video this morning but I have to warn you that it is very explicit with actual footage from past wars. Children and the deceased are involved in the video but the message rings very clear. DO NOT WATCH if you do not want to be subjected to these images.

God Bless John Lennon and his message…

Merry Christmas! Christmas Lights Galore!

In Christmas, Music, Politics on December 25, 2007 at 11:35 am

The White House at Christmas

So what do you do if a light goes out and the whole strand goes kaput? Most of you have seen this one, but it’s still one of my favorites at this time of year…and I complain about putting lights on the tree…