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April 2009

We've Been Here Before...

So, even though I ran for President and lost, I'm not above acknowledging Obama's 100th day as in Office and honoring all that he's done in that short amount of time.

It's true that I'm probably one of the most apolitical people in the world. I take no real interest in politics, or the state of the union, or any issues really (except The Gays). I even proudly exercised my right to NOT VOTE because "I'm not arrogant enough to think that my vote matters," (especially with the archaic Electoral College business!) And, up until now, I really didn't think it mattered who was president. There has been, in my lifetime, too many politics in politics – too much deal making in government - to think that anyone elected is really going to take an interest in what's best for the country, it’s people or represent the voters.

However, since this past election...I'm open to the idea that it actually may matter. In the practical sense, with the checks and balances of our system, the power of the President is limited (as it should be) so what he/she can do, has not changed. In that sense, the position of President is still a figurehead.

But what has change because of the election of Obama, is how that office (and thus our country as a whole) is viewed by Americans and other countries. Since his election, we just look better. Because he is someone who commands respect in an authentic and approachable manner; someone who elicits trust implicitly; and speaks to everyone (not just one group), there seems to be trust for, and pride in, our government instead of secret (or not so secret) suspicion of it.

The bad news is that comedy will suffer as Obama lacks the ability to create the comedic fodder his predecessors provided us with. But I guess we’ll just have to live with that because the atmosphere surrounding that office has changed.

Obama has brought with him, his ideal of hope and the American dream; a belief that anything is possible...a message really resonates with me. So now, for the first time in my lifetime, I’m actually paying attention to political issues. It’s a weird change, I admit. (Some people close to me wonder if I’ve been taken over by aliens.)

Because it’s fun, and because I’m amazed by the excitement that is created as our nation come into a new era, I had to do something to honor my new found openness to politics, the American human experience, and the potential positive political power of the Presidency. So, I put together a video of our times.


It’s my way of saying, “We can feel proud of what we’ve accomplished by changing the face of America.” I believe that if I can…we can. Through song, pictures and video this presentation incorporates changes through the ages. Both now and way back when… Things Change.


ROCK OF AGES...ROCKS!

146391logo OMFG! I love the 80s! If you do too, you'll love Rock Of Agesplaying at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on Broadway. 

It's more than a concert, less than a Musical. And boy oh boy, is it FUN!

Complete with free Rock of Ages "lighter" handed to each audience member as they enter the theatre, Rock of Ages makes your every cheesy 80s Rock dream come true. You can even drink beer during the show. Just like a real concert, only better!

Each character is engaging and over the top! And when they sing those great love ballads of the 80s, you almost feel like you're in a time-warp. And though the costumes are not authentically 80s, they capture the spirit with bright colors and the attention drawing patterns of that time period. But the hair was great! I do wonder how many wigs are employed to recreate big 80s hair and rockers long locks -- Wonderful!

 

A trip down memory lane, this show honors the legitimate genius of the bands of that time: Journey,Starship, Whitesnake, Pat Benatar, Styx, REO Speedwagon, just to name a few . With thirty-one 80s hits incorporated into this 2-hour jukebox musical, it brings all the magic of that era to life. The 80s was the last Great Rock Era.146391img3

As for the story...with music like that, who care? Constantine Maroulis as Drew and Amy Spanger as Sherrie, do a fine job with characters that have struggles, love and discovery. But it's their performance of that special music that makes you fall in love with this show.The Rock Bands of the 80s are the real stars of this musical. 

 

The most notable and the most lovable character is the narrator, played by Mitchell Jarvis, who breaks the forth wall with tongue-in-cheek humor that engages the audience from the top of the show to the last guitar lick. He is a delight to watch and he makes you feel like he's your best friend sharing an inside secrets as he introduces the story and it's stereotypical characters.

A side note: I must say that James Carpinello who plays the incredibly sexy Stacee Jaxx, 146391img2is ripped! Thank you James (or can I call you "my gym") for showing us your amazing abs...I love that you can look that good and, wow, you look that good while you sing! Please call me! (Wink...wink!) And please tell me your straight...not that I don't love The Gays. (But what I have in mind for you won't work as well with a Gay...)

But ROCK OF AGES would be NOTHING without the band: Henry Aronson (Musical Direction and Keyboards), Joel Hoekstra (Guitar), David Gibbs (Guitar), Winston Roye (Bass), Jon Weber (Drums), and Tommy Kessler.

Go to the theatre for a night packed with sights and sounds destined to make you believe in the power of Rock and Roll!


Stand Up and be a Woman (Feminine Feminism)

AS023B&G-l Pink and Blue are colors assigned to each sex for identification. Yellow is considered non-sex specific. And I believe that these color work as an accurate metaphor for our beautiful gender differences.

Remember, the poem:

"What are little boys made of?
Snips and snails, and puppy dogs tails
That's what little boys are made of!"
What are little girls made of?
"Sugar and spice and all things nice
That's what little girls are made of!"

Blue is masculine, pink is feminine. We all know this, so why do women think they have to be more “Blue” to get fair treatment.

Too many times, women take on masculine traits, and use “non-gender specific” words to describe themselves, in order to lessen the differences between the sexes. Stop it, GIRLS!

When we do this, we disregard the special insights and qualities we have solely because we are females.

By doing this we women are subscribing to the myth that men are more valuable than women. Instead of recognize our natural gifts and value as women.  And it only perpetuates the silly idea that men have more value than women; which, incidentally is a most chauvinistic stance.

Ladies, please, stop adding credence to a long history of societal double standard of valuing men over women; stop devaluing - being female.

Women…let’s not forget that we are feminine by nature. Just like the girls in the poem. Knowing and celebrating this makes us more powerful than...well, just more powerful.

We women are raised to be more malleable so we're more able to adjust to things. But adjusting does not mean we forgo our women-ness to get recognition or to be “treated fairly."  Are we treating ourselves fairly then? Are we really getting what we want? Aren’t we becoming something else and therefore, not being true? Freedom_from_habits_2 So, don’t try to be a man, if you’re a woman!

If we stayed true to our feminine ways, and all the girlie things that are inherent to being female, then (and only then) do we value who and what we are.

Be a woman – proudly and loudly. We’re more commanding as women, than as androgynous creatures, trust me! 

Treat yourselves (and the rest of us girls) with respect:

DON’T try to lessen the gender difference. Exaggerate it!
Men will appreciate us more if we do!!
And so will we!

So come on Ladies, "Stand up and be a Woman!"