Friday, September 25, 2009

Rediscovery: Lone Justice (plus U2 and The Beatles)

Back in college, I was a DJ on my college radio station - for all five years. (One day, I'll go into the details of all my different shows and on-air partners, and other adventures we had there.)

I was always looking for songs with long intros. We had to make announcements - "Right now it is 85 degrees, partly cloudy with a 60 percent chance of rain here in Natchitoches. This afternoon's intramural softball game has been moved to...". We tried to make the announcements with music in the background.

U2's Where The Streets Have No Name was a favorite of mine to use. It had almost two minutes of build up before it kicked in. I could relay the weather, college football scores and weekend club schedule in that time.

Another of my favorites to use was Lone Justice's song Shelter. I was thinking of it recently because Carlos put it on a mixed CD for me. (He and I each brought 5 mixed CD's to our recent trip to Florida.)

I did find the video for Shelter...

Twenty plus years later, it's still a cool song.


I'm sure most of you realize U2's video is an homage to the Beatles famous rooftop concert, but I thought I'd point it out anyway.

Here is a clip from their final film Let It Be, documenting the event - the Beatles final concert EVER...

The Beatles are still so universally known that I merely input "Beatles rooftop" into YouTube's search engine to find the clip.

John Lennon: "And I'd like to say thank you on behalf of the group and myself, and I hope we passed the audition."

I still can't believe he died at 40 years old. I'm 42 now. I was 12 when he died.

Onion Head Hat (Revisited)

I fixed the link and added a new one at this post. Check it out.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Must See Glee TV

Is anyone else watching Glee, the gayest show on TV right now?

Here's a clip from this week's episode...

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Funny Protest Signs

I found this picture here. There are a lot more funny ones.

"Top Chef" Judge: Top Notch Comment

Ashley is a contestant on this season's "Top Chef". (If you are not familiar with the show, go here.)

She is also a lesbian - and objected to one of recent challenges, involving a bachelor/bachelorette party.

On his blog, "Top Chef" judge Tom Colicchio writes one of the best, concise responses in favor of gay marriage:

This week, our chefs cooked for joint bachelor/bachelorette parties, and Ashley spoke articulately about her dismay and discomfort cooking to celebrate an upcoming wedding when gay people are still denied the right to wed throughout most of the world. I’m going to go out on a limb and say a few words about same-sex marriage: First of all, part of the problem with the issue is that it is framed by opponents as a discussion of whether gay people should get special rights. This is specious – yes, special legislation or court decisions grant them the right to wed in a particular state, however this is done to ensure that they share equal protection under the law by finally being able to avail themselves of the same rights as everyone else. They are not seeking special treatment, just equitable treatment.

Second, religion has no business being part of the discussion. When a couple is wed in a house of worship, the officiant may be performing a religious rite, but as far as the law is concerned, that officiant has been authorized to perform a civil function, plain and simple. And even were same-sex marriage to be legalized by the state, no one would be holding a gun to the heads of the clergy to require them to perform a ceremony that their faith or personal creed does not condone. Just as some rabbis would not perform my marriage to my wife because I wasn’t Jewish, clergy can decline performing same-sex marriages; gay couples can either find clergy willing to officiate or can be wed in a civil setting. The idea that religious leaders are continuing to shape state law is just wrong. The institution of marriage should be available to all. The idea that you can have a life-long partner and not make decisions for them in a hospital, not share in insurance benefits, not automatically have parental rights unless you are the birth parent, is just flat-out wrong.

To read the rest of his blog entry, and how his opinion relates to the TV show, go here.