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She’s a Rainbow

I’m kind of in love with this song right now.  Like I mentioned in a recent post, I started listening to the Stones and realized that I am a big fan of their hits.  They’ve got tons of great songs but “She’s a Rainbow” really is just one that grabs you and lulls you in….plus there’s a great moment in SNL when Kristen Wiig departs the show and it’s a wonderful moment accompanied by Mick Jagger singing this song live.

I was intending to post that SNL moment here, but it doesn’t seem to exist on Youtube and likely isn’t available due to NBC’s strict control of SNL content. So here’s a Youtube embed of the song itself:

I make no statement as to the content of what is seen in this video!

In other news, this morning was a crisis of getting my ass to the gym.  I got up at 5:15am and I was like, FUCK THIS.  But I sat there and realized, wait, I have got to do this.  4 months and counting.  Get your shit together, Barnes.  And so I conquered my inner lazy demon…this time.  He’s a tough bitch, that one.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Downtown”

I can’t tell you how much I am obsessed with this song.  It came on while listening to SiriusXM’s Venus station (rhythmic pop!) and I was immediately hooked.  I got the song of course, but it didn’t occur to me until today to see if there was a video!  And of course, it’s fucking awesome and as campy as I’d expect it to be.  Mopeds, crazy fashions, hilarious scenes and a parade in some downtown area?  LOVE IT.  How did I miss this song though – it came out in August??

I gotta say – I want to be able to do that slide move at the beginning of the video!

downtown_slide

An All’Acqua-En Vogue Christmas kind of Weekend

It was a nice weekend with no 5Ks to wake us up nice and early on Saturday.  Enough said, right?  NO!   Besides playing a good bit of Assassin’s Creed Unity, which I’m pretty compelled by as it’s running pretty great on my PC and the game is just fun, we did have some fun out there in the world!

First, we went to the premiere night of the restaurant All’Acqua, which is owned by the same owners of that awesome place right outside our house, Barbrix.  All’Acqua was a pretty great place to go with a bunch of awesome women.  Had our own corner of the restaurant and didn’t stop laughing and drinking wine and just having a good time.  Pictures?  OF COURSE.

November 22, 2014 – Night at All’Acqua

Today was a fairly relaxed day in terms of activities, but we did watch some TV, and from that I ended up having to grab some new music from iTunes.  On SNL, Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson were the musical guests and they blew my fucking mind with a song straight out of the best Jackson 5 type of revival called “Uptown Funk” – it’s fucking amazing.  Then tonight we watched the fairly cheesy TV movie, “En Vogue Christmas” on Lifetime, and while it was really cheesy (I’ve said that twice now), I couldn’t help but watch.  It was my girls, En Vogue!!!  I’ve written about my love for them before so this was a no-brainer.  Unfortunately it didn’t have all 4 of the original girls in it (no Dawn or Maxine), but that didn’t mean I didn’t love it.  Surprisingly for me, they debuted a new song at the end of the movie during the in-movie concert called “Emotions” and I MUST HAVE IT.  It’s not on iTunes yet and is supposed to come out in a few days, but I freakin’ love it.  There’s a brief sample from the 1980’s ABC song, “Smokey Sings,” and it’s showcasing En Vogue in a fun way.  So yeah, Yay Music!  And here’s to hoping there is a new En Vogue album on its way next year.

mockingjay-the-wings-of-the-resistance-reviewThe Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

Saw this at the Vista Theater on November 22, 2014

Of course we also went out and saw the latest Hunger Games movie, Mockingjay – Part 1, and I have to say that it was surprisingly entertaining.  The book it is based on is such a different beast from the two books that came before it, and I think it really could have been just one movie – yet having said that, the movie producers put together a really good movie for having just the first half of the book.  They split the book at around the natural splitting point and near where I predicted it would (spoiler alert!   when Peeta re-enters the picture, dramatically), yet created a compelling narrative to fill up 2 hours worth of movie beforehand.  Wisely, they brought back Effie for this movie whereas in the book, she disappeared.  She’s much-needed comic relief.  It does suck to have to wait for the concluding chapter but I guess this means they’ll make that last half fairly spectacular?  It should be interesting to see how detailed they get into those specifics – it’s pretty fucking intense and gory.  Thumbs up from me and from the non-bookreader Larry, who enjoyed it as much as I did.

Barbra’s Got Me

So, lately I’ve been kind of addicted to Barbra Streisand’s disco-fabulous works, especially from her album, Guilty.  I totally get and respect all of her ballad work but when Barbra is letting loose on some 70s-style pop?  OH YES PLEASE, MAY I HAVE SOME MORE?

“Woman in Love” is so ridiculously over-the-top in its excellence and drama.  I can’t help but love it as she sounds so good on this song.  “It’s a Right I’ll DEFENDDDD!!!” indeed.

And then “Guilty”?  It’s so damn fun.   I hadn’t really indulged in this Barbra side until Larry let me have copies of his albums, especially Guilty.  I’ve loved forever the song she did with Donna Summer, “No More Tears,” but what’s great is that there was this other new (for me) component to her disco era.  SO GREAT!!!

In other news?  The interviews are all done and I think they went okay for the most part.  I am not sure when I’ll hear back, but I’d personally like to know before Thanksgiving, just to have that no longer be something I’m stressing about.   Also, apologies to myself and to any who are reading this site.  I’ve been quite a bit apathetic to posting as it’s just been a rough few weeks.  Specifically about Amazing Race, I’m just almost over the show, to be honest.  These teams have been pretty boring and “The Save” really bothers me for some reason.  It’s such a bullshit device.  I still need to watch last night’s episode and then do a recap of it and not really worry about the previous episode…Good thing I’m not getting paid for these!

NY Loft Music

51PaYl0f2mLI bought this album a long time ago, maybe like right before moving to NYC, and immediately loved the smooth sounds that conveyed such things as sophisticated loft parties.  I totally got the Devil Wears Prada vibe from the album and I still do whenever I listen to it.  Was listening to it on the way home today and kind of had it playing semi-loudly, and it was clear that this music was a pretty modern analogue to the jazz music I’d been listening to this past weekend.  So now maybe I’m a fan of modern jazz? I’m so confused!  Okay, maybe it’s not a matter of confusion, but I have always wanted to find more music in the vein of that NY Loft album….