Feb 21, 2011


SLEEPING BEAUTIES!, originally uploaded by MABYSGOTAY.

This made me smile today.

Feb 12, 2011

All I Need Is The Tour

I cannot stop listening to Duran Duran's latest CD 'All You Need Is Now'...I've played it over and over again on my iPod while at work and I've cranked it endlessly in the car on the ride home.  It is one of their best albums ever.

It seems to me that every song could be linked back to one of their classics from the Planet Earth and Rio albums.  Nick's keyboards playing homage to the simple haunting sound of  'The Chauffeur' on the song 'The Man Who Stole A Leopard'.  And one of my favorites-'Leave A Light On' is reminiscent of their classic song 'Save A Prayer'

I joked that their last CD was the Holy Trinity for me:  Duran Duran + Timbaland + Justin Timberlake = it simply couldn't get any better for me as a long-time fan.  But they have surprised me once again by collaborating with producer Mark Ronson who somehow seamlessly coaxes the boys back in the direction of what made them one of the hottest bands of the 80's.

Just listen to Simon's vocals on the performance above of the single 'All You Need Is Now'...the high notes he hits at the end of the song are surprisingly precise and stunning when you consider the band is playing live and his vocals aren't being enhanced to perfection by a producer in the studio.

I'm never comfortable writing a review about something that I like because I know there are tons of people out there who can do it so much better than me.  But trust me when I tell you that this is one of their best.

So when is the Tour?

Feb 6, 2011

I've Got Me The Winter Blues

Like everyone else, I'm entirely sick of Winter.

I'm tired of dressing in layers. I'm tired of not having any control over my day when the weatherman tells everyone to expect more snow.  Sometimes their predictions hit the snow fall totals pretty accurately and other times it feels like I should just buy me a copy of the Old Farmer's Almanac to see what's in store for us.

The threat of the roof collapsing over my head is what's really bothersome right now.  It could all just be the hype, but I tried getting a quote to have the snow removed from our roof.  The man said between $600-$700 and I decided I'd rather take my chances with Mother Nature.  So far no leaks or creaks on Miami Street and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the snow is going to melt off the roof without incident or drama.

I was thinking the other day that I miss hearing the birds chirping outside when I leave for work in the morning.  Being able to see the occasional beautiful red cardinal outside snacking at the bird feeder just doesn't do it for me anymore. I'm done with the cuteness of scampering squirrels, frozen dog poo and tracking sand into our kitchen.  Enough already.

I'm supposed to go tubing at Ward Hill in Shrewsbury this upcoming Thursday afternoon as part of a group post-holiday work celebration.  I was looking forward to it before because I have never gone tubing, but now it just feels like I'm consorting with the enemy.  I don't want to have fun slipping and sliding in the snow. Snow is evil and meant to be despised.  I don't want to feel the rush of wind against my ears as I go plummeting down a slick hill only to climb back up and do it again.

But like everyone else living in New England, I've got to get through this and take comfort in knowing that every day passed is a day closer to Spring.  But what troubles me is that all this snow is like the manifestation of a savings bank.  Sooner than later the snow is going to melt and my basement will be in danger of becoming a wading pool.

I guess how you survive Winter is all just a matter of perspective.  For now I'll take solace in knowing that someday soon all this snow will be gone.  But what really troubles me is where it's going to go.

Feb 5, 2011

Darth Vader vs. 2012 Volkswagen