Kacey Musgraves

19 Apr

First, let me give her credit where credit is due: http://www.kaceymusgraves.com/

Kacey Musgraves

Check out her website, buy her music, clothes, hair, whatever you can get your hands on. Now my musical tastes are all over the place, but my love for country is always growing. Last summer I spent my time in Texas and country music was everywhere. Now some may complain it all sounds the same, but Kacey Musgraves is a fresh face in a sometimes mundane same old, same old genre.

I hesitant to call Kacey an  “up & coming” act because her musical, and specifically her writing, talent has been around. She was behind the hit “Mama’s Broken Heart” sung by Miranda Lambert and “Undermine” for all you Nashville fans. (Love that show by the way, despite it being slow at times.) She also was on the USA Network competition show, Nashville Star, in 2007. (Thanks Wikipedia…)

Her first popular hit, sung by hers truly, was Merry Go Round.

She is a softer, more fun version of Carrie Underwood and what Taylor Swift wishes she was (and probably thinks she is). The lyrics are clever and fresh. She has the same traditional country of small town, trailer park living, boys are dumb messages but it’s new. It’s light, fun and so enjoyable. It is rare when you find an album that you enjoy all the tracks. I enjoy all of them.

Kacey Musgraves

Apparently she has been given recognition (or criticism, not sure) about her song, Follow Your Arrow.

Lyrics are as follows:
Make lots of noise
And kiss lots of boys
Or kiss lots of girls
If that’s something you’re into
When the straight and narrow
Gets a little too straight
Roll up a joint, or don’t
Just follow your arrow
Wherever it points, yeah
Follow your arrow
Wherever it points

She has been talked about for talking about kissing girls. Whoa, baby, so scandalous. But really the message of her songs are awesome and fun. They all have a different tone as well. I love a good Carrie Underwood or Reba, but aren’t their songs all the same? I also am a huge Miranda Lambert fan, so naturally her and Kacey have worked together. Miranda also does a great song of changing up the tempo and theme of her work. Kacey will soon be challenging these great names by the next year’s Country Music Awards. Move over Taylor, you aren’t 22 anymore, and you’ll never get back together with Entertainer of the Year.

This is also one of my favorite Kacey songs, this definitely reminds me of a Mama’s Broken Heart or Dixie Chicks lyrical work, called “Step Off.”

Go out and buy the CD, download illegally or what have you. But look out for this girl, she’s going to do amazing things. And I don’t know why it has taken her this long to get where she is or to sing her own work. Amazeballs.

Kacey Musgraves

Spring Breakers

25 Mar

It’s March 24 and it snowed. And though I realize I am living in Cleveland, Ohio this is unacceptable. So I decided to go on a vacation, to see Spring Breakers. Now if I was a teenage boy the opening scene of about 30 pairs of bouncing boobs would’ve been a great vacation, but alas I am not. Luckily, the plot expanded beyond the montage of college aged partiers drinking beer bongs and keg stands. (Though this did made me nostalgic for simpler, sloppier days.)

Spring Breakers (3/22/13)

Also, I must apologize to all my friends that I dragged to this movie. Not because it was bad because of their expectations. Apparently James Franco is a comedian and one friend thought this was a comedy while another thought it was going to be similar to Pineapple Express. Yet, I quickly tried to fill them in the premise of the movie but also the director; Harmony Korine. Korine is known for his cinematic darker intense and real films such as Kids and Gummo. So I was intrigued in this movie for the raw reality of spring break and the crime scene in south Florida. I am still continuing on this journey of being more cultured and expanding my tastes in movies, music, art, etc. After reading an intriguing interview in Entertainment Weekly a few weeks back about this movie I wanted to see it. And I am very satisfied with my choice.

Now there have been reported reviews of this movie. People magazine think it’s less than par with 1.5 out 4 stars yet their review says it perfectly from my point of view:

“Director Harmony Korine’s scenes are so artfully shot, they’re poetic. It’s his taste that’s gross, as scores of girls, topless as often as not, writhe around in beer-drench insanity from his lurid lens.”

Both of these sentences are right on. The scenes of girls and sex were “appropriate” for the first 10 montages, however the message or meaning or whatever it was supposed to be was lost half way through. I felt like I wanted to scream, “I get it, the people are wild, careless and free, but enough with the tits.” I felt like in those scenes and through some of the voice overs by Faith (Selena Gomez’s character) that this beach town hot spot was to be portrayed as the place to go to forget your problems. You could be whoever you wanted and do whatever you wanted while you were there, you could be carefree. Free as boobs without a bra – which you saw a ton of. Maybe we are boobs of life and it was all a metaphor. Or he was a male director who just wanted to watch boobs. I don’t know, but I had enough.

Yet it is also true that his shots and directing were amazing. There were many shots in which the dialogue repeated numerous times, which was a great effect. There were great clips of Gomez speaking on the phone to her grandma about this “magical place”. It was quite entrancing to listen to and think about. The other girls made you really wonder how they got to that point in their life. The point where they felt no guilt for robbing a restaurant blind and killing innocent people. (Innocent used loosely…) It made you think how someone could feel so lonely that they would pack up and leave everything. At the same time I felt hope for those girls and hope that they would change their ways. In some aspects they did and others they kept going down that path. Where were their parents? Friends? Future? How did they get to this place and how were they to get out? But I guess on Spring Break it doesn’t matter who you are, where you came from, or where you are going. You live in the moment, do what you and want and just have the time of your life. (Just like below, dancing free in neon outfits.)

Being free as Spring Breakers

Just remember, don’t do cocaine off of a naked girl in a hotel, that crosses the line apparently. But have no fear, even if you do James Franco dressed as a scary white gangsta with the rattiest dreads ever seen on the big screen. Though at first he seems scary, and pets Gomez on her face like a little pet which leads her to tears. After a while you realize he is just following his dream, the American dream. He has power, money, sex. Isn’t that what everyone wants? There seems to be no morals in this place. And too many uncomfortable scenes with guns, and certain sexual innuendos. In a strange way Franco plays a comedic side to his character, and protects himself from sunburn with Dark Tanning Oil… You want to hate him and think he will be coercing these young girls. Then you realize they are just as lost and lonely as he is. They are his true soulmates.


The biggest problem with this movie was the lack of subtle outfits worn by these people. If you’re going to rob people please don’t wear pink ski masks with unicorns on it. Law school has taught me that those are easily seen and traceable. I mean who else would happen to have those. Go for traditional black. Also, avoid the neon yellow bathing suit in the last scene, if you’re going to assist in a mass murder I would want to blend in. Finally, I do not believe that Candy (Vanessa Hudgens) and Brit (Ashley Benson) learned that highly advanced gun skills and precision. Maybe I am wrong and maybe gangsta rubs off just that quickly.

Entertainment Weekly may be sponsored by Spring Breakers, or I guess the other way around, because they gave the movie an A-. However, 2 weeks in a row Owen Gleiberman has stayed strong on this rating. I would probably go for B. I loved the style and the psychological placing throughout the movie. You feel for these girls and you grow to hope for the best. You see the movie from their perspective and their eyes as they commit these crimes. Maybe people won’t appreciate Korine’s style as this is one of his first mainstream films, but hopefully people will appreciate his true art and vision. But there is a little something for everyone as they play respect to Britney Spears with a great cover done by Franco & Co. It’s something different than the typical rom com or next comic book turned blockbuster. Would definitely avoid taking a first date on this movie, and especially with your parents. But if you have time or a free evening, go see it. At least it’ll be a great opening line at your next party.

"Spring Breakers" Premiere - Arrivals - 2012 Toronto International Film Festival

(Here is at least a nice image of these young ladies. A better ending for them here I hope.)

Can’t Hold Us – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (ft. Ray Dalton)

20 Mar

Can’t Hold Us (feat. Ray Dalton)

This is my new favorite song after hearing it on the radio. At first I thought this was John Legend with his beautiful soothing voice. However, I quickly realized it belonged to my Ray Dalton and my recent obsession, Macklemore. Now, I must say that I fell in love with him due to Thrift Shop, which is arguably the worst and best song. Thereafter I bought the whole Heist album a few weeks ago. Of course all my musical savvy friends rolled their eyes at the thought that I was just now finding out who Macklemore was. But I will be the first to say and disclaim here that I am in no way a musical expert.  My roommate, a music guru, would shut this down if he knew I was writing about music. So take the rest of this post with a grain of salt…(I own the Justin Bieber CD)


This song is magical and is what new music should be about. I know I confessed to listening to Justin Bieber and I love to scream and shout along with Britney. Both of those artists are fabulous because of their performing skills, not because of their musical skills. A song like Can’t Hold Us, brings in so many styles. The piano and rap is my all time favorite mix. (Aka, Bruno Mars & Eminem/Rhianna) This sound has become popular in the last few years and it’s amazing. It has the sweet melody while still remaining up beat. It is like a tennis match for my ears, going back and forth between two powerful sounds, both that I can’t get enough of. I love the smooth voice of Ray Dalton (Note to look into him more) and at a few points I felt like I was listening to the beats of Lupe Fiasco.

Please go to 3:20 of the video. Yes, that is a real instrument. And then 10 seconds later comes this amazing sound of true voices, fast paced beat that makes you want to jump up and feel good. Yet it all still has an edge. I love it. So in love.

I think Macklemore is put on the list of people to meet. Oh, and have I mentioned that he strongly supports gay rights and doesn’t hide down from it. So amazing. Listen to Same Love and it will bring a tear to your eye. It will remind you that the world is not hopeless and change is just over the horizon. There are a few artists, and luckily the number is growing, that go beyond just making a statement. He makes it a part of his music which is the best way to reach such a young influential audience.

Same Love (feat. Mary Lambert)

Also, love Mary Lambert. Could this duo be more maj?

All around, great sound, great lyrics, great message. I’ll be rooting for him.

Obsession of Celebrities

19 Mar

Society is obsessed with celebrities. These can be celebrities including the typical movie stars and reality show participants to professional athletics or comic con characters. We are fascinated by others who seem to have it all. We are engulfed in the glamor of fame. And even as you start to debate that we are not, you are still talking about them. How many people bash the Kardashians? Yet, there you are talking about the krazy clan. Baddie Bey gets negative comments left on her Instagram…yet there are the people looking at her Instagram in the first place. If we hate these celebrities so much, why do we care? Why do we continue to follow them? Or talk about them?

My whole life I have been fascinated by ones that are on television. But more than that I am fascinated on why people get so fascinated. Why do guys yell at the TV screen as their favorite player makes the same mistake every game? Why am I glued to the television for 4 hours watching the Oscars and cringing at Seth McFarlane’s comments when I have 10 hours of homework to do? I don’t have the answer. But it’s amazing to me.

I believe we all enjoy the escape of our real lives into these others lives. I also believe that we all have multiple lives, and maybe we all hope that in our next life we will be riding in the limousine popping champagne and wearing diamonds. No, just me? I never place the value on these fancy things and do not wish to be materialistic, so why is there that fascination? It must include some psychological egotistical babble that is far beyond my comprehension. But through this blog I will post my fascinations, my wonders and thoughts on these glamorous, or not so glamorous, human beings.

I love all things in the entertainment world; tv, music, fashion, movies, etc. To me it’s all an art. A well scripted and articulated television show is a piece of art that is sculpted to perfection. So while I do get wrapped up in all the glitz and bling of Hollywood, at the end of the day I love the creative side of television most of all. Luckily there is the other dramatic side to keep me entertained along the way.

Join me.