Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Janet Jackson: Rock With U Video

Here is the video for the second single from Janet's latest album "Discipline" which has reached the Number 1 position on the Billboard (her first album to do so since the release of All For You). The video is done in one shot and features Miss Jackson and the Kids (dancers) dancing up a storm.


Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Jay Brannan: At First Sight

That's right, another Jay Brannan song for your listening and viewing pleasures. Would you say I'm obsessed yet? Okay, maybe I don't want to know the answer to that.

I enjoy the way he pieced this video together. Clever. More to come.

Jay Brannan: Ever After Happily

I'm going to add a few more Jay Brannan video's because so many of his songs have become like anthems/theme songs for me. I relate so much to his words and music and like I said I have different songs for different states of mind and this is somewhat of the one I'm in at the moment.

Introduce your friends to Jay's music if you like what you hear. He's up and coming and such an extraordinary talent. Ta.

Mariah Carey: Touch My Body

It took me a few listens (and a few watches) but I'm starting to really enjoy the new Mariah Carey song. It's quite catchy, the video is quirky and humourous but she keeps insisting on wearing the micro-mini's. You can change your style once in a blue moon Mariah, it's starting to get boring.

The new album "E=MC²" is scheduled for release on April 18th. Hope it's a good one.

Jann Arden: Good Mother

After my emotional hit parade yesterday about societies direction, I wanted to add a song that fit with the subject matter in a round about way. Music is such a powerful tool. I have a song or album for every thought and emotion that has ever run through my blood. I thought Jann Arden's "Good Mother" fully encompassed my thoughts at this time perfectly. Plus the video is too beautiful to describe.

I dedicate this to the kids in the world who are living in a world they didn't make.

"Facing Forward Be Yourself!"

Monday, March 03, 2008

What Are We Teaching Our Kids?

Okay I was seriously too tired and emotional to read about this today, I even started tearing up here at work and had to compose myself.

On February 12th of this year, a 15 year old boy named Lawrence "Larry" King was murdered at his school in Oxnard, California. A few weeks before the shooting which took his life Larry had admitted to many in his school that he was gay and had started enduring harassment from many people around him. He had asked Brandon, the 14 year old boy who shot him, to be his Valentine, Brandon then showed up to school, entered their school's computer lab and shot Larry twice in the back of the head.

Ummm..... I really don't know where to go from here as I'm starting to tear up again. I'm just wondering how do we get to a place like this? How has society not risen above this sort of prejudice? What kind of message is society sending to kids that would make one act so violently towards another because of a simple Valentine proposal? Just what exactly makes a certain person disposable in the eyes of another?

It takes a lot of courage to come out to people especially at such a young age. It's perhaps been the most terrifying experience of my personal existance and I was in my 20's when I started telling people, I couldn't even fathom coming out at 15. But on top of that, to be met with hostility and violence for the sake of being truthful with yourself and with others just makes it all the more difficult. Everyone, Everyone, EVERYONE has the right to a peaceful state of mind and to love freely who they choose. That is everyone's God Given Right and to deny a single person that right is the purest form of hatred and cruelty in my mind.

My heart goes out to the families involved and to society in general for the way we treat each other. Tolerance takes a lot of time and I hope even in this high paced world we can work harder on achieving it together. I leave you now with this clip of Ellen Degeneres talking about this tragedy on her talk show last week as she is a lot more eloquent when it comes to matters like this, my head is far too jumbled. Please watch here and try not to forget that tragedies like this are occuring daily and we can stop it by helping to change our little portion of society. If you don't understand something (or you fear something) educate yourself on the matter, don't dispose of it or ignore it.

RIP Lawrence King. Peace Everyone.