Rest in Peace Glenn Frey

“There’s . . .Heartache Tonight, I know.”

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What a terrible way to start the year for music fans. I was about to turn off my computer, when I came across this shocking post on the Eagles Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/EaglesBand/posts/1200240780005485

“There’s a Hole in the World”

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How I wish the news came from “Lyin’ Eyes.” Unfortunately, it is true, yet another musical legend has left us.  The Eagles founding member, guitarist, songwriter, and singer, Glenn Frey, passed away today. He was 67 years old. The post from the Eagles page said that Frey died from “complications from Rheumatoid Arthritis, Acute Ulcerative Colitis and Pneumonia.” I am saddened by this news. The Eagles are one of my favorite bands. In fact, I never met anyone that said they didn’t like them! I grew up in the 70s and 80s listening to their music and loved it all. I think it is safe to say that everyone has a favorite Eagles song.  Who hasn’t been to an event where the crowd was singing along to “Hotel California,” “Desperado,” “Take it Easy” or any number of Eagles classics?  Don Henley and Glenn Frey’s song lyrics are poetic genius; true works of art.

I got to cross something off my “bucket list”

Since they disbanded in the 80s, I never thought I’d get to see the Eagles perform live in my lifetime, but on September 8, 2008, my dream came true.  I was blessed to get tickets from one of my bosses to see them at the AT&T Center here in San Antonio. I took my,then 9 year-old, daughter with me.  There was not one song that we didn’t sing along to. We were up on our feet the entire time. (This was back when I could stand more than 10 minutes!) It was a surreal experience to be able to enjoy music from my childhood icons with my daughter. It is still one of the best concert memories we share. In fact, just last week, when we picked-up our tickets to the upcoming Pat Benatar rodeo concert (my Christmas present) we talked about how fantastic that show was. Music has always been a big part of our routine.  I’ve taken her to many concerts, but this one made a huge impression on her back then because they have so many hits, that the concert, as I recall, was over two hours long!  Also, on our way to the concert, she said she didn’t know who the Eagles were, but she recognized almost all of the songs in the set list. Each song sounded almost identical to the versions recorded some 20-30 years earlier; their voices were just as crisp. To me, it is the epitome of musical talent when artists sound just as good or even better, live in-concert, as they do on their studio recordings.

“Part of Me, Part of You”

This post seems to be more about the Eagles, than Glenn Frey, but let’s face it, as a co-founder, one of the lead singers and songwriters, Glenn Frey is a huge part of the Eagles and the Eagles are a huge part of Glenn Frey.  I imagine the band will continue to tour without him, since they were in the middle of their “History of the Eagles” tour when they took a break because of Glenn’s illness.  I think it would be an awesome tribute to him to continue, but they can never replace Glenn Frey.

Soundtrack to Our Lives

During Glenn’s solo career in the 80s, “The Heat Is On” was one of his biggest hits.  It is one of the songs on the soundtrack of “Beverly Hills Cop,” the story of a Detroit Cop (Eddie Murphy) that winds up in Beverly Hills. Coincidentally, Glenn Frey was born in Detroit on November 6, 1948. His song, “Part of Me, Part of You,” is also on the soundtrack for the movie, “Thelma & Louise.” His voice was soft yet powerful, with just the right amount of “rasp,” making his songs perfect to use in movies and really, perfect music for life’s many occasions.  Since reading the news of his passing, I’ve seen so many Twitter posts by celebrities, one that stands out, and I think most would agree with, was from Melissa Gilbert, she wrote, “Rest well Glenn Frey. So grateful for the soundtrack you gave my life. . .” I couldn’t put it better, he did give our lives a soundtrack!

David Bowie, There’s “A New Kid in Town”

Glenn joins so many great artists in Heaven tonight.  Rest in Peace Glenn, your music will live on forever.  You have the best of our love. – BMT

Honoring his Memory – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

5803aa10f233395ea187bc9b2268ae69In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., here’s my review of “Selma.” Several theaters are showing this movie today, such as Alamo Drafthouse Cinema here in San Antonio. A must see, if you haven’t, and a good one to see again if you have!

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in a letter from Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963.- BMT

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Review – Selma Movie – directed by Ava DuVernay

In one word – Powerful!

Fantastic performances by David Oyelowo, Oprah Winfrey Cuba Gooding, Jr.and the entire cast. The cast is a diverse group of actors that were carefully selected. Most of the actors look like the actual key players from the movement. The cinematographic use of lighting was fantastic.

Speaking for myself, a Generation Xer, I didn’t fully understand the magnitude of the oppression and the brutality that African Americans and their supporters faced during the early 60s and the “peaceful” marches lead by Dr. King. I only heard about the freedom marches in school history books, reprinted news articles, and short clips of old news footage. “Selma” gives insight into the “back stories” of the marchers and brings the characters from the history books to life. Their faith in the Lord, in Dr. King’s vision, and their passion to fully obtain their God-given rights kept them strong and fearless. After seeing this movie and understanding the lengths they went to, to be able to vote, every person who is of age to vote should exercise that right every time!

These civil rights activists can be considered modern-day martyrs – heroes. They all marched knowing the dangers they would face. Just as our Lord gave himself up, knowing he would be put on the cross and like so many others that died for their causes. I believe this is why Dr. King called for members of the clergy throughout the U.S. to march with him. As an Orthodox Christian, I heard that His Eminence Archbishop Iakovos supported Dr. King, but I didn’t realize he actually marched with him across the bridge in Selma.

The movie starts out very dark and progressively gets brighter signifying the accomplishment of their mission at the Birmingham courthouse. It was impressive to the direct impact Martin Luther King, Jr. and all his followers’ (black and white) march from Selma to Birmingham had on President Johnson’s effecting laws ensuring the voting rights of African Americans. Proof that violence isn’t necessary to effectuate change.

You may find these articles interesting.

http://www.toledoblade.com/…/Unitarian-minister-recalls-nig…

http://usa.greekreporter.com/…/black-history-month-and-the…/

When you see the movie, look at this photo. It’s amazing how much the movie characters look just like the people in the photo!

archbishop-iakovos-and-martin-luther-king-at-selmaSelma Movie is definately Oscar worthy! It opens Friday, January 9 – see it! – BMT

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What do you think? Please post your comments, memories, or favorite quotes.

Movie Review – “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”

3995091949_fef91b210b_bMy high school was invited to a special “invitation only” screening of Sony Screen Gems “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” directed by Burr Steers, on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at the Santikos Embassy Theater.  I read the Jane Austen book revised by Seth Graham Smith in Middle School, back when I enjoyed reading about zombies.  It is basically the “Pride and Prejudice” story with Zombies edited into it.  I didn’t really like the book, so I wasn’t expecting much from the movie. However, I was excited by the fact that it was by “invitation only” and my friends would be there, so I decided to go.  I also hoped for a chance that it would be better than the book. It wasn’t!   It was so absurd that my friends and I laughed through most of the movie. That was fun. So if you can handle zombie movies and want to have  good laugh, take a few friends and go see it.  – RCT

“Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” will open some time in February 2016.  If you want find out more about the movie or to “zombify” yourself, go to ppz-movie.com.

Rest in Peace David Bowie

The World has lost another legendary artist.

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In case you missed it – “Shades of Blue” Pilot

Shades of Blue - Season 1In case you heard everyone firing-off about “Shades of Blue” at work on Friday, but missed it.  You can check out the pilot here –

http://www.nbc.com/shades-of-blue/video/pilot/2961416?onid=250496#vc250496=1

Then don’t forget to set your DVR for Thursday nights, 9 p.m. on NBC.

 

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How Failure Can Make You a Better Person – Blissful Gal

No matter what your goals are in life, we always are approached with failure when we least expect it but don’t worry, failure can make you a better person!

Source: How Failure Can Make You a Better Person – Blissful Gal

Review – Shades of Blue – American Drama Series on NBC

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I was lucky to attend a screening, hosted by Hot 104.5, of the pilot for “Shades of Blue,” the new NBC Drama starring Jennifer Lopez and Ray Liotta with my partner-in-crime, my daughter! The producers provided free popcorn and drinks, a cool pair of blue shades and posters and a drawing ticket for a free flat screen TV to everyone in attendance. Some VIP attendees received free T-shirts as well.  I was not lucky enough to hold on to the winning ticket for the TV, but I did have the ticket in my hand.  I was tasked with passing tickets down the row to all those that posted their photos to social media using #shadesofblue and the winner was two seats away from me.  How do you know which ticket to keep for yourself and which to pass on?  I digress. . .

Shady Beginning

Ever since seeing the previews months ago, I’ve been (not so) patiently waiting to see this show.  JLo playing a police detective with Ray Liotta in a drama by executive producers Ryan Seacrest and Barry Levinson, who wouldn’t be excited?  How can you go wrong? Sometimes when the anticipation for a show or movie is so intense, when I finally get to see it, I tend to be disappointed. This show started out making me wonder if it was not going to be as good as I thought. I wasn’t sure it would hold my attention or if I’d want to add it to my DVR line-up along with “Law & Order SVU” and “Castle.” However, about 5 minutes in, perhaps after the first commercial break once it airs on TV, I was intrigued.  In the last minute I, along with everyone else in the room, was hooked by the heart-racing cliff hanger. Yes, it seems Shades of Blue will leave you wondering all week, “what will happen on the next episode?” It’s not your typical police drama where a crime is committed in the beginning of the episode and the detectives solve the crime and put away the bad guy by the end.

Shady Detectives

JLo plays Harlee Santos, a single mother working hard to be the best detective and parent, while struggling to keep her daughter in private school. Ray Liotta plays Matt Wozniak, her mentor, support system, and the leader of an underground extortion/money-laudering operation, which he believes is for “the greater good.” Detective Santos is being forced to work with the FBI.  As a single parent, I totally understand that sometimes the wrong choices seem right at the time because everything we do is with the best interests of our child(ren) in mind.

Shades of Blue is about the brotherhood of police officers, loyalty, family, selfishness, greed, and betrayal.  As one preview states, “even good cops do bad things.”

How everything unfolds is of course, the plot for this, not to be missed, show.  I think JLo’s performance is fantastic and the other actors do a great job as well.

See the official trailer – http://www.nbc.com/shades-of-blue/video/shades-of-blue-official-trailer/2932307

Shades-of-Blue Pilot Airs Thursday, January 7, 2016 on NBC at 10/9 p.m. Central

 

Watch it, and tell me what you think.  Post your comments below or on the Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/ReviewsoftheArtsSA   – BMT

Natalie Cole Dead at 65

Legendary Jazz Icon Natalie Cole Passes
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We are saddened to learn that we lost another musical legend.  Natalie Cole died on New Year’s Eve at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles due to “complications from ongoing health issues.”  Multiple sources released a statement from her family – her son Robert Yancy and sisters Timolin and Casey Cole:

“Natalie fought a fierce, courageous battle, dying how she lived … with dignity, strength and honor. Our beloved Mother and sister will be greatly missed and remain UNFORGETTABLE in our hearts forever”

Natalie suffered from hepatitis C which she believed she contracted from her prior drug use.  She had a liver transplant in 2009 after she appeared on Larry King Live.

Maria Cole wife of Nat King Cole

Maria and Nat King Cole

Natalie Cole had Music in her Blood

Natalie was born with musical talent.  How could she avoid it?  Not only was she named after her renowned father, Nat King Cole, her mother, Maria Hawkins Ellington Cole, who was also a jazz singer that worked with Count Basie and Duke Ellington.

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Though Natalie had her own musical hits such as, “This Will Be” and “Our Love,” she is also know for her multi-platinum, Grammy award winning virtual duet with her father, the late, great, Nat King Cole.  In 1991, she recorded an album entitled, “Unforgettable … With Love,” which won six Grammy Awards in 1992, including album of the year. The “Unforgettable” duet won record and song of the year.  The album won every award for which it was nominated.

(http://www.nytimes.com/1992/02/26/arts/cole-s-unforgettable-sweeps-the-grammys.html)

In and interview with The Associated Press in 1991, Natalie said, “I didn’t shed really any real tears until the album was over, . . .Then I cried a whole lot. When we started the project it was a way of reconnecting with my dad. Then when we did the last song, I had to say goodbye again.”

(http://bigstory.ap.org/article/6a4c103be2a74a2587334ec6eff65c13/natalie-cole-grammy-winning-singer-has-died)

The virtual duet with her father of his timeless hit, “Unforgettable, ” is still being played daily on radio stations.  Watch her emotional live performance here –

This YouTube link will play several of Natalie and Nat King Cole’s virtual duets.  Hope they make you “SMILE.”

Nat King Cole died on February 15, 1965

 

Nat King Cole - first African-American performer to host a variety TV series

The Legendary Nat King Cole

I find it no coincidence that Natalie Cole died at the age of 65 in 2015 and her legendary father, Nat King Cole, passed away in 1965 when she was 15. God’s plan is masterful.  May their memory be eternal.

What do you think? Post your comments below.

Welcome 2016

image.jpgHappy New Year!

Hope 2016 brings you all peace, love, health, happiness, and prosperity!

Looking forward to bringing you more photos and reviews of the arts that interest you.  Please let me know what interests you most.  Post your comments below.  Tell me what you want to see.

Thank you for your continued support. – BMT