a99kitten's Musings

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I finally listened to the entire new album (1989 in case you live under a rock) by Taylor Swift. I like it. I think my favorite song (at least after my first 2 run-thrus) is “How You Get the Girl”.

But honestly, I miss this Taylor…

She was never super duper country, but I think she did what she did well. And I can only listen to pure pop for a short time before I can’t take it. Maybe 1989 will change that? #doubtit

The best parody ever!! I saw a little of this while at SDCC last week but never saw the entire thing. A friend just posted it on FB and reminded me of its awesomeness!

I also posted the original below so you can compare (yes that is the Biebs) :) Also…now I want to sit down and watch all 6 movies again!!!!


What makes even funnier (for me anyway) is that this song followed me everywhere while at Comic Con! In the hotel elevators, in the hotel gift shop (where the shop girls grabbed me and we all danced to it all arond the store while people stopped and watched us which made it pretty damn funny! And fun!), in the places we ate. I could not escape the song. And I think I had heard it a total of 1 time before going to Comic Con. So the fact that it now has a Star Wars parody ensures a special place in my SDCC memories :)

I wonder if any traders are singing this…

I bet a few in Hong Kong are right about now…

So I was essentially called mean yesterday. That’s OK. I don’t care. Especially considering what I was called mean over. Someone on Facebook posted a link to the recent Britney Spears appearance on the Kimmel show. And commented that her dancing was lacking. But I guess trying to say it in a “nicer” way, but then not really. People commented back and forth on her Spanx or whatever. So I watched the clip since I have a lot of free time currently (grrr).

Now, I like Britney. Or wait…I like the old Britney. The one had catchy little pop songs and cute videos and she danced all over the place and seemed very sweet. When both she and Christina Aquilera broke out of Disney and into the pop world, I immediately liked Britney better, CA had the much better voice – no argument – but she just reeked dirty whore. And played up to that. Britney’s sex appeal was more the little girl cutesy thing without being whorebag in your face. Not a fan of whorebag in your face.

But ever since Britney lost her mind she has been a lost cause in my opinion. Personally, as a Starbucks shareholder, I don’t want to see pictures of her holding a venti frappucino, because I don’t want people associating them with her out of shapeness. I’ve seen so many paparazzi shots of her holding those plus the giant Red Bull cans (NOT sugar free) and I’m like do you not have anyone in your life with an ounce of diet sense?

I don’t even like her music anymore. She went the way of more electronic than her real voice. Music stars need to stop that. The auto-tuning thing indicates to me that you can’t actually sing and need the studio help. A novelty for a dance song or 2 is fine but not your entire album or career.

But the whole point of a pop star (IMO) is not necessarily your perfect voice. It’s that you put on a show. You entertain. Singing, dancing, costumes, ENERGY etc. This is why people go to see your shows, watch your videos, buy all your crap. So when you see them flailing around on stage like “a sad, fatter, out of shape version of her former self. No excuse since she can hire personal trainers, chefs, choreographers and stylists.” (this is what I said to be considered mean) well…I mean it.

I diet. I don’t eat when I want. I exercise every damn day. And I don’t get paid to look good or be in shape. It’s what I do for me. So if your job is entertain people, and you are not some lounge singer who can do it sitting at the piano with your voice only, you better get with the program and be entertaining. We’ve all seen Britney dance in her old videos and on MTV. We know she can. She’s just horrifically out of shape now. Or doesn’t practice enough. Or likely both. But that’s lame – that would be like me saying I don’t feel like researching the better health insurance or making sure people get paid because I don’t feel like it. It’s my job – so I better do it! And now that I broke my ankle and CAN’T exercise – I’m watching what I eat VERY carefully. If I can do it, then some chick with millions of dollars and people who do everything for her sure can. Yes, she had 2 kids. I get it. But she was young so her body could bounce back with work. She just didn’t want to do the work.

The funny thing is had she been kicking ass dancing and highly energetic, I don’t think I would have said she was fat or out of shape. Boys still would. But boys are superficial jerks. But the fact that she looked like she needed to sit down and take a cigarette (or sandwich) break during her routine, that’s what made me go “ewww.” Also – Britney – SMILE! Sheesh. And her back-up dancers were all so with it and bopping around highly energetic – that highlighted her deficiencies even more.

Now, I’m sure she is medicated up the wazoo on psych drugs. And these will make her puffy and fat, and listless and tired. So that sucks. And I cannot imagine she will ever be let off of those after the crap she has pulled. Her parents don’t want the golden goose offing herself. But if she is going to go on TV, or on tour, she should do something.

And if that makes me mean – whatever.

Here is the routine. Tell me she does not look like she is about to pass out in her Jazzercise class…

Just heard this version recently. Awesome. Totally awesome.

Dino is still my all-time favorite because he is Dean Martin and his voice is pure velvet…

But Ella’s version is definitely a close #2.

Also, to the full and complete idiots who consider this a date rape song – suck it. This song is frackin’ awesome. Listen to the lyrics instead of just hearing them.

I’m listening to this while sitting by my Christmas tree, it’s snowing (and cold!) outside and my huskies are relaxing. A great night.

In honor of the marshmallow world that I left this morning..

I love these guys. There really never will be anyone as cool. I seriously wish I could time machine it back to see them live. Plus they actually had voices and could sing live….

The AMAs were on last night. I didn’t watch them or even care to but all of the twitter bashing this AM of Justin Bieber’s winning a lot made me want to see his performance. So while I ate lunch at my desk, I looked for it on YouTube. He sang a nice song. He has a nice voice. How will it be once he breaks puberty? Who knows. But for now – sounds fine to me.

This is pop music. Acts come, get hugely popular and most of them go. I haven’t heard anyone compare him to Frank Sinatra or Dean Martin so lighten up people. I’d much rather have my 9 or 12-year old daughter listening to Justin Bieber than the Insane Clown Posse. Or even Eminem for that matter. They can listen to him when they are older (and never to ICP thankyouverymuch.)

I say let him enjoy his popularity – seems like a decent enough kid and he’s not run over anyone in his car, choked any porn stars, been indicted in a federal dog-fighting ring or been thrown into rehab (like some other awesome celebs lately.)

I find it amusing that so many (well…on twitter anyway which is obviously not how the world of tweens feels considering his crazy popularity) “adults” garner amusement or feel so strongly to very cruelly bash a 16-year old kid singing mainly to other 10 to 16-year old kids. It’s also rather interesting that some of these same twitter folks are likely the same people (I know a couple of them are for sure as I follow them on twitter or tumblr) who were outraged and cried and whined about bullying being so awful and prevalent today. Then they bash a 16-year old all over the internet. Today’s lesson – Adults are so awesome (=hypocritical a$$holes) kids!

He’s also a 16-year old kid who can sing *much* better than the auto-tuned crap and just plain really awful warbling pumped out nowadays in pop music. I tried watching a few of the other AMA performances that I could find on YouTube – couldn’t make it through any of them except Kid Rock’s – who also sang with no backup crap or auto-tuning and very simply. They were generally all ear-bleedingly awful (how is Kesha popular in any way for any reason?) I couldn’t find a good copy of the heavily promoted/hyped New Kids on the Block (not calling them NKOTB)/Backstreet Boys performance but I think I’d really prefer Donnie Wahlberg stick to acting – he is doing a great job in “Blue Bloods” on CBS. But hey – cash in if you can I guess = early retirement.

And most of these girls should leave the dancing to the “old ladies” Janet Jackson and Madonna. These younger girls move as smoothly as C3P0 would if he was short-circuiting.

I’m now going to put on some Paul McCartney to erase the ear ringing caused by watching 2 minutes of Lady Gaga and Kesha. You know him – he used to be one of those crazy long-haired Beatles that all the adults bashed in the early 60s…

I just finished watching the (DVRed) MTV VMAs. Here is what I learned…

1. I like Justin Bieber. Is he Paul McCartney? No. But no one is. Can he actually sing unlike 99% of the shitbirds pumped out into pop music? Yes. His YouTube videos sound better than most of crap MTV “professionally” puts out (when they bother with music at all.) Might that change when he hits puberty and his voice changes? Sure. So you can’t really blame him (and Usher) for cashing in now. Plus he reminds me of my little brother. When my brother was actually little.

2. I like Taylor Swift. I’ve liked her since her first song was put out on the internet. I’ve seen her live and know she can sing live and sound good. Does she have the range of Carrie Underwood? No. Does she have the best voice in the whole wide world? No. So. She has a pretty voice for the songs she does. Did you hear Rihanna with Eminem? She sounded like the cat whose tail is slammed in the door. Actually almost all of the singers on the show sounded like that. Plus Taylor actually comes across sweet and nice. So weird in the music industry. And frankly, I think country artists are the only ones left with real voices. Well, them and gospel singers.

3. I still like Eminem. I know he is very likely a freakazoid. But I don’t want to marry him, so I don’t care. He does have good stage presence.

4. No one cares, or will pay good money to see, “The Social Network” except desperate Justin Timberlake fans. Mark Zuckerburg simply doesn’t have that many groupies.

5. The majority of “pop” music created today is just that – created. Without the help of the studio most of these guys sound like crap. Pretty sure the Monkees could at least hit their notes.

6. I was really, really hoping a light fixture would have fallen in the hot tub set they had the Jersey Shore cast in…

All of this was learned while fast forwarding thru the 2+ hour show. It took 23 minutes from start to finish. Booyah.

p.s. I wish I could have 15 of those minutes back.

This video is hysterical! She is a stalker :) The guy is cute! And the pink outfit she wears is soooooooo 50s Audrey Hepburn cute!

I just listened to Diana Dors “Roller Coaster Blues” on the rat pack music channel on DirecTv. LOVE it! I need this album (and the brunette one of course) for sure.

It’s almost as good as one my most favorite 60s camp movies….


With that album playing I just need Dino to walk in with a martini :) But I totally need to put on my white go-go boots (of course I have some….not original but they made a tiny comeback in the late 90s. LOVE!)