Whatever. CBS got the ratings benefit of a couple great performances, as well as a remarkable candid interview.
Ann Powers says it best with her thoughtful commentary regarding rock 'n roll, popular music and the evolution of button-pushing performance on television and Lambert's place among them.
As for myself, well, it certainly
seems that we’re a nation of prudes with a sexual double standard. The fact
that we are blasé about and accept mind-numbing visuals regarding appalling
violent images yet squirm at the sexual (except those which may very well
be rooted in misogyny) speaks volumes.
have been playing that card for quite some time, so the logical conclusion to
reach about this kertuffle is that it's Lambert's sexuality and not the
performance that is fueling the outrage. Replace a female in the piece and
honestly assess if any outrage that you have would be quite as intense
network had to know what he was up to, it's disingenuous
on their part to feign otherwise. He may have thrown a curve ball with that
kiss or a gesture or two, so what? The rest was choreographed down to the
finest detail, there were pictures all over the internet in the days leading up
to the show with those costumes, it was likely repeatedly rehearsed, and he was giving interviews the previous few days that spelled out the he direction he
To entertain. And make us think... perhaps just a bit.
What a joyous video... it simply brings a smile to my face. (And lets me momentarily put aside cynicism regarding matrimony.)
Thanks to Kevin and Jill for sharing their auspicious start and dance to Forever (groom's own description with an seconding "yes Forever") down the aisle with the rest of the world:
I spent this afternoon with my mother. Yes, the one who's been driving me crazy because she refuses to accept the fact that she can't live alone any longer and she's a risk to herself. (But) I was going easy on her, because she turned 82 the other day and I didn't want to be too much of a c**t, er, bitch.
Anyhoo... the conversation drifted to pop culture. My mother (and if I'm honest mayhap it's a inherited trait, as per #7 on the Eight Random Things memefrom a couple years ago) is a pop culture trivia expert. She was lamenting the fact that she missed all the performances of this good looking kid Adam who she caught on Regis and Kelly that could sing like nobody's business.
So I pressed play on the CD that was already loaded, and while she enjoyed most of the songs she absolutely flipped for Ring of Fire.
OMFG (yes, my mother does use that type of verbiage, albeit with the entire words) that is the sexiest song that I've ever heard and promise to make a copy for me. Promise, And bring it over asap.
Now, as my mother is a pop culture wizard - and with Lambert's sudden celebrity and accompanying references in all manner of tabloids - she is aware that Adam's gay. And it's funny, as much as she's a product of her generation and its prejudices, she's also in agreement with Adam himself when he states that sexy's universal. Of course, I don't know how much of this stems from her wild and woolly days and wayswhen she was a part of the Hollywood of more than fifty years ago.
I was going to segue into the rather diverting phenom about the part of Lambert's fan base that's manifesting as the Cougar Brigade. Newsweek has an articlediscussing it, although I found Huston's essaymuch more amusing. Even if I don't relate in any way to the urge to throw my underwear onto any stage where Adam's performing.
I'm certainly old enough to be typecast into this category. However, the fact is, I don't lust after Adam. I stopped lusting after unattainable celebrities when I was in junior high.
Butthis marvelously talented and sexy young man has certainly awakened the joy and yes the sexiness within me, which was communicated through the conduit of his electrifying performances and the songs he sings.
As much as I may have disdained Idol in the past I'm glad for what - and whom - happened this past season.And I can't wait for his original CD/album to be released. Who knows? If there's vinyl perhaps I'll invest in a turntable once again...
By now you've more than likely seen the amazing performance by the unassuming woman in Great Britain who walked onto the stage and kicked ass. I've watched it a few times, and it elicits the same emotional response each time.
While extremely satisfying to witness David slaying Goliath, and Ms. Boyle possesses an amazing voice, I'm come to the conclusion that the emotional impact of the performance had more than its share of assistance by the lyrics of the song.
There she was, an-almost-fifty-year-old woman who while reaching for her dream concludes, "Now life has killed the dream I dreamed..."
(If you want to watch it you'll haveto go here,they've disabled all the embedded coding.)
I was lucky enough to be in the audience last night for Real Time with Bill Maher. As an extra bonus (in addition to seeing the last show prior to the election) the show had its first live musical performance, by John Legend. Wowsa, what beautifully evocative lyrics (I'm loving that line "tomorrow is starting now"):