I love Dolly's bluegrass album "Little Sparrow" and I'm not typically a fan of mainstream country music but I think I'll give this album a try. The only mainstream country album I own is "Taking The Long Way" by the Dixie Chicks (I also own "Van Lear Rose" by Loretta Lynn but that's not mainstream is it?). I bought it out of solidarity because of the song "Not Ready To Make Nice" but I wound up liking the whole album. In any case I'm eager to hear Dolly's cover of the Fine Young Cannibals song "She Drives Me Crazy," the preview on iTunes was very enticing.
I was reading Jimmi's blog and he had a quote from one of my favorite movies, "Election" posted today, one of Tracy Flick's monologues. As I was reading it I thought to myself, "Holy crap! Hillary is like Tracy!"
Because there's absolutely nothing going on in my life right now I was going to post an American Idol video showing a recent contestant doing a superb cover of Billie Jean. However, there are things that can top even that fine performance.
I present to you a video from 1971, a musical psychotropic happening representing protein synthesis inside a cell. Skip forward to 3:30 to avoid scientific explanation, or listen and learn.
I did something similar in college actually. In immunology our professor choreographed the class in a dance that represented the V(D)J recombination that occurs in our DNA in B Cells so that we may develop a diverse repetoire of antibodies against bacteria, viruses, cancer cells and other antigens. I never forgot that dance, and I never forgot my V(D)J recombination.
This is an all too familiar scene. The porn mag next to the yearbook with the pages that are stuck together was an especially realistic touch. When you're growing up and you do or think about certain things - you think you're a total freak, but as you get older you slowly realize everyone else was doing the same thing.
In my early music education I can remember learning two songs that demonstrated the concept of rounds. The first was the innocuous and mundane "Row, Row, Row Your Boat." The second was one I found to be utterly miraculous because it was originally recorded by Miss Piggy and it spoke of something called a "ha' penny."
One thing that I do appreciate about the media is that they always treat the Muppets like real people. Whenever Miss Piggy (Does anyone know her first name?) is on the Today Show or Martha Stewart, for example, they never mention Frank Oz. I just think that's really cool.