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Cheap shot at the Grammy Awards

The Grammy Gods choose to pay tribute to a man, love him, or hate him, who devoted his life to composing and performing the most influential music we will probably ever see, by pushing the global warming agenda.

Not only that, but they also do something that the man, Michael Jackson, was wholeheartedly against, and that is, exposing his children to the media and the public. He feared the media would exploit them, and last night at the Grammys, that is exactly what happened.

Not being up on today's music trends, by choice not for the reasons my parents hated my music growing up, I only watched the Grammys to see the much-publicized Michael Jackson 3-D tribute. I did not have 3-D glasses, so maybe the 'saving the Earth' video would have had a bigger impact on me than it did, but I doubt it.

It was a fifteen-minute tribute to a man who died suddenly, who died too young, and who gave us more than four decades of music. It was a disgrace! Instead of doing a medley of his hits, which certainly would have taken longer than fifteen minutes, they choose to have five singers do one of his songs, with Michael's voice intertwined between them. I would have enjoyed it more if Usher sang it by himself. Carrie Underwood seemed out of place trying to be 'soulful', and Jennifer Hudson screamed through most of the song.

The worst of it, though, would definitely have to be the moment when they forced Michael Jackson's children out on the stage to accept the award. The only thing they know right now about their dad, is that he was their dad and he loved them very much. They do not understand the enormous impact their father had on generations of fans. They were there for one reason, and one reason only, to exploit them. If they wanted to make the performance and award mean more, the Grammy people would have at the very least, invited Michael's brothers, the rest of the Jackson 5, to accept the award. Janet Jackson could have easily have stepped into that role as well. I think the whole thing was a shameful display of the Grammys' attempt at getting viewers who normally would not tune in, to watch.

The only bright spot of the incredibly drawn out awards' show, was Elton John and Lady Gaga together on stage. My 17-year-old son said to me that Lady Gaga is today's Elton John, and he is right. I first went to see Elton John in concert in 1976. With his wild outfits, his crazy antics on stage, and his incredible music, it was the enough to make me go see him in concert numerous times over the years. The difference between Lady Gaga's crazy clothes and Pink's Cirgue du Soleil water ride, with her whole hiney showing, is that Lady Gaga can sing.

Beyonce, who in my opinion, cannot sing and sounds the same in every one of the songs I have heard her ever sing, and she grabs her crotch. Personally, I was less offended by Adam Lambert's sexual connotations at the American Music Awards, than I was seeing Beyonce in an evening gown, grabbing at her private parts. Is this what we have become? Is that behavior from a woman on national television acceptable?

Ringo Starr looked great and I believe he was being polite when he said he listens to all types of music and enjoys the music of the people attending the Grammys. The members of Fleetwood Mac were harshly honest, when asked if they liked Lady Gaga. The looks on their faces said it all.

Bon Jovi was a bright spot in the show and surprisingly voters agreed with my choice of song, "Living on a Prayer". I also love his, "Who Says You Can't Go Home". I just find it amazing that the same people, who listen to Beyonce, also listen to the chipmunk-y voice of Taylor Swift, and the classic rocker, Jon Bon Jovi.

If anything, watching the Grammys was a learning experience. It taught me more about the declining morals of this generation, through no fault of its own. My generation listened to Stevie Wonder and Elton John at the Grammys, minus the bare butts.



Don McLean and the song "American Pie" - 1971

People used to say it was about a lot of things, but most agreed that 'the day the music died' referred to February 3, 1959, when Buddy Holly, J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson, and Richie Valens died in a plane crash.

I was 16 in 1971, and there is a line in the song that I misintepreted for a long time:

"And while Lenin read a book on Marx"

I thought he was saying that John Lennon was reading a book about Groucho Marx.

Whether it was because the song was about music, or because I never learned about Vladimir Lenin and Karl Marx, I like my intepretation better.

This is a good example of the dumbing down of kids in the public school system and why the government should get out of the education business.

...Or I led a sheltered life as a child.

Given the efforts by the American Atheists and the ACLU to remove the following from Social Studies textbooks, I am guessing the next generation will know who Lenin and Marx are, and that they will be studied as great leaders, as MAO was to Anita Dunn:

∑ Christmas
∑ Neil Armstrong
∑ The Liberty Bell

As for me, I would still rather believe that Don McLean was talking about the Beatles and the man who had the television show, "You Bet Your Life".


Michael Blosil, Marie Osmond's eighteen-year-old son, committed suicide

According to Marie and her family, Michael struggled with depression for years and left behind a suicide note that proves we have so far to go in understanding mental illness.

Michael's family thought he was making strides in dealing with his depression, but sometimes that is the nature of the illness. One can feel better for a short while, but the hopelessness creeps back in.

Michael felt devastated to learn that he had not completely overcome the feelings that consume the minds of a depressed person, and stated he felt he could never fit in. with his peers. He felt that taking his own life was the only way out.

Marie Osmond has been in the public eye from the time she was very young, with the success of her brothers, the Osmond's, and later her own. In recent years, as is with all celebrities, her personal life became private, when she went through a divorce. Many criticized her due to her Mormon beliefs. The press stated a few not so nice things about her and I am certain this put pressure on the entire family.

Years ago, when a friend of mine lost a relative to suicide, I tried to explain it to their young nephew in a way I hoped he could understand. I asked if he knew what it was like for someone who has a disease that does not make them very sick all the time, but will be with them their entire life. When he said that he did, I explained that his uncle had a disease of the mind that was with him all the time. I told him that it made him unhappy most of the time, and when other things around him got so bad, he felt the only way to get rid of it all was to go to live with his grandmother, who died several years before, who always made him feel good, as a boy. I told him that he longer had the disease in his mind. I hope he understood.

I did not know anything about Marie Osmond's son, but I feel about Marie and her brother, Donny, the same way I did about Michael Jackson. I felt I grew up with them. Now, when the worst tragedy that could hit a mother's heart, has touched Marie's, my thoughts and prayers go out to them.

I know that Marie and her family will not accept Michael's death as easily as my nephew may have accepted the death of his uncle, but they can try to reconcile that he is no longer in mental and emotional pain.

If something is to come out of the recent news of Walter Koenig's son also taking his own life, along with the news of Marie Osmond's son, maybe it will be that people will decide to try to do what they can to help those suffering from depression in their lives.

Fans of these two stars might join others in the fight to understand depression, and to realize that suicide is indeed a real and tragic part of a depressed person's thoughts.

In an interview, Walter Koenig said that if his fans wanted to know what they could do for him in his time of grief, it was to donate to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. In doing so, Koenig hoped to prevent other families from going through the same thing he is now.

Paul McCartney made a library joke about Bush

During a concert at the White House, Paul McCartney said: †

"After the last eight years, it's great to have a president who knows what a library is." †

Elmo wants to know: "Why didn't Paul spend more time in a library?"

If†he would have spent more time here:

during the sixties, instead of spending†all†his time on free love and free dope:

maybe†he would have known to have one of these written up:

before he did this:

"Heather at the ba-ank with money"

† After the divorce, Mills got a lump sum of £16.5m, together with assets of £7.8m

† Now who's the big dum-dum dummy?

Top 10 songs on my IPod with the highest play count

Too Much Heaven by Eifrel 65 - bought this one after hearing it playing in the background of a video on YouTube of funny dogs.

Ain't No Mountain High Enough by Diana Ross - one of my top 10 favorite songs of ALL time

Time of My Life by David Cook - my favorite Idol winner and favorite Idol signature song of all seasons

It's All About the Roosevelts, Baby by Taco Bell (lol) I think I first heard this song during the baseball playoffs or World Series

It's Gettin' Better by Mama Cass Elliott - renewed enjoyment of this catchy tune came after hearing it play on a car radio on LOST

Pocketful of Sunshine by Natasha Bedingfield - this one and the next two on the list are a few songs I like from today's music

Sweet Escape by Gwen Stefani

Hot N Cold by Katy Perry

Rappers Delight by Sugarhill Gang - best rap song

I'm Ready for Love by Martha Reeves & the Vandellas - heard this again on Solid Gold Oldies music channel. Loved Martha's voice.

I also play a lot of Motown, the music that influenced just about every genre of music out today. There has never been anything like it and I think there never will be again.

I've noticed while reading over my list, that not only does it give away my age, it also shows I watch quite a bit of television.

Some songs on this list I heard during dance routines on So You Think You Can Dance.

That's my list, what's yours?

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