Unless you’ve been lost at sea, for the past 3-6 months, you like everyone else has been aware of the new mega film that is being released tomorrow, the Hobbit. When I was young, I read The Lord of the Rings And the Hobbit. I really didn’t like The Lord of the Rings. I thought the book was too long. It was too intricate. There are too many characters. But I loved The Hobbit. Here’s a review from a Rolling Stone.
Even after thinking about it for a day or so, Antonin Scalia’s comments which draws a parallel between gay marriage and murder just seems to be over the top. Which, I believe, was his purpose.
The right to work legislation which was passed in Michigan is nothing more than an attempt to defund unions. My friend, was exactly correct, when he pointed out that this does not harm collective bargaining. Instead, this basically limits what a union can charge. More importantly, there’s no data to suggest that right to work states do any better financially. As a matter fact, the data suggests the exact opposite. Continue reading Thursday Evening News Roundup→
There are probably 25 or 50 Great American songs making up the American songbook. These songs are uniquely American and iconic in some way. Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” is one of those songs. Miles Davis’ “So What” is another. Etta James’ “At Last” also belongs in our songbook.
Etta James, one of the great voices of the 20th century, who fused R&B with gospel and blues and scored landmark hits with “At Last,” “Tell Mama” and “All I Could Do Was Cry,” died today from complications related to leukemia. She was 73. James had been battling health problems for years.
James had an enormously turbulent personal life with numerous periods of drug addiction and poverty, but she channeled all of that heartache into her music. “There’s a lot going on Etta James’ voice,” Bonnie Raitt told Rolling Stone in 2008. “A lot of pain, a lot of life, and most of all, a lot of strength. She can be so raucous and down one song, and then break your heart with her subtlety and finesse the next. As raw as Etta is, there’s a great intelligence and wisdom in her singing.”
Born Jamesetta Hawkins in Los Angeles in 1938, James was largely abandoned by her teenage mother at a young age, and was raised by her grandparents and foster families. She formed the the doo-wop singing group the Creolettes with her friends in the early 1950s, and they scored a minor hit with “Roll Me Henry” in 1955.
Heavy D, the former leader of the hip-hop group Heavy D and the Boyz, has died at the age of 44. The rapper was rushed to a hospital in Los Angeles earlier this afternoon and was pronounced dead at 1 p.m. PT. Police are investigating his death but there are no signs of foul play.
Heavy D, born Dwight Arrington Myers, broke into the music industry with Living Large, his first record with the Boyz, in 1987. He went on to even greater success with the hit “Now That We Found Love” in 1991, and recorded theme songs for the television series In Loving Color and MADtv. In recent years, D recorded a series of reggae fusion albums.