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I Want My MTV (Classic)!

Originally posted on Cookies + Sangria:
Yesterday, executives over at MTV decided the repeats of the Eric Clapton hour-long jam band special on VH1 Classic just wasn’t getting the ratings they were expecting, so they decided to rebrand and turn VH1 Classic into MTV Classic. Just like the regular VH1 and MTV, MTV Classic is the cooler, more hip cousin as opposed to your slightly off-colored uncle who was a diehard DeadHead back in the day. What this rebranding means is that now millennials can watch “retro” shows from the 1990s like MTV Unplugged, Cribs, OG Road Rules and an animation block featuring the likes of Daria and Beavis and Butthead. Plus, MTV Classic promises more 90s and 00s music videos, including a TRL Retrospective, so I better be seeing more Carson Daly and Jesse Camp in my life. JK about that last one. https://youtu.be/MNzS1Hk-sLs Growing up, I was the kid who thought watching MTV made me cool. The first season of The Real World that I ever watched was London, which aired in 1995. I was…

The Pros and Cons of BroadwayCon

Originally posted on Cookies + Sangria:
If you’re a true theatre nerd, you know that over the weekend, hundreds of Broadway geeks converged at the Hilton Midtown Hotel for the first ever BroadwayCon – which is exactly what it sounds like. Like other fan-centered conventions, this one gathers fans with actors, creators, and behind-the-scenes folk who make Broadway Broadway. Co-founded by Anthony Rapp, of Rent fame, BroadwayCon featured panels from past shows such as the Rent 20th anniversary reunion, current shows like Hamilton, Spring Awakening and Fun Home, to future shows like Waitress, Tuck Everlasting and Disaster! The Musical. There were photobooth and autograph sessions, fan meetups, master classes, dance workshops and of course, plenty of singing. Before we go any further, I’d like to make it clear that I was not actually there. I am merely a spectator from the World Wide Web. I saw rumblings of #BroadwayCon on Twitter a while ago, and just thought it was some small event in NYC, but I was wrong. After tracking it online all weekend, I’ve come to this conclusion…

Throwback Thursdays! “Everlong” by Foo Fighters

Originally posted on The Nostalgia Blog:
This is one of the few songs by a band that I feel in general I can say both die-hard and casual fans agree is their best song. It’s one of Foo Fighters best videos, it’s a great rock song and it has a pretty great acoustic version as well. I thought I was gonna say more about this but it turns out that I am not. Enjoy the video!

Throwback Thursdays! “Popular” by Nada Surf

Originally posted on The Nostalgia Blog:
I’m curious to see how many people remember this song. Just kidding! Nada Surf probably doesn’t even remember this song. I promise I’ll do a more well known song next week. Until then, enjoy!

A Teenagers Writing: Paper Hearts

Originally posted on Everything and Nothing:
Hey guys, For this week, I decided to share this song I’d written. It’s based on Paper Towns a book by John Green and to be very honest it’s one of the very few books of his that I’ve actually liked…  So I decided to write a song? Well, something like that (because obviously, every time you read a book, you write a song for it :P) …. Let me know if you like it 🙂 Paper Hearts I watched the lightning strike, Watched it tear down trees, Thought of you and I, How we used to be. Saw all the memories again, In a split second, Felt the walls closing in, Felt all those stares. And I don’t want to stay no more, Living with these paper hearts, All over these paper towns, Watching every move we make, Forever. So let’s get away, We can just run away, To a better place, Where hearts don’t lie. Snuck of at dark, Never to return. Felt that long lost spark,…

Every Movie Ever Dances to ‘Uptown Funk’ by Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars

Originally posted on The Nostalgia Blog:
The Uptown Funk legend continues! A few months back someone re-cut a bunch of movies to sing this song. Now someone has made a video of pretty much every dance scene from every movie ever (or at least 100 movies) and re-cut them to get down to the funky beats of Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars. It’s as good as you think it will be. Enjoy!

The Rise and Fall of Iggy Azalea

Originally posted on Black Millennials:
T.I. has finally parted ways?with his breakout star.?What took him so long? In 2011, when radio and television personality Charlamagne Tha God said that Iggy Azalea — then a fresh off the success of “Pussy” — was gonna be a star, I scoffed. Where he saw potential, I saw an explicit marketing ploy with little sustainability or long term success. Iggy Azalea featured on the venerable XXL Freshman cover (2012) I saw the gentrification of hip hop where white artists with some edge would be pushed before audiences before the audience pushed back. I saw cultural appropriation and cooptation, inauthenticity, and an obvious — if not desperate — attempt to turn a quick profit. While I was clear in my interpretation of the Australian born rapper, others were not. “Fancy,” her record breaking single, dominated airwaves in 2014. Clear Channel, the biggest radio outlet in the country, included her in their “On The Verge” program, an initiative designed to give emerging artists optimal exposure to some 245 million monthly listeners.…

Throwback Thursdays! “Stay” by Lisa Loeb

Originally posted on The Nostalgia Blog:
The original hipster! Lisa Loeb was dressing like a woman out of the 50s which caught on in the 90s and now is the uniform for hipsters in whatever we call this decade. Stay was Lisa Loeb’s breakout hit (some say her only) and was featured on the Reality Bites soundtrack. Fun Facts about the song/video: Lisa Loeb was the first artist in the USA to have a #1 hit and not be signed to a recording contract. She had recorded the song independently and her neighbor Ethan Hawke gave a copy of “stay” to Ben Stiller who put it in the Reality Bites movie. The song blew up and Loeb made history. Ethan Hawke directed the music video in his own apartment (which by the way is HUGE, what is rent on at place like that?!) The video was shot in one continuous take with no edits. Well those are all the facts I remember from watching Pop Up Video back in 2002. Enjoy the video!

Have you ever felt your life is a song?

Originally posted on Weird and Wonderful:
I need to begin by telling you how I feel, song lyrics are the most weird and wonderful ways of a song writer, not only telling you a story but in my eyes; I feel they are telling us life long lessons. “So, I had a bad day!” No I will not be picking that song apart. However, I have your attention and I want to stop and have a mediation moment. Picture yourself saying Amazing– how life is Amazing. Just think you have had the worst time in your life and you made it through….. Without further ado, I bring you my all time favourite band Aerosmith.? This is from the Big Ones Album: Amazing! Feel free to Spotify and sing with Steven Tyler: I kept the right ones out  And let the wrong ones in  Had an angel of mercy to see me through all my sins  There were times in my life  When I was goin’ insane  Tryin’ to walk through  The pain  When I lost…