19 May 2009

What should we think? What should we say?

I found an awesome quote the other day that reminds me of how I’ve been feeling for the last little while.  “What this country needs is more free speech worth listening to.”  - Hansell B. Duckett

Warning, this is a slightly more colorfully worded blog than usual.  If you are offended by a little language, this may not be the blog for you to read.

So the radio station that plays at work has the Ryan Seacrest show on in the afternoon, so I am able to get my daily dose of celebrity gossip in.  I’ve never been so informed before which is a admittedly a little weird.  I now join in on conversations that I would have had no contribution to whatsoever in the past, but I digress.  A few days ago Ryan had Perez Hilton on the show.  For those of you who don’t know, he is the judge who asked the ever controversial question about gay marriage (which I thought was a little out of place for that particular forum, but it was what it was) at the Miss USA competition to Miss California that has everyone’s panties in a twist.  Perez has a blog where he often has very unflattering posts about celebrities and their goings on.  He also promotes new movies, whatever he feels like.  Ok, fine.  That’s what a blog is supposed to be.  The point I’m getting to is that when Ryan was talking to him, he made the comment about American Idol contestant Adam Lambert and how he was so glad that he was candid about who he was and that people should be honest about who they are and what they stand for, but in the same interview he trashed on Miss California, Carrie Prejean, saying that he wasn’t looking to hear the answer that Carrie Prejean would have given, but the answer that Miss USA would give.  WHAT THE HELL!?  This was only a few minutes after the Adam Lambert comment.  So what’s the deal?  I mean why is it ok for him to be true to his convictions, but it isn’t ok for her to stand up for hers?  Is this because he was personally offended by her answer to his question at the competition?  Is it because Adam and Perez are both gay?  Is it because they are both men?  I don’t hate gay’s or men, but it makes me wonder.  How is this considered alright here people!?  What a hypocrite!  Both are role models and have a lot of publicity, therefore a large impact on the people they touch.  In fact, it’s a pretty good chance that Adam will have more of an impact than Carrie because of the intense popularity of the show and the way our pop stars are idolized in our society, so I don’t really want to hear how she should be answering how a representative of America should be answering.  That’s a load of crap as far as I’m concerned.  This is why our government is shit.  It’s because our politicians are answering how they ‘should be’ answering and no one has the balls to stand up for what they actually believe in anymore.  It’s all about what they should say and not what they really believe in.  You know, I think that props should go to both Adam and Carrie in their respective situations.  They have both been true to what they feel and whether I agree with them or not, at least they had the guts to stand up for themselves in the face of the media that can (most) often be cruel.  And I think Perez can go to hell.  Get your standards straight before you start shooting your mouth off and being a total prick.  Just a thought.

15 May 2009

She finds herself at a concert that I am not at!

BEST QUOTE EVER!  My sister Kimberly and I went to the Celtic Woman concert on Tuesday which was amazing!  We had fantastic seats thanks to our good friend Chris!  We were first row off of the floor right in the center!  Fantastic view, great music, and the best company!  I love doing things with my seester! 

I didn’t know much about their music before hand, but they have beautiful voices and the violinist was wicked amazing!  The four singers are really wonderful but she steals the show!  The whole performance was quite the production actually.  They had a huge set up on stage for their musicians.  Well, for their percussion they did anyway!  The rest of the band was on one side of the stage doing their thing.  They had a bass player, a guitarist and the Celtic flute player.  Then there was the percussion.  They had the stage divided so that each guy had a massive station on their side to play the drums, chimes, symbols, etc.  It was way cool!  They even came out and did sort of a play off on the handheld Irish drum things.  I loved it!!! 

They did several songs that were covers of other songs.  They did one of Enya’s songs, they did “You Raise Me Up” by Josh Groban, and a few others.  They also did some Irish folk songs.  Very cool!  Some of them were in English and some were in Irish Gaelic (which I intend to learn by the way).  I LOVE Gaelic!  It’s so beautiful!  They also had some very moving music that’s new for their tour.  One song I want so badly is their tour theme song Isle of Hope.  I got choked up when they sang it and I get choked up when I try telling people about it.  It’s about the immigration from Ireland through Ellis Island and it’s very moving.  They also had a really cool song about America!  They even dedicated it to the people of Salt Lake City because we are the most welcoming people they’ve come across in their travels!  Who knows, they could say that to everyone, but I thought it was cool anyway! 

The violinist was by far the most entertaining part of the show though!  No contest, she was phenomenal!  Not only did she make incredible music, but she was frolicking all over the stage while she was doing it!  It was more than just moving a lot while she did it though!  She was dancing while she played and at one point she was so into the music she started doing some violin head banging (which is where the quote from Kim came in).  Keep in mind that their music style is an Irish version of Celine Dion mixed with Enya and she’s up there head banging away.  It was awesome!  Kim just leaned over to me and said, “She finds herself at a concert that I am not at!” and I just lost it!  It was true though.  Her body language definitely said she was at a concert we weren’t at.  It was great though! 

Both at intermission and when it was over, we made a beeline up the stairs to beat the crowds.  We bought one of their CD’s at intermission and then at the end we got to the top right as they did an encore so we stayed for that, then we hauled out to our car and got right out of the parking lot!  It was practically a miracle! 

Their costumes were amazing!  The ones they wore for most of the night were just really cool evening gowns, but their end costumes were fantastic!  They were all coordinating in style, but all slightly different.  Very full skirts with strapless bodices.  The main fabric was a brocade in gold or silver with black, grey, navy and burgundy and corresponding insets in the skirt.  So cool!

Overall a great concert and I would go again in a heartbeat!  They definitely have a new fan!  I only got one picture in the concert (we weren’t supposed to have cameras) and it didn’t turn out so well so that’s what I get for trying to break the rules.  You can see how they had the stage set up though.  It was really cool with the big draped curtain things and the round disc in the center was used as a projection screen.  That was an awesome effect!  I borrowed the others from their website.CIMG0021

I got this nice guy to take our picture in front of the E Center after the concert.CIMG0025

This isn’t from the concert, but it’s a good picture to show the costumes they wore for most of the time.celtic woman 2-2

This guy was amazing!  He was one of the ones doing the drumming and percussion!  I think he was their main guy.celtic woman 3-2

The frolicking violinist of amazingness!  I was in awe of her talent!celtic woman 4-2 Celtic Woman 5

This one was my favorite.  It’s their finale.  They were so beautiful and they sounded fantastic!celtic woman 1-2

11 May 2009

Monday. Oh Monday.

monday cat

From this point, the weekend seems so very far away.  Good thing I have several fun things before the weekend gets here, like a concert tomorrow with my sister!  :D  I’m really quite tired right now though so this is pretty much how I feel.  Poor kitty.  Happy Monday everyone.

10 May 2009

Weird, people actually read my blog

So I recently put in a tracker to see where people are reading my blog and I have no idea who reads it because it only tells me where not who! Really, I don't know who would be reading my blog from Spain, Argentina, France, South Africa, Canada, Indiana, etc. It's kind of crazy not knowing who is reading this because I always figured it was just a couple of my friends here and there, but obviously it's not just them! Cool I guess! If I've never met you and you're reading my blog I'm quite flattered, and if you're someone I know and you're living somewhere I'm obviously not aware of, let me know! I'd feel like a bit of a heel not knowing you'd moved. Anyway, let me know who you are and where you're reading this from if you don't mind. I'm just curious! :D

05 May 2009

Feelings

SERIOUSLY!!!  I CAN NOT BELIEVE THAT SOME THINGS SHARED IN CONFIDANCE CAN’T STAY THERE!!!  I just had to get that out.  I’m feeling a little hurt, angry, confused, irritated, betrayed and I’m sure some others that I am not thinking of right off.  It’s not worth loosing the friendship over, but I’m just a little miffed because I thought it was pretty self explanatory that some things shouldn’t be shared with anyone outside of the immediate conversation.  Especially when it’s not about you! 

Also, I have a stomach ache and a headache I’ve not been able to shake for an entire day and then some.  Sad story.  I’m going to bed.

 
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