Saturday, March 12, 2011

30 Day Song Challenge- Day 6: A Song That Reminds You Of Somewhere

Today's song brings back memories of one of my favorite years of my life.  Over a time period of 2003-2004 I had the pleasure of living in Nashville, TN.  It is a fantastic little city with so much to do... especially for people in their 20's and 30's.  I had a blast and made some great friendships while I was there.

The song I've selected for today's challenge is "Dixieland Delight" by Alabama.  This song will always make me think of Nashville because it was hard to ever go out to downtown Nashville without hearing this song.  One of the great things about downtown Nashville is the line of honky-tonk bars that are always no-cover and always have live music playing.  Most are up-and-comers who are trying to get discovered... and often they were really good!  Sometimes you'd hear original music, but most of the time it was just a revolving jukebox of live cover songs.  Alabama songs came up often, but this song I particularly remember.  I don't think I had ever even heard this song before I moved to Nashville, and I left knowing all the words.  :-)

Friday, March 11, 2011

Friday Funnies: George Michael- Sexy Sax

This totally reminds me of the "rick-rolling" videos that were popular a few years back.  But this time they are using an equally epic 80's tune.  Thought I'd pass this along to anyone who needed a laugh today! 

30 Day Song Challenge: Day 5- A Song That Reminds You Of Someone

With today's challenge, I decided to go with the whole "whats the first song that pops in my mind"... and the first one I came up with that had a connection with someone was the 1999 jam "Faded" by SoulDecision.  This group was a one hit wonder for sure (OK, maybe one and half... anyone remember "Ooh, It's Kinda Crazy"???)  But this song will always remind me of my good friend Rusty Gardner.  This song came out the year we graduated from high school, and I remember we both thought it was awesome.  I'm trying to dust off the cobwebs, but there is also a faint memory of this song being played at Rusty's wedding where I was his best man. 

While I'm talking about Rusty... can you all send out a prayer and some good thoughts for him???  He's serving overseas right now, and I totally give him so much respect and credit for devoting his life to protecting me and the rest of us in America.  If it wasn't for souls like Rusty on this planet, we'd all be in trouble.  A shout out to his wife Kim and two beautiful children too.  I'm sure they miss Rusty every day, and I commend them for their patience and unwavering love. 

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

30 Day Song Challenge: Day - A Song That Makes You Sad

Today's song still makes me sad and emotional even though it first came out when I was 13 years old.  In fact, the fact that I was at that age is probably what connects it to such heartache for me.  The song I've chosen for this day is "Runaway Train" by Soul Asylum.

I am so lucky to have had an amazing family growing up, that I can't even imagine what it must have been like to runaway from home or to be abducted.  Both scenarios involve being separated from my family... and during teenage years that is so hard to imagine.  I remember this video being polarizing.  It was one that you wanted to see on MTV.  I remember thinking to myself "If I can just remember these names and faces, maybe someday I'll see one of these kids and I can help to solve the crime!".  Its just saddening to think that some kids and families have to go through that kind of emotional hardship.

Here's the video for my Day 4 choice:

American Idol S10: Top 13 Performances- "My Personal Idol"

I know I said that "4 The Love of Idol" wouldn't be happening this time around, but because I love season 10 of Idol so much, I couldn't help but sit down and write this recap after tonight's episode.  I really think this group is great!  Of course I don't love everyone, but as a whole, this group is the best that we've seen in several seasons.  I mean, there really isn't a laughably horrible person in the bunch.  By laughably horrible, refer to previous seasons:
Season 9- Tim Urban
Season 8- Megan Joy
Season 7- Kristy Lee Cook/Jason Castro
Season 6- Sanjaya/Haley Scarnato

I think removing these laughably horrible characters has elevated my level of enjoyment, just like removing a laughably horrible judge (Paula and/or Kara).  Both are huge improvements for the show.  All in all, I'm more excited about this season that I have been since Season 6 where I truly loved several contestants (Jordin, Blake, Chris, Lakisha). 

Here's my breakdown of tonight's performances:

Lauren Alaina- "Any Man of Mine"
I like Lauren.  I think out of all the contestants, she was the one that I was most impressed with from the very first audition.  I think she's got all the different facets of being a musical artist that you need, including a likability factor similar to Kelly Clarkson (like Randy has mentioned).  I wonder if Lauren is going to fall into the trap of being the "most-pimped" contestant though... similar to Mr. Straight-Up, Andrew Garcia... who going into the top 12 everyone thought was going to be in the final and then ends up getting voted out at top 8.  With all of that being said... I think that Lauren's performance last night is exactly what she needed to do.  She didn't bomb, but she wasn't amazing.  What Lauren needs to do is play it a little bit safe in the first weeks (or at least "safe enough") and then just open up her arsenal around top 8-ish time and rock it out to the end.  She can't be consistently amazing everytime, or one bad performance is going to get her voted out early.  She's gotta build and show improvement.  America loves an underdog (ahem...Kris Allen... ahem) and loves to watch a contestant grow and improve over time.  Lauren's gotta show growth or she's gonna get on people's nerves.  Speaking of getting on my nerves, did anyone else find it super annoying last week when Randy was comparing her to Kelly and Carrie, and she responds in a 5-year old Toddlers-and-Tiaras like squeal: "I'm just Laurrrrennnnnnn".  At that point, she lost several cool points in my Idol book.  All in all though, "Any Man of Mine" wasn't a bad choice for her.  She was able to have fun on stage and show a little bit of her cutesieness. But Lauren: your cutesiness is borderline annoyingness, so keep yourself in check.
Grade: B

Casey Abrams- "With a Little Help From My Friends"
Oh Casey... I struggle so much with Casey.  I love him.  I really do.  I love his creativity and musicianship and he has totally 100% impressed me so far this season.  The way he makes performances his own is something that Idol needs and thrives on... and I think he's a great addition to this year's finalists.  I love his offbeatness without being offbeat-annoying (ahem... Siobhan Magnus... ahem).  Taking all of that into consideration, I'm not sure if Casey is the type of contestant that I can rally behind for the title.  He's got a little bit of a Taylor Hicks thing about him where I know America will love him, but can this guy have a legitimate music career?  or will he just fade away into off-Broadway obscurity.  Regardless of the endgame, he will be a pleasure to watch for the next several weeks because he definitely won't be going home anytime soon.  Tonight's performance was a little scratchy and growly for me, but then again, it's Joe Cocker (and we all know from last year's guest spot on the finale that scratchy and growly is about all Joe Cocker's got going for him these days!).  He wrapped the song up nicely and its definitely enough to keep him safe for next week.
Grade: B

Ashton Jones- "When You Tell Me That You Love Me"
I admit, I've really liked Ashton from the few glimpses that we saw of her during Hollywood week.  She hasn't been pimped as much as the other contestants, but from what I saw I have strongly felt that Ashton is very current.  She's very Rihanna/Beyonce-ish.  She's got the look, and some likeable-yet-diva-ishness to her.  I see lots of potential.  The judges seemed to feel the same way about her last week and put her through to the 13 with the wild card... and although I'm sure Ashton was ecstatic to have a second chance, I think the rest of America had a "WTF?!?" moment when the judges named her first from the Wild Card.  This automatically bodes unfavorably for her, and Ashton really needed to wow America this week to win back some love.  What Ashton did right was pick Diana Ross.  After all the comparisons, I think that was spot on.  What Ashton did wrong was pick THIS Diana Ross song.  Diana has a library full of fun poppy songs that Ashton could have taken and ran with... and probably put her own spin on.  But, she didn't.  She sang a fairly boring song... and she sang it fairly boringly.  I'd also like to mention that it wasn't smart of Ashton to mention that she's "never sang a note that high before".  Ummm, Ashton honey... the note wasn't that high!  Other contestants like Pia were hitting notes that were almost octives above this note you are struggling with.  That comment alone proved that Ashton isn't as talented as some of the others in this group of 13.  I do have to say that she did pull the song together well at the end... and really it wasn't that bad.  It was just boring.  Will Ashton go home this week?  I wouldn't be surprised.  She's definitely heading home before top 10... so if its not this week, it will be soon.
Grade: C

Paul McDonald- "Come Pick Me Up"
I'm gonna say it right now.  If Paul wins this season over all these other talented people, I will officially be PISSED OFF.  Something in my gut is telling me that Paul is sticking around a lot longer than he should this season... and depending on if the same cougars and tween girls attach to him that have attached themselves to David Cook, Kris Allen, and Lee DeWyze, we could have Paul in the final.  That gives me queasiness in my stomach just thinking about it.  IDOL VIEWERS: We need to break the mold! Season 10's winner CANNOT be another white male singing semi-radio friendly pop-rock singles.  It just CANNOT happen!  PLEASE!  OK... enough with my plea to America... back to Paul.  I'll admit that I didn't hate Paul's rendition of Rod Stewart last week.  His voice and manurisms are interesting, but at the same time a little endearing.  This week's song choice was not good if you ask me.  Jennifer is like the majority of Americans who probably don't even know Ryan Adams let alone that song (I know "New York, New York" only from VH1).  Both Randy and Jennifer said that they hoped America "gets it" and even Paul himself said in his backstage comment that he hopes America "gets it".  Paul: I didn't get it.  I'm not sure how many people did.  What I do know though is that these damn cougars and tween girls "get" your smile and your pearly whites are going to get you through for many weeks to come.
Grade: C

Pia Toscano- "All By Myself"
During the Green Mile episode, when we found out that Pia had made it to the Top 24, I wasn't surprised, but part of me was like "Meh... she'll be gone in the first few weeks".  She wasn't featured too much, and what was featured of her was good, but nothing exciting.  I figured she would be the "pretty girl with a decent voice" of this season, who usually makes it though but goes home fairly early.  Boy, was I wrong!  Pia is the contestant who has surprised me the most so far this season.  Her performance of "I'll Stand By You" put her on the map last week.  With such a strong performance out of the gate, she had some big high-heeled shoes to fill this week... and she knocked another one out of the park with "All By Myself".  It's really a big thing for me to be gushing about a contestant who has sang these two songs that are fairly "typical" by Idol standards.  I tend to gush over people who make riskier more creative choices.  But even picking these standard ballads, Pia has proven that if you sing a strong, flawless vocal you will definitely impress.  And... also impressive is that although she didn't change either song up, she still made the song feel like it was Pia... and not a karaoke version of Celene or Chrissie.  I still don't know if she has the engaging personality to win the whole season... but I would love to see more personality over the coming weeks with the hopes that she could make it to the end.  And... its hard to write about Pia without commenting on how flawlessly beautiful she is.  I mean HOT!  People will pay attention to her for this reason alone... but once she starts belting out those notes, its very apparent that she's not just another "pretty girl with a decent voice".
Grade: A

James Durbin- "Maybe I'm Amazed"
There's a soft spot in my heart for James.  It's hard to not let James's story affect how I feel about him and his performances.  Between his whole "I'm doing this for my family" mentality and his Tourette's tics I feel personally invested in James's story.  I want to see him succeed.  So far in the last two weeks I think James has definitely proven himself as a deserving competitor.  Sure, the comparisons to Adam Lambert's screaming vocals are there, but James isn't a Glambert... he's just a regular guy who happens to have a gift and love for performing.  I appreciate that about him.  After last week's Judas Priest performance (which I didn't love... but it was enough to get him through), I have to admit that I was quite shocked to see that his personal Idol was Paul McCartney.  I am SO glad that he picked "Maybe I'm Amazed" because I think it was a great song for him.  It showed that he can sing some soft vocals in addition to the screaming.  I wasn't a fan of the arrangement, as it sounded very repetitive with the "Maybe I'm a man..." lyric occuring again and again and again, but chopping down a song into 1:40 is difficult.  Still, his vocals were on point.  What James has that some of the other contestants don't though, is that I am invested in him as a person even after he's done performing.  I genuinely care about what the judges say about him and how he reacts to the comments.  Other contestants I could fast-foward through the judges comments... but with James you can tell by the look on his face that he is anxiously waiting on every word that comes out of thier mouths.  Not only does he feed off of the praise, but I think he wants the feedback both positive and negative so that he can make needed changes from week to week.  I'm excited to see his progression
Grade: B+

Haley Reinhart- "Blue"
Out of all 13 contestants, Haley is the one I care for the least.  I honestly was shocked when America voted her as one of the top 5 girls.  I don't get it.  I don't understand what sort of star quality or likeableness people would see in her for them to pick up the phone and actually vote.  With this season's top 13, I feel happy with all other 12, but I honestly feel that Haley's spot deserved to go to the beautiful and talented Julie Zorilla.  She made a bad song choice during the semi's by singing Kelly Clarkson's "Breakaway", but every other performance they had shown prior was stunning.  Julie had star quality (she's the one that after she auditioned Jennifer looked at Randy and suggested "Winner???") and Haley doesn't have the same star quality.  In fact, she kinda bugs me.  She has some sense of entitlement to her that I don't get.  I like my Idol's humble.  I feel like Haley is always trying to prove and not improve.  She's trying to prove why she is good and deserving of a spot instead of taking each performance as an opportunity to grow and improve.  Haley's lucky she picked a song that had some yodeling in it, because honestly that is the only thing that made it memorable.  It was a little bit out of the box, but other than that, I agreed wholeheartedly with Randy when he said it was "sleepy".  For some reason she has a fan base that got her into the top 5 girls, so I doubt she will be going home this week... but I certainly hope that she goes within the first 3 weeks so that she doesn't make the tour.  This year's tour has such potential to be awesome... and I feel that if she made it to the tour she'd be taking a spot of someone more deserving (kinda like she did from Julie in the top 13). 
Grade: C

Jacob Lusk- "I Believe I Can Fly"
Oh Jacob.  Where do I start with Jacob?  Well let's start with the things I appreciate about him.  I appreciate his range.  He's got mad hella range in his voice for sure.  I also appreciate his passion.  I feel like he does a great job of putting his whole heart and self into a performance.  I understand that with those two things together, Jacob has the making of being a star in a lot of people's eyes... but not mine.  Some media outlets are making him one of the frontrunners and I don't agree.  I wouldn't buy a Jacob album.  I wouldn't go to a Jacob concert.  Maybe that means he's just not my cup of tea.... but I think that I am Idol's cup of tea, and as a loyal fan, he's just not doing it for me this season.  Not to go completely personal on him... but let's face it: Homeboy likes other homeboys.  It's so painfully obvious.  I know his little God-loving heart is probably not ready to reveal that on national television, but its very apparrent and  I feel bad that the media is probably going to start eating him up over it... especially if he makes it far in this competition.  His life is going to be flipped upside down and every other direction once the media gets involved.  With all that personal stuff to the side, Jacob's performance tonight had more mistakes than anyone elses.  The whole second verse was completely off key and sounded horrible.  With that said, he is Jacob and pulled it together with those super high belty notes that he is known for.  I still didn't like his performance tonight though.  And can we talk about R. Kelly being his personal Idol?  Eeek! That in itself is a PR nightmare!  Adding that to the looming sexuality issues... and he's a publicists nightmare. 
Grade: C-

Thia Megia- "Smile"
I don't know if I really have too much to say about Thia.  She hasn't super impressed me so far... but her voice is decent.  I don't really get the correlations between her tone and Michael Jackson's tone.... I just don't hear it.  She seems cute and likeable, but I just can't see millions of people flocking to iTunes to buy her singles.  "Out Here On My Own" last week sounded much better to me than this jazzy version of "Smile".  I agree with the judges that the arrangement didn't work.  She also had quite a few sour notes in there.  Overall, I think she could be in trouble.  Not only was her performance not good, but she seemed miffed at the judges comments like she couldn't believe that they didn't like it.  Really??!!  Maybe once she watches it back she will see.  The crying backstage probably didn't bode well for her either.  It didn't seem earnest.  It seemed pouty.  I guess she is only 15 though... but still she needs to be mature enough to last many weeks in this competition, and crying during top 13 week is not a good place to start.
Grade: C

Stefano Langone- "Lately"
OK... I'm gonna get my my 14-year-old-tween-giddiness out of the way and admit that I think Stefano is such a little muffin!  With the bright smile and big brown eyes, I am smitten.  And I also love that when Stefano stands next to Ryan Seacrest he is about 2 inches shorter which makes him about 4'9".  Kidding!  I was super glad that the judges saved him in the Wild Card round though because that rendition of Smokie Norfill's "I Need You Now" was (to use my phrase:) amazeballs!  It was a perfect song choice for Stefano and he pulled it out when he needed to.  The thing about Stefano is that not only is he adorable but he has a unique tone that really does set himself apart from other cutesy male singers.  But this strength is also a detrement because he HAS to select songs that go along with that tone.  Tonight we saw an example of a song that didn't quite match of with his tone.  The beginning of "Lately" definitely sounded off.  Then that techno beat kicked in and cocked my head sideways kinda like a dog does when they hear a weird sound.  But, I have to say that once the song kicked into Stefano's high range, he definitely connected with it.  And like Jennifer, I was sorta even digging the whole dancey version.  The thing was, he owned it.  He knew it was different, but he worked on it with the producer and felt comfortable with it.  If he would have physically shown signs that he wasn't on board with the upbeat version, then he wouldn't have sold it (kinda like the signs Thia was giving that she wasn't 100% comfortable with the jazzy version of "Smile")  But Stefano gave it his all and I commend him for that. 
Grade: B

Karen Rodriguez- "I Could Fall In Love"
Karen was one of those contestants who wasn't featured much doing the auditions or Hollywood Week, but once I caught a glimpse of her I wanted to know more.  Now that I know more, I'm not sure sure I got what I wanted.  I want to like her.  I think she's cute.  And I am digging her latin infusion, although I know there are a lot of haters out there... Which can I mention that I couldn't not believe all the tweets when she sang in Spanish that were saying "This is AMERICAN Idol not MEXICAN idol". Really people?!?! Hate to tell you mid-America, but after living in California for a few years, THIS IS AMERICA.  All the cultures.... languages... everything.  So get over yourself and your oppressive language barrier.  *steps off soap box*  It was no surprise that Karen was going to sing Selena.  That's what got her through the Green Mile epsiode when we saw J.Lo crying over her vocals.  Although she obviously had a deep-rooted connection to Selena as we saw in her video package, I don't feel that Karen turned that into a connection with the audience.  The vocals weren't bad by any means.  Definitely on key... but the song was a bit boring and she did nothing to make it her own.  The song doesn't have any huge belty power notes like "All By Myself" so if she wanted to impress with "I Could Fall In Love" then she needed to add a little bit more to it.  She tried with the last string of notes, but it was a little too late.  America was already sleeping by then.  Still, I feel that Karen has the potential to rock out some future performances, so I would feel bad if she went home this week... but it may just happen.
Grade: B-

Scotty McCreery- "The River"
I love Scotty.  I've loved him since he opened up his mouth at his audition.  The thing with Scotty is that he doesn't have to win.  Country labels are foaming at the mouth right now to sink thier teeth into Scotty.  If he didn't make the top 13, he would have had labels knocking on his door the next day.  He's just got one of those voices that you can't deny.  I remember in his audition that Jennifer said that she felt like she just discovered someone who is going to have a very long career, and I couldn't agree more.  Scotty is going to be around for a while.  And even though I said Scotty doesn't have to win... he just might.  Any of you following the Idols on Twitter may notice that he has more followers than any other contestant (and that says a lot considering that many of his country fans are probably just warming up to Twitter for the first time).  If Twitter followers is any indication, and I think it is, then Scotty has a LOT of fans already.  Last week with "Letters from Home" and then tonight with "The River" Scotty stayed in his comfort zone... but can you blame him?  I'm sure he's gonna get pushed out of it during one of these upcoming theme weeks, so he might as well knock 'em out of the park while he can.  His gosh-darn, down-home grin and antics are starting to feel a tad bit put-on to me, but if he can reel those things in and just be himself and a little more genuine, I think he has a good chance at being our first male country Idol.
Grade: A

Naima Adedapo- "Umbrella"
First of all, can we chat America?  Dear America: What the heck is wrong with you that Naima got LESS votes than Haley last week?  It's a shame that Naima had to be saved with the Wild Card.  I thought she had a guaranteed spot.  That was a shocker for sure.  Thankfully she did what she needed to do last week to have the judges pick her (although she would have had to bomb, because we know that the judges and producers love her cleaning-the-concert-facility-to-singing-on-stage storyline).  Naima has won me over so far with her personality too.  You can just tell that she feels so fortunate to be a part of this experience and she is loving every minute of it.  With tonight's performance, I have to say I was quite surprised by her personal Idol choice.  Not that Rihanna isn't great, but after people have performed Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder and Garth Brooks, her choice of Rihanna just seemed a bit odd.  And then to find out she was singing Umbrella was even more of a shock!  To me that is a dance-jam, not a song that you use to showcase your singing talents.  Kinda like the guy who sang Usher's "OMG" last week... I thought Naima's choice may have been an OMG (or WTF) moment.  But... It actually really worked for me!  I loved that she took some chances!  From the first eight count where she busted out those dance moves, I was intrigued.  It was definitely something different that what we had seen thus far!  Then... she added that reggae break in there too?  She was pulling out all the stops.  What Naima did was make that performance interesting.  She didn't just stand there and sing... she added her own flair, and she owned the stage.  I give her mad props, and I appreciate that she brought something unexpected.  I totally thought she was going to sing some India.Arie-ish soulful songbird tune, but instead she brought the fire.  For that, I give you a....
Grade: A-

Oh... and can I just comment about how lousy it is that Naima's phone number is "36"???  Really?  That sucks for her!  I hope it doesn't impact votes.  I like how Ryan played it off that it was because "13" is unlucky... when in all actuality they can't use that number because its a PHONE SEX LINE!  Drama!

So let's rank the Idols thus far.  Not necessarily just based on tonight, but my personal feelings on the Idols in the last two weeks:
1. Pia Toscano
2. Scotty McCreery
3. James Durbin
4. Naima Adedapo
5. Casey Abrams
6. Lauren Alaina
7. Stefano Langone
8. Karen Rodriguez
9. Thia Megia
10. Paul McDonald
11. Jacob Lusk
12. Ashton Jones
13. Haley Reinhart

My prediction for the elmination this week:  Bottom three will include Ashton, Karen and Thia.  Because Ashton performed so early on in the episode (which does affect votes!)... and because Karen and Thia made it through on America's votes last week and didn't have to be saved... AND because Ashton has the lowest number of followers on Twitter..... I will equate that all to be that Ashton will be going home tonight. 

What do you think?  Leave a comment!!! 

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

30 Day Song Challenge: Day 3- A Song That Makes You Happy

There are tons of songs that make me happy, so again today is a hard one choose.  But I really tried to think hard, and through this process I was able to dust the cobwebs off a song that I haven't heard in a while, but definitely makes me happy whenever I hear it.  That song is "Happy Face" by Destiny's Child. 

I remember seeing Destiny's Child perform this song live at their concert. It was the encore and at the end a bunch of yellow happy face balloons descended from the stage. It was pretty awesome. It's hard to listen to this song and not be in a happy mood. 

Enjoy!  I hope it puts a smile on your face!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

30 Day Song Challenge: Day 2- Your Least Favorite Song

Today's selection is much, MUCH easier.  In fact, as soon as I read the category, I new exactly what song I was selecting.

Day 2- Your Least Favorite Song.

Without a doubt, I had to choose "Don't Touch Me" by 3OH!3.  Every time this song comes on I feel as if someone is forcibly rubbing a cheese grater up and down over my ears.  It's horrid.  First of all... these guys can't sing AT ALL. They are basically just talking the words.  It's like Ke$ha, but more annoying and less talented.  Then... as if their level of talent wasn't horrible enough, they have to add in some of the most offensive lyrics ever!  I mean, do you really have to say something that offensive about Helen Keller?!?  Really?!?!  I like to think i have a good sense of humor, but dumb stuff like that isn't funny.  It's just dumb.  And uncreative.  Can't you come up with something a bit more creative for your lyrics? 

So anyway... here is the link.  I hope you choose to NOT click it and save yourself the agony of listening to it.  AND... not give 3OH!3 another hit on their YouTube account.  They can drift off into obscurity anytime now. 

Monday, March 7, 2011

30 Day Song Challenge: Day 1- Your Favorite Song

Some of you may have seen this "30 Day Song Challenge" going around on Facebook.  As much as I love music, I was definitely in to give it a try.

But I already have my first complaint: Could you start with an easier task?

Day 1's challenge is to select "your favorite song".  Really??!?  Just one?  That is so hard for me.  It may be super easy for some people, but for me I have an entire playlist on my iPod & iPhone dedicated to my favorite songs.  I call it "Matt's Life Soundtrack".  I refered to this list to select my song for day one. 

After lots of consideration, I have decided on the 1992 track from 10,000 Maniacs, called "These Are Days".  This is one song that puts me in a positive mood, no matter when I hear it.  I think the meaning behind this song really hits home with me... that these are the days to remember, so get out there and make memories!  As the lyrics say, I have been "blessed and lucky" that my path in life has crossed with some seriously amazing people and I've had the opportunity to create some amazing memories. 


Katie Couric reports on the "Sillies"

Here's a funny video to start your week off with. Thanks to Funny Or Die for always coming up with hilarious scenarios. Love this one!