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2016: The Year The Music Died

If February 3, 1959, when a plane carrying Ritchie Valens, Buddy Holly and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson crashed, is “The Day The Music Died”, then 2016 is The Year The Music Died. In the past year we’ve lost David Bowie, Prince, Merle Haggard, Glenn Frey, George Michael and several more impactful musicians.


This beautiful mural is outside of the House of Blues in Boston. The painting “is the work of a trio of artists and House of Blues restaurant employees: Hannah Earley, Meghan Pierce, and Sydney Steeves.” Quote courtesy of Vanyaland.com  Have a great Wednesday! ~Phil

Pop Culture Commando

How do you like the title? I’m thinking of starting a second blog with that title just to make fun of the famous. What do you think? Should I do another blog dedicated to weekly mockery of those who live a lifestyle most of us can’t comprehend? Or maybe a weekly feature? Anyway, here’s this weeks installment of Pop Culture Commando:



Jay-Z and Rachael Ray? Can you picture that? No of course not! But this past week, Beyonce’s fans attacked TV chef Rachael Ray on Twitter, calling her a homewrecker. Apparently in the past there had been rumors of Jay Z stepping out on Queen Beyonce’ with a fashion designer named Rachel Roy. Last Saturday Beyonce’s new album Lemonade dropped and it included a song titled Sorry which seemed to be about infidelity. Recalling the old rumors, Beyonce’s fans, the Bey-hive, (no, I did not make that up) were all a buzz and went after the wrong Rachael on Twitter. Dumbest fan base ever? Yes, for two reasons: 1) Apparently they can’t spell, or read and 2) c’mon, Rachael Ray is cute, but she’s not cheat on Beyonce’ cute.


Prince and Chyna: Last week within 24 hours the world lost the world’s most effeminate man and the world’s most masculine woman. Coincidence? I think not. Romantic murder/suicide? Probably. She was six feet four and he was four feet six. (L-o-l-a, Lola!) She could have carried him in a papoose. Theirs was a forbidden love… Too soon for jokes? Absolutely. But you know what? When I eventually fake my death and disappear to a remote tropical island I want all of you to start making jokes about it. In fact, I want my own “Bey-Hive.” Maybe the readers of my blog should be called Philistines.



Princess Kate Pregnant Again?!!? Geez! Don’t these two have anything better to do? Apparently Kate and William have a lot of time to kill while they wait to ascend to the throne. Reportedly Kate is pregnant again, this time with twins. As if we don’t hear enough about the royals! Now with Kate and Will going at it like teenagers after prom, we’re guaranteed another generation of insipid gossip and petri dish shallow media coverage. If the royal babymakers keep going at this rate, soon everyone in England will be a royal and in line for the throne.

That’s it for this installment of Pop Culture Commando. Should I go full on with another blog dedicated to this stuff ? Feel free to comment and if anyone got the Lola reference in the Prince/Chyna thing let me know. You will be my new best friend.  Have a great Saturday!

Music Monday! Prince: 1999

I remember when this song came out and I thought 1999 was so far away. 1999 has come and gone and sadly, so has Prince. The final autopsy report isn’t out, but rumors are that Prince died of an opiate overdose. His overdose may not have been heroin either. Reportedly he was prescribed pain medications for pain in his hips. Using pain medications as prescribed usually isn’t dangerous, but no one knows if they carry the gene for addiction. At one time or another we all get prescribed a short acting opiate pain medication. Be careful and talk with your doctor about other pain control options when possible and appropriate.

Sorry I got a little preachy there. Have a great Monday! ~Phil