Celebrities

RIP Queen

Aretha Franklin found a way to be relevant in every era since she first emerged with her now-classic hits in the 1960s. She sang gospel in the 70s, recorded hit songs with the likes of Annie Lennox, George Michael and the Rolling Stones in the 80s. Back to gospel and love songs in the 90s. In the 2000s, she released Christmas music and more gospel. And in the last few years, toured and continued to record.  …

The More Things Change…

On this American Independence Day, there will be a lot of discussion about where America stands as a nation. It’s a nation divided. Opposing sides aren’t just bickering with each other, they’re refusing to acknowledge that each side has valid concerns and ideals. If it was a marriage, their poor communication and refusal to go to counselling would doom the relationship.

Throwback Thursday – Picking up Styx

I know I’ve thrown back to this before. I can’t help it. It was such a spontaneous and wonderful moment. Five years ago, it looked like I wasn’t going to be able to meet one of my rock heroes, Tommy Shaw. Free-FM was presenting the band as part of a great line-up at Rock the Park, but no meet-and-greet was planned. The band had things to do. We got to meet and get photos with Toto and Grand Funk but Styx couldn’t make it happen. …

Help is on Its Way

The suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain rattled me. I don’t own a Kate Spade bag and I’ve never watched Bourdain’s show, although I did purchase Kitchen Confidential after years of hearing about how brave and bold it is. But I didn’t have to be a fan to understand the importance of these special artists to so many people. …