Friday, February 28, 2014

Crossover Episodes...Why?

Greetings Pups,

Hey, guess what I really don't like? Crossover episodes. I was reminded of this a couple of nights ago when Law and Order: Special Victim's Unit, a show I watch, did a crossover episode with Chicago P.D., a show I do not watch. And, therein, lies my problem with this. It's not a new thing. We've dealt with it in the past, and we will probably have to deal with it in the future.

Now I can understand why shows that are within a particular, let's say, universe do this. For example, I get all the crossovers that were done between Law and Order shows, and also the CSI shows, although I did not appreciate the fact that I was forced to watch CSI: Miami just so I could see the debut of Gary Sinise's Mac Taylor, a character that would be the lead of CSI: NY. See, that's the thing. I can tolerate, and possibly even enjoy, a crossover between two shows that I watch. Back in the nineties, Law and Order did multiple crossovers with the great, but overwhelmingly underrated Homicide: Life on the Street, another show that I obviously watched, and they were great. Also, that was major foreshadowing for Richard Belzer and his character, John Munch. But then, my beloved The Pretender did one of these with the un-watched in my house, Profiler. Why? The next decade, another of my favorites, Crossing Jordan, did one with Las Vegas, or as I called it, That Show with James Caan and Some Other People. Yeah, not a fan. I mean, there was always a main plot that threaded the two together, but then, I had to follow some B-plot from the show I didn't watch, and I had no idea what the heck was going on. Also, when you buy the DVD of one show, they rarely include the other episode, so... must skip.

By the way, I am not only talking about the type of crossovers wherein they start a story on one show and finish up on another. I am also talking about the times when they take one or two characters from one show and put them on another for no good reason. It bugs me, because it is a ploy. It is advertising. They do this quite a bit on new and/or struggling shows. It's a big flashing sign that says, "Hey, you know that guy from that show that you're already watching? Well, he's gonna be on this other show that you're not watching. So if you watch him on this show, maybe you'll start watching it regularly". Admittedly, that would be a very, very big, flashing sign. I'm not saying that every series which does this is an awful one. I'm not even saying that this can't the job done, but maybe if they worked harder on making themselves the best possible show they can through good writing and acting and otherwise, they wouldn't have to put in an awkward cameo. It doesn't just seem forced; it is forced. And not to get too nostalgic, but I heard that some characters from St. Elsewhere showed up at the Cheers bar. St. Elsewhere, a show that ended up not actually even existing, did this. Yeah, someone was not thinking ahead on that one.

Look, again, I'm not saying that it can never work. I understand that they want everyone to watch their shows by any means necessary. It is, after all, a business. And I get why they do it in terms of shows that are somehow connected, what with spin offs and all. Also, if you enjoy them regularly, I'm glad for you. I'm actually trying to not be so judgmental this time. I'm only saying that I'm not a fan of these things, and here's why. I could go on and on with more examples, but let's end things now, while we all still love each other.

Love and full moons,

Becky the Writer

Monday, February 24, 2014

Curiouser / Kate Miller-Heidke - Album Review

Greetings Pups,

So, pop music. A lot of people think it's awful, and, in some cases, they are quite right in feeling this way. But I think when we say pop music, especially these days, we are referring to all the crap that's on the charts right now. The "pop", after all, does mean popular, as we all know, which means it should cover all genres. But Pop has become a genre all its own, and it tends to be described as light and fun, at best, and ridiculous, pointless and just plain wrong, at worst. Still, every so often, an artist comes along that can take the catchiness of Pop and give it some depth. Enter Kate Miller-Heidke and her album, Curiouser.

What's that? You don't know who Kate Miller-Heidke is? Well, what's wrong? Don't you listen to Opera? No, seriously, she is a classically trained, Australian Opera singer, who decided one day that she was going to make some pop music. Why not? So, she started to release some EPs, which led up to her full-length, debut album, Little Eve, in 2007, and then Curiouser in 2008. And that is the one I'm going to talk about today.

Now, before you guys get all worried, thinking, "Wait, I don't know if I can handle the high-pitchness in the voice of an Opera singer for an entire album", I'll just say to relax. Whilst Kate does use her ability to hit those high notes on this album, it's more used as something of an accessory, to add a special texture and uniqueness to the songs. But, for the most part, she sings in such a way that we can all sing along. And this is just one of the things that makes this album special. Now let's talk about some of those songs, shall we?

Right off the bat, we do get some of those high vocals as the first song, "The One Thing I Know" begins, but as I said, it is simply used almost as another instrument. Once we really get into the song, it immediately shows what a great sense of rhythm she has, creating something of a dance track here. This skill is again evident with "Politics In Space", which almost has this Country music beat to it, at least, in the beginning. Or is that just me? The second track is "God's Gift to Women", which is where we see how amazingly creative she is with lyrics and rhyme schemes, composing one of the most fantastically biting songs I've ever heard. Not unlike the closing track "No Truck". It would seem that, according to this song, someone has "enjoyed" a relationship with a guy who is a whiny, little baby, who stomps his feet and yells when he doesn't get his way. What, did she date Loki or something? Oh, snap! Of course, bad boyfriends are a dime a dozen. What about other bad relationships? In "I Like You Better When You're Not Around", we explore the crap-fest that is a toxic friendship. Can't we all relate to that? Yes. Yes, we can.

One of my favorites here is "Caught In the Crowd". I don't know, for sure, if this is Kate sharing a true story with us, but it certainly feels like it is. It tells the tale of a friendship she had in school with an unpopular boy, the mistakes she made where it was concerned and her regret. She is able to show, from the point of view of an adult, how things you do in your youth can shape who you will become. Interestingly enough, another song, "The End of School", talks about how what we are doing in the moment feels like the "be-all and end-all" when we're young. Covering all the bases there, I see. Very nice.

Now there are a few tracks on this album that are, for lack of a better word, just plain fun, lyrically speaking. "Can't Shake It" is pretty much about her limited skills as a dancer, the first word you hear in "Motorscooter" is "Vroom!", and in "Supergirl" she sings this line - "It's not Jessica but Lisa when it comes to choosing Simpsons". WHAT! Yeah, Kate's my new BFF after that. And I'm not even really a fan of The Simpsons. It's more because I am a hardcore NOT fan of...the other thing.

We also get a couple of nice, sweet, love songs on the album, of course. "The Last Day on Earth" has been called by some the best thing she has ever written, no doubt thanks to the emotional lyrics and performance she gives. I agree that it is amazing, but my favorite song here is "Our Song". It's just so simple and beautiful and heartbreaking. Though this collection of songs is quite personal, I feel like this one is the most open and revealing.

Now I think the CD I have is something of a deluxe edition, because it comes with two bonus tracks. One is a very cool song that also appeared on the previous album, Little Eve. The other is a little song about some fool who wants to be her Facebook friend or something, and she's all "NO! Get away from from here!" Again, why not? Oh, and I may as well take this opportunity to give a shout out to Kate's writing partner for Curiouser, Keir Nuttall, who, according to my info, is also her husband. So she gets a husband AND a writing partner all rolled into one? Yeah, where can I get myself one of those?

So that is my take on Curiouser from Kate Miller-Heidke. It's really great. I know I have mentioned how I don't listen to current radio very much, and that is because, whether this is true or not, I feel like almost no one cares anymore. Very rarely do I come across anyone who is striving to be an artist, rather than just famous. As a writer myself, that is just so sad to me. Thankfully, though, we have Kate, who is a true artist. She has managed to create music that is jovial and lighthearted with great melodies, whilst also lyrically having some ingenuity and being extremely personal. So it is possible. And that beautiful voice. What can I even say about it that would do it justice? In closing, I certainly hope that when it comes time for young, future musical artists to start picking people to emulate and by whom to be inspired, they look in the direction of Kate Miller-Heidke.

Love and full moons,

Becky the Writer

Friday, February 21, 2014

Top Ten Quotes About Writing

Greetings Pups,

There are a lot of things that can inspire me as a writer. Actually, anything can do the job or, at least, has the potential to do so. One of the things that inspires me the most is hearing others talk about their own writing. Sharing their process, telling stories behind stories, sharing advice or letting the world know how writing has affected their lives. So, today, I thought I'd share with you some of my favorite quotes about writing. Here we go.

#10. "I write to give myself strength. I write to be the characters that I am not. I write to explore all the things I am afraid of." (Joss Whedon) - So, he is not Buffy, but he is afraid of ... vampires? To each his own, I guess. Though, this does express how we, as writers, get to create and even live in fantasy worlds, and at the same time, almost pass as not crazy. Almost.

#9. "There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed." (Ernest Hemingway) - And drink. Because, you know, Hemingway. This may have placed higher on the list, but I do not use a typewriter to write. Nor do I use a computer. I mean, I do eventually, but that would be more re-writing. Also, my penmanship is sad. No, when it comes to creating my stories or poems or songs or whatever, I am a full-on luddite. Pen, paper, that's all I need. Other than that, though, I do agree with this statement.

#8. "Fill your pages with the breathings of your heart." (William Wordsworth) - I don't even think that "breathings" is a word. At least, not anymore. But this just sounds so nice. And true.

#7. "I hate writing. I love having written." (Dorothy Parker) - I see where she's coming from on this one, but whether you love the writing process or hate it, it is rarely better than looking at something you've already created and being proud of it.

#6. "You must stay drunk on writing, so reality cannot destroy." (Ray Bradbury) - I could make another Hemingway joke here, but I will not. I think this quote basically praises the escapism of writing. Even with all the chaos it can bring, it still manages to be our safe little place.

#5 "I go to great lengths to make certain situations feel right to the reader." (Sidney Sheldon) - I know it's a common thing to say that a writer should write for themselves first, not the audience. That is true, in a way. You can't consume yourself with trying to please everyone, because you won't. But whatever stories you come up with have to be right. I understand that the word "right" may seem broad or even unattainable, but, if you make it your goal, it can be reached. And when you get there, you just know.

#4. "There are 3 rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are." (W. Somerset Maugham) - Oh, what! That is not cool to get our hopes up like that, and then...nothing! Seriously, though, I think what he's saying here is that every writer does have a number of rules that they follow to create their work, but each one of us has different rules in order to make our work what it is. It's what makes us all unique from each other. Even if you say you have no rules when it comes to writing, well, that right there is one. So...take that.

#3. "Talent is helpful in writing, but guts are absolutely necessary." (Jessamyn West) - In other words, you can be equipped with your bungee cord or your parachute, but if you're scared to jump, you miss out on the thrill of the experience.

#2. "The goal is to have every character take on a life of his or her own. Sometimes characters will come into the story that I haven't planned." (Francine Rivers) - If you've ever cried when you had to kill off a character, not because you wanted to , but because that is the story, you will understand this statement all too well. Sometimes I think we're just vessels or portals for all those stories that what to be told, all those characters who want to live. I can think of worse jobs to have.

#1. "You can make anything by writing." (C.S.Lewis) - As someone who did not exactly have the best life in this world, I am truly grateful that I have the gift to create others, so that I can make it in this one as long as need be. I have always done it, and I always will, wherever I might be.

So, these are some of the words that inspire me. Hopefully, they will do the same for you.

Love and full moons,

Becky the Writer

Monday, February 17, 2014

The '30 For 30' Series

Greetings Pups,

So I kind of hate sports. I think I may have mentioned that on one or two or three hundred occasions here. And let me make this quite clear. I do not hate every single person in the sports world, nor do I hate all the fans. I know that, in both of those groups, are good people. Some of them are friends of mine. But, overall, the sports thing just isn't my thing. Still, I have to be honest and give credit where it is due, as always. And, honestly, I really like this series I have recently discovered called 30 For 30.

30 For 30 is a series of documentaries from ESPN, which was created in 2007 by Bill Simmons. It's basically a collection of docs about sports stories directed by various people on various subjects. And they are really, really good. I just found them on Netflix Instant Streaming and decided to check one out. That led to my watching several others, because, despite how I feel about sports, I do like hearing interesting stories. Now, even as a non-sports fan, I could predict some of the subjects they cover here. Of course, they do one about O.J. Simpson, the baseball career of Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson's HIV announcement, and the latest one I've seen, the story of Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan, no doubt to...commemorate(?) the twentieth anniversary of the incident. There's a story that never gets old. Still, I've watched some that deal with things that maybe aren't constantly in the forefront of people's memories, sadly, in some cases.

There are quite of few of these documentaries that discuss things beyond just "Hey, remember the great season that one team had? Well, let's talk about it". Actually, I should be less calling these shows documentaries about sports and rather documentaries about people who happen to be connected to the sports world. And those ones are very good, as well, just differently so. They have one about Len Bias, which talks more about the tragedy of his death and what potential he had to be anything, not just a sports star. And there's one that discusses the trial of Allen Iverson, and that ends up being less about him as a basketball player and more about people debating on how race did or did not play a part in his conviction. Heck, there's even one about someone who wasn't even a sports figure at all but just stumbled into the public eye by trying to catch a foul ball. Because the Law and Order episode based on that just wasn't enough!

Look, I could go on and on about all the docs in this series, but I'm going to wrap this up. It's hard for me to talk about anything sports related in a positive light, but I can't deny the quality of these short films. And I truly feel like a lot of these are very well made and should be seen. Seriously, one of the things I don't like about sports is that they bore me, personally, but, like I said, these are more about the people. They are just very interesting accounts of events in their lives. You don't have to be a sports fan to appreciate that.

So, whether you like football, basketball, etc or not, and you, for sure, like good documentaries, I say check a couple of these out. Again, most of them are on Netflix on Instant, and putting them on your queue would be a wise idea.

Love and full moons,

Becky the Writer

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Remembering Shirley Temple

Greetings Pups,

On February 10, 2014, the world received some extremely sad news. Shirley Temple Black passed away at the age of 85. There is a part of my heart that is devastated at this. And, as strange as this sounds, part of me is shocked. I know she was quite elderly, and this is to be expected to happen at some point, as it happens for all of us. But there are some people without whom you cannot even imagine the world. It is impossible. As 'pie in the sky' as it seems, I think some of us just thought she would live forever. I suppose in a way she will.

I know that a lot of people have limited knowledge about Shirley. When you say her name, the first thing they think of is that adorable little movie star. It might be the only thing they ever think of. And, you know what, that is fine with me. Knowing her in only that way is more than enough. In fact, I don't doubt that she would have been fine with that as well. You could always see how extremely proud she was of everything she did as a child, and she was right to feel that way. I don't even know how many people realize what an effect she had on the whole country when she did that work. First of all, those movies came along right in the middle of the Great Depression, and though it may not have seemed like much, she could put smiles on the faces of people who probably needed them a lot. Second, the work she was a part of was kind of groundbreaking. She did a few movies with a man named Bill Robinson, wherein they did some legendary dance routines together. He was a fantastic dancer, and he was also a black man. Think about it. A black man and a little white girl, holding hands, dancing together, in the 1930's. And, as far as I know, no one really had any problem with it. Can you even imagine? Amazing. Oh, and speaking of her dancing...

So, Shirley became famous for a few things, like how adorable she was, her curls, the darling way she sang those songs. All the other things aside, even her overwhelming cuteness, this girl could DANCE. And I don't mean the way any kid can "dance". No, she could dance for real. I already mentioned Bill Robinson, but she also performed with the likes of Jack Haley and Alice Faye, and she totally kept up with them. This tiny little thing dancing with these seasoned, adult professionals, and not missing a beat. That is unbelievable to me, and, to this day, when I watch those films, I am practically mesmerized by what she could do.

Now, while everything she did as a child star is incredible, her life did not stop with Hollywood. On the contrary, she had an full and inspiring life. Most people know that Shirley was a U.S. Ambassador, but she also ran for Congress and was the first female Chief of Protocol of the United States. She was also the boards of directors for several organizations. All while being a wife and a mother. So she was one of those women who taught young girls that they could "have it all" if that's what they want.

Of course, this full life of hers wasn't always easy. Shirley went through a lot of tough times as an adult, but she somehow always made it through them. She was in a bad first marriage and was brave enough to get out of it, only to find a wonderful man, Charles Alden Black, with whom she spent fifty-four years. She also lived through a bout with breast cancer in 1972 and became one of the first women to talk about it openly, which, no doubt, helped a lot of other women. Shirley was a survivor. That is how I see her, and I always will.

You know, I can share all these things I know about her life, but it's very difficult to put into words what she meant to me and to so many people. I waited a couple of days to do this, because I had no idea what to say. And I wanted to say exactly the right thing. Maybe I have; maybe I haven't. I honestly don't know what words can do her justice. I certainly did cry for her, which counts for a lot with me, because I don't often cry when celebrities die. I suppose we all do what we can, though, to honor someone like her. I had actually been planning to devote a whole week to her in April, her birthday week, and for a moment, I almost changed my mind. But I know now that I should do it. Now more than ever, I truly want to pay tribute to this wonderful woman. Every good thing that people can say about her is exactly what she deserves. She was just an amazing woman. Shirley taught us so much about so many things, and she brought happiness to the world. For that, I will always be grateful to her and always love her.

Love and full moons,

Becky the Writer

Monday, February 10, 2014

Straight From the Theater Review - August: Osage County

Greetings Pups,

Say, do you think your family is insane? Well, you're probably right. I mean, whose family isn't a little crazy? Still, in most cases, it could be a lot worse. Take, for example, the family that is featured in the film August: Osage County. Yeah, things get a little nuts with this group. So, naturally, I felt it necessary to review said film. That way, I can talk about one of my favorite subjects - people who are on the brink of going bonkers crammed together in confined corners as we wait for things to explode. Why is it one of my favorite subjects? I don't know, maybe because I've been through this situation a few times. Oh, deep joy. Whatever, though. It's easier to deal with on the big screen. Kind of. Anyway, let's get to the film.

August: Osage County is based on a play of the same name, which premiered at the Steppenwolf Theater in 2007. So, I was not surprised that about %90 of this thing took place within the confines of a single house. Now, whilst there is a plot, and a fairly good one, this is one of those films that is more about the characters and what happens to them, how they change or don't change and whatnot. Personally, those are the types of stories I have always gravitated towards, but I know a lot of people don't. That probably explains why, though it has gotten mostly positive response, some reviews have been mixed. I kind of see where they're coming from. I think this movie is good, but also a little ... weird. Yeah, some weird things happen that are going to make your average movie-goer a bit uncomfortable. But this is about a really dysfunctional family, so that is expected. Anyway, let me say a bit about the plot.

Basically, this film is about the Weston family gathering together in the wake of a tragedy in Osage County, Oklahoma. In August. Get it. Fights are had, tears are shed, secrets are revealed, the end. No, really, that's what happens. And since I don't want to give spoilers, there is little else I can say. It's one of those plots that continually builds upon itself, so to mention one thing, I'd have to mention another and another, until I reveal everything. Don't want to do that. But, as I said, this is more about the characters. So let's get to them and the actors by which they are portrayed.

We are first introduced to Beverly Weston, former poet and current alcoholic, played by Sam Shepard, and even though he's not in this for very long, I'll take it. He's talking to a young woman named Johnna, played by Misty Upham, whom he is wanting to hire as a live-in cook and caregiver for his wife. Johnna, by the way, is an obviously kind and patient woman and also Native American. I mention this because it is a running gag, I suppose, that she is continually called "Indian", because why not? And she takes it all in stride. Anyway, Beverly's wife is Violet, played by Meryl Streep. It's Meryl. What do want me to say? Other than, I don't care if this woman lives and works until she's a hundred and fifteen-years-old, she will never phone it in. Violet needs the hired help because she is suffering from mouth cancer, something that becomes ironically humorous considering her constant smoking. Humorous, because it gives us one of the best jokes. Anyway, shortly after this first scene, Beverly disappears and is reported missing, which is what brings the family together. We soon find out that he died, and that is NOT a spoiler because it's in the trailer. Like three times. So, it's just not.

Oh, yeah, the family. What a crazy bunch of ... I don't even know. May as well start with the oldest daughter, Barbara, played by Julia Roberts. She is very strong willed, like her mother, which seems to be the reason why they butt heads so much. She drives in from Colorado with her husband, Bill, played by an accent-free Ewan McGregor and her fourteen-year-old daughter, Jean, played by not fourteen-year-old, Abigail Breslin. Seriously, though, she is growing up quite beautifully and without embarrassing incidents. Keep it that way, honey. Barb and Bill are having some serious marriage woes, not helped by their daughter being a teenager. And, you know, teenagers, troublemakers and whatnot. Next to arrive is Uncle Charles and, Violet's sister, Mattie Fae. They are played by Chris Cooper, an actor whose success I predicted in 1996 after I saw him in A Time To Kill (you're welcome), and Margo Martindale who, between this and her stint on Justified, has redeemed herself for being in the Hannah Montana movie. For real, though, I LOVE these people. So Mattie Fae is a bit of a domineering wife, and she treats Charles not so great. Of course, that ain't even touching what she does to their son. More on that in a second. Then, we meet another Weston daughter, Ivy, played by Julianne Nicholson, the other actress who is not fourteen but could totally pass for it. At first glance, Ivy seems like the most stable and, dare I say it, normal one in the whole family. At first glance, anyway. She certainly is the nicest, no matter what secrets are revealed about her. And the last sister to arrive is Karen, played by Juliette Lewis. Karen is a bit flighty, I'd say, being a bit nonchalant about the whole "My dad's dead" thing. She arrives with her boyfriend, Steve, played by Dermot Mulroney. Steve is kind of sleazy. Or hilarious. Or both. Yeah, definitely both, which he does very well here. And, finally, we meet Charles and Mattie Fae's son, Little Charles, played by Benedict Cumberbatch. And, before you ask, yes, this is the main reason why I went to see this movie. What of it? Anyway, as you may have guessed from the casting, "Little" Charles isn't exactly little. He's thirty-something, unemployed, awkward, a little lazy, maybe, and pretty much considered the dumb one in the family. So... Not Sherlock, is who he's playing. Oh, and as I mentioned, his mother treats him like total crap. I mean, full on, he is a puppy, and she is always ready to do some kicking. Wow, Margo Martindale! First Hilary Swank in Million Dollar Baby, and now this. I hope you're not this mean to your children in real life. You're not. I just know it.

So those are the basics of August: Osage County. I thought it was pretty good. A little flawed, sure, and definitely hard to watch at times, emotionally speaking, but I still liked it. I liked the story. It was true to life and funny and even a tad violent at times. Yeah, those fights I mentioned were not only verbal. And though I'm sure people took issue with this, I like the fact that it had a bit of an open ending, without solid closure or resolution for every single character. I don't mind that, at all. Again, that's life. And I have to say this. Even in a movie that has a ton of big names in it, there still tends to be a weak link in the cast. There really isn't one here, in my opinion. I think every single actor has a chance to shine in this, and they certainly do. If nothing else, I think you will definitely be impressed by the performances.

Now, at the time that I post this, it is still in theaters. You don't exactly have to see it that way, because it's not that kind of movie. You could wait to rent. But I'd say it is worth at least one watch. You may not want to see it all the time, but if you check it out, I don't think it will be disappointing.

Love and full moons,

Becky the Writer

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Celebrating the Beatles...Maybe.

Greetings Pups,

I love The Beatles. Shock, I know. And during this very cold and snowy (at least where I live) month of February, 2014, we will be celebrating something historic. The 50th anniversary of their appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, the performance that introduced them to America. FIFTY YEARS! Now that is probably met with a range of reactions from different ages, from "Wow, am I old or what?" to "Who's Ed Sullivan?". Yeah, apparently some parents still aren't teaching their kids the important things in life. Anyway, it's no surprise that many people wanted to celebrate this event, and the way they have chosen to do that is with a concert. So this Sunday Night CBS will air, The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to The Beatles.

Okay, here's the thing. I did not speak about the Grammy's this year, not on this blog anyway. I was actually quite vocal on my Twitter account that night, however. But after the fact, I just could not do it. I hadn't the energy, and the whole thing just made me really sad. It's been doing that a lot in the past several years. I just really don't like a lot of music these days. Don't get me wrong, we do have a couple of legit, actual artists out there, but, my word, the numbers have dwindled. And herein lies my problem with this little tribute concert.

I did some searching online to try to figure out exactly who was going to be performing at this thing, and all I could find was a partial list. Good enough for this, I guess. Now some of these performers, I am really excited to see. We're obviously getting Paul and Ringo, and their performance at the Grammy's was one of the few things about that night that made me happy, so let's go again, shall we? We'll see Joe Walsh, Jeff Lynne, Stevie Wonder, Keith Urban, Dave Grohl and the Eurythmics will be reuniting. So, yay, on some of this. But, then, I heard about some of the rest, and my excitement wanes. There will be a duet with Aliica Keys and John Legend, which might be good, but I think it will be 'meh', at best. Imagine Dragons will be doing a song, and, whilst I think they're a not bad band with a lot of potential, I don't know if they've been around long enough to be included in this. Then, there's John Mayer, and I really can't even with him anymore. Unfortunately, he'll be singing with Keith Urban, one of the good ones. I heard rumors about Adam Levine, Bruno Mars and Pink, and And, finally, Katy Perry. Hey, remember when I reviewed her documentary and commented about how she was singing "Hey, Jude", but didn't know the words and had to use a cheat sheet? Yeah, that's all I have to say about that.

Look, these people can do whatever they want. But, as someone who greatly admires the work of The Beatles, I just wish they would have tried harder. So, you may be wondering if I'll be watching this thing in it's entirety. Well, it will certainly be on the television, probably on mute, whilst I work, then when I see someone good, I'll have a listen. Call me judgmental, if you must. I just know what I like, and I certainly know what I don't.

Love and full moons,

Becky the Writer

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Commish? Reunion? I Vote Yes!

Greetings Pups,

Now that my tribute week to The Commish is coming to a close, how should we end? Short and sweet. I am going to finish by putting it out there in the world that I want a reunion. Yes, I want a reunion of the cast of The Commish. Now whether that means a new TV movie or a gathering on some random talk show or even a special on ABC or something. It doesn't matter. I just want to see these great people together again.

I don't think the idea of this is completely implausible. Granted, a lot more work and time would have to go into a movie of sorts, and that seems like the less likely scenario. But why not just a little reunion? I know everyone from the cast probably has stuff going on, whether in the entertainment business or not, and I am happy for them. But I'd like to hope they could find a little time to make something happen. And they'd probably love to see each other. Right? I mean, I don't recall hearing about any cast members hating each other or fighting all the time, and if you have heard of such things, please keep it to yourself. I don't want to know. Good grief, I'm still recovering from finding out that Fred and Ethel hated each other in real life.

Here's my prediction. If we can get Michael Chiklis on board, I think everyone else will just fall in line, especially John Cygan. See, I heard a rumor that these two guys are best friends to this day. I REALLY hope that's true, because just the thought that it might be makes my soul dance with giddiness. Picture that, if you must.

I understand that it is quite a trendy thing these days to long for your favorite shows to return in some way, in any way, really. But I would sincerely love to see this happen. I can't be alone. I know a lot of people were fans of this show, as well they should be. On our own, individually, we are small voices, but perhaps, we can ban together and help this happen.

Now, I'm off to contact Jimmy Fallon, because if anyone can pull off a reunion of a 90's show, it is him.

Love and full moons,

Becky the Writer