In 1998, twenty-two minutes after she was asked to cover for her ailing friend, Luciano Pavarotti, Aretha Franklin walked on stage at the Grammy Awards to perform the legendary aria “Nessun Dorma.” With little time to prepare Franklin performed the aria as is. In Pavarotti’s key. No one knew what to expect. No one knew … More Music Box: The Queen of Soul-pra
I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation. Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon of … More Legacy: Martin Luther King Jr. August 28, 1963
Reality (and logic…and truth…and common sense) gives Creationism a bad name. ***That persnickety genius John Lennon was a very spiritual (religious?) man, which goes to show that just because you’re one of the greatest songwriters in history doesn’t automatically mean you’re always the smartest…
Yep! Finally, after vetoing it in the past, stating that slain San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk should be honored locally, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill recognizing May 22 (Milk’s birthday) as “Harvey Milk Day” in the state of California. This comes almost two months to the day after President Barack Obama posthumously awarded Milk … More Reel Life: Got Milk?
James Montgomery of MTV News remembers the loss of the idealism of youth. Kurt Cobain: The Death Of The Scruffy Noble Nirvana frontman represented the honor that came with never compromising, whether he liked it or not, in Bigger Than the Sound. By James Montgomery Fifteen years ago today, an electrician named Gary Smith was … More Music Box: Kurt Cobain ~ Act Of Abandonment
(See below to ‘devolve’ yourself!) Yep, Abe Lincoln was/is my great, great, great gay/bisexual uncle, via marriage. Don’t laugh. While I never researched the truth in that – the ‘uncle’ aspect, not the ‘gay’ facet – I figured why would my mother lie for all those years ago about my heritage? I know, I know…with the … More Happy Birthday Uncle Abe, Darwinism and the Devolution of Me
Happy friggin’ New Year! Ever wanted to know what the end of the world would look like? Well, here’s your chance, via The Discovery Channel. As Andy Towle said, “If the earth’s going to be destroyed, it might as well be to Pink Floyd’s “The Dark Side Of The Moon”… Agreed. Oh, by the way, … More Armageddon It