Category: Music

MDNA Skin, You might get some garters some day

“Your body smells of honey from the comb.  Your amber silken skin smells of your mind.”

“Infinity.  Immortal.”

“If you  buy her product you might get some garters some day.”  This was my bf’s review after watching Madonna’s promo for her skin care line.  I asked if he learned anything about the products, “Absolutely not.”  He was impressed with the sexy, black and white ad and I was not.  I thought it was a joke, a parody of skin care.

I get it.  Madonna needs to stay relevant.  She’s bored and she needs to dabble in something.  Sitting at home, reading a book is not in her wheelhouse.  Partnering up with an existing skin care line is so done.  She’s Madonna.  She can create her own high-end skin care line.  Will it be amazing and keep us as young and fresh looking as her?  It’s hard to know since none of that was communicated in the promo.  According to her website MDNA SKIN will “challenge women and their awareness about the art and beauty of skin care.”  Oh.  It’s not supposed to make us laugh?

It has launched exclusively in Tokyo with a dedicated Japanese website.  Under the “Concept” tab is another black and white video flashing images and words of inspiration.  Her high fashion connections/collaborators are on display as the video is credited to Steven Klein and Mert and Marcus.  There’s no news of the chrome clay mask, skin rejuvinator(her spelling)  and serum hitting the States so we either have to bribe someone visiting Tokyo to pick some up or just wait for the reviews.

I wish Madonna had given us videos of herself applying the products and describing their benefits.  A sexy demo session not so choppily edited would have been okay.  Give us you in your fake boudoir, performing as only you can, telling us what we cannot live without.  Maybe she will.  Until then I’ll wait “hours, months, years” before trying it.

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Too bad the significance of dates like these didn’t come onto my radar until 10-10-10.

Here it is 12-12-12.  I wish I could say I was having a party but probably not.  We can celebrate the 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees!  Woooo hoooo!  My favorites from the list are Heart and Donna Summer.  The full list is: Rush, Heart, Randy Newman, Public Enemy, Donna Summer, Albert King, Lou Adler and Quincy Jones.

Les Miz Advent Calendar

Tis the season for advent calendars and the Christmas Day movie premiere of “Les Miserables.”  One of my friends at Summer camp knew all the songs and incorporated them into our daily activities.  I miss her.  I get chills every time I see the trailer so hopefully it lives up to my expectations.  While we wait for it we can amuse ourselves with a Les Miz Advent Calendar as put together by Margaret Lyons and Amanda Dobbins at Vulture on NYMag.com.  So far my favorite day was December 2 when they posted a video of Jason Segel and Paul Rudd singing “Confrontation.”

Late to the Kiki Party

But can you ever be late?  “Lock the door, lower the blinds and fire up the smoke machine.”  Leave it to an episode of Glee for me to discover “Let’s Have a Kiki” by the Scissor Sisters.  I have their first two albums but missed their third and now I know about their fourth and perhaps last album.  When Kurt (Chris Colfer), Rachel (Lea Michele) and Isabelle (Sarah Jessica Parker)  started singing and dancing I thought whatever this is I like it.  Finally  Rachel and Kurt are having a NY experience: a house party with drag queens and Carrie from “Sex and the City!”  Hahaha.  The mashup of Turkey Lurkey Time with the song isn’t too annoying.

The Scissor Sisters haven’t released an official video for the song but one was made by the Videodrome Discotheque which was approved by Jake Shears and has a collage of Liberace, RuPaul, RuPaul’s Drag Race, Cher, Queen, Donna Summer, Candy Darling, Dressed to KillThe Boys in the BandMyra BreckinridgeThe Wiz, Boy George,ShowgirlsPerfectThe Phantom of Paradise, Cher’s workout video, Richard Simmons, LisztomaniaCan’t Stop the Music, The Golden Girls and possibly more.  Oh and Ana Matronic’s intro/message is longer and funnier so watch it!

Let’s Have a Kiki!

To pique your interest…

There’s a North American Institute of Swiss Watchmaking in Fort Worth, Texas!  The Moment Blog

Don’t have a boat but want to go sailing?  Join a trip on Intersail.

I love Henri Cole’s poems.  He’s in Paris and he blogs about it once in awhile.  New Yorker Blog

I haven’t been to Mission Chinese yet.  Wanna go?  NYMag.com

Alicia Keys covered the “Gummi Bears” theme on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon a week or so ago.  I loved that show!

The original:

Prisencolinensinainciusol by Adriano Celentano

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!  Prisencolinensinainciusol!  What do these made up words have in common?  They’re both songs, the first by American songwriters the Sherman Brothers from the Disney musical “Mary Poppins”, and the other by Adriano Celentano an Italian singer and songwriter.

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious was “something to say when you have nothing to say,” and prisencolinensinainciusol is an approximation of what English sounds like to non-English speakers claims Celentano.  He wrote an entire song with incomprehensible lyrics and words just to get people to listen and communicate with each other better.  Whether or not he succeeds is up for question.  In 1972 when the song was released in Italy it wasn’t popular.  It took a performance on Italian TV for it to eventually become number 1 in Italy, France, Germany and Belgium.  I attribute that to the music itself and the choreography, not necessarily the new language he’s created.  There are no official lyrics as he would improvise them every time.  An Italian freestyler?

The video is fantastic.  I imagine they shot it all in one take.  It has that grand movie set feeling like the dream sequences of old movie musicals like “Singin’ in the Rain.”  I love how the dancing mob is wearing 70s style clothing but Celentano is dressed as a homeless man, or wait we call that boho-chic nowadays, right?  Was that to emphasize the made up, free flow of nonsense of the song?  His blonde lady friend deserves a shout out for her spoken gibberish moment in a deep, throaty voice reminiscent of Magenta in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” AND dancing all around.  Celentano even plays the harmonica to end the song!  Hilarious.  I showed the video to my bf and first he says “Oh my God I know this song,” and then he agrees with the premise that English sounds like a bunch of nonsense to him sometimes especially slang.

Songs that get stuck in your head: Geggy Tah’s Whoever You Are

Last night while I was waiting for the bus some lyrics of this song popped into my head: “All I want to do is to thank you/Even though I don’t know who you are/You who let me change tunes even when I was driving in your car.”  The last line maybe incorrect but that’s how my friend Shana sang it sometimes while we were studying in college.  She’d sing the words, hum the rest and then go back to studying.  Call it a stress reliever.

Thank goodness for that Google algorithm because I was able to type in the first few lines of lyrics and the Geggy Tah and “Whoever You Are” popped up.  The video looks like a PSA for safe and friendly driving.

Strange Bedfellows: Idris Elba and Mumford & Sons

Idris Elba stars in and directs a video for Mumford & Sons “Lover of the Light.”  I wouldn’t put Idris Elba at the top of the list of “People Who Would Star in Mumford & Sons Videos,” but there are stranger things.  The video is pretty although somewhat incomprehensible.