Nov 4, 2018

Bohemian Rhapsody is a Must-See Movie

My husband and I went out to watch "Bohemian Rhapsody" at the nearby Cinemark today and boy, was that movie amazing! Don't believe the critics that tell you otherwise. Rami Malek totally killed it in his portrayal of Freddie Mercury. If Sacha Baron Cohen had been the lead actor as originally planned, I would've never watched this. Sorry if you're a Borat fan and love Sacha but I just don't think he would've done justice to this role. Rami Malek was perfect.

The whole cast, in fact, did an amazing job in their roles. (Do I smell best actor and best supporting cast member awards coming?) The interaction between the actors playing the band and the recording studio execs were played to a level that you can really feel like you were there with them...experiencing the conflicts, the challenges, the joys, and the disappointments with them. And while watching the movie, you feel like you are getting to know Queen at a more personal level. You realize that they were more than just a group of musicians. They were family.

I have to give credit to the director Bryan Singer and to the writers for how they brought Queen's legacy to life on the big screen. They showed another side of Queen that you just didn't see when the media focused so much on the hard rocking lifestyle (sex, drugs, heavy partying, loud music)that characterize so many famous musicians of the 70s, 80s, and early 90s. Here they focused more on Queen, Freddie Mercury, and their music. So many times throughout the movie, it was hard to keep myself from wanting to get up from my seat and clap, scream, and sing along like I would at an actual show. This movie was more than a biopic of one of the best bands that ever created and performed music. It was an experience you want to relive again and again...

Feb 8, 2018

Same Title, Different Song

While I was driving to work this morning, I heard a remake of a song that I know I'd heard before. And it made me realize that many times, there are songs with the same title but are not the same songs at all. For instance, there's this song which I'm pretty sure you're familiar with.

The one I heard on the radio was a remake from Five Finger Death Punch, which I like, but delivers a much different impact than the Offspring's version. Listen for yourself.

What I did want to actually compare this song to is another song with the same title performed and recorded by a band known as Open Fire. They're not currently together but they did record some really good original hard rock/thrash metal tunes before the grunge era. (Search my blog for previous posts about them if you're curious).

I think I'll go find some more songs with the same title but are totally different and I'll share them here.

Aug 21, 2017

The Heroin Diaries 10th Anniversary

Wow! Can you believe it's been 10 years already since the release of The Heroin Diaries?  If you check out PledgeMusic, you can pre-order a copy of the album, anniversary shirt, signed book, the graphic novel that was announced at Comicon, and more!

By the way, there is also an option to get signed copies of the CD plus a special Access Pass that gives you a digital download and access to Sixx:AM update. This sounds exciting!

Have you heard the 2017 version of "Life is Beautiful"?  It's amazing...but don't take my word for it. Listen to it yourself here: