Music

Happy Birthday, Micky

Happy 70th birthday, Micky Dolenz. That’s Micky without an E. He’s a Monkee, not a mouse.

Micky Dolenz
I met him in Los Angeles once before a concert with him and Davy Jones. And if you’re wondering how to meet a celebrity, it’s not as hard as you’d think. I called the venue directly to buy tickets. The girl on the phone was so sweet that I chanced to ask, “So, what hotel do the bands normally stay at?” Suddenly this girl’s voice took on a conspiratorial tone. It was like we were old friends when she whispered, “I can’t confirm anything but we usually book the bands at [name of hotel].

And that was literally all it took. Just asking the question.

So when I called to book the hotel I got to talk to another very personable lady. I said, “I know Davy and Micky are staying here. Can you tell me what room number they’re in? Or what floor they’re on?” I seriously doubted she’d tell me the room number. That could cost her her job. And she didn’t tell me the room or floor number. But she did do something totally awesome: “What I can tell you is you’re close. You’re very close to where their rooms.” I took that to mean she’d put my room on the same floor. I was right.

I arrived in L.A. from Phoenix on the day of the show several hours early. After checking in I went to my room and got ready because obviously I wasn’t going to meet Micky Dolenz or Davy Jones looking like I’d just spent the last seven hours in a car whose air conditioning had broken about halfway through the trip.

My friends decided to roam around looking for them but I didn’t want to risk it. Sooner or later they’d have to come to their rooms. So I sat in the hall just outside my hotel room, which coincidentally had a view of the elevator too. I had a pen, an old Tiger Beat magazine with the Monkees on the cover that I’d bought on eBay, and nothing but time on my hands. By the time I heard the ding! of someone exiting the elevator I was about to nod off. When I turned to look, it was Micky Dolenz dressed in all black, including his socks and shoes. He looked so adorkably handsome.

Micky was talking on his cell phone but, fortunately for me, wrapping up the call. It was obvious I was waiting for him and he slowed down as he walked past. I found it so endearingly charming that Micky waited for me to ask for his autograph rather than just assuming.

He smiled shyly and smoothed his hair before taking my pen and autographing the Tiger Beat. As soon as he walked away, I went in my room and jumped up and down on the bed.

I’m sure it wouldn’t turn out to be so easy to meet Justin Beiber or whatever teeny-bopper celebrity is currently a mega-star. But it can totally work for other celebrities. And here’s another helpful tip that I learned the hard way: if you’re staying at the same hotel as the band you’re in town to see, always eat at the hotel restaurant.

Micky, if you’re reading this please forgive me for stalking you and then blogging about I stalked you. Also, I love you.

This Exists

I’m the original MTV generation. I watched it when they aired The Monkees and Madonna’s shocking music videos, which was every video she ever put out through the 90s. Then we all collectively stopped being shocked by what musicians did in their performances until Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction.

Now I’m way too old for MTV. If you’ve seen one video, you’ve seen them all: scantily clad lip syncers twerking. But today I discovered Music Videos Without Music on YouTube and they are every bit as awesome as I thought they’d be.

Gangnam Style:

Bad Romance:

Now I have a totally new way to waste time online. Thanks, YouTube.

Smoke Without Fire

I’m not one to post music… much. But I so enjoy finding new tunes that aren’t played on the radio and this song by Duffy (you know her song “Mercy”) is awesome. She has such an old soul of a voice.

“To Be Loved” by Michael Buble

“Listen to this song,” Madison, my teenage daughter, said to me.

Immediately, I recognized the tune as “Boombastic” by Shaggy. I said, “Yeah, I know it. I have it on my iPod.”

Her eyes widened in horror and disbelief. “I don’t like that you know this song.”

Teenagers are funny people. They can’t conceive of their parents being real people with real lives and their own taste in music. Now, when I told Madison I had the opportunity to review the new Michael Bublé album, To Be Loved, she was excited and said, “Mom, you have to give it a good review.”

My turn to be surprised we knew the same music: “You’ve heard it?!”

“No, not yet but he’s HOT.” So there you have it. To Be Loved is good because Michael Bublé is hot. Let’s just put that review on Amazon and call it a day. While we’re at it, let’s send out a memo to men in general… “ATTN SINGLE, DESPERATE MEN: Women love a man in suit. Forget about updating your match.com profile. Get to the nearest Men’s Wearhouse and see for yourself what a little tailored Calvin Klein can do for you. A sexy accent doesn’t hurt either. You’re welcome.”

Seriously though, he’s not just good-looking, he’s humble too. Says Grammy winner Bublé, “Do not think I take my success these last ten years for granted. I was anything but an overnight sensation, which inspires me to deliver big time for my fans.” And deliver he does with To Be Loved, a fantastic collection of covers and four original songs. “I labored over every song, every note and every arrangement,” he says, “because I can’t resist trying to make each record better than my last one.”

Disney fans will enjoy his version of “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” and if you like Sinatra you won’t be disappointed by Bublé’s rendition of “Young at Heart.”

My favorite track is “It’s a Beautiful Day.” If you’re going through a bad break-up (like Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart AGAIN) then I totally recommend watching the official video here. I dare you not to be cheered up by the chorus: “It’s a beautiful day and I can’t stop myself from smiling, if we’re drinking then I’m buying, and I know there’s no denying it’s a beautiful day…”

Need one more reason to checkout To Be Loved? Watch Michael Bublé’s adorable a cappella performance of “Who’s Lovin’ You” in the NYC Subway here. If that doesn’t endear him to you, nothing will.

Buy To Be Loved on iTunes or Amazon today.

DISCLOSURE: I participated in this campaign for One2One Network. I received a free copy of the album to facilitate my review. By posting, I am eligible for incentives. All opinions stated are my own.

A Sentimental Journey with Emmy Rossum

You watch Emmy Rossum on the Showtime series Shameless. You saw her in The Phantom of the Opera (2004), a performance that earned her a Golden Globe nomination. Now you can hear more of her silky voice on her just-released album.

Sentimental Journey is a collection of classic covers from the 20s through 60s. Each song on the 12-track album corresponds to a calendar month. The selection of The Object of My Affection for February and I’m Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover for March are self-explanatory. Rossum chose Nobody Knows You (When You’re Down and Out) to represent September because, she explains, “the plaintive melody and lyric emotionally reflect the cold weather creeping in and the sense of melancholy we can get in the fall months.”

The music has an antique sound that makes me think of flappers doing the Charleston. It’s tranquil but peppy. If driving without children in the car had a sound, this would be it. It’s the kids spending the night at Grandma’s house, reading a book uninterrupted, and that last hour before school gets out. Sentimental Journey is serenity on a CD and it’s available on Amazon and iTunes.

Watch Emmy Rossum on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on February 6th. See her in Beautiful Creatures, coming to theaters February 13th.

Disclosure: For my participation in this campaign for One2One Network, I received a free copy of the CD to facilitate my review. By posting, I am eligible for incentives. All opinions stated are my own.

Aquarius & Jones

Aquarius & Jones is my series about how I became a second generation Monkee Junkee (fan) in 1985 and eventually met and kissed Davy Jones three times. Sure, it would have given me much greater bragging rights in the 60s but I still thinks it’s pretty groovy. I hope you will enjoy reading about it as much I enjoy reliving it.

(Note: The title of this series comes from the album, Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn, & Jones Ltd. I’m an Aquarius, born January 31st. I have to thank Melody from Brown Gingham Creations and Pam for inspiring me to write this.)


Series announcement post and 1st clue

2nd clue

#1  Daydream Believer
Life in the 80s as a 2nd generation Monkees fan. The 20th Anniversary Concert Tour. My first ever concert!
YouTube link to Daydream Believer video

#2 Can You Dig It?
A little Monkees memorabilia and raising a 3rd generation Monkee Junkee
YouTube link to Can You Dig It? video

#3 Cuddly Toy
The first time I met – and kissed! – Davy Jones at the Celebrity Theater in Phoenix. My daughter can also proclaim her first concert was a Monkees show.
YouTube link to Cuddly Toy video

Coming soon! I’m a Believer
The second time I met – and kissed! – Davy Jones in California and our “45-second date.” There’s an interesting story to how I also met Micky Dolenz, since we all stayed in the same hotel…

Coming soon! She Hangs Out
The third time I met – and kissed! – Davy Jones at the casino in Phoenix. I couldn’t take poor Madison this time because she was under 18.

Coming soon! Keeping Up with the Joneses
Lots of linkys and what the Monkees are up to now