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Quincy Jones has had a career and a life that just won’t me duplicated.

EGOT.  He opened the door for Oprah to go to the next level.  He opened the door for Will Smith to go to the next level.  Nearly any creative I know would feel like his 90th biggest accomplishment would easily be their 1st.

So it’s impressive that ‘Quincy’ does such a good job of giving an overview for how much he’s done over the years while blending in enough of a personal element to balance the story out.

I could be hear all day talking about Q’s accomplishments, so I’ll just pick a few highlights:

  • Sinatra is one of my guys, so the chapter detailing their relationship was riveting for me.  How much respect Frank had for him, how Q was right there with Sammy when Sinatra spoke up about really integrating Vegas, the album ‘Sinatra at the Sands’ (a personal favorite).  All gems.
  • Like Kendrick said, my generation was introduced to Q through MJ.  The music nerd in me was equally happy to hear him credit Rod Temperton as one of the great songwriters, but getting behind the scenes footage of their professional bonding over ‘Off the Wall’ and ‘Thriller’ was cool.
  • I should have figured as much, but Q produced the concert that opened the Smithsonian African-American Museum.  Just seeing him walk through the pop culture exhibit and realize he produced or worked with damn near every person in the music section is another shake your head ridiculous moment; but seeing this man still producing massive events in his 80s is…humbling.

The film is co-directed by his daughter Rashida (side note: I’m far too young to know of a young Peggy Lipton, but seeing her with no context, my first reaction was still, ‘Oh, that’s Rashida Jones’ mom), and it’s well worth the two hour watch if you’re any kind of pop culture nerd.

High recommend.

 

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First song of the week.

The Shuffle took me back to an underrated Al Green song (just saying that seems a little false).

Anyway, my ‘gospel’ collection isn’t terribly deep obviously, but (as I try to emulate in my own way), I dig stories that can reference spirituality without being on the nose about it every time you bring it up.

Enjoy!

 

 

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The weekend is upon us.

A little bit comedy, ridiculous flow and lyrics.

Marshall Mathers, ladies and gentlemen.

Have a good weekend gang.

 

 

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I don’t think I’ve done a wrestling related post in quite a while, and I had NO idea until recently they actually cut a video for this alternate theme.

If you didn’t know the ‘why’ this was put together, I still think this is a damn good rap-rock hybrid (from the Kings of the from, but still…)

And yes, I’ll be bringing this back as an entrance theme when I step into the Mike Tyson honorary special guest referee role in a WrestleMania somewhere down the line…

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Enjoy!

 

 

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Back in L.A., back into my routine.

The trip to my hometown was the best one I’ve ever had.  Long overdue conversations with family, reconnecting with friends there I hadn’t seen in years.  It was a perfect holiday, right up to the point my asshole iPod decided to segway into ‘You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away’ as I’m waving goodbye to my parents in the airport terminal.  That was brutal.

But a perfect segway into today.

Sir Paul is pushing his new album, and somehow, ‘seeing a Beatle in concert’ is still a possibility on the bucket list.  We’ll see when he hits L.A. again.

Enjoy a couple of the greatest hits.

 

 

Still buzzed from watching an IMAX print of ‘the Dark Knight’.  Tenth anniversary and on a weeknight the place was still packed (well played Warner Brothers.)

No film is perfect of course (the ‘Heat’ and ‘Se7en’ influences feel heavier now),  but that film is still a quick 2 and a half hour ride.

  • Adapting comic book characters in a ‘realistic’ setting…
  • the villain who is actually brilliant and not simply ‘crazy’
  • practical stakes (humanity as a whole wasn’t going to end no matter who ‘won’)
  • And Heath Ledger…still…

And the hero had to lose in order to eventually win.  I said it ten years ago, I knew at some point Warners was going to reboot the IP (too much money to be made), and I’m still fine with whatever comes next.  My generation got the hero we deserved AND wanted.

Last post before the holiday, have a good one.

Back next week.

 

 

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Not exactly what I was expecting, and also all in at the same time.

Making a note to self to make sure I’m back on HBO to start 2019…

 

 

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I’m from the school of ‘use humor to point out foul shyt’, so I obviously liked this piece.

From the Brits, have to laugh and shake your head at the same time.  With a nice little bit of racism and ageism and body shaming thrown in.

Enjoy!

 

 

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The weekend!

A video for one of the all timers today.

Michael McDonald and probably my all time favorite misquoted lyric.

He’s not singing, ‘The White Man has the Power!’ but damn it’s funny to think he is…

See you on the other side gang!

 

 

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The comedy stuff I’ve done hasn’t really been consolidated into one piece, until now.

My buddy Jeebz likes to edit, so we tried to tone a few of the parts I’ve played over the years into a ‘comedic timing/hit the punchline’ highlight reel.

As far as the intro/outro, hand to God, as we were in the middle of it, my only thoughts were ‘Everyone is going to expect me to touch on this, let’s use it to set the tone.’

Only now as a passive observer do I see it and go, ‘Huh, I guess I can officially scratch playing this character on screen off my bucket list.  Cool.’

Anyway, enjoy!