Tunes For Tuesday – Breast Cancer Awareness & Women’s Month: Sinead O’Connor

Welcome to Tunes For Tuesday – It’s Women in Music for Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October!

Music, Tunes For Tuesday

Image: Daisy

 

 

For National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I’m highlighting some of the great women in music.  While I’m well aware that men also can be diagnosed with breast cancer (according the American Cancer Society the risk of breast cancer for men is 1 in 1,000 vs 1 in 8 for women), I figured that giving the spotlight to women for the month wasn’t a bad idea.

 

Today’s Tunes For Tuesday pick was an exceptionally controversial figure in the 1990’s but Sinead O’Connor has always been a favorite of mine.  Whether I agreed with whatever she said or did (or still says or does), it doesn’t matter.  I’ve always been in awe of someone who speaks their mind no matter what!  I was lucky enough to see Sinead sing just a few feet in front of me at the Daltrey Sings Townshend Carnegie Hall event that I worked in 1994 (see details here) and she was mesmerizing.  She was tiny and shy but her voice was incredible.

Today’s Tune is one of my favorite SO tunes, “Mandinka”.  This clip is from 1989 when Sinead was 21 years old and nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance, Female.  It’s worth waiting the 5 seconds to skip to the ad.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

Did you know that “Mandinka” is the name of an African tribe and mentioned in the book, “Roots” by Alex Haley and that Mr. T wore his hair and gold necklace to represent his Mandinkan heritage?  See here.

Billy Idol – Sirius XM Artist Confidential at the Troubadour

It can’t be said any more plainly than this:  Billy Idol is back

With a New York Times best selling autobiography, “Dancing With Myself” (released October 7, 2014) and his first album in nearly 10 years , “Kings & Queens of the Underground” (released October 21, 2014)  Billy Idol is showing the world that he can still rock.

Billy has been making the media rounds and I was lucky enough to attend a taping of his appearance at the world famous Troubadour on October 22nd for a taping of Sirius XM’s Artist Confidentialhosted by 80’s on 8 DJ and original MTV VJ, Mark Goodman.

Billy Idol, Sirius XM, Artist Confidential, 80s on 8, Kings and Queens of the Underground, Troubadour, #BillyIdolSXM

 

The SiriusXM “Artist Confidential” format provides an inmate live performance interspersed with candid interview questions.  The Troubador is very small and the audience was likely less than 100 people so shots like the following were possible (there would have been more but my phone started to die):

Mark Goodman, VJ, MTV, Sirius XM, 80's on 8

Mark Goodman, original MTV VJ and current 80’s on 8 Sirius XM host

 

Billy Idol

Snarl up close (with someone else taking a photo too)

 

Steve Stevens, Billy Idol, Troubadour, Kings & Queens of the Underground

Steve Stevens and Billy Idol

 

Not too many people can carry off the same punk rock clothes and hair for 30 years but William Michael Albert Broad not only looks fantastic (he’s aged very well – perhaps all the drugs he did in the past have pickled him) but he might even sound better than he looks.  The English accent coupled with the raspy growl in both the speaking and singing voices were undeniably sexy.  Let’s be clear though, Simon Le Bon still rules my world (but I can see why Billy rules the world for others).

It was fabulous to see Billy perform with long time collaborator and guitarist extraordinaire, Steve Stevens and one time member of The Cult, Billy Morrison. The set included 6 songs set list with 4 well-known hits and 2 new songs (very Idol-esque – hard but melodically danceable):

 

SPOILER ALERT – SPOILER ALERT – SPOILER ALERT

Postcards From The Past

Dancing With Myself

Can’t Break Me Down

White Wedding

Eyes Without A Face

Rebel Yell

 

The set was short but great.  The band was played well together and looked like they were all having fun.  Billy Idol is an exceptionally charismatic performer and yes, he does the fist pump and lip snarl just as well as he did in the 80’s.
Billy Idol, Billy Morrison, Troubadour, Sirius XM, Artist Confidential

In between each song, Mark Goodman asked questions about Billy’s early background including being in on the beginning of punk music, his childhood and musical influences.  The audience also got a glimpse into what the writing process with long time collaborator, the extraordinary guitar player, Brooklyn born Steve Stevens is like.  Mark even got Billy to tell the true story about how “Rebel Yell” got it’s name (it did come from the Bourbon bottle below but to find out who was drinking it, you’ll have to listen to the Artist Confidential broadcast).

 

 

During the interview questions,  Mark highlighted some stories from Billy’s autobiography “Dancing With Myself” and also mentioned his own book , MTV: The Unplugged Adventures of MTV’s First Wave (for my review of this book, click here).  I was a big dork and brought both of these books with me to the show.  Billy not only signed his autobiography for me but he also signed the MTV book too.  Mark was also nice enough to sign his book and take this photo with Josie (who brought me to the event as her +1) and me:

Mark Goodman, VJ, MTV, Sirius XM, 80's on 8

Josie, Mark Goodman (who looks great after his liver transplant in May 2014) and me.

 

We also got to meet Steve Stevens (and his lovely wife, also named Josie – not pictured):

Steve Stevens

 

Billy Idol was one of the artists that I’d never seen live and now I’m seriously contemplating going to see him in on his upcoming tour when he hits LA in February.  There were quite a few songs that I wanted to hear (especially “Blue Highway”, “Hot in the City”, “To Be A Lover” and “Catch My Fall”, to name a few) that didn’t make it into this mini set.  If

If you want to listen to the performance and interview, catch Billy Idol Artist Confidential on SiriusXM Radio (on 80’s on 8):

  • Premiere Date: Tue Oct 28 8:00 pm ET
  • Rebroadcast: Tue Oct 28 11:00 pm ET,  Wed Oct 29 12:00 pm ET,  Fri Oct 31 1:00 am ET and  Fri Oct 31 4:00 pm ET.

To find out more about Billy Idol:

Dancing With Myself, NY Times Best Seller

Disclosure:  My friend won tickets to this exclusive Sirius XM event and took me as her +1.  I am not meeting any obligation by writing about this event and all opinions expressed are absolutely my own.  Post does include affiliate links.

 

What is your favorite Billy Idol song?  Is it one of the popular ones I didn’t mention in my wish list?  Let me know.

Tunes For Tuesday – Breast Cancer Awareness & Women’s Month: Tracy Chapman

Welcome to Tunes For Tuesday – It’s Women in Music for Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October!

Music, Tunes For Tuesday

Image: Daisy

 

 

For National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I’m highlighting some of the great women in music.  While I’m well aware that men also can be diagnosed with breast cancer (according the American Cancer Society the risk of breast cancer for men is 1 in 1,000 vs 1 in 8 for women), I figured that giving the spotlight to women for the month wasn’t a bad idea.

Before I started this series, I knew people with breast cancer but I’m exceptionally sad to say that I recently learned of both an elementary schoolmate passing away after a very long fight against breast cancer and yet another old elementary school mate being diagnosed with Stage 3 Breast Cancer.

I’m not close with either of these women but the news of both hit me very hard.  Cancer of every type is just awful.  There is a piece of my heart that is broken for these two women and the people that love them.  This brought the 1 in 8 women statistic very close to home.

In honor of all women and for Breast Cancer Awareness month, today’s Tunes For Tuesday pick is “Talkin’ ‘Bout A Revolution” by Tracy Chapman.  I think I played Tracy Chapman’s debut self titled album to death in 1988 and 1989.  IMHO, this album is definitely one that is often overlooked on the lists of perfect albums start to finish and even though this song never made it past #75 on the Billboard Chart, it is quietly powerful.  I hope the tables will start to turn in the revolution against Breast Cancer soon.

Enjoy this acoustic rendition:

 

 

What is one of your “battle cry” songs?

Friday’s Featured Female – 5 Bloggers You Should Know

Welcome to Friday’s Featured Female!

Friday's Featured Female, #FFF

 

This weekly series features inspirational stories from admirable women.  IMHO, it’s always good to be reminded of how strength, determination, hard work, heart and ingenuity can impact the quality of one’s life and I’m proud that these women will allow me to share their stories here.

 

Today’s Friday’s Featured Female is a little different this week.  Normally, I like to feature a guest post from a blogger about how and why they’ve committed to making health (in one way or another) a priority in their lives.  This week, I’ve just heard some awful news on a number of fronts that instead I wanted to spread a little love around the blogosphere so I’m featuring 5 Bloggers You Should Know.

These 5 bloggers have no idea that I’m featuring them today (and I’ve brazenly stolen images from each of their sites) but I believe that each one of these women are worth getting to know, virtually or otherwise.  Expand your blog horizons and get to know one or all of these fine ladies:

 

Anne Hogan@AnneHogan.net

Anne is one smart, sharply dressed (she’s the girl who wears Louboutin’s; she doesn’t just covet them) animal lover.  Anne has been a blogger for quite some time and is exceptionally knowledgable about social media.  Her blog covers a wide variety of topics which include her Pomeranian, Teddy, entertainment and DIY.

I’ve been lucky enough to meet this dynamo IRL in LA and she’s made quite an impression on me.  I love that this girl has a ton of inner strength that shines through her sass and has a heart of gold that she’s open to share.  Get to know this very cool chick.

 

Ashley Pitt@ALadyGoesWest

A Lady Goes West

Ashley said she found my blog on the IDEA Inspired Bloggers Facebook Group but who knew that we both shared a moving across the country story (her from FL to San Francisco) at nearly the same time (2012)?  Ashley is a personal trainer who also likes food (those of you who eat to live vs. live to eat, I don’t get you).   Her WIAW posts feature food, real food and real portions of food and I like how she’s chronicling her adjustment to a new life, new city with fitness.  I’m hoping to meet this life twin sometime soon.

Natalie@HelloDay

Natalie, Hello Day

Image: HelloDay.com

I met the lovely Natalie at FitBlogLA last year.  This sweet and stunningly gorgeous mom of two is one of those people with an easiness that radiates out of her pores.  Natalie loves fitness but believes in living a life with purpose and positivity.  Natalie often talks about her workouts, eating healthfully and raising her kids.  Natalie loves to camp (and takes beautiful photos that even make me want to go camping more often – which is quite a feat!).  Reading Natalie’s blog makes you realize that life doesn’t need to be frenetic but can still be fantastic.  PS – If you’re a casting agent for child models, check out her children – OMG adorable!

 

Shannyn@FrugalBeautiful

Shannyn, Frugal Beautiful

I met Shannyn at FitBloggin’ 2013 when we wound up running in time together on a run around Portland.  Shannyn told me about how she moved from California to Chicago and how she became a blogger writing about what it was like to try to live a great life without a lot of money.  Shannyn is well known not only for her frugality blogging but she’s also a runner (she loves her Disney Runs and she’s run over 20 half marathons), a pug mama (like me – helping Shannyn with her recent Virtual Pug Run for charity was a no-brainer for me), a social media manager and well known speaker in the fitness and financial blogging circuit.  Shannyn is so very approachable both IRL and virtually – she writes with such a down-to-earth tone about everything (including her wedding planning) that you can’t help but want to be her friend.  Shannyn’s got wide appeal both as a human being and a blogger!

Christiana@SpillingCoffeeandDroppingThings

SpillingCoffeeandDroppingThings.com, Christiana

I want to hug Christiana tightly the next time I see her.  She made me feel so unbelievably good and I’m not sure she knows it.  I met Christiana at Diva Night at Fleet Feet Sports in Burbank a few weeks ago and she gave me the biggest compliment by telling me that she was excited to meet me.  Christiana went on to tell me that she reads my blog and since we are connected on other forms of social media, even went to try November Project (before I have even gotten the chance to go).

I was so unbelievably humbled by Christiana’s kind words and was so happy she came to the event.  I’m pretty sure that many of us who blog, feel like we do it in a vacuum.  I love that blogosphere makes the world a community.  Christiana is fitness enthusiast (how we didn’t meet at BlogFest, I don’t know), likes Diana Krall (my husband’s a huge fan too; I’m a fan of Diana’s husband, Elvis Costello) and has an a-ha moment that brought her into fitness that is really inspiring.  I’m hoping that I get the chance to hang out (and work out) with this LA neighbor (who dreams of being a fitness instructor) sometime soon.

What blogger or well-known personality (writer, actor, instructor, teacher, business person, etc.) inspires you?

Would Someone Please Explain? Answers to 50 Questions.

Skin Trade, Duran Duran, lyrics, question, 50 Questions

 

The reason for this “strange behavior” is because I saw this 50 Questions post over on Christine’s blog LoveLifeSurf (who cribbed it from Alison@WritingWishing) and I started to “wonder and asked myself the question” so I figured I’d “explain”.  I like blog memes (see here and here) and if there’s a way I can incorporate some Duran Duran into a post then why not?

 

50 Questions and Answers:

1. What are you wearing?  The cliche WAHM outfit, fitness clothing.

Yoga pants,
2. Ever been in love? Yup, still am.
3. Ever had a terrible breakup? Yes.  Enough said there.
4. How tall are you? You mean short, right?  5′ 1″
5. How much do you weigh?  Let’s just say that I’m within the healthy weight range for my height and leave it at that.
6. Any tattoos? Nope.
7. Any piercings? Two in each ear.  The first ones were done at the mall with the typical earring gun.  The second ones were done in my friend’s basement with an ice cube and an earring.  Hurt like hell.  Rite of passage though for young girls, I think.
8. OTP (one true pair, favorite fictional couple)?   Because I’m woefully under read, I’ll make this movie related – Let’s just say it wouldn’t have been Andie and Blane from “Pretty In Pink” (Duckie was too good for Andie, IMHO) so I’d say Keith and Watts from “Some Kind of Wonderful”.

Some Kind Of Wonderful

Image: Douglas Coulter

9. Favorite show? Currently: “Parenthood”‘ Past: “The Shield”, “Nip/Tuck” or “Rescue Me” just to name a few  
10. Favorite bands?  See blog tagline and yes, this is a real holiday.

Duran Duran, Duran Duran Appreciation Day

Image: Mirella Stirvani

11. Something you miss? New York City – the city, friends and restaurants
12. Favorite song? Favorite Duran song: “Hold Back The Rain”; Semi-current song: “Pompeii” by Bastille
13. How old are you? 44.5 but feeling as old as dirt
14. Zodiac sign? Aquarius (Who didn’t love this clip from the 40 Year Old Virgin?)
15. Quality you look for in a partner? Patience, understanding, intelligence and humor and my guy’s got ‘em all.

 

Wedding picture from Studio 450 NYC 5-6-00

May 6, 2000 – Studio 450

 

 

16. Favorite Quote?  From Caroline Knapp, author of “Appetites: Why Women Want”

Caroline Knapp, Appetites: Why Women Want
17. Favorite actor? Current: Robert Downey, Jr.  The man can act, sing, has a sense of humor and has both personally and professionally recovered from a very personal battle of drug addiction.  I love comeback stories.
18. Loud music or soft? Depends on my mood.
20. Where do you go when you’re sad?  The couch or bed.  Sometimes, a yoga class or a run but not often enough.
21. How long does it take you to shower? If I could live in a hot shower, I would.  Not the best thing to admit when living in a state with a ridiculous drought.  I try to limit my showers to 5-10 minutes though (I get good thinking done there).
22. How long does it take you to get ready in the morning? I’m low maintenance – 10-20 minutes.  If I need to presentable, it might take longer (make-up eludes me).
23. Ever been in a physical fight?  I have a younger sister so, yes.
24. Turn on?  Smarts
25. Turn off? Bigotry

26. The reason I started blogging? As a way to keep occupied after moving cross country while helping my son adjust to a new school.

thevalentineRD

27. Fear?  Heights and flying.  The list keeps growing as I get older, I’m Jewish so it’s expected.
28. Last thing that made you cry?  Frustration over re-injuring my back.
29. Last time you said you loved someone?   This morning as Jay dropped Wild Boy off at school.
30. Meaning behind the name of your blog? I’m born on Valentine’s Day and I’m a Registered Dietitian.  No, it doesn’t hurt that Duran Duran have the word Valentine in The Reflex though.
31. Last book you read? This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper – thanks Allie@VitaTrain4Life for the recommendation.
32. The book you’re currently reading? The Smart Girl’s Guide To Going Vegetarian by fellow RD, Rachel Meltzer Warren.

Rachel Meltzer Warren, RD
33. Last show you watched? Veronica Mars, it’s my newest Amazon Prime addiction.
34. Last person you talked to? In person, Jay.  On the phone, Laurie.  I do a lot of virtual talking too though. 
35. The relationship between you and the person you last texted?  Jay, the boyfriend since college.  Laurie, friends since we were 5.
36. Favorite food?  Does challah count?  It is perfect but if I had to choose, I’d say good grilled shrimp or Indian food.
37. Place you want to visit?  Everywhere!  Greece would be top of the list though.
38. Last place you were? Travel-wise – Boston and NH for Reach The Beach.
39. Do you have a crush?  Hello?  See Simon Le Bon below.

Duran Duran, Simon Le Bon, Terminal 5, NYC

My photo of SLB from the 2nd row at the Duran Fan Show at Terminal 5 6/20/12

40. Last time you kissed someone?  This morning before Jay and Wild Boy went to school.
41. Last time you were insulted?  Last week with a backhanded compliment.
42. Favorite flavor of sweet?  Dark chocolate.
43. What instruments do you play?  None well unless you think “Tom Dooley” on the guitar is masterful.
44. Favorite piece of jewelry?  My diamond earrings from my first wedding anniversary, my Satya Lotus necklace,  the many pieces of jewelry made by Wild Boy or my FitBloggin’ necklace (now with a Ragnar charm).

Bam Ry, Fitbloggin'

A gift for myself

45. Last sport you played?  Yoga isn’t a sport, right?  Then a game of catch with Wild Boy.
46. Last song you sang? “Dirty Deeds” by AC/DC in the car.  Not a song you want people to hear you sing.
47. Favorite chat up line?  I’m not into picking up dates but I’m friendly enough and just introduce myself in situations where I don’t know anyone.
48. Have you ever used it?  Often.
49. Last time you hung out with anyone? Camping last weekend with friends.  7.5 is a great age.  Kids don’t have to be watched like hawks and adults can socialize for a little while.
50. Who should answer these questions next?  You and you and you.  (Can you see me pointing?)

 

What question do you normally ask people to determine whether you really like them or not? 

 

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