Monday, November 04, 2019

More music biopics, please

I am a music history geek. I've read more music biographies than I can count, and lately, I am loving that music biopics are moving into the forefront. I really enjoyed both Rocketman and Bohemian Rhapsody, and I was thrilled to read that a Bee Gees movie is in the works. So who else is deserving of a biopic? (Assuming that it's made with accurate facts and wonderful actors...) 

Here are the top five music biopics I'd like to see.

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I've heard that this is already in the works, but I'm not sure that it's what I'm looking for: no rights to the music and no blessing from his family? Ehh. I want to see a full-blown biopic for Ziggy, on the same level as "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "Rocketman."
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We've heard rumors of this movie for years. Is it time yet? Janis is one of my favorite voices, and I'd love to see the '60s captured in all its glory. She is a legend whose story should be told.
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The classic tunes! The duck walk! Chuck Berry defined rock and roll. There's a lot of history here that the world still doesn't know.
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I've probably read more on Elvis than any other topic. His story has been told, and people know who he is. But I can't get enough: the music, the dancing, the drama. And Tom Hanks as Colonel Tom Parker? Yes, please.
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Have you ever seen a live video of Jimi Hendrix playing the guitar? Enough said.

Honorable mentions:
Sam Cooke
Wanda Jackson
Dolly Parton
Marvin Gaye
Tammy Wynette/George Jones
B.B. King
Stevie Ray Vaughan
John Lennon
Otis Redding
Merle Haggard

And here are some of my favorite music biopics...check them out!
Ray (Ray Charles)
La Bamba (Ritchie Valens)
Selena (Selena Quintanilla)
The Runaways (Rock group including Joan Jett and Lita Ford)
Coal Miner's Daughter (Loretta Lynn)
Notorious (The Notorious B.I.G.)
Walk the Line (Johnny Cash) 
The Buddy Holly Story (Buddy Holly)

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Remembering Renegade

The world has lost an incredible dog. Renegade, my family's smart, energetic, sweet, yellow Labrador retriever, went on to a better place. I know that she can now swim and play fetch with a tennis ball all day without pain. She lived an amazing 14 years with the best family. I was lucky to grow up with her.

One of my fondest memories that describes Ren so perfectly happened at my high school graduation party. The party was in the backyard, but she was in the house. Not for long. Ren got out the back door, weaved through the crowd of people in the backyard, and SPLASH — took a dive in the pool. She was grinning and so happy. She was always so determined, stubborn and the most devoted retriever. 

I posted that pool story on my Facebook page yesterday, ten years after it happened, and two people who attended that party immediately remembered that moment. She was an unforgettable dog, in every single way.

She was a renegade, or my “buddy” as I always called her. And my heart hurts and I miss her so much. But aren't we so lucky to have had a dog so great, that it hurts so much to say goodbye? 

Sunday, December 30, 2018

2018: The year of "small" change

Usually I can look back at a year and feel proud, almost obnoxiously so, about everything I accomplished, or checked off of my to-do list. This year, not so much. 

Instead, looking back, I see that I made small changes.

I wrote less, but I read more. Writing took a backseat this year for two big reasons: I felt uninspired, and I was scared out of my mind to start writing a book. So I just froze up, and I read more books. Those books inspired me and gave me ideas on how I'd like to write my own book someday. 

My husband and I installed a Little Free Library in our front yard this year. I've had so much joy from that, everything from the sweet little notes in our guestbook, to dividing and conquering thrift store bookshelves with my husband to find new additions for the library. It's been a fun and rewarding project for both of us, and one we've bonded over together. I love interacting with the community in this way, too.

On a personal level, I truly believe that I became a more confident person this year. I've learned my limits, such as when to say no, when to take it easy, and when to breathe. My husband and I realized how much we love to travel and explore, and so we did just that.

I've also learned what's important in my life: family, hard work, and the ability to express myself creatively. I've also really figured out how to NOT give a crap what anyone else thinks. Just a year ago, that idea would have destroyed me. This year, I learned that life is too short, so:

Do what you want. Live how you want. Love how you want. And happiness is the most important thing. If it isn't happening for you, try a different perspective.

This wasn't a revolutionary year for me, but I suppose not all of them will be. I can only hope that I continue to carry the lessons I learned into the years ahead.

And next year, I want to write more AND read more. I want to travel and experience life more. I want more happiness; I want more days spent with family, even if that means just a much-needed quiet day spent cuddled up with my cats. I'm figuring out what I need, and I'm sticking to it.