Baby Beluga

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This video is for Ianiv’s benefit. Every time he calls me baby I get the Baby Beluga song by Raffi in my head. So, pretty much every day. And, given Ianiv did not grow up in Canada, he has no idea how annoying the song is. Still, it’s worth it :)

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Mika’s Grace Kelly

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Mika’s Grace Kelly from the Life in Cartoon Motion album.

I don’t know why I like it. Truth be told, it’s an incredibly annoying song. But I like it.

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, here is the music video
(the kid is adorable):

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The cruelty of American Idol

Posted in Music, News, Other, TV

It’s swirling around the blogosphere, and even in dinner conversations: is American Idol meaner this season?

And I am not so much referring to criticism of singing. That, I can understand. It’s a singing competition. It’s the outright criticism of people themselves: of how they look and act. And, this year more than other years, those made fun of are done so to the extreme, drawn out, and have more obvious things to criticise. Without going to details, more have physical or even obvious emotional defects/problems, and it’s horrid to see them being taunted so.


Singling out one performer for his appearance, Cowell said the contestant resembled "one of those creatures that live in the jungle with those massive eyes … what are they called? Bush babies?" [Reuters]

Yesterday at the TCA Press Tour, they slightly responded to the criticism, although noting that they are no different than other years…

OK, now on to the "crueler" Simon. "I take your point; it’s a singing competition. Why would I say that someone’s a bush baby?" But he defended himself by saying, "We never try to censor this show. There are times I watch it back and I think, ‘God, I wish I never said that. I feel more comfortable being on a show where we’re prepared to show the warts as well as the good things."

Randy agreed. "It’s season six; it’s no different than it ever was." [TV Squad]

Another quote:

"American Idol" judges Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul say they’re no crueler than usual this year, and that people who audition should know what they’re going to get.

"If you don’t want to hear that, don’t show up," Cowell told television writers at a news conference on Saturday. [AP News]

Perhaps we are not asking the right people. Perhaps it is no more mean than others, in terms of Paula/Simon/Randy. Perhaps it’s the producers and editors who are choosing the clips of the criticism and drawing out long scenes on peoples’ appearances. So, let’s listen to their response:

Executive Producer Ken Warwick made no apologies for dwelling on the delusional, the tone-deaf and oddballs among contestants, insisting he was giving viewers what they wanted.

"People like the bad singers," Warwick said. "It’s more the bad singers that will bring in the ratings." [Reuters]

I think what is not being made clear to producers it that the dissatisfaction is less with the talent of the contestants than their obvious appearance flaws.

I’ve always found it annoying that although this is a competition on talent, so many people are aired who have no talent whatsoever. We never hear the mostly good compete against the really good – just the bad versus the good. Entertainment.

For a show with guaranteed high ratings, I was shocked to see them go so far as they did during the premiere week. Completely unnecessary and cruel. And, if this is a true reflection of the changing demands of viewers, the desensitization to cruelty and demands for it for entertainment value, then it is truly sad.

If you want American Idol coverage, check out b5′s own Idol Stalker.

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Changed lyrics pet peeve

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Ok, new pet peeve here. Changing words in the lyrics of Christmas songs.

For example, the Dean Martin version of "I’ll be home for Christmas" he replaces this line:

"I’ll be home for Christmas, you can count on me"


"I’ll be home for Christmas, you can plan on me"


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Now Playing: Il Divo Christmas Collection

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I was watching Oprah this week (yes, I will admit to watching Oprah almost every day) and Il Divo was performing some songs. I do think them a little too on the Operatic side for my personal taste, but I will give them all credit for amazing voices (and great hair too, btw).

Anyway, I may not want any other Il Divo CDs at the moment, but I do enjoy their Christmas Collection CD. I guess I am ok with traditional sounds for my Holiday collection.


Track listing:

  1. O Holy Night
  2. White Christmas
  3. Ave Maria
  4. When A Child Is Born
  5. Adeste Fideles (O Come All Ye Faithful)
  6. Over The Rainbow
  7. Panis Angelicus
  8. Rejoice
  9. Silent Night
  10. The Lord’s Prayer

Now, aside from track 6, which seems kinda wonky for a Christmas CD, I did enjoy listening to this.

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Playing Now: “Wintersong” by Sarah McLachlan

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I highly recommend Sarah McLachlan’s Holiday CD, Wintersong. I’ve listened to it about half a dozen times already, and it’s so relaxing and inspiring. I love Sarah McLachlan’s voice – so clear and soothing. The tracks are not over-the-top Christmas tunes, but rather the subtle tunes that lift you up.

Track listing:

  1. Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
  2. What Child Is This? (Greensleeves)
  3. River
  4. Wintersong
  5. I’ll Be Home For Christmas
  6. O Little Town Of Bethlehem
  7. The First Noel/Mary Mary
  8. Silent Night
  9. Song For A Winter’s Night
  10. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
  11. In A Bleak Mid-Winter
  12. Christmas Time Is Here

You can guarantee this will be on while I open presents Christmas morning!

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Chor Leoni Christmas

Posted in Around Vancouver, Music

This year I am going to go to a music event I’ve wanted to for many years.

Chor Leoni, a great local men’s choir, is holding a Christmas event called "Yuletide Fires"

Yuletide Fires travels southward with the sparkling music and rhythms of Hispanic America, Mexico and South America. Chor Leoni performs Conrad Susa’s Carols and Lullabies: Christmas in the Southwest, and selections from Misa Criolla and Navidad Nuestra by Ariel Ramírez. Accompanied by harp, guitar, and percussion, this Yuletide Fires is infused with the warmth of the sun!

Plays December 17-19.

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