Your 2013 Awards – A Social Media Note

Reflect on 2013 as if it were an awards ceremony. Below are some “awards” that you can grab as text, then fill in the answers in regular case text so the award names stand out in all caps. Do it as a note, series of tweets, or something to share. Leave out and add what you want to customize to illustrate and share what you want of your 2013 year in review. I guarantee you it’ll be far more interesting than anything Facebook or any other site would come up with for your Year in Review summary!

Leave your note as a draft if you need more than one sitting to fill it all in. It could be a lot of thinking for some people to get some of these answers!

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The Cove, Japan’s Dirty Dolphin Killing Secret (entire documentary)

Each September to February, a nasty dolphin hunt takes place off the coast of Japan in a little village called Taiji (tai-jee), where most of the 20,000 dolphins and porpoises killed off Japan are done annually. The Cove, winner of multiple international film festival awards including Oscar for Best Documentary in 2009, exposes what goes on in Taiji and how Japan manipulates little bankrupt countries to support its whaling cause and empire through the International Whaling Commission (IWC). Courageous to film undercover, inspiring and shocking to watch, this film is having some effect on public awareness of the issues, from brutal senseless killings to mercury poisoning in the food and fraud by selling worthless dolphin meat as expensive whale meat. You might also learn a thing about being coy and manipulative in empire building, as well as dedication and heart in pursuit of a cause through Ric O’Barry and others’ efforts to expose this annual massacre.

Despite all the public praise and awareness this film has been getting, the issues raised could always use a little more attention because they’re still killing dolphins in Taiji as I write in October. Well, this little site of mine gets some decent attention, so here is the movie in case you haven’t seen it. Thanks to whoever uploaded the entire thing on Tudou in high quality, and even added English and Japanese subtitles, where it needs to be known!

Synopsis
Academy Award® Winner for Best Documentary of 2009, THE COVE follows an elite team of activists, filmmakers and freedivers as they embark on a covert mission to penetrate a remote and hidden cove in Taiji, Japan, shining a light on a dark and deadly secret. Utilizing state-of-the-art techniques, including hidden microphones and cameras in fake rocks, the team uncovers how this small seaside village serves as a horrifying microcosm of massive ecological crimes happening worldwide. The result is a provocative mix of investigative journalism, eco-adventure and arresting imagery, adding up to an unforgettable story that has inspired audiences worldwide to action. THE COVE is directed by Louie Psihoyos and produced by Paula DuPré Pesmen and Fisher Stevens. The film is written by Mark Monroe. The executive producer is Jim Clark and the co-producer is Olivia Ahnemann.

Please come back later if you’re not catching news of this at a time when you have 90 minutes to spare and watch. You can spend 90 minutes doing a lot of worse things in life.

The Cove’s website for more information on the film and cause.

Take part in helping save the dolphins as promoted by The Cove.

Favourite Songs I Heard for the First Time in 2009

What were your favourite pieces of music that you heard for the first time last year?

I don’t necessarily mean music that came out last year, just that you heard it for the first time last year because it was new to you. If you care to share, you can put it in the comments following the post. I’d love to know to expand my musical horizons.

Below are a list of favourite songs I heard for the first time in 2009, enough that would fit on CD were I to have made one. Most were from musicals as I really got into them in 2009 after my classic jazz year in 2008. A few were one-off takes on television events, though, so I’ll start with one that was both. It was available on YouTube like most of my selections so I have included the videos to have the music right here for you. I also linked the songs to blog posts I did inspired by them, where I did one.

Someone Like You

from Jekyll & Hyde
Linda Eder & Frank Wildhorn on 2000 PBS Special
Linda Eder delivers a loving performance of this gorgeous song with touching lyrics, accompanied by husband Frank Wildhorn, who had composed the song. (blog post)

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If You Were Gay

from Avenue Q
Rick Lyon and John Tartaglia

Love and humour, not just in song but also video spoof. (blog post)

The Internet is for Porn

from Avenue Q
Stephanie D’Abruzzo, Rick Lyon & the Guys
Possibly the funniest song I have ever heard! (blog post)

Mix Tape

from Avenue Q
Stephanie D’Abruzzo and John Tartaglia

A song that dragged my emotions up and down, enhanced by Stephanie’s nuances of acting while singing this song. (blog post)

As Long as You’re Mine

from Wicked
Idina Menzel and Norbert Leo Butz
An often overlooked song from Wicked that I only heard once I saw the musical, rather than hearing the more popular songs from it. However, I loved it immediately, especially the soft-spoken ending.

Academy Awards 2009 Introduction

Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway
This number was both brilliant and unexpected in being clever, funny and spectacularly performed. My intro to the full talents of Hugh Jackman. (blog post)

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Monologue Song

from Saturday Night Live November 7, 2009
Taylor Swift

How to trash everybody you want to with class and humour while being really cute about it. (blog post)

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Dark Eyes

by Bob Dylan
Judy Collins
Judy Collins gives this sad Dylan song a haunting rendition. (blog post)

Better Angels

Lesley Gore
The original It’s My Party girl seriously grows up with this beautiful tune I first heard on CSI Miami (compilation video of episode shown below).

I Got a Feeling

Black Eyed Peas
Just an awesome dance song, ’nuff said cause I’m getting dancing! Best 2009 song in my opinion. (I chose the flash mob version shown on Oprah for the video cause it’s also so awesome!)

Wake-up

The Arcade Fire
I heard this song via the trailer for Where the Wild Things Are and thought they had made a pretty good choice for a theme song.

The Closest Thing to Crazy

by Mike Batt
Katie Melua
Pretty much describes what feeling in love feels like to me. (blog post)

I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas

Gayla Peevey
I heard it on a Telus commercial and loved it immediately, a bit surprised I had never heard this 1950s seasonal classic until now. (blog post)

You’ve Gotta Have a Gimmick

from There’s No Business Like Show Business
Bernadette Peters, Julia McKenzie, Ruthie Henshall
This is probably the ultimate example of my claim that girls have all the fun songs in musicals, and the video only emphasizes the point.

Married

from Cabaret
Ron Rifkin, Michelle Pawk
A charming little song about marriage. A compact version is shown below.

Mystery

performed on the show Inside the Actor’s Studio
Hugh Laurie
A hilarious and charming example of how lyric writing sometimes feels like to me, trying to find desperate rhymes and more desperate words that conform with desperate rhymes. (blog post)

Love, Look in my Window

from Hello Dolly!
Ethel Merman

There isn’t a video for this one but the piece was written for Ethel Merman when she joined Hello Dolly! If you hear her perform it with the emotions she does, you’ll know why it was written for her. I can hardly keep from crying at points in it. Probably good I don’t have the music for that reason!

Kanye — adj. as classless as possible, humanly or otherwise; n. such an act.

November 2009 follow-up:
See Taylor’s classy “revenge” with her Saturday Night Live Monologue. 🙂

“Yo Taylor, I’m really happy for you, I’ll let you finish, but Beyoncé has one of the best videos of all time. One of the best videos of all time!”

“Yo Taylor, I’m really happy for you, I’ll let you finish, but Beyoncé has one of the best videos of all time. One of the best videos of all time!”

I’d like to introduce a new word to the dictionaries of modern English and every other language known. But first, a little background for context.

At the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) last Sunday (Sep 13 2009), 19 year old Taylor Swift had just won a Moon Man award in the Best Female Video category for “You Belong With Me”, beating out Beyoncé Knowles‘ “Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)”. Just a few sentences into her acceptance speech, though, rapper with a serious problem Kanye West came on stage to ruin her moment of a lifetime by interrupting her with a rant on how Beyoncé’s video should have won. Just watch about 90 seconds of the video below and ignore the rest to see. (Here’s a “nice try” to Viacom International, who has tried hard to eradicate every clean version of the video online, without all the fan rants. Ignorant old skool thinkers!)
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Kanye’s  was about as classless an act as I have ever seen or heard about, and definitely the most classless of public acts I’ve ever seen or heard about. It was so bad I don’t have words to describe it! So to do that, I’d like to propose a new word for the English language… or any other language for that matter cause I don’t think any language has a word for it yet.
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Kanye

adj. as classless as possible, humanly or otherwise;
n. as classless an act as possible, humanly or otherwise.

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Kind of like that was SO Kanye, or don’t pull a Kanye, man!

YouTube reactions to Kanye’s outburst just a couple of days later have been so fierce I had a lot of trouble just finding a video of the incident! Go ahead, try it! Just about everything about it that’s searchable about the incident on YouTube gives a video that is a reaction with people swearing up and down in tirades even worse than Kanye’s backstage meltdown following the incident (serious warning of offensive language!) However, Viacom wasn’t able to find everything so I have the videos here. Nice try!

On Twitter, Amy Grindhouse has amassed a nice collection of reactions among the famous. I must say I liked Pink‘s the most.

“Kanye west is the biggest piece of shit on earth. Quote me.”
Pink

As you wish, Pink one!

Even President Barack Obama weighed in, calling Kanye “a jackass”! Mind you, it was off the record (hear it onTMZ). Was. To be fair, though, the Prez was in a conversation where Ted Moran, the reporter, asked if Obama’s daughters were as upset as he was over the Kanye West/Taylor Swift incident. Some people might think that inappropriate of him, but I thought it was great. Maybe having the Prez call you a jackass will help change Kanye… though I know it’s going to take a lot more than that!

Kanye has since apologized, but he missed the point. He apologized on his blog and on Jay Leno (waste of time even to provide a link), rather than to Taylor. It was only after Taylor appeared on The View the day after to talk about it, telling the nation Kanye had not reached out in any way, that it ever occurred to him he maybe should apologize to the person he hurt. No class just like everything before it.
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Luckily for MTV, the night ended with some major class. During Beyoncé acceptance speech, she invited Taylor to come up to have her moment. Viacom, again, has tried hard to remove the video. Something about 4 reruns of the show already planned for lots of money had to do with it, I think. But not good enough, I’m afraid, Viacom!
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As for that sweetheart Taylor, she also reacted with class. No retribution or anything. Just told it like it was.

“I was standing on stage and I was really excited, because I’d just won the award, and then I was really excited because Kanye West was on stage, and then I wasn’t excited anymore after that.”
— Taylor Swift

Now there’s a genuine, good ole country girl!

No wonder people love her so much!

Oh, she also had to perform 5 minutes after the incident and she handled it like the pro she is!

See more of my Kanye West mockery.

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Get an iPhone to Judge Coldplay versus Satriani Plagiarism

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Joe Satriani

Joe Satriani

Guitarist Joe Satriani and his lawyer are going to be serving Coldplay official legal notice of his intent to sue Coldplay over plagiarism at the Grammy Award weekend. Coldplay’s Viva La Vida supposedly has some close similarities to Satriani’s If I Could Fly. See videos at the end to see and hear for yourself. However, Satriani and his lawyer will not be serving the papers Grammy Awards night as had been previously reported. That would have been a brilliant move, I thought, even if very cold play, for lack of a better description.

What I want to know is why a judge is really needed for this court case?

Has anyone tried to see if the Apple iPhone’s Audio Recognition application could make the call? Please let me know if you have!

To me, the two songs have core parts to them so similar I’d bet the iPhone‘s Audio Recognition application could make the call if it had the two pieces of music and dates for which came first!

If someone is reading this with an iPhone and the conditions mentioned above for valid testing exists, please try it out and let me know! I’m dying to know!

Coldplay

Coldplay

But my point here is it’s a no brainer! I’m an amateur musician and an avid music listener. I know the nature of music well enough to make an informed decision on how close something might be for copyright infringement. Of course, that’s not always easy, but this one is… and you don’t need to be a musician to decide.

The first short video below makes the case pretty well to highlight the main passages. It’s only a short video because EMI, Coldplay’s record label, somehow managed to convince YouTube to pull other such comparison videos for comparison. Those videos had millions of views, apparently, to the mere 292K one below. But EMI, being a music distributor who’s had to face the power of the Internet for years now, was still too stupid to realize it could remove it all and keep it all off YouTube.

Even some groups of idiots never learn.

You go, Joe!!!

Flesch-Kincaid Grade Reading Level: 8.2

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Joe Satriani vs Coldplay Controversy

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Joe Satriani – If I Could Fly

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Coldplay – Viva La Vida