Yesterday was Townes Van Zandt's birthday.
Pop music producers Max Martin and Dr. Luke were inspiring with the musical innovation for Britney Spears' record-breaking single "Hold it Against Me." The track musically pits Britney's bubblegum pop past against the straight up electropop that she debuted in her (highly underrated) 2007 "Blackout" album. Jonas Ackerlund's "Hold it Against Me" video, which premiered Feb. 17 (above), expands on that dichotomy by using images from Britney's past and points to her future.
Broadway diva and Fort Worth native Betty Buckley's signed on for a run of "Arsenic and Old Lace" at the Dallas Theater Center. Buckley is most famous for creating the role of Grizabella in Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Cats." She stopped the show every night with her version of "Memory." She also played the loving stepmother, Abby, in the TV series, "Eight is Enough," from 1977-1981.
“Happiness hit her like a train on a track.”
This charged lyric opens Florence + The Machine’s 2009 debut, “Lungs.” It is simultaneously intriguing, morbid and beautiful - just like the album itself. “The Dog Days Are Over,” the opening number of “Lungs” (from which that quote is taken) has proven itself to be the driving force for Florence Welch’s fame.
One of rock's most intriguing bad boys is releasing his first CD in 14 years. This is news because (1) it's Gregg Allman, (2) he's put together some fabulous songs and a tremendous roster of talent (3) the CD is produced by T. Bone Burnett (He of "Oh, Brother, Where Art Thou?" and "Crazyheart" fame) and (4) Allman underwent a successful liver transplant this summer.
While I love the holidays and all their activities, sometimes the hustle and bustle overwhelms my aging brain, and sends me searching for a quiet place.