Archive | April, 2007

No Disaster

30 Apr

Chances are good that you haven’t heard much (if anything) about Jon McLaughlin, or his album, Indiana, which drops today. I first learned about Jon back in February when Ali’s Blog linked to two songs off the album. I especially liked “Industry,” so I’ve been waiting to hear more. And now today is the day. Jon’s one of those piano-playing singer-songwriters who sing catchy melodies. I suppose he’s not unlike Gavin DeGraw, though I’ll admit Jon’s got a somewhat generic and not terribly unique sound. Still, I like what I’ve heard enough to recommend it. So if you like this sort of thing, check out the two tracks at that blog. And if you like them, give Jon’s entire CD a chance, as I’ll be doing (via iTunes for $7.99). And as extra incentive, here’s the video for his other single, “Beautiful Disaster.”

Totally Legal

30 Apr

Thought I’d put up a link to my story in the new issue of Continental magazine. As you can see, it’s the cover story and it’s about Laura Bell Bundy, who plays Elle Woods in the new Broadway adaptation of Legally Blonde. Reviews of the show (which opened Sunday night) have been mixed, but some critics (like the ones at Variety and The New York Times) say it’s a lot of fun and that Bundy gives a very good performance. A year ago I interviewed LaChanze, who won the Tony for her performance in The Color Purple. In 2004 I interviewed Idina Menzel and then she won the Tony for Wicked. (I had an off year in 2005 when Sutton Foster didn’t win for Little Women). Will my pick win this year? You can count on me to keep you in the loop, though not as obsessively as I did with Jennifer Hudson. For now, here’s a link to my Laura Bell Bundy story. Enjoy.

Just Not Worth It

29 Apr

I saw after the Sox–Yankees game today that a company called Big Time Bats is selling a commemorative framed photo set of Dice-K’s first start at Fenway. Considering he lost that game, I’m not sure why anyone would want to spend $120 to remember it. Sure, Dice-K pitched his best Fenway start to date that night (remember, today is only April 29), and had Felix Hernandez not been so good, we might have actually won that game, but still … I’ll spend $120 when Dice-K does something worth remembering. (Alright, fine. Maybe I won’t spend the $120. But I’ll remember the accomplishment just the same. After all, I haven’t been so kind to him so far.)

For the Kids

29 Apr

As Robbie Williams would say, we were “doin’ it for the kids” today. Despite cooler, wetter weather than last year, WalkAmerica was still a good time, and it was all for a good cause. I walked with eight of my coworkers (to support our client, Continental Airlines, which is an official sponsor of WalkAmerica) and we all did it within two hours. That’s not bad, considering it was a loop from the Hatch Shell, down Storrow Drive to Western Ave, and then back down Memorial Drive to the Museum of Science, and back to the Hatch Shell (a total of about 6.5 miles). And yes, there was Montilio’s cake waiting for us when we got to the finish line, so that made it doubly worth it. I’m pleased to say I raised $468, which is $118 more than last year (why 18? click here for that answer), so let me take this opportunity to publicly thank all who contributed. (If you still want to donate, you can. Just click here.) Now I can take a load off and relax before it’s back to work tomorrow.

Shut Up

28 Apr

It’s embarrassing to think that when I was in college, I used to really like a cappella music.

I liked it so much that freshman year I actually went to other campuses to see various groups in concert — Tufts’ Beelzebubs, for example.

Thankfully, by junior year I came to my senses and realized that a cappella was not all that. I suppose the same can’t be said for those who were actually in those groups.

Well, those people (not me) are the likely target audience of Sing Now or Forever Hold Your Peace, a movie about a group of friends who were all in an a cappella group in college and who reunite 15 years later to sing at one of the guys’ weddings. Continue reading

That’s So Exciting!

28 Apr

For your weekend viewing pleasure, check out this clip (from of Alec Baldwin giving Dora the Explorer a call.

I’m Walking. Yesiree I’m Walking

24 Apr

If you haven’t heard yet, Wednesday is the first annual Start! Walking at Work Day, sponsored by the American Heart Association.

The purpose of the day is to promote a culture of physical activity in the workplace, which will help people live longer, healthier lives. (No word if that longer, healthier life includes more time at work.)

Apparently, we’re working 164 more hours a year than in previous years, which leads to more sedentary lives. Blah blah blah.

So on Wednesday, at exactly 2:41 pm, you’re supposed to get up from your desk and walk.

Walk anywhere, I suppose. Take a lap around the office. Or walk outside. Just walk somewhere.

And why, you may be asking, is this happening at 2:41? Well, according to the AHA, adults may gain as many as two hours of life for every one hour of regular exercise. (That’s their joke, not mine.)

And there’s your PSA for the day. Continue reading