Archive for the ‘Adele’ Category

>Backyard Birds

February 18, 2011

>Today is the first day of the Great Backyard Bird Count.

Each year thousands of birdwatchers and bird lovers and outdoor lovers and nature lovers sit down for a few minutes each day and look at the birds in their yard or wherever they are.

I have done my count for the day. Glad to see some purple finches at the feeders.

This is not my picture…it’s from Wikipedia.

Go here to get information about the GBBC and to learn how to submit your observations. It is really simple. Really.

On Tuesday February 22 at 6 PM Bessemer Mayor Ken Gulley will give his state of the city address. Unfortunately I will not be able to attend, but maybe some of my City Council buddies or others will send me their impressions of the mayor’s address. Otherwise I will just have to wait until the Western Tribune report comes out.

Of course we pretty much know the state of the city. I have been reporting on that for years.

For Fun

Everybody loves Katy Perry. These University of Arkansas students obviously do.

Silly boys.

And here is a video of Adele singing at the Brit Awards this week

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>Maps and charts and such

January 27, 2011

>Some people have too much time on their hands. Maybe you think I’m one of them.

Here’s a chart comparing attitudes in Europe with those of the United States.

I thought I would share a few things from my friend Joe My God


We need to be more like Europe.

Speaking of the U. S. needing improvement, here is the U. S. map of Shame, where you can see what your state is shameful of (or should be).

You can click on the pictures to make them bigger so the labels are easier to read.

And not to be all negative, here’s the United States of Awesome! Here you can see what your state does well.

Speaking of awesome, how about Adele. I’ve posted her video’s before, here’s one of her singing “Rolling in the deep.”

I am re-posting a video of another of her songs, just because it is awesome too.

>Business as usual

November 19, 2010

>Bessemer Opinions poll responders are pretty smart, it seems.

I asked what would happen in Congress over the next two years.

39% said it would be business as usual. Only 3% predicted the Republicans and Democrats would work together.

Of course, the new congress is not even seated yet, but the lame ducks certainly aren’t showing an indication of cooperation. Get the Tea Partiers in there and there won’t be a chance of cooperation.

Republicans are blocking an extension of unemployment benefits in the house. This is their way of saying “Merry Christmas,” to 2 million families that will have no assistance coming to them during the holidays.

I predict the more compassionate Democrats will still be able to get the benefits passed…probably a week after they expire at the end of this month.

Now let’s see if the Republicans are willing to compromise on the tax cuts. They can’t give a few billion to struggling families, but they are willing to give hundreds of billions to the nation’s wealthiest.

There are many studies that show unemployment benefits act as more of a stimulus to the economy than tax breaks because those receiving the benefits spend the money on goods and services thus creating a need for production, while tax breaks to the wealthy obviously don’t create jobs. I mean, look around you. Those tax breaks have been in place the entire time our economy was spiraling down, and while we have been in the slow recovery, and they aren’t creating jobs now, so why should we think they would if they are extended?

I shudder to think what America will look like after the new congress begins to dismantle the economy. Let’s enjoy ourselves while we can.

Adele

Twenty two year old Adele is set to release her second album, 21, in January 2011 (February in the U.S.).

This album has heavy influence from the American south and country music. She had never been exposed to country music until her group took a tour through the south.

She’s a Grammy winning songwriter and powerful singer whose video’s I’ve featured before.

Here’s a song from that album, performed November 16 on Later…with Jools Holland.

>It’s gone

February 15, 2010

>Live 100.5 is no more.

Now there’s just automated music. No more Reg. No more Chris. No more Dru.

And for Birmingham no more Adult Alternative music once the station switches to un-original talk radio format.

One of my favorite songs they ever played was the Avett Brothers “Murder in the City.” I’ve posted this video before, in view of the death of decent radio it makes sense to re-post it.

Live 100.5 brought top notch musicians to the city. Brett Dennen was one that we saw. Here’s an interview with Brett from Billboard, where he explains his song “Heaven.” It’s not exactly about what you think.

People say Brett’s voice when speaking reminds them of Truman Capote.

Here you can listen to Brett and Natalie Merchant singing “Heaven.”

Adele is another artist that we might not hear on any other station. What a voice. and what a style.

Finally, my friends at Left in Alabama noted the demise of decent radio with this video of the Fleet Foxes “White Winter Hymnal.”

“I don’t know if I’ll be back. I do know that I’ll probably be the last human voice you’ll hear on Live 100.5.”

With that Scott Register ended his gig yesterday. I’m sure he’ll land somewhere else. Until then, I guess it’s Pandora on my blackberry for decent music in the car. At least until I replace my satellite radio.