Thursday, April 17, 2014

Orange Moon

Because there's one of these out tonight


Let's listen to Keith Harkin's Orange Moon


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Album Review: Celtic Thunder - Heritage


Heritage is Celtic Thunder's 2011 release. You may dismiss the "Celtic" groups as just boy/girl Irish bands, but if you do, you simply aren't listening enough.

The album opens with Keith Harkin's gentle "The Dutchman." Keith's vocals are the most youth friendly...or if you are into demographics he's appeals highly to that 18-28 group. His voice handles songs with pop/rock flair.

He rocks out on "Whiskey In The Jar" and proves that he's more than just a pretty face. He handles the guitar with the best of them. Yes, his guitar weeps and wails on this song.

The most fun songs on any Celtic Thunder album are the one's that feature all of the guys, like  the sea shanty "Home From The Sea."  But if you are looking for a song that is pure fun, look no further than "A Place In The Choir." This silly little ditty will appeal to young and old alike. Then there's "Galway Girl" which is full of rollicking fun.

"Just A Song At Twilight" gives you a taste of the guys at their theatrical best. The vocals are handled by Paul Byrom (all the ladies swoon) and Damian McGinty (The young one).

"Kindred Spirits" is a beautifully emotional tune sung by Emmet Cahill. He's another member that you'd expect to see on a Broadway or West End stage.

Ryan and George shine on "Gold and Silver Days" that will likely bring a tear to the eyes of fans of Mr. Donaldson who passed away in March.

George is the voice of "Red Rose Cafe." His Scottish accent is what really brings life to his songs along with his winning personality.

There's something for most every type of listener in Heritage, whether or not you are a fan of Celtic music.

Watch: Home From The Sea




Saturday, April 12, 2014

Voices I Miss

I'm feeling melancholy today. I want to celebrate some voices that were silenced too soon, that I miss.

~ George Harrison



~ Celtic Thunder's George Donaldson



~ Davy Jones

Sunday, April 6, 2014

The King Of Crazy Covers

GAH...I'm stuck on Celtic Thunder right now! Have you guessed?

I just realized yesterday, they did a cover of "She" which is one of my favorite covers done by Elvis Costello.

Damn you, Paul Byrom for making it sound so gorgeous...but not as gorgeous as EC's version...m'kay. I have to draw the line somewhere.



And then...you covered The Moody Blues' Nights In White Satin.



He does the song proud. Not nearly as tortured sounding as The Moody Blues, but still gorgeous.

This man can sing just about anything and make me go THUD


Saturday, April 5, 2014

Today's Earworm

So many earworms and not enough brain cells...

Today's song that will stick in your head...

Miranda Lambert's White Liar. No it isn't a new song, but it is one that you will sing for days after hearing it only once.

Damn you, Miranda...and you will sing it with a twang.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Album Review: Keith Harkin - Keith Harkin


Keith Harkin is one of the voices of Celtic Thunder, but you wouldn't know that listening to his solo album entitled simply Keith Harkin.

This album consists of 6 cover songs and 6 original compositions.  Most of the time you wouldn't believe that Keith is a member of Celtic Thunder, except on Don Henley's "End Of The Innocence." On this particular song, the Irish in him really shines through. It is perhaps because it has the biggest arrangement of all twelve songs.

As you move on to "Daisy Fields" you start to here what the "real" Keith Harkin sounds like. There's a hint of Ireland to him, but his songs are more folksy and simple.  These are the songs that really shine on this album.

"Nothing But You and I" is a love song that will stand up with the best of them. At times, when listening to Harkin you may catch yourself thinking you're listening to John Mayer. Older fans may think he sounds a bit like Justin Hayward. Mr. Harkin also bares an uncanny resemblance to the Moody frontman. You'll notice this resemblance (musically) on "Don't Forget About Me." The lyrics and Harkin's laid back style feel like they could have been ripped from Hayward's  The View From The Hill.  Be warned, this song will worm its way into your brain.

Don't fret if you like a more rollicking tune. "Take It Away Boys" is a fun spirited offering.
The open road has got much to offer. The open road's for me.

These lines should accompany everyone on their next road trip.

There are two covers that will blow classic rock lover's minds, "Everybody's Talkin'" and "Here Comes The Sun" for very different reasons. "Everybody's Talkin" sounds so much like Harry Nilsson's 1969 original. "Here Comes The Sun" is given a burst of new life, without changing the arrangement much. It does George Harrison proud.

Keith shows his Irish on the stunning ballad "Tears Of Hercules" This is more theatrical song that could easily show up with the rest of the Celtic Thunder crew. The lyrics are full of emotion. This is the kind of song that can bring a tear to the eye.

If any song really stands out on a near perfect record it would be "Orange Moon." Keith goes the root of many guys from the British Isles, and gives this stunning tune a slightly country feel. There's nothing better than a lovely Irish accent trying to sound southern.

The only downfall to this album is his cover of "Have I Told You Lately That I Love You." This song has always been too sappy for human consumption. (Sorry Rod Stewart)  When you add the vocals of Colbie Caillat, it just makes the song a bit to sweet. It is a case of too much of a good thing. Plus, the song wasn't meant to be a duet.

One throwaway song out of 12 is pretty good, in an industry where most albums are throwaways. If you want a taste of one of the Celtic Thunder boys away from the spotlight of the band, you definitely want to grab this album.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Watch: Don't Forget About Me





Sunday, March 23, 2014

Zucchini Quiche

This is such an easy recipe to whip up.

3 1/2 cups grated zucchini
1/2 c oil
1/2 c cheese of your choice (I like colby or cheddar)
4 eggs
1 cup chopped onion (I like the frozen)
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup bisquik
Pepperoni

Preheat oven to 350

Grease a pie pan with butter spray (or butter)

Combine the oil, cheese, eggs, onion, salt and bisquik and mix well. Then add zucchini.(You can also add some sliced up pepperoni too)

Pour into pie pan...top with pepperoni.

Bake @ 350 40 - 50 minutes

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

So Much Pretty, All In One Place



These two shouldn't be allowed near each other. It is just too much cute...and inevitably the photos will make it to the internet...and well..this is what happens on my end.


Saturday, March 15, 2014

Must Hear Music

Thanks to The Tonight Show, I've discovered Jake Bugg.

He's only 20!

His sound is nothing like any 20 year olds I've heard recently.

He's one part Dylan and 2 parts Donovan.

Here's a video of Me and You....Listen and love it


Thursday, March 13, 2014

Doctor Who Squeeage!

Keeley Hawes is going to be in an episode of Doctor Who next season!

If you don't know who she is...

SHAME ON YOU!

She was DI Alex Drake in Ashes To Ashes.

Oh and she's married to Ripper Street hottie Matthew Macfadyen.

I'm totally on board for her being a Who villain.

Now if only the series would get started. It seems like forever since there was more than one episode on the telly for months at a time!

Now if only those rumors about Tom Hiddleston were true.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Thursday, March 6, 2014

My New Favorite Book Series

Awhile back I was part of a book tour for one of Jennifer Chiaverini's books, Sonoma Rose. I loved the book but it was a hard read.

For some reason that kept me from reading her other books, until I started going back to the library, where I came across The Christmas Quilt, part of her Elm Creek Quilts series. I fell in love with that book, and now I have to read all of them, in whatever order I find them!

I love the history in these books and the family stories that are involved in each book. Jennifer weaves the past and present well in each, just as she brings the past to life in her historical novels.

Right now I'm reading The New Year's Quilt and I feel like I'm meeting old friends.  Imagine if Debbie Macomber wrote books with a historical flair. That's how these books feel to me.



This is the list of the books from the series. If you've read any of these, share your thoughts with me.

* The Quilter's Apprentice (1999)
* Round Robin (2000)
* The Cross-Country Quilters (2001)
* The Runaway Quilt (2002)
* The Quilter's Legacy (2003)
* The Master Quilter (2004)
* The Sugar Camp Quilt (2005)
* The Christmas Quilt (2005)
* Circle of Quilters (2006)
* The Quilter's Homecoming (2007)
* The New Year's Quilt (2007)
* The Winding Ways Quilt (2008)
* The Quilter's Kitchen (2008) 

* The Christmas Quilt takes place in the interim between The Quilter's Apprentice and Round Robin.
* The Sugar Camp Quilt is set in 1849-1850, so it takes place before the events chronicled in Gerda's memoir in The Runaway Quilt.
* The Quilter's Homecoming is set mainly in 1925, but it branches off from a storyline introduced in The Christmas Quilt.
* The New Year's Quilt immediately follows The Quilter's Legacy.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

One Of The Most Beautiful Dylan Songs

Anyone who watched How I Met Your Mother this week got to hear one of Dylan's most beautiful songs, "If You See Her, Say Hello."

It is hard to appreciate Dylan's music, when Dylan is singing it. His voice, is definitely an acquired taste, but his songwriting is brilliant. This is one of his songs that I wish would have been covered by someone like Elvis Costello. Yes, another acquired voice, but still one that could really do justice to this song.




Sunday, March 2, 2014

Creamed Ground Beef On Toast...

On Sunday's I like to find something that isn't frozen to feed the family.

Dad has a soft spot for waffles and french toast sticks.

Well a few week's ago I saw Trish Yearwood make creamed ground beef on toast. For those of you around during wartime, that's SOS (shit on a shingle)

I think if I ever made this as breakfast for dinner I'd have hash browns or homefries with  it, but we are not big breakfast eaters here.

The recipe is simple.

1 lb of ground beef
1/4 c flour
2 cups of milk (or a little more depending on how much gravy you want)
Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:

Brown the ground beef until no pink remains.

Drain.

Sprinkle with flour and mix in the skillet until well coated.

Add the milk and stir until it thickens.


Yummy!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Must See Tv: Growing Up Fisher

I don't usually get too excited about sitcoms anymore. Sure there are some good ones, but the ones I usually like always teeter on the brink of cancellation.

Yeah..I know The Neighbors is still hanging by a thread.

That's why I'm hesitant to express my love for NBC's new comedy, Growing Up Fisher.

It has so many things that should work in its favor.

1. A fab cast..Looky! It's Jenna Elfman! Oh and dad is the dude from the Farmer's Insurance commercials!

2. Its a family comedy!

3. It is actually quite funny and sweet.

The problems though are many..

1. Its on NBC.

2. The time slot isn't going to get many kids to watch and this show doesn't thrive on sexual tension, unlike the lead in show, About A Boy.

3. Did I mention it is on NBC? I think that's a double whammy

4. Lastly, I fell in love with the show, and that is its kiss of death.

Still, give this show a watch, it is so cute.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Take Me Downton: Series 4 Finale In Review

If you were expecting something phenomenal in the finale of the current series of Downton Abbey, well you were probably disappointed.

However there were some things that were fantastic about it.

Let's list them now

Daisy attracting the attention of Howard Levinson's valet

Howard Levinson played by Paul Giamatti was really the best part of the show. I'd love to see him back along with his mother Martha Levinson (Shirley Maclaine). For a gentlemen who doesn't care for debutante's his little romance was lovely.

Rose! How one young lady can almost bring down the monarchy!

Mrs Hughes and Carson. So sweet!

Lady Edith getting some gumption!

Is there no end to the stuff that Bates can do?

Branson coming into his own. Love him!

Now for the cons..

Lady Mary is just too snotty. I would have liked a better relationship with her and Edith, most of the time I want to smack her. And she doesn't deserve any of the gentlemen at her beck and call.

Dear god the Anna/Rape thing that would not go away....and it didn't help the characters develop.

The Prince Of Wales...they found actors/actresses that looked enough like King George V and Queen Mary, why could they not find one for the Prince.

No real closure for Edith..I want to know what happened to Michael.

I liked that the episode ended on an uplifting note, but overall this season has been a downer.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Take Me Downton: Downton Abbey Epi 7

Ah Downton Abbey, the most depressing show on television that you just can't stop watching.

This episode was terribly boring with too many stories taking up the hour.

Lady Edith is prepared to give up her baby and there still is no sign of Michael Gregson.

Really Mr. Fellowes, how much can one girl take?

Bates is prepared to avenge his wife, now that he knows who her attacker is.

~sigh~ more trouble there...

Then there's Rose. She's the exciting one right now, it is just a shame that you can't really like her all that much, because she's not genuine.

I really wish she loved Mr. Ross as much as he loved her.

Lady Mary is, as always surrounded by suitors, but she's still not over Matthew and may never be.

Ho hum.

I have to admit to being on Team Gillingham, because he really seems to care about her.

Then there's the whole Albert/Daisy/Ivy thing.

I could never understand this at all.

And while we're downstairs, Molesley seems to be striking up some sort of relationship with Baxter.

It is a shame that the only excitement of this series revolves around the terrible rape story arc.

While there have been many great guest stars this series, nothing has made it stand out.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Album Review: Tom Levin - Them Feet


Artist: Tom Levin

Album: Them Feet

Review by Andrea Guy

Tom Levin has one of those voices that will leave you scratching your head. You'll think you've

heard it before, probably sometime in the late 80s or early 90s. He sounds like two 80s Ians, Ian

Astbury and Ian McCullogh His music is dark and moody, without depressing the listener.

Them Feet is his fifth album. The opening track is also the title track. At first listen you might

lose the romantic nature of the lyric, because Tom's music doesn't have that shiny, bubbly tone

that most romantic ballads have. When you hear him sing "I'm going to dance with you, when

you get old," it is hard not to be filled with warm fuzzy feelings. "Them Feet" is a modern answer

to "When I'm Sixty-four."

"I Raise My Flag" has a melody that could be ripped from the Echo And The Bunnymen catalog.

Once again it can be hard to capture the message of the song, because of the song's tone. Tom

sings about celebrating freedom and sharing his view points, yet the song conjures images of a

night sky with a few vampires lurking in the shadow.

The acoustic, bluesy "As Long As It's Good," will have your toe tapping. Tom's deep voice is

almost hypnotizing along with the fabulous percussion, the guitar isn't too shabby either.

"Once I Almost Killed A Horse" is bittersweet. The lyrics really say it all, "Moments of love,

moments of truth, moments of life, led me to you." This song speaks of one man's life. The

opening line is almost humorous, but then quickly turn sad, "Had chickens as a kid, named my

favorite Goldie Hawn. Forgot to close the coop, and the fox came in at dawn.

Them Feet is full of songs with different messages and different styles, but none of them as

different as "Company Man." Not since "Take This Job And Shove It," has there been a song that

really speaks of the plight of most of the working class. Slow and bluesy, this is the white collar

worker's kiss off to a job that takes over life. In short, this song is pure brilliance. The best line; "I

gotta work hard to make this shit shine."

"June's Memory Lane" is more than a touch melancholy. Tom's voice is soft and deep as he sings

about a life in reminiscence. "A life passing by, the city in the rain, I took her on a drive down

memory lane." This is a song that will soften the hardest of hearts and will bring a tear to a few

eyes.

Tom keeps tugging at the heartstrings with "Father to Son." The haunting melody really brings

out Tom's vocal.

One thing that's consistent throughout this album is the quality of Tom's songwriting. His lyrics

evoke a myriad of emotions. They make you think as well as feel. None so much as "June's

Memory Lane" and "Father To Son."

Both are very emotionally charged and sometimes more than a little bit sad. He sings of life as it

passes.

The album ends with "King Neptune" a song in memory of Magnus "Magne" Olsson one of

Sweden's most popular sailors, and one of the best in the world, who passed away in April 2013.

This song helps to close the album on a sad note. The final three songs seem to be a sad trilogy,

yet they are also the most beautiful on the album.

"King Neptune" celebrates the life of a sailor who was known for his smile. This song is a

wonderful tribute to him.

Them Feet is a must listen for 2014. If you haven't heard Tom Levin, you are missing out on

some great music.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Monday, February 10, 2014

Take Me Downton: Downton Abbey In Review

Watching Downton Abbey this season has truly been a depressing thing.

Rose is truly the only character that brings any amusement to the series, with her amorous antics and constant quest for fun.

This episode did bring some humanity to Lady Mary's character. It was great to see her acting more human and less of a robot, or rather a person with a very large stick up her bum.

Once again Penelope Wilton shows her great talent playing Isobel Crawley. I adore her and her determination to take care of people, especially the slightly curmudgeonly Violet.

Lady Edith is still going through some nasty trials, she's pregnant and contemplating an abortion. Yikes! Can this character have any happiness? Apparently not, if Julian Fellowes keeps on this way. It just doesn't seem fair when Lady Mary has....three or more men vying for her attentions less than a year after the death of her husband.

The Anna/Bates storyline is getting close to coming to a head. Mrs. Hughs did a splendid job giving a certain man whatfor. I would have liked to have taken a frying pan to that guy's head.

Lord Robert is off to the US to save Cora's brother's backside. Really wanted to sock him when he made a comment to take care of his dog...wait not sock Lord Robert but rather Hugh Bonneville, because he doesn't like the dog, which actually puts him on my list of actors I don't like.

Thomas is really coming out of his shell this season. I hope he sticks around the Abbey, his character really is breath of fresh air.

This was quite probably the best episode of this series.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

I've Been Sherlocked: His Last Vow

His Last Vow is one of those episodes that just leave me speechless. It reminded me why I always say, Moffat is evil.

In fact this series proves how evil Moffat can be.

Sherlock is kissing girls all of a sudden...

Oye!

I object to this...as I am not one of them.

However props to Molly for getting to slap him senseful a few times in this episode.

But lets just say...

Mary Watson...OMGWTFBBQ! This is a plot twist on the evil genius that is Moffat, could come up with. I loved it and I hated it all at the same time.

Oh and I wanted to know all her dirty secrets, so Moff...I flip you the bird for keeping them secrets. This is not THE NAME OF THE DOCTOR!

Mycroft Holmes is a huge Asshat...that is all.

The ending...

Uh...I just don't know what to say about it. Sherlock is a sociopath, and one that will do whatever it takes to protect those he loves, but still...I wish Moff would've come up with something better.

But on a happy note...Yes, I've Missed You!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Take Me Downton Episodes 5 & 6 In Review

This season of Downton Abbey really is lackluster. Even with all the drama of Series 3, there were high points, with weddings and pregnancies etc.

This series is all about the gloom and doom. The only bit of excitement comes from Rose, who is a bit of a tart. (OK, no, she's slutty, but you have to love her) Rose's party girl behavior is about the only thing that makes this show tolerable right now.

First there was the whole Anna rape thing. As much as I love Julian's writing, this story arc was not done well.

Episode 5 is all about Bates finding out what happened to Anna and Alfred getting reading for his test at the Ritz to see if he can make it into their training program.

Episode 6 is more lively with Lord Grantham's birthday party. The ragtime was fabulous and Gary Carr's singing really made the show.

I do like that the little one's are appearing a bit more. Young Sybil is adorable and Tom is proving to be a loving father, which is more than we can say for Lady Mary. I have to say, her character becomes more unlikable with each episode.

And then there's Lady Edith. Why can this poor girl not catch a break? Every man in her life disappears, in one way or another.

I really loved Michael, and I shake my fist at Julian Fellowes for what is likely going to become the outcome of this relationship.

One can hold out hope that series 5 may see him return.

The other awesome story arc is with the Dowager and Lady Crawley over the gardener that may or may not have been a thief. I love when these two characters butt heads. (I also love Maggie Smith and Penelope (the Prime Minister) Wilton.

We watch tv for entertainment and fun. Downton Abbey is neither anymore, yet like any good soap opera, I can't stop watching.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Literary Nook Excerpt Tour: Ever Hopeful

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Combining heart-soaring contemporary romance with heart-pounding suspense is a trademark of New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lori Ryan—and in her novel Ever Hopeful she delivers spectacularly on both counts. Two-months pregnant and trapped in a violent marriage, Laura Kensington realizes that her ruthless and powerful in-laws will never let her go, even after the strange sudden death of her abusive husband.  Fleeing far away to the Texas ranch of Cade Bishop, a strong yet tender man who believes in second chances, Laura finds herself irresistibly drawn to Cade’s gentle passion and giving heart. But there is no escaping the shadows of her past and soon danger re-enters her world, pulling Laura into a deadly web of lies, betrayals, and murder.  And only Cade Bishop’s quiet strength and unwavering love can set her free.






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Laura smiled but Cade’s comment sent her thoughts in a completely different direction. She was suddenly painfully aware that she wanted him to see her as a woman. How totally inappropriate was that? She was pregnant with her dead husband’s child and running from his family. She might be a grown woman but the fact was, she’d never been independent. She’d always been tied to a man—first her father and then her husband. This was the time in her life when she needed to take charge, learn to support herself, and be independent. Yet, here she was thinking about how gorgeous the man sitting across from her was and wondering if he liked what he saw when he looked at her.

Cade frowned at her. “What are you thinking? You seem like you took a little trip in your head for a minute.”

If only you knew.

Laura shook her head. She needed to figure out how she was going to take care of her baby when it came, how she would support them both. How she was going to get away from the Kensingtons and their powerful, seemingly endless reach. How she’d fight them if they tracked her down and tried to take the baby from her. The last thing she should be thinking was what it would be like to be in Cade’s arms, to touch him and feel his mouth on her skin....

“I was just thinking that I need to find a way to support myself and the baby. I can’t live off you guys forever.”

“Try telling that to Mama. I think she’s planning to adopt you,” said Cade.

Laura felt a sharp pain at his joke and had a feeling she probably grimaced. What would it have been like to be born to May Bishop? To have been raised in a place like this by someone who loved her? To receive the unconditional love that a parent is supposed to have for their child?

Fairy tales…. She’d given up on things like that a long time ago. It wasn’t useful to sit and pity herself and cry about her circumstances. But, being so close to a family like the Bishops...made her want to go back in time and rewrite her story. If not rewrite who she was born to, at least change her decision to marry Patrick.

“Well, I’ll have to come up with something,” Laura said, but in all honesty waiting tables was about the only thing she was qualified to do.

She forced a smile. She may not have ever had a mother like May Bishop, but she’d make damn sure her child did. Her baby would know she was loved no matter what. That nothing could ever take her mother’s love away. If Laura was sure of one thing in her life, she was sure of that. She would love this child with all her heart and all that she was.
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Friday, January 31, 2014

Album Review: Jennifer Nettles - That Girl



Jennifer Nettles has managed to release a solo album that doesn't sound like Sugarland, and considering she is the voice of Sugarland, that's quite a fete.

What sets That Girl apart from her work with Sugarland, is the maturity in the songwriting, and the album is a lot more than just the run of the mill country album.

Take the title track "That Girl," which sounds just a little bit like 90s Cher. That's just the tip of the iceberg. "Jealousy" is pop gold with a touch of Nettles signature twang. There's a jazzy swing to this song that screams sexy. She keeps that vibe going with a touch of blues on "This One's For You."

This album is so vastly different from her previous work and that is what makes it so amazing. Even when she goes back to her country roots on "Know You Wanna Know" she doesn't deliver the expected. This is more rockabilly.

The songs on That Girl may not have the earworm potential that her work with Sugarland is known for, but she's proven that she's more than just a country singer.

Perhaps the quality of the songs she's written (10 of the 11 were penned by Nettles) with the help of notable writers such as Richard Marx, Sara Barielles and Butch Walker, make the album stand out. However its amusing to learn that "Know You Wanna Know" is the song co-written with Marx. That song is so lively and that is is hard to believe the ballad king had his hand in it.

Whatever the reason, That Girl is going to make more than the country fans sit up and take notice of Jennifer Nettles and for good reason. The lady has a voice that can twang, rock, swing and go all bluesy.

If there were any songs that stick out as better than any other, "This Angel" is one of them. It is a ballad that definitely can hold a candle to "Stay" from Sugarland's Enjoy The Ride.

So if you are looking for a Sugarland-ish album, you might want to step away. But if you want to hear Jennifer Nettles at her vocal best, than you don't want to miss That Girl.

Monday, January 27, 2014

I've Been Sher-locked: The Sign Of Three

Sherlock is definitely one of those shows  that get better each time you watch it, and you appreciate each episode more with additional viewing.

I'm not sure if it is a fangirl issue or if it really does prove that Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss are bloody brilliant. If it weren't for the crazy way they treat Doctor Who, I'd lean towards brilliance.

The Sign of Three is an episode that bares watching again and again, just for Sherlock's Best Man speech. Benedict couldn't be any better in this part. He is crazy brilliant and vulnerable at the same time, especially as he is helping Mary with the wedding prep. (The napkin folding scene is hysterical)

Oh and Sherlock dancing = THUD

However there are two cases he has to solve and they all get tied into his speech, which in itself is pure brilliance.

Seriously folks Sherlock = Brilliant.

Mary, is the most impressive character ever. She's hit it off with Sherlock in a way that makes her part of the group. You have to love her.

But back to the wedding, Sherlock gets to play his violin, and that will bring a tear to every eye. Plus his interaction with the bridesmaid really brings some laughs.

It is impossible not to love this show.

Monday, January 20, 2014

I've Been Sher-locked: The Empty Hearse SPOILERS as River Song would say

Ah what to say about Sherlock's Series Three premier.

Let's start by saying, Moffat and Gatiss do Sherlock better than they do Doctor Who these days, and maybe it is time for a change of showrunners...

Sherlock was bloody brilliant.

Let's recap the best bits in no particular order!

~ Sherlock kissed Molly!!!!!!!



~ Watson's wife is in fact...Watson's wife...

~ Sherlock dressed as a waiter with drawn on mustache!



~ Headbutting Sherlock for being alive, but not telling you that he faked his death.

~ Moriarty/Sherlock shipping!

~ Mrs. Hudson thinking that Sherlock and Watson are a couple..and Watson freaking out about it!

~ Mary and Sherlock saving Watson's ass.

God I could go on, but really this episode was fantastic. It tied up the loose ends from The Reichenbach Fall in a way that only The Moff can do it, while still leaving you thinking.

It had the trademark hilarity that comes with Sherlock. Anyone that's that much of a genius has to be hysterical. Seriously...I want a crossover with Sheldon Cooper.

86 minutes wasn't nearly long enough! I need more Sherlock NOW!




Saturday, January 18, 2014

Doctor Who In Review: The Time Of The Doctor

I've learned something in watching the last 4 full episodes of Doctor Who.

You have to watch them more than once to get the full effect.

On Christmas Day when I watched The Time Of The Doctor, I didn't shed a tear.

Today when I rewatched the episode, tears poured down my face when Handles died and when Matt slowly regenerated ...or quickly regenerated...however you want to look at it, into Peter's 12th Doctor.

There's so much I loved and hated about this episode.

Matt's interaction with the children in Christmas is really fantastic and the return of the giraffe dance...and of course the whole naked scene....followed by him clothed but naked at Clara's house.

And when the bowtie fell...oh god, I cried. I think it would have been even more powerful if it had been his original costume. If Moffatt had added a fez...I think I would have gone mental.

As far as regenerations are concerned, I think Matt's quirky as it were, was better and more poignant than David Tennant's. Perhaps because, Matt's looking back wasn't quite so...disgustingly perfect.

It is a shame that the story just isn't enough...it isn't good enough to be a send off for Matt Smith's fabulous Doctor.

Matt deserved better, especially after the stellar 50th anniversary episode.

The Time Of The Doctor just felt like a half hearted effort to say goodbye to an old friend.

I think the huge problem with the story is the total lack of action, until the last 10 minutes or so. It didn't feel like The Doctor was fighting to save anyone.

And poor Clara, who is not one of my favorite companions, but she really gets left in the dust here.

Maybe after I watch it a few more times it will win me over completely

Friday, January 17, 2014

Why Sherlock Is My TV Boyfriend....and my TV Boyfriend Harem

Until I tuned into an episode of Sherlock I was never sure what Benedict Cumberbatch's appeal was.

After watching, I realize, it isn't Benedict that the world is fussing about...it is Sherlock.

Sherlock is bloody brilliant.

He's a naive, genius. He's part Shawn Spencer from Psych and part Sheldon Cooper from Big Bang Theory.

It is these personality traits that make Sherlock a character that women...well at least this woman...want to grab and take care of...in more ways than one.

Now I'm not saying that Benedict Cumberbatch isn't a cutie on his own.

Cos lord knows this guy has some pretty baby blues...


But he's nothing to me outside of his character.

I also admit to having another TV boyfriend...

Cos I'm fickle like that....

That boyfriend is The Doctor.

First let me say this had nothing to do with David Tennant being a hottie...cos well...he is..he can't help himself...

But see...it is The Doctor character...I love

Quirky brilliance...and he's an alien on top of it all.


And yes, the fez is cool..

I have to admit though...even though 11 would be my favorite TV Boyfriend of the Doctor..I would also take 10, 8, 5, 4 and 3....

Again I'm fickle.

But as I've said repeatedly...its the character I love more than the actor...I'm hoping the 12th Doctor joins my list of TV boyfriends this year.

So ladies, who are your tv boyfriends and do you like them because of who they are or the character they play?

Monday, January 13, 2014

Take Me Downton: Downton Abbey In Review Series 4 Epi 2 SPOILERS

The second episode of Series 4 Downton Abbey aired last night and any fan of the show can come away with a few conclusions.

1. Julian Fellowes is an evil man and there are certain characters in this series that he really hates and others he really loves.

2. The storyline of Anna Bates was just shoddy.

Allow me to elaborate on these two points. Lady Mary always has a beau, even 6 months after her husband died, when she is still in proper mourning. (Heck for as backward as these aristocrats are...I have to wonder if her acquiring new beau is not de rigueur. Lady Edith on the other hand gets the short end of the stick with men and truthfully I think she has a much more pleasing personality. Lady Mary, please remove the stick from out of your bum, you'll have a much better time.

Oh and where was her baby?

GAH!

I just feel bad for Edith...she gets the gorgeous older guys and things always go wrong. I love Michael Gregson, he's been the best of her beau (I would do him in a heartbeat) and you just know something bad is going to happen, because Julian will not let Edith have happiness for any length of time. Julian are you good friends with Steven Moffat? Because you both know how to inflict misery on the fans of your shows.

Now onto the Anna Bates rape...Yeah...this was just bad. First of all, her behavior plays in with the boys club "She was asking for it" mentality. I mean, her behavior wasn't the Anna we're used to. It was like she was playing coy with Green, and you could tell he was up to no good.

I really felt that this story arc was done for shock value and it wasn't really well written at all in comparison to other parts of this show.

Now onto the awesomeness...Michael saving Lord Grantham's ass. Woot! I wish they'd start making Lord Grantham just a little bit more progressive. It is hard to imagine him and Cora as a happy couple. They really are two different people.

Any scene with Mrs. Patmore. And seriously Mr. Fellowes, don't you dare think of killing her off, m'kay?

Loved the house party and Lady Mary's new beau Lord Gillingham is quite a dish, though not as dishy as Michael Gregson.

I can't wait for next week!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Album Review: Sara Bareilles - The Blessed Unrest

Sara Bareilles is one of those artists that always make you sit up and take notice, even if she's isn't quite a household name. (And she should be).

Take the opening song of The Blessed Unrest, "Brave." This is the song that Katy Perry's "Roar" wanted to be, if it had some depth and if Katy had a little more talent.

Sara, is an artist that doesn't need the bells and whistles or in this case, the leopard print, skimpy outfit. Pick any song from The Blessed Unrest and you'll see that.

She's a songwriter and a girl with a piano. Yes, that's so typical with female artists, but Sara has that special something that makes her music different. "Chasing The Sun" follows "Brave." It is a more thoughtful song with a slower melody, yet the chorus grabs you and lingers in your head.

This album is a mixture of deep and introspective to fun and almost frolicking. "Little Black Dress" dares you not to tap you foot. "Cassiopiea" is dark and mysterious. The song's tone takes you to space, to that very constellation.

Sure, Sara's the type of music you can expect to here at your favorite coffee house. Her music makes makes you want to sit back and relax and simply enjoy. "I Choose You" is sweetly romantic. It is the type of song you expect to hear playing during a romantic comedy when the guy and girl finally have a crazy, awesome date. (Probably in a park)

"Eden" is super quirky tune, that sees Sara channeling The Artist Formerly Known As Prince. This song escaped from the 80s!

The album closes with "December." It is the perfect winter song. The lyrics "December, you have always been a problem child," will have many nodding their heads in agreement.

Sara Bareilles proves to all who will listen that there are some albums worth buying and The Blessed Unrest is one of them. Twelve songs that will make you remember what "good music" sounds like.