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04 October 2012 @ 09:07 pm
If it's Thursday, it must be a new hair color! At least for Tommy Joe Ratliff. I hadn't finished grooving on the violet 'do, now it's on to the blue. I guess everybody should rock out to wild hair color for their 31st B-Day (the 18th to be exact--he's a Libra/Libra Rising so, he's waaaay Libra!). Every color he's rocked, he's rocked to the ultimate! The violet was my fave, but the blue is pretty awesome. Tommy looks great, and the Fender isn't bad either!

Once again, for MY Pretty Pixie!!!!!!!

Current Mood: amusedamused
Current Music: Cuckoo--Adam Lambert
26 September 2012 @ 10:04 pm
To continue (and hopefully finish) my obsessive hair rant--pictures speak louder than words:

TJR New Purple Hair
Tommy Joe Ratliff's beautiful new violet 'do---I just love it! Nice match with the violet eye liner! <3

TJR Hair
Tommy gorgeously rocking the rainbow look! <3

I will ALWAYS love Adam Lambert--his talent is surpassed by none (at least at this moment in music history). But I can't seem to get used to this color. It's interesting, but just doesn't fit Adam and I can't quite put my finger on just why. Then again, one of the reasons I have always respected Adam is because he's fearless and is truly unique. So I guess it doesn't matter what I think! Stay unique Adam! I wouldn't want you any other way! 

(Once again, for MY Pretty Pixie <3)!!!!!!
Current Mood: confusedconfused
Current Music: "Hair"--Lady Gaga
26 September 2012 @ 08:41 pm
These days it's strange being an Adam Lambert fan. I'm still not loving Glambert's silver/platinum/white/grey/whatever-that-color-is hair, and I still can't get into the "new" band dynamics. Oh well, nothing I can do about it. I can, however, live in the past (which is pretty much where I live all the time anyway). So I decided I needed a little trip down memory lane with one of my fave fanvids featuring Tommy Joe Ratliff, the only member of Adam's band who has continued to be awesome (well, Isaac The Carp is still great and I will always love Adam's talent!) and can rock the weirdest hair like nobody else can! Even though Tommy is now sporting a new color(!), I can always watch footage from the good old days! Thanks to everybody who shares their stuff on YouTube! It makes living in the past possible! And yes, Tommy IS Fucking Perfect!!!! (To MY Pretty Pixie XOXO!)!!!!

Current Mood: nostalgicnostalgic
Current Music: "Perfect"--PINK
12 September 2012 @ 07:41 pm
One of the best things in the world is fanvids (whatever the fandom happens to be), but some just sort of stand out from all the others. This is one of the best fanvids I've ever seen--out of ANY fandom! And achieving something original with Velvet Goldmine is rather difficult as there is only a limited amount of material to work with--that being a film with the running time of roughly 120 minutes. I have always loved "Hallelujah" (Leonard Cohen is a personal God of mine), and Jeff Buckley's version is a thing of beauty (the man died way too young!). All that leads to a stunninly beautiful video that makes well-worn (albeit well-loved!) footage seem freshly interpreted and it never ceases to give me chills! 

Current Mood: impressedimpressed
I know I already posted my main 9/11 Remembrance. But I felt like I should take the time to post a special separate entry for a local Colorado 9/11 hero. Jason Dahl from Ken-Caryl Ranch (a suburb of Denver) was the Pilot of Flight 93 that crashed in the Shanksville, PA field when the passengers chose to storm the cockpit and bring the plane down before it reached its Wahsington DC destination. I also want to aknowledge Jason's wife, Sandy, who passed away earlier this year. She worked tirelessly with the families of 9/11, as well as helping establish the Shanksville Memorial Site, and the Jason Dahl Scholarship Fund. With most of the 9/11 attention going to the WTC (which is also very close to my heart for several wonderful personal reasons over the years), and the Pentagon, it seems like Flight 93 is somewhat overlooked. It's up to all Coloradans to keep from making Jason and Sandy Dahl, as well as all the heroic passengers who chose to die in order to keep others safe, from turning into just a footnote in the 9/11 history book. RIP all from Flight 93, Colorado will never forget. PHOTO: Sandy Dahl at the Jason Dahl Memorial, Shanksville, PA.

Current Mood: gratefulgrateful
Current Music: "Legends Never Die"--Wendy O. Williams
10 September 2012 @ 11:01 pm

It's amazing--I literally cannot remember if I took my medicine this morning but, even after eleven years, I can remember September 11th, 2001 nearly moment by moment.

I knew, after awakening early to my radio, that something was dreadfully wrong--Dan Rather did not broadcast on my rock station, yet there he was, talking about the bombing of the WTC. As I was trying to wake up I remember thinking to myself, why is Dan Rather on my rock station talking about something that happened in 1993? Then, in that split second when your mind comes to a massive realization, I flew out of bed and ran down stairs (still in my pajammas) where I turned the TV on just in time to see Flight 175 hit the South Tower--what I soon came to realize was the second of two attacks--the first being Flight 11 that had hit the North Tower roughly 15 minutes earlier. Even though I knew it was real, it looked so fake, so "Hollywood". I think it really began to sink in when the first Tower colapsed. I don't need to write an itinerary of my day that day (something I will eventually do in an actual journal, just to make sure that I don't ever forget), but I can recall it all as though it were yesterday. It is something that haunts me every minute of every day, and has for eleven years, and will continue to do so until I die. I wasn't prepared for what was happening, and seeing a plane fly into a cherished and sentimental piece of architecture the moment you turn on your TV--it's something that cannot be erased from the mind. And yes, I grieve for the buildings, as do all those who had ever seen those buildings in person. That doesn't mean I don't grieve for the people who died in those buildings--I do. However, it is a little easier to comprehend skyscraper catastrophes, as they have been happening ever since we have been building multiple story buildings. The one thing I will never be able to comprehend though, is how those on the planes felt once they knew what was happening. What they must have gone through once they realized they were being flown into the Towers (or the Pentagon, or a Pennsylvanian field)--that will also continue to haunt me till the day I die.

And on this eleventh anniversary of 9/11, my heart and thoughts go out to all those who have been affected by that horrifying day either by dying, being family or friends of the victims of that day, or those who have lost and continue to lose their lives every day as a fallout from what happened that horrific moment in history.

(RIP Wendy O.--I will never forget our time at the Twin Towers. I miss you and I will always cherish the bottle of apple juice you bought me in the Concourse after coming back from the Observation Deck, or standing and talking with you in the Courtyard by the WTC Orb, or waving bye to you from the taxi you hailed for me with the Towers behind you. I love you and miss you every day.) 

Current Mood: sadsad
Current Music: "Legends Never Die"--Wendy O. Williams
An otherwise great video that just happens to illustrate my Journal's previous Adam Lambert Rant. I can't figure out how something can be so good and yet so problematic at the same time.....

Current Mood: confusedconfused
Current Music: Bowie's "Jean Genie"
Before I begin my Rant, let me preface by saying that I love Adam Lambert. He is an amazing performer and truly one of the best vocalists I have ever heard--and I'm pretty damn picky. I also think his latest album, Trespassing, is one of the best albums I've heard since, well, his first album that came out in '09--although it's techno and not really my style. So, I really love Adam. I mean I REALLY love Adam. What I can't seem to be able to work through is his new band. Not to slight any one of his group because they are all excellent. It's the dynamics that have changed and I can't seem to get past that, and I have been trying since he first debuted the new lineup. Nothing makes me happier than to see Tommy FINALLY promoted to guitar--where he rightly should have been all along. Unfortunately I'm really not able to get used to Ashley. I KNOW she's a capable and talented bassist, but it makes me nervous watching her wrestle with a 5-string bass that's as big as she is. And I have always had issues with armpit bassists--they look just plain dorky. I'm female and 5'9" and I can wield a Fender Jazz Precision bass (THE coolest bass EVER) slung low just fine without it looking like my bass is going to tip me over or eat me or something. And her movements are basically stomping in high heels that make it look like she is going to tip right over, and the fact that her bass is as big as she is doesn't help. She just looks unstable and it makes me nervous. When she's not stomping feebly, she's bobbing her head like a chicken. I truly hate to sound so mean--it's nothing personal. I KNOW she's a good musician and that's all that counts, but when she's pulling my attention continually it means I'm not paying attention to Adam, and it is his performance I care about. I don't want my concentration continually pulled by other band members unless it's a jam or an intro or something (Tommy is an exception because he is an awesome presence and knows how to perform without getting in the way). And, quite simply, I miss Cam on keyboards. Brian London may be a brilliant Musical Director God (having worked with Gaga, Rhianna, Bruno Mars, blah blah blah, ad nauseum), but I find him to be rather invasive. Cam never yakked at the audience, and Brian is just one more distraction I don't need--or enjoy. I guess I'm just so stuck in the Glam Nation era of Adam's career it's gonna be difficult for me to move on. But just as I'm struggling to get a grip on his new band dynamics, he blows my mind with his new silver/platinum/white/grey/whatever-color-that-is  hair. I'm still gobsmacked and in shock over that! I'm happy for him that he can be so comfortable with change. Too bad for me that I'm not. I can deal with the new color, but I will always prefer him with black hair. It was just more dramatic and striking. The result of all these changes (a programmed techno album, a weird band linup and freaky hair color) has me floundering and trying to find something of his new era I can grasp onto and remain the massive Glambert I have been since 2009! So many changes all at once makes me feel rather lost (and I hate to think I'm being shallow, because I'm NOT a shallow person!). Maybe with time my 100% acceptance will return and, as he is the only musical performer I have liked in the last 10+ years or so, I desperately need to get myself past these stupid hangups! My main problem in life is that I always seem to live in the past. I'm floundering as an Adam fan right now, and the past is the only place I truly feel happy....And I find that to be terribly sad...

Current Mood: confusedconfused
Current Music: Marc Bolan & T. Rex
21 August 2012 @ 08:42 pm
I haven't posted anything for umteen ages, but I finally decided it was time to open my yap a bit. Velvet Goldmine is still one of the best movies ever made, and is definitely in my Top 5. It's amazing how quickly time flies. I first saw it in 1999 and it's still just as glorious today as it was in the beginning. I know it's difficult to outdo the great Iggy Pop, but Ewan McGregor does just that in this spellbinding performance of "Gimme Danger" as Curt Wild in VG. It's simply riveting....ENJOY!

Current Mood: nostalgicnostalgic
08 December 2010 @ 12:03 am
OMFG! Enjoy--while I go off to take a very cold shower....

Current Mood: hornyhorny
Current Music: Florence + The Machine