Happy Easter to one and all celebrating!
For those of us that have to work, just a question as we head into this Easter Monday.
“What is your favorite performance by a artist or band and why?”
For the average music lover, they will think about their favorite artist/band and just choose that as their most watched. But what people sometimes forget is the impact, reason and message these performances signify. It can either be very a very technical reason, or just pure passion, which in my opinion is scarce in the world we currently occupy.
As young as I am, I have fond memories of VHS tapes and stories that my parents shared with me. This lead me to just love music more. So strangely, my favorite would happen 1 month after my birth, but I first saw the tape about 5 years later and instantly fell in love with it. As I became older, the message and reason became even more clear and this lead me to just believe more in the power of music, as well as the message it can potentially carry.
Over the years there has been tons of performances. Listed below is 5 that springs to mind and can be notable mentions:
- Michael Jackson Motown 25- As always, a very good rendition of Billy Jean, but more notably the debut of the Moonwalk. Even though Jackson did not invent the move, he certainly became synonymous with it.
- Prince Superbowl XLI-In my opinion one of the best performances seen at any Superbowl, Prince has always been a very interesting artist, and his renditions of Purple Rain, Best of You, Let’s go crazy, Proud Mary and All along the watchtower is one of the best performances in Superbowl history.
- Beats by Dre Live-Not in the traditional sense, but this is iconic in the fact that when Dre launched his live Apple Beats channel, he chose to promote his 90’s playlist by having the actual artists perform. The likes of Nas, Dre, Bone Thugs, Pharcyde, A Tribe called Quest, Method Man & Redman and many others dawned the mic for a icon of the Hip Hop scene.
- AC/DC Live in Riverplate-If you want to see a massive amount of people in the same stadium, rocking to the tunes of the classic band, look no further. They absolutely rocked the stadium and proved once more the caliber that they posses.
- Nirvana Unplugged-Probably the best MTV Unplugged next to notable mentions of Lauren Hill and Eric Clapton, Nirvana was just full of raw emotion. You could also see the psychological state of Kurt Cobain, the show being one of his last public performances before his sad passing three years later.
Which brings me to my favorite live performance;
Let’s be honest. The world has never and will not ever see a more majestic performer like the late Freddie Mercury. The man was an absolute genius and he put all his love in his music. Bohemian Rhapsody, We will Rock you, We are the champions, Crazy little thing called love, Hammer fall and Radio Gaga, all packed into 24 minutes.
What amazed me more was the crowd anticipation. The man knew how to attract their attention and this made it even more worthwhile.
What is yours?
Binge watching. One of he modern times’ most favorite hobby…OK, one of mine instead. I’m sure that plenty of you have done this, especially after a few hectic days/weeks and all that you require is to kick back, relax and catch up on your favorite viewing pleasures.
So after nearly two years, I decided to catch up on The 100 the past weekend. It came to fore after a few hectic weeks where I decided to take an additional day off. After meeting up with a old friend for lunch, after coming home I decided to sit back, get out the snacks and start my binge. Heck, I did have two full seasons to catch up on and after receiving some rave reviews from a few buddies, Seasons 2 and 3 would make for some entertaining Binging….(is that even a word?).
Halfway through Season 3. Must say that it has impressed me. Kinda reminded me of an old book I read in school about 15 years ago, The Lord of the Flies.
Written in the 50’s by William Golding, it tells the tale of a bunch of school children stranded on an uninhabited island and their struggle to form some sort of governance. It tells the tale of how preadolescent children turn to savagery in order to survive.
And somehow, this relates to how The 100 plays out. At first, a bunch of children sent to Earth who they believed was uninhabitable, only to me met by Grounders, Reapers and the Mountaineers. It tells the tale of how children are made to act like grown ups and fend for one another.
10 Episodes to go. Makes me think…Who will be Piggy in this tale?
In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there is always a great expectation especially when a new title is released. In recent years, the start and impending build up of story lines such as Iron Man, Thor and the Avengers, have kept viewers interested.
With the recent injection of much needed fuel to the proverbial fire by DC coming out of the shadows with their own plans, the Marvel side needed to invest in “other” characters to carry forward the mantle.
Enter Dr Stephen Strange.
It took 20 years for this movie to come to fruition. But in my opinion, opens up the MCU to a new level of infinite possibilities. The fight scenes is awesome, and the movie is enjoyable on Imax. Then again, most of them are.
Benedict Cumberbatch as the Doc at first was a strange casting. His work on Dr Who made him a household name in the United Kingdom. Like always, these type of movies has a way of bringing out the best in actors and I look forward to his contribution in the MCU.
Chiwetel Ejoifor was a surprise inclusion, but I always liked him for his roles in 2012, 12 Years a Slave and American Gangster. The real surprise though was Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One.
On a scale of 10, I would rate this a solid 9. I think the graphics was awesome, and the Mystical realm has endless possibilities going forward. The next feature is only due in May 2017 when Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is released. Might be a good idea to stock up on the Blu Ray release when it comes out.
The lead up to the release of Superman vs Batman had plenty of people excited. Finally, a Superman that could take the role and make it his own after Christopher Reeves made his name playing Clark Kent.
Ben Affleck, at first was a dodgy and strange choice for Bruce Wayne, but knowing Ben, I always believed that his acting capabilities was top notch. Yes, he sucked as Daredevil, but that was done in a time when comic book heroes was starting to come to life in a manner that none of us could have imagined.
My thoughts on the movie after watching this last week?
I think DC has struck gold. This was the introduction into the Justice League that we have been craving for. I cannot think of a better way to introduce Wonder Woman, and flashes of the Flash and Aqua Man, making me wonder when we will be seeing what DC has up their sleeve.
Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luther was a masterstroke. While watching this, my companion made a valid point that has to be raised here. Doesn’t his performance remind you of a certain Joker?
Nonetheless, he puts a totally different spin on Lex who will grow into one of the main characters in the Superman timeline. There was a lot of people that did not agree or liked the movie, but Zack Snyder did a good enough job to be put in charge of the entire JLA project, which should be their top priority, as well as giving other characters their own movies leading up to what could possibly put DC back on top.
This would need to be implemented rather sooner then later since Marvel has been doing a great job at getting their timeline in order. With Captain America Civil War due to hit us, everything is pointing to Spiderman joining the stable of one of the strongest line ups in Comic Book World that you could possible find. The names that is being associated with this is immense and I will gladly be following this as things develop.
My question to Marvel though…
Do you Bleed?