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BJ'S BLOG 05/27/14 "Holograms and the "Billboring" Awards"
by BJ Shea,posted May 27 2014 7:00AM
Today’s blog comes from one of my mentors, Dan Sanders.
I don’t know how many of you watched the Billboard Music Awards the other night. I was not going to. I was happily on Facebook, talking to friends and listening to contemporary folk music. I like folk music; I like rock and roll, blues, and jazz. When you can get a fusion of any of those, you have what I call great music. But I kept getting feedback from friends who were watching, so I had to see what was going on.
I’m no fan at all of dub-beat, though I am a big fan of Reggae, the music form it grew out of, and of its father Bob Marley, who left us too soon. I am a quasi-fan of Robin Thicke and not just because he was arrested for possession of marijuana, which is a bit of a funny story. The singer was arrested on February 17 by police who saw him "smoking a joint while sitting in a Cadillac Escalade near 3rd Avenue and E. 21st Street.” A small amount of marijuana was discovered on him, the reports say, and he was calm during the arrest (why wouldn’t he be?). "He was taking pictures with the cops," a source told the New York Daily News. "They were coming over to him and getting autographs." His “You’re a Good Girl (I Know You Want It),” dub-beat and overlays and all (no pun intended), has a sound that sticks in my head.
To me one of the worst parts of the Billboard show was the duet by Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood, which was about as bad as an act can get. It wasn’t country, it wasn’t rock, and I didn’t even like the outfits. However I was totally fascinated by the holograms of Michael Jackson. That was incredible! I was always enamored by the Holodeck from Star Trek and thought how cool to have a room like that. I could leave Rambling Harbor in the winter for a few days on a tropical Island. I had to wonder how the family of M.J. felt about the holograms, though. How would I feel seeing a departed loved one looking so real?
I’m not sure how you feel, but the “Billboring” awards along with the music was largely a bust, err, well, maybe puns were intended.
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