Sunday, May 16, 2021

Women in the Rock Hall of Fame

Inductees

Aretha Franklin
Diana Ross, Florence Ballard and Mary Wilson (The Supremes)
LaVerne Baker
Tina Turner (Ike and Tina Turner)
Ruth Brown
Etta James
Cynthia Robinson and Rosie Stone (Sly and the Family Stone)
Janis Joplin
Rosalind Ashford, Annette Beard, Betty Kelly, Lois Reeves and Martha Reeves (Martha and the Vandellas)
Gladys Knight (Gladys Knight and the Pips)
Grace Slick (Jefferson Airplane)
Shirley Alston Reeves, Addie Harris, Doris Kenner-Jackson and Beverly Lee (The Shirelles)
Maureen Tucker (The Velvet Underground)
Joni Mitchell
Christine McVie and Stevie Nicks (Fleetwood Mac)
Cass Elliott and Michelle Phillips (The Mamas & the Papas)
Dusty Springfield
Cleotha Staples, Mavis Staples and Yvonne Staples (The Staple Singers)
Bonnie Raitt
Brenda Lee
Tina Weymouth (The Talking Heads)
Chrissie Hynde (The Pretenders)
Debbie Harry (Blondie)
Estelle Bennett, Ronnie Spector and Nedra Talley (The Ronettes)
Patti Smith
Madonna
Agnetha Faltskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad (ABBA)
Darlene Love
Laura Nyro
Ann Wilson, Nancy Wilson (Heart)
Donna Summer
Linda Ronstadt
Joan Jett (Joan Jett & the Blackhearts)
Joan Baez
Nina Simone
Janet Jackson
Stevie Nicks
Whitney Houston
Charlotte Caffey, Belinda Carlisle, Gina Schock, Kathy Valentine and Jane Wiedlin (The Go-Go’s)
Carole King
Tina Turner

Early Influencers

Bessie Smith
Ma Rainey
Dinah Washington
Mahalia Jackson
Billie Holiday
Wanda Jackson
Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Non-Performers

Carole King
Ellie Greenwich
Cynthia Well

Award for Musical Excellence

Pattie Scialfa (E Street Band)

Singles

The Chantels
The Shangri-Las
Irma Thomas

Nominated but not Inducted

Pat Benatar
Mary J. Blige
Kate Bush
The Chantels
Annie Lennox (Eurythmics)
Chaka Khan
The Marvelettes
Esther Phillips
Dionne Warwick
Mary Wells

Friday, July 24, 2020

2020 Movies (COVID pandemic)


I only saw two 2020 movies in the theater before everything shut down due to COVID-19:

Bad Boys for Life
Bloodshot

Since then, I have seen the following movies at home via various streaming services like Vudu, Netflix, Disney Plus, HBO Max and Amazon Prime:

Onward
Dolittle
Spies in Disguise
Sonic the Hedgehog
Trolls World Tour
Scoob
Emma
Artemis Fowl
Hamilton
The Old Guard
Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga
Enola Holmes
Bill and Ted Face the Music
The Current War
Roald Dahl's The Witches


TV Series

Stranger Things
The Crown
The Mandalorian 
The Umbrella Academy
His Dark Materials


Binge Watching

The West Wing
The Great British Bake Off
Grace and Frankie
Star Trek (OS)
Bones
The Good Place




Tuesday, December 31, 2019

2019 Movies

Seen

*Avengers: Endgame
*Toy Story 4
*Captain Marvel
*Frozen II
*Spider Man Far From Home
*Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker
*Aladdin
*Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw
*How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
*Pokemon Detective Pikachu
*Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
*Shazam!
*Dumbo
*Rocketman
*Men in Black International
*Yesterday
*Wonder Park
Playing With Fire
Harriet
The Good Liar
*Missing Link
*Joker
*The LEGO Movie 2
*The Addams Family
*Knives Out
*Abominable
*Gemini Man
Parasite
*Ford vs Ferrari
*Zombieland: Double Tap
*Little Women
*Charlie's Angels
*Motherless Brooklyn
*Dark Waters
The Two Popes

Need to See

*The Lion King
*Jumanji: Next Level
*John Wick Chapter 3
*The Secret Life of Pets 2
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
*Terminator: Dark Fate
*A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
*1917
Ad Astra
Rambo: Last Blood
Uncut Gems
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
*Bombshell
*Blinded By the Light
*Apollo 11



Friday, November 22, 2019

Impeachment witnesses

List of witnesses who have testified so far in the Impeachment of Donald Trump

Gordon Sondland
William Taylor
Marie Yovanovitch
Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman
Fiona Hill
Laura Cooper
George Kent
Jeniffer Williams
David Hale
Tim Morrison
David Holmes


And a list of people who have so far refused or been blocked from testifying...

Donald Trump
Mike Pence
Mike Pompeo
Rudy Giuliani
Rick Perry
Mick Mulvaney
John Bolton
Don McGahn
Michael Atkinson
T. Ulrich Brechbuhl
Lev Parnas
Igor Fruman
Sam Kislin
Russell Vought
Mark Esper



Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Musical Acts I Have Seen Perform Live

General
Alabama
Janie Fricke
Cheap Trick
Night Ranger
Itzhak Perlman
Kirk Whalum
The Fifth Dimension
Brave Combo
Dixie Chicks
Tanya Tucker
TransSiberian Orchestra
Blue Man Group
Axiom Quartet
Robert Earl Keen
Kingston Trio (new)
Lyle Lovett
Weird Al Yankovic

Kerrville Folk Festival
Chuck Pyle
Tish Hinojosa
Peter Yarrow
Dar Williams
Ellis Paul
Vance Gilbert
Austin Lounge Lizards
Trout Fishing in America
Dana Cooper
Jimmy Dale Gilmore
Butch Hancock
Sara Hickman
Tom Prasado-Rao
Tom Kimmel
Jimmy LaFave
Chris Chandler
Michael McNevin
Bill Staines
Susan Werner
Cheryl Wheeler
Mike Williams
Bill and Bonnie Hearne
David Wilcox
John Gorka
Buddy Mondlock
Bernice Lewis
Mumbo Jumbo
Limpopo
Don Walser
L.J. Booth
Andrew Calhoun
Kat Eggleston
Chenille Sisters
Jack Hardy
Crow Johnson
Ani Difranco
The Crane Wives
The Honey Dewdrops
The Warren Hood Band
Jeff Black
Beat Root Revival
The Jerry Douglas Band

Houston Livestock Show
Michael Martin Murphy
Leann Rimes
Barry Manilow
Kenny Rogers
The Gatlin Brothers
Joe Diffie
Brooks and Dunn
Asleep at the Wheel
Angela Peterson


Broadway Shows
Cats
Into the Woods
Miss Saigon
Phantom of the Opera
Evita
Ragtime
Chicago
Les Miserables
Hello Dolly
The Book of Mormon


Thursday, June 20, 2019

New Testament Order

One thing I have learned from studying the Bible is that there are better ways that it could be put together - especially the New Testament.
We all learned early on that the four gospels are

Matthew,
Mark,
Luke and
John.

But as it turns out, that is not the order in which they were written, according to most biblical scholars. Rather, it seems that Mark was written first and was then used as source material for both Matthew and Luke, both of which quote from Mark extensively. And John was written later.
So a more reasonable order to list them would appear to be...

Mark
Matthew
Luke
John

But then, you find out as well that Acts of the Apostles or Acts is believed to have been written by the same author as Luke, thus making it almost like a Luke Part 2. So then maybe the order should be ...

Mark
Matthew
Luke
Acts
John

And then we come to the Letters of Paul. There are 13 of them, but only seven are undisputed as having been written by Paul while there is debate about the other six with some scholars arguing that they were likely written later by followers of Paul due to sharp differences in grammar, style and content. Scholars have also dated the letters according to when they think they may have been written. But in the Bible, for reasons that are not entirely clear, they are listed in order of length with Romans being first because it is the longest and so forth.
But if we were to list them in chronological order starting with the seven undisputed letters it would look like this...

First Thessalonians
Galatians
First Corinthians
Philippians
Philemon
Second Corinthians
Romans

And we could follow that with the disputed letters ...

Colossians
Ephesians
Second Thessalonians
First Timothy
Second Timothy
Titus

Hebrews could come next. It was once attributed to Paul, but practically no one today claims it was written by Paul.

And then the rest of the letters, all of which are disputed as to their authorship...

James
First Peter
Second Peter
First John
Second John
Third John
Jude

Revelation

The author of Revelation identifies himself as John of Patmos and church tradition has long taught that this is the same John who was a disciple of Jesus and the author of John's gospel. But this is disputed by many scholars who believe John of Patmos to be an entirely different person.




Tuesday, December 11, 2018

2018 Movies

Seen
Black Panther
Avengers: Infinity War
Incredibles 2
Deadpool 2
Ant Man and The Wasp
Solo: A Star Wars Story
A Star is Born
Bohemian Rhapsody
Ready Player One
A Wrinkle in Time
Smallfoot
BlacKkKlansman
Sherlock Gnomes
Won't You Be My Neighbor?
Paul, Apostle of Christ
RBG
Mission Impossible: Fallout
Ralph Breaks the Internet
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
Green Book
Eighth Grade
Into the Spiderverse
Aquaman
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of GrindewaldGirl in a Spiders Web

Want to See

The House With a Clock in the Walls
First Man
Paddington 2
Widows
The Commuter
Isle of Dogs
Teen Titans Go To the Movies
Bad Times at El Royale
Old Man and The Gun
Early Man
Mary Poppins Returns
Mortal Engines
Stan and Ollie
Vice
On the Basis of Sex

Monday, January 01, 2018

2017 Movies

Here are the movies I have seen in 2017 so far...

Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Beauty and the Beast
Wonder Woman
Guardians of the Galaxy 2
Spider Man Homecoming
Despicable Me 3
Dunkirk
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
LEGO Batman Movie
The Boss Baby
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
Cars 3
Baby Driver
Daddy's Home 2
Murder on the Orient Express
Blade Runner 2049
The Emoji Movie
The Mummy
Atomic Blonde
American Made
The Dark Tower
Smurfs: The Lost Village
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
American Assassin
The Foreigner
Wind River
Geostorm
The Mountain Between Us
Logan Lucky
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Downsizing
mother!
The Glass Castle
Detroit
Roman J. Israel Esq.
The Beguiled
The Snowman
Just Getting Started

Update:
The Shape of Water
Coco
Get Out
Thor: Ragnorak
Justice League
John Wick 2
The Post
Battle of the Sexes
Victoria and Abdul

And a few movies I still need to see....


Logan
War for the Planet of the Apes
Kingsman: The Golden Circle
The Darkest Hour
The Disaster Artist
Marshall
Beatriz at Dinner
Suburbicon
The Florida Project
LBJ


Friday, February 17, 2017

News clipping found and scanned


2016 Movies

I saw a lot of movies this past year, quite a few more than in the recent past. But I still didn't see a single Academy Award Best Picture nominee.

Rouge One: A Star Wars Story
Finding Dory
Captain America: Civil War
Secret Life of Pets
The Jungle Book
Deadpool
Zootopia
Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice
Moana
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Doctor Strange
Jason Bourne
Star Trek Beyond
X-Men Apocalypse
Trolls
Kung Fu Panda 3
The Angry Birds Movie
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
Alice Through the Looking Glass
Storks
Ice Age: Collision Course
Kubo and The Two Strings
The Beatles: Eight Days A Week: The Touring Years
Sing
Hidden Figures
LaLa Land
Magnificent Seven
Miss Peregrine's School for Unusual Children

And here are the ones that I still intend to see at some point...

Suicide Squad
Central Intelligence
Sully
Arrival
Pete's Dragon
Hacksaw Ridge
Jack Reacher 2
The BFG
Hail, Cesar
Silence