Rainbow’s Stargazer and A Light in the Black

December 9, 2017

I’m a little soft-spoken on this podcast since I recorded it at 2am and didn’t want to wake my landlords.  Even though I’m soft-spoken, my enthusiasm about this song is LOUD!

 

Here’s the breakdown:

-My friend Erin lost her apartment due to a fire and she is accepting donations to get back on her feet.  Please visit her GoFundMe page at https://www.gofundme.com/erin-needs-things 

-Cozy Powell’s drum intro

-The music

-Ronnie James Dio’s vocals

-The first time I heard it

-How I first heard of Dio

-Rainbow in the Dark and Neon Knights

-The story of Stargazer

-The lyrics

-Worshipping the Wizard

-Dio was an atheist

-Relief from religion and faith

-How faith in a charismatic figure gets us in trouble

-Belief versus accepting the facts

-Dying for a belief

-Religion being used as a tool

-Faith

-Purpose

-Ritchie Blackmore’s solo

-What’s the big the deal about seeing a wizard fly?

-Putting his dream together 

-Why are they believing?

-“As he falls instead of rising”

-What the wizard really believed

-A guy I met who guarantees he will fly on his own someday

-The slaves are having doubts

-“I see a rainbow rising”

-Thanking the wizard

-Faith, delusion, blind loyalty

-Slaves having regrets

-The true definition of genius

-A Light in the Black

-The music

-Rainbow’s influence

-The lyrics

-Hope

-What’s the narrator going to do when he/she gets home?

-“Lost and never found” in Dio’s lyrics

-Now having control

-Change

-Starting anew with trauma

-The difference between hope and faith

-What can they do?

-Institutionalized 

-Changing your routine

-False idols, faith, delusion and what to do?

-Trump, the Wizard, and belief

-Evidence, reason, science, and facts

-Compromise and the least harm

-Plugs and vocal fry

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We’re Not Young and Getting Old(er)

December 1, 2017

This podcast is brought to you by lack of sleep and caffeine withdrawal.

In 2012, Yahoo!’s SketchY comedy series released a song parody of fun.’s We Are Young called We’re Not Young.  The parody is brilliant, funny, and heart wrenching all at the same time.  I analyze the lyrics and talk about getting older.

Here’s the video: https://www.yahoo.com/news/video/sketchy-were-not-young-130000362.html 

Info about the song: https://www.yahoo.com/music/blogs/stop-the-presses/not-young-parody-video-feels-love-201900885.html 

 

And the breakdown:

-My friend Erin lost her apartment due to a fire and she is accepting donations to get back on her feet.  Please visit her GoFundMe page at https://www.gofundme.com/erin-needs-things 

-What this is

-Yahoo!’s SketchY Comedy

-What gave me the idea for this subject

-The song in my head

-What this song is about

-The relatable lyrics

-The actors in the sketch

-Lyric by lyric

-Friends who are parents

-The first time I held by nephew

-Dinner parties as an adult

-My parents’ dinner parties

-Waiting to buy a diamond ring

-Marriage and divorce

-Commitment

-Settling

-Certain traps in life

-Dating

-Loneliness

-Post college

-Post acting

-A viable backup plan

-If I could do it again

-Once in a Lifetime by The Talking Heads

-My work in customer service

-How did I get here?

-Unfulfilling jobs

-Depression and anxiety

-Traffic on Long Island

-What you don’t want

-“So if by the time that I’m 40, and I’m still a waiter here . . . “

-Subtext of “want”

-Worthlessness and unfulfillment

-Youthful enthusiasm and naïveté

-Changing the world

-Sleep

-Finding purpose

-Gaining weight

-Looking at a computer all day

-Sitting at a desk

-Working at a restaurant compared to a cubicle

-Eating healthy and preparing food

-Yoga class

-Working out

-Things you hate taking time from the things you like

-Bored

-Romanticizing the past

-I’ll never be bored again

-Tired by Friday night

-Monday through Friday

-Staff drinks

-Saturday night!

-Sunday Night Dread

-Distracted

-Words With Friends

-The bad part about smart phones

-My own short, “Distracticon” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0awgkEILKno 

-TV

-Facebook is calling you

-Validation

-Getting your prostate checked?!?!?

-Back to anxiety and depression

-Responsibilities

-Apply to grad school

-Yoga teacher training

-Real Estate: Where actors go to die

-Improv class and plays 

-Drinking problems, drug problems and DWIs

-Blood Alcohol Level

-Health insurance

-Obamacare

-Dentists

-Doing things I want to do

-Freaking out

-Accomplishments

-Pursuing my passion

-Plugs!

-https://www.gofundme.com/erin-needs-things  

Please donate to Erin, a frequent guest on this podcast as well as one of my closest friends.  She lost her apartment due to a fire and is current accepting donations so she can get back on her feet.  Thanks everyone!

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Metallica’s No Leaf Clover

November 26, 2017

I analyze and give my opinion on Metallica’s “No Leaf Clover”.  Other Metallica related issues and experiences are brought up as well.

Thanks for listening!

 

Here’s the breakdown

-One of my favorites

-Seeing an S&M show at Madison Square Garden (the Metallica show, not a bondage exhibit)

-A classical musician playing in front of a Heavy Metal crowd

-How No Leaf Clover grabbed me

-Pantera and their beef with Metallica

-Tribalism with music

-The Summer Sanitarium Tour

-Hearing No Leaf Clover live

-The Load and Reload era

-Romanticizing the past (“My Metallica”)

-Who knows what’s best for Metallica?

-St. Anger

-When S&M was released

-Other bands with orchestras

-James Hetfield’s introspective lyrics

-The overall meaning of No Leaf Clover

-The lyrics of No Leaf Clover

-“The big time”

-The “distant thunder” and the coming dread

-The guitar tone

-How I relate to the lyrics

-“That quick reward” and instant stardom

-Lars Ulrich at the 92nd Street Y

-Hetfield as a lyricist

-What makes Hetfield’s lyrics better

-My relationship with Metallica

-My friend saw Metallica in 1982!

-What makes me like this song even more

-Metallica criticism since Ride the Lightning

-The purpose of a band

-Possessiveness, jealousy, and envy

-Hetfield’s voice with “Then it comes to be” and a Heavy Metal store record clerk

-Selling out

-The transition from …And Justice for All to The Black Album

-Back to St. Anger

-Being influenced

-Led Zeppelin and punk rock

-If John Bonham had lived . . . 

-Led Zeppelin and problematic faves

-Death Magnetic and Hard Wired to Self Destruct

-My hopes for Metallica’s next album

-Lulu

-Plugs!

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A Movie Theater Experience

November 10, 2017

In this episode, I discuss my movie theater experience while seeing Blade Runner 2049, on a Saturday afternoon, with my dad, on Long Island.  Rules, rituals, and some movie theater advice are ahead on this very special episode of “Music, Movies, and More”.

 

Here’s the breakdown:  

-What this is not

-My dad

-A sign outsider the theater

-The bathroom rule

-In the theater

-The seats

-Living room surround sound as a kid

-Where we sat

-Coffee 

-My job experiences 

-My coffee experience

-My coffee timing

-What movie theaters mean to me

-When I sit down

-The best form of meditation

-Tangent mania

-When I sit down

-Fighting to stay awake

-My leg cramps

-Two hours in

-Caffeine withdrawal

-The movie ends

-The bathroom again

-Shushing my dad

-Burritos

-After one burrito

-Caffeine withdrawal again

-Coffee on top of burritos

-Halloween weekend on Long Island

-Let this be a lesson

-Plugs!

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Diversity in Movies

November 4, 2017

I explain why diversity in movies (this also applies to any art) is so good.  This seems obvious but critics of diversity seem to be so emboldened these days.  Gee, I wonder why?

 

Enjoy this “Music, Movies, and More” quickie!

 

Here's the breakdown:

-When someone says they’re “anti-PC”

-The Force Awakens

-Wolfenstein

-The hypocrisy of the anti-PC movement

-Criticisms of a diverse cast (not my criticisms)

-How movies can inspire life through art

-Art imitating life and life imitating art  

-Plugs!

 

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Friends From College Review

October 25, 2017

Tell your friends that this review contains spoilers for season one of the new Netflix show, Friends From College.

Here’s the breakdown:

-How I know when a TV show is a good TV show

-Watching the Friends From College trailer

-My main criticism 

-What’s great about the show

-Characters, acting, writing, directing

-Acting and writing

-The subject matter and how I relate

-How I felt about college

-My group of friends

-The personalities of the characters

-The issues that the show presents

-The comedy

-Improv

-Love on Netflix, Judd Apatow, and improvisation

-Friends From College and improv

-Mix of comedy and drama

-Fred Savage

-Keegan-Michael Key

-My overall view

-Do I have the right to say “y’all”

-Plugs!

 

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Game of Thrones: The Dragon and the Wolf Part II . . . What Stood Out

October 19, 2017

My last “The Dragon and the Wolf” podcast was my immediate reaction to the season finale. In this podcast, I explore what stood out to me during the episode.  I also spoke my notes into my iPhone which lead to disastrous results.

Spoilers are ahead.

As a bonus, stay tuned for my "Reading of the Notes".  It will include an original score composed by me, which was made by sliding my finger over a violin on GarageBand.

 

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Here’s the breakdown:

-Finally

-This podcast vs. the other “Dragon and the Wolf” podcast

-The iPhone dictation

-When did I last see this episode

-Where are Bron and Jaime?

-My stupid notes

-My coffee

-Gallows humor

-My stupid notes again

-Reunions

-What’s great about Game of Thrones (one of the aspects, anyway)

-The Hound

-The new Lannister armor

-Tywin

-Clegane Bowl

-Daenerys’ entrance

-Euron and 300

-Greyjoys and Robert’s Rebellion

-Women leaders

-My notes again

-Great storytelling with the release of the wight

-The meeting and diplomacy

-Brienne and Jaime

-“When enough people make false promises . . . “

-Tyrion and Cersei

-Lena Heady’s acting

-Trying to figure out Cersei’s motivation

-Wardrobe detail

-The rest of Tyrion and Cersei’s argument

-Theon

-Alfie Allen’s acting

-Yara’s failed rescue

-Theon’s motivation

-Theon’s fight with the Ironborn

-Littlefinger

-Aiden Gillan’s acting

-Sophie Turner’s acting

-Bran

-My scary notes

-Back to Cersei

-The Golden Company

-Daario Naharis, show vs book

-Cersei and Jaime

-Bran looking into the fire

-Sam and Bran

-Rhaegar, Lyanna and what might have been

-Daenerys, Jon, and Tyrion

-Aegon

-Who is the “rightful heir” and does it matter

-Bran, Jon, and Daenerys

-Arya, Sansa, Ned, and Catelyn 

-“The lone wolf dies but the pack survives”

-What about Catelyn?

-Bran, lonliness, and the Internet

-The ice dragon, Tormund, and Berric

-The ice giants

-The wall

-The ice dragon reveal

-The Knight King javelin throw

-Tormund and Berric’s purpose

-The wait until next season

-Comparing season finales then and now

-Plugs!

-The bonus "Reading of the Notes".

 

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Nirvana’s Breed

October 16, 2017

In 2014, I recorded my thoughts about Nirvana’s Nevermind, song by song, and put them on YouTube.  Now those musings are on "Music, Movies, and More" so feast your ears on my thoughts about “Breed”.  

Hear me trip and cough over my words at the beginning since, back then, I battled burn out and running myself ragged overall.  I also touch on my "club" days as a teenager as well as the new appreciation of this album due to headphones.

Here’s the breakdown:

-Breed reminding me of The Shop, a club on Long Island

-The arrangement

-The lyrics and what they mean to me (I can be so wrong)

-What’s really cool about “Breed”

-The impact of Nevermind when listening on headphones

 

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The Last Jedi Trailer

October 14, 2017

I started recording right after viewing the latest trailer for Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi.  How do you think I reacted?

 

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Here’s the breakdown:

-What I thought

-Will TLJ be like The Empire Strikes Back?

-How do I think TLJ will compare to The Force Awakens?

-What I think TLJ is about

-Kylo Ren and General Leia

-How will TLJ end?

-The look of the movie

-Finn and Captain Phasma

-I have a little bit of an orgasm

-My reflection on my phone

-Star Wars and me

-Mark Hamill

-Adam Driver

-Snoke’s look

-My expectations

-The Porg and cute fuzzy things

-Plugs!

 

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Erin the Star Wars Virgin and The Force Awakens

October 10, 2017

Seeing The Force Awakens in a movie theater was one of the greatest moments of my life (I elaborate during the podcast).  Erin has never seen The Force Awakens but has seen Rouge One, and Episodes I-VI in that order, which gives her a very unique perspective.  We watch, review, and tack on our comments during the movie as a bonus.

Follow Erin on Twitter @erunuevo 

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Here’s the breakdown:

-Intro

-Our review!

-Erin is mad

-Rey’s Force vision

-Who is Rey?

-Mike doesn’t believe she’s Luke’s daughter

-Rey may not be related to any known character

-Mike is not reading any Episode VIII rumors

-What did Erin think of the movie?

-Han Solo and Kylo Ren

-Will Episode VIII be predictable?

-Looper

-JJ Abrams and Episode IX

-Adam Driver and Daisy Ridley

-Kylo Ren, Luke Skywalker and the Force

-Snoke

-Maz Kanata and Lupita Nyong’o

-The new characters

-BB8 vs R2D2

-Rey compared to Leia and other women heroes

-The importance of “Let go of my hand”

-The diversity of the cast

-Mike’s disappointment with Captain Phasma

-Gwendoline Christie

-Carrie Fisher

-Erin was surprised

-Mike’s hopes for Episode VIII and IX

-The Mobile Horror Companion and Star Wars fights

-Expanded Universe

-Threepio’s red arm

-Erin’s ranking of Rogue One, and Episodes IV-VII

-Mike’s The Force Awakens story and why seeing it in the theater is one of his greatest days

-BEGIN STORY

-Mike and Erin’s math

-Erin’s sleepy

-Mike’s wait vs. Erin’s wait

-What Mike did while waiting for a new Star Wars movie

-Legends and The New Jedi Order

-Mike’s job at the time and getting through the week

-Mike’s dad getting tickets

-Getting to the theater

-1983 vs 2015

-Mike’s nephew

-Waiting for the theater to open

-Walking towards the theater

-Sitting through the trailers

-Mike’s emotions during the movie

-Star Wars and Mike

-Mike’s life in December 2015

-Mike and the new characters

-Mike’s nephew and Kylo Res

-Mike’s nephew and the lightsaber fight

-Luke Skywalker

-When the movie ends

-Leaving the theater and spoilers

-Calling friends and before and after the movie

-Podcasts about The Force Awakens

-END OF STORY

-Criticisms about TFA and why they’re wrong

-Why The Last Jedi can’t be like The Empire Strikes Back

-What Erin thinks of the criticism and her unique position in Star Wars fandom

-The prequels

-What Erin gives out of four stars

-Erin’s “Let go of my hand” story

-Mike is mansplaining

-Comedy in TFA

-Plugs!

Follow Erin on Twitter @erunuevo 

 

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-Don’t forget the bonus comments!

 

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