Fav Five Songs About ‘Today’

  Many musicians dwell on the past, reminiscing about past heartbreak or loss, as we see with clichéd love ballads.  Others look to the future, embellishing or postulating about forthcoming success.  Surprisingly enough, relatively few musicians have the existential wherewithal to look at the present, unless of course they are telling their beloved how much […]

Fav Five Blaxploitation Films

  During the late 60’s and early 70’s, Hollywood studies saw a rise in films produced independently on minimal budgets.  Though such films would seldom reach ‘blockbuster’ status, many of the films did manage to turn a significant profit with minimal investment, often by highlighting certain elements present in the film during promotional campaigns.  George […]

Fav Five Hick-Hop Tracks

  Though tensions surrounding perceived race have highlighted social ills in America as of late, there is some hope.  There is a saying that music soothes the savage beast, and if that is true, there is a sub-genre of music that has been germinating over the past 25 years that might lubricate the friction between […]

Fav Five Radio Friendly/Socially Conscious Songs

  There are some songs whose up-tempo rhythms and infectious melodies are just so pleasurable that you are compelled to sing along with a smile and tap your feet.  In the case of some songs, like ‘Hooked on a Feeling’, ‘What’s Up’, and ‘Sherry’, the content matches the lyrics.  Even when these songs are about […]

Fav Five Shakespearean Work Not Written By Shakespeare

  The works of Shakespeare have been staged more times than is possible to count, and the film adaptations are likewise so numerous, that keeping track of them would be next to impossible, whether it is a screen adaptation of plays like Titus, starring Anthony Hopkins, Baz Luhrmann’s, Romeo + Juliet, and the forthcoming Macbeth, […]

Fav Five Version of California Dreamin’

  I’ve been meaning to write this post ever since Bobby Womack passed away, given that his version of ‘California Dreamin’‘ is one of my favorite arrangements of that song, but I’ve been pretty busy.  Today, however, I made the time.  The song is immensely popular and has been adopted by a number of different […]

Fav Five Examples of Cinematic Whistling

  I’ve been neglecting the ‘Fav Five’ section of my blog, so I figured I was overdue for an update.  This time, I take a look at my favorite instances of cinematic whistling.  If you think I missed any, be sure to leave a comment and list films you think I should have included.   […]

Fav Five Pieces of Fan Fiction

  The internet has afforded many an amateur author (myself included) to publish their works online when traditional routes have proved inaccessible..  A number of these folks have opted to write Fan Fiction, and so there has been a proliferation of Fan Fiction on the interweb over the last 10 years.  Most of it is […]

Fav Five Key & Peele Skits

For those of you who don’t know Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele (aka: Key and Peele), they are simply the funniest comedy duo in America (rivaled on the English speaking world by only Daivd Mitchell and Robert Webb).  The story goes that both were applying to the position of ‘token Black comedian’ on MADtv, and […]

Fav Five Jimmy Fallon Musical Performances

Well, it is official.  Jimmy Fallon will be heading to The Tonight Show in 2014 (likely for at least two or three months before Jay Leno decides he wants his job back and Fallon has to find work elsewhere).  I haven’t actually watched any episodes of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, but I have watched […]