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My Life Would Suck Without Kelly

The lights dim and the crowd cheers loudly. Then the opener, Eric Hutchinson, takes the stage…..

….and the crowd dies….

Admittedly, Eric has a wonderful voice and a song or two that would make great hits, but they were lost amongst the other similar sounds of bass I IV V chords, easy guitar riffs, jazzy piano and uninteresting drum beats. Case in point, he sounded like a funk/reggae version of Jason Mraz but not as good, and all his songs blended into each other. I must give him major props though for handling the obvious non-involvement from the crowd. He cracked some pretty good jokes to help soften the blow. Really, it was just not the right demographic for him. He belongs more on a college campus, or with the high school crowd.

Enough about him. This blog is about someone better.

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The audience was screaming for her as soon as the music began, the scrim lifted, and all the sudden WHAM! Lights drench the band and Kelly Clarkson who is belting out All I Ever Wanted. I seriously almost cried. It was totally and completely epic, in every sense of the word.

The following is a list of the rest of the night’s line up (with the album in parenthesis)

Miss Independent (Thankful)
I Do Not Hook Up (All I Ever Wanted)
That I Would Be Good (cover song)
Can Use Somebody (cover of Kings of Leon)
Breakaway (Breakaway)
If I Can’t Have You (All I Ever Wanted)
Never Again (My December)
Lies (cover of The Black Keys)
Walkin’ After Midnight (cover of Patsy Cline)
Acoustic version of Behind These Hazel Eyes (Breakaway)
I Want You (All I Ever Wanted)
Because of You (Breakaway)
Ready (All I Ever Wanted)
~Then there was this awesome horn solo by her saxophonist, trombonist and trumpet player leading into
Since You’ve Been Gone (Breakaway)
Acoustic version of Sober (My December)
Already Gone (All I Ever Wanted)
~Then there was a break where Kelly had a change of outfit and the DJ started playing The Muse and a bunch of other great music into this awesome blend which led into…
Seven Nation Army (The White Stripes cover)
My Life Would Suck Without You (All I Ever Wanted)

This is what I have to say about Kelly: you know all those supposed “stars” who in real life are awful singers? Well, Kelly Clarkson IS NOT one of them!
The only complaint I had was that Kelly did the acoustic version of Behind These Hazel Eyes… I just wanted to hear it belted out in all it’s glory because it’s my absolute FAVORITE Kelly song off of my favorite Clarkson album, Breakaway. Otherwise, it was non-stop amazing vocals and musical talent from Kelly and her band.

You want to know the best thing about Clarkson? She is a REAL woman. She’s not some twiggy little girl trying to be awesome on stage for millions of little 12 year olds. No. Kelly is about my size, which is not small. She has curves, boobs, a butt and arms. And she is beautiful.

Power ballads and true beauty,

Mary Jane

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This Week’s Movie Blog

Halloween is just around the river bend (see that?! Pocahontas reference)! Who’s excited? I am!

But, as the title suggests, this is the first weekly movie blog! I will be talking about 3 (to keep it shorter) new movies coming out that I want to see or, well, don’t want to see. We’ll just play it out, shall we?

This Is It

Today was the opening of Michael Jackson’s film documentary, This Is It. It contains behind the scene footage of  Michael’s preparation for the sold out concert tour that was supposed to take place shortly after the tragedy of his passing. Filled with dance scenes, the inner workings of set designs and costuming, it gives the world a peak of the true genius behind the strange facade that the media painted for the public.

Personally, I’m a pretty big fan of Michael. His music is genius, and he was obviously a very talented performer and dancer. It is such a shame that the world lost him just when we thought were were going to get the old brilliance of M. Jackson back.

New Moon

As a disclamer, I read the first two books within the first year of their publications and read them twice before the third book even came out, so (not to go on an ego trip) I liked the Twilight series WAY BEFORE any of this over-rated hype came about. But I will talk about what I think of the books and Stephanie Meyer later, this is the movie we’re talking about!

New Moon looks to be pretty hot with Jacob growing up and of course the ever mysterious Edward Cullen. I actually don’t like Kristen Stewart as an actress or as Bella, but she seems to be portraying more emotion in this movie (from the trailers I’ve seen), so hopefully she’s gotten better. I’ll write a review once I’ve seen it. And yes, to answer your questions, I am going to the midnight showing, because that’s the only way I’ll go. It’ll be a big event and I won’t feel so lame about going to it.

Bright Star

Bright Star is a drama based on the three-year romance between 19th century poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne. It’s playing in the smaller theaters (Varsity Theater in Des Moines, IA if you’re here!) and will probably appeal more to the alternative/indie crowd.

If the trailer is anything to go by, this looks to be an awesome movie. I do know that it’s been out for a while, but I am dying to see it. The trailer for it is below.

And that is all for me. No blog tomorrow as I will be at the Kelly Clarkson concert which I will blog about on Friday! Also, Halloween decorations in dorms on Friday, too!

Souvenir ticket stubs,

Mary Jane

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All I Ever Wanted….

Because I had a spot of time and needed to get my mind off of all the homework I have to do, I decided I should blog a little earlier than planned.

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If you happen to be a huge Kelly Clarkson fan, you might recognize the title of this blog as it is the name of Kelly’s tour. Now I won’t go into all the reasons why you SHOULD be a Kelly fan (amazing voice, fun and unique pop tunes, smart, beautiful, herself, the first and BEST American Idol…), but you should know that her tour is making its way across the Midwest. In fact, it’s coming to my home state of Nebraska! This talented woman is performing at the Pershing Center in Lincoln this Thursday, October 29th…. and I’M GOING TO IT. So obviously, this is what I’m obsessing over at the current moment. I will be giving you the low down on it all for sure this weekend (including the song list, opening bands, and a lil background info just to really show you how awesome Kelly truly is).

On the other side of the pond, Halloween is this weekend! And EVERYONE should be excited about it. So to get you uber pumped, I’m going to list some of the best/worst costume ideas I’ve seen/heard, discuss why Halloween is awesome, and why everyone should enjoy it, no matter what they believe.

BEST COSTUME IDEAS

1. Anything Harry Potter: Not the most unique, but certainly still cool because it’s Harry Potter. In fact, I’m going as Ginny Weasley and my roommate iscmsBlog21-180px-WheresWaldo going as Hermione. The coolest part, it’s cheap!

2. Waldo. Yes, the famous “Where’s Waldo” books’ leading man. He’s dorky, he wears stripes, it’s easy to reproduce, and it’s nerdy chic.

3. Lego. Get yourself a cardboard box and paint it a bright, obnoxious color and add some bumps, grab a partner and you have the best pair costume I’ve heard of in a while. It’s very inexpensive, and it’s unique and interesting. One of my roommate’s best friend came up with this idea. Pretty awesome.

4. iPod. C’mon, this is hilarious. Get a big cardboard box and make it look like a giant iPod, with you in the screen! Too funny.

5. A burrito. Hot dogs and hamburgers are overrated. A burrito would be way better/funnier. Don’t ask me how to do it, but I’m sure that it wouldn’t be too hard to make.

WORST COSTUME IDEAS

1. Anything Twilight. Over done, over thought, and totally predictable. ‘Nuff said.halloween-costumes

2. French maid, cop, nurse, fairy, etc. See above reasoning. Unless you made it so that they looked authentic, then it would be different (aka, no super short/tight outfits; perfect example to the right).

3. Mad scientist. Unless you are actually so nerdy that you are scientist (no offense!) then you shouldn’t do this. It’s a snoozefest.

4. Sexy zombie. Really? Zombies aren’t supposed to be sexy. They’re gross. So either go all out, or don’t go out at all.

5. Anything 80’s. Too easy and also too overdone. It’s just boring.

Why EVERYONE Should Enjoy Halloween

First of all, it’s FUN. What other day of the year allows you to dress up anyway that you want and it’s completely acceptable to society? No other day! And it would be pretty un-American of you not to join in, since it started here in the good ol’ US of A. You also get to carve pumpkins and go to pumpkin patches! Messy pumpkin guts and hay rides are always a good time.halloween2004_1280

Second of all, there’s candy. You get to go around, get free candy, and eat until you get sick. Always a plus.

Thirdly, it’s for all ages! Halloween is enjoyable from birth to old age. And it’s appropriate for all ages, too. Halloween can be softened up so that younger children don’t get scared and at the same time be amped up to really get your fright going if you’re in high school or college. If you’re a grown adult, you can always have a social adult party with spiked liquid brains, awesome decorations and costume contests.

Also, there’s the movies. Watch a scary slasher (Texas Chainsaw), a great thriller (The Ring), a funny zombie flick (Shaun of the Dead or Zombieland), or something just plain awesome (pretty much anything Tim Burton or Harry Potter).

Finally, there’s one thing that is very annoying, and that is all the parents who freak out because they think that celebrating Halloween is the celebration of the devil or it isn’t holy enough or something. I’m pretty sure that in most religious texts, they do not forbid people from participating in dressing up as something else and eating candy. And, being somewhat religious myself, I am fairly certain that it will not turn you away from your beliefs if you participate, even from a small age.

And that’s why EVERY SINGLE PERSON IN AMERICA (well anywhere really) should enjoy and celebrate Halloween. Go take a break and have some fun!

More to come on Halloween, Kelly and other obsessions tomorrow and this weekend. Until then….

Spooky plots and hit singles,

Mary Jane

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The beginning

So, this is the first blog entry! This blog will be about any and everything I am currently obsessing over. It will be updated at least 3 times a week, give or take and will include such things as fashion, movies, literature, music, ideas, news and etc.

Since I don’t really have my first official obsession blog thought out yet, we will just go over some fun things relating to my name, as I usually get a lot of either teasing or compliments because of it.

The Many Meanings of Mary Jane

1. Pot. Weed. Marijuana. Yes, Mary Jane is another name for this. It’s not something I do, personally. But, I won’t hate you if you do it.christian-louboutin-decocolico-mary-jane

2. Then there’s the Mary Jane ski trail at Winter Park Ski Resort in Colorado. It also happens to be the name of the back side of a mountain. It is full of difficult ski courses. Pretty cool if you ask me. It’s how I get stuff with my name on it without having it specially embroidered/made.

3. The shoe. Everyone has seen a Mary Jane style shoe! It’s the one with a single strap across the foot (see picture at right). It’s a cute and sexy style and appropriate for all ages.

4. The candy. Did you know that there’s a Mary Jane candy? NECCO brand came up with a wonderfully chewy peanut butter toffee and named it Marybulk-w-mary jane Jane. It’s not extremely popular anymore, but is usually seen more often around Halloween time.

5. Apparently, I just found out that there is a cocktail named The Mary Jane Cocktail. Here’s a link http://www.gumbopages.com/food/beverages/mary-jane.html if you want the recipe. Kinda cool. I should order one in the future.

6. Obviously, there’s also Mary J. Blige and the unfortunate case of Mary Jane Kelly. Wiki/Google them if you don’t know who they are.

7. Mary Jane is in the title of several songs. “Last Dance with Mary Jane” by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, “Mary Jane” by The Click Five, “Mary Jane (All Night Long)” by Mary J. Blige, “What’s the New Mary Jane” by the Beatles, “Mary Jane” by Silvertide, and many many oth118835-165345-mary-jane_largeers. Some are obviously using it as a metaphor for drugs while others use it as a character (oddly enough, a sad one) for their song.

8. I also just found out that there was a popular brand in the 80’s called Mary Jane Girls. Interesting.

9. And of course (probably the coolest one), is Mary Jane Watson – the love interest of Spiderman and the main character of her own comic series aimed towards teenage girls, called Spiderman Loves Mary Jane.

10. Then there’s me. =] Which you will be finding out more and more about every time I post! I promise I will put up pictures of myself later. I figure a blog about my name is conceited enough, right?

There you have it! A real blog will come later this week on Wednesday.

XOXO, Mary Jane

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