“They can’t order me to stop dreaming.”

That’s one of my favorite Cinderella quotes. It’s simple, but lovely.

Okay, this moment of Cinderella appreciation will continue in a different…fashion.

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Check out my Cinderella sweater! Light blue, sparkly glass slipper; it’s perfect. It was a sweet surprise I received from my mom one day, for no reason other than she is awesome. I hate to mention that it’s by Lauren Conrad…stupid MTV reality star turned actually decent designer? It’s not my only piece by her from Kohls…I suppose I should respect her now. But those Laguna Beach/Hills ladies just rub me the wrong way. Perhaps they are not all attention-seeking, idiotic, superficial bimbos…clearly Lauren Conrad is kinda talented. I have a sweater from her Bambi collection as well.

You can’t see it very well in the picture, but I have paired this Cinderella sweater with my adorable and perfect R2-D2 necklace! It somewhat matches; it has a little topaz in it. That was the only justification I had for  keeping that necklace on; I was work all day in my uniform, and when I got home I accidentally napped and was almost late for trivia at the bar with my group of best friends so I had to change quickly.

But my odd pairing got me thinking…Cinderella and R2 would be wonderful friends. After all, R2 is already accustomed to being around princesses. Cinderella already has all sorts of friends in all shapes and sizes. Cinderella could never take Leia’s place, but they would be still be adorable buddies. I imagine a super talented and cool artist like Karen Hallion would make a lovely piece depicting this new fantasy friendship of mine. If you’ve never heard of her, you should check her out. She’s awesome. I think her most famous work has been combining Disney characters, usually princesses, with the world of Doctor Who; they’re typically being tempted to enter the Tardis. I’m not a huge Doctor Who fan but all the mash-ups are super cool. Of course, she also does Star Wars work; my favorite of her latest work is Princess Leia playing with a tiny Sphero BB-8. She has both an Etsy and a Society6 shop, but I wish she sold her stuff in stores as well. One of my best friends has a t-shirt with her Belle and the Tardis design, but I believe she ordered that online from TeeFury.

I would draw a bunch of cool pictures mashing up the world of Disney princesses and Star Wars myself, but I can’t draw. And unfortunately, it’s not likely that Karen Hallion will discover this, but a girl can hope, can’t she?! Until that day comes, I’m just going to have fun imagining these things in my head. RS14811 This is R2 in Star Wars Rebels. Clearly, he likes being animated.

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“Why hello there, little guy! I see you like blue as well! Let’s be friends forever! You can come visit me in my castle anytime!”

Yup, the beginning of their friendship would probably go a little something like that.

Mugshot Monday #3

I still have about a half hour until midnight as I write this but I can’t seem to fix what date will post when I actually publish this. It’s still Monday as I write this, I promise you!!

This morning as I got ready for work, I took some lovely sips of a coconut mocha from a Disney Store mug again:

It’s moments like these I’m glad Star Wars is now owned by Disney; I get to buy Star Wars things from the Disney Store!!!

This adorable comic-book-ish style mug is of my favorite droid, R2-D2!! And yes, behind my mug that is Luke Skywalker on a blanket that one of my best friends gave to me for Christmas. I have awesome friends who love me and obviously know me very well.

Flashback Friday Album Spotlight: The Who Sell Out

Either if you know me or if you’ve been reading my posts, you can probably gather that I don’t listen to a lot of modern music. Part of this is because I already have such a glorious music collection from the 1950’s to the 1990’s that there is little I need to add. But that doesn’t mean I don’t like any modern music at all, I just don’t know as much because I don’t listen to those radio stations. I only get new music from new movies, sometimes work, a suggestion from friends or family- that’s pretty much it. I still love finding new music, but honestly what’s more thrilling for me at times is when I discover something previously unknown to me by somebody I already admire.

Almost a few years ago now, I was really quite depressed. One of the things that helped me get through it (aside from therapy and whatnot) was the Who. I remember one night I was at Barnes and Noble and I found Pete Townshend’s autobiography, Who I Am, and I decided the read the first few pages. In doing so, I was helplessly drawn to it and I knew I needed it. I immediately bought it and was immediately hooked. The first night I had it home, I was up until about 3am because I simply couldn’t stop reading it. I fell in love with Pete. I honestly feel like that was healthy for me at the time, as silly as that sounds. But anyway, he talked a lot about the albums, the process of making them and writing the songs for them. I felt like I was missing something, not actually knowing the albums he was talking about, so I ordered three of them to start with online, listened to them all in one night, and was in love with all of them. Right now, I’m just going to focus on one of them, my favorite of the trio I had ordered: The Who Sell Out.

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Yes, Pete is holding a giant stick of deodorant, Roger is in a tub of baked beans, and on the back you’ll find Keith with an acne cream (also giant), and John in a leopard Flinstones/Tarzan-ish dress thing, advertising the power of his muscles.

It’s a commercial themed album and it’s amazing, clever, and hilarious at times. At the very beginning and in between some songs, you’ll hear brief commercial-like jingles and women singing announcements as if you’re listening to a radio station live every time you listen to the album. I love it so much; I love listening to this CD in my car because I feel like it’s my own private little Who radio station and I’m back in time in the 60’s.

But they don’t stop at the little things, like singing about Coca-Cola and cars in between full tracks. Many of the full songs themselves are an advertisement; Pete sings a lovely little song called Odorono but it’s only at the end you realize it’s about deodorant.

I love every single song on here, but here are my highlights:

  • Odorono-Like I mentioned before, you don’t know until the very end that this whole story of a young budding actress is actually just to advertise deodorant. Also, it’s sung by Pete. I love his angel voice. And it’s one of the many times Pete has used “glittering” as an adjective. Actually…let’s just pause this focus on The Who Sell Out for a moment. I want to show you that I’m right and Pete just loves the word “glittering”.
Here are all the times (at least that I can think of right this second) where Pete Townshend uses the word “glittering“:
-Obviously in Odorono: “She ripped her glittering gown, couldn’t face another show, no; her deodorant had let her down; she should have used Odorono”
-In Tommy, in The Amazing Journey, Pete describes a tall stranger “dressed in a silver-sparked glittering gown, his golden beard flows nearly down to the ground”
-In Quadrophenia, in 5:15 (probably my favorite song from that album) Pete writes “He man drag in the glittering ballroom, greyly outrageous in my high heeled shoes”
-Later on The Who Sell Out, there is a song simply called “Glittering Girl”
Okay…I can’t actually think of any more….I swear there’s at least like one more….oh well. I just like that Pete likes that word. And yes, I say Pete; he was and is the brainchild, the main lyricist, the creative one.
That isn’t to discredit the other members, though. Because they were all amazing. They all sing songs on this album…actually, Keith might be the only one who doesn’t sing alone on this album, but he certainly did on other albums. Besides, he was the best drummer this world has ever known. It doesn’t matter how much he sang solo.
Oh my goodness, I digress….back to some of my favorite songs from the album!!
  • Tattoo- the simple story of two brothers trying to be more manly. I have quoted this song in a previous blog post talking about a BB-8 illustration I was drawn to due to its’ tattoo style.
  • I Can’t Reach You- love is difficult. My favorite lyrics from this song are “our fingertips touched and then my mind tore us apart”
  • Relax- it’s fun and trippy, and I love the sound of all of them singing together. And of course, my Pete
  • Someone’s Coming- for all the youngins out there who have parents that don’t approve of their boyfriends or girlfriends; “your father doesn’t like me, told you that you couldn’t see me anymore, that’s why we meet in secret, that’s why we’re hiding here…you say you’ll take the dog out, then you sneak out here to me”
  • Jaguar- there’s actually not a lot of lyrics in this, it’s mostly just an awesome instrumental song and then all of a sudden they sing “jaguar” at the end. I love the subtle commercialism they throw in there. It’s also a jab at how they had to do similar things for real at the time.
  • Early Morning Cold Taxi- I don’t know what I like about this one in particular. “3:36, it’s cold. I know I’m growing old”. I just like it. It’s at the end of this one that they sing about Coca-Cola. Does it have to do with the song at all? Nope. It’s just a commercial in between but done so much cooler.
  • Hall of The Mountain King- this is actually a very famous instrumental…I can’t think of where it’s normally used but I guarantee you’ve heard it before. But not like this. Their version is so fantastic. I get so excited when it comes on…just fantastically done and they even have their own goofy noises going on in the background. They also simply sing “ah” much of the time, and it’s lovely. But overall it’s just spectacular, I can’t stress it enough.
  • Girl’s Eyes- the song is alright, I mostly just like these lyrics: “Each time you play a melody, it means the Earth to this little girl”. Are they singing about me?! I think so.
I didn’t even mention the only song that most people (not super Who fans) would know from this album, the only hit single: I Can See For Miles. That song is of course just wonderful. Even Pete Townshend himself thinks it should have been number one on all of the charts and it’s the best thing he had written in that point in their career. I learned this from watching Tommy: The Amazing Journey, which is a movie about the making of that iconic album. I just wanted to tell you about the songs you definitely wouldn’t know but should most certainly check out.
Also, as I mentioned earlier, this was when I was madly in love with Pete Townshend (I still am in a much subtler way, of course). One of the things in his autobiography that made me want to know this album was him talking about how awkward the photoshoot for it was for him. He was a tall, lanky, skinny lad, and he didn’t feel sexy at all. But I think he looked absolutely adorable. This was the background on my phone for quite some time:
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Until next time…

Peace and Love

 

“But February Made Me Shiver,”

“With every paper I delivered.

Bad news on the doorstep, I couldn’t take one more step.

I can’t remember if I cried when I read about his widowed bride.

But something touched me deep inside, the day the music died.”

I must have heard this song about million times now, but every time I hear it, it makes me cry. If you didn’t already know, it’s American Pie by Don McLean. He declares that 57 years ago today was “the day the music died”, but in my heart and to so many other fans, that music is never dead. Buddy Holly already had a few successful years in establishing rock and roll when he took his last steps onto that doomed plane in 1959. He was only 22 when the plane crashed (which was due to a massive mistake of the pilot but I’ll be nice and say nothing else). Ritchie Valens, a talented singing and guitar playing American teen of Mexican heritage (like me!) had perhaps less than a year of rock and roll fame when he had passed. He was only 17. J.P. Richardson, famously known as The Big Bopper, was the third musician on that plane, and he was 29. Like Valens, his music career was still extremely fresh; he was previously a radio DJ personality but only recently released his own novelty hit, “Chantilly Lace”.

I have been raised knowing all about this day. My dad is a huge Buddy Holly fan, so naturally I grew up listening to a lot of Buddy Holly and the Crickets. “True Love Ways” was the first song my parents danced to as husband and wife at their wedding. After that, of course, they danced to “We Belong Together”, which is originally by Ritchie Valens, but I remember them saying that for some reason it had to be the Los Lobos version…which is decent, I guess. It’s the version from the La Bamba soundtrack, a movie about Ritchie Valens’ short rock and roll career. But at my own wedding, I’m definitely having the original version play. I didn’t know as much about Ritchie Valens as I did about Buddy Holly until I was 13 or so. I felt more connected to Ritchie Valens than Buddy Holly because he was a young American of Mexican heritage, like me, and also didn’t know Spanish, like me. But he can sure sound like he does; in “La Bamba”, he sounds so beautiful and you don’t doubt the authenticity. Like I said before, the poor dear was only 17! His career was just starting! And he was already so successful. I have no doubt that he and Buddy Holly would have continued to bring us fantastic rock and roll songs had they not been persuaded by the February cold on a cheap and lousy bus to ride on a plane to continue performing in “The Winter Dance Party” tour.

One of the reasons that Don McLean saying he may have cried reading “about his widowed bride” is referencing that Buddy Holly’s wife, Maria Elena, had just found out she was pregnant but then suffered a miscarriage. And again, that makes me cry. But, here’s why I don’t necessarily think “the music died”; they live on, and they always will. Not only in the music they have made, but also in the artists that they have influenced as well. For example, you wouldn’t have the Beatles without Buddy Holly and the Crickets (Beetles+Crickets=Beatles). Or the Hollies, who straight up named themselves after Buddy Holly; they’re another beautiful sixties band. The Rolling Stones loved Buddy Holly as well and have one of the few covers of a Buddy Holly song that I accept; “Not Fade Away”. Ritchie Valens influenced so many amazing artists, like Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, who is arguably one of the greatest guitar players of all time, and then fellow Latino artists, like Carlos Santana. Actually, all Latino artists of today can thank Ritchie Valens for paving the way. Granted, his white management insisted he go by Valens instead of his actual last name, Valenzuela, but sadly this was the 1950’s; it’s hard to say if he would have been given the same chances had his name been shortened to sound more white and less Latino.

I could go on and on about how amazing Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens were, but their music speaks for itself. Here are a few of my favorites of theirs:

 

 

And of course, both of their lives have been immortalized in film…but to be honest, I’m waiting for new films. I haven’t seen The Buddy Holly Story in a while, but I just can’t get over the casting of Gary Busey. There just has to be somebody better out there. Also, evidently the racist comments the Crickets band members make about Maria Elena, who is of Puerto Rican descent, allegedly did not happen. They could also simply be trying to save their reputation, but I want to believe they weren’t racist. And La Bamba…it’s good, but I hate that they made Ritchie Valens obsessively afraid of flying. I’ve read that his mother said he was not, not any more afraid of other Americans who had not flown yet, seeing as how it was still a newer thing back then. Isn’t the abrupt and super early end of a rock and roller sad enough without trying to add more drama to it? Oh well. I’m waiting for the remakes. As of right now, the Big Bopper has not had any films solely about him, though he is of course featured in the other two. I know his son has been trying to make something happen for him, but it just hasn’t happened yet.

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Guys, look at the Big Bopper’s leopard print jacket. I freaking love it.

Look at this goofy guy.

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And then…my favorites. My darlings.

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Buddy Holly…so adorable and sweet. And with his classic glasses.

 

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And of course, my fellow Mexican-American, my Ritchie Valens.

 

I couldn’t resist…..

And I still can’t! Here’s another to keep you dancing!!

 

Mugshot Monday #2

It’s that time of the week again!! Even though when I post on here in the evening it often pushes itself to the next day….but I assure you, it’s still Monday evening for me.

Earlier today before I went to work, I enjoyed a coconut mocha I made for myself at home in my mini Keurig. I chose one of my shorter, wider mugs so that it would cool faster so I could drink it all before work.

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101 Dalmatians is my number one favorite classic Disney movie, and of course Pongo is one of my favorite Disney characters ever. I love it all so much; the puppies, the Britishness, the Twilight Bark, the Labrador façade- it’s all brilliant. (What do I mean by favorite classic Disney movie, you ask?! I have other categories of favorite Disney movies, of course). This mug is almost as adorable as all of the 99 puppies are! As cute as this is, I definitely want more 101 Dalmatians mugs, in addition to my very own Dalmatian plantation. When I was little, I had a Dalmatians themed bedset, and so many toys and stuffed animals of the dogs because I was so obsessed. I still am; I still watch this movie regularly and laugh and enjoy it so much. This mug helps me bring my childhood obsession casually into my adulthood. Also, Disney Store mugs are actually my favorite mugs; they’re always fantastic, both beautifully designed and made well. I have a lot of Disney mugs, as you will eventually see in the upcoming Mondays, but I still want more. I seriously just want my own huge kitchen with entirely Disney things. I don’t care how silly that sounds; if it wasn’t acceptable for me to have fancy Disney silverware and plates and such, then why does it exist?! I rest my case.