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If you've ever seen a clip of Bette Midler singing her signature "You Got to Have Friends," the first thing you'll notice (aside from her talent and energy, of course) is the great big smile on her face. That's because, like all of us, B...
If you've ever seen a clip of Bette Midler singing her signature "You Got to Have Friends," the first thing you'll notice (aside from her talent and energy, of course) is the great big smile on her face. That's because, like all of us, Bette celebrates the joy and love of friendship. And I should know -- she's my friend. Whether they're childhood friends, neighborhood friends, family friends, girlfriends, boyfriends (or even boyfriends who eventually became boy friends, if you know what I mean), life wouldn't be half as much fun -- or as meaningful -- without the company of those who know what makes us tick (and vice versa). In my case, I'm always counting my blessings for the cherished pals who've accompanied me along my journey -- and it's a cast of characters that continues to grow every year. Like a lot of people, I've made tons of friends through my work, which has become sort of a recurring theme for me. Starting with "Free to Be...You and Me," I've given many of my projects the byline, "By Marlo Thomas and Friends" -- and that's not just some cliché. I truly feel that way. What else would you call someone who shares your passion, loves laughter, and works side by side with you, 24/7, to create something special and lasting? For me, "Friend" sums it up perfectly. So my colleagues here at the website asked me to put together a little scrapbook of some of my friends -- from childhood through college to today. You may notice that I use the term "BFF" an awful lot, but that wasn't because I was afraid to pick a favorite. The fact is, they're all my favorites. Enjoy!
about 1 hour ago
It's been thirteen years since Patty Griffin recorded Silver Bell, an album that became lost in the throes of record label reorganizing and the ever-evolving recording industry. Some of the songs she recorded on the disc have long s...
It's been thirteen years since Patty Griffin recorded Silver Bell, an album that became lost in the throes of record label reorganizing and the ever-evolving recording industry. Some of the songs she recorded on the disc have long since been released on live recordings or included on other albums; others have been recorded by other artists (i.e. two by the Dixie Chicks alone). And now, at last, Silver Bell is being made available in its full, original recording glory, the way it was originally intended as her follow-up to Flaming Red back at the turn of the Century. We'd like to give away a copy to three lucky ND community members.  To enter to win a copy of the album on either CD or vinyl (your choice), simply comment on this post telling us what your favorite Patty Griffin song is, and why. Anyone can enter, but the prize(s) can only be shipped to a US address.   Post your comment/entry as a comment on this blog post. To comment on this post and enter the contest, scroll to the bottom of this page and leave your comment in the comment field. Clicking on the "+add" button at the top of this page will create a completely separate blog post that we will have to delete. Entries will not be accepted via separate blog post, Facebook, or Twitter. The contest will close at 11:59 p.m. PST on Monday, Oct. 7. So, good luck!  Here's some more info about the record, from a press release:  Silver Bell features 14 original songs recorded at Daniel Lanois’ Kingsway Studio in New Orleans by Griffin on vocals, guitar and piano with guitarist Doug Lancio, keyboardist John Deaderick, bassist Frank Swart, and percussionist Billy Beard. Emmylou Harris also joined Griffin in the studio to sing harmony on “Truth #2.” Despite its 13 years of limbo, the sought-after album spawned two huge hits for the Dixie Chicks, who covered both “Top Of The World” and “Truth #2” for their six-million-selling 2002 Home album. In addition, the band’s Natalie Maines recorded Silver Bell’s title track for her recent solo debut, Mother. Through the years, Griffin’s original songs have also been covered by many other notable artists, including Solomon Burke, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Kelly Clarkson, Martina McBride, Bette Midler, Ben Harper, Bon Iver, Linda Ronstadt, Ellie Goulding & Lissie, Melissa Etheridge, Jessica Simpson, Miranda Lambert, Shooter Jennings, and Joan Osborne. Patty Griffin: Silver Bell track listing 1. Little God 2. Truth#2 3. Boston 4. Perfect White Girls 5. Sooner or Later 6. What you Are 7. Silver Bell 8. Fragile 9. Mother of God 10. One More Girl 11. Sorry and Sad 12. Driving 13. Top of the World 14. So Long
about 10 hours ago
When I told my daughter Lily that I was getting a lot of requests to feature the house from the Billy Crystal comedy Parental Guidance, she said, “Oh, we watched that one at school! The movie’s kind of cheesy, but the house r...
When I told my daughter Lily that I was getting a lot of requests to feature the house from the Billy Crystal comedy Parental Guidance, she said, “Oh, we watched that one at school! The movie’s kind of cheesy, but the house really is cool. You’ll like it, Mom.” So I checked it out and she’s right — it’s a great house. Billy Crystal came up with the idea for the movie after he and his wife babysat their own grandkids for a week. Bette Midler was cast as his wife and Marisa Tomei plays his daughter who lives in Atlanta with her husband and three kids. The movie was shot on location in Georgia. Billy Crystal says “Tyler Perry was using all the available soundstages in the area, so we had to find a house where we could film most of it right there.” This is the white clapboard house they found in Dunwoody, a northern suburb of Atlanta. The family had to move out for a few months during filming. Director Andy Fickman says the grass was totally brown when they arrived to shoot the movie. The answer? “We painted it green!” I looked up this streetview of the house on Google maps and you can see what he means: The other issue was that the house is nearly 6,000 square feet, but they didn’t want it to look like the family was living in a place that big (or expensive). They tried to shoot it so it looked a little cozier than that. The house was built in 2003 and was inspired by the farmhouse architecture of a Southern Living house the family had toured nearby. Alice’s husband Phil (Tom Everett Scott) has turned it into a “smart house” with his invention R Life. The house does everything from raise the blinds and start the coffee in the morning to announcing when a family member walks in the door. David Bomba was the production designer on the project. He redecorated the house and made it look more modern. Artie and Diane can’t help but notice that most of the photos on the mantel are of the other grandparents. When Lily was describing the movie to me, she said the children do typical annoying-movie-kid things like spray their grandparents with water guns when they walk in the door and have a cake fight that trashes the kitchen. More on that later… The master bedroom: There are 5 bedrooms in the house and 3 of them had to be redecorated as rooms for the kids in the movie. One of the rooms that wasn’t in the real house was the guest room that Artie and Diane stayed in. It was built on a soundstage. Okay, my favorite part of the house: the back staircase and the kitchen: The kitchen opens to the family room, and there’s a screened porch on the other side of that door behind Billy Crystal: Remember that cake fight I mentioned? The kids “went crazy” after Grandpa Artie gave them cake and stepped outside for a minute. When he came back, the kitchen looked like this. The director says they had no idea how badly the blue icing on that cake would stain everything and everyone it came in contact with, or how difficult it would be to clean. This “smart screen” in the kitchen is one of the features of Phil’s R Life program. You can choose your music, tell the dishwasher to start, set the alarm, etc. But when they were filming, it was just a blank green screen they were pretending to type on. The house was part of the 40th Dunwoody Home Tour in the fall of 2012, which was sponsored by Dunwoody Women’s Club. They posted this photo of the kitchen on the Dunwoody Crier website, so we can see what it looks like “in real life:” Can you spot all the differences? For the movie they painted the yellow walls white, changed the pendant lights, swapped out the barstools, and replaced the valance over the window to change the look of the room. You can also see that the “smart screen” covers what is really just a plate rack: It’s interesting to see how just a few changes
1 day ago
Hocus Pocus has been on the telly a lot lately. I guess that means it's October? I started to watch but Bette Midler forced me away with her insane voicework. I swear every other word in every line of her dialogue she treats like it's th...
Hocus Pocus has been on the telly a lot lately. I guess that means it's October? I started to watch but Bette Midler forced me away with her insane voicework. I swear every other word in every line of her dialogue she treats like it's the climax of the sentence AND the movie. It's just impossible to listen to. Good grief that movie is noisy. And so much mugging! I'm surprised I still had a wallet by the time the credits rolled. Remember when Sarah Jessica Parker was a silver screen sex symbol? That girl has had so many acts in her career. The comic but non-ironic sex symbol years were inbetween the memorable TV personas from the early Square Pegs geekery and the Sex and the City Mega-Icon status. Let's call it the "SanDeE*" years. What a strong stretch that was for her. So many enjoyable performances in mostly good films: L.A. Story, Ed Wood, Honeymoon in Vegas, Til There Was You, Miami Rhapsody, Mars Attacks!, The First Wives Club. Do you think her career has a fourth act in it? But back to Hocus Pocus... when was the last time you watched it? And do you think the remake/sequel idea that was floated last year is ever going to happen?
4 days ago
SELLER: Matthew Wilder and Tamara DunnLOCATION: Malibu, CAPRICE: $6,850,000SIZE: 1,980 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 3 bathroomsYOUR MAMAS NOTES: As far as this property gossip is concerned there's no better time to go to the beach than early...
SELLER: Matthew Wilder and Tamara DunnLOCATION: Malibu, CAPRICE: $6,850,000SIZE: 1,980 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 3 bathroomsYOUR MAMAS NOTES: As far as this property gossip is concerned there's no better time to go to the beach than early October, after the summer crowds have traded their bathing suits for scarves and before the moody and damp coastal winter really sets in. Last night, in a dreamy seaside state of mind, Your Mama stayed up late with a (third) gin & tonic and took a slow wander through a few newly listed properties in the bare-footed and boho but hideously expensive ocean-side community of Malibu (CA). It wasn't long before we came across a fetching multi-acre mini-compound recently put on the open market for $6,850,000 and owned, as per property records, by singer/songwriters Matthew Wilder and Tamara Dunn.*In the late 1970s and early '80s Mister Wilder (née Weiner) sung back up for legendary ladies like Rickie Lee Jones and Bette Midler and in 1983 he rocketed to one-hit-wonder fame with the Reggae-inspired synth-pop hit Break My Stride, a catchy and upbeat ditty that remains in rotation on many retro-themed radio stations. (Here he is, children, back in the day on Solid Gold, kinky-haired, mustachioed, and all decked out in a layered, Flashdance-y sweatshirt situation and skin-tight leather pants.) His career as a recording artist quickly ebbed but Mister Wilder, who (still) sports creative facial hair configurations and corkscrew curled locks, eventually secured a solid and (presumably) lucrative foothold in the music industry as a song writer and music producer for a variety of movies and television programs including Dawson's Creek, and Pretty Woman as well as a slew of Disney productions like The Lizzie Maguire Movie. In 1995 he produced No Doubt's diamond-, gold- and platinum-certified third album, Tragic Kingdom, and over the years wrote and/or produced tracks and records for a slew of young pop stars who include Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Selena Gomez, and Miley Cyrus...in her pre-twerking Hannah Montana days. In the late 1990s Mister Wilder wrote and produced the score to the Disney animated feature Mulan, an effort that earned him Grammy, Golden Globe, and Academy Award nominations.As far as our brief and unscientific research can tell, Tamara Dunn is most often identified on the internets as a songwriter. We did find evidence she co-penned—with Mister Wilder—the 2009 Billy Ray Cyrus song Back to Tennesee but otherwise Your Mama dug up up little specific professional information.Anyways, Mister Wilder and Miz Dunn own two separate but contiguous parcels that were purchased from the same seller in two separate transactions in October 2004. The larger, 7.39-acre property—the one that's for sale for $6,850,000—cost them $2,375,000. The smaller, 4.57 acre spread next door was purchased for $1.2 million and remains unimproved open space. Online marketing materials show it's available for separate purchase at $1,250,000.A long gated driveway passes over a rugged, river rock-lined stream bed and cuts sinuously through a manicured swathe of rolling lawn before it makes a sweeping rise to a motor court at the front of the partly stone-faced board and batten-sided ranch-style residence that listing information shows has three bedrooms and three bathrooms in 1,980 square feet. For the record, we think the house seems much larger than two thousand square feet but 1,980 is what the listing says and what do we know anyways, right? Digital marketing materials show that in addition to the fully updated and upgraded 1950's era ranch house, the compound-like property has a concrete pool-side structure, a professional recording studio, and, situated for optimal privacy near the head of the driveway, a self-contained guest house.The front of the house wraps around three sides of an otherwise walled and gated red brick entry courtyard where a giant carved stone bust of Buddha** that sits in a shallow water-fille
4 days ago
Life can be a lonely thing without companionship. Acquaintances are easy to come by but true friends are a whole other story. The best way to develop meaningful connections with true friends we can trust is to become a true friend yourse...
Life can be a lonely thing without companionship. Acquaintances are easy to come by but true friends are a whole other story. The best way to develop meaningful connections with true friends we can trust is to become a true friend yourself. Apply these ten steps if you’d like to be a true friend that can be counted on. 1. Be present for their highs and lows. “If you’re absent during my struggle, don’t expect to be present during my success.” – Will Smith It’s easy to be there for our friends when they ask us out for fun things like drinks at the bar, dancing in the club, or laughs at the theater. But are you willing to be there for the hard times that are the opposite of fun? You might not feel comfortable while spending time with an emotionally fragile person on the verge of tears, but true friends are readily available when they’re needed the most. 2. Know when to hush. “When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.” – Ernest Hemingway  The act of vocally expressing our troubles to a trusted friend can offer instant stress-reduction. Give your friend the gift of silence so they can drop their baggage and get on with living. 3. Offer your encouragement. “Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson The four most inspiring words you can speak to another person? I believe in you.  4. Accept them as they are. “Happiness can exist only in acceptance.” - George Orwell If you can’t accept a person as they are, you will never know the feeling of true friendship. Fight the urge to attempt to “fix” them, no matter how crazy their mannerisms might make you. 5. Challenge them to grow. “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” – Helen Keller If a friend tells you they plan to drop 10 lbs, tell them, “10 lbs? Please. I bet you can get so fit that people’s jaws will drop when you walk past them.” Throw down the gauntlet, make sure they know you believe they can do it, and ask: “Challenge accepted?” 6. Be vulnerable. “I found that the more truthful and vulnerable I was, the more empowering it was for me.” - Alanis Morissette Hiding your flaws might be appropriate in a job interview, but it’s not something you should do in a conversation with a friend you trust. Never hesitate to speak your thoughts and feelings in their raw and unfiltered form. Who knows? They might open up and disclose a surprising secret in return. Full disclosure will strengthen your friendship and make you both feel at ease in each other’s company. 7. Forgive the past. “Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.” – Buddha Have you ever hurled an insult at a person when you were feeling stressed and wished you could take it back? If so, you should understand that even the best of us suffer from the occasional slip of the tongue. Holding onto a grudge over a minor slip-up will make you look petty, so let it go. 8. Watch out for jealousy. “The worst part of success is trying to find someone who is happy for you.” – Bette Midler Your friend landed his dream job and you feel stuck in a rut. Your friend scored a hot date with Mr. Perfect and you feel down and depressed. Jealousy is a nasty feeling that can take hold of our thoughts without warning.  If a friend achieves something you aspire to do, channel that jealous feeling into an “if they did it, I can too” attitude. 9. Speak the truth (even if it hurts). “The truth is rarely pure and never simple.” – Oscar Wilde Have you ever watched a friend damage her self-esteem by staying in an emotionally abusive relationship? I have, and it hurts more than words can express. Confronting a person about an inconvenient truth isn’t easy, but sometimes it needs to be done. If you have something to say and can’
7 days ago
A recent article in Us magazine featured a bevy of celebrities including Heidi Klum, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jennifer Aniston, and even singing diva Bette Midler who are devoted to kale. So what is it about the leafy green that’s ta...
A recent article in Us magazine featured a bevy of celebrities including Heidi Klum, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jennifer Aniston, and even singing diva Bette Midler who are devoted to kale. So what is it about the leafy green that’s taken the world by storm—in particular the world of people whose careers depend on looking their best? Popularity isn’t exactly a new thing for kale, which has been around for more than 2,000 years. Easy to plant, harvest and propagate, kale was a favorite of both the Romans and the Greeks and continued to be a diet staple in Europe until the Middle Ages when cabbage became the thing to eat. But now, foodies and nutritionists alike are hailing kale, citing its health benefits as well as its culinary versatility. Kale's nutritional value is impressive. One cup contains 180 percent of the recommended daily does of Vitamin A, 200 percent of Vitamin C, and 1,020 percent of Vitamin K. The fact that it’s high in fiber also means it’s great for dieters as it fills you up so you’re less tempted to nosh on stuff that isn’t so great for you. This recipe for Kale, Mushroom & Sun-Dried Tomato Lasagnas comes to us from CookinCanuck. You can clean up any spills with Seventh Generation’s Disinfecting Wipes in Lemongrass Citrus. There’s no rinsing required and they’re proven to kill more than 99.9% of household germs. Kale, Mushroom & Sun-Dried Tomato Lasagna Rolls Ingredients 12 whole wheat lasagna noodles 3 tsp olive oil, divided 1 small yellow onion, chopped 3 cloves garlic, minced 8 oz. crimini (Baby Bella) mushrooms, sliced 8 oz. shiitake mushrooms, stems removed, sliced 2 cups roughly chopped kale ½ cup (about 1 1/4 oz.) sun-dried tomatoes, chopped 12 oz. low-fat cottage cheese ½ cup finely grated Parmesan cheese, divided 8 fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced ½ tsp dried chile flakes ¾ tsp kosher salt (to taste) ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper 2 ½ cups tomato sauce (your favorite kind) Instructions 1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. 2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the lasagna noodles and cook until just tender. Drain the noodles, gently rinse with cold water and lay on a kitchen towels, separated from each other. 3. For the filling, heat 2 teaspoons olive oil in a large frying pan set over medium heat. Add onions and saute until soft, 4 to 5 minutes. Add garlic and saute for additional 30 seconds. 4. Add the remaining 1 teaspoon olive oil and the mushrooms. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms are tender, about 5 minutes. 5. Add the kale and cook until the kale is slightly wilted and bright green, about 1 minute. Stir in the sun-dried tomatoes. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl and allow it to cool. 6. Place the cottage cheese in the bowl of a food processor or blender and puree until smooth. 7. Stir the cottage cheese, ¼ cup Parmesan cheese, basil, dried chile flakes, salt and pepper into the mushroom mixture. 8. Lay a few lasagna noodles on a cutting board. Spread 3 heaping tablespoons of the mushroom mixture along each noodle. Starting at one short end, tightly roll up the lasagna noodle and filling. 9. Prepare a 9- by 13-inch baking pan by spreading 1 cup tomato sauce on the bottom. Arrange the lasagna rolls, seam side down. Repeat with the remaining lasagna noodles and filling. 10. Spread additional 1 ½ cups tomato sauce on top, and sprinkle with the remaining Parmesan cheese. 11. Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Remove foil and bake for additional 10 minutes, or until cheese is melted. Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes before serving. About Lisa Ferber Prolific multidisciplinary satirist, blogger and journalist, Lisa’s nonfiction has appeared in Crain's New York Business, Hypervocal and The New Inquiry. She wrote and stars in the feature film The Sisters Plotz
7 days ago
Bette Midler Opens Renovated Community Garden. Bette Midler helped open a newly renovated garden named for Brooklyn Dodgers great Gil Hodges, just blocks from the infamous Gowanus Canal. By Leslie Albrecht DNA Info September 26, 2013 Exc...
Bette Midler Opens Renovated Community Garden. Bette Midler helped open a newly renovated garden named for Brooklyn Dodgers great Gil Hodges, just blocks from the infamous Gowanus Canal. By Leslie Albrecht DNA Info September 26, 2013 Excerpt: “Here we are, so close to the notorious stinking Gowanus Canal, showing the world what can happen when like-minded people work together,” a beaming Midler said at Wednesday’s ribbon-cutting. “This garden is an old-fashioned place to rest, to daydream, to commune with each other.” Midler said she hoped locals would use the garden for “happy occasions” like weddings and barbecues. While the new version of the garden is pretty, it’s also functional. The garden was specially designed to absorb up to 150,000 gallons of stormwater annually, said Margot Walker of the Department of Environmental Protection, which helped fund the renovation. That will help keep stormwater tainted with industrial pollutants out of the nearby Gowanus Canal, which glowed jade green on Wednesday. DEP also built a “bioswale” — a planted area that collects rainwater — on the sidewalk next to the garden. The bioswale and garden are part of a series of “green infrastructure” projects by DEP that will one day help make the Gowanus Canal safe enough for recreational boating, Walker said. Read the complete article here.
10 days ago
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eldh, Flickr Every week celebrities go on Twitter and speak their minds. Sometimes they’re funny, sometimes they’re thought-provoking, and sometimes we don’t know what they’re talking about. This list is all of th...
eldh, Flickr Every week celebrities go on Twitter and speak their minds. Sometimes they’re funny, sometimes they’re thought-provoking, and sometimes we don’t know what they’re talking about. This list is all of that and more. Strap in. It could get bumpy. Photo credit: eldh, Flickr Looks like George Hamilton ejaculated on Will Arnett's face :( #Emmys — Jenny Johnson (@JennyJohnsonHi5) September 23, 2013 Seriously, what the hell was going on there? The real winners of this year's Emmys are people who died before they could watch them. — Alison Forns (@alisonforns) September 23, 2013 As is the case with all awards shows. This year they should have just held the Emmys at a cemetery. — Mo Rocca (@MoRocca) September 23, 2013 It was a bit maudlin. Please….stop covering Beatles songs if you can't deliver them… #painful #Emmys2013 — Adrianne Curry (@AdrianneCurry) September 23, 2013 Or just stop period. I like being up early, I just don't like getting up early. #finallyfoundthewords — Jade Bryce (@thejadebryce) September 23, 2013 I hear you, sister. Cleveland Browns e-mail this AM to fans has Richardson jersey front & center (via @teclayton) http://t.co/d6lqJ72cay — darren rovell (@darrenrovell) September 23, 2013 Turns out it was actually the NFL, but still… any girl that tells me she feels under the weather without immediately announcing she's not pregnant, i'm suspicious of. — daniel tosh (@danieltosh) September 23, 2013 He said it, not us. True or false, Walt Clyde Frasier's father is a crushed velvet suit and his mother is a thesaurus? — Ben Schwartz (@rejectedjokes) September 23, 2013 True. We’re all putting on Nikes and Heaven’s Gating it after the series finale of Breaking Bad, right? — Melissa Stetten (@MelissaStetten) September 23, 2013 Yes. An animal rights organization is protesting the new Grand Theft Auto … though most prostitute rights organizations, remain oddly silent! — Arsenio Hall (@ArsenioHall) September 23, 2013 Hmmm… I wish my stripper name to be Asparagus Pee. — Michelle Beadle (@MichelleDBeadle) September 23, 2013 Done. Bill Nye is gnarly. I'm into him. — ireland (@IrelandBBaldwin) September 24, 2013 Bill Nye and gnarly for the first in the same sentence, ladies and gents! I now qualify to play 50 and over senior softball.I can definitely hit a softball further than any human 50 and over.try me — Jose Canseco (@JoseCanseco) September 24, 2013 And on it goes… If crying kids on planes bother you, just have 5 of your own, so that next time you hear one, you’ll be like “Thank God that isn’t mine.” — rob delaney (@robdelaney) September 24, 2013 Truth. #sixwords #neveragain will the Miley Cyrus fuck hammer — The Iron Sheik (@the_ironsheik) September 24, 2013 We have a winner. It's an honor just to be laminated — Kat Dennings (@OfficialKat) September 24, 2013 No idea what that means, but it’s funny. Saying John Mayer is your favorite artist is like saying your favorite color is grey — Alexandria Morgan (@AlexandriaMorgz) September 24, 2013 Also truth. Now my house is messy because I don't clean it. Does this life have no end to suffering? — Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) September 24, 2013 Life’s a bitch, then you die, Michael. Can I get thru one fucking day without seeing pics of @MileyCyrus with her disgusting hog tongue hangin out? — Doug Stanhope (@DougStanhope) September 25, 2013 Sadly, no. “I’m a big fan of your work.” = How actors introduce themselves to other actors. — Jim Gaffigan (@JimGaffigan) September 25, 2013 We should all try that. Some Christians ain't Christian. — Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) September 25, 2013 Some? Marvel's Masters of Sex on S
11 days ago
Billy Porter recently became a name on the lips of everyone, having won the 2013 Antoinette Perry Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his role as Lola in 'Kinky Boots' at the 67th Tony Awards. But that wasn't his only award for the rol...
Billy Porter recently became a name on the lips of everyone, having won the 2013 Antoinette Perry Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his role as Lola in 'Kinky Boots' at the 67th Tony Awards. But that wasn't his only award for the role, as he also won Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical and Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical. But long before that, Porter had released an amazing studio album, one I am proud to have in my collection. In 1997, Porter released an eponymous album, although it is sometimes referred to as 'Untitled'. It is very hard to come by now, but it is well worth the trouble. I have to admit I first learned about Billy Porter not from this album, but from the soundtrack of a 1996 film, 'First Wives Club'. The movie, featuring Bette Midler, Diane Keaton, and Goldie Hawn as funny, smart, and fierce women, featured a great song, "Love Is On The Way". The song was written by Peter Zizzo, Denise Rich & Tina Shafer, and was going to be featured on the 1997 album, until Midler heard it and decided it had to be part of the film soundtrack. It is an amazing song, and Bill performed it so well. Here is "Love Is On The Way", off the 'First Wives Club' soundtrack. That song shined the light on Porter, and left the crumb trail for me to follow to the album. The 12-track collection is filled to the brim with R&B lusciousness, starting with the first song, "Show Me". The song was written by La La, and is a wonderful mid-tempo song that allows Porter to soar. Here is the music video for "Show Me". The rest of the album is filled with new material, save a wonderful cover of Paul McCartney's "Maybe I'm Amazed". It starts off sweet and mild, and takes us on a wonderful journey. Speaking of journeys, his take on "Borrowed Time", written by Gary Haase and Brett Laurence, is a sexy and steamy song. It also features the depth of his voice, being able to show off a softness, some heat, and some beautiful strength. Enjoy the music video featuring Billy Porter singing "Borrowed Time". The album is just filled with love, truth, and caring. I love it, and still play it all the time. While I can't find anywhere you can purchase this album online, he does have another album I love, 'At The Corner of Broadway & Soul'. It is available on iTunes and Amazon. For more about Billy Porter, you can 'like' him on Facebook, and to 'follow' him on Twitter. Both will give you links to learn more about what it is like to be the toast of Broadway, and give you the chance to let Billy know how much you appreciate his great musical talent!
12 days ago