Friday, December 4, 2009

National Anthem Fail, Beyond the Mat, George Jones, Podcast Animations


Might go Roller skating tonight. Haven't done that since I was like 8 years old or something. I remember Wasilla used to have a roller rink and they would have limbo contests. I was never really all that good though.

This had me laughing so hard I was almost crying the other night. I can hardly watch it without dying.

good thing the stars were still there.

I am finishing up with this semester's classes. Just two exams to go. Things are panning out fairly well. I just turned in four papers this week, so I'm kind of sick of writing. Excited for the break, I am headed to Las Vegas and Alaska during the four weeks, should be fun.

This is what real country music sounds like. I miss it.

Last night for documentary night we watched one called Beyond the Mat, which was about professional wrestling. It was really good and I would reccommend it. There were some very sad parts too, as it showed how showbusiness ruins the families that are involved and how wrestling tears apart people's bodies as they get older. Jake the Snake had a really sad story and it was depressing to watch him try and reconcile things with his daughter. There are definitely some funny/shocking moments too, specifically when Vince MacMahon, president of the WWF, recruits a new wrestler and excitedly gives him the name "Puke". He calls home excited to tell his Mom that worldwide he will be known as "Puke" and will end the matches by puking on his opponents. Mom must be proud.

I finished my book on Little Richard. It was pretty fascinating. There were a couple chapters in that book that were tough to get through because he is pretty raw in his descriptions, but it didn't feel too gratuitous. Most of the book is direct interviews with Richard and those close to him. I thought one of the most interesting parts of the book was reading how white artists would rerecord black artist's hits and get rich off of them while the black artists would write these fantastic songs and have trouble getting any money from them. Richard claims he never has gotten royalties for Tutti Frutti, Slippin and a Slidin, Good Golly Miss Molly, Lucille, Knockin, or The girl can't help it. Kind of sad. Currently Richard is a preacher but has found peace with his position as a rock and roll icon. Instead of saying it is Satan's music he has decided that there is good rock and roll and bad rock and roll. There still is this weird conflict in his mind because he associates the music with the lifestyle, drugs, money, and sex. It's weird how bizarre some of America's celebrities are.

I am excited about the new HBO show based on the Ricky Gervais podcasts. Karl Looks awesome.



lori said...

wow. that was the worst national anthem ever. I thought he was singing it in a different language at first. Totally, totally killed it, you would have to TRY to screw it up that bad. plus, who asked him to sing it, he didn't even have a good voice!

Jenny Willardson said...

Calvin, Bret and I have noticed that your blogging frequency has declined significantly lately. Could there be something BIG interfering with this?!? We're all waiting for the good news...

Anonymous said...

Calvin, this is Lila and I get to your site through Holly and love reading it now and then. Documentary night sounds great and makes me want to adopt such a thing in my life. Love the country music clips--brings back awesome childhood memories. And I will tell you that I did like the Lawrence Welk Show with the black guy named Duncan (I think) being my favorite, as he was an incredible tap dancer. Oh, and I just saw this a.m. on a comercial that Ricky Gervais is hosting one of those award shows. Maybe it will be worth watching.

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