I Don’t Wanna Live For

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Have been listening to this song on repeat for about a week now. A collaboration between Taylor Swift and Zayn, made for the upcoming Fifty Shades Darker film.

At first the song doesn’t hit you, but then on second and third listen it really starts to have impact. Already Number 1 in 80 countries. Enjoy.

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The First Monday in May

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Found the documentary The First Monday in May to be mesmerizing. The documentary is about the Met Gala in 2014 which was hosted by Ann Wintour. The film follows the path to the event and all the key players involved; designers, museum curators, assistants, celebrities, and more.

The theme of the event in 2014 was China: Through the Looking Glass. And extraordinary feat for the annual fundraising event. Fascinating to watch all the elements and creative minds come together to produce this large scale extravaganza which takes place at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

And what they produce brings up the question of art, what is art, and can fashion be considered art on the level of great works already housed in The Met.

You’ll have to watch and decide for yourself.

Currently available on iTunes and Netflix.

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The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

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We recently had the opportunity to stay at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

What a place. Totally hip, booming, and the new Vegas experience. If you like that kind of thing.

While Vegas is not for everyone, for those of us who find Las Vegas to be an adult playground, this is an excellent place to visit.

They have everything you need, pools, clubs, bars, restaurants, casino, shops, and some awesome rooms.

Smack dab in the middle of the strip. It really the right amount of wrong.

Oh and make sure you look for the Chandelier Bar and the hidden pizza place.

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ZAYN

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And then there’s Zayn Malik.

Here’s what we know: He’s beautiful. He’s formerly with One Direction. He’s 23. His net worth is around 215 million.

Here’s the surprise, his first solo venture, Mind of Mine,  has been a success and has offered some very compelling music. Even coming off one of the most successful bands ever doesn’t guarantee solo success, but somehow he is pulling it off.

He’s also to pull off that rare achievement for artists, branding himself by only one name, ZAYN.

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Check out some of the music below from the new album:

PILLOWTALK:

BeFoUr:

LIKE I WOULD:

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Prince

 

GTY_prince_jt_160422_12x5_1600With the recent passing of Prince, thought I would share a few thoughts about the artist.

First remember hearing of Prince with the release of 1999 and Little Red Corvette around 1982. It was summer when Little Red Corvette took off and it was playing all the time on the radio. There were no songs like it at the time.

Then Purple Rain came out in 1984 and When Doves Cry was huge. Playing all the time during the beginnings of MTV. Again, music like this just hadn’t existed before. It was so layered, sexy, rock n roll, funky.

The film, Purple Rain was also released in 1984 and became a cultural sensation. It was everywhere. He released Let’s Go Crazy and then Purple Rain. Each song another hit.

More hits over the years included Raspberry Beret, Kiss, U Got the Look, Diamonds & Pearls, Cream, and more.

The passing of Prince is a milestone for those of us at a certain age. We grew up listening to his music and it plays over the memories of our lives. Moments such as this are reminders that we all have a limited time on Earth, so we should do our very best to live fully and passionately.

His worked continued and will continue after his passing. It’s been suggested there is a vault at Paisley Park which contains an uncounted amount of additional material he worked on.

So the story goes that I attended a Prince concert with a friend in NYC. It had been raining in the city that night. And when Prince played Purple Rain all the umbrellas in Madison Square Garden opened up as we listened to the song. Those moments in life. How special, how fleeting.

 

Let’s Go Crazy

Dearly beloved
We are gathered here today
To get through this thing called life

Electric word life
It means forever and that’s a mighty long time
But I’m here to tell you
There’s something else
The after world

A world of never ending happiness
You can always see the sun, day or night

So when you call up that shrink in Beverly Hills
You know the one, Dr. Everything’ll Be Alright
Instead of asking him how much of your time is left
Ask him how much of your mind, baby

‘Cause in this life
Things are much harder than in the after world
In this life
You’re on your own

And if the elevator tries to bring you down
Go crazy, punch a higher floor4

If you don’t like the world you’re living in
Take a look around you
At least you got friends

You see I called my old lady
For a friendly word
She picked up the phone
Dropped it on the floor
(Ah, ah) is all I heard

Are we gonna let the elevator
Bring us down
Oh, no let’s go!

Let’s go crazy
Let’s get nuts
Let’s look for the purple banana
‘Til they put us in the truck, let’s go!

We’re all excited
But we don’t know why
Maybe it’s ’cause
We’re all gonna die

And when we do (When we do)
What’s it all for (What’s it all for)
You better live now
Before the grim reaper come knocking on your door

Tell me, are we gonna let the elevator bring us down
Oh, no let’s go!

Let’s go crazy
Let’s get nuts
Look for the purple banana
‘Til they put us in the truck, let’s go!

C’mon baby
Let’s get nuts
Yeah
Crazy

Let’s go crazy

Are we gonna let the elevator bring us down
Oh, no let’s go!
Go crazy

I said let’s go crazy (Go crazy)
Let’s go, let’s go
Go
Let’s go

Dr. Everything’ll be alright
Will make everything go wrong
Pills and thrills and daffodils will kill
Hang tough children

He’s coming
He’s coming
Coming

Take me away!

The Danish Girl

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Have you seen the trailer for The Danish Girl yet? Wow, talk about a stunner. Not only does it showcase Eddie Redmayne is what is certainly another Oscar Nomination, but also suggests nominations for Best Picture, Best Actress, Cinematography, Costuming, Adapted Screenplay, Direction, and Score. The film is based on the novel of the same name by, David Ebershoff. It’s a fictionalized account of Lili Elbe, a transgender woman believed to be one of the first recipients of sex reassignment surgery.

It’s rare to be able to glean such promise from a trailer. However, I had a similar feeling when seeing the Mad Max; Fury Road trailer, it was unlike anything I had seen. And somehow this feels the same.

Not only is this topic timely as we are all witnessing in real time transgendered people and their stories. Look at shows Orange is the New Black and Transparent; and notable people Laverne Cox, Chaz Bono, and of course Caitlyn Jenner.

The film appears to be elevating the transgender story to a new artistic height. Opening on November 27th, you will find me in the movie theatre. It looks exquisite.

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Met Gala

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So maybe you caught the Met Gala when it took over the media on May 4th, 2015. The theme this year was “China: Through the Looking Glass: Costume Institute’s Spring 2015 Exhibition at Metropolitan Museum to Focus on Chinese Imagery in Art, Film, and Fashion” (Press release). New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art. April 14, 2015.

I find this event fascinating because fashion is always reinventing & challenging itself. I’m by no means a fashion expert, more of an interested observer. Each year this “A-list” event brings out the stars, sure. But it also send this amazing message of forward thinking. Breaking rules, challenging what we expect. And that’s kind of cool.

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/projects/cp/red-carpet-watch/met-gala-2015