Music Monday: Pentatonix

An a Capella group that has become worldwide famous is rare. Then again, there is Pentatonix. Hailing from Arlington, Texas this band has proven they don’t need musical instruments to sound great. Singing a variety of songs, old and new, they have gone on to show the world what singing is really like. There doesn’t seem to be anything that Pentatonix can’t prove in the world of music.

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Theater Thursday: South Pacific

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South Pacific is one of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s best known musicals. Taking place on a Polynesian Island during World War II we follow as love takes hold for many of the residents. Starting off with nurse Nellie Forbush as she pursues Emile de Becque a French Plantation owner. However, she starts to find flaws in Emile that lead her to question her feelings. Along with Bloody Mary, an Island native, who is known for wheeling and dealing, and her daughter, Tiat, who has come to love an American soldier there doesn’t seem to be anything that stops this musical from taking off.

TV Tuesday: Mindhunter

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There was a start with criminal profiling as shown on various TV shows today. However, in the Netflix series Mindhunter we are introduced to the start of that analysis. Two detectives from the FBI start to travel across the country to speak to convicted criminals who have committed heinous crimes. With each interview they learn something new. With each interview they are able to discover what makes them tick. However, their personal lives start to take a toll between travel and work commitments.

Music Monday: Lindsey Stirling

Shatter me album art.jpgThe music of the violin hasn’t quite been the same since Lindsey Stirling came on the scene. After losing America’s Got Talent, she found her footing with her violin online with music videos portraying her fantastic talent. Taking on a different type of violin by adding in rock and electronic dance elements into her work, she has defined her own way in the music world. Lindsey Stirling is a different kind of artist whom many have come to love for her art.

Photo Friday (A Day Late)

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A day late for this Photo Friday. It truly is the Holiday season as many have brought out their decorations. Many lights and decorations are to be seen as you are driving around at night. Even in the day time you can see the popular decorations as many get ready to celebrate the joyous holiday of Christmas.

Theater Thursday: Working

Who builds the buildings? What is it like to be a hurried waitress? How do suitcases get made? Well, some of these answers and many more are answered in the musical Working. Following in the lives of several different adults as they face the working world. The struggles they face with times changing with some contemplating the mistakes they made in life that lead them there. Explaining the dangers some of their jobs have, like a millworker who’s job requires physical stress and a bus driver who has to deal with constant people, happy and sad on a daily basis. There is nothing that stops them from telling you their story. Listening to them, tends to give you a different perspective on the world with an appreciation for the ones who are behind the scenes.

Read-It Wednesday: For Whom the Bell Tolls

Ernest Hemingway has written some of the most respected works in literature. In his popular book For Whom the Bell Tolls taking place during the Spanish Civil War is no different. Following Robert Jordan, a young American who finds himself wrapped up in the midst of the guerrilla warfare that has started to take place. For Robert he ends up on a journey where he ends up in a camp where he meets Maria who’s life has been shattered after her family is killed. Together Robert and Maria find love in each other. Sadly, there is more going on with the fascists whom they are fighting. Being ordered by generals to partake in dangerous missions threatens both of their lives forcing Robert to make a decision that will determine his future forever.

TV Tuesday: The Crown

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This week there has been widespread news about Prince Harry’s engagement to Meghan Markle. A real life fairy tale as an ordinary American girl marries a prince from across the pond. Never the less, in honor of this wonderful news, I decided to do a royal themed TV show.

The Crown has become one of the most popular series on Netflix. Following in Queen Elizabeth II as she ascends to the throne of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth realms. But, not is as easy as it seems. With love, life, education, and family she battles her feelings against her royal duties and image she must maintain. Her beloved husband, Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and sister Margaret Rose stands by her the best they can. Nothing is as it seems in a perfect life, yet Elizabeth manages to do things her way making way for change.

Music Monday: Janis Joplin

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One of the most iconic woman in rock today has to be Janis Joplin. Even after her tragic death at twenty-seven she still manages to sell albums and influence future artists. Many in the 1960’s flocked to listen to her sing on stage, even at Woodstock, as she sang her way into their hearts. Unfortunately, she passed away too soon leaving behind many to wonder what could have been. Yet, she has managed to make her mark with her hit albums, like Pearl, and songs like “Me and Bobby McGee” and “Piece of My Heart” are still loved today by a new generation. Regardless of what you may think of her, there is no denying Janis Joplin is a legend in her own right.

Photo Friday

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Today marks the official beginning of the holiday season. With decorations going up and Santa Clause making his annual appearance, there doesn’t seem to be anything from slowing down the season of giving. This is a special time a year as many start to celebrate the end of the year as a new one is about to begin.