Is Hollywood trying to sell musicals to a non-musical generation?


This morning, the film "La La Land' got nominated for a record 14 Academy awards.  Not since 2002 has a big-budget musical been graced with the "Best Picture" honor.  For far, nine films have won:
The Broadway Melody (1929)

Going My Way (1944)
An American in Paris (1951)
Gigi (1958)
West Side Story (1961)
My Fair Lady (1964)
The Sound of Music (1965)
Oliver! (1968)
Chicago (2002)
But is a brand new, balls-out (live action) film, where people sing out loud, going to sync in time with a new generation of music listeners who don't seem to express the same enthusiasm for huge dance sequences?

So far the critics seem to be more psyched about "Triple L" than the current movie-going audience who are seemingly distracted by PG-13 shoot-em-ups, space operas, familiar "SEQUEL" franchises and massive stream portals in their homes.

I remember how going to a musical was like seeing a broadway show on the silver screen. There was an intermission. It was an event. Not so much something you could re-create in your home with a kickass entertainment system.

I was 4 years old when The Sound Of Music won, 7 years old when "Oliver" (my favorite) took the gold. Radio City Music Hall was open every day. Friendly ticket-takers wore pillbox hats & white gloves. Cigar smoke wafting from the Men's lounge downstairs. Hippie kids making out in the (upper) balcony. The cinema experience was more of an extravaganza than a casual outing and the original music set the soundtrack for such splendor.

Hopefully, "Triple L" can revive this spirit & get people feeling good again about movie musicals. The songs from these films used to spill out into the street after every showing, people singing as they left the theater receiving applause from a city block-long line of anxious ticket holders.

The baffling indifference to this film genre by the current generation is underlined by this hilarious Saturday Night Live skit featuring Aziz Ansari. Enjoy. -J/A




NEW YOUTUBE COMEDY SERIES: "47 Secrets To A Younger You"

Straight Outta Brooklyn: two indie film makers launch a new comedy web series on YouTube called "47 Secrets To a Younger You".


The series follows friends Laurie Dooling (Producer/Writer Laura Frenzer) and Karma Kaufman-Castro (Producer/Writer Rohana Kenin) as they balance family, work, love, and lice. It's middle-aging not so gracefully in Brooklyn, NY.

Below are the first two (4 minute) episodes. Please LIKE/COMMENT/SHARE.





Abysmal OMI performance live on AGT: proof that Music Biz isn't about music anymore



Chart-topping singer OMI performed live on NBC's "AMERICA'S GOT TALENT" and was off-key for most of the song.

It could have been for a number of reasons; 1) maybe the audio signal from his microphone was turned down, 2) maybe the volume in his earbud headphones was too low, or  3) maybe the audio effects on his microphone (like "Autotune") didn't kick in, exposing the TRUE nature of his voice which sounded thin and pitchy.

In any case, there he was...butchering his mega-hit "Cheerleader", dressed to impress with a bevy of sexy dancers and full-blown brightly-colored cartoon animations behind him.

After a huge introduction by AGT host NICK CANNON, the slim Jamaican impresario Omar Samuel Pasley (born 3 September 1986 , better known by his stage name OMI) failed to establish a commanding presence from the beginning.  Instead he warbled the island-infused pop tune through a nasal whine, concentrating most of his performance energy on navigating his way through aisles in a dark theater while wearing shades.

This could be one indication that the artistry of Artist Development has suffered in the music industry in recent years, opting instead to focus on "getting them into the gym", finding dancers that can 'Catch dat wall" and which fashion designer to "shout-out" in their next song.

I'm sure you can think of at least ONE artist that falls into this category.

Watching a singer weave their heart, mind an soul into a vocal performance is a beautiful thing.
The AGT/OMI debacle would not have been so awful if other singers who were in the competition weren't amazing.

Take for instance, 13 year-old ALONDRA SANTOS.


It's understandable why the "Cheerleader" video is so popular, with it's perfectly-pitched "autotuned" vocals,  non-threating lyrics of true love/devotion and really good-looking people on the beach having fun.

But lip-synching in a well-crafted, big budget music video is much different than the talent required to captivate a crowd at Radio City Music Hall.  As an artist, the success in achieving this goal is directly in proportion with your ambitions.

Sorry NBC. Opening the AGT broadcast with the original VIDEO would have been a better move.


New TRUMP parody hits the mark

Emerging NY band PANTS VELOUR does this hilarious send up of DONALD TRUMP'S recent media blitz to the tune of Kriss Kross' "Jump". Enjoy & Share.