Thursday, June 25, 2009

Mid-week musings

- Have you noticed the overabundance of '60s-era language and visual imagery that's prevalent in major marketing campaigns this summer? Macy's is promoting a "Summer of Love" and ABC used that same theme for The Bachelorette, i.e., "this will be this bachelorette's 'summer of love.'" Note to everyone--the real "Summer of Love" occurred in 1967.

- Speaking of the '60s, Joe Cocker is performing at Ameristar Casino on Saturday. It's worth watching the newly released and remastered DVD of "Woodstock" to see Cocker's performance of "A Little Help from My Friends." You can see the inspiration there for John Belushi's dead-on portrayal of Cocker several years later on Saturday Night Live.

- Jon & Kate Sep-A-Rate. I'm just sayin', it could be an interesting new show.

- Carly Simon turns 64 today. Her classic "You're So Vain" topped the charts in 1972 and led to much speculation as to the subject of the song ("you're so vain/I bet you think this song is about you.") Most suspected that Warren Beatty or Mick Jagger--former Simon lovers--were the likely culprits but, to this day, Simon has never admitted about whom the song was written.

- Finally, let's give it up for the U.S. Mens Soccer Team. Down for the count last weekend in the Confederations Cup, the U.S. has rallied to stay in the tournament and yesterday beat Spain, the reigning European Champion, 2-0. It is the U.S.' first appearance in a FIFA soccer final since starting play in 1916. Amazing stuff...

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