Saturday, February 6, 2010

Saturday morning coffee

- Sade returns to the music scene with their first CD in ten years. Lead singer Sade Adu's voice is, as usual, the star. Yet, the band takes chances with the cuts I listened to--"Soldier of Love," the title track, uses a military drum candence; "Babyfather" has reggae influences; while "Be That Easy" has country twinges. The new work will be released on Tuesday.

- I know it's been written about everywhere, but how cool is it that the team for which Archie Manning played is in the Super Bowl...facing the team quarterbacked by his MVP son, Peyton? The Manning family are truly New Orleans royalty, yet to their credit have said there's no hesitation in their loyalties for Sunday--they are rooting for Peyton and the Colts to win their second Super Bowl. It's a great storyline for the NFL.

- Los Cabos, another K.C. Hopps establishment, is opening on the east side of Mission Farms. The best feature of the restaurant may be its patio overlooking the small lake in this burgeoning community just north of I-435 on Mission Road. Los Cabos joins Zest, Room 39, Blanc and Blue Koi as the restaurant scene at Mission Farms continues to grow.

- In the "where are they now?" category, singer Rick Astley turns 44 today. Remember Astley? He was a mainstay of the 1980s music scene and had the smash single, "Never Gonna Give You Up," in 1987. Astley still holds the record for being the only male solo artist to have his first eight singles reach the top 10 in the U.K. Astley vanished from public view in the 1990s but made a comeback of sorts in 2007. During that year, his video for "Never Gonna Give You Up," became part of a popular internet meme known as "rickrolling." (The term "internet meme" is use to describe a catchphrase, or concept, which spreads quickly from person to person on the internet.) He consequently was voted by internet users as the "Best Act Ever" at the MTV Europe Music Awards in 2008.

Here's the video--pay close attention to the 'do and sunglasses:

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