Sounds from Down Under Series: Day 1

I'm All for Girl Power, but ...

Katy Perry's new song "Roar" is less of a roar, a call to arms, and more of a yodel. Of course, as I think about her other hits yodeling does appear to be her go-to mode of singing ("California Gurls," "The One That Got Away"). Being the mom of a nine-year-old who loves "girl music," I tend to pay a little bit more attention to some of the latest pop anthems than I might ordinarily. ...more

The Book of Biebs: Cathleen Falsani’s Belieber! Fame, Faith, and the Heart of Justin Bieber

“Parents would do well to pay close attention to their children’s passions,” writes Cathleen Falsani in her new book on pop singing sensation Justin Bieber, Belieber! She advises: “Some indeed may be short-lived, but others are indicative of the orientation of a child’s heart and mind, a trajectory that could last a lifetime” (p. 9)....more
So it's Bieber who makes it OK for millions of teens to proclaim they believe in Jesus? That is ...more

Is 2010's Top 40 Music "Relationship Healthy?"

I love lists, music and relationship health, so I was psyched that the Boston Public Health Commission released its second annual lists of "Healthiest" and "Unhealthiest" songs about relationships this week. I was a little less psyched when I read them, but the results are interesting anyway. ...more

Teens don't pay as much attention to lyrics as they do the beat of a song and how the bass bumps ...more

(VIDEO) Lady Gaga's "Alejandro" -- Is Her Madonna Parody Sly, Sexy, Silly, or Sad?

Editor's note: Possibly NSFW. Depending on your work. Lady Gaga's new video for the ABBA-esque single "Alejandro" takes the continual comparisons of her to Madonna and jacks them up to absurd levels. ...more

Walt Disney does S & M? Sound of Music? Sure-there is a Madonna-ish bit-but the fascinating part ...more

Justin Bieber: Teen Idol 2.0 or Just Another Annoying Trending Topic?

I've been feeling a bit of cranky old lady lately when logging into Twitter and I'm blaming the Bieb. ...more
I was all for him until a recent visit to Edmonton where a campaign for him to visit a five year ...more

Do They Know It's Christmas Time Yet? Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Band Aid

We've become accustomed to celebrity charitable endorsements, but let me transport you back to a simpler time long ago, exactly 25-years ago in the magical, shiny 1980s, when it was rare to see contemporary famous icons stepping forward to align themselves with a cause.  What's more, a group of disparate performers uniting to create an original song to raise awareness and funds for a new charity?  It had never been done until Bob Geldof, Midge Ure and a star-studded entourage formed the ad hoc Band Aid and released "Do They Know It's Christmas" in 1984. ...more

I always figured the Ethiopian Jews didn't know it was Christmas time due to ...more

It's Gettin' Hot In Herre: Is Summer Jam Timez Nao?

Ladies, gentlemen, web citizens, it is time we discussed a matter of utmost urgency and national importance. We can wait no longer and must act now, take the symbolic bull by its horns and decisively strike while the metaphorical iron is theoretically hot to select this year's Canción Del Verano... Which I'm pretty sure roughly translates to Summer Jam (at least according to Google Translate it does). ...more

I thought this was going with Strawberry vs. Black Cap with Black cap being my all time ...more

Fun with Beyonce "Single Ladies" Video Parodies

She's with the Obamas.  She's hangin' with Justin Timberlake on "Saturday Night Live."  She sang at the big inauguration concert yesterday.  And tomorrow night she'll sing "At Last" for the Obama's first presidential dance.  She's Beyonce and if you haven't heard, she's got a little single out called, "Single Ladies."  The video of that catchy dance tune with Beyonce shaking her thang has for some reason sparked one of the biggest online parody frenzies, evah! ...more

I think little Joe looks like he's gone off his meds!  But as Maria said, the tweens will ...more