1. Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s Readership Continues To Grow!
The Bottle Of Wine Giveaway To New Readers Was An Awesome Idea!
As our readers get younger and our writers get older, Let’s Talk Philadelphia is zooming through its 25th year. Let’s Talk Philadelphia has joined 1 billion other site creators who use WordPress. Our five continent readership far exceeds the readership we generated by handing out our latest issue in a one page newsletter at the corner of Broad and Walnut Streets in 1994 Philadelphia or in graduate classes at The University of The Arts. This was, of course, before the Internet’s reach made everything we do universal. 26,705 readers now follow us on LinkedIn the world-wide business and education site.
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2. Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s Spring/Summer Travel Tips To Our Great City!
Ten million people will be visiting Philadelphia this Spring/Summer! Don’t worry we room and have done this before at the rate of forty-four million visitors a year.
Our first stop suggestions for your visit include:
A. The Philadelphia Visitor Center at 5th and Market Streets is a great stop for all the information, brochures, and maps you need to tour Philadelphia’s sport, entertainment, food, cultural, art, and historic sites. The PHLASH tour bus runs close to everything on your agenda.
The Visitor Center’s best historic tour presents you with a flag of the thirteen colonies and thirteen historic sites that they recommend…and take you to visit. Each visit location has an amazing guide with a mini-talk on the historical significance of the location and a star for your flag. Thirteen sites, thirteen stars…spectacular locales and great information!
B. The Liberty Bell and Independence Hall are just across the street from the Philadelphia Visitor’s Center. Years ago you could actually touch the Liberty Bell on your tour. Now, it is protected from hands that were wearing it away. What an historic rush it was to touched the bell on your first visit to Philadelphia! These multiple buildings are far more than the birthplace of American history, the Declaration of Independence, and The Constitution!
C. The Barnes And Philadelphia Art Museums are two blocks from each other on Benjamin Franklin Parkway’s museum row. Four other museums are within four blocks of these sites starting at 2oth and the Parkway. These art museums are two of the tops in the world with their permanent and visiting collections. Check their websites for the dates you will be visiting. The Barnes’ audio and video tour is a great start on your computer before venturing out to the majestic Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
3. Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s Says Rock And Roll Is Dead!
Never! Never Ever! Not Ever!
For the second year in a row Rap/Hip Hop (22% of the market) has topped Rock and Roll (21% of the market) across all billboard charts that keep track of store purchases, free and purchased downloads, and listens. This, of course, wouldn’t be true if you combined Country Rock with Rock and Roll the way Rap is combined with Hip-Hop.
Drake (Rap), Justin Bieber and Ed Sheeran (Rock and Roll), and Lil Nas (Country) are light years ahead of the pack for 2019. Where other top recording stars get 10 million hits on their free site song listens, these four tally billions of listens and downloads. It is simply amazing to get 1 billion people to listen to your new song! You can’t go wrong featuring the new songs of these four in a column. Drake is such a hot commodity that the Fargo Airplane Service gave him as a gift a 200 million dollar 747 to fly around the world for free in for his personal use or on his tours. The company said the money was well spent as part of their new advertising campaign.
To join these four, here are some of our newest music recommendations for hours of great listening and entertainment:
All Together Now is an English music competition on BBC One. The interesting concept was put together by Geri Halliwell Horner of The Spice Girls. The set-up is strange…then all of a sudden you are singing along. Four contestants are singularly singing in competition in front of a wall of 100 judges. Each contestant starts their song and after 15 seconds the judges can vote for them as they stand as their judge’s square lights up. Then, the judges from a distance start singing along for the remainder of the song! Crazy! Votes are tallied from one to a hundred and while contestants are sitting in chairs next to their acquired voters number, the fourth contestant tries to knock one of the contestants off…finally with the top contestant moving on to the finals. 24 shows and sixty singers are in the books for your On Demand or You Tube watching enjoyment. You can get the feel of the show by starting at the beginning or at the end with two already crowned winner’s follow their every song journey tapes for 2017 and 2018 (www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4vuq2U9Bis) .
CMT Crossroads is 63 of the best hour long music episodes you can find on your computer or television. Each episode pairs a country star with a star from another musical classification (rock, rap, soul, classical, easy listening, and R&B).
This is the link to an hour broadcast on CMT Television featuring Stevie Nicks and Lady Antebellum (www.youtube.com/watch?v=icGTc-ZtgH8). We think it is one of the best of the 63 programs. In each hour long segment, the artists sing each others songs and collaborate on others. Just as interesting as the music are the sit down sessions where the artists talk about their music, relationships, and the creative process. Look for one of your favorites in the 75 artists featured, while, also, trying a recording duo a little out of your comfort zone. Everyone’s music seems comfortable on this show, as each performer’s art blends together perfectly. Rihanna with Stevie Nicks and Lady Antebellum is grand addition to your music library!
Jessi J’s Ten Year Old Singing Partner Is Drop Dead Spectacular!
This Truly Is A Masterpiece Of Music!
Jessie J is a British singer with a new single (Masterpiece), thirty million dollars in the bank, and Channing Tatum on her arm. Jessie, Celine Dion, Idina Menzel, Keith Urban, and a host of other singers have a segment in their shows where they bring an audience member on stage to sing with them. Sometimes it is rehearsed, sometimes not. This event in a Jessie J concert in Romania is unrehearsed, unbelievable, and utterly fantastic. A little ten year old Romanian girl (Adalia) disappears from her mother and while in the front of the stage viewing her idol, she gets invited to sing with her (Jessie).
Once on stage, Jessie whispers to Adalia to see if she wants to sing this particular song. Adalia says, no, she wants to sing Masterpiece. Masterpiece just happened to be the next segment of the show with back-up singers and more. As you can see from the 8 minute video, it takes the crew 3 minutes to get Adalia’s earphones in, but from then on this little imp steals the show. Adalia has the voice, the stage appeal, and presence of a 30 year old. She has the audience following her every move. Take a peek, please!
This is the ten minute segment of the show as Jessie runs all over the stage trying to get this ten year old girl miked up for singing…and follows with their dual performance. (www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dZ6eVGtvME).
This is the share of a concert fan who saw Adalia’s frantic mother searching for her child in an audience of 20 thousand people.
I was in the front row when it all happened. 30 minutes before Jessie’s concert, Adalia’s mother was looking for her daughter in the crowd with her picture on the phone asking people if they saw her because she had gone lost. Adalia actually left her mother to see her idol from the best spot. Eventually, her mother found her when Jessie invited her on stage.
This is the whole write-up of the concert event from Inspire the on line magazine: (www.inspiremore.com/jessie-j-masterpiece-romania).
By the way, Channing Tatum is worth 60 million dollars. Channing’s Magic Mike Las Vegas stage show should significantly add to that number!
4. Let’s Talk Philadelphia Features One Man’s Courage In The Face Of Tremendous Hardship!
Robert Guliani, A Column Friend, Has An Astounding Story To Tell!
His Story Is In Paperback And Audio Book Form!
A Miraculous Read Or Listen!
Never Quit is Robert Guliani’s story of heartbreak and courage that began in 1973 when a sixteen-year-old boy dove through a wave off Tobay Beach and emerged a quadriplegic. His struggle to graduate with his Syosset High School class, to graduate from Long Island University, to find gainful employment working for Aetna in the nascent days of computer programming, his eventual marriage, and his physical setbacks are all highlighted in vivid prose and with personal anecdotes in this autobiography.
For anyone struggling with physical ailments, personal problems, ordinary hardships, Robert’s book is nothing but inspirational. The title succinctly captures Robert’s can-do attitude, his strength of mind, and his unwavering courage in the face of enormous difficulties.
Never Quit by Robert Guliani is a must read for anyone searching for the means to pick themselves up and dust themselves off when faced with the vicissitudes of life. His love of life, zest for living, and a quest for adventure, while boldly confronting his physical limitations, can only make us want to celebrate our every breath. Many times, the road we are on is filled with detours and dead-ends. In the end, what defines us is what we make of it. Take a journey in Robert’s shoes and like him never quit.
Steve Bellafiore (Amazon review)
5. Let’s Talk Philadelphia Is Lobbying For The Game Of Thrones Movie!
A Home Box Office Game Of Thrones’ Movie Write-in Is In Progress!
Game Of Thrones Withdrawal Is A Batch!
Of Chocolate Chip Cookies!
The 10,000 articles written about The Game Of Thrones over the Home Box Office’s series’ ten year run are worth reviewing. Thank goodness for interns! The writers of the Game Of Thrones’ Movie are going to have to be miracle workers as they pick a theme that will allow them to re-feature the myriads of actors and regions destroyed or killed off in the series. Everyone wants their favorite dead person to be restored somehow for the movie.
The fifteen million dollars for each final episode and the 700 actors credited in the ten year run are two great statistic for fans that want to know everything about the show.
The winner of the best Game Of Thrones’ featured article followed intense lobbying at our Friday office meeting. The winning article was taken from Esquire Magazine’s April 2019 issue. Kit Harrington, King of the North, downloaded eight personal, never seen before, pictures from his life and his interaction with the show’s cast. His comments about the first time he saw Emilia Clarke are a great springboard to seven other of his interesting perspectives about the show, the show’s creators, and the cast.
Your office or friends at your next dinner should vote on who their favorite actors were on the show. Our office poll was compiled with the following results:
1. Kit Harington!
2. Emilia Clarke Naked!
3. Emilia Clarke!
4. Sean Bean! There must be a large English contingent in the office.
6. Let’s Talk Philadelphia Cringed At All 307 Of John Wick’s Killings!
Smiled At Five Killing!
Were Amazed At Three Killings!
Were Astonished At Halle Berry’s Two Dog’s Killing Abilities!
If you are not familiar with the Keanu Reeves’ John Wick Series, Paramount Television is showing John Wick 1 and John Wick 2 back to back once or twice a week. John Wick is an assassin for hire who wants out of the business to spend time with his wife. Naturally, everyone surrounding John Wick has different plans for him.
The John Wick series is approaching one half a billion dollars in revenues. With John Wick 3 zeroing in on 250 million dollars worldwide, JW Three has equaled the take of the first two movies combined. John Wick four, already shooting, is to be released on April 24th in 2021, so unlike Game Of Thrones, we can prepare for the next movie.
The 100 kills by John Wick in 3, are precipitated by the seven million dollar bounty put on his head that even Laurence Fishburne and Halle Berry, new additions to the series, will have trouble helping Wick overcome. Just when you think you have seen every killing possible in John Wick 1 and 2 along comes a Russian novel and two amazing German shepherds that are Halle Berry’s sidekicks. Nine dogs were used to film the dog scenes and their feats will amaze everyone in the audience. Our audience jumped twice as the dogs were set loose to do their deeds. Bets are now being taken on your visit. If you are squeamish, Bambi and Aladdin are next door in your local cinema.
7. Let’s Talk Philadelphia Knew Will Smith Could Sing And Dance!
They Should Not Have Kept Him In That Magic Lamp For So Long!
Will Smith is a Philadelphia native, so we have to give a call-out to everything he does. He was born in the city’s Wynnefield section in 1968. He has done the city proud with remarkable career in television (Fresh Prince), movies, and music. He had nominations for eleven awards with four wins…five Golden Globes, two Academy Awards, and four Grammy Award wins. His last 10 movies have each made over a million dollars.
In a tale as old as time, Will Smith has brought Aladdin with the help of Princess Jasmine (Naomi Scott) and Aladdin (Mena Massoud) to the local cineplex.
Aladdin is a centuries old tale from India. In the original versions, Baghdad was the story’s home. In the new version, the fictional Arabian city of Agrabah and surrounding areas are featured in the movie. The King of Agrabah is getting old. He wants a successor, but not his daughter…how about her not yet husband? Suitor mania is not going well!
Jafar ( Marwan Kenzari), the king’s trusted advisor (who can’t be trusted) wants Jasmine and the kingdom. Everyone wants the magic lamp and magic carpet rides. The period pieces in clothing and jewelry are must haves. The Bollywood dancing in the movie and after the final credits are deserving of Gene Kelly’s praise…Beyonce’s, too, if you don’t know who Gene Kelly is. The box office take is 400 million and growing. Now you see why we support Will Smith in everything he does even as minority owner of the Philadelphia 76ers basketball team. Smith is more than a three point businessman. Will Smith’s net worth is over 300 million dollars.
8. Let’s Talk Philadelphia Loves The International Eurovision Music Contest!
Read up on the Eurovision 41 country best singer contest held in Israel three weeks ago. You will then know what we are talking about in our next issue. It is the 45th year the contest has been held. Listen to the music from three of your favorite I should visit countries! What would you have picked as the best song. This year’s song videos are light years ahead of previous selections.
9. Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s Summer Reading Starters!
Here are two summer starters for girls doing amazing things!
Sadako And The Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr!
Millicent Min Girl Genius By Lisa Yee!
Sadako And The Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr
August 6th is Peace Day. It is celebrated throughout the world and in a giant celebration each year in New York’s Central Park. Purchasing the book and true story Sadako And The Thousand Paper Cranes will give the celebration greater meaning to the young or older reader. Sadako is an athlete that is slowed down from the bomb sickness that was prevalent in Japan after the war. The contamination from the two atomic bombs we dropped on Japan was still prevalent ten years after the initial destruction.
While dying in a hospital from this sickness, Sadako reads an old Japanese legend of hope. The legend voices that if you make 1,000 paper cranes in your lifetime, you will get one wish. Her wish was the wish of life. The 644 paper cranes that she fashioned before her death on October 25th 1955 were remember in a book passed around Japan called Kokeshi. It contained Sadako’s letters and was accompanied throughout Japan by her doll of the same name. Her classmates made the 356 cranes she couldn’t finish and the thousand cranes were buried with her.
Children throughout Japan collected money to commemorate her life. In 1958 a statue of Sadako, with outstretched hands, holding a golden crane, was erected in Hiroshima Peace Park. On August 6th children from all over the world and Hiroshima’s Folded Crane Club will leave their cranes at the granite base of her statue. In Central Park there will be a giant exchange of peace cranes in all forms from origami like Sadako’s cranes to special new commemorative designs. Directions for making paper cranes accompany the Sadako book.
Can you write up Millicent Min Girl Genius for our next issue. Give it a try!