154. BB King, American Idol, Sofia Vergara, and Zamajobe

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1. Music…BB King…Riley Ben King (1925-2015)…Diabetes Defeats A Giant! Musical Legends And Masters Of Their Art Never Die!

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Every violinist, pianist, and guitarist gives his or her instrument of choice an appropriate and revealing name. It is an unwritten rite of musical passage. The blues immortal BB King named his guitar Lucille. He did his instrument proud by writing a song (My Lucille) about her. That song is the autobiography of King’s life. It has some great insights into King’s work and loves. His life was certainly an encyclopedia of music discoveries, interesting and memorable musical collaborations, and blues trailblazing.

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Pope John Paul II is playing King’s guitar, a gift John Paul received after King’s Vatican concert. Their next meet-up and play session should be something to behold.

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King was the worldwide ambassador of the blues. BB, well into his seventies, performed  in over 200 concerts a year. “From the prison walls to the concert halls” is the way he would often describe his work. BB King holds the world record for three hundred and forty concerts in one year. Now, that is a musical ambassador! BB King’s countless musical awards attest to how well his musical messages were appreciated and loved.

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Your recording selection tribute to BB King might include:
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2. Been Downhearted Every Day Since We Met
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2. Movies…Hot Pursuit…Can They Top Batwoman and Electra?
Reese Witherspoon And Sofia Vergara Will Try!
Redefining The Partners In Crime Movie
! One Laugh At A Time!

Reese Witherspoon is pushing two things this week. Draper James (http://www.draperjames.com) is her new website featuring southern grace, dress, and style. The site introduces everything from dresses to tote bags. Witherspoon’s picture is prominently featured  everywhere on the site. Reese is excited about bringing family values to a new line of fashion products and a new focus of simplicity to the world of everyday people. She expects to do this through starlet directed southern thinking.

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Pacific Standard, Witherspoon’s newly formed production company, has released Hot Pursuit, its newest movie. Sofia Vergara stars with Reese Witherspoon.
accountant husband cooks the books for a drug lord. He is needed to testify against this notorious untouchable criminal. This never works out! Bullets will fly!

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The tiny and extremely inept bodyguard for Vergara is Witherspoon. Getting Vergara and her husband to Dallas to testify means avoiding the drug king’s killers, corrupt policemen, escaped criminals along for the ride, and irate cattlemen. The outtakes at the end of the movie show that these two (Vergara and Witherspoon) had too much fun creating the movie to be afraid of anything or anyone in this cross state escapade.

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3. Music II…Africa As A Song Capital…Zamajobe Is The Queen!
Move Over Beyonce And Rihanna! Etta James You Are Still Number 1!

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While listening to and watching Shakira’s video of Waka Waka (This Time for Africa), the official song of the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup, the video ended and Zamajobe appeared on the screen. What A Musical Find! What A Musical Revelation! What A Musical Treat!

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It seems that the rock, rap, jazz, funk, and soul sounds from the US, Britain, France, and Australia have a new challenger, Africa! Africa is a hotbed of new sounds and Zamajobe is its leader. This songstress is all over You Tube, Vevo, and worldwide listening channels. She receives more play on Radio Africa than the next two singers combined.

Start with Zamajobe’s Magic and move on to Come With Me. After exploring Zamajobe’s songbook, try Lira (Lerato Molapo) our second musical choice from Africa this week. Lira means love and you will love her rendition of the Afro Soul song Hamba. Don’t forget the African men. Arno Carstens and his rock band Springbok Nude Girls opened for U2 on their recent sold out African tour. Carsten’s Feel It is a great story from a lover to his girlfriend. Rock out to SNG’s BattleScars Galactica and you will feel the sounds of Africa drummed into your mind and your updated play list.

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4. Movies II…Aloha…Who Will Bradley Cooper Bring Home To Mother?
Filming In Hawaii Is A Tough Assignment! Really Tough!
Working With Rachel McAdams And Emma Stone Had To Be Torture!

Did you know Aloha means hello and goodbye (peace and love) in Hawaiian. In the new movie Aloha either Rachel McAdams or Emma Stone is going to be hello or goodbye. This is, of course, a real stretch in the derivation of this new movie title, but a nice guessing game.

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Everyone is in the office and worldwide betting pool of: who will Bradley Cooper end up with at movie’s end? Someone wrote in Bill Murray on the ballot! Murray, John Krasinski, Alec Baldwin, and Ivana Milicevic give back-up spice to Aloha and do take sides in the who will Cooper select battle. Forget the saving the world space themes the movie offers. Love triangles are far more interesting!

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Bradley Cooper is a defrocked but famous military contractor who returns to the space program in Hawaii where he excelled and faltered. He turned his plane left when he should have turned it right. We have all had this experience, just not in a jet plane.

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While getting his old job back and trying to make amends for past failures, BC runs into his old love (Rachel McAdams) and a new side-kick (Emma Stone). Stone believes in him when no one else does. Please remember to hand your ballot in before seeing the movie and before reading your local critic’s review. Trips to Hawaii will be awarded after a random draw in the winner’s vote pile. For some reason our company head has won every trip drawing we have conducted in the last three years.

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5. Mother’s Day…It Should Be Celebrated Every Day Of The Year!
Philadelphia Invented Mother’s Day! Philly Rocks, Once Again!
A Look Back…One Week And One Hundred Sixty Years Later!

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Though Mother’s Day tradition goes back to the fertility goddess Juno in early Rome, Anne Jarvis created the American version of Mother’s Day in 1908 with the financial backing of John Wanamaker, a Philadelphia department store owner and philanthropist. Anne’s mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis, started the idea in 1860 by forming Mother’s Day Work Clubs in West Virginia to educate women on child care. In 1914 President Woodrow Wilson made it a national holiday after much lobbying by Jarvis and the women’s groups she lead and addressed throughout the United States.

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Our readers in England and Italy reminded us that countries throughout the world celebrate Mother’s Day on other dates and in various forms quite different from the America’s.

The English and Northern European form of Mothers Day is celebrated in the third week of Lent. It is called Mothering Sunday and dates back to the 1600’s. On this day mother’s return to their original churches no matter where they have traveled to in other parts of England or in the world. Celebratory services are then followed by social fests.

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Italy calls their mother’s tribute Festa Della Mamma (Madre). This special day for mothers is filled with an array of social and religious events. Pick a country throughout the world and research how they celebrate Mother’s Day. You will get some great endearing and creative ideas on how to honor your mother throughout the year.

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6. Television…What Happens When The Songbird Dies?
American Idol Will Sing No More!
How Do You Silence An Institution?

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American Idol is the Academy Award of Jennifer Hudson in Dreamgirls, the seventy million records sold by Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood, The Olympic  Games’ salute (Home) by Phillip Phillips, Adam Lambert standing proud as a gay singer, Fantasia winning over Broadway, and thousands of performers that have been given a new direction for their songs, musical creations, and careers. When the lights go dim and the Idol stage door closes for the last time, American Idol will look across the street and see all the other show doors they have opened from The Voice to X- Factor to Duets to Pitch Perfect 2.

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CleVVer is entertainment review site with outstanding news-like videos on all subject areas. Their description of the top eleven money makers from American Idol is an eye opener. Their link is below for this presentation. For starters Simon Cowell is worth 900 million dollars and Ryan Seacrest is worth 300 million. The video link below is a mini review of everyone’s successes, records, recording contracts, and businesses. Drop your email in their follow box for video reviews of everything current.


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Idol Talk reminds us that Kelly Clarkson has sold the most songs of any idol with Carrie Underwood a close second. Daughtry and Phillip Phillips are the sale’s leaders in the men’s division. The four million records Phillip Phillips sold of Home is the  single song record for both men and women who have taken the idol stage.

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7. The World Of Column Development And Creative Ideas Needs Your Help!

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Do you have a topic that can be featured on this column or can you contribute two creative paragraphs on your favorite movies, books, comics, art, music, gaming, education, travel, or more for our column? Don’t be afraid to let your creative self fly into any area except politics and religion.

Our reading audience and fans of BB King, American Idol, and Reese Witherspoon are insatiable for any new idea…even yours!

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Your ideas, creative column contributions, and future column suggestions should be sent to Tom Palumbo at tjpalumbo@aol.com. Please send a photo or two with your two-paragraph contribution. We’d love to display your art and photography in a personal section, as well as, throughout the Let’s Talk’s discussions. Thank you for adding your work and expertise to this column! Your varied ideas, experiences, products, and insights will surely bring a larger audience to the column and make the column’s content more interesting and far reaching. We hope you like the contributions of dozens of readers from throughout five continents.

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Tom Palumbo is a nationally known and award winning author, teacher, technology designer, administrator, and grant writer. He has taught for thirty-five years in preschool through 12th grade classrooms throughout the quad state area. His ideas have made a difference in the way thousands of teachers, parents, and children read, write, do mathematics, use technology, and think creatively and critically. Tom’s twenty books on reading, writing, critical thinking, and mathematics have won four national book awards. 5,000 teachers and home schooling parents have matriculated through his graduate courses/lectures. 12,000 have signed up for his website. As Director of Pennsylvania’s Parent Information Center and New Jersey’s Citizen’s For Better Schools Resource Center, Tom received over two hundred commendations for his presentations to thousands of teachers, parents, and administrators throughout the Florida, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland area. Workshop participants receive idea loaded CD’s, access to hundreds of videos, PowerPoints, curriculum links, games, and lessons on his website, and an activity booklet filled with common core curriculum in line with local, state, and national standards. Instruction, on each of these resources, is presented during his presentation. Mr. Palumbo has over two hundred learning centers, bulletin boards, and project developers in reading, writing, poetry, literature, and math in make-it/take it item format that can, also, be part of any workshop program. Call or email Tom to set up a workshop for your organization. Tom Palumbo tjpalumbo@aol.com 215-262-9986 aimtjp.wikispaces.com
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2 Responses to 154. BB King, American Idol, Sofia Vergara, and Zamajobe

  1. Al Minetola says:

    Have been to many BB King concerts. NEVER disappointed, worth every dollar spent.

  2. Thanks Al…I listen to him all the time when I am on the computer working…I liked the way he explained his early days in the song My Lucille.

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