On March 19, 2014, Chelsea Clinton and model/actress Lily Cole discussed Lily’s new app “Impossible” at the Apple Store in SoHo, New York. Despite the negative connotation with the title of the app, “Impossible” seeks to help connect people to find others out there with the same interests, connect people to make their impossible dreams come true (sort of like how Craig’s List offers services) and also just gives a space for people to just show their gratitude.
The information presented was quite awesome. It gives you the feeling that there can be an self-moderated online community that seeks positivity instead of whining and bitching about all that is wrong with the world. It also seems to present an alternative to the time wasting and ever-present negativity that you find on Facebook and Twitter.
On a personal note, I’ve fallen for celebrity/politician bullshit many times in the past where you see them speak (either on TV or in real life, for me mostly in real life) and they seem to be such pleasant people, but once the cameras are off and they have the chance to really ‘put their money where their mouth is’ so to speak, you see a different side of them completely. Lily and Chelsea Clinton spent a good amount of time talking about giving gratitude and being thankful for all their blessings and moments after the talk, Clinton showed her gratitude true colors by having ZERO intention of stopping to talk to the couple of fans that were interested in meeting her. What happened to all that gratitude she just mentioned? Hmmmm….. The moral of the story: NEVER TRUST A POLITICIAN. I’m grateful that I never have and I never will. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
I love Shirley Manson so much, I don’t even know where to begin. Perhaps in the mid 1990s when all I was interested in musically was New Wave, Classic Rock and Prince Bootlegs… The Alternative music scene which had become uber-popular did absolutely nothing for me and as a result, I lost out on seeing bands like Nirvana when there were many chances to check them out. But then I heard the voice of an angel (and formerly of Angelfish), Shirley Manson. Her lyrics talked about some of the insecurities we are too afraid to admit coupled with a “don’t fuck with me attitude,” and to me and legions of fans, this was a winning formula. So many of her lyrics are so raw, honest and brilliantly poetic, I definitely place Shirley Manson amongst my favorite lyricists of all time (2 quick examples: “You should see my scars” from ‘Bleed Like Me’ and “I’ll tell you something, I am a wolf but I like to wear sheep’s clothing” from ‘Temptation Waits’ are a couple of my personal favorites). In my pre-camera days, I’ve had so many great experiences with Shirley and Garbage (for example seeing the final show of the Version 2.0 tour where they played 7 encores!) but last night was my first time taking a photo with the rock goddess.
In advance of Garbage playing later on this week, Shirley Manson discussed one of her favorite movies, “In The Mood For Love” (which was released in 2000 and was directed by Wong Kar-Wai) at the IFC center in Manhattan. It was my first experience seeing the modern classic and I completely understand why everyone loves it so much. The dialogue was completely improvised and cinematically, every shot in the film is gorgeous. Shirley talked about her love of this film, some of her experiences acting, as well as discussing her all time favorite film (see video below to find out what it is).
After the discussion was over, hordes of Garbage fans descended upon Shirley and she was cool enough to sign autographs and take pictures. As Shirley has said in the first song on the first Garbage album (‘Supervixen’), “bow down to me,” I am doing so via the written word. Thanks again Shirley for so many kick ass songs that have rocked my world! See you Friday at the show!