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An Oscar Retrospective (aka #ManCrush Monday on Seth MacFarlane)

In what critics are calling “the first and most original idea of 2013 or ever” I’ve decided to post a few of my thoughts on last night’s 85th annual Academy Awards.

Soft-shoeing their way into the hearts of millions...

Soft-shoeing their way into the hearts of millions…

For starters, Seth MacFarlane absolutely crushed it with the hosting duties, which is no easy task given that the über-critical media is just waiting to pounce on any and all missteps, real or imaginary. Also, keep in mind that we haven’t had a decent host for the ceremony since 2009’s festivities; last year was a past-his-prime Billy Crystal (whom I adore, but wasn’t great that time around…probably due at least in part to the fact that he was a last-second replacement for Eddie Murphy) and the year before was the dreadful Franco/Hathaway duo — she’s as bad at being herself as she is good at being other people and Franco just bounced back and forth between “possibly stoned” and “definitely stoned” the whole night. I thought Seth MacEff struck a great balance between deprecation of self vs. deprecation of others, and while every joke can’t be a home run (rough crowd to drop a Chris Brown/Rihanna joke on, I liked the Mel Gibson line but it was a bit passé, etc….though like any seasoned funny-man he recovered impressively and instantaneously) I thought the vast majority of his material was gold. And like it or not, I’m your male 18-34 demographic, so my opinion literally matters more than yours (18 trillion dollars of targeted advertising can’t be wrong). MacFarlane devotees already know that he has a passion for classic Hollywood (thus the soft-shoe numbers and old school pageantry of the opening performances) and if you’re smart enough to see through the boob-jokes, you’ll see a love for tinsel-town’s glamorous golden era that most of this generation lacks. Which leads me nicely into…

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30 in 30, Day 22: At Least I Didn’t Cover a Britney Spears Song

Ok, you got me. There might be a partial untruth in this blog’s title…specifically, that I may have covered a Britney Spears song for today’s 30 in 30 project. Now I don’t want to be “disclaimers for my lack of musical ability/knowledge” guy, but I will just say that I played/sang/arranged everything myself (minus the drums), on my computer earlier this evening, in a handful of hours. I get particularly self-conscious when it comes to musical things because I’ve been blessed with so many musically-talented friends who put out content that’s both legitimate, and legitimately good. However, I am still in the unprofessional/amateur category, so I try not to hold myself to their high standards. Luckily, no one on the internet is judgmental, so I imagine people will only have the nicest of things to say about it. Moving on, Britney Spears was in town recently, and I’ve been toying with covering one of her iconic songs for quite some time, but full credit to my buddy Chris S. who pointed out what a catchy cover song this would make. Mayhaps this rendition will further inspire us to do an even better cover within a cover, Inception style. As Reese Roper often said, “I hope you hate it.”

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30 in 30, Day 12: Remixed Signals

Today’s 30 in 30 is my first (and likely last) attempt at a remix of a song (in this case, America’s Sweethearts by Fall Out Boy). With Patrick Stump going solo and electronic, it seemed like it’d be cool timing and a fun concept to mess with one of the singles off FOB’s last album. I won’t be quitting my day job to become a DJ anytime soon, but it was a fun stretch, creatively. And dang it, isn’t that the point?

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