Saturday Night Fever: Player’s Ball Edition

In the late 90′s and early 00′s, I was a huge fan of OutKast — so much so that their CD’s became the steady soundtrack to my gym routine (that was sadly before iPods were the essential gym accessory) and I saw them in concert more than once.  However, once their mainstream popularity hit with “Hey Ya,” OutKast (as a unit) basically disappeared. André 3000 and Big Boi haven’t performed together in years and haven’t released any new material in a little over ten years.

When it was announced months ago, that the duo would reunite at Coachella, many of their loyal fans rejoiced.  However, the annual two-weekend, three-day music festival is not everyone’s cup of tea, but thanks to technology that wasn’t around in 2003, we are able to witness their reunion from the comforts of our couch.  So, enjoy the live stream of their 90-minute performance from Friday night:

Lyrics to Go:
“Even the sun goes down, heroes eventually die.  Horoscopes often lie and sometimes “y”.  Nothin’ is for sure nothin’ is for certain nothin’ lasts forever, but until they close the curtain, it’s him and I – Aquemini…”

 

Saturday Night Fever: The Dirty Thirties

So, I came across this post in BuzzFeed ranking every year of your thirties from worst to best.

As someone who is right smack dab in the middle of their thirties, this has been an interesting decade, for sure.  It’s hard to explain, but it’s like all of a sudden “stuff got real”… and it got real really fast.

There are moments I feel really wise and proud of my life experience and then in a flash, I’m wondering why I don’t have more life experience and that I’m missing out on so much (cue the imaginary clock ticking in the background getting louder and louder by the second).

All in all, I’m not too certain what the remainder of my thirties will bring, but the one thing I am absolutely certain of is that I will never be as young as I am today ever again, so it’s time to enjoy each and every moment — no matter how old I am: 32, 34 or 35.

Btw, be sure to check out the BuzzFeed post and let me know your thoughts if you’re lucky enough to be living through your thirties as well!  It was scarily accurate, I admit.

Manic Monday

Tomorrow is the birthday of a very good friend and it has reminded me of the importance of having people in your life that you can truly rely and depend on.

As a friend, the best gift we can give each other is the gift of confidence.  It’s hard to believe in yourself every single moment of every single day – and that’s what friends are for at the end of the day… to believe in you when you forget how to yourself.

So, for this Manic Monday, I thought it would be a nice reminder for everyone to remember their brilliance and to be brilliant in your own unique way.

Flashback Friday

Did you know that this upcoming Sunday is the 10th anniversary of the release of Usher’s hit album, Confessions?

It certainly seems like just yesterday that Usher dropped the first single “Yeah,” featuring Lil’ Jon and Ludacris, doesn’t it?

“Confessions” was Usher’s fourth studio album and was released amidst tons of controversy.  The theme of the album was the “revelation of a man’s confessions” and many thought, coming off of his breakup with TLC’s Chili, they were Usher’s own secrets he poured out over songs about infidelity, pregnancies and heartbreak.  However, it was later revealed that most of the songs stemmed from Jermaine Dupri’s own love life.

Well, the controversy didn’t hurt album sales, with over 1.1 million copies sold in its first week and four number one singles.  So, in honor of flashback Friday, here is a look at, “Burn,” one of the hit singles off of the successful album.

Lyrics to Go:
“I’m twisted cause one side of me is tellin’ me that I need to move on.  On the other side, I wanna break down and cry.  So many days, so many hours.  I’m still burnin’ till you return.”

Watch it Wednesday

Yesterday, FOX aired the 100th episode of their hit show Glee!  Admittedly, I have been a fan of the show since its debut episode and have stuck it out through some questionable decisions and story lines.  Any show that creates 100 episodes is bound to fall off track every once in a while, but the amazing thing about Glee! is that every time that I believe it does, they hit me with a great addition to the cast (yes, Adam Lambert) or an emotional performance that immediately reminds me why I fell in love with this show in the first place.

This happened last week when the New Directions paid an amazing tribute to their friend, Finn Hudson, at Nationals.  There are few shows that allow the lines to get blurred between fiction and reality, but Glee! has always had the amazing ability to straddle that delicate line – and make the viewer feel as if they’re watching a little bit of both.

So, enjoy this amazing rendition of U2’s “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” from the episode titled, “City Of Angels.”