Sunday, October 22, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for October 22

The Supremes Became the First All-Female Group to Make #1 on October 22, 1966.

First All-Female Music Group to Make #1

Originally called the Primettes, the Supremes were the most commercially successful Motown act and still hold the record for America’s most successful vocal group. The group began performing together in 1959. On this day in 1966, the Supremes became the first all-female group to have a No. 1 selling album with The Supremes A ‘Go-Go. Together, they had 12 number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100. In 1970, Diana Ross left the group to pursue a solo career, but the Supremes continued on until 1977 ending a 18-year run.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Ready to Hear from a New Music Group - Video of the Day

 VIDEO OF THE DAY 

Check out the new group, The Young Escape's first single, "Good Life."

This Day in Pop Culture for October 21

Keith Green was born on October 21, 1953.

Keith Green is Born

Christian music pianist, singer and songwriter Keith Gordon Green was born on this day in 1953. Green began his musical career at age three playing the ukulele, the guitar at age five and the piano at age 12. By 1965, Green had already written 40 songs. He and his father, Harvey, signed a five-year contract with Decca Records. In February 1965, having written forty original songs already, Green and his father, Harvey, signed a five-year contract with Decca Records with plans to make Green a teen idol. At 11 years old, became the youngest person ever to sign with the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), but Decca’s plan failed as Donny Osmond rose to stardom. Green was raised in Christian Science, but was fascinated with eastern mysticism, drugs and “free love.” In the early 1970’s, Green and his new wife, Melody, became Christians became involved with the Vineyard Christian Fellowship in Southern California. In a sense, Green did become a star in Christian music, but his life was cut short at age 28 when he died in a plane crash in 1982.

Friday, October 20, 2017

48th GMA Dove Award Winners Announced

The winners of the 2017 GMA Dove Awards.
Zac Williams sings with The Oak Ridge Boys and Travis Greene.
(Grant Exline/Lipscomb University)

 MUSIC 

This week, the 48th Annual GMA Dove Awards were announced at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena in Nashville and the whole event will be broadcast on TBN this Sunday, October 22 at 8:00 p.m. (CST) and is a "must-see" for fans of contemporary Christian music. The special night was hosted by Kari Jobe and Tasha Cobb Leonard where Reba McEntire won her first Dove Award, Pat Boone was recognized with SoundExchange’s Fair Play Award and Hillsong Worship’s “What a Beautiful Name” won both “Worship Song of the Year” and “Song of the Year.”

“I want to just say that of all the names that get honored tonight, there is a name that is more powerful and more beautiful, and it is the name of Jesus,” said Hillsong Worship.

The show opened the show with Zach Williams singing his hit song, “Chain Breaker” along with The Oak Ridge Boys and Travis Greene Joining him. He later learned that the song won the “Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year.”

The winners of the 2017 GMA Dove Awards.
GabeReal and Ryan Stevenson (Grant Exline/Lipscomb University)
Ryan Stevenson was honored with his first GMA Dove Award when he received the "Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year" award for "Eye of the Storm," which he also performed with GabeReal of TobyMac's DiverseCity band.

“What an honor to be here with all of these songwriters and recognizing these amazing songs,” said Stevenson during his acceptance speech. “I’m so thankful that songs sneak past us and our boundaries and penetrate to the heart. I just want to encourage everybody to be bold, speak out about your brokenness, speak out about things that are actually going on in your life because that is what makes what we are doing special and sets people free - that is our testimony that truly starts revival. We are all trying to speak out what is going on inside of us and to say Holy Spirit come rest in this place and use us.”

The winners of the 2017 GMA Dove Awards.
Chris Tomlin (Jamie Gilliam/Lipscomb University)
Chris Tomlin took home his 23rd GMA Dove Award for “Worship Album of the Year,” for Never Lose Sight. "It is an honor to receive the Dove Award for Worship Album of the Year after just having been nominated for Favorite Artist for the AMAs," says Tomlin. "I am humbled by how God continues to work through these songs and the entire worship community. My prayer is that these songs continue to help give the Church a voice to praise and worship the One True God.”

Continuing a landmark year, MercyMe received multiple wins including “Artist Of The Year,” “Pop/Contemporary Album Of The Year” for Lifer and Bart Millard of the group won “Songwriter of the Year (Artist).” The band also performed “Even If.”

The Big Winners of the 2017 GMA Dove Awards Include:

Behind the Scenes of 'Coco' - Video of the Day

 VIDEO OF THE DAY 

This short featurette covers a lot of territory regarding the upcoming Disney/Pixar movie, Coco.

This Day in Pop Culture for September 20

CBS aired its "eye" logo on October 20, 1951.

CBS Has Its Eye on You

It was on this day in 1951 when CBS TV debuted “The Eye” logo for the first time. Designed by creative director Bill Golden, it was inspired by hex symbols resembling the human eye that were drawn on Shaker barns to ward off evil spirits. The finished logo was created by Kurt Weihs. In the 1950s, the logo’s center became a camera iris, but that idea was dropped early on. Though minor changes have been made to the eye, the logo pretty much has stayed the same and is considered one of the best trademark symbols ever created.


Thursday, October 19, 2017

'Goodbye Christopher Robin' is More Melancholy Than Sweet

Review of "Goodbye Christopher Robin"
Domhnall Gleeson and Wil Tilston in Goodbye Christopher Robin (20th Century Fox)

 MOVIE REVIEW 

The trailers Goodbye Christopher Robin are a bit misleading presenting what looks to be happy history of the family behind the Winnie-the-Pooh books. Instead, the film is a lot more melancholy. Families might also think that this is a family film and while it is only rated PG, the storyline will probably make the younger set uncomfortable at best and bored at the worst. However, if you are a fan of the works of A.A. Milne, then you will probably find this Pooh story to be fascinating, if not as heartwarming as you would expect.

Before the World Wars, A.A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) was a successful author and playwright with a great wit. (I had the chance to see one of his plays, Mr. Pim Passes By and enjoy the same wit and whimsy that he so cleverly displayed in the Winnie-the-Pooh books.) This thrust him into the limelight which his socialite wife, Daphne (Margot Robbie) truly enjoyed. However, after returning home from the war, he found that he struggled with PTSD. At first, Daphne was supportive of his condition, but soon became frustrated that he wasn’t writing as much as he used to.

The movie paints the picture of their marriage in a very uncomfortable way. Neither showed much emotion to the other and always acted “proper” in public. Daphne especially would rather die than allow her husband to see her cry. However, the two are playful with one another from time to time as she calls him “Blue” for some reason that is never explained (or I might have missed the reason).
After the birth of their son, Christopher Robin (Will Tilston), it is clear that Milne doesn’t have a lot of interaction with his baby boy as he is shown not knowing how to hold Christopher. The couple soon hire a nanny to take care of Christopher so they can attend parties and whatnot. Eventually though, the PTSD bec0mes too much for Milne and moves his family to the countryside of East Sussex much to his wife’s dismay. Though happier, Milne still wasn’t writing. However, after re-learning how to play and interact with Christopher and his stuffed animals, Milne received the inspiration he needed to create his first Children’s book.

'Only the Brave' is a Beautiful Yet Flawed Tribute Movie

Miles Teller and Josh Brolin face off in Only the Brave (Black Label Media)

 MOVIE REVIEW 

Director Joseph Konsinski makes a good point when he says, “In an age of superheroes, Only the Brave is a film about real heroes.” Truly we can afford to see more true-life adventures of the men and women who protect us. Only the Brave aims to bring tribute to the 20 men who battled the deadly Yarnell Hill Fire in Arizona back in 2013, but sadly, the film falls on its own sword in its attempt.

Though beautifully shot, Only the Brave is a frustrating movie and proves that it can’t get by on looks alone. It begins with a rocky start of bad lines and finishes on a sour note. Though the trailers promise an exciting adventure about a forest fire, the movie is more of a drama with a fire in the backdrop. This in itself isn’t a bad idea, but as a tribute all of the men, the script chooses to only focus on two characters: Fire supervisor Eric Marsh and rookie firefighter, Brendan McDonough. The rest of the guys are given about two lines of dialogue each and often it’s in the form of locker room talk rather than the matter at hand. These men were heroes, but they are presented as sort of a good ‘ol boys club instead. The story moves at a snail’s pace and then suddenly, it’s over and it becomes apparent that we really didn’t learn much about any of these other characters. With that said, what the film gets right is the interaction between Marsh and McDonough played by Josh Brolin and Miles Teller respectively.

Only the Brave is based on the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots featured in Sean Flynn’s GQ article “No Exit: The Granite Mountain Yarnell Fire Investigation.” The Hotshots literally fight fire with fire, but even after watching the movie, I’m not exactly sure how. What is clear though is how tough the job is.