A Perspective On Susan Boyle I Wish I Had Thought Of

This is a wonderful perspective on the Susan Boyle phenomenon (one that I’m not entirely on board on):

The way we see Susan Boyle is very nearly the way God sees us: worthwhile, special, talented, unique, beautiful.  The world generally looks askance at people like Susan Boyle, if it sees them at all.  Without classic good looks, without work, without a spouse, living in a small town, people like Susan Boyle may not seem particularly “important.”  But God sees the real person, and understands the value of each individual’s gifts: rich or poor, young or old, single or married, matron or movie star, lucky or unlucky in life.  God knows us.  And loves us.

“Everybody is somebody” said Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan at his installation Mass in New York City yesterday.  That’s another reason why the judges smile and the audience explodes in applause.

Because they recognized a basic truth planted deep within them by God: Susan Boyle is somebody.

Everybody is somebody.

The author is James Martin, SJ in America: The National Catholic Monthly

Welcome to Comboland Radio



As first reported in David Menconi’s blog at newsobserver.com, Comboland Radio is live on Live365.com.  In the last 30 minutes or so, I’ve heard Arrogance, PKM, Glass Moon, Brice Street, Mothers Finest, Connells and Mitch Easter.  If you grew up in Raleigh, you must revisit your roots.  I’m loving this – subscribed to Live365.com (you do not have to to listen) and loaded the mobile version on my phone.  I’m hooked.

From the website:

Comboland… this catchy moniker was coined by Godfrey Cheshire in 1985 for a project he and Bernie Reeves were developing at “The Spectator”, a weekly entertainment magazine in Raleigh, NC. The idea was to expose to the rest of the world the many great artists and bands that made up the “North Carolina Music Scene”. 27 bands/artists submitted 48 songs for the project. These tapes were shopped to record companies and found some success in England. A BBC special was filmed and a single compilation album was released on Making Waves records. A couple of the bands secured deals of their own thanks to this exposure. The others either toiled on or broke up. In the process some wonderful music was made. Beginning in the early 70’s the “Comboland” era sort of ended in the early 90’s but great music kept coming out of the region. Today the number of artists/bands making music in Comboland is remarkable! I know I don’t have them all represented here…yet! While Comboland Radio features quite a bit of the older tunes we feature plenty of the recent releases too. Hopefully this new outlet will expose the great new music coming out of Comboland. Comboland lives on!

Do yourself a Favor….



and spend $3.99 on Itunes to buy "Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog".  It was free last week at their website, but I bought it after the first "Act".

It’s silly, absurd, cheesy, and beautifully fantastic.  Neil Patrick Harris has a really great voice, and his ability to just look at the camera and express a myriad of emotions is nothing short of amazing.  I think they call it "ACTING"!

Nathan Fillion is perfectly over the top cheesy as our "hero" Captain Hammer.

This show has more heart, humor and talent in in than anything on TV right now.

I’m frustrated….

I’m kinda funny.

I can kinda sing.  This has come as part of my mid-life crisis – until 6 years ago, the only singing I did was to the radio in the car.  Then came Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Children of Eden, a couple of solos in church, and the time since in the Tenor corps of the church choir.  I’ve had a blast…

Stephen Colbert is extremely funny, and based on this clip, can sing too.  The very idea of singing with John Legend is intimidating at best, and Colbert holds his own to create something amazing.

Extremely Funny, and can really sing.  I think I hate him.

Stuff I Laughed at This Weekend….

…cause if you can’t be funny, why not link to stuff that is…

Saturday Night Live was not spectacular, but it did have some solid highlights, from Tina Fey (across the board – nearly everything she did was funny) to Mike Huckabee on Weekend Update.  Sadly, Adam Samberg’s Digital Short was not that funny – it fell into the “Cats with Lasers” category.  This was the highlight, though:

(This is from hulu.com – the Fox/NBC site that shows what a TV “new media” website should be.  I’ve got some invites to the private beta if you email me.)

Also, after the Oscars (Jon Stewart – great, most everything else blech), Jimmy Kimmel posted his response to the viral video from a few months ago by Sarah Silverman. It is here, with a recap of the first video:


And just for good measure, the original Sarah Silverman video: