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Flaws Are OK: Lessons From Lorde

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Did you make it to Chile’s Lollapalooza festival last month?


Neither did I, but I’m sure it was a hit. With acts like Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sound Garden, and Arcade Fire, how could it have not been?

Anyway, now that we’re up to speed, another talent who graced the stage in Chile was New Zealand’s latest hit maker, Lorde.

Lorde — the 17-year-old singer-songwriter behind hits “Royals” and “Team” — found two distinctly different photos of herself from the event — one featuring her with fresh, flawless skin, and the other showing her blemishes.

What’s YOUR Favorite Happy Song?

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Listen to the Music

I have a friend whom I consider my musical soulmate, and sometimes we’ll randomly share a tune with each other to either bring back memories (we’re around the same age, so we were going through some of life’s common milestones around the same time) or just see what the other thinks of it.

A few months ago, he asked me about my favorite go-to happy song, and without hesitation I answered “Listen to the Music” by The Doobie Brothers.

(I don’t know why, but there’s just always been something about that song that plucks my serotonin, even when I was a child.)

Andre 3000 As Hendrix in ‘Jimi: All Is By My Side’ Biopic

Monday, March 24th, 2014

The new Jimi Hendrix biopic, Jimi: All Is By My Side, premiered at South by Southwest (SXSW) 2014, apparently to rave reviews.

Actually, its star — Andre 3000 of Outkast, who reportedly practiced the guitar six hours a day to prep for the film — is receiving most of the glory.

Kings of Leon “Mechanical Bull” Tour: Worth the Tickets?

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Copyright: Alicia Sparks All Rights Reserved

Guess which blogger has two thumbs and went to see Kings of Leon this past weekend?

That’s right: this girl.

7 Celebrity Quotes On Getting Older, Wiser, and Better

Thursday, October 10th, 2013
Image: Bill Ebbesen | CC

Image: Bill Ebbesen | CC

It’s World Mental Health Day 2013, and this year’s theme is “Mental Health and Older Adults.”

Because our celebrity quotes posts are always popular, I thought I’d give the readers what they want!

Only, this time focus specifically on older celebrities* who have a lot of wisdom to share when it comes to getting older, wiser–and better!

Time for Some Humor: Post-Concert Depression Symptoms!

Monday, October 7th, 2013


Let’s start this week out with a little humor!

As most of you know, I like a good concert. I especially like Dave Matthews Band shows.

Truthfully, these are the only shows I travel a significant distance to see (I think the second farthest was Ryan Bingham), so what I’m about to share with you is especially significant to that area of my life!

Last month, Alternative Press posted The 9 Phases of Post-Concert Depression, and I think anyone who’s been super excited and spent weeks or even months preparing for a big show can tell you, they’re all spot on!

Euphoria, reflection, reality–this is good stuff :)

So take a few minutes this Monday morning (or, whenever you’re reading this) and enjoy a laugh or two!

Then, let us know which concert caused YOU the most post-concert depression?

(Big thanks to Michael Corbin of for the head’s up on this funny stuff!)

Sinead to Miley: “Don’t Allow Yourself to Be Prostituted”

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Sinead O’Connor has penned an open letter to Miley Cyrus, stating she’s “extremely concerned” for the “Wrecking Ball” singer and reminding her that the music industry doesn’t “doesn’t give a s–t” about her.

The entertainment industry exploded when the 20-year-old former Hannah Montana star sang and “danced” along side Robin Thicke during his summer hit, “Blurred Lines” at the 2013 MTV VMAs.

Though, it’s pretty safe to say there were no “blurred lines” where viewers’ opinions were concerned: you either loved it or haaaaaaaated it.

Dave Matthews and Grover Learn to Express Their Feelings

Monday, September 30th, 2013

Dave Matthews of Dave Matthews Band and Grover of Sesame Street learn to express their feelings through song.

Weekend Listening: New Glen Campbell Album, “See You There”

Friday, August 9th, 2013

See You There

It’s been a busy couple of years for country music legend Glen Campbell.

Shortly after revealing his Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis, the 77-year-old “Rhinestone Cowboy” crooner announced his farewell tour and final album, Ghost On the Canvas.

One year later in July 2012, Campbell wrapped up the tour and released a farewell video for his song “A Better Place.”

Oh, but we haven’t heard the last of Glen Campbell.

3 Lessons My Sister and I (and Dave Matthews Band) Can Teach You

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013
Copyright: Alicia Sparks. All Rights Reserved.

Copyright: Alicia Sparks. All Rights Reserved.

As you read this, I am en route to Charlotte, NC for my second Dave Matthews Band show of 2013.

My sister Megan and I try to hit up two or three shows a year, and our first one was last Friday in Cincinnati.

We were on the road as early as possible and even though she’d worked all night (she’s a nurse), she didn’t pass out and get a few hours sleep like I’d hoped.

She said she was too anxious.

Later that evening, I found out why.


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