Lorde: The Thinking Girl’s Pop Star


photo: the guardian This past weekend, something unexpected happened. In the midst of a music industry rife with female pop stars willing to trade on their looks, who release predictable material and perform them provocatively, a relative unknown (until recently) New Zealander not only gave an inspired and powerfully commanding performance of her hit song Royals, [...]

An Open Letter To Taylor Swift


Dear Taylor Swift, Hi. I’m just going to come out and say it. I love you. I love your music. I love your style. And I don’t care what anyone else thinks. I think you’re awesome. This 31-year-old stay-at-home mom can’t help but sing along to your catchy tunes while my girls dance around the [...]

7 Songs Too Awesome (or Terrible) to be Covered


Some famous guy said that anything worth saying/written/inventing had already been said/written/invented. I think it was Oscar Wilde. Or Freddie Mercury. Whatever. Someone fabulous. Speaking of Freddie Mercury, anything worth singing has already been sung, too. I just don’t know how to break it to these kids today, but it’s just that most of those [...]

I Throw My Hands Up in the Air Sometimes

Kids dancing

Yesterday my children came home from school singing Taio Cruz. I made a big deal on Twitter and Facebook about my greatest fears being realized about how public schools were teaching my children Top 40 music. The truth is I am a huge proponent of public schools and I live in one of the best [...]