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April 2023

Bebe Rexha feat. Dolly Parton “Seasons”

Bebe Rexha just released her new album “Bebe” today, and it features a collaboration with the iconic Dolly Parton (who seems to be working with EVERYONE except Mick Jagger these days…), and you know what? It’s pretty good!

Check out “Seasons” below:

I really enjoyed that! I’m so used to Bebe’s over-produced pop songs which dominate Top 40 radio, so it was nice to hear a different side and really get to appreciate her vocals. They blend perfectly with Dolly’s legendary voice.

Also, that’s a lot of blonde and boobs in the video.

I don’t think anyone is mad at it.

Again, Bebe’s new album is out today, and I hope she puts out more songs like this!


“Part of Your World” From “The Little Mermaid”

There’s been a lot of controversy surrounding the remake of  Disney’s “The Little Mermaid”, mainly because Ariel is African-American (Who the heck cares? I mean, she’s a cartoon mermaid. Get over yourself) and now because the characters like “Flounder” and “Sebastian” look a little creepy as “live action” characters.  Seriously? This is what bothers people?

I guess I’m too busy having a life to get riled up by such trivial matters.

Anyhow, the remake of the Disney classic “Part of Your World” was just released, and holy smokeronies is it good!

Halle Bailey’s vocals are perfection, and that’s a huge part of the role. “Ariel” is known for her stunning voice (NOT for being Caucasian) and Halle just showed everyone why she was chosen for the role.

I absolutely loved this movie as a kid. As an adult, I’m just not a fan of the theme. Why, yes, change for your man!  And of course, Eric is into a hot chick who can’t talk. Isn’t that every man’s fantasy?

That being said, my main issue with the movie is Ariel wanting to be human. Girl, NO! Humans are nuts. Stay in the sea. Trust me on this!

But the little kid in me is totally here for the live-action remake.

Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” hits theaters May 26th.


I Am One in Eight…

“I’m so infertile, Nick Cannon couldn’t get me pregnant!” I cracked this terrible joke a couple of weeks ago to the nurse who was in charge of intake at my last egg retrieval.  It’s what I do, make dumb jokes when I’m stressed out or nervous. I always feel like the nurses and doctors are relieved when they finally put me under so I will shut up.

I’ve spent a lot of time in doctors’ offices these past few years. I’ve lost count of how many needles have been injected into my body. I used to be terrified of needles, and now it’s nothing to get a 1 1/2 inch needle into the backside.  I even got over the fear of injecting myself.  When you have to do three shots a day, and you husband is working late, and you HAVE to get that shot in before 6pm, you get over it.

Really, for as much as Gonal F and Menpur cost ($4350 this last round WITH insurance) the least they could do is give you a buzz, right?

Nah. I just get bloated and emotional, and I break out in cystic acne. It’s so freaking rude.

I am one in eight that suffers from infertility.

Infertility affects one in eight couples worldwide, and it’s something my husband and I have been struggling with for most of our sixteen years of marriage. Of course, I’m the problem. Severe endometriosis has basically fried my eggs, and although I make a lot of them, they’re all bad quality. (I’m like the “Forever 21” store for eggs. Lots of inventory, but all crap quality.) And there I go with the dumb jokes again…

I figured, like most people are able to do, that I would get pregnant easily. I’m healthy, strong, and in great shape.  And we did get pregnant on our second try when we were 28. I had a miscarriage six weeks later, and I figured that we could just get pregnant again. Ha. No. After ten years of trying to conceive- at first naturally, then with Clomid (the Devil Drug I call it), then with IUI.  After three failed rounds of IUI (Intrauterine Insemination) we had to finally go the IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) Route. That in itself is a HUGE undertaking. And it’s crazy expensive and most insurances don’t cover it.  Thanks for nothing, TRICARE!!! It’s tons of expensive injected medications, doctors’ appointments every other day for two weeks, then the egg retrieval. THEN they inject the eggs with your partner’s sperm, and you hope an embryo comes out of it. THEN you get the embryo placed into your uterus and hope it takes.  And then if it does take, you get another 8-10 weeks of progesterone injections into your backside. So, with all of this happening, you get to be a hormonal mess.

We were lucky. Our lone embryo took in 2021, and now we have a gorgeous 18-month-old son.  It was worth it all.

So, naturally, we had to try again, right? I mean, it worked once, so let’s give it another go.

Two unsuccessful IVF rounds later, I’m done. We’re done. At forty, having another baby on my own is clearly too much to ask the universe for.  Last Fall, we did IVF and got one good embryo- a girl this time. We had her transferred in February, and she didn’t take. We did another round this past month with the eggs retrieved a week ago, with four fertilizations- but no embryos yielded.  So, this is the end of the road for us. Maybe a donor egg could be the answer, but that’s another $40K investment with no guarantee that it will work.  Again, I am so lucky to have Brandon, and I have a wonderful life. I just want to let go and enjoy it, which has been really hard to do this past year with the barrage of hormones going in and out of my body. I’m looking forward to getting myself back.

One of the hardest things about being infertile was the constant unintentional emotional grenades. From being asked “When are you going to have babies?” to bosses (yes, plural. Kid you not) who told me NOT to get pregnant to seeing new stories about people abusing their children, every day is a minefield.

Again, one in eight Americans are affected by infertility. I ask you to remember this before saying something potentially insensitive. And use this as a reminder that you never really know what someone is going through, so please be mindful. And to all who are suffering, I see you, I hear you, and I am you. Stay strong.

And to all of you who are able to conceive easily, know how blessed you are!


Luke Grimes “Hold On”

Anyone else totally loving Luke Grimes’s new music?

At first when the “Yellowstone” actor (he portrays Kayce Dutton on the show) announced that he was going to try and become a Country singer, I admit, I rolled my eyes a little. Because what actor/actress doesn’t want to be a singer, and vice versa?

But I gave his first single, “No Horse to Ride” a listen, and was impressed.  And he just dropped this new song called “Hold On” and once again, it’s real Country music, and definitely has a cool sound to it.

Yep, another song that would totally fit with the “Yellowstone” soundtrack.

That is, if they ever freaking finish up Season 5! (What the hell, guys???)

In the meantime, Luke Grimes is popping out some great Country tunes, and I’m for sure looking forward to his debut album.

Stay tuned for more info!


New Foo Fighters!!!!!

I absolutlely LOVE the Foo Fighters, and have since I discovered them on MTV when I was 12.  Like most music fans, I was shocked and saddened by the loss of the iconic Taylor Hawkins last year, and the future of the Foos was a giant question mark, and rightfully so.

Well, Foo Fighters will press on with a new album “But Here We Are” which is slated for a June 2nd release.

Off of it, the lead single- and the first without Taylor (sigh) “Rescued”:

The Foos never, ever disappoint.  They always make fresh music, that still is essentially them.  They have said they will be a different band going forward without Taylor (obviously) but I love that they are staying strong, pressing on, and keeping Rock alive.

Mad respect.


Also, Dave Grohl for President!


New Kelly Clarkson Is Here!

Kelly Clarkson is back with some vocal bangers!

She’s been teasing new music for quite some time… we knew she would have plenty of material after her messy divorce from Brandon Blackstock, and according to her two new singles “Me” and “Mine” which just came out this morning, well, thing must have been REAL bad.




Damn, those pipes, though!

I’m definitely more of a fan of her upbeat songs (that’s just me) but there’s no denying her vocal prowess and raw emotion.

She and Adele need collab, like, yesterday.

More to come on her new album “Chemistry” on June 23rd!



Are These the Best Male Country Singers of All Time?

A few weeks ago, Studyfinds.com compiled a list of the Best Female Country Singers, and they nailed it! Dolly Parton was #1, and I don’t think anyone can argue that!

Studyfinds.com just followed up with a list of the Best Male Country Singers, and it’s pretty spot on as well.

At least the Top 3 are.

Although, I think Kenny Chesney (no disrespect to him) could have been replaced by a more legendary singer like George Jones…

1. George Strait
With over 70 million records sold, George Strait is one of the most successful country singers of all time. He’s had 44 number one hits and has won numerous awards. “Throughout his music career which spans for more than 30 years, Strait holds 60 No. 1 singles, more than any other artist in any genre. He amassed 33 platinum, 13 multi-platinum and 38 gold albums, more than any country artist and third across all genres behind only The Beatles and Elvis Presley.”

“He is the only performer in history to have a Top 10 hit every year for over three decades.”

Also, he’s freaking GEORGE STRAIT.

2. Garth Brooks

Garth is another legend in the business.
According to studyfinds:

“Since the release of his debut album, “Garth Brooks”, in 1989, Brooks has made a practice of taking risks and defying the rules, jamming his hands into all sorts of star-maker machinery and seeing exactly how far he can go: for example, writing ‘The Thunder Rolls,’ a song about a man who cheats on his wife, and making a video for it that shows not only the husband’s torrid affair but his violent comeuppance. In Nashville, where newcomers are practically issued handbooks on the accepted ways of doing business — which means playing it safe — that’s living dangerously indeed.”

“Brooks has enjoyed one of the most successful careers in popular music history, breaking records for both sales and concert attendance throughout the 1990s. Garth Brooks still continues to sell well and according to Nielsen Soundscan, his album sales through the end of 2009 are at 68,363,000, which makes him the best-selling albums artist in the United States in the SoundScan era, a title held since 1991, well over 7 million ahead of his nearest rival, The Beatles.”

Garth is life, ya’ll. I’m here for this choice, too.


3. Alan Jackson

Alan Jackson, was actually my introduction to Country music when my family  moved to TN when I was a kid.

“Chattahoochie” anyone???

According to Studyfinds.com, Alan Jackson has had a successful career spanning several decades, with over 50 million records sold. He’s known for his traditional country sound and has won numerous awards, including two Grammy Awards.

Britannica mentions his high pedigree, “A traditionalist in his musical approach, Jackson became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1991, and he acknowledged his roots in 1999 on Under the Influence, an album featuring his interpretations of songs by artists such as Merle Haggard, Charley Pride, and Gene Watson. Jackson also recorded with Jones, George Strait, Randy Travis, and Jimmy Buffett, among others.”


4. Tim McGraw

I do love me some Tim McGraw, and he comes in at #4 in the study.

Tim McGraw has been a mainstay in country music since the 1990s, with over 80 million records sold. He’s known for his powerful vocals and has won multiple awards throughout his career.   “With hits like ‘Indian Outlaw’ and ‘I Like It,’ Tim McGraw quickly established himself as one of the country music industry’s rising stars in the mid-’90s. It is the best thing to do. Playing to his sensitive side in order to maintain his career was an important aspect of his upbringing. When it comes to dependability, it is clear that McGraw stands out as one of the country’s best.”

Me, I’m still trying to figure if “Indian Outlaw” is considered Cultural Appropriaton these days. (I kid!)


5. Kenny Chesney

Kenny Chesney was actually my first concert when I was 12! (Heyo MidSouth Fair 4-H Trip!)

Love him as an artist, and he’s a great live performer… but #5? Questionable.

Here’s what the study says…

“Kenny Chesney is a much celebrated country music singer from America. Out of the 16 albums he has released so far, 14 have received gold certificate or higher by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Over 40 of his songs have been included in the top 10 singles on the Hot Country Songs list of US Billboard. 28 songs have even reached number one. After selling more than 30 million albums across the globe, he has become one of the most successful cross-over country artists till date.”
He finds himself very close to the stop of the country music world as Forbes says, “Eight leaders on the Billboard 200 certainly advances his own personal standing, but he is still stuck in second place when it comes to the most No. 1 albums on the all-genre listing when looking only at country artists. He remains just one chart-topper behind Garth Brooks, who, so far, cannot be beaten when it comes to ruling the charts.”

Check out the full study here

Who do you think should have made the list?

Little Boy NAILS Morgan Wallen Song

Like him or not, Morgan Wallen is one of the hottest artists out there right now. And lets be real, his music is pretty freaking catchy. It’s ok. You can admit it.

Anyhow, this video has gone viral of a mullet-rocking little boy singing along to “Last Night” and he pretty much nailed it.

I always love videos of kids singing to their favorite songs. It reminds me of me when I was little and would put on full-on performances to Madonna and Paula Abdul.  Sadly (or maybe not!) social media and smart phones weren’t a thing back then.

Anyhow, love the kid’s vibe and his matching mullet with his dad.

I bet this will be my life in the next few years with Brandon, except without the mullets.


“BARBIE” Offical Movie Trailer

Like most basic blonde chicks, I love me some Barbie.  Did she give me unrealistic expectations in life? Sure.  But so did everything else I was into growing up.  So, of course, I was kind of curious when I saw there was a “Barbie” movie in the works with Margot Robbie, Ryan Gosling, and Helen Mirren.  I mean, what a cast, right?

The trailer just dropped- get ready for pink overload.

Ok, it looks absolutely ridiculous, but I’m pretty sure that’s the point!

Would I go to theaters and watch it?


But would I stream it on my couch with a bottle of wine?


Look, life is bananas. A little fluff and sparkle always helps lighten things up for a minute.

“BARBIE” hits theaters on July 21st if you want to check it out!


Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute at CMT Music Awards

Last night my husband and I were watching the CMT Music Awards, and I ended up going to bed a little early. It was a long weekend, and I was just done.  While I was getting ready to fall asleep, my husband had to run upstairs and tell me that I missed a badass performance (Of course I did) featuring lots of legends doing a tribute to one of my favorite Classic Rock bands Lynyrd Skynyrd.  I had thought I missed it, but apparantly not!  So I had to look up the performance, and damn.

I mean, Slash, Billy Gibbons, Paul Rodgers, Cody Johnson, Warren Hayes, Chuck Levall,  Wynona Judd and LeeAnn Rimes?

Hell. Yes.

Having seen Skynyrd several times, and always enjoying the show they put on, this made my heart happy.

Also, Slash. And Cody Johnson. That’s all you really need right there.

Sadly, after the recent passing of Gary Rossington, there are no original surviving members of the band.  But their legend will live on.

There will always be someone yelling “Play Freebird” until the end of time, so there’s that.

Seriously, though, loved this!  Good call, CMT.

Rock and Country is ALWAYS a good mix!