Sunday, December 4, 2016



BEAUTY PIC OF THE DAY
One of the things I would like to do on this blog is publish pics that I find interesting or just plain cool.
And one of the things I find most beautiful and one of my most profound interests is:  women.
Hey, what can I say, I'm single.
So, in the interest of keeping this blog as beautiful as possible, I'm going to be putting up pics of women that I think are beautiful.
Now, before anyone gets worried, there are a couple of rules:
1. No nudity - I will be displaying mostly head and shoulder pics that may show a bit of cleavage but will go no further but if I do show more, the woman will be clothed in a dress or in some other flattering manner.  No swimsuits or lingerie photos will be featured.
2. I will try to identify the woman featured.  Now, I may not be able to do this all the time as I have many pics that are not identified but on the whole I will try and provide a name to go with the beautiful face.
So, without further ado, here is the
BEAUTY PIC OF THE DAY

EVOLUTION OF A PLAYMATE

In the past, some Playboy Playmates became playmates through a process of "rising through the ranks".  Some of them began as Cyber Girls of the Week on Playboy.com and then were voted as Cyber Girl of the Month and then they could be voted Cyber Girl of the Year.  If they were lucky, they might then be picked to become a playmate for Playboy magazine (which then made them eligible for Playmate of the Year).  No Playboy model has ever accomplished all of these distinctions but the one that came closest was Playboy Playmate Monica Leigh.  She was a Cyber Girl of the Week in August, 2005 then was voted Cyber Girl of the Month for December 2005 and then was picked as a playmate for March 2006 and later that same month it was announced that she had been voted 2006 Cyber Girl of the Year.  All that eluded her was Playmate of the Year and she was in serious contention but Hef went another way.  She missed the big prize by just a bit but to me she would have been a great choice and it would have made her the most honored model in Playboy history.  Luckily, Monica came back to Playboy a few years later and did her Playmate Xtra shoot in October 2008 showing that she still had it and I ranked her as #12 on my Top Playmates List.  Needless to say, she is one of my favorite playmates of all time.
So, to illustrate the incredible journey Monica made of "rising through the ranks", I'm going to present several pics of Monica from each of her "ranks" and be warned, a couple of these pics may Not be safe for work..


Cyber Girl of the Week - August 2005



Cyber Girl of the Month - December 2005


 2006 Cyber Girl of the Year





Playboy Playmate of the Month - March 2006



Playmate Xtra - October 2008



2015 BEST ALBUMS OF THE YEAR

As I write this, it is December 2016, so I thought it about time to make my picks for the best albums of 2015.
Hey, better late than never.
Right?

So,
Without Further Ado

The Best Albums of the Year


Best Christian Album of the Year
Contemporary Christian Music has been a big part of my musical life for a long time and I have a huge collection  of Christian CDs that would probably shock most people.  So, it is with great sadness that there were no Christian albums released in 2015 that I bought.  Thank God, Carman and Michael W. Smith both released albums in 2014 which has kept me going.

Best Pop Album
Mikky Ekko - Time




Released in January, Mikky Ekko's debut album, Time, started the year off as a high point which no further pop releases were able to top. Time features an eclectic group of tunes that showcase Ekko's high voice with a sound reminiscent of Maroon 5's, Adam Levine.  Good stuff.
Here is the video of the first track of the album, Watch Me Rise:




Best New Age Album
Enya - Dark Sky Island





Yay!!!  Enya released a new album this year, her first since her Christmas album in 2008, and it is good but maybe not great. But, Enya is definitely back and this album is a good example of her style without being a classic album like earlier efforts such as Shepherd Moons.
BTW, I call this album a New Age album but don't take that to mean this is some kind of weird transcendental album that puts you in a trance.  It's really just a description of music that might be called meditative mixed with a heavy synthesized sound often repetitive melodic motives.
Here is a video of the title track of the album:



Best Electronic Album
Ratatat - Magnifique






Yay!!! Ratatat released a new album this year, and it was pretty good.  After their foray into a highly synthesized sound for LP3 and LP4 (their two previous albums) that resulted in their music sounding a bit like old-style video game music, Ratatat returns to a more guitar-heavy sound resulting in some cool grooves that remind me of their earliest albums such as Classics.  A welcome return.
Here is a video of the opening track and first single from the album, Cream on Chrome, which really exemplifies the sound of this album:




Best Christmas Album
I try to buy a Christmas album every year and up till last year, I was able to keep that tradition going, but due to circumstances, I didn't get any Christmas albums in 2015, so no pick for this category this year.


Best Classical Crossover Album
2Cellos - Celloverse




The Slovenian/Croatian cello duo of Luka Sullic and Stjepan Hauser released their 3rd album in 2015, Celloverse, and it is their most mature and barnstorming album showcasing this duo's awesome talents.  I have to say that if you haven't heard 2Cellos, do yourself a favor and give them a listen.
Here is the video of my favorite track from the album, a cello version of Michael Jackson's They Don't Care About Us:




Best Album of the Year

Pentatonix - Pentatonix




The acapella group Pentatonix released their first album of original material in 2015 and it was a triumph featuring catchy pop-flavored acapella songs that showcase their talents not only as performers but as songwriters as well.  I'm a sucker for acapella music and Pentatonix is the best in that type of music that we have right now and this is a great album and my pick for best of the year.
Here is the video of my favorite track and the first single from the album, Can't Sleep Love:




I know I didn't go into much detail about each album which is why I include videos just to give a taste of the albums and hopefully inspire you, the reader, to go and sample these albums further.

But wait...
How could I forget?

Best Film Score Album of the Year

The Force Awakens - John Williams




Yay!!! John Williams composed a new Star Wars film score this year.
John Williams once again proves he is the best film composer of this time or any time and it came in a new Star Wars movie.  Now, as a movie, I wasn't too thrilled with The Force Awakens but the music was definitely Star Wars quality and far and away the best of the year and the best thing about the movie.  Not too great a movie but a great score.
Here is the final track of the score in which we finally get to the only reason I went to see this movie (No Spoilers but his initials are L and S):




OK, that was the best of the music of 2015 in a nutshell.
Happy Listening!!!

Thursday, December 1, 2016



BEAUTY PIC OF THE DAY
One of the things I would like to do on this blog is publish pics that I find interesting or just plain cool.
And one of the things I find most beautiful and one of my most profound interests is:  women.
Hey, what can I say, I'm single.
So, in the interest of keeping this blog as beautiful as possible, I'm going to be putting up pics of women that I think are beautiful.
Now, before anyone gets worried, there are a couple of rules:
1. No nudity - I will be displaying mostly head and shoulder pics that may show a bit of cleavage but will go no further but if I do show more, the woman will be clothed in a dress or in some other flattering manner.  No swimsuits or lingerie photos will be featured.
2. I will try to identify the woman featured.  Now, I may not be able to do this all the time as I have many pics that are not identified but on the whole I will try and provide a name to go with the beautiful face.
So, without further ado, here is the
BEAUTY PIC OF THE DAY


This is Jennifer Nahra, Playboy Cyber Girl of the Week in January, 2003.  This is a great pic and I wish I could put up more pics of her that show off her incredible beauty but it would utterly destroy my no-nudity policy.
I probably should put up more pics of Cyber Girls (and I definitely could as there are hundreds of beautiful Cyber Girls that are worthy of recognition) and Jennifer is a great example.  Enjoy.




PIC OF THE DAY


I don't want this blog to deal in politics but this pic from the recent election is one of the coolest pics I've ever seen and may become one of the most iconic pics of all time.

Take it as you will.