Starring Taylor Swift, Miss America, and The Beach Boys

Taylor SwiftHi Music-Loving Kids,

You know who Taylor Swift is, of course, but how about Joni Mitchell?  Drawing a blank?  Hint: Ask your parents.  Joni Mitchell was a singer-songwriter-guitarist who descended from and was influenced by that great Hippy Movement.  Now, nice and wholesome Taylor Swift wants to play Mitchell in a movie called “Girls Like Us.”  I wonder if strong-minded Joni will nix this casting against type?

Your parents would definitely know about The Beach Boys too, the kings of 60s bubble-gum music.  Now these oldies are getting together again for their 50th anniversary.  They’ve got a new album coming out but what’s more, they’re going off on a ‘reunion tour’ which gets underway *today* and is booked through to mid-August.  Ya know, this thing about grampas wanting to do it one more time seems to be a contagious disease, doesn’t it?  I devoted a whole blog post to it and now we have these septuagenarian California boys wanting to raise a shindig in Japan!

From California to the Heartland of Nashville, and the CMT Music Awards nominees were announced yesterday.  The news is all about the women; Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert and Taylor Swift, because they’ve got the noms.  But it’s a really crowded pack and I think either Kenny Chesney or Jason Aldean (or both) will spring an upset in one of the open categories.

Music Industry lawsuits – you know the royalties thing – have taken a new twist.  The widow of the composer who wrote the signature tune for the Miss America pageant has sued the Miss America Organization for failing to pay licensing fees.  Oh well, that tune was getting old anyway; time to get something new.  How about a vocal for a change – say a trio between Taylor, Carrie and Rihanna titled ‘Sweet, Sexy and Sleazy’?  Gets across the different facets of Miss America pretty well too . . .

Sweetly Yours,

Shane