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Macklemore at the Grammys – Changing the World

I would like to take today’s blog post and comment on the recent Grammys that took place January.26, 2014.

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis won four Grammys yesterday night including best new artist and they have earned every right to do so. These two gentlemen went a long way in their journey, and as Ryan Lewis stated in a media interview after the show, you don’t make music expecting to win a Grammy, but it is the pinnacle or apex of your work to accomplish such a feat.

That interview can be seen here:

It is really quite amazing what has been accomplished through nothing but words (takes us back to a prior blog post) and a rhythm. There have obviously been some influential artists in our lifetime; however, the reason why I outline Ben Haggerty and Ryan Lewis is because they are movement makers. They changed the game and managed to get a segment of the gay rights movement on national television. This is a huge step into history. During Macklemore’s performance of “Same Love”, Queen Latifah actually wedded 33 different couples along the middle lanes of the many rich and famous viewers at the show. Among these couples, there were man and wife, man and man, as well as wife and wife.

This is honestly a huge deal to have had happen in the first place, but having this happen alongside a voice of a rapper really shows you what our society is doing for it’s future. You can watch this happen here:

You can not tell me that this is not a turning point for us as humans. As Macklemore says, we all deserve the right to be human, the right to love who we want to love. It is about time we take this right since it was always ours to begin with.

There were many other great artists at the show; however, I think we can all agree this movement was definitely the biggest moment of Grammy history. This just happened. This happened on national television. This happened due to a rapper’s dream of a world that works with what they have, works with one another, and achieves an equal love for eachother. Rappers used to be deemed as great artists who could rhyme for days and paint a picture.

I would say that these two particular gentlemen have now painted a reality. One that won’t go unnoticed. Not to mention, they managed to do this all themselves without a mainstream producer. Perhaps it was that very essence of musical freedom that allowed them to perform such a stunt.

Congratulations to Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, and the other artists from the Grammys.

Thank you for bringing a much needed light in front of millions of people.


MOVIE MONDAY : Jai Wetford – X Factor Australia Audition


Hey guys,


So. For this week’s movie Monday I am offering to you all…a look at this kid named Jai Wetford! He is from Australia and was featured on the Australian X Factor. A talent show that originated from American Idol’s Simon Cowell and a few other judges. It was originally for British talent, but clearly it has moved on in the world to other places!

Anyways, what is there to say but wow, this kid is good. Even though a lot of you can probably agree that he looks and sounds a bit like our good friend Justin Bieber did when he first started…Let’s not be so quick to judge him though! He obviously will pick up record deals or something after this little performance even if he does not make it far into the show. That is probably going to happen too though…

I am thinking of trying his slower version of this song as a cover myself. The original song is “Different World” by Jes Hudak and George Krikes. The way Jai performs it though is just so soft and amazing. There is so much talent in our world today that just does not get picked up on; however, some people do get that opportunity presented to them once an event like X Factor rolls into town. This is a very good thing because now we get to watch and listen as these new and coming talented people evolve and deliver to us more exciting and entertaining performances!

I just really liked this performance which is why I chose it as this week’s Movie Monday, but on a note that you can take to sleep with you, just remember that you must be good at something in your life too that can baffle and amaze others. This kid looks like Justin Bieber a bit, but he might not turn out like him at all. You may think you look plain and ordinary and have zero talent, but I would bet money you can do something I can not and that instantly makes you talented and extraordinary in my eyes!


Take care,

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