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Monday, April 3, 2017

Sophie and Red

Late post.
Picnic date: March 11, 2017

As requested by my friend Annie, we had a mini photo shoot/picnic for her daughter, Sophie, who just celebrated her first birthday last Saturday, the first of April. We were accompanied by Eds, who also brought her son, Red, and all her props.

I only came for the food! :) jk

Sophie (Photo by Julienne Mumar)
Meet Sophie.
Sophie (Photo by Julienne Mumar)
She is a serious baby.
Sophie (Photo by Julienne Mumar)
Sophie (Photo by Julienne Mumar)
This is how you make her smile...
Sophie (Photo by Julienne Mumar)
by swinging her about.
Red (Photo by Julienne Mumar)
This is Francis Edward.
Red (Photo by Julienne Mumar)
I gave him his nickname, Red.
Red (Photo by Julienne Mumar)
He's very comfortable in front of a camera.
Red (Photo by Julienne Mumar)
Red's mother, Eds, is very good with the props.
Red (Photo by Julienne Mumar)
Sophie and Red (Photo by Julienne Mumar)
Sophie and her escort.

Monday, March 6, 2017

MIKA

MIKA The boy who knew too much album cover
Mika helps design his album covers
with his illustrator sister.
Where was I in 2007? Why didn't I hear about this beautiful man and his music? The first time I remember seeing Mika was from a music video with Ariana Grande called Popular. However the video was too interesting that I didn't pay any attention to the song itself.

Two weeks ago I was having a Boyzone marathon on Youtube (including their ghost-hunting adventures in Edinburgh) and came across Gave It All Away again, one of their last with Stephen, and such a heartbreaking song. I looked up the album details in Wikipedia because I knew Boyzone didn't write their own music. That was when I saw Mika's name, one word. He wrote Gave It All Away. I got curious so then searched for his other works. And man was I glad to have done that albeit ten years late!

I have always been looking for artists who make happy-sad, upbeat, and inspirational songs that have great melodies. I'm a melody type of person; that's what first catches my attention. So these are basically what I like about Mika: his music, his falsetto voice is a welcome relief from all the screaming these days, his personal style, but most of all his personality.

Some compare him to Freddie Mercury...and it shows, musically, sometimes. (Although no one can compare.) Personally, he reminds me of Gary Cherone, lead singer of the band Extreme of More Than Words fame, who by the way made an excellent  performance of Queen's songs in the 1992 tribute concert for Freddie (Highly recommended if you're a big fan of Queen; YouTube is your friend.). But then it may just be the hair.

Here are some of Mika's more famous songs:



I listen to his full albums on Spotify and don't skip any songs. Why? Because Mika's music is like the sum of all things my generation listened to growing up. It sounds both familiar and new. Some of his musical influences can clearly be heard: from the Beatles, Queen, Michael Jackson, disco, to others reminiscent of 80s and 90s pop/rock. In fact there was one song that I was sure to be TLC. My brother also likened some songs to emo/punk of the early 2000s.



We have the same birth year! Lol I like finding gems my age.



Really, where have all the good guys (slash gays) gone? The music scene today has a shortage of superstars, like those really great ARTISTS we grew up listening to in the 80s and 90s. Honestly, for someone with Mika's talent, I don't understand why he's not more popular.

Mika is one of those rare composers who write about taboo topics, too. Storytelling is obviously one of his notable strengths. And if there is one thing more memorable than his melodies, it's the characters and experiences he tells you about.

(Bonus Boyzone Trivia: In that same album I mentioned earlier (Brother), Matt Hales a.k.a. Aqualung also wrote a song. Then Ollie Jacobs of Arkarna produced the one written by Mika. Both of these guys are favorites!)