Theme Song of the Month: February

Reinforcing my tendency to love all things British, I have chosen this single from newcomer Jessie J (new to the U.S. of course) - and just in time for its video debut. It's a much-needed track to remind me that life is definitely "not about the money" but about holding onto that desire - that wish - to "make the world dance." Apply that nugget of philosophy to your own life however you'd like.

I know I will as I embark on a new chapter of my life (more on that later).

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, I give you "Price Tag":


What I'm Reading: January Edition

While halfway through this engrossing novel from British author David Nicholls (a 2010 Top 10er in EW), I learned of the film adaptation which is being directed by Lone Scherfig (An Education). Now, I can't stop picturing Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess as the book's lead characters...that's because they've been (perfectly) cast for the movie which hits theaters July 8. And raising the bar on my Anticipation Meter are these behind-the-scenes shots accompanied by one of my favorite songs from last year, "Something Good Can Work" by Two Door Cinema Club (Dear Movie Trailer Guy, take note):



What's it all about? Dex and Emma are college pals and former lovers who pop in and out of each other's life from 1988 to 2008. Each chapter of the book takes place on the same date (July 15) of each year within that 20-year span and gives us a snapshot of where they are, who they are, and what they're doing. Imagine if you took one the best storylines from Love Actually, upped the dramedy dose, and stretched it over two pop-culturally ripe decades.

Get it on it people.

Savoring each page,
H.P.M.


Theme Song of the Month: January

Because right now it's motivating me to move my ass and burn some calories at the gym while envisioning myself thrashing to some sick choreography in a flashy music video. Naturally it would take place in a club, and I would be surrounded by general hotness and cocktails concocted with product-placement vodka.

Ladies and gents, boys and girls, I give you Usher's "More," the RedOne Jimmy Joker Remix of course:


Hold It Against Me

By now we all know that Britney Spears isn't just the Princess of Pop, a now-trite title she was given sometime at the turn of the 21st century. She has now evolved into the Queen of Irresistibly Coy Dance Fluff That Makes You Want to Grind Against a Stranger in a Club.

She's a musical junk food factory that pumps out enticing new items for us to consume all at once and then eventually feel bloated after repeated tastings. When the first single of a new album of hers drops, a shockwave among pop enthusiasts is created. After all - to put a spin on that Field of Dreams philosophy - if Max Martin and Dr. Luke build it, they will come...and listen. And we certainly did. Within the first 30 minutes of my Monday morning, I had already played her new track, "Hold It Against Me," four times and managed to carry six conversations at once via texts and BBMs, exchanging brief comments on the hard-hitting dance tune:

"Already listened to it 46 times."
"AMAZE!"
"OMG!"
"Dy. Ing."
"Friday cannot get here fast enough."
"...going on my gym mix."
"Major."

Don't be surprised if your Facebook status feed is peppered today with statements on the single or lyrics from the song. And I know this much to be true: most of the people I know are probably bouncing to it at their desks with coworkers as I write. "Hold It Against Me," with its thumping bass and catchy chorus, is what bachelorette parties, gay clubs, and Top 40 were made for.

All in all, it's yet another day for the blogosphere to blow up and obsess over a delicious morsel of pop culture. If you haven't sampled it yet, well, here it is:


Random Thought of the Week #19

If I ever want to temporarily escape from my life and run off to London anytime soon (blame it on a recent Netflixing of Notting Hill, the British novel I'm currently reading, and my infatuation with BBC America), I'm going to have to renew one of these. It certainly won't renew itself.

The last time I had my passport photo taken, Dubya just moved into the White House, Britney was "Stronger," and Buffy attended UC Sunnydale.