Posts Tagged ‘Ashley Tisdale’

Switch

May 30, 2011

What if, for a day, we could run the adult business world like the world that children in kinder- garten and first grade live in.

What would this switch look like?

Getting your way based upon age… Imagine the older administrative assistant walking into the office and announcing to her younger boss: “Today we do it my way ’cause I’m 56 (and a half!) years old!”

Rest for the weary... After playing with our computers, reports, and charts in the morning, it is announced “Nap time. Everyone lay your heads down on their desks.”

Toy boxes and Learning Centers… Each day when you get to the office you could just go over to a box and pick out some work that looks interesting to you.

Field Trips… A trip to the firehouse, dairy, or local newspaper office. Load up the big yellow bus!  We adults still have a lot to learn about this big world of ours.

Take Home Projects...  All that we big people bring home from the office is a paycheck and stress.  Doesn’t our family deserve something made out of clay or pipe cleaners?

Relief… Every hour we designate “line leaders” and — as a group — it’s off to the bathroom.  “Boys in one line, girls in the other. No touching. No tripping!”

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“Switch” is from the album Guilty Pleasure by Ashley Tisdale. Top 10 Challenge: In June, I will write 10 posts titled after the first 10 songs that rotate on a random shuffle of my iPod.

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Theme Song for Debt Reduction

March 6, 2011

I am a music lover…all types of music.

One of the most mystical qualities about music is that it attaches itself to specific times and events.

If you are over the age of 45 and hear the strains of "William Tell Overture" you will think of The Lone Ranger.  Songs by The Beach Boys bring thoughts of summer days.  Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the USA" turns hearts toward national pride.  

Music is the closest that man has come to creating a time machine.  A song plays that you heard at prom, your wedding, a funeral and mentally you "travel" back in time with memories.

I thought about this phenomena in regards to my debt reduction. Specifically, I mused on what "theme song" I could attach to my debt reduction process.  

I had six songs as contenders.  Here are the five runner ups:

I'll Take You There 45 I'll Take You There by the Staple Singers.  Glorious gospel that speaks of better days for God's people

Eye of the Tiger by Survivor.  Yes, a song by a big hair 80s band.  Makes me want to punch out debt like Sly Stallone going after Mr. T!

Don't Look Back by Boston.  Old school wall-of-sound.

Money for Nothing by Dire Straits.  Gotta sells those microwave ovens.

No More Mr. Nice Guy by Alice Cooper. When I'm debt free, it's no more Mr. Nice Guy with cash-in-hand.

The winner, however, is Ashley Tisdale's "It's Alright, It's OK."  While the 2009 song is a straight-up goodbye-bad-lover tune, the lyrics echo my heart's desire to be rid of my bad debt relationship:

No matter what you say Alright ok

I won't return,

Our bridge has burned down

I'm stronger now

It's alright, It's OK

It's so much better without you.

The song is from the album Guilty Pleasure on Warner Records.  If you are getting out of debt, what would be the song you would have as a "theme song"?   

Leave a comment and let everyone know that you are rocking your debt!

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The now and future 78violet

December 3, 2010

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"Belong Here," the theme song from CW Network's cheerleader drama Hellcats, has been released this week as a single.  It's the first  release by 78violet.  Aly and AJ Michalka are the act 78violet, although the sisters have released three previous albums under the name Aly and AJ.

OK, I get the name change thing.

Years ago I was offered free concert tickets to see someone named Johnny Cougar.  I had no idea who he was and I declined.  A year later, this guy was retooled as John Mellencamp.  Go figure.

I digress… "Belong Here" is a synth-heavy song that may serve to introduce some to the musical side of Aly (who stars in the series) and AJ (also an actress, Secretariet).   A better introduction would be that of their debut 2005 effort, Into the Rush.  That album was not only their better work, it is one of the better pop albums of the mid-2000's decade.

Aly__AJ_Into_the_Rush-B000A1IKII The release of their single does beg the question of when a full 78violet album will be released.  As a favorite group of mine (under any name), new music from the duo would be something to cheer about.

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Related Post:

Our first look at Hellcats.

Hellcats star Ashley Tisdale in our Cracker Jack.

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Is “Hellcats” Worth Cheering? Maybe Soon.

September 14, 2010

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Up until last week, I only had one encounter with cheerleaders and that encounter happened over two decades ago.  If Steven Spielberg were to classify that encounter it would be called 
not-so-close-of-the-first-kind.  

 I was leaving a funeral for an in-law and had to get back to work.  Being thirsty, I signaled and slowed down to pull into a fast food place when — wham! — something hit the bumper of my car.  At the time, I think I was driving a Ford LTD, so nothing short of a Sherman tank could really cause that much damage.

Getting out of my car, I looked at the back of my bumper.  No damage.  The vehicle behind my car was a white van that had a lot of verbal noise coming out of it.  Laughing, giggling, noise.  Inside the van there was nothing but cheerleaders. The woman behind the wheel rolled down her window and was horrified that she had bumped me.  "Everybody ok in there?" I asked her.  She was very apologetic and explained that they were on their way to a cheerleading competition.

There was no damage and as I walked back to my car I made a mental note to myself: If I ever get thirsty after a funeral, I will make sure that I don't travel in the cheerleader lane on the way to the fast food restaurant.

My second encounter with cheerleaders came this past week as the CW network premiered it's new show, Hellcats.  

The show is set on the Memphis campus of Lancer University were prelaw student Marty (Aly Michalka) finds that her scholarship money has dried up.  Being desperate, she tries out for the school's cheer squad, The Hellcats.  Although her hip-hop dance styles are outside the normal routines, she wins a spot on the squad, thanks in no small part to Savannah (Ashley Tisdale), the squad's leadership role model.

When I heard of the show, I was thinking Bring It On movie series comes to TV.  The writers of Hellcats cleverly have Marty go to a video store and buy a copy of Bring It On as her training video.  Nice touch.

A couple of observations after watching the premier episode "A World Full of Strangers":

  • The writers have wisely kept the ensemble down to a small manageable number.  They know that this is not Tolstoy's War and Peace.  The initial four characters play off each other nicely and there are other characters waiting to be developed.
  • If I had pre-teens in my house, I would be concerned about letting them view the show. This is a show for teens and up due to language and a few sexual references.
  • The stunts and choreography are well done.  Thankfully the producers have fought the temptation to employ the slow-motion effects during the cheer routines.  

Will Hellcats develop into a show worth cheering for?  Hopefully so.  Michalka and Tisdale are actresses who are compelling to watch.  With tight scripts, the show can be more than just a "Melrose on the Mississippi."  


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Saturday Roundup August 7

August 7, 2010

Following up on a few items that we had posted this week on BoomRethink:

In the Parents Guide to Camp Rock on Monday (August 2), we mentioned an actor, a gentleman by the name of Zac Efron.  However, mysteriously, we had put an “h” at the end of his first name.

After going back to our research department, it was discovered that Mr. Efron has a first name with only three letters. Z-A-C.  Our apologies to Zac.  While this actor is now busy “seeing dead people” in Charlie St. Cloud, he was great in film 17 Again  

Made to Stick is the first book out by Chip and Dan Heath, whom we featured this week (August 3) in our cover of their book Switch.  Again (mysteriously) “Switch” is also a song on Ashley Tisdales Guilty Pleasure album that we discovered in our Cracker Jack box on Friday (August 6).  “Switch” (the song, not the book. Confused yet?) was also the theme song of the movie Aliens in the Attic.

And while author Jenna McCarthy (August 5) does not have aliens in the attic, she has kids at home.  Find out more of her family insights at her site www.jennamccarthy.com .

Have a great weekend!

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