I'm Pam Newman.
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I'm a writer of aricles, poems & songs. Here's some cool stuff I wrote.
I really love Honey Nut Cheerios. I don’t know what it is about the combination of nuts, honey and oats that are so amazing.
They’re freaking delicious.
One of my favorite things!
By now, it is common knowledge that I have a passion for nachos that few sane humans would admit to.
I’d like to let you in on some more of my snack passions, or as I just made up: snacassions. (I love the obvious ass in the center)
I really LOVE spicy peanuts. These are my favorite spicy peanuts right now. It says 59 cents on the package, but stores around here always only charge 50 cents. They’re not actually hot, just a little kick in there. They’re pretty good, and I suggest you try them for a quick bit of protein and flavor.
The price you pay for bringing up either my Chinese or American heritage as a negative is: I collect your fucking head.
This is my favorite movie.
Regina Spektor - All The Rowboats
Can we talk about how awesome this song is?
I want to write love letters by the thousand to her.
She’s a professor, an entertainer, a songwriter and an intelligent, gifted, beautiful woman.
It is obvious that she’s a skilled musician, but what she very decidedly sings about is very important.
She’s chosen to do something incredibly strategic, wise and totally badass with this album, and the song, Black Gold, specifically.
What Spalding has done, is taken smooth jazz elements, popped them up a little bit, and added a fun and easy chorus with multi-layered harmonies with a place for any vocal range. Of course there’s the attention-catching key-change towards to the end that inspires a chorus-y feel. I could see this song sung by a soloist with of a huge church chorus, or simply by Spalding and a few accompanists.
The song implies that it wants the audience to participate with the clap-along at the end, and the video reinforces this in a very tender way.
Spalding is infiltrating a music industry that is hell bent on systemizing music as well as our culture by creating seemingly simple songs which are delightfully complicated. Then she tosses some meaningful, yet not preachy, Black pride subject matter on top, and completely changes the narrative of pop music.
I hope this album gets wildly-can’t-get-away-from-it-Stevie-Wonder popular, because it’s Spalding’s level of genius and wisdom that I think we need in our cultural entertainment.
Regina Spektor- Consequence of Sounds
I am in head-over-heels love with this song. It can totally be in my wedding party when I get hitched to a plate of nachos.
Regina Spektor, a fellow Aquarius, touches on a variety of social issues in this song. Violence, reluctance to resist, and how many of us are forced to rot away in cubicles. It reaches into very sensitive places in my musical and social nerves, while both plucking at them and soothing them.
Consequence of Sound is a raw, passionate, organic smoothie of social commentary. This song gets me emotional, when I think of how viciously true some of the little snapshots Spektor offers actually are.
Sweating like demons they scream through our speakers, but we leave the sound on, ‘cause silence is harder.
I feel like this particular line speaks volumes.
We often find the sound of our own solitude too loud, so we turn up the volume with booze or reality tv or other things that do not truly serve us. The western wold is abundant with poisonous escapes. Many portals into avoiding our own demons are reflective of our own. The easiest escapes often boil up negative imagery, but we’d often rather have negative imagery than no images at all.
Spice Girls - Stop
This song is grossly underrated, not only in the world of Spice Girls appreciation, but in the general world of pop music.
This is my favorite Spice Girls song, followed closely by Spice Up Your Life.
I like that this song is basically saying that the Spice Girls are going to go at the pace they see appropriate for the relationship. They refuse to be manhandled (or not) by someone who can’t respect what they want. A lover needs to follow an appropriate pace or get lost.
Personally, I’ll always love this song because it’s got some great pop elements. Horns, violins, a bangin’-ass breakdown, and I mean. Seriously? It’s the Spice Girls which automatically gives it a +5 bonus to Pam Liking-ness.
This song came out around the time I got my first professional job. I bought the CASSETTE so I could listen to it as I drove a far-too-many-horsepower-for-a-17-year-old Dodge Intrepid from South Carolina to Philadelphia, PA over 4th of July weekend. I was a teenager, gave absolutely zero fucks, and got my first speeding ticket listening to this song.
No Doubt - New
I’ve blogged in the past about how I believe this song is grossly under-rated.
No Doubt is my one true love in the music industry. I may love others like Janelle Monae, Led Zeppelin [like saying you love to breathe and wake up in the morning], Nine Inch Nails and others, but No Doubt is the band I will love, forever and always.
Have you ever eaten raisin bread and said, “This is great, but I think our society can do better.”
Have you ever pondered the finer points of differences between bread and cake?
Have you ever imagined what it would be like if each of your taste buds got the equivalent of a hand job?
I suggest you try this Thomas’ Cranberry Toasting Bread.
It doesn’t need a toaster. It’s like a slice of orange cake with crasins in it. It’ll blow your mind.