Music Fact or Fiction – December 9, 2017

Tossing Salt Presents:
Music Fact or Fiction
December 9, 2017
DougMaynard.com

Happy Holidays to everyone on this extremely cold and wet Saturday morning. Before I get started, I want to send out a big Happy Birthday shout-out to an amazing friend, Chris Boone, who is celebrating the Anniversary of his birth on this day. And also a big shout-out to the Fighting Scots of Scotland High School, who will be playing in the NC State 4-A Championship game this afternoon. Go Scots! Congratulations on an excellent season. Now bring that title home. And now, with the questions provided by my friends from 411mania.com/music, let’s do some of that Fact or Fiction stuff ya’ll love so much. Are you ready to get funky like a monkey? Then let’s do it…

1. “Shape of You” is deserving of its tremendous success.

FACT: It’s catchy and stays in your head after just a few listens. Ed Sheeran has every right to be proud. This is a big hit and well deserving of the success that it has had.

2. The judge in the Meek Mill case appears to be treating him unfairly.

FACT: The judge has been extra tough and it seems as if he’s got a personal issue in the case or against Meek and probably needs to watch himself and tone it down a bit to avoid the taint of appearing to be unfair and biased. But then again, if Meek Mill had followed the law and not violated his probation, he wouldn’t have anything to worry about, would he? Just saying.

3. Martin Shkreli’s Wu-Tang album will be released to the public within the next five years.

FACT: Once Shkerli gets his crap straightened out with the Government, one of two things will happen. He’ll be needed the cash flow a new album will produce and will work to ensure that the album is finally released OR the Government will seize ownership of the already-recorded album and realizing that it’s worthless to them, will sell it back to the Wu-Tang Clan and it will be released that way. But one way or the other, I think it will finally come out within the next few years.

4. Russell Simmons made the right decision in stepping down from Def Jam.

FACT: With the charges against him, Russell Simmons is damaged goods right now and trying to remain as the head of Def Jam right now would only harm the company and the people who work there. It doesn’t matter if the allegations against Simmons are true or not. In today’s politically correct climate, he’s guilty until proven innocent and if his company is to survive and remain strong, he can’t be the man in charge there anymore. It’s just that simple.

5. DMX’s version of “Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer” was pointless.

FACT: Pointless, dumb, stupid and a total waste of time, just like DMC is at this point really. I know that some people like him and more power to them, but I’ve never really cared for his music and this attempt at a Christmas song sure as hell didn’t help things.

6. A joint album from Beyonce and Jay-Z would be great.

FACT: I’m not a big fan of either of these two, but even I will admit that both are solid artists and have a large legion of fans who appreciate their music. I don’t really mind the music, but it’s the personal issues and their politics that turn me off mostly. But that being said, they both have talent and as good as they are as solo artists, they bring out the best in each other and their stuff together is usually really good. I won’t be listening or buying it, but that’s just me. I’m sure it will be awesome, sell several million copies and make their fans happy and that’s really all that matters, right?

And that’s all of that for now. Time to go to bed for a little while and then it’s back later for Day 2 of my blog series, “12 (Dougie) Days of Christmas”. So watch for that. Thanks for reading. Comments and thoughts are welcome and appreciated. And until the next time, take care and have a great one.

Ubuntu!

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Music Fact or Fiction – December 2, 2017

Tossing Salt Presents:
Music Fact or Fiction
December 2, 2017
DougMaynard.com

I should be getting ready for work right now. I’m not. There is plenty of time for that, but right now, I have to take a trip into the world of pop culture and more pointedly, the world of Music Fact or Fiction. The questions, per the usual, come from my friends at 411mania.com/music. The answers and comments that follow, that’s all me. Let’s do this…

1. Jay-Z is a lock to win Record of the Year at the Grammys.

FICTION: Jay-Z may or may not win this award, but “Record of the Year” is always one of those that doesn’t always go as predicted. Kendrick Lamar and Bruno Mars are both there in contention as well and they have some good stuff out right now. I think this category is pretty much an open field this year.

2. You’re mostly pleased with this year’s Grammy nominations.

FACT: I really don’t pay much attention to the Grammy’ Awards and honestly, could care less about who is nominated for what, but looking over the list of nominations, I don’t see anything outrageously bad listed. Alice Cooper is snubbed, but that’s to be expected. Other than that, no big surprises and I’m okay with it.

3. Fergie is a good choice to host The Four.

FACT: She’s popular, charismatic and as good as anyone else and better than most so why the hell not. Now, what is “The Four”? Doesn’t matter. I probably won’t be watching anyhow.

4. Load and Reload are underrated Metallica albums.

FACT: Both albums are good in my opinion and I liked them. I know that they’re not the usual hard metal sound that most people have come to expect from Metallica and I don’t care. Bands change and evolve as time passes and that’s exactly what happened here. “Load” has some good tracks such as “Until It Sleeps” and “Bleeding Me” and there are songs like “The Memory Remains” and “Unforgiven II” on “Reload”. Most of the tracks on both of the albums are good, solid songs with a good sound and great lyrics. No complaints here about either.

5. Bruno Mars’ first live TV special will be worth watching

FACT: If I happen to be home and watching TV, I’ll try to watch it. Bruno has grown on me over the years and he’s entertaining and charismatic and from all I’ve heard, puts on a great live show so I’m expecting that anything else he does, such as this, will go above and beyond expectations as well. It should be good.

6. A Tribe Called Quest should have been nominated for a Grammy.

FACT: They’re on the comeback trail and have put out some good stuff this past year and yeah, probably are deserving of a Grammy nomination, but hell, Alice never gets any nominations and he’s doing okay. And how often do Hank Jr. or Kid Rock or Shooter get nominated for anything and their stuff is usually way better than most of the mainstream crap out there today. Same for Struggle, Yelawolf and so many others. ATCQ deserves more respect, but they’ll be okay regardless.

And there you go. I’m through for now. Time to go get myself moving and grab some breakfast before I go sell a lot of liquor for the next eleven hours at the ABC. Thanks for reading. Thoughts and comments are welcome and appreciated. Until the next time, take care…

Ubuntu!

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