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Rozz Williams: Dreamer, Poet, Artist

Interview with Rozz Williams

In 1963, my favorite singer/songwriter was born.  His voice of was delicate and filled with power.  I discovered his music at a very fragile point in my life, when I wasn’t sure if life was worth living or not.

He sang with such defiant fervor, mocking those who try to hold us down.  He taught me to laugh in the face of despair, and to stand strong where ever I was.

Rozz was found hanging in his apartment on April Fools day in 1998.

His music lives on.  From the work he did with Christian Death, Shadow Project, Premature Ejaculation, Daucus Karota, Heltir, EXP, and never forget his solo work, Rozz’ music library is epic in scope and covers nearly every emotion and aspect of life imaginable.

Anytime I feel down or alone, I turn on some Rozz and all my cares and concerns melt away.

Happy Birthday Rozz.  You will never be forgotten.

Favorite Songs from 1995

I don’t usually give in to memes like this, but when I saw it on Jadielady’s blog, I thought it looked like fun.  The rules are simple:

A) Go to Music Outfitters B) Enter the year you graduated from high school in the search function and get the list of 100 most popular songs of that year C) Bold the songs you like, strike through the ones you hate and underline or italicize your favorite. Do nothing to the ones you don’t remember (or don’t care about)

1. Gangsta's Paradise, Coolio 2. Waterfalls, TLC 3. Creep, TLC 4. Kiss From A Rose, Seal 5. On Bended Knee, Boyz II Men 6. Another Night, Real McCoy 7. Fantasy, Mariah Carey 8. Take A Bow, Madonna 9. Don't Take It Personal (Just One Of Dem Days), Monica 10. This Is How We Do It, Montell Jordan 11. I Know, Dionne Farris 12. Water Runs Dry, Boyz II Men 13. Freak Like Me, Adina Howard 14. Run-Around, Blues Traveler 15. I Can Love You Like That, All-4-One 16. Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman?, Bryan Adams 17. Always, Bon Jovi 18. Boombastic/In The Summertime, Shaggy 19. Total Eclipse Of The Heart, Nicki French 20. You Gotta Be, Des'ree 21. You Are Not Alone, Michael Jackson 22. Hold My Hand, Hootie and The Blowfish 23. One More Chance-Stay With Me, Notorious B.I.G. 24. Here Comes The Hotstepper, Ini Kamoze 25. Candy Rain, Soul For Real 26. Let Her, w Hootie and The Blowfish 27. I Believe, Blessid Union Of Souls 28. Red Light Special, TLC 29. Runaway, Janet Jackson 30. Strong Enough, Sheryl Crow 31. Colors Of The Wind, Vanessa Williams 32. Someone To Love, Jon B. 33. Only Wanna Be With You, Hootie and The Blowfish 34. If You Love Me, Brownstone 35. In The House Of Stone And Light, Martin Page 36. I Got 5 On It, Luniz 37. Baby, Brandy 38. Run Away, Real McCoy 39. As I Lay Me Down, Sophie B. Hawkins 40. He's Mine, Mokenstef 41. December, Collective Soul 42. I'll Be There For You-You're All I Need To Get By, Method Man-Mary J. Blige 43. Shy Guy, Diana King 44. I'm The Only One, Melissa Etheridge 45. Every Little Thing I Do, Soul For Real 46. Before I Let You Go, BLACKstreet 47. Big Poppa/Warning, Notorious B.I.G. 48. Sukiyaki, 4 P.M. 49. I Wanna Be Down, Brandy 50. I'll Make Love To You, Boyz II Men 51. Dear Mama/Old School, 2Pac 52. Hold On, Jamie Walters 53. Keep Their Heads Ringin', Dr. Dre 54. The Rhythm Of The Night, Corona 55. Roll To Me, Del Amitri 56. Scream/Childhood, Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson 57. Freek'n You, Jodeci 58. I Wish, Skee-lo 59. Believe, Elton John 60. Carnival, Natalie Merchant 61. You Don't Know How It Feels, Tom Petty 62. Back For Good, Take That 63. Tootsee Roll, 69 Boyz 64. You Want This-70's Love Groove, Janet Jackson 65. Tell Me, Groove Theory 66. Can't You See, Total 67. All I Wanna Do, Sheryl Crow 68. This Lil' Game We Play, Subway 69. Come And Get Your Love, Real McCoy 70. This Ain't A Love Song, Bon Jovi 71. Secret, Madonna 72. Player's Anthem, Junior M.A.F.I.A. 73. Feel Me Flow, Naughty By Nature 74. Every Day Of The Week, Jade 75. The Sweetest Days, Vanessa Williams 76. Short Dick Man, 20 Fingers Featuring Gillette 77. Brokenhearted, Brandy 78. No More "I Love You's", Annie Lennox 79. You Used To Love Me, Faith Evans 80. Constantly, Immature 81. Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me, U2 82. 100% Pure Love, Crystal Waters 83. Ask Of You, Raphael Saadiq 84. Sugar Hill, Az 85. Good, Better Than Ezra 86. Brown Sugar, D'angelo 87. Turn The Beat Around, Gloria Estefan 88. 'Til You Do Me Right, After 7 89. 1st Of Tha Month, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony 90. Like The Way I Do If I Wanted To, Melissa Etheridge 91. I Live My Life For You, Firehouse 92. Dream About You-Funky Melody, Stevie B 93. Cotton Eye Joe, Rednex 94. Thank You, Boyz II Men 95. I'll Stand By You, Pretenders 96. I Miss You, N II U 97. Give It 2 You, Da Brat 98. Best Friend, Brandy 99. Misery, Soul Asylum 100. Can't Stop Lovin' You, Van Halen

Tin Man is out Tuesday

25cc228348a01895892c6110._AA140_.L The Sci-Fi Channel mini series Tin Man is available on DVD on Tuesday March Eleventh! Tin Man is a fun and exciting retelling of the story of Oz. I really enjoyed watching it when it was shown on the Sci-Fi Channel. In this tale we get to follow DG as she is pulled into the land of OZ. After arriving DG finds the place oddly familiar and sets out to find her lost parents. We get to learn about the troubled OZ and about DG's mysterious past as she travels along the road. The messages of the importance of family is very refreshing and the story takes some really fascinating approach to the tale. I was pleasantly surprised with the ending. This mini series is a must own!

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Remembering Rozz

Maybe it is because October is coming, or maybe it is because of the new Christian Death 1334, or maybe it is the lonely ache in me missing my many lost friends, but lately, I cannot stop listening to Rozz Williams.

He has been gone for so long now, but his sweet sarcastic voice carries me away to safe place where it is safe to be a freak. I will never forget that day: April 1, 1998. I went online, and I saw the news that Rozz had been found hanging in his apartment. The sweetest voice of gothic music was lost to the world. We help a candle light vigil in our apartment, and prayed that this Dark Seraph would find the rest he so deserved.

The world lost a great poet that day, but thankfully his music lives on.

I find myself thinking about naming a character after Rozz in the novel I am working on, but I am not certain I could write a character worthy of his name. So I will sit here, listening to his sweet voice, and dreaming of that other world.

Even if he is not making music for us anymore, he is inspiring me and many others to stretch ourselves as his muse whispers dark words into our ears.

I miss you Rozz. I wish I could have gotten to know you.

Within

The chill has returned to my heart and mind.  Deep darkness like that I have known before.  Now, my soul shakes and shivers within.  Terror's icy grip prevents me from moving.  I will get through. Day before yesterday, I bought the new best of from Christian Death (Death Club 1981-1993), and the interview with Rozz Williams at the end caused my head to spin.  I have always identified with Rozz in a way I cannot really explain.  I started thinking about the day he... died...  The thought crossed my mind: why did he fall and I live.

The world lost so much that day.  And I have gotten past those dark desires to end it all.  But why did I overcome while he fell.  How can I help others to overcome as I did?

Ache within is the pain that tells us we are alive.  As Kierkegaard said, it is the proof of the immortality of the soul.  It devours our soul, yet does not consume it.

The sun is starting to rise.  The clouds are parting.  I just had to share.

Equality challenged on Ballot

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Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire signed a gay civil rights bill into law Tuesday that adds “sexual orientation” to a state law banning discrimination in housing, employment, insurance and credit. ... But if initiative promoter Tim Eyman gets his way, it will be frozen until November's general election.

Civil Rights move forward... unless enough bigots can overturn the law? The hate filled actions of these anti-equality folk hurt my mind sometimes. Imagine if the Clan would have tried this in the '60s. Oy!

Sky Captain Review

I got to see a movie today! Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

One of the best Science Fiction movies I have seen in a long time.  A thrill ride from beginning to end while maintaining the feel of brilliant film noir, this movie has it all.  And for you fans of giant killer robots, this film has giant killer robots!   The look of the movie is surprising nostalgic and original.  The setting is engrossing and the plot really pulls you through and never disappoints.

Warning: Over Intellectualizing Ahead:  The film paints a mesmerizing post-modern fable of life in the our day and age.  Using the Wizard of Oz as a Narrative tool, the film deconstructs the modern fundamentalist movements showing them to be the futile beasts they are.  I will not spoil the end, but it is as rich for the mind as it is for the eye.  A must see for the whole family.  Great on so many levels.