I'd like to introduce a very gratuitous new feature here at Tenacious Dee. Once a week, I will share with you a song that has been stuck in my head and give you as much background on it as I know, as much as Wikipedia provides or as much as I think anyone would care about. First up:
Helpless- Kim Weston. Let me warn you right now, most of the songs I feature will most likely be Motown songs. I'm a diehard Motown fan-it's the Chicago influence.
You may recognize Miss Weston's voice as the one that duets with Marvin Gaye in "It Takes Two." They actually recorded an entire album together, "Take Two."
Listen to this song and I guarantee the delightful and catchy hook will be going through your head for days.
Again, I am a proud nerd but it is sometimes hard when on a phone call with my sister I mention my excitement over Battlestar Galactica being on Hulu now or how my recent squeeze and I are putting some serious thought over which movie theater we will choose to watch the new Star Trek movie and she just laughs and I imagine there is some eye-rolling involved.
It was recently that a friend of mine made this statement after I did his taxes, "It is the nerds that rule the world, the cool kids become janitors." Very profound I know. But I do hope it holds some truth, at least the first part.
Also make sure you check out Kate's blog if you haven't yet, or her weekend stint over at Truant Magazine.
Are any of you obsessed about the city where you either reside or where you grew up? Its history, culture and roots? For some reason, I am as are a couple of my friends. It's not enough to know about all our local celebrities (ie, The Cusacks, The Pivens, Gary Sinise, and many more), we pore through our local bookstores seeking old Chicago books. We quiz ourselves on obscure facts and important dates that encompass Chicago history.
A couple of weeks ago, I was delighted to see the cover of the NYT Mag featuring Chicago as the future of fashion. It's true. More and more, Chicago is becoming a go-to place for fashion. And I'm not simply talking about Michigan Avenue shops, I'm talking smaller boutiques such as the eco-conscious Pivot and the ultra-chic and feminine brand, Eskell.
Sure, Chicago is getting a lot of negative press lately due to a ridiculously high sales tax and the indictment of our state's former governor (who by the way, doesn't live too far from me). It's nice to see a reputable magazine give us some props for something positive for a change.