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Remarks:

K-Ci and Jojo’s remake of the old Bobby Womack song. I could not stand Jodeci back then, but I love this song.

Lyrics:

I just wanna dedicate this song
to all the lovers in the world tonight
and I expect that to be the whole world
because everybody needs someone
or something to love

Yeah
when it’s cold outside
girl, who are you holding
you’ll be holding me
well, well, well, well, well
said if y’all don’t mind
can I talk about this woman I have
she’s always complaining about the things she ain’t got
and the things her girlfriend’s got
but lady I will let you know
I can’t be in two places at one time

If you think you’re lonely now
ooh yeah
wait until tonight, girl
oh, you better wait til tonight
yeah, baby
wait until tonight girl
if you think you’re lonely now
wait until tonight girl
I’ll be long gone, yes I will
wait until tonight, girl
you better wait until tonight

When skeletons come out of your closet
and chase you all around the room
memories sound like a ghost
and if you is scared
talk to me, baby

If you think you’re lonely now
wait until tonight, girl
wait until tonight
wait until tonight baby(yeah yeah)
wait until tonight girl
you better wait until tonight
if you think you’re lonely now
wait until tonight girl
do you believe me baby

Ain’t it funny how tables turn
when things ain’t goin your way
when love walks out, pain walks in
you can’t help to say

If you think you’re lonely now
wait until tonight, girl
if you think you’re lonely now
you better wait girl, yeah
wait until tonight, girl
if you think you’re lonely now
if you think you’re lonely now
hold on, ooh yeah
wait until tonight, girl
ooh, yeah

I wanna testify
I wanna testify
I wanna testify to ya
I just got one thing to say
if you think you’re lonely now

If you think you’re lonely now
baby, yeah
wait until tonight, girl
(repeat chorus until fade)

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Remarks:

From 1995, this is Faith Evans’s very first single. You can tell because in the video version (not this live version) Biggie Smalls introduces her like we have never heard of her before. The song went to #4 on the R&B charts. I like this live version way better than the video version.

Lyrics:

I remember the way, you used to love me
I remember the days, you used to love me

You don’t appreciate the time
I put into this love affair of ours baby
I couldn’t let you walk around
Thinking it’s alright to let me down

I remember the way, you used to love me
I remember the days, you used to love me

I gave you all my precious love
And anything you wanted from me
You didn’t hear me calling out
Calling for your warm affection after all this time
You can’t deny what I’m feeling is real
And I stood around, stood by your side
Went through all the hurt and pain
And you turned and walked away

I remember the way, you used to love me
I remember the days, you used to love me

Can’t give up on the way you used to give it to me
Give it to me
What a feeling it’s for real

I remember the way, you used to love me
I remember the days, you used to love me

You didn’t hear me calling out
And that’s not what love’s about
I remember you used to love me
You used to love me every day
Now your love has gone away
I remember I remember

I remember the way, you used to love me
I remember the days, you used to love me

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My So-Called Life

“My So-Called Life” (1994-1995) was an American television show that appeared on ABC from August 1994 to January 1995. It starred Claire Danes as Angela Chase, a 15-year-old  girl growing up in a middle-class suburb of Pittsburgh.

What made it good was that it was much truer to life than most of television, showing what it is like to be 14 or 15. The show still holds up more than ten years later. It has some of the depth of a good book and, like a good book, you come away seeing the world a bit more deeply.

The show only lasted a season: Claire Danes wanted to break into film. The show also had low ratings: there were some 99 shows on television that had more viewers than it did!

“My So-Called Life” was the brainchild of Winnie Holzman (who appears as Mrs Krzyzanowski in the show), Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz. They had worked together on “thirtysomething” (1987-1991) and so ABC hoped they could come up with another show just as good. ABC gave them complete freedom – which, while common for HBO, was rare for ABC.

Holzman and company wanted to show the real life a 15-year-old girl, not the very unreal picture you get elsewhere on television, like on “90210.” But, like Newton Minow who called television a “vast wasteland”, Holzman failed to understand that television is closer to beer than books: most watch television to escape.

As in “thirtysomething”, most characters think only of themselves, living in unending confusion and self-doubt.

Holzman herself is an award-wining poet. This makes Angela much better at expressing herself than most 15-year-olds. Even with, like, her overuse of, like, the word “like”.

For example, when asked about whether Jordan, a boy she was interested in, was a good kisser, Angela said:

They weren’t the kind of kisses you could actually evaluate. They were more like – introductory kisses.

No one talks like that. Still it was perfect.

Jordan made two attempts to kiss her – they were too sudden, he did not work up to it. She had to push him away both times. And yet a few minutes later when the moment was right, he did nothing. She left upset at him.

Man, a page straight out of my marriage. It made me see that this sort of thing happens not so much because I am a bonehead but that it goes much deeper than that, that it is part of the universal mystery of boy meets girl.

The high school in the show is University High School in Los Angeles, where Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor went. Since it is so close to Hollywood, you see it in other films and television shows. The show is partly based on what Holzman found at nearby Fairfax High, where she had taught writing for a time.

All the actors are the age they play. Because of child labour laws, the show had four acts (not three), with Angela appearing in only two. They filled out the stories by using more characters and their parents.

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Gregory Maguire: Wicked

Written: 1995
Read: October 2005

We have all heard the story of “The Wizard of Oz” ever since we were children. This book gives you something new:the life story of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West. This is the Oz story from the Witch’s point of view. Here the Wizard is evil, not the Witch.

Maguire has invented the whole backstory and it is marvellous. He makes you feel like you are really there. You can see the grey fields go by as she and Glinda (originally good college friends) go to Oz.

It is a good read and I have no regrets.

But the book has two faults.

First, Elphaba really is evil – she just does not see it (she is not alone – some readers do not see it either). For her, the ends justify the means and we all know where that leads: Bodies on the floor. Further she does not seem quite human, but something part way between human and animal. Putting an evil part-human at the heart of your book makes your readers uncomfortable. Well, at least me. It is very hard to take her side. I could not.

A story can be about an evil character. Some are. But his ruin at the end has to seem long in coming and richly deserved. I did not get that from this book.

It seems that Maguire intended the book to be about the nature of good and evil. What I found was a shocking moral blindness on the part of Elphaba and some rather thin discussion on the nature of evil. But then I think in terms of moral absolutes, a point of view that neither Elphaba nor Maguire seem to hold.

Second, the characters all sound like they were college educated in the United States sometime after 1965 – not unlike Maguire himself who went to college in the 1970s and even taught college himself for a while. Sometimes this is good for some laughs, as when Glinda and Elphaba discuss Munchkinland the way we would discuss Iraq or Afghanistan. But mostly it takes away from the story by making it less believable. After all, you never heard Bilbo or Gandalf talk as if they went to the University of Michigan.

At first Oz seems like a different place, but in the end it turns out to be America with different clothing, mountains and physics. Maguire has even shorn the Witch of most of her supernatural powers. Pity. There is no place like home, apparently.

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