for February 27, 2002
2001: A Mace Odyssey
by Your Diva, Robin Pastorio-Newman
"Iíve had a very, very long career in music and if I
gleaned any wisdom it would be encapsulated in five
simple words...Music is its own reward."
- STING, on receiving
a lifetime achievement
the Brit Awards
Oh dear. Mr. Sumnerís lost his marbles.
Your Diva, Your One True Love puts forth a proposal:
perhaps the aforementioned millionaire should hush.
His bucketloads of profits permit his record company
to crush the lives of other talented musicians, whose
rewards for their hard work and devotion include
blushing when you want fries with that.
The Grammies buzz fills the air and thereís blood in
the water: the Olympics concluded, Gary Conditís back
in the headlines, and weíre still stalking Osama bin
Laden. Our paranoiaís reached epic proportions. Last
Friday morning, Fox5ís Good Day New York ran a lengthy
report about a missing cow in Ohio even heat-seeking
gadgets couldnít catch. Monday night, Jay Leno
couldnít deliver a punchline without Mr. McFeeley. For
Armaniís sake, letís change the subject before some
halfwit stages a patriotic benefit concert. Enough
about me - Your Avenging Angel offers a few just
For parading around half-clothed, sharing a mortgage
and monogrammed towels with a known male person while
blabbing incessantly about her virginity, Britney
Spears earns 25 lbs. of cellulite. Good luck, Pop
Princess, with the loofah!
For taking the bull by the horns and making music
their own way, New Brunswickís Dennis and Diane Boyle
earn Your Crisp Meringueís genuine respect. For
months, Iíve harangued Altrok readers: if you donít
like the state of music, get out there and do
something about it. The Diaden choirís clear, idyllic
sound kicks it punk rock-like. More about this
underdog in weeks to come.
For a great record release party at the Court Tavern,
George Is Dead earns a standing ovation. The show
including sets by the hilarious, energetic Brimstones,
brilliant, messy 100 Pounds of Porn and the grinding,
fierce, bloody George Is Dead. Hazardous fun, not for
Finally, for the coward who put the Courtís doorman in
the hospital: oooh, bad karma, like Stingís music, is
its own reward, encapsulated in five simple words:
Reach for the soap, studmuffin!
©2002 Robin Pastorio-Newman
All material ©2001-2014 Sean Carolan, except as noted.
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