If you’ve been following my adventures in conservative politics and the new media, then you might know that this is my third website since last July. That isn’t ideal, of course– not if you want to draw readers to your blog. But my life changed so much in 2012 that the moves were necessary. To anyone who got lost in the shuffle, my apologies.
Between November of 2011 and November 6, 2012, I was a Herman Cain supporter, a Rick Santorum grassroots volunteer, worked for Restoring America Project PAC, wrote and edited at Tea Party Tribune then worked for Americans For Prosperity. In the meantime, I started writing for Integrity, which consists of blogging for their business clients’ websites.
Here at Lowering the Boom, you’ll find conservative-themed images, stories and commentary. But don’t expect to find a lot of snarkiness. It’s just not something I’m good at.
— Becca Lower
My dad passed away in March, and his favorite talk show host was David Letterman. Now that Letterman’s time on late night tv is drawing to a close (he has just 3 more episodes next week), it seems only right to memorialize his work in some way.
An old repeat of Saturday Night Live aired tonight before the show’s season finale. In that show was a sketch with an impression I somehow missed seeing before: comic genius Norm MacDonald as the 90s era Letterman. This was the Letterman who still had a reddish-brown mop of hair, who stayed out of politics and showed a certain level of energy which has been missing from the show for several years now.
So, in honor of the goofy, and sometimes controversial Letterman (remember when a CBS producer tried to blackmail him over an affair with an intern?), here’s that sketch:
Decider blog’s take on MacDonald’s stint as the SNL resident impersonator of Letterman is worth a read. (Two other cast members also played the host.) Also, a hat tip to them for the clip.
EDIT: Norm MacDonald did 8 minutes of stand up on his final appearance on Letterman’s show Friday. But around 2 minutes before the end, there’s an uncharacteristically torn-up Norm talking about how Dave affected his life as a comedian.
It’s not a conference I’ve had a chance to attend, but a friend of mine would like to attend it this time. Jason Dibler co-hosts Susie Moore’s “Q with a View” on FTR Radio, and is looking to develop a radio project known as The Roaring Void about just folks and their stories.
The brand-new GoFundMe page for both the RoL trip and the potential show reads like this:
TRV is all about real life and real American culture. That’s a lot of stuff. And it’s (mostly) not politics.
Jason could use your help to make sure he’s prepared to take full advantage of everything Right Online has to offer. Check his pitch out, and pitch in whatever you can! Prayers count as help, too.
Don’t leave Jason hanging, like the guy in the video.
Along with the Smiths, one of the musical artists who helped me survive my teenage years was Matthew Sweet. I don’t what most drew me in: the fact that he didn’t seem to care about being trendy or even popular, or that he had someone like Lloyd Cole playing backing guitar on his records.
Over time, it was the lyrics he wrote that turned Sweet into a kind of musical cousin. It was an odd sensation, as a teen, to not see a male musician as a sex symbol like Duran Duran or Wham! (I’ve always seen R.E.M. the same way as Sweet.) Matthew Sweet’s music was to be taken seriously and examined from different angles over years’ time, like the pieces in a private art collection. I think that’s what indelibly sets his music apart for me.
I happened to read this interview with Sweet, from 2013. It struck me that he and his wife are avid collectors of the “Big Eyes” paintings, and consulted on the movie of the same name, starring Amy Adams. (*I’ve excerpted his full explanation of his involvement with the movie below.) Coincidentally, Sweet played on Lloyd Cole’s new album, ‘Standards’, which was released in 2013.
In the interview with DC Metro Theatre Arts, one of many he likely did over the phone as he toured the country that year, Sweet continued to explode the idea of what is expected of a musician and an artist. And he does it just like he writes a song. With deep emotion.
He was asked a few typical questions. His answers on:
What he loves about writing songs.
“I love having human feelings, certain feelings with strong emotions. I need to be alone when I write. I write about feelings about being alive. It’s hard to describe my writing.”
Advice he would give young musicians:
“Do it because you love music and not for fame. It is very hard to make music a career and everyone is a human being with feelings and a career in music can wear you down. You should want to have a music career because all you want to do is music. It can be a Garden of Eden.”
Then Sweet was asked what the nicest thing a fan ever did for him was:
“That’s hard to answer too. The nicest thing a fan can do is care about my music and the nice things they say about it. I’m awkward on praise. I’m divorced from the praise and focus on the enjoyment I get from playing and the audience gets from my playing.”
What can you say to that, you know?
*via DC Metro Theatre Arts:
My wife and I collected art from 1960s, mainly by Margaret Keane, which is known as the “Big Eye” paintings. At the time we started to collect them they were so weird.
Margaret Keane worked alongside her husband Walter, but Margaret did all the work. Walter, the husband didn’t paint, but claimed he was more famous. His wife breaks free, divorces him, and takes him to court for her rights. She wins.
We’ve worked with screenwriters and movie director Tim Burton on a movie about these paintings, starring Amy Adams. We’ve been involved as consultants the last couple of months in Toronto. It’s a fantastical story. It is a low budget movie, funded by the Weinsteins. I’m a huge fan of Tim Burton’s Ed Wood movie.
Enjoy a part of this “Best-of” album, Time Capsule. The first song is my favorite from Sweet.