As we look forward to 2017, there is this ray of sunlight in the distance: new music from Shania Twain.
Shania wasn't the first singer to get me into the genre as kid growing up in Texas in the '90s, but she solidified my love for country music. The Woman in Me CD is among the first I ever owned. If memory serves, I actually got it as a 10th birthday present the week after it came out in February of 1995. With the promise of new music on the horizon, I decided to go back and listen to this album that I wore out during my childhood.
Looking at it as a whole, I have to say it's one of the greatest albums ever made. The singles alone offer a diverse snapshot of the project. Four out of the eight singles released from this album topped the country charts. And you have to remember that each track was co-written by Twain and her ex-husband (and producer) Mutt Lange, with the exception of one.
"Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?" was the first release from the project and Shania's first hit. She had released three previous singles from her first self-titled album, but none of them even broke the top 50. This one made it all the way to No. 11. What was the appeal? It wasn't callous, it wasn't bitter, but she was calling out her love who had been running around in such a catchy way.
Then came the assertive "Any Man of Mine" that revealed to men what women really want. We want to be loved whether we've gained weight or we're being contradictory. It's not that complex!
"The Woman in Me (Needs the Man in You)" was the first serious relationship song released and it stopped you in your tracks. "(If You're Not in It for Love) I'm Outta Here!" was destined to be a karaoke favorite. "You Win My Love" was an instant road trip song. (This is the one that was solely written by Lange, BTW.)
My favorite from the album, though, was the sweet love song "No One Needs to Know." I'm definitely one of those girls who has their entire wedding planned out even though they're not dating someone and, apparently, I'm not the only one because this song went No. 1.
"Home Ain't Where His Heart Is (Anymore)" will break your heart. It may have been the sixth single, but this song is the first track on the album -- and when this project was released we didn't have MP3s so we usually listened in order -- and it set a wonderful tone for the entire project. There is a pain in Shania's voice that sells this sadness of the back end of a love story. This song showcases her relatable songwriting and flawless voice.
The final single was also the final song on the album, "God Bless the Child." It was released to country radio on Nov. 30, 1997 and only barely broke the top 50, which few would call a success. But it was a striking, original song that was released completely a cappella. To this day, it's a fan favorite.
The Woman in Me was comprised of love, heartbreak and desire. It personified the contradictions and complications that are involved in being a woman, thus reflecting its title perfectly.
Shania Twain - The Woman In Me
Over the last couple of years, Chris Pratt and Anna Faris have really emerged as one of those normal Hollywood couples. You know, people you might want to hang out with sometime.
Mainly, it seems like they do normal things and have some real perspective on this whole celebrity lifestyle, but also they do weird things like eat a ton of snacks on camera and live tweet an entire day of mundane events leading up to a big event.
Recently, Anna Faris live-tweeted an entire day of activities. Chris Pratt was prepping for the "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" premiere and Anna was just eating raisin toast and getting her hair done. It was amazing.
We picked out a few of our favorite tweets from the day and compiled them all into a video for easing scrolling.
Robert Irwin, son of "The Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin, is a chip off the ole block. Not only does he look like his father (check out the clip) but he has his father's enthusiasm of animals and educating people about them. Robert brought a variety of unusual animals (legless lizards?) to "The Tonight Show" and Jimmy's reactions were priceless.
I think that clip provided every reaction gif you will ever need.
1. "Hey, how r u?"
"beaut bonza" is the most Aussie phrase in the world
2. "How was ur date?"
3. Do not want
4. Afraid yet curious
5. Mild shock/ when you aren't really paying attention anymore
6. Standard cute
7. When something unwanted enters your life
8. "C'mon man."
9. Deeply concerned/nervous/unsure
10. An apt question for anyone who rides public transit
11. When you're getting unwanted attention
12. Hyping up your boy to go talk to the pretty girl at the bar
13. When you aren't paying attention and something serious happens
14. "Whatever, it's not that cool."
15. When they respond positively to that risky text
The Nashville Predators swept the Chicago Blackhawks in four games to move on to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs and Dierks Bentley thinks it's because he wore an awful hat during the game.
The hat clearly didn't hurt and neither did Luke Bryan's performance of the National Anthem beforehand. It was even Carrie Underwood approved.
Check out who Luke shakes hands with as he leaves the ice-- Vince Gill! Only in Nashville.
During this episode of the podcast, our first, we take a deep dive into music-- particularly, songs we've always loved, the songs we first loved and songs that never grow old. And yes, things turn colorful when Drew and I discovered are common interest in Garth Brooks' No. 1 hit, "That Summer."
Country Air Podcast // Songs We've Always Loved
Politically, if you're reading this, you probably thought President George W. Bush was one of the worst Presidents ever. Or, you think he was the greatest thing to ever happen to this country. You're likely indifferent to his father President George H.W. Bush.
Politics aside, if you're a regular human, you probably took a real liking to both Georges after they left office. How could you not? H.W. is always rockin' those socks and W. started painting. They're the sweetest.
H.W. was recently hospitalized for the second time this year, but this photo of Bush 41 and Bush 43 has us feeling all the feelings.
Don't read either caption until you're completely ready.
We've always known that Ellen DeGeneres is one of the most beloved celebrities of all-time. Who doesn't love her? Currently, Nicki Minaj loves her so much, she's name-dropped in her in her most recent song and video, which is a shot at Remy Ma.
Ellen's name comes into the rap during the first verse.
I woulda helped you out that pit you fell in
I am the generous queen! Ask Ms. Ellen
Tried to drop "Another One", you was itchin' to scrap
You exposed your ghostwriter, now you wish it was scrapped
Of course, Ellen hears, "I am DeGeneres queen, ask Ellen."
We don't not hear it.
For her part in the feud, Ellen has asked the age-old question-- do I have to do anything?
Great question. We hope she finds out.
Cast iron skillets are an indispensable kitchen tool that many beginner chefs are intimidated by. They require special care and are often treated as family heirlooms. The risk of ruining my great grandmother's skillet is not worth cooking an omelette, right?
The truth is that cast Iron is tough and, unlike copper or teflon cookware, it gets better with age. All you need to know are a couple of basic principles. After that, you will be set for a lifetime of great cooking. This really is the only skillet you will ever need.
The Cast Iron Basics
1. Hand wash and dry thoroughly with a towel then over low heat on the stove top or oven to remove all lingering moisture
2. Cover with a thin layer of canola oil and wipe off all the excess after each use to protect the skillet
3. To season, put the oil-covered skillet upside down in your oven for one hour at 450-500 degrees. This will break down the oil and allow it to bond to the skillet protecting the iron from rust and gives the pan a non-stick surface.
4. Always preheat your skillet before cooking with it.
5. Clean with hot water, salt, and a non metal scouring pad.
The crowd roared as the pair performed "Craving You" under the stars.
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