Thursday, December 31, 2009

Great kid's music game...

Found this one on the TVOKids website...

It's called the 'Make Your Own Music Game'.

You pick the musicians, DJs or beat boxer and create your own piece of music.

My 3 year old [almost 4] son loves it...bonus is you can record the piece of music your child creates and email it to family and friends.

Here's one that he created this morning...

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Christina Grimmie...

Plays piano by ear...can't read notes....totally self taught singer and pianist....I say she has that 'it' thing industry people are always talking about.

Her name is Christina Grimmie. 15 years old.

You can check out her cover songs on her YouTube site.

Love her version of The Fray's 'Never Say Never'.

Goodbye 2009...

2009 was a fab year for music...[OK not all of it] is the best mash up that brings together all that was musically in 2009.

DJ Earworm returns with his annual United State of Pop mash-up of the top 25 Billboard songs of 2009.


See more funny videos and Music Videos at Today's Big Thing.

Happy New Year. All the best in 2010.

Why I love music....#1007

This says it can you not totally be moved by this?

This is just yet another reason why I love music so much...

Monday, December 28, 2009

For real?

Ahh yes another needed invention Really.
And here I thought that was what scarves were bad.

Presenting...The Necky.

My favourite though is this comment on YouTube: "[Those] stupid enough to buy these products should be charged with inhibiting the progress of humanity." jetsam50000


Saw this in the Style section of Toronto Life.....

AndrĂ© Leon Talley, Vogue’s over-the-top editor-at-large (remember that tennis scene from The September Issue?), will be a full-time judge on America’s Next Top Model. This season—excuse us, cycle—is currently filming in Auckland, New Zealand. We thought Tyra was crazy when she debuted her Smyze superhero, but clearly the woman is a television genius. Talley and Miss J in a room together plus clueless models equals reality TV bliss. [Independent]

I cannot wait until Cycle 14!


Sunday, December 27, 2009


Love this Owl City 'Fireflies' parody....a tribute to IKEA. [the guy's voice is spot on]

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Lost Generation

This video was created for the AARP U@50 video contest and placed second.

It is based on the Argentinian Political Advertisement "The Truth" by RECREAR.

I think it's the worth the 1minute 44sec it takes to watch it.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

New Music

Here are are four tracks to check releases this week on iTunes.
Brilliant stuff.

1. Danger Mouse + James Mercer = Broken Bells. This is their first single 'The High Road' from their debut album dropping on March 9th.

2. Richard Ashcroft: The Journey

3. Cage The Elephant: Back Against the Wall

4. Jamie Cullum: Don't Stop the Music

Monday, December 21, 2009

My Best of 2009....

Here is a random in no particular order of preference collection of things that I came across this year that I absolutely love...

1. Victoria Beckham's perfume: Beckham Signature...I love the fact that it reminds me of cotton candy.

2. The TV show 'Glee'

3. The website 'Beyond The Rack'...big fancy names, ridiculous prices

4. The ballet flats by Pretty in Canada [Montreal]

5. The children's singing duo 'Bobs & LoLo' [Treehouse]

6. The website 'Etsy'...I could spend hours checking out all the online shops.

7. CoverGirl 'Exact Eyelights' mascara in Black Pearl

8. GOSH cosmetics Lip Gloss #009

9. Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Lipcolor #035 [Iconic Iris]

10. Annabelle Liquid Eyeliner in Espresso & Black

11. Tide Stain Release In-Wash Booster pacs [they really do work amazingly well]

12. nuyu facial cleaning milk [love the smell]

13. Dan Thompson's Beauty Busted blog [Yummy Mummy Club]...the man has saved me a fortune in cosmetics

14. [cause we all love playing DJ]

15. Rice paper pulled pork Spring Rolls from the Mekong [divine]

16. The album 'The Fray' by TheFray.

17. The children's TV shows Yo Gabba Gabba and Olivia.

18. Hydrasense Nasal Care sprays [colds what colds?]

19. Boiron Coryzalia Cold Homeopathic Medicine

20. Triaminic Flowing Vapours for children

21. Aleva Naturals: Breathe Easy Cream

22. Triaminic Pure Remedies Non Medicated Nasal Saline Mist for Children

23. Studio M clothing line [The Bay]

24. D'lish Clothing Co. handbags

25. Lori Michaels dresses

26. Porter Airlines

27. Twitter [I'm @cbernardi]

28. Vimeo

29. Evian Roller Babies TV ads

30. Kashi Original 7 Whole Grain crackers

31. Kashi Cherry Dark Chocolate TLC Chewy Granola Bars

32. Two Monkeys Coffee and Tea House in Ottawa

33. For everything food and recipies:

34. Farmville

35. Green Mountain Coffee...their Hot Cocoa is so good.

36. Keurig® Single-Cup Brewer

37. Tassimo Coffee system

38. Olay Quench Body Wash

39. The artist: Florence + Machine and the song 'You've Got The Love'

40. Lebanese spinach & meat pies from Aladdin Bakery in Ottawa

41. Stuntman Stu Red Line Merlot

42. The Yummy Mummy Club [yes I write a blog for it but that's besides the point]

43. Gok Wan's TV Show: How to Look Good Naked

44. Best websites for the kiddlets:,,,,

45. Canadian Olympic Team Unisex Trapper Hat by Hbc

46. Tuong Ot Toi Viet-Nam Chili Garlic Sauce

47. Allessia La Bomba Hot Antipasto Spread

48. La Belle Excuse White Balsamic Vinegar

49. Crerar's No. 1 Golden Honey [Vernon, ON]

50. Prairie Premium Ground Flax Seed

51. Dimpflmeier Healthy Living Prebiotic Multigrain Bread

52. La Vache Qui Rit Cheez Dippers

53. Natunola Health's Delight Omega-3 Instant Oatmeal with shelled flax

54. Y & Y Brand Rice Paper

55. Pastene Fillets of Mackerels in Olive oil

56. Fruits & Passion Green Tea Body Souffle

57. Fruits & Passion Cucina Lime Zest Regenerating Hand Cream

58. Fruits & Passion Cucina Ginger & Sicilian lemon Regenerating Hand Cream

59. Purell Moisture Hand Sanitizer Therapy

60. Smith's Rosebud Salve

Santa Meets Jack...

What if Santa met up with Jack Bauer from 24....interrogation style?

Gift Idea: The Mixed Tape

"Anyone who understands the obsessive attention to detail, the time it took to collate, select, and edit the content of a perfectly executed mix tape, or just someone who appreciated the rhythms and nuances of such extraordinary artifacts will treasure this collection of stories, comfortable and secure in the knowledge that such exquisite efforts were not made in vain and indeed there was a time when a humble cassette tape was perhaps the greatest gift of all."
- Shirley Manson, lead singer of Garbage

If you are looking for the perfect gift for that person on your list who can't get over the lost art of the 'mixed tape' then this is the book for you.

An art form combining the skills of a DJ with the intimacy of a letter, a good mixtape was the ultimate audio valentine.

Today, when the iPod and playlists reign supreme, the cassette has been rendered obsolete, and the art of crafting these sonic calling cards has been relegated to back-of-the-closet, thirty-something nostalgia.

Now, thanks to Cassette From My Ex: Stories and Soundtracks of Lost Loves by Jason Bitner , we can relive our lost youth and lost loves.

In Cassette from My Ex, 60 noted writers and musicians wax poetic about their own experiences with these charming artifacts and the relationships that inspired them. Contributors include: Maxim editor Joe Levy, author Rick Moody, former Rolling Stone writer and MTV2 veejay Jancee Dunn and The Magnetic Fields’ Claudia Gonson.

Stories range from the irreverently sweet, such as the doomed love affair between a Deadhead and a Goth, to the touching, such as the heartbreaking discovery of a former love passing away.
Everyone will find a story or a song to relate to. all you have to do is hit play.

Madonna: Poor Italian housewife...

From Italy Magazine in the UK....

Madonna is the face of Dolce & Gabbana’s Spring / Summer 2010 Collection and, in pictures released in this week’s Italian edition of Vanity Fair, she is washing dishes, preparing food and eating spaghetti with her hands. The photos, in black and white, were inspired by the 1951 Luchino Visconti film, Bellissima, starring Anna Magnani and were shot in New York City in November by Steven Klein.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

R.I.P Brittany Murphy...

Actress Brittany Murphy died today after suffering a cardiac arrest...she was only 32.
Another talent taken too soon...far too young.

Always loved this Paul Oakenfold track...Brittany's vocal stylings were perfection.

Fasterkill Pussy Cat...

R.I.P Brittany Murphy...

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Single Ladies....

Never liked this song [I know I think I was the only one on the planet who didn't...] until I heard this version....

From Pomplamoose Music....

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Top 100 Music Hits...

I blame my friend Iain for this musical time waster...
I blame him for the certain neglect in household chores and perhaps my children [just kidding]...
Such a fabulous list from Billboard magazine...
The most popular songs of the decade (2000-09) across all genres...
The Best of 2000: The Top 100 Music Hits

And what better way to remember the decade that was, musically speaking? Well listening to all 100 songs of course...which you can do on the Billboard site.

Ahh the dusting and laundry can wait yet another day.

Quote of the day....

Albeit totally delusional but it's the quote of the day nonetheless....

"…There is no doubt that he has a bright and shining career ahead of him."
~statement by Jon Gosselin's lawyers Mark and Mike Heller

This statement of client support is to downplay the ongoing rumours that Jon Gosselin is close to going broke now that TLC has successfully blocked him from making any money from future media appearances due to his numerous contract breeches...

"The Hellers have no concern relevant to being paid by Jon for their services and see no circumstances under which they would ever sue Jon."
(MSN Wonderwall)


Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Oh Canada!

Love these ballet flats....from Pretty Ballerinas.
Limited Edition.
Great way to show your Patriotism for the Olympics!

Go Canada Go!

Sock Puppet Theatre

Nothing like a little sock puppet theatre to review the year that was.....[from Mediocre Films]

A Christmas Video

Not the 'Christmas video' you would expect but worth watching...

Al Sharpton Blasts Tiger Woods

Love when satire this case Celeb Jihad runs a fake story and some news agencies run with it like it's the truth.

All though in this case I forgive them and will issue them a pass...because truly it does sound like something Mr. Sharpton might say.

Al Sharpton Blasts Tiger Woods for Lack of Mistress Diversity

The Rev. Al Sharpton held a press conference today to blast Tiger Woods for the lack of diversity among his mistresses. Sharpton claims that the lack of African-American women among Woods’ harem will have a negative affect on the black community, specifically young black girls.

“Why is it that a man who calls himself black can’t bring himself to cheat on his wife with a black woman?” said Sharpton, speaking to a group of supporters in Harlem. “What does it say to young black girls everywhere when you pass them over? Shame on you, Tiger Woods. What would your daddy say?”

Sharpton, who has long championed taking black women as mistresses, said that today’s black athletes need to stop neglecting black women when it comes to extramarital affairs, and should follow the examples of positive black role models such as Jesse Jackson and Martin Luther King, Jr., both of whom cheated on their wives with black women. Sharpton also stressed that cheating with African-American women would help the black community financially by giving black girls the chance to sell their stories to tabloids and gossip magazines.

Added Sharpton, “I’m not asking you to not cheat on your wives, I’m just asking you to give back to your own community.”

Alice in Wonderland

This movie looks so good. Love Tim Burton. Love Johnny Depp. Brilliant.

Here is the newly-released, full-length trailer for Tim Burton's upcoming Alice in Wonderland.

Mustard sings Creep....

Proof that raw talent, passion and a soulful musical experience comes around when you least expect it...

Daniel Mustard sings an acoustic version of Creep on the Opie and Anthony Show on SiriusXM radio. When they brought Mustard on, they had no idea he could sing. It was intended to be a radio bit promoting their upcoming “homeless shopping spree.”

Mustard sings Creep from Rex Kramer on Vimeo.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Dear Mrs. Woods

Dear Mrs. Woods;

Who knew Carrie Underwood's 'Before He Cheats' would have such a profound impact on you?

Although you did take slight creative licence on the line: 'I took a Louisville slugger to both head lights"...although given who your husband is, it really was the only option now wasn't it? A Louisville slugger wouldn't have had the same effect.

Hmmm I wonder if Carrie can rework the lyrics to include a golf club? A song sequel perhaps?

Passions & Musings

(photocredit: photobuckt Efaisalz)