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Monday, February 18, 2008


Posted By on Mon, Feb 18, 2008 at 12:57 PM

The plan was for me to write a nice post for you all summarizing the music-related movie I watched this weekend from my Netflix. Unfortunately, my cold is back. And it was about halfway through the documentary that even the collective cuteness of the Bens (Lee, Kweller, and Folds) couldn't keep me from passing out on my futon.

So no wrap up yet.

Although I would like to say to the aforementioned cold; seriously? No, really, seriously? I eat healthy, I work out to a fault, I sleep so much it affects my social life, and I take my vitamins. I mean, what better tequila-mixer than a little Emergen-C?


Anyway. After the movie clicked off and the TV was back on, I did dream a little MTV-News that might interest some of you. And a quick on-line check this morning affirmed that it was true.

That is, rapper Common would like you to write a lyric about the importance of HIV-testing.

I tend to jump around from cause to cause, but I've always had a special place in my heart for the importance of HIV-testing. In fact, two years ago (my god, have I really lived here that long?) I decided to try and meet some new friends in the music scene by compiling a CD with just that message, in support of Vermont CARES. It's actually how I met most of you, dear readers, as you were pretty much all on it! Swale, The Jazz Guys, Nest Material, Pretty & Nice, even Dan!

Anyway, I know that most of you don't write rap (although I did catch Lee's wigged-version of white rapper this past Thursday...), but luckily you don't have to. Common is just looking for a good message - in any genre. The bad news is that you have to be 25 or under, which I'm pretty sure eliminates a large part of this reading audience. The prize? Common will perform the lyric on MTV networks - which I know is a major goal in all of your lives.

If you do happen to be interested in the contest, you can check out all the details here.

And I promise, once this cold finally gets off my back (I mean, seriously!) I will write something other than regurgitated MTV.


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