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THE M:M MUSIC TEAM (LOTR):
Crystal Ann Lea, Meg MacDonald, Rene Magallon 
FEATURED ARTISTS
Them Vibes with Maggie Rose
"Right On"
Joel Rafael
"Strong (feat. Jason Mraz)"
Gary Clark Jr. 
"When I'm Gone"
 
Barns Courtney
"You and I"
Slightly Stoopid
"One More Night"
 
Black Oxygen
"Everything"
New: KJAC!
I just turned 40 for the ninth time and I have a pimple.  My 21-year-old niece, who is living with me for the summer doing an internship, has perfectly clear skin and has never heard of Clearasil.
 
I now have a combined three nieces and nephews living either with me or near me.  Dylan is 7, Molly is 5 and Hannah is my 21-year-old-soon-to-be college senior.  The differences in our lifestyles don’t end with skin care:
 
THEY:  Can eat whatever they want including bagels for breakfast with a side of Reece’s Puffs cereal (they’re basically Reece’s peanut butter cups in a bowl of milk).
Me:  Eggwhites.  When I’m feeling really deserving, I add in a small piece of Ezekial “toast.” For those of you not familiar, it’s the antithesis of the Reece’s.  It’s cardboard with crust.  I think it’s made by holy people because there’s a picture of a dove flying and a bible verse on the packaging.  I’m guessing the bible verse is for the dove who appears to be in a downward spiral towards earth, probably because it’s choking on this crap.
 
THEY:  Can sit for hours, run and jump.
ME:  I stand for hours because sitting would re-aggravate my L5-S1 herniated disc.  Running and jumping is something I now only watch on TV in the same kind of awe with which I watched Peter Pan flying as a child. 
  
It’s not like I need kids and millenials around me to remind me I’m not 25 anymore.  Even if they weren’t here, I know I’m getting older because people comment on how young I look.  No one says that to a millennial. 
 
I went to a new Dr. last week who told me he thought I was 32.  I’m trying to ignore the fact that he was in his 70s, looked like Mr. Magoo and tripped over his equipment twice.
  
I will not go gently into that achy, wrinkly bad night.  However, I do know there’s only so much I can control.  The list so far is: eat right, drink a lot of water and Google to see if coupons for Botox exist.
 
Added recently to that list is to avoid the mail.  AARP is bound to find me sooner or later.  When that happens, I’m going to run without stretching and go to breakfast with my nieces and nephew.
 
For now though, it’s almost 5:00.  Time for dinner.

 
 “The world would be a nicer place if everyone had the ability to love as unconditionally as a dog.”
 
M.K. Clinton, In honor of National Rescue Dog Day
 
Them Vibes with Maggie Rose
“Cannot be defined by any one sound… a formidable force to be reckoned with.” – Billboard
“Gospel dance party.” – Jambase
“Them Vibes kick proverbial ass.” – The Aquarian
Morrissey
“...his voice has barely aged at all; it’s like a Dorian Gray of the larynx.”
Variety
“Morrissey didn’t use his Broadway debut for a radical Re-imagining of his catalog the way other artists, from Bruce Springsteen to Duran Duran, have done. However, maybe for him, simply being there was radical enough.” – Newsday
Gary Clark Jr.
“Gary Clark Jr. had good reason to sweat. Clark opted to play his first-ever Tiny Desk Concert – in front of a huge crown that warmed the room considerably. He wasn’t the only one in the room who needed to wipe away the sweat. These songs roared with the assurance and force of a showman at the top of his game.” – NPR
“Gary Clark Jr. dropped by NPR’s Tiny Desk to play cuts from THIS LAND…A fiery performance.” – The Fader
Willa Amai
"Amai really is one to watch; she's already sung alongside the legendary Dolly Parton on "Here You Come Again" for the Dumplin' soundtrack, a career-peak for many, but just the beginning of what is sure to be a long ascent to stardom for Amai." – Nylon
“It's truly refreshing working with young talent like Willa Amai.”
Dolly Parton
Willa Amai The Today Show
The Head and The Heart 
         The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
Chris Robinson Brotherhood Music Video
half•alive Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Of Monsters and Men 
         The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

The National The Late Show With Stephen Colbert 
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