It’s hard to believe that even after over 20 years in the business, P!nk is still able to continue reinventing herself, and surprising everybody. Sure, some people wonder why the reinventing was even necessary in the first place. If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it. Right? Wrong.
Ever since P!nk started out, every hit album she’s put out sounds different from the last. Beautiful Trauma follows that trend, sounding nothing like her past works. Most artists who have been around as long as she has might choose to play it safe. They figure out what works for them, and then just repackages it, over and over.
From start to finish, the songs are ever-changing. This is why I’m starting with her final track, “You Get My Love.” The song is not the usual pop/rock we hear from P!nk, but rather a song that allows her bluesy side to shine through.
Her willingness to risk showing her vulnerable side, truly works in her favour, and allows us to relate to her heart and heartbreak. Sure, sometimes she gets a little too deep, and sings some thing you wish you could unheard, but that’s just P!nk being… well… P!nk! She even brought in another artist who always speaks their mind, Eminem! Who raps on her second song of the album, “Revenge” and their signature no-filter attitudes definitely shine through in the lyrics.
Some of the songs are a bit strange, but you’ll still find yourself moving your head along to the beats. Of course you should be prepared for quite a bit of profanity, as nearly half of the tracks are rated as explicit. But as I said before, she is very much a no-filter type of person, and that shows in her songs.
Just watching her give her infamous speech to her daughter at the VMAs, you can sense how full her heart is with love for her family, but the songs on this album seem to be very much directed at her husband. From “Beautiful Trauma” which shows her love for her husband, to “Whatever You Want” which compares their love to a sinking vessel. While most of her albums also are directed at him, this one is very much different, as they appear to be happily married and share two children together.
Will every song be a hit? Definitely not. There are certainly some songs that I wouldn’t blame you if you chose to skip over them when they come on, but for the most part, this is an album that I can see myself listening to every song, every time.
Sure, it’s no longer October, but that doesn’t mean you can’t learn about something spooky. Also since American Thanksgiving is coming up this month, I thought it great to talk about food! What’s something that combines spookiness with food? Inmates Last meals.
Victor Feguer was sentenced to hang at the age of 28. He ended up on death row due to kidnapping and murdering. For his last meal he requested something very simple. A single olive, with the pit inside.
John Wayne Gacy
John Wayne Gacy was sentenced to death by lethal injection at the age of 52. He was sentenced to death after raping and murdering over 30 individuals. His last meal was basically the opposite of Victor’s. He requested 12 fried shrimp, a bucket of KFC, french fries, and a pound of strawberries.
Timothy McVeigh was put to death after he was found to be behind the terror bombing of Oklahoma City. The bombing resulted in the death of 168 people. For his last meal, he chose two pints of mint chocolate chip ice cream.
Ricky Ray Rector
Ricky Ray Rector was put to death via lethal injection at the age of 42. He committed two murders, which led to the sentence. He ended up requesting steak, fried chicken, cherry kool-aid, and pecan pie. He didn’t end up eating the pecan pie though, as he told the guard he was “saving it for later”.
Stephan Anderson died via lethal injection at the age of 49. He got that sentence after committing burglary, assault, seven murders, and escaping prison. For his last meal, he had two grilled cheese sandwiches, a pint of cottage cheese, a hominy/corn mixture, peach pie, chocolate chip ice cream, and radishes.
Angel Nieves Diaz
Angel Nieves Diaz was sentenced to death via lethal injection at the age of 55. Throughout his life he committed murders, kidnappings, and armed robberies. He ended up declining a last meal, and even refused to eat the prison food that was then served to him.
Ronnie Lee Gardner
Ronnie Lee Gardner was put to death by firing squad at the age of 49. He also committed burglaries, robberies, and two counts of murder, which landed him on death row. For his last meal, he requested steak, lobster tail, apple pie, vanilla ice cream, and ate all of it while watching the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
We all know what Ted Bundy did to end up on death row, as he is one of the most famous serial killers of all time. In case you don’t know though, he committed rape, necrophilia, prison escape, and more than 35 murders. He ended up declining a special last meal, but did eat the traditional last meal, which consisted of steak, eggs, hash browns, toast, milk, and juice.
Allen Lee “Tiny” Davis
Allen Lee “Tiny” Davis ended up in the electric chair after committing multiple robberies and 3 murders. For his last meal he requested a lobster tail, fried potatoes, half a pound of fried shrimp, six ounces of fried clams, half a loaf of garlic bread, and 32 ounces of A&W Root Beer.
Aileen Wuornos was a serial killer who ended up being executed via lethal injection. She murdered 7 men over the course of her lifetime. Wuornos declined a last meal, and was instead was served a cup of coffee.
Many of us have dreamed about our marriage proposals for years! Some people plan out how their going to do it, while others practice their surprised faces in the mirror.
Is it any less important, or meaningful, if the proposal ends up being in front of hundreds of people? Just yesterday, shortstop of the Houston Astros’ Carlos Correa proposed to his girlfriend, former Miss Texas Daniella Rodriguez, live on air, with a crowd of thousands there to witness it.
I asked around to see what everybody’s opinions were about public marriage proposals! Are they cute, or awkward? Does it force the person to say yes, just because the public eye is on them, and they would experience hate if they dared say no?
“I think it depends on their personality. Some people prefer personal proposals, while others want more extravagant ones.”
“I don’t know. It’s a difficult subject. I think it depends on the person being proposed to. But at the same time, someone could say no, and surprise everybody!”
“It really depends on the person. It’s not for me to judge what somebody else wants to do. Honestly, you should really know the person you’re proposing to.”
“Depends on the setting. Sometimes I think it would pressure someone to say yes.”
“I don’t know how I feel about it. I feel like it puts a lot of pressure on the person being asked.”
“I think it depends on the couple. It was flat no for my wife.”
“I think they’re great. Wondering if Carlos would’ve still proposed if the team had lost though!”
“I honestly think they’re super cute and fun, as long and neither the giver or receiver gets overwhelmed by large public displays!”
“I think it’s cute, but only if it works out well. It’s super romantic, but also dangerous.”
“I’m a nah. You can do it in public, but not have everybody watching you!”
“I think it puts too much pressure on the person being proposed to, it isn’t as romantic as being alone with the person you love and discretely sharing such a large intimate moment that’s literally life changing.”
“I think that they can put a lot of pressure on the other person to say yes.”
“Personally, I think they put an added weight of expectation upon the individual receiving the proposal and is overall unfair to them.”
“I don’t agree with it because I think it puts the other person on the spot and makes it hard for them to say no if that’s really how they feel.”
“If you’re that much of an attention-seeker, you should probably talk about it. If you talk about it months ago, and you know they want to get married, then maybe yeah. You should talk about your relationship before-hand. I would never do it.”
“I don’t like that you don’t know what’s going to happen. Someone could say no, or say yes, then later say no because of the pressure.”
Now that Halloween has come and gone, it’s time to start planning for Christmas. Or, maybe not… Either way, here are some activities that you can do this November!
1. Go See A Movie
A Bad Mom’s Christmas, My Friend Dahmer, Thor: Ragnarok, Murder on the Orient Express, Bitch, Daddy’s Home 2, Justice League, Wonder, and Coco, are all heading to theatres this month.
2. Attend a Remembrance Day Ceremony
Go to a parade or a ceremony! Just spend some time remembering those who have passed and those who are still fighting.
3. Go to a Farmers’ Market
You can shop for fall or winter produce, along with foods prepared locally, crafts, and warm food and drinks to keep you warm in the cold!
4. Participate in Movember
Not only is this something that’s fun to participate in, but it’s also for a great cause. You can hold a fundraiser, join a group of friends to help raise money and see who can go longest, and some places even give out free things for people with moustaches!
5. Hold a Game Night
November 19th – 25th is National Game and Puzzle Week. That means you now have a reason to play a week-long game of Monopoly! Hope your friendships survive.
6. Spend Time With Your Family
This is just one that you should do all year round, but it doesn’t hurt to use this as an excuse to visit family members!
7. Donate to a Charity
November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Month and National Diabetes Month. Both of which are great causes to donate money to!
Just because it’s not yet December, the month where we all give, doesn’t mean that you have to wait to help out around your community.
9. Do Something Creative
With all the bright colours of the autumn leaves, it about time we embraces that inspiration and used it to create something creative!
10. Listen to Evolution 107.9
Because… Obviously. Sure, I might be a bit biased, but my mum says she loves our radio station! So…