Super Disappointment…10 Commercials that I (kinda) Liked…#Superbowl

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One day a year…

One day a year, I watch professional football. One day a year, I stop fighting back against consumer culture. One day a year, I become part of a collective American whole. On Super Bowl Sunday, millions of people gather in living rooms, bars and in the streets; cheering and jeering collectively…laughing together…sharing opinions…It really is one of my favorite aspects of modern American culture.

This year was disappointing, to say the least. Although I picked correctly (deciding that the Seahawks would win because I like birds better than horses), the game was a big dull dud. Probably the most exciting part of the entire game was the second play snap that was missed…oh the look on the player who missed it’s face…priceless.

Well, at least we still have the commercials, right? Super bowl commercials never let us down…they’re always epic (iconic, even). Yes, the commercials are the biggest reason why I watch the Super Bowl every year because I found out when I was very young that missing out on the Super Bowl commercials in America was like missing a shoe during a marathon. So, I continued to watch…although the game provided literally no action or excitement. Again, I found myself very disappointed.

Where were all the big budget, side-splitting, innovative advertisements? Although the usual suspects (Doritos, Pepsi, BUDWEISER) were almost MIA, there were a few commercials that I really liked. So, I’m compiling a Top 10 list (even though it’s more like an “only 10” list).

#1Hulk Hogan, California Raisins, Alf….OH MY!

I’m not sure that my reasons for liking this commercial are even needed. It gets my top spot, very easily, because I’m a sucker for nostalgia. Most epic part for me? Chucky cutting the carpet…too funny. And you can’t argue with the clever use of the tagline, “The 80’s called, they want their store back”.

#2 Ellen Red Riding Hood

Ellen is cute as a button in this commercial…and the bear family? Hilarious. Ellen dancing with the bear family…nuff said!

# 3 Muppet Ride Along

Terry Crews crushing grapes with Muppets…”No room for boring” song…awesome! Favorite line: “There were singing vegetables…and chickens!” Seriously lol funny…

#4 Giants

The artistic value of this commercial is noteworthy. This commercial is a beautiful analogy for the power o the “little people”. I know they’re trying to sell me a car but it speaks directly to how I feel in the social and political culture of America, today…great marketing tactic…and a really memorable commercial.

#5 America Is Beautiful

This commercial seemed to rub people the wrong way but I thought it was a beautiful celebration of diversity in America. Reading the Youtube and Twitter comments, has a different effect, though. So, unless you want a right good lesson in American idiocracy, I would suggest you just watch the commercial and enjoy…don’t listen to what people are actually saying about it.

#6 Pistachihead

Apparently, Stephen Colbert’s brain is a Pistachio…well, that explains a lot. I think the premise of the commercial is pretty funny because every time I see a Pistachio commercial, I ask myself: “How do you brand a nut?”

#7 Make Love. Not War

I love the build up of this commercial and the ending message: “Make Love. Not War”. I don’t really care that it doesn’t have the usual “look and feel” of an Axe commercial. It’s really cute. Now, if only there really was a spray that could create world peace….*sigh*….maybe one day.

#8 Dober-what?

The Dobawawa is seriously creepy! I almost dismissed this commercial but then there was Sara Mclachlan and I was like “yes!”…and then the kid on the big wheel…lol…The tagline was awesome. “Compromise scares us, too”…that becomes apparent if you read the comments about the Coca Cola commercial!

#9 Greek Cock Block

Little, tiny laughs…because a full-houseesque reunion is ALWAYS funny. I feel like this would have been more exciting if I hadn’t seen the boys united on Jimmy Fallon earlier in the week. Still, it’s kind of funny.

#10 Cowboy Kid

This commercial is the only one from the usual Super Bowl favorites to make the list AND it only made the list because my 4 year old son’s reaction to it. He now wants a dog like that so he can be a cowboy and tie up his sisters. 😀

Bonus: Scientology

This commercial only aired in certain markets (mine was not one). I decided to add it, not because it was particularly epic but because a lot of people are talking about it. I, personally, don’t mind a Scientology commercial, anymore than I mind a Church of Latter Day Saints commercial. Still, some people have their panties in a wad about it and so I thought it to be worth a share. I, seriously, wish it would have aired in my area because my dad’s reaction to it would have been awesome!

 

A little disappointed by this list? Yeah, me too. I didn’t really have much to work with. At least Bruno Mars’ halftime show provided some entertainment. I know that some people disagree but Bruno Mars on stage is ALWAYS entertaining…and the segway into The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ performance was really gratifying. I do have to say that I was a little let down, in general, by the overall performance of the Chili Peppers. It doesn’t matter, they’re still legends in my mind.

Fight Songs…Soundtrack Sunday Week 2…#Superbowl

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Soundtrack Sunday

In honor of Superbowl Sunday, this week is all about fight songs—the songs that fire us up, motivate us and help us fight back. I feel like I could do a really long playlist on this topic and it has been really hard but I’ve paired my selection down to a few (and cleaned it up a bit).

Eminem-Survival

For fighting back…

I know it’s not the most positive music but sometimes life is gritty and picking yourself up and fighting back requires getting dirty. For me, deep beets and flowing rhymes (like the ones in this song) are an anthem of my angsty teenage years. In my room, I was isolated and disconnected from the world around me. I was harboring secrets, pent up with anger, and never really felt accepted. Artists like D12, Bone Thugz & Harmony, Nas, Jay-Z, and (most predominantly) Eminem became the soundtrack for all the parts of myself that I couldn’t share with the world…all the things that separated me from those around me. I have always considered Hip Hop to be modern day poetry and through it, I learned what it was to be raw…to be proud…and to fight back. For my soundtrack, I’m choosing a more contemporary song by Eminem, because it is the one that I can connect with in my adult life the most.

“If I ain’t got enough in the tank, maybe I can just syphon enough” —Survival, Eminem

That’s exactly how I feel with a table full of bills, a to do list that grows by the minute and the needs of everyone around me piling up to my neck. When I feel that I don’t have enough, I just reach down deeper and syphon some more.

Fighter-Christina Aguilera

For fighting those who try to hold me back…

This song reaches me on so many levels. Everytime I hear it, it pumps me up and makes me feel strong. It reminds me that every battle I have ever fought and every person who has ever tried to hold me back has only made me stronger. Now, I’m done fighting with people. I’m wise enough now to recognize the truth inside…to see people for who they are and avoid the ones that want to use or damage me.

“Never saw it coming, all of your backstabbing. Just so you could cash in on a good thing before I’d realize your game. I heard you’re going round playing the victim now. But don’t even begin feeling I’m the one to blame. ‘Cause you dug your own grave. After all of the fight and lies ’cause you’re wanting to haunt me. But that won’t work anymore, no more. It’s over.” -Christina Aguilera, Fighter

**The above lyrics from the song speak particularly to the desolation of my failed marriage***

Born this Way-Lady Gaga

For fighting myself…

On the days that I’m fighting myself…the days that I revert to my childhood state of not embracing myself for everything I am and everything that I was made to be, I crank up this song. Only then do I remember that “I’m beautiful in my way, ’cause God makes no mistakes.” This song hold particular significance as a fight song for me because one of the things I have fought against my entire life was my sexuality. I really feel that songs like this helped me find peace with the fact that my attraction to members of the same sex wasn’t something to hide…that if I learned to love me for me, then the world would do the same. I was much more worried about my own mother’s reaction than that of “the world” but when I finally found the strength to tell her, her response was “Yeah, I’ve known that since you were a teenager”. Finally, I accept myself and the world accepts me…I am whole and ready to take on the world…

Girl on Fire-Alicia Keys

For conquering the world…

I’ve only just begun fighting. I feel that I’ve gone through the trenches and fought all my inner battles. I’ve slayed the demons in my life and now I’m ready to move forward. I’m a soldier and a survivor. I’m an independent woman, single mother and I’m building a name for myself (one brick at a time). If I get weary and my confidence begins to falter, I simply have to remember all the battles I’ve fought to get to where I am right now…I simply have to remember that I’m a girl and I’m on fire.

Soundtrack Sunday Week 2: “Fight Song”…#Superbowl

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Soundtrack Sunday

In honor of Superbowl Sunday, this week’s prompt is “Fight Song”. You may not know all the words to your Alma Matter’s fight song but you know the tune to it. It is the anthem that blares in the background when a team scores a touchdown…it’s the rumble through the crowd as the team gathers for a pep rally.

What I want to see this week are the song/songs/lyrics that rally you. What songs motivate you, or push your forward? This can be general or specific to a time when music helped you push through the trenches of life…It can be the song that comes to mind when you think of reaching for the stars or the music you work out to. I want to know the tune of your triumphs, survivals, and touchdowns.

Tips:

 Don’t worry too much about choosing the “right” or “popular” song; just choose a song that you really connect with…after all, it’s your life and your soundtrack…have fun with it!

If you don’t want to explain your connection with the song, don’t. The writing isn’t a requirement, it’s a suggestion. In the end, it’s up to you whether you want to really elaborate on it or not.

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