The Music of Christmas – Day 3: “Silver Bells”

“Overture: Silver Bells” By Gloria Estefan As I alluded to in day 1, many years ago, I realized a few things about my musical tastes, or, more precisely, what songs that I like usually contain. I don’t necessarily love full songs, sometimes. I know that there are songs that I don’t really care for, except there will be this one little bit that I’ll absolutely love. Or there may be a song that the reason I love it is because the musician does a certain chord progression in the live version but not the studio version. “Overture: Silver Bells” has

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The Music of Christmas – Day 2: “Winter Wonderland”

“Winter Wonderland” By America As I mentioned yesterday, today’s choice, “Winter Wonderland”, is a song I have a distinct memory of listening to in my childhood, on a “Sesame Street” Christmas record, no less. I remember the song being cut off after the first verse, because Oscar hated it. Well, darn it, Oscar, I liked it! Why’d you have to stop Big Bird from singing it? Ahem. Anyway, this arrangement of “Winter Wonderland” is by the band America. I first heard this version about five days prior to my initial trial at writing about Christmas music — seriously. I had

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The Music of Christmas – Day 1: “The Music of Christmas”

“The Music of Christmas” By Steven Curtis Chapman Nearly fifteen years ago, I started writing this exact same musical exploration on LiveJournal. The song that inspired that journey was first in the list, and it’s the same today — “The Music of Christmas” by Steven Curtis Chapman. I first heard this song over twenty years ago, when a brand new radio station started broadcasting. While they waited to debut their true format, they played Christmas music 24/7, and I enjoyed it so much, I made it one of my presets on my car radio. This was one of the songs

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The Music of Christmas – The Prelude

Ah, it’s the holiday season. Everywhere you look, people are getting ready for their holiday celebration — or multiple holidays and/or celebrations. One of the things I love about the holidays is the music. I’m a big fan of Christmas music… within reason. I used think it was a bit ludicrous for radio stations to flip to their 24/7 Christmas music format before Thanksgiving, but it’s 2020, time is meaningless, so hey, radio stations playing holiday music in mid-November? Sure, why not? That aside, now that it’s December, I can truly enjoy the music of the season. So each day

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Quantum Leap: Thirty Years of Putting Things Right

  Or “Where the Hell Is My Reboot Already?” So, thanks to a tweet by Mill Creek Entertainment, I was informed that yes, I was old going to die soon. I mean, “Quantum Leap” premiered exactly thirty years ago, March 26, 1989. Wait wait wait wait 30 years ago today? OH MY GOD I'M OLD AND WILL DIE SOON. Wow. 30 years. I remember being at my grandparents' house and watching the premiere on the TV in their bedroom after Easter dinner. Didn't know then it would become one of my favorite shows. https://t.co/N4LtnKOITa — ASM (@ASMzine) March 26, 2019

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Toy Fair 2017 – Day 2 Coverage

Day two is up! We have our Hasbro Transformers press kit images as well as our showroom galleries from Mattel, Bandai, Tomy, Cryptozoic Entertainment, Dark Horse, Diamond Select Toys, Fascinations, Good Smile Company, Hearts for Hearts Girls, Playmobil, Square Enix, The Loyal Subjects, and Tonnder Doll Company! And we got more Four Hourseman/Mythic Legions pictures, too! Find it all at http://toyfair17.asmzine.com!

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Requiem for a roBOT CONvention

This weekend is Last BotCon, they say.  One last go for the stalwart of the Transformers fandom.  As the great scribe William Joel once penned, “Stack the chairs on the table tops, hang the sheets on the chandeliers.” BotCon was life changing for me as I suspect it was for many of you.  The friends I have made, the places I’ve gone, the things I’ve done thanks to this convention — it’s astounding when I step back and think about it. I wasn’t at the first BotCon; no, silly me thought it was stupid to drive six hours to a

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“Transformers: Age of Extinction” Preview Event – News, Reviews, Cybertron Monday, New Apps

Last week, a number of Transformers fan sites got a goodie box from the folks at Hasbro and Hunter PR.  This box contained four toys from the upcoming Transformers: Age of Extinction line.  These toys included Deluxe Autobot Drift, Deluxe Dinobot Slug, Voyager Grimlock, and Leader Optimus Prime.  Today, ASM and other sites are putting up reviews and thoughts of these toys as well as some other news.  To read our reviews, click the names of the toys above.  Get more news after the jump. 

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Toy Review: “Transformers: Age of Extinction” Leader Optimus Prime

NAME: Optimus Prime ALLEGIANCE: Autobot ALTERNATE MODE: Western Star truck cab CLASS: Leader SERIES: M4: #001 CO-SELLS: Grimlock COMES WITH: Sword of Judgment, Vector Shield OPTIMUS PRIME has long believed that freedom is the right of all sentient beings. He has never wavered from his belief, no matter what has befallen him in battle. Once again ready to defend the people of his adopted planet, the unyielding AUTOBOT Commander prepares for the battle that will allow the AUTOBOTS to reclaim their role as Earth’s honored protectors. It wouldn’t be a Transformers movie without Optimus Prime leading the Autobots. Optimus gets another makeover in

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Toy Review: “Transformers: Age of Extinction” Voyager Grimlock

NAME: Grimlock ALLEGIANCE: Autobot ALTERNATE MODE: T-Rex CLASS: Voyager SERIES: M4: #002 CO-SELLS: Optimus Prime (Evasion Mode) GRIMLOCK is the ultimate wildcard.  The DINOBOT leader has the power to decide the fate of Earth almost singlehandedley. His ferocious strength makes him a devasating force in battle.  If that strength can be focused and harnessed for good, it could be enough to turn the tide. If not, it could be what seals Earth’s doom. Fans have been calling for his inclusion ever since the first movie was announced. “We want Grimlock!” they shouted, loudly and repeatedly. Supposedly those same fans were told that

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