This morning in Rio, Spanish dressage rider Severo Jesus Jurado Lopez and his horse Lorenzo (please roll the “r”), trotted onto the Olympic course and began a dance routine to the legendary “Smooth” by Carlos Santana and Rob Thomas—perhaps the most indelible song about giving your heart, making it real, or else forgetting about it in the history of recorded music.
Here's the bad thing about this apparently official video for Michael Shrieve's great "Transfer Station Blue" (and I promise, it's the only bad thing): it doesn't earn that big scoop of guitar (played by Michael's brother Kevin) that drops in around 1:43. The original, which you can listen to here, absolutely does, and is probably what makes it such an unbelievable piece of work: all that propulsive shimmering-city anime-dudes-on-future-motorcycles shit just drenched in the smoothiest, jazziest, funkiest guitar you've ever heard. I have no clue what this video is about, by the way. [via Dream Chimney]
Gisele Bundchen turns 29 today. Rocco Landesman, the Broadway mega-producer and nominee to be the next chairman of the NEA, is turning 62. Two prominent people at the New York Times are celebrating birthdays today: op-ed columnist Thomas Friedman is 56 and advertising columnist Stuart Elliott is 57. Developer Sheldon Solow is 81. Carlos Santana is turning 62. Omar Epps turns 36. Actress Sandra Oh is turning 38. Former U.S. Senator Larry Craig is 64. Composer Michael Gordon is turning 53. Aussie animal lover Terri Irwin is 45. Josh Holloway of Lost is turning 40. Former MTV VJ Simon Rex is 35. And Dancing With the Stars winner Julianne Hough turns 21 today.
We've quite enjoyed Macy's new marketing campaign in which they put together their design "stars" in fast-paced montages jam-packed with one-liners from the likes of The Donald, Martha Stewart and Jessica Simpson, who's fully come to terms with her dumb blonde schtick by agreeing to pretend she just can't figure out how to open the darn door to Macy's while schlepping boxes of her stripper shoes. But the latest spot has us confused. Featuring Mariah Carey (she has a fragrance, unlike any other celebrity we know!), Carlos Santana (highly respected shoe designer and sometimes musician!), Donald and Martha, the commercial's theme appears to be the way in which consumer goods can inspire...quasi-rhythmical snippets on Santana's legendary guitar?