John Myers

John Myers

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  • Take a Vicarious Ride on Verbolten at Busch Gardens Williamsburg
    Take a vicarious ride on Verbolten at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia, one of the wildest roller coasters out there.
  • Classic Album Reviews: 25 Years of Madonna's "Like a Prayer"
    March 21st of this year marked the 25th anniversary of the release of one of Madonna's most well-known albums. Read on and relive some memories as we take a look at the tracks on "Like a Prayer."
  • New Thrills Coming to Theme Parks Summer 2014
    Every year, amusement parks everywhere attract new visitors with new coasters, upgrades and attractions, and the summer of 2014 is no exception. Read on to check out what's coming to theme parks this summer.
  • Take a Vicarious Ride on Griffon at Busch Gardens Williamsburg
    Take a vicarious ride on Griffon, one of the scariest roller coasters out there.
  • Hot (and Not so Hot) Albums: Winter 2014
    The winter of 2014 is a mixed bag when it comes to pop albums. The field includes both nice sets from established artists, as well as forgettable ones. Read on to check out some of what I've been listening to this winter.
  • Five Guys Burgers and Fries
    Five Guys Burgers and Fries is an old-fashioned burger joint that has grown by leaps and bounds in the very competitive burger market. The chain serves up delicious burgers and uniquely cooked fries that have earned the chain a Zagat rating since 2001.
  • The B-52s' Top Ten Songs
    The B-52s are the quintessential new wave bands, who have amassed a nice catalog of songs that have become an integral part of the American songbook. Herein are this writer's picks for their ten best songs.
  • Ah Chile; Cultural Peculiarities
    During my visit to Chile, I learned a few odd things about Chilean culture, from the way they eat to the manner in which they honor their fallen, and the sad state of man's best friend.
  • Hot Songs: Winter 2014
    Since the dull summer of new music in 2013, things have certainly heated up and the winter of 2014 has filled my iPod with all sorts of great new stuff. Here are some of my favorite new songs that are playing this winter.
  • A Winter Evening's Walk
    Here's a piece of prose I wrote after a peaceful winter evening's walk.
  • Ah Chile: A Day in Santiago
    My first day in Chile offered me the only opportunity I'd get to see the sights and sounds of its capital city. The places we visited and the things we saw only left me wanting more.
  • Ah Chile!: An Introduction
    I recently traveled to the South American country Chile. It is a place I never even dreamed of visiting, but I'm glad I did. The experiences I had in Chile were simply incredible!
  • The Top Twenty Pop Songs of 2013
    Everybody loves a good top ten list. Well, here's a top twenty listing of my choices for the best in pop music for the year 2013.
  • The Top 20 Dance/Club Hits of the 2000s
    Dance music is fun music, and for the past 30-plus years, the genre has produced many great pop stars and plenty of enduring hit songs. Here's a look at my picks for 20 of the biggest and best dance/club songs from the first decade of the century.
  • Your Ghost Lingers
    This is a poem about a lost love and how the memories and regrets of that relationship serve to hold someone back from seeking another.
  • The Top Ten Pop Songs of 2013 so Far
    With summer upon us already, now's a great time to reflect on the best tunes from the first half of 2013. This year has already been a great year for pop music, and herein are my picks for the ten best songs of the year so far.
  • The Voices of Immigrant Children: Four Long Years
    The following is a poem written by one of my ESL students. The piece reflects one of the unfortunate aspects of today's immigrant experience, that of familial separation; the 17-year-old's words are both heartfelt and touching.
  • Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Janet Jackson's Classic "janet."
    On May 18th, Janet Jackson celebrated the 20th anniversary of her groundbreaking fifth studio album, "janet.," which turned out to be one of her most successful albums ever. Read on and revisit all of the tracks on this classic record.
  • What Are You Listening To? Spring 2013
    Herein I present some offerings from my 'Current' playlist this spring. Many of them I've featured on my blog’s very popular 'Song of the Day' posts, and hopefully you'll find something new here to get excited about...
  • Justin Timberlake's 'The 20/20 Experience': A Track-by-Track Review
    There's no doubt that Justin Timberlake's new album was a highly anticipated one, and from my early estimation, the record is good, but it's not that good...not good enough to have done as well as it has so far...
  • What Are You Listening To? Winter 2013
    As a music enthusiast, I always look forward to what's new in the music world, and four times a year I like to share the songs and albums I'm listening to in the hopes that you'll find something new to get excited about.
  • P!nk's Top 20 Songs: Revised and Expanded
    With total of 22 new songs since my last list of P!nk's top song list, it is now time for both a revision and expansion of her greatest songs to date. Check them out...
  • Gaga's Eccentric Timing as 'Born This Way Ball' Draws to a Close
    Lady Gaga is finishing up the last leg of her year-old 'Born This Way Ball,' which promotes an album that is nearly two years old. As the singer gets ready to release her next album, one can only scratch their head at the timing of it all.
  • A Cookie History: Nabisco's Marshmallow Sandwich
    A recent conversation at a family gathering turned into a very interesting cookie history...
  • Exciting New Music Coming in 2013
    The year 2013 is already shaping up to be one of the best years for new music in recent memory. With several notable, long-awaited comebacks and plenty of other new stuff, this year looks like it's going to be pretty darned great...
  • Five Albums that Rocked My World in 2012
    The year 2012 was a relatively slow one for dance music aficionados like myself, in comparison to the previous year, but it wasn't completely bad. Comeback efforts by Madonna and P!nk got much airplay on my iPod this year, as well as a couple of others..
  • The Top 20 Pop Songs of 2012
    The year 2012 was as interesting a year for new music as any. Newcomers dominated the airwaves throughout the year, and pop icons P!nk, Madonna and Christina Aguilera made big returns to the music scene. Herein are my picks for the top 20 songs of 2012.
  • Breaking Down P!nk's 'The Truth About Love,' the Bonus Tracks
    P!nk's 'The Truth About Love' is hands down one of the best albums of the year, and two deluxe editions of the album, one on iTunes and the other from Target, contain a whopping six extra songs recorded for the set. Check out my take on these tracks.
  • Breaking Down P!nk's 'The Truth About Love', Standard Edition
    P!nk's 'The Truth About Love' is one of the year's best albums, and you can check out this fan's take on all of the tracks on the standard edition of the album.
  • Why God?
    Here's a little piece of prose I penned after recently bearing witness to several tragic events involving children.
  • Happy
    Just a poem about happiness!
  • The Voices of Immigrant Children: Left Behind
    Here's a piece from this year's ESL Magazine written by a young man who learned a valuable lesson he'd like to teach others who follow in his footsteps...
  • Track by Track Review of the Wanted's Special Edition U.S. Album
    For those of you who've never heard of The Wanted, you're in for a nice surprise. This British boy band based in London, England, have a really nice sound, and they’re riding the heels of the “Glad You Came,” with their first U.S. album release.
  • What Are You Listening To? Spring 2012
    Herein are some offerings from my current playlist this spring. They're the newest songs I listen to on a daily basis, and hopefully you'll find something new to get excited about.
  • Fifteen Awesome Donna Summer Songs You Probably Never Heard
    The catalog of Donna Summer is long and deep, and is filled with many great tunes that many have never even heard before. The singer endured long after the days of disco, and recorded many songs that have been unfortunately overlooked...
  • Madonna's "M.D.N.A.": A Track by Track Review
    Madonna’s 12th studio album, “M.D.N.A.,” was released on March 23, and now that fans and critics alike have all had time to digest the new material; it’s time for this longtime fan’s assessment of Madonna’s latest #1 album.
  • Consumers Should Scrutinize Credit Card Statements to Protect Themselves
    That’s a lot of money owed by the average person to credit card companies, and many of the terms of these card agreements are so confusing that the average person would need a degree in finance to understand it all.
  • What Are You Listening To? Winter 2011/12
    Herein is a collection of songs and albums of new music that I am listening to this winter. They represent a cross section of musical genres and hopefully you'll find something new here to whet your appetite for new music.
  • How Will Madonna's "Gimme All Your Luvin" Stack Up Against Her Previous Lead Singles?
    With her upcoming 12th album, "M.D.N.A., Madonna's newest song follows a long history of lead singles that have had various levels of success. How will "Gimme All Your Luvin" fare?
  • Recipe: Tacosagne
    If you love Mexican food, check out this great recipe that’s easy to follow, delicious and versatile:
  • 8 Albums that Rocked My World in 2011
    With the exception of a few noteworthy non-dance-oriented albums, the great majority of new music to rock my world this year has been of the dance music genre.
  • The Top 10 Pop Songs of 2011
    The year 2011 has been a good one for pop music fans, especially those who like more dance-oriented music. Herein are ten of the hottest tunes from the year 2011, most of which fall within the genre of dance music.
  • Rihanna's 'Talk that Talk": A Track by Track Review
    With a mix of up-tempo pop ditties, heartfelt ballads and island-flavored jams, Rihanna's 'Talk That Talk' is a must for all Rihanna fans.
  • What Are You Listening To? Fall 2011
    Without further adieu, I present some offerings from my "Current" playlist this fall. Most of the songs are dance oriented, but there’s some pop, R&B, and rock listed here, as well.
  • Thanksgiving Nuggets
    The Thanksgiving holiday is a very special and much needed time of the year, especially in these times we’re living in, and in the spirit of the season and I’d like to share some quotes that fit the holiday spirit perfectly.
  • It All Started with Ruth Buzzi: A Profound Observation from a Funny Lady
    I remember Ruth Buzzi from the classic sketch comedy show from the 70’s called “Laugh In.” Well, Ms. Buzzi has found a new audience via Twitter, and though she's still a very funny lady, sometimes she's got some keen observations to make...
  • Occupy Wall Street: Practicing American Principles
    Say what you want about them, but the Occupy Wall Street protesters and their many fellow demonstrators around the country and abroad are practicing the very principles that this country was founded upon. There has been much said...
  • Two Great Tools for Generating Article Ideas on the Topics Writers like to Write About
    One of the most difficult things about being a writer is finding topics to write about. Most good writers write best when they write from what they know and about the things that interest them, and there are some tools out there ...
  • Chicken Spinach Meatballs
    Before I started making this dish, the thought of using ground chicken never crossed my mind. After all, ground beef has been a staple in American cuisine for ages, but ...
  • More Quotes to Inspire and Enrich Life
    Once again I’ve collected some of my favorite quotes from the last month or so and I share them here with you in the hopes that you’ll find some of them useful or enjoyable. Take a read...
  • Rihanna Gains Steam with "We Found Love"
    Barbadian singer Rihanna is on a tear! Even with her latest single, “Cheers (Drink to That),” currently sitting at #8 on Billboard’s Hot 100 Songs chart, she’s already setting her sights on her future with the release of a new single...
  • A Fitness Routine That's Worked Wonders for My Body and My Mind
    Having a healthy-looking appearance can do wonders for your psyche, and building a nice physique can be relatively easy as long as you keep it regular...
  • Volunteer's Corner: Feeding the Hungry of Long Island
    In this edition of Volunteer’s Corner, we take a look at food pantries that are dedicated to feeding the hungry and that need your help. These non-profit organizations are always on the lookout for people who care and want to volunteer their time to...
  • David Guetta's "Nothing but the Beat": A Track by Track Review
    David Guetta has scored yet another potential smash record with his latest, “Nothing But The Beat.” The album debuted at #5 on Billboard’s Hot 200 Albums Chart in its first week and is already among my favorites for 2011...
  • Remembering 9/11
    It's hard to believe, but it's been ten whole years since the attacks of September 11th, 2001. For me, as for many of us, that day will forever be burned in my memory. It was a day just like today, clear blue skies and beautiful, crisp September air...
  • Twitter for IPhone
    One of the great things about owning an iPhone is having access to so many great apps. Applications on iPhones can provide vital services, handy tools, and hours of enjoyment...
  • The Cleanup
    Today was a beautiful day here on Long Island, temperatures in the mid to upper seventies and blue skies everywhere. From the weather conditions around, you’d never have known that just one day ago a tropical deluge named Irene had come for a visit...
  • A Not so Welcome Irene
    It's Sunday morning and Hurricane Irene has been slamming Long Island for the past few hours now. I'm hoping that the worst is over, but the strong wind gusts that come even with a tropical storm can be very dangerous, and so
  • Waiting on Irene
    Now it's a waiting game. Preparations are done with: patio and yard cleared of potential flying hazards, candles, water, and other supplies are stocked and within hours we'll be experiencing Irene up close and personal.
  • What Are You Listening To? Summer 2011
    Without further adieu, I present some offerings from my "Current" playlist this summer. They're the songs I listen to on a daily basis in the car, at the beach, in the house, and everywhere else...
  • Volunteer's Corner: Working to Protect and Preserve the Environment of Long Island and Beyond
    In this edition of Volunteer's Corner, we take a look at organizations that are dedicated to preserving and protecting the environment in order to make the world a better place for ourselves and future generations.
  • Pesto: Easy, Delicious and Versatile
    In the few years that I have been enjoying pesto sauce, I've learned that it's not only easy to make and healthy for you, but it is also very versatile in both variation and use.
  • Elton John's Top Twenty Songs
    For four decades, Elton John and frequent collaborator Bernie Taupin have provided us with a deep catalog of beautifully written and performed songs, and many would be hard-pressed to say that they haven't associated some sort of memories...
  • A Teacher's Unforgettable First Day at School
    Of course, one of the most memorable first days of school was the very first day I had my own classroom, but that's a whole other story. There was another first day of school that will always stick out in my mind...
  • Crossroads: A New and Unfortunate Direction
    From the way things look the theme of this series may be changing and once again it is my hope that by chronicling my experiences I may serve to give solace to others who may find themselves in a similar predicament as I ...
  • Thank You for Being a Friend
    'œThe Golden Girls' was one of those special shows that appealed to a lot of people, and it was always especially endearing to gay men for whatever reason. I think all of us could find qualities in the four friends that we shared in one way or another...
  • Music Suggestions for a Gay Wedding in New York
    Traditional wedding songs are for traditional weddings and now that we've got this new gay marriage thing all sewn up, I think it's time to start our own traditional wedding songs specifically chosen for a gay old wedding.
  • Amy's Legacy
    Though Amy Winehouse's death was not entirely unexpected, it's still very sad to know that we will be deprived of what might have been. Her fans can at least take solace in the legacy that she left behind.
  • July Quotes for Inspiration, Humor, and Just a Little Uh Huh!
    Once again I've collected some of my favorite Twitter quotes from the last month and I share them here with you in the hopes that you'll find some of them useful or enjoyable. Take a read...
  • Cam Wow for IPhone: Hours of Photo Fun
    Cam Wow, by Jolly Dream Studios, is a free photo booth application for iPhone that lets you capture yourself and your friends in ways you'd never imagined you could.
  • Out of the Mouths of Babes: Mamasita Margarita
    Out of the Mouths of Babes is a ever-continuing collection of writings by my class of ESL students. They're among my favorite essays and poems, some of them are sad, others...
  • Billboard.Com's Mid-Year Music Awards
    The results of's Mid-Year Music Awards are in, and pop divas Britney Spears and Lady Gaga are the big winners...
  • Una Fiesta
    On Saturday night I was invited to a graduation/birthday party for one of my longtime students, Jaqi. I'm always a little apprehensive about socializing with my students and their families, but ...
  • John's World: My Blog
    A few short years ago, not long after I started writing for what was then called Associated Content, I also started a blog. At the time I really wasn't sure what I was going to do with it, but now...
  • John's Top Ten Songs for 2011...So Far!
    Herein I present my choices for the ten best songs of the year for the first half of 2011. This year has already seen some great songs that will endure as this year's entries into the great American songbook...
  • Top Five Albums of 2011...So Far!
    Herein I'd like to present my picks for the top five albums of 2011 so far. Of course, since I'm a big fan of music you can dance to, all but can one or two fall under that very category --
  • Some New York Pride as (Gay) Marriage Equality Bill Finally Passes
    History has been made. Moments ago, The New York State Senate voted on and passed the Marriage Equality Act, and within a matter of weeks, New York will become the 6th...
  • Keys to Life: Key #10 - Don't Be a Hater
    Where does hate come from? Unfortunately, many of us learn to hate during our formative years, as our parents and other people around us make some sort of hatred a norm. It comes from...
  • Remembering Clarence Clemons
    Clarence Clemons, the legendary musician who played along with Bruce Springsteen as a part of the E Street Band for nearly 40 years died on Saturday, June 18th at the age of 69.
  • Awesome Summer Songs for All Sorts of Summertime Scenarios
    Since there are way too many good summer songs for a top ten or even a top twenty list, I've decided to suggest some great songs to go along with different summer scenarios, like playing volleyball on the beach, moonlit strolls in the sand...
  • Out of the Mouths of Babes, "Me and the Spanish Kids"
    The following piece is one of my favorites from this year's ESL magazine, "Our Immigrant Stories." It was written by an 8th grade Turkish student in my class named Emre and ...
  • Gay Pride Events in the New York Metropolitan Area
    Gay Pride celebrations are taking place throughout the month of June in locations throughout the tri-state area, culminating with the big show in New York City during the last week of June...
  • Quotes for Inspiration, Humor and Just a Little Uh Huh!
    I love good quotes. They're like tiny tidbits of inspiration, humor, and all sorts of other entertainment that are short, to the point, and fun to read.
  • Keys to Life: Key #9 - Be Honest
    There's so much that can be said about lying. It's an ugly and all too common fact of life. We can't control what others say to us, only the things we say ourselves. So in this life...
  • Ten Great Summer Albums
    Ah, summer is upon us and now's the time for driving around with the windows open, blasting some awesome summer tunes on your radio and jamming as you enjoy the warm weather. The albums on this list...
  • My Favorite Summer Pastime: Roller Coaster Thrills and Chills
    I have this hobby that I simply can't resist, and the unfortunate thing about it is I can only indulge in it during the summer months. You see, one of my favorite things to do during the summer is ride roller coasters...
  • Essential Albums of the 80's: Yaz' 'Upstairs at Eric's'
    One new wave band, a duo from England called Yaz, created an album of music in 1982 that was epic, and no true fan of the genre can say that they never owned a copy of an album called '˜Upstairs at Eric's.'
  • Reflections of a Breakup: An Epilogue in a Search for Happiness
    It's been quite awhile since I've added anything to this series, but since it is the latest part of a story that I'm still living with almost four years on, I feel the need to share it. It all started innocently enough...
  • Retweeting Great Quotes on Twitter for Both Inspiration and Followers
    Twitter is full of members who often post quotable quotes on all kinds of topics and whenever I see one that I fancy, I almost always retweet it. Soon after I retweet some good tweets I often gain a new follower or two.
  • Promote Your Content Through Social Networking
    Being a freelance writer online is not easy. Good, quality writing, interesting and searchable topics, and publishing are keys to being successful, but promoting yourself through social networking can be a big help...
  • What Are You Listening To? Spring 2011
    Herein I present some offerings from my "Current" playlist this spring. They're the songs I listen to on a daily basis and hopefully you'll find something new here to get excited about.
  • Keys to Life: Key #8 - Expect Bliss
    Bliss is something we all strive for, and is the very purpose of this series. There are a lot of things in life that contribute to our "utter joy and contentment," such as money, health, relationships, work, etc...
  • Pop Music News Weekly, May 4th, 2011: Glee Concert Film; Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon Become Parents
    Welcome once again to Pop Music News, a weekly wrap-up of some of the more noteworthy news items from the world of popular music. Here's some of what's been happening on the charts and in the news this week:
  • Kylie Minogue at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom
    Last night marked the second night of Kylie Minogue's three-date return stint at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom and once again the singer absolutely rocked the house.
  • New Lady Gaga, Eddie Vedder, Stevie Nicks and More Coming This May 2011
    After a busy couple of months on the new music scene, May looks to slow down a bit although several big names, including Lady Gaga, Stevie Nicks, Eddie Vedder and more look to add their newest into the mix. Check out what's in store for May:
  • Memorial Day Weekend Events Around Long Island
    A great number of outdoor events, fairs, carnivals, concerts and more are being held throughout Long Island to commemorate the unofficial beginning of summer 2011 this Memorial Day Weekend. Take a look at some of the great events in store:
  • Pop Music News Weekly, April 26th, 2011: Full Lollapalooza Lineup Announced; Phoebe Snow Dies; Remembering TLC's "Left Eye" Lopes
    After a one-week hiatus, welcome once again to Pop Music News, a weekly wrap-up of some of the more noteworthy news items from the world of popular music. Here's some of what's happening this week:
  • Lady Gaga's 'Monster Ball' At Nassau Coliseum: Great Entertainment and a Whole Lotta Love
    The 'Monster Ball' was completely entertaining, full of all the things one might expect from a Lady Gaga concert. With bizarre costumes, an equally odd set design, wild dance sequences...
  • Outrageous British Sitcom 'Absolutely Fabulous' Set to Return
    Absolutely Fabulous is one of the BBC's all time most popular shows. show follows the misadventures of two friends, Edina Monsoon and Patsy Stone, two middle-aged hipsters getting through life as if they were still teens in the 1960's.
  • Keys to Life: Key #7 - Stop Blaming Everyone Else
    Life is nothing but a series of choices. . If we're unhappy with the way things have turned out in our lives, we've got to take responsibility for where we find ourselves and do something about it...
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