Who doesn’t love the 90’s? I loved it because it represents the time when the only worry I had in the world was what time supper was, and making sure all my homework was done. Even though I was way too young to appreciate it then, there were so many great movies and music during this decade. You may have heard of Pulp Fiction, Goodfellas, Forest Gump, Braveheart, Titantic, American Beauty, or Tombstone, and the list goes on and on. Music taught us in the nineties that we were “too sexy for our shirts”, that you’ll have to tell it my heart “my achy breaky heart”, and lastly that “you can’t touch this.” So maybe it wasn’t all good, but it was definitely a decade full of diverse achievements in the entertainment industry. Word.
You tell her Jimmy!
One of my all-time favorite movies is A League of Their Own. I was a total tomboy growing up so it can as no surprise that I immediately loved this movie when it came out in 1992. Everybody knows, “There’s no crying in baseball!” Like a lot of folks out there Dottie, played by Gena Davis was my favorite character of the movie. She was everything I wanted to be when I grew up; smart, beautiful, talented, and loyal. I also wouldn’t mind being like Geena Davis herself, and supporting the Geena David Foundation, which works to ensure better gender balance among children’s role in the media. GDF has a unique program called See Jane that focuses on working with entertainment creators and educate the public about the need to increase the roles of women and girls in media aimed at kids. Even though females are half the population, research by the GDF has shown that for top-grossing G-rated films there are three male characters to every one female. What kind of message are we sending to our children? I know I want my son or daughter to know that their gender isn’t going to stop them from being a successful actor. Geena inspired me almost twenty years ago as a little girl, and she’s inspired me again tonight as a big girl. I will have to admit that my taste in music during the 1990’s was not the best. I was just developing my chops and I didn’t really know where I fit in between country music overload being from the South, and the classic rock my Dad always had the dial tuned in to. Musicians On Call was formed in 1999 (bonus point for that one!) to bring smiles to the faces of patients through live and recorded music. MOC uses music to help supplement the healing process for not only patients but also the family and caregivers. Where do you go to get the music you need to heal your soul? The CD Pharmacy of course. This incredible program provides hospitals with a huge collections of CD libraries and disc players for the patients to use. And if the patients are in the mood to listen to something more original, Project Playback gives them the chance to have their very own music recorded and produced. Just writing about MOC is making my day, and I’m not even sick!
Geena Davis Foundation Donation
Musicians On Call Donation or Donate your old CDs to a CD Pharmacy (seriously you don’t need that Chumbawamba CD anymore)
So here’s to the nineties! You weren’t the decade I was born in, but you did nurture me during my youth. You gave us Britney Spears, Friends, Power Rangers, grunge, PlayStation, and slap bracelets. You were the “Information Age” when we learned that we could clone sheep and surf the world-wide web. You taught us how to make the world a better place, and party like it’s 1999.