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Dear Superstars,
It's amazing how much kindness you've shared with me since this competition began. I am incredibly honored and lucky. "Revolution of Love" comes from the heart and it means a lot that several of you have messaged me your stories about being gay or coming out. It isn't an easy road we're on as we fight for equality but you ALL make me so brave. This our journey together and one day I know songs like "Revolution of Love" will be played on the radio because you believe we can make the world a better place.
The judges were incredibly kind and had nothing but respect for the song. This makes me even happier because it shows how far we've come as a nation. The fight lives on and one day we'll look back on this and gasp to think we were ever so cruel to each other. It was a very human moment for everyone at Funk's Pub, online if you were watching, and if you've even heard the song just recently. I think we're starting to realize that love is love and the rest doesn't really matter.
Next week's challenge had me in a panic for about 2 minutes until I had an out of body experience. I haven't told many people this but I guess I can trust you. I'm from another planet and next Monday's song is a tall tale from back home on Planet Pop. I'll even be coming further out of my shell for this one and you won't want to miss this performance!
Thank you again for voting and supporting me on this journey and I hope we make it to the top. But if we don't, we've already made it to the top by letting songs like "Revolution of Love" into the hearts of so many. You all make me feel like I've been doused by a giant raincloud of glitter. J
Xoxo and a dash of glitter,
Joey Broyles
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Thank You For Your Support

I'm very grateful to everyone who helped me move on.

It's sad and surprising to see Sam Lyons go. My wife was even voting for him.
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Bon Jovi working on more than music nowadays. ~Stevi

It's no secret that Jon Bon Jovi take philanthropy very seriously; from owning a restaurant that's pay-what-you-can, to building homes for others in need. Most recently, he cut the ribbon on a namesake housing development for low-income residents and the formerly homeless in Philadelphia. "Who Says You Can't Go Home?" takes on a whole different meaning.

Full story here.

~Stevi
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World's Worst iPod: Tiffany "I Think We're Alone Now"

A lot of people have fond memories of that little red-haired mallrat from the 1980s, Tiffany. And they wanted nothing more this morning than to hear her hit "I Think We're Alone Now."

Now the only good thing about Tiffany having a hit with this song would be it made some more money for Tommy James. While he had a hit with the song first, he didn't write it. So that goes out the window.

Tiffany's version of this song was #1 in the United States, the U.K., Canada and New Zealand. For Tommy James, it only went up to number 4.

In the world of pop music, there is no justice.

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Rejected Earth Day celebration ideas*

Like me, you probably try to be Earth friendly every day, but since it is Earth Day, you want to do a little something extra. Here are some ideas I considered, but for some reason decided against.

1. Hold a seance on Gaylord Nelson's grave. The Earth Day founder's cremated remains are buried in the family plot in Clear Lake, in northwest Wisconsin. Not carbon neutral.

2. TP the Aldo Leopold Nature Center with toilet paper made from 100 percent recycled materials. Earth Day pranks are so last year.

3. Sow seeds of discontent. Already handled by Bill O'Reilly.

4. Reduce phantom energy use by calling Ghostbusters. Really? An '80s reference?

5. Hug a tree. They don't hug back--and my life is full of enough rejection already.


For purposes of self-disclosure, I originally wrote this blog in 2009. For Earth Day, I thought it was appropriate to recycle it.

(Image credit NASA; public domain)
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Tonight’s song

Dear Superstars,

The hours grow closer and closer as I wait to see which one of us is going home tonight. For last week's performance I gave my all to "Drive-By Heartache" and I hope that the judges heard the lyrics and the melodies. For me a song is nothing without great lyrics and those lyrics should have meaning behind them. I strive to breakout of the commercial world that asks songwriters to write fluff because no one wants to "think" when they listen to music. I'm always a thinker and even if I'm making you dance there better be a reason behind it.

Tonight's song "Revolution of Love" is very close to my heart. I feel that in our mainstream Pop culture we do not address a lot of things. We also do not address many issues in our mass media markets: television, film, and radio. We have researchers or specialists who think some subjects are too taboo or not ready for mass media. And many believe that the general population isn't ready for certain songs and artists to be played in these markets. How do we as artists encourage change in our world? By being the one person who stands up for what he/she believes in.

In my world the strange or different is accepted and thrives within my close circle of friends. We accept each other for who we are and not for who we are in love with. I feel that as a gay man I cannot make songs that don't encourage change. My upcoming album is all about being who you are and fighting for that change no matter what. It is my hope that no one takes offense to my song tonight, but whether I stay another week or go home, I must represent the LGBT community. Yes, there are brave souls like Macklemore/Ryan Lewis and Lady Gaga who sing about our social issues, but there is not a gay man singing about being gay in our mass media markets. I hope that one day it isn't so taboo but for now this is our reality. Remember that one person can make a difference so fight for the change.

Wish me luck and fight for the revolution of love!

Xoxo and a dash of glitter,

Joey Broyles
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Most expensive dishes from around the world. ~Stevi

I never thought I would see the day where chocolate pudding showed up on a list of most expensive dishes. I feel like someone should contact Bill Cosby about this.

More outrageiously priced food here; be ready to pick your jaw off the floor.

~Stevi
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My Love For Caffeine

I had so much fun with last weeks challenge and performance. The first elimination was really nerve racking and losing Carrel was a big bummer. I am so glad she still played her song because it was BEAUTIFUL.
This week, the challenge is to write a song about what wakes us up. I own a coffee shop with my husband, so my love for caffeine would be an obvious choice, not to mention who the sponsor is for this week. But, when I started my process I went in a more spiritual direction. I used the same exercises I did for last week's challenge and I am super happy with the outcome. Some tweaking and refining over the next couple of days will do this song justice and I can't wait to play it for everyone!
I hope everyone has a wonderful Easter weekend and we will see you on Monday!
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Kitty's Picks for Record Store Day

Vinyl junkies are chomping at the bit for this year's Record Store Day, coming up on Saturday.

Created to draw attention to the cool independent stores that still sell vinyl, Record Store Day has turned into a phenomenon. Bands that are cooler than most are releasing extra special vinyl-only recordings that you can't get at the big box stores.

According to the Record Store Day website, these Madison stores are participating:

B-side 436 State
Earwax Record Shop 254 West Gilman
Mad-city Music Exchange 600 WIlliamson St.
Strictly Discs 1900 Monroe Street
Sugar Shack Records 2301 Atwood Avenue


Not all stores will have all releases, so you might want to do some research beforehand to find out which places will have what you're looking for.

Here are my picks for Record Store Day:

1. R.E.M. "Unplugged: The Complete 1991 and 2001 Sessions." Songs that didn't make it on air during the broadcast of MTV Unplugged. This is a 4 album set! This collection comes out on CD and digital formats May 20.

2. Creedence Clearwater Revival "The 1969 Singles." Most bands would be happy to have one hit a year, but CCR had several, including "Proud Mary," "Fortunate Son," and "Bad Moon Rising."

3. Nirvana "Pennyroyal Tea/I hate Myself and Want to Die" (single). This was going to Nirvana's next single, but because of Kurt Cobain's suicide and the unfortunate name of the flip side, it was shelved.

4. Velvet Underground "Loaded." Lou Reed's last album with the Velvet Underground, on pink black and white splatter vinyl.

5. Ray Parker Jr. "Ghostbusters" 10" picture disc featuring the Ghostbusters logo. Who ya gonna call?

6. Bruce Springsteen "American Beauty." 12" vinyl featuring songs that didn't make the cut for his most recent album "High Hopes."

7. Jimi Hendrix "Live at Monterey." This was the set that made Jimi a star in the United States. Watch the movie, then go buy the 12" vinyl.

8. Dave Matthews Band "Live Trax Volume 4." This 1996 live set features songs from their first performances using a sound system they had just inherited from the Grateful Dead. It includes a nearly 15 minute jam of the song "Jimi Thing."

9. Grateful Dead "Live at Hampton Coliseum." This is the first release of this 1979 show in any format.

10. Green Day "Demolicious" featuring out-takes from their recent Uno! Dos! Tre! albums.
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Challenge 2 Thanks

I just want to say great job everyone and especially Carell. Thanks again to Triple M and all my awesome friends, family and fans.
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You ALL Make Me Brave
Dear Superstars, It's amazing how much kindness you've shared with me since this competition began. I am incredibly honored and lucky. "Revolution of Love" comes from the heart and it means a lot that several of you have messaged me your...
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Thank You For Your Support
I'm very grateful to everyone who helped me move on. It's sad and surprising to see Sam Lyons go. My wife was even voting for him.
Bon Jovi working on more than music nowadays. ~Stevi
pic.twitter.com/Kl6neYHTbH — Jon Bon Jovi quotes (@johnfrancisbj) January 3, 2014 It's no secret that Jon Bon Jovi take philanthropy very seriously; from owning a restaurant that's pay-what-you-can, to building homes for others in...
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World's Worst iPod: Tiffany "I Think We're Alone Now"
A lot of people have fond memories of that little red-haired mallrat from the 1980s, Tiffany. And they wanted nothing more this morning than to hear her hit "I Think We're Alone Now." Now the only good thing about Tiffany having a hit with this...
Read More
Rejected Earth Day celebration ideas*
Like me, you probably try to be Earth friendly every day, but since it is Earth Day, you want to do a little something extra. Here are some ideas I considered, but for some reason decided against. 1. Hold a seance on Gaylord Nelson's grave. The...
Read More
Tonight’s song
Dear Superstars, The hours grow closer and closer as I wait to see which one of us is going home tonight. For last week's performance I gave my all to "Drive-By Heartache" and I hope that the judges heard the lyrics and the melodies. For me a song...
Read More
Most expensive dishes from around the world. ~Stevi
I never thought I would see the day where chocolate pudding showed up on a list of most expensive dishes. I feel like someone should contact Bill Cosby about this. More outrageiously priced food here; be ready to pick your jaw off the floor. ~Stevi
My Love For Caffeine
I had so much fun with last weeks challenge and performance. The first elimination was really nerve racking and losing Carrel was a big bummer. I am so glad she still played her song because it was BEAUTIFUL. This week, the challenge is...
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