Katy Perry’s “Firework:” A message every teen needs to hear

Katy Perry Firework Video - Copyright © 2010 Capitol Records and Katy Perry 03By Robert Gillis
Pubished in the Foxboro Reporter 6/2011 and the Boston City Paper, 4/2011

A detailed discussion of a music video is not typical fodder for my columns, but my recent discovery of the video for “Firework” by pop superstar Katy Perry resonated so much with me that I had to share.

And let’s be clear from the top — I’m serious about this one. This isn’t a setup for a joke.

I like Katy Perry; I like most of the current pop music.

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Review: RENT at the Orpheum Foxboro

by Robert Gillis, published in the Boston City Paper 2/2010

[Full disclosure: This is not a paid review, I just thought it would be nice to write a review about the extraordinary performance of RENT, playing here in Foxboro at the Orpheum Foxboro — no one asked me to do this.]

During the “Halloween Song” of the stage production of the play, “RENT,” one of the characters wonders, “How could a night so frozen be so scalding hot?” The question was perfectly timed last Friday night: Outside, the arctic tundra of a Massachusetts January evening had frozen everything solid, yet inside the Orpheum Foxboro; a scalding, scorching presentation of RENT was being enjoyed by an enraptured audience.

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Almost completed: The WMJX 106.7 “Magic of Christmas” set listing

Quincy Market Christmas Lights and Treesby Robert Gillis

FINAL UPDATE 1/22/2010:As completed as possible!

Download the set list (updated 2/18/2010) as an Excel Spreadsheet HERE or as a web page HERE

Since the early 1990s, Boston radio station Magic 106.7 (home of the famous David Allan Boucher “BEDTIME MAGIC” show) has played a beautiful 18 hour selection of traditional Christmas carols beginning at 6pm Christmas Eve. For the most part, the set list has been pretty much the same, with a few tweaks.

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Album Review: Bruce Springsteen MAGIC

Review: Bruce Springsteen, MAGIC (released October 2, 2007)

By Robert Gillis

Published in the Boston City Paper

"Magic" by Bruce Springsteen Album, credit rollingstone.com and property of Bruce Springsteen
“Magic” by Bruce Springsteen Album, credit rollingstone.com and property of Bruce Springsteen

MAGIC is Bruce Springsteen’s new studio recording and his first with the E Street Band in five years. It’s a solid rock/pop offering; Springsteen has left the folksy styles of THE SEEGER SESSIONS and TOM JOAD behind (for now) and from the first notes it’s obvious this album is intended as a sequel to THE RISING — solid rock & roll, a sound throughout that makes you want to get up and dance (or jump up and shake your fist), and like RISING, deeply layered with commentary about current events.

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Review: Jimmy Buffett at the Tweeter Center Mansfield, August 11, 2006

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Review by Robert Gillis, published in the Boston City Paper 8/2006

Jimmy Buffett and the 2006 Coral Reefer Band

At the Tweeter Center (It will ALWAYS be Great Woods) Night One

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Set list: Singing in the Rain; Hot Hot Hot; Brown Eyed Girl; I Will Play for Gumbo; Pencil Thin Mustache; It’s 5 O’clock Somewhere (w/Mac); Grapefruit-Juicy Fruit; Come Monday; Floridays; Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes; Nothing But a Breeze; dedicated to friend in Quebec; Cheeseburger in Paradise; Why Don’t We Get Drunk; Party at the End of the World; One Particular Harbor; Peanut Butter Conspiracy; Star Spangled Banner (Jake and Robert Greenidge); The City (Mac); Knees of My Heart; Window on the World; Son of a Son of a Sailor; Coastal Confessions; Werewolves of London; Desperation Samba (Halloween in Tijuana); Dixie Chicken (Little Feat Cover); Volcano; Margaritaville

Video of tailgating in Mansfield that day.

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That’s Entertainment? The Wardrobe Malfunction at the Super Bowl

by Robert Gillis
Published in the Foxboro Reporter 2/2004

It’s taken me a little while to collect my thoughts about the alleged “wardrobe malfunction” incident during the Superbowl half-time show. But I finally figured out what needs to be done. It’s a baby step, but one in the right direction.

First of all, let’s dispense with the obvious rhetoric. Yeah, the line has been crossed. This is a sex-saturated culture. The act was reprehensible. Something must be done.

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An interview with Joanna Levesque, aka “JoJo”

Diana and Joanna Levesque at Foxboro Senior Appreciation Day 2002, photo by Robert Gillis
Diana and Joanna Levesque at Foxboro Senior Appreciation Day 3/2002, photo by Robert Gillis

by Robert Gillis
Published in The Foxboro Reporter 11/2002 and the Boston City Paper 7/2007

Before she achieved well-deserved fame as, “JoJo,” Joanna Levesque grew up here in Foxboro. This is an interview I conducted with Jo Jo in 2002.

It’s early August and today I’m heading to my favorite Foxboro café with that rare taste of excellence for a meeting/interview with Joanna Levesque, Foxboro’s 11-year-old singing sensation, and her mother, Diana.

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Eminem

Update 2014: Years later, I would read a magazine interview with Eminem and I was frankly impressed. He seemed so normal, articulate, intelligent, clearly conscious of his image, and what he was putting out there. I just wish he understood that the message in his music is so dangerous and deadly.)


by Robert Gillis
Published in The Foxboro Reporter 3/2001

Warning, the following column contains references to songs containing crude language and images of terrible violence.

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Eminem

by Robert Gillis
Published in The Foxboro Reporter 3/2001

Warning, the following column contains references to songs containing crude language and images of terrible violence. Parental discretion is advised. Parents are also advised to talk to their children about the music they listen to.

First off, I’m not one of those people who hits 35 and suddenly all the current music of the day is “noise.” I love most pop music, and I even enjoy the bubble gum sounds of Brittany Spears and Backstreet Boys.

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