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So this is Shiloh. A Canadian girl who entered a local radio station contest right here in Edmonton when she was only 13 years old, and won it. Three years later she released Picture Imperfect, her newest album. To celebrate (I'm a huge fan) I done a sketch of her CD Cover, and brought it with me to her concert. She autographed the picture, and asked for a print =) Coolest day of my life. Having a recording artist ask for a copy of my art. I don't care how new, young, old, or famous they are. It's a great feeling.

Anyways,  her CD is GREAT! It definitely reaches out more to her age group, with songs like "Operator", and "You're Not Alone" reaching out to younger generations to encourage self confidence, courage, and some good ol' fashioned attitude. My favorite songs are "Ruin Me" and "Missing Existence". Although Ruin Me is a little darker, Missing Existence makes up for it with some wonderfully weird lyrics. While some of her songs are a little unoriginal, she's only 16 years old, and this is her first CD. What lacks in words is stepped on, squashed and swept up by her huge voice.
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I recently seen Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea in theaters (twice!). The movie is the latest creation brought to North America by Disney, Studio Ghibli and of course, Hayao Miyazaki. The story is a twist on The Little Mermaid, focusing on a 5 year old boy who discovers and saves a magical gold fish with a human face. The little gold fish falls in love with the boy, and dreams of becoming human forever.

It makes no difference which version you see. The Disney dubbed version, and the Japanese subtitle are generally the same. As a Miyazaki film lover, it was far from disappointed. The animation is beautiful, the story is adorable, and well put together, and even the cheesy voice actor choices from Disney fit the story. Don't ditch it because the Jonas brothers got their sneaky fingers in on the story. Everything about it was immaculately well done.

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