Welcome to my new site, and to rant #1!

Well, welcome to my new re-designed website. Thanks to Amy Malkoff, a fine singer in her own right, for her great moonlighting expertise in this venue. And welcome to the rant page.

I think it's great that a pop song, well sung, craftily constructed, with a clear lyric, laced with major chords, catchy, angry and big-hearted at the same time, should drop the F bomb as part of its "charm".  Free speech at its very best. And when Cee Lo or Gwyneth sing "Forget You" on the PG-rated radio or TV versions, it's as if we are all give permission to overdub our own F bomb while in the car or under our breath while raking leaves or paying bills in front of the TV. There. You feel better, too...Tell me you don't…

Check out my response to Cee Lo on this very page. I just recently finished crafting my answer called "Kiss My A$$", sung from the point of view of the guy who is indeed driving the girl downtown to Cee Lo and his whining-assed self. In the few days it’s been up on YouTube, it’s been viewed over 4000 times, so pass it on if you feel so moved!

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Kudos to the kids that run the Cherrywood Lounge in Clementon, NJ. It's a real bar, and it is one of the best places to play on the planet, because it IS real neighborhood bar and not all Kuumbaa Yaah with cookies and Bigelow teas, bad plywood signs with old mandolin pieces hot-glued on, and not all upset with me because I did more than 10 minutes of comedy…No offense - well some, remember this is a rant. The highlight of my show there was a freestyle by me over “Rainy Night In Georgia”, about the true demise of the establishment in the coming weeks due to sale. I'm a storyteller. That's what we do. I don't have to drop the F bomb to do it, but I don't have to wear a collar and have an electric fence either. I really do like to make people laugh till they pee without the seven words. Sinbad is the king of that, having people at the Apollo rolling in the aisles. I was asked not to swear when I was on the road with George Carlin, by his management, as that was HIS domain. Welcome to the Company Store...more on that experience another time.

We will also be reviewing the best and worst hot & sour soup on the road - part of my diet of frequent Chinese food when traveling.  Till next time, treat each other reasonably well, -vg

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updated 3 years ago

Vance takes on Cee Lo Green, as Bee Lo Blue, and new website coming!

Vance takes on Cee Lo Green, as Bee Lo Blue, and new website coming!
Hi Everybody,

If you're reading this, it's (hopefully) because you're a fan. I am confident you have at least an inkling of current pop culture, and that you've heard Cee Lo Green's smash hit "F**k You" (be aware, slightly explicit content):

www.youtube.com/watch?v=pc0mxOXbWIU

everywhere from pop radio to Ellen DeGeneres to Colbert to - yes - "Glee". I felt it needed a response, and I've created a song/video called "Kiss My Ass":

www.youtube.com/watch?v=LaqNHD3oTj0

Plus it was fun. No, it ain't folk music, and for the more provincial among you, "ass" is the most vile that I get.

It is showing signs of "going viral", even in the 12 hours I have had it up on YouTube. No, it ain't folk music, I won't tour the whole band, but sometimes you just gotta do music for the sake of that.....

Enjoy, send it to your friends that might "get it", Happy Holidays, and wish me luck,

Best,
Bee Lo Blue (aka Vance Gilbert)

p.s. stay tuned for a brand new vancegilbert.com...

updated 4 years ago