SotW: Annie’s Song by Brett Dennen and Milow Thursday, Apr 18 2013 

I’ve loved John Denver my entire life, so I was excited to see that a new tribute album recently came out. Lucinda Williams has a track on it, so I knew that it was going to be good (and her version of “This Old Guitar” is great!)

“Annie’s Song” has long been one of my favorite of John Denver’s many great songs. The version recorded for the tribute album really lives up to the original’s emotional lyrics. I also like that it’s two men singing it — that doesn’t have to make it a gay love song, but I choose to hear it that way. It’s a great cover that will surely become one of my favorite songs of 2013.

I’ve already threatened to have this version song at our wedding if PJ and I ever have one!

Tom Bull Tuesday, Apr 16 2013 

Yesterday, I blogged about my favorite men of 2012, so I’m excited to find my first potential favorite man of 2013: Tom Bull! One of my favorite blogs, Sissydude, posted a series of photos, gifs, and a video of male model Tom Bull, a scruffily blond hottie, as you can tell from this picture:

Bull is 6’2″ with blonde hair and blue eyes. He also looks good in clothes:

But what really made him stand out was seeing him in action. Sissydude also shared this video:

Who doesn’t like a wet, hot man in nothing but a towel? Add suggestive lighting and a great soundtrack, and you’ve definitely got a hit little video! After a Google search, I found this video, which I think is even better, especially since it’s trying to be a little more artsy:

I love the track by The Presets in this video. I’ll keep an eye on Mr. Bull over the coming year; he might just end up on next year’s list of favorite men!

Favorite Men of 2012 Monday, Apr 15 2013 

Earlier this year, I posted a few of my favorites of 2012  lists: favorite albums, favorite movies, favorite songs. One more that I’ve been meaning to post is a list of the men I started following online in 2012. Some of these have pages on Facebook that I liked. Others have YouTube Channels or Twitter feeds that I follow. And one or two are just men I now Google frequently!

In no particular order, my favorite men of 2012 were:

Andy Murray 

2012 was a breakout year for the Scotsman Andy Murray. He made it to his first Wimbledon final, won the Olympics, and then won his first grand slam tournament at the U.S. Open. I’ve liked Murray for a long time, but I LOVE Rafael Nadal, so I have to agree with tennis commentators who suggest that some of Murray’s success is due to Rafa’s absence. But when you get right down to it, Murray worked hard for his success and deserves all of the victories he scored last year. I just hope he’s able to keep it up and doesn’t fall back down to #4 by the end of summer. Tennis benefits when all four of the top players have a real shot at winning each tournament.

PJ and I got to see Murray play Federer in the semis of the 2009 Southern & Western in Cincinnati. Murray takes some heat from gay viewers, but I think he’s hot! He’s got the best legs in men’s tennis, and he’s competitive with Federer for best chest.

But more importantly than looks, he’s a great competitor on the court, and he’s fun to watch. I really do hope that 2013 brings him a lot of success (except for when he plays Rafa!).