Happy 51st Birthday, Johnny Depp!

Jhonny Depp et Marion Cotillard pour l'avant première de Public Enemies

I cannot believe that Johnny Depp is 51 today!

The actor has accomplished so much thus far, including getting his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and winning a Golden Globe for his performance in Sweeny Rodd.

Whenever I think of Johnny Depp, I remember the all of the crazy character transformations he’s gone through over the years. With each new film, I wonder how he made it out of the dressing room without having a heart attack after seeing himself in the mirror!

Thankfully, my all-time favorite film of his is Rum Diary, in which he appears as his normal self.

However, in honor of his birthday today, how about we take a trip down memory lane and marvel over the amazing masterpieces the makeup artists have created out of Johnny Depp?

1. Edward Scissorhands, 1990

Edward Scissorhands

In this Tim Burton film, Johnny Depp plays a man with scissors for hands. He becomes the town hairdresser. It makes no sense to me how he could have such unruly hair with that profession.

2. Pirates of the Caribbean Series, 2003, 2006, 2007,  & 2011


Johnny Depp plays Captian Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean series, one of his most famous roles. I think he was born to be a pirate.

3. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, 2005

Willy Wonka
I honestly wouldn’t have known that Willy Wonka was played by Johnny Depp in this film if he wasn’t credited as a lead actor. They cover every trace of Native American on this man’s face with white powder. And what is up with this haircut?!

4. Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, 2007

Tim Burton must have really wanted Johnny Depp to be a hairdresser in another life. Here he plays an evil barber whose real name is Benjamin Barker. Definitely loving the white streak.

5. Alice in Wonderland, 2010

Mad Hatter

How much money do you have to pay a man to let you do this to his face? They went all out for Johnny Depp’s Mad Hatter lookgreen eyes and all.

I can’t wait to see what the makeup artists have in store for Mr. Depp next.

Happy 51st birthday, Johnny!

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This Week in Music: Mike Tompkins’ “Shake the Ground”

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 was a big day for Mike Tompkins.

Why?Shake the Ground

The genius of a musician released his first original single.

ORIGINAL.

NOT A COVER.

For those of you who have yet to meet the Canadian YouTube phenom, I’ll show you what this guy is about:

Yeah. His voice is his instrument. Literally.

He does covers like this regularly. Most of the songs he remixes with his mouth are of the pop genre, including Demi Lovato, Rihanna, and even Owl City.

You can imagine how excited his fans were when they learned of his original single.

The possibilities are endless when it comes to song beats, since he can rely on his own instrumentation. So would he choose a ballad or something fast paced? Heavy base or loud snare? Vocals or instrumental?

I was itching to know. So I went onto Spotify and listened.

And I loved it.

At first I was kind of disappointed. I stared at my computer thinking, no, Mike Tompkins can do way more than just a chorus of “Oh”s and a steady snare.

And then the beat dropped.

He went electronic on us.

Holy crap, that was unexpected!

“Shake the Ground” is a song about what it feels like to be in the party scene, or even on stage, where the flashing lights transform you.

He sings, “Somehow I feel born again tonight.” The feeling of bursting out of your own skin to show the world who you really are shines through in the lyrics of this song.

This song should definitely be on your next party playlist.

“Shake the Ground” probably describes exactly how Mike Tompkins felt when he performed his original song at Playlist Live.

The lyric video features scenes from his performance at Playlist 2013. No word of an official video yet.

Have a listen here. I dare you to challenge his Skrillex-like capabilities!