A ‘Donda’ Listening Party with Meghan and Mark

A ‘Donda’ Listening Party with Meghan and Mark

By Meghan Jenkins and Mark Aldrich

[Editor’s Note: The following is a review of Kanye West’s tenth album, “Donda” (album cover pictured above), written by Meghan Jenkins live while she listened to “Donda.”

At some point in the experience, Ms. Jenkins decided to tap Mr. Aldrich in and assist her with the listening party. Thus, this is a “Donda” listening party with Meghan Jenkins’ live review, with commentary by Mark Aldrich as he listened to the same album. And Panda and AldraMark, whom none of the readers of “MeghaZine know yet, were a part of the listening party, too. Meghan writes that AldraMark likes “Donda” and has started to wear full black outfits such as were seen at this week’s Met Gala.

Since Mr. West staged three large-scale “listening events” to introduce versions of the album while he worked out its final form, this seemed to be an excellent way to experience the finished album: to include our MeghaZine readers in Meghan and Mark’s first experience of “Donda.”

Mark’s comments are in parentheses. AldraMark’s are silent.]
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Meghan’s 2nd CD Out Now!

Meghan’s 2nd CD Out Now!

By Mark Aldrich

Panda’s Dance Party, Vol. 2, Meghan Jenkins’ second album, is now available to purchase, download, and stream on every music platform. A collection of fifteen EDM tracks, the album visits many styles and expands on many of the themes and rhythms that Meghan debuted in her first album, which is also still available on every music platform.

Vol. 2 is a standalone album that showcases Meghan’s willingness to experiment with sounds, use different instruments, and—much like her approach to life—just have fun.

It’s a party album, and true to that concept, anyone who listens to it will look for a party at which they can put this on the sound system. One platform, Juno, catalogued Panda’s Dance Party, Vol. 1, as “Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime,” and Vol. 2 as “Experimental/Electronic.” I do not know how the algorithms located these two albums in those two (or five) different categories, as both albums can be classified in all of these five categories and likely more besides. That is how expansive the music is.

As I wrote about Vol. 1 last year, the value in both albums is in how I (Mark) respond to the music; because EDM is an entire genre of music that I know very little about and pay attention to less, my first reaction to Meghan’s pursuit of a sound in this music was, “I’ll listen to it because she’s my friend and a trusted collaborator.” For a non-“Trap/Grime,” non-EDM listener, I’m happy to report that I love both albums, even though my first name appears in the title of one of the tracks. Meghan’s music may be “experimental,” but more important to me, it is catchy and great company.

The last track, “Safety Dance,” carries the same name as the title of her forthcoming second novel, Safety Dance. Watch this space for the publication announcement.

Panda’s Dance Party, Vol. 2 is available from these fine music services: Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes Store, Amazon Music, deezer, Tidal, Pandora, Juno Download.

Meghan Jenkins is an actor, comedian, radio personality, artist, author, musician, model.

Meghan is a brand ambassador for Pineapple Clothing. Use the code “MegJen” for a 20% discount!

The Adventures of Pizza Alien, a novel of interlocking short stories by Meghan Jenkins, is out now and is available through Lulu.com and the online book retailers Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The Adventures of Pizza Alien is available for $18.

Panda’s Dance Party, Meghan’s first music album, was released in December 2020. It is available to purchase, download, and stream on every music platform: Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes Store, Amazon Music, deezer, Tidal, Pandora, Juno Download.

Panda’s Dance Party, Vol. 2 is available from these fine music services: Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes Store, Amazon Music, deezer, Tidal, Pandora, Juno Download.

A social media influencer, in the spring of 2020 her photos of life in quarantine led to an invitation from Maxim magazine to participate in a cover model contest for which readers could submit votes. Her grassroots campaign against professional models brought her to a third-place finish.

Meghan is the founder and host of the live comedy improv show The The Ding Wrong Show, recorded on Zoom and seen on YouTube:

In 2018-’19, she was one of the feature performers in the longest running improv comedy show at The World Famous Comedy Store in Hollywood, California, The Ding Dong Show.

From 2017 to 2018, she was the host of her self-titled podcast, The Meghan Jenkins Show, which is available on iHeart Radio, Apple Podcasts, and Soundcloud:

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Limo Diaries

Limo Diaries

By John Carbone
[John Carbone is a musician/drummer who resides in Long Beach, California, and has worked as a limousine driver to supplement his income.]

MeghaZine is proud to publish John’s “Limo Diaries.”

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•3:30: Arrived @ guests’. I checked stereo before they entered.
•3:45: They asked how to work the A/C & stereo. I tried several times & was stumped. The stereo was on minutes ago.
•Their friends brought a boombox & took too much time for us to stop @ limo boss’ mechanic’s shop.
•We were on the northbound 405 @ Artesia when the right rear tire blew out.
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‘Explode on the World’

‘Explode on the World’

By Meghan Jenkins, paintings at top by Meghan Jenkins.

[Editor’s note: The two paintings atop this page and other paintings by Meghan have been shown in art galleries in the Los Angeles area.—Mark Aldrich]

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You MUST have something to look forward to. Something that you’re excited to do or can’t wait to create for yourself or others.

If you, like me, have the type of brain that doesn’t seem to function “normally” … screw that, by the way. Do whatever you need to in order to drop expectations of “normal.” Let your brain be the explosive device that it is.
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My Favorite Things: Feb. 2021

My Favorite Things: Feb. 2021

By Meghan Jenkins, photos by Meghan Jenkins

I enjoyed sharing some of my favorite things last year here.

My endorsements of all these things come straight from me. None of these brands have asked me—yet!—to write about their products, so everything I say here is something I say to my friends because I use or simply enjoy these products and brands. I have a good life partly because of what’s in the photos here, as well as some other products that I will be sharing with you in the future.
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