Spotlight On: Shay Kiddy

Spotlight On: Shay Kiddy

By Meghan Jenkins
[Editor’s Note: Meghan Jenkins would like to direct your attention to some stand-up comedians, comics, and performers that she has seen in-person or online and enjoys. This series of profiles and Q&As is her way of saying about some performers, “I don’t know how this person hasn’t blown up yet, so if we can help get them some attention with MeghaZine, let’s do that.”

Some of these interviews are conducted by Mark Aldrich, MeghaZine‘s editor, and others are conducted by Meghan Jenkins herself.

Shay Kiddy is an as-yet unsigned singer and musician from central Connecticut. He had started to perform live in venues around his hometown, but when the pandemic struck he found an audience online: as of today his TikTok account has over 38,700 followers. He has many clips on there and performs live on that platform frequently.

One of the more enthusiastic fans of Shay’s soulful, powerful voice is our own Meghan Jenkins, whose eye and ear for performing excellence has shown her to be a skillful talent scout.
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Books by Meghan Jenkins: An Appreciation

Books by Meghan Jenkins: An Appreciation

By Mark Aldrich
crabs with sandcastle dreams
inch toward me on the shore

        — “Sandcastle Dreams,” Meghan Jenkins, Sail Wet
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The six books that Meghan Jenkins has published so far offer six different aspects to her artistry and several different facets of her personality: three volumes of poems, two volumes of advice that carefully tread a line between genuine pointers to life and misanthropic humor, and a work of fiction.

“Good Night, Good Morning, I Love You,” the title of a poem that gives one collection its name, caught my eye first with its verbal playfulness: what if we had a friend named “Good Morning” that we said good night to?
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‘Panda’s Dance Party, Volume 3’   is out NOW

‘Panda’s Dance Party, Volume 3’   is out NOW

By Mark Aldrich


Panda’s Dance Party, Vol. 3, Meghan Jenkins’ third album, is now available to purchase, download, and stream on every music platform. A collection of seventeen tracks, the album visits many styles and expands on many of the themes and rhythms that Meghan debuted in her first two albums, which are both available on every music platform.

Volume 3 is a standalone album that is somewhat a soundtrack to the online comedy show that Meghan created with the author of this article, Mark Aldrich and Panda, but the music is Meghan’s creation alone and can be enjoyed apart from the comedy show. Future episodes of Panda’s online program will feature Panda dancing to the music of Volume 3.
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They’re B-ABBA-aack!

They’re B-ABBA-aack!

By Meghan Jenkins and Mark Aldrich

A double review of Voyage, a new album by ABBA (available through various retailers and streaming services).

[Editor’s Note: Meghan Jenkins and her collaborator Mark Aldrich recently discovered that they are both fans of ABBA. Meghan’s is of the more overt sort of fandom, and Mark’s has not been. Both of them like the new album, Voyage, released on November 5, 2021. In the weeks since, the album has topped the charts around the globe and brought success to the quartet that exceeds the group’s global sales records from its heyday in the 1970s. On November 14, Billboard reported that Voyage debuted at number two on the Top 200 chart, ABBA’s highest charting album position ever. Meghan first, then Mark.—Mark]
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Meghan and Mark Share ‘TMI’

Meghan and Mark Share ‘TMI’

By Meghan Jenkins and Mark Aldrich

TMI: My Life in Scandal by Perez Hilton with Leif Eriksson and Martin Svensson ($26.99, Chicago Review Press)

[Editor’s Note: In what seems now to be a series, Meghan Jenkins and her collaborator Mark Aldrich decided to co-review something, here, the gossip writer Perez Hilton’s new memoir, TMI: My Life in Scandal. What follows here is a conversation between Meghan, a gossip fan who loves Perez Hilton’s work, and Mark, who is not a gossip fan and who was only dimly aware of Perez Hilton before now. Spoiler alert: Both of them like the book!—Mark]

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Meghan: Oh, god, I love that title. Just typing it out gives me an adrenaline rush, and makes me want to punch the air with a, “Yeah! Get it!”

I love Perez. He looks hot as heck on this book cover too (seen above), and I know I can’t have him and that makes it even more alluring. That’s not the point of this article, though, I’m here to review the book.

If any reader of MeghaZine knew me back in early … mid … well, all of the 2000s, you already know how entranced and obsessed I was by celebrity gossip. I’d talk about things I knew that were going on in the lives of the Kardashians and I’d continue on with all my celebrity gossip “knowledge” as I watch your mouths and eyes slowly start to gape in confused amazement or horror (maybe? I choose to see amazement) as I gave you a quick peek inside my brain. Things only got worse when I was working in beauty salons with all of the gossip rags around and so much extra time on my hands in between clients. (I wasn’t good. I was not booked up, so I read all of everything.)

Mark: To our readers, well, this is still somewhat true in 2021. Conversations with Meghan may no longer be celebrity-obsessed or dominated by the Kardashians, but chats with her can sometimes be, well, Kardashian-seasoned. Back to Meghan:
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