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Music I Like TO Organize To: Prince (1958-2016)

The death of Prince has rocked me to my core. He was such an influential part of my life. The last 35 years of my life his music and his messages resonated with me and made me dance, laugh and cry. He always sought his truth through music. He challenged race, religion, sexuality, gender and love. His prolific nature and ability to play 27 instruments showed his talent and strong work ethic. He loved doing what he did, which is a lesson to us all! He also made women a huge part of his band! He did rock n roll, R & B, jazz, funk, new wave, punk, classical, and dance.He called his fans, friends. I got to see him in concert 4 times over the years. I have very one of his albums, yes even the latest ones. I was playing the Prince album form 1979  the night before he passed. The will NEVER be another!

 

 

 
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Posted by on April 27, 2016 in Music/Arts

 

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Great Convo With A Great Cartoonist!

 

African-American cartoonist Robb Armstrong. His award-winning daily comic strip, Jumpstart , reaches 80 million readers and is syndicated in more than 300 newspapers in eight countries: the Los Angeles Times, the New York Daily News, The Boston Globe and more. The Jumpstart strip is considered the most widely syndicated comic strip from an African-American author in history. Jumpstart’s positive depiction of African American life flies in the face of racial stereotypes and has given him the platform to make an impact on humanity and widen the lens about who appears in comic strips.

Described by People Magazine as “one of the hottest young cartoonists in America,” Robb Robb will be releasing his new book, Fearless: A Cartoonist’s Guide To Life, on April 26. Published by Reader’s Digest, it will be sold at Barnes & Noble and on Amazon:http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_nos…. As an African American cartoonist, Armstrong has drawn many lessons from life that he shares in this moving memoir. Weaving together his personal stories of his journey to success, and hardship along the way, with simple drawing tutorials and original illustrations, Fearless is both a compelling read and an inspirational lesson on how to live well, through the good times and bad.

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Posted by on April 21, 2016 in Music/Arts

 

I’m On SoundCloud TOO

YES I have created a Soundcloud page! I have a few things on it. A spoken word piece, some music I am working on and some snippets of radio stuff! I play to put more on there!  I’m showing more sides of ME! SO go and Follow and take a listen. Let me know what you think!

 
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Posted by on April 16, 2016 in Music/Arts

 

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Keeping Order While Being Creative

To keep things organized, safe and accessible, use a combination of storage ideas:

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  • Use wall-mounted hanging organization to maximize table space

  • Re-use baby food jars or other jars mounted under a shelf for items that you want to contain with a lid

  • Use see-through storage boxes for things such as paint and paintbrushes, stamps and inkpads. When you’re ready to use, grab the entire kit and go

  • Create a quick and easy place to display artwork. This wooden pant hanger on a hook is a great way to quickly display your child’s artwork as soon as he’s finished.

 

 
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Posted by on February 25, 2015 in Music/Arts, Organizing

 

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A Show To Watch With ME On It- Afterbuzz TV: Days Of Our Lives

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AfterBuzz TV is an online broadcast network that specializes in after-show podcasts for a wide range of television series such as American Horror Story, Mad Men, American Idol, Scandal and The Vampire Diaries.

With over 20 million weekly downloads from over 200 countries, AfterBuzz TV is an online broadcast network created by E! host Maria Menounos and producer Keven Undergaro. Nicknamed the ‘after-show’ network, when viewers finish watching episodes of their favorite shows, they can go to afterbuzztv.com to watch or listen to a post-game ‘after-show’ for that series. On each AfterBuzz TV after-show an eclectic and knowledgeable mix of celebrities, personalities and industry professionals break down that night’s episode, take calls from fans and interview guests. The network produces over 60 after-shows per week.

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One of the shows they produce is for daytime soap opera Days Of Our Lives. Regular hosts Tony Moore, Peter Ramos and Mark J. Freeman recap the week in Salem. I have the pleasure of guest co-hosting from time to time and my first episode was yesterday. See below. As a 32 year fan of the show, this is a dream gig. Please tune in!!

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2015 in Music/Arts

 

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Music I Like To Organize To- “System” by Seal

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Taking Madonna’s producer for 2005’s Number one dance album Confessions On The Dance Floor, Stuart Price, Seal released what I think is his most underrated album. System follows Madonna’s cue and is a full out dance/disco album! I LOVE IT! The songs work well together!

 

You can play the whole album, not a bad song in the bunch. Each song has a message, which is great in dance music which is branded as soulless. His soulful vocals lay on top and work through the beats.There is even a duet with his now ex wife Heidi Klum. It went gold (500,000 copies sold). Its an album I still play 8 years after it was released.  My favs are “Loaded”, “Dumb” and “The Right Life”. I suggest you all give it a chance.

Track listing

All lyrics written by Seal.

No. Title Music Length
1. “If It’s in My Mind, It’s on My Face” Seal, Eric Schermerhorn, Stuart Price 5:11
2. “Amazing” (Thin White Duke Edit) Seal 3:27
3. “Just Like Before” Seal, Schermerhorn, Price 4:42
4. “Loaded” Seal, Bill Bottrell, Price 5:20
5. “Wedding Day” (Duet with Heidi Klum) Seal, Schermerhorn, Price 3:57
6. “System” Seal, Schermerhorn 3:48
7. “Dumb” Seal, Christopher Bruce, Schermerhorn 4:12
8. The Right Life Seal, Price 5:09
9. “Rolling” Seal, Schermerhorn 4:30
10. “Immaculate” Seal 4:04
11. Amazing Seal 3:0

 

 
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Posted by on January 28, 2015 in Music/Arts

 

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Music I Like To Organize To- 6 Songs I Like To Organize To

I’m going to share with you SIX songs that I like to play when I organize. Some of these songs you may have heard of, others are very obscure and weren’t “top 40′ hits. My musical taste is all over the place, as you will see. SO here you go:

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1- “Setting Sun” by Darren Hayes. The former Savage Garden lead singer, put out several solo albums. This comes from an excellent DOUBLE album (2007’s This Delicate Thing We Made). The slightly distorted vocals, the pulsating drum beat, all of it works for me!

2- “What A Feeling”- “Alex Gaudino feat. Kelly Rowland. Fun dance song! Such happy lyrics! Ex-Destiny Child Member Kelly Rowland knows how to sing a dance song!!! It makes me want to clean and organize. Released in 2011.

3- “Bitchin”– The Donnas  It’s a short song. Most of it is instrumental. The vocals don’t come till nearly the end. It is heavy metal sounding girl power! The heavy drums and guitars drive me crazy…. and a good way!!!  This comes from the all girl groups last studio album of new material (2007). I put it on and i get in the mood to work.

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4- “6 Underground”– Sneaker Pimps  90s Trip Hop at its best! Nearly 20 years later, I still love this song. Its slow and steady.

5Love Light”– Robbie Williams. I’m still bitter that Robbie didn’t make it bigger here in America. He has a great voice, charisma for days and great songs! This song off of 2006’s Rudebox CD is so good. His higher vocal, mid tempo but steady drum beat, and a great female vocal towards the end make this a great song to organize to.

6“Stare Into The Sun”– Graffiti 6. I caught them on a late night show once and fell in love with their music. This song has a higher male vocal and pop/dance beat. This soulful 2012 song comes from this English Duo’s debut CD, “Colours”.

 
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Posted by on January 27, 2015 in Music/Arts, Uncategorized

 

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