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October 22 - November 12, 2014
Grand River Valley Wine Region to Host 6th
Annual Turkey Trot to Help Local Food Banks
A Progressive Food & Wine Tasting Event
The leaves are in full bloom which means it’s time to start thinking about the 7th Annual
Grand River Valley Wine Region Turkey Trot. Join Debonné Vineyards, Ferrante Winery &
Ristorante, Grand River Cellars Winery & Restaurant, Laurello Vineyards, and St. Joseph
Vineyards on Saturday, November 8th from Noon-5 p.m. for this drive yourself tour of wine
tasting paired with food samples for your Thanksgiving meal.
All five participating wineries are within 10 minutes of each other making this a very
convenient excursion for travelers. Each winery will feature a different part of the Thanksgiving
meal and pair two wines that compliment it. In addition, recipes will be given out. The cost is
only $5 per person at each winery and if you bring in a canned food item to each winery you
will receive $1 off. These food items will be donated to the local food banks just in time for the
holidays.
“Thanksgiving is a time to spend with families catching up on our busy lives. One sure
way to keep the family at the table is to open up a good bottle of local wine and this year some
wineries are featuring some new ones,” says Cindy Lindberg, event coordinator and owner of
Grand River Cellars Winery & Restaurant. “Grand River Cellars will be featuring their newly
released Cabernet Franc Rose’, a dry, blush wine that will pair wonderfully with Turkey. St.
Joseph Vineyard will be releasing their Fume Blanc and 2012 Shiraz.” Whether you are tasting
new releases or old time favorites, the purpose of the tasting is to take the guess work out of the
wine and food pairing for the Thanksgiving meal.
“With the worst harvest in history behind us, now is the time that local wineries need local
support,’ says Kim Laurello, owner of Laurello Vineyards. “Last years’ polar vortex put such a
strain on the local grape producers here in the Grand River Valley cutting our typical yield down
to one third the normal yield; we need to have consumer support to get us through these more
difficult times.” The Winegrowers of the Grand River Valley formed a group several years ago
when they began to realize how quickly their wine region was growing. The Grand River Valley
Wine Region is one of the fastest growing wine regions in the United States and has the quality
wines to prove why. The majority of the wines produced at these member wineries come from
local grapes that they have grown. Member wineries have achieved national and international
recognition with award winning wines. These wineries must adhere to strict standards.
While visiting the area the group encourages travelers to take a mini-vacation and spend
their weekend in wine country. There are lots of shops and beautiful covered bridges to visit.
The Turkey Trot is just one of a series of events The Winegrowers of the Grand River
Valley host each year. Other events include the ever-popular Ice Wine Festival and the Cask
Tasting. For more information about the Turkey Trot call 440-466-3485 or go to www.debonne.
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Turkey Trot
A Progressive Food & Wine Tasting Event
Patrons will visit each of the five wineries in any order they choose. Each winery will
provide samples of their wines along with a delicious appetizer. Area maps will be provided at
all wineries to help patrons plan their trail.
Turkey Trot Menu
- Debonne Vineyards Roasted Turkey Sliders
- Ferrante Winery & Ristorante Roasted Butternut Squash & Cranberry Couscous
-Grand River Cellars Winery & Restaurant–
Bourbon-Walnut Sweet Potato Mash
- Laurello Vineyards Turkey Pesto & Polenta Appetizer
- St. Joseph Vineyards Walnut Cranberry Stuffing
Locals’Night!
Every Wednesday
All Entrees are Buy 0ne Get One 1/2 Off!
For residents of Ashtabula County or Madison area. Discount is not vaild
with any other discounts or special offer. The second entree must be
equal or lesser value. Must show proof of residency
Saturday, November 8th noon-5 p.m.
Cost is $5 per person at each winery
Price includes wine samples, hearty appetizers, and recipes.
Bring a canned food item to each winery and receive $1 off each admission.
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6 ....................................... Wine 101
8 ....................................... Bluesville
11 ............................... On The Beat
12 ................... What’s on the Shelf?
13 ....................... Now We’re Talkin’
16 ........................ Brewin’ the Brew
17 ................................... Kickin’ It
19 ...................... What’s on the Shelf?
22 ..... Mind Body Spirit - Reflexology
23 .......Mind Body Spirit - Positive Light
25 ................................. Stay In Tune
26 ............................. Movie Reviews
30 ................................ Snarp Farkle
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By Don Perry
Jazz Guitarist and 2014 Cleveland Blues Challenge winner
Gaetano Letizia brings his “Underworld Blues Band”
to CK’s Lounge at Quail Hollow Resort, Saturday, November 8th
Early this summer my friend and fellow
musician Al Bonnis sent me this link; www.gaetanoletizia.com and
suggested that I check it out. Al is the leader of the group “Next Best Thing” and is a
fine guitarist and singer whose work I respect and enjoy. I also have the pleasure of
working with Al from time to time, so naturally I was intrigued when he told me that
this web site belonged to his guitar instructor.
Gaetano Letizia, known as “Tom” by most, is a gifted guitarist and composer who
is not only a guitar player and instructor; he is a lifelong student of the instrument and
of music in general.
Born in Cleveland on February 27th, 1951, Tom has lived in the Cleveland area his
entire life, is the father of 2 children (now grown) and currently lives in Aurora with
Kristine, his wife of 31 years.
Gaetano recalls being drawn to music as early as age 4, when he was captivated
by the beautiful sounds coming from his Aunt Rose’s accordion. He first picked up
the guitar at age 15 and by the age of 16, he had formed his own group and soon began
playing professionally, and has been a working musician ever since.
He also remembers “shaking like a leaf” during his first-ever stage appearance, when he was invited by the members of the “James Gang” to
sit-in, while Joe Walsh took a break, at the legendary JB’s in Kent.
Beginning in these early years, Tom studied blues in the style of B.B. King as well as Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix, along with a host of
other great blues & jazz guitarists. He received private instruction from George Benson and Pat Martino, both known primarily as jazz players, but
who are also great blues players as well. Currently, Letezia studies under Richie Hart of the Berklee College of Music. Hart is also a former student
of Benson.
Letezia is a 1973 graduate of Kent State University, with a degree in Business and was granted a music composition scholarship to Baldwin
Wallace Conservatory of Music, where he studied for 2 years. He has completed several years
of study of composition and has studied classical guitar for many years in addition to his jazz and
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blues guitar studies. He has toured nationally, as a sideman, with performances in Japan and the
Netherlands also.
After visiting Tom’s web page, He and I had a pleasant conversation and I found him to be
a soft-spoken guy, whose insights are those that could only be acquired by someone investing a
lifetime of passion and dedication to his art. He invited Charleen and I to an upcoming “Underworld
Blues Band” gig, so we ventured to The Patio, near Chagrin Falls….. Keep in mind, that we attend
live shows because we enjoy live music as well as the atmosphere it creates, not to critique….
therefore I offer an honest opinion from a listener’s standpoint, as well as a musician’s view.
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The main thing, to this point, that had captured my interest was just how would Letezia be able
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to walk the imaginary line between jazz and blues? Surely one cannot combine the two genres. How
is it possible to jump back and forth between the simpler, locked-down grooves of blues, to the often
Duo with Al Bonnis
complex structures of jazz, in one room, before one audience?
In Tom’s own words, “music should make you want to sing, dance, or both”, and I found that
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I was mistaken to assume that there is an imaginary line between the two musical forms. “It’s all
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one thing” Tom explains. Jazz, as with most forms of American music is simply an extension of the
blues, though “jazz does require more study”, says Tom.
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So as I listened to the soon to be “Cleveland Blues Challenge” champions, I realized that the
two musical styles share much common ground and this is the ground upon which Gaetano Letizia
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has built his home. The Underworld Blues Band creates a solid foundation with infectious grooves
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that make you want to dance, while Letezia blends warm, thick, even complex (jazz) chords, to
create colorful licks and creative hooks that make you want to sing.
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That’s exactly the reason why the Underworld Blues Band will be traveling to Memphis, to
represent Cleveland at the International Blues Challenge. An honor they achieved by playing an
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I asked Tom what he would say to a classroom full of students at a jazz festival and this was his
reply:
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“Play what your heart and soul tells you to play and play how much your heart and soul tells you
to” - Gaetano Letizia
Join Tom and the Underworld Blues Band at CK’s Lounge in Quail Hollow Resort, on Saturday,
November 8th at 8 pm, as they prepare for their trip to Memphis. Hear the original compositions that
made them the reigning Cleveland Blues Challenge champions!
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By Donniella Winchell
Mobile auto feasts – AKA ‘Tail-gating’
The college football season is coming in full swing but some of the biggest rivalries are still
ahead. And the NFL has several weeks to go. So if you are planning to meet old friends for big
game or driving a distance to follow you favorite team, it might be the time to set aside the six
packs of brewsky and plan an outdoor feast to enjoy the wines from your hometown.
Your menu and the wines selected should also match the weekend weather forecast.
Regardless of the weather, to begin, try a slab of smoked salmon complemented by
Chardonnay. The salmon can be purchased pre sliced, so in advance, simply place a slab on a
platter, garnish and wrap tightly for transport. Serve with tiny squares of pumpernickel cocktail
breads with mini gherkin pickles.
If the weatherman predicts a warm, sunny afternoon, [miracles do happen, even in
November] pack some chicken salad, croissants and mixed fresh fruits. Assemble the
sandwiches on site with leafy lettuce and bean sprouts. Use small glass cups for the fruit and
garnish with a mint leaf. Pour a crisp Riesling or Pinot Gris [Grigio] into some good quality
wine glasses, ones that are clear, thin and with no ‘bead’ on their rim.
If the weather is colder, bring along some chili that was prepared at home. Transport in a
crock pot to maintain a safe temperature for an hour or two.
If you are traveling some distance, grill instead. Bring along some charcoal and the frozen
hamburgers. Pile fresh Kaiser buns high with lettuce, tomatoes, freshly sliced sharp cheddar,
grilled red peppers and coleslaw. When the burgers are ready, uncork a great bottle of Cabernet
Franc or Chambourcin.
For dessert…what else?? Double rich chocolate brownies served with a raspberry glaze and
a tiny glass of fabulous ice wine.
Beyond the food and wine, pack a small table, a cloth [if you are attending an Ohio State
Game, make sure it is scarlet and gray, not maize and blue!!], a couple of fresh mums in a vase,
wine glasses, plates, napkins and utensils [use real ones, not paper and plastic.] Bring a candle
encased in glass to protect against an un-expected puff of wind. Remember the corkscrew…
for sure. Also consider a small tub with ice to chill the wines, a selection of condiments, some
of those collapsible canvas chairs, a battery operated radio to catch pre-game broadcasts, one
container for trash plus another one for dishes and glasses which need to be taken back home.
You might also bring along an insulated jug of pre-brewed coffee to serve while everyone
breaks down the party in plenty of time to see the kickoff.
And if football is not in your plans for this fall, take your tail gating blueprint and use it
after a fall foliage walk among the crunchy leaves – or to follow an invigorating day of cross
country skiing sometime after the snow flies.
Fine wine, great food and old friends……..perfect, any time, any place.
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Delectable Chambourcin Brisket
4-5 Servings
Ingredients:
2 Bottles of Chambourcin
2 tsp salt and some freshly ground black pepper
1 3-pound beef brisket
3 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 large onion, chopped
3 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
1½ c. (8oz) of dried tart cherries
½ c. packed dark brown sugar
½ c. balsamic vinegar
½ c. celery, chopped
3 carrots chopped in 3” sections
Instructions
1. Pour yourself a glass of wine!
2. Heat the oven to 300°F
3. Mix together the salt & pepper, rub over brisket
4. Heat the oil in Dutch oven over medium-high heat
5. Add the brisket and cook until brown on both sides, turning once- 5-7 minutes per side
6. Add in onion, garlic, cherries, celery, carrots, brown sugar, vinegar and half of the bottle of
wine
8. Add in remainder of the bottle, cover with foil and place in oven for 3½ to 4 hours
The brisket will keep for a couple days if desired at this point in the refrigerator
9. Remove brisket from sauce, pour sauce through strainer
10. Cut the brisket and serve with the sauce and more wine in your glasses
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By Cat Lilly
Cleveland Blues Society
A good time was had by all who attended the sixth
annual Cleveland Blues Society “On to Memphis” Challenge
downtown Cleveland on October 12th.
The results:
Winner of Best Self Produced CD: One Heart
Walkin’ by Austin Walkin Cane
During the summer of 2014, One Heart
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G.A.R. Hall in Peninsula, OH. Built in 1850, the
former schoolhouse & Civil War Veteran\’s hangout,
set the perfect mood for this album. Listening to
Cane\’s most recent album is like being a passenger
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help of legendary producer & bassist Don Dixon, harmonica
extraordinaire Dave Morrison, Allen on acoustic guitar, Freddie
Perez-Stable on drums & members of the Revolution Brass
Band, bringing in the sound of New Orleans.
Solo/Duo: Chris Yakopcic
Inspired by the prewar Delta and
Piedmont acoustic fingerstyle
players, Chris is a master of the
thumb-bass picking patterns
innovated by Robert Johnson, Big
Bill Broonzy, and Blind Blake.
“I’ve always liked the sound of an
acoustic slide guitar, even before
I knew exactly how it was done,
and definitely before I knew what
traditional blues was. The first time
I heard a real trad blues performance
was at Buddy Guy’s Legends in
Chicago…..at about age 17 or 18. It
was the first time I ever saw someone
fingerpick a guitar and use a slide…..
and heard terms like Delta and
Piedmont blues. After (that) show,
I was determined to get my thumb
…..(to play) the bass note or part of
a chord where the rest of the fingers
are left to play the melody,” says Chris.
This will be Chris’ third time competing in the IBC Blues Challenge in Memphis; he previously
won regional competitions in Pittsburgh and Cincinnati. He recorded his debut album Done
Found My Freedom Before My Technique” in 2011. www.chrisyakopcicmusic.com
Band: Gaetano Letizia and the Underworld Blues Band
The Underworld Blues Band plays a special kind of blues. Gaetano Letizia calls it “progressive
blues rock: a special blend of funk, rock, jazz, and soul. It’s taking the fundamentals – blues
chords and progressions – and
stretching it. Standing on the
shoulders of the blues greats,
the Underworld Blues Band
strives to produce creative new
blues music that honors the
tradition.
“I write in a sort of fusion
style,’’ he says. “I’m
always combining genres.
I’m primarily a composer.
I’ve got 10 CDs out, 150
compositions, but they’re
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mostly instrumentals.” Two years in the making, his latest album, Voodoo Doll and Other
Blues Lessons, was released last January to glowing reviews in many of the major blues/roots
magazines internationally.
Blues veterans Larry Keller on bass and Mike D’elia on drums form the core of the group, with
help from an extended family of feature artists that join in when needed. www.underworldblues.
com
The next Blues Society Jam will be held on November 10th at the Music Box Supper
Club, 1148 Main Avenue, Cleveland (Shooters Complex in the Flats). It will be hosted by Travis
Haddix, 2011 Cleveland Blues Society Hall of Fame inductee. Start time is 7:30.
The December 8th jam will be the “On to Memphis” Fundraiser, hosted by the winners of
the Challenge, at Wilbert’s, 812 Huron Road, downtown Cleveland. More details in next issue.
Halloween Spotlight
Cleveland’s Own
- Screamin’ Jay
Hawkins
One of rock and roll’s
original madmen, Screamin’
Jay Hawkins was as famous
for his stage antics as he
was for his music. Hawkins
was the most outrageous
performer during rock’s
dawn. Prone to emerging
out of coffins on-stage, a
flaming skull named Henry
his constant companion,
Screamin’ Jay was an
insanely theatrical figure long
before it was even remotely acceptable.
Early Life
Hawkins’ life story is almost as bizarre as his on-stage schtick. He was born Jalacy Hawkins
on July 18, 1929, in Cleveland, Ohio. He spent the first year and a half of his life in an orphanage
before being adopted. His mother reportedly gave him up because she already had too many
children to care for. Hawkins’ interest in music emerged at an early age. He taught himself to
play piano and could read music by the age of 6.
While in his teens, Hawkins took up boxing and became an avid and formidable boxer. He
had some success in the ring, winning a Golden Gloves championship in 1943. Still, Hawkins
maintained an interest in music. Inspired by the booming baritone of Paul Robeson and Enrico
Caruso, Hawkins studied opera. But he left school to join the U.S. Army to fight in World War II
in 1944. As part of his service, Hawkins entertained the troops. When he returned, he continued
to box for a time. In 1949, he was the middleweight boxing champion of Alaska. Then he began
to pursue music full time.
Breakthrough Song
Hawkins caught his first musical break in 1951 as pianist/valet to veteran jazz guitarist Tiny
Grimes. He also worked with Fats Domino before striking out on his own. His immortal 1956
rendering of “I Put a Spell on You” for Columbia’s OKeh imprint was his most successful record.
The song was selected as one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock
and Roll. According to the AllMusic Guide to the Blues, Hawkins originally envisioned the
tune as a refined ballad, but after he and his New York session aces (notably guitarist Mickey
Baker and saxist Sam “The Man” Taylor) had imbibed to the point of no return, the entire band
was intoxicated during the recording session. Hawkins screamed, grunted, and gurgled his
way through the tune with utter drunken abandon. The resulting performance was no ballad but
instead a raw, guttural track that reportedly surpassed a million copies in sales, although it failed
to make the Billboard pop or R & B charts.
The performance was mesmerizing, although Hawkins himself blacked out and was
unable to remember the session. Afterward he had to relearn the song from the recorded
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version. Meanwhile the record label released a second version of the single, removing most of
the grunts that had embellished the original performance; this was in response to complaints
about the recording’s overt sexuality. Nonetheless it was banned from radio in some areas.
(“Little Demon,” its rocking flip, is a minor classic itself).
Later Life
After some encouragement and a little financial incentive from disc jockey Alan Freed,
Hawkins enhanced his stage persona to project a more macabre image. He made his stage
entrance from a coffin and often dressed as a vampire, or in gold and leopard skin costumes. He
used notable voodoo stage props, such as his smoking skull perched on a stick – named Henry –
and rubber snakes.
Hawkins cut several
amazing 1957-1958 followups in the same crazed vein
— “Hong Kong,” a surreal
“Yellow Coat,” the Jerry
Leiber/Mike Stoller-penned
“Alligator Wine” — but
none of them clicked the way
“Spell” had. Sometimes he
appeared wearing a turban
with a bone through his
nose or wearing a loincloth
and carrying a shield and spear. While audiences enjoyed his wild antics, others, including the
National Association for Colored People (NAACP), were concerned that his actions reflected
badly on the entire African-American community
The cinema was a beneficiary of Screamin’ Jay’s larger-than-life persona in later years.
His featured roles in Mystery Train and A Rage in Harlem made Hawkins a familiar visage to
youngsters who never even heard “I Put a Spell on You.” He died February 12, 2000 following
surgery to treat an aneurysm; Hawkins was 70. He left behind many children by many women;
an estimated 55 at the time of his death, and upon investigation, that number “soon became
perhaps 75 offspring”. At least one illegitimate child has continued in his tradition, leading an
American funk band on world tours.
Although Hawkins was not a major success as a recording artist, his highly theatrical
performances earned him a steady career as a live performer for decades afterward, and his
onstage antics influenced subsequent acts, such as Black Sabbath, Arthur Brown, Marilyn
Manson, Tom Waits, and Alice Cooper. With Halloween approaching, now is a good time to “get
spooky” with Screamin’ Jay! At your next Halloween party, just throw in a disc from this master
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After 35 years of marriage, 5 kids and 13 grandkids, Sue was just crazy enough to want to
become a standup comic. Setting aside a 20 plus year career as a Realtor to pursue her dreams
was a big step in her life. Letting the world know that older people have aches, pains and a
wild sex life was just the beginning.
Often using her kids as examples have driven several of them to change their names and
a couple are now in witness protection. Never bashing her sweetie but always relating with a
chuckle, you will learn her recipe for a successful marriage.
Observing the world as only an older woman can, Sue often tries to solve world problems.
“MTV needs to have a Real World show for older adults. I would love 6 months in a free home
with free food and getting to hook up with my roommate. Oh, but then that would be a nursing
home.”
Sue is as animated as Lucy and lives the life of Roseanne. She is guaranteed to give you
a laugh to take home with you that you can share with your family, your minister or your
therapist.
Recently Sue was selected to be on “The View” as a contestant in the hilarious Housewife
Contest. “Oh sure, I am a wife and we own a house, but Housewife? Oh, Hell NO!” So, sit back
and relax and laugh with the least downloaded woman on the Internet.
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Music Box Supper Club
Ernie Krivda and the Jazz All-Stars Play the Music of George Gershwin
7:30 p.m. Thursday, November 13 (doors at 5:30 p.m.) $8 Supper Club; all-ages, general
admission
Cleveland’s own jazz legend Ernie Krivda returns to our stage to celebrate the music of the
famed composer George Gershwin.
Band members include: Ernie Krivda, tenor sax, Joe Hunter, piano, Peter Dominguez, bass, Val
Kent, drums, and featuring Vocalist, Evelyn Wright
JiMiller Band: Annual All-Grateful Dead Show
9 p.m. Wednesday, November 26 (doors at 7 p.m.) $10 Supper Club; all-ages, general
admission
Nothing but Grateful Dead, all night long!
Northeast Ohio audiences first got to know Jim Miller as the co-founder of the long-running
jam band Oroboros, a staple of the ’80s and ’90s local concert scene. He’s continued to perform
live on a consistent basis as a solo act and with the long-running group JiMiller Band; the latter
act has opened for String Cheese Incident, Bruce Hornsby and Galactic, among others. This
show is the band’s 11th annual pre-Thanksgiving, all-Grateful (Dead) show. Donations are
welcome to benefit the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.
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By Pete Roche
Rocks: My Life in and Out of Aerosmith
Author Joe Perry
Aerosmith’s Joe Perry presented Slash with an award for “Guitar Legend” at the first-ever
A.P. Awards ceremony and concert this past July.
In his new book, Rocks: My Life in and Out of Aerosmith, Perry mentions how the former
Guns ‘n’ Roses superstar returned his prized 1959 Gibson guitar years after Joe—deep in debt—
sold the instrument to make ends meet.
It’s just one of hundreds of Aerosmith anecdotes that makes Perry’s candid confessional
rise above your run-of-the-mill celebrity memoirs.
Written with David Ritz, the new book chronicles Perry’s wild and crazy journey with the
band he formed with bassist Tom Hamilton back in 1970. The man behind such raucous concert
staples as “Sweet Emotion,” “Draw the Line,” “Train Kept a-Rollin’” and “Walk This Way”
opens a few old wounds when discussing the group’s early days as a Rolling Stones-like fivepiece, their ascent to stadium superstardom, and rough patches in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s.
Perry reflects candidly on his personal and professional relationship with his “Toxic Twin,”
Steven Tyler, and how drinking and drugs nearly derailed his career.
We get the scoop on the inner conflicts that motivated the Les Paul player to start his own
band, The Joe Perry Project, at the end of the ‘70s, and rejoice anew when the stars realign for
Aerosmith’s mid-80s comeback on the Geffen label: The albums Permanent Vacation, Pump,
and Get a Grip saw the band widen its exposure (courtesy MTV as much as FM radio) and play
to younger, larger audiences than ever before, with hits like “Dude Looks Like a Lady,” “Janie’s
Got a Gun,” “Love in an Elevator,” and “Cryin’” soaring to the top of the charts.
Aerosmith has sold millions of albums, racking an impressive six American Music Awards,
four Billboard Awards, four Grammys, and ten MTV Video Music Awards in the process.
Perry—with his searing guitar attack, snarl, and perpetual bare chest—figured heavily into the
Boston band’s initial success and resurgence.
He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Aerosmith in 2001.
The guitarist takes readers back to his childhood (during which he idolized marine explorer
Jacques Cousteau before musical gunslingers like Chuck Berry and Jimmy Page) and early
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experimentations in rock and roll. Plagued
by a learning disability, the curious youth had
plenty of ambition but wasn’t able to turn his
intellectual prowess into good grades at Vermont
Academy—to the chagrin of pragmatic parents
Tony and Mary. He stubbornly refuses to cut
his hair and drops out of school but espouses
his father’s strong work ethic while toiling in a
Hopedale factory and restaurants at the family’s
summer retreat in Sunapee. Perry learns of love,
courtesy innocent liaisons (and torrid affairs)
with “free spirits” named Sally, Betsy, and
Elyssa.
We learn of Perry’s time paying dues in
fledgling acts like Chimes of Freedom, Just Us,
and Flash—and with Hamilton in the Jam Band.
We relive his chance meeting with soul brother
Steven Tallarico (better known as Steven Tyler),
a fast-talking singer (and drummer) who’s
previous bands—like Perry’s—never made the
all-important leap to the next level. We meet
all the colorful peripheral Aerosmith characters,
like caretaker Mark Lehman, driver Gary Cabozzi, and smooth-talking, heavy-drinking first
manager “Father Frank” Connally (sometimes they just have nicknames, like “Zunk” and
“Pudge”). We journey to Boston with the upstart quintet, go “roach hunting” with them in a
squalid apartment at 1325 Commonwealth, and relocate to their college campsite on Kent Street
as their collective star rises on the East Coast.
With Perry as proxy, we sample the debauchery and excess that accompanied Aerosmith’s
first wave of glory on Columbia Records, and wince at their mismanagement under the LeberKrebs agency and Tim Collins semi-dictatorship. We’re privy to all the practices and barroom
gigs at The Box, Max’s Kansas City, Alex Cooley’s Electric Ballroom, and The Greek in L.A.
We vicariously participate in the backstage antics, arguments and fistfights (one of which occurs
at the World Series of Rock at Cleveland Stadium in 1979), nasty fallouts, and well-timed
reconciliations.
We join Joe on the set of the Beatles-inspired cinema dud Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts
Club Band (in which Aerosmith played villains to Peter Frampton and the Bee Gees), catch up
on his soundtrack contributions (Armageddon), accompany him to rehab (Betty Ford Center),
and rub shoulders with his own musical mentors, A-list contemporaries, and Hollywood heroes
(Kid Rock, Lenny Kravitz, ZZ Top, Ted Nugent, John Belushi, Ricardo Montalban, etc.). We
witness all the low points (motorcycle crash, pain pill addiction, knee injury) and revel in
Perry’s personal triumphs (jamming with KISS, return to Aerosmith in the ‘80s, and marriage to
model Billie Montgomery).
The 400-plus page book includes not one but three full-color glossy photo inserts, a
selected discography (albums and videos, with release dates), and comprehensive index. Guitar
tech John Bionelli authors an appendix covering Joe’s gear on every album and tour, and goes
into meticulous detail on Perry’s famous axes (Tobacco sunburst Les Paul, Plexi B.C. Rich,
Gibson Firebird, Tele-Rat hybrid, Echopark “White Rose,” etc.), cabinets, racks, and effects
pedals.
Longtime Aerosmith Johnny Depp pens a moving foreword wherein the actor describes
hearing the band for the first time in a grocery store parking lot.
“A poetic life was Joe’s fate,” surmises the actor. “He was born with a style. He may have
gleaned from the greats before him, as everyone must, but he transformed all that learning into
his own signature sound.
“There is something primordial in the nature of his grooves that just flat-out rocks, inviting
everyone to witness and experience. There’s no elitist guest list here. No VIPs. No backstage
pass is needed. This book is a gift, a sacred tome, even. A hitherto secret slice of life beamed in
directly from one of the greatest guitar gods to ever have walked the earth.”
We never pegged Perry as a knucklehead, but even with Ritz’s guidance it becomes obvious
inside early chapters (like “Gestation” and “Birth”) just how well-read, articulate, thoughtful,
self-aware, and humble the guy truly is.
Drummer Joey Kramer told his tale in the 2010 book Hit Hard: A Story of Hitting Rock
Bottom at the Top. Tyler’s memoirs, Does the Noise in My Head Bother You? dropped in 2011.
No word yet on any forthcoming Aerosmith album or tour.
Perry’s most recent solo effort—Have Guitar, Will Travel—was issued on Roman Records in
2009. He was inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame with Tyler last year.
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By Helen Marketti
A Chat with Foreigner lead singer, Kelly Hansen
Foreigner will be doing a show at The Hard Rock Rocksino on November 16. Lead singer,
Kelly Hansen shares his thoughts on touring, current projects and
playing with one of the best classic rock bands.
Foreigner’s classic hits have stood the test of time for over
thirty years. Songs such as Urgent, Hot Blooded, Juke Box Hero,
Cold As Ice, Waiting For A Girl Like You and many more have
lit up the airwaves since the early 80s and when fans hear those
signature songs they are taken back to their own memories.
Kelly Hansen joined the band as its front man in 2005. Prior
to joining Foreigner, Kelly had a full music career going with
finding his footing as a lead singer. It was a career he came across
by chance. He really did not know what he wanted to do with his
life. “I didn’t come from a family who had a music background,”
said Kelly. “I do remember that I knew many commercial jingles.
I guess I know a lot of useless musical trivia. (laughs) I was in choir by the time I was in fourth
grade. Things really didn’t start to change until my brother bought me a few record albums. He
bought an album by Boston and another by Chicago, bands that were popular during that time.
I remember always looking through his record albums because he had such a freaky collection
such as Edgar Winter (They Only Come Out at Night), Deep Purple and others.”
He continues, “We had a family friend who was a little older than me and he had a band. He
played guitar. He and his band played at school dances and recreation centers. One day he asked
me to sing a song, which I did and actually found that I liked singing. He asked me to join his
band and eventually I became the lead singer. I was around 16 years old at the time and that’s
when I started thinking that maybe I could be a singer as a career.”
During the 80s, Kelly was the lead singer for the band, Hurricane. “I had been playing for a
few years in a cover band. We played in small nightclubs. One day I saw an ad that was placed
by a drummer who was looking for a singer to complete their band. I met with him, the guitar
player and the bass player. They stopped in at the club I was playing in Manhattan Beach (LA).
We started writing together and that was the beginning of Hurricane. A short time later, the
drummer left the band and that’s when Jay Schellen joined. It really got going with the four of
us.” (Kelly, Jay, Robert Sarzo and Tony Cavazo)
Foreigner’s longevity keeps fans returning show after show to hear the songs that made the
band famous. “I think I am lucky to sing such great material,” said Kelly. “I am very thankful to
be able to get onstage and sing these great songs. I have been around the block a few times so I
understand how fortunate I am. I think it’s about enjoying what you do and enjoying every day.
In addition to fans coming to the shows to hear fantastic music, they also know they are going to
get a high energy and interactive show. We entertain; we are not just standing there and playing
songs.”
Kelly follows a similar routine before each show to get ready and in proper frame of mind. “I
usually do a few warm up exercises and stretches. I visit the rest of the guys, see how everyone
is doing and get a pulse for what is going on. When we travel, I try to rest my voice as much as
possible and not talk very much. I know my limitations so I take care of myself. Quite frankly, if
my voice isn’t working then none of us are working.”
Foreigner has not had a new album since 2009. “I co-wrote our last album which at that
time had been the first one for the band in ten years. I would like to write more music but it is
difficult to find the time. We are on the road more than 200 days out of the year,” explains Kelly.
“We are going to be releasing an album called The Best of Foreigner 4 either later this year or
early next year.”
The band also participates with several projects. “We are involved with the Grammy
Foundation where we provide an opportunity for local bands to come onstage. The bands sing a
song with us and we donate proceeds from our CD sales to their music program. We are trying
to raise awareness to the fact that when school budgets are cut, usually the Arts are the first thing
to go. I look at the Arts as being just as important as any other subject. I think it helps create
a well-rounded person who is accepting and open-minded. You need to experience things you
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are not used to and step out of your own bubble, whether it is a play
or period piece about somewhere else that you have never visited.
Expanding your world helps you to have more of an open mind. We
have been bringing awareness to this program for the past several
years.”
“We also keep busy with the Shriners,” said Kelly. “We do as much as we can for our troops.
We have visited Walter Reed Hospital. While we are on the road, we receive many opportunities
and I think it’s important to take advantage of as many as possible. You have to learn to live
your life on the road instead of waiting until you get back home to start living. We are on the
road a great deal of the year so you have to take advantage of being in a nice city, finding good
restaurants and meeting great people. Doing the best you can is all that anyone can ask.”
For more information: www.foreigneronline.com
Foreigner is on Facebook and Twitter.
Tom Todd’s
Frankenstein:
The Rock Opera
Fri. & Sat, Nov. 7 & 8
8:00
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Downtown Chardon
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Tickets are $15
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Get tickets from Tom, at the door, or
at the Theater box office.
Call: 440-286-2255.
This is a rockin’, hard-hitting, passionate look at
the traditional Frankenstein’s Monster story.
It’ll frighten you, anger you, make you laugh
and make you cry. Directed, produced,
music and lyrics by Tom Todd.
Don’t miss this premiere performance!
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emerging and vibrant city. We live on Rock & Roll and can’t think of a better place to be
grounded than Cleveland, OH, ” said Scott Kapp, General Manager at House of Blues.
Mega 80’s is the perfect party to celebrate our anniversary! Take a handful of your
favorite 80’s songs, a splash of some retro fashion, a pinch of panache and an eye-popping
video spectacle in the background and what do you get? The Mega 80’s, of course! Since their
emergence onto the Detroit music scene, the Mega 80’s have taken southeast Michigan by
storm. Now veterans of the 80’s cultural milieu, they are still rocking as hard as ever.
With all of the continued improvements to the show, from dancers to enhanced video
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Lindsey Lou & the Flatbellys come to Cuyahoga National Park
One of the most exciting young acoustic bands, Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys, bring
their unique “LouGrass” sound to Boston Heights, OH on Friday, November 14 , when
they perform at Happy Days Lodge at
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All About Beer Magazine Earns First Place North
American Guild of Beer Writers Awards
Writers for All About Beer Magazine claimed three first place awards when the North
American Guild of Beer Writers (NAGBW) announced the winners of its second annual
competition for writers, bloggers, broadcasters and authors. Results of the NAGBW Awards
were announced during the Great American Beer Festival in Denver.
Winning writers for All About Beer Magazine include John Holl (Best Beer and Food
Writing—Roast Masters: Exploring the Art of Brewing Beer with Coffee), Evan Rail (Best
Magazine Writing—Born Again in Berlin) and Gerard Walen (Best Online Magazine Writing—
The Death of Hunahpu’s Day).
This year, over 140 entries, published between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014, were
submitted to the contest in eight categories. Winners represented 13 states across the U.S. and
three countries. Congratulations to all of the winners.
In the most recently published edition, the magazine profiles 26 innovators in the beer
world. There are brewers included, of course, but there are many others who rarely venture near
a mash tun, but rather are finding ways to promote beer, create new inventions or advance beer
culture. Meet the unsung heroes and longstanding veterans advancing the beer culture in All
About Beer Magazine’s most recent issue, on newsstands now.
All About Beer Magazine was first published in 1979. The company expanded to produce
its own series of events, known as World Beer Festivals, in 1996, and has been a pioneer in
producing beer festivals for twenty years. Company owners took a leadership role in a North
Carolina campaign in 2005 to change North Carolina alcohol legislation, providing for the
growth of beer and brewing in the state. Learn more at www.allaboutbeer.com
Ohio brings home five medals from the Great American Beer Festival
Ohio brings home five medals from the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition
this year. It was stiffer competition than ever before with over 5500 entries. 52 of those firsttimers won medals. Medals were awarded in 90 different categories. Ohio winners were as
follows:
Category 11: Specialty Beer - Out of 47 entries, Listermann/Triple Digit Brewery won the
bronze medal for their Nut Case Peanut Butter Porter. This is a first medal for Listermann/Triple
Digit.
Category 54: American Style India Pale Ale - Out of 279 entries (largest category in the
competition), Columbus Brewing Co won the bronze medal for their Bodhi IPA. Then while
waiting in line for his medal, Tony Corder hears they also won a gold medal!
Category 55: Imperial India Pale Ale - Out of 134 entries, Columbus Brewing’s Creeper won the
gold. Amazing showing in two of the most competitive categories.
Category 69: German-Style Wheat Ale - Out of 29 entries, Fat Head’s Brewery won the gold
for their Alpen Glow. This beer also won the silver medal in 2012. Fat Head’s has won medals
every year since 2009 and co-owner Matt Cole has an impressive nine total GABF medals since
opening Fat Head’s Brewery. He also has a few medals from his stint at Rocky River Brewing
Co for a total of 20 medals in all!
Category 82: Foreign-Style Stout - Out of 32 entries, JAFB Wooster Brewery won a silver medal
for their Wooster New Stout. This is a first GABF medal for JAFB also.
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Paul Stanley Face the Music: A Life Exposed
KISS front man Paul Stanley had as good a reason as any to write his memoirs:
“I needed to reflect personally,” says the rocker in Face the Music, available now from Harper-Collins. “But also to let fans see themselves in it, and see where my story might take them.”
More specifically, Stanley—a teenage reject turned millionaire music icon—wanted to
let troubled readers know it’s still possible to conquer dysfunctional upbringing, physical
deformity, and assorted personality quirks when chasing one’s dreams.
Unlike recent autobiographies by fellow KISS alum Ace Frehley (No Regrets) and Peter
Criss (Makeup to Breakup: My Life in and Out of KISS), Stanley’s tome is devoid all those
now-cliché celebrity struggles with substance abuse and revolving-door rehab stints. Instead,
the man known as Starchild basis his life story on the psychological impact of having (and
overcoming) a partially-formed ear.
Indeed, the book’s intro brings us backstage minutes before a 2013 concert, where the
KISS singer talks his way through the makeup application process that—for forty-years—has
transformed him into the familiar, can-do superstar behind some of rock’s greatest hits.
Stanley admits early on that he always regarded his Starchild alter-ego as much more
than one of the band’s clown-faced musical superheroes. Teased throughout his childhood
in Manhattan (and Queens), New York for his Jewish heritage and ear-warping microtia, the
man born Stanley Harvey Eisen slipped into the persona and willingly basked in the security
it afforded. In the course of a few short years, Stanley went from a chubby loser nobody
wanted to focal point in one of most successful rock bands ever—a dashing, desirable songsmith with more wealth and fame than he could’ve
fathomed as an awkward pre-teen in PS-98 school.
The guitarist dishes on his turbulent boyhood, overbearing mother, and secretive father, and opens up about troubled sister, Julia, whose mental
illness lead to substance abuse and teenage pregnancy. Stanley turned to music for escape, reveling in the sounds of Jerry Lee Lewis, Eddie
Cochran, Little Richard, and the popular doo-wop groups of the day. But it was The Beatles’ legendary appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show that
inspired the loner to take up songwriting as a hobby (and career): “I can do that!” He tinkered on the acoustic guitar he received as a gift at age
thirteen, but didn’t devote himself to the instrument until he acquired an electric.
Stanley displayed an aptitude for visual arts—a skill that would serve him well later—and
excelled at New York’s High School of Music and Art at the onset of the 1970’s. He dabbled in
various bands during this time, finding early success in Rainbow (not to be confused with the
Ronnie James Dio band). Finding a kindred spirit in Israeli-born chum Chaim Witz—aka Gene
Simmons—Stanley turned his attention to writing original music instead of merely banging out
covers. The earliest incarnation of KISS (then known as Wicked Lester) recorded an album
but couldn’t secure a record deal, so Stanley and Simmons threw themselves into their live
performances. Magazine ads placed for a drummer and lead guitarist resulted in the recruitment
of Peter Criss and Ace Frehley, who showed up for his audition in mismatched sneakers.
The meat of the memoirs sees the Starchild recounting his early days steering the KISS
machine with business-minded bassist Simmons. Toying with the makeup favored by glam
artists like David Bowie and theatrical stage shows offered by shock-rockers like Alice Cooper,
the KISS men put on the face-paint and premiered their now-famous alter-egos (Starchild,
Rocking The North Coast
Demon, Space Ace, and Cat Man) to fascinated audiences in the Midwest. Stanley is quick to
admit, however, that the crowds were initially small and had to be cultivated with each new
showcase. Before long, the hard-charging band won the attention of TV promoter Bill Aucoin
(Flipside), who inked a deal with Neil Bogart’s fledgling Casablanca record label.
Stanley concedes the group’s first few albums (KISS, Hotter Than Hell, and Dressed to
Kill) sounded anemic compared with their mind-blowing concerts, so they hired Jimi Hendrix
producer Eddie Kramer to helm a live record that captured the energy onstage and did justice
to neck-breaking hits like “Strutter,” “Cold Gin,” “Firehouse,” “Deuce,” “Parasite,” and “Rock
and Roll All Nite.” Stanley acknowledges that Kramer and his engineers “doctored” the Detroit
recordings, adding the audience noise and ambiance that wasn’t picked up by the mixing board
at Cobo Hall. The resulting double-disc, KISS: Alive, propelled the band into the stratosphere.
Stanley takes readers backstage and behind-the-scenes on tour buses and hotel rooms, where the
debauchery and drug use (by Criss and Frehley, anyway) reached epic proportions. As Starchild,
he had his pick of women, but his promiscuity only exacerbated an inner loneliness. As his
wealth increased, he took note of the disparity between socioeconomic classes and sometimes
became uncomfortable with the attention lavished upon when recognized by salespeople. At a
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Guit-Steel / Country & Western legend
Born in 1952 in Cottonwood,
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Discovering a guitar in his grandparent’s
attic at age seven, he spent the next
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and traditional jazz. He’s also made a name for himself by appearing on the soundtrack to movies
(including “Me Myself & Irene” and “The Dukes of Hazzard”), lending his voice to “SpongeBob
SquarePants” and appearing in ad campaigns for the Gap and Lee jeans. He’s even the man
behind the new song “Better Call Saul”—of course, a tune meant to drum up excitement for the
“Breaking Bad” spinoff.
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Smith, and he turns 100 in April. Scrappy Smith is such a unique name, and he still drives
down the mountain for coffee every day, and he’s still kicking. He also goes to the rec center to
flirt with all the 80 year old ‘girls’. So, I decided out of love and respect to name the EP after
him.”
It was Smith that introduced his grandson to many of the classic sounds in country music.
“When I would go up to his and my grandmother’s house, they’d be watching The Statler
Brothers or the Oak Ridge Boys and listening to Kenny Rogers or John Denver. It wasn’t until
later on when I got to Texas that I discovered the Outlaws like Waylon Jennings and Johnny
Cash,” he recalled to The 615.
With most musical fans listening to a diverse mix of music now, are the worlds of country
and rock that far apart? “I used to not think so, but now I do more and more. I thought there
were a lot of people like me who listened to both – you should see my playlist – but I think
there a lot of Skid Row guys are listening to Motley Crue or AC/DC. I’m not sure if they’re
going to have any Don Williams or David Allan Coe in their playlist. But, you never know. I
remember going to a keg party in college at the University of North Texas in Denton, and they
would play Motley Crue right alongside Johnny Cash.”
The EP, which will be released digitally on October 28, will be led by the first single, the
rollicking “Girls Who Swear.” Solinger says it’s the perfect icebreaker for country radio.
“It really seems to stand out with people. It’s a honky tonk thing. I love singing it, and that
seems to be the direction we’re going to go in.” Scrappy Smith also features songs from the
pens of acts like the Kentucky Headhunters and David Lee Murphy. “I’m very lucky that I can
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Scrappy Smith is the forthcoming country EP
from Johnny Solinger. Yes, the Johnny Solinger
who has been lead vocalist with Skid Row
since 1999. And, it’s not his first country rodeo.
“I had a break from Skid Row back in 2008. I
was in Texas, and had a chance to do a project
for a small regional label there in Austin,” he
tells Billboard. “It was just for fun – to see
what I could do with it. I’ve always meant to
follow it up, but my schedule didn’t allow it
to happen. I was working so much, but we had
another break, so I decided to give it a shot.”
If you’re wondering about Solinger’s country
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lifestyle and sound honestly, “I was born
in Russellville, Arkansas, which is right off
of Crow Mountain. I spent a lot of my time
fishing on the Little Red River. Country music was all people listened to in Arkansas.”
The title of his EP is a tribute to his grandfather, who continues to be an inspiration to
Solinger due to his strength and energy. “My grandfather’s name is Willard Jesse ‘Scrappy’
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get songs from these guys,” he said. He also enjoyed working with the players who performed
on the record. “We got together and rehearsed a lot – and even played some shows together. We
just went right in the studio and cut it. I think the record definitely has more of a band feel than
just putting a few good players together. I tried to surround myself with the best people I could.”
Solinger will be overseas with Skid Row in Europe until the end of November. After that, the
group will go on a hiatus for a few months, giving him a chance to take his country sounds on
the road. Though the band’s hits “Monkey Business” and “18 and Life” might be out of place
at a country show, there will be at least one song from the band. “There’s a song called ‘You
Lie,’ which is on the first country record I did that is a Skid Row song (from their 2006 disc
Revolutions per Minute). It’s different, but the people seem to love it.
Wy tells her story in concert
Wynnona Judd announced she is going on tour in 2015 with a show devoted to her songs and
stories.
“Wynonna and Friends: Stories & Song” launches Jan. 14 in Durham, N.C. with a stop in her
Ashland, KY hometown. Wynonna will be joined by her trio including her husband and producer
Cactus Moser. Judd will share the stories behind what inspired her to record the songs from her
30-year platinum career.
“The concept for the ‘Stories & Song’ tour has been a dream of mine for many years and will
be unlike any tour I’ve ever done before,” said Judd. “My husband and professional partner,
Cactus Moser, and I have put this show together and, along with the band (The Big Noise), we
all feel a renewed passion, and we believe that this music is being celebrated in a whole new
way. That gives me a great deal of hope and it is my prayer that others who come to our shows
will experience that hope as well.”
When asked why she feels now is the time for a tour like this, Judd said, “I have shared the
stage with some of the greatest singers and musicians in the world, and I have recorded with
artists from all genres of music. It has been an amazing journey for me. I’m an ordinary woman
that extraordinary things have happened to because I choose to continue to suit up and show up
where I am called. I am more passionate now than I have ever been about my life, my gift, my
faith, hopes and dreams, and I want so much to share my story and my songs with my fans.”
“I have experienced so many personal and professional highs and lows on this journey, and
having been on the road for 34 years now, I am so grateful for the wisdom and experience I have
gained throughout all that has happened on and off stage. I’m looking forward to sharing my
message with others, to celebrate this time in my life with the fans that have supported me all
these years, as well as connect with new fans.”
Judd has been working with Moser on solo material for her eighth studio album due out in
2015 on Curb Records.
Wy will bring her show to the beautiful Stambaugh Auditorium in Youngstown, OH Jan. 30.
Tickets are on sale now at www.stambaughauditorium.com/Events/TicketSales or by calling
330-259-0555.
Then came The Lone Bellow’s new single
The Lone Bellow released a new single, “Then Came the Morning,” from the trio’s
forthcoming disc.
The new album from the rootsy country/indie folk band will be released in early 2015 and
was produced by Aaron Dessner of The National.
“Then Came The Morning” is available now via iTunes and will also be released as a limited
edition 7-inch on Record Store Day’s Black Friday along with an exclusive B-side that won’t be
on the forthcoming album.
The Lone Bellow is Zach Williams on lead vocals, Kanene Pipkin on mandolin and Brian
Elmquist on guitar. The trio, which gained much acclaim from its self-titled 2013 debut, is
currently on tour and will be making an appearance at the Music Box Supper Club - Cleveland,
OH on Dec. 15.
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By Pete Roche
Dancing With Myself, Billy Idol
Author Billy Idol
In his new autobiography, Dancing With Myself, Billy Idol
confesses to consuming all sorts of mind-altering pharmaceuticals
during his 1980-90s heyday.
What kind of drugs did he take? Heroin, coke, crack, smack,
tuinals, GBH (steroids), ecstasy, acid, marijuana, booze…you
name it.
A shorter list would enumerate the substances the “Rebel
Yell” singer didn’t abuse.
“It seemed like every few days I was recovering from yet another
wild binge, and it took three days to feel normal again,” writes
Idol.
“Somewhere in that darkness, I told myself, there was a secret of the universe or some
hidden creative message to be found.”
Available now on Touchstone, Idol’s lascivious memoir begins in medies res, with our
favorite bleach-blonde rabble-rouser at an all-time personal nadir despite being at the very
zenith of his commercial success. On the eve of the release of his 1990 album—the ironicallytitled Charmed Life—the inebriated singer gets in a horrendous motorcycle accident that
leaves him with shattered bones and a gaping wound in his leg. The crash (and long recovery)
becomes a major turning point for the self-destructive superstar, who finally has an epiphany.
From there, Idol rewinds, taking readers back to his youth and providing a provocative guided
tour through his teens years as a streetwise (but fashion-savvy) punk, his ascent to fame with
Generation X, and his glory years as a fist-pumping, lip-snarling MTV poster boy.
Idol notes he was born in Middlesex two months after James Dean died, back “when giants
walked the earth,” to hardworking Englishman William Alfred Broad and pretty Irish lass
Johanna O’Sullivan. His father’s job as a medical equipment salesman saw the family relocate
to New York during Idol’s toddler years, causing the boy to feel like a stranger in his homeland
upon their return to the U.K. at the dawn of the Sixties. His earliest sense memories were of
T.V.’s Captain Kangaroo and Swamp Fox, of air raid sirens in Eisenhower years, and his mum’s
adoration for J.F.K. (Idol himself had a fascination with Winston Churchill). The household
record collection consisted of jazz greats Count Basie and Duke Ellington, and musicals like
My Fair Lady, Camelot, The Music Man. But Idol would soon take to Frank Sinatra, Ella
Fitzgerald, and Tex Ritter, whose sparse acoustic guitar and ragged held magical appeal.
He wanted to play guitar, but his folks forced him to take violin lessons and join the Boy
Scouts. Soon enough, however, Idol saved up for his own guitar (an Epiphone Riviera), got
booted from the scouts for necking with a girl, and began frequenting rock shows with his
buddy, Laurence “Lol” Satchel. Zeppelin, Hendrix, Bowie, The Velvet Underground, MC-5,
and T-Rex provided the soundtrack to Idol’s life as he hung with the longhairs and hid from
pugnacious Shawfield Park skinheads. He saw Roxy Music in concert, formed a band that
played the school cafeteria on Fridays, and indulged in acid trips with friends.
“Today I’m sure I would’ve been diagnosed with ADD/ADHD,” Billy reflects.
Forming an alliance with guitarist Tony James, Billy falls in with his first band—Chelsea—
which morphs into Generation X after singer Gene October moves on. The upstarts woodshed
at Acme Attractions warehouse in a neighborhood populated by dreadlocked Rastafarians.
Waiting for “Jah to come down” with musical inspiration, the lads pen “Ready Steady Go,”
“Youth Youth Youth.” Billy changes his surname to something catchier, in deference to an old
teacher who accused him of being “idle,” and in homage to 1950’s rocker Billy Fury. Joined by
lead guitarist Bob “Derwood” Andrews, James and Idol attend lots of Clash shows—including
the one where The Pogues’ Shane MacGowan got his earlobe bitten off—and keep in step with
their mentors in The Sex Pistols. The influence of punk on British culture becomes clear after
Rotten curses like a sailor live on Bill Grundy’s Today Show on the BBC.
Generation X become regulars at The Roxy (former gay club Chaguaramas), turning
the venue into a Southeast London version of Max’ Kansas City or Cavern Club with their
incendiary live shows. Billy continues experimenting with drugs, gallivanting with women
named Jeanette and Zowie, and takes comfort in the mélange of blood, sweat, and spray paint in
dingy concert clubs—even when audiences start “gobbing” their spit to show their approval. He
also takes stock of the subversive reggae sounds produced by groups like The Culture, whose
rhythm-laden Two Sevens Clash album had a marked influence on his later solo work.
Wanting to create “a new optimism” rather than wallow in the Pistols’ brand of negativity,
Generation X modeled their eponymous debut LP after their live shows. Unlike other punks,
they liked The Beatles, The Who, and The Rolling Stones and allowed their influences to
translate into the music. At independent Chrysalis Records, James and Idol found allies in the
charismatic terry Ellis and no-nonsense Chris Wright—who’d helped break Blondie stateside.
Idol favored spiky bleached blonde hair, a military jacket with Russian propaganda appliques,
black jeans, dirty sneakers, and got a tattoo of Russian heroine Octobriana on his arm. Arriving
late for a T.V. appearance on Marc Bolan’s show, Gen X is defended by the host—who threatens
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to walk if the band isn’t allowed to play. On Top of the Pops, Billy sings “King Rocker,”
enhancing his already-iconic profile. Visiting New York on a promotional tour, he checks out
The Cramps at CBGBs and The Germs at Whisky a Go Go.
Inspired by narcissistic kids contemplating their own reflections in the mirrors of a Tokyo
dance club, Billy pens “Dancing With Myself” with Tony on a fire escape for Generation X (it
wouldn’t become a solo hit until its re-release on Idol’s first EP, Don’t Stop). Contemplating
their next career move, the guys jokingly decide they should hire “whoever manages KISS,”
and fortuitously align with Bill Aucoin himself. Around this time, Billy meets with his first true
love, Hot Gossip dancer / model Perri Lister, commencing a torrid nine-year relationship that
culminates with the birth of his son, Willem Wolfe. When Generation X’s last album (Kiss Me
Deadly) stalls and Tony’s anxiety takes a turn for the worse, Billy entertains an offer to go solo
and jumps a flight back to the Big Apple—arriving in all-too familiar environs with a Gretsch
Country Gentleman guitar in his hand and a pink Elvis-style jacket on his back.
Aucoin suggests working with disco pioneer Giorgio Moroder to capture the primal beats Billy
hears in his head, but Moroder in turn recommends Keith Forsey (“Hot Stuff,” “Flashdance”).
Aucoin also encourages Billy to hook up with guitarist Steve Stevens (ex-Fine Malibus), who
helps Idol create magic on his first few albums. It’s in these middle chapters that the singer
really gets into the nitty-gritty of his solo material, expounding upon the origins for the both
the music and lyrics of such future hits as “White Wedding” and “Hot in The City.” Old habits
die hard, however, and soon Idol himself embracing the junkie lifestyle between deli stops and
recording sessions:
Relocating to the West Coast, Billy and friends are accosted by the L.A. police on their
first night in town (for once, he’s got nothing on him). At Westlake Studios, he ekes out the
chords to “White Wedding” in a flash (“Keith couldn’t believe I had come up with something
that quickly”) and takes to wearing scarves and cowboy boots—and little else—at home.
Taking receipt of his first order of personalized guitar picks, Stevens proceeds to tile his hotel
room with the plectrums, resulting in a move across Sunset Boulevard to Chateau Marmont.
Desperately missing Perri (who mailed him his methadone), Idol ups his drug intake even as
fledgling music video channel MTV springboards his album into the stratosphere.
On tour, Idol and Stevens blow headliners Flock of Seagulls off stage. On New Year’s Eve they
jam with The Stray Cats. Later, they shoot a live video for “Rebel Yell” at Capitol Passaic in
NJ, bussing drunken kids in for the show. When Billy lands on the front page of Rolling Stone,
he’s clad in a leather loincloth. The interview inside is a sham, with the wasted singer putting
down the magazine and everyone affiliated with it.
Dubbing his addiction “The Lioness” and “Zuul,” Billy makes like Caligula on his world
tour, entertaining groupies and partaking in every substance offered to him. Idol’s lurid
escapades on his private jet read like soft core pornography. “My career was riding an amazing
wave of success and I was plowing through it seemingly unscathed despite my best efforts to
destroy myself,” Idol realizes. “I can see I was on a tightrope…but I didn’t care. I ignored the
dangers.”
Idol tries jump-starting his relationship with Perri, hires Tony Dimitriades (Tom Petty,
Yes, Stevie Nicks) as his manager, and takes to riding motorcycles to revel in the freedom of
the open road. But Perri absconds to England, leaving Billy to his own devices—and a new
relationship with Linda Mathis, who produces daughter Bonnie Blue.
Following his catastrophic bike crash, Billy is shot from the waist up (inside a picture
frame) in his “Cradle of Love” video because of his mangled legs. Doctors piece Idol back
together over the course of seven surgeries, and the singer’s electronic muscle stimulator earns
him the title “cyberpunk” at the hospital. Recuperation cost Idol a larger part in Oliver Stone’s
film about Jim Morrison and The Doors (and the role of the slithery T-1000 in Terminator 2),
but he scores another chart hit with Doors cover “L.A. Woman” and channels his energy into
the then-burgeoning Internet subculture. His next album, Cyberpunk, fails to win over a postgrunge marketplace, but nevertheless marks several firsts in the industry: Idol made most of the
music on a MacIntosh computer (presaging Pro-Tools), included a digital press kit with the CD,
and invited listeners to contact him via email.
Despite his pride, Billy wouldn’t make another studio album until 2005’s Devil’s Playground.
And if his book has any major flaws, it’s in the way these later chapters shuffle quickly through
the last two decades (1994-2014) compared with its immersive early sections on Idol’s youth
and first brushes with fame. We learn about Idol’s contribution to the Speed motion picture
soundtrack, his pivotal cameo in the 1998 Adam Sandler comedy The Wedding Singer, and
reunion with Steve Stevens in the mid-2000s. We’re left with the impression that he’s a
devoted, responsible father now (he’s sworn off drugs and liquor), but come away feeling like
he’s left a few gaps in the timeline. As for strengths, Dancing With Myself benefits from Idol’s
willingness to lay himself bare (quirks, faults, sins and all) and own up to how profoundly his
self-destruction affected those who cared for him the most. It’s also noteworthy that Billy—true
to his punk ethos—wrote everything himself, apparently without coauthor coaching.
The book wraps as Idol puts the finishing touches on his latest effort—Kings and Queens of The
Underground (due later this month)—and braces for a return to the marathon touring of old.
“I am hopelessly divided between the dark and the good,” concludes Billy. “The rebel and the
saint, the sex maniac and the monk, the poet and the priest.”
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music that propels them. The year ahead will see them releasing their second full length LP and
making their first international tours to Germany and the UK. Motivated by the power of music
to connect; to ask questions; to heal and to learn about what it means to be human, Lindsay Lou,
Joshua Rilko, Mark Lavengood and PJ George are a finger pickin’, harmony slingin’, tight knit
family fashion conglomeration who show no signs of slowing down.
www.lindsayloumusic.com
The Revivalists Come to Beachland Ballroom November 11th
The formation of The Revivalists was all about chance, but everything since then has
been a combination of hard work, awesome music, and friendship. The septet has been
playing nonstop since 2007, crafting a genre-hopping sound that rounds out traditional rock
instrumentation with horns and pedal steel guitar and mixes the divergent backgrounds of its
individual members with the humid, funky undercurrents of the band’s New Orleans home. The
result is like English spoken with an exotic accent: familiar, yet difficult to pin down.
Religion aside, a revival is all about the tangible electricity that can only be created when
enough like minds are crammed under a single roof for a singular purpose. It’s a spiritual
spectacle, a carnival of the divine, a whole greater than the sum of its parts. The same could be
said for The Revivalists’
searing live performances.
The band has a knack for
bringing music to life on a
stage, and they have tuned
their talents to Swiss-watch
precision over years of
relentless touring. Their
bombastic showmanship is
the outgrowth of a desire to
connect with audiences on
a personal level, and that
intimate connection is what
elevates their shows above
simple entertainment.
True to their name,
The Revivalists lean more
heavily on the older styles and warmer sounds of the golden age of rock ‘n roll, but the band
isn’t afraid to dabble in electronics and sleight-of-studio when it’s right for the song. The group
tends not to bother with questions like “does this sound like us?” or “does this fit with our
other stuff?”, instead allowing songs to define themselves and take shape organically, each on
its own terms. Is this a dark, heavy rock manifesto driven by a steel guitar line that borders on
electronica, or is it an airy, acoustic story about star-crossed lovers, rich in vocal harmony and
sparsely arranged until the coda? This one’s funky, that one’s sweet, this one’s heavy….
The Revivalists will be featured on World Cafe with David Dye in November and will also
perform as a part of WXPN’s Free At Noon series. The Revivalists have been touring non-stop
the last few years, dominating the festival circuit again this past year with stops at Peach Fest,
Jazz Aspen, Lockn’, Phases of the Moon and more.
The Revivalists @ Beachland Ballroom Tuesday, November 11 – 9pm
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N.O.B.S. Cleveland Antiquarian Book and Paper Show
Sunday, November 2, 2014, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Here in Northeast Ohio we are fortunate to have not one, but two regional antiquarian book
fairs: the spring fair in Akron and the fall fair in Cleveland. Surely this is yet another proof
of the resiliency and cool-factor of our fair city (heck, there’s even a rumor that that’s what
convinced LeBron to return!).
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Wellness
By Patricia Ann Dooms
4-Directional
Wellness Program
Life is meant to
be celebrated…. That
includes understanding
every aspect of our lives;
our Soul’s Purpose, our Finances,
our Professions and our Relationships.
A partial listing of Classes & Workshops
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www.feathertouchpathandpurpose.com
Patti Ann Dooms,
Holistic Lifestyle Mentor
440-223-7510
PRACTICAL REFLEXOLOGY
“PRACTICAL REFLEXOLOGY” differs a bit from the
reflexology that medically-licensed massage therapists learn, and
which takes several classes and mucho dollars to become certified in.
What I practice, and what my students are certified in is FeatherTouch
Practical Reflexology, which enhances any other energy healing
work.
As long the entire foot and hand are being worked, then the entire
body is being worked, and that’s the bottom line, no matter what your
certificate says, or no matter how much you’ve paid for a treatment.
Believe it or not, most people don’t realize that the ear is also an
area for reflexology treatment. The ear is an exact duplicate of the
human fetus in the womb, with the ear lobe being the head. How
cool is that??
Ok….moving on…..Just as the Universe is made up of
constellations; we also are a constellation of energy systems. The body has numerous physical systems including immune, endocrine, and
cardiovascular, and likewise, we have numerous energy systems.
They include the meridians, the chakras, the aura, and other subtle energy fields. Each is a distinct form of energy, and have been used by
various ancient cultures in their healing approaches.
In the practice of reflexology, it is necessary to understand the 10 energy zones. There are 5 on each side of the spinal column. The zones run
from the toes and then up through the head, with zone1 starting at the big toe. The hands also form part of the zone map, with zone 1 starting at
the thumb.
Each of these meridians come to points on the palms of the hands, the soles of the feet, and the outer ear. Meridians are energy pathways that
“connect the dots”. Known in Chinese medicine as acupressure points, these energy “dots” can be stimulated with physical pressure to release or
redistribute energy. The points themselves are on the surface of the skin, but the meridians they open into travel deep into the body and through
each of the organs and muscle groups. Your meridians are your body’s energy bloodstream.
These energy zones affect every organ and every physiological system, including the immune, nervous, endocrine, circulatory,
respiratory, digestive, skeletal, muscular, and lymphatic systems. In the way an artery carries blood, a meridian carries energy. As the body’s
“energy bloodstream”, the meridians bring vitality and balance, remove blockages, adjust metabolism, even determine the speed and form of
cellular change. Their flow is as critical as the flow of blood.
Where a meridian is blocked, the energy flow is decreased or overloaded and congestion develops at that spot. At some later time, this congestion
may manifest itself physically as a dis-ease of that body part or organ. If however, the blockage is removed, and the correct balance and normal
functioning of the body is restored, the self-healing process can begin and the symptoms and pain will disappear.
To balance the meridians is to get them running smoothly and efficiently. This can be accomplished in a number of ways, including
reflexology. Holistic healers as far back as 2500 BC, chose reflexology to evaluate a patient, as it is now expected of physicians to take blood
pressure readings or listen to the heart with a stethoscope.
Reflexology works to discover how the organs and the skeletal system are functioning.
The reflexologist is trained to detect early warning signs that the body is struggling and can then help restore the internal system to better balance.
By being aware of the precise location of the meridian points in the hands, feet, and ears, the reflexologist performs acupressure massage to those
areas enabling the energy to flow unobstructed once again, facilitating healing where it is needed, or maintaining balance and a consistent state of
health.
The current trend is for anyone doing any kind of energy work or hands on therapy--from massage therapists to estheticians--is to incorporate
reflexology into their services. We are gaining position within the medical community too. In 1998, the New England Journal of Medicine
stated that the most successful treatment for chronic upper and lower respiratory problems, bar none, is reflexology.
The foot precisely mirrors the body. The right foot governs the right-hand side of the body, and left foot governs the left-hand side of the body.
When you bring the 2 feet together, you have a complete outline of the human body, with the big toe representing the head and lateral sides of the
feet reflecting the outside of the body--the shoulders, knees, and hips…..
Certain external conditions of the feet can be highly significant. A bunion, for example, may often reflect a neck condition, and sensitivity in
the neck reflex point, would be significant to the bunion on the same side.
A buildup of hard skin on the lateral side of the foot, in line with the shoulder reflex points, often identifies a shoulder condition.
Conditions of the hand and feet often hold very significant clues to a person’s state of health.
* Patricia Ann Dooms, known in some circles as “the Mentor from Mentor”,is a certified holistic lifestyle mentor, practicing a variety of energy
healing modalities which she has combined into her FeatherTouch 4-Directional Wellness Program.
To learn more about reflexology, or any other of her FeatherTouch services, please visit http://feathertouchpathandpurpose.com.
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October 22 - November 12, 2014
By Sage Satori
Inspirational Author, Joel Ayapana, Living the Example
The Book of Positive Light: Remembrance of the Heart
The Stand ~ If each to kindle a candle, imagine the wildfires we create.
The Book of Positive Light: Remembrance of the Heart is a poetic and insightful journal,
and a journey. It is not only Joel Ayapana’s personal transcript of transformation, but from the
entries channeled through his heart it becomes the reader’s journey of transformation as well.
Beginning on Day 1: October 1, 2011, with total heartfelt insight, daily entries carry the
reader through many life events including the Bucket List affirmation, a marathon race, the
meeting and marriage to Joel’s “twin flame” Tiffany, and travels to several sacred places such as
Machu Picchu, Peru.
Each reader will find inspiration and solace throughout the book and upon return to reread
will likely be drawn by yet a different entry. The following excerpt drew my attention the first
time my eyes met the pages:
“When we fall into the snare of a negative mindset, our truest blessings are repressed from
manifesting into full fruition. Through this submission to the negativity that can often plague
our psyche, we simply hinder the authority of love and, therefore, diminish the course of every
potential and probable miracle, magic, and creation to manifest.”
The journal entries stop on Day 363: September 27, 2012. Thereafter is a conclusion and
Joel’s interview with Wonderlance Magazine, which offers further understanding of The Book
of Positive Light.
About the Author:
Joel Ayala Ayapana is a Veteran of the United States Air Force, between the years of 1991
to 1996, during Operation Desert Storm/Desert Shield, for which he had been assigned to both
Iraklion Air Station in Crete, Greece and to Travis Air Force Base, California, during the length
of those four years. He is an Honors Graduate of Cleveland State University in 2000 and in
2002, where he had completed two Undergraduate Degrees in Psychology and in Nursing.
Joel has been practicing within the specialized nursing field of Behavioral Health as
a Registered Nurse for nearly eleven years. He has operated amongst variable hospital
environments within behavioral health homecare, Dual Diagnosis and Detoxification, the
psychiatric emergency room setting, Veteran case management, and in inpatient psychiatry
where he is humbly and currently working as a charge nurse on a Behavioral Health Dual
Diagnosis Unit in Northeastern Ohio. His inspirational work through the application
and instruction of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Positive Thinking, and Heart Science
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towards vast and widening socioeconomic scope of the mentally
ill, the homeless, victims of substance abuse, anxiety disorders, and
depression, has earned him several awards and recognitions within the
field of nursing.
Additionally, he has received initiations and blessings from a
number of prominent spiritual teachers. He is a Reiki specialist, a
Kundalini Yoga enthusiast, a Light Worker, numerologist, a philosopher,
an author, traveler, and marathon runner. He is a loving husband,
father and a son, a friend and an inspiration, a Seeker of Truths, and an
Awakener of Hearts. Additionally, Joel Ayala Ayapana is the Host of his NEW online Radio
Talk Show, Quantum Mindfulness Radio, which broadcasts every other Monday, 8pm Pacific/
11pm Eastern Standard Time, ONLY on the BBS Radio Network. You can visit the following
website to listen to this intriguing and inspiring Broadcast: www.quantummindfulnessradio.
com
The North Coast Voice had the privilege of speaking with Joel and were not surprised to receive
such enlightening responses.
North Coast Voice:
Would it be a correct statement to say that The Book of Positive Light: Remembrance of the
Heart is not only a journal of rediscovery but also a journey within a journey?
Joel:
Wow, such a wonderful question! I had to sit there for a second and think, but in actuality, as
I had sent myself back in memory to the many times that I had taken myself to the deepened
layers of my inner being, I began to realize the extreme complexity of it all when I analyzed the
question thoroughly through thought. But later when I approached this same question through
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must be consumed and overcome with triumph - otherwise we are to repeat that very lesson that
is indeed required to learn its meaning.
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the heart, I then realized its simplicity.
This book, a collection of manifested creation and even of channeled wisdom, is most
certainly a journey within a journey that then multiplies and branches further into other
emotional and spiritual awakenings and revelations. And as one revealing doorway to the very
next had opened up for me, that uncovered even more too; not only the many discoveries of self,
but to the REDISCOVERIES of self, I then acknowledged the clarity of this amazing paradox.
Simplicity. Clearing the slate of all of the head clutter that had been building up from the
societal conditioning of sorts and in perceiving the very world, people, events, and things from
all around me in such an egocentric and fearful manner, was exactly what was deemed the
answer for me.
How easy was it for me to feed into the illusion, and anyone else for that matter? But in the
now, from reaching a more heightened conscious state of self, I am more aware and willing to
utilize the power that I truly possess from within - the capacity to manifest anything from the
limitless menu of potentiality. We must feel and experience the beauty of Acceptance. We must
believe in the joys of Release. We must know of the worthiness that we ultimately possess within
the act of Forgiveness. The journey is love.
So essentially what is the true and underlying riddle: the answer or the question?
NCV:
On July 2nd 2012 the entry reads “Dreaming with Enormity” and the beautiful inspiring words
that follow; “Strive to persistently live with an excitement about life as if something kind of
wonderful was about to transpire next. This is when the magic begins to reveal itself true.” This
undoubtedly proves itself as your life unfolds after the entry and after the book. Do you post that
as a reminder for days when you may be feeling less positive?
Joel:
Of course, you would have to. After coming from a state of UNKNOWING to now many stages
later to PARTICIPATIVE KNOWING, according to Diane Collin’s book - Do You Quantum
Think? - You must take the initiative and take the responsibility to acknowledge the joy.
Happiness is a choice. It is not given to you. Perception is the Key. It is the one element to
Alchemy that penetrates through the deepened layers of the illusion.
NCV: You speak of Sacred Geometry; how do you incorporate that into your life?
Joel:
Sacred Geometry is everywhere. Not only is it found within the numbers in sequence to a
particular order as sort of a template or blueprint to things but it is purely Divine. If you should
so desire the technicalities of it all - it is the Fibonacci Sequence of things that can be seen in
all of life... for God is in all things. Life, as you shall see the patterns in all things as it develops
and unfolds, is like an unfolding flower that portrays the Beauty, the Simplicity, and of the many
mysteries of God. And when we think and feel in that way, it essentially becomes the golden
and powerful way of observing and perceiving life. How we observe life is very important.
Observation is creation.
NCV: In regards to your mention of memory of our common roots, why do you think humanity
as a whole has such a difficult time uniting or re-uniting? Today and throughout history greed,
hatred, and war, at least on the earth plane, just repeats over and over with very few signs
of change. Keeping in mind that for all that is good there is an opposite, can there ever be a
remembrance of the heart for those with ill intent? Perhaps soul evolution is where our unity
ultimately lies?
Joel:
The earthly plane is a school. It is a teaching and learning ground. How are we to think that
we can only hold one life and only this single life for all of eternity? How such an extremist of
a thought is this? But in actuality, we have had many lives - many hundreds of lives. The soul is
infinite. Why we had forgotten, along the many roles and archetypes assumed along the path, is
the amnesia of things that was incorporated, intentionally, into the earthly plane as a tool that
was integrated into this learning process of life on Earth. For what we have found ourselves
to be as spiritual beings in experiencing this human role, as participants within this process,
for the very reasons related to the Divine and Ultimate Design of our evolutionary process.
The elevation of Spirit is the choice that we all made before we were to manifest here upon
Earth. If this amnesia had never existed, how are we to learn of anything if we were to know of
everything? Once we become aware that with every obstacle that comes our way is a lesson that
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Humanity is in the stages of this learning process, once more, as we are returning back to the
paradigm shift of our times - the cycles from amongst the ages. We are again returning back
to the heart, away from the consciousness of the egocentric field of being. We are returning
back to the olden ways of the Divine Feminine and that is a challenge for the growing numbers
of people who are awakened and aware. The challenge lies in the creativity that exudes from
within those of whom have volunteered, when the time is right and of the essence, to the assist
with this awakening of our fellow man and woman. The time shall finally come to pass when
all of our Truths are realized. We will then have peaked past the walls of our threshold and
into the spark of triggering critical mass - to an awareness of a revealing Divine and Global
Consciousness. Humanity exists today within the now of its confusion amongst the masses - for
the same main reasons of why we have all subconsciously anticipated the rise of exponential
growth in awareness to the elevation of consciousness of our Awakening Hearts. And this new
heightened awareness severely conflicts to the olden ways of our defensive and egocentric mind.
Many of us have not awakened just yet. It is a process. Many still live within the Ego.
The shortest journey of only a shortened 12-18 inches apart can also be the most difficult,
if one is left unaware... and many of us are just living their lives totally unaware. We must
essentially live from within the heart in utilizing the key elements of the Newest Energies of
Christ Consciousness to approaching life in many more differing realms of potentiality and in
the most promising of ways in approach. And when we do so, we shall then see and experience
the many changes to our truest sense of possibility. How do I know of this? Well, I don’t know
of this. I feel. We must all feel, once again. That is the ultimate meaning to the returning of the
Sacred Divine Feminine to all of our Consciousness as a whole. For those of ill intent, well,
there is always the potentiality for such, to returning back to what they were always meant.
Again, we must be creative in assisting the lost from within the process of this self-realization.
But always remember this - It takes the collaboration of two at times. We must unravel the focus
of such ill-fated souls from the very chains of such so-called Mind Control. We cannot know of
the Light, unless we truly know of the Darkness - the Darkness from within us all. We must set
ourselves Free.
And yes, unity is derived from this soul evolution. Once we are to all evolve together in
tandem, we shift literally into another paradigm of existence. Emphasis is placed dearly upon
our togetherness - in Unity Consciousness.
NCV: You are giving an inspiring talk titled The Awakening Heart, on Saturday, November 1st
at Quail Hollow Resort in Concord, tell the readers a little about the content of the talk; a teaser
of sorts.
Joel:
This talk on the Awakening Heart Series is something that we have always known. THE
INFORMATION IS EMPOWERING. All that I am doing as my specific role within the process
of Awakening is providing that guidance for you to remember the greatness that we all possess
from within. It is truly and ultimately simple but intriguing at the same time. The message
thereby lies from within what is essentially the meeting of Worlds of differing realities of what
are truly polar opposites - the simple and the very complex. It is the meeting of awareness
between heart and mind. But when we have realized this, we shall then know of that spark - the
very spark that will trigger and activate the many portions of ourselves into our truest sense of
being: Truth, Love, and Legitimacy. We all have greatness within us and it ultimately lies from
the knowing of feeling - that very feeling that we can access thoroughly through the portals of
our hearts to Source and into the Unified Field - Global and Universal Consciousness. We are
entering upon the cusp of a brightened and brilliant new day - Heaven blessed so dearly... upon
the infantile stages of a heightened “New Earth.”
Near the end of The Book of Positive Light is Joel’s bucket list (again) which included;
writing a book and self-publishing it, Machu Picchu, Peru, crossing the finish line of a full
marathon race, Times Square on New Year’s Eve and Sedona, Arizona. All entries are checked
off (and shared within the pages of book) except number 11. Living the Example and Being an
Inspiration to Others.
The book, the inspirational talks, and the radio show are definitely an inspiration to many
and there’s no doubt the numbers will continue grow. In person and in phone conversation Joel
radiates a warmth that can only come from the heart, an example of what we all can be if we
bring forth and create from our source of compassion, unity, and love.
*See the ad on pg. 23 containing venue details for Joel Ayapana’s upcoming inspirational
talk on Saturday, November 1st. Purchase tickets in advance $20
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October 22 - November 12, 2014
If You Can Dream It,
I Can Build It.
Wow! This is the 125th article that I have written for the North Coast Voice.
Can you believe it? At one every two weeks (except January) that is about 23 a
year which makes it about 5 yrs. now that you all have been faithfully reading my
stories. I want to THANK YOU! And the Voice for the opportunity, and all of the
good feedback that I have received in the past years. I can only hope to continue
on for another 5 yrs (and more, who knows?) I guess there is an interest in guitar
building after all.
The thing that I keep saying about lutherie is that it is like going to school every day. There are so
many different things that you must be versed in to be able to perform the many steps that it takes to build
an instrument. Of course there is the obvious skill of woodworking, but that is only the tip of the iceberg.
Also, I must say that just because you’re a master carpenter that has been building houses or furniture
for 20 yrs. doesn’t mean that you would be a good luthier. There are so many other skills that need to be
understood or at least practiced to a certain degree that makes up the trade of building instruments.
The first skill to learn or dabble with is design. Now of course you can draw almost any shape
you want but you must make sure of at least two major aspects. One, that it can function as a musical
instrument, for instance play in tune and be ergonomically designed so that the player will not become
fatigued after playing it for 20 minutes. It also has to have a shape that is appealing to the masses. If not,
you won’t be building very many of them. For instance, I have seen a round shaped guitar before, actually
two of them (each by different builders), but apparently they don’t sell very well cause none of the major
manufacturers are trying to build them. There is nothing wrong at all in experimenting with different or odd shapes, in fact that is the premise
on how I build my instruments. I have always said if “You can dream it, I can Build it!”. I have built a “fish” guitar for Alex Bevan and a quite
extraordinary “Dreamcaster” harp guitar for Brian Henke. I also have added my little design creations into every instrument I have built. It is the
one thing that sets builders apart from one another. I am always stretching my imagination to its limits (and sometimes beyond) to come up with
viable designs for instruments.
Another skill that is helpful to possess is engineering, or at least the concept of it. I have no formal education in engineering but I have the
common sense to know that certain things won’t work. There are structural perimeters that have to be adhered to while designing a musical
instrument; most importantly the fact of the string tension being applied to the thin vibrating wood producing the sound. When you build a guitar
you want it to last a lifetime or more, so structural stability is very important. There are new man made materials that are being experimented
with in musical instruments such as graphite, micarta, etc. and other laminated wood products. Some of these materials are very strong and stable,
but lack some tonal qualities. It’s important to think about how some materials will bond to others. Some graphite materials don’t bond well with
wood by using the traditional hide glues or other alphetic resin glues (Titebond*) You might have to use a harder two part epoxy which some
builders don’t like to use because if you ever have to repair something that has been fused together with epoxy you might end up doing more
damage than you started with. Martin guitars have a model of guitars out now that use a “plastic” lamination, similar to “Pergo” flooring, that they
use for the back and sides of the guitar. I have to admit it does not sound too bad. Of course it doesn’t sound like wood, but it doesn’t sound bad.
It will be a long time (never!) that I will use that stuff but I have to recognize that much of the good natural wood materials are slowly becoming
extinct or are so rare that the price of owning guitars that are built from them are becoming beyond the reach of many musicians. I’m sure the
future will bring a whole new array of materials that the luthier will be able to choose from; some good, some bad.
It’s also good to have a general (or better) knowledge of finishing products. In the early days many instruments were “french polished “
with shellac. This practice is still used today with many fine classical guitars. Some believe it is still the superior finish for tone. It is not quite as
durable as lacquer but can be easily repaired if needed. The only down side is that it is very labor intensive.
The most popular finish that has been used by all of the major manufacturers for the past 75 years or so has been nitrocellulose lacquer. It is
durable, but flexible, with good tonal qualities and it polishes up to a very beautiful finish and can be repaired easily. The only problem with it
is that is very toxic. Today with all of the E.P.A. regulations many of the lacquers that have been in use for so long have been found to be very
detrimental to one’s health when exposed to the fumes while spraying it. I can certainly attest to that.
Another popular finish is Polyurethane. It is very hard, cures very quickly, holds up well to bumps and nicks, but doesn’t let the wood “breath”
and by doing so it is believed to deaden the tone of the instrument. Most of the less expensive guitars have this type of finish. Of course it is hard
to repair too. There are some new and promising “waterborne” finishes that are coming out in the market that have been formulated specifically
for musical instruments. They are pretty easy to work with, polishes up nicely and most of all it does not harm the environment. That is something
we all have to consider.
Of course there are a few more skills needed for lutherie like electronics, marketing, time management, etc., you get the picture. I certainly
don’t want to discourage anyone from trying to build guitars for a living. God knows we can use more luthiers in the world instead of say
“politicians”.
Well, thanks again for reading! And be careful that the “Boogie Man” doesn’t get you this Halloween!
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THE JUDGE
Warner Bros R 141 min
Last issue I was thinking about
The Equalizer and how a series of
clichés and shop worn plot devices
when assembled by professionals can
be an enjoyable if not a particularly
memorable film.
I don’t suppose that THE JUDGE
will draw many comparisons to Inherit
The Wind, as decades go by (oops,
despite the fact that I just did it) but
it’s still an enjoyable, if somewhat
convoluted, example of matinee fare.
We start with a top-notch cast. Robert
Duvall and Robert Downey Jr. as Hank and
Judge Palmer, the antagonistic father and son
get the top billing but don’t overlook Vincent
Donofrio and Billy Bob Thornton as a sibling
and prosecutor.
Hank has long since left behind his
abrasive father, his strange brothers, his old
girlfriend, and his idyllic small town for an
unfulfilling law career and a failed marriage
in the big city. All that will change when his
mother’s funeral requires a return to his roots
in rural Indiana. As you can guess that reunion
is not a pleasant one, but just as Hank has
concluded his duties and is about to return to
Chicago the local sheriff drops a bomb. The
irascible and self-righteous old judge has been
accused of murder and the one attorney skilled
enough to defend him is guess who?
That’s no spoiler because all of that is
outlined in the trailer. What are not outlined
in the trailer are the reasons that Hank, the old
girlfriend, the brother, and the judge haven’t
spoken in years.
Most of the other stuff you can guess, for
instance will Hank make peace with the family? Will he reunite with his old love? Will he
find meaning in life? Will the Browns go to
the playoffs? Ok, I just made that last one up
but you know what I mean.
If I had to bitch it would be because there
are just so many hooks you can add in a two
hour movie and still give proper attention to
each of them. The romance, the family reconciliation, and even the courtroom battle are a
bit truncated. Also, the decidedly charismatic
cast never gets a chance to cut loose with the
kind of thespian fireworks you know they are
all capable of.
Still all is well that ends well and the producers have been wise enough to tie up the loose
ends and avoid that kind of anti-climactic
misery that the Europeans seem to favor.
BDRACULA UNTOLD
Universal PG13 92 min
Well, it is almost Halloween, the season
when everyone dresses up as ghouls and
goblins and ghosts and serial killers and blah
blah blah. Of course I think one of the scariest
things about this season of the macabre is the
inevitable slew of crappy horror movies coming to the big screen. We’re usually good for
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one Amityville rip off with a kid and a house
and a handful of demons, a sequel or at least
an imitation of one of the Chucky, or Jason, or
Freddy flicks, or here in DRACULA UNTOLD, a retread of one of the classic monsters from the 30s and 40s, but with a twist.
The twist? This time they have borrowed a
hook from a couple recent franchises namely
Star Trek and Planet Of The Apes by doing a
rebooted prequel! Yes, now the story can be
told of how the world’s favorite vampire got
the way he is today. Could it be a radioactive
spider bite or a laboratory experiment gone
horribly wrong or maybe even the effects of a
Yellow Sun?
Nope, none of the above. This film takes
us back to the history of 15th century Eastern
Europe and specifically the war between Transylvania, now Romania, and Turkey.
You may recall from history class that the
legend of Dracula may well have come from
Prince Vlad also known as the Impaler.
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He was reportedly a cruel and bloodthirsty warlord whose impaled victims were strategically placed to strike fear into the hearts of his enemies. Apparently it worked well enough to
keep him the subject of myths and legends for centuries to come. In this version his notoriety
has been tempered in order to make him the film’s antihero. Yes, he was tough and yes, he
butchered lots of enemies, but to his credit, only in the defense of his beloved subject’s wife
and son. Not only that, but apparently he had lived as a Turkish hostage for many years and
believed to be on good terms with the Sultan. That proves not to be the case when the Sultan’s
emissaries come knocking with a request for Transylvania’s yearly tribute with an evil twist.
This time Sultan demands 1000 Transylvanian boys who will be trained to fight, probably to the
death, for the glory of Turkey. Make that one thousand and one, because the Sultan has decided
he also wants Prince Vlad’s son.
Of course since this Prince is one of the toughest sons of bitches in Eastern Europe we know
that won’t happen without a fight. Problem is the Turks are superior in numbers and weaponry
so our boy needs to find an advantage. He does so when he encounters a creepy old vampire living in a creepy old cave who offers 3 days’ worth of super vampire powers but at a terrible cost.
That’s one of the cool things about writing a vampire story, you have to have your basic silver,
sunlight, cross, human blood and stake through the heart stuff but beyond that you are free to
make up just about anything else. That’s as much as I will tell you about the story but that I was
really dreading to go inside the theater as much as the prince dreaded going inside that creepy
old cave. Surprisingly enough my worries were at least partially unfounded.
My biggest fear was that I was in store for two hours of pointless noise, screaming, blood,
monster battles, and terrible acting. I was pleased that even though there was plenty of most of
that stuff it wasn’t really pointless and the acting, while not Academy Award quality, was not
bad. In fact, one of the fight scenes was actually somewhat exciting.
Of course the ending was little more than a set up for a sequel but all I will tell you about
that is that I’m not sure that Luke Evans as Dracula is charismatic enough to carry a franchise. I
guess that will depend on the future quality of the writing and the box office from this film.
C+
WSS
Happy Halloween
Also I’d like to thank the asylum inmate who
sent me the very nice Halloween card! Unfortunately the words that were actually legible
weren’t fit for publication but I appreciate the
thought.
Hint: when using solvents and airplane glue always work in a well-ventilated area, and thanks
for reading!
(PS. The Matrix blows)
WSS
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The Northern Ohio Bibliophilic Society (N.O.B.S.) is the sponsoring organization for both
fairs. The fourth consecutive N.O.B.S. Cleveland Antiquarian Book and Paper Show at the
Cleveland Skating Club will be held on Sunday, November 2nd, 2014 from 10am to 5pm. This
beautiful venue features ample free parking, easy access, and several on-site restaurant choices.
A score of dealers featuring old, rare and out-of-print books in all subject areas, as well as maps,
posters, and ephemera will display and sell their vintage collectibles and curios. A range of
prices and offerings will meet the need of both beginning and advanced collectors.
Dick Michel, a retired lawyer and Rofant member says, “I love the broad range of
opportunity provided by first rate dealers. It’s a great opportunity to educate myself and hone
my book collecting knowledge.” Guests of the Book and Paper Show may also bring up to
three books of their own for a free appraisal.
Larry Rakow, owner of Wonderland Books, says “One of the great things about a one-day
book fair is that everything is supercharged: sellers are there to sell and buyers are there to buy
and there isn’t much time to get the jobs done. There’s lots of energy…I wouldn’t miss it for the
world.”
The Cleveland Skating Club is located at 2500 Kemper Road near Shaker Square and the
Larchmere Antiques District. General Admission to the Fair is $5, Student Admission is $3, and
Admission is FREE to NOBS members.
Northern Ohio Bibliophilic Society (N.O.B.S.) a non-profit organization c/o 13015 Larchmere
Blvd., Shaker Hts., OH 44120 216.382.6383
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Christ Church Geneva to Host Annual Christmas Ticket Auction
November 15th
Christ Episcopal Church, located at 66 S. Eagle St. in Geneva, invites the public to join them
for their 10th annual Christmas ticket auction on Saturday, November 15, 2014. The preview
begins at 5:00 p.m. and the auction will begin at 6:30 p.m. There will be more than 200 items
up for bid, including a brand new 32” flat-screen television set, a Disney Frozen Sparkle
Princess Elsa doll, personal chef services from Lisa Pucci Delgado of Whats for Dinner by LPD
Personal Chef Service, a gift certificate from Windows on Pairings in Geneva, bakery items
from Rae-Ann and others, dozens of gift baskets, antiques from local dealers and gift cards from
area businesses, including Central (Ace) Hardware, CVS Pharmacy, the Old Mill Winery and
Scribbler’s Coffee Company.
Admission to the event is free. However, those attending are asked to bring a non-perishable
food item for the Geneva Food Pantry. (Last year, the church was able to donate 110 pounds of
food to the Pantry as a result of the auction.) Light appetizers and punch will be served during
the preview. Tickets (used to bid on items) are $1 and $3.
Proceeds from the auction go to help support Christ Church’s many outreach programs, which
include the Geneva Food Pantry, the church’s teen mom program, their veterans’ outreach
program and the summer Vacation Bible School, which gets an attendance of more than 80
school-age children from all over the region.
Christ Church, a part of the Episcopal Diocese of Ohio, is located just west of Geneva’s
downtown business district, across from Windows on
Pairings. Limited parking is available behind the church
(accessible from Bennett Ct.) and on Eagle Street. For more
information, call the church office on Tuesdays and Fridays
at 440 466-3706 or organizer, Sandy Mitchell at 440 8558559.
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jewelry store, he teaches a clerk not to judge based on outward appearances. At a local music
equipment retailer he turns down free goods, telling the employee to give the gear to a musician
who can’t afford it.
KISS becomes more popular with each new album (Destroyer, Rock and Roll Over, Love
Gun), but their egos are tempered by producer Bob Ezrin (“Don’t ever stop playing unless I tell
you!”) and their accountants, who glumly report that they’re barely breaking even—despite all
the cash trading hands. Stanley reveals that the band’s early tours were financed by Bogart’s
American Express card, and that the mogul often funneled KISS profits to other Casablanca
artists. The backroom shenanigans ultimately lead to the band’s split with their once-benevolent
manager and his increasingly disco-centric label.
Although KISS was voted the world’s most popular band in a 1977 Gallop Poll, Stanley and
Simmons sensed that the tide had shifted by the end of the ‘70s: Their marketing strategies had
worked too well, drawing youngsters to the KISS camp and earning the ire of long-time fans
who cried “sellout.” A quartet of simultaneously-issued solo albums sold well, but not nearly as
well as expected, resulting in massive returns. And the embarrassing made-for-TV movie “KISS
Meets The Phantom of the Park” only provided detractors with additional ammunition. Stanley
notes that Simmons became distracted with outside interests (like film and music production),
leaving him to steer the ship alone. Frehley’s behavior worsened with his drinking and drug use
until the guitarist became flat-out unreliable. Criss’ shortcomings behind the drum kit became
apparent after he was replaced (following a car accident) by Anton Fig.
Soon enough, both Space Ace and Cat Man were ejected from the band, with Vinnie Vincent
and Bruce Kulick filling in on guitar in the ‘80s and Eric Carr handling percussion on albums
like Creatures of the Night, Lick It Up, Animalize, and Asylum. Stanley recounts how the
group determined to go “unmasked” for the MTV age, appearing in public for the first time sans
makeup on the nascent video channel in 1983—and how the line between his public image and
private persona became increasingly blurred without the Starchild guise. Even after undergoing
surgery to correct his deformed ear, Stanley gets the sense that there’s two—even three—distinct
personalities at play: The Starchild, unmasked rock star Paul Stanley, and the still-shy (if far
more confident) Paul Stanley, regular guy.
Later chapters take us through KISS’s rebirths and reformations, starting with an MTV
Unplugged appearance in the mid-1990s. Stanley recalls how the event—which featured guest
appearances by Frehley and Criss—prompted a full-blown reunion tour and studio album
(Psycho Circus), and how fan-fronted conventions sparked a return to the makeup of old. The
guitarist and drummer get up to their old tricks (and a few new ones), however, frustrating
Stanley and Simmons even as the money poured in. Stanley finds catharsis in painting and
acting (in a Canadian production of Phantom of The Opera) and unexpected solace in marriage
and fatherhood, and the several vignettes featuring Paul cooking or clowning around with his
kids rank amongst the book’s most touching moments.
As the ‘90s become the naughties, KISS soldiered on with Singer on drums and ex-roadie
Tommy Thayer on guitar, alienating some old-school enthusiasts. Stanley defends their
places in the band, however, arguing that Frehley and Criss squandered their talents and failed
to capitalize on the second chance offered by the reunions. The singer describes the KISS
characters as superheroes (like Batman)—any one of whom (himself included) could be replaced
by surrogates in the name of show business—and explains his (and Gene’s) reasons for wanting
to protect not only KISS the band, but KISS the brand.
The book may not divulge much of anything diehard KISS fans don’t already know. But it’s
in Stanley’s telling of his own story (with an assist from journalist / translator Tim Mohr) that
readers get a true sense of the triumphs and trappings of rock celebrity—or what fellow rockers
Rush once described as the “glittering prizes and endless compromises” of stardom. What
emerges is the portrait of a talented sexagenarian who remains remarkably well-grounded and
humble despite a lifetime of unfathomable commercial and artistic success. But the Starchild
lets down his guard, too: Stanley owns his mistakes, apologizes for some hot-headedness, and
professes a love for all his KISS brethren and the army of fans who catapulted them to fame
(and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame). The high-heeled hero insists other people
from all walks of life can make their dreams become reality, too—if they’re as willing to work
for it.
“Is the book tough on some people?” ponders the author. “Yeah, but it’s also tough on me.
And if telling my tale can offer a glimmer of hope to someone, then it was all worth it.”
To that end, Stanley’s Face the Music: A Life Exposed, stands as the KISS bio to beat.
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BOOO!
(Answers on Page 28)
A hundred years ago when I was a kid,
Halloween wasn’t as acceptable, or should
I say, as profitable as it is today! You didn’t
find Halloween yard crap in the five & dime
store then, only Casper the Ghost costumes
or some Disney characters maybe. I liked the
Goofy costume myself, can’t imagine why
though, he was… well goofy!
Being Goofy back then wasn’t so bad, and
come to think of it; being Goofy now days
isn’t so bad either! Hahaha!
Oh wait… “Hu-Hyuck”!
Halloween has been around for about two
thousand years and wasn’t always about being
scared or scary. Halloween derives from a
celebration at the end of the harvest season
in Gaelic culture! The festival would always
involve bonfires, not to burn witches or to
roast small unruly children; the fires attracted
insects to the area, which attracted bats to the
area, which help keep the insect population
down and out of their soup!
I’m not kidding either!
So this is where the BAT part of
Halloween came about, and when that didn’t
scare the kiddies into submissive behaving
anymore, the vampire bat was introduced, and
when that didn’t work anymore the concept
of human vampires evolved along with stories
of where the boundaries between the worlds
of the living and the dead overlapped on
Halloween and the deceased would come back
to life and cause chaos like bringing sickness
or damaging crops!
I hate it when they do that!
My point is that for about two thousand
years we’ve been coming up with new ways to
scare the crap out of people in order to bring
about a well balanced and behaved society!
Hmm… it doesn’t seem to be working yet!
It seems to me that what started out just
being an end of the growing season getting
drunk dancing around the fire gathering,
turned into a getting drunk dancing around
the fire let’s scare the unruly children into
submission party, and after two thousand years
has turned into a ‘Profit Whore War’!
Once the Profit Whores got the idea of
making money off of Halloween, they took
all the fun out of getting drunk while dancing
around the fire telling spooky stories to the
unruly children! All the unruly children want
to do now is play video games that have more
gory and hideous story lines than the parents
could ever come up with!
This is unacceptable!Scaring unruly
children is fun! Scaring Geezers is fun too
though, and in some ways much easier to do!
All it takes to scare a Geezer is to sneak into
their room and say… ”BOO!” and it’s FREE!
“Hu-Hyuck”!
When it comes to scaring unruly children
it’s going to cost you a hundred bucks or
more getting them the newest hideously gory
video game where they can chop heads off of
zombies and watch the blood squirt!
It may be hard to compete against the
Profit Whores latest games, but there is hope
for us yet, just bring those leftover firecrackers
with you when you go to sneak up behind kids
and Geezers and say…”BOO”!
“Hu-Hyuck”!
~Snarp
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