April 14, 2014 § Leave a comment
Thank you MTV!!!! Bless you for existing and changing the Rock and Roll world forever! Cheers to the rock stars of the acting world!
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April 11, 2014 § Leave a comment
The entire show was OFF THE CHARTS, but especially “BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN AND THE E STREET BAND,” as they rocked out “E Street Shuffle,” “The River,” and “Kitty’s Back”.
The 5 hour Induction will be condensed down to 2 hours and shown on Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 9pm EST on HBO.
The manager for James Taylor, and Linda Ronstadt, Peter Asher, got the evening started, followed by Peter Gabriel, who stated he “followed his heart, and that is what made his life interesting.’ ‘Let imagination guide you, and surround yourself with brilliance.’ ‘What you are is where your heart is.’
He played “Digging in the Dirt” from 1992′s “Us”, “Washing of the Water,” along with Chris Martin, and “In Your Eyes” along with “The King of Senegal,” Youssou N’Dour.
Chris Martin’s induction speech for Peter Gabriel was very witty and clever.
It was a play on words with the Bible, and went something to the effect, “I turned to the Bible and an angel of the Lord appeared, Phil the Collins asked and ‘who are you angel?’ ‘I am Gabriel, I am bringing you good news, Ye should be in ‘Genesis’, and after leaving ‘Genesis’ you will create, “Peter Gabriel 1,” “Peter Gabriel 2,” “Peter Gabriel 3,” “Peter Gabriel 4,” “So,” “Us,” and “Up.”
American guitarist, Tom Morello from “Rage Against the Machine,” and “Audioslave,” is currently touring with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, and had the honor of introducing ‘Kiss’.
Tom stated how when he first saw ‘Kiss’ his ticket said ‘a partial view’ on it, which he misunderstood to mean that ‘the band was going to reveal some new secret corner of their artistic souls. In reality it meant that my seat was behind a pole. Still, that concert was the most exciting, cathartic, loudest and most thrilling two hours of live music I’ve seen to this day. All four guys were great lead singers, and made him and many others love rock and roll. “What Elvis was to the Beatles, Kiss was to us, influencing everyone from “Metallica,” “Lady Gaga,” “Pearl Jam,” “Alice in Chains,” and “Lenny Kravitz.”
Tom continued on by stating, “What if you wandered into a dive-y club in your hometown and saw Kiss in all their glory, crashing the place to the ground? One guy belching fire and spraying blood past his gargantuan tongue? A guitar player so incredible, his axe billows smoke and shot rockets? A frontman flying back and forth across the joint like a superhero Tarzan? All of them, in frightening, horror-movie sexified Kabuki makeup, wearing high healed platform shoes. The place blowing up with explosions and heavy duty, liberating rock & roll? What would you say if you saw that? You’d say, ‘That band’s fucking awesome!’ and that they are the “fierce-some foursome.”
This speech was absolutely hysterical and had be giving the rock and roll sign with both hands and wanting to rock and roll all night, and party everyday, only to quickly find out that they would not be playing as they were unhappy that the Induction committee would not allow all the band members, past and present, be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Peter Criss stated it was good to be back home in Brooklyn, giving thanks to their first manager, Bill Aucoin, Casablanca Records, Neil Bogart, and being male breast cancer free for the past seven years, and how early detection saved his life.”
“In or out of makeup, I’ll always be the ‘Catman’”.
“It’s all KISS-TORY.”
Ace Frehley stated when he was 13 years old, he picked up the guitar and knew he was in for something big, then he was exposed to the Summer of Love. Ace shared how he was sober and alcohol free for the past 7 1/2 years, and that what people don’t understand is that most addicts are born that way, and it is not due to a lack of will power, ‘try using willpower when you have diarrhea.’”
The rare performance by Yusuf/Cat Stevens was one I will always remember.
Art Garfunkel joked how “Bridge of Troubled Water” had to get made so that “Tea for the Tillerman” could arrive, and how this bearded Hamlet who turned his back on money and world acclaim, walked away from it all and moved to Rio, and sought awareness as Yusuf Islam.” Yusuf stated, “I wanted to look elsewhere for my fulfillment.”
Yusuf Islam/Cat Stevens shared, “The first thing that inspired me was my sister’s record collection, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, and the best pop song ever, Bach, Leonard Bernstein’s, ‘West Side Story,’ the grandfather of Blues, ‘Lead Belly,’ Bo Diddley, Buddy Holly, the Beatles (inspired us all), and Bob Dylan.
He thanked his wife (who is his biggest fan), and the all mighty who made us all, saying, “There is only ONE, and how within this strange Rock and Roll fraternity (that I still belong to), I don’t drink, or smoke, or throw tv’s out of hotel rooms, how I only sleep with my wife, and how the Rock and Roll Hall of fame made a brave decision to still induct me into it’s Hall of Fame. Peace!
He played, ‘Father and Son,’ ‘Wild World’ and ‘Peace Train.’
NOW, I have to say, the tribute to Linda Ronstadt brought me to my knees. She unfortunately did not make it as she suffers from Parkinson’s Disease, and no longer travels, however, Glenn Frey, Carrie Underwood, Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Sheryl Crow, and THE Stevie Nicks sang, “Different Drum,” “Blue Bayou,” “You’re No Good,” “It’s So Easy,” and “When Will I Be Loved.”
Stevie Nicks shared how when she first heard Linda sing “It’s So Easy,” she said she knew that “that is what I want to do. I didn’t look as good in cut off’s as Linda, but I knew that that is what I wanted to do.”
The harmony was so beautiful.
Then came Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band induction speeches,
Daryl Hall and John Oates who joked ‘Aren’t you glad there are only two of us’, and the remaining members of Nirvana, Dave Grohl with Krist Novoselic, along with Courtney Love, Joan Jett, Kim Gordon/’Sonic Youth’, Annie Clark of ‘St Vincent’, and Lorde.
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March 22, 2014 § Leave a comment
“The Covenant House’s” “Sleep Out” Young Professionals edition, took place last night, Friday, March 21, 2014. In five cities across North America, approximately 400 young professionals raised $250,000.00 while raising awareness for homeless teenagers by sleeping outside on the pavement in the facilities parking lot on cardboard boxes and sleeping bags.
FACT: There are approximately 1.6 million homeless teens across the US yearly. 40% of the homeless population is under the age of 18.
INFORM: Teach teens, who may be going through unfortunate circumstances, that there ARE OTHER OPTIONS besides the streets.
LEARN: “Covenant House” was established in 1972, serves over 400 homeless youth daily and 6,150, annually. When a teen arrives at their door, they are accepted inside. Whether they were kicked out of their home, abused by a family member, or just coming in out of the cold, and off the streets or out from the subway system.
The attempt is made to reunite the teens with their families, and if that is impossible, they may be transitioned to long term living programs, with the intention for them to gain independence. The “Covenant House” also offers services to homeless pregnant women, and mothers with children, providing health services, counseling, employment training, and parenting skills. The program provides a full day nursery for infants and toddlers while their parents attend school, vocational training, or are at work.
LOCATION: “The Covenant House” is located on 41st and 10th Avenue in NYC.
So, with that being said, here is the documentation from my experience at the “Covenant House’s” ‘Sleep Out’ event held on Friday night, March 21, 2014 from 7pm to 7am on Saturday morning, March 22, 2014.
Friday at 5pm: Two hours before the event: As I was walking through Times Square heading West on 42nd Street, I was looking around at the urban setting and at the people and thought about how even the Elmo actors have anger management issues and are frustrated with life. I thought, this is not going to be like camping in the woods (albeit, a different type of peril), this is going to be different. At 4am when the bars close, people get rowdy, and this could potentially be threatening. I was wondering if I was going to be able to sleep at all, or would I be up all night. Rather than talking myself out of it, I thought, go and check it out, and if you don’t feel comfortable, you can leave.
So, I went into the bathroom of a coffee shop, put my leggings on under my 40 degree running pants, and headed over to the center. Now that warm attire was addressed, how about safety and security? I looked around and saw that there were many facilities that are open 24 hours; pharmacies, hotels, bars, and urgent care centers, all within a few block radius. This made me feel better.
When I arrived, I registered my name and asked how safe it was. After hearing “we have never had any incidents, the security guards will be at the entrance all night, and the police will be making extra rounds,” I began to feel less nervous, signed the waiver, and was given a badge. The volunteers and staff seemed very professional, kind, upbeat and positive, much like many other people I have worked with in other social service arenas. The negative thoughts were instantly placated.
7pm: The sleepers were directed inside to a warm conference room, catered with trays filled with sandwiches, veggies and cheese, chips and non-alcoholic beverages, and restrooms. I quickly realized, this wasn’t going to be as hardcore as I thought, and we weren’t going to be outside for as long as I was expecting.
7 to 8:30pm: Registration, networking, music, social media centers, and dinner. Gratefully, another young professional female “sleeper” approached me and we started discussing our experiences of getting dressed for the event, how we both walked over straight from work (so we arrived a little early), and other NYC events we have participated in and/or fundraised for, for example, the NYC Triathlon, the NYC 1/2 Marathon, and Midnight and Color Runs. She was well prepared wearing cargo pants with many pockets, and many layers underneath. She gave me her extra pair of earplugs, saying I would need them. I never thought of using earplugs, so I was gracious. Soon after, people from her Team “Cushman and Wakefield” arrived and were all very personable and cool. We discussed how we heard about the event, whether we had done it last year, whether we would be able to sleep or not, if we are able to sleep on airplanes, our experiences fundraising, how nice the event is, about the center, the bravery of the teens, and how great the turnout was. So far, so awesome. It was one big party and social gathering. They made the event very comfortable and very fun.
8:30-9:30: Introduction by the staff, about the center, how the night will unfold, the amount raised, gratitude and prizes for the top fundraisers.
9:30-10:30: We broke off into groups for a special project and met with some of the youth living at the center. We introduced ourselves, and learned about their life circumstances, how they found out about “The Covenant House”, what brought them there, and what their experiences have been like. Due to confidentiality laws, we are unable to discuss them, their situation, or photos, however, I was impressed with how brave, intelligent, good natured, and motivated they seemed to be.
10:30-11:00: Each group shared their projects with the other small groups. Our groups assignment was to make a poster representing “Healing”. We cut out photos and phrases from magazines which gave us healing thoughts, and pasted them on to a poster board. The women definitely dominated making the poster, while the men in our group were only allowed to draw a small basketball as their contribution. It was very funny.
11:00: The entire group met back in the conference room, and a few other residents spoke about their life experiences, how they arrived at the center, how their lives have transformed, and their motivation to stay on the right path. Again, due to confidentiality laws, we are unable to discuss their situations, however, the stories were all very moving, and brought me to tears.
12:00: The time has come to grab your box or boxes, claim your plot of concrete, and create your bed for the night. My plot was definitely nice, as I was facing their beautiful wall mural, was close to the door if I needed to go inside (the doors were open all night if you needed to use the restroom, and snacks and beverages were available any time). I had one box cut open lengthwise so my entire body was insulated, while another box was opened and folded (like a box is intended), and positioned like a fort covering over my head to block the wind. Although you weren’t supposed to, I unrolled two sleeping bags, used one for insulation and the other to sleep inside. My head was pretty warm, as I was wearing two hats.
The large flood lights stayed on until about 12:30pm, and then smaller lights stayed on all night in the event anyone needed to get up and go inside. The security guards remained at the front entrance all night and the weather cooperated.
Considering there were many Artic Vortexes over this past winter, the temperature that night was mild around 40 degrees, while the temperature for Saturday was predicted to reach 63 degrees with a low of 34 with possible showers. Relatively speaking, it was definitely not too cold. 40 degrees F, now feels like Caribbean weather, and where my cardboard box was stationed, it was not too windy.
My neighbor and I introduced ourselves. I put the ear plugs in, slid myself into the sleeping bag and the box fort much like a mechanic would slide under a car, and tried to sleep. My lips were quickly getting dry, my body dehydrated, the sound of the trucks that reverberated every time they hit a bump or a pothole, sounded like an explosion even with the earplugs in, the warmth from the insulation lessened at around the 3am hour, and all I could do was think about those who go through this every night. Of course, giving consideration to the brave teens, but also, the mothers with young children, veterans, and those with mental illness or drug or alcohol addiction.
At around 4am, I did start to hear people leaving the bars, and I did get a little nervous, as we all know what drunk people can be like at 4am.
All in all, for someone who is usually able to fall asleep at a baseball game or a rock concert (if I’m tired enough, not b/c the game or concert are boring), I probably only slept for one hour. It was definitely harder than I thought it was going to be, however, it allowed me to reflect on a population that is so often ignored and disrespected, and give gratitude to all the people who have helped me get through life.
5:30am: Wake up. Beautiful assortment of bagels, croissants, fruit, hot and cold drinks, and discussion.
Sleepers stood up and discussed their experiences.
One sleeper stated, “We were sleeping out, however, we knew that it was going to end, and that at 5:30am, someone would wake us up, provide us with breakfast, and we could go back to take showers and rest at home.”
“We had a huge group of people and security guards, which made us feel safer. In the real life scenario, most are very alone, very scared, very tired, and have no idea where to turn, are unsure where they can eat, may not even know that there are services available to help, and still have to face another day.”
Another sleeper mentioned how “we all put our judgments and hatred aside tonight and came together to benefit the kids.”
Another sleeper gave “Thanks to the “Covenant House” for existing, because without them, there would be no place for the teens to turn, and the sleep out event could not have taken place.”
“You never know when you could be placed in a similar situation.”
“The kids are resourceful, street smart, and savvy.”
“Here’s hoping that the word will spread about “The Covenant House, Sleep Outs”, and that soon there will be so many sleepers they will need to shut down the entire street.”
Become a volunteer or a mentor.
There is no shortage of people who need guidance.
Thank you to those who donated.
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March 11, 2014 § Leave a comment
The 17 year old New Zealand native, “Lorde” started her 3 night run at the soon to be closed, “Roseland Ballroom.” After eight decades of hosting entertainers including; Fred Astaire, Joan Crawford, Ray Bolger, Arthur Murray, Rolling Stones, and Madonna, the venue will be closing it’s doors after the 7 Lady Gaga performances, March 27 to April 7, 2014.
Ironically, on the way in to the concert, there was a homeless person dumpster diving in a ‘Royal’ owned trash bin, and a scalper trying to sell tickets.
The majority of the fans were screaming teenage girls, similar to the J.Law fans. Adorable. Her performance started at 9p and finished approximately by 10p.
Bring your teenagers, neighbors kids, or nieces to tonight or tomorrow night’s shows.
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March 8, 2014 § Leave a comment
50% of Americans have less than $500 in their savings accounts, while most of the world survives off of $2.00 a day.
Raising the minimum wage to $15.00 is a start, creating affordable housing and education, another, equal pay for women only makes sense, as women do make up the majority of the American workplace. Teaching financial planning in grade school should be mandatory, while creating manufacturing jobs in the US is definitely a way to boost the economy.
In 2012, manufacturers contributed $2.03 trillion to the economy, up from $1.93 trillion in 2011. This was 12.5 percent of GDP. For every $1.00 spent in manufacturing, another $1.32 is added to the economy, the highest multiplier effect of any economic sector.
1.Manufacturing supports an estimated 17.4 million jobs in the United States—about one in six private-sector jobs. More than 12 million Americans (or 9 percent of the workforce) are employed directly in manufacturing.
2. In 2012, the average manufacturing worker in the United States earned $77,505 annually, including pay and benefits. The average worker in all industries earned $62,063.
3. Manufacturers in the United States are the most productive in the world, far surpassing the worker productivity of any other major manufacturing economy, leading to higher wages and living standards.
4. Manufacturers in the United States perform two-thirds of all private-sector R&D in the nation, driving more innovation than any other sector.
5. Taken alone, manufacturing in the United States would be the 8th largest economy in the world.- http://www.nam.org/Statistics-And-Data/Facts-About-Manufacturing/Landing.aspx
February 26, 2014 § Leave a comment
If you grew up during the Cold War, or if you are following the Russia/Ukraine events, you MUST catch up with Season 1 of “The Americans” on amazon.com, as Season 2 begins on February 26, 2014 at 10pm on FX.