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The Cowsills, Levitt Pavillion, Bethlehem, PA, Aug. 31, 2014

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SAM_5903Anticipating the show!

SAM_5907And I knew, I knew, I knew, I knew, they would make me happy, happy, happy!

SAM_5928Original Cowsills: Susan, Paul and Bob

SAM_5938Gorgeous Susan

How can anyone not love The Cowsills? Their harmonies are off the hook and they had great, catchy hits. Even the more obscure songs are fantastic if you buy all their records and CDs, there’s so much to enjoy. Though they’re best known for “Hair,” “The Rain, the Park and Other Things,” and “Love American Style.” They’re the real family band The Partridge Family was emulated after.

Last night was the first time my husband and I saw them perform. They hit the stage and I heard the first note of “The Rain, the Park and Other Things” and like a big mush, tears fell from my eyes. It’s a beautiful, happy song and after hearing it since I was a little girl…

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Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons

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Last night my husband and I saw the movie “Jersey Boys” which was really great! And of course, being a Jersey Girl, I loved all the New Jersey references.

And, super cool, that one of the actors in the movie, early on, I interviewed a few years ago! If you’re a Sopranos fan, you’ll know who I’m talking about, check it out: http://maryannemistretta.wordpress.com/2012/07/14/a-sauce-to-die-for/

My husband and I got to see Frankie Valli perform a few years ago in Newark.

Here’s some of my favorite songs over the years:

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Music for National Singles Awareness Day

singles awarenessSingles and loving it!

Today is National Singles Awareness Day, a humorous holiday celebrated by those not in a romantic relationship.

But when I hear “singles” I’m not thinking of unpaired people, as a music lover what comes to mind is those 45 rpm records, the little ones. Since I love music so much, I have a 45 rpm spindle (used for singles) tattooed on my wrist, though my wrist is small the tattoo artist had to re-size the spindle in his outline.

So to celebrate records — the little ones of course — I want to share some of my favorite singles I had as a kid and  teenager. And for extra fun, I’m going to post the ones that actually show the sleeve or label. ENJOY, it’s quite the variety. (And some of these I played when I deejayed in NYC!)

Frank Secich (Musician/Songwriter/Producer)

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Frank SeicheFrank Secich (photo by John Koury)

Not too long ago on Face Book, WDVR DJ Deirdre Gilmartin recommended Frank Secich as a friend. Then I was thrilled to find out Frank not only played on a Stiv Bators albums (including “Disconnected” which is one of my favorite albums of all time!) but he also wrote quite a few songs I absolutely loved since I was 18-years-old and STILL LOVE: “A Million Miles Away” and “Evil Boy.” In fact, I played “Evil Boy” when I deejayed John Holmstrom’s 50th Birthday Bash back in 2001!

I quickly learned Frank is a super great guy and I loved his song, “Johnny Sincere” from his newest band, Deadbeat Poets (around since 2006). The first time I heard “Johnny Sincere” I loved it so much I played it three times in a row. Frank and I became Face Book friends and he was cool enough…

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Gary Numan at Vintage Vinyl, 10-28-13

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SAM_2752Gary Numan (photo by Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta)

Tonight was amazing!

I drove over to Vintage Vinyl around 5:30 in anticipation of Gary Numan’s in-store performance.

It was so cool, I waited outside (gorgeous NJ day) and met some very nice people. Gary Numan and his band performed for about 45 minutes, then his fans were able to meet him and get his autograph.

Most of the fun was waiting on line. I met three new girlfriends and we talked so much about music, music, music!

Then the magical moment of meeting music icon Gary Numan. He was so very nice.

A fun night had by all!

SAM_2767Gary Numan and me

SAM_2764Ran into my friend John!

SAM_2769With my new friends!

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When Our Idols Fall

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peter murphyPeter Murphy, Godfather of God

(Photo swiped from Google Search)

By now everyone has read the news, Peter Murphy pleads guilty to meth possession in hit and run, three years probation: http://www.slicingupeyeballs.com/2013/10/14/peter-murphy-peads-guilty-meth-probation/

Nothing new for someone famous, this happens all the time … but the problem with this certain circumstance is this is PETER MURPHY!

For those who don’t know who Peter Murphy is, he was the lead singer in Bauhaus, the dark wave band popular in the early 1980s, partially due to their appearance in “The Hunger” starring David Bowie, Catherine Denevue and Susan Sarandon.

After Bauhaus, Peter Murphy had several solo albums, many with inspiring spiritual messages. It’s was Peter Murphy’s song “Socrates the Python” that made me seek out the philosophical works of George Gurdjieff, which was considered underground in the mid-1980s — only friends from California “got it” and I had to walk around with brown…

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Happy International Coffee Day!

CoffeeEnjoy a cup!

Happy International Coffee Day!

Coffee gets a bad rap because of the caffeine, but according to research, some of the benefits of drinking coffee include: may help lower risk of Type 2 diabetes; may prevent Alzheimer’s and dementia later in life; and may help reduce your risk of oral cancer.

Celebrate the fine beverage with the following songs:

NOW TO GET ME SOME!

Tusk: The Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute, Linden New Jersey

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Tusk is my favorite cover band because each individual musician has greatness to offer.

Kathy Philips IS Stevie Nicks. She has the vocals down pat and never breaks character. Her costume is made beautifully: black suede boots, sequined black shawl and Nicks’ trademark top hat. She whirls and twirls and shakes her tambourine throughout the night, never missing a beat. (Note: Last summer I saw them perform outdoors during a full moon — it was enchanting to see a recreation of Stevie Nicks doing “Rhiannon” with a full moon as backdrop!)

Scott McDonald on guitar is amazing. I’ve seen this band perform several times and thanks to him magically  recreating the work of Lindsay Buckingham, I am now a big Lindsay Buckingham fan and have several CDs. I have to say, he’s my favorite band member.

Kim Williams on keys and vocals has the prettiest voice. I said to…

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The Smithereens at Duke Island Park, Bridgewater, New Jersey

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SAM_2237New Jersey’s legendary Smithereens

Had a wonderful time with my husband at the Smithereens show at Duke Island Park.

A classic 1980s band from Scotch Plains, New Jersey, did many of their songs plus some Beatles songs, a Who song and the Youngbloods.

True musicians, such great talents and Pat DiNizio has such a gorgeous voice.

Current line-up: Pat DiNizio on vocals, rhythm guitar; Jim Babjak, lead guitar and vocals; Severo “The Thrilla” (from Manila) Jornacion on bass (awesome bassist!) and vocals; and Dennis Diken on drums and percussion.

My favorite songs included: “Only a Memory” “Behind the Wall of Sleep” and “Blood and Roses.”

The entire show was phenomenal! They were fun, making the audience feel as if you knew them personally, shared great stories on stage. Very cool.

I only have one CD, now we’ll get more, definitely.

Thank you to The Smithereens for performing tonite! Much appreciated…

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A Hank Snow Story

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Last night my husband and I were in Vintage Vinyl and I found a case with a TON of Hank Snow CDs — dirt cheap. I was wondering, “What is up with all these Hank Snow CDs?” figuring someone donating or a Vintage Vinyl worker went to a garage sale and found them.

In my vast music collection I had no Hank Snow, so I figured I’d pick up one. They were only $1.99 each. I got one with three songs I love: “Movin’ On,” “Now and Then, There’s a Fool Such As I” and “I’ve been Everywhere.”

I got to the register and the cashier said, “We have a lot of Hank Snow!”

I said, “Yeah, what’s up with that?”

She said that a Hank Snow fan passed away and his family donated the CDs.

She also added that the man was such a fan that he was buried…

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