In addition to writing, book editing, marketing/promoting, I also manage entertainers.
The entertainers I manage are all retired or semi-retired seniors and I get them gigs at assisted living facilities, hospitals and libraries. Some have been with me since 2009.
Squeek Steele is an amazing pianist who performs the old rag time music on piano. I call her “flying fingers” because her fingers fly across the piano.
Check her out:
Squeek is from Virginia City, Nevada, and whenever she ventures out to New Jersey, she’ll call me to book her some gigs.
I gave her website to an assisted living facility that often has coffee socials and called them back a few days later to follow up.
The activities director said, “We would LOVE to have that handsome gentleman come perform!”
I was confused.
“Handsome gentleman? Squeek is a lady,” I said.
“A lady?” The activities…
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I’m so thrilled and honored to be interviewing the iconic Janis Ian later today!
Here’s her first hit, “Society’s Child” — she wrote when she was just 13!
And her next hit, “At 17”
And currently, she just won a Grammy for best spoken word album, for her autobiography, “Society’s Child.”
Check out her website: http://www.janisian.com/
(Photo swiped via Google search)
Two weeks ago Charlie Askew was on top of the world. The crowd went wild after his amazing performance of Elton John’s “Rocket Man.”
Check it out: Charlie Askew: ROCKET MAN
Charlie had it all, the looks, the talent and the charisma. I was so sure he’d go a lot longer than his 7:01 minutes of fame.
Then he blew it. Not intentionally. My take is he’s still young and he didn’t quite get it. He nailed it and simply failed to keep up the momentum. His version of “Mama” by Genesis didn’t do his talent justice. It wasn’t bad, but just not his best. He also changed his style, seeming to go for something a little less innocent, less subdued, and it just didn’t work in his favor, certainly not in the eyes of judge Nicki Minaj…
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Last night my husband and I were talking about our childhood crushes and he asked me if I ever had a crush on a television star or if it was always musicians.
It was always musicians.
A late bloomer, I didn’t have my first real crush until I was about 11- or 12-years-old and it was on Ian Mitchell of The Bay City Rollers. He was just the cutest thing and I started buying all the 1970s Tiger Beats and 16 magazines just to have a lot of pictures of him. Ian Mitchell wasn’t an original Roller as he was first featured on their “Dedication” album.
Shortly after that musician crush, I moved on to Freddie Mercury of Queen. A classmate said that I “go from one extreme to the other.”
My crush on Freddie Mercury lasted…
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Today we lost another legend. Bonnie Franklin died at age 69, due to complications of pancreatic cancer.
I adored her as the beloved mom on “One Day at a Time.”
Fellow blogger, Andrew Godfrey wrote a nice tribute to her: http://nostalgia049.wordpress.com/2013/03/01/bonnie-franklin-of-one-day-at-a-time-dies-at-69/
And here is another wonderful article from The New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/02/arts/television/bonnie-franklin-actress-dies-at-69.html
And here is a showcase of her musical/dancing talents from the 1970s Broadway production, Applause:
She will be missed!