Saturday, May 31, 2008

Just checking!

I'm just making sure I have this mobile thing down from my cell!
sent via mobile phone

a CRAZY month!

Well June is going to be a crazy month for
me! Loads of traveling and not much time to check emails! So I wanted
to let everyone know that if I do not answer your email quickly please
understand that I may not be able to!

Seriously this month I'm
doing something almost everyday!! I will have access to email, but I
may not have the time until July to answer back!! I'm so sorry about
this! I do get plain text emails via my cell phone and I'm able to
respond that way!

I do have some things going with some
folks...and you know who you are...and I have those emails tagged and
will try to get back asap!

Looking forward to July's podcast with LOADS to talk about!! YEAH!

Thank you so much!

PS - Wondering WHAT I'm doing? :) Check out the latest podcast! to view the video or call 831-480-3923 to listen!

Remote controlled sperm!

Remote controlled sperm!

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Thursday, May 22, 2008

New Kids on the WHOA!

A new and quite intriguing friend of mine jokingly gave me an
article on the newly re-united (did they ever break-up?) boy band I so loved in
my tweens, NKOTB or New Kids on the Block. I didn’t expect a rave review…no…rather
their “re-uniting” smelled of desperation (notice I didn’t say “reeked with”).
But really now, the boys…now men…do deserve some kudos for getting back on the
stage…together! For you see from my now learn-ed view of that music era that
their overproduced pop no-talent sound had some meaning in my tweeny life! Most of
us have those shallow moments of youth. (Okay, we all do and there are a lot of
‘em!) You know, those moments of hormonally driven feelings that further
encourage sexually curious brainwaves. And who better for our parents to swoon
over? Some guys we’ll never be able to have! (Talk amongst yourselves!) But
after all this time to come back on stage and reunite? Hmmm…not sure whose idea
it was, but if I were in the room, I’d have a different type of reuniting in
mind! Like why not go for a more Michael Buble feel guys? You wanted to create,
as all boy bands do, that “rat pack” feeling! Several members have tried to
continue the hot sexy “Justin Timberlake-like” solo career falling flat! Hmmm…I
always say that “sexiness” can not really be taught! You either got it or you
look like your faking it…BADLY! There are no in-betweens! Heck, sincerity masks
better as sexy than an adaptation of it!

Needless to say, the article was NOT kind and worse than
that, I believed the guy! It made me glad I didn’t go! Not that I would. I
don’t have time right now to be that brainless and reminiscent for more than 10
minutes a day and that’s usually when I wake up! No, I am saddened that they couldn’t
just let the past glories be. It’s fun to remember, but that’s what I want to
keep locked up in my tweeny closet! God forbid I’m running around on stage in
my near 40’s trying to recapture a pop sensation. Someone please shoot me! NO,
don’t do that, just tranquilize me. I’ll feel much better after a stint in

Sunday, May 18, 2008


If you want to know the actors' side of negotiations SAG is doing a great job at our website! In particular, check out the awesome job that Doug Allen did talking about the Negotiations process update on SAG-TV:

Also, watch Alan Rosenberg as he talks about the suspension! I think he's doing a FANTASTIC job as president!!

This is a great way for us to stay connected with our guild!

There is still a LOT to be done!!

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

AMPTP Suspends Negotiations with Screen Actors Guild

This was just emailed to all of the SAG members!


AMPTP Suspends Negotiations with Screen Actors

Guild Offers to Continue and Negotiate "Around the Clock" to
Complete Deal

Los Angeles, May 6, 2008 -The AMPTP
suspended negotiations with Screen Actors Guild today over the objections of
SAG's negotiating committee. The committee had urged that the AMPTP continue
discussion and had offered to negotiate around the clock if necessary in order
to secure an agreement.

The AMPTP declined to continue negotiations with
SAG claiming that it was necessary to turn their attention to negotiating with
American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA).

Actors Guild National President Alan Rosenberg said, "It is unfortunate and
deeply troubling that the AMPTP would suspend our negotiations at this critical
juncture. We have modified our proposals over the last three weeks in effort to
bargain a fair contract for our members. We are committed to preserving rights
that have been in place for decades and not giving the studios the right to use
excerpts of our work in new media without our consent and negotiation. Our
negotiating team is prepared to work around the clock for as long as it takes to
get a fair deal. We want to keep the town working."

Over the last four
weeks Screen Actors Guild negotiated in good faith and modified many of its
proposals to the AMPTP. To date, the AMPTP has offered only a few modifications
to its new media proposal which was submitted to SAG in three documents
containing 36 provisions that differed from the deals agreed to with the WGA and

SAG's National Executive Director and Chief Negotiator Doug Allen
stated, "We were hopeful that we could continue negotiations with the AMPTP and
reach a tentative agreement.  We modified our proposals in effort to narrow the
gap between us and now we need the AMPTP do the same.   SAG's objective is to
keep the town working and get a fair contract, so we are gravely disappointed
that we will now have to delay to a process that we started over three weeks
ago. We are willing to work for as long as it takes to negotiate a good
agreement for our members."

The AMPTP put forward a proposal that
differed substantially from the deals signed with the DGA and WGA.  Management's
clip demand would gut existing provisions regarding actors' consent to use of
their clips and would allow studios and networks to use or sell clips - going
forward and from their libraries - in any way they choose and without consent.

About SAG

Screen Actors Guild is the nation's largest
labor union representing working actors. Established in 1933, SAG has a rich
history in the American labor movement, from standing up to studios to break
long-term engagement contracts in the 1940s to fighting for artists' rights amid
the digital revolution sweeping the entertainment industry in the 21st century.
With 20 branches nationwide, SAG represents over 122,00,000 actors who work in
film and digital television, industrials, commercials, video games, music videos
and all other new media formats. The Guild exists to enhance actors' working
conditions, compensation and benefits and to be a powerful, unified voice on
behalf of artists' rights. SAG is a proud affiliate of the AFL-CIO.
Headquartered in Los Angeles, you can visit SAG online at <> .

Vote for Dave Barnes on Mtv!!

Hey!! Got an email from Razor & Tie about the competition! Go to Mtv to vote for his video!

Just scroll down a bit and as of right now, he's the second photo down!

Guys here's Dave Barnes "Until You" video!! How cool!!!!

Sunday, May 4, 2008

The Leona effect!

She is absolutely the best pop vocalist I have ever heard!
Raw talent, hands down! Unbelievably amazing! Even when she's ill she sounds
better that most of the pop divas of the day at their best! Who an I talking
about? Leona Lewis! winner of
the The X Factor!! (Simon's UK
version of an Idol competition)

I first heard of her on a Yahoo rss feed and didn't think much about it! Some
new singer touted to be the "next best thing" is constantly in our
foreground as the music industry attempts to discover the next new music-pop-culture

The next is when my [vocal] student Rachel went on and on about how awesome she
is! [Understand that Rachel currently goes to an Arkansas magnet school where she is exposed
to a LOT more culture than most young women in the south.]
So in my free time I began to follow her [Rachel's] advice and YouTube her! And

Not only was she a powerhouse vocalist she was unusually humble (and not
falsely so)! Which is SOOO refreshing! Words can not even explain how wonderful
I thought (and still think) she was! (You simply have to listen for yourself!)

Then I began reading the comments and was quite alarmed! It seems that
"we" American's are not happy with the "love" of this UK
Idol! Americans, I'm sad to say, are not welcoming her as a fresh, new and AMAZING
voice of all time, they are jealous of her sensation simply because she's an X
Factor winner!

There are comments like, "Our [American] idols are just as good!! In fact
better!" comments are not just wrong, but blindly wrong! As far as talent?
She takes the cake from ALL the winners of Simon's "Idol"
competitions. And, though I'm not a fan of the show, I do leave the radio on
when most "Idol Winners" songs are played! They are good top 40
songs. (Heck, we all know that a little talent and an AWESOME producer goes WAY
farther than great talent and crappy producing!) But, I, as a vocalist, artist
and teacher of voice, do recognize that her [Leona's] voice is light years
better then they are!!!!

It all boils down to this: Her marketability is tainted in America....just
because she's an X Factor winner!! And it proves that American's are yet again
too prideful and competitive to be accepting of another country that breeds

The ONLY thing I think is wrong...if you can use the word 'wrong'....with
Leona's voice is that it's TOO perfect!! Can that even BE a problem? In America, yes!
"We" go for the voices that are different! Interesting if you will!
Why do you think we fell in love with Amy Winehouse? Her voice is interesting!
Janis Joplin....interesting....Madonna...interesting....Streisand...interesting…Alisha
Keys….interesting! Their voices have a sound that is unique! You see, a great
song makes a quick one-hit wonder but an interesting vocal sound is poised to
make a pop star. Combine the 2 and you have the makings of a Diva or Devo!
(Devo e.g. Elvis, Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, Elton John, Freddie Mercury…)
And ultimately…if their career is managed properly…a Legend! These singers were
not perfect, they were interesting!

Leona just needs time to find “her” voice! Right now, she’s
an AMAZING imitation of her contemporaries! Even better than! It’s like if
Mariah and Whitney had a voice-baby…it would be her!! But, we already have both
of those voices! 

And yes, it’s true that she [Leona] has a nice sized schnoz
(such an American thing…HELLO Streisand)…she is STILL a BEAUTIFUL girl!! All of
21 years and already singing like that, and let us hope and pray that “the
powers that be” in control of her career protect that voice from over singing!

All in all! This poor girl if reaping the negative benefits
of being an X Factor Idol winner! (…at least in America!! very sad!) It
would have been better for her to have been discovered my Simon randomly and he
just took her on without her competing in the competition! It just seems more
legit THAT way! I guess for us [Americans] it’s more of an “American Dream!” (Crazy,
huh?) Perception is VERY powerful!! Especially in the entertainment business!! And
especially in America!

Thursday, May 1, 2008


I poo-pooed an audition! Oye!!!

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Facebook Security Scare!!

Check this short video out! I got it from my friend Jim Farley!! People can use a Facebook game to get your personal info to get to your PRIVATE account information and rob you BLIND!

BE CAREFUL what you "play with" on Facebook! Or anywhere else for that matter!!!