Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Play It Forward Episode 83



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Hey it’s Arroe.  This is Play It Forward.  A look at the unexpected changes endured by entertainers, writers, camera people and all others affected but not infected by the global invasion of the Coronavirus. 
Real people.  Real stories.  The struggle to Play It Forward.  
Episode 83:  The World Looks Different Now…
Which happens to be the latest book from Margaret Riley Thomas.  What you need to know from the beginning is that this is only part of our conversation.  She shared some of the most compelling information about our present place in Covid-19 history.  Content that can and should be used during our time of healing.  
Social Distancing is having an impact on everybody.  How we’re personally dealing with it puts us in places of decisions that create enormous holes in our hearts.  While I bring up the Aids pandemic and compare it to Covid-19. Through experience and having a compassionate eye on real people she was able to put strings together than many people haven’t talked about.  
Margaret’s book is The World Looks Different Now.  You can listen to the entire conversation on my podcast Like It’s Live.  Plus it’ll be heavily featured on Unplugged and Totally Uncut and View from the Writing Instrument.   
But this was one of those moments where an already great conversation into something that will reach beyond the moments that most know about but won’t talk about. 
Margaret Riley Thomas…
That’s Play It Forward.  You can listen to the full conversations with these artists on three different podcasts. Like Its Live, Unplugged and Totally Uncut and View from the Writing Instrument found on all digital platforms.

Sinqua Walls And Jason Dirden

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Inspired by the personal trials and professional successes of a young, ambitious and troubled impresario Don Cornelius, season two of BET’s period drama American Soul picks up two years later in 1975. As Don becomes a rising star, he continues to manage an assortment of spectacular talent that comes to his show, a complicated family life, failing personal health, and perhaps most importantly, his ego.

The eight-episode season of American Soul features a cast of multi-talented actors including Sinqua Walls who plays a young Don Cornelius. Series regulars also include Kelly Price, Jason Dirden, Iantha Richardson, Katlyn Nichol, and Christopher Jefferson. The new season features dynamic guest stars portraying some of the most prolific musicians and visionaries of the era.

Sinqua Walls portrays a formidable, flawed and fascinating Don Cornelius. A man who has failed at every job he’s ever had until the birth of “Soul Train,” the creation he loves but which threatens to tear him away from his family. Walls is a former college basketball player who is best know for his acting roles in MTV’s Teen Wolf, the horror feature Shark Night 3D, the ABC series Once Upon a Time, and the Clint Eastwood biopic The 15:17 to Paris, among others.

Jason Dirden plays Gerald Aims, an established gangster and club owner who hasn’t lost the hustle. He’s an alpha dog who’d rather scare you than kill you, but he isn’t afraid to do the latter, either. Dirden is best known for his work in Greenleaf, Elementary and The Start of Dreams.

Adrienne Bankert


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Apple Books has named "Your Hidden Superpower" audiobook as a "Must Listen" for June 2020. Narrated and written by ABC News and Good Morning America correspondent Adrienne Bankert, the debut title offers optimism and hope through the message of kindness as a superpower that can be honed.

Now, more than ever, people are actively seeking out more positivity. A recent poll shows that 81% of the population say they are 'eager to hear some good news' (CANVAS8). The demand for happiness and positivity-oriented content to inspire optimism and hope is at an all-time high.

"Kindness is more than just a nice idea; it's a fail proof anchor to hope - even in the first half of 2020," says Bankert. "Many are grieving over how unfair life has been; plenty are heartbroken over the divisiveness and pain of a year that looks nothing like we expected. Add to that the relationship and family issues, uncertainty of our economy and violence we see everywhere, and it adds overwhelming pressure."

In "Your Hidden Superpower," Bankert, an Emmy and Edward R. Murrow award-winning reporter, shares her professional and personal insight about how the simple act of kindness can have a profound impact and create positive change.

As a television correspondent, presenter, mentor, speaker, and reporter who has covered Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Royal Wedding, and who has interviewed top celebs from Harrison Ford to Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, Dwayne Johnson, Ryan Reynolds, and more, Bankert taps into her personal life experiences to help readers uncover their own superpower through kindness.

In her unique and creative fashion, Bankert weaves in real-life illustrations and powerful lessons throughout the book. Featuring conversations and connections confirming the phenomenal power of being kind, Bankert also reveals ways others can learn to adopt kindness as a lifestyle and how kindness develops a sixth sense, provides a compass for your identity, and acts as a personal GPS for new opportunities.

"Showing kindness is a reminder that you are here to make a difference, and that you were born to be someone else's answer," says Bankert. "It is so much more than just making someone feel better. By being kind, you are the remedy."

"Your Hidden Superpower: The Kindness That Makes You Unbeatable at Work and Connects You With Anyone" (HarperCollins Leadership) is available now wherever books are sold.

Creed Bratton


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SAG award winning actor and folk-rock musician Creed Bratton ("The Office") is slated to release his highly anticipated, ninth full-length album "Slightly Altered" later this summer. Produced by Grammy award-winning producer Dave Way (Sheryl Crow, Christina Aguilera, Fiona Apple) and Dillion O'Brian, "Slightly Altered" is a 10-track journey across a mystical and sublime musical soundscape. The first single, "Chan Chu Toad," dropped on June 12, 2020 and the second single, "The Ride," is slated for release on July 10, 2020.

You can check out "Chan Chu Toad" here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UdRQWdsfEYw

Also on the new album: a re-recording of "Temptation Eyes" - originally released by Bratton's 1970s band, The Grass Roots - which reimagines the punchy hit as a soulful ballad. And the closing track, "Right Where I Belong," is a sweet, easy-paced reflection on contentment.

"Creed's a man who's done things, seen things," Dave Way said. "The scars make for some pretty tough skin.but under (Bratton's) steely eyed, leathered exterior is a big and grateful heart. I've seen it, and that's what you'll hear on this album."

"This is my most personal album to date," Bratton said. "It took me over a year to record it and I am so proud of what has emerged. Our country and world are in a dark place, but we have to go through this catharsis to come into the light. I truly believe that healing and music are intertwined, and my humble hope is that this record can play some part in that."

"Slightly Altered" will be available wherever digital downloads are sold, you can visit Bratton's artist pages here:

SPOTIFY: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2hLcUCdtqgnTaPA0lZJ1oZ

APPLE MUSIC: https://music.apple.com/us/artist/creed-bratton/213798368

The Lyrics From Billy's Forest Chapter 209

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July 14, 2020
I’m not an expert on animal behavior but I’ve studied the spiritual energy of Animal Speak for several decades.  Oh no!  The Jesus loving freak reaches toward other avenues of communication!  Yeah, well what if that man that once walked the planet actually speaks through animals to reach us? The energy of the universe uses them as an attraction.  Once your wild out of control Covid-19 fear filled mind locks in on the presence of something far greater than this mess then boom let the message begin to download.  On this podcast episode we bring the squirrel into the picture.  We’re always trying to out squirrel the squirrel.  The pesky little fuzzy butts endlessly steal food from the birds and other living creations.  For many people the average everyday squirrel creates anger.  Hmmm back it down Darth Vader.  There’s a huge lesson to be learned while putting focus on their daily performance.  A squirrel knows when change is coming.  We take note as humans of how much it seems to always store things when in reality the squirrel is brilliant at lightening up the load.  Squirrels know the best way to deal with situations.  It prepares for the future by making room to gather the right things.  As people are we preparing for the next surge of negative entering our present place?  Are you cleaning out your closets?  Are you only storing extra food, water, clothing, candles and money for later use?  That pain in the butt creature teaches us to be fully aware of what’s in our Now.  To be ready to avoid and escape a threatening situation. Show me someone who isn’t trying to survive right now.  Uncertainty is out of control.  Your inner peace isn’t in your past nor is it waiting for you in the future.  Millions are still unemployed.  Eviction notices are being sent out.  As much as we want to run out and aggressively pursue our personal goals, we’re forgetting about the extreme importance of balance.  How does a squirrel jump eight feet to a different tree?  Is it play, protection or a new age of socializing?  In order to out squirrel the squirrel you need to know how the squirrel lives and thinks.  Then look at your own life, challenges, daily victories and defeats.  If the squirrel brings you to a boiling point I have to ask how many people feel the same way about your presence.  This isn’t a Debbie Downer or Buzz Kill.  Survival and the struggle to succeed through it are being challenged.  Balance must be your daily diet.  Taking walks to watch the squirrels is a great way to bring you back into the animal circle.  While there you’ll see hawks, owls, giant beetles, huge ass pinecones, unique trees, flowers proudly bragging about their blossoms and a light breeze that’s waited all day to help cool you off.  It’s extremely easy to create dreams and get totally frail in the mind and spirit when you aren’t anywhere close to achieving a greater day.  Both are extremely strong in the presence of whatever decision you’re about to make.  Or you can listen to the squirrel and let your awareness be your better tool.  Assumption will land your squirrel butt on the ground and not in the other tree.

Monday, July 13, 2020

Play It Forward Episode 82



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Hey it’s Arroe.  This is Play It Forward.  A look at the unexpected changes endured by entertainers, writers, camera people and all others affected but not infected by the global invasion of the Coronavirus. 
Real people.  Real stories.  The struggle to Play It Forward.  
Episode 82: 
Clive Standen stars as Anthony Lavelle on the new NBC drama "Council of Dads." Outside of that role he plays a real father during a global pandemic
Keegan Bost comes from a small town in Alabama called Gadsden.  Although he was just recently featured on NBC’s Songland, the hometown stomping ground didn’t provide too much of a music scene.  He gained access to his vibe through his participation with the church.  We all know that scene today is just as silent as a music stage.
Joe Gatto and James Murray from Misery Index on TBS are stoked about being the moment because they’re helping to bring comic relief to a Covid silent world.
That’s Play It Forward.  You can listen to the full conversations with these artists on three different podcasts. Like Its Live, Unplugged and Totally Uncut and View from the Writing Instrument found on all digital platforms.

Pod Crashing Episode 64


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Pod-Crashing Episode 64

In Modern Ruhles, NBC News correspondent and MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle brings her characteristic curiosity, empathy and insight to some of today's thorniest, most complex conversations.

 

Whether it's a discussion about privilege, political correctness, the limitations of feminism or the possibilities for a non-toxic masculinity, Stephanie brings to the table intelligence, unflinching honesty, and a genuine willingness to listen, probe and reflect.

 

In Modern Ruhles, these topics aren't always comfortable, but they are always compelling.

 

Each episode invites a small handful of carefully chosen guests to Stephanie candid, authentic conversations. She approaches each of them one on one, and it's the unguarded moments they share that make this show unique.

 


Dean Atta And Ciara Smyth

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• The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta -- From acclaimed UK poet and performer Dean Atta, The Black Flamingo is a fierce coming-of-age story about Michael, a mixed-race gay teen growing up in London. All his life, he’s navigated what it means to be Greek and Jamaican—but never quite feeling Greek or Black enough. When he discovers the Drag Society, he finally finds where he belongs—and the Black Flamingo is born. Told with raw honesty, insight, and lyricism, this debut explores the layers of identity that make us who we are—and allow us to shine.

• The Falling in Love Montage by Ciara Smyth -- Two girls embark on a summer of dates in this hilarious and heartfelt lesbian rom-com from Belfast author Ciara Smyth. Seventeen-year-old cynic Saoirse Clarke isn’t looking for a relationship, but when she meets mischievous Ruby, that rule goes right out the window. But Ruby has a loophole in mind: a summer of all the best cliché movie montage dates, with a definite ending come fall—no broken hearts, no messy breakup. It would be the perfect plan, if they didn’t fall in love for real. Ciara Smyth’s debut is a delightful, multilayered story that will make you laugh, cry, and absolutely fall in love.

Jim DiBattista


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Jim DiBattista (or "Coach") is a father of three boys and coach of a local youth football team in his native Philadelphia, PA. Having lost both of his parents much too soon, Jim knows he needs to urgently lose weight and lead a healthier life in order to continue inspiring his family and his team for years to come. Jim decided to go on The Biggest Loser at 385 pounds in order to prove to himself, his family, and his team that he's willing and able to tackle his weight and fight for a healthier future. Jim succeeded - he was the final winner of last season's competition!

Hard work with trainers Erica Lugo and Steve Cook and inspiration from host Bob Harper,saw his final number on the scale at 241, for a total loss of 144 pounds. "That final moment on stage - when I knew I was The Biggest Loser winner - I looked over at my wife, my three sons and my trainer, Erica, and I had a feeling of accomplishment that I had never felt before in my life. I am so proud that I was able to get it done for ALL of them; they sacrificed so much for me."

Scream Inside Your Heart

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July 13, 2020
While watching CBS Sunday Morning I heard a new company mantra being used overseas at an amusement park: Scream Inside Your Heart.  The rollercoaster loving, Ferris wheel delivering summertime fun under the sun company believes that training park goers to scream into their hearts will keep Covid-19 from being so readily available in the air we all breathe.  On this podcast episode we look into the mantra by way of trying to understand how to scream into our hearts. While wearing a mask we have the ability to keep from spreading germs to everybody else. Thank God they didn’t say scream into our heads because that part of the body is already being used by fear, shame, guilt and uncertainty.  We’ve chosen instead to scream from our heads.  Releasing anger, depression and other mental conditions people don’t want to bring up in conversation.  How will your mindset and conversations change if you learn to scream into your heart?  Wait!  Scream what?  In this modern day setting with so many negatives rushing about, it’s going to be too easy to scream negatives into the thumper.  What would that do to your sense of balance?  It has to be positive.  The energy you feel while zipping down a rollercoaster.  The vibrant words just picked up while reading a book of motivation.  The laughs you want to explode into during a comedy show or television taped live performance.  Scream into your heart.  We don’t need volume to please the mind body and soul.  Not to get all churchy on you but God whispers.  Taking your moment of Now and allowing yourself to be excited about something but it can only be heard in your heart.  I’d love to see the research on the way the energy will make its way through the body and appear on your face.  Outsiders will look at you and feel a new attraction.  You’re brighter, warmer and more forgiving, compassionate and willing to listen to conversations longer.  Scream into your heart.  How?  Because I’m a radio guy it’s difficult to keep my expressions inwardly.  Yet while I daily write the existence of the energy is brilliantly present.  I make absolutely no sounds or open my mouth longer than stealing a sip of very hot coffee.  And when you want to scream from your head do all you can to locate a very large pillow and bury all that sound in feathers.  I’d say pick up a pen and write but during my 26 years of experience using that voice on paper can actually tie me up in a full days experience because I allowed the screams to take over me beyond the paper.  In martial arts we kihap.  Through the way we breathe we’re able to move energy beyond us.  There’s no way I could’ve busted those bricks and boards with my hands and feet without trusting the inner creation of energy.  But that’s not what this is about.  It’s teaching yourself to scream into your heart.  If you’re low on positive things and or reasons then step away from your season and allow the elements around you to showcase what’s invisibly moving through you.  Meditation, prayer, comedians and actors.  Even music.  Don’t sing out loud.  Scream it into your heart.

Suzanne Nugent


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This debut author’s May uplit release is perfect for fans of How Could She by Lauren Mechling and Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. The heartwarming novel reminds readers that with a spoonful of patience, a helping of humor (and a standing brunch date with frenemies?!) there’s always hope for getting through life’s tough spots. Nugent applies the welcome reprieve from grief of humor to the lives of three women with nothing in common– except the fact they are all mourning the loss of their best friend, Molly.

Scott Adkins

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 Debt collectors French and Sue get to work doing what they do best - cracking skulls and breaking bones - as they chase down the various lowlifes who owe money to their boss, Tommy. They're summoned to Las Vegas to collect from a dirty casino owner, who happens to be a vicious ex-lover of Sue's. Meanwhile, a notorious drug kingpin is on the warpath to kill French and Sue to avenge his brother's death. Facing danger from all angles, the pair will have no other choice but to fight their way out of an explosively dangerous situation.

Here's the trailer:

http://www.samuelgoldwynfilms.com/debt-collectors/

Friday, July 10, 2020

Play It Forward Episode 81

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Hey it’s Arroe.  This is Play It Forward.  A look at the unexpected changes endured by entertainers, writers, camera people and all others affected but not infected by the global invasion of the Coronavirus. 
Real people.  Real stories.  The struggle to Play It Forward.  
Episode 81: Science Futurist Rebecca D Costa
Costa’s landmark work has been heralded by global thought, innovation and business leaders Richard Branson, John Sculley, E.O Wilson and  Alan Dershowitz to name a few.

According to Rebecca, climate change, tariff wars, terrorism, immigration and nuclear disarmament remain unresolved because they are similar in nature. 
The real culprit is the absence of models for solving complex, global problems wherein stakeholders have competing interests. 
Costa reveals how AI’s and predictive analytics hold the key to solving dangerous, systemic issues.  Intelligent, humorous and entertaining, Costa offers a unique scientific perspective on the headlines of the day.  Such as Covid-19   
That’s Play It Forward.  You can listen to the full conversations with these artists on three different podcasts. Like Its Live, Unplugged and Totally Uncut and View from the Writing Instrument found on all digital platforms.

Diane Dimond


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The special event begins with an exploration of the disturbed psyche of serial killer and cannibal Jeffrey Dahmer, chillingly narrated from his police interview transcripts in Jeffrey Dahmer: Mind of a Monster on Monday, May 25 at 9pm. Throughout the nine-night event, ID will world premiere five intriguing new specials from its breakout hit series, An ID Mystery, including: the controversial cause of death of Hollywood starlet Brittany Murphy; the disappearance and probable murder of Heather Elvis; the unsolved murder of college student Faith Hedgepeth;the heartbreaking missing person case of 7-year-old Kyron Horman; and the complex mystery surrounding the disappearance of Jennifer Dulos. On Sunday, May 31 at 9 pm ET, ID will premiere the three-part expose, Who Killed Jeffrey Epstein?, exploring the repugnant saga and questionable suicide surrounding the convicted sex trafficker. Then, the mystery and suspense programming event culminates with an explosive tell-all from the TV producer who was embedded with Joe Exotic from the beginning with The Truth About Joe Exotic: The Rick Kirkham Story, on Tuesday, June 2 at 9pm ET.

Diane Dimond is one of the few journalists to have mastered the art of her craft across several platforms – radio, television, books and internet publishing. Dimond began her journalism career as a radio newscaster and crime reporter for KOB Radio, before taking over as a news anchor on NPR’s All Things Considered. She then worked as a Capitol Hill correspondent for the RKO Radio Networks, a correspondent for WCBS-TV in New York and the Senior Investigative correspondent for the syndicated program Hard Copy, where Dimond built a reputation as a dogged investigative journalist, breaking the story about claims of child sex abuse against entertainer Michael Jackson. After anchor/reporter stints at CNBC and MSNBC Dimond moved to Court TV, where she again got the exclusive on another case of child molestation allegations against Jackson. She covered the subsequent criminal trial through Jackson’s acquittal in 2005. Dimond’s book, “Be Careful Who You Love: Inside the Michael Jackson Case” is seen as the definitive work on Jackson’s legal troubles.

Janet Rehban

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In present-day Los Angeles, Caroline Martin has everything but the thing her soul craves most: a daughter. When she undergoes what is supposed to be a routine hysterectomy, she unwittingly aborts the little girl she’s always longed for, leaving the unborn baby’s soul in limbo. Sharing a hospital room with Caroline is a pregnant woman who’s just been shot by her boyfriend. Her unborn child is barely hanging on―and the soul of Caroline’s hovering baby cannot resist the overwhelming urge to rebirth via this unclaimed fetus. In the aftermath of these events, two engaging heavenly guides, working together through sensitive humans, struggle to find an alternate way to help Caroline and her would-be daughter forge the link that was always meant to be between them―before the child’s brutal father makes good on his vow to steal the girl and disappear with her forever. By turns comic and tragic, Rachael’s Return explores the concept of soulmates, the afterlife, reincarnation, and relationships that never die, even as it offers readers a glimpse of the mysteries that exist within the ordinary and challenges assumptions about the true nature of reality.

Ryan Jay

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The summer days and nights are hot.  Not just the weather but the movies blasting all over the flat screen.  So many choices!  What we need is a great map.  Ryanjayreviews.com is such the spot.  This week Ryan talks about Tom Hank's big return to war dramas.  He says Greyhound is good but it truly needs the added flavor of a huge movie screen.  Netflix has jumped onto the movie map this weekend with The Old Guard.  Lots of action packed bloody moments but very good and filled with a lot of wows.  And here comes Andy Sandberg in Palm Spring on Hulu.  Well worth the laughs and fun.

Blank Pages

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July 10, 2020
Have we reached that point where the imagination no longer wants to hang with the body it was given at birth?  Wow!  Heavy question right?  I’ve been daily writing for 26 years.  Very rarely do I ever not have something to push into the surface of that giving tree.  On this podcast episode I’m totally transparent about what it’s like to wake up in 2020 and think, “Wow!  I’m sitting here looking at this blank empty page thinking that’s Ok.  It’s already full.”  A blank page already full?  Is that like driving down I-485 in Charlotte and there’s no traffic yet you’re hitting a hardcore speed of 22 mph like its rush hour?  What does it say about life?  Something with nothing is all we need in this moment of expression.  It’s almost feels like our hearts and imaginations no longer belong to us.  We’ve give it away to the smart phone.  Those monsters are more than pretty selfie’s and dog videos.  All that we require right now is the knowledge of the Covid-19 not being anywhere near our neighborhoods.  That’s followed by whatever else these news agencies are dumping into your system because they need to make money off sensationalism.  Now the world expects you to do your job.  To show up happy.  To put in extra minutes without pay because times are tough and true team players extend and not pull back.  The only thing I wanted to do this morning is what I’ve done every morning for 26 years.  Write!  Actually I call it verbal vomit.  I’m nothing more than the janitor that walks up to it.  Dumps the powder on it then sweeps it up to toss it away.  Like nothing ever happened.  I guess we could moan about our present place in history.  We can throw one of those king sized middle of the grocery store two year old child fits.  I want a NFL television two minute time out to sort this stuff out!  Not gonna happen.  I tried to watch Jimmy on late night last night.  Then I leaped over to Steve.  I couldn’t tap into what they thought was funny.  It wasn’t my mood!  I feel like those old black and white photographs our parents held onto.  It was their parents as children with very sad people standing around them.  Mom would say “That’s my grandmother and their siblings.”  I’d stare at them forever “But Mom.  They aren’t smiling.  Is this why you don’t smile a lot?”  Not a judgement call!  Really!  In all my beautiful years with this incredibly empowering woman she very rarely smiled.  How much longer America?  Take all the selfies you can.  The day of the old people frown can happen at any time.  Mom had an answer for me each time I questioned the pictures, “You have to understand son that the times were very tough and smiling required a lot of work.  We grew up knowing that fun was something you did when the work got done.”  This weekend I invite you to study the smiles of those around you.  Get a good look.  Savor it.  This nation isn’t going to back off on protecting each other from Covid-19.  When it truly hits let me see your new age selfie.  Cuz your grandchildren and those that follow will ask the very questions I did at their age, “But Mom.  Why aren’t they smiling

Thursday, July 9, 2020

One Step From Falling

<a class="spreaker-player" href="https://www.spreaker.com/episode/38053310" data-resource="episode_id=38053310" data-width="100%" data-height="200px" data-theme="light" data-playlist="false" data-playlist-continuous="false" data-autoplay="false" data-live-autoplay="false" data-chapters-image="true" data-episode-image-position="right" data-hide-logo="false" data-hide-likes="false" data-hide-comments="false" data-hide-sharing="false" data-hide-download="true">Listen to "One Step From Falling&#39;s Guitarist Bob Bardou Talks New Music" on Spreaker.</a><script async src="https://widget.spreaker.com/widgets.js"></script>


ONE STEP FROM FALLING, commonly abbreviated as OSFF, are an American art rock band formed in 2011 in Syracuse, NY.

The band have captivated and mesmerized audiences across the US with their unique sound and energetic live performances. With an eclectic blend of art rock, catchy melodies and heavy riffage that goes straight to your head, the OSFF style has been dubbed Heady Metal. Following the successful releases of The Wayside in 2015 and Stuck in 2018, digital sales and streaming plays continue an upward growth across the world.
 
ONE STEP FROM FALLING have had the pleasure of sharing the stage with many notable artists, including A Perfect Circle, Sevendust, Five Finger Death Punch, In This Moment, Killswitch Engage, Stone Temple Pilots, and Pop Evil just to name just a few. In addition, fans were treated to awe inspiring performances at Ink In The Clink in 2017 and Rocklahoma in 2018 as part of the festivals’ official line ups.

Play It Forward Episode 80



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Hey it’s Arroe.  This is Play It Forward.  A look at the unexpected changes endured by entertainers, writers, camera people and all others affected but not infected by the global invasion of the Coronavirus.

Real people.  Real stories.  The struggle to Play It Forward. 

Episode 80:

Bootsy Collins has dropped his latest single “Stars.”  It’s an all-star collaboration with American philosopher Dr. Cornel West, drummer Steve Jordan, banjo legend Béla Fleck, and featuring EmiSunshine and Olvido Ruiz.  

All proceeds from downloads and streams benefit the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund.  Bootsy has partnered with BMI and the Recording Academy for this single release to help benefit artist in need.  

That’s Play It Forward.  You can listen to the full conversations with these artists on three different podcasts. Like Its Live, Unplugged and Totally Uncut and View from the Writing Instrument found on all digital platforms. 


Tom Angleberger

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Bestselling Origami Yoda series creator Tom Angleberger was the perfect person to adapt the series—he’s a huge Geronimo fan! The series and character is a fan favorite for his family, and he read the books both to his kids and at his kids’ schools. On adapting this story to graphic novel format, Tom said, “I’ve wanted to draw comics since forever, but who would have believed I’d get to draw a famous(e) character like Geronimo Stilton? I’m a long-time fan, so I was able to really turn up the Geronimo-ness to 11. I had a ball!”  You’ve never seen Geronimo Stilton like this before! 

 

About the book: A stinky smell is taking over New Mouse City! No mouse can live like this! Geronimo and his best friend Hercule, the private detective, head underground into the sewer world of Mouse Island to investigate. Can they save the city from the stench?

Gwen And Jonathan From Naked And Afraid

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Only the strong will survive this season. The scorching savannah of South Africa sets the stage for a Naked and Afraid XL challenge unlike anything ever attempted on previous seasons. Twelve survivalists enter The Valley of the Banished. With resources scarcer than ever, it’s the ultimate take on survival of the fittest, leaving no room for slackers. To make it through this 40-day challenge alive, every survivalist will have to earn every step; while weak links will be cast out for the greater good of the group. All must give it their all or get out.

This season’s 12 veteran survivalists have come from all over the U.S. to a grueling kill zone in South Africa, a land so punishing and deadly that generations of ancient tribes were forced to survive by one brutal principle – banishing the weak. For the first time, four teams of Naked and Afraid veterans will have to follow the same rules for 40 days and 40 nights. In an environment where there is little to no vegetation and resources are nearly impossible to come by, only the strong will survive. Each survivalist must prove their worth to the group, or risk being cast out.

Make Yourself Available

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July 9, 2020
“Making yourself available.”  How many business leaders have shared those exact words with you?  “Make yourself available.”  I used to cringe at the presence of those words.  Because I knew everybody on the team wouldn’t leap onto the path the same.  Besides, what is available?  For how long?  Ok stop. That’s how we lived in January and February 2020.  On this podcast episode we put the focus on life in March and beyond.  Look at how you’ve had to make yourself available with family.  From teaching your children to learning how to get along with people you love but for how many hours is this going to last without a break?  Let’s be real with each other.  None of us have a map on how to get out of this Covid-19 mess.  Every day is a new page and way and the threat of going financially bust is that family secret.  But how long can we make ourselves available and is anyone else participating right?  Who are we doing it for?  I’ve literally been so busy in the recording studio and my wife will ask for a little help.  I look at the interruption as being something greater controlling the moment.  I’m being called away from the creative project to give myself a mental break.  Making yourself available doesn’t mean prepare yourself for less you time.  Learning to adjust your thinking rebuilds the cracked bricks on a path you had in January and February but now we’re all walking through this huge overgrown forest with no path beneath our feet.  Only to hear, “Make yourself available.”  What if that whisper?  What if that command?  Came from God.  “Make yourself available.”  Do you sit there and begin to complain?  Do you ask to see HR to get a witness?  Do you mope around and beg for a week to decide if you’ll play along or walk away?  “Make yourself available.”  What’s your personal perspective?  And in developing that point of view does it take you away from the projects demanding attention today?  Being aware of where you are right now is the safest place you can be.  You can’t jump into the unpredictable future that news agencies are trying to paint into place and your past can only be rewritten not relived.  Making yourself available for now.  This moment.  Being you right here.  No judgement.  Just you and the atmosphere.  Make yourself available for now.

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Play It Forward Episode 79



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Hey it’s Arroe.  This is Play It Forward.  A look at the unexpected changes endured by entertainers, writers, camera people and all others affected but not infected by the global invasion of the Coronavirus. 
Real people.  Real stories.  The struggle to Play It Forward.  
Episode 79:
If you were to seriously sit back and observe your present walk in life, your skills of survival long term outlook and walk through this Covid-19 valley was scalped years before you arrived to this present moment.  Singer/songwriter Dyson who was just featured on NBC’s Songland knows what she did as a 17 year old prepared her for these times of change…
West Worlds Leonardo Nam not only gets into his role but into the physical production of how the episodes of the third season were drawn together.  The entire team working diligently to bring high quality to the flat screen.  When you’re that close to creative minds, how does social distancing play out in your present day?
Wes Scantlin from Puddle of Mudd isn’t sitting back watching time pass by. He’s dropped a new full album while gearing up for the potential of there being a tour by years end.  With that thought in mind, being in quarantine is nothing new for him.  When you’re touring the globe you’ve always got to keep away from whatever might be out there.
That’s Play It Forward.  You can listen to the full conversations with these artists on three different podcasts. Like Its Live, Unplugged and Totally Uncut and View from the Writing Instrument found on all digital platforms.

James Veitch


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"James Veitch is one of those people that come along once every hundred years. I can't be more specific than that." - Conan O'Brien
"Playfully funny...the author's absurdist approach and enthusiasm for his work make for unpredictably funny reading. An amusing, oddball compilation." - Kirkus Reviews
The Nigerian prince eager to fork over his inheritance, the family friend stranded unexpectedly in Norway, the lonely Russian beauty looking for love... they spam our inboxes with their hapless pleas for help, money, and your social security number.
Suspicious emails pop up in our inboxes, and our first instinct is to delete unopened. But what if you responded to the deposed princess begging for money in your Gmail? Veitch dives into the underbelly of our absurd email scam culture, playing the scammers at their own game, and these are the surprising, bizarre, and hilarious results.
Inspired by a random scammer impersonating a friend, DOT CON shares the ridiculous stories of being inducted into the FBI, winning the Peruvian lottery (twice), owning offshore accounts, consignments of gold, and even partaking in a serious relationship in Moscow.
From a former Apple Store Genius whose high-tech comedy picks apart the constantly evolving and perplexing technology we live with, DOT CON is one part parody, one part thought experiment, and all parts vicarious fun.

Natalie Jenner

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For those of us in need of an uplifting, comforting, and escapist read about pulling together in troubled times and finding solace in community, the highly anticipated 2020 debut The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner is the perfect pick and I’d love to suggest Jenner as a guest on your show for May/June. Plus, the audiobook is narrated by Richard Armitage (British actor from North & South, The Hobbit, and more) – what could be more soothing than that?
Plot: World War II has just ended and Austen’s Chawton estate is at risk of being broken up and sold off to the highest bidder. Despite battling demons of their own, an unlikely group of locals and Austen fans  (a schoolteacher, a local doctor, a Hollywood actress, a Sotheby’s auctioneer, a farmer, and a young house servant) fight to ensure that her legacy lives on, finding hope and healing in the process. A powerful and moving novel that explores the tragedies and triumphs of life, both small and large, and the universal humanity in us.

Josh Dela Cruz


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Nickelodeon's hit preschool series Blue's Clues & You!, a remake of the groundbreaking and wildly popular series Blue's Clues, has a whole new generation of preschoolers searching for clues with beloved puppy Blue and new live-action host Josh (Josh Dela Cruz). In a brand-new special episode, "Blue's Sing-Along Spectacular," airing July 14th at 9 a.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon, it's Bluestock -- the Blue's Clue's music concert -- so Blue and her friends, pop star Ally Brooke, the sun (voiced by gospel sensation Yolanda Adams), Mailbox, Tickety Tock, Magenta, Josh, and Joe (Donovan Patton) take to the stage to perform show-stopping songs. 

Additionally, this summer will see the launch of brand-new Blue's Clues & You! toys that incorporate key elements from the show. The toys reinforce problem solving and creative play, and allow fans to interact with Blue and Josh in all-new ways. Podcast listeners will be also able to join in on the Blue's Clues & You! fun with the upcoming original podcast series, Blue's Clues & You!: Bedtime Stories (10 episodes), narrated by Dela Cruz, which wil let listeners skidoo with Josh and Blue into storybooks where sleepy-time adventures await.

Raised in New Jersey, Dela Cruz was inspired to become an actor after watching the original Blue's Clues series. Josh recently appeared in Disney's Broadway production of Aladdin, as well as CBS' Bull, and ABC's Time after Time. 

Talk To Yourself



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July 8, 2020

I talk to myself.  A lot!  Sometimes it’s good.  Other times outside people might think a military sergeant lives within the making of the mind body and soul.  If you really want to get serious, sitting on this computer pouring thoughts onto a screen is no different than giving your inner voices a reason to be seen, heard and experienced.  On this podcast episode we talk about how your greatest tool is that person we all talk to. You!  When I was a child people always warned me, “Talking to yourself is the first step toward insanity.”  Awesome!  What I don’t have is a split personality.  Toni Collette on the Showtime series United States of Tara does though!  Wow!  A brilliant binge watch on HULU!  No split personality for me.  I do though have the awareness of knowing of what’s taking place in the presence of Now.  Which project will get what personality of their own?  A voice, a say, the strength, a willingness to accept challenge and change defeat and new growth.  Walking into any moment should come with a requirement.  An expectation.  You should be held accountable.  I will not jump off a cliff.  Which is pretty weird because as that crazy teen I had no problem jumping off our house into the dirt.  No cliffs for me.  And yet throughout my forty one year broadcast career more radio decision makers felt they needed to tell me “To get where you want to be you need to leap.  In order to go up.  You have to go down.”  The question will always remain “What are you willing to give up?”  If you give up too much.  You’re going back down.  Sitting alone inside a radio station studio for all these years is probably why I’ve built up that relationship with the inner voice.  We’re all doubters.  We all have fear, guilt, shame and whatever else is moving through us during these endless Covid-19 days and nights.  60,000 new cases were reported in the United States yesterday.  60,000!   A seventeen year old girl in Florida passed away.  She attended a church event packed with 100 people.  Her mother was a nurse!  How about that voice in your head?  Doesn’t always match the voice in your heart.  What about the voice in your stomach?  Now add every single voice around you in human form.  One of the main reasons why people don’t stick with meditating on a daily and nightly basis is due 100 percent to that damn voice that won’t go away!  Yep.  The Real Monsters of America should be a Netflix drama series.  Why on earth would I want you to put energy in developing a relationship with something totally invisible but unbelievably loud?  Because that voice also has the ability to invite calm.  Get to know that voice.  Understand why it has to look like a pissed off Pennywise from IT.  What makes that voice happy?  What are the signs of it reaching out to punch you hard?  Calm…  When you make friends with that voice it treats your relationship with love.  That voice only wants attention.  It’s no different than you.  Because on the outside of your skin your voice is a lot of noise to other.  Walking in peace begins with self.  Enjoy the journey…


Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Play It Forward Episode 78

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Hey it’s Arroe.  This is Play It Forward.  A look at the unexpected changes endured by entertainers, writers, camera people and all others affected but not infected by the global invasion of the Coronavirus. 
Real people.  Real stories.  The struggle to Play It Forward.  
Episode 78:
Katherine McNamara was named one of Vanity Fair's "Breakout Bunch,"   An accomplished actor, dancer, singer/songwriter winning the 2018 People's Choice Award for Top Female Television Actress for her leading role of 'Clary Fray' in the Freeform series, Shadowhunter.  Most recently, she was cast as Mia, a tough street fighter, in the CW series Arrow.  During these days of social distancing how has she handled turn off the creative energy?
Paul Fishbein is passionate about Cult films.  So much so that he’s brought to binge watching Covid-19 trapped fans a new series called Time Warp The Greatest Cult Films of All Time.  In the reality of it all, one look outside his window, doesn’t life pretty much resemble such a film playing out on the streets of LA? 
Brandon Reid Allen fronts the band Boxcar Junkies.  His own personal on the street journey through a creative life with blankets of emptiness has prepared him and others around him for these swift changes on global soil.
That’s Play It Forward.  You can listen to the full conversations with these artists on three different podcasts. Like Its Live, Unplugged and Totally Uncut and View from the Writing Instrument found on all digital platforms.

Danny Trejo



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Inmate #1: The Rise of Danny Trejo is the feature documentary experience revealing the extraordinary life journey of Hollywood's most unlikely hero, Danny Trejo. From an early life of drugs, armed robbery and hard prison time, to the red carpets of Hollywood blockbusters and helping troubled addicts, Danny gives a firsthand account of one of the greatest transformations of human character ever put to film.

Having spent 71 years starring in a personal expedition that outshines any Hollywood fiction, Inmate #1: The Rise of Danny Trejo, is the shocking story of one man's capacity to overcome his demons, only to discover redemption through the most unlikely of journeys. Through the exploration of his old stomping ground and the supporting cast of family, friends and some of the world's biggest stars, join Danny Trejo as he delivers a raw and sobering account of his transformation from a hardened criminal to celebrated Hollywood icon and beloved friend of all who cross his path.

Gordon Javna


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Uncle John's Truth, Trivia, and the Pursuit of Factiness Bathroom Reader is filled with the latest tidbits from the world of pop culture, history, sports, and strange news stories. Strange History contains short history articles from over 30 Bathroom Readers—along with 50 all-new pages. From the 20th century to the Old West, from the Age of Enlightenment to the Dark Ages, from ancient cultures all the way back to the dawn of time, Strange History is overflowing with mysterious artifacts, macabre legends, kooky inventions, reality-challenged rulers, boneheaded blunders, and mind-blowing facts.

Lil Twist

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In WE tv’s popular series Growing Up Hip Hop, the next offspring of the biggest names in hip hop aim to do whatever it takes to rise above their legendary parents’ shadow. This season, the millennials learn what it’s like to be in the public eye and deal with heartbreak, strained family relationships, and a shocking arrest. Egypt Criss (Sandra “Pepa” Denton’s daughter) passionately defend her fiance Sam, while others threaten to release information that is sure to kill his name. Angela Simmons (Rev Run’s daughter), opens up for the first time about a devastating breakup and facing public scrutiny. And Boogie Dash struggles to decide whether he should support his newly arrested father, Damon Dash. All of this drama, a shotgun wedding, a life-altering secret, and more every Thursday night on WE tv!

One of the familiar faces seen on the show is Lil Twist. Lil Twist is a homegrown, hip-hop child prodigy born in Dallas who broke into the scene with the local hit “Texas Twist.” After being discovered by Lil Wayne while performing as an opening act for Wayne's tour, Lil Twist became a star amongst hip hop's newest school of teen sensations. As the youngest signee to Young Money Records, Twist has hit it big with hit singles like "Love Affair" and "Little Secret" and collaborated with his friend Justin Bieber. 

The Lyrics From Billy's Forest Chapter 208


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July 7, 2020

I love looking up words in the dictionary.  Not to be a “know it all” but to see if we’re using them the way they were meant to be.  I love the adventure the dictionary provides by way of how a word began and moved from country to country.  I study the different definitions a single word can have. Not because I’m a book worm!  I love words!  On this podcast episode we look up the word forest.  Seriously!  In 2020 a lot of building is taking place in cities around the world.  What defines a modern forest?  The dictionary says is a large area covered chiefly with trees and undergrowth.  I’ve lived in a forest for twenty eighty years.  Being the forest farmer I agree with the description.  I have a large area covered chiefly with trees and undergrowth.  But that’s not what this is about.  Ballantyne, North Carolina.  Huge corporate complex.  Millions of Carolinian’s drive by it a year.  Building after building.  Larger than life streets.  When I arrived in 1985 it was a collection of trees.  Today, from an outsider’s point of view it looks to have been ripped from its roots.  Not only am I a daily writer but I walk every day as well.  During these Covid-19 days it’s not going to be on the overcrowded yet beautiful greenways that Charlotte has masterfully designed.  I need nobody around me.  So at 6:00 in the morning Jazzie and I hit the five unforgettable parks inside the corporate park of Ballantyne.  What? Large lakes, trees, waterfalls, wild animals and everything else the dictionary says it must have in order to be a forest. I don’t want this to be a commercial for Ballantyne. The goal is to open your thoughts to the idea of something living and breathing beyond what you are assuming.  What looks to be tall buildings where decision makers are trying to save their businesses is physically and mentally connected to a forest that which provides peace.  The greatest storyteller’s of all time are trees.  Followed by rocks.  They know the way.  They’ve been here longer than you and ultimately it’s your choice not to hear how to survive the bad storms, hot summer days, wicked nights or the avalanche of bugs that creep into Carolina.  Trees know the way.  Make today that moment where you just listen.  Don’t say anything.  Stand next to a tree and just listen.  Pay attention to the amazing amount of life around the tree.  From the birds to the spiders, squirrels and so much more.  Watch as the summer breeze lightly provides the music for the leaves to dance.  Feel how the tree provides shade to keep you cool.  Be amazed at how the tree doesn’t judge who you are or where you are from.  Your front and backyard may actually have one or two trees.  Use your imagination and turn it into a forest. Belong to a new atmosphere of peace and Love.   


Monday, July 6, 2020

Play It Forward Episode 77

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Hey it’s Arroe.  This is Play It Forward.  A look at the unexpected changes endured by entertainers, writers, camera people and all others affected but not infected by the global invasion of the Coronavirus. 
Real people.  Real stories.  The struggle to Play It Forward.  
Episode 77: 
Jon Mullins is all about creating new beginnings.  Inspired to start singing in high school, he auditioned for an a cappella group and quickly became one of the leads. Soon thereafter, he started playing guitar and writing songs. His most recent adventure in music was making it to NBC’s The Voice.  He was part of that team that was forced to stay home but it wasn’t going to shut down his creative spirit.
To be wrapped up on the world of Metal and Rock.  Survival and success depends on that live performance to sell merch as well as recorded music is a challenge beast. For M Nox of Living Dead Star keeps us up to date with how the evolution caused by Covid-19 has to be lived in real time.
If you think Nick Cannon’s Wild n Out on VH1 is a fast out of control adventure, you can’t imagine what it’s like being inside the world of entertainment and everything stops.  For Justina Valentine the goal has been to keep her focus locked in on creative flow.   
That’s Play It Forward.  You can listen to the full conversations with these artists on three different podcasts. Like Its Live, Unplugged and Totally Uncut and View from the Writing Instrument found on all digital platforms.

Pod-Crashing Episode 63

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Pod-Crashing Episode 63 Remember when the only thing you heard on podcasts were comedians, political talkers, bloggers wanting to share their voice and hardworking deeply dedicated creative minds that somehow couldn’t land a job in radio. Gotta be honest with ya. I don’t know how I got to stay on that tower as long as I did. I was extremely tired of babysitting a radio show mixed by the heavily programmed computer. We’d spend four to six hours a shift sitting in the studio preparing for three to four breaks. Once voice tracking took over it was a completely different story. Listeners thought we were on the air when in reality many radio people were in the production room generating revenue for the sales department. Today it’s even more distant. For some radio companies it’s become the game plan to have one talent in fifteen or more cities at a time. The closest thing you’re gonna get to local radio is the receptionist. Podcasting has had its fair share of evolutions as well. From those early days of free spirit and frolicking around to a new age of the most brilliant authors and journalists delivering podcast seasons that keep you glued to those speakers like a longtime Howard Stern fan. Jo Piazza is one of them. A bestselling author, award-winning journalist and digital strategist. She’s the author of seven critically acclaimed books, both fiction and non-fiction which have been translated into more than ten languages. A former editor and columnist with Yahoo, Current TV and the New York Daily News, her work has also appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, New York magazine, Glamour, Elle and so many more. Her Podcast is Fierce: Stories of Women Who Changed the World - The stories she shares tell listeners how much the past matters. What happens when an entire category of change makers are overlooked? Fierce sheds much-needed light on the fierce women that history has undervalued. The award-winning journalist tells the story of one historical figure's life while connecting her legacy to a modern woman standing on her shoulders today.

Crispin Boyer

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The critters of Mount Olympus are back and on the quest of a lifetime! Leap into the world of Zeus the hamster and his gang of fellow pet store friends as they solve the mystery of the labyrinth in this hilarious modern-day take on the Greek myth of “Theseus and the Minotaur.” Zeus the Mighty: The Maze of the Menacing Minotaur is the second book in the action-packed Zeus the Mighty fiction series by Crispin Boyer. Entertaining and heartwarming, these middle-grade stories are inspired by the timeless myths of ancient Greece. Young readers join Zeus the overconfident hamster, Athena the wise cat, Ares the treat-loving pug, Poseidon the proud pufferfish and Demeter the loyal cricket in a laugh-out-loud adventure through their very own version of Mount Olympus.

 About The Maze of the Menacing Minotaur:

Their Mount Olympus is a pet supply and rescue center that sits high atop a hill in Athens, Georgia. Under the cover of nightfall, Zeus and his cohorts spring free from their cages and pursue quests bestowed upon them by the magical and all-knowing Oracle of Wi-Fi. In this adventure, there is a threat in Mount Olympus Pet Center, and the heroes are going to need guts, smarts and strength to triumph. The cast of characters must brave a mysterious maze (the pet center’s duct system) said to house a menacing monster. Deep in the labyrinth, the pets discover something terrible, ancient and big — much bigger than a hamster. Soon, all who live on Mount Olympus are in danger. Can Zeus the Mighty save the day?

Louise Mandrell



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There's something magical about the musical marriage of a timeless song and a compelling voice, and nowhere is that more evident than on Louise Mandrell's new album Playing Favorites. The 15-song collection includes her take on such well-loved country classics as "Crazy Arms," "He Thinks I Still Care," "You Don't Know Me," "Tennessee Waltz" and "Today I Started Loving You Again." Produced by Nashville legend Buddy Cannon, Time Life is set to release the new album on October 4, 2019.

Playing Favorites is a return to the spotlight for Mandrell, who hasn't released a new album in over 30 years. "A lot of people have asked if I've retired and I'd say, 'No, I've been on hiatus' because with my family if you say retired, they expect you to stay that way," says the vivacious brunette, who became an international star working with siblings Barbara and Irlene on the television variety show "Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters."

Longtime friend Clint Higham encouraged her to record the new album. With Playing Favorites, Mandrell brings a lifetime of experience to the project, infusing each song with a unique blend of passion and professionalism cultivated by years in the spotlight. With one listen, it is obvious her voice has retained all of its sultry warmth, and the relationship she has with these classic songs imbues the project with a soulfulness and emotional weight that resonates with listeners.

Working on this album was a labor of love for Mandrell because these songs are old friends with warm memories attached. Among the standards Mandrell puts her stamp on are the Conway Twitty classic "Hello Darlin'" and Johnny Cash's staple "Ring of Fire." Her friendships with both men and with other artists represented on the album make each song that much more special.

These days, Mandrell is enjoying a unique moment in her career. She's both an established veteran with a wealth of experience