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Sad Dog Found Tied to Lamppost with Note from Old Owner Now Ready for a New, Loving Home

It was’t long ago that 8-year-old Sasha was found tied to a lamppost near a medical complex in Clayton, North Carolina.

Tucked into the sad dog’s collar was a note from whoever abandoned the animal, asking that he be given to a “loving home.” Thought the note did not mention why Sasha was surrendered this way, it did mention all the things that make Sasha a great dog: He enjoys head pets, gets along with children and “absolutely loves steaks.”

A cute canine like Sasha didn’t stay tied to the lamppost for long. Joy Frannicola, who is currently caring for the dog, told PEOPLE via email that she was contacted by someone at the medical complex about the lonely pet.

Frannicola is the founder of Ruf Creek Ranch Animal Rescue, an animal rescue and adoption center based in Smithfield, North Carolina. By the time she learned about Sasha, the dog had already been picked up by Johnston County Animal Services and was under a mandatory 72-hour stray hold. 

An experienced animal rescuer, Frannicola called up shelter supervisor Graham Price and worked with him to assess Sasha’s health and temperament.

“He was underweight, somewhat lethargic and had hair loss from what we found was a flea allergy,” Frannicola said of what Sasha’s initial check-up revealed. The pup was obviously quite sad, too.

That frown soon turned upside down, however. Thanks to Frannicola and Price’s efforts, along with the assistance from Willowrun Veterinary Hospital, Sasha’s hair is growing back. He has also been neutered, brought up to date on his shots and dewormed.

His heart is healing, too: at Frannicola’s rescue, Sasha is receiving plenty of affection, regular walks and the opportunity to meet new animal friends. Now the only thing that is missing from this pooch’s life is the right forever home.

“He has not been adopted yet. Because of his history (as we know it), we are looking for a specific type of home for him.  He gets along with other dogs, but we would rather he be placed in a situation where he can have a one-on-one relationship with his human, and not have to share affection,” Frannicola said, adding that Sasha recently moved in with his foster mom, Lorna, who hopes to become the dog’s “furever” mom. 

“He is curious about his new surroundings, very eager to please. He loves to go on walks and have his head and ears rubbed. He is affectionate, and wants to be near his human. He would be the perfect companion for an older person or couple. Very low maintenance,” Sasha’s hero added about the many traits that make him a wonderful companion. 

It is still unclear why someone would leave behind such a sweet dog like Sasha, but Frannicola knows firsthand that pet surrender is not uncommon.

“I cannot begin to think of the reasons his family abandoned him, but the fact that he was left with the note shows that they did care for him and wanted the best for him. The economy here in North Carolina is not good. People are surrendering their pets to county shelters in record numbers,” she said. “Most of the shelters are posting that they are full, and if pets are owner-surrendered, they will most likely be euthanized because of space issues. I am hoping that he was left like he was because they knew the possibility of him being euthanized if surrendered to a shelter.”

Frannicola suggests pet owners who find themselves in this difficult situation reach out to local rescues and no-kill shelters. Rescue groups can likely provide food and supplies to families struggling to keep their pets, and can help owners find fosters or adopters if necessary.

To help Ruf Creek Ranch Animal Rescue find homes for Sasha and other dogs like him, visit the organization’s website


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It was Doug Ewert’s choice to leave Tailored Brands, but his departure as chief executive officer is also seen as an opportunity to get some fresh blood into the company.
That was the consensus of the men’s wear community on Wednesday as they continued to digest the surprise news late Tuesday that the longtime leader of the Fremont, Calif.-based company would be exiting at the end of September. Ewert, 54, said after the market closed on Tuesday that he would be retiring after a 23-year career with the men’s wear retailer.
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Fifth Harmony’s Ally Brooke Is Ready to ‘Unleash’ Herself with Solo Music: ‘For So Long, I Was in This Box’

Former Fifth Harmony member Ally Brooke is “Miss Movin On.”

The 25-year-old opened up exclusively to PEOPLE recently about her newest venture as a solo artist after the pop group announced an indefinite hiatus in May. First on Brooke’s list? She’s ready to “unleash Ally.”

“For so long I was in this box and now I’m out of it,” she says. “I’m able to be who I want to be.”

“Even my mom got emotional the other day. She’s like, ‘Ally, you are you again,’” she adds. “And it’s beautiful. It really is.”

Brooke recently signed a solo deal with Atlantic Records’ Latium Entertainment, where she says she is receiving all the support she has ever wanted to make her own music.

“I love being able to have a say in everything that I do,” the singer says. “They’re so open and also very smart and meticulous, and they pay attention to the details which is something that I’m just such a fan of.”

As for the type of work that fans can expect from her, Brooke says that the music “will be different than Fifth Harmony” but will still feature a young vibe that set the girl group apart from other artists.

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“It’ll definitely have some flavor and flair, and I’ll be able to really be a different Ally than I was in Fifth Harmony,” she says.

There is no date set for the release of her new music, but Brooke is excited “about a few records.”

“We’re kind of just going with the flow, but you should definitely stay tuned. Sometime between now and 2022,” she says, laughing. “AB1 is on its way.”

The Latina artist is also excited to pursue Latin-influenced music, and “definitely has plans” to sing in Spanish. In fact, her new label is known for Latin artists like Play-n-Skillz and Messiah, who is featured on the Spanish remix of Cardi B’s smash hit “Bodak Yellow.”

Cardi B is on the list of people Brooke would love to work with, along with Justin Timberlake and Jennifer Lopez, who has been one of her inspirations since she was young.

“She’s such an outstanding performer,” she says. “She’s Latina and she’s paved the way for so many people. For me to even exist, it’s because of her, which is unreal.”

Brooke has been working on a couple songs with songwriters and producers like Yei Gonzalez, who produced “Dinero” by Jennifer Lopez ft. DJ Khaled and Cardi B, Grammy winner James Fauntleroy from 1500 or Nothin’ and Diane Warren, who has had nine No. 1 songs on the Hot 100.

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“I actually had a dream list of writers to work with and was on there,” the “Perfect” singer says. “I found the list the other day and I scratched her name off which is really such a moment for me. It is very special.”

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Recently, Brooke attended the Teen Choice Awards, where she was nominated for Choice Electronic/Dance Song and met up with former Fifth Harmony singer Normani. Aside from interacting through social media, she says she and the girls haven’t seen each other since their last show in May.

“Everyone’s doing their own thing so we haven’t really talked to each other,” she says. “I think everyone’s just in their own lane, in their own element.”

Along with her solo ventures in music, Brooke has been an avid representative of the ASPCA. She recently began fostering two kittens named Ladybelle and Minnie and plans to adopt them soon.

“We need to be their voices. They don’t have voices and we need to protect them,” she says. “They’re pure beings and we just need to take care of them.”

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Brooke is content with where her life is today and says she is happy to have “the record label of my dreams.”

“I have a team who really believes in me and fights for me and who wants to see my visions come alive,” she says. “It feels like nothing I could ever describe, but I’m just thankful and I feel so blessed.”


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With Reebok, he lined up the collaborations with Vetements and Cottweiler, among others. He said he oversaw a 50-person team handling graphics, creative direction and colors, but was holistically influencing more than 100 people, including the design team for shoes, apparel and Reebok Classic, among others. Steinbrück said, “I loved what I was doing. I loved that brand. I loved the team. The people are awesome there. The story of the company is incredible. I learned a lot.”
He also imagined the interiors for Reebok’s new headquarters in the Innovation and Design Building in downtown Boston working with the architectural firm Gensler. His suggestions included open seating for employees so that no one is in

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Labor Ready in Erie,PA Receive Tribute & Medicine Help By Charles Myrick of ACRX

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http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.

The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

American Consultants Rx is working diligently to assist as many people and organizations as possible. It should be noted that while many other organizations and companies place a cost on their money saving cards, American Consultants Rx does not believe a cost should be applied, just to assist our fellow Americans. American Consultants Rx states that it will continue to strive to assist those in need.

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Ready Player One Opens Thursday, Mar 29, 2018

OASIS creator James Halliday left his immense fortune and control of the Oasis to the winner of a contest. When Wade Watts conquers the first challenge, he and his friends are hurled into a fantastical universe to save the OASIS and their world.

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Ready Player One Review

Though its pop culture Easter egg-filled trailers might have suggested otherwise, Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of the beloved sci-fi novel Ready Player One is far more than just a reference-fest. It’s an action film first, both in the relatively bland real world and in the colorful, over-the-top virtual one, and carries Steven Spielberg’s affinity for thoughtful timing and some genuinely thrilling sequences.

Taking place half in Columbus, Ohio and half in a virtual playground known as the Oasis, Ready Player One follows the story of Wade Watts (played by Tye Sheridan) as he searches for an Easter egg hidden by the Oasis’ creator, James Halliday (played by Mark Rylance). VR-obsessed humans in the real world are on the hunt for the Egg, and should they find it they’d be granted control of the Oasis and a significant amount of riches. It’s an appealing challenge, set in a VR world that feels like it absolutely could be real in a decade or three.

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LATEST TOMMY X GIGI BARBIE ON ITS WAY: The third edition of the Tommy x Gigi Barbie created in the likeness of Gigi Hadid, is about to hit the market.
The doll will be available on tommy.com and Barbie.com, at select Tommy Hilfiger flagships in London, Paris, Düsseldorf, Amsterdam and New York, and with select retailers globally starting at 6 a.m., EST, on Tuesday.
“The collaboration with Gigi and Barbie was an exciting new twist on our brand’s history of partnering with pop-culture icons and our ongoing ambassadorship with Gigi,” said Tommy Hilfiger. “The final look of the Tommy x Gigi Barbie doll is a celebration of a defining moment in the history of Tommy Hilfiger women’s wear.”
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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Ready for Reboot as It Officially Winds Down

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That was the question in the back of most people’s minds as Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin wound down its 20th and final edition in its current format here last week.
As previously reported, Mercedes-Benz and its MBFWB production partner IMG are parting ways after 10 years. Mercedes recently became an official partner of the fledgling Fashion Council Germany, which was widely taken as a sign that the automotive giant was ready to forgo its fashion week sponsorship in Germany. However, a spokesman then and now emphatically countered that notion, insisting Mercedes was talking to potential partners “who could do a platform for us. It is important to have a platform here, for we have customers we want to connect to fashion.”
What shape that platform could have remains unclear. He noted “everything can be of interest — a fashion day…a fashion week. We are sorting out every option, but we can’t say more at present.” Whether that new concept could be in place by January is also unsure, “but we are still optimistic that it can work,” the spokesman told WWD.
As for IMG, the focus now is on a consumer-focused fashion event in Berlin, which would involve new timing

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On Wednesday, Linda Hewson, the store’s creative director, said Selfridges’ storewide mantra is “buying better, inspiring change” as she laid out some punchy plans on the environmental front.
By 2020, Selfridges plans to reduce its carbon footprint by 50 percent, while by 2021 the store’s top 30 brands will need to have developed clear sustainability agendas. Hewson said the store plans to push the brands, if need be.
With the aim of helping its customers “buy better,” Selfridges also plans to start labeling some of its products, starting with cotton, denim and British brands, revealing their provenance and the brands’ commitment to supply chain transparency and the environment.
The store will also begin carrying the Positive Luxury butterfly mark on the site, which allows customers browsing Selfridges.com to read about the store’s efforts to become more sustainable.
In the fall, Selfridges will be holding a storewide campaign called Music Matters, with a series of events taking place in-store from a variety of musicians, including Skepta and A$ AP Rocky.
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PIPPA’S PLAN: It’s been five years since the world tuned into the nuptials of the Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge, and while the duchess may have been the star, her younger sister Pippa Middleton almost stole the show dressed in a white bridesmaid’s dress by Alexander McQueen. Viewers couldn’t take their eyes off her posterior as she lifted Kate’s train into Westminster Abbey.
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Speaking two days after a major victory for the NFL in its dispute with New England quarterback Tom Brady and the players’ union, Goodell defended the league’s discipline process for players in the wake of critical comments by New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees. A federal appeals court ruled Monday that Brady must serve a four-game suspension handed down by the NFL for the use of underinflated footballs at the AFC championship game in January 2015. The court overturned a ruling by a Manhattan judge while siding with the league in its battle with the NFL Players Association.



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Get Ready To Capture Pokémon In The Real World With Your Smartphone

The Pokémon franchise is venturing into augmented reality for the first time, Nintendo announced Thursday, so soon you’ll be able to catch ’em all in the real world.

The offering, called Pokémon GO, will function as an interactive game that lets players use their iPhones or Android devices to “catch” Pokémon as they go about their lives.

“Pokémon GO will use real location information to encourage players to search far and wide,” a press release says. “Pokémon GO’s gameplay experience goes beyond what appears on screen, as players explore their neighborhoods, communities, and the world they live in to discover Pokémon alongside friends and other players.”

The whole concept sounds a little like Pokémon meets geocaching, the interactive treasure-hunting game whose finds are hidden in the real world.

Part of the newly immersive experience will involve wearing Apple Watch-like tech called the Pokémon GO Plus. Users can keep the Bluetooth-connected device on when their phones are stashed away, and it will vibrate and flash if a virtual Pokémon is nearby.

The Pokémon GO Plus looks a little like a Happy Meal toy in the official photos, although The Verge has some close-up shots from a Nintendo press conference in which it seems a bit nicer. It’s unclear how much the device will cost.

This isn’t the first version of Pokémon on smartphones. Nintendo partnered with Japanese game-maker DeNA earlier this year to bring original titles featuring its famed characters to the iPhone. The first Pokémon installment, a puzzle game called Pokémon Shuffle, was released in early September. 

The move to smartphones is a notable departure from Nintendo’s past strategy, which relied heavily on selling its own game consoles and devices. The Japanese company has struggled over the past few years after disappointing sales of the Wii U.

Pokémon GO will be available for free in the App Store and through Google Play. The game will permit in-app purchases, a big moneymaker for some other apps. Players of the free Candy Crush Saga spent more than $ 1.3 billion on in-app features like extra lives and moves in 2014. 

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Donald Trump’s Red Plastic Cups Are Ready For Your Next House Party

For Donald Trump, campaign buttons and yard signage just don’t cut it (though, worry not, he’s monetizing those, too). The 2016 Republican presidential hopeful is getting into crucial housewares, selling “campaign party cups” in his online store. The 16-ounce vessels closely resemble Solo cups, the plastic classics that college kids around the country use for drinking games like beer pong and flip cup. One can’t help but to think a fratty demographic may be the product’s main target.

While any house party host can pick up a 50-pack of Solo cups at Walmart for less than $ 8, a three-pack of Trump’s slogan-stamped cups cost $ 3.  

According to the product page, Trump’s cups are “proudly made in USA,” presumably in line with the candidate’s promise to “make America great again!” 

For supportive sippers who prefer drinking straight from the can, Trump is also selling American-made koozies to keep beverages cool while screaming his name. A 6-pack of these goes for $ 20.

Trump is not the only 2016 hopeful making the most of the Foodie Generation, offering culinary accessories with which supporters can decorate their kitchens or guzzle beer. Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton has “Chillary” koozies available on her campaign site, as well as cookie cutters, pint glasses, coffee mugs and the “Grillary Clinton Spatula.” 

GOP candidate Jeb Bush, too, has turned to the kitchen to earn support. His $ 75 guacamole bowl – er, “Guaca Bowle” — looks like it will last for years to come, no matter who wins this race.

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Cat Helps You Get Beach Body Ready

Happy summer, everyone! I know what you’re thinking. “Tater, where have you been?!” Where haven’t I been? It’s summer! I’ve buried my paws in the cool sands of my litterbox, basked in the sun-laden windowsill, run screaming from the flowing waters of the bathroom faucet (Felicia, I am not getting my hair wet!). All in all, it’s been a great summer. But one question I get more often than not is, “Tater, how do you get that flawless beach bod?”

Although I’m a gent who usually plays his cards close to his vest, I decided to help those less fortunate than me and share my top five beach body secrets. Are you ready? Are you ready to be drop-dead “oh my god, who IS that” gorgeous? Because with great power comes great responsibility.

Alright, here we go.

1. Start Juicing!

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While I was up at 4 a.m. the other morning chasing a dust bunny, I saw this amazing infomercial for a juicer. And oh my god, I just knew I needed to get one! The models had such flawless skin and instant six packs I thought, “Why isn’t that me?” I knocked over the telephone receiver (a game I like to play regardless of ordering juicers) and pounced in a bunch of numbers (firetrucks showed up!!!) and in a couple days, my juicer arrived.

Truth be told I haven’t actually juiced anything yet, but the box is the sh*t!

2. Go low-carb.

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I like my beer. But I also know that not everyone can pull off white fur (especially after Labor Day), so I have to be careful of my waist line. It’s okay to treat yourself once in a while. Just make sure you keep up a routine of randomly freaking the eff out and doing wind sprints across the apartment. You’ll be fine.

3. Practice those planks!

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I hate plank poses. Seriously. And although curling up in a circular ball is way more comfy, it also makes you look fat! I’m sorry, but someone had to say it. Remember not to let your butt or tail stick up in the air. It’s all about “lines.” Just look how lithe and lean I look! That’s called practice, people. Also, my eyes are bugging out because I can’t do hippie dippie yoga without doing about 20 hits of cat nip. Namaste.

4. Find your light.

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Half of looking super good is knowing your angles. I pretty much look amazing whether I’m hiding under a blanket or draped across a computer keyboard while you’re trying to work. But the right lighting can take you from looking like a schlub to cat food model in no time. Three words for you: three-quarter turn! Also, suck in that stomach. We know you’ve been eating treats.

5. Get active outdoors!

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“But I’m an indoor cat!” Yeah, you’re an indoor cat with an indoor gut. That’s why you’re reading this article. It’s time to get out and get active!

And if you can’t get out, at least have your friends photoshop you participating in outdoor sports. Here I am sailing on a cat tree gondola in Riviera Maya. Did I really do it? No. Do I really care? No, but I look amazing!

Well, there you have it! Five easy ways to get yourself beach body ready! And should all of the above fail, there is one more trick to looking summer fierce: resting b*tch face. It’s one size fits all.

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New ‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2’ Posters Show The Cast Ready For Battle

A new collection of “Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” posters has been released, showing the cast decked out in war paint and ready for battle.  

The series of images is titled “Faces of the Revolution” and features portraits of Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence), Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), Gale (Liam Hemsworth), Cressida (Natalie Dormer), Johanna (Jena Malone), Finnick (Sam Clafin), Prim (Willow Shields) and Boggs (Mahershala Ali), their faces painted with a red mockingjay. 

Entertainment Weekly shared Gale’s poster, which shows him staring straight at the viewer, his eyes a piercing blue, with the words “Brothers Unite” and “The revolution is about all of us” printed across the bottom of the frame. 

Katniss’ poster is equally dramatic, with her intense stare evoking the strength and determination that made her “The Mockingjay” in the first place. 

All eight posters are being released by Lionsgate on July 6 via the film’s official Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts. Comicbook.com has them all in one place for your viewing pleasure. 

The posters come just a few days before Comic-Con, where the cast will be on hand for a Q&A about the final film in the franchise. 

If only they’d release the movie already. Five months to go …

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Ron Diamond’s Animation Show of Shows Coming to Comic-Con, Getting Ready for Nationwide Debut

Toon fans rejoice! The Animation Show of Shows will soon be coming to a theater near you.

Thanks to a successful Kickstarter, this animation industry favorite will now transition from being an insider-only exclusive to becoming a program that film fans around the world can participate in and enjoy.

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For those of you who don’t know: The Animation Show of Shows has long been Ron Diamond‘s baby. For the past 16 years, this veteran animation producer has circled the globe seeking out the very best new animated short films. Which sounds like it might be a fun way for a cinema fan to spend their time, but is actually a quite challenging task.

“Just recently, I sat through a screening of over 200 student films. All because I was looking for those one or two short animated films that I might consider adding to the line-up on my next Animation Show of Shows,” Ron explained during a recent phone interview.

And previously — once Diamond has selected all of that year’s animated gems — he’d then truck this feature-length compilation to animation studios like Disney, Pixar and Blue Sky. All with the hope that — by exposing these creatives to what the next generation of animators was up to — he’d then inspire these folks to explore unexpected ideas.”

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“And while I don’t mean to brag, I think that I’ve got a pretty good eye for this stuff. 29 of the films that I’ve showcased in previous Animation Show of Shows have gone on to get Academy Award nominations. And 9 of those animated short films then went on to win the Oscar,” Ron continued.

But after 16 years of annually assembling this great collection of animated short films which was then meant to educate and inspire industry insiders, Diamond was looking to broaden his horizons. He wanted the general public to now be able to get in on the fun. Which is why Ron set up a not-for-profit organization that would then make it possible to The Animation Show of Shows to expand its mission.

“After all, it’s one thing to show these new animated short films to industry insiders who then might have some knowledge of who these fledgling filmmakers are, the reputations of their teachers and/or their independent work. And it’s an entirely different thing to show these great new animated short films to an audience that’s going in cold. That has absolutely no context when it comes to who these filmmakers are and where the ideas for each of these new animated shorts may have come from,” Diamond stated.

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That was what really drove Ron to get a Kickstarter campaign going for the Animation Show of Shows. If he was going to transform this showcase of new animated short films into something that members of the general film-going public could genuinely understand and appreciate … Well, that then meant that Diamond would have to craft profiles of the talented individuals who had created these animated short films. And given that Ron prides himself on always putting together a program that represents what is going on internationally in animation that year, that then meant Diamond was going to need to send film crews around the globe to create these contextual pieces that would profile that year’s top animators.

Thanks to the generous pledges of the people who supported Ron’s vision for a more ambitious, broader reaching Animation Show of Shows, those profiles will now be included in Diamond’s next feature-length compilation of the finest animated shorts from around the world. Not only that, but Ron will be using these funds to expand into the field of restoration. Singling out great animated short films from the past that need to be preserved and shared.

By the way, if you’re headed to San Diego next week for the 2015 edition of Comic-Con and want to get a sense of the sort of show that Ron Diamond plans on presenting very soon at a theater near you, the 16th Annual Animation Show of Shows will be presented in Hall H on Friday, July 10th from 10 – 11:30 a.m. Hopefully — as part of the Q & A session that’s supposed to follow this presentation — Diamond will then discuss his plans for this award-winning series of animated short films.

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Kardashian Throwback Photo Proves Kim Has Always Been Camera Ready

Turns out Kim Kardashian loved the camera long before she became the internet’s selfie queen.

In a throwback photo posted to Kris Jenner’s Instagram on Friday, an adolescent Kim poses alongside Kourtney Kardashian and two friends in a very model-esque pose.


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All these years later, Kim and Kourtney’s younger sister Kendall Jenner actually is a veritable supermodel. Which makes us wonder: might there be some fun old footage still to be unearthed that hints at her future walking the runway? Aside from old episodes of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” that is.

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7 Signs You’re Ready for a Major Life Change

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There are moments in life when we know we need to drastically shift the course of our lives in order to live a life we love and truly be happy. Moments that while sometimes scary, will lead to a change that allows us to grow, evolve, and finally become who we were meant to be.

Wondering if you’re ready for that level of change and the joy that follows? Here are seven sure-fire signs you are ready and open for the big changes ahead.

1. You’re going through a life upheaval.

When you are experiencing a life upheaval whether it’s in your career, relationship, family life, or finances, it’s usually an indication that a change of course is necessary. It also represents an opportunity for you to learn more about yourself, what you want, and how to make the necessary changes to deliver the joy and peace you are seeking. A major life upheaval is nothing more than an invitation to do a bit of digging to grow and evolve as a person while setting new strategies into place to make life what you want it to be. Don’t let this rocky road be a sign that your life is doomed.

2. You’re at the end of your rope and you know it’s now or never.

You’ve been thinking about making a change for a while and you have had just about enough of the lack, unhappiness, frustration, and negativity that has been seeping into your soul. You’re ready to rewrite your life story and make it one of joy, peace, abundance, and success and are willing to do what it takes to create a life you love because you know you are worthy of that. We all are.

3. You’re tired of merely surviving.

You know on a fundamental level that life is meant to be enjoyed, experienced and truly loved and just paying the bills and getting by each month is slowly killing the creative and adventurous soul of yours. You dream of the day you can finally do what you love and live your life purpose and you are no longer willing to just survive. Your soul is telling you it’s your time to thrive.

4. Your current life is too small to fit your big dreams.

You’ve got big dreams and as you look around your current life you know that some things are going to have to shift dramatically to make room for everything you want to do. Whether you want to quit your job and backpack through Europe or build a cabin in the woods to write your amazing novel, big things need to happen and you know that in order for your dreams to become reality, you have to embrace the changes that are coming.

5. Your soul is calling you to be, have, and do more.

At first glance you thought life was great and you had nothing to complain about, but you are beginning to feel an internal desire to do so much more. Your vision isn’t completely clear and you aren’t sure where you might end up, but things are changing within you already and you know that as soon as you say ‘yes’ to that little voice inside nudging you along, the dominoes will begin to fall and your life is going to transform before your very eyes. It’s not a question of if you have more to be, have, and do, it’s a question of if you are ready. Well, are you?

6. All signs point to ‘YES’.

You’re noticing a common theme in your circle of friends, colleagues, and in the world around you. More people are making seemingly crazy decisions to quit their jobs, move across the country, or live their big dream and you can’t help but wonder why. The truth is, these are merely messages from the Universe telling you, yes my dear it’s time. Time for you to take the leap, the risk, and live a little (or a lot). There’s a whole world out there waiting for you and you are beginning to understand your time is coming.

7. You’re reading this article.

The fact that you are on the verge of a major life change isn’t news to you. You can feel the inner rumbling of your dreams and the magnetic force of inspiration pulling you to your purpose and this article is just confirmation for you. Listen to your heart and take the next step. There is no secret map that will highlight your path for you, all you have to do is follow your intuition and take inspired action. It really is that easy.

Lamisha Serf-Walls is a life coach for women who are ready to live an amazing life on their own terms, but feel held-back and frustrated in how to make that happen. Her mission is to create a community of empowered, free flowing, lovers of life who live a life of freedom with ease and inspire others to do the same. You can learn more about Lamisha and what she offers by visiting her Online, on Facebook, or Twitter.

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“You are relevant. You are relevant.” It’s something anyone sitting on the outside of power would say to themselves to get psyched up. But coming from Timothy Simons, who plays the resident D.C parasite Jonah Ryan on “Veep,” it’s hilariously bogus. In a video from Vanity Fair and Funny or Die, Simons prepares himself for Nerd Prom (aka the White House Correspondents’ Dinner).

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The best part of any sports movie is the inspirational speech right before The Big Game. Whether it's the Super Bowl or Little League, there's nothing a good, old-fashioned motivational speech can't fix! If watching the classic pep talks from these famous football films still isn't enough to pump you up, then maybe checking out some of the locations where they shot the movies will do the trick instead. 

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Remember the Titans

In the movie, which is (loosely) based on a true story, Coach Herman Boone takes his team, newly integrated and struggling to bond, on a run and then proceeds to give what is easily one of the top three inspirational sports pump-up speeches at Gettysburg National Military Park — although reportedly, shots were filmed at Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park, which makes sense because a lot of the movie was shot in Georgia. 

The Replacements

You could visit Ohio Stadium, since Keanu Reeves' character, Shane Falco, was a former Ohio State QB who choked in his final game and was never able to go pro, or you could visit the Baltimore Ravens' home M&T Bank Stadium, also known as "Nextel Stadium" home of the "Washington Sentinals". Just don't expect any strippers-turned-cheerleaders.

Any Given Sunday

If the NFL doesn't have enough drama for you, then inserting yourself into the semi-alternate universe of Any Given Sunday, where the AFFA league rules and you can see the fictional California Crusaders play at, ironically, Florida's Sun Life Stadium. The Orange Bowl and Texas Stadium, where the fictional Miami Sharks and Dallas Knights played, respectively, have been demolished. It's like they don't even care about the fake history behind the fields!

Jerry Maguire

First, swing by Dorothy's House, and then after your agent shows you the money you can go treat yourself and your date to a nice meal at Paco's Tacos Cantina — and be sure to sit by the fish tank like Jerry and Dorothy if you can swing it.

Varsity Blues

Attempt to recreate the experience of being a super popular Varsity football star by visiting some of the Austin filming locations for the high school classic. The Landing Strip Gentleman's Club is a great place to blow off steam when your controlling coach is being too tough, or if you're not into the strip club scene (but do keep in mind, these are high school boys we're talking about) you can always grab a burger at Top Notch Hamburgers. Whipped cream bikini and terrible fake accents not included.

The Waterboy

If you're a fan of Adam Sandler movies (and don't think that he is, in fact, the devil) you can visit the real-life stadium that served as the home field for the South Central Lousiana State Mud Dogs:  Spec Martin Stadium in DeLand, Florida. Or, if your husband leaves you for a voodoo priestess he met in New Orleans, you can always get advice on the best way to exact revenge at  Marie Laveau's House of Voodoo.

Friday Night Lights (TV)

Clear eyes, full heart, can't lose. Okay, that wasn't always the case for the Dillon Panthers, but you can pay tribute to the TV show by visiting the Panther's Field (Friday Night Lights TV Show) where some of the games were shot (in the early season when it was actually about football, at least). In fact, the reason the Dillon Panthers were even called the Panthers in the first place is because that was the mascot of the high school where they were filming. 

Friday Night Lights (Movie)

The movie version portrays Odessa as a tiny little one-horse town, but that's not exactly the case: even back when the movie takes place, there were more than 250,000 people in the greater Odessa area. That adorable little downtown street from the first scene of the trailer is actually Manhattan, Kansas.

Rudy 

Of course, there's nowhere to better experience this iconic football movie than at Notre Dame Stadium (seriously, duh.) You can cheer on the underdog or just dream of hearing the crowd chanting your name as your beloved teammates carry you off the field (is that so much to ask?), but even spending even a few hours on Notre Dame's campus will give you an idea of just how much these fans love football. And make sure to say hi to Touchdown Jesus!

Blind Side

While this high school football movie takes place in Memphis, it was mostly filmed in Georgia, including (oddly enough) at Agnes Scott College, Decatur's women's college. But, (spoiler alert, but not really since this is based on a true story and we all know how it ends) the happy ending sees Michael Oher playing for Ole Miss at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

Longest Yard

We can't be sure what the inmates at Georgia State Prison are up to at any given moment, but I guess there's a chance that Burt Reynolds is leading a ragtag team of prisoners in a high-stakes football exhibition game against the guards (we're pretending that the 2005 Adam Sandler remake didn't happen. Plus, two Adam Sandler movies in one list is a bit much).

Brian’s Song

Contemplate one of the saddest made-for-TV movies ever (seriously, think about how it was based on a true story and try to not cry) made with a thoughtful walk (we won't tell anyone if you shed a tear or two) along Lakeshore Drive near the  John G. Shedd Aquarium.

Little Giants

Fumblerooski, fumblerooski! If you forgot just how dramatic pee-wee football can be, relive Little Giants at the field at John Burroughs High School in Burbank. Now, if only all pee-wee coaches could be more like Rick Moranis…

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The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

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Catch up with Kym, Joshua and the whole village, as Raising Whitley returns for an all-new season. Rodney is back in Joshua’s life and Wendell made a big move to L.A. Meanwhile, Kym continues to cope with the reemergence of Joshua’s birth mother.

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Are You Ready To Be A Parent? Answer These 4 Questions First

You don’t really think that having kids is just about baking brownies, buying cute little clothes, going to soccer games and reading bedtime stories, right? Far from it! It can be equal parts grueling and rewarding. Dr. Phil explains there is a level of emotional, financial and physical commitment that many don’t anticipate. Ask yourself these four questions to help determine if you’re ready to become a parent.

1. Have you thought of the long-term commitment?
Are you willing to make the sacrifices of money, emotion, sleep and energy, and put much of your life on hold for decades to come? There is an implied contract with the child that you are saying, “I will be your fiduciary. I will protect you along the way.” That takes a ton of work along with sacrifice after sacrifice.

2. Have you looked at it from your potential child’s point of view?
Babies don’t have a vote, so you need to look at all your circumstances from a baby’s point of view and ask: “Would I want you to be my mom or dad?” Are you in a position to offer a stable environment emotionally and financially? If you’re not ready, it’s your job to get ready before you bring a baby into this world.

3. Are you and your partner on the same page?
Do you and your significant other have a game plan for raising the child? Have you discussed and agree on discipline, religion and education? Who will take care of the child and who will work? Figure out a plan before you get pregnant.

4. Are you having the child for the right reasons?
Have you examined why you want to be a parent? Children shouldn’t be born with a job — like saving your marriage or giving you unconditional love, if that’s what you’re thinking. Think long and hard about your true motivations.

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Jon Stewart And ‘The Daily Show’ Are Ready For The NEXT Nude Photo Scandal

Some people are blaming the victims of the Hollywood nude photo hacking scandal for taking the pictures in the first place. But on Wednesday night’s “Daily Show,” host Jon Stewart fired back with the perfect response.

“I get it. These women were asking for it,” Stewart said. “It’s like they said to the Boston Strangler’s victims: ‘If you don’t want to get strangled, you shouldn’t have had a neck.'”

With that, Stewart turned to Senior Technology Correspondent Jordan Klepper, who’s clearly ready for the hackers: He appeared completely nude with his (hopefully not real) bank account and password information scrawled across his body.

“I’m taking back my sexual power,” Klepper declared. “You want celebrity naughty bits? Here they are: DING DING DING DING DING. Dinner time, you sick fucks!”

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If You’ve Been Rushing Around and Multitasking, Get Ready for the Consequences

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Most people think running around as fast as they can trying to get things done, doing multiple things at once, results in more efficiency and productivity. How many people would be surprised to learn that they are actually creating inefficiency and lack of productivity? Impossible? Well, ask yourself how many details you overlook and wrong decisions you make when you’re on turbo speed? Then, ask yourself how much time it takes you to go back and correct all the errors that were made?

The fact is, we accomplish a lot less when we’re in a hurry and dividing our attention between several different things at one time. The reason for this can easily be explained from an energetic point of view. You would naturally assume that the faster you are going, the faster your energy vibration, and therefore, you are attracting the same faster, higher vibration of the things around you. This type of raised vibration is aligned with happiness, peace, joy, and a general ease of flow to life. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth.

The truth is that our bodies and minds working at a breakneck pace is experienced on a frequency that is very low and slow. This means that we align ourselves with other things that are of a low vibration, like anger, fear, worry, and frustration. When we’re rushing around and not being mindful of our thoughts and actions, we are creating more of what we’re trying to avoid. This is when mistakes happen, decisions are poor, and nothing seems to go right.

Take a moment throughout your day and ask yourself if you feel centered or off-balance. If you feel centered, then you’re calm, in control of your emotions, and aware of everything that’s happening around you, which you are able to handle with efficiency. If you feel off-balance, then you are scattered, stressed, and everything you touch turns into a big mess…one thing goes wrong, then another, then another until you wish you hadn’t gotten out of bed that day!

If you do feel off-balance during the day, here are some ways you can slow down, and therefore, raise your vibration, so that you accomplish much more and experience a peaceful life.

1) Stop in Your Tracks

Whatever you are frantically doing, no matter what it is, you need to stop immediately. If you don’t, you’re headed down a very slippery slope. Nothing good can come from frantic energy. You are just asking for trouble. Know that whatever it is you are doing will get done when, and if, it is meant to get done. Recognize that you have been thrown off balance and need to collect yourself and get centered before you unwittingly pull in negative circumstances.

2) Step Out of the Room

If there are people around you, there is a distinct possibility that you are picking up on their energy, which may be carrying with it all kinds of issues that they are having at the moment. So step out of the room in order to break the energy, close your eyes, take a deep breath, and imagine yourself with white light around you like a shield. All you’re doing is creating the intention for yourself of being your own sovereign being of energy and not absorbing it off of others.

3) Trust Life

Trust and have faith that everything works out the way it is supposed to, and that, you don’t need to control each detail of a situation. Believe me, life will go on and time will pass whether you are in charge or not. Trust that all will happen in its own timing, and you will get where you are going at the perfect moment.

Be sure to remember that when your mind and body are flying around, so to speak, be aware that it’s happening and breathe. Because in that moment, you are choosing your alignment – your point of attraction to all things. Simply taking action to be calm and mindful will attract the perfect solutions and situations to come in for you at the perfect time.
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Ready to let go of “Let It Go” ? Disney isn’t. Mouse has five year plan for “Frozen” franchise

You’ve no doubt already heard about all of the box office records that Frozen has broken over the past eight months (With the most recent one being the 16 weeks that this Walt Disney Animation Studios production spent as the No. 1 film in Japan. Frozen sold over $ 240 million worth of tickets in that country before it was finally knocked out of the top spot. Ironically enough by another Disney movie, “Maleficent”). But were you aware of how well the Frozen soundtrack has been selling?

To date, an estimated 2.78 million units of the Frozen soundtrack have been sold. More to the point, this Walt Disney Records release has topped the Billboard 200 album chart 13 times since January.

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And since Disney executives dearly wants to keep this billion dollar franchise front-of-mind with consumers for years yet to come, they’ve now decided to use Frozen‘s songs as a way to keep the public excited about this property.

Don’t believe me? Then check out the all-new music video version of “Do You Want to Build A Snowman?” which debuted on the Disney Channel just last night. Twenty-six Disney stars came together last month to record an all-new arrangement of this Bobby Lopez / Kristen Anderson-Lopez song which Marco Marinangeli put together. All with the hope that this new music video would then help keep tweens excited about Frozen‘s tunes.

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Or — better yet — how about the “For the First Time In Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration” show. This live stage show is presented seven times daily at Disney’s Hollywood Studios as part of this theme park’s summer-long “Frozen Summer Fun” promotion. And given the hundreds of little kids & their parents who now stand in the blistering hot Central Florida sun for hours daily just to get the chance to sing along with Anna, Elsa & Kristoff inside the Premiere Theater, these songs still clearly have a powerful hold over a huge audience.

At least what’s the folks who run the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood are hoping. Given that they’ll be bringing the sing-along version of Disney Frozen back to this classic movie palace for two weeks starting on August 22nd.

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And on the consumer products side of the Mouse House, Disney believes that its Frozen karaoke album (which just debuted in Billboard’s top 20) will be a big seller. And starting in late August / early September, look for a brand-new wave of Frozen -themed merchandise to hit stores which will then attempt to capitalize on the continuing popularity of this film’s soundtrack.

These items include the Frozen Crystal Kingdom Vanity from JAKKS Pacific (which includes a musical feature where Anna & Elsa magically appear in this vanity’s mirror and then singing excerpts from this Academy Award-winning film’s score), a “Frozen Sing-Along Storybook” from Disney Publishing which includes a CD as well as the lyrics to this movie’s song, a Frozen Cool Tunes Sing-Along Boombox from Kid Design as well as a Frozen Sing & Swing Olaf plush from Just Play.

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And let’s not forget about Disney on Ice presents Frozen, the music-filled arena show that will be premiering at Orlando’s Amway Center on September 4th before Feld Entertainment then sends it off on a year-old Northern American tour. Not to mention the stage version of Frozen which Bobby & Kristen are reportedly already prepping for Disney Theatrical to produce in the not-so-distant future. And then there’s the Frozen ride that the Imagineers are reportedly prepping as a replacement for Epcot’s Maelstrom attraction.

And all of this is being done because Disney CEO Bob Iger — during a recent quarterly earnings conference call — identified Frozen as one of the Company’s top five franchises. “So you can expect us to take full advantage of that over the next at least five years,” Iger told investment analysts.

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So while you personally may be ready to let go of Let It Go, The Walt Disney Company certainly isn’t. So you should probably look for the Mouse to seek out all sorts of new ways (EX: Next summer’s “In Summer” promotion. Given that Olaf has now been identified as Frozen‘s break-out character, look for all sorts of snowman-themed beachware to show up on store shelves for Spring of 2015) to extend Frozen‘s current hot streak.
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Chats with Camper Van Beethoven’s Victor Krummenacher, The Ready Set’s Jordan Witzigreuter, Alex Orbison and More

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A Conversation with Victor Krummenacher

Mike Ragogna: El Camino Real, is the companion album and follow-up to La Costa Perdida, but what exactly was the link to that project? Was it recordings that occurred around the same time?

Victor Krummenacher: We had a bunch of recordings left over. When we made La Costa there were a lot of good things that got left off, they just didn’t end up having a home, and we thought, “We should do something about this.” It seemed like the logical continuation would be to go write a few more songs and see what we could do. We had such a distinctive theme and it was so Northern California-based, we really worked those metaphors quite a bit, but David [Lowery] and I are from Southern California and we hadn’t really worked the Southern California thing, so we thought, “Let’s just try it and see if we can adapt the songs in progress and write some new songs and just do something…” In a sense, La Costa… was fairly pastoral, there was a lot of Beach Boys influences and others that were really Northern California-centric, but David and I are from Southern California, and we definitely grew up on pretty aggressive punk rock music, there were a couple of things that were really, really punk rock that we had left off and we said, “Let’s just see if we can integrate it, because we already have these California themes, let’s just see if we can push this.” So it was a pretty simple decision, really.

MR: Is that at the heart of Camper Van Beethoven, the shared experiences of growing up in the same world as David?

VK: Yeah, I think so. That’s really how we relate. Camper Van Beethoven is like a diaspora. David lives in Athens, Georgia and Richmond, Virginia, Greg and I are like the last two California holdouts. Our drummer lives in Australia. We’re all over the place, but the thing that we really have in common is that we grew up in the same place. It’s been a lot of time, thirty one years.

MR: Your group is so geographically disparate, so what’s the recording process like?

VK: Well, we try and maximize when we’re around. Last year, I had a full time job and played seventy shows, and I’m not quite sure how I did that. It kind of seems like a dream now. But at the end of the touring cycle as we were going into the festival we had a show at Outside Lands and because Jonathan was out from Sweden and everybody was in the area we convened in Berkeley. Everyone had a couple of ideas and we wrote companion pieces–a lot of the work actually ocurred during the composition of La Costa…; we wrote those in August. Literally it was like, “Okay, we have an hour, I have a chord progression that goes like this, do you have an idea for a riff? Okay. The clock starts now, it’s one o’clock. At two o’clock we have to have a take, go.” It may sound strange, but I’m pretty trustful of our ability to write. A lot of people would do this, Richard Thompson sits in his living room, the kid sits in his basement, sometimes you just have to say, “It’s time to write!” I work in journalism, you know what a deadline is.

MR: Who do you work for?

VK: I work for Wired magazine, I manage their art department.

MR: So cool! Victor, let me ask you, when you guys listened back to the finished album, how did it strike you as a unique project, despite its association with La Costa Perdida?

VK: The record strikes me as more aggressive and more chaotic, which I think is more reflective of Los Angeles and its environment. Like I said, there’s a little darkness in La Costa Perdida but it’s kind of more rural darkness. In keeping its more pastoral feeling I think a lot of the places we were kind of psychologically living in the songs were coastal, because we spent a lot of time on the coast, and that can be a little quieter. David grew up in Redlands, I grew up in Riverside, those were hardly pastoral, it’s hotter, it’s drier, it’s meaner, it’s grittier. We both spent a lot of time living in Hollywood, so there’s a touch of–are you familiar with the Mike Davis book City Of Quartz?

MR: Yes.

VK: Yeah, so it’s more psychologically related to City Of Quartz than it is, say, Crying Of Lot 49.

MR: [laughs] That’s really cool, I love the references. When you get together for your creative sessions, does it just lead to more Camper Van Beethoven, or does it also inspire David for more work with Cracker? How extensive is your partnership with him these days?

VK: Here’s a really good example: When we were writing La Costa… and we hadn’t sat and done the really fertile four or five days of sitting and writing together but we were leading into it and we had a few pieces and were starting to get a shape for the record, David emailed me and said, “Have you got anything sitting around that’s kind of darker?” I had some things sitting around, and I sent it to him and then didn’t hear back for a long time and I was like, “Well, hell, it was a good piece of music, I’m just going to go work on something based on that,” because I do a lot of solo work. So I went and basically finished the same song, and he comes back to me maybe six months later and says, “Hey, I did this,” and I was like, “Oh.” So now we have two completely different versions of this song. That’s just the kind of things that happens. Certainly because there’s so much overflow with the bands, you never know. There are definitely things that Cracker has done that influence Camper, and there are things that Camper has done that influence Cracker. There are definitely things that both those bands have done that have influenced everybody in the band in their solo work.

One of hte things that we always do, we had this longstanding side project with the lead guitar player of Counting Crows called Monks Of Doom which is kind of the prog rock alter ego of Camper Van Beethoven where the King Crimson influences came out and time changes and really aggressive, strange music. Sometimes David is with me and he says, “We have to bring some Monks into this.” I think the older we’ve gotten we’ve started to realize at a certain point, “I’m not going to be here forever.” We’re extraordinarily lucky to be fifty and still be doing this. most people I know my age don’t do it anymore and don’t have an audience, because the music business is so screwed up. I think the biggest problem with Camper is that we have too many ideas and want to do too many things. At a certain point you have to make peace with it and find the strengths from it.

MR: Well how do you feel about the future? This is a comfortable fit and when you guys get together?

VK: Yeah, I think that’s kind of how it has to be. If I got into predicting the future I don’t think it would work anymore, it’s not a predictable business model, right? I know people who are more famous than me and have trouble getting their records out. A friend of mine took me to meet David Crosby a few weeks ago and he was basically saying the same things that we say. “I’m not making any money and this is really difficult and it’s hard to get a record out.” I look at that and go, “Wow, that’s David Crosby.” I think Camper did its part, we made some great influential music, I think we really did change how people perceived and listened to music when we were first a band and everything we’ve done since is kind of icing on the cake. My one condition with the band when we started playing together was that I don’t want to be a nostalgia act. When we get to the point where we’re a nostalgia act I’ll just not do it, you can get another bass player. We have to have new music and it has to be active. That’s my situation. It’s just kind of what works. “Where can we make some money and how can we do it?” Otherwise I just consider myself lucky. Let’s not forget the future ’cause we can’t.

MR: You guys are very proud of the work you do with Camper Van Beethoven, aren’t you?

VK: I’m very proud of the band. I’m really proud of the fact that we made good music that people still like. One of the things I’m most proud of is how much it means to people. It’s almost a weird burden on some level because every set we have to play “Take The Skinheads Bowling,” but we have people come and they bring their children and the children are adults now and they sing along and say, “I grew up on this music.” To have it still be relevant to people and play “All Her Favorite Fruit” and someone starts crying, it’s pretty touching to have been part of it and that it means so much to–it’s not a big group of people but we have a small but dedicated group of people. I put out a solo record and five hundred people will buy it. That’s not a lot, but it keeps it going. A lot of people just can’t do that anymore. There are a lot of things I wish were different, I wish the music business still existed, I wish that people weren’t completely pressurized into being on the road, I wish people cared about albums and content and didn’t look at their phones so much and spent more time reading books, but you can’t change that stuff. You just can’t do it.

MR: Victor, what advice do you have for new artists?

VK: My advice is to do whatever you want to, because that’s what I did. Put your heart and soul into it and mean it and don’t compromise. Just don’t do it. When I make a record, it doesn’t matter who I’m making a record with, these conversations come up where we’re talking about compromising for the record company or other people’s tastes and I’ll disengage. I’m not interested. Your art has to have your complete integrity and if it doesn’t there’s just no point.

MR: Do you have any favorites?

VK: You know, I have my favorites. The Virgin that Camper did were re-released by Omnivore earlier this year and as a result I went and relistened to them and I feel really, really strongly proud of those records, I think they were really well xecuted, they were very hard to make and it was a very hard time to be in the band but I think they really stand up and they should last and serve as influential records. The first Camper record we had no idea what we were doing. It’s like The Modern Lovers’ first records, they didn’t know what they were doing, they hadn’t got a clue, it was still completely unique. I think there’s some great Cracker records, I think Kerosene Hat is pretty marvelous still and I think that Golden Age is really quite amazing. I think La Costa… just kind of proved that were still totally violent and creative, maybe long after the fact that people had said, “Are they going to be like ‘X’ and not play anything but the first few records?” It’d been eight years since we put out a record and I think if you want to dig deep there’s a lot of cool stuff in the solo realm from pretty much everybody. If you want to get deep with Camper stuff there’s a lot of places to go and I think there’s a lot more good music in there than just the high points that people know.

MR: One of the interesting things about Camper Van Beethoven is that it’s always cited as having been influential. Do you think that’s true?

VK: Oh yeah, I think so. I think you see it in Pavement, I think you see it in Cake, that kind of absurdist sense of humor that seems to percolate through culture, people were very earnest when we came along. The whimsical bands were either like the B-52s which was pretty camp or things like The Fibonaccis who were this Los Angeles new wave art rock band. It was all either very campy or very esoteric and high brow and we were just kind of a circus which harkened back maybe more to things like Country Joe & The Fish or some other sixties bands where there was a little bit more of an educated mindset but not elitist, you know? We’re from the suburbs. One of the first reviews that I remeber that really rubbed me the wrong way was Spin magazine saying of Telephone Free Landslide Victory, “Don’t these guys realize there’s no culture in the suburbs?” [laughs] It still pisses me off. What a really, really horribly arrogant thing to say. There’s a lot of culture. Culture is where humans are. Just because it’s suburban… I think what we did is that we opened up the door to not being from “the right place.” We’re from Santa Cruz, we’re from Redlands, we’re from Riverside, we weren’t from San Francisco, we weren’t from New York, we weren’t from LA. In the way that R.E.M. was from Athens we were able to do a California analogue. There was a lot of affinity for bands at the time like The Minutemen and the Meat Puppets and things like that, like all good revolutionary groups we didn’t sit and talk about it, we just kind of did it. But we understood the kindship, I think we all instinctively understood where we were coming from and what we were doing.

MR: You also played with Cracker. What do you think about Cracker?

VK: They’re recording some stuff right now and I really want to hear it but he hasn’t played it for me. I mean, I’ve been busy and he’s been busy too, it’s a nudge, but I’m not really pissed about it. When the band broke up it was a bitter breakup and I was very much off in a different world, I didn’t much care for what they were doing because I wasn’t listening to it. When David and I reconciled I had to go listen to it and learn how to play it and my respect for it went way up. There’s a lot of subtlety and a lot of nuance to what they’re doing. When Cracker’s at its very best it’s got a lot more going on than I think first meets the eye, I think people always see it dumbed down compared to Camper but it’s not, it’s actually slyer than that, it’s smarter than that and musicall, especially, there are certain people who rplayed in that band who did remarkable work. It’s pretty deep. It’s a longstanding relationship. I still don’t always get along with or agree with David, that’s just how that works, but if you don’t have a tension then nothing goes on. If we all agreed… The last thing I want to do as a creative person is go into a situation where everybody agrees. It never works.

MR: And what two brothers haven’t fought with each other?

VK: Exactly.

MR: Is there anything else you’d like to mention?

VK: No, just that in regards to El Camino Real, we didn’t really plan on having a record out so quickly and we’re all kind of happy that we did. It’s nice that it’s working.

Transcribed By Galen Hawthorne

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A Conversation with Alex Orbison

Mike Ragogna: There are so many releases oriented around your dad’s work and his catalog right now, and one of the major releases is the deluxe edition of Mystery Girl. What was your participation in that and how do you like the end result?

Alex Orbison: Well, Mystery Girl Deluxe happens to fall on the twenty fifth anniversary of the annual release. My brothers and I put this together, we all had our parts. I directed the documentary Mystery Girl Unraveled, which is the camera part to this. We started with archive footage that was very strong. A bunch of it we did not know that we actually had, there were recordings that we’d found in the last two years that really made the documentary appealing for us. We have behind the scenes footage of the guys recording all through Mike Hammel’s Garage and then in Rumbo studios with archive interviews from and Tom Petty and Mike Campbell and Steve Cropper among others. We’re really, really proud of that. On the audio side, we have nine bonus tracks which are studio demos and in studio jams more or less. Some of them are just the band and my dad running through the songs before they were doing the takes, and then we actually have very intimate demos that are blue box recordings from my dad. Out of those, one of them has never been heard before. One of those songs had such a beautiful sound, but the tape was unlistenable, so we used new technology to go and scoop out just the vocal and be able to turn that up and put new instrumentation on it.

My brothers and I are all musicians, so my brothers and John Carter Cash and I played on it and then my brothers and I sang backup and John Carter coproduced it with us at the Cash Cabin in Hendersonville, Tennessee. There’s so much to this deluxe package and the forty page booklet that has a five thousand word essay and never before seen photos and all the original artwork. We tried to only add and not take away, keep things in that original format from the late eighties. It’s been very exciting. We’re really, really pleased with what we came back with. The expression is, “Everything but the kitchen sink,” we’ve been calling this “The kitchen sink.” We just wanted to see how much we could put on a CD and with the documentary we just started where we started and did it primarily for the fans. It’s a real nice little piece.

MR: Can you tell me the story of Mystery Girl? Were there any surprises about your father when you went through the archives?

AO: The footage is very, very candid at the Mike Campbell studio. It was just a camera that they set up because the control room was in a guest bedroom and my dad was recording in the garage. The footage is very candid and the personal details we all remember very, very clearly but the actual technique that they used to record Mystery Girl and specifically “You Got It” and the Mike Campbell songs, this stuff came out sounding so amazing and they were literally in the garage and they liked the sound underneath the light that goes on the motor that pulls the garage door up. So they would literally pull the cars out and set up everything from my dad’s vocal to the drums and they would just go for it right there in that garage. I knew that they did some stuff there but I didn’t know that they did everything there, and that was very, very surprising to me. Also “She’s A Mystery To Me” with Bono and the Edge, we remember Bono coming by the house and seeing him and discussion was a big deal, but I did not know that Bono had gotten my dad into the big drum room at Rumbo studios. He had his guitar amp in that big room with the drums going and my dad singing the vocal and I had no idea that they had such an unorthodox approach. They had the chance to go to the big studio that was all polished and they huddled in one room like it was the garage.

So the intimacy and the actual technique they used was so much different than anything that I’d imagined while listening to the end results of “You Got It” and “She’s A Mystery” and the actual polish on the record. There’s also TV footage from the Netherlands, a guy who came and interviewed my dad and there’s footage of the song “In The Real World,” it had aired in the Netherlands but I had never seen it. I ended up seeing it on YouTube some time in the last year and contacted them and got that footage. To have a live performance of my dad singing one of these special songs was really incredible. I’ll go on about the record: Mystery Girl was started in 1985, in late ’84 Jeff Lynne came to Hendersonville, Tennessee, where we lived at the time, where Johnny Cash fell in the lake. He wanted to get together with my dad and talk about doing some recording and writing some songs and putting a record together. We had moved to Malibu, California within a year and when we got to Malibu my dad started to put together a team with a publicist and start recording other stuff that was not the new record. He did Class Of ’55 with Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis and then he went and re-recorded his greatest hits because Monument, the label that put them out originally went bankrupt and the fans were unable to get those recordings of the classics.

He was doing that and David Lynch had put “In Dreams” into Blue Velvet. He went and recorded “In Dreams” with T-Bone Burnett and T-Bone was introduced and my dad signed with Virgin records at the same time. Then they recorded the first song from Mystery Girl sometime in 1987, I want to say. Right around then they had the “The Comedians” and the black and white special, and that was a good glimpse at what Mystery Girl would look like live as well. The first songs were done with T Bone Burnett and then at that point I think T Bone had another project and my dad sent out for Jeff Lynne again and Jeff did a little part on “You Got It” and “California Blue.” Then The Travelling Wilburys happened and that footage ended up in the documentary. In “California Blue,” George Harrison shows up…then The Travelling Wilburys happened right in the middle of my dad’s record. Jeff also did a song that they wrote together called “A Love So Beautiful,” they did that during the Travelling Willburys while normal people were sleeping Jeff had constructed that song and my dad sang it in one take, there’s a beautiful piece on that in the documentary. After the Travelling Wilburys my dad came back and grabbed Mike Campbell and they went into Rumbo studios and cut the song “Windsurfer” that my dad wrote with Bill [Dees], a song calleed “In The Real World,” the last song on the album “Careless Heart” was done there as well and then after that Bono had come up with his song and they went back to Rumbo and they had a magical tracking session there, Bono and my dad and Jim Keltner as the drummer, you can hear it on that tape, it’s magical. My brother Wesley actually wrote the last recorded song on the album, it’s called “The Only One.”

My dad had talked to Wes, who had started writing songs, and he submitted three songs and my dad picked “The Only One.” My dad had closed out that record with my brother’s recording, basically it was Roy Orbison and the Heartbreakers, he used Tom Petty’s band for a lot of this stuff but that one was from Memphis Hall so it ended up being a really special track for us. That was late in 1988, sometime around November, so my dad spent a couple weeks out mixing and mastering all of the songs with the different producers. My mom and dad actually produced “In The Real World” and Mike Campbell did all the other songs and Jeff lynne and T-Bone worked on it and even all the different engineers were different for that. To get everything into one sound my dad spent a long time doing the mixing and mastering himself. It’s interesting because over time people have imagined that my dad cut the record and went back to the Wilburys because they had become so successful and that he passed the record off to someone else, but my dad actually had the test pressings from Mystery Girl and played it for everyone that he saw by the end of November there. That was a really great page from the documentary, I wanted to show how much fun everyone was having and what a great experience it was in the making of the actual record. It really ended up being a nice timeline and I was surprised by how much footage we had of my dad through this time.

MR: At that point in time, Roy Orbison had almost never been more famous.

AO: It was wonderful that he had made a point to be more publically visible. As contemporary as he tried to be, he ended up making a record that sounded totally classic. If you listen to this next to the other albums of the time there’s not a lot of that eighties funky electronic heavy synth keyboards and stuff. It really was magical, the genesis of it was very organic and I think the timing was just right. I think everyone knew it was going to be a big deal and they felt it was going to do well. It was amazing. Personally, I attribute a lot of this to the move to Malibu, California. There were always people who came by Hendersonville because Hendersonville was a little beacon of safety when you’re touring. Nashville is centrally located so if you end up in Kentucky or somewhere then why not drive the extra three or four hours on the bus? For someone like Bob Dylan to come to Hendersonville in the middle of a tour happened a lot, but when we lived in Malibu people started to realize, “Hey, Roy Orbison’s in town, why don’t we just call him and get him over here?” Everything from hearing Bruce Springsteen sing Happy Birthday to my dad and my dad during the national anthem and going to the Hard Rock for just random parties and stuff. He was getting out and being a public figure which hadn’t really happened for quite some time. It was part of his diligence to get out there and be seen and also put together the right team to get there.

MR: Was Roy aware of his contribution to culture? And how did you view your dad’s place in music history?

AO: You know, when I was very, very young I could tell that were just a different type of family, and we were, even outside of my dad. It just seemed like we were all different from other people. Then I started to realize around age four or five that my dad was really special and the nature of his performances were so increidble that I was a fan from that point on, I went to all of those shows from that point on just to go see him do his thing and hit those high notes. It was such a spectacle and an event, every time he would start off on “Running Scared” and get to those high notes, it was like watching a stunt. It almost seemed like it couldn’t be real. With the writing at home and the people coming by and the work that was being done, that was so steady through my life that all seemed very normal. It’s funny that you mentioned Chris Isaac, I remember Chris coming by the house and he was with us for a couple of days, literally he would come by mid morning and we would have lunch together and he would sit around the table with us at dinner time and he and my dad would walk across the street to the beach and talk and have guitars and they would go over stuff. There was definitely time spent with so many people in that manner that it all just seemed really normal. It’s amazing, the amount of people tha tmy dad touched throughout his life all the way from Nashville, Tennessee, producing people through the sixties, I went through his schedule, he would be touring and then I’d see these albums that my dad produced and I would look back and say, “Wait a minute, that was when ‘Pretty Woman’ was out on the charts for four weeks,” because it hit the number one slot twice, once at the end of summer and then again in fall. In the interim my dad went back to Nasvhille and produced another band’s album and went back when “Pretty Woman” hit number one again. So seeing the scope of the work and the extent of it is really incredible. My dad’s opinion on it, he was a humble, gentle soul, and in the documentary we made I think we relayed that more than probably had ever been seen before.

His expressions about people’s admiration, he’d say a lot of these things, but I know he was deeply touched by all that. It is really amazing because these people that my dad touched ended up resurfacing and joining around him and being the creative base that my dad was able to use to have his resurgence and really creatively have the most freedom that he had ever had and be the most effective with that absolute freedom of creativity. He was in admiration of them and the thing that I find interesting is that everyone was on equal footing and my dad just saw eye to eye. It’s Jeff Lynne, my dad and Mike Campbell and everyone had an equal vote and it was just really democratic and easygoing. I saw Bono and my dad writing together and they were just like two guys. There was no before or after, everyone was just right in that moment and working as a team. It’s a great thing to be able to see a little bit of that.

MR: You talked abour Chris Isaac, I wish we had gotten to see a duet between them.

AO: Yeah, yeah. And when my dad and Chris actually toured together with Dizzy Gilespie, Chris opened up in Saratoga, California. I’d say that was 1987, so things were really cracking. My dad had started recording and the k.d. lang duet was the last thing of that nature before my dad was a hundred percent concentrated on making the new stuff. The duet with Chris would not have come until probably the end of ’90 or even ’91, it would have taken another year for my dad to slow down from putting together Mystery Girl and the next new album that he was really excited about. So yeah, it does seem like a missed opportunity, but when you look back through the career–I saw a picture of my dad and Otis Redding on the same plane and they were talking about doing “The Big O’s” because that was both of their nicknames. They laughed about that, they became friends so fast on that plane ride that they had planned to do a “Big O’s” record. If you start following that “lost opportunity” thing you can really go down a wormhole. [laughs]

MR: I just mean to say that it’s like the James Taylor and Carly Simon album that never happened, moments in history that would have been terrific.

AO: Oh of course. I completely understand. There’s several of his friends that I wonder, “Why didn’t that happen?” but we do have more of those things that are relatively unknown, Roy Orbison penned songs that Jerry Lee Lewis and Buddy Holly cut, and the connection with the Johnny Cash songs and stuff that’s not far back, when it comes to light it’s really cool to piece together these pictures. Part of what we’ve done with the Mystery Girl Unraveled is get a good visual representation of what was going on and chronicle it in the liner notes. It’s really the first time that this part of the career has ever been in order from 1985 until my dad passed away, because everything did happen so fast. It’s really cool to see the way everything unfolded.

MR: Alex, what advice do you have for new artists? And what do you think your dad might have had as advice for new artists?

AO: I think being a new artist is almost tougher now than it was before. I would say that being able to change with the game is very important, but you have to maintain integrity through that, so that’s a real fine line to be able to do. I know my dad started as a lead guitar player in the middle of the fifties and did that exclusively and then was singing a little bit and then quit and became a songwriter and not a performer until he pitched a song to Elvis Presley and that song was called “Only The Lonely.” Elvis asked my dad if he could come by the next day. It was very late at night so my dad drove all the way to Nasville and cut “Only The Lonely” himself and ended up having the smash hit wigtht hat that changed his career forever. That kind of thing is good, to stay malleable but also have integrity and know if your position changes or whatever your creative outlet is or even your instrument or anything, I was a drummer for years and years and I had tried to learn as much as I could about the music industry and it’s really paying off now that I’m taking care of my dad’s stuff. It’s very helpful to know both sides of the coin. My dad’s thing was “Practice, practice, practice.” He told it to me, he told it to Roy Junior and he told it to Wesley. I said, “I’m practicing three or four hours a day,” I was practicing much more than that usually but he would say, “I would do eight hours a day of singing and we would have rehearsals before that,” so my dad was singing as much as twelve hours a day through the fifties and early sixties.

Practice does make perfect and for us that was the only way to get there. So I know that’s what my dad would say because that’s what he told me. I got to the point where I played the drums so much it affected my school performance. So that’s the clear cut path to doing it: Start with that and get that strong base of really going over stuff. But it’s almost like the stock market; you need to diversify your practice, there’s practice at home where you’re practicing your instrument and your craft and then there’s practice with a band which is rehearsal and preproduction for a record is super, super important. I could hear that through my dad’s stuff, we would work on it before he would record it and really try to figure it out and then practicing the final product and going on the road with it. There’s a lot of practice involved, I think.

MR: Van Halen had a hit with “Pretty Woman” and others have covered your dad’s material. What did Roy and your family think of some of the covers that have been recorded over the years? What were his thoughts on the finished results?

AO: We had the Van Halen “Pretty Woman” single. My dad listened to that a lot because the big stereo was in the living room. When he came home I don’t even know if he was aware of it yet because we had caught onto it very quickly. He thought it was great. He was always quoted as saying, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery,” so when people would recreate his music it was a way that the music was living on and having younger fans hear it and it was just the highest form of compliment. With all the people have cut his songs, it’s a pretty wide swath from Ronstadt and MacLean in the seventies all the way to newer bands and people you would never imagine to cut Roy Orbison songs. I think the number of covers is in the thousands, twenty five hundred or thirty five hundred different versions of different songs in different languages that we’ve collected over the years. It’s really amazing. He was very, very flattered by that and I think that’s another nice part of his nature as a person.

MR: What do you think might have been or was his favorite song that he’d ever written or recorded? And what did your family like the most?

AO: We were all so goo goo over Mystery Girl, probably because I know that he enjoyed all of the songs immensely. The fun thing to me was the actual parts of the songs. There’s a song called “California Blue” and Jeff Lynne has this light effect in the back, the name of it is actually “Bubbles” but it doesn’t sound like bubles. My dad was singing the vocal part and then when they finished the song it wasn’t really in there. You can actually hear him humming it in the documentary. When Jeff mixed the albums he put this little ascending keyboard part that goes up and my dad was just tickled pink with the bubbles, that was all he talked about for days. He would play it and just listen to it. I think he was missing the forest for the trees, he focused on the little things that were making these songs that he was comfortable with and enjoyed. The little things made it for him. I think that’s a little different than looking back in retrospect and saying, “This song was my favorite.” I know that the earlier works were such masterpieces, my dad wasn’t really like that, though, he didn’t really look back. He wasn’t ever thinking about “The glory days,” he was always focused on moving forward, especially with recording. It’s great that the newer songs had such similarities, the essence of “California Blue” is somewhat “Blue Bayou”-ish, and that kind of matches with the up tempo-ness of “Pretty Woman” and “In The Real World” is what happens in the real world and “In Dreams” is the other side of that. There is a kinship to the earlier stuff. They’re little tips of the hat to each other, but now that twenty five years has gone by, looking back in retrospect and seeing how this mystery girl album has stood up over time, I was just in Europe last week and I met several people that knew “You Got It” but didn’t know the name Roy Orbison or the song “Pretty Woman,” but I said, “You Got It,” and they said, “Oh, yeah, yeah!” and I said, “That’s Roy Orbison.” That’s really amazing to me.

MR: What do you think is the Roy Orbison legacy?

AO: The Roy Orbison legacy moving on from here?

MR: Yeah, how do you think he will be remembered decades from now?

AO: I hope that in a decade from now more people know who Roy Orbison is than ever before. I believe it’s possible, and all joking aside it’s pretty remarkable, he’s got very good days ahead, and we three brothers have been having good days. It’s very important to us.

MR: Is there anything else that we should know about Roy Orbison? Something that didn’t even go in your documentary?

AO: He was absolutely the funniest guys in my entire life. Having the dark glasses and the dark hair, that wouldn’t be the first thing that you thought, but it’s true. Aside from being one of the most special and overall really nice across the board people, you never find someone of that stature, where one hundred percent of the stories we got back were about how nice he was, even people who had casual encounters with him in airport halls all the way up to Jeff Lynne it was consistent and that is really amazing. That’s something that normal people wouldn’t know because these are all stories that have come back to me one by one, but it’s amazing to go through everything he went through and do the things he did and still be a good guy.

Transcribed By Galen Hawthorne

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A Conversation with The Ready Set’s Jordan Witzigreuter

Mike Ragogna: Jordan, your latest album The Bad And The Better was produced by Ian Kirkpatrick. What’s the band’s process in the studio like with him?

Jordan Witzigreuter: My process with Ian is very laid back. I had already finished a lot of the songs before going into the studio with him, so it was a lot of editing and double checking to make sure we agreed that everything was written as cohesively as possible, and honing in on small production things. We wrote and produced couple of songs from scratch as well, so the process really varied on a song-by-song basis. Ian is great at making sure that I don’t get too carried away on one idea, and explore every other possible way of phrasing or delivering something before I commit.

MR: Can you take us on a tour of the album’s material, like what was it like writing the material and do any songs have an unusual or particularly unique origin?

JW: I wrote a bunch of songs–70 or so–over the past 2 years, and only a few of those 70 were even considered for this album. I tend to like a song when I finish it, give it a week, and then I’m over it, so the ones that made the cut were the ones I still felt passionately about. The album is about 40% of those songs, and 60% songs I wrote in the studio while recording. As far as origin goes, I actually finished the song “Fangz” quite a while after the album was finished, and I didn’t know if I planned on using it as a TRS song or as something to pitch to someone else. When I switched labels, from Warner Brothers to Razor & Tie, I had to chance to change things, add songs, and go back through the music to make sure the album was what I wanted it to be. I remembered Fangz and thought “this song is kind of weird for me, and I know there would be no way it would have been approved before, but I don’t have to worry about that now”. I recorded and produced it myself at my place in LA instead of at a studio. It was strangely liberating to just make a decision like that without having to get approval from 100 different people. At the end of the day, I think my fans will like it, so it makes sense to me.

MR: Do you have a favorite cut among the tracks, which is it and why does it resonate with you?

JW: My favorite song is “Are We Happy Now?” It’s about me chasing these external forms of validation for happiness–crowd sizes, song sales, chart position, radio play, etc etc. Those are all really important things of course, but when you’re someone who has always been very goal-oriented, those things can become huge weights, especially if they don’t live up to your hopes and expectations. It reached a point where even if something amazing happened, I would be too caught up in worrying about next step toward reaching an “ultimate goal” to even appreciate it. The craziest part is that chances are, that goal would shift to something else as soon as it was obtained. In the simplest sense, it’s about stopping to smell the flowers. The present moment is where you find happiness, because that’s all we actually have, and it is amazing. The future is always going to be the future.

MR: What is it about the themes within The Bad And The Better that you can relate to the most?

JW: The best way for me to describe the overall theme within The Bad And The Better is to explain why I named the album that. The Bad And The Better symbolizes perspective. There is an inherent element of bad in every good, and of good in every bad. It’s all in the way you choose to see it. The idea of that comes through in some of the songs, like “Higher,” “Are We Happy Now,” “Bleeding,” etc.. When I was writing the album, perspective and my decision of how to interpret things shaped a huge turning point for me as a person.

MR: When you look back at the guy whose band had a hit with I’m Alive, I’m Dreaming five years ago, what are some of the biggest challenges and biggest evolution you’ve had since then?

JW: I feel like I learned how to write songs again. I had a loose grasp of how to write a song 5 years ago. Now I am more confident, but I’m still learning. I got to write with incredible people, like JR Rotem, RedOne, some of RX Songs camp, and a ton of others. Every session i would go into would feel like class for me. I started touring straight out of high school and didn’t go to college, but after spending all that time working with incredible people, I feel like I attended some kind of “real-world-experience-songwriting-college”. I’m really lucky I was able to do that- it taught me how to trim the fat on songs, how to make the best parts stand out, and really edit myself while I write and work on tracks.

MR: What are a couple of your favorite moments of The Ready Set journey so far?

JW: My favorite moment of all was probably the first time playing at an arena. it was a radio festival in Minneapolis, it was sold out at 14,000. We opened the show, but had never played to more than 2,000 people up until that point. The funny thing is that I had no idea it was even that big of a show, like I didn’t put it in perspective until I walked out on stage. 2 years prior I was playing to 50 people. I felt really lucky. Another awesome moment was getting to play in Manila–I had no idea I had fans overseas, let alone ones as passionate as them. You really feel a lot of love in other countries.

MR: You went on tour with Maroon 5 and other major acts which initially got you big visibility. Do you return the favor and try to help out bands or acts that are just starting out?

JW: I love bringing smaller bands on tour. The first time I got to be a part of a real tour was with Boys Like Girls headlining. They treated us so incredibly well–their crew helped us with gear, their sound guy ran sound for us, and they definitely didn’t have to do those things. I always hope that after a band tours with us they feel that we treated them well. It’s not as common as you might think, but it really does go a long way to be as nice to everyone on the road as possible. When you treat people poorly, word spreads like wildfire.

MR: Jordan, what advice do you have for new artists?

JW: Put 100% of your energy into making it happen for you. Ignore all naysayers, spend all your time on your art, and fully devote yourself to it. Have a plan and a goal in sight, and do everything you can to convince yourself of it’s reality. Don’t worry about how you will make it out of your current circumstance to succeed, just do everything you can where you are at that time to get yourself closer to where you want to be. It’s always a step-by-step process. Don’t get caught up in let downs or failures, everything is part of the journey. The seemingly worst situations make the best stories down the road, usually!

MR: What musical or creative goals do you have for The Ready Set?

JW: I actually have just started getting really excited about the idea of starting the writing process for the next album. I have a lot of things I want to do, and I think the door is really open for me right now. I have an amazing team with my management and new label Razor & Tie, and I think creatively, everybody is truly on the same page in a big way. My goal has always been pretty simple–put out music I love, play that music for as many people as I can, and maintain the same excitement and passion I felt when I started this. Right now I am pretty excited.

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According to Loves It’s Jenny Parrot…

“‘Dancin” is about the journey of a young emotionally vulnerable woman who goes out to find love and to try and fufill her potential. More specifically, it’s an autobiographical song about my first love, my music, my dreams and the loss, crisis and ultimate resolution that followed.

“My first love was a wonderful musician who invited me to move away to Nebraska and front my first band. It felt like someone had given me the helm of an awesome fireworks show. The problem was that everyone seemed to notice that he was an alcoholic but me. I was 19-years-old, and had been raised by an alcoholic mom with similar behavior.

“My dad didn’t want me to go, but my boyfriend was the first to see the singer and songwriter in me that I wanted to see in myself. But, when he wasn’t sober, he did the things that we know addicts do and I didn’t manage to face it until the end. My dad saw this from the beginning, but I was so caught up with being in love.

“I was blind at the time, but in the end there was resolution: the song concludes on a compromise between father and daughter where he shows his love and approval by buying her dancing shoes. I dreamed my dad took me shopping, and it meant that everything was okay and he could rest somewhat assured that I wouldn’t make any more horrible romantic decisions. In the actual dream the shoes my Dad bought me were bright orange platforms!”


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I’ve had my share of profound unhappiness. When it hits, I’m always struck by its enormity and completeness, like a hurricane that moves in and devastates until there is nothing left of what was touched.

For the record, I’m not talking about depression. I’m talking about reliving low points, like family dysfunction, poisonous relationships, infertility, miscarriages and cancer, in the tar pit of your soul. I’m talking about going about your business and WHACK! Something comes up and, like an elephant, you remember and relive your emotions like it’s happening to you all over again.

I don’t remember exactly where I was or what I was doing when a thought recently struck me out of the blue. It moved me so profoundly that I stopped whatever it was I was doing and wrote it down:

“I just had a deep understanding of what happiness is — being joyfully, unabashedly in the moment and trusting that that is exactly where you belong… this moment (and ME) is enough, in fact, it is all.”

Mindfulness is conscious awareness of what you are feeling and experiencing in the present moment. But there is more. To get to joy it’s not enough to just be aware of the present. To get to joy you have to trust that the present moment is exactly where you belong.

Joy comes from the knowing, the trust, the deep understanding that you are, right now, enough. With that trust and the joy it brings, you can let down your defenses and stop seeking validation. You can lean into happiness, which is the bubbling up of little pieces of joy in the moment.

As adults with histories, we can’t know happiness unless we know its opposite and find it in our hearts to trust despite that knowledge. It takes vulnerability and reliance on forces outside of our control, but, mostly, it takes a commitment to creating live out loud joy for ourselves.

In the five years since my breast cancer diagnosis, I’ve experimented more and more with trust (because it finally took cancer to convince me of how little control I really have over life.) I’ve become more optimistic, more Zen and more patient. Who knew that trading the “safety” of mistrust, for the vulnerability of trust, would lead to joy.

The Dalai Lama said, “the purpose of our lives is to be happy.” Have you found yourself actively seeking out happiness and joy? Are you able to trust that you are exactly where you belong at the present moment?

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