- says living legend Loretta Lynn
Happy Thursday, April 14th, 2016!
April 14 is the 105th day of this year. There are 261 days remaining until the end of the year.
My request for ALL reading this is to strive to be the best YOU today!
As I sat down to begin my blog today, Johnny Mathis singing Embraceable You was playing in the background. This is one of those days that is jam packed with historical events and birthdays.
April 14, 1961
|Library of Congress / Reuters|
On this date in 1961, the year I was born, Bay of Pigs Invasion: Brigade 2506, the group of 1,400 Cuban exiles, boarded ships and departed from Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua for a three-day voyage to Cuba.
A person is a person through other persons-
Archbishop Desmond Tutu
45 years ago today, around 5AM, my mother got up, made sure the house was cleaned, packed mine
|Happy Birthday, Sir John Gielgud|
Several hours later, we found out we had a baby brother! So hard to believe he is 45 today! John, I love you. He was eight years old when I left South Carolina! WHERE does the time go?
Today is also the birthday of one of my favorite artists, Loretta Lynn!
I grew up with country music always being played in our home. Loretta Lynn, along with Conway Twitty, were two artists I grew up listening to. A LOT! Country singer and songwriter Loretta Lynn grew up in the remote, poverty-stricken town of Butcher Hollow, Kentucky. Named after Loretta Young, Lynn didn't do much singing in her early youth. Instead, after one month of dating, she was married at age 13 to Mooney (Moonshine) Lynn (he was 19), who took her 3,000 miles away to Custer, Washington, where he worked in logging camps. Lynn became a mother at 14 and had four children in her first four years of marriage; she was a grandmother at 29. Besides taking care of the kids, taking in other people's laundry, and
|Life Magazine April 14, 1961 : Cover - Mrs. Clark Gable and son, John Clark.|
A self-taught guitarist and songwriter, Lynn became one of the most distinctive performers in Nashville in the 1960s and 1970s, shaking things up by writing her own songs, many of which tackled boundary-pushing topics drawn from her own life experiences as a wife and mother.
|Happy Birthday, Loretta Lynn|
On this date in 1939, The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck is first published by the Viking Press.
Other Notable Birthdays
Remembering John Gielgud and Rod Steiger on their birthday. pictured here in Tony Richardson's THE LOVED ONE ('65)
You're getting on. You're pushing 30. You know, it's time to think about getting some ambition.-Rod Steiger as Charley in On The Waterfront
Rod Steiger (April 14, 1925 – July 9, 2002) was an American actor, noted for his portrayal of offbeat, often volatile and crazed characters. Cited as "one of Hollywood's most charismatic and dynamic stars", he is closely associated with the art of method acting, embodying the characters he played, which at times led to clashes with directors and co-stars. He starred as Marlon Brando's mobster brother Charlie in On the
|Happy Birthday, Brad Garrett|
Brad Garrett, American actor and comedian
In the sad news department
R.I.P. Anne Jackson (a.k.a. Mrs. Eli Wallach) (1925-2016), a marvelous actress of the stage and screen!!
Notable Transitions on This Date
Fredric March (1975), Burl Ives (1995), Ellen Corby (1999), Karl Dane (1934), Al Christie (1951).
Also, Anthony Newley (1999), Don Ho (2007), Jonathan Frid (2012), Leonard Mudie (1965), Arthur Marx (2011), Percy Sledge (2015)
|Peanuts: April 14, 1961|
Brigadoon opened in London (1949)
Apr14,1955 Fats Domino Ain't That A Shame was released.
The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. -Walt Disney
|The creative team behind Strouse's first big Broadway hit, Bye Bye Birdie (Source Playbill.com) Director/Choreographer Gower Champion, Composer Charles Strouse|
Lori and "King" made the cover of TV Guide for the week of April 8th - 14th in 1961. National Velvet TV Series aired on NBC, every Sunday evening at 8.
Apr14,1963 The Beatles met Rolling Stones after a Stones concert at Crawdaddy Club, packed with screaming girls!
Revival of The Boy Friend opened on Broadway (1970)
Revival of Take Me Along opened on Broadway (1985)
Mail opened on Broadway (1988)
Revival of Guys and Dolls opened on Broadway (1992)
An Artist Worth Celebrating
Here is our mini-interview
What Does this time in your life means to you?
This time in my life is all about development. I am developing as a record producer/songwriter (of top 40/dance music) and continuing to develop as a pianist/musical director.
What is your business background?
My business background is primarily experiential. While I did spend some time working in arts nonprofits in Pittsburgh (where I lived in the early 2000s) - and in my friend's gem laboratory (where I worked for a couple of years) here in New York - I have learned most of my business training on my feet as a freelancer in New York. My degree was in education, and I certainly did not learn anything about business there! : )
What is your secret to keeping the balance between “Show Biz” and home life?
|Greg Jarrett and Jeff Cubeta|
I am a big believer in getting enough rest. It is the first thing that I remind myself to do when I feel like I've hit the wall. I also have a lot of visual reminders in my workspace about the reasons I am following my musical passions. I believe in leaving a legacy in honor of the LGBT people who have come before me and fought for my rights to express myself, and I want to create a more open, equal world for LGBT youth, which is why I want to continue to increase my visibility as a gay record producer/songwriter.
How do you measure success?
Success to me is doing what you want to do and living in a great way too.
What disappointment ended up teaching you an essential lesson?My family was initially not accepting of my homosexuality, and it proved to be very painful, traumatic experience in many ways too numerous to list here. However, that experience certainly challenged me to reach down and decide what I wanted out of my creativity, and decide specifically why I produce the works I am producing.
What comes up next for you?
I am working on a large recording project right now with my fashion designer friend Anthony Manfredonia. He is creatively directing videos for my pop songs, and we are enlisting the help of some pretty excellent singers including Chloe Williamson and Nina Siegel.
WHAT'S THE ONE THING YOU'RE RELIEVED I DIDN'T ASK YOU?
What my favorite Broadway show is. Honestly, I am not a theater guy at heart, although (let me be clear) I LOVE THEATER. I simply – if given the choice of going to see a rock show or a theater performance – would most often choose the rock show.
What do you love the most in nature?
Flowers. I am a whore for flowers.
Thank you, Jeff, I will anxiously be following your career!
In Entertainment News
Ronnie Faust, Dan Manjovi, Charles Baran, Lennie Watts, and friends host concert 5/1 benefiting God's Love at Beachman Theatre. http://bit.ly/22CVp6l
I would like to thank Roxanne Richards for having Daniel Sherman, my husband, on her radio program tonight. Here it is in case you missed it:
Here is a link to Danny on the Radio on Sound Cloud.
Thank you, to all of the artists mentioned in this blog for the gifts you have given to the world and continue to give!
With grateful XOXOXs ,
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|Hello, Barbra Streisand, the FILM Dolly!|
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