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Read this piece and then ask yourself how you would feel if the same thing had happened to you.  How do lies hurt others?  How many lies have to be told to cover up the real truth?  How do these lies affect your lifestyle?  How do they affect society in general?  Most of all what can we do to come forward when we become a victim of a vicious prankster?  Please share your comments and your stories with us.  Tell us about your adventures from social sites.  Did you find what you were looking for or has it been an issue to constantly deal with?  We want to hear from our wonderful readers.


Saying goodbye is never very easy

When you’ve been hurt a time or two

It’s time to let the world know now

Here is what I won’t ever miss about you

Three long hours, you yelling on the phone

No kiss, or warm hug, or nice little hello

It was just hurry up and get here baby

You’re late, and we have just got to go

Your stinking’ laundry clean or dirty

Now who would really ever know?

From all the papers and the nasty trash

Scattered everywhere from head to toe

As you doused yourself at night

With imitation “Cool Water” cologne

I got to know your wonderful brother

So I didn’t have to be there alone

I can remember shopping at the Sears store

Buying sets of sheets just to make a clean bed

Not knowing what else might be found

It was always something I would dread

Cock roaches, fleas, and the spiders

Who climbed all over the wall

Sleeping on your dirty sheets

That simply made my skin crawl

How could you live so dreadfully gross?

Your weekly bath always seemed to amaze me

Then you put on your crowd security uniform

From the dirty floor for all the world to see

I hated the mold from “science projects”

Those nasty dirty dishes scattered here and there

A thorough cleaning didn’t mean a thing

Cause you didn’t really even care

Bags of garbage I hauled downstairs

Many times I did this over and over again

Like “Mrs. Doubtfire” I never complained

But you couldn’t even hit the trashcan my friend

Mice scratching on the bathroom wall

Roaches crawling into the bathtub too

One loud scream but you didn’t hear me call

You said you had “better things to do”

I remember how I passed out once

Tossing water in my face without a care

When my migraine was so painful

It was more than any human could bear

I was always your knight in shining armor

Whenever you were physically or emotionally hurt

Playing taxi driver to get you some medical help

While you continued to treat me like dirt

When I met you on a MySpace page in 2008

From a magazine editor who thought you were great

You said you were calling me from a photo studio

But you were really just setting up the bait

I believed in someone who was said to be true

And that I admit was my biggest mistake

You have your story so down to a routine

It’s difficult to know that you are a fake

All of your profiles on social sites were lies

From the “crime scene photographer and instructor”,

To the ex-football player and the stripper too

But best of all a mistreated daddy and mentor

The abused husband and great security cop

A man of many unknown faces and disguise

Can you think of yourself as an honest man?

When all do you is live with more crazy lies

You knew that I was always honest and true

And you played a con game like a routine

Using your children who had been abused

Your sympathy pot was your greatest scheme

The truth should be told about how we met

As you completely lied to me through and through

You never finished high-school, don’t have a GED

Or any real training to actually compliment you

You told me you taught crime scene photography

Drove a police car and had to shoot a gun to qualify

But I found out law enforcement didn’t even know you

There was no class, cause it was all just a big lie

You didn’t even know the Chief of Police

You had a rap sheet in every surrounding county

I should have looked through court files first

But nothing you do will ever really astound me

You give the word Freelance a new meaning

Cause honey a Freeloader is what you really are

My gosh, you didn’t even have auto insurance

All those times you were putting miles on my car

If I had known the truth like I know now

I would never have wasted my time to meet you

You would never have been a friend

No matter what I was going through

You tried to talk me into buying a weapon

Telling me how bad you needed it for your work

But you had your weapon taken away from you

Because of what you really did, you crazy jerk

You’re constantly whining all the time

And your complaining almost everyday

I don’t miss the pouting and the silence

When things didn’t always go your way

And all of your violent temper tantrums

Whenever things didn’t go just right

Oh how many times I had to keep my mouth shut

So there wouldn’t be a terrible fight

I saw you alter several emails to forward them

To try to make you look like “a real prize”

Oh how I wanted to tell them all the truth

As the innocent read all your terrible lies

You took my pain pills from my suitcase

Yep, I know you’re a “pain pill junkie”

How many did you get from the streets?

Yeah, you’re really “a bad little monkey”

All those movies and CD’s I bought

And the childish games you had to play

All the meals I was forced to pay for

And all the gas expense along the way

I already had the experience that I vowed to learn

To start the online magazine in the year 2008

Oh yeah, you begged me to be a part of it

And everything was going to be just great

Truth be told you lied about the Metal Man

Who started a magazine with your stolen lap top

Using him to get into the concert shows

But when is this madness going to stop

You can still laugh at everything I bought

While you sit your dirty touché in my office chair

Everything to start a small business in KC

Then smile inside cause I won’t be there

All the business property you promised

Many times you were going to pay for

And your signed contract from May 2009

That’s something we won’t ever ignore

How you got me involved with the “metal man”

To get in good graces with “Live Nations” and “AEG”

Yep, you always think about your own self first

With no regard for what you all have done to me

You schemed, planned, and taunted my family

My friend, you play a vicious game so well

While you play the part of a broken hearted father

Who by his own fault may be doomed to living hell

You’re very demanding and self-centered

Well maybe you’re just “high strung”

Sometimes when I’d hear your pathetic voice

I’d hope someone would rip out your tongue

I hated how you used those three little children

Like they were just a pawn in a sick game

Playing the part of the innocent daddy

When the truth put most people to shame

What did you teach those precious children?

When you lie so much that I feel their pain

I know they’re in a much better place now

No need to let them know you could be insane

I loved those little precious children of yours

And all of your wonderful family members too

It’s really quite a sad moment in my life

When I think of what you put me through

The times I paid for other things

When I wanted to do something nice

Then I paid for a computer for the kids

Somehow I just kept paying the price

I should have looked at your criminal record

I would have never got involved with you

Or some of your master con friends

And the wicked games that they play too

I’m surprised they don’t check your performance

And watch how you really check the cars at night

Find out how you really did become so injured

Or how many times you may have started a fight

You take what you can while you beg for more

As you search for more female players on the net

You don’t know how much I’ve prayed for you

Cause you don’t have your act together yet

Those women better become more aware

Cause they really haven’t got a clue

Nobody will really ever understand

What it’s like being close to you

Your stories become greater and bolder with age

The lies have taken you in deeper and deeper

Looking at you is like seeing the devil himself

Being in a horror movie, waiting for the grim reaper

So when you talk on your cell phone

Use your blue tooth– gee I paid for that too

Ranting and running your demented and twisted tongue

Those minutes can’t add up to what I’ve done for you

You talk trash about the “bands” and record labels

You claim that “everyone owes you so much money”

Truth be told, it’s the other way around

But none of us think you’re very funny

Someday maybe they will search your backpack

Or catch you on camera as you so carefully steal

Oh one day soon, you will eventually slip up

While you search for the ticket of your next meal

You’ve altered photo passes at indoor concerts

You’ve even stolen lanyards right from the venues

You’ve taken things from your own work place

Yeah, honey you have even made the news

You tried to start a charge account using my name

With a photography store in NY over the internet

Don’t you know that fraud is a very serious crime

But this is something so dishonest that I will never forget

I have saved their letter for my evidence

In fact I have saved more than you will ever know

I even paid for your photography site on pbase

But really there is no studio for anyone to go

Yes I’ve saved all of your hateful emails

Especially your nasty phone text

And even on the ‘facebook’ walls

I never know what else I should expect

You create multiple accounts on social sites

You might even have one for each personality

But I have nothing to really hide from you

Yet, you still seem to want a piece of me

You’ve had several people you know threaten me

And many others who may want to do me in

But God knows I’m really not afraid of you now

He will guard me to guide me away from your sin

When I think of how you take advantage of your mother

Especially when she works hard to make ends meet

And how you sponge off of your dear brother

While you run your mouth and sit on your seat

It makes me feel so depressed and sick inside

You don’t seem to have any remorse

You’re a pathetic 40 year old child

Setting up a devastating crash course

I’m ashamed of myself for ever caring about you

Yes, that was my second big mistake

I shouldn’t feel sorry for the weak like I do

Life is not just a give—not just a take

I’ve built up a strong wall around me

And a solid foundation of great friends

With God to lead me on a better path

By the gracious message he sends

I met many women who you have used in the past

I’ve seen disturbing photos on your computer screen

Sometimes I wonder how long the next victim will last

As you stalk and plot against the innocent human being

Oh you may have the fools fooled for now

And your job probably doesn’t know the truth

But the evidence will all stack against you

And then watch the fireworks as they cut loose

I know you’ll just find a new “cash cow”

From all of those women you so befriend

But honey, I’m so done with you now

You get it– this is simply the beginning to an end

I guess you better work more hours to pay me back

I won’t be around to ever lend you a hand again

I still have impeccable proof and all of my receipts

Yeah honey, think fast…you owe me over “4 Grand”

While you TRY to destroy all of those around you

It’s all just simply just a matter of time

Theft, lies, vandalism, deception –what next

They’ll have all the proof to link you with the crime

You can tell people that I “sleep around”

Just to get “backstage” with all the bands

But when the law comes looking for you

It will be taken completely out of my hands

Go ahead and keep stealing my photos and things

You can say you’re a writer for many a magazine

Tell your side of the story to the news and radio shows

Just know— you’re the only one causing a scene

The more you try to do to hurt or destroy me

The more stories I’ll just have to write about

Your true colors will come shining through

Believe me—there’s absolutely no doubt!

It’s too bad the names had to be changed

To protect the guilty parties in this case

I’m really sorry that I ever believed in you

And I will never forget your changing face

You tried to turn my life into a terrible nightmare

When an “I’m sorry” would have meant so much

Though the more truth I’ve learned about you

Tells me there’s really nothing more to discuss

It’s time the real truth begins to show surface

But, I do hope you find a way to come clean

Before you find yourself and the gang locked away

And you all finally get to make the great jail scene

It’s too bad you and your little group

Don’t want to see the real complete truth

I was never seriously in love with you

But trying to get them to see it is no use

I’ve tried to keep you totally out of my life

Over and over again and again

You’ve got to start admitting your mistakes

Before you can move on my old friend

You never had anything more than just a piece of my heart

I know that you really never cared

Maybe it’s time for you to search your inner sole

Then remember the few good times we may have shared

You see you are nothing more than an ol’ memory

People can change when they get the help they need

You’ve got to focus on admitting your guilt from the lies

Before you are really ever going to fully succeed

I vow, if anything ever should happen to me now

Just think where they are going to look first

You may think you won the game this time round

Though now, you are the one who is forever cursed

You see you can take away material things

You can rant to low life trash like yourself

You better start seeing a professional doctor

Cause you’re not an idol for anyone’s shelf

Yes, I know about your anger management

It’s the violent nature of the savage beast

And the court file documents can always be seen

But you don’t seem to worry in the least

So how many times did you lose your kids?

Wow, you even got booked twice on “Jerry Springer”

You try to follow in your father’s footsteps

But honey, you’re actually an awful singer

Maybe we should find the old show archives

Then put them all up on you tube to see

But I couldn’t ever do something like that

To cause hurt to your many great family

You tried to upset my own son many times

You even threw your outrage at my spouse

So if you know what is really the best choice

You’ll keep your gang away from my house

You can constantly talk trash about me

As my family and friends keep movin’ on

You’ve tried to bring negative drama to pull us down

But we know we are dealing with a sick con

I gave up many a dear friend over the likes of you

Though friends may all come and go

Those who know me so very well

Say that “you will eventually reap what you sow”

If you think you are someone invincible

You better think long and hard again

Spend some time and go back to high school

Then start a new life my old dear friend

Yeah you are the great KC photographer

Oh we know how “you manipulated the vote”

But we saw all the angry and disturbed faces there

And news media was sure to take note

Keep living your lies like you are doing,

In sweet denial of all you do so wrong

Someday you’re going to be an old lonely man

Singing your same ol’ sad and sorry song

Oh sweet little man with the baseball cap

And the cargo style blue jeans doused in cheap cologne

Sit there and stare back at your computer screen

Then ask yourself “how does it feel to be alone”

I’ll never really miss you my old friend

Truth is you’ll never succeed in anything

So just lie.. lie.. lie.. like Pinocchio did

And then reap all the sadness you bring

Some people call you the “butt hole” of KC

Since they only see a small “stack of crap”

Like a mouse going after the cheese

Watch the springs bounce back from the trap

Even if you changed your attitude

Or you had a complete “remake”

Those of us who already know the truth

Would still see you as ‘the great fake’

Men like you are a dime a dozen

Honey, you’re not even a nickel’s worth

Now it’s time for me to fly so free

While you sit here and rot on this earth

Yes, I’ll never miss you my old friend

When I am gone your legacy will live on too

The true stories will spread like a wild fire

And that will be the last straw for YOU!

I guess you could call this piece, “a closure”

As I continue writing the chapters you seek

Sending scripts to others for safe-keeping

But honey, you won’t ever get a sneak-peek

You can call it your “chance at fame”

It may really only last a great minute

Now tell your goons to stay off my back

Cause their may be others written in it

They say “watch what you say to a true writer”

Cause your words verbatim may be in their next book

Suspense, thriller, romance, mystery, or more

No doubt, the world will have a new outlook

You see when you tell a lie you can’t go back

Then the drama you created just gets bigger

You could be responsible for someone’s own life

If the wrong person decides to pull the trigger

I don’t believe you will really ever come clean

Though for your family’s sake I wish you would

It would take one of God’s great miracles

For you to live by the truth like you should

Oh Yeah, I’ll never miss you my old friend

No matter where time may lead you to go

But “honesty will always be the best policy”

This is something that everyone should know

There’s one more thing I really need to add

Try learning to say I’m sorry and mean it when you do

Stop telling so many slanderous lies to others

Then turn to God to make the right choices for you

When you live by lies only hate and distrust

Is what you will gain by your disgust

You’ll never make it in the professional scene

Once word is out and you’ll see what I mean

Keep talkin’ your smack to put other’s down

Someday you will learn when there’s nobody around

I’ve said all I can for now but there’s more

Cause nobody knows what God has in store!

I’ve added this verse just for you my old friend

Since you care so much to read and vent

YOU were a project to see how con men live

And what I share now is Time Well-Spent

I’m sorry I never could love you back

The way your imagination thought I should do

Someday with God’s help you will get back on track

Forgiveness is divine when you can find that part of YOU

Dedicated to: My little Camera friend in the KC area…..I will pray for you!!!  May GOD help you.

About this piece—I hope my readers will learn something wonderful from it!

*  Watch out for internet scams. There are too many out there and innocent people get their lives turned upside down. Find out everything about the person before you ever meet them. Make sure that your involvement with them doesn’t cost you the important things like family and friends. Material things don’t really matter in the end, and you never seem to get back everything that you have lost. But stay safe—no matter what it costs.

*  If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably isn’t worth it. When people talk trash about you, those who are truly honest will get to know you before they pass a harsh judgment. You may hurt and go through living hell for awhile, but stay strong and ask God to help you. We learn by our mistakes, and sometimes they teach others too.

*  True friends will always come back to you and stand beside you when things get tough. You will learn about those who really became your friend just to use you for something that might benefit them. Although you may shed many tears from living in a nightmare, you’re not alone. Look for support groups if you need to, or talk to a medical professional.  You have to admit your mistakes before you can move on, even if they are just a simple mistake of caring about the wrong person.

*  Always, watch your back. Get to know your surroundings, and if you have to keep some evidence with you for protection then do it. Alert the police if you are traveling somewhere that someone might want to hurt you. Ask for an escort if you need to, or don’t travel alone. Stay alert! Stay alive!

*  When you receive threatening emails from other people who believe the lies then ask yourself what type of person they are and try to just ignore them too.  They are all just useless people trying to pull you and your family apart because they have a “sickness” and they all need to “seek help from medical professionals”.

*  Keep documentation of everything, and remember that even if you erase something from a computer; it can be found and traced. You will be caught if you continue doing wrong.  The FBI, KBI, and other Law Enforcement people will back you.  They are there to help and they want to catch the cons!  Internet stalking is a crime,  Internet threats are serious business.


Looking back at this experience helped me to know that there are many people who end up with sadness, threats, destruction, and more because of bad internet friendships.  You may never get the truth out there to the world, so just keep believing in yourself and do the right thing.  Stay honest.  Live by the golden rule!  Ask God to lead you and guard you and guide you.

For the people who opened their homes and their hearts to me, I will never forget how wonderful you were.  I will always love you even if I never speak to you or see you again.  Sometimes ties aren’t worth keeping but the great memories will always be there in spirit.

Don’t be so quick to trust someone. Find out if they have been completely honest with you. Sometimes goodbye really is your “second chance”!


If you are reading this article and the lengthy little poem but you also know a person who lives in a world of lies or fantasy dreams, then try to see some good in them.  Learn this from the article!  Don’t hate the weak, or the troubled minds for they need to get professional help.

I’ve been through vandalism, threats, thefts, and lots of terrible things in the past two years because these horrible people just won’t leave me alone.  “Cease and desist” meant nothing to them, and I continually get threatening emails and comments to posts.  I have been called the “jilted lover”, the “woman who is old”, the one who “should stay out of the Media world”, ” a certified crazy bitch”, “a girl gone mad” and even much worse by them and their followers.

But I think they forget the type of job I have to do every day and these words are just what they are…dirty words.  They don’t have the affect on me that these predators would like them to have.  I’m ready for whatever they want to dish out next!  It will be more paperwork for the courts.

I know these sad and confused drama seekers don’t have a clue because they want to stick up for this individual and the “gang of cons” that they all are.  Honesty is REAL!  Keep it real, and learn the truth before you spew your spit and end up in court .

Don’t throw your pearls before swine.  Don’t ever be ashamed to tell people the truth for you may be saving another person’s life.

I think the saddest thing is that you reach a point where you don’t care anymore what they say to you.  Lately I’ve been threatened again to be “sued for telling the truth, writing about the truth and trying to warn people before there is another victim”, but as you can honestly see when you read this article that there are no names posted here, and the author is also unknown !!!!

This is the true story of a man who is very manipulative and unless you have been personally involved in a business or personal relationship with him; YOU CAN’T POSSIBLY KNOW WHO HE IS! Those who have come forward with their own stories are helping this case everyday.  All I really want is to be able to do what I am doing without having to constantly look over my shoulder to protect my family and me as we continue to move forward doing what we love by helping others and spreading good words to bring comfort.

Eventually even their small group of followers will begin to notice when things are corrupt, and good people will not want to be dragged into a court battle because some man keeps trying to haunt and taunt.  Most important, it takes years to build a solid case against a criminal but when you do they will have plenty of time to regret the things they have done.

The problem with all of them is that music, art, and entertainment is a “drive”. Vow to tell the truth no matter how much it hurts!

I pray for them in the hopes more lives won’t be destroyed because of their hateful and childish acts.

You see, I work where people have done wrong and they hit “rock bottom” after it’s too late.  I have seen people saddened when they are alone because their family and friends have abandoned them.  I have heard the cries of many.  I bear my own pain in sadness, but I gain strength from my prayers.

I have found that doing right will pay off, and when you work with an honest competitor both businesses are extremely successful. It’s those that think they are better than others and have placed false judgment on good people that will fail in the end.  You eventually learn to make something positive out of all the negative that you keep running into, and you know if anything ever happens the law will know right where to look first.

Each day, I pray for these people because somehow they need to reach deep into their hearts, minds, and souls and move on. My family and I are closer than ever now because of all the drama they brought into my life. We are more aware of who we trust and we do our research before getting involved.  I hope that God blesses each and every one of my enemies and that they learn when to just give up and let me live my life with the man I love, my husband and best friend.


Note:  People will be amazed at how violent the internet can be when people use it for all the wrong reasons.  Tell us your stories!  Share the POSITIVE COMMENTS that will help others.  If you come here to rant negatively with your hormones outta wack,; save it for court because it will be among the paperwork sent off already.


Lastly….camera friend, I don’t hate you!  I hate what you do!

Because of you, the man I of my dreams and I share the most wonderful life of love where two hearts beat as one.  I hope someday, you can ask for forgiveness and truly repent for what you have done to me and other women like me.  There’s hope…..find GOD!  Remember this to:  Words really don’t mean a thing to me cause I know of what you are, and no matter what you do; you’ll never go very far!  Change my friend!  Tell the truth!  Just BE HONEST!

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Back In The Fire
, the new release from singer Robin Rogers, is #1 on the current (October 29) Blues Chart of the Roots Music Report. The chart position, compiled from radio station airplay reports, means it was the most played record at blues radio last week.

The success is bittersweet, however. In mid-August, after returning home from a festival in Norway, Rogers was diagnosed with inoperable liver cancer.  Because she’s not a candidate for a transplant, she was sent home from the hospital, where she is now under hospice care.  Since the announcement of her devastating illness, concerned fans and friends have organized benefit concerts as far away as Colorado, Washington, New York, Michigan and New Jersey.  The largest fundraiser so far took place on October 24th in Rogers’ hometown of Charlotte, NC.   The overwhelming turnout by the local community was not surprising given that for the past twenty years Rogers has worked tirelessly on behalf of numerous charitable organizations and individuals in need.
The album was released on September 14 and debuted at #3 on the Billboard Blues Chart, where chart positions are determined by sales.  Calling it “an excellent album,” the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette went on to say, “Rogers has a voice that will break your heart with the blues, even if you don’t think you have one.  She’s a soulful, bluesy, torchy singer who works a lyric with painful feelings of sorrow and joy.  And she plays a moaning, mournful harp.  It’s wonderful.”
The Philadelphia Inquirer added, “Rogers proves herself a wonderfully nuanced singer and composer, with entertaining changes and an equally full-bodied band led by her hubby/collaborator Tony.”
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This past month has been full of wonderful ministry across Indiana and through Ohio, with our most recent stop being at Malone University.  Not only was this past tour rich with God’s presence, but we also had some miraculous healings as well.  It was very exciting to see! : )

“…They that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)

Have you ever been in a situation where you just don’t know what to do?  -Where nothing seems to be going right around you?  -You feel discontented, yet you don’t even know exactly what it is that you are wanting.  Or maybe you know what it is, but your circumstances just aren’t working out the way that you thought they would?  Maybe you felt like you heard from the Lord, but now find yourself questioning whether it was his voice or yours that was speaking.  Or maybe you are where God wants you to be, but you find yourself struggling with being “still” and knowing or waiting on God.  I don’t really know why I am even writing this or asking these questions to you right now, besides the fact that God’s Spirit is leading.  We so easily quote the verse (Isaiah 40:31) that is stated above, without really living what it is calling us to do.  Sometimes being still and waiting on God is the hardest thing of all.  Or, it is even possible to get stuck in that place of waiting and use it as an excuse not to be involved with the church or active in serving.  It definitely can go both ways.  But what I want to encourage you in today is this:  Realize the magnitude of what the verse is saying and the importance of waiting on God for his timing.  With that, let me quote the verse again only this time with more of it’s context:

“Why sayest thou… My way is hid from the LORD, and my judgment is passed over from my God?  Hast thou not known? Hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.  He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.  Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Keep silence before me, O islands; and let the people renew their strength…”

If you have found yourself getting ahead of God or finding that once again you are hitting a wall, know this:  You can’t go back and change your past.  However, you can repent from it, turn from it, die to it, and wait upon the Lord’s leading.  No man is an island, so always remember that there is wisdom in the council of many.  Therefore, humble yourself before God and men and seek out wisdom from those whom you’ve seen live a pattern of walking strong and faithful with the Lord.  And never forget, Jesus works out ALL things for the good of those who love him and are called according to HIS purpose.  So let your discouragement melt away.  Where there is Truth, there is Life!

We are now in Florida preparing for our trip across the ocean, over to Israel.  I’m not sure how much computer access we will have over there during the next few weeks, but I will do my best to post pictures and updates on my website and Facebook as often as I can.  I love you so very much and ask that you would remember to pray for us and our ministry in Israel.

All love in Christ Jesus,

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Afresh: What is your name, and name your group/band/act?

Jeff Kossack and the OtherHand

Afresh: Where are the artists from?  What is their talent in the group?

I , and most all the others members of the OtherHand, over 20 in all, live around L.A.

Afresh: How did the artist/band get their name?

The band used to the ‘the Open Hand’, but after playing a set at the Gig, in Hollywood in the new millenium, a lawyer approached the
Band and and let us know that another band ‘openhand’, O.C. metal rockers, had a CD just coming out, and that I need to stop using the name. I referred him to my 1998 record, released as the Open Hand, and told him ratchet down his legal thing… The band could have the name… No biggie…. Then, for the next project, I tongue-in-cheekedly
referred to us as the‘Other’ Hand….   And it just stuck.

Afresh: What instrument do you play now?

Guitar, piano, and percussion

Afresh: What (who) does your act/art consist of?

The OtherHand is really a studio band, consisting of more than 25 of the most talented players I’ve ever met, and the circle is ever-
expanding. When gigging about, I usually invite a handful of this group to play. Every show’s a bit different, with regard to vibe…

Core members of the Other Hand are me, Jeff Kossack, along with bassist Leo Valenzuela, drummers Mark Schulman, and Chase
Kossack (my son),  guitarist Bruce Watson, violinist Julie Pusch, and Terry Smith, who extracts the best vocals from me, and then
adds his own soulfulness to the backing tracks.  There are many others…

Afresh: How would you describe your music/art/entertainment for the public audience if they have never seen you before?

I’d offer that we make very accessible-yet -moody hook laden music, Very rhythmic, and with evocative lyrics…

Afresh:  What can people expect to see at your live performance?

Our audience can expect well played, melodic tunes, accompanied by a short story of what I was thinking when I wrote the track… The
players always have fun when we’re recording and the energy translates well to the live scene…

Afresh:  If you had to describe your music in three or four words, what would you call it?

Melodic,  hooky, thought-provoking…

Afresh: How long have you been performing live or making art?

All my life, really, but I began multi-tracking in the 70’s in college…

Afresh: Where did you meet your group and how long have you been together now?

The OtherHand is made up of people whose considerable talents I observed around L.A. playing in a million other bands… And I count
them all as good, good friends… After all, they’ve helped make my  music as unique as it is….  I owe them everything… I have the best
time making records, and have the best people play…

Afresh:  Before you perform live for an audience, is there anything special you like to do first, right before the show to prepare you for the event?

Nothing special, BUT if I’ve heard another player earlier in the Evening, even a stranger,  I often ask them to sit in…  Generally, they always come through.   disappointed.

Afresh: What has been the biggest challenge for you or the group?

When a band has 20+ players, it’s hard to coordinate rehearsals, etc., but it DOES force me to re-arrange tunes for each show.  Plus, the
payroll for a crew like ours would be huge… So I make BIG records,
but play out mostly in singer-songwriter mode…

Afresh: You’ve heard of the term “starving artists” before, how do you cope with major obstacles?

I had a great day gig that has afforded me this time in my life to make music, but I do MISS my friends from business…  Life goes on, but I’ve never forgotten them, nor how grateful and lucky I am for this opportunity to make my music at my own pace…

Afresh:  Do you feel the economic crunch has hurt the industry, or do you have some other promotional tips to help support your music?

I urge everyone to attend at least a couple of indie music seminars…

Afresh:  If you had the opportunity to change something about the music industry what would it be?

I wish there were more industry professionals that would accept UNSOLICITED MATERIAL.  You never know from where a great  song or performance is going to come… So why not listen to everything, or hire some trusted ears to screen stuff…

Afresh:  Do you have any fan comments of how your music has affected or changed them?

I’m often told that when I’m  ‘in-the-moment’ in one of my songs that they are there with me…  I love hearing that… I’m reaching
them… They are hearing me, and feeling my music…

Afresh:  Where is your favorite place to play? Do you have a favorite city/venue?

I play around L.A. quite a bit, but audiences out of town come at the beginning of an evening and stay for the entire night, hearing everyone, and then want to meet and greet.  Los Angeles music fans show up to hear their friends, and then head for the after-party.  L.A.’s home but I always feel more special just about anywhere else, whether at Mo’s in Salt Lake, or the Influence Gallery in Hillsboro, OR….

Afresh:  Other than a t-shirt, sticker, or CD, what do you hope people leave with from one of your shows?

I hope they have one of song hooks absolutely stuck in their head…

Afresh: Art & Music has an impact on both young and old.  Everyone loves a celebrity, so what advice do you have for the youth of today?

Be famous for something…  And not be famous for just being a celebrity, like so many faces currently gracing the tabs.

Afresh: What does your family think of your performance and do they support you?

They are fans… My sons, both twenty-somethings, love my music and share it with their friends. They GET me…

Afresh: What is your stance on how to get the public to support “live music” and see the shows?  Any ideas???

That’s a very tall mountain… I have been an active fundraiser for a songwriters’ venue, Kulak’s, in North Hollywood and we are always
dealing with this…

Afresh: Thinking back, did your family carry on the same musical/artistic interests?

Both my parents were artists… a very creative family…

Afresh: Do you have your own favorite type of music and is it any different from what you play now?

I listen to everything

Afresh:  If you weren’t doing music, what do you think you would be doing instead?

Just living my life, taking care of those I love and who love me back…

Afresh: Who does most of the song writing/art/literature? (Discuss the songwriting process in detail.)

I do my own songwriting…  I usually just noodle around on guitar or piano until something musically strikes me…   Or I’ll think of a great line and start to write lyrics…  There’ are no rules about what comes first…

Afresh: Tell us about your most embarrassing moment if you care to share it with us?

Detuning a guitar that I’ve borrowed then handing it back to the artist still detuned…

Afresh: If you could perform with anyone in the world, either dead, alive, or broke-up who would it be? Why? (Name up to three)

Dave Edmunds, Justin Currie of Del Amitri, and Van Morrison

Afresh:  If you had only five minutes on earth to perform one song that could leave a great impact on the world today, what song would you perform and why did you choose this particular piece?

A song that I’m re-recording for my next record… Fool’s Paradise… A song that basically says that you don’t have to be foolishly over-idealistic to be hopeful…

Afresh:  What did you do before you got into the music industry?

I was a packaging designer, responsible for the look of  many products at retail, such as vitamins, cosmetics, and computer

Afresh:  What do you attribute to your “drive as an artist”?

A burning creative ethic.. I’ve always got be creating something, and it isn’t always music… Sometimes, it can be as abstract as an ‘opportunity’…

Afresh:  What do you think makes you and your type of music unique from other artists?

Interesting melodies, and a variety in my instrumentation… I try an awful lot of unusual sound toys….

Afresh:  As an artist, how would you define SUCCESS?

When my music is as a transformative agent… Making people feel strong emotions with my music, more so than if it weren’t

Afresh:  Do you have much time to check out other artists’ music? What are you listening to right now?

I always listen to the current music of those around me… my songwriting friends.. I am given tons of  music to listen to, and
I love satellite radio…

Afresh:  Have you performed outside the USA before, and if so how did the live shows differ?
Have done some pick up stuff, but no actual scheduled gigs outside the US…

Afresh:  For on-line purposes, what is your favorite place for your fans to find your music for purchase and/or downloads? and of course, iTunes…

Just for fun…..simply fill in the blanks!

Without music, I would be  up a very long, dark and lonely creek with no paddle.

Music is a fickle mistress at times…..

My music makes me feel  like the heartbeak or the happiness that inspired the song is happening all over again in that moment.  Painfully true…

I write the songs because  it’s now a chronic habit…

Support music because someone holding a musical instrument isn’t holding a weapon, tho’ I’ve been menaced by a cello before…..

If I wasn’t doing music, I would be  a shrink….   Same diff….

If I had to share a dream with you, it would be my grammy speech in which I profusely thank my wife for so much of my inspiration…

If I could be anywhere right now, I would want to be anywhere that she is…

I love to perform in front of a live audience because I think at times I actually am helping put others in touch with feelings of their own that may be unresolved….



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One great thing about having a cool, well-paying day job for 30 years—when it comes time to get down to business and start pursuing those long-held musical dreams full time, you don’t have to scrimp and save to make the recording of your life.

If you’re singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jeff Kossack, you’ll have built an incredible, fully digital studio—Otherhand Recording in Canoga Park, California, named after his band, theOtherHand—to create halflife, an infectious soul and rock influenced collection made the classic “old school” way in the tradition of his favorite artists, including The Beatles, Van Morrison, Marc Cohn and the Scottish group Del Amitri.

A longtime veteran of the Los Angeles club scene, Kossack began gearing up for his full-time dedication to music in the late 90s with regular gigs at the hotspots on every indie musician’s radar: The Roxy, The Gig, Largo, Genghis Cohen, Highland Grounds, Iguana Cafe and 8121 Club. While building his own song arsenal, developing his high energy performance chops and learning how to engage crowds of different sizes, Kossack also became the ultimate behind the scenes guy, producing and playing (everything from acoustic guitar to keyboards and percussion) on a wide variety of projects.

Many of his musician friends were happy to return the favor when he formed his own band, a group of rotating members (depending on the venue) which was originally called OpenHand. Kossack draws on these renowned studio musicians to achieve a classic vibe on halflife, a 12-track set that harkens back to the days when albums had creative productions featuring instruments like Hammond Organ (Paul Katz), viola and violin (Julie Pusch), cello (Ro Rowan) and sizzling, simmering horn sections (trombonist Steven Bent, multi-saxman Walter Davis, trumpeter and flugelhornist Joe Bebiak).

One of the band’s electric guitarists, Bruce Watson, has played with everyone from Christina Aguilera, Adam Lambert and Jewel to Leonard Cohen, Sara Bareilles, Elton John, Jewel, Rod Stewart and B.B. King. The drums are shared by Kossack’s son Chase and Mark Schulman, who has toured with Pink, Cher, Billy Idol and Foreigner.

Becoming more prolific as a writer all the time, Kossack quickly followed the official release of halflife with a midtempo, brassy new single called “If I Have You”—which like many of his songs, was inspired by a casual turn of phrase by his wife. With his catalog growing all the time, he is eager to begin licensing his music for film and TV—and can envision a day when one of his songs plays behind a powerful emotional scene in a major motion picture.

Kossack is also excited about his ongoing development, diversity and depth as a vocalist. He credits writer/producer Terry “T-Smidi” Smith, who raps and does backing vocals on halflife, for helping him “get to my soulful self and get it onto my tracks.” The two met randomly while playing golf one day and have been connected by music ever since.

“For a long time, I wasn’t just working on a career as an artist, I was equally interested in selling my songs and licensing them,” Kossack says. “Then I realized, well, someone has to sing them in order to sell them and people started telling me they liked the way I sang. The way I like to put it is, I know how to perform my material and Rod Stewart knows how to perform his, and we are who we are, distinctive vocals and all.

“The album began with the title track,” he adds, “which I wrote for the wife of my songwriter friend Jimmy “Muffin“ Yessian, who contributes vocals to the album. His beautiful wife had terminal cancer and I wanted to write a song about their relationship. The concept of the project took shape as a journey of love. I began looking at certain life experiences from different angles and realized there were many ways to express the upside and downside of love in my songs. Putting those lyrics into a contemporary version of a classic rock soul vibe was a great experience for everyone who participated. It’s a sound that never goes out of style.”

Kossack achieved this sonic magic using digital technology, a way of recording he would have probably considered a bit blasphemous just a few years ago. He recorded his first album The Power Of One (1998) on a Fostex G-16, a reel to reel, half-inch 16 track, a machine that was big in the 80s and 90s; he considers the quality to be more compatible with that of a songwriter’s demo. He resisted going to digital for a long time because he always believed that analog gave off a bigger, warmer sound, but eventually began working on a Mac with a Pro Tools LE system. “I like the fact that you turn on your computer and are back in your session in five minutes,” he says, “whereas with analog, you have to realign your tape machine with your console every couple of times you shut them both down.” Making the switch in 2005, he digitally recorded his second album, a project called This Boy’s Life, another collection of melodic rockers and sensitive ballads.

While the multi-talented performer doesn’t play the mainstream L.A. clubs as often as he used to, he has a unique musical home away from home in the friendly confines of Kulak’s Woodshed, an intimate space in North Hollywood, dedicated to fostering the development of local songwriters and allowing them to share their work in an appreciative, judgment free atmosphere. Owner Paul Kulak’s website ( gives people all over the world a chance to experience this fascinating creative process—and the opportunity to make donations to keep the club running. Kossack “sheds” new material there about once a month and participates in occasional special event nights, like a recent Bob Dylan tribute. “Kulak’s is a place where substance matters and you don’t have to look like a rock star,” he says. “If songs are ever going to get better, there has to be a place in the L.A. songwriter community where we can come to try things out and get feedback and have fun doing it.”

Even though Kossack is still working on his longtime goal of making a full living as a singer and musician, he has led a very blessed life and always makes time to give to important causes. Aside from participating in fundraisers at Kulak’s, he performs every month at The Talking Stick in Venice for GrassRoots Acoustica, a unique organization launched by his friend Mark Islam that donates proceeds from the show and the participating artists’ CDs to a wide variety of charities. These include Children of the Night, Shoes That Fit, Leeza Gibbons’ organization, Leeza’s Place (dedicated to caregivers of ill loved ones) and the ALS Foundation. Thus far, GrassRoots Acoustica has raised over $30,000.

“Being charitable in this day and age is a luxury,” says Kossack, “and it’s wonderful to have the opportunity to do something good while doing something you love. I write and sing my music to move people and at the end of the day, that’s what my life is dedicated to. It’s a very organic process, which begins on an acoustic guitar plugged directly into a good quality mic-pre. I create a scratch vocal and guitar part and then my friends come in and begin to play and soon we have a song to share with the world. But as rewarding as working in the studio is, nothing is more fun than sharing this gift with people in a live setting. In my other business, I made deals where I did nicely, but sometimes, the sweetest money can be the few bucks from a small venue where I’m playing and touching people with my music.”

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The group Against All Will

Afresh: What is your name, and name your group/band/act?

Jimmy Allen from Against All Will

Afresh: Where are the artists from?  What is their talent in the group?

Texas, Kansas, Missouri, and Brazil. Slamming the jams of rock.

Afresh: How did the artist/band get their name?

Out of hat filled with other band names

Afresh: What instrument do you play now? (If applicable)

Six string rock machine

Afresh: What (who) does your act/art consist of?

Ex members of SoulFly, Dead Kennedys, 7 Story Drop, and Puddle of Mudd

Afresh: How would you describe your music/art/entertainment for the public audience if they have never seen you before?

Loud, Rude and in your face rock band with catchy songs.

Afresh:  What can people expect to see at your live performance?

Good clean boys blasting Rock & Roll music.

Afresh:  If you had to describe your music in three or four words, what would you call it?

Baby making music.

Afresh: How long have you been performing live or making art?

Since I was a teenager.

Afresh: Where did you meet your group and how long have you been together now?

In the dirty streets of Hollywood. about 2 yrs

Afresh:  Before you perform live for an audience, is there anything special you like to do first, right before the show to prepare you for the event?

A shot of jack and a prayer to the rock gods.

Afresh: What has been the biggest challenge for you or the group?

trying to wade through all the bullshitting and backstabbing of the music biz.

Afresh: You’ve heard of the term “starving artists” before, how do you cope with major obstacles?

keeping the chin up and always moving forward, and remembering  its all about being true to yourself.

Afresh:  Do you feel the economic crunch has hurt the industry, or do you have some other promotional tips to help support your music?

Yes, stay in touch with your fan base and show them the love they give you and your music.

Afresh:  If you had the opportunity to change something about the music industry what would it be?

No more pirates stealing our music.

Afresh:  Do you have any fan comments of how your music has affected or changed them?

A woman who has a son over in Middle east said our music reminded her of her son and his love for the USA.

Afresh:  Where is your favorite place to play? Do you have a favorite city/venue?

House of Blues in Hollywood

Afresh:  Other than a t-shirt, sticker, or CD, what do you hope people leave with from one of your shows?

A good fuzzy feeling and buzzing in the ear.

Afresh: Art & Music has an impact on both young and old.  Everyone loves a celebrity, so what advice do you have for the youth of today?

Do what makes you happy and dont follow the trends.

Afresh: What does your family think of your performance and do they support you?

They love it! My family has always been really supportive with my music.

Afresh: What is your stance on how to get the public to support “live music” and see the shows?  Any ideas???

Do something fresh and different and give them there moneys worth.

Afresh: Thinking back, did your family carry on the same musical/artistic interests?


Afresh: Do you have your own favorite type of music and is it any different from what you play now?

Not really? its all rock & roll in my blood.

Afresh:  If you weren’t doing music, what do you think you would be doing instead?

Working in some crappy music store, selling false dreams to little kids.

Afresh: Who does most of the song writing/art/literature? (Discuss the songwriting process in detail.)

I’ll start with a basic idea, then I take to the band and work it out till it feels good. Some songs take 10 minutes to write and some take 10 years.

Afresh: Tell us about your most embarrassing moment if you care to share it with us?

There is way to many to count.

Afresh: What has been the most bizarre thing (thrown) on the stage with you?  How did you react?

One time playing on stage with Puddle of Mudd I was hit hard in the chest with a flying Snickers bar. Ouch! I ate it after the show.

Afresh: What is your wildest story with the group?

since we are kinda a new band, nothing too crazy yet? But one time Wes Scantlin from Puddle and I had little after party in our room at Sunset Marquis hotel. We had Tommy Lee, Pam Anderson, Courtny Love and a bunch of pornstars. we Jammed on a acoustic version of “He Hates Me” with Miss Love taking over vocal duties.

Afresh: If you could perform with anyone in the world, either dead, alive, or broke-up who would it be? Why? (Name up to three)

Neil young, Randy Rhodes, Kurt Cobain. just to watch and learn.

Afresh:  If you had only five minutes on earth to perform one song that could leave a great impact on the world today, what song would you perform and why did you choose this particular piece?

I would go with Imagine by John Lennon because the this world needs peace.

Afresh:  What did you do before you got into the music industry?

tried to break into the music industry.

Afresh:  What do you attribute to your “drive as an artist”?

making music that people will listen to forever.

Afresh:  What do you think makes you and your type of music unique from other artists?

Its 4 guys doing what is in there hearts and because Its real.

Afresh:  As an artist, how would you define SUCCESS?

A Brand new Benz and a house on the hill.

Afresh:  Do you have much time to check out other artists’ music? What are you listening to right now?

Muse, Failure, Stone Sour, Waiting For Signal, Hourcast.

Afresh:  Have you performed outside the USA before, and if so how did the live shows differ?

People love good rock anywhere.

Afresh:  For on-line purposes, what is your favorite place for your fans to find your music for purchase and/or downloads?


Just for fun…..simply fill in the blanks!

Without music, I would be__Lost in time_____________.

Music is _my life and the blood inside me ________________.

My music makes me feel __alive_______________.

I write the songs because __ive got something to get out_______________.

Support music because __its pure______________.

If I wasn’t doing music, I would be selling women shoes._____________.

If I had to share a dream with you, it would be Twisted and scary____________.

If I could be anywhere right now, I would want to be __Home__________.

I love to perform in front of a live audience because ___its “The Drug I Need”_________.

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  • Humorous Greeting Cards
  • Stationary & Business Items
  • Desktop Publishing Designs
  • Personal Albums
  • Mugs, T-shirts, misc merch w/ new Afresh Logos
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DevilDriver to Unleash the “Beast” in February

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DevilDriver to Unleash the “Beast” in February



New York, NY: DevilDriver announced today the release of their forthcoming fifth album, Beast. Beast was produced by Mark Lewis (All That Remains, Trivium, The Black Dahlia Murder) and will hit retail via longtime label Roadrunner Records on February 22, 2011.

While many bands in the modern era are already withering away by their second album and have shriveled up and died by their third, DevilDriver have proven to mutate, growing stronger, deadlier and more immortal with each successive release. Beast, which follows 2009’s Pray For Villains, finds the band refusing to compromise in their mission to deliver music that will make you feel as though you were slapped upside the head with a baseball bat. The band recorded 14 songs during the Beast sessions, with 11 or 12 tracks expected to make the final cut. Some song titles are as follows: “Dead to Rights,” “Hardened,” “Bring The Fight (To the Floor),” “Shitlist,” “Talons Out (Teeth Sharpened),” “Blur,” “You Make Me Sick (Sacred Secrets),” “The Blame Game,” “Coldblooded, “Crowns of Creation” and “Lend Myself to the Night.”

Frontman Dez Fafara himself dubbed the record their most “extreme” to date and even compared Beast to “driving a Buick Skylark 200 miles an hour straight to Vegas” in an exclusive studio report in this month’s Revolver.

Here’s what the press had to say about DevilDriver in recent months:

“DevilDriver don’t have anything to prove-we can either bang out heads on their terms, or simply eat their dust.” —Revolver

“These five Southern California cowboys from Hell have their six guns drawn and aimed right at the competition. They blow absolutely everyone away too.” —Artist Direct

“Here, Fafara and the DevilDriver crew gut-punch the listener with a storming title track and follow with a dozen more songs that rival Slipknot and Machine Head in the groove-metal echelon.” —Alternative Press

“But it’s their fourth offering, Pray for Villains, that really consolidates the musicians’ strengths into a cohesive, street-lethal hybrid of punishing rhythms, incisive guitar licks and penetrating melodies.” —Guitar World

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Burbank, CA – As part of its new exhibition The Artist’s Museum — a showcase of work by more than 140 artists who have helped shape the artistic dialogue in Los Angeles over the past 30 years—The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA), will honor Devo with an installation devoted to the beloved New Wave pioneers.

The installation, which will be unveiled to the public on Oct 31, consists of a wall of roughly 400 Devo’s iconic red energy domes, as well as photos and video of the band. The exhibition represents the diversity and uniqueness of the Los Angeles community, and highlights important works from legendary L.A. artists who remain vital and influential alongside those emerging from renowned local art schools, visionary artists associated with various street cultures and subcultures, and crossover artists connected to performance, music, and film.

The Artist’s Museum will be on view at MOCA Grand Avenue and The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA through Jan 31, 2011.
The Media Preview for the exhibition will take place on Friday, Oct 29, from 10am–1pm at MOCA Grand Avenue, with remarks by MOCA Director Jeffrey Deitch and MOCA Associate Curator Rebecca Morse. A complimentary shuttle between the two museum locations will be provided. RSVP to Jessica Youn at 213-633-5322 or by Friday, Oct 22.

In other exciting Devo news, Beatport is excited to announce that our new remix contest is with none other than with post-punk, electronic-music pioneers Devo!

In keeping with the title of the band’s latest album, Something For Everyone, Devo is offering up the parts from their ‘80s hit “Freedom Of Choice” as well as their newest track, “What We Do” for your reinterpretation.
Since the early days of MTV, when the band’s “Whip It” was on heavy rotation, Devo have been at the vanguard of subversive, surrealist art-pop; their music is cited as an influence by many contemporary electronic-music producers.
Adam Freeland puts it bluntly: “If you think they aren’t relevant to today’s music, then burn your LCD records, your Fall records, your Layo & Bushwacka! records, and my artist albums, amongst many others, as they simply wouldn’t sound like they do without them.”
“They’re as important as David Bowie, Run DMC, The Fall or The Stooges, if not more so,” claims Pat Pardy of Evil Nine.
Layo, of Layo & Bushwacka!—who famously sampled Devo’s “Mongoloid” for their hit “Love Story”—says, “I was first into Devo as a teenager. Matt (Bushwacka!) always laughs at me when I mention the bands I loved growing up: I was into the new wave of punk and the German experimental bands like Can.
My original favourite from Devo was always Q: Are We Not Men? A: We are Devo! I could never get away from the bass of “Mongoloid,” and then one day we had an idea about that bass with an old ragtime style piano following it. And the rest, as they say…”
The rest is history, of course, and this is your chance to become part of that legacy. Read on to find out how to enter.
The Opportunity:
On Oct 26, 2010, Beatport will make available for download the stems of “Freedom Of Choice” a favorite of many Devo fans, and “What We Do”, from the band’s latest album, SOMETHING FOR EVERYBODY. From then producers may remix one or both tracks, and upload their finished remix(es) to Beatportal for the voting round.
The Prizes:
The finalists of both “Freedom Of Choice” and “What We Do” remix entries will be divided into 2 categories; 10 users voted (based on number of spins) and 10 editorial winners (picked by Beatport’s editorial team). Each category will then be submitted to Devo and Warner Brothers where they will select the winner for each track to receive:
1 – $250 Beatport gift card
1 – Native Instruments Maschine
1 – V-MODA Crossfade LP Headphones
1 – Devo Live Tour Gear Bundle
The highest spun remix entry for each track will also receive 1 – $50 Beatport gift card.
The Stages:
1. October 26th – November 15th: Download phase – The remix parts of “Freedom Of Choice” and/or “What We Do”. You may purchase the stems bundled at $3.99 USD each.
2. November 2nd – November 15th:  Upload/Submission phase – Upload your remix to Beatportal to During this phase the entries can be listened to, but not voted for.
3. November 16th – November 30th: Voting phase – The public votes for their favorite remixes by “spinning” them.
After a period of deliberation, the winner will be announced on or around Dec 21, 2010.
Go to: more information.
As previously announced Devo is about to hit the road in support of their new album SOMETHING FOR EVERYBODY. Dates are listed below. Check out a plethora of new Devo merchandise at
Read what critics have been saying about SOMETHING FOR EVERYBODY:

“Combining the punk funk fury of Devo’s earliest recordings with synth-pop, this ninth disc is frantic and wall-to-wall catchy. Devo have held onto their core belief: If you want to be subversive, be utterly, unrelentingly pop.”  — Rolling Stone

“Stop asking ‘why?’ and you’ll likely find yourself surrendering to the band’s herky-jerky hooks and machinelike swing. Impressively spot on.” — Entertainment Weekly

“Devo still has that ‘Something’ special. Devo’s nerdy electropop delivers plenty of humor and hooks – what better cocktail to help one cope with the decline of civilization?”  — USA Today

Don’t miss DEVO on the road:
Fri   Oct 29         Moogfest                             Asheville, NC
Sat   Oct 30        Hammerstein Ballroom         New York, NY
Sun  Nov 7          Fun Fun Fun Fest                 Austin, TX
Wed Nov 10       Belly Up Tavern                   Solana Beach, CA

Thur  Nov 11       San Manuel Indian Casino   San Bernardino, CA
Fri    Nov 12        Club Nokia                         Los Angeles, CA
Sat   Nov 13        Warfield Theater                  San Francisco, CA

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CEIVAbrate the Holidays in 2010!

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CEIVAbrate the Holidays in 2010!

Share Your Holiday Memories with the Magic of CEIVA Connected Digital Photo Frames™

Add Local Weather, News & Sports Content Channels and More!

Invite Everyone to Send Pictures to Your Frame – From Anywhere, Even By Cellphone!

Burbank, CA – This holiday season, do something magically different for the ones that mean the most to you in your life!  Give the gift that will keep you connected to them once the New Year rolls around.  CEIVA®, the inventor of the connected digital photo frame, has a magical way to share photos with family and friends – automatically.  “CEIVAbrate” the holidays this year by starting your own community of connected photo sharing frames amongst friends and family.

How it Works

With CEIVA’S practical PicturePlan® photo sharing service, your circle of family and friends can enjoy an endless automatic display of photos sent from everyone, from anywhere – even by camera phone, email, from Facebook and more.  You’ll receive an unlimited photo storage account at, photo customization tools, and the ability to send photos and written greetings – straight to your community of CEIVA frames – all year long.  With the PicturePlan Lifetime Warranty, your CEIVA will always be replaced or fixed for free for as long as you have the service.  Everyone can connect by either Wi-Fi, Ethernet or telephone line (for those without computers – like grandpa!).  Members can also invite anyone else to send pictures to their frame and they get a free photo storage account at – even if they do not own a frame.  Everyone can utilize CEIVA’S U.S. based full-time toll-free Customer Care line at 1-877.692.3482.

How to Give CEIVA as a Gift

You’ll rejoice this holiday season by taking advantage of CEIVA’S multipack discounts and special offers.  It’s simple to register your CEIVA frames and preload them with pictures from family celebrations and special moments with friends.  You’ll be ready to “CEIVAbrate” the holidays by giving friends and family the gift of photo sharing that will last throughout the year.  Your family and friends will all stay connected by receiving and sharing photos and personal greetings throughout the year.

How to Get Connected

Family and friends will be happy to know that CEIVA Customer Care is available to assist customers  Monday through Friday during the holiday season, including December 24 and 25, 2010.  The three-step connection guide is simple, even for grandma:  1) Register the Frame, 2) Set-up the frame, and 3) Get connected.   Once connected, your family and friends will love sharing photos during the holidays and throughout the year.  Start your “CEIVAbration” during the holidays with CEIVA Connected Photo Frames!  For more information on products and special offers, visit

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Burbank, CA – Best-selling rock band R.E.M. have revealed that the title of their 15th studio album will be Collapse Into Now. The album will be released in Spring 2011 by Warner Bros. Records. BBC Radio 6 broke the news on its Twitter feed after R.E.M.’s manager Bertis Downs revealed the title at the In the City conference.
R.E.M., which is singer Michael Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck, and bassist Mike Mills, re-teamed with Grammy Award-winning producer Jacknife Lee, who produced the band’s acclaimed previous album Accelerate, to make Collapse Into Now. Lee is also noted for his work on albums by U2, Snow Patrol, The Hives, and indie stalwarts Kasabian, Editors, Aqualung, and Bloc Party.
R.E.M. and Lee recorded the album in New Orleans at the Music Shed and in Berlin at the famed Hansa Studios, where several legendary albums, including David Bowie’s Heroes, U2’s Achtung Baby, and Iggy Pop’s Lust for Life, were made. Additional recording and mixing were done at the venerable Blackbird Studio in Nashville.
Collapse Into Now is the follow-up to 2008’s hard-charging Accelerate, which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart, topped the Alternative, Rock, Digital, and Internet (physical goods) charts in the U.S., and debuted at No. 1 in Canada, the U.K., Ireland, Denmark, Norway, Switzerland, and the Czech Republic. It spawned three hit singles “Supernatural Superserious,” “Hollow Man,” and “Man-Sized Wreath.” The band also released a two-CD live set, entitled R.E.M. Live At The Olympia, last October.
On October 26th, 2010, New West Records will release R.E.M. Live From Austin, TX — a DVD that contains the full live performance of the band’s concert for PBS’ Austin City Limits television series, plus three songs that didn’t air on the original broadcast. The 17 songs, including several from Accelerate and such classic hits as “Losing My Religion” and “Man On The Moon,” have been re-mixed and re-mastered in LPCM stereo and DTS-HD 5.1 Surround Sound.
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Kansas City Photographer Creates Attention!

BANNED member of AFRESH ENTERTAINMENT Magazine staff!

William E. Parks (Willie) {Jr} – A Freelance photographer – BONNER SPRINGS KS

New fascinating true life articles, and the astonishing true life story coming soon! 

Watch for the new biography novel to be released in 2011!


Recently a Kansas City photographer was on a radio talk show near Kansas City in a final attempt to degrade and terrorize innocent people to create attention for himself and the radio show; so we are posting this press release to accommodate his professional needs!  Several telephone calls were also made to additional Afresh Entertainment Magazine staff members and close friends to try to cause an uprising for media professionals in Kansas.  Admission of guilt for vandalism and theft events were also mentioned during this conversation from the “festival of thieves” as well as the names of the persons (suspects) directly involved with the  terrible incidents Afresh Entertainment staff members and other attendees endured while covering a music event for mid-western Kansas.  Negative statements were said, “I’ll deny everything even if you taped it.”

We will have more on this story as it develops further as well.  Due to the events that took place shortly after the radio show, comments were left on social sites such as facebook, twitter, and other blogging sites.  Ongoing bizarre events and phone calls have been happening since October 2009 and more recent thefts, threats, and vandalism have also taken place in areas of Kansas.  Suspects have been turned over to investigators and other detectives as well as phone records, blog posts, social site posts, emails, etc. just this past month.  Additional steps to protect innocent people have been put into place.  Any tips or leads to catching these people will be greatly rewarded through the crime-stopper programs throughout Kansas.

It is saddening that a true friendship could have been a blessing, but the bridge has been destroyed beyond repair.  Phone calls to reconcile differences were totally ignored due to the negativity it brought into the lives of others.  As we believe that a positive attitude brings the best results, it is our hope someday others will realize the damage they are doing will only make things worse for them all in the long run.

The conversations concerning the Kansas City Entertainment awards for 2009 which were given out in May 2010 were also mentioned on the radio show.  Several of Afresh Entertainment Magazine staff members attended the fine event; however the official rules of the contest were not followed by many of the award nominees as they did not show up to accept and/or acknowledge their own awards or make the prior arrangements for someone to accept them on their behalf.

In following the event further, the organizer of the wonderful event said, “Each year this will be better and bigger!”  The major focus of the event was to give something back to not only the community of Kansas City but to those who work hard to help bring news and professional business ventures to the city.  Those dedicated and devoted to the entertainment world of Kansas City are warmly welcomed to participate each year.  To see photos of the  award night  watch the slide show below:

Willie Parks was named Photographer of the Year; however he did not show up to claim his KC Entertainment Award Trophy as the rules stated in the contest.  Since we still regard him as a fairly good  photographer; the trophy was accepted by a member of the Award event and the Afresh Entertainment Staff still made sure that he received his trophy to put on his wall of fame.  Rules for the next year’s event will change somewhat to create a better contest for everyone who is nominated.  We look forward to attending next year’s event.

In 2011 an exclusive novel will be released to the public with some shocking information about professional behavior and ethics of the media world; and some of the events that lead up to the crimes that happened to the innocent victims.  It will be a must have for all libraries!  Be sure to contact Afresh Entertainment Magazine to get your name on the list now for an autographed version once the novel is released.


A very important message for social net-workers: (It’s always best to learn as much as you can possibly learn about someone before your friendship leads you into a world of destruction, terror, or worse from negativity!)


EXPERT ADVICE:  Please get to know the path you choose and who you choose to walk with you!  Be sure to choose your true friends wisely. Get to know those they are freely talking about with a negative tongue before you pass harsh judgment on them or get yourself involved in malicious pranks that could cost you your family, friends, and your future; for you too, can become a victim if you do not do all your research first.  You may be making the wrong decisions!


Ask yourself this:

  • Does my family approve of how I act?
  • How does my actions affect my children?
  • Am I doing the “right thing”?
  • Am I headed for self-destruction of the worst kind?
  • Do I need to seek professional help before it is too late?
  • Have I really ended a friendship over stupidity?
  • Will  I ever be able to tell the truth?
  • How will others feel when they find out the real truth?
  • Will I destroy my potential career because of bitterness & jealousy?
  • Have I taken advantage of someone to the point that it hurt other family members?
  • Did I attack someone’s child with my negative behavior?
  • Have I looked at myself in the mirror lately and said I am proud of my accomplishments?
  • Do I try to make things better for myself or do I look for an easy way out?
  • Am I a financial burden on others?
  • How do all of my family members really feel about my behavior?
  • What am I really teaching my children to be when they grow up?
  • What does the future hold for me if I don’t try to change?
  • How many people have I really hurt?
  • Can I be proud of my behavior when my grandchildren are growing up?
  • Did I turn my back on others because of all my lies?
  • How can I make things right again?
  • Is there a chance to improve my behavior?
  • How will my boss and co-workers feel if they knew the truth?
  • What if ????

It’s never easy to tell the truth when the lies are so deep, but honesty is always the best policy if you want to keep a good reputation and make friends who will stand beside you when things are rough!



As of November 1, 2009, it is with great sadness to announce that MR. WILLIE PARKS is no longer a volunteer staff member ‘associated or affiliated with AFRESH ENTERTAINMENT MAGAZINE in any media form‘; therefore please email the editor immediately regarding any attempt for media admittance or photography opportunities/events representing Afresh Entertainment Magazine under the name of Mr. Willie E. (William) Parks (JR)!

Note:  {It is our hope that Mr. William (Willie) Parks will always continue to support the wonderful staff of AFRESH ENTERTAINMENT MAGAZINE volunteers, as well as the magazine’s best interests with a continuous positive enthusiasm and support!  We hope Mr. Parks achieves what he is so deserving of with warm wishes in finding whatever he is still soul-searching for.  May God guide him to all the right choices.}



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Pack of traveling with Fido experts available for interviews

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Pack of traveling with Fido experts available for interviews

FIDO Friendly magazine experts available

Marsing, IDFIDO Friendly is the only magazine dedicated to the Travel & Lifestyle of our canine friends and according to APPA, (American Pet Products Association) spending on pets has increased from $34 billion in 2004 to $47.4 billion now, partly because people are spending more to travel with their pets. The Travel Industry Association of America says 78% of the pets taken on vacation are dogs, with cats coming in second at 15%.

Now in our 10th year, each bimonthly issue of FIDO Friendly includes hotel and destination reviews along with health and wellness topics, dog training advice and the latest fashion trends. Our pack of experts scours the latest in Fido trends, topics, places to explore and health issues Read More→

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November 20 & 21, 2010

Champion Colored Bull Terrier and New Jersey Dog “Rufus” serves as Therapy Dog Ambassador for The National Dog Show Presented by Purina©

OAKS, PA –Rufus, the greatest Colored Bull Terrier in dog show history, will appear at the Kennel Club of Philadelphia’s Dog Shows the weekend of Saturday, November 20 and Sunday, November 21, with The National Dog Show Presented by Purina taking place on Saturday at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA.
Owned by Barbara and Tom Bishop of Holmdel, NJ, Rufus earned Best In Show at both The National Dog Show Presented by Purina and The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in 2005. The highly decorated canine boasts 35 Best in Show awards and 138 Terrier Group First Place finishes. He has retired from the show circuit to work as a therapy dog with Angel on a Leash, interacting with children and adults at schools, hospitals, nursing homes and animal rescue leagues.
Rufus serves as Therapy Dog Ambassador for The National Dog Show Presented by Purina. He will be introduced in the stadium show ring Saturday at around noon and will meet and greet his fans on Saturday from 2-3 p.m. and on Sunday from 9-10 a.m. at the Purina Pro Plan area.
After several years in various locations, The Kennel Club of Philadelphia Dog Shows will be held in the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center for at least the next three years.  This year, over 2,000 dogs will compete each day in the AKC-sanctioned all-breed dog shows. They are benched shows, which means the dogs and handlers must remain on-site through the weekend, allowing dog lovers close encounters with over 160 breeds. The owners typically celebrate the origins of the breed with decorated exhibits that teach about the breed’s history and unique attributes.
Take-part in family-friendly fun with live agility, flying disc and diving dogs over two great days: November 20 & November 21, at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, located off the Oaks exit of PA Route 422. Just 20 miles from Center City and just five miles from King of Prussia.
WHERE:              The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA, 100 Station Avenue, located just off the Oaks exit of Route 422, 20 miles from Center City Philadelphia and just five miles from King of Prussia and Valley Forge.
TICKET INFO:      Adults: $12, Children 12 and under: $6
HOURS: Saturday,  November 20      8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 21         8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
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