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I just finished working on something which was for a painter who needed something for his live show. He's painting scenes from The Wizard of Oz.
I created a song based on one of the paintings which is from one of the darker moments in the movie. I'm really excited about it. I've decided to include it on my next album.
Ive been watching the Twilight Zone and the Night Gallery a lot lately, the old ones with Rod Serling in them.
I believe it to be influencing my newer music. Especially stuff like, 'Can't Compute'.
This new stuff I've been creating is completely different from Acoustically Yours, but I hope some will walk through the fire with me. :)
So excited! A representative from music resources over at CBC has personally requested that all CBC libraries carry Bonny's CD Acoustically Yours! He is also mentioning the CD in his newsletter. So you should be able to call or email or write in to any CBC radio station Canada wide and request Bonny Morgan's Acoustically Yours. Within the digital realm, Sparrow has been by far the most downloaded even more than the cover tunes so that's cool, it will be interesting to see which tunes do well where with regard to actual airplay!!! It's a great honor and I have to thank my hubby again for initiating the dialogue between us and the CBC.
Yesterday I got up to page one, #7 out of 14,000 entries in the Hockey Theme contest! Since then I've dropped to page 18 but no matter what, It's really exciting! To make it to the top page and to be at #7 is in itself quite an honour! I'm rooting for my little song 'Lets' Go!', I really am. I want the people at home to get up and yell and really get revved up for the game. That's who I'm writing this for, the people who are at home watching faithfully, the country wide enthusiasm people feel for hockey in Canada is loyalty to a sport I've never seen on such a grand scale.
And I've been there. Hubby and me were at a Toronto Marley's VS Chicago wolves game last season. Gear all in 500 lbs of hockey players
slammed into the plexiglass division between Hubby and me.
Now that's exciting!
Well out of ten thousand entries I am proud to say we're in the top 200!!! (we were #23 in the first 24 hours of submitting), but it fluctuates wildly as yesterday afternoon we were #50!)
Official voting starts in October but if you feel like supporting by dropping by the CBC site and giving a listen, of course hopefully you will be moved by the song and give it a 5 out of 5 but of course only if you really feel it in your heart.
I wanted to create a song where people could be watching at home, Mom, the kids, dad, Grampa, everyone could participate without feeling awkward, I think there is nothing more natural than people expressing their enthusiasm for sports as part of a crowd, where no one feels expected to sing or remember lyrics or whatever. I just want people to have something that they can be interactive with, not just watch or listen to. With this in mind I thought that adding 'Let's Go', to my mainly instrumental song would invite people to do just that. The Let's Go is for you to shout. That's why I made it sound like a crowd yelling, not an individual, the crowd is you.
The first AKA gig went really well! The place, Axis over on Dundas west area, has a nice vibe and of course just Scotty's friends and fam alone packed it with a great audience! (Thanks too Scotty for the great gig and as always the amazing playing and personality. )
It was great to get to perform the originals from Acoustically Yours with a band. An amazing band might I add, really tight and at the same time we are free to move around with the arrangements on the fly, but have confidence that there will be a smooth landing. Kevin on Drums and Devin on bass are young guys with music degrees and take music seriously, but also payoff so well artistically,and improvisationally in every genre of song we decided to do!
Okay okay, as I'm on stage, I think we were doing Dyermaker by Led Zep, and I look over and through the window I see a man on a bike, with two kittens in his hoodie. On his back intertwined and holding on, but not seemingly afraid, were three or four more kittens. Then to the basket area of his bicycle, were two large cats. All seemed very cozy and comfortable, chubby and happy. The guy hung around and talked to the patrons for quite a while, us included.
Spencer took the pic above with his cel phone. I'm pretty sure just to my left middle, you can see one of the cats peeking through the window just above the drums!
Album: Spring 08
I am going to make fajitas for dinner but first, I want to tell a strange tale.
Strange circumstances have led me to have cats in my house which do not get along. They fight furiously, they are kept in separate parts of the house. If the aggressive one gets to the weaker one, screams of terror echo through the house and I know for sure there is a vicious attack going on. Now here's the other thing, the weaker cat must be protected from the more aggressive cat, but the weaker cat attacks humans after three pats on his head.
Just now think about how strange a circumstance that is.
Hello and Happy Holidays to all! Here it is Christmas Eve 2007.
When I was in high school, Western High School in Anaheim California, I was in this very unique choir, called the 'Singing Christmas Tree'. It was led by Alex Encheff, he was a very very revered choir director and a very nice man. Very serious about the choir. He had us singing all of Handel's Messiah and to this day I'm really glad I got to know that material so well. Anyhoo, the Singing Christmas Tree, was a two story high dismantle-able metal frame, shaped of course like a huge Christmas tree, upon which after setting it up, the entire choir would file into. We would do performances at malls and such during the Christmas season. We cut a record. I still have it. The picture on the front is of the entire choir holding electric candles (the way we did it when we performed). You can see me in like, the fourth row or such (the alto section) Anyhow, it was a really unique thing. Very fun. Recently I was browsing through the record section at a used record store. Guess what I found? A record, it looked just like mine, it was a high school choir, in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. It had a picture of the entire choir on a metal frame tree, it looked just like ours, from my memory. I wonder if Mr Encheff knew anything like his creation existed anywhere else in the world?
Happy Hollydays and thanks for visiting my bloggie!
I never set out to work as an Elvis Impersonator's back up singer.
The possibility was first presented to me, when I heard about a guy called 'EL-VEZ' looking for backup vocalists who could 'move well'. He had already had some girls but he wanted to add more to accompany him on his Eastern European tour. I went out to audition at the house, the hub where they ran the operation from, over near Downtown LA. I went inside and did some audition song, which I can't remember now, for a very nice, very easygoing guy. It was EL-VEZ. He said the show called for the girls to be really bubbly and outgoing and so I put on my best bubbly and outgoing. Shortly thereafter, I got a call from his assistant that he wanted to use me in the show. They gave me tickets to go see his show at the House Of Blues over in Hollywood. I went and what I saw blew me away. This guy was a completely amazing entertainer and singer. The girls he was using were unbelievably good and the show they put on was non stop eye candy. I was happy and excited about the prospect, except at the time my mom was a little ill.
I ended up hearing that that particular tour had been cancelled, and they would not be needing to add another girl at that time. BUT If you ever EVER have a chance to see EL-VEZ. You should not miss it. He's probably coming to your town. (ps, he's not really an Elvis "impersonator", he just spins his own stuff from the elvis hub. He's quite original. )
Elvis # 2
My second Elvis Experience was in Canada. I was in a band that got a side gig backing up an award winning Elvis impersonator, and they invited me to do some backups. This Elvis' name was Doug Shimazu. This guy looks so much like elvis, it's truly creepy. BUT here's the thing, you would never see the resemblance until you see him in the full el-regalia. His edge is that he does the 'King Aloha' part of elvis' recording career. He has it all down so strong. No wonder he's an award winner! This gig was also cancelled.
Elvis # 3
From time to time I would fill in with another band called the 905 band, also in Canada. They play a lot of high end corporate stuff. (This is the band that has Canadian Icon Russ Little, writer of the SCTV theme among many, many other prodigious accomplishments). We did a gig where we would be backing up another Elvis Impersonator , Steve Kabakos. THis was a one time gig, and I must tell you, Steve plays the Elvis like a reincarnation. He also has a specific elvis era he embraces, I would say it's the Eagle-Outfit Elvis Heyday that most people remember him as. I learned a lot of the very distinct vocal parts from Elvis' gospel-y recordings. I finally got to be an elvis back up singer, thus closing the Elvis Circle.
I could not find a website for Steve Kabakos, but you can google him.
I know what you are thinking, you want to know who was the best Elvis. They were all amazing in their own way. It was definitely a road less traveled.
I've had the wonderful experience of working in Japan twice. Once was in Tokyo at Hotel Pacific Meridien.
That particular job was myself and a piano player. They wanted a mixture of jazz and pop tunes. The first night of the run, we went to the stage which was situated in the main restaurant in the hotel. I stood on stage in a sequined gown and the piano player sat at the black lacquer grand piano. The picture of elegance. I began the set, and looked over to find that there were stacked crates of oranges and other assorted fruits with the words 'California' printed on the sides. As it turned out, the menu was 'California Cuisine'. We were the imported Californian entertainment.
I loved Tokyo. Every day I would take a long walk to see the local sights. One of the things there that I had never seen before back home, were lots of vending machines. They served all kinds of drinks. Hot coffee in a can, pretty much everything you would want, but the most unusual vending machines were the ones out on the street which sold whole bottles of alcohol, (large sizes too!) whiskey, vodka, etc. It's just something I had never seen before, and have never seen since. I don't have an opinion on whether or not this is a good policy, I just think it's very interesting.
When I was a kid I had the wonderful pleasure to visit the themepark "Universal Studios". I was always enthralled by it. Since then I've had many occasions to visit and work there. I went to the Amblin Entertainment (Spielberg) buildings to interview at the chance to be Laura Dern's stand in for Jurassic Park. You may think that sounds dumb, but a union gig as a stand in is a pretty tasty thing for workin' actors without sugardaddies (or sugarmamas). I did not get the gig, but I did get to see the inside of Amblin offices. My mom thought it was cool.
Another memory I have from the Universal Backlot, is from the time I was a regular office member on The Tom Arnold Show. It was a cool gig. I had good office wardrobe. They kept the same faces for the whole season, so you were sure of a two day a week show for a while. It was live too, so you had the unique experience of knowing what it feels like to work on a show when they are doing live taping. It's quite surreal.
When I worked on this show, during lunchbreaks sometimes a few of us would walk over to the inside entrance to the park. I rode the Jurassic Park ride, on a Tom Arnold Show lunchbreak. It was earth shaking for someone who loves Disney-Style rides like me. Absolutely Mind Blowing.
I have many, many wonderful memories of the Universal Backlot.
You really should visit the park.
One of the places that I worked while I was in high school, was a wax museum called Movieland. It was on Beach Boulevard just down the street from Knott's Berry farm, (The amusement park and maker of famous jelly you often find in hotels and restaurants everywhere). Anyhow, one of the jobs I had at the wax museum, was taking pictures of people with a big fake gorilla. I wore a safari hat and sat in waiting, next to the industrial sized poloroid camera, as the customers left the walk through set of the Poseidon Adventure, and rounded the sharp corner to Mary Poppins, next to the set for the 'Road' movies starring Bob Hope and Bing Crosby. In the set, Bob and Bing were about to be nabbed by a gorilla, hence the idea that people would like to have their pictures taken next to a fake gorilla. "Hi, would you like to have your picture taken with Max the gorilla, it's Just $3.75!" Would say 16 year old me to the somewhat stunned patrons, as they tried to figure out what was going on.
This was the least popular job at Movieland Wax Museum.
Movieland closed in 2005, most of the wax figures were auctioned off. The wax figures of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, complete with entire revolving set, antique player piano and music rolls sold for around $5,000.00 US
I wonder whatever happened to Max.
There used to be this gig I would do from time to time. It was in a town in Nevada, called Wendover. About three hour's drive from Salt Lake City Utah. You would drive along for hours and hours through nothing, and then there would appear, a tiny oasis of casinos. You could drive through the town in about four minutes. There are a few towns in Nevada like this, and I've played a number of them. Anyhow, On the way to one of those gigs, I was riding with Tony, the leader of the band I was in at the time. He had a great old van, very reliable. Anyhow, I had ridden with him in his van to this gig. Most of the time at least one of the band members would opt to ride together to an 'away' gig and pitch in on gas. Tony was nice and would let anyone come along and even transport equipment for them. Anyhow, Tony had taken a different route this time, after following what was thought to be the right path for quite a while, we found ourselves in Rachel Nevada, home of the famous Area 51. Tony had been driving and I had been sleeping in the back. I woke up and we were in area 51. I only remember one building there, the 'Little Ale-Inn'. It's a little restaurant. We went inside and I don't remember much about it other than that. I do think it's awesome that I got an inadvertent detour to such a famous place though. Thanks Tony!
Guess what? Little Ale Inn has a website!
I've had this site up for a few years now and I want to say that I've discovered I'm getting a lot more web hits than I had ever imagined. I just want to say thanks for whoever is visiting the site and I hope to have more fun things to do in the future. Thank you for spending time with me and my artistic endeavors.
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