I've been trying to catch up on a bunch of past things I want to post but so far I have failed. I just spent 15 minutes searching for a particular picture that I wanted to include here but I didn't find it. I'm hoping it's on the external drive in the office and I can find it tomorrow.
So, what have I been doing besides not keeping up with my posting? I'm glad you asked. A couple of interesting things over the past several days...
This is where I was last night. The Ribbon of Hope awards from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, honoring outstanding programming in the area of AIDS awareness. This is a press release about the event. It was an incredible evening and more important than ever in light of the fact that we continue to allow the AIDS pandemic to fade from the media limelight, as more and more people around the world (including the U.S.) become infected at alarming rates. Did you even know yesterday (as in 12/1) was World Aids Day?
There were celebrities galore, including Judith Light, Alison Angram, Julie Newmar (that's the back of her head on the left in the above picture) and pictured below...
...the very funny Bruce Vilanch.
I also had the opportunity to meet an amazing young man, the evening's keynote speaker Cameron Siemers. Please take a moment to click on his name and see what makes him so remarkable.
My book publicist, Harlan Boll, was one of the producers of the show and I can't thank him enough for inviting me to such an incredibly moving and educational event. P.S. I apologize again for wearing my inappropriate Everybody I Shot Is Dead t-shirt under my suit jacket. Hopefully it didn't show up on TV.
And speaking of TV, here's a photo from my appearance last week on Coffee Break...
It went so well that co-host Connie Martinson is pushing up my date to appear on her solo show, Connie Martinson Talks Books. She asks great questions so I can't wait to talk with her again.
In other non-news, I am still impatiently waiting for my AP feature article to break. It was supposed to hit several weeks ago (the week of the fires which would have obviously buried it), and then the very nice writer of said article kindly called me last Monday and said it should come out that week, but alas, it did not. I am really looking forward to the article because I really enjoyed the (longform) interview, and of course, because it will hopefully get blasted all over the world and lead to more opportunities to talk about the wonderful musicians in my book.
Which brings me to one more thing I have recently let slide. If you ordered the book from my website I have been meaning to send you a thank you email, along with a small request...which also goes out to anyone who has had the opportunity to read the book...please go online to amazon.com and write a customer review. I hope your are enjoying the book and I promise to get that thank you email out to everyone asap. Sorry for my tardiness.
Must sleep now...thanks for reading