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Christine Mason Miller is a Santa Barbara based writer and artist who has been creating, writing and exploring ever since she was a little girl. Her mission to inspire has provided the foundation for all of her creative work; the desire to encourage others to pursue their passions and create a meaningful life is the common thread throughout an expansive body of work that includes mixed media collage, commercial illustration, photography, writing, teaching and speaking. I discovered Christine years ago through her self-published book, Ordinary Sparkling Moments and she is now celebrating her latest book ~ Desire to Inspire: Using Creative Passion to Transform the World.
Christine’s work as a professional artist began in 1995 with the creation of Swirly. From the first line of 36 handmade greeting cards, Swirly expanded into an internationally recognized brand with a product line that included stationery, journals, picture frames, watches, clocks, pillows, rubber stamps, photo albums and other home decor and accessories.
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"This is COIN. We met in Nashville three months ago and decided that everything is too serious; so, we started a new project. Some call it swirly indie party pop. With catchy synth lines, organic drums, groovy bass parts and spacey guitar tones, we just want to make music people can dance to. Drawing cereal coffee sleeping couches lazy dance honey seasick bicycle casual friday malibu suite suzie 1992." COIN is Joe Memmel, Ryan Winnen, and Chase Lawrence.
With humor and musicality, Martha Silano’s The Little Office of the Immaculate Conception rollicks through fourteen billion years of cosmology: galaxies, aliens, an astronaut’s dropped glove. When she’s not picking a bone with a short-sighted and side-talking populous, she’s conceiving her own personal Big Bang. When her nouns are diaper and bibs, Silano sticks to a larger vision, seeing past gelatinous mashed peas toward the moon and stars. This cosmic-consciousness is woven right in with the mittens and the meercats, her lens taking in not only the crumbs she must wipe up, but also polio-stricken nations, the hungry Eritreans, “the old man who shuffles along / as if he might be carrying / in that steamy bowl / all our children’s futures.” We’re all “sibling citizens of this swirly world,” writes Silano, but she knows that danger lurks not only in the heavens and the atmosphere, but on our glistening streets. As Campbell McGrath notes, The Little office of the Immaculate Conception is “comic and wise, quotidian and celestial.”
The rundown-- **Interview Review: Ms. Monster **The Green Lantern trailer hit the net yesterday. Ryan Reynolds' take on Hal Jordan is a little too frat boy for my liking. Expect the wielder of the most powerful weapon in the universe to conjure some giant green wedgies and perhaps give Sinestro a swirly. **And speaking of trailers, the cinematic genius who brought you Twilight licks her finger and sticks it in your ear once again with the new gothic themed Red Riding Hood. In this retelling of the classic fairy tale, a pretty girl is torn between two good looking guys who seem to have unlimited access to styling gel and body wax(both hot commodities in the Middle Ages). And there's a werewolf. Way to break new ground lady. It's like if Spike Lee kept making the same... Ah never mind. **Naked pictures of Kat Dennings leaked made their way to the ultranets last week. My god that girl has some boobies on her. They defy all sense and quantum mechanics. It's like they were engineered by Tony Stark or something. Side note: Really. I swear I've touched a woman. I don't care what my dad says. **A surprise call from none other than The Ed from The Ed Show. Laughs are exchanged and racial harmony is proved possible. Kreeptown-- the show loved by middle age black men everywhere. **On that note F@#k Tyler Perry. His movies only drag down the very community he claims to support, yet Oprah says see it so people turn out in droves. How else could that hack end up working with talent like Taraji P. Henson, Janet Jackson, and Michael Jai White? And for that matter where the hell is Larenz Tate? That guy's fantastic. Did you see Why Do Fools Fall in Love? He's dynamite. 200lbs of charisma poured into a 130lbs bag. Plus he doesn't age. He's like the black Johnny Depp or something. What was I saying? Oh yeah, F@#k Tyler Perry!**Bonus popsicle stick joke of the day: What part of the computer was the elephant scared of? The mouse!
If your here to hear some kick ass rocking country music, you came to the right place. Since 2004 KatieBeth has been rocking it out in WI, and TN at festivals, in her own band, and in the Colgate Country Showdown where in 2005 she took second place out of 1400 contestants at the WI state Finals. With a voice born in rock and roll and stained by whiskey her powerful energy on stage and raw vocal talent of twenty years is the kind of talent ready to make her own blazing trail in the music world.
Breaking From The Shadows is an aptly titled first effort for the
Milwaukee-based KatieBeth. The album opens with the bluesy, swirly, hip swinger
"I Will Survive" that's based on a guitar hook very reminiscent of Carrie Underwood's "Before He Cheats." The album slides along without much fanfare for a bit, but the highlights are definitely in the middle.
-I am a singer, songwriter I grew up in Merton, WI. I love to sing, dance, perform, write music and pretty much anything that involves me on stage The music I am inspired to make is rock all the way, with influences from Keith Urban, Heart, Bon Jovi, Saving Jane & Sugarland. This album/my music is rock, with the hints of country throughout. It is something different, and new, and I am so proud of this music, it is me in every line and guitar lick.
My family and close friends have always been supportive of everything I am doing and trying to accomplish which I am so thankful for because without them I wouldn't be where I am. http://www.katiebeth.net/ http://www.myspace.com/katiebethcountry http://www.youtube.com/user/katiebethcountry
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