Monday, January 30, 2017

The Man on Top of the World: Q&A #14

The first Man on Top of the World Q&A of 2017 begins with this lovely one!

Which character of your book do you identify yourself the most with...curiosity killed the cat.. But not this cat..

- KatieChainsaw Spronk 

This may not be a surprise to anyone, but I most identify with....Izzy!
 
And most can probably guess why, hehe. I may be agender, and he may be bigender, but we are so alike in our gender expression, sexual appetite, no-nonsense attitude, style, and list can go on!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The Celebration of David Bowie


So that David Bowie Celebration last night in NYC / Terminal 5 was...phenomenal. Beautiful. Touching. Sweet. Unforgettable. The concert went on for a whopping 3 hours! We not only got our money's worth at this show, but the band gave us a concert that we will remember for a long time.



 



Mike Garson was our emcee. Any time he performed or even just talked, he was just a treasure. He is a legend in his own right, especially for what he's most famous for, his piano number in "Aladdin Sane." Mike still got it! Doesn't his piano playing just make you swoon? Mike kills it effortlessly. Gail performing this with him added more to the gorgeousness of this "Aladdin Sane."


The highlight of the night for me personally was when the lovely Gail Ann Dorsey performed and sang "Space Oddity." She had us in tears, and as you can tell, she too was choked up and emotional.


Another highlight was Gabby Moreno singing "Five Years" and "Rock & Roll Suicide." She's got pipes!



Kate Piersen of the B-52's sang "Golden Years"!


I thought (well, I can imagine many of us thought) that this night would have been a very solemn evening since this was on the 1st year anniversary of David's death, after all, but brilliantly, they didn't make this event sad at all. They kept our spirits up, performing so many of David's songs from Space Oddity, Hunky Dory, The Man Who Sold The World, Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, Pin Ups, Diamond Dogs, Young Americans, Station to Station, Low, Heroes, Scary Monsters, and Earthling with only one song from The Next Day, "Where Are We Now?" The spirit was so warm and the love was abundant. It was all about that, not the sadness of David's passing or that it was the 10th of January when we lost him, but about us being alive to celebrate the man that we loved so much. We were there to celebrate him, and that was certainly what this concert was from 8:15 pm - 11:15 pm!

Another rousing highlight was when the Harlem Gospel Choir joined in for "Young Americans" and "All The Young Dudes."


And Darren Criss performing "Changes" was pretty killer!


I loved this cover of "Heroes." Bernard Fowler is amazing.


The best for last was Catherine Russell performing "Under Pressure." LOVE HER!


Oh, there was oh so many highlights and moments, too many to share on this blog post, but thankfully so many generous people have uploaded plenty more on YouTube.

The best moment of all was the ending when after the band gave their standing ovation, as they were exiting the stage, "Modern Love" was performing, and long after they left the stage, the audience kept on singing along to "Modern Love" until the music was over. It was our last goodbye to him for that night.

This tribute was a true testament to not only how talented David's band was, all of them - Gail, Cat, Mike, Sterling, Zack, Earl Slick/"Slicky", Mark Plati, and so many others - but how the man himself was a musical genius and a true artist of many faces, many changes, many musical styles and inspirations, and so much more that it still feels like we're only scratching the surface of his brilliance. And for many years to come, we will keep peeling off the layers of David Bowie.

Watch That Man: At Half Off On Amazon!

I've been spreading the word on both my Twitter and Facebook, because the deal is just oh so good, I have to also share on here: for a limited time only, Amazon has the paperback version of The Man on Top of the World at HALF OFF - making it even lesser than the e-book version!


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I know some of you have been spreading the word or have taken advantage of this sale already. I can't say this enough: THANK YOU. It truly does help with making my book more visible, which not only helps with sales, but makes the shelf life of this little bisexual genderqueer glam rock romance novel last just a tad bit longer, hehehe ;). And who knows what else can be in store if we keep the momentum going! (Well, an audiobook possibly if y'all really want that badly, hehe, but the sales have to show for it first!) And I'd even appreciate it more of you can keep those amazing reviews coming! I don't take any like, share, retweet, etc. for granted. It really means you care!

Love you all, and thank you for the support so far!

 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

In Honor Of Him

On this day on the 1st year anniversary of David Bowie's death, I'll be going to a tribute concert where it stars his band, friends, and colleagues paying their respects and celebrating him in such a way that would make the Starman very proud. It's gonna be one emotional night tomorrow, but I'm ready to celebrate David Bowie's 1st year death anniversary with the Bowie people.


Since it first premiered on January 7th, since it's been uploaded on YouTube by the talented and oh so generous david bowie tin machine, I've been watching this new David Bowie documentary, The Last Five Years, many times now. It's sad, yes, and it will make you cry, but it will also make you smile.


This tribute video was made 4 years ago by the also talented and generous Menno Kooistra, but it resonates even more now that Bowie is gone. The editing is mighty impressive, and the feels is oh so there each and every time I watch this. Truly mind=blowing, moving, and powerful.


David may be gone, but our greatest tribute to him is our love, keeping his legacy alive.

Bowie Forever. Forever Bowie.

"Something Happened On The Day He Died..."

It was a year ago today that we lost our beloved David Bowie. A year ago, and it feels like yesterday that the world paused and cried in shock at the most terribly sad, surprising, and tragic news. My heart is not as heavy as that day, but it still feels raw, and it still hurts.


Iman posted on her Facebook page before David's passing: "You never know the true value of a moment until it becomes a memory." David Bowie gave us so many moments, and forever they will stay in our memories, as will the man himself. David Robert Jones is gone, but for as long as we celebrate, love, and remember him, he will be here forever, in each and every single one of us. I just wish he could have stayed, to live a much longer life to his 80's, maybe his 90's. At 69, that's just far too young. 

It's sad, but I keep reminding myself: he lived a beautiful life, and he even had a most blessed death. We were so lucky to have him here. He really was like a heaven on Earth.
 
Rest easy, David Bowie. We miss you so much.