Mary Katrantzou on Her Unlikely Collaboration With Victoria’s Secret

In the decade since starting her namesake brand, Mary Katrantzou has designed everything from sneakers to packaging for beauty products. One thing she’d never designed? Bras. So it came as a particular surprise when she got the call from Victoria’s Secret asking her to collaborate on a collection to be presented tonight at the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion show.
“It’s so unexpected, it’s so interesting,” Katrantzou said on Wednesday night at The Plaza in New York at one of the many 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion pre-game events, including the unveiling of the Swarovski-made Fantasy bra on Monday evening (also at The Plaza). “Sometimes you have certain things you want to happen and you manifest to happen and this something that came out of nowhere.…That conversation [with Victoria’s Secret] was interesting, just because of the values we both share about empowering women.”
Katrantzou said she was especially compelled to work with the lingerie giant to collaborate on the technical aspect of designing women’s underpinnings. “That was the exciting part. You always think of the anatomy of a woman when you design and how you create a second skin for the woman,” she said. “Perfecting the fit, you want to do the best you can. You want

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Rescuing Mary: Delta Force Heroes, Book 9 (Unabridged) – Susan Stoker

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Rescuing Mary: Delta Force Heroes, Book 9 (Unabridged)

Susan Stoker

Genre: Romance

Price: $ 21.95

Publish Date: October 23, 2018

© ℗ © 2018 Stoker Aces Production, LLC

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Elementary Theory of Music – Ricardo Poza, Mary Black & Margaret Black

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Elementary Theory of Music

Ricardo Poza, Mary Black & Margaret Black

Genre: Music

Publish Date: March 1, 2016

Publisher: Self

Seller: Ricardo Poza


Description Elementary Theory of Music: A Reference Book for children is a book written more than a 100 years ago. Originally published in 1913 and written by Mary Reston Black & Margaret Bell Black.  I hope you find this digital adaptation of Elementary Theory of Music engaging and resourceful.  Feedback welcome This digital book is part of my culmination project for a Master’s in Education at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst.

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American Psycho (Uncut Version) – Mary Harron

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American Psycho (Uncut Version)

Mary Harron

Genre: Horror

Price: $ 9.99

Rental Price: $ 1.99

Release Date: April 14, 2000


Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) is a Wall Street yuppie, obsessed with success, status and style, with a stunning fiancée (Reese Witherspoon). He is also a psychotic killer who rapes, murders and dismembers both strangers and acquaintances without provocation or purpose. Based on the controversial novel, the film offers a sharp satire of the dark side of yuppie culture in the '80s, while setting forth a vision that is both terrifying and chilling.

© © MM Lions Gate Films, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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Frankenstein – Mary Shelley

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Frankenstein

Mary Shelley

Genre: Sci Fi & Fantasy

Price: $ 0.95

Publish Date: July 6, 2018

© ℗ © 2018 Oregan Publishing

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Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus – Mary Wollstonecraft (Godwin) Shelley

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Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus

Mary Wollstonecraft (Godwin) Shelley

Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Publish Date: June 17, 2008

Publisher: The Project Gutenberg

Seller: Scott Reid


Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus is a novel written by Mary Shelley about eccentric scientist Victor Frankenstein, who creates a grotesque creature in an unorthodox scientific experiment. Shelley started writing the story when she was nineteen, and the novel was published when she was twenty-one. The first edition was published anonymously in London in 1818. Shelley's name appears on the second edition, published in France in 1823.

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Cease Firing – Mary Johnston

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Cease Firing

Mary Johnston

Genre: Historical

Price: $ 0.99

Publish Date: October 27, 2015

Publisher: Open Road Media

Seller: OpenRoad Integrated Media, LLC


The acclaimed sequel to The Long Roll vividly dramatizes the final years of the Civil War A Confederate artilleryman from Virginia, Richard Cleave was in Chancellorsville when Stonewall Jackson lost an arm—and eventually his life—to a bullet fired by one of his own men. Now, Cleave is on hand for the long and devastating siege of Vicksburg, a major turning point in the war. When Lee loses his confrontation with Grant at Gettysburg and the Army of Northern Virginia begins its tortuous retreat south, all appears lost for the Confederacy. But there is still fighting and dying in store for the men on the road to Appomattox: The bloody fields of Chickamauga, the Wilderness, and Spotsylvania await Cleave and his compatriots in gray.   Based in part on actual Civil War memoirs and transcripts, including those of the author’s illustrious cousin, Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston, Cease Firing endures as one of the most realistic and moving novels ever written about the War Between the States. This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.

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Pet Sematary Two – Mary Lambert

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Pet Sematary Two

Mary Lambert

Genre: Horror

Price: $ 4.99

Rental Price: $ 3.99

Release Date: August 28, 1992


Sometimes dead is better. But the shocking terror that plagued Ludlow, Maine, in "Pet Sematary" is still very much alive in this heartstopping sequel to the 1989 hit film written by Stephen King. After the death of his wife, veterinarian Chase Matthews (Anthony Edwards, TV's "ER") and his 13-year-old son Jeff (Edward Furlong, "Terminator 2: Judgment Day") move to Ludlow to rebuild their lives. Antagonized by the neighborhood kids, Jeff befriends another outsider. Drew Gilbert, who lives in fear of his cruel stepfather (Clancy Brown, "Highlander"). After Gus cold bloodedly shoots Drew's beloved dog, the boys bury the body in the local Indian burial grounds—a place rumored to have powers of resurrection. When evil is awakened, the boys realize that sometimes you should just let dead dogs lie.

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Broken World – Kate L. Mary

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Broken World

Kate L. Mary

Genre: Science Fiction

Publish Date: July 2, 2014

Publisher: Kate L. Mary

Seller: Draft2Digital, LLC


When a deadly virus sweeps the country, Vivian Thomas sets out for California in hopes of seeing the daughter she gave up for adoption. But when her car breaks down she’s faced with a choice: give up or accept a ride from redneck brothers, Angus and Axl. Vivian knows the offer has more to do with her double D’s than kindness, but she’s prepared to do whatever it takes to reach her daughter.  The virus is spreading, and by the time the group makes it to California, most of the population has been wiped out. When the dead start coming back, Vivian and the others realize that no electricity or running water are the least of their concerns. Now Vivian must learn how to be a mom under the most frightening circumstances, cope with Angus’s aggressive mood swings, and sort out her growing attraction to his brooding younger brother, Axl.  While searching for a safe place to go, the group meets a pompous billionaire who may be the answer to all their problems. Trusting him means going into the middle of the Mojave Desert and possibly risking their lives, but with the streets overrun and nowhere else to turn, it seems he might be their only chance for survival.

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Mary Shelley – Haifaa Al-Mansour

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Mary Shelley

Haifaa Al-Mansour

Genre: Drama

Rental Price: $ 6.99

Release Date: May 25, 2018


She will forever be remembered as the writer who gave the world Frankenstein. But the real life story of Mary Shelley—and the creation of her immortal monster—is nearly as fantastical as her fiction. Raised by a renowned philosopher father (Stephen Dillane) in 18th-century London, Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin (Elle Fanning) is a teenage dreamer determined to make her mark on the world when she meets the dashing and brilliant poet Percy Shelley (Douglas Booth). So begins a torrid, bohemian love affair marked by both passion and personal tragedy that will transform Mary and fuel the writing of her Gothic masterwork. Imbued with the imaginative spirit of its heroine, Mary Shelley brings to life the world of a trailblazing woman who defied convention and channeled her innermost demons into a legend for the ages.

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Mary and The Witch’s Flower – Hiromasa Yonebayashi & Giles New

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Mary and The Witch’s Flower

Hiromasa Yonebayashi & Giles New

Genre: Anime

Price: $ 9.99

Rental Price: $ 5.99

Release Date: January 19, 2018


From Academy Award® nominee Hiromasa Yonebayashi, director of When Marnie Was There and key animator on Spirited Away, comes a dazzling new adventure about a young girl who discovers a flower that grants her magical powers – but only for one night. Mary is an ordinary young girl stuck in the country with her Great-Aunt Charlotte when she discovers an old broomstick and the strange flower that blossoms only once every seven years. Suddenly, Mary finds herself whisked away to Endor College – a school of magic run by Madam Mumblechook and the brilliant Doctor Dee. But the school is not all that it seems, and when Mary tells a lie, she must risk her life to try to set things right.

© © 2017 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

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Ugly Girl – Mary E. Twomey

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Ugly Girl

Mary E. Twomey

Genre: Fairy Tales, Myths & Fables

Publish Date: November 2, 2017

Publisher: Mary E. Twomey

Seller: Draft2Digital, LLC


Ever feel like the ugly girl? Rosie Avalon doesn’t know what to make of the bounty hunter who barreled into her life and turned everything on its head. When he lifts her concealment, Rosie goes from having a face that makes people cringe, to being suddenly beautiful. Bastien promises she’ll be safe when he takes her to a world teeming with Fae, Retifs, Brownies and the like, but with a target on her back and too many broken parts in this new magical world, Rosie isn’t sure a safe place exists under her evil mother’s rule. Now with everyone trying to use her for gifts she never knew she had, Rosie wonders if life was better, back when she was the ugly girl. "Ugly Girl" is book one of an 11-part fantasy romance series.

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The Hearts of Jesus, Mary & Joseph at Ephesus – Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles

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The Hearts of Jesus, Mary & Joseph at Ephesus

Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles

Genre: Classical

Price: $ 9.99

Release Date: May 1, 2018

© ℗ 2018 Benedictines of Mary

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The High Tide Club: A Novel (Unabridged) – Mary Kay Andrews

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The High Tide Club: A Novel (Unabridged)

Mary Kay Andrews

Genre: Romance

Price: $ 23.95

Publish Date: May 8, 2018

© ℗ © 2018 Macmillan Audio

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Frankenstein – Mary Shelly

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Frankenstein

Mary Shelly

Genre: Art & Architecture

Publish Date: September 19, 2016

Publisher: Alex

Seller: Jacob Niebergall


Life from death. The tale which has inspired generations is available in readers english. We’re basically reader’s digest for a new generation. Let the story be told. Let the master wake. Long live Frankenstein.

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The Greatest Ghost and Horror Stories Ever Written: volume 3 (30 short stories) – E. F. Benson, Ambrose Bierce, Algernon Blackwood, A. M. Burrage, Charles Dickens, Arthur Conan Doyle, Mary E. Wilkins Freeman, Lafcadio Hearn, M. R. James, J. Sheridan Le Fanu, H. P. Lovecraft, EDGAR ALLAN POE, Vincent O’Sullivan, Mark Twain, Saki, W. F. Harvey, Violet Hunt, E. T. A. Hoffmann, Irvin S. Cobb, O. Henry, Marjorie Bowen, Edith Nesbit & Barry Pain

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The Greatest Ghost and Horror Stories Ever Written: volume 3 (30 short stories)

E. F. Benson, Ambrose Bierce, Algernon Blackwood, A. M. Burrage, Charles Dickens, Arthur Conan Doyle, Mary E. Wilkins Freeman, Lafcadio Hearn, M. R. James, J. Sheridan Le Fanu, H. P. Lovecraft, EDGAR ALLAN POE, Vincent O’Sullivan, Mark Twain, Saki, W. F. Harvey, Violet Hunt, E. T. A. Hoffmann, Irvin S. Cobb, O. Henry, Marjorie Bowen, Edith Nesbit & Barry Pain

Genre: Graphic Novels

Publish Date: November 28, 2017

Publisher: Pandora’s Box

Seller: De Marque


If you were looking for the Holy Bible of the horror anthologies, consider yourself lucky, because you just found it! Cosmic horror, supernatural events, ghost stories, weird fiction, mystical fantasies, occult narratives, this book plunges you into dark domains and brings you face to face with surreal monstrosities. This third volume of “The Greatest Ghost and Horror Stories Ever Written” features 30 stories by an all-star cast, including Ambrose Bierce, Algernon Blackwood, Robert W. Chambers, M. R. James, H. P. Lovecraft, Edgar Allan Poe, W. F. Harvey, Sheridan Le Fanu, E. T. A. Hoffmann, O. Henry, Edith Nesbit, Charles Dickens, Mary E. Wilkins Freeman and A. M. Burrage, among many others!

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Fresh Air, Mary Karr – Terry Gross

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Fresh Air, Mary Karr

Terry Gross

Genre: Arts & Entertainment

Price: $ 1.95

Publish Date: February 1, 2002

© ℗ © 2002 WHYY-FM

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The Diary of Two Nobodies (Unabridged) – Mary Killen & Giles Wood

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The Diary of Two Nobodies (Unabridged)

Mary Killen & Giles Wood

Genre: Comedy

Price: $ 14.95

Publish Date: November 2, 2017

© ℗ © 2017 Audible Studios

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Mater Eucharistiae – Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist

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Mater Eucharistiae

Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist

Genre: Classical

Price: $ 10.99

Release Date: January 1, 2013

© ℗ 2013 The Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist/De Montfort Music

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Someone to Wed (Unabridged) – Mary Balogh

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Someone to Wed (Unabridged)

Mary Balogh

Genre: Romance

Price: $ 23.95

Publish Date: November 30, 2017

© ℗ © 2017 Recorded Books

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Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring: Christmas with The Dominican Sisters of Mary – Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist

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Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring: Christmas with The Dominican Sisters of Mary

Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist

Genre: Classical

Price: $ 9.99

Release Date: October 13, 2017

© ℗ 2017 De Montfort Music, LLC, under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment

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The Long Roll – Mary Johnston

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The Long Roll

Mary Johnston

Genre: Historical

Price: $ 0.99

Publish Date: October 27, 2015

Publisher: Open Road Media

Seller: OpenRoad Integrated Media, LLC


This classic Civil War novel portrays the rise and fall of Stonewall Jackson and the bravery of the men who fought and died alongside him When the American South secedes from the Union, Richard Cleave of Virginia answers the call to arms. The Confederate Army’s victory at Bull Run in the first months of the war bolsters the enthusiasm of the eager young men, Cleave among them, who march proudly behind their able leader, Brigadier General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson. Shortly thereafter, the Valley Campaign of 1862 showcases Jackson’s ingenious strategies and bold cavalry maneuvers, offering hope of an early Confederate victory. But for artilleryman Cleave, the high cost of war is rapidly becoming apparent in the staggering loss of life and limb, as Stonewall and his army march toward a fateful reckoning at Chancellorsville.   The daughter of a Confederate veteran and cousin to Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston, Mary Johnston was one of the most popular authors of the early twentieth century. In The Long Roll , she brings America’s bloodiest conflict to life with electrifying battlefield scenes and vivid historical detail, inspiring a grand tradition of Civil War literature that includes Gone with the Wind and The Killer Angels . This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices. “[An] innovative mixing [of] fact and fiction.” — The Washington Post Book World “Vivid . . . fresh and alive.” — Chattanooga Times Free Press   Praise for Mary Johnston “The detail with which Johnston weaves her tales is amazing. . . . Her battle action is exciting, and, as with the rest of her work, she has it right.” — Civil War News   Mary Johnston (1870–1936) was an American novelist and champion of women’s rights. She wrote a number of popular novels, including To Have and to Hold , that combined elements of romance and history. A staunch advocate for the advancement of women, Johnston used her success to fight for women’s suffrage.

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Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring: Christmas with The Dominican Sisters of Mary – Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist

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Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring: Christmas with The Dominican Sisters of Mary

Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist

Genre: Classical

Price: $ 9.99

Release Date: October 13, 2017

© ℗ 2017 De Montfort Music, LLC, under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment

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Mathilda – Mary Shelley

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Mathilda

Mary Shelley

Genre: Classics

Price: $ 0.99

Publish Date: February 21, 2017

Publisher: Open Road Media

Seller: OpenRoad Integrated Media, LLC


Mary Shelley’s shocking, tragic, and some say autobiographical tale of incestuous love. Confined to her deathbed, Mathilda narrates the story of her life. It is a tale of sweeping emotion, shameful secrets, and wretched love.   Her mother having died in childbirth, Mathilda is raised by her aunt until the age of sixteen, at which point she happily returns home to live with her father. But he turns deeply melancholic when a young suitor begins to visit Mathilda at their London home, and the idyllic life parent and child once shared turns sour.   Pushed to confess his all-consuming love for his own daughter, Mathilda’s father bids her farewell before shame drives him to drown himself. Finally, after years of solitude and grief, Mathilda’s hope for happiness is renewed in the form of a gifted young poet named Woodville. But while his genius is transcendent, and he loves Mathilda dearly, the specter of her father still lingers.   Though Mary Shelley wrote Mathilda in 1819, directly after the publication of Frankenstein , her father and publisher, William Godwin, refused to print it. Nearly a century and a half later, in 1959, the manuscript was finally published and has become one of Shelley’s best-known works.   This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.  

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FRANKENSTEIN or The Modern Prometheus (The Revised 1831 Edition – Wisehouse Classics) – Mary Shelley

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FRANKENSTEIN or The Modern Prometheus (The Revised 1831 Edition – Wisehouse Classics)

Mary Shelley

Genre: Theater

Publish Date: November 26, 2015

Publisher: Wisehouse

Seller: Ingram DV LLC


This is the Revised 1831 Edition of FRANKENSTEIN; OR, THE MODERN PROMETHEUS, a novel written by the English author Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley about the young science student Victor Frankenstein, who creates a grotesque but sentient creature in an unorthodox scientific experiment. Shelley started writing the story when she was eighteen, and the novel was published when she was twenty. The first edition was published anonymously in London in 1818. Shelley's name appears on the second edition, published in France in 1823. Shelley had travelled through Europe in 1814, journeying along the river Rhine in Germany with a stop in Gernsheim which is just 17 km away from Frankenstein Castle, where, two centuries before, an alchemist was engaged in experiments. Later, she travelled in the region of Geneva (Switzerland)-where much of the story takes place-and the topic of galvanism and other similar occult ideas were themes of conversation among her companions, particularly her lover and future husband, Percy Shelley. Mary, Percy, Lord Byron, and John Polidori decided to have a competition to see who could write the best horror story. After thinking for days, Shelley dreamt about a scientist who created life and was horrified by what he had made; her dream later evolved into the novel's story. Shelley completed her writing in May 1817, and Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus was first published on 11 March 1818 by the small London publishing house of Lackington, Hughes, Harding, Mavor, & Jones. The second edition of Frankenstein was published on 11 August 1822 in two volumes (by G. and W. B. Whittaker) following the success of the stage play Presumption; or, the Fate of Frankenstein by Richard Brinsley Peake; this edition credited Mary Shelley as the author. On 31 October 1831, the first "popular" edition in one volume appeared, published by Henry Colburn & Richard Bentley. This edition was heavily revised by Mary Shelley, partially because of pressure to make the story more conservative, and included a new, longer preface by her, presenting a somewhat embellished version of the genesis of the story. This edition tends to be the one most widely read now, although editions containing the original 1818 text are still published. Many scholars prefer the 1818 text, arguing that it preserves the spirit of Shelley's original publication.

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Strength of a Woman – Mary J. Blige

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Strength of a Woman

Mary J. Blige

Genre: R&B/Soul

Price: $ 9.99

Release Date: April 28, 2017

© ℗ 2017 Capitol Records

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Romance Grows in Arcadia Valley – Elizabeth Maddrey, Mary Jane Hathaway, Lee Tobin McClain, Annalisa Daughety, Valerie Comer & Danica Favorite

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Romance Grows in Arcadia Valley

Elizabeth Maddrey, Mary Jane Hathaway, Lee Tobin McClain, Annalisa Daughety, Valerie Comer & Danica Favorite

Genre: Religious

Publish Date: January 10, 2017

Publisher: Elizabeth Maddrey

Seller: Draft2Digital, LLC


Join us in the fictional town of Arcadia Valley, Idaho, where a foodie culture and romance grow hand-in-hand. Six popular and bestselling authors of contemporary Christian romance have teamed up to create an entire world exploring food, friends, and family. This is not your usual collection of novellas! Each one is set in Arcadia Valley. Each kicks off a three-book series, intertwined with the works of the other authors. This permanent collection is only the beginning of your adventure with us. Romance Grows in Arcadia Valley includes: Spring’s Blessing (Seasons of Faith) by Mary Jane Hathaway Life gets complicated for Charlotte MacGregor when a motherless child and a handsome widower encroach on her carefully laid plans. Will she keep her heart above the fray, or take a leap of faith? Loaves and Wishes (A Baxter Family Bakery Romance) by Elizabeth Maddrey Inheriting her friend’s Bed and Breakfast in Idaho is a second chance to succeed, but falling for the farmer next door wasn’t in the plan. Sheltered Hearts (Romance from the Heart) by Lee Tobin McClain A curvy jilted bride gets stranded in a snowstorm with a handsome restaurant cook who’s not what he seems to be. Sow in Love (A Garden Grown Romance) by Valerie Comer A real estate consultant’s ideas for fulfilling a living trust are shot down by the elderly greenhouse owner’s grandson, but some of the arrows piercing her heart come directly from Cupid’s bow. The Scent of Romance (Legacy of the Heart) by Danica Favorite A high-powered lawyer must convince a woman determined to protect her family’s legacy to sell the family farm to his father’s development company, but finds his heart leading him away from everything he’s spent his life trying to accomplish. A Romance Rekindled (A Homegrown Love Story) by Annalisa Daughety When former engaged couple, Kate and Drew, find themselves thrown together after more than a decade apart, neither of them are thrilled about it. Can they let go of the past and consider a future together? Get your copy of Romance Grows in Arcadia Valley today and join us at www.ArcadiaValleyRomance.com to keep up with all the latest.

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The Burning Point – Mary Jo Putney

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The Burning Point

Mary Jo Putney

Genre: Contemporary

Publish Date: May 15, 2017

Publisher: Pandamax Press

Seller: Draft2Digital, LLC


This novel was previously released as Stirring the Embers . The first contemporary novel by New York Times bestselling author, The Burning Point is a riveting story of the ties that bind two people together—and the incendiary forces that can tear them apart. Kate Corsi always dreamed of working for her family’s world famous explosive demolition business—a wish her old-fashioned father denied until the day he died.  According to his will, Kate will receive a fortune while her ex-husband, Donovan, will inherit the family business.  But only if they agree to live under the same roof for a year. Forced into a reluctant alliance, Kate and Donovan must discover the truth about her father’s death—and confront the past that almost destroyed them both.  And as they face their shattered dreams, their wrenching secrets and bitter resentments, they find themselves sliding perilously toward the burning point where passion catches fire once more…. The Burning Point was listed as one of the five best romances of the year by Library Journal. The Circle of Friends series: #1: The Burning Point #2: The Spiral Path #3: An Imperfect Process #4: A Holiday Fling (Novella) Praise for The Burning Point: “Powerhouse novelist Mary Jo Putney explodes on the contemporary scene with an emotionally wrenching and dramatically intense story.  She tackles a very difficult subject with insight, and compassion.  Exceptionally powerful reading!” – Romantic Times Magazine “This passionate love story [unfolds] gradually, in trademark Putney style.  The author has created a realistic, well-crafted story, laced with elements of suspense and mystery and featuring sympathetic protagonists whose biggest mistake was marrying too young.” –Publishers Weekly “Kate and Patrick are both complex people, and answers do not come easily for the unresolved issues in their past. Set against the backdrop of demolition work and a question of sabotage, this gripping story sizzles with passion and danger, but is ultimately about healing and forgiveness—not only for others, but for ourselves as well. Mary Jo Putney will no doubt gain new fans with this book.” –The Old Book Barn Gazette “Ms. Putney is one of the very best authors who excel at historical romances—now she's crafted her first contemporary and fans of both genres will be delighted to learn that her incredible talent for compelling characterization and original premises comes through on every page.  She takes a taboo issue not normally found in a romance and with touching sensitivity, creates a poignant tale about forgiveness and the awesome power of love to heal all wounds….I could not put it down.” – Rendezvous About the Author A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USAToday bestselling author, Mary Jo Putney's novels are known for psychological depth and intensity and include historical and contemporary romance, fantasy, and young adult fantasy.  Winner of numerous writing awards, including two RITAs, three Romantic Times Career Achievement awards, and the Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award from Romance Writers of America, she has had numerous books listed among Library Journal’s and Booklist's top romances of the year. 

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Advent At Ephesus – Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles

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Advent At Ephesus

Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles

Genre: Classical

Price: $ 11.99

Release Date: November 19, 2012

© ℗ 2012 Benedictines Of Mary/De Montfort Music

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Frankenstein – Mary Shelley

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Frankenstein

Beneath the Ink Edition

Mary Shelley

Genre: Horror

Publish Date: October 17, 2014

Publisher: Beneath the Ink

Seller: Beneath the Ink


Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, is a novel written by English author Mary Shelley about eccentric scientist Victor Frankenstein, who creates a grotesque creature in an unorthodox scientific experiment. Shelley started writing the story when she was eighteen, and the novel was published when she was twenty. The first edition was published anonymously in London in 1818. Shelley's name appears on the second edition, published in France in 1823. This Beneath the Ink enhanced edition includes maps, images and supplemental text designed to let readers delve deeper into the world of Frankenstein and see through the eyes of Mary Shelley. 

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Mary J. Blige Confirms Tour With Tamar Braxton

Mary J. Blige has confirmed a string of upcoming tour dates with Tamar Braxton set to kick off this fall. She broke the news via Twitter. The run will kick off on October 30 in at the James Brown Arena in Augusta, Georgia. “I’m going on tour this fall with @TamarBraxtonHer. Tickets are on sale now here: http://t.co/7sr5QTryT8 pic.twitter.com/eS78dJdvhv . . .”
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Mater Eucharistiae – Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist

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Mater Eucharistiae

Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist

Genre: Classical

Price: $ 11.99

Release Date: August 13, 2013

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Pulling Home – Mary Campisi

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Pulling Home

That Second Chance: Book One

Mary Campisi

Genre: Contemporary

Publish Date: July 10, 2012

Publisher: Mary Campisi

Seller: Gossamer Publishing, LLC


Pulling Home Prequel to A Family Affair: The Promise Sometimes we’re lucky enough to get that second chance – in life and in love.  That Second Chance Series are stand-alone stories of strong women who battle heartache and loss with a courage and determination to find new paths and true love.  What ties them together? A common theme: belief in the beauty of that second chance. Pulling Home is Book One of That Second Chance Series. It is also the prequel to Mary’s bestselling family saga, A Family Affair: The Promise , Truth in Lies, Book Seven She'll risk anything to save her child…even the truth. It's taken nine years and a cross-country move, but Audra Valentine Wheyton has kept her secrets safe. She's created the perfect life: a husband who loves her, a daughter she adores, and a position as head writer for an award-winning daytime soap. When her husband dies suddenly, Audra returns to her hometown for the funeral and faces a community that has not forgotten her meager beginnings and the man who has never forgiven her for marrying his brother. Jack Wheyton is a successful pediatric neurosurgeon who is about to become engaged when Audra walks back into his life with her daughter. He forgave his brother long ago for taking something that had been his, something he hadn't even realized he wanted until it was gone. But forgiving Audra is another story…and forgetting her? Near impossible. When a shattering illness strikes Audra's daughter, she turns to Jack to save her child and risks exposing a secret that will change their lives forever. That Second Chance Series: Book One: Pulling Home (Also prequel to A Family Affair: The Promise) Book Two: The Way They Were (Also prequel to A Family Affair: The Secret) Book Three: Simple Riches (Also prequel to A Family Affair: Winter) Book Four: Paradise Found Book Five: Not Your Everyday Housewife Book Six: The Butterfly Garden

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Fetty Wap “Trap Ni**as,” Juicy J “Miss Mary Mack” & More | Daily Visuals 9.9.15

While Fetty Wap prepares for the release of his highly anticipated self-titled debut album, the “Trap Queen” vocalist releases visuals to his “Trap Ni**as” freestyle over a remixed version of Future’s “56 Nights” instrumental.

Dripping in jewels and ice, the New Jerus native turns up in the club and flosses enough dollar bills to replaces all the leaves on the Waynes family tree. And I’m not talking about the Bonsai tree that produced Bruce “the Batman” Wayne, I’m talking about the Pechanga Great Oak that created Keenan, Damon, Marlon, and Shawn.

Juicy J gives us a look at his average Wednesdays in his latest visuals to “Miss Mary Mac.”

Getting it poolside crunk with the likes of Lil Wayne and August Alsina, Juicy shows us his women do more than just model in the water, they cook in the kitchen too. Don’t think just looking good is going to be enough to get an invite to that man’s festivities. Y’all getting hit with responsibilities!

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Lent At Ephesus – Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles

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Lent At Ephesus

Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles

Genre: Classical

Price: $ 11.99

Release Date: February 11, 2014

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Why Susan Sarandon Is Apologizing To Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin

With just days before a death row inmate’s scheduled execution, activist and actress Susan Sarandon makes an impassioned plea to save Richard Glossip’s life on Monday’s episode of Dr. Phil. 

Glossip, 52, has been on death row since being convicted in 1998 of first-degree murder of his boss, Barry Von Treese. Glossip, who maintains his innocence despite being convicted by two juries, is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection on Wednesday, September 16.

Sarandon: “I’m Heartbroken For The State Of Our Judicial System As Much As I’m Heartbroken For This Man

Sarandon, who has been vocal over the years about numerous political and social causes, has been publicly critical of Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin for allowing the execution to move forward. Fallin reportedly has received online threats against her life for her position on capital punishment.

In the video above, Sarandon tells Governor Fallin: “I would like to personally apologize to the Governor for calling you a horrible person. I don’t know you, so I’m wrong to call you a horrible person. I do, though, feel passionately that you’re about to do a horrible thing to not do whatever you can to make sure if you’re about to execute a person that they deserve to be executed.”

Sarandon continues, “There is so much information that has come forward that was never presented at any of Richard’s trials. And you’re in that position to give a stay — not clemency — nobody’s asking you to release him. We’re just asking for the time to show this information so that you’re not responsible for doing a horrible thing. And you can be a hero by giving the stay … you can go on record as giving him the opportunity once and for all to be represented in a way that will save his life.”

The conviction that put Glossip on death row was largely based on the testimony of one man, Justin Sneed, who says he was hired by Glossip to bludgeon Von Treese to death. Sarandon claims there is a video that was never shown to the jury which she says shows that Sneed may have believed that if he implicated someone else, he could get a life sentence instead of the death penalty.

Asked how she will feel if Glossip is not granted the stay of execution and is put to death, Sarandon says, “I’ll feel ashamed and sad for us all. Not just for him. I mean it’s hard to even put an animal down, but to put a man down? It’s just not the way we should be living our lives. It’s just wrong.”

This episode of Dr. Phil — including Glossip’s exclusive statement from death row that moves Sarandon to tears — airs on Monday, August 31. Check local listings here.

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Watch Tiara Thomas’ New Video “Mary Jane”

Rising singer Tiara Thomas releases her newest music video for “Mary Jane”, off her recently released EP Up In Smoke.

As most know, Tiara broke onto the scene assisting Wale’s “Bad” and shortly after released her debut EP Sallie Mae to critical acclaim. Beyond being a skilled singer, songwriter, producer and self-taught guitar player, she’s super down to earth and funny – which is highlighted as she’s featured on this season of MTV’s Girl Code.

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To Have and to Hold – Mary Johnston

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To Have and to Hold

Mary Johnston

Genre: Romance

Price: $ 0.99

Publish Date: June 30, 2015

Publisher: Open Road Media Romance

Seller: OpenRoad Integrated Media, LLC


A dauntless hero will do whatever it takes to win the heart of his bride in Mary Johnston’s bestselling historical adventure set in colonial Jamestown Captain Percy is the embodiment of bravery. At the suggestion of a friend, he boards a ship to America to stake his claim in the New World—and perhaps even meet the woman of his dreams. Meanwhile, eligible women are setting sail to the very same place on “bride ships” in order to find husbands and forge new lives. Jocelyn Leigh is one such lady. She fled Europe in order to escape an unwanted suitor, but much to her dismay, he follows her across the Atlantic.   Jocelyn thinks that her problems are over when Captain Percy rescues her and asks for her hand in marriage. But life in Jamestown is far from easy. From swashbuckling pirates to kidnapping plots, from hostile Spaniards to wary indigenous tribes, danger seems to lurk in every corner of the new colony. Johnston’s most popular novel, To Have and to Hold is a classic adventure for all ages.   This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices. Mary Johnston (1870–1936) was an American novelist and champion of women’s rights. She wrote a number of popular novels, including To Have and to Hold , that combined elements of romance and history. A staunch advocate for the advancement of women, Johnston used her success to fight for women’s suffrage.

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Growing Pains (Bonus Track Version) – Mary J. Blige

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Growing Pains (Bonus Track Version)

Mary J. Blige

Genre: R&B/Soul

Price: $ 11.99

Release Date: December 31, 2006

© ℗ 2007 Geffen Records

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Kelly Rowland, Mary Elizabeth Winstead Attend BCBG Max Azria, Herve Leger Resort Show


“It’s actually my first time going to anything fashion-related,” said ‘Fresh Off the Boat’s’ Constance Wu at Thursday evening’s presentation in L.A., where she was joined by Mary Elizabeth Winstead, ZZ Ward, Victoria Justice and Serayah.

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Mary Katrantzou, Adidas Launch Second Capsule Collection

EIGHTIES EDGE: “I’m an Eighties baby, and it was amazing to just go back and look at all of these aerobics classes and the Seoul Olympics and just take symbols from that,” said Mary Katrantzou at the launch party in London for her second capsule collection for Adidas Originals. “We started thinking about symbolism and how we can take that within the context of Adidas. But also the silhouettes — there are little tennis dresses and diving suits and track tops so I thought that was a fun spin on the idea of symbols.” The party took place on the rooftop of Snap Studios in East London, with totem poles made by Katrantzou and the prop designer Richard Storey and adorned with the designer’s prints.
Katrantzou used collages made from sports items including a stopwatch, a tennis racket and a badminton shuttlecock for the 24-piece collection. Pieces include a structured T-shirt adorned with patches and crystals, a reversible varsity jacket, a crepe tank dress, leggings, tracksuit bottoms, boyfriend T-shirts, boy shorts, jersey swimsuits and footwear. Katrantzou also put a holographic spin on footwear with bold patterns and floral jacquards.
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Harper Lee: From Mockingbird to Watchman – Mary Mcdonagh Murphy

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Harper Lee: From Mockingbird to Watchman

Mary Mcdonagh Murphy

Genre: Documentary

Price: $ 14.99

Rental Price: $ 3.99

Release Date: July 10, 2015


To everyone's surprise, fifty-five years after the publication of To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee has published another novel. Go Set a Watchman was written before Lee's beloved masterpiece, as director Mary McDonagh Murphy explains in this update of her 2011 documentary Hey, Boo: Harper Lee & To Kill a Mockingbird. Murphy's new film, Harper Lee: From Mockingbird to Watchman, sifts through the facts and speculation surrounding Lee and both her novels, and includes interviews with Lee's older sister, close friends, and admirers including Oprah Winfrey, Scott Turow, Anna Quindlen, Tom Brokaw, Wally Lamb and more.

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Imperfect Chemistry – Mary Frame

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Imperfect Chemistry

Mary Frame

Genre: Contemporary

Publish Date: July 18, 2014

Publisher: Mary Frame

Seller: Smashwords


Lucy London puts the word genius to shame. Having obtained her PhD in microbiology by the age of twenty, she's amassed a wealth of knowledge, but one subject still eludes her—people. The pendulum of passions experienced by those around her both confuses and intrigues her, so when she’s offered a grant to study emotion as a pathogen, she jumps on the opportunity. When her attempts to come up with an actual experiment quickly drop from lackluster to nonexistent, she’s given a choice: figure out how to conduct a groundbreaking study on passion, or lose both the grant and her position at the university. Put on leave until she can crack the perfect proposal, she finds there’s only one way she can study emotions: by experiencing them herself. Enter Jensen Walker, Lucy's neighbor and the one person on the planet she finds strangely and maddeningly appealing. Jensen's life is the stuff of campus legend, messy, emotional, complicated—in short, the perfect starting point for Lucy's study. When her tenaciousness wears him down and he consents to help her, sparks fly. To her surprise, Lucy finds herself battling with her own emotions, as foreign as they are intense. With the clock ticking on her deadline, Lucy must decide what's more important: analyzing her passions…or giving in to them?

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News: Researchers Say Virgin Mary Actually God’s Second Choice To Bear Son

NEW HAVEN, CT—In a startling discovery that sheds new light on the woman Christians revere as the mother of their Lord and Savior, researchers at Yale Divinity School announced Monday that the Blessed Virgin Mary was in fact God’s second choice to bear His only son.

A nearly 2,000-year-old Aramaic scroll unearthed last month in Nazareth reportedly describes a peasant woman named Erica with whom God is thought to have entered into a relationship around 5 BC, hoping that in her womb His divine essence might take on human form.

“According to this ancient text, when God first broached the idea of a child, Erica broke down and told Him she just wasn’t ready for the Incarnation of the Messiah,” theology professor Michael T. Freyland said of the parchment found in a cave near the Church of the Annunciation, the site at which the archangel Gabriel …



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Angels and Saints At Ephesus – Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles

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Angels and Saints At Ephesus

Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles

Genre: Classical

Price: $ 11.99

Release Date: May 7, 2013

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The Way They Were – Mary Campisi

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The Way They Were

That Second Chance: Book Two

Mary Campisi

Genre: Contemporary

Publish Date: September 10, 2012

Publisher: Mary Campisi

Seller: Gossamer Publishing, LLC


The Way They Were Prequel to A Family Affair: The Secret Sometimes we’re lucky enough to get that second chance – in life and in love.  That Second Chance Series are stand-alone stories of strong women who battle heartache and loss with a courage and determination to find new paths and true love.  What ties them together? A common theme: belief in the beauty of that second chance. The Way They Were is Book Two of That Second Chance Series. It is also the prequel to Mary’s bestselling family saga, A Family Affair: The Secret , Truth in Lies, Book Eight. They promised to love one another forever, but tragedy tore them apart. Now, destiny may just bring them back together. At eighteen, Rourke Flannigan and Kate Redmond thought they’d spend the rest of their lives together—until a family tragedy tore them apart. Fourteen years have passed, and they’ve both carved out separate lives hundreds of miles apart—hers as a wife and mother, his as a successful, driven businessman. But once a year, Kate pulls out a red velvet journal and writes a letter, which she’ll never send, to the man who still owns her heart. Once a year, on the anniversary of the first and only night they made love, Rourke permits himself to read the annual investigative report detailing an ordinary day in Kate’s life. When a subcontractor at one of Rourke’s holding companies is killed, Rourke decides to pay the widow a visit and offer condolences, never dreaming the widow will be Kate. As they embark on a cautious journey of rediscovery, one far greater than they could have imagined, secrets and lies threaten to destroy their newfound closeness—forever. That Second Chance Series: Book One: Pulling Home (Also prequel to A Family Affair: The Promise) Book Two: The Way They Were (Also prequel to A Family Affair: The Secret) Book Three: Simple Riches (Also prequel to A Family Affair: Winter) Book Four: Paradise Found Book Five: Not Your Everyday Housewife Book Six: The Butterfly Garden

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Only a Promise (Unabridged) – Mary Balogh

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Only a Promise (Unabridged)

Mary Balogh

Genre: Romance

Price: $ 23.95

Publish Date: June 9, 2015

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Bloody Mary (Urban Legend) – Drac Von Stoller

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Bloody Mary (Urban Legend)

31 Horrifying Tales From The Dead Volume 3, no. 7

Drac Von Stoller

Genre: Ghost

Publish Date: September 3, 2012

Publisher: Drac Von Stoller

Seller: Smashwords


Halloween finally arrived and it was Mary's sixteenth birthday. Mary's parent's finally decided she was old enough to have a sleep over at their house. But she was only allowed to have two of her best friends spend the night after the party. Mary called Kathy and Kim to see if they would stay and have a sleep over at her house. Kathy and Kim both agreed and said that they would have a great time together being that they were all best of friends. Mary hung up the phone and said "This is the best day of my life. I'm going to turn sixteen today and I finally get to date boys."

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Hugh Laurie: Live On the Queen Mary – Hugh Laurie

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Hugh Laurie: Live On the Queen Mary

Hugh Laurie

Genre: Concert Films

Price: $ 5.99

Release Date: January 1, 2013


On March 26, 2013, a dream came true for Hugh Laurie when he took to the stage in the magnificent Art Deco surroundings of the famous liner Queen Mary, now moored permanently at Longbeach, California. The show combines tracks from both of his hugely successful blues albums, "Let Them Talk" from 2011 (UK #2) and the recently released "Didn't It Rain" (UK #3), along with other musical gems. Hugh Laurie leads on vocals, piano and guitar and is supported by the Copper Bottom Blues Band, a fantastic group of musicians and singers. His engaging personality and skilful playing make for a perfect evening of sublime blues in a wonderfully intimate setting.

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Hail Mary – iwrestledabearonce

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Hail Mary

iwrestledabearonce

Genre: Metal

Price: $ 7.99

Release Date: June 16, 2015

© ℗ 2015 Artery Recordings

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A Family Affair – Mary Campisi

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A Family Affair

Truth in Lies: Book One

Mary Campisi

Genre: Contemporary

Publish Date: July 10, 2012

Publisher: Mary Campisi

Seller: Gossamer Publishing, LLC


When Christine Blacksworth’s larger-than-life father is killed on an icy road in Magdalena, New York, a hundred miles from the “getaway” cabin he visited every month, she discovers a secret that threatens everything she’s always held to be true. Her father has another family that includes a mistress and a daughter.  Determined to uncover the truth behind her father’s secret life, Christine heads to Magdalena, prepared to hate the people who have caused her to question everything she thought she knew about her father. But what she finds is a woman who understands her, a half sister who cherishes her, and a man who could love her if she’ll let him. The longer she’s around them, the more she questions which family is the real one.  Truth in Lies Series: Book One: A Family Affair Book Two: A Family Affair: Spring Book Three: A Family Affair: Summer Book Four: A Family Affair: Fall Book Five: A Family Affair: Christmas  Book Six: A Family Affair: Winter  Book Seven: A Family Affair: The Promise (TBA) Book Eight: A Family Affair: The Secret (TBA) Bonus: An Excerpt from A Family Affair Spring, Book Two at the end of this book.  Attention Book Clubs! Included on my website is a Book Club Discussion Guide for A Family Affair. This story is filled with moral ambiguity, difficult choices, and second chances—all great topics for conversation and contemplation.  Readers contacted me asking for discussion questions for their book club, and these requests prompted me to create this guide. It’s only a starting point, as I’m guessing these questions will lead to a few of your own. There are no rules, no constraints, and certainly no right answers

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Frankenstein – Mary Shelley

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Frankenstein

The Modern Prometheus

Mary Shelley

Genre: Classics

Publish Date: February 3, 2011

Publisher: Bookbyte Digital

Seller: Somerset Investments, Inc.


Written when she was only 19, Frankenstein is Mary Shelley's most famous novel. This gothic horror classic tells the story of the brilliant but tortured scientist Victor Frankenstein and the monster he built from exhumed body parts. Often interpreted as warning against the changes that science and the industrial revolution brought upon humanity, this sorrowful retelling of the creation myth has had an unparalleled influence on literature and popular culture and has been hailed as a forerunner of modern science fiction.

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‘Lethal Weapon’ Actress Mary Ellen Trainor Dead At Age 62

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Character actress and philanthropist Mary Ellen Trainor, who appeared in “The Goonies” and “Lethal Weapon” films, has died.

Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy confirmed on Monday that Trainor, a longtime friend, passed away at home in Montecito, California, on May 20. She was 62.

Trainor got her start in the film business as a producer’s assistant on a number of movies including the 1979 Steven Spielberg film “1941,” which her eventual husband, director Robert Zemeckis, wrote. After the couple married in 1980, Zemeckis cast Trainor in her first film, “Romancing the Stone,” as the kidnapped sister of Kathleen Turner’s character.

In addition to a number of cameos in Zemeckis’ films, including “Forrest Gump” and “Back to the Future,” Trainor became a regular fixture in some of the biggest films of the 1980s. She played a police psychiatrist in “Lethal Weapon” and its sequels, a television reporter in “Die Hard” and the mother of two main characters in “The Goonies.” She also had a part in “Ghostbusters II.”

On the small screen, Trainor was a cast member on the short-lived series “Relativity” and had a recurring role on “Roswell.”

“Mare and I have been close since our days together as college roommates, and she even provided the introduction to Steven Spielberg that jumpstarted my career,” Kennedy said in a statement. “She was a great actress, warm friend and generous spirit.”

Zemeckis and Trainor, who divorced in 2000, had one child, Alex Zemeckis.

A memorial service will be held June 19 in Montecito.

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Swept Away – Mary Connealy

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Swept Away

Mary Connealy

Genre: Religious

Publish Date: March 1, 2013

Publisher: Bethany House Publishers

Seller: Baker Book House Company


Laughter, Romance, and Action Abound in This New Series from Mary Connealy Swept away when her wagon train attempts a difficult river crossing, Ruthy MacNeil isn't all that upset at being separated from the family who raised her. All they've ever done is work her to the bone. She prayed for a chance to get away, and then came the raging flood. Alive but disoriented, she's rescued by Luke Stone…so unfortunately, there are more chances to die in her immediate future. Luke is heading home to reclaim the ranch stolen from his family. But the men who killed his father are working hard to ensure Luke doesn't make it alive. He has no choice but to keep moving. Still, he can't just abandon Ruthy, so she'll have to come along. His friends–a ragtag group of former Civil War soldiers–take a fast interest in the pretty gal. Luke thinks that's rather rude–he's the one who found her. And the more time he spends around the hard-working young woman who is a mighty good cook, the more he finds himself thinking beyond revenge and toward a different future. For the first time in a long time, Luke is tempted to turn from his destructive path and be swept away by love.

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There’s Something About Mary – Bobby Farrelly & Peter Farrelly

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There’s Something About Mary

Bobby Farrelly & Peter Farrelly

Genre: Comedy

Price: $ 7.99

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Release Date: July 15, 1998


Ted (Ben Stiller) is still in love with his high school prom date, Mary (Cameron Diaz), even though it's been years after the humiliating incident that cut their date short. Ted hires Pat, a private detective (Matt Dillon) to track her down, but Pat ends up falling in love with her too! And so begins the hilarious battle for Mary's heart!

© © 1998 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.

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Bryan Ferry releases ‘Johnny & Mary’ video

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Gods and Mortals – S.T. Bende, C. Gockel, Christine Pope, T.G. Ayer, Eva Pohler, Ednah Walters, Mary Ting, Melissa Haag, Laura Howard, DelSheree Gladden & Becca Mills

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Gods and Mortals

Fourteen Urban Fantasy & Paranormal Novels Featuring Thor, Loki, Greek Gods, Native American Spirits, Vampires, Werewolves, & More

S.T. Bende, C. Gockel, Christine Pope, T.G. Ayer, Eva Pohler, Ednah Walters, Mary Ting, Melissa Haag, Laura Howard, DelSheree Gladden & Becca Mills

Genre: Paranormal

Publish Date: March 29, 2015

Publisher: Gods and Mortals Press

Seller: Joy Sillesen


Fourteen urban fantasy & paranormal novels featuring Thor, Loki, Greek gods, Native American spirits, vampires, werewolves, & more.  Elsker by S. T. Bende  Kristia Tostenson just found out her new boyfriend is the Norse God of Winter, and an immortal assassin destined to die at Ragnarok. Her orderly life just got very messy.  I Bring the Fire by C. Gockel  Amy Lewis is being pursued by a very bad wolf. Can Loki God of Chaos and Mischief save her, or even save himself?  Sympathy for the Devil by Christine Pope  When the Devil tires of ruling Hell, his only hope for salvation is to capture the heart of one ordinary young woman.  Dead Radiance by T. G. Ayer  Bryn Halbrook, modern teenager, creature of myth. Dead Radiance makes Norse Myth a contemporary truth, pitting one teenager girl against Trickster gods, and mythical creatures.  The Gatekeeper’s Sons by Eva Pohler  A teen becomes entangled with the Gods of Olympus when one of them falls in love with her. Some give her gifts, others seek to destroy her …  Nolander by Becca Mills  A young woman from small-town Wisconsin discovers that monsters are real — and that she might just be one herself.  Crossroads Saga by Mary Ting  Protecting Claudia from the fallen was half-angel Michael’s his duty. Falling in love was never part of the plan.  Twin Souls by DelSheree Gladden  Uriah and Claire didn’t believe in their tribal stories until Claire’s poisoned and those myths spring to life to test their love and unravel destiny.  Blood Debt by Nancy Straight  A mythological romance: Camille is denied her father's identity until her mother's death. She discovers a family she never dreamed of and a world that should not exist.  The Forgotten Ones by Laura Howard  Can the magical Tuatha de Danaan, the forgotten people of Ireland, help Allison restore her mother's sanity?  Marked (Soul Guardians Book # 1) Kim Richardson  A sixteen-year-old girl suddenly dies and finds herself in Horizon as a rookie in the Guardian Angel Legion.  Relentless by Karen Lynch  Sara Grey lives a double life until a fateful encounter with a sadistic vampire and a fearless warrior exposes her powerful gifts and changes the course of her life forever.  Hope(less) by Melissa Haag  The world is on the verge of a Judgement that will change everything, and Gabby, a uniquely  gifted human, is the first key.  Runes by Ednah Walters  My new neighbor, Torin St. James, is the key to my father's disappearance, my mother's past and the secret they've been keeping from me–my destiny.  Each a first in its series or a standalone novel. Each filled with magic.

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Mary Lambert: I Thought Singing ‘Same Love’ Might Get Me Killed

Mary Lambert isn’t just open about being a lesbian. One spin of plucky single “Secrets” lays bare the singer/songwriter’s struggles with weight, bipolar disorder, a dysfunctional family and much, much more. Says Lambert with a laugh, “I’m severely out!”

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“There was a time in my life when I was starting out that I realized the people at my shows knew far more about me than my close coworkers did,” shared Lambert during a recent telephone interview. “I realized that was unique.”

Intimately confessional writing marks Lambert’s 2014 album Heart on My Sleeve. From past sexual trauma to bouts of self-harm, nothing was off-limits when writing the pop album, she said, because “it’s second nature to include pieces of [personal] history in my music.”

That much is clear. The singer’s lyrical honesty first gained mainstream attention on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ critically-acclaimed hit “Same Love.” There, Lambert provides the song’s yearning chorus, later extended into the even more autobiographical breakthrough solo single “She Keeps Me Warm.”

“I never thought I would hear a song like [‘Same Love’] on the radio,” admits the 25-year-old, who came out eight years ago. “I think that’s what was so emotional about the whole thing. I knew the implications of what we were going to do.”


Lambert relished Mackelemore & Ryan Lewis’ offer to honestly tell her story of being “hugely affected [growing up] as a Christian lesbian” — experiences she continues to process through in solo work. Still, in addition to being painfully aware of the potential impact “Same Love” might have upon release, she also knew its possible consequences.

“I’d never been anywhere, never been outside the metropolitan scene of Seattle, and didn’t know anything outside of it,” said Lambert. That meant she had no idea how others might respond to a song about same-sex relationships. As the time came to begin promoting it, she braced for the worst.

“The feeling of peace I got was knowing I was doing it right,” she said of accepting the possibility “Same Love” might evoke deadly backlash. “Knowing I was ok with that let me know I was doing exactly what I needed to be doing.”

According to Lambert, what happened next shocked her.

Not only did she not receive death threats, “Same Love” shot to No. 1 in countries around the world. With more than 136 million views-to-date on YouTube, the 2013 ode to same-sex marriage rose to No. 11 on U.S. pop charts and thrust Lambert into the international spotlight.


A “Song of the Year” Grammy nomination followed. Macklemore, Lewis and Lambert performed “Same Love” with Madonna at that year’s awards ceremony as Queen Latifah married 33 same-sex couples live on television.

“I thought I was going to be murdered,” Lambert half-joked, “But instead I got nominated for a Grammy!”

Her astonishment didn’t stop there, Lambert says. Performing “Same Love” live on Macklemore & Lewis’ sold-out, global stadium tour changed her life. The artist was overwhelmed with love each time she stepped onstage.

“They were cheering and crying…10,000 people chanting my name,” she recalled. “I had kids in rainbow shirts in front, looking at me… I couldn’t believe I was part of this thing that meant so much to so many people.

“All I wanted to do was make sure I was honoring it correctly and being a good representation,” said Lambert of the song.

“I couldn’t believe this was my life, especially after the shit show I’d been through,” she concluded, “It was really, really gratifying.”
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Gabrielle Union Discusses Her Pre-Nup, “Being Mary Jane” & More

Currently preparing for the return of her BET hit Being Mary Jane, actress Gabrielle Union sat down with Yahoo Style to discuss her fall wedding to Dwayne Wade, their prenuptial agreement, race relations and more. Take a look at some excerpts below or read the interview in full here.

On the ongoing struggle with race relations:

There’s a bit of a gap between what I really want to say and what I know is responsible to say. The general lack of compassion for your fellow man is really frustrating. I think what the protesters are saying, or at least some of them, is it’s not just about police brutality. It’s about a widespread systematic crippling of some people in this country by birthright, and no one’s acknowledging it. There may be a power shakeup if you’re really going to do something about it. A lot of people aren’t interested in that. They say, “It’s not that bad. We have Barack Obama. We’re good.” Or, “You’re not getting lynched.” They’re not acknowledging the institutional racism that impacts daily lives.”

The motive behind her requesting a pre-nup:

“For women in Hollywood, when they’re coupling, everything is about the brand. Everything is about latching on to a rising star, so you can kick your heels up. That’s never been my story, ever. I make sure to let people know all of the hard work that’s gone into my career. I want people to know the work that it took to get through UCLA, that I had student loans and worked. I was eating Top Ramen and lived well below my means. Now that it’s time to get married to a man who happens to play basketball and has done well for himself, I want to make it clear that I have in no way hitched my wagon to his star. I have my own wagon and star.”

On whether her “Being Mary Jane” character is a home wrecker:

“I think initially he is a home wrecker. He was dishonest. He started a relationship under false pretenses [by not telling her he was married], but I think she became a bit morally bankrupt on the way. That narrative is important to tell, which is why I was all for the story line. It shows what happens and all of the people who are affected in an affair. I look at it as a morality tale.”

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Genre: Blues

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Release Date: January 6, 2015

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Out of Control – Mary Connealy

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Out of Control

Mary Connealy

Genre: Fiction & Literature

Publish Date: August 1, 2011

Publisher: Bethany House Publishers

Seller: Baker Book House Company


Julia Gilliland has always been interested in the natural world around her. She particularly enjoys her outings to the cavern near her father's homestead, where she explores for fossils and formations, and plans to write a book about her discoveries. The cave seems plenty safe–until the day a mysterious intruder steals the rope she uses to find her way out. Rafe Kincaid has spent years keeping his family's cattle ranch going, all without help from his two younger brothers, who fled the ranch–and Rafe's controlling ways–as soon as they were able. He's haunted by one terrible day at the cave on a far-flung corner of the Kincaid property, a day that changed his life forever. Ready to put the past behind him, he plans to visit the cave one final time. He sure doesn't expect to find a young woman trapped in one of the tunnels–or to be forced to kiss her!  Rafe is more intrigued by Julia than any woman he's ever known, but how can he overlook her fascination with the cave he despises? And when his developing relationship with Julia threatens his chance at reconciliation with his brothers, will he be forced to choose between the family bonds that could restore his trust and the love that could heal his heart?

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American Psycho – Mary Harron

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American Psycho

Mary Harron

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Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) is a Wall Street yuppie, obsessed with success, status and style, with a stunning fiancée (Reese Witherspoon). He is also a psychotic killer who rapes, murders and dismembers both strangers and acquaintances without provocation or purpose. Based on the controversial novel, the film offers a sharp satire of the dark side of yuppie culture in the '80s, while setting forth a vision that is both terrifying and chilling.

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Mary J. Blige

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Conversations with Billy Gilman, Ernest Ranglin, Mary Sarah and Gangstagrass’ Rench, Plus Ben Jaimen’s “Satellites” Exclusive

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A Conversation with Billy Gilman

Mike Ragogna: Billy, it seems like only yesterday when you made history becoming the youngest singer to reach the top Billboard Country Albums spot. Do you even remember that these ten years later?

Billy Gilman: Yes…such a while ago, yet it seems literally like yesterday. I remember so much. Good and bad. Mostly great of course. Very lucky, I am, to have people respond to me and my voice that early on. Pretty bomb!!

MR: You also sold over 10 million records worldwide before 16. How did the media attention and all that success affect you?

BG: It really didn’t affect me. Granted I have been very lucky but my parents were key. They couldn’t care less if I’m their plumber or a 10 million selling singer. I’m still their son and they will kick my ass now as they did then. Haha. That’s what most kids and young adults need. Parents that are just that. Parents!

MR: You later made the decision to move back home with your family in Rhode Island and you’ve used your celebrity to help organizations like St. Jude’s and the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Was this in some way getting back to your roots and grow intotoday’s 26-year-old Billy Gilman.

BG: Well, I make my time between Nashville and Rhode Island. Having traveled literally more than half my life I love RI and my family and friends. No one should give that up. The charity work was a no brainer for me. Seeing other young men and women and children battle every day hoping to live…how selfish could I be having done what I’ve done and not wanting to help in ANY way. It’s bigger than all of us. Those kids and adults teach me more about life than I could ever learn elsewhere.

MR: You recorded 2012’s “The Choice” for yet another charity, Soles4Souls that included many artists. Can you first go into the story behind “The Choice”?

BG: So proud that this was accomplished! My co-writers Dan and Philip and myself were writing for this project and started on “The Choice.” Knowing it didn’t fit the run of the mill song we instantly knew it was an anthem. Why not an anthem for the greater good? We found a great charity in town–Nashville–called Soles4Souls. I then realized there had never been a song like We Are The World in country music so my brain start spinning. I thought why not ask the people I’m closest to in my field of work and see if they would commit to singing a line for the charity single. I started with 4 people and ended up with 18! Never In my wildest imagination would I have thought they all would say yes. I went to Haiti to see firsthand what the charity does and what this single would provide to so many. It’s been an awesome and fulfilling project.

MR: That brings us to “Say You Will.” What’s the story behind this recording, when is the new album coming, and can you go into any behind the scenes stories about it?

BG: “Say You Will” is very special to me. It’s the very first single I have co-written. It’s like a baby lol. It was born during the time of “The Choice.” Started with a chorus and it evolved into one of the best songs my voice has been able to perform. I love the treatment of it…letting the voice and words be the front running theme. Not an over produced pop/country song.

MR: Billy, what advice do you have for new artists?

BG: My number one advice would be, know who you are as an artist before anything else. Know your craft better than anyone. Listen to your gut no matter how many times other people question your gut.Be truthful whether it be personally or lyrically. And always make your fans #1

MR: How do you picture your future, creatively and personally?

BG: I really hope this brand new path–where it’s basically me getting back into the ropes–is where I’ll be for a while. Creating the best songs I can for my fans and getting out there to the public in any form. If you love what you do, truly love it, you will stop at nothing to achieve any form of success. That separates the men from the boys. Passion.

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According to Ben Jaimen…

“I started working on ‘Satellites’ a few months before meeting with my producer. It has a great riff and when I played the song for him, we decided that it should be the single because it’s so catchy and the hook really grabs you. It’s a song people have on when they are having a good time, weather in a stadium concert or a party, or just hanging out with friends. It’s about people being together. It’s about people loving each other. I wanted to capture the excitement you get when you hear something you love, the feeling that makes you want to jump ‘to the moon’ because you are so excited.

“I have been creating music my whole life and began songwriting when I was 14. I think this EP, Through the Universe, is the best representation of my work, and it’s the perfect time to have others involved in my work. It’s about teamwork, and I want them to be a part of the team…”

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A Conversation with Ernest Ranglin

Mike Ragogna: Ernest, how do you feel about your creative body of work these days?

Ernest Ranglin: I feel fine. And good! When you have been doing it as long as I have and still get to keep doing it, I feel like a lucky man. I love what I am doing. I still compose and write and I am always trying to find that sound…whatever it is that I am hearing at the moment. I am still learning.

MR: You recently released the album Bless Up. How did it come together?

ER: I a did a festival in California in 2011 and connected with some musicians out there that and I had met a nice gentleman named Tony Mindel and we seem to have some common ideas at that particular moment. The band had a nice connection and we did a quick little recording (album name Avila) in just a few days in lovely studio in northern California. I brought in a new composition and we reworked a couple of my older ones and each of the musicians added a tune and I think had had something pretty special. I really enjoyed the sound. We all stayed in touch and Tony and I connected again a year later in New York. I mentioned I had a stack of new compositions and Tony was excited to make another album. This time around we’d had more than a couple days in the studio to record what is now Bless Up. Needless to say I am very pleased with the results and this is a good feeling. The musicians have very international world flavor and style. Inx Herman is from Johannesburg and Yossi Fine is a very talented Bass player /producer from Israel, and keyboardist Jonathan Korty a great musician from the San Francisco Bay Area. This band and I have a special musical understanding. I hope people will agree when they hear these songs.

MR: Any particular songs that you’re most fond of having played, created or recorded for Bless Up?

ER: That is difficult to say. I consider all of these songs good friends–this is a bit of humor as one of the tracks is titled “Good Friends.” But really I like them all and think we have a pretty good variety on the recording. I think the compositions encompass many different styles–ska, reggae, jazz, world music–we put in some interesting elements and instrumentation on this album such as like harmonium and the melodica. These songs have flavors from many different eras of my career. So in that way, I like that we have so many sounds that will take the listener to many different places.

MR: How do you approach your music now compared to when you first started?ER: Well I am always trying to be stay true to myself as a musician and a person. I never want to write for anyone but I also want people to feel good and enjoy what we are playing. I feel I have a certain style that is accessible to the listener but I try to keep it original and have some interesting things as far as melody, rhythm or tempo in each composition as well as well. I have many different influences of course–Charlie Christian, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker the great John Coltrane. But I work very hard to maintain a unique sound. I am self-taught, and always learning. I read a lot of music books when I was younger and the music that I grew up certainly influenced me but I have always tried to play my way. I try to portray what is necessary for the music. I try to play whatever suits the moment, as much as that is possible.

MR: What have been your observations about music over the years? For instance, genre changes, new artists, technology?

ER: Well music is always growing and changing and reinventing itself so I try to remain neutral in regards about judging new artists and technology. I am sure they were thinking my music was pretty different at some point when we were playing the ska rhythm and reggae for the first time. Everyone is a new artist at the beginning of their career and there are always new talents coming along. As far as technology, again the technology is just a tool and it always depends on how you use the tool. It always comes down to the music and if technology can help all the better, but for my style it usually comes out early in the process so hopefully we don’t need much of anything else to make it sound the way we want it.When When I was just starting in studios we used very rudimentary 2-track recording. Vocalists shared mics. One mic for drums etc… But we got a lot of real sounds in those studios. There is always room for new things and developments in technology. That is just the way things go, but it still comes down to the essential musical elements and what people feel. It is always about feeling the music for me.

MR: What are some of your favorite recordings that you’ve ever recorded? Do you continue to play them live?

ER: That is a tough one as well. Again, I like so many of them it is hard to pick favorites. Of course, Below the Bassline is something I have always been proud of. I still do many of those compositions live so of course that one has a special place in my heart. Modern Answers to Old Problems and In Search of the Lost Riddim… They all came from a desire to explore new and different styles and I was lucky to be able to collaborate with great musicians. I try to play the style and sound that suits the moment. And there have been a lot of moments indeed. I am blessed to have the opportunity to travel the world and create music that comes form my heart and soul.

MR: Does playing live still have that excitement to you like from when you first started out?

ER: Oh yes, definitely. I still enjoy performing very much. Of course, as I grow older I play a little less but there is nothing like performing one’s own music to people who truly appreciate it. I still enjoy traveling and seeing new and different places and visiting some of my favorite cities.

MR: What do you make of the respect and reverence people have toward you and your music?

ER: Well I am deeply appreciative and humbled by all the nice people out there who seem to appreciate what I am doing. I have always tried to create something of substance that is accessible and pleasing to the ears. I am very grateful that I have been able to create something that is enjoyable and don’t plan on absconding anytime soon! I just want the good vibes to keep following me.

MR: What advice do you have for new artists?

ER: One, look for a good teacher. I know I wish I had one. 2–Always remain true to your own heart and vision and try not to be like anyone else. Of course, you can always have your influences but chart your own course and stay true to yourself!

MR: Beyond promoting the album, do you have any plans or projects in the near future?

ER: I am always interested in new ideas in music and learning about different musical cultures. Specifically, I am interested in music from India and Southeast Asia and, of course, Africa. Perhaps combining many different sounds from all over the world and infusing this into a one conceptual project…who knows. I think this new record represents what I am doing now but I am not planning on stopping. I hope the music will continue for a good long time.I also plan to write a book one day. I’d like to get down all the great stories from over the years on paper. That’s part of my plan.

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A Conversation with Mary Sarah

Mike Ragogna:  Mary Sarah, your debut album Bridges on Cleopatra Records approaches country classics with their original hit artist singing with you. Where did the idea for an album like this come from?

Mary Sarah: When I finished touring with Kidz Bop, I returned to Texas to find that the only place I could sing often was the local and regional opry’s around Houston. I fell in love with traditional country music and fans were asking for a cd every time I played an Opry. So we originally set out to do an EP of the songs I sang quite often in the opry’s but when we turned our attention towards Nashville I had people encourage me to think a little bit bigger. I was introduced to Kent Wells–Dolly’s producer and band leader–who in turn introduced me to Dolly Parton. Truly, we started with a small idea that turned in to this finished project which is why I say it was “miracle after miracle”.

MR: Did you ever expect this level of country icons to appear on the album?

MS: I don’t think I ever “expected” anyone to agree to sing with an unknown, unsigned artist but I am so grateful that they did. I just kept going in to the studio and showing them what I could do vocally and then we would wait to see if they agreed. It was artist by artist and song by song.

MR: What do some of these songs and artists mean to you, and do you have any specific songs on Bridges that you have specific memories or stories attached to?

MS: I have stories with each one and this will always be one of the best things that I have ever done…I know that I will have stories to tell my grandchildren about these amazing Legends. “Where The Boys Are” seems out of place but this is a song I sang very early on in the Opry’s and the iPhone video of it with the Oak Ridge Boys helped to give me credibility when asking some of the Legends if they would consider singing with me. It opened doors and I love to sing it.

MR: You’re an 18-year-old who, through this album, is creating a “bridge” to older generations and some beloved songs. Do you feel the weight of pulling off a project like this just right? Are you aware you might be presenting material like this for the first time to your peers and are you anxious to see their reaction?

MS: I am excited because I told so many of my friends what I was doing on the weekends when I was in high school and they didn’t have the faintest idea why I would choose this over a party. My parents have taught me to respect those that have gone before me and I hope to not only introduce my generation to these songs but to set an example that you can never go wrong honoring those that have made a way for you to follow your dreams.

MR: What made you choose a country music path?

MS: Losing yourself in the story. I love getting lost in a song and what it can do to your soul.

MR: Are there other songs that you might have recorded but didn’t have the time or room on the album for?

MS: I really can’t say that there is because I believe that the Legends that stepped up and said they would do this deserve all the recognition. There are no empty hopes or any regrets…I love it just the way it is.

MR: What’s your favorite track and why? Were you surprised by the approach taken by any of the guest artist performances?

MS: I can not name one because I love them all. I was very shocked and surprised by Dolly. She said she loved the trax and wanted to dance around my vocals. I was in shock but I was not going to tell Dolly what to do. The outcome is an amazing version of “Jolene” and I am so happy because it does not sound like any other recorded version of “Jolene.”

MR: What advice do you have for new artists?

MS: Take constructive criticism, don’t let anyone tell you what your dream is and surround yourself with good people who make you a better person. Don’t chase after fame because it is fleeting.

MR: How do you picture Mary Sarah five years from now? What do you hope will happen for you

MS: I hope to be touring and sharing great music with people around the world. I have been blessed enough to start with the Legends and I hope to be a Legend one day that can do what these Legends have done for me.

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A Conversation with Gangstagrass’ Rench

Mike Ragogna: Rench, your first album was the big, happy Lightening On The Strings, Thunder On The Mic, then came the undeniable Rappalachia. Since then, you’ve been nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Original Main Theme Music. So what is all this Broken Hearts And Stolen Money stuff?

Rench: All three albums draw heavily on the common ground Hip-Hop and Bluegrass have in subject matter–outlaw life, heartache, and being a badass. The latest album just turned out to have lots of songs with robberies, so I figured lets shout that out front in the album title. Maybe because robbing banks is how we financed the last few tours.

MR: “Long Hard Times To Come” was your breakthrough, but It looks like another Gangstagrass song, “Give It Up,” is up at bat. Will this bring on even more heartache and thievery?

R: Actually we have a newer track out now, “All For One” and we just released a video for it that is really starting to pick up steam. This track stands out as one of the rare happy and positive tracks. We show how Gangstagrass can be a symbol for how America could still come together and party. People think we are so divided that there is no common ground, but we are here to prove them wrong. It may be presumptuous to make ourselves the symbol of how America can be united, but if there is anything that stands for how we can bridge the gap between us, it’s a rapper and a banjo player getting down together. So we have declared that this video is good for America.

MR: Okay, perhaps you’re Justified to do such things, but before we go any further, can you go into what gave you the idea to combine two traditionally contrasting genres? What are Gangstagrass’ humble roots?

R: My dad is from the panhandle of Oklahoma, so I grew up with honky-tonk music at home. And when I was in grade school, hip-hop blew up and my friends and I went crazy over it. I always liked things that pushed boundaries and experimented, and because of my honky-tonk roots, when I started producing hip-hop I always had an urge to put something twangy over the beat. I had to just go for it, bring my two main influences into one project.

MR: Has Brooklyn caught on to Gangstagrass and as we speak mimicking what you’re doing for fame and fortune?

R: As far as I know, we are the only ones doing high quality bluegrass hip-hop. I would welcome anyone to join in and make it a movement, and we do have a great fanbase in Brooklyn, which is the perfect place for this–lots of great Bluegrass pickers and sick emcees. Who knows, maybe out there in a basement somewhere right now there is a jam going on to get the next great bluegrass-hip-hop band started. But for now we stand alone.

MR: What and who were your early musical and personal influences and do you feel you’ve honored them with your creative adventures or have you shamed them to tears or both? Don’t leave out anything about your RUN-DMC breakdancing.

R: Yeah, in third grade, it was all about breakdancing for me – every recess we would throw down our cardboard to do our backspins to the Beat Street soundtrack. I had a casette tape I dubbed off of a friend with Run-DMC “Raising Hell” on one side and Beasty Boys “License To Ill” on the other, and I wore that tape out. But when I got home it was Willie Nelson and George Jones on the stereo. There was also Gram Parsons, which I learned more about later, and he was a definite inspiration in terms of crossing genres in a way that was ahead of his time, bringing psychedelic rock and country music together before people were ready for that. I think if he were around today he would probably be incorporating hip-hop into his sound.

MR: Have you been slapped or approached with any other form of aggression by Bluegrass purists who feel you’ve made a mockery of their art form?

R: For the most party the response from Bluegrass fans has been overwhelmingly positive. We just got back from a really successful appearance at the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, which was an amazing thing to be accepted into. But there is that fun little slice of purists for whom what we are doing is a crime against nature. They are certainly entertaining. Especially the claim we hear now and then that hip-hop is too violent. Apparently they aren’t away of the incredibly violent tradition of “murder ballads” that are part of bluegrass history. One day on tour I put a version of “knoxville girl” on in the van and the rappers jaws dropped.

MR: Where do you see this Gangstagrass-y stuff heading?

R: We will definitely be seeing world domination sometime next week. I look forward to our own brand of sneakers, drinks, and cologne. We are currently working on flying sharks with laser eye beams. We will probably use those for transportation on tour next year. Right now the jetpacks keep falling off the sharks. But expect to see an expansion – there will be more Gangstagrass, a solo Rench release and some other secret side projects to be revealed in 2015.

MR: What’s your advice for new artists?

R: Just do what you love and share it with the world and believe in yourself, and brush your teeth and don’t do drugs.

MR: Would you take your own advice?

R: Absolutely not.
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Conversations with Kenny Rogers, Mary Gauthier and The Groundlings’ Tracy & Laraine Newman, Plus Marcus Goldhaber

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A Conversation with Kenny Rogers

Mike Ragogna: Kenny, let’s start with your latest album, You Can’t Make Old Friends. I think in the case of Kenny Rogers, you probably can’t count the number of old friends you have.

Kenny Rogers: I am so lucky because I’ve enjoyed a long span… The interesting thing about the music is that there’s kind of an American Idol mentality today and I don’t think that’s wrong, but everybody likes the hero and they push them up the charts and then it’s, “Okay, who’s next?” I think the faster you go up, the faster you come down. I think I was at that period of time where people had to buy the whole album, and in buying an album you got to see what else the artist was interested in and you got the feel of the depth of what was really important to that guy or that girl. I think the longer it takes to reach the pinnacle of your success, the longer your glide ratio down, and I think that’s what I’ve been lucky on. I had a chance to build up a fanbase over a period of about forty years and they don’t forget. I think they understand it when I do a song that’s different or when I do a duet, because it’s typical of what I do.

MR: You have many famous duets, recordings with Dottie West, Dolly Parton, Kim Carnes, Sheena Easton and many others. How do you choose your partners?

KR: The trick I’ve learned from doing duets is you don’t start with a partner, you start with a song and then you say, “Who could sing this song well?” It’s unfair to bring somebody in on a song they can’t really perform. It doesn’t make any sense for me to sound good on it, since I know I can do it, and then have a song that they can’t really put their heart and soul in. That’s what I think I’ve been best at, finding the right people for the right songs, and the right people are Sheena Easton and Kim Carnes and Dottie West and of course Dolly Parton, and Ronnie Milsap. I did a duet with Ronnie Milsap that won a Grammy. It was an exciting thing, it was “Make No Mistake, She’s Mine,” two guys fighting over a girl. And I did another song with Kim Carnes and James Ingram called “What About Me?” where there’s three people in a relationship going, “Hey, wait a minute, what about me?” It was a great piece of music, it did pretty well. But I really loved the voices together, I thought we all sounded good, and that’s the trick.

MR: Kenny, your material has been A-league since The First Edition. How do you choose what you record?

KR: I think that’s always been my strength, finding good songs and recognizing their value. I figure if a song touches me I have a shot at making it touch someone else. If it doesn’t touch me I’m no good, I can’t bring anything to the table. But I just love finding those songs. There’s one on this new album called “You Had To Be There,” about a father that visits his son in prison, and he’s complaining about his son and what he’s done and how ashamed he is and his son says, “Wait a minute, you had to be there back when I was nine.” It’s just so true. It’s a wonderful piece of music.

MR: How do you keep your voice in shape?

KR: I’ve made a lot of money with a bad throat, that’s all I can tell you.

MR: Ha, I disagree, sir.

KR: Well, I think there’s a certain amount of honesty in what I do and I think that shows up on tracks and I’m so thrilled with that. I’ve tried to do a couple of things that were out of my territory and I realized just how bad they were, so I think you stick with your strengths as a rule.

MR: You’ve incorporated a fair amount of styles into your repertoire, so how would you describe your growth over the years? Has there been a particular thing that’s really evolved to get you to this point?

KR: First of all, I think styles are developed through appreciation. If I do something and enough people say, “I don’t like it when you do that,” I quit doing that. And if I do something they like I try to find more places to do it. That’s how you develop a style. For me, I think I’m a country singer with a lot of other musical influences. I’m in the music business because of Ray Charles. I went to see him when I was twelve years old, and somebody said the other day it’s amazing the number of men who determine between the ages of twelve and fifteen what they want to be in their life. They want to be a fireman, they want to be an astronaut, whatever it is, and I decided I want to be a musician. I didn’t even know I could sing, but everybody laughed at everything Ray Charles said, they clapped for everything he sang, I thought, “Boy, I just want to do that.” That’s how I determined what I wanted to do.

MR: Ray Charles was another artist who straddled all sorts of genres, especially with country songs like “I Can’t Stop Loving You.”

KR: He did that album Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music, that was an eye-opener for me, because what he did was he sang country songs to R&B tracks and I thought, “Well I can do that!” so that’s when I got in touch with Lionel Richie because I loved all the stuff he did with The Commodores. When you break them down musically, they were really country songs. He’s incredible, he writes from the art, so I thought it would be fun to do this. I called Lionel and I said, “I’d love for you to write a song for my next album.” He said, “Well I’m really very busy,” and I said, “Okay, it’ll go on the greatest hits album and it’ll probably sell five or six million,” and he said, “How’s Sunday night at eight o’clock?” But it was really a good friendship and a great musical relationship. I think he put us through the years, too.

MR: Yeah. “Lady” is such a classic, but when I hear his “Stuck On You,” even back in the day I thought, “Wait, that could be a Kenny Rogers song.”

KR: Yeah, that’s what I told him! I said, “How dare you! How dare you write something and not let me have it.” I’m so selfish sometimes.

MR: What is your advice for new artists?

KR: Pay your taxes on time and put twenty percent aside. That’s it. If you’re going into it for the money, don’t get into it. The money only comes after years of unrewarded effort. I think that if you go into it because it’s what you want to do… My mom gave me the greatest advice when I was young. She said, “Son, always be happy where you are. Never be content to be there but if you’re not happy with where you are, you’ll never be happy.” It really worked for me. When I was at the low point of my career, when First Edition was breaking up, I was still happy. “Hey, I’m still making music, what do I need?” I think that’s what my advice would be. Assuming you have some talent going into it, stay true to yourself, because I’m a believer that we’re all three people–I’m who I think I am, I’m who you think I am, and I’m who I really am. Now, the question is, how close are those three together? When you look at the people who have survived, Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, they are who they say they are. That’s how the longevity comes in.

MR: Making the transition from The First Edition to Kenny Rogers the solo artist must have been interesting.

KR: You know, when you think about First Edition songs, they were really country music. The First Edition had “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love To Town,” we had another song called “But You Know I Love You,” it was really a country group who stepped out of bounds to do “Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In).” It was not a big leap for me. Plus my mom listened to country music forever when I was a kid, so I was very familiar with it. I actually got into jazz as an accident. I played upright bass and sang with this jazz group and loved it beccause I think it gave me a great musical comprehension of a different style of music. Then of course going with the New Christy Minstrels taught me the value of story songs with social significance. That was a big part of my career, I didn’t just do songs, I did songs that had something to say. “Coward Of The County” is about a rape, “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love To Town” is about a Vietnam veteran that came home. “Reuben James” is about a black man who raised a white child. They all have something to say and I think that’s the key to having long-range hits. But mostly you have to be true to yourself, because if you’re lucky enough to have a long career, the public does not like surprises. They like to know who you are.

MR: Yeah, and they like to love who you are as well. I think that’s a part of why fans follow artists beyond the creativity.

KR: That’s right. I’m always amazed at how much people will do for someone they like and how much they won’t do for someone they don’t like.

MR: [laughs] Kenny, many of your songs embedded themselves into the culture. For instance, you couldn’t turn on a radio or go out to a bar without hearing “Lucille” or “The Gambler” for decades. Are you aware you’ve impacted pop culture?

KR: I’m very aware of that. In fact, I just did a Geico commercial based on that and it’s really funny. I love songs like that, and I think I’ve had a couple of those, but “The Gambler” has just such repeatable dialog and it’s actually not about gambling, it’s a way of life. I think it sort of applies in so many different circumstances and situations.

Transcribed By Galen Hawthorne

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A Conversation with Mary Gauthier

Mike Ragogna: Mary, it’s been four years, right? How could you do that to us!

Mary Gauthier: What did I do? Oh, the records. [laughs] It takes a while, man! It’s hard work, writing these things.

MR: What went into this one? Take us on a little tour of Trouble & Love.

MG: Well, it’s a story of loss. There’s the beginning and the middle and the end of the process that we go through, mostly when we lose something important to us. I tried to capture that while I wrote this thing. I wrote thirty-five songs for this record and eight songs made the cut.

MR: Since only eight songs made the cut, does that mean the others were purely for the purpose of a catharsis?

MG: It’s not for a catharsis, really. The process is about trying to capture lightning in a bottle. Songwriting tends to try to make sense out of utter chaos and put a story to it with a beginning, a middle, and an end, under four minutes, that then we look at and go, “Oh yeah, that’s what happened! I couldn’t make sense of it when I was in it, but yeah, I’ve been through that. I don’t really write for catharsis, I get that kind of work done in therapy. I’ve come to terms with the fact that I’ll probably be in therapy all of my life. [laughs] Every time I think I’m done, I’m not. I write to make sense of things that are confusing and emotionally complex and like Hank Williams, I try to simplify it so that I can play it for people and they can look back at me and go, “You’re not alone, Mary, yes, I have felt this too.” In that simple act we somehow create a connection that means a lot to both the artist and the listener.

MR: The song “When A Woman Goes Cold,” that in particular seems to set a lot of the tone of how you were feeling at the time. What do you think about that?

MG: I’m not sure if I got into how I was feeling so much as how she was
feeling. I think the song captures a phenomenon that might or might not be unique to women, which is that once you push a woman past the point of no return, she can’t come back. There’s a place where she disappears. I have experienced this from both sides, I’ve been that person and I’ve been on the other side of that person, and I’ve seen it enough to consider a phenomenon, and that’s how the song was born. I’m like, “Okay, I thought it was just me or just her, but it’s happened enough for me to think maybe there’s a universal in there,” and as a songwriter I’m going for the universal always. My personal diary is irrelevant to most people and it’s not good enough, it’s not deep enough, I’m looking for human nature and I think I nailed something there, because the way audiences react, particularly women, tells me a lot of people have experienced this thing.

MR: And there’s another song like that, “I’ve Learned To Live Alone,” which to me is as blatant a statement of what you went through.

MG: Yeah. You know, when you reach a certain age you’ve lost someone, it’s just part of life. We connect and we move along and then it disconnects and there’s loss, and that loss is a grieving process. The goal, I think, is to not stay stuck in the sorrow but to keep moving through it and keep the heart open. I think it’s hard to explain what this song captures, but I think the character’s moving forward, reluctantly, doesn’t want to let go but has to. It’s beginning to move past the sorrow into acceptance. There’s a matter-of-factness about it that tries to speak to acceptance. In the acceptance of the loss comes some peace.

MR: Mary, one of the albums that affected me the most over the last couple of years was Mary Chapin Carpenter’s Ashes & Roses. Now here comes your album that touches the same nerve in some respects. Is there something in the water? I’m not making light of what you went through to get to this album, but it seems like songwriters are connecting even more deeply with their lives for their art.

MG: I agree. I think Bob Dylan showed us that songs can rise to the level of literature and he proved it over and over again, that’s why they keep trying to get him a Nobel Prize for literature, because there is no Nobel Prize for songwriting. There should be, and he should be the first one to have that put around his neck. He taught us that songs can go to the place where literature goes, which is a deep exploration of the human condition, and Chapin is one of the very best, Chapin is brilliant. Her songwriting is incredible. I walk with the knowledge that this is my goal, this is what I want to do as a songwriter, I’m hoping to connect in that way. Ultimately what I want is for my songs to outlive me, I want my songs to keep being played even after I’m gone.

MR: And it’s not so much about your personal legacy but the legacy or power of what you’re saying.

MG: Exactly! It’s so that people can go, “Yeah! Me too, me too. I’m not alone. This is not just something that’s happened to me because God hates me.” This is the human condition, this is what we are here to deal with and most of us end up in the position to have to deal with it. It’s biblical in scope, some of these things are just going to repeat in perpetuity. Each being comes in and boo, some of this is going to happen. So I think it creates hope, when you see yourself in songs, even if the songs are intense and considered “sad songs.” I think sad songs can be very helpful, as long as they’re honest. An honest song, there’s life in it. That’s why I didn’t make a record with thirty-five songs, that’s why I didn’t put all those songs in it, because some of them were just too sad, it wasn’t the truth. The truth is that sadness is a temporary state in grief. You move to acceptance, and through the acceptance of what’s gone down your heart reopens and hopefully, love will come back. It almost always does if you’re open to it.

MR: That’s why I used the word “catharsis” earlier.

MG: I kind of flinch a little at “catharsis” because it just sounds so “confessional.” I’m not saying I’m not confessional, I’m just saying that I wanted to go all the way down to the human condition. I don’t want it to be a melodic reading of my diary, to me that’s just incredibly boring.

MR: How did you approach this album, and moreover the whole batch of thirty-five songs? Was it different from the last time you made a record?

MG: The process was about the same, you sit and stare at a blank page with a guitar in your hand until something happens, the process remains the same. I have a writing room, I have totems in my writing room from so many different places I’ve traveled; I’ve got a Harry Potter wand that was given to me by someone in England; I’ve got eagle feathers given to me by an American Indian, I’ve got hobo nickels given to me by hobos, just a pile of stuff. I’ve got a Bob Dylan 45 of “Positively Fourth Street” that was given to me by a woman in Belgium; it’s an absolutely 45 in perfect condition. I’ve got stuff in here that was given to me in love and kindness, so it surrounds me in my writing room and I come in here and sit down and work. I’m hoping to conduct electricity somehow, I’ve got a lightning rod hanging out the window, looking for the lightning, and if that doesn’t change, that doesn’t change.

MR: You’ve got a few cool people guesting on this project, too, such as Beth Nielsen Chapman. What was the recording process like? What were you up to?

MG: We were up to something that was really old-fashioned. We recorded on tape, we didn’t use computers and Pro Tools and so forth. We recorded on tape and that required dusting off an old tape machine and finding tape to record on to. We didn’t use headphones, we all sat together in the room and played together. it was stripped down, the old fashioned way, the way Sinatra recorded. Get everybody in there and you play together. I think that’s my favorite, too, because there’s an honesty in it and there’s also a humanity in it, there’s imperfections and, for lack of a better word, mistakes. But oftentimes the mistakes are the most beautiful part. So we just stripped it down, I got the best players that I could get my hands on in Nashville, Guthrie [Trapp] is an incredible guitar player, Lynn Williams is an incredible drummer, and we just played them. We played the songs four or five times and we knew when we had it, and when we had it we moved on to the next one. We cut this thing in less than a week.

MR: When you listened back to Darrell Scott’s performance on your track “Old Soul,” what did you think?

MG: That still takes my breath away. He just outdid himself. He is incredibly gifted, he’s one of the most gifted artists I’ve ever met and he’s a dear, dear friend. We just put him and said, “Just sing. Just sing, Darrell. Just sing. Get in there and just sing,” and he sang his heart out. I’m so very grateful that he took time out of his unbelievably busy schedule to come work with me on this record. He contributed so much, he’s just phenomenal, and I bow to him, he’s a monster. We’ve been working together for a long time, we’ve taught songwriting together around the world, we’ve been friends for a long time and it’s been a real joy to watch the world come to find him and finally see him get his deserved claim. He’s been great forever.

MR: I bet it’s nice to have supportive friends accompanying you on musical adventures.

MG: It’s fun to share with people that are also on their own journey. We give each other standing ovations, we’re very supportive. Nashville’s not competitive, not the circles I run in. We can see what each other’s done and it inspires us, but we’re not trying to crush each other, we’re trying to help each other because we realize how hard this is, what we’re trying to do.

MR: Excellent, that’s so healthy, and it’s so not what the atmosphere was when I lived in Nashville.

MG: Well you were probably around commercial country music.

MR: Exactly.

MG: This is not that. We’re trying to be artists, we’re trying to be in Paris with the creative types at the turn of the century. We’re looking for Gertrude Stein, we’re looking for truth and beauty on a level that surpasses what’s come before us. We’re digging for diamonds and gold, we’re not digging for country fucking radio. Every now and then something accidentally happens and you land here and it’s great because it just pays the bills like you wouldn’t believe, but that’s not the goal.

MR: Many have covered your material such as Jimmy Buffett and Blake Shelton.

MG: Yeah, every now and then they find songs and record them and I’m so grateful. I’ve got to tell you, it really helps. But we don’t sit down with that as the goal, that could never be the goal for me. I don’t sit down and try to figure out what Blake Shelton would record. I just try to get to my truth and every now and then it intersects with their truth, which is a great honor.

MR: Are you proud of your albums in that way? You’re pretty confident that your career has followed that paradigm until now?

MG: Yeah. I know that each record I’ve put out is the very best that I could do at the time. With that I can live peacefully, I have peace around my work because I know I never, ever, ever stopped for a moment until I knew it was the best I could do, every single syllable, every single note, I didn’t phone in any of it. The best that I can do is the best that I can do and I have that peace. Yeah.

MR: What advice do you have for new artists?

MG: The way I see it, and I believe this is true, the entire music business is an inverted pyramid, and the tip of the pyramid sits on a song. There would be no music business without songs, so the song is what matters. You’ve got to get your songs right, and for me your song’s not right until you’re utterly honest. So my advice is to strip it down, be vulnerable, get real, get honest, people resonate with that and it matters more than anything. That’s been my experience and I think that’s why I have a career.

MR: Are you going to be touring?

MG: Oh, I’m touring like crazy. I’m working with Iraq War veterans, US soldiers, we’ve got an organization called Songwriting With Soldiers, I’ll be with three other female writers working with female vets who have incurred trauma in Iraq and we’re going to help them tell their story through song, and in that we’re going to hopefully take that giant step from victim to storyteller. Once you tell your story it no longer tells you. We’re hoping to help them. Then I’m going to the UK, I’ve got a conference I’m speaking at, I’ve got tour dates and tour dates and tour dates, I’m booked all the way through January at this point. When this record hits, I’m gone for a year, period. I’m out of here!

Transcribed By Galen Hawthorne

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A Conversation with The Groundlings’ Tracy & Laraine Newman

Mike Ragogna: Forty years is a long time! How did you come up with the group’s name and how did it all begin?

Tracy Newman: In 1973 or so, when we were doing shows at the Oxford Theatre–before we built the current Groundlings Theatre on Melrose–we were just a group of 25 or so actor/improvisers who were taking classes with Gary Austin, our fearless leader. We had a meeting to come up with a name for our group. A few people–including Laraine and I and I think, Mary Cross–wanted “The Working Class,” and Gary, or someone, suggested “The Groundlings.” In Shakespeare, “groundlings” were the people in the cheap seats at a show–from Hamlet–“Oh, it offends me to the soul to hear a robustious periwig-pated fellow tear a passion to tatters, to very rags, to split the ears of the groundlings, who for the most part are capable of nothing but inexplicable dumb-shows and noise.”

Laraine Newman: There have been several versions of this and I don’t know which one is true. I don’t know who came up with the name, all I know is we put two names to a vote: The Groundlings and The Working Class. I felt we would outgrow the style of a name like The Groundlings. That it was a Renaissance Fair kind of notion. I thought The Working Class was great because we were a class and I liked the double entendre of the political reference. It’s a good thing I’m not a gambler.

MR: What does it mean to be a Groundling these days?

TN: Well, if you’re in the main company or the Sunday company, and you’re in the shows, you get the enviable opportunity to perform for TV and film people who are looking for talent. It didn’t used to be like that at the beginning, but after Laraine Newman was plucked out of the company by Lorne Michaels, for a new NBC show he was launching–a little, live comedy show called Saturday Night Live–The Groundlings were on the show bizz map.

MR: What are some of the highlights of your time together? Are there any that were life-changing on a personal level?

TN: Do you mean with The Groundlings or with Laraine as my sister? Having Laraine as my sister is completely inspiring and life-changing. I love her. She’s brilliant. Even as a little girl, she had me laughing all the time. Being in The Groundlings was life-changing because I got to be involved on the ground floor of the new wave of comedy in LA. I was laughing all the time and because there was so much writing and re-writing, I was totally prepared for my TV writing career.

LN: Tracy is responsible for my being in The Groundlings and the rest is history. If that isn’t life changing, I don’t know what is. She is so amazingly talented and inspires me by how she continues to explore her talent. She has a particularly brilliant daughter as well. I think just working with Tracy and peeing in our pants. Laughing till we couldn’t breathe.

MR: Why do you think The Groundlings has such a loyal fan base?

TN: Because they’re home grown. They’re a staple here in LA. Come rain or come shine, you can count on big laughs at The Groundlings. You’re sure to see the stars of today and tomorrow every time you go to a show. It’s a guaranteed good time. Where else can you pay $ 15-$ 20 and sit in a 99 seat theatre and see Laraine Newman, Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, Paul Reubens, Lisa Kudrow, Melissa McCarthy–the list is endless–in an all improv show, just because they happened to drop by or had a free night? Where else can you see so many brilliant kids who are just starting out and will most likely soon be on SNL or in a movie or sitcom?

LN: I know what it means to me to be a Groundling today. I’m so proud of the incredible creativity and talent that has come out of the company. I don’t ever consider myself to be an erstwhile Groundling. I will always feel connected to it as I do to SNL. As for the current people coming through the school and company, the sky is the limit. There is not other place I can think of where you can get the kind of training that is offered there. The Groundlings has created their own technique for crafting characters and writing for them and as far as I know, that is singular to them. My God, I never imagined it would be so venerable but, if you can make it there…..

MR: It’s unusual to jump from comedy to music or back and forth. How do you merge the worlds? Laraine, do you have other juggling tricks?

TN: Before I joined Gary Austin’s class that became The Groundlings, I was a singer/songwriter. When I was in The Groundlings, I started the song improv class. After a few years, I turned it over to the astounding Phyllis Katz, who was and is the strongest song-improviser I’ve ever seen. When I wrote for TV, I often placed my songs in the shows I was writing for. When I left TV writing, it was only natural that I would go back to being a singer/songwriter. The worlds were always intertwined. In fact, on Wednesday, May 21st at 10PM, I’m bringing my band to The Groundlings to do a one-hour show. It’s part of the 40th Anniversary month of the company. Gary Austin is a singer/songwriter now, too, and I was going to open for him, but he’ll be recovering from surgery at that time, so I’m doing the show alone… well, with some surprise guests.

LN: The work I do in animation is a natural progression from doing characters and employing the technique of improvisation. Through the years, because I love my work so much, I’ve simply sought to explore dialects and stretch my voice for the sake of it, never knowing I’d be able to use those skills. Unlike Tracy, I’m not a singer. I realized that when I took singing lessons from her teacher. Sure, I can carry a tune and I discovered I have a 4 octave range and that’s why I can sound like a baby, a small child, a teenage boy or an old crone..but can I sing? F**k no.

MR: What was the creative process like for the material?

TN: We would improvise in class, and when there was a particularly funny scene, we would recreate it, and perform it over and over to make it better. In the early years of the Groundlings, a scene could stay in the show for two or three years. I was in a sketch called “Reunion” that opened the show for years!

LN: I worked a lot with my sister Tracy and there was no better cheerleader, judge, and teacher. She pushed me to explore my characters and brought out material I never even considered. Sometimes we created sketches through improv but more often, since my main work in the show were ‘in one’ character monologues, I would have things I wanted to say as my characters and would start with a big rambling piece of crap with some pretty good jokes in it. Then night after night of performing the pieces, each time improvising something and keeping the stuff that worked, I’d arrive at a crafted piece I was happy with.

MR: Where do you go from here, post 40th anniversary?

TN: Well, you know, there is life after The Groundlings 40th Anniversary. For me, it’s continuing my singer/songwriter career, which is really fun for me.

LN: Home, where I take off my makeup, put on my pajamas and eat in front of the TV…..oh, did you mean what’s next? Well, I have a pretty great animation career that keeps me quite busy plus stage shows that are tremendous fun and sometimes an on camera role here and there that actually pays some money. You can look for my upcoming shows on Facebook or http://www.larainenewman.com

MR: What is your advice for new artists?

TN: If you like the show at The Groundlings, and you feel you’ve found your home, take the beginning class and find out if it’s really where you belong. If it is, then be persistent and keep taking classes until you either get in or start getting work in the business as a writer or whatever. More importantly–make friends in class. These people will be the future of comedy, and you want to be a part of it.

LN: Read books and other things but read! Work hard. Get plenty of sleep. See as many other performers as you can so you can be sure what you’re doing is original. Be supportive of other performers. This is your world and your family.

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