# CDXXXIX…End-of-the-Year Pitch, 2016…

With the dreariest year’s end upon us, I would just like to start this post by thanking all of my “fans”; you have made it possible for me to fulfill my dream of becoming a paid writer, however miniscule it may be at the moment!  As we celebrate the pending 2017 edition of life, it becomes possible to reflect on everything up to this point…and, I must say, I’m not too thrilled; however, I am very thankful for what I’ve done so far.  I now have the drive and determination to do something more…which is why I’ve not been on as much in the past couple of months.

Aside from my career (28 years, as of January 4), an old flame has been rekindled for a much bigger story…details to come (maybe LOL).  Some of my “friends” on social media should know; I’ve had this particular flame in my head for almost 30 years (do the math; I’m 45…that should give you a clue).

This year has been pretty much the apex of where I’ve needed to be for a long time; I know I was placed here for my writing skills.  A true fact is that, on my GED scores (passed on first try, too), I scored lower in math {which I excelled at, by the way} than I did in the writing part of the test and that is why, however downtrodden I may be at any given moment, I am aware of what I must do.

I am very humbled by the fact that people actually appreciate my point-of-view, however skewed it may be…and to those that have touched my life by actually reading it, I thank you from the bottom of my soul!

With the above sentiments off my chest, the real reason that I’m here; as my current book is all about the calendar, and the fact that we’re about to flip ours tomorrow, I figured that it was high time I made one more valiant attempt at marketing my first book.  It is currently on sale on Amazon Kindle {“ROCK ON DUDEZ”} and contains tidbits from my own personal experiences and my love of celebrity birthdays.

You would be amazed at how many people ARE actually fascinated with them; this has been made evident by the number of “shocked” reactions when I speak of the book to the general public!  Here now is the last page of my first completed project…and, hopefully, so many more to come…

# cxcvii…”Can You Hear Them, Clarice?”…

In case you’re celebrating this New Years’ Eve as your birthday, you’re in elite company, as veteran actor Sir Anthony Hopkins was born in Wales on this date in 1937.  Critically-acclaimed for his roles in such memorable classics as “Silence of the Lambs” (where the above title is from), “Meet Joe Black”, “Bram Stoker’s Dracula”, “Legends of the Fall” and “Thor”, he has been a powerhouse in the industry since 1960.

Also celebrating on this laundry list of twins are/were; late “Arizona Cowboy” in Disney history, Rex Allen (1920-1999), late New Jersey-born actress Rosalind Cash (1938-1995), The Police (80’s rock band) guitarist Andy Summers (1942), late country crooner John Denver (1943-1997), talented actor Ben Kingsley (1943) and former “Animal House” co-star Tim Matheson was born in 1947.

Late disco queen Donna Summer (1948-2012), Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton (1951), actress Jane Badler {“V” 80’s TV miniseries} (1953), former “Frasier” co-star Bebe Neuwirth (1958), acting legend Val Kilmer (1959), former Mets’ hurler Rick Aguilera (1961), Anthrax (heavy metal gods) guitarist Scott Ian (1963), New Kids on the Block’s Joey McIntyre (1972), electronic guru Psy (1973) and Apocalyptica drummer Mikko Siren was born in 1975.

Happy New Year to all…and thank you for gracing me with your presence on this “busy” evening…as always…until next year…

/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ \,,,\

# CDXXXVIII…Big Birthday Wishes to Heaven…

As today’s date, December 10, has not been spoken of here in the past, I figured that the following “post” from my book, ROCK ON DUDEZ (still on Amazon Kindle) should do that justice…as you’ll see in this brief snippet…

# clxxxix…”Kingpin”-Sized RIP…

Today, December 10th, is the birthdate of late brilliant actor Michael Clarke Duncan (1957-2012), who, in case the name doesn’t ring a bell, was the actor that portrayed the villainous ‘Kingpin’ in the hit comic book movie, “Daredevil”.  His career-defining role, however, was in the hit drama, “The Green Mile”, along with Tom Hanks, and earned him an Academy Award nomination.

His acting career, which spanned from 1995 until his death in 2012, was dotted with countless television, movie and video game appearances.  Some of his movies include; “The Scorpion King”, “Green Lantern” (live action movie with Ryan Reynolds, voiced ‘Kilowog’), “Planet of the Apes”, and “Armageddon”.  His light will surely be missed…

Also celebrating today are/were; late actor Chet Huntley (1911-1974), late actress Dorothy Lamour (1914-1996), late actor Dan Blocker (1928-1972), actress Susan Dey (1952), Wang Chung vocalist Jack Hues (1954) and Accept (80’s metal) guitarist Wolf Hoffman was born in 1959.

On the list, as well, are actress Nia Peeples (1961), celebrity chef Bobby Flay (1964), former San Jose Sharks’ journeyman Rob Blake (1969), The White Stripes’ Meg White (1974), wrestling personality JTG (1984) and actress Raven-Symone was born in 1985.

Hope you enjoyed your stay…and please come back soon (I know I will!)…

/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ \,,,\

# CDXXXVII…Another Excerpt, for an Iconic Actor…

I realized a long time ago that there were some days on the calendar that hadn’t been covered on the blog, which is why I created the book in the first place.  Today’s date of December 4th is no exception, as I present to you the following piece about someone who ruled last year’s TV waves on the hit series, “The Flash” (now in it’s third season)…

# clxxxv…”Where Have I Heard That Voice?”…Part 1…

Today’s date, December 4th, just happens to be the birthday of the CW hit, “The Flash”’s, newest co-star, Tony Todd (1954), whose voice you are hearing as the voice of the second season’s main villain, Zoom.  His voice shouldn’t be strange to anyone, however; his movie credits include the horror classic, “Candyman”, and he’s been in such hits as “Platoon”, “Night of the Living Dead” and “Final Destination”.

His unmistakable voice is what sets him apart from the villains portrayed in the comic book based television universe.  As a fan of the show, however, I know that it’s just his voice being used…as he is not the yet-unrevealed person behind the mask…and that is what makes his presence in the show’s cast that much more awesome!

Also celebrating on this date are/were; late artist Claude Renoir (1914-1993), former game show (remember those?!?  Just me…?) host Wink Martindale (1933), late actor Victor French (1934-1989), former “The Beverly Hillbillies” co-star Max Baer, Jr. (1937) and musical legends Freddy “Boom Boom” Cannon (1939) and Southside Johnny (1948).

In addition, superstar actor Jeff Bridges (1949), veteran actress Marissa Tomei (1964), rap mogul Jay Z (1969), model/hostess Tyra Banks (1973), TNA Knockout Brooke (1984) and actor Orlando Brown {“That’s So Raven”} (1987) are also celebrating!

Thanks for feeding my frenzy of the latest television crazes…at least in my own little “Earth”…

/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ \,,,\

# CDXXXVI…Rock Spotlight, Vol. VIII…”Hardwired…To Self-Destruct”, Metallica (2016)…

In this latest installment of the Spotlight, I finally break a two-week hiatus with a recent release from my Number 2 band, Metallica.  After keeping away from my keyboard since it was put out on guitarist Kirk Hammett’s 55th (and also my nephew’s birthday…both events mentioned in my book; still on sale) milestone this year, I figured that this would be the time that I actually sat down and listened to it, stem to stern.

This is the band’s tenth studio release and, in true Metallica fashion (as I’ve been a huge fan; meeting them (minus Rob Trujillo, plus Jason Newsted)) in 1993 was one of the pinnacles of my short time on this planet.  Even though Lars insulted my San Jose Sharks, when they weren’t as good as they are now, I really respected the humility that they have shown in the last 30 years plus…this newest venture was very skillfully crafted, dealing with such subjects as PTSD, our reliance on technology and another Metallica throwback; Chtulhu, as well as a stunning tribute to late legendary icon Lemmy Kilmeister, this (in my humble and honest opinion) harkens back to their earliest releases like “Master of Puppets” and “Kill ’em All”, as well.

As most “fans” (the ones that dropped off after “St. Anger”) would say, and this has been indicated by hardcore fans like my brother-in-law, “Just when you thought you’d gotten out, they suck you back in!!!”  If I could give this album seven stars, I would, as it kicks ass in true Metallica fashion from beginning to end…a two-disc (well, three, as I have purchased it from iTunes) release features such hits like “Halo on Fire”, “ManUNkind”, “Am I Savage?” (an “Of Wolf and Man” “sequel”) and the throwback-style “Now That We’re Dead”.  Also, if you should happen to search on YouTube, I think they have released videos for EVERY song (definitely worth checking out!!).

I will be back soon…if my other projects don’t get in the way…until then, as always…

/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ \,,,\