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Chelsea Clinton and Lily Cole
On March 19, 2014, Chelsea Clinton and model/actress Lily Cole discussed Lily’s new app “Impossible” at the Apple Store in SoHo, New York. Despite the negative connotation with the title of the app, “Impossible” seeks to help connect people to find others out there with the same interests, connect people to make their impossible dreams come true (sort of like how Craig’s List offers services) and also just gives a space for people to just show their gratitude.
The information presented was quite awesome. It gives you the feeling that there can be an self-moderated online community that seeks positivity instead of whining and bitching about all that is wrong with the world. It also seems to present an alternative to the time wasting and ever-present negativity that you find on Facebook and Twitter.
On a personal note, I’ve fallen for celebrity/politician bullshit many times in the past where you see them speak (either on TV or in real life, for me mostly in real life) and they seem to be such pleasant people, but once the cameras are off and they have the chance to really ‘put their money where their mouth is’ so to speak, you see a different side of them completely. Lily and Chelsea Clinton spent a good amount of time talking about giving gratitude and being thankful for all their blessings and moments after the talk, Clinton showed her
gratitude true colors by having ZERO intention of stopping to talk to the couple of fans that were interested in meeting her. What happened to all that gratitude she just mentioned? Hmmmm….. The moral of the story: NEVER TRUST A POLITICIAN. I’m grateful that I never have and I never will. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
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Freda Kelly and Ryan White
On September 5, 2013 at the Apple Store (the computer manufacturer, not the Beatles company) in New York, Freda Kelly and director Ryan White discussed their documentary film “Good Ol’ Freda.” Freda Kelly had one of the best jobs ever imaginable – working as The Beatles’ secretary from the Pete Best days to a year after their breakup. She was in charge of everything from answering fan mail to guarding all the secrets of the Fab Four. The film seems to be less of a rehash of what we already know and instead, a document of The Beatles from the perspective of a “Fifth Beatle,” if you will. You will fall in love with Freda Kelly as she is grateful for her privileged position and between her stories and previously unseen photos with The Beatles, there is definitely new material for those who think they’ve seen and heard it all.
Good Ol’ Freda
Director Ryan White talked about getting the coveted Beatles tracks included in the film, which required numerous approvals from Beatle members, widows, lawyers and ultimately because Freda was so loyal in her tenure with the group, rights to use the songs were granted. “Good Ol’ Freda” is being released in selected theaters this weekend and will also be available on iTunes imminently.
Freda Kelly and Geoffrey Dicker
I met Freda at the discussion and she was very lovely. Lovely Freda. Get it! Ha! Seriously, I fell in love with her listening to her speak, so if you are a Beatles fan, “Good Ol’ Freda” is a must see! Thanks again Freda!
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The title of this article is NOT misleading. Legends T-Bone Burnett, Stephen King and John Mellencamp have written a musical! “Ghost Brothers of Darkland County” is being released on June 4, 2013 and I spent an hour in the presence of greatness as the trio discussed this project at the Apple Store in Manhattan. The story was written by Stephen King in collaboration with John Mellencamp and T-Bone Burnett served as the musical director.
The story is set in the tiny town of Lake Belle Reve, Mississippi. “Darkland County” focuses on two sets of brothers: the ghosts of Jack and Andy, dead in an apparent murder/suicide, and their nephews, the living Frank and Drake. Joe, younger brother of Jack and Andy, father of Frank and Drake, has decided it’s time to reveal his own terrible secret at the site of the tragedy, before it’s too late. The libretto of the supernatural Southern musical is being released as a book with a DVD of interviews with the trio as well as 2 cds featuring performances by Neko Case, Elvis Costello, Sheryl Crow and Mellencamp just to name a few!
This musical has been in the works for over a decade as all of them have “full time jobs” as they put it. There have been readings of the play already and they are planning on doing a small tour. Depending on interest, “Darkland County” could come to Broadway in New York, so hopefully the tour is a success because it would be amazing to see a full blown production with these three incredible talents at the helm. I guess time will tell. The program was recorded for a free podcast that will be free to download off iTunes, so if you were not able to make it to this historic event, you’ll be able to catch up on what you missed.
Stephen King and John Mellencamp
On a personal note, to be in the presence of Stephen King, whose books had a huge influence on my life was beyond surreal. His books have scared the shit out of me since I was very little and he even remarked “we try and recruit them when they are young.” I’ve also been a huge fan of John Mellencamp for most of my life as well and T-Bone Burnett has produced so many great songs, most recently the amazing Robert Plant and Alison Krauss album “Raising Sand.” Needless to say, this event was so cool to attend and I’d like to say thanks to T-Bone Burnett, Stephen King and John Mellencamp for being such great sources of inspiration.
T-Bone Burnett, Stephen King and John Mellencamp
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The Lonely Island
On May 31, 2013, The Lonely Island promoted their latest CD, “The Wack Album” at the Apple Store in SoHo in Manhattan. The Lonely Island are a comedy trio of ex-Saturday Night Live cast/writers whose videos have scored hundreds of millions of clicks on YouTube. The guys were hilarious throughout the hour long presentation and my favorite part of the discussion was when they took questions from the audience. One of the questions was “what was it like recording a song with Kristen Wiig?” As Andy Samberg (pictured in the center) was a former Saturday Night Live cast-mate with Wiig, Samberg said “well, since we’ve known each other for many years and have worked together for that entire time, I said ‘you know how we’ve done over 500 skits together? Would you like to do another one?’ and she said ‘yes.'” Pretty funny. Next to the band was a projected advert for the album with each member’s name. Underneath their name was the word “musician.” When the moderator asked if The Lonely Island had any final remarks, Samberg said “do you see how it says ‘musician’ under our names? Well, that is FUCKING BULLSHIT! The word ‘musician’ should be in quotes.” Hilarious. After the presentation, I met the “musicians” and they were all super nice. You can see pictures after the jump.
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Nobody Misses Steve Jobs
This is a Steve Jobs memorial outside the Apple Store in SoHo, New York. As you can see, NOBODY misses Steve Jobs.