Sleep Deprived Spotlight: Carried Away

Carried Away is a pop-punk band from Toronto. Obviously, they are young and energetic.

The lead singer sounds so sweet and innocent. It makes for an interesting dynamic with the rest of the band. Many bands want what Carried Away has – youth, energy and a singer with a candy-coated voice.

There are tons of bands with singers that sound wise beyond their years. Someday Carried Away will sound like three old sages but that day is not today.

Carried Away has several videos on YouTube and website with cool merch. Don’t forget to listen to their music and watch their videos.

Carried Away website: http://carriedawayofficial.com/?fbclid=IwAR09C8hvVjvE1tAJS9jp2rNMnhAwoAySg-vlDAJz_rHIf-MSdPQ4t0iCOXE

Cool guys that send me cool music: http://wordisbondinc.com/

Interview with . . . The Sh-Booms

http://www.theshbooms.com/

If I could invest in one band right now, it would be The Sh-Booms. They are seriously a band to watch. I highly suggest listening to all of their music, buy all of their merch and follow them everywhere.

Al Ruiz of The Sh-Booms responded to a few questions in a timely fashion, which I appreciate. Check out the interview as well as the links below the video.

How many Tiny Desk episodes have you watched?

I don’t know exactly, but I enjoy the series.

What motivates you to keep playing music?

It’s my anxiety killer.


Where was your first show as The Sh-Booms?

Our favorite bar, Wills Pub here in Orlando, FL.

Will you be absolutely starstruck when you open for KRS-One?

It was a bit nerve-wracking the first time we played with him as we were just starting out. That kind of stuff fades when we’re in show mode if that makes sense.

Do you have a favorite KRS-One album?

We all grew up on the older stuff, Return of The Boom Bap/KRS-One, but hard to pick one.

Do you have a favorite Sh-Booms album?

Our debut record we just announced titled “The Blurred Odyssey.”

What is missing from music being made now?

That’s a loaded question. There’s plenty of underground music that rips out there, I’m sure some mainstream stuff too. Try to hunt for honesty.

Are there any plans for touring in 2019?

Yes, for sure. We just announced release dates and there will be more to come.

What do you want people to know about The Sh-Booms?

We’re some tough motherfuckers!

Links for The Sh-Booms:

https://twitter.com/theshbooms

https://www.facebook.com/theShBooms

https://www.youtube.com/user/theShBooms

Cool dude that sends me cool music: http://www.earshotmedia.com/

The Resurrection of Joan Ashby: #bookreview

https://www.amazon.com/Resurrection-Joan-Ashby-Novel-ebook/dp/B01BKMXL2U/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1548731617&sr=1-1&keywords=the+resurrection+of+joan+ashby

This book, “The Resurrection of Joan Ashby” by Cherise Wolas appeared on my doorstep at least a year and a half ago. I’d like to think that a magical book fairy from somewhere amazing was rewarding me for something. It’s more likely that it came from a book fairy at Flatiron Books in New York City.

It took a while to get up the nerve to read “The Resurrection of Joan Ashby.” It’s a fairly long book at 531 pages or so. After I started reading it, I immediately regretted waiting so long.

Basically, the premise is that Joan Ashby has been a solitary writer from a very young age. She wasn’t close to her parents and had few friends. Ashby was focused mainly on writing. By her early 20s, she had success with two collections.

Then she met her future husband, Martin. Ashby did not want children because they would interfere with her writing career. When she did become pregnant, she made the decision to go forward with motherhood. Ashby stopped writing for several years because she could not find the time to write and be a mom to two young boys.

So when the boys, Daniel and Eric, are a bit older, Ashby decides to start writing again. She keeps it a secret from everyone. It took her several years to finish the book.

There were seven years that she was preoccupied with keeping up with 13-year-old Eric, who was starting a billion dollar company in her home. Most parents might not complain but she was exhausted from having all his workers camping out at her house and probably abusing alcohol and drugs.

She had finished the book but hadn’t sent it to her publisher. The book was stolen and published without her knowledge. The theft of the book and another issue are heartbreaking for her. So Ashby decides to pack a bag and take a sabbatical to India.

The most interesting thing about this book is how Wolas intertwines the story that she is telling with many of the stories that Ashby is telling in her books. “The Resurrection of Joan Ashby” contains small sections of different books within one book.

Even though it’s a large book, it captured my attention from the beginning until the end. I would give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars – even if the book fairy had not dropped it off on my doorstep.

  • The book fairy at Flatiron Books sent this book to me. I don’t know why exactly. All opinions are mine. Obviously

Sleep Deprived Music Review: Hey,Chels

https://heychels.bandcamp.com/album/hey-chels

The requirements for being in Hey, Chels are probably that you have to have cool shoes, not be named Chels or Chelsea and also be musically inclined.

The album came out in September. It was produced by Patrick Ryan Heaney, who has worked with Cage the Elephant. So the album was inherently cool before it even got off the ground.

There’s a song called, “I Know You Are But What Am I?” I love it. It might not be a reference to the Pee Wee Herman movie but it still makes me giggle a little bit.

The Hey, Chels lineup includes Jacque Mendez, Ricky Schmidt, Kevin White, and Steph Presz. The band members were in New Way On, The Newports, Squarecrow and Western Settings prior to forming Hey, Chels.

If we learn the words to their songs, we could all be singing to this album in the car or at a Hey, Chels show. That’s my plan anyway. There’s still time to learn the lyrics. Hopefully, they will be coming to a town near you soon. So check out the album and get ready to sing along.

https://www.facebook.com/heychels1

Cool Dude who sends me cool music: http://www.earshotmedia.com/

Cold Case Quest: Rene Combs

https://www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/Files/Law-Enforcement/Investigator/Cold-Case/Homicides/Combs

Rene Combs was a loan officer at a bank in the Columbus area. She was married with two children. Then on August 4, 1991, Combs left a note saying that she was going to visit a cousin. Apparently, she never made it to the cousin’s home.

Three days later, her vehicle was found at an apartment complex close to her home. On August 12, her body was found in a wooded area near Grove City, which is southwest of Columbus.

The curious part about this case is that a cousin and a psychic both said that she would be found in that area. The cousin said that they had a dream about where to find Combs.

The cousin’s information even practically led police to the body. I’m not sure if the cousin or the psychic were ever investigated.

It was such a secluded area and Combs’ body was hidden fairly well. I suspect that the cousin knows more about what happened. I’m not buying that it was just a dream.

There had been a $7,000 reward offered by the bank and other community organizations. No one ever came forward with information that led to finding the person or persons who killed Rene Combs.

If anyone has any information, contact the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office or click on the link under the photo.

Franklin County Sheriff’s website: https://sheriff.franklincountyohio.gov/

https://www.10tv.com/article/rene-combs

Update: 09/2020

This article has more information that I did not have before. The case is still unsolved.

https://www.dispatch.com/article/20140406/NEWS/304069852

Interview with . . . Sarah Potenza

Whenever I watch one of Sarah Potenza’s videos on YouTube, I see a bold woman with a larger than life voice, who could absolutely be mistaken for my sister. Well, she isn’t my actual sister but I feel like she’s still a sisterly type figure for women around the world. My daughter used to call women who were not her sisters but just as important, a sister-friend.

She’s had plenty of people doubt her chances for success. Look at her now. She was on season 8 of The Voice. Sarah is playing shows around the world, including an upcoming cruise with Melissa Etheridge. She’s got a new album, Road to Rome, coming out on March 8, which is International Women’s Day. The first single from the album, “I Work for Me,” is available in all of the usual spots – iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, etc. None of those naysayers were right – not one.

Women need a sister-friend who is there to motivate us to get off of our asses and do something with our lives. We need a woman whose voice is louder than the haters.

. Sarah Potenza is that sister-friend.

https://sarahpotenza.net/

Were you a headstrong as a kid? 

Yes, and it caused me a lot of pain because girls are not supposed to be like that. So I always felt different. 

Did you have positive female influences in your life? 

Yes and no. The women in my family let the men tell them what to do, because they came from a time when that was the way it was. My grandmother was not allowed to go to school past the sixth grade. Her father said that girls can’t do anything with that education, so she didn’t need it. She was forced to work in a mill until she married. 

However, her husband died when she was in her 30s. So she had to learn to do everything. She had to learn things like how to drive. She got work at a bank as the cook in the cafeteria. She worked at that bank, and at that time women were not allowed to open a checking account without the signature of a man. Can you imagine that? She had to work for a place where she had to have her son sign for her to cash her own damn check. 

Has being defiant served you well? 

It makes me happy. And I am not sure where I would be if I was more submissive. So who knows. 

Where was your first show? 

My mom took me to see Bonnie Raitt. I was in the 4th grade. It was amazing. 

Have you ever been on a cruise before? How excited are you to be going on a cruise with Melissa Etheridge?

I have. I have done 4 other musical cruises, and they are always great. But Melissa is iconic. She was my idol. So I am really looking forward to this one. 

How important was it for you to release the new album on International Women’s Day? 

It’s very special to me. 

Where do you find such cool glasses? Do you think they would work for bifocals? Asking for a friend . . . 

Of course !!!! ha. I get them all over the country. I love to shop for glasses. 

What do you want people to know about you?

I want them to know that I really appreciate them taking the time to listen to my music and to spend their hard earned money on my shows and my merch and supporting me. 

Cool dude that sends me cool music: http://www.earshotmedia.com/

Sleep Deprived Music Review: Contra

http://www.riserevoltclothing.com/contra/inertia-ep
https://open.spotify.com/artist/4DQaBOfQCVmWH5gMUqhqoI?si=Qpw4wzxtRQWb4adcRTEV0A

Well, I’m taking a break from my resolution to listen to more relaxed music. Today, I’m listening to Inertia by Contra. When you listen to Contra, you may think that they lack positivity. They are a rather loud metalcore band but some of their lyrics do contain a message about staying strong in the face of adversity.

Kevin of Contra stated,” Most of the album is about perseverance. Finding yourself in a shit place and pulling yourself out. Lyrically the album can get pretty dark but it all seems to have the light.”

3 Things that I like about the Inertia album:

  1. The screamer vocalist is pretty awesome. His vocals are kind of scary and loud. The kind of loud that hurts your ears but it’s worth it.
  2. The rest of the band are just as intense and loud.
  3. There is a piano and a more relaxed vocalist. It’s called balance people. This band has balance that many of us are seeking in some way.

Check out their videos and album at the following links. FYI: If you are looking up the Contra on the Internet, be careful not to look up contraband or the movie with Mark Wahlberg also called Contraband.

Contra on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4DQaBOfQCVmWH5gMUqhqoI?si=Qpw4wzxtRQWb4adcRTEV0A

Inertia by Contra on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-855231340/sets/inertia?fbclid=IwAR2fAbkC1IiyFA01JchyXO4IAnH54_1kGDu-7l1yUSvZNrHqp2mflwy2htw

Cool guys that send me cool music: http://wordisbondinc.com/

The Accidental Beauty Queen: #bookreview

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1501197606/ref=x_gr_w_glide_bb?ie=UTF8&tag=x_gr_w_glide_bb-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1501197606&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2

Beauty pageants have changed a little bit since I watched them as a young girl. Basically, they are the same. I think that in more recent years beauty pageant organizers want us to think of it as a scholarship competition for well rounded beautiful people.

There’s a stigma attached to beauty pageants now that there wasn’t quite as noticeable before or maybe I just didn’t notice because I was five. I can admit that I watched the Miss America contest beginning when I was four or five. However, if I still watched the contest when I’m 45, people would roll their eyes at me and talk about smashing the patriarchy.

The main character in The Accidental Beauty Queen, Charlotte, is focused on being a children’s librarian but she is attending the pageant to support her twin sister, Ginny. She’s more interested in visiting The Wizarding World of Harry Potter than hanging out at a beauty pageant.

Well, Charlotte doesn’t get to spend as much time at Diagon Alley as she had planned. Ginny had a severe allergic reaction that affected her face. She would not be able to finish the competition. It would have been her last chance to win the same pageant that their mother. who had passed away, had won years before.

So after some debate, Charlotte agrees to compete in the preliminary part of the pageant in Ginny’s place. Charlotte also meets the man of her dreams, who is one of the pageant judges. Plus, there’s a feisty rescue dog that she’s in charge of until Ginny recovers.

It’s a little bit predictable except for the thing that Ginny does at the end of the pageant. I can live with the tiny amount of predictability in this book because it was fun and relatable. It was nice to read a book with some humor and heart.

  • I received this ebook from NetGalley in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own. Obviously.

Sleep Deprived Single Review: Vermillion Heights

https://vermillionheights.bandcamp.com/releases

How many times a week do you feel like life is a boxer who is whooping your ass?

Vermillion Heights of Minneapolis recently released a new single, “Losing Sleep,” this week. The band got into the ring with a real boxer for the video. Apparently, he landed a lot of punches during the shooting of this video. I mean, that’s his job – just like it’s life’s job to throw challenges at us. It’s up to us to stay in the ring and fight. Honestly, that is what the song is about: facing the challenges of life.

“The song is about writing to help with depression, but I think any form of coping mechanism could take the place of writing for other people. It’s about the confusion felt in creating something appealing out of sadness or pain. Taking depression and turning it into something constructive, then using that outlet as a way to assure yourself that you will be okay eventually.” explains songwriter Sam Fassler of the band’s single.

I recommend watching the video just to see the underdog kicking ass in his Taylor Swift shirt. Personally, I love the song and the video – Taylor Swift reference and all.

https://www.facebook.com/VermillionHeights/

#nickisyourbuddy who sends cool music: https://www.radioreadypr.com/

5 Podcasts: True Crime

Did you guys know that there are a bazillion true crime podcasts? If I was going to do a podcast, it would be about true crime, cold cases, and missing person investigations. Since there are so many true crime podcasts, I’m still just going to list 5 in no particular order.

However, if you want to check out my Twitter list of cold cases and mysterious stuff, you can find it here: https://twitter.com/evadiva0516/lists/cold-cases-mystery.

There are 40 or so cold case/mystery twitterers on the list today but I add interesting podcasts every day.

https://www.itsaboutdamncrime.com/iadcpodcast/
https://mensreapod.com/
https://naptimenancydrew.wordpress.com/
https://southernfriedtruecrime.com/
http://thinairpodcast.com/