How Not to Die Alone: #bookreview

Have you ever been stuck in a situation by your own white lie?

How Not to Die Alone by Richard Roper is about Andrew, a middle aged man who searches for the next of kin of the recently deceased. He spends most of his time alone with his Ella Fitzgerald records. Andrew has told his co-workers that he is married with two children and it’s getting harder to maintain the lie. When a new co-worker, Peggy, enters his life, Andrew has to decide whether he going to tell the truth about his imaginary family.

Andrew seems like a decent guy who got mixed up in telling this weird lie. I really wanted him to be able to move on and have a relationship with Peggy. Peggy also has an alcoholic husband. So there’s another hurdle that Andrew needs to clear before he can even think about dating Peggy.

I wondered how the office would deal with the situation. Would he be fired for making up a family? Is Andrew’s lie worse than the co-worker with terrible hygiene and manners? It probably isn’t.

If you’ve ever had a co-worker with bad hygiene or manners– body odor, terrible breath, licking their fingers while eating etc. – then you know. (Licking your fingers while eating might not be bad manners, just irritating. So gross.) Lies are terrible but smelling bad in close quarters with other people is something difficult to deal with.

This book was funny and also had some more poignant moments. Once I got past the part with the finger licking co-worker, it was worth the read.

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

Sleep Deprived Music Review: The Damed

The Damed on bandcamp
The Damed on Soundcloud

The Damed of Los Angeles released their self-titled album within the last month or so. It has Riot Grrrl energy, which I love. In times like these, punk rock and feminism are absolutely necessary.

This album sounds like the band members are concocting a potion . Instead of eye of newt or a wolf’s tooth, they use lyrics and their instruments. If there’s a movie about witches coming out in the near future, then there should be a place for The Damed on the soundtrack. I did read something about “The Craft” getting a remake.

I like to listen to this album while I’m riding my stationary bike. It makes me feel like Miss Gulch in “The Wizard of Oz. The other place that I would like to listen to this album is at a political protest. It would be perfect for protesting.

116 Days of Summer Guests: Xotic Yeyo

Why Lookin’ Cool Requires a Mirror
By Xotic Yeyo

Prince and his characters, Morris Day and the Time are cool—
they know how to spell it; “C-O-O-L.” With a lot of purple and indigo influences Stu Sauce thinks the lyrics he writes for Xotic Yeyo are cool. However, his sense of clothing style is laughed off by his band mates. It was in 2016 at a DADA show he was gifted a couple of shirts by his friend Ecstasy making him aware that his current style needed a quick fix. A few gold splattered shirts have become a staple in what makes Stu Sauce a funky fool on the stage. His more fashion-minded band-mates, Cody Orange and Rod Reiter have since kept Stu Sauce from further looking like a clown that gets dressed by a vomiting closet.

True Story:

“Bro, you are going to wear this shirt in our Music video!”—Rod Reiter
                *Stu puts on shirt for music video*
                “Hey Stu, you know that shirt reminds me of a Stevie wonder album: Songs in the Key of Life”—Cody Orange
                *googles album with resignation*— Stu Sauce

Much in this way it was decided that Stu Sauce had to exclusively wear the gold splattered Kanye-West-looking shirts. They make our front-man into a Super-Hero—Captain Xotic—Mr. Yeyo. He took on a plethora of nick-names by all the sound-guys, but his favorite is Mr. Yeyo.

                Xotic Yeyo has a high standard of entertainment value, and looking the part really lets people listen with their eyes. The Xotic Yeyo experience should be second only to an uber-frugal Disney.  The image doesn’t stop at how Stu Sauce is looking on stage, but the atmosphere the band delivers. By bringing our own lights to the party, we do everything possible to make the party come to life. This has not only helped us as an original band get gigs, but repeat gigs from many of the venues. They know we take our roles as entertainers of an audience very serious. Selling an experience is what a live band has to do. 

                If we could make you taste our funk, we would do that too.

(Xotic Yeyo is a funky pop trio from Miami Florida that cook up dancy groove-songs consisting—The band is made up of Cody Orange on drums, Stu Sauce on Guitar and Lead Vocals, and Rod Reiter on Bass guitar and Backup Vocals)

Xotic Yeyo on Spotify
Xotic Yeyo on Instagram
Xotic Yeyo website


Cold Case Quest: Stacey Colbert

Stacey Colbert

Although, I did not know Stacey Colbert, her case was in news in 1998. For awhile, people thought maybe she was just missing. There were missing posters with Stacey’s picture all over Columbus.

Her neighbors said that they heard loud noises and a woman screaming on the night of March 22, 1998. She was not seen alive after the night of March 21.

I always wondered if Stacey was ever found. Since moving away from Columbus, it was more difficult to keep up with the case. The internet was available but not in the way it is now.

Apparently, on November 27, 2004, Stacey’s body was found by a hunter near the Scioto River in Delaware County. I suspect that she was killed somewhere else and left in the woods.

Even after her body was found, there have not been any clues that could solve the case. It’s been 21 years since her disappearance so maybe it’s time for a fresh set of eyes to look at the case.

Feminist Friday Music

The four following people – Frames, Freya Ridings, Hope Tala and Lina Tullgren- have new music that has just been released. There might even be something for everyone to enjoy – unless you are a metal head. Darn it I forgot to include metal again. Next time around maybe.

As usual, there are links and video for you guys to enjoy.

Frames on Instagram
Frames on Spotify
Freya Ridings on Spotify
Hope Tala on Spotify
Lina Tullgren

Meet and Greet: Victory Lane

Victory Lane
UK band Victory Lane will release their Standby Records debut EP ‘Barebones’ on July 26.The boys have released the first single titled “Happy Sad” and are premiering a video for the track on Substream:https://substreammagazine.com/2019/04/premiere-victory-lane-throttle-through-emotions-on-happy-sad/.Stream the single here: victorylane.standbyrecords.com.

Frontman Dan Lamb says, “Happy Sad is a song about finding solace in feeling happy whilst ultimately accepting you also must be sad, I wrote the song from the perspective of a third party seeing me cope with my moods during taking anti-depressants. Eventually I came to realise that living in a limbo state of happiness and sadness was not natural and I gradually took myself off of them and began to deal with my natural state.The video encapsulated this perfectly, from the third person in a trippy dream-like corridor which linked the happy, the sad and happy-sad rooms. As the video goes on, you see myself explore the happy and sad rooms as though I’m looking into my own mind and also seeing myself on the effects of the medication. Then at the end of the “happy-sad room” I realise I need both of those feelings to feel at peace with myself. At first, I’m frightened at the change but then come to realise that the in-between is normality and I accept my feelings.”

About:Victory Lane is a four piece pop-punk band hailing from Birmingham & London, U.K.
Known for their massive pop-punk anthems, the band has worked hard to build a devoted following across the United Kingdom. Victory Lane has relentlessly toured the UK since releasing their first EP “Louder Than Words” and have performed alongside and toured with bands such as WSTR, For The Win, Woes, In Her Own Words, Homebound and many more.They’ve just finished recording their follow-up EP “Barebones” with Romesh Dodangoda at Longwave Studios to be released on Standby Records on July 26.
http://victorylane.standbyrecords.comhttp://standbyrecordsmerch.com

The Price of Paradise: #bookreview

The Price of Paradise by Susana Lopez Rubio and translated by Achy Obejas is about a young couple in Cuba in the late 1940s- Gloria and Patricio- who want to run away and start a new life together. The main obstacle is her mobster husband, Cesar Valdes. He is not a mobster with a heart of gold. He doesn’t have a soft spot for his family or animals. Gloria married him to protect her family from Cesar’s vengeful nature.

I chose this book based on the description on Amazon : Falling in love with the mobster’s young wife, Gloria, is suicide. But Patricio is irresistibly drawn to the beautiful girl with sad eyes, a razor-sharp intellect, and a penchant for both Christian Dior’s clothes and Einstein’s theories. 

I really enjoyed reading how each character became who they were. Patricio came to Cuba with no money but he became successful. Gloria could have gotten a formal education if she hadn’t met Cesar. She was very bright and always willing to learn.

How was Gloria ever going to get away from her husband? Would she ever be free? Would Gloria and Patricio ever be together?

There are some people on Amazon who are offended by the curse words in this book. I’m not one of those people. It does not have excessive profanity but if you’re easily offended then don’t read this one I guess. Good luck with finding something to read without curse words, though. Do you guys think that the use of curse words means that the writer is less creative?

After reading their reviews, I wonder if they even read The Price of Paradise or any other book written in the last ten years. Do you even read, bro?

Other reviewers on Amazon don’t think that this is historical fiction. According to study.com, the definition of historical fiction is “a work of writing that reconstructs the past.” The beginning date in this book is 1947 so it is technically historical fiction. A book does not have to be set in the 16th century to be historical. Some people . . . To h*#@ with those f+#*ing people. (Sorry, not sorry.)

Anyway, I enjoyed this book – the characters, the history, the different locations. Everything. I loved everything about The Price of Paradise.

116 Days of Summer Guests: Chasing Velvet

Heyo, Amira and Naomi here!

We have been tasked by the lovely Holley to grace your brain with the writings of 2 budding musicians embarking on the vastness that is the music industry. 

To start on a casual note, we share a bunch of things in common ranging from food love to thrifting enthusiasm, many a band rehearsal starting and ending with a plethora of “new”, interesting and unique pieces found in the bargain bin. 
There’s an uncontested joy in the idea of engaging in sustainable fashion. Or contributing, at least a little. 
This coupled with our family’s “thrift over new” attitude towards shopping in general. We have always been conscious of how fashion is constantly changing but individuality remaining at the forefront.

Along with many other things, it’s the music that really binds us. Music has been a constant in both of our lives, at a young age participating in church choir and musical theatre in school, music was everywhere. After meeting in 2017, we realised how similar our upbringings, goals and aspirations were, neither straying very far from music; after which came the formation of the pop duo that is now Chasing Velvet. 
It made sense to us, write, record, perform. Made so simple by the other. Thats not to say it wasn’t/ isn’t incredibly difficult, we are really trying to create something that not only means a lot to us, but is meaningful to our listeners, something that makes them feel connected, to us, a situation or a feeling.

We’ve written quite a few songs about topics surrounding strength and persistence. Something we not only believe in but are striving to embody. Songs like ‘If I may’, ‘ascendancy’ and ‘Innuendo’ are direct responses to  situations that made us feel uncomfortable, unhappy or not ourselves. 
As our career unfolds, the themes discussed in our writing will ebb and flow but will always have powerful undertones that may not be detected a surface level, sharing struggles and advice through lyric to further connect with our audience.

That has been just a few things that are important to us and we’d love it if you guys would check out our music on Spotify, iTunes and Youtube or if your curious about us,  you can find us on every social media ever! (except myspace -_-)

Lots of love 
Chasing Velvet x

Chasing Velvet

Single Ladies: #2 Summer Edition

Summertime is just hitting her stride. So are the ladies in this post – Lady Donli, Evie Irie, Ida Divine and Lizzy Hardingham. They all have new music ready for your listening pleasure.

Click on the links with their names to find their music. They all have videos on YouTube that are included for you.

Lady Donli

Evie Irie

Ida Divine on bandcamp
Lizzie Hardingham

Cold Case Quest: Adrian Scott

On Thanksgiving Day 2017, Adrian Scott was the victim of a drive by shooting. It is doubtful that Scott was the intended target of the shooting. She was just visiting the home on Hiddenspring Drive in Columbus.

She was helping to prepare Thanksgiving dinner when she was killed. Her parents said in interviews that they don’t celebrate Thanksgiving since losing their daughter. They desperately need to have answers, as well as justice for Adrian.

In November 2018, the police released a video of a possible suspect in a silver Lexus coupe. The Lexus was followed by a white Ford Explorer. It seems pretty common that witnesses are afraid to come forward. Her family is hoping that any witnesses will call in with information to help solve the mystery. Crime Stoppers is also offering a reward for information in the case. As always, tips are anonymous.

If you have any information about the Adrian Scott case, please call Crime Stoppers at 614-461-8477  or visit their website at Central Ohio Crime Stoppers.

Adrian Scott
ABC 6 article