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Twenty Question Interview with Christine Solimeno

This interview is a special treat because I have known and been dear friends with this talented & kind lady since I’m 5 years old! Her musical/vocal skill is much to envy! We had a blast last week laughing over fun memories at my house for this interview and I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

1. Where are you from?
Lynbrook, NY

2. What is your occupation?
Singer and musician

3. What effort in your profession are you most proud of?
My original songs and arrangements recorded by my choir at the school I work at

4. If you could, what would you change about the city you live in?
Everything lol… traffic, housing/apartment prices, and attitudes

5. What was the strangest thing that happened to you while commuting or traveling?
It was with you actually, on our way to San Francisco, CA back in 2007 where we had to deplane at JFK, wait a couple of hours. Then we boarded again and sadly only made it as far as Cincinnati, OH because of storms out West. You, me and our new plane friend, Katie had to sleep at the airport due to all hotel rooms being sold out! Then we boarded another plane at 7am – we had laughs but boy it was tough and a bit scary!

6. Of all the famous people you’ve met, who’s your most treasured?
Hmm… a few come to mind. Matthew Broderick when he was acting in the Producers. Eddie Money at his show. Steven Schwartz, composer of Wicked, etc. And a pseudo famous dancer, Elena Grinenko from Dancing with the Stars I got to know through a friend

7. If you could commit a crime and not get caught, what would it be?
Be a stowaway on Alicia Key’s yacht if she has one

8. Do you cook? If so, are you ‘Chopped’ worthy or ‘Worst Cooks’ material?
I don’t and definitely worst cooks!

9. What quote do you live by?
“A heart is not measured by how much you love but by how much you are loved by others.” The Wizard of Oz

10. What do you most admire about your creative process?
Hearing all the melodies and harmonies in my head come to life in my recordings.

11. Black, brown, red or blonde haired hottie?
Brown!

12. What award would you love to win?
An award for writing songs that ‘Touch the Soul’

13. Favorite dessert?
Friendly’s Watermelon Roll!

14. What do you dislike about your profession?
Low pay… lugging equipment… several gigs in one day/night

15. Do you play a music instrument or would like to learn to play?
Piano, drums, guitar, and sax very well aside from being a classically trained vocalist. I would like to learn to play the auto harp and chromatic harmonica

16. Favorite concert to date?
A few stand out. Billy Joel, Van Halen – Living Color (opening act), and Duran Duran – Thompson Twins (opening act)

17. If you could have a dinner date with anyone dead or alive who would it be?
Judy Garland

18. Biggest pet peeve?
Having too many bookings to choose from and not having a total free day to myself

19. What’s your latest plug / project / promotion?
My two CD’s – Stages and Christmas Bouquet. You can order from me or at Sip This in Valley Stream, NY.

20. What is the last question you would like me to ask you? Or want to ask me one?
I have one for both of us. List three-two word phrases that best sum up your life
Mine are:

  • Precious gift
  • Various melodies
  • Meaningful insight

Cool question! Hmm… a quote and an album title come to mind.

  • Knowledge speaks
  • Wisdom listens
  • Secret samadhi

Heart felt thanks to Christine for sharing her insights with us! Please follow this lovely singer/musician below and buy her music & see her perform at Sip This monthly among other shows throughout the NY area:

http://www.sipthisny.com/
Solimenosong@yahoo.com
https://www.facebook.com/christine.solimeno

 
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Posted by on October 24, 2017 in Unedited Quill Spills

 

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A Book Worth Your Time…

I found this book (by chance) in the library last month for a research project and was surprised by how much I enjoyed it! Usually these psychological books are chock full of facile overtones but not this one. It’s relatable and unique. It’s also the first book I’ve read where the psychologist / author is clinically depressed—qualified to sincerely empathize with his patients / readers with his own experiences. Considering all the tragic news we have to wake up to each day, it’s comforting to have books like this one supplying tangible tools to deal with these “traumas” more positively.  Side note – the books cover design perfectly compliments the content. Cheers!

 

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Scene / Quote of the day…

“Jonathan Trager, prominent television producer for ESPN, died last night from complications of losing his soul mate and his fiancee. He was 35 years old. Soft-spoken and obsessive, Trager never looked the part of a hopeless romantic. But, in the final days of his life, he revealed an unknown side of his psyche. This hidden quasi-Jungian persona surfaced during the Agatha Christie-like pursuit of his long reputed soul mate, a woman whom he only spent a few precious hours with. Sadly, the protracted search ended late Saturday night in complete and utter failure. Yet even in certain defeat, the courageous Trager secretly clung to the belief that life is not merely a series of meaningless accidents or coincidences. Uh-uh. But rather, its a tapestry of events that culminate in an exquisite, sublime plan. Asked about the loss of his dear friend, Dean Kansky, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and executive editor of the New York Times, described Jonathan as a changed man in the last days of his life. “Things were clearer for him,” Kansky noted. Ultimately Jonathan concluded that if we are to live life in harmony with the universe, we must all possess a powerful faith in what the ancients used to call “fatum”, what we currently refer to as destiny.”

Currently ♪ ♫ ♬ on Little Mountain FM
Hayling – FC / Kahuna
Sweet Escape – Gwen Stefani
Do You Wanna Hold Me? Bow Wow Wow
Che Onda Guero – Beck
Mystery Achievement – The Pretenders
Nothing – Depeche Mode (101 concert version)
Dangerous – Big Data (feat. Joywave)
Addicted to Love – Robert Palmer

Special Dedication to Tony ❤
Trapped – Bruce Springsteen
Rocket Man – Elton John
Shout – Tears For Fears
Armageddon It – Def Leppard
Caught Up in You – 38 Special

 
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Posted by on October 10, 2017 in Unedited Quill Spills

 

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Monday’s Poem & Tunes…

Ode To Hope by Pablo Neruda

Oceanic dawn
at the center
of my life,
waves like grapes,
the sky’s solitude,
you fill me
and flood
the complete sea,
the undiminished sky,
tempo
and space,
sea foam’s white
battalions,
the orange earth,
the sun’s
fiery waist
in agony,
so many
gifts and talents,
birds soaring into their dreams,
and the sea, the sea,
suspended
aroma,
chorus of rich, resonant salt,
and meanwhile,
we men,
touch the water,
struggling,
and hoping,
we touch the sea,
hoping.
And the waves tell the firm coast:
‘Everything will be fulfilled.’

Currently playing on Little Mountain FM

What I am – Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians
Angel Dream – Tom Petty
Attention – Charlie Puth
The Whole of the Moon – The Waterboys
Ooh La La – Rod Stewart (The Faces cover)
Fly Like an Eagle – Tony Crown (Steve Miller Band cover)
Ordinary World – Duran Duran (acoustic version)
Sax & Violins – Talking Heads
Stronger – Kanye West
Land Of Confusion – Genesis

Special Dedication to Anthony ❤ 

“My heart goes out to all the people who have lost all their loved ones in the world. You know it does connect you. It’s a very sad club you don’t want to be a member of. But you do all have a shared sort of pain that you immediately understand and see in any one when you meet them.” Prince William

Midnight Rider – The Allman Brothers
Can’t You See – The Marshall Tucker Band
The Long Run – The Eagles
Rhiannon – Fleetwood Mac
Long Train Running – Doobie Brothers

 
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Posted by on September 18, 2017 in Unedited Quill Spills

 

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National Tell a Joke Day & Tunes…

Bacon and eggs walk into a bar. The bartender looks at them and says: ‘Sorry, we don’t serve breakfast.’

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Michael:
I can’t believe she got that driver’s license renewed.

Gob:
She didn’t. I dummied her up a new one. Not my best work, though. She wanted to look 48. I nearly airbrushed her into oblivion. Ended up checking “albino” in the form.

Currently ♪♪♪ on Little Mountain FM
Feels Like Summer (acoustic) – Weezer
Hate To Say I Told You So – The Hives
Poison – Bell Biv Devoe
Smile Like You Mean It – The Killers
Debra – Beck
Circles – Soul Coughing
83 – John Mayer
1901 – Phoenix
Just Because – Jane’s Addiction
Romeo & Juliet – Dire Straits

Special Dedication to Tony ❤ 
What It Takes – Aerosmith
Sunset grill – Don Henley
Rock The Casbah – The Clash
Street Fighting Man – The Rolling Stones
Lights Out – Peter Wolf
Lowdown – Boz Scaggs
Rio – Duran Duran
Slow ride – Foghat
Truckin’ – Grateful Dead
That’s The Way – Led Zeppelin

 
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Posted by on August 16, 2017 in Unedited Quill Spills

 

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Twenty Question Interview with Evan Berke


Hello Readers,

I am super excited for this Twenty Question Interview with my friend, Evan Berke. I got to know Evan through working with him. Aside from being a talented comedian, Evan is also an engaging TV show personality currently featured on TMZ. Similar to my Author Interviews published here, these interviews started back in 2007 where I hosted famous and semi-famous creatives/comics to promote their work while having laughs in the process. Rob Delaney of the TV show Catastrophe and Paul Scheer of 30 Rock and Veep were some of my first ones published. Due to popular demand, these Q & A’s are back intermittently on here and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
 
1. Where are you from?
 
I was born and spent a majority of my life in Marietta, Georgia. It’s right between Atlanta and the country. I then went to college in Charleston, South Carolina before ending up in New York.
 
2. What is your occupation?
 
I am an Associate Field Producer at TMZ. You’ll also see me pop up on the show from time to time.

3. What effort in your profession are you most proud of?

I don’t know. I am a standup comedian and I have been doing it for 8 years. As a comedian, you have to adapt and find different ways to get your personality out there and different channels and audiences. Whether its hosting, producing, acting, ect. I’m most proud that I’ve always been able to find other mediums beside standup to be a comedian and entertain people.

4. If you could, what would you change about the city you live in?

Quality of life. I want a beach with palm trees and sunshine. I want getting around to not take two hours. I don’t want to have someone clip their toe nails next to me on the subway. Okay, now I’m ranting. Next question.

5. What was the strangest thing that happened to you while commuting or traveling?
 
I always find myself talking to strangers, so I will really need to think about this. I’d have to say there was one time I was on a flight for 4 hours and spoke to the woman next to me for literally the entire time. We had just met we just chatted it up. I’m sure the people around us were pissed.

6. Of all the famous people you’ve met, who’s your most treasured?
 
When I was walking through Beverly Hills in LA, I got the chance to shake Mel Brooks’ hand and thank him for being the great legend that he is. That was such a great moment for me, and hopefully for him too.

7. If you could commit a crime and not get caught, what would it be?
 
I would steal a bunch of money. But from a bank, because it is insured and really all they need to do is print more of that green paper stuff we give value. No one gets hurt and I walk away rich.
 
8. Do you cook? If so, are you ‘Chopped’ worthy or ‘Worst Cooks’ material?
 
I don’t cook often, but I wouldn’t call myself a bad cook. My girlfriend does most of the cooking, but I do make for one hell of a sous-chef.
 
9. What quote do you live by?

“It’s not about how hard you can hit; it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.” — Rocky Balboa

10. What do you most admire about your creative process?
 
The part no one sees. So much goes into a finished product and the debuts and premieres. But I love those moments when everyone is worn out and tired and just wants it to be over with already. When you are pushed to your limits and you are forced to let go the idea that something needs to be perfect, but that it just needs to be unique.

11. Black, brown, red or blonde haired hottie?
 
Blonde, of course!

12. What award would you love to win?
 
People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive (LOL)

13. Favorite dessert?
 
My stepmom Shelly’s Coconut Creme Pie. So good!
 
14. What do you dislike about your profession?
 
The thing I dislike is the thing that keeps me coming back — the grind. I love it and I hate it. I’m addicted to it.

15. Do you play a music instrument or would like to learn to play?
 
I don’t play an instrument, but I would love to learn to play either the drums or piano. They are the ones usually keeping time and rhythm and I like that.

16. Favorite concert to date?
 
Phish at Madison Square Garden. I’m not even a Phish fan, but holy shit, that concert was something else.

17. If you could have a dinner date with anyone dead or alive who
would it be?

Stephen Colbert. That guy is the best.

18. Biggest pet peeve?
 
Tardiness. I’m always early and I can’t stand it when other people are late.

19. What’s your latest plug / project / promotion?
 
Well, currently I work for TMZ and I am constantly producing content and interviews. You can check it out at www.evanberke.com/tmz! A bunch of my standup comedy is there too so check it out!

20. What is the last question you would like me to ask you? Or want to ask me one?
I want to ask you one! How many interviews have you done and who would your dream interview be with?

You’re no. 87! Wow… on my blog and other publications. As for dream interview… sadly he has passed, David Bowie. For now there are many but one? Michelle Pfeiffer. I had the fortune of meeting her and would like to continue the conversation we were having… this time without a drooling boyfriend next to me (haha).

Special thanks again to Evan for taking part of my fun questionnaire! Watch him on TMZ and click here to learn more about Evan: www.evanberke.com/tmz
Twitter – @evanberke

P.s. Amazon gift card giveaway for my book reviews by September 18th. If you haven’t reviewed this book yet, Please do so now! Paperbacks are on sale for $12.99 / kindle $4.99 https://www.amazon.com/Feedback-Lisa-Montanino/dp/0615972500/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1501512828&sr=8-1&keywords=lisa+montanino

Till next time, peace out!
Lisa

 
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Posted by on August 1, 2017 in Unedited Quill Spills

 

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