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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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Monday’s Motivational Quotes & Tunes

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“We have no choice of what color we’re born or who our parents are or whether we’re rich or poor. What we do have is some choice over what we make of our lives once we’re here.” – Mildred Taylor

“Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.” – Jim Rohn

“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”
“One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses blooming outside our windows today.” – Dale Carnegie

“Learn to appreciate what you have, before time makes you appreciate what you had.” – Unknown

“I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.” – Bruce Lee

Currently playing on Little Mountain FM

My Baby – The Pretenders
Doesn’t Remind Me – Audioslave
You Never Can tell – Chuck Berry
Wait – The Beatles
Harvest Moon – Neil Young
Simple Creed – Live
Spirits in the Material World – The Police
Making Me Nervous – Brad Sucks
Good Vibrations – The Beach Boys
All the Things I’ve Done – The Killers

Special dedication for Tony
Brandy – Looking Glass
Glorified G – Pearl Jam
Double play – All This Time – Sting / Synchronicity II – The Police

 
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Posted by on April 10, 2017 in Unedited Quill Spills

 

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Wednesday Wisdom & Tunes…

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“When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves” – William Arthur Ward

“Do right. Do your best. Treat Others as you want to be treated” – Lou Holtz

“Don’t let pain define you, let it refine you.” – Tim Fargo

Hey lovely readers!
More author interviews, posts, and flash fictions pieces soon. I’m taking a well deserved time out. Cheers to us enjoying happy summer days!

Currently playing on Little Mountain, FM
White, Discussion – Live
Love In Itself – Depeche Mode
Party & Bullshit – Notorious B.I.G.
Hate To Say I Told You So – The Hives
Mind Games – John Lennon
Blue On Black – Kenny Wayne Shepard
Live Guerrilla Radio – Rage Against The Machine
Radar – Britney Spears
Der Kommissar – After The Fire
Hysteria – Muse
You Still Touch Me – Sting
Obsessed – Mariah Carey
The Good Life – Weezer
Radioactive – Imagine Dragons
Danke Schoen – Wayne Newton
Temptation – New Order
Hold On, We’re Going Home – Drake (featuring Majid Jordan)

 
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Posted by on June 1, 2016 in Unedited Quill Spills

 

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Monday’s Quotes…

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy” Martin Luther King Jr. “You…

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Posted by on March 1, 2016 in Unedited Quill Spills

 

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Author Interview With Antonio Westley

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I had the good fortune connecting with this fellow writer, blogger, and creative visualist Antonio Westley here on wordpress (another great example of this site’s perks). Antonio was gracious to take time talking about his cutting-edge process.

1. When did you start putting pen to paper?
About 12 – 13 years ago.

2. What’s your literary poison – prose, poetry, etc.?
Poetry when it’s very subliminal.

3. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
Though this may not be a popular choice but based solely on the ideal of a character, I would have to say Superman.

4. Which famous writer can you most identify with?
Probably J.K. Rowling at the moment based on the ground work she was willing to do to make it where she is today. Not to mention the fact that she thrives on providing her readers with fascinating story arcs.

5. What are your current projects? (*Include books, novellas, short stories, poems, blogs, awards or anything of interest.)
Well, I’m currently finishing up a novella which will be the final title of four creations I have been working on for the last 3 or 4 years. After which will be placed in proper editing for the readers pleasure upon completion. Outside of that I have just been putting muscle behind my social media status and blogs. All which can be found on my main WordPress site when googling my name. Lately, I have also been pushing my prize blog subjectsmatter.weebly.com where I constantly write about a variety of topics. While also rebooting a site called AllTheeAbove on WordPress to help give bloggers a place to promote and share their content. YouTube is the final place I have yet to tackle but something I’m willing to explore once my book titles are finally submitted to the auto mechanics of the literary world. I have channels on standby in the meanwhile that will also include music when I put my latest writing to rest and invest time in putting something together.

6. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book or writing piece?
Well since I haven’t released anything yet then I cannot answer that. However, I do pride myself in my work and would never publish something unless I was completely satisfied, at peace and proud of the content I created.

7. Do you have any advice for other writers?
For those writers out there who allow something like writers block to get in the way of progress, try to learn to let go of what can’t be made in the moment and move on to the material that can be created. Assembly in order should be a tactic used for the final print. So place your thoughts on paper now and treat your story like a jigsaw puzzle when all the pieces are ready to be set in place.

8. What were your grades like in English class? (A, B, anything less than this is shameful 😉
I would say I was an A student when effort was applied but a B student without.

9. How much research do you do for your writing?
I try to do as much research as possible when it’s needed in order to provide the most accurate detail in my writing.

10. Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?
I tried a typewriter once but felt I made up far more ground with a computer.

11. What is the best advice you’ve been given?
In life: Don’t take everything to the heart. In the literal aspect: Take grammar more seriously even if it’s debatable.

12. What book do you think everyone should read?
I have always felt “Hamlet” was a piece worth exploring.

13. Two-part question: Do you play an musical instrument? And what instrument would you like to learn to play?
I’ve dabbled but never had the time to master any instrument. However, if I could learn one instrument it would be the guitar – no contest.

14. What process did (or are you going) you go through to get your book published?
Hopefully, I can tackle as many platforms as possible when my work is ready to be released. But I’d hope to primarily host my titles on Amazon in order to provide readers with both a digital and hard cover copy of my books.

15. Who would you like to change places with… i.e. live someone else’s life for a week?
This is bit out of my spectrum since I’m not much on sports anymore but actually Derek Jeter. Just because he’s the only guy I had ever come to envy in the world, which inadvertently comes from a place of respect.

16. If you weren’t a writer, what would be your ideal profession?
Well, growing up I always felt it would be nice to be an illustrator. But I abandoned the idea after discovering how time consuming it was for me to bring my ideas to life. Surprisingly, it would be the very decision that allowed me to transition into writing.

17. Two-part question: Bill Murray or Chevy Chase? And John Cleese or Michael Palin?
Bill Murray hands down and sadly though I am a bit familiar with John Cleese I don’t know enough to make a distinction between him and Michael Palin.

18. What’s your most rewarding literary accomplishment to date (one that just blew your mind!)
Well, it’s no heart stopper but there was an article called “Family Matters” which I wrote on a website called Bubblews. This was during its illustrious years and was one of my very first posts on the platform. So this meant I wasn’t expecting much attention especially as a newbie in an active community where posts were constantly being uploaded in real time. I’m talking about an around the clock sort of thing that made me believe I’d get lost in the shuffle. But I was wrong and found that not only did my topic do well but garnered more attention than I expected. I chose to tackle family values in this post and the struggles people are usually faced with in life. This led to me getting over 300 likes and over 30 comments on the subject making it to this day my top post on that account. What made it rewarding was the idea that I was able to thrive in a competitive area of the internet at the time. Which we all know can be a daunting task on that side of the web.

19. What quote do you live by?
Live and let live.

20. What would be your ideal writer profession ambition? (famous pulitzer prize winningauthor, successful self-published author as a day job, etc.)
I would say a successful self-published author as a day job would be sufficient enough. Anything else that comes my way would be a bonus.

21. Would you like to ask me a question?
Okay, Jokingly: A rooster laid an Egg on top of the barn roof. Which way did it roll? Seriously: Do you believe rehashing format in authorship is preferred over original creativity?

To answer your first question, it rolled down the North-West corner of the barn… haha. I’d say original creativity is where it’s at for sure… but I also feel when rehashed formatting is successful (think Quentin Tarantino movies inspired by movies he’s fans of) the skies the limit.

Thanks again to Antonio Westley for giving us a glimpse in his super-creative talented mind. He’s one to watch! Please see all of his exceptional work on the links below:
http://wp.me/4hgUs
http://www.booksie.com/true_confessions/short_story/antoniowestley/a-bugs-life
http://www.booksie.com/AntonioWestley

 
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Posted by on November 4, 2015 in Unedited Quill Spills

 

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Fitness Motivation!

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As the summer’s starting to wrap up, I recollect my goals I started in June of walking or biking to work, meditating and practicing yoga more often. The payoff has been prodigious! Not only do I feel even better, but it’s as if I’m suddenly omnipotent… so much in fact I’ve decided to keep this ongoing. Do you have a fitness goal? Or accomplishing one? I hope so, to give you extra incentive check out this new app from Boston – Wellcoin where you can be rewarded or donate to your favorite charities by merely taking steps each day. How incredible is that? Read more about this beneficial app here:http://www.metro.us/lifestyle/new-app-wellcoin-pays-you-to-get-fit-and-sleep/zsJohq—OBNQNseALIaI/

P.s. New Author interview next week!

Happy (fitness-filled) Weekend,
LM

 
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Posted by on August 21, 2015 in Unedited Quill Spills

 

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