“I WANNA’ BE YOUR FACEBOOK FRIEND” was written by ALAN O’DAY, (“UNDERCOVER ANGEL”), SALLY STEVENS, and me to celebrate “The World’s New Way Of Shaking Hands”. REMASTERED BY RUSS TERRANA http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzqU8AvYWjU  

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this headline for my own obituary was the last thing I remember typing as I slumped over my keyboard a few days ago, my mouse too heavy for me to lift, my body in so much pain I was praying I would just simply die!

fortunately, I had an appointment with the pain management center in palm springs the next day. I could barely make it from my friend allan’s car to the hospital wheelchair.

I could no longer use my hands or even stand. Then Dr. Lai, who I was seeing for the first time, gave me a non-narcotic shot in the hip (since I refuse to take mind numbing pain killers) and arranged another appointment for me next week, while i agreed to a battery of tests to determine what’s wrong with me.

For three days I felt great, with zero pain, and threw myself into my latest projects, FACEBOOK FRIENDS APPRECIATION DAY and the promotion of my new book, “I DID IT FOR A SONG”. Then this morning I had a relapse and realized I was pushing too hard!

I apologize to everyone I pushed for comments, you can cut and paste them in the area below my article, and the rest of you can check out what’s got me so excited. http://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2011/06/17/facebook-friends-appreciation-day/

In addition to what Dr. Lai did for me I credit a breathing technique I learned a long time ago for helping to save my life. http://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2007/07/02/most-important-thing-ive-learned-on-earth-positive-thinking-brings-results-i-desire/

I plan to lay low for a while and not answer emails or take calls, but if you want to leave a message for me you can do so at http://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2011/05/22/comments-that-people-have-made-about-i-did-it-for-a-song/

Thank you for your prayers, I’ll see you all soon

Regards, Artie Wayne http://artiewayne.com

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL! Although we all are grateful to be living in age of FACEBOOK, how many of us have thought about or have taken a moment to thank the man who created it …Mark Zuckerberg. When he announced that he was going to start killing his own food, I realized that he wanted to get back to the basics, back in touch with humanity. http://www.triplepundit.com/2011/05/time-person-year-kills-food/ I think it’s important that Mark Zuckerberg hears the stories of people whose lives have been affected by his creation…so he will continue to renew his own spirit, as well as inspire the rest of the world.

The theme song for FACEBOOK FRIENDS APPRECIATION DAY, was written by Alan O’Day, (“ROCK AND ROLL HEAVEN”, “ANGIE BABY”), Sally Stevens, and I wrote to celebrate “The World’s New Way Of Shaking Hands”. “I WANNA’ BE YOUR FACEBOOK FRIEND” and the video directed by Wedigo Watson http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzqU8AvYWjU The first comment is from Artie Kornfeld “THE FATHER OF WOODSTOCK”…

 When I recognized the potential of the almost friends club (another social network) and FACEBOOK as a new way to exchange ideas, ideals, and Love, I decided  that I could advance my personal agenda through giving ALL I had inside…and I  chose FACEBOOK. As the only, world accepted carrier of the God given feeling of Woodstock and my music making in the past, each post I made brought to me a wealth of real FB friends! The Artie Kornfeld, Spirit of the Woodstock Nation show that I acquired directly through FB friends has reached a million hits. I thus extended all the love helping young bands get heard! Artie Wayne, you’ve done such a great wonderful love work on the net and this! FACEBOOK FRIENDS APPRECIATION DAY Mark Zukerberg, I hope all is well and you are embracing the feeling that you are much needed and greatly appreciated.” Brotherhood with Artie Kornfeld http://www.artiekornfeld-woodstock.com/

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“My Dad was the late (tho always on time) great Judge Roy Hofheinz,Actually, he was ahead of his time having built the first indoor all-purpose air-conditioned stadium in Harris County Houston ,Texas back in 1965. He named it The Astrodome in honor of The Astronauts and his baseball team, The Astros who played in it. Folks came from all over the World to see this spaceship that had landed in the Texas prairie.The Rev. Billy Grahamcalled it “The Eighth Wonder of The World.” Dad was left to a wheelchair after a major stroke and because he could no longer wheel and deal like no one else, he lost control. The Astros left, The Oilers left,The Rodeo left as 2 more stadiums were built in Houston with yet another in progress. After Dad was gone, The Astrodome was left to stand alone hanging onto life support. Had Dad had Facebook he would have operated from his chair. The wheels in his great mind were turning but he had no access to the World. But we do. And we are fighting for the life of the Original by which all other stadiums have been built: his scoreboard and skybox concepts were his. Last time I looked, The Rome Colloseum is still standing as is The Alamo. The Astrodome has her presence on Facebook and she reaches out to each of you in this room of folks who honor history, to give her a thumbs up. You can also write your ideas and support to me: Dene Hofheinz Anton on my Facebook Page. https://www.facebook.com/JacobeanLilly/posts/221574187876507#!/dene.anton Thank you, Artie Wayne, for this opportunity and to Alan O ‘Day for the song. Facebook IS the world.. Houston, we have a problem. Facebook friends and friends- to -be, let’s solve it together.!”

“Sometimes when I am feeling alone, I can scroll through the home page, see what others are up to, and join in if I want to. I can upload a new piece of art I’ve finished and receive compliments, which encourage me to continue pursuing a new career for me. The power of FB friendships unites people who are like minded, and if enough of us are united, we can make a difference!” Ann Munday founder of The Chrysalis Music Group USA http://annmunday.com P.S.”Having listened to your song through once, I found myself unexpectedly humming it quite a while later.”    I wasn’t one of the first radio guys to get involved in the social networking phenomenon, but I quickly learned to use it as an indispensible tool like a daily newspaper.  Face book was made for radio.  Talk about a video on the air, tell your listeners to go to you face book page.  Talk about a story on the air; tell them to check out all the details on your face book page.  A funny picture you want them to see, just direct them to your face book page.  If I need to alert my listeners of special programming or an upcoming promotion I can directly send them all a message in a fashion no other medium can do.  They said the internet would kill radio.  I think it made it stronger, and will continue to get stronger as the internet evolves at an exponential rate.” SCOTT SHANNON TRUE OLDIES CHANNEL http://www.trueoldies.com/ Artie,

There’s no question that the term “The Facebook Effect” has become a regular part of our lexicon. When you see churches, corporations, and national TV commercials sporting the little lower-case white letter ‘f’ emblazoned on a field of blue, then you have instant recognition for the effect that there is a connecting commonality between people. The people-to-people connections that Facebook presently brings, having been here such a relatively short time, has a history of joyous reconnections between loved ones, and affirmations of present-day reality “it’s all good” between friends who have no time for anything except to reach out and check in and say hello. 
I predict that the song, “I Wanna be your Facebook Friend” by yourself, Alan O’ Day, and Sally Stevens is one that will become as identifiable with the joys of Facebook as a beloved school fight song is to a college campus. Could ring tones be far away?
Happy Thanksgiving!
Dawn Lee Wakefield – Classic rock music – The Examiner    Dawn@dawnleewakefield.com.
“GOOD LUCK WITH THE SONG!!!”

RR

RUSS REGAN former CEO of UNI and 20th Century Records https://www.facebook.com/pages/Russ-Regan/143662208987244
 Mark Zukerberg, his fiance Prisilla Chang and Beast, who has his own facebook page.
“FACEBOOK has opened up networking opportunities for everything to finding homes for death-row dogs in pounds, to uniting on national and international issues which affect animals.Many of my posts have to do with the plight of the American Wild Horse. These animals, symbols of freedom, who played a pivotal role in the history of our country and are beloved by the American public, are under an assault from which they may not recover.
There are now more wild horses in private holding facilities, paid for by the taxpayers, than running free on the lands guaranteed them in 1971. In brutal and unnecessary roundups, they lose not only their freedom and their rightful homes, but they lose their all-important family bands as well. As a member of the board of directors of Return to Freedom, which operates the American Wild Horse Sanctuary and is working to keep wild horses on the western landscape, I take every opportunity to spread the word about the tragedy befalling the horses and the ways to stop it. With the ability to not only tell my FACEBOOK friends, but to invite them to share with their friends this information an d action steps to help the horses, I have a much larger reach with FACEBOOK!”. Thanks for helping to keep us all united.” Jack Carone  Return to Freedom, American Wild horse Sanctuary  www.returntofreedom.org www.facebook.com/returntofreedom
“Maybe one mark of a genius is to create something that people never knew they wanted, and make it practically a necessity.  In my case, I’ve not only made over a thousand “friends” on my Facebook profile, many of whom tell me what my music has meant to them; I’ve also been able to reunite with friends & business peers from the past.  The feeling of connection means a lot.When I understood the opportunity that Facebook offers in it’s “group” feature, I started a group which I named “We Like Alan O’Day”.  That may sound a little self-centered, but my FB group offers me the ability to reach all my members with just one message.  I have told them about my recent CD releases, let them know where I’m performing, & even talked about the role that pop music played in my youth.                                                 
Since the movie “Super 8” opened at number one at the box office last week,  featuring a piece of my song “Undercover Angel”, both my profile & my group have been going crazy with comments & congratulations!And other members have posted personal stories as well.  One of the unexpected gifts from this group has been the anecdotes members have shared about where they were when my record first came out.  Amazing, funny, & often emotional.
So thank you for all this, Mark Zuckerberg, and FACEBOOK FRIENDS APPRECIATION DAY”
Alan O’Day  Singer/songwriter (” ROCK AND ROLL HEAVEN”, “ANGIE BABY”)  co-writer of “I WANNA’ BE YOUR FACEBOOK FRIEND”  http://alanoday.com
“Dear Artie! My old friend, how else would we be talking today if it weren’t for FACEBOOK? It is the absolute BEST way to find someone from your past. Many friends of mine that I thought were gone from my life forever are now a daily participant in it! Through those reconnections I am able to shine a light on my dark corners, make amends where amends are needed, and feel part of a community that’s larger than the one I am forced to deal with every day. I am truly grateful to FACEBOOK; my life expands exponentially with every added friend.”
Carla Lockhart artist rep http://facebook.com/lockhart5450 “as far as what FB has meant to me – well, of course, it’s very nice to catch up with some old colleagues and associates from the music business of yesteryear, and some interesting discussions can take place.  I meet new people – some of whom are well worth knowing. FB was invaluable for organizing the Troubadour Family Reunion back in January, for example.  And I couldn’t have co-written “I Wanna Be Your Facebook Friend” without it.” Sally Stevens http://rockphiles.typepad.com/a_life_in_the_day/ Hey Artie…good luck with your song….you’ve always been on the cutting edge….like the hula hoop, FB is a simple idea who’s time has come…an easy to use networking tool.  I actually have three FB accounts, all for different purposes.  My personal account is where I post my paintings, and the odd music project.  It’s also where most of my long lost friends find me.  It’s been a great source of artistically networking.  Oriolo Guitars, is obviously a great channel to expose the various guitars that we are producing with our company.  I also get the chance to post a lot of my useless knowledge about guitars, and guitar players lol…finally Felix Comics is a forum for Cat Chat…i.e. anything that’s new with the most wonderful cat, Felix!’ Don Oriolo felixthecat.com   “Facebook is one of my top business tools for myself, as Mother Hen Promotions, as well as for those indie musician clients I look after for social media. I’ve made valuable contacts via Facebook – in real time (rarely delayed) – from venues to house concerts to internet radio to indie musicians who needed my help. We’ve had immediate conversations and put radio play and artist/venue contact into motion right away. Plus, Facebook has made it easy to hook up with other social media which gets your info out to at least 3 other networks with the click of one button. In addition, I am now in contact with many childhood friends, some high school and college friends, two cousins, and others – all of whom I’d lost track of till now. We’re all now connected online via Facebook even though we’re all scattered across the US. It’s awesome! Jeanette Lundgren Mother Hen Promotions http://www.facebook.com/l/a9dda/www.motherhenpromotions.com“One “friend” request stands out. Like many of us, I vacillate between accepting friend requests from pretty much anyone who asks (it’s flattering to be asked), nd being more selevtive. One day, pretty much arbitrarily, I wrote back to someone: “Who are you,” I asked. “I only know one person with your [relatively unusual first] name, and she was a waitress at the Palomino.” I was chummy with a few Pal waitresses — the North Hollywood country music club was my regular hang — but this one, though she was very nice, I’d only spoken to a few times. Still, I remembered her first name. Of course it was the same person, whom I haven’t seen (or, honestly, thought about) in twenty years. She’s now a few hundred miles away, but for some reason still remembers me. Now THAT’s flattering.!” Todd Everett http://toddeverett.wordpress.com Facebook has been a continuation of friendships that were originally established on-line over the past 10 years via various roups/clubs/forums and have continued onto Facebook and centralized in one location. In addition, for someone who can be as dis-organized as I tend to be, Facebook is a great way to keep track of favorite Internet sites, celebrity fan sites, specialized hobbies sites like “ghost towns” touring (which is a passion of mine), etc. Instead of having ordinary Firefox bookmarks/Internet Explorer Favorites, I now have them all located in one place: FACEBOOK.” Wedigo Watson video directorhttps://www.facebook.com/people/Wedigo-Watson/100000136383082  

Great song and video, very clever! As the guy who turned you on to Facebook in the first place I must say you have really managed to capitalize and expand on FB’s capabilities. FB has allowed me to reconnect with folks from many decades ago, including my band mates from my first band, the “Bushwhackers”, circa 1955! Facebook has also helped me to promote my music and latest venture, an ever expanding resource for Film and TV composers. MusicLibraryReport.com is an online directory of music libraries where composers can share their experiences working with the various companies. With the constant downtrend of devaluing music MLR helps the music composer weed out the “bad guys”! Art Munson http://MusicLibraryReport.com   “My experiences with Facebook have been very favorable. It has brought me together with my high school classmates from 50 years ago. We have a group acctand are able to post pictures of ourselves and families and reconnect with each other like we were back in high school. It’s so interesting because we were all from PA, but now these classmates are all over the USA; Facebook has allowed us to “visit” with each other, regardless of the distance.” Sharon Link excecutive assistant “How absolutely in-genius of you to acknowledge Mark Zuckerberg with a song, for what he’s done to change the lives of hundreds of millions of people around the world!  I joined Facebook around 3 years ago and it’s been a serious life changer for me personally and for my business. Thanks to Facebook, I’ve made new friends with thousands of people around the world and have connected with old friends who I would have lost touch with otherwise.  Thank you so much for the creation of “I WANNA’ BE YOUR FACEBOOK FRIEND” – sharing it with all my friends gives me a way to personally thank Zuckerberg for this amazing gift he’s given us all.   By the way, I dare anyone who listens to this song to be able to get this tune out of their head – I love it!” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzqU8AvYWjU Marsha Friedman Chief Executive Officer  www.emsincorporated.com 2011 by Artie Wayne http://artiewayne.wordpress.com/about-artie-wayne/   EXTRA! EXTRA! NOW YOU CAN BUY MY NEW BOOK ,“I DID IT FOR A SONG” for $9.99 THROUGH PAYPAL TO MY E-MAIL ADDRESS artiewayne@gmail.com TO READ A CHAPTER OR TWO FOR FREE CLICK  HERE TO READ SOME OF THE COMMENTS  CLICK  HERE BACK TO ARTIE WAYNE ON THE WEB! http://artiewayne.wordpress.com

Earlier today, my friend, Social Media Manager, Jeanette Lundgren and I were working on building a positive campaign for the forthcoming FACEBOOK FRIENDS APPRECIATION DAY and a song written by Alan O’Day (“UNDERCOVER ANGEL”), Sally Stevens and myself . Then an article spun across my virtual desk with the title “Facebook” from Bob Lefsetz which felt so negative compared to what my colleagues and I are trying to create.  I couldn’t help but write my experiences on the subject in reply because Facebook is currently one of my top valued business tools. 
 
Before I give a response to his recent post I want you read what he said about FACEBOOK! 
http://lefsetz.com/wordpress/index.php/archives/2011/06/15/facebook/
 
Although I’m disabled and no longer am able to leave my house, I still  can travel all over the world via my FACEBOOK friends. I can stroll the beaches of Chile with Kellye, sightsee in Cairo with Patti, go on a photo safari in Africa with Dave, and go on a cruise in the Bahamas with my cousin Sharon and her husband Algie.
 
I resumed writing, pitching songs, and even finished my autobiography, “I DID IT FOR A SONG” with the help of about thirty of my FACEBOOK Friends.
 
In the past year I reconnected with over 700 people from my past and helped them reconnect with many of their friends. I see all the posts that scroll down my screen, and feel good that so many are filled with positive thoughts and messages, that I can’t accept what Bob Lefsetz said.
 
My friend, Social Media Manager, Jeanette Lundgren, “Mother Hen” agrees with me. “In the last year alone I have made some very valuable connections for my clients with house concerts and internet radio.  Facebook is the new ‘hands across the water’ — the internet and facebook knows no borders.  We are all in this together.
 
“It is true that some other social media site may come along that trumps Facebook (the way Facebook trumped myspace); and it is also true that sometimes Facebook makes changes that confuse and anger their populace BUT they always give you forewarning and the opportunity to dip your toe in to check the waters’ temperature before pulling the carpet out from under you.  In these instances, I have learned to jump in cold, learn the ropes and give my clients and friends the opportunity to change while I walk them through it.  Facebook isn’t changing their site to anger you; they’re making changes to make their site more useful.  The fact that people as a rule don’t like change can’t be helped.  Sometimes you just gotta go with the flow.”
 
Jeanette and I have decided not to stand around and let FACEBOOK take the blows without doing something about it. So we’re putting our full support behind next Tuesdays (6/21) FACEBOOK FRIENDS APPRECIATION DAY.
 
More about it tomorrow and how you can help!
 
Here is our “official” song of the movement — a song we wrote about FACEBOOK…not about the technical aspects, but about the humanity and the world’s new way of shaking hands! “I WANNA BE YOUR FACEBOOK FRIEND” (O’Day/Stevens/Wayne)

Jeanette Lundgren is the “Mom Hen” in Mother Hen Promotions; she calls herself a Social Media Manager (with a side of internet radio) for quality independent musicians and indie music related businesses. http://www.motherhenpromotions.com 

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Tony…How ya’ doin’? I suppose I could have talked to you on the phone or e-mailed you about it, but I wanted to document this in a public forum. You and I have had the advantage as music publishers seeing a song go from the demo stage to number #1 like “TIE A YELLOW RIBBON (“ROUND THE OLD OAK TREE)” in a matter of months and my readers have told me how much they envied that opportunity.

NOW here is everyones chance to see the process in action. Alan O’Day (“UNDERCOVER ANGEL”, which is in the number one movie “SUPER 8”), Sally Stevens, and I just wrote a song about the biggest world phenomenon FACEBOOK…and their over half a billion FACEBOOK FRIENDS!

We didn’t write, however, about the technical aspects of the social network, but about the humanity and the world’s new way of shaking hands!” “I WANNA BE YOUR FACEBOOK FRIEND” directed by Wedigo  Watson

Not to rush you, of course, but If you like it and record it in the next 24 hours it could be up on ITunes by the weekend.

Regards, Artie Wayne http://artiewayne.com

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http://www.rockphiles.com/rp_artistIndex.php

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My FACEBOOK friends Alan O’Day (“UNDERCOVER ANGEL”, “ROCK AND ROLL HEAVEN”), Sally Stevens, and I want to share a song we wrote about FACEBOOK…not about the technical aspects, but about the humanity and the world’s new way of shaking hands!

COME CELEBRATE FACEBOOK FRIENDS APPRECIATION DAY AND TELL YOUR STORY ABOUT WHAT FACEBOOK MEANS TO YOU! http://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2011/06/17/facebook-friends-appreciation-day/

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I’m so happy for my friend Alan O’Day who has his 1977 number one hit “UNDERCOVER ANGEL” in the new Steven Speilberg/ J.J. Abrams movie “SUPER 8”. What’s even more amazing is the way that he found out about it!

O’Day recalls, “Last Thursday morning I received a phone call from my disc jockey friend Barry Scott, in Boston.  He had just seen the new Spielberg/Abrams movie “Super 8″.  What he told me had my jaw dropping:  They used a piece of my song “Undercover Angel” in the movie!  I was absolutely shocked & thrilled, as no one had informed me of the placement.  Since then, I’ve received so many congratulatory emails & posts to my Facebook group (http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_113462684910) , I feel like I’m having a career-gasm!  People are telling me they love the movie, & they’re so happy for me when they hear my song coming out of a radio in one scene, & see my name as writer & singer in the end credits.  I understand the movie did $38 million this last weekend!  Although I know the choice of that record has little to do with me as a person, I take it very personally.  I am honored that my song is in a Spielberg film, & I’m grateful to be a part of pop music history.

The 1977 album containing “Undercover Angel”, & my original version of “Angie Baby”, has been beautifully remastered to CD, available on my website:”

http://alanoday.com

Alan

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I first met Steve Popovich when he would come up to visit VP Mel Bly at Warner Brothers music and it was always a special occasion. I looked forward to listening to his new releases, knowing it was just a matter of time before they would be chart toppers. When he played me the album “Bat Out Of Hell” by Meatloaf, I knew I was privy to something extraordinary. It was the first time I listened to an album as if I were listening to a single, and the spectacular sales proved that I wasn’t alone in feeling that way.

I didn’t know Steve well…but here are some people who did.

Steve was not only one of the greatest promotion men that ever lived, but he was also a man of his word.  Steve genuinely loved music.  Because of Steve, Benny Mardones’ (well before “Into The Night” fame) remake of “Please Say You Want Me” (yes, the Schoolboys) which I produced, got signed to Epic and he promoted the hell out of it and got it onto the charts.

Then Steve fought for me in one of the biggest blood baths of all time between major labels, the clash of the Bangkok’s…Robey, which was my record I produced on Silver Blue/Epic versus Murray Head, RCA.-triple bonuses were flying all over the place.

But my fondest business memory of working with Steve, was during the era of Engelbert Humperdinck when Steve went against the tide and took my recording of “After The Lovin'” to the top of almost every chart, pop, country, and AC.

Steve was one of a kind and will be hugely missed.”

Joel Diamond

“Steve and I started at CBS in Cleveland. He had a passion for music that was even larger than he was. When he believed in something he made it happen whether it was local or on a national level. I remember when Steve was in a local band (he played bass) and he wanted to put out a record. Steve somehow got in contact with a big time producer in Nashville. The producer came to Cleveland with one of his new artists to hear the group and work out an arrangement with the group. While the record wasn’t a national hit as he hoped, but the record was made. The producer was Bill Justis (Google his name) and the artist was Dolly Parton. Steve personality would always light up a room. I’m going to miss him. I would bump into Steve at conventions or when he would come to L.A. My sincerest condolences to his family: Steve Jr., Pamela, a sister and former band mates, Randy Brown, Ray Miller and Denny.”

Doc Remer

“He was such a nice man Artie and how I remember it – when they ousted Clive at CBS, they got rid of anyone who was pro Clive. Now I know his bio doesn’t read that way, but that’s what I remember. He and his promo team were unstoppable and really at the top of their game when he left (or was asked to leave – the changing of the guard was not nice at CBS). He floundered for a while until he started Cleveland Records and then he was signing Polka Bands at first – hey, am I crazy remembering it so? Anyway, like Clive always said, talent is like a ping pong ball, it always floats to the surface.”

Love, Carla Lockhart

Steve Popovich was big, loud and opinionated and loved music, all kinds of music and loved the music business. He could be a great friend and formidable enemy. He knew how to take an artist from “raw talent” to record, to press, promote, market and sell that artist and their product all over the world…and he could do it singlehandedly….He loved the history of the music business and spent hours many an evening speaking to, asking questions of and reliving the industry past with my late ex-father-in-law Al Gallico….He knew how to define, discover and “pick” talent……an art that appears to have been lost in the music industry we observe today ! Steve Popovich was one of the Last Of The Greats of our industry….R.I.P.”

Stephen – Craig Aristei

 

 

 Steve Popovich may you ROCK IN PERPETUITY!

Respectfully, Artie Wayne

top phto l-r Randy Jackson, Boz Scaggs, Michael Jackson, and Steve Popovich

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The first time I met Andrew Gold was at a little studio off of Melrose in Hollywood, where my friend Val Garay was engineering his first album. The music was so loud and captivating I didn’t catch the name of the guy sitting next to Val who was quiet and unassuming; I thought he was the second engineer , not the rising star himself.

Andrew was one of the writers of the time who held onto, wrote about, and promoted traditional values. In “Thank You For Being A Friend” you don’t doubt his sincerity for one minute and are happy everytime we hear it blasted on an oldies radio station or listen to it on an episode of the “Golden Girls”.

My friend, Sally Stevens, former publicity director at Elektra/Asylum Records, where Andrew had his biggest hits remembers, “ “I was working at E/A during a time when some of our artists could be a little ‘difficult’ to deal with!  However, Andrew was a pleasure to work with – always cooperative and easygoing, a professional in all respects. He will always be in our lives because of Thanks For Being A Friend, which he was.  I am so sorry to hear that he’s gone. My condolences to his wife and family, and to his mother, the wonderful Marni Nixon.”

 Andrew Gold may you ROCK IN PERPETUITY!

for additional information on his passing  http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-andrew-gold-20110606,0,7388391.story

Respectfully, Artie Wayne http://artiewayne.com

 

 

Copyright 2011 by Artie Wayne http://artiewayne.wordpress.com/about-artie-wayne/

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To reach Sally Stevens

http://rockphiles.typepad.com/a_life_in_the_day/

http://www.rockphiles.com/rp_artistIndex.php

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When I asked my friend, Photographer/blogger and Facebook enthusiast, Sally Stevens, how often I should check my Facebook home page, she suggested five or six times a day…or better still, keep a window open to it at all times.

When I did that, I understood why so many people are fascinated by the activities of their Facebook friends, who they can observe from a safe physical and emotional distance. Even though I’ve been up on Facebook over a year I’m still learning how to use certain aspects of it.

Whenever I put up a new article on my blog I type in the url and comment I want to make on my “wall” and a picture of my blog “magically” appears. Once I press “share” it will send it to “friends”, “friends of friends”, or “everyone” I select among the privacy settings (found on the upper right hand side of your profile page in “accounts.)

Whenever I need to know something I ask my friend and fello blogger Sally Stevens, and she either tells me or shows me where to find it.

AW – How do you upload your music to FB? 

SS –  Once you have converted your music files to an mp3 format – which you can do using programs like Switch – you sign up for SoundCloud.  Use FB to log in – I found that to be easy.  You then upload your music to your wall using SoundCloud.  The instructions are pretty easy to follow.  Even I can do it!  LOL! 

Info on Switch and other programs for converting your music files here http://www.askdavetaylor.com/convert_wma_from_windows_media_player_into_mp3_files.html  and Soundcloud www.soundcloud.com

AW – What’s a good source for general info on FB, news, updates, FAQs, etc.?

SS – :  http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/allfacebook  – doesn’t appear to be run by the powers-that-be at FB, but I bet they watch this blog pretty closely! A good source for general info”, FB has its own Help section.  http://www.facebook.com/help/new/?page=820

AW – When do you unfriend someone?

SS: Absolutely subjective.  Your mileage may vary. 

Thank you Sally…Next week we’ll be talking with my friend singer/ songwriter Alan O’Day (“UNDERCOVER ANGEL”, “ROCK ‘N’ ROLL HEAVEN”), who has a successful Facebook page “We Like Alan O’Day” with over 2100 members. https://www.facebook.com/#!/home.php?sk=group_113462684910

This has brought together a group of like minds with a love of music that seems to be growing everyday. Until then, you can see Alan performing live June 11th for a fundraiser: Grassroots Acoustica’s 4th Annual Pride Edition at The Talking Stick, Venice, CA; to Benefit The Celebration Theatre. https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=155880251143772

to reach Alan O’Day go to http://alanoday.com

For Sally Stevens

http://rockphiles.typepad.com/a_life_in_the_day/

http://www.rockphiles.com/rp_artistIndex.php

Copyright 2011 by Artie Wayne http://artiewayne.wordpress.com/about-artie-wayne/

EXTRA! EXTRA! YOU CAN BUY MY BOOK ,“I DID IT FOR A SONG” AT AMAZON or Barnes & Noble or from Smashwords

BACK TO ARTIE WAYNE ON THE WEB! http://artiewayne.wordpress.com  

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