As I sit and watch the world get older I suddenly feel older too. In 2010 Taylor Swift hit 21 and Justin Beiber hit one of his peers! While most people who are my age and have suffered similar disabilities are retired, I’ve geared up and started several new ventures on the internet.

As I reconnect with old friends on Facebook, and re-enter the arena of Art and Pop Music I see more opportunities now than there were back in the day. The general gripe I hear from my pals from the past that their lack of computer skills is preventing them from doing the same.

I say Bullshit! I can walk into a dark room, and click on a light switch and am able to see…without knowing how electricity works! I fortunately have friends who can help me out technically when I need it. I also have a popular blog, with over 1,780,000 hits, that I use as my platform to seek positive change and justice for all of us. Now it’s time to create a network of our generation who still want to be relevant, and we should call ourselves “The New Elders”.

At one time primitive tribes respected their oldest members and considered them to be the wisest…in today’s society being old is considered a liability!

Many of us “oldies but goodies” have proven abilities as well as untapped ones that could help our society, but most of us lack the desire to use them and become the New Elders.

The world as we know it is in the End of Days, but I this could be just the beginning!

If our society utilized all of our resources, especially the human ones, the positive spirit that dwells in our collective consciousness could turn our destiny around

Although I can no longer walk, I will continue to stand up for what I believe! The only limitations we have are the ones we put on ourselves, “and if you can only lift one finger you still can point the way!”

HAPPY NEW YEAR, ARTIE WAYNE http://artiewayne.com

Copyright 2010 by Artie Wayne  artiewayne@gmail.com

TODAY IS THE LAST DAY MY BOOK, “I DID IT FOR A SONG”, UNEDITED AND UNCENSORED, WILL BE AVAILABLE UNTIL IT’S OFFICIALLY PUBLISHED IN APRIL! YOU CAN GET YOURS NOW (with all the good parts left in) http://artiewayne.com/book.html

The “remastered” graphic at the top copyright 2010 by Tunc Akin

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For the last eight weeks, since before Halloween, we’ve been celebrating the holiday season. People smiled a little more, were a little kinder, and a lot more thoughtful…but what about the day after Christmas?

“WHAT ABOUT THE DAY AFTER CHRISTMAS” written by Patti Dahlstrom and Artie Wayne copyright 2010 WayneArt Music and Patti Dahlstrom Music.

Performed by Patti Dahlstrom on a1974 demo

Video directed by Wedigo Watson

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MERRY CHRISTMAS 2010

December 25, 2010

MERRY CHRISTMAS  2010 FROM ARTIE WAYNE ON THE WEB AND STREAKER ON THE COUCH!

Picture at top “BIRTH OF AN ANGEL” painted on the back of a denim jacket by Artie Wayne http://artiewayne.com

FOR THE TOP CHRISTMAS AND HANUKKAH MUSIC VIDEOS https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2006/12/22/nookies-top-holiday-video-picks/

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There are some events and people you never forget…Clay Cole was one of them! He was always one of the few people in the industry who was more into the music than into the business…and a guy who always made you feel good about yourself

I met Clay when he had a show on WPIX-TV in New York, and I was producing Joey Powers “(Meet Me At) Midnight Mary” (Raleigh/ Wayne). Joey and I were working on his album on the weekend of November 22, 1963…

“In between the tracking and overdubbing sessions, Joey and I go down to WPIX TV, where Joey tapes the Clay Cole Dance show. Clay is old friend of Joeys’, who once worked with him as an NBC page. In between takes, the mood is dark and apprehensive, while we watch all the footage of the Kennedy assassination as it comes into the newsroom unedited.

As the surreal events unfold, I have images forever etched in my memory, including the entire 8mm Abraham Zapruder home movie clip of the Presidential Procession, in which the President is getting shot! The entire staff keeps watching the tape over and over again, getting more and more depressed. I don’t know how Clay managed to hold everything together…but he did.

Finally, we decided to call it a night, and arrange for Joey to come in the next day to finish up his segment with Clay.

It’s hard not to think about this history changing event, and stay positive the next day. As soon as Joey is finished lip synching “Midnight Mary”, and doing an interview with Clay, we all go into the control room. Everyone is crowded around a monitor and watch the assassination of alleged JFK killer, Lee Harvey Oswald, by Texas night club owner, Jack Ruby!

As we shook our heads wondering what was going to happen next, we all agreed on one thing…we all knew we’d never forget the last 48 hours”

I could never thank Clay enough when 46 years later he helped me recall those two days for my book, “I Did It For A Song”

May Clay Cole R.I.P. ROCK IN PERPETUITY

Respectfully, Artie Wayne http://artiewayne.com

Copyright 2010 by Artie Wayne from “I Did It For A Song” https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2010/12/14/uncensored-unedited-artie-wayne-autobiography-i-did-it-for-a-song/

For the last three years I’ve been writing my book about my 50 years in the music business. I was warned not to write about certain people, certain companies, and certain things which made me want to tell more.

As my blog became more popular with over 1,800,000 VIEWS, I began to get bolder and relentlessly went after large corporations and social networks until they discontinued some of their questionable practices.

I’m proud to have been the first to write about Tommy James’ shocking book, “ME, THE MOB, AND THE MUSIC” and have an exclusive no-holds barred three part interview with my pal from the past and former label mate…probably the only such event where the participants didn’t have to go into the witness protection program right after the show!

In my book, “I DID IT FOR A SONG”, I write about my first hand experiences songwriting (Aretha, Michael Jackson,Tony Orlando, Cher, etc.) producing (the Kingsmen, The Shirelles, the Guess Who) and getting hits for Warner Brothers Music (“You’re 16″, “R+R Heaven”) and Irving/ Almo music (“I Honestly Love You”, “Our Day Will Come”).

I share my private stories about, Carole King, MORRIS LEVY, Neil Bogart, The BEATLES, Jimi Hendrix, SCOTT SHANNON, Eagles, MICHAEL JACKSON, Bert Berns, Alan Freed, BOBBY DARIN, Brian Wilson, PAUL WILLIAMS, Murray The K, TOMMY JAMES and the Shondells, Olivia Newton-John, HERB ALPERT, JERRY MOSS, Don Kirshner, RICK JAMES, Rolling Stones, ELLIE GREENWICH, Clive Davis, Barrry White, DAVID GEFFEN, Marvin Gaye, QUINCY JONES, The Rolling Stones, DAVID BOWIE, Phil Spector, AND DOZENS MORE!

YOU CAN BUY MY BOOK AT SMASHWORDS http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/53813

Thanks and regards, Artie Wayne http://artiewayne.com

Special thanks to Sally Stevens for  the Rainbow’s End photopainting on the cover.  http://sallystevens.fineartstudioonline.com/

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JUST FOLLOW LITTLE “LEZLIE” INTO A PREVIEW OF ARTIST/PHOTOGRAPHER “LEZLIE SOKOL” AND HER PAINTED CLOUD GALLERY AND EXPERIENCE A WHOLE NEW WAY OF LOOKING AT THE SKY! http://artiewayne.com THEN CLICK ONTO AMBIENT MUSIC VIDEOS

 

 

Click here for the video  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJ8tDzr4Hpk

During a recent health crisis when I was feeling sorry for myself, I reconnected with “Lezlie Sokol” my pal from the past, who’s staging a giant reunion of former patrons of the legendary Troubadour in Hollywood.

As we caught up on each others lives, I discovered that she is a remarkable artist and photographer and was immediately uplifted when I saw her digitally color enhanced series of clouds. As I dove into her collection, I realized that these were the kind of images I wanted to use in one of my Ambient Music Videos with a song I wrote in honor of my Grandmother, who was one of biggest influences in my life.

“Go on boy, you can do it! It’s only life there’s nothing to it…

Just the seeing through it “FROM THE INSIDE”

Although there have been 15 cover versions of the song including Cilla Black, Lynn Anderson, Marilyn McCoo, and Yvonne Elliman, I’m using my favorite version which is a demo that Art Munson and I recently produced with a star of the future Ms. Janelle Sadler.

Brilliant videographer Wedigo Watson put it all together and here it is for you all to enjoy!

Copyright 2010 by Artie Wayne http://artiewayne.com

Painted clouds at the top…photographed, colored, and designed by “Lezlie Sokol”, ~ © 2010 by Gwynn Graphix & Painted Cloud Photography http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1581289451558&set=a.1461857505834.64834.1215335979#!/profile.php?id=1215335979&v=info

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When doctors told me a few weeks ago that I would never walk again or have the use of my hands, except for one finger which I use to type my blog, I was devastated. I felt sorry myself for a few days, and then as I was checking out FACEBOOK I ran across artist/photographer “Lezlie Sokol”s page and saw this cloud painting of hers that moved me to tears. It made me think about a song I once wrote and reminded me that there is always hope and if you can only lift one finger…you still can point the way!

I’M AT MY BEST WHEN I’M DOWN
Words and Music by Artie Wayne

My back’s against the wall and I’m down to my last dime
I swear I can’t recall when I’ve had a harder climb
But like a rubber ball I’ll bounce back every time…and
I’M AT MY BEST WHEN I’M DOWN
 
I know when I’ve been used like a steppin’ stone
Battered and abused…left out here on my own
But I don’t feel I’m used, only feel I’ve grown more profound…
I’M AT MY BEST WHEN I’M DOWN
 
I’ve had men try and break me…women try and shake me
At times I let ‘em take me for a ride…
But when the fantasy wears thin and reality steps in
You gotta’ go within…’cause there’s nothin’ left outside.

But I’ll rise above the crowds of darkness and despair
And though I see dark clouds I know there’s a sun up there
Drums of courage beating loud and there’s victory in the air
All around…hear the sound…feel the ground…and
I’M AT MY BEST WHEN I’M DOWN.
 

Copyright 2005- Artie Wayne-Wayne Art music  http://artiewayne.com

Painted clouds at the top…photographed, colored, and designed by “Lezlie Sokol”, ~ © 2010 by Gwynn Graphix & Painted Cloud Photography http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1581289451558&set=a.1461857505834.64834.1215335979#!/profile.php?id=1215335979&v=info

EXTRA SPECIAL GOOD NEWS!…AFTER HEARING ABOUT MY PROBLEMS, NUANCE DRAGON VOICE RECOGNITION SOFTWARE SENT ME THEIR TOP OF THE LINE PROGRAM, AND NEXT WEEK THEY’LL HOOK ME UP WITH SOMEONE FROM THEIR COMPANY WHO’LL TEACH ME HOW TO USE IT! http://nuance.com

THANK YOU DRAGON, I PROMISE THAT IN A FEW WEEKS, I’LL BE BACK ON THE BLOG. THANKS TO MY LOYAL READERS AND SUPPORTERS, AND OF COURSE THANKS TO GOD FROM WHOM ALL BLESSINGS FLOW!

WISHING YOU ALL A HAPPY THANKSGIVING! REGARDS, ARTIE

This morning when I woke up and checked out FACEBOOK, I was shocked to read a post that Bo Diddley had died! When I Googled Bo Diddley R.I.P. I was even more shocked to see a link to a tribute I wrote for him in 2008 when he passed away!

As we get older, forgetting names, places, and events becomes a common frustrating occurrence. Several times in the past few weeks I’ve been on the phone with friends and lost my train of thought, and sometimes even forgot who I was talking to. I’d make a joke of it, but there’s nothing funny about it.

My Grandmother, who passed away in her late eighties, had Alzheimer’s disease and when she died she couldn’t remember my Mother and aunt who took care of her daily…yet remembered a TV actress girlfriend of mine, whom she had met only once!

Since then I’ve been worried about developing the disease myself since it is hereditary. I’ve been told that science has no cure for it, but advances have been made to delay its devastating effects. Last week I saw a report on ABC news that insulin is proving to be effective in the treatment, but we all know how long something takes to be approved by the FDA.

In the meantime, I want to report on a recent discovery that I made. My longtime friend, vocal coach Warren Berrigian, suggested that I take two tablespoons of extra virgin coconut oil daily* to help relieve my chronic back pain and lubricate my joints. Although it helped me somewhat, I found that it had an interesting side effect.

After taking it for a few weeks, I found that whenever I used it, within 20 minutes, long lost memories began to emerge. This became an invaluable tool since I was writing my autobiography which chronicled my life in the music business that started 50 years ago.

Although Warren had never heard of this AMAZING side effect, and some of my friends laughed at me for thinking such a thing was possible, others praise my “remarkable discovery”.

When I finished writing my book three months ago, I stopped taking extra-virgin coconut oil, but after what I’ve been experiencing with memory loss recently, it’s time for me start taking it again.

 

IMPORTANT…since extra-virgin coconut oil is high in cholesterol consult your doctor before trying it.

Alzheimer’s is a brain disease that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks. http://www.alz.org/alzheimers_disease_what_is_alzheimers.asp

 

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