After reconnecting with a lot people from my past and making new friends on Facebook, I discovered that many were more productive than ever in music, while some had expanded their horizons into other fields. Here are some things I’ve seen and heard that’s impressed me.

My old friend, Ann Munday, who used to run Chrysalis Music in the US, has posted some of her excellent Artwork. She says,“You know that time at school, when you’re supposed to work out what you want to do. My passion was painting. Home life was a nightmare and the art classroom was where I spent as much time as possible. Except for the first 2 months working for a bank, all jobs I took, related to art in some way. And I ended up in the art dept of Charles Hansen music books. From there the music biz fed my creative need, working with songwriters and artists.” The watercolor, “Tea with Klee”, I painted as a gift for my sister in law and brother living in the UK, as a thank you for my visit.”

When I saw some of Ann’s artwork, I thought it would a great way to kick off my list this year of last minute gift suggestions. She has limited editions of her work available. To see more and get more information you can contact Ann Munday at ann.munday@gmail.com

ART MUNSON OVER50MUSIC.COM

My longtime friend and sometime collaborator, Art Munson has an excellent website where you can find new and old releases from “demographically challenged artists” (anyone older than Miley Cyrus). You can also access “The Music Library Report” his wildly popular new free service where music creators rate music libraries.  http://over50music.com

Alicia Keys, who’s a fan of WHOPPY AND STREAKER”S 99 CHRISTMAS MUSIC VIDEOS, has a new album that would fit nicely under anybody’s tree. Here’s the first single “It Doesn’t Mean Anything”

ALLEE WILLIS

Who knew that songwriter Allee Willis (“Boogie Wonderland”, “I’ll Be There For You” (the theme from “Friends”) would someday have a museum dedicated to “Kitsch”? Many of her own remarkable works of art are available here. http://www.alleewillis.com/

ARTIE KORNFELD “PIED PIPER OF WOODSTOCK”

My old pal Artie, in his new book, “The Pied Piper of Woodstock”, not only gives us the inside scoop on his songwriting career (“Dead Man’s Curve”, “The Rain, The Park, and Other Things”), but also how he and his partner Michael Lang created the cultural event of our generation, WOODSTOCK 1969. http://www.artiekornfeld-woodstock.com/


HILLBILLY HOLLYWOOD

In addition to being inducted this year into the Bluegrass Hall of Fame, Doug Dillard of the Dillards, has one of the best sites for everything country on the web called “Hillbilly Hollywood”. He and his wife Vikki Salee are always turning me on to something interesting! hillbillyhollywood@comcast.net

B. J. THOMAS

One of the top singers of our generation, B.J. Thomas (“Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head”, “Hooked On A Feeling”) has a great new CD out that’s worth at least a hundred listens. “ONCE I LOVED”, Includes a remake of “Rock and Roll Lullaby”.

KENNY SCHAFFER TV2ME

Now thanks to inventor Kenny Schaffer (Wireless Guitar and Wireless Microphone) you can take your TV programs with you everywhere you go!

Move every channel of your home TV across the Internet to where you are. Only TV2Me can bring you a picture of this quality and clarity. TV2Me has been crafted and produced since 2003 by the company that created the concept of placeshifting. Kenny will talk to personally and even arrange  a free demonstration on line! http://www.tv2me.com/

Michael Buble posted his new video up on Facebook several times. Since then “Haven’t Met You Yet”, has become my favorite! Here it is from his Number One Album “CRAZY LOVE”

And finally here’s an idea for a one of a kind Christmas Card you can have for free! I’ve gotten hundreds of e-mails asking permission to send out my video of a song I co-wrote for Michael Jackson “Little Christmas Tree” (Clinton Jr./Wayne) as a Christmas card.

Here’s the video, directed by Sebastian Prooth. If you like it please feel free to share it with a friend, but if you LOVE it feel free to share it with your entire address book!

“Little Christmas Tree” by Michael Jackson is available at http://over50music.com

Merry Christmas,  ENJOY To The World! From Artie Wayne On The Web https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/about-artie-wayne/

THE STORY BEHIND MICHAEL JACKSON”S “LITTLE CHRISTMAS TREE” https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2009/06/29/michael-jackson-and-the-story-behind-little-christmas-tree/

WHOPPY AND STREAKER’S 99 CHRISTMAS MUSIC VIDEOS https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2007/11/13/the-top-the-best-and-the-greatest-christmas-music-videos/

Copyright 2009 by Artie Wayne https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2009/07/12/thank-you-for-one-million-hits/

To reach Alicia Keys http://www.aliciakeys.com/

Sebastian Prooth http://tektrekgamer.wordpress.com/

B. J. Thomas http://www.bjthomas.com/

Michael Buble http://www.michaelbuble.com/

Art Munson http://over50music.com

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“In 1988 I left Hollywood where I had built a lucrative wearable art business, with an illustrious celebrity clientele that included Sarah Jessica Parker, Robert Downey, Jr., J.D. Nicholas of the Commodores, Pam Tillis, Patti Dahlstrom, Sammy Davis, Jr. James Caan, Val Garay, Steve Cropper,  Luther VanDross, and Erte the father of Art Deco.

I gave up hosting Genghis Cohen, a hot Chinese Restaurant, which I named for my friend Allan Rinde, where I sold these one of a kind jackets and shirts that I painted by hand.  I put everything I had in storage and ran off to Vermont with my dog Nookie and a beautiful model half my age, whose drug dealer boyfriend was trying to kill her.

Unfortunately our relationship never develops into anything, so I go to New York when her racist uncle corners me in the bathroom and tries to beat my ass. I reluctantly leave Nookie with her in Vermont., while I go back to the Bronx and stay with my aunt Wan, who isn’t allowed to have a dog.

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I have to make some money fast so I put on my elaborate $5000 lion jacket and head to Greenwich Village where I could probably sell it. The first store I pass is in SoHo, the UNIQUE CLOTHING WAREHOUSE, which has five artists airbrushing denim jackets in the window. They stop working to check out what I’m wearing along with a little crowd who had gathered around me, admiring and touching my jacket.lion2

The manager Eddie Ingber, watching all this, motions for me to come into the store. After he looks at pictures of creations in my book, he brings me upstairs to meet the owner of the 25,000 square foot specialty store, Harvey Russak. Harvey likes what he sees and hires me to replace Jean-Michel Basquiat, who left UNIQUE to collaborate on paintings with Andy Warhol.

At first the other artists, who were mostly gang bangers and graffiti artists, are jealous of the high prices I’m getting for my work, until I start negotiating prices for them as well. All of the pop and rap stars come in for custom creations for their videos and personal appearances, including The  New Kids On The Block”, New Edition, Tiffany, Bobby Brown, P.Diddy, “Notorious B.I.G’, Chris Rock, Queen Latifa, Aaron Hall, “Marky Mark” Walberg, Cher, and Tupac Shakur.

It isn’t long before I become head of the department, which is now averaging $20,000 a week!

I introduce Harvey Russak to my publicist friend Kenny Schaffer (Alice Cooper, The Left Banke, Jimi Hendrix), who in his spare time invented the wireless guitar. Kenny tells us that he’s made a deal with the Soviet Union to bring their television signals to colleges in the US.

Kenny’s idea of running a week of live internal Soviet TV to neutralize ABC’s miniseries “Amerika” ran on the near-bankrupt  Discovery Channel, winning him (and it) the National Cable Television Association’s Golden Ace award, and taking the fledgling Discovery Channel from 11,000,000 subscribers to 30,000,000 subscribers in a single week.

Kenny went on to establish the biggest communications company in the former Soviet Union that made the round trip from New York more than 100 times.  When he got too lonely for Seinfeld reruns, invented TV2Me, thus inventing “placeshifting,” that you check your local home TV with you anywhere you travel.  The first customer for placeshifting was Sting, bought Kenny’s first TV2Me unit so he could watch Newcastle United from anywhere he happened to be.  (It was after spending a night watching Soviet TV with Kenny at his first “public” Soviet satellite installation, Columbia University, that Sting wrote “Russians,” song with which he opened in 1987 Grammies broadcast.

It’s because of Kenny Shaffer that the world is able to watch the Soviet Union collapse before our very eyes! Of course, I “capitalize” (pun intended) on the situation and I create a line of T-shirts about the thawing of “The Cold War” including  “MORE THAN JUST A DREAM”, the most popular shirt in the line.which depicts an American flag and a Russian flag inside a Peace sign.

I’m proud to say that these shirts I design with some of the artists at UNIQUE are featured on the ABC TV show “Prime Time” with Diane Sawyer, and in the pages of Business Week. Then a few weeks later the world watches as they tear down the Berlin Wall!”

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(To Be Continued)

Copyright 2009 by Artie Wayne  from his  forthcoming book, “I Did It For A Song” https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2009/07/12/thank-you-for-one-million-hits/

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