Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Michael Des Barres' "Anarchy In The UK" Offers Peace, Love, Kindness, & Compassion for Social Justice, During These CORVID-19 Times.

By Laura Medina


Legendary rocker and actor (he was the original "Murdoc" in the original eighties' "MacGyver" then returned to today's revamped "MacGyver" as "Nicholas Helman"), Michael Des Barres had no idea that his softer, more soulful, ballad take on the Sex Pistol's punk rock classic would fit in, just so, during CORVID-19 virus, pandemic, and the accompanying quarantine then the social justice protests and the following riots and lootings. 

"I recorded this before the pandemic, before the quarantine."

"I've experienced making hits and having hits in the past."  He's not interested in making hits now, "I'm not Billie Eilish."  His songs welcome anybody.

He recorded this song for anyone, whether it be "two people or 2,000 people."
"Not aiming to anyone."

“I wanted to record the song as if it was a warning that we live in dangerous times and the only thing to negate that danger is loving and being there for each other. It’s an opportunity to understand that love conquers all, especially now." 
Michael is more interested in making the world a better place.

"Belief in something."  

"Make music to mean something."

It's about embracing more understanding about ourselves, "Who the f*ck gonna love you when you can't love yourself?!"

He was kind enough to being interviewed during his break from hosting three hours of Little Steven's Garage Rock's "Underground Garage" on Sirius XM's Radio Channel 21, https://www.siriusxm.ca/hosts/michael-des-barres/, takes him eight hours to curate, edit, and produce.

Michael,..

"What we need is more love, kindness, compassion, and understanding."

He quoted that all these social revolutions is like a warning to the environment and society.

He, also, commented in this age of social media, secrets are being revealed.  There are no secrets.

"With CORVID-19, it only emphasize society needs more humanity, love, kindness, and compassion."

As for remaking the manic "Anarchy In The UK," into a ballad, for him to perform it literally, he wouldn't be an artist, "It's up to the artist to remake it into something new. If you don't do that, you're not an artist."

“I have reinterpreted it in my own way to reflect the times we live in.”

“I think doing cover songs is a very good way to show audiences who you like and, for young bands, to learn how to write a great song,” he considers. “Listen to the greats, but never copy them.”

Since he's been a rocker since 1972, he mentioned that "Anarchy In The UK" was written by and about working-class kids with no jobs (similar to what's happening in today's quarantine's economy).  The Sex Pistol's Steve Jones and John Lydon wrote it.  Before Michael released his version recently, he played his ballad version, to Steve Jones.

“I’m a huge fan of the Sex Pistols — Steve Jones, who I was in a band with in the 80s (Chequered Past), is one of the greatest guitarists rock n’ roll has ever experienced and I love him dearly,” he continues. “And I think John Lydon created a masterpiece lyrically."

His "Anarchy In The UK" ballad is observational, "What's happening in the world. More of a warning."  For him, it's about social justice.

One percent of the profits from "Anarchy In The UK," will be donated to https://www.poorpeoplescampaign.org/


What's Michael Des Barres is passionate about is homelessness and tent cities, especially when they're being exposed to CORVID-19.

100% of the proceeds from the release will be donated to the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival in an effort to confront the interlocking evils of systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, militarism and the war economy, and the distorted moral narrative of religious nationalism,” Des Barres shares. 

For him, it's all about social justice.  An organization championing humanity.

If you wait towards the end of his video, you'll read and learn about https://www.poorpeoplescampaign.org/

Regarding social justice, again, he commented there no secrets.  They're being revealed.

As a working actor, Michael also noted that the pandemic ground film and TV production to the halt.  "No one is working. No movies (production) since March. Business shut down."

No worries for this entertainment veteran and rock legend.

He's doing fine now a days.

While being stay safe and healthy from the pandemic, he has an home gym; and he's quite busy on radio.

These days, he can be heard DJ-ing on SiriusXM, including Little Steven’s Underground Garage, https://www.siriusxm.ca/hosts/michael-des-barres/and continuously releasing new music through rocker (E Street Band) and actor (The Sopranos) Steven Van Zandt’s Wicked Cool Records.

“Working with Steven producing has been the highlight of my musical career,” he says.

The love is mutual: “Michael continues to evolve, evoke, and provoke,” Van Zandt adds. “As he extends his streak of his new work being his best work, he proves once again that virtually everyone from the Rock Era has made the very concept of chronological time totally irrelevant!”

“We’re not here to impress, we’re here to learn and entertain,” he offers. “I’ve never been interested in technical ability, I’m interested in what an artist is feeling. It’s why I say to only write music to please yourself, never write what you think you should be writing.

Michael suggests while being positive and righting social injustices, "You should wear spectacular clothing while you're doing it!," being the rocker that he is.
“Regret nothing. Just be kind, be cool, and be courageous!”












Monday, April 27, 2020

"The New", a Noir/Sci-fi Series By Miranda Spigener-Sapon, “Which side will you choose?"

By Laura Medina



Its a sci-fi series produced by M3 Literary Management and in association with Noirtainment,  created and developed it for TV.   


Its a sci-fi series set in a post-apocalyptic/dystopian world   The last Black-Ops CIA agent on earth, Jerry along with his old friend Michael, played by Andrew Flores (known for co-starring on the hit USA series Queen of the South) are tasked in delivering a package to a mysterious group of entities known only as The OL. Jerry, played by Bernard Robichaud (known for playing Cyrus on the hit Netflix Original Series Trailer Park Boys and recurring in the SyFy series Haven) is reluctant to do this task, but he wants to find his missing daughter Erin (played by Lindsay Foster. This Mini-series had to halt principal photography due to the COVID19 Pandemic and is set to resume production once its cleared and the pilot will debut sometime in 2021.  


Bernard Robichaud on Jerry “ A Special Agent with a mission, and nothing will get in the way of that, his daughters love, while trying to save the World from a mysterious totalitarian life force. He calls him, “a  Special Agent with a mission, and nothing will get in the way of that, his daughters love, while trying to save the World from a mysterious totalitarian life force.”

Miranda Spigener-Sapon, calls him, "a hardened highly trained black ops cia spook." 

Andrew Flores on Michael “ Micheal is a happy go lucky type of guy.  He comes off being a tough badass but in reality , he is sensitive and kind, and the type to walk little old ladies cross the street." 

Miranda calls him, "a former college friend of jerry who joins him in the task." 

Lindsay Foster’s quote on preparing to play Erin, Jerry’s missing daughter “Erin is smart and fiercely independent, like her father, who after her mother passed came back into the picture. Although they don’t show it, they have an unconditional love and appreciation each other; however, Jerry’s over protective tendencies clash with Erin’s desire for freedom. This need for autonomy during unstable, dystopian times results in her disappearance, maybe she should have listened to her father and stayed home after all."

On describing Erin, Miranda hints of what might be coming, "Erin, Jerry’s 19/20 year old daughter who after an innocent night with her best friend turned out missing  (Michaels daughter who turned up dead) and Erin's love interest Cameron (also missing)."



According to Miranda Spigener-Sapon, the creator behind "The New," she calls " It’s sci-fi noir in the vein of David Lynch's Lost Highway meets "Total Recall" (the reboot 2012 version) with elements of "Black Mirror." 

"The series is called the new with the pilot titled the task episode 2 is the climatic titled “level 99” and the third  is titled “welcome to wherever you are”

Laurie Foxx, an actor in the bi-polar drama, "Lifelines," also wrote and composed the music for "The New."



Monday, April 20, 2020

DIY Beauty, from Groceries,by Lifestyle/ Travel/ On-Camera Expert Influencer Lindsay Myers

By Laura Medina

Since you're lucky enough to either get a free box of groceries from the food bank or just have enough money to shop for the basics, you can stretch out your groceries while saving money on skincare.

For the past decade, using pantry staples has been a steady ecological and green trade as DIY spa treatments, at home, for pennies has been a consider a "green trend."  Now, it's a quarantine hobby and necessity when spas and salons are "nonessentials" shut-downs to stop the spread of CORVID-19 virus.

With using the basic pantry shelf stables of sugar, olive oil, salt, baking soda, honey, avocado, tea, yeast, eggs,and plastic wrap, you can "spa" inside the comforts of your own home, for pennies.

Don't throw away, go "spa-ing."


Lindsay Myers, “People assume that you need a ton of money to experience everything life has to offer. I have made it my mission to prove them wrong.” 

"I am no expert on how to do everything. But I have gotten pretty good at making whatever I have at home work for about anything. If this time period has taught us anything it is a self confidence that we CAN do things for ourselves and have the ability to do them. Of course it is nice to go get that mani and pedi or that facial. Who doesn't love getting pampered? But with this lock down we have had to figure it out ourselves, and I think we are doing just fine! Its always a great feeling to know that you can do it all if you have to! Here are some of my favorite DIY projects that I have picked up over the past month." 

Here's Lindsay's "spa-ing" at home recipes...

1. Natural Lip Scrub- I sometimes grab a pack of sugar and quickly exfoliate if I am in a time crunch. and need to apply some lipstick. But this is my new favorite natural way to get my lips super smooth!
Supplies: 
1 TSP of Brown Sugar
1 TSP of White Sugar
1 TSP of Honey
1/2 TSP of Olive Oil  
Directions: Just mix all the above in a small container. You can store and keep this for a while, but trust me after about 20 seconds your lips will feel amazing. 

2. Bath Salts- I love a good bath, who doesn't! This is really easy to make and a great way to unwind and get some self care. 
Supplies:
Coarse Salt
Epsom Salt
Baking Soda 
Essential oil
Directions: Just take 6 part coarse sea salt and 3 part epsom salt,1 part baking soda, and just a few drops of essential oil of your choice. That is it! This combo helps sooth the muscles, helps with skin irritation, and softens the skin. 


3. Ombre Nail Manicure-I never go really big or bold with my manicures. But i have the time to figure out how to do it myself, why not! 
Supplies:
2 different nail polish colors, and clear top coat
Any sponge (you just need a little bit, cut off a section from a larger sponge)
Plastic wrap
toothpick
Directions: Paint your nails with the lightest color. Let it dry. On the plastic pour our a little of each color right beside each other so they touch. Take the toothpick and swirl/blend just at the area where the two colors meet. Next take your sponge and dab it directly over this mixture and then dab the sponge directly on your nail. Keep going on all the nails. If you want to go back over the nails to make the color stronger just make sure the first coat is dry first. Finish with clear top coat. 

4.Hair Mask- It is SO easy to make simple hair mask with everyday things in our kitchen. Why don't we do it more? Maybe now we will!
2 hair mask options:
1. All hair types:
Supplies:
Avocado 
Honey
Directions: Simply scoop out half an avocado and mix it with a tbsp honey and apply to hair. Leave this on for 20 mins. Rinse in the shower. 
2. Dry Hair Mask:
Supplies:
Eggs
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Directions: Mix 2 eggs with 3 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil and apply to hair. Leave this on for 20 mins. Rinse in shower. 

5. Facial: I have grown to love my facials, but they are expensive and right now we just can't get them. Why not learn how to do it yourself?
Supplies:
Chamomile Tea
Honey
Nutritional Yeast
Directions: Brew one cup of the tea with 2 tea bags. Let cool. Stir together 1 tbsp of honey and 1 tsp of nutritional yeast. Add just enough of the tea to the bowl to make a paste. You want to be able to spread it on your face, but not be watery. Let sit for 20 mins. This is calm and restore your skin. 

Here's your grocery list of beauty, thanks Lindsay Myers.







Friday, April 17, 2020

Beat Cabin Fever & Still Stay Safe with At-Home Work-outs: Peloton, Ballroom Burn, & #FITNESSFRIDAY with Super Bowl Champion, Daniel Wilcox and Fitness Expert, Denzel Jones #QuarantineFitness.

By Laura Medina

Going stir-crazy with ramped up energy that you stored up during this month-long quarantine?  Now got energy and fat to burn?

Since gyms and studios are banned from becoming viral outbreaks of CORVID-19, aren't you wishing for days of yore, those huge Eighties McMansions with a room dedicated to your own full home gym, where I can burn hours and fat in your own home; and you can sweat in and clean your detoxifying sweat; and that sweat is your own responsibility, not contracting someone else's nor hoping someone else would mop up that sweat?

Let's leap forward to 2020, where you can have your own complete gym on a Peloton Bike...


This scribe was lucky to join a PyeongChang Winter 2018 Olympics NBC televised work-out, hosted by NBC's Today Show's Natalie Morales and crew.


There's even a Peloton treadmill.

An elevated Soul Cycle bike, the console televises various work-outs beyond biking.  


With the Peloton app, you can get a televised instructor-led full-body work-out, safely in home, without you sweating on others or anyone sweating on you.



Live Daily Classes, Feel the infectious energy of the studio in live daily classes, televised on the tv screen, whether it's on the bike, treadmill, or on tv.



On-Demand Library, Conquer your goals on your time with hundreds of on-demand classes. All at your Convenience, whenever you want it or need it.


Diverse Class Types, Find fresh workouts from running, strength, bootcamp, walking and stretching.


Varied Class Lengths, Show up for yourself on your schedule with classes ranging from 5 to 60 minutes.

With these many choices, a family of three, at least can find a Peloton work-out that's right for their age and fitness.

Peloton is a wise investment.



You can get your "Dancing With the Stars" work-out by publicist-turned-ballroom dancer and instructor, Steve Valentine, https://www.instagram.com/valentinegroup/channel/?fbclid=IwAR1x7QZQR7ZgPsdJP22jzoAqhKV_uT1v4LxIS1lI-9oWjQEjEI9-ebbbg_E


Social distancing doesn't mean social disengagement. It’s time to get up and get moving - all from the comfort of your own home. 

Join us for their first-ever Fitness Workout lead by former Baltimore Ravens and Super Bowl XXXVII champion, Daniel Wilcox along with fitness expert Denzel Jones, owner of Finao Fit in Atlanta, GA. Together, they'll get people's blood pumping, work up a sweat, and give muscles some much-needed movement. Grab a towel, get your water bottle and let's go!


Friday, April 17, 2020
11AM PST/2PM EST