Elton John

BEST BESTS – As we come down to the end of the year, we wanted to start listing our Best Bests of the Year: First and foremost has got to be Lungs from the British-Florence and the Machine aka Florence Welch. Simply put: The best and most joyous album of the year. “Dog Days Are Over” was the first single that seemed to resonate with everyone, everywhere. The new single “Cosmic Love” (which was performed to perfection on last week’s David Letterman Show) is just terrific. Inspiring, joyous, and really like nothing else we've heard this year. My personal favorite on the album is “Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up).” To this writer; the best thing from England since Amy Winehouse… remember her? Also, the Elton John/Leon Russell collaboration, The Union. Sure, it made you feel like you were back in 1972 listening to John’s Tumbleweed Connection … but, is that a bad thing? Bruno Mars debut album Doo-Woops and Hooligans was a standalone smash too. Part Prince, part Kid Creole And The Coconuts aka August Darnell, this young performer is destined to have a huge career. Look for him to explode across the board next year! His song “Grenade” is an amazing song … and, video. We also loved Brandon Flowers solo work Flamingo. Sure, we missed his group The Killers … but, this was a bountiful record to listen too. Also, Micky Dolenz’s solo album King For A Day killed too. Sad that it wasn't on a bona fide label that could adequately promote it. Save for one ad in USA TODAY, it seemed lost once it came out. I don't get it. This one could have been a major contender for sure. Micky’s take n “Crying In The Rain” and “Just Once In My Life” with Bill Medley are just classic works. Produced in tandem with Beach Boy-aide de camp Jeffrey Foskett, it is a standout work. The long-awaited authorized book from the classic rock venue on Long Island called My Father’s Place came out in November. We still haven't seen a review copy even after repeated requests, but from what I hear … they've decided the media cannot see it. Is it a photo book, or what? This club, which I frequented many times in those early 70’s days, could have been a real contender too, but save for a mention or two in Long Island’s Newsday … we don't know much about it. This is the venue that presented first, acts like: Hall and Oates; Chick Corea; Larry Coryell; The Brecker Brothers; Bruce Springsteen; Blondie; The Talking Heads; Aerosmith; Jimmy Cliff; Madonna; and, many, many more. With talented photographers contributing to the book, like Gary Graff and Ebet Roberts; I'm sure it’s quite nice to look at too, but, I hope they told the real story!


Tera Lane

Tera Lane – Tera Lane is an experienced professional sidereal astrologer with 25 years experience. She is also a certified soul coach using her talent and extensive training for both professional and professional consultations. She’s just come out with a lavishly illustrated book called Enchantment in the Sky (Xlibris Publishing). The book depicts each of the zodiac signs and a whimsical description of their meanings it’s a great read. Often recognized as the weather person and movie hostess from her days with KMIR-TV, Lane is also an award-winning talent who also hosted her own TV show called Tera On The Town. Based in Rancho Mirage , she adds, “Each of us shares in a vital and timeless partnership with our planet and the ancient rhythms of the seasons; which are not only universal, but instinctive.” She's also become an in-demand motivational speaker for her creative and wining ways. Bringing the old religion to the forefront of our minds, Lane takes us on a fascinating journey for sure. The accompanying photo immediately caught our eye too; part mystery; part Stevie Nicks … we loved it and so will you. Check out her web site

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