Liebster Award Nominations


Liebster award

Thank you, Waywordness, for the nomination. It’s a privilege and an honour.

The rules are simple: receive the award, thank the nominator, answer 11 questions, and spread the love to 11 other bloggers.

For more instructions, click here.

The questions posed to me:
・How could you describe yourself in 5 words?
Tenacious, determined, technical, loyal, dependable
・What are you grateful for?
Family, friends and health.
・Have you made any recent acts of kindness?
I held an elevator today
・How did you discover your love of writing?
My love of reading developed in my early school years.
・Your favorite number?
Don’t have one. They’re just numbers.
・Book title best describing your life?
I Was Told There Would Be Cake
・What bad habits do you want to ditch?
Procrastination
・If you lost everything tomorrow, whose arms would you want to run into?
Charlie Hunnam
・Is there another word for synonym?According to synonym.com – No
・Do you write every day?
No
・Who are your favorite authors?
My original favourite is Stephen King of late David Wong is up at te top of the list

My nominees from my reader:

http://2skinnylattes.wordpress.com/

http://positiveoutlooksblog.com/

https://wordpress.com/read/blog/id/72743374/

https://wordpress.com/read/blog/id/31851302/

https://stneishus.files.wordpress.com

https://wordpress.com/read/blog/id/63720284/

http://catsatthebar.tumblr.com/

https://wordpress.com/read/blog/id/31033907/

https://wordpress.com/read/blog/id/65839311/

https://wordpress.com/read/blog/id/45205334/

Have fun and congratulations to all!!!

My 11 questions for you.

1.  What’s your favourite time of the day.
2.  Do you listen to music when you post?
3.  Mac, PC or other?
4.  Last thing played from your music library?
5.  The social media tool that gives you the most traffic?
6.  How long have you been blogging?
7.  Have you ever been plagiarized?
8.  Do you check sources?
9.  Do you make sure images you use are properly credited?
10. Is your writing autobiographical?
11. Do you have any advice for new writers?

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Coping with the Technology Overload


floating rubber ducks

 

Some days I wonder how I keep track. Appointments, meetings, emails, phone calls, the internet and social media. Ever start off with a simple google search only to find yourself an hour later wondering, what was I looking for? Overload. We’re all dealing with it. Somedays I wonder how I keep it together. My tips and tricks? I have reminders and alerts for everything! They pop up on my calendar and on my phone, sometimes twice.

With all that going on I’ve been wondering how to turn it off. Unplug from the hustle and the noise. Some people have a wonderful quiet place to get away, camping, the cottage. I’m not a fan of camping and I don’t have a cottage but I have found a way to shut it down. I turn off the cell phone, turn down the lights, get undressed, step into the shower and then it’s ear plugs in as I step into the tank.

Into the water I go closing the door. I settle into the tank. The quiet and stillness embrace me. I float. Deep breath. Release. The relaxing starts. I start with my hands behind my head. I try to be as still as possible. My brain starts to slow down. Still. Quiet. Floating. If I’m really still I feel nothing. No water. No movement. The time passes but I’m barely aware of it. Sometimes I think about a single thing, usually lots of things. Sometimes I think about how good it feels. The water is soft and comforting.  The perfect temperature. Sometimes I listen to my heart beating in my chest. It’s slow and steady. It’s good.

It’s so good I want to tell everyone about it. It’s so good I want to everyone to feel this good. Curious? I’d love for you to come try it. Try it and tell me about it. Try it and don’t talk about it. Try it and tell everyone about. Join me on October 25th at Float Toronto and try it. I’m running  a Tilt Canada campaign and if you float with me that day you can have a one hour session and an awesome smoothie from Bolt Fresh Bar for $40. That’s an awesome deal. Want more details? Follow the link -> TILT AT FLOAT TORONTO

Want to know more? Check out this article written the day after Float Toronto opened it’s doors.

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Changes They Are A Comin’


I’m not generally a fan of lists, especially to-do lists. Who needs the pressure? However, sometimes we need to take stock of what’s going on and make a conscious effort for change to happen. A list can help with that process.

Quickly list five things you’d like to change in your life. Now, write a post about a day in your life once all five have been crossed off your to-do list.

In the spirit of the exercise here we go.

  1. Dream Big
  2. Worry less
  3. Live in the moment
  4. Ask for what I want
  5. Put my needs and wants first

I’m on the plane to Nashville, listening to country music on my iphone and reading all the bios I can get my hands on. I’ve been given an all-access pass and I’m going to make the most of it. All the biggest acts are going to be there. Waivers signed, interviews booked, gear in hand, I’m ready. This will take my festival experience to the highest level. Nashville, here I come.

Taking notes, writing up questions for the artists, setting up the posts in draft, having them as “ready to go” as possible. There’s no way to know what answers I’ll get. No way to know what kind of shots I’ll end up with but getting the structure in place should cut off some “scrambling” after the show. If I’m lucky maybe I’ll get some sleep.

The goal is to get the posts up as soon as possible and get the photos out first. This is going to be a blast. I’ll sleep when it’s over. Four days, non-stop. This is it, the dream I’ve been dreaming is coming true. The sky’s the limit. I’m nervous and excited. Stay tuned. I’ll keep you posted.

Boots and Hearts sky birds

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Country Music Wins My Love


It’s been a crazy year of country music for me. Early last July I wouldn’t have said I was a country music listener. All my car radio stations were tuned to typical pop/rock stations of Toronto and then something happened, something changed everything. I was invited to shoot a country music festival so I started doing some research. I downloaded some tracks, bands who were part of the line up. My iTunes bill may have crept up just a little bit and the love started.

I did some listening on Rdio, ask my Facebook friends. They know. Research. That’s how it started. What I learned was that I liked this, and that, and oh, that too. I woke up with these songs in my head and they stayed there. I fought it, just a little bit. It didn’t take long before two of my car radio presets were set to the country stations surrounding Toronto. Hello KX96FM and KX94.7 – you are in my car and on my phone. Thank you. You prepared me, a least a little bit for Boots and Hearts and I continue to be a listener.

To be fair, I’d been to a country show before – July 1st, 2009 CMT Canada Jam in Toronto, as a matter of fact. So I’d seen a few country acts and I may have fallen in love just a little bit with Emerson Drive. Okay, maybe more than a little bit. They would be the headliner on Thursday night at my first Boots & Hearts, year 2 of the Festival. This year, that festival won a CCMA Award for Music Festival of the Year.

Below is a rundown of the country music acts I’ve had the privilege of hearing, shooting or interviewing. Thank you to all of the artists, management, security, volunteers and those around me, who made it possible.

The Stone Sparrows
the stone sparrows meghan green background boots and hearts
Tim Hicks

Tim Hicks 2013 boots and hearts
Emerson Drive

emerson drive  boots and hearts
Cassadee Pope

cassadee pope  boots and hearts
Dean Brody

dean brody boots and hearts
Jason Aldean

jason aldean live 2013  boots and hearts
Chad Brownlee

chad brownlee live boots and hearts 2013
Joe Diffie

boots and hearts 2013 joe diffie sky
MacKenzie Porter

mackenzie porter  boots and hearts
The Band Perry

The Band Perry Boots and Hearts 2013
Whitney Rose

whitney rose   boots and hearts
The Reklaws

Boots and Hearts Friday July 31 2014 The Reklaws
Rascal Flatts

Rascal Flatts live  at Boots and Hearts
High Valley

high valley live  boots and hearts
Jason Blaine

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Dierks Bentley

dierks bentley live boots and hearts
Miranda Lambert

Miranda Lambert live at Boots and Hearts 2013
Marshall Dane

CNE 2013 Marshall Dane
Whitney Rose

CNE 2013 Whitney Rose at The Bandshell
Brett Eldredge

brett eldredge instagram #lightthefuse

via Brett Eldredge


Little Big Town

little big town #lightthefuse

via Little Big Town


Keith Urban

keith urban instagram #lightthefuse #KeithUrbanTO
The Reklaws

The Reklaws Saturday August 2 2014 Boots and Hearts 2014
Natalie Stovall and the Drive

Natalie Stovall and The Drive Boots and Hearts 2014
Brett Kissel

Brett Kissel at Boots and Hearts 2014
Dallas Smith

Dallas Smith Boots and Hearts 2014
Jordan McIntosh

Jordan McIntosh Boots and Hearts 2014 Front Porch Stage Friday
Jess Moskaluke

Jess Moskaluke Boots and Hearts 2014
Sam Hunt

Sam Hunt Boots and Hearts 2014 Front Porch Stage Friday
Tim Hicks

Tim Hicks Boots and Hearts 2014 Saturday August 2, 2014
Runaway Angel

Boots and Hearts Runaway Angel
Trinity Bradshaw

Trinity Bradshaw Saturday August 2 2014 Boots and Hearts 2014 SiriusXM Emerging Artist Finalist
Ty Baynton

Ty Baynton Boots and Hearts


One More Girl

One More Girl Boots and Hearts 2014
Paul Brandt

Boots and Hearts Friday August 1 2014 Paul Brandt Boots and Hearts
Sawyer Brown

Boots and Hearts Satday August 2 2014 Sawyer Brown
Tim Hicks

Tim Hicks Boots and Hearts 2014 Saturday August 2, 2014
Lee Brice

Boots and Hearts Sunday August 3 2014 Lee Brice
Luke Bryan

Luke Bryan Boots and Hearts 2014 Saturday August 2, 2014
Abrams Brothers

Abrams Brothers CNE2014
Dan + Shay

Boots and Hearts Sunday August 3 2014 Dan + Shay

The Reklaws

Boots and Hearts Sunday August 3 2014 The Reklaws
Danielle Bradbery
Boots and Hearts Sunday August 3 2014 Danielle Bradbery
Neal McCoy

Neal-McCoy-Main-Stage-Boots-and-Hearts-2014
Gord Bamford

Boots and Hearts Sunday August 3 2014 Gord Bamford
Trinity Bradshaw

Boots and Hearts Sunday August 3 2014 Trinity Bradshaw
Ty Baynton

Ty Baynton Boots and Hearts

I signed a photo release and these photos can only be seen at thereviewsarein.com 

Hunter Hayes – visit thereviewsarein.com to see photos
Blake Shelton – visit thereviewsarein.com to see photos


Runaway Angel

Runaway Angel

Leah Daniels

CNE 2014 Leah Daniels
Marshall Dane

Marshall Dane CNE2014
Abrams Brothers

Abrams Brothers CNE2014
Kira Isabella

Kira Isabella CNE2014
Tim Hicks

Tim Hicks CNE2014
Tebey

Tebey CNE 2014 August 23, 2014


Gord Bamford

Gord Bamford CNE

Thomas Rhett

Thomas Rhett Rock'n' Horse

It’s been one helluva ride. I’m in love with country music and I can’t wait for the next memory.

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Let’s Go To The Ex – Day 18 – Labour Day – The Air Show – The Flying Wallendas – The Midway – Sketch – Photo Post


The Labour Day Parade, The Air Show and the CNE Midway Photo Post

Labour Day Parade CNE2014

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KX94.7 and KX96 present Thomas Rhett at The Rock’n’ Horse


Tonight thereviewsarein.com were invited to a private event presented by KX94.7 and KX96 at The Rock’n’ Horse Saloon. Thomas Rhett in an intimate and up close performance. On the night before opening for Miranda Lambert at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, Thomas played to a small crowd at the downtown country establishment.

He was charming and engaging and the crowd of fans were thrilled to be there. Full review available at thereviewsarein.com.

PS – Sweet boots Thomas!

 

Thomas Rhett Rock'n' Horse

Thomas Rhett Rock'n' Horse

Thomas Rhett Rock'n' Horse

Thomas Rhett Rock'n' Horse

Thomas Rhett Rock'n' Horse

Thomas Rhett Rock'n' Horse

Thomas Rhett Rock'n' Horse

Thomas Rhett Rock'n' Horse

Thomas Rhett Rock'n' Horse

Thomas Rhett Rockn Horse

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Let’s Go To The Ex – Day 18 – Marshall Dane at The Northern Comfort Saloon


On the final day, day 18 of The CNE I managed to squeeze in one more country act. Walking up to the Northern Comfort Saloon I could hear that Marshall Dane was on stage. I knew his voice and was drawn to the saloon. It was packed. Today’s crowd was definitely the biggest of the year for The Ex and the saloon was no exception. It was a standing room only kinda day for Marshall’s performance.

I’ve been following Marshall’s path since last year when I saw him at The Midway Stage and I’ve written about him a couple of times. He’s engaging and he’s charming. He can also sing. Highlights for me today were his cover of Keith Urban’s “Somebody Like You” and Marshall’s very own “Alcohol Abuse”. To say Marshall’s performance was hot wouldn’t be an exaggeration. It was hot and sweaty in the Saloon today. To quote the singer “My shirt hasn’t been this wet all week. This is exceptional.” I’m going to say today’s performance was exceptional. He’s got some local shows coming up, check out the schedule here.

Side note – I love a performer who plays for the camera. Thanks for the great shot Marhsall.

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