All posts for the month November, 2013

A Very Special Guest Post~ An Interview With Author Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta~Music Journalist

Published November 30, 2013 by Maryanne

Thanks to Joanne Best for blogging my first interview for my upcoming book “On the Guest List” (Out Spring 2014). I was interviewed by Cynthia Santiglia. ENJOY!


I have been gifted with the honor and privilege of posting the following interview with Music Journalist Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta author of a book I can’t wait to sink my greedy little teeth into. Treat yourself to an early Holiday present, starting with a little taste of Maryanne as she talks to Cynthia Santiglia about some of her many adventures in the world of Rock and Roll. Believe me, you will be glad you did. ~ jb

Finding Your Way into Print: A Talk with Music Journalist Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta
By Cynthia Santiglia

The art of getting your name out there in the press, most musicians know, has a direct effect on exposure, and ultimately, on an artist’s bottom line. This comes more naturally to some than others. We spoke with author, respected music journalist and New York City music industry fixture Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta for an insider’s perspective on musicians’ relationships…

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Interview Available for Music Blog or Website

Published November 30, 2013 by Maryanne

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Hello All!

I was recently interviewed by Cynthia Santiglia to promote my book “On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist” for a website about the music industry. However, the webmaster has his own book coming and out and feels it would be a conflict of interest.

If anyone would like the interview for their blog or website, we are open to passing it on, just drop me a line at:

The book is out for a Spring 2014 release. This is the first interview I’ve done so far.

Do I Look Like I Eat “Nothing”? (A Vegetarian Rant)

Published November 29, 2013 by Maryanne


Hi, this is me!

Do I look like I eat “nothing”? Last time I checked, I’m a far cry from Amy Winehouse or Kate Moss — so why do people assume I eat “nothing” or deprive myself when I share that I’m a vegetarian?

Of course telling people you didn’t have turkey on Thanksgiving Day opens up a whole can of worms. “What did you eat?” some may cry out in desperation as they secretly pity you. For choosing not to consume turkey (which I never liked anyway, including all other meats!) on Thanksgiving Day I’m viewed as some sort of freak.

Well, let me enlighten you — this freak loves to eat!

Since protein is an issue with most meat eaters, let me share some excellent sources of protein: rennet-less cheese, beans, quinoa, tofu, nuts/seeds (who doesn’t love peanut butter?) and veggie burgers. (Sorry other vegetarians, I hate tempeh!)

I also eat carbs. (Please don’t throw me on the gluten free band wagon —  I love pasta and bread!) Health experts I most respect eat carbs and I refuse to feel guilty for doing so.

But what’s really super about being a vegetarian — and the BEST PART OF THANKSGIVING — it’s the SIDE DISHES! How can anyone refuse the following: chestnuts, potatoes, artichokes, salad, olives. And I made the most delicious green apple and butternut squash dish! And that’s just what was on my family’s table. Other delicious Thanksgiving delights include: turnips, cranberry sauce, yams, string beans, fresh fruit, brussel sprouts, corn … is your mouth watering yet? One year I made the most amazing raw ambrosia dish that contained: grated raw yams (which are so sweet they could be mistaken for carrots!), raisins, pineapples, shredded coconut, apples and grapes. YUM!

I don’t know about you but I think my menu trumps a plate of turkey any day. Oh well, maybe if you get the wishbone in your turkey leftovers you can wish for something really cool — like, say, a side dish of open-mindedness!

Oh, So Raven

Published November 27, 2013 by Maryanne

On WordPress you meet the most amazing people! So cool to have met Marie. First we connected on music, then when I realized what a great artist she was, she commissioned some items for me. Check it out in this great blog she wrote about what she made for my friend Darlene!

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As usual, once October approaches, November and December come full speed at me. Here it is the end of November and not a post has been posted…

I have very exciting news to share. Well, two bits of exciting news, but I’m waiting to share until most the details have been worked out.

In the mean time, I thought I’d share with you a tin I was “commissioned” to do by a friend, Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta. Maryanne asked me to make a raven themed tin for her good friend Darlene Foster, a very talented artist who specializes in digital photography and image enhancement.

First, just a short side note… Maryanne has an interesting blog, All Maryanne, All The Time, where she writes about what moves her; music (she is a HUGE music fan), movies, general observations and especially her writing career (Maryanne has a book due out soon titled “On The…

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Fab Faux for the Fourth Time!

Published November 24, 2013 by Maryanne

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Last night my husband and I saw The Fab Faux for the fourth time! This time around it was at the State Theatre in New Brunswick. It was a fabulous mix of Beatles songs throughout the two hour set with a 15 minute intermission.

For those who don’t know, The Fab Faux is a Beatles tribute band (the Beatles were known as the Fab Four) founded by Will Lee, a bassist for The David Letterman show.

Here’s a blog I wrote about previous Fab Faux shows I’ve been to:

Two of those times they performed entire albums “Abby Road” and “The White Album.” The first time I saw them I was assigned to cover their show for a local newspaper — I was right in the front and saw the set list for the three sets I had front row for. THIS time was different because I had no idea what song was coming next, it was a complete surprise — a total mix, which was really cool.

The crowd was extremely friendly, which always makes a show extra fun. Can’t wait to see them again!

Pear Tree Holiday Luncheon, Veggie Heaven, Montclair, New Jersey

Published November 23, 2013 by Maryanne

Pear Tree LunchFrom left: Wendy Dolber, Me, Diane and Gerard Barros

Marvin and Roe DiBona, Paulette Szalay and Stefanie Miotto

Since I started my company Pear Tree back in 2008 I’ve been having an annual luncheon with all my clients around the holiday season. I think it’s very nice to get together with folks you do business with away from a working atmosphere. It’s always so cool when a bunch of creative minds get together and enjoy each others company.

Wendy Dolber is the author of “The Guru Next Door” ( Currently I am finding internet radio shows for her to appear on. If you are interested in having Wendy on your show, please contact me at:

Diane and Gerard Barros are a dynamic husband/wife music team ( Currently I am booking them in assistant living facilities and libraries. They also do weddings and restaurants. If you are interested in having them perform contact me at:

Marvin and Roe DiBona own Mexican restaurant Rocking Horse Cafe in New York City ( I occasionally help Roe with some personal assistance at her home in Montclair.

Paulette Szalay is the author of environmental children’s book, “Baggy Maggy and Friends Save Stinkville” ( Originally I met Paulette when I was covering one of her book signing appearances for the Paterson Press. Then I did some promotional work for her.

Stefanie Miotto is the author of Moonstone Dreams ( I helped copy edit “Moonstone Dreams” and we soon will be working together the sequel!

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Seated: Stefanie and Me

Beauty and the Bush Published in!

Published November 22, 2013 by Maryanne

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Over a year ago, I wrote an article called “Beauty and the Bush” for my blog. I thought it was a great topic and pitched the idea to and they published it:

My actually blog was inspired by another blogger who was nitpicking about vaginal grooming and I thought she was being ridiculous, as it’s a woman’s body and it’s ALL GOOD!

Hope you enjoy! I’m thrilled to be on a fabulous online website with other great female writers such as Jamye Waxman, Nina Hartley, Abby Ehman and Ducky Doolittle — to name a few!