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D-Generation at Vintage Vinyl, July 29, 2016

Published July 30, 2016 by Maryanne

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D-Generation – Original Line-up, left to right –  Jesse Malin, Richard Bacchus, Danny Sage, Howie Pyro, and Michael Wildwood

A super cool date night with my husband at Vintage Vinyl, getting the new D-Generation CD, “Nothing is Anywhere” which is off the hook, as I first heard a few tracks on The Glen Jones radio show https://wfmu.org/jones/jonesmain.html and other WFMU programs.

They were supposed to play, but didn’t …

They are playing Irving Plaza tonight — GO! I would if I slept more than 4 hours per night for the past three nights. (We have a new cat who kept me up, plus I have a bunch of professional writing assignments and deadlines).

ENJOY the pictures — all original members! My favorite band in the 1990s when we got stuck with grunge and D-GEN shook us up again!  They were LIFE during a very sad time in my life … my grandmother was dying of diabetes and then she passed. During that entire time the music of D-Generation pulled me through and I will never forget those days. Thanks, guys!

I saw them LIVE more times than I can remember! I wrote about them in my first book “On the Guest List” https://www.amazon.com/Guest-List-Adventures-Music-Journalist/dp/162903908X

SAM_0789Howie Pyro, bass, and me

SAM_0794Jesse Malin, lead vocalist 

SAM_0798Richard Bacchus and Danny Sage 

Happy National Goof Off Day!

Published March 22, 2015 by Maryanne

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Hooray, it’s National Goof Off Day!

Forget all your troubles and play, play, play!

Put olives on your fingers! Do whatever you wish!

Pretend you’re a Chihuahua or dance with a fish.

We got Glen Jones on the radio! http://wfmu.org/jones/jonesmain.html

Just get in that car and go, go, GO!

Put gum on your nose!

Wear ripped panty hose!

Whatever you do, just don’t be stiff,

Having fun is the greatest gift!

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Milford Library Reading/Signing “On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist”

Published June 21, 2014 by Maryanne

SAM_4973Me (blue dress) and Jennifer (far left) and new friends!

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A small, but awesome, turn out at Milford Library last night for the “Guest List” reading. We all talked about Lou Christie, Divine, WNEW-AM, Glen Jones Radio Show, The Ramones, Stiv Bators, and of course, The Plasmatics and more!

Milford = another gorgeous New Jersey town I fell in love with. A place I’d love to move with my husband before others discover it’s greatness.

Thanks sooooo much to Jennifer for having me here! “On the Guest List” now has a home in Milford Library!

To purchase “On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist” visit Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/162903908X

Loving Sundays!

Published June 9, 2013 by Maryanne

SAM_1193I love my husband!

Today was great! My husband and I took a ride down to one of our favorite towns, Keyport.

We like to eat at McDonagh’s Pub. They have such great veggie sliders, which I always get on a salad. (See photo below!)

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I forgot to say “no tomatoes” because I only eat organic tomatoes and this wasn’t an organic restaurant. So I picked them off — no worries! I love the restaurant so much because they play rock every time we’re there. (And more obscure stuff, not overplayed classic rock!)

One of the coolest things happened today — which is why I love my husband so much. We were in an antique store that we always shop in and buy stuff. We usually deal with the female owner who is awesome, but today she was very busy with someone who seemed to be giving her a hard time. So while my husband shopped, I asked the male owner if I could use the rest room. He wouldn’t let me and sent me out to Town Hall.

I let my husband know where I was going. I walk out, passed my husband’s car and saw two idiots (middle-aged, so they should know better!) leaning on his car. Seems it was guy getting an autograph from some author. I said, “Could you please get off our car!” They apologized and said they weren’t doing anything damaging. Regardless, you don’t lean on other people’s property, especially when it’s a gorgeous (almost classic!) car! With all the dumpy cars around, they had to choose ours!

So I’m walking back and then I saw my husband looking for me.

He said that he walked out of the antique shop without buying.

I asked him why.

He said, “That jerk wouldn’t let my wife use the restroom so he’s not getting any business from us!”

Go Dennis! He defended me, then I told him how I defended him in regard to his car.

It’s so cool that around the same time we were taking care of each other, without the other knowing! It’s so cool to be on the same page, knowing someone loves you and always has your back and you have his. After seven years I’m still like a teenager in love with my heart beating so fast around my husband. I love him so much!

And for the record, a nice young kid in a coffee shop (Espresso Joe’s) let me use their bathroom. Since he was so nice, I suggested going there for coffee next time. See — it’s good business to be kind to others ’cause you never know if people will come back — and since we’re good karma kinda folks, we most certainly will!

So giving a shout out to Espresso Joe’s for having nice workers! (And they have some great art displayed there too! Check them out: http://www.espresso-joes.com/

Good to know they have vegan snacks and gluten free items on the menu! Put this on the “to do” list for a snicky snack!

On the ride down to Keyport, we saw a group of Hell’s Angels on the parkway, so I got this shot:

SAM_1191Hell’s Angels (photo by me!)

Now that is the way to be a responsible biker! Note the proper biker attire, note that they are driving according to the rules of the road, going a decent speed, not cutting people off. Very cool! If God forbid they get into an accident, the leather jackets, jeans and biker boots will protect their body a great deal.

Unlike these other idiots (non-Hell’s Angels) on dirt bikes that were riding like imbeciles, cutting off cars, driving recklessly, and dressed stupid — in shorts, sleeveless shirts and sandals (two guys and a girl on a back of one bike). If those buffoons get into an accident, their skin will be ripped to shreds! DUMB, DUMB, DUMB!

Anyway, a great ride down and a great ride back on this gorgeous New Jersey day. We caught a lot of the Glen Jones radio show on WFMU. Got to hear some great songs by Psychedelic Furs, Big Country, The Alarm, The Go-Gos (which started with a drum roll that sounded similar to Stiv Bator’s “It’s Cold Outside”) and The Rolling Stones — a favorite you NEVER hear on the radio, “Far Away Eyes.” So I had a blast singing/talking along with ‘ol Mick Jagger in a hillbilly accent.

Thanks Glen Jones for playing so much great music and being the soundtrack to our Sunday Love Days!

Last night we took a ride down to another one of our favorite places, Perth Amboy and walked along the Raritan bay. Hurricane Sandy hit very hard at Perth Amboy. So many beautiful homes were destroyed, including one we almost considered getting on the waterfront. But people are moving on with their lives. We took a nice walk through the back streets. It’s a historic town and we visited the Kearny Cottage from 1781.

Ben Franklin’s son William Franklin, also lived in Perth Amboy, he was the Royal Governor of the town.

SAM_1183Me at the Kearny Cottage garden

Enjoy the rest of this gorgeous day! For dinner we’re cooking together, a simple dish of brown rice pasta and an organic salad. Perhaps some wine too. It’s nice enough that it’s not too humid so we can eat outside — yay!

I found this amazing organic, vegan friendly wine, called Our Daily Red. You gotta love it!

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Maryanne’s Best 12 of 2012

Published December 15, 2012 by Maryanne

Me in front of original Batmobile earlier this year

It’s the end of 2012, also the end of my first year as a blogger.

For those who follow me, you may have picked up that “fun” and “positivity” are my middle names.

Life is meant to be lived to the fullest and I am so blessed that I have my amazing soul mate husband, Dennis; two gorgeous healthy kitties; my friends; a wonderful immediate family as well as in-laws; and all the other wonderful folks in my life; all a part of my big picture, there for me for fun times, as well as being there for me when I need shoulders to cry on or some damn good advice. What a blessing. Thank you all!

With so many special things going on every day, it’s really hard to pick what I feel is best, but I am giving it my best shot and I hope you enjoy my list! Thanks for reading and following!

Love, Maryanne xo

BEST OF 2012

1. Proudest Moment: When I found out The Aquarian Arts Weekly newspaper got into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame — every issue, which means a lot of my writing since I had my own gothic column in 2002 and reviewed CDs for them. Not to mention in 1991 I was a model for a guitar ad! After receiving this news, I felt like I became a part of pop culture history!

2. Creative Project Most Proud of: I am beyond honored to have had the opportunity to work with Scott Schiaffo, actor best known for his role as the Chewlies Man in Kevin Smith’s movie “Clerks.” Scott hired me to edit his poetry book, “Vicious Dogs Attack Me in Sleepless Nights of Summer.” But even better, I wrote the foreword about my long time friendship with Scott.

3. Most Rewarding Work: All year long I was writing for The Paterson Press online. This was a very rewarding experience to me for two reasons. One, I was able to write four articles about the Great Falls; and two, I got to write about so many positive things that kids have been doing for the community and the rewards they have received. Not much could beat the high I get when I am in the midst of it all. Writing will always be my first love and I am blessed to be able to make money doing it. Not to mention all the inspiring people I meet along the way.

4. Favorite Creative Moment: For the past several days I’ve been blogging about “Hounds of Winter” a Christmas studio project courtesy of musical masterminds Tom Corea and Tom DiPaolo. Each year my husband, Dennis, plays bass on several tracks and sometimes guitar too. Each year I go several times to the studio with him and have a blast. Well, this year I got to sing back up on one of the tracks “C’mon, C’mon.” Not a big deal, but a very big deal to me. You see, I’m not a singer. Several years ago I wrote a children’s Christmas song for one of the CDs and I couldn’t even sing my own song! Luckily we had a professional singer sing the song — the way I wanted her too (like Rudolph!) So I was shocked when Tom asked me to sing. Not like it was a big singing job, but it was singing! My husband coached me, tapping my leg when to join in because my sense of timing and rhythm is completely off. But I did it and I am so happy that this little dream of mine came true! It only makes me wonder what other great things can happen in the future!

5. My Most Viewed Blog: According to my stats, hundreds of people have viewed my tribute to Helen Gurley Brown when she died this past summer: https://maryannemistretta.wordpress.com/2012/08/14/rip-helen-gurley-brown-feb-18-1922-to-aug-13-2012/

6. Best Concert: I can’t do this to myself! I’ve seen so many fantastic shows this year (Gordon Lightfoot, Smokey Robinson, Dick Dale, Glen Campbell, the original Crickets, The Toys, 1910 Fruitgum Company, to name a few) … no, no, no, I can’t pick one!! But if I was strapped to an electric chair and had to pick one or die, I would have to go with Glen Campbell. Yes, the man has alzheimer’s disease and was playing songs in the wrong key, it was hard to notice unless you are a musician yourself and his audience was so supportive of him, he received standing ovation after standing ovation. He still had the star quality and I was moved beyond belief!

7. Best Song (and comeback): “Stay Away From Downtown” by Redd Kross. Check it out:

8. Best Cover Band: Tusk (Fleetwood Mac tribute). This band is so freaking amazing I saw them several times over the summer. They are just so on the money. The guitarist plays so well he inspired me to add a few Lindsey Buckingham CDs to my collection. What a terrific treat! Check them out: http://fleetwoodmactribute.com/

9. Best Natural Food: GT’s Chia Kombucha. I am so hooked, I have to have this drink at least once or twice per day.

10. Email of the Year:  Two years ago, 2010, I interviewed fashion icon Oleda Baker for my health column, “Here’s to Your Health.” I absolutely loved talking to her. She was great. But the surprising thing was, she emailed me earlier this year saying how much she loved my interview back in 2010 and wanted to thank me again. In all my years of journalism, I’ve had people thank me in the sweetest ways, but never so many times as Oleda did. She is just a wonderful person, that’s all there is to it! You can read the interview here: http://verona.patch.com/articles/fashion-icon-oleda-baker-shares-her-fountain-of-youth-beauty-secrets

11. Best Radio Show: The Glen Jones Radio Show w/X-Ray Burns. If you live in New Jersey, you can get it at 91.1 WFMU. If you don’t live in the area, you can listen to it on the internet: http://wfmu.org/jones/

Embracing the Jersey Shore

Published November 2, 2012 by Maryanne

Spring Lake

My husband Dennis and I, Manasquan, 2011

In the water at Belmar — OCTOBER 2007, unusually warm October day

The night we met Dick Dale at Surf ClubWith my wonderful friend Darlene, Asbury Park photo booth, 2010

Asbury Park, with my friend Diane, maybe 1999 or 2000, before it was renovated

Our Wedding Day, Nov. 9, 2011, with Neptune County Mayor Randy Bishop

Once the electricity turned on in our home last night, my husband and I spent an unusual amount of time on the internet checking out all the damage and devastation to the Jersey Shore. I woke up this morning thinking that even though I’ve traveled all over the United States and have been to the Bahamas twice, the Jersey Shore will always be my favorite place in the world. It’s just absolutely magical in ways that an outsider can’t even imagine.

I’ve always pitied the ignorance of people who didn’t “get it” or just made up their mind to hate New Jersey from the little they saw on television, or perhaps a brief ride along the Parkway, not even exploring by getting off the Parkway!

Two years ago I brought a NYC friend to Spring Lake and he was raving about it and loved it more than what he had in New York. I love “SHOWING” people how wrong they were.

And I look forward to the day when New Jersey rebuilds itself and I can continue to prove people wrong!

As a child, my uncle Johnny had a summer bungalow in Seaside Heights and while I loved the beach, it was always the most fun going on the boardwalk at night. During the day I’d beg my grandmother to take me to the boardwalk, but she’d insist, “Wait ’til tonight … when it’s all lit up.” That is when my love affair with the boardwalk began.

As a teenager in early 1980s Seaside Heights was just as hip as New York City because it was where you could find all the punk rockers and even great punk rock clothes. For a brief period, Seaside Heights got a little dingy, but it always made a comeback. Some nights my family would take a ride down just for the night, to have dinner on the boardwalk and then go on rides. My sister and I always got free tickets to go on rides because we were cute girls. The guys who ran the rides just handed us a ton of tickets to use. We never were able to use them all so we always gave them away to little kids.

I’ve explored so many of the shores over the years: Point Pleasant, Neptune, Manasquan, Belmar, Keansburg, Ocean, Spring Lake, Cape May, Tom’s River, Brick, Sandy Hook, Long Beach Island/Surf City. It was all good. But my all time favorite Jersey shore was — and always will be Wildwood.

The Jersey Shore was the grand back drop to my husband and I falling in love. In the beginning, we went to the shore every chance we got. We started dating November 9, 2005 and that winter we were at the shore quite a bit. The shore was always so amazing off season. It was fun trying to scout out a place that was open.

We spent our first New Year’s Eve in Cape May. I remember shortly after midnight, running on the beach to kiss under the massive amount of stars. It was like being in a movie.

Other shore highlights in our romance include:

* The first time we met legendary Dick Dale at Joey Harrison’s Surf Club (which now no longer exists due to Hurricane Sandy).

* Going to see 105.5 DJ Joe Henry’s talent show on Sunday nights on the Beach in Seaside. Some of the young New Jersey talent blew away what you see on American Idol!

* Getting caught in a minor storm one night. It was sexy and romantic.

* Reading 1970s Circus magazines under the blanket on the beach before the official season began.

* Being able to walk a mile into the ocean thanks to a very long pier in Keansburg.

* The one October in 2007 when it was an unusually warm day and I got to go in the water.

* Our second year together when we first stayed at the Starlux in Wildwood. It was January and we decided to use the outdoor hot tub. It started snowing and we were catching snowflakes with our tongue. Then we get out an hour later and there was a sheet of ice over our towels! We just RAN upstairs to our room to get warm. It was hilarious.

* And of course, getting married in Neptune Township, November 9, 2011 by the Mayor of Neptune, Randy Bishop, who gave a most heartfelt ceremony; a day I will never forget … I now learned what “walking on air” meant — that is what you really do feel like when you are so in love and end up with the person of your dreams!

So many memories … as I’m sure so many people have … that would be book worthy.

I’ll never forget about 10 years ago, my friend Diane and I were down in Asbury Park to see free-form radio DJ Glen Jones. Diane commented to me, “Mare, wouldn’t it be great if Asbury Park could be built up again?” And sure enough, Asbury Park made a comeback. It became one of my favorite places with a bar at the beach (this bar even had beds to lay down on!) and a Boardwalk mall filled with art and clothing stores. Over the past few years, Asbury Park was becoming one of my favorite places to spend a Saturday with a girlfriend. So sad that what was refurnished and built up so beautifully is now destroyed.

Looking back to another horrific tragedy many years ago, it was just few days after 9/11 I went into New York City to “make peace” with it. I didn’t want to be scared. I didn’t want to let the terrorists win. And guess what? Hurricane Sandy isn’t going to win either. As soon as I get a chance, when getting gas isn’t such a problem, I will get right back down to the Jersey Shore and own it again! Amongst the devastation, I will find a little restaurant that is open and give them some business. Like I made the most of the power outage, I will make the most of it and enjoy it and do all I can to help others get their life back, while I get mine back.

And once again, New Jersey will prove the “haters” wrong!