I had a beautiful morning at the Great Falls attending the tribute to Senator Frank Lautenberg hosted by Congressman Bill Pascrell.
Here’s another article I wrote with the Great Falls as background: http://www.northjersey.com/news/Summer_jazz_concerts_kick_off_at_Patersons_Great_Falls.html?c=y&page=1
This article also appeared in New Jersey’s Bergen Record newspaper.
My mom called me this morning, excited. So cute!
This morning I had a writing assignment in Paterson, near the Great Falls. So it was nice to catch a breather and take in the sight. It’s a gorgeous day in New Jersey. A bit overcast, but I love that when I have nothing else to do but stay home and write. (And watch over my sick kitty, Billy, who is still being a trooper).
Even during rough times, life is good. And sometimes it’s so nice being out and about so early in the day during the week. You can definitely see the world from a different prospective. Right before lunch is the best time to be out and about in a heavy populated area. I think that’s the time where there is the least amount of traffic and people are pretty mellow. I had fun shopping at Fairway too. The supermarket that is always crowded was practically empty at this time.
Peace feels nice.
As the Violent Femmes song goes, “Good feeling, won’t you stay with me, just a little longer.”
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/
The Paterson Falls has always been dear to my heart.
I was born in Paterson, but then my family moved around to other towns in the area: West Paterson, Cedar Grove and Little Falls (where I spent a large chunk of my adult life, before moving to Montclair and finally Union County).
My fondest memories of the Falls was when I was around 15 and my Uncle Mickey took me, my sister Kim, and his daughters, Michelle, Nancy and Laura to visit the Falls, which included a trip to Libby’s across the street and the Dairy Queen.
In later years, I took so many friends to the Falls that didn’t even know they existed. These amazing Falls, just a half hour from NYC. Can you even believe it?
One of my favorite books of all time is “Paterson” by William Carlos Williams — and of course he includes some writings about the Falls.
Over the past year, I’ve had the honor to write several articles about the Falls for The Paterson Press.
Here they are, in order of publication:
FEB. 7, 2012 The Great Falls Guest Stars on “The Good Wife”: http://thealternativepress.com/articles/the-great-falls-guest-stars-on-cbss-the-good-wi
JULY 15, 2012 Patersonians Jazzed About Great Falls Festival: http://thealternativepress.com/articles/patersonians-jazzed-about-great-falls-music-festi
SEP. 9, 2012 “An American River”: http://thealternativepress.com/towns/paterson/articles/an-american-river-turn-the-pages-for-a-ride-do
Oct. 15, 2012 Paterson Native Writes Her Second Book on the Great Falls: http://thealternativepress.com/towns/paterson/articles/paterson-native-writes-her-second-book-on-the-gre
ENJOY — and come visit sometime!
Writing is a wonderful career because business is FUN!
I had so much fun covering the Great Falls Jazz Festival last night. The article will be published in the Paterson Press online in the very near future.
I love getting in with the community and being part of it. I love chatting with people and seeing them out and about, truly enjoying themselves.
Two fantastic bands played, About Funk and One Accord. And during intermission, a bunch of Michael Jackson tunes were played, including old Jackson 5 hits and many people were dancing — including the mayor!
Paterson is the town I was born in, so it will always be dear to my heart. It’s wonderful to be a part of awesome festivities where the focus is on family and enjoyment — not crime!
The festival was still in full swing well after dusk when my husband and I decided to have a bite at Libby’s, a diner that’s been around since 1936! They serve all kinds of burgers for meat eaters, and for vegetarians they have amazing grape leaves! They also serve beer and wine. We had the best waitress too! Libby’s — another hidden jewel in New Jersey.
The Great Falls Jazz Fest will continue until August 4, so if you like music — free music! — come out and enjoy!