Posts Tagged ‘Linda Chorney

24
Jun
17

Grammy’s change the rules again…because of the way James Comey treated Hillary Clinton.

As Ronald Raegan would say, “Well, there you go again.”  I learned, as someone nominated for a Grammy, that getting awards can be as bad, and full of shit as politics.

Ya know how bills are passed that have a lot of pork and earmarks? Well the latest from the Recording Academy is filled with oink and skid marks.  How so?

Here is the article from The Associated Press.    The headline?  “Grammys switching to online voting, changes top album rule.”

Okay. That sounds cool and reasonable, as long as the votes aren’t hacked, which I do not personally see as an issue. In fact, it would be nice if voting in USA for government positions could work that way..and actually be obligatory, to possibly prevent a total idiot from becoming POTUS.

What the headline from the AP neglects to mention, is the pork.  And of course, most people have A.D.D. and only read headlines.  (below taken from the AP article.)

“Bill Freimuth, the academy’s senior vice president of awards, said the academy expects to attract younger voters and touring musicians who are away from home during voting season.”

said of online voting, which comes a year after the Latin Grammys made the switch.

Freimuth said there were concerns about security issues, but added they have “done everything we can to make sure the integrity of the system will be preserved.”

INTEGRITY?

I read that word, and spit out my tea. Let’s talk about integrity.  (And by the way, I have met Bill Freimuth, and he is a really nice guy, and I’m sure his intentions are honorable, but….)

I repeat. Let’s talk about integrity, shall we?  Please allow me to dissect his statement.

“attract younger voters, and touring musicians who are away from home during voting season.”

99% of these touring musicians – and younger “voters” also want a shot at the brass ring. The academy welcomes these voters with open arms to pay their dues, and participate. But they don’t really trust the paying voters to make the right decisions. How can I say that? Answer? One word.

COMMITTEES.

When I was nominated, in 2012, there were no committees in “Americana” and all roots categories across the board, thus it was a democracy of the voting members who decided  the top 5 nominees, by majority vote, and then the winner, in the same manner.

The following year, without transparency to the voting members, they changed the rules, and put in a committee to decide the top 5, vs. the democratic vote, because, God forbid, another indie, like myself, gets past the gatekeepers. I put these facts in my book, “Who the Fuck Is Linda Chorney”, (I also mentioned it at the time to the Press, and they didn’t give a shit) – and then, the following year, after my book release, (read at least a thousand times!) all of a sudden, The Recording Academy decided to be transparent.  (My transparency? Yes, that was a slight plug for my book. tee hee.)

Then in 2013, Al Walser, another Indie, was  nominated for a Grammy in Dance Electronic category. At the time, this too was a democracy. Low and behold, the following year, they put in a committee to decide the top 5 in all Dance stuff.

Still, a few categories remained  true democracies, thus completely independent artists grabbed that brass ring, and some even won in New Age, Rap, and Contemporary Instrumental genres. And you bet your ass, lots of touring musicians joined, and paid their dues, in hopes of having their shot! Membership doubled after my nomination, alone, being the first in history to get the nod in Americana. (Imagine me taking a bow.)

BUT NOT ANYMORE!  (Say like Inspector Clouseau, after he trashed the “priceless Steinway”.)

The Below excerpt, is taken from the same AP article, for dissection number 2, also coinciding with spitting out more tea.

Other changes include nomination review committees added to the rap, contemporary instrumental and New Age genres. The committees serve as an additional layer of checks and balances, and for rap, could prevent wins like Macklemore & Ryan Lewis in 2014 over Kendrick Lamar, which were highly criticized. It could also allow rising acts to earn nominations over veteran performers like Eminem and Kanye West, who consistently earn nominations.

“We form these committees only when we hear from … those genre communities (when) they feel like something’s wrong, or that our nominations could be better,” said Freimuth. “For rap, what they were finding was that ‘legacy’ artists, almost no matter what they released, they would get a nomination because of their name recognition and fan base.”

 

“Layer of checks and balances.”  Bwahahahahhaa! = CONTROL.

Justification for committees – “It could also allow rising acts to earn nominations over veteran performers like Eminem and Kanye West, who consistently earn nominations.”

PA-LEEEZE!

Here’s the deal. “It could also prevents no-names, without labels, where no gatekeepers profit off of their nominations, and spares the Recording Academy the embarrassment of the likes of a Linda Chorney getting nominated.”  THAT’S ALSO WHAT IT MEANS.

Which brings me to the title of my blog. The Recording Academy’s justification for putting in these committees, is as valid as Donald J. Trump’s justification for firing James Comey.  (Because of the way he was unfair to Hillary Clinton. Such an outrage!)

Now the tea has come out of my nose.  (Maybe I should run for a governor of The Recording Academy and add my 2 cents.  I’m reading Al Franken’s “Giant of the Senate”, and cannot believe the bullshit he has to put up with. I don’t think I could handle it…or they could handle me. I am still a voting member. They have not yet kicked me out.) Again, I digress.

Of course, putting in committees to decide the top Nominees for President of The United States, might not be such a bad idea. Because, it would give Macklemore & Ryan Lewis a better chance than Kanye West.

 

 

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19
Apr
14

MONSANTO, “Killing us Softly” with their poison. Boycott the scumbags.

Today is the first day to my healthier life. GMO’s have scared the crap out of me, now that I know more. The problem is, most of us do not. We don’t understand how the shit Monsanto is putting in OUR food is “killing us softly”. But they do. And they profit.

And so does our government, yet they don’t seem motivated to do a fucking thing about it. Perhaps some do, but those with louder wallets, are able to hush the harsh reality.

Bottom line:  Below are the companies that use Monsanto GMO products. I will no longer use their products, although it will be difficult to give up some of my favorite addictions. (Like Kellogg Frosted Flakes) Sorry Tony. We’ve had some wonderful times, but you’re not so Grrrrrreat anymore. Me and my banana will miss you, terribly. They put shit on your tank.

 

The list reproduced above purportedly details a wealth of food-related companies or brands supposedly owned by Monsanto, the multinational agricultural biotechnology corporation. In fact, Monsanto doesn’t own the listed companies; this item appears to be an attempt to compile a list of companies selling food items that make use of products developed by Monsanto (such as artificial sweeteners or agricultural products derived from genetically engineered seed). 

 

BOYCOTT

BOYCOTT

 

Yikes! That’s just about everything in my pantry. Spring cleaning. What really sucks is that avoiding these companies’ products will cost a shitload of money in groceries. They attract us with “deals”. Sugar Pops for $1.99? I slay that special. Buy them by the six-pack. One of my favorite go-to snacks on the couch is my beloved cereal from the box. I even put it in one of my albums!! No kidding!

Lyrics to "Living Alone": "Eating Cereal from a box without a care."

Lyrics to “Living Alone”:
“Eating Cereal from a box without a care.”

 

That’s right. It’s even in my lyrics to the song I broke the top 40 with, 14 years ago, when cereal was cereal! On my “Racing with Reality” CD. Above is a page from the insert.

How ironic are my lyrics?  Eating cereal from a box without a care….?!!

I care now. I have to. Everything has changed. (Like that huge TV I am watching. No flat screen? Just flat boobs.)

In that particular photo, I am eating Golden Grahams. My fav! (I’m hanging my head for a moment of silence, as I give them up.)

Damn you Koch Brothers! (Imagine me saying that like Charlton Heston did, when he discovered that “They finally did it”. (Planet of the Apes is one of my favorite all time movies that I can watch on my couch eating cereal. AHHHHHHH!)

"They finally did it. DAMN YOU! DAMN YOU TO HELL!"

“They finally did it. DAMN YOU! DAMN YOU TO HELL!”

But this will snap me out of my remorse:

 

These are actual rats that have been fed the corn they use in cereal chalked with 12 essential vitamins and minerals?  No. Choked with GMO’s that will give you fucking cancer.

Look at these poor animals!

The results of GMO's on RATS! (I know who the real rats are)

The results of GMO’s on RATS! (I know who the real rats are)

 

Anyway, how can we mere mortals have a voice against the evil empire of our country? We have to stick together. We have to be educated. (So please do share this?)

Right now in Washington, they are voting whether or not these scumbags need to even tell us what they are putting in the food they sell us!

And I bet they will get their way.

 

I am starting my own little revolution. I hope you join me. Let’s boycott the motherfuckers. Cash in your stock now, if you own any in the companies above. Stop buying from those companies. And I am sorry for all of those employed by the Evil Empire. Maybe if we force our “Corporations” to produce healthier food, the costs will go down at Whole Foods, where my eyeballs pop out of my head when the bill comes for a small bag of groceries. And you can get a job at a competitive healthy company.

This is no joke, folks. I wish it were. I want my cereal!

But I don’t want my Lucky Charms to have it’s newest marshmallow shaped like a tumor. They’re magically suspicious.

And that photo of Chuck might not be so far fetched for our future.

04
Mar
12

NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON – Dream 2

So, I am a bit of a Sci-fi geek.   Here is an encore performance of dream 2 – (Part 2 of dream sequence with Neil DeGrasse Tyson!  And of course, if you are a Trekee, you might enjoy this….btw – I am OLD GENERATION!

Beam Me up Scotty!

Star Trek Rocks, Neil DeGrasse Tyson Rocks, and Science Rocks!  Fact Rocks!

P.S.  (For Linda Stone…yes, it is fun to be back to just being the goofy me, as opposed to the Grammy me.)

26
Dec
11

CHERRIES!

Remember in the movie “The Jerk” when Steve Martin was so excited because the new phone books were here!?

Well, my new video is here!!

This is how I will look for the next week, while asking members to consider EMOTIONAL JUKEBOX for Best Americana Album!

I want to thank Forrest Murray, Ian McCruden, Curt Cuimei, Scott Fadynich, and Cal Schwartz, as well as NJ Discover for their talent, heart, and contribution!  (And Joan for the idea to shoot at Amoeba!)  (And Amoeba Records for letting us shoot there!)
And how cool is it that I might even get to meet Steve at the Grammys!! He has been nominated for Best Bluegrass Album!”
If we were competing for Jerk of the Year, I might give you a run for your money!
Now back to round 2 before the ballots are due!
(Don’t you love when youtube gives you the ugliest thumbnails!?)

Life is a Great Big Bowl of Cherries!

Happy New Year Everyone!
Love,
Linda
11
Dec
11

If this is a Cinderalla Story – Will I lose my shoe?

I’m on the plane to L.A.  Next stop, another major magazine interview and a radio appearance on 95.5 KLOS!  Chris Carter’sBreakfast with The Beatles!”  You can listen anywhere on line.  Show is 8-11:00 PST, and I’ll hit towards the end.

On Sirius, he was kind enough to play my version of “I’m Only Sleeping” in 2011 BG (Before Grammys); before “the news was read, oh boy”…(Beatles’ fans would get that!)

What a blast!

You can’t make up stories like this!

I am hearing Bill Murray from Caddyshack in the back of my head right now…

“The Cinderella story, here in Augusta…”

Now Kenny Loggins has entered the party in my brain.  “I’m all right, nobody worry bout me….”

Just picture me as the little gofer dancing around!

I'm Alright!

51 years old.  What a journey.

When I went to Mount Everest, I was happy enough to have reached base camp.

Mount Everest Base Camp, Tibet Side. 17,300 Feet

And here I am again, at the base camp of the Grammys.  This was a much more difficult climb, and it took a lot longer to get here.  But at least I don’t need Diamox; sleep in a Yak tent, and have to pee every hour outside in below zero weather at night!  BRRRRR!

I am in awe to be trekking amongst such legendary summiteers as EmmyLou Harris, Lucinda Williams, Ry Cooder, and Levon Helm…crashing in the same tent!

The view is breath-taking.

I wonder what it looks like from the top?

02
Oct
11

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN – BORN IN THE U.S.A. OF THE “FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE” FAN

Where I reside in New Jersey, I am surrounded by “fiscally responsible Springsteen fanatics.”  *My new acronym: FRSF’s.

Being “fiscally responsible” is synonymous with being a “wealthy Republican that chooses to overlook all of the prehistoric beliefs of their party.”

And it is their number one excuse for defending being a Republican these days.

(Hey!  Some of my best husbands are Republican!)

I know what you’re thinking.

“I don’t have to defend myself for being Republican, you Bleeding Heart Liberal, Tree hugging, free loading hippie freak!”

The difference between me and just about everyone else here in Monmouth County is that I prefer listening to Bruce Springsteen speak, unless he is playing solo acoustic.  That’s when my ears are happy.

And the difference between a Springsteen Concert and a Ted Nugent Concert is that 99% of the Republican crowd cheers when Nugent speaks.

I can’t stand Nugent’s music or his politics.  The guy makes me sick.

And I am hoping the FRSF’s might be the 1% not guilty of cheering when Nugent suggests that Obama stick one of Teddy’s machine guns in his mouth, and calls him a piece of shit.  Or when he tells Hillary to ride his machine gun.  Are you?  (And Nugent was invited to the White House by Bush…and that was okay with FOX NEWS.)

And the difference between the dreaded “Liberals” and the “Real America Republicans” is that the wealthy left doesn’t put up a stink about paying more money in taxes for the greater good of their country.  They are “Real Patriots”.  The economy is suffering because of greed.

My example of a “Fiscally Responsible Republican” monologue:

“It’s not that I believe all of the crazy shit that most elected Republicans say!  I’m not anti-abortion, or anti-gay, or ultra religious.  I just don’t want to pay any more taxes.  Too many people are getting free rides on my money.  I would rather have the extra cash to buy some great weed and see Springsteen for the 100th time, even though I can’t stand listening to him talk about politics.  He should just shut up and sing.”

So, regardless of the ethics your party seemingly stands for, you ignore those unpleasantries, and stick with circus clowns solely to defend preventing a 3% hike in your taxes, at any cost, as long as it’s not your cash.  You love your money.

Regardless of what goes on morally in Bruce Springsteen’s head, you ignore his beliefs, and the mind behind what creates his songs, because you love your music and your money.

And while I am at it….for ALL of America’s decision makers, regardless of Saudi Arabia beating women for driving cars, you are still fans, because we love their oil.

The same behavior is unacceptable for other countries that don’t provide us with oil.

It’s fucking hypocritical.

And where are the Republicans in office stepping up to the plate to say, “These other religious righty whack jobs do not stand for what we do?” Or  “They are trying to hijack our party; and they are out of line?”

How about Chris Christie?

Last night at the dinner table, I had a discussion with my former FRSF, most patient husband about Springsteen and Christie.

He actually said, “Christie is a fan of Springsteen.  So I am sure his music influences Christie’s thoughts!”

I almost choked on my organic arugula salad, laughing.  “Are you kidding me?”

I love your optimism, honey, and the rainbows in your eyes; and I appreciate that you were open minded enough to not vote for  The Grumpy Old Man and the MILF.  (Moron I’d like to forget).  But he is just like the other fans that complain when Springsteen talks at his shows.

If Christie should happen to run for the Presidency , I wouldn’t be surprised if he tried to muscle in on using “BORN IN THE USA” to help him get elected.

Reagan used it in his campaign in Hammonton, N.J, prompted by a not so brilliant idea of George Will’s.

Springsteen was so displeased, that when he was invited to the White House by Reagan, he “kindly rebuffed”.

Below is a direct quote Reagan used during his campaign, when he had no clue what the song was really about.  If he had actually read all of the lyrics!

“America’s future rests in a thousand dreams inside your hearts; it rests in the message of hope in songs so many young Americans admire:  New Jersey’s own Bruce Springsteen.  And helping you make those dreams come true is what this job of mine is all about.”

The message of the song was so misunderstood that Springsteen contacted his record company, “Thrill Hill Productions, Inc”, and  insisted that a video be made to display the accurate meaning.  (I couldn’t even find that version on youtube!)

The song expresses his disdain for the USA’s mistreatment of Vietnam Vets.  (I have a song called “AWOL” that’s on a different page of the same book. – Track 10 on “Emotional Jukebox”)

Later Springsteen did a superb remake, without his typical production…that I can listen to.  Whenever Springsteen performs like this I can listen all day long.  It gives me goose bumps.

However, when the song is performed like this, I can’t even take 4 bars.

I’m sorry.  This is just my opinion, and I am definitely in the minority.  But the sound of that carousel keyboard nauseates me.  The very white rhythmic feel, chord progressions and sonic choice do nothing for my ears.  The majority of his songs are head banging, rather than hip moving.  (He certainly doesn’t need my support.  Millions of folks love it just the way it is!)

I love Springsteen’s passion, morals and ethics!  But not the “Jersey Shore” sound.

I respect how he had the balls and conviction to perform “41 shots” (American Skin), in front of booing police officers at Madison Square Garden, where fans were hassled just for entering.

Bruce is a musical vigilante.

The song was about a tragic death of an innocent, unarmed street vendor shot 41 times and killed by 4 police officers in reaction to him reaching for his wallet.

Springsteen stands for the underdog, the working class.  (The ones that make less than $250 K, but still some that get brainwashed into voting against higher taxes for the FRSF’s that can afford healthcare.)

He is so dedicated to his beliefs to stand up for injustice, that he risks popularity and ruffling feathers to make his point without compromise.  I can relate, man.  (Say that like a hippie.)

It is ironic that I have some die-hard fans that love my music, and hate my politics.  Hi Craig! (My number one Mid-Western right winged fan!)

My Dream Springsteen Experience would be hearing more about what he believes in at his shows, alone with his guitar… And then I could produce his next album with more organic arugula and less iceberg lettuce.

With this nightmare scenario for his fans, I could single handedly destroy his sales! But I might get him some new admirers!

I saw Springsteen on his “Tunnel of Love” tour at the Boston Garden for my first experience to see what the fuss was all about, many year ago.

Well, I didn’t get it.  And not until my FRSF dragged me kicking and screaming to a show 4 years ago, had I seen him since.

There is no disputing that he is an amazing entertainer.  And he puts on a show with energy that rivals Mick Jagger.  However, I can watch The Rolling Stones Band ’til the cows come home.

But then Bruce and I shared a venue in Asbury Park.

That was when I saw him play solo for the first time.  That is when I figured out the brilliant disguise.  He masks the purity of his voice and music when he dresses it with his band of great musicians.

113 Years of Good Liberal Genes!

When Bruce Springsteen strips down, and is buck naked Bruce,

he is Michelangelo’s David!

(Photo by Jenneson Grey – Thanks for snapping it!)

And when I met him backstage, the first words out of my mouth were, “I was so jealous to see you on Jon Stewart!  Stewart has met presidents, world leaders; the most powerful people in the world, and maintains his composure.  But with you, he was like a giddy school girl.”

That’s why he da Boss.

Then I got my picture!!!  (Unlike McCartney.)  And my, oh my, did he look like a Masterpiece in person.

And if Michee was around today, Bruce would make a fine specimen to sculpt, and plunk in Florence.  The line would be longer than the one for David, ‘cuz the Italians adore Spreeenga Steena, too.  And instead of a leaf, there could be a guitar!

(brief pause to enjoy the visual…)

Maybe my X-FRSF will take my poor liberal ass back to Italy if he is not too pissed off!

Fortunately he’s not the type to grab one of Nugent’s machine guns to fire 41 shots at me after reading this, leaving me DEAD IN THE U.S.A.

I’d like to thank you, Bruce, for actually influencing my husband with your words, spoken or sung.  He does listen.  (to you, anyway.)  And I’ve seen tears come out of the rainbows in his eyes when he talks about what you stand for, and how you sing it.  (I actually wish he would give it a rest.  “Can’t you go a day without mentioning Bruce?” has come out of my mouth too many times.)

Finally ending on a positive note,  between your music and mine, we at least converted one!

Ciao for now!

24
Sep
11

Neil DeGrasse Tyson Dream ~ Part 3 ~ THE NIGHTMARE!!!

Yup…the dream continues.

My genuine dreams are extraordinarily vivid.  The details, colors, and conversations are coherent.  But they don’t always make sense.  (Actually, rarely make sense.)

When I am in the moment in the dreams, they seem so real!  The emotions I feel are real.  So when I wake up, I still carry that.

It’s great when it’s a happy dream, like when I see and speak to my Grandparents!  Those are my favorite!  I just get a little bummed when I wake up, because I want more!  The feeling is euphoric!

Then I can dream about my sister being chased by a vampire; and I run to help, and trip over a cow in the neighborhood where I lived when I was a child, fall down and wake up.

Or how about the dreams when someone dies that is very close to you?  Or they break up with you, or you find them cheating on you!  I wake up crying my eyes out!  It takes a while to shake off.

The best dreams are the good ones that come true….like being able to interview Neil Degrasse Tyson.

Of course I could have made one full length feature film instead of breaking this up, but too much A.D.D. around….I’m lucky if you are even watching these!  But I hope you are!  What’s 10 minutes of your life for a laugh?  (They take me hours to put together!  Yeah, yeah, whip out the violin.)

Oh!  And I learned how to spell “hune”!  It’s HEWN.  My Dad informed me.

All has been fun and games in part 1 & 2…(’til someone loses an eye…or Bachmann’s possessed eyes show up!)   I knew the silliness couldn’t last…so here come da nightmare….

(I’m picturing Sammy Davis, Jr. from Laugh In…let’s see if I can find a photo…)

  I just found one!

..straying for a moment….big shocker…

I LOVED LAUGH-IN!!!

(Those of you old enough to appreciate the show might get a nice flashback….sock it to me….very interesting but stupid…  That’s particularly fitting!)

“Here come da dream….Here come da dream….”

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AHHH! AHHH!  Wasn’t that terrifying?  You bet your sweet bipee!  My highlights….

Most classic line in the dream by Anthony Bordain!

Most important moment – Neil pointing out the number of Lawyers in Government.

Most amazing off the cuff quote by Neil in response to me asking him his reaction to Creative Evolution being taught in school…

“It is one of the greatest reminders of the beginning of the end of American Civilization”.   Neil Degrasse Tyson, August 25, 2011 – Chorney Blog!

Although Tyson is a doctor of science, I’d like to personally thank him for the free therapy session!  (He seems to be able to handle the insanity better than I.)




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