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Imagine That…

Imagine that we American women united so no person or organization could control us by dividing us. Imagine that we actually did something other than persist. Imagine us coming together to solve problems. Imagine we built a bridge on what we have in common and our differences washed away under that bridge. Imagine that…

Imagine that on the topic of:

Schools- We agree we want the very best educational system for our children. We agree that every child has the right to an education regardless of race, religion, sex or disabilities. Imagine that we got together in our small towns and our cities and created a plan, we could make our school boards, administrators and educators accountable for every cent

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It’s #MusicMonday featuring Codie Prevost…

All of my memories are filled with music. It’s like the sound is woven through each of them, holding them together. Without warning a song will come on the radio and I am instantly tearing up thinking of a lost loved one or the night I met my husband. I married a music man who has a song for every one of his memories, a basement full of 45’s, albums, cassettes and cd’s.  He is my own personal DJ.

My #MusicMonday posts will include interviews and music from new and veteran artists from all genres of music as well as the people that bring that music to us. I will also share music that has meant the most to me throughout my life.

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This week I want to introduce you to Canadian country music sensation, Codie Prevost. Codie has been nominated for and has won dozens of awards including the Canadian Country Music Awards. He grew up on a 2000 acre farm in a small (300 people- very small.)

His first band played covers of their favorite punk bands like Goldfinger and Greenday. Codie developed his calloused fingers performing every weekend in bars and entering talent competitions. It was after one of those competitions he met his manager, Al Leblanc.

The two put together a five-year plan and haven’t looked back. Codie headed to Nashville to record an album and the awards continued. He won the award for Best Country Song from the Independent Music Awards and he was also nominated for the Lieutenant Governor’s Arts Award. He’s won awards at the Saskatchewan Country Music Association including Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year.

This past year has been a big one for Codie. He’s opened for Florida Georgia Line, Joe Nichols, Big and Rich. He began a tour with fellow artist Stephen Maguire called “Imagine No Bullying.” Codie, Stephen, and the Canadian Red Cross go from school to school playing music and speaking with kids in an attempt to bring bullying to an end. The proceeds go to the Red Cross.

I predict Codie is about to take the United States, Nashville and Country music by storm. I hope you enjoy this humble farm boy and his music as much as I do.

Interview Questions

DM-Where did you grow up and do you have siblings?

CP-I grew up on a farm just outside of Archerwill, Saskatchewan, Canada. I have two sisters and I’m the middle child.

DM-Did you grow up in a home that promoted reading, writing or music?

CP-My mom and uncle would play acoustic guitar and sing at family events. This inspired me to eventually pick up the guitar and start singing. My mom would always have music playing during the holidays and my sister was a member of Columbia House, which was a music distribution service that allowed her to have new music delivered to the farm every month.

DM-What instruments do you play and when did you start?

CP-I play guitar and harmonica. I started playing Harmonica as a part of art class in High School. It was definitely my favorite part of the art class. I started guitar around 14 and started writing my first songs when I was 16.

Have a Listen: https://youtu.be/f7gjDwNEn8c

DM- At what moment, did you know country music was your future?

CP-I started in a punk rock band in high school. We performed every recess and spare class we got. I had saved up some money from working on road construction with plans of buying a new electric guitar. A close uncle of mine who loved country music passed away suddenly and my family and I travelled to Calgary to attend the funeral. On that trip I went into Music Centre Canada and ended up purchasing my first acoustic guitar instead of an electric. I returned home and learned Folsom Prison Blues and I never looked back.

DM-You have already accomplished so much, such as opening for Florida-Georgia Line, Big and Rich, Emerson Drive, and other big names. If you could choose an ‘old-school’ dream tour, what artist or band would you share the stage with and who would be on your present-day dream tour (any genre)?

CP-I would love to share the stage with Keith Urban. I’ve always said that Keith is one of the best performers/artists all around and a great role model. I would love the opportunity to learn from him. [DMHe is my favorite too and his wife, Nicole Kidman is in my town filming a movie. I’m stalking the restaurants!]

Keith Urban & Nicole Kidman

DM-What is “The Imagine No Bullying Tour?”

CP-It’s a tour in support of the anti-bullying initiative. The main goal is to create awareness in communities and try to minimize the amount of bullying that takes place. The initiative was started by my good friend Stephen Maguire and then expanded on with the help of the Canadian Red Cross. It’s a tour that I’m very proud to be a part of.

DM-Do you write music and lyrics and if so what is your process?

CP-Yes, I write lots of my own songs. Inspiration comes from everywhere. I usually sit down and start by finding a melody. I do a lot of co-writing as well and find it works well to have two minds to feed the song. I’m very strong at coming up with melodies so I love to work with great lyricists to create the best songs possible.

DM- Congratulations on expecting your second child in May. I imagine with having a young family you need to be more creative with your schedule. Does your family travel with you?

CP-From time to time they do travel and come to shows. It is difficult though as when I’m on the road it is to do work and it can be very busy with interviews, shows, setups, and travelling. I have been fortunate to be touring in Australia the past couple years. We are going to work it out so we can also plan a family trip in the near future!

DM- Do you have any plans to perform/tour in America?

CP-Yes, it’s been one of my major goals to start touring in the US more. I have made a lot of fans through use of the Internet and want to get there to visit them all very soon.

DM-What was recording your album in Nashville like?

CP-It was a surreal experience. I remember walking into the studio and seeing gold and platinum albums on the wall from Alan Jackson, Tim McGraw, and many others. I could not believe I was working in the same studio. The musicians were world class. It was unbelievable and a huge opportunity for me as an artist to know what level of excellence to strive for.

DM-What is your favorite hometown place to eat and what is on the menu?

CP- There was a local restaurant that served Chinese cuisine. I would always order fries, gravy, and cheese and it was the best poutine I’ve ever had. Still miss it to this day. [DM-I had to look up poutine. Its not a Philly thing but I can’t wait to try it!]

DM-What was the last book you read? Last movie you saw?

CP-The last book I read was about trading stocks. I’ve found that I have a passion for this field over the past couple years. Last movie I saw was Masterminds a new comedy movie.

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Please visit Codie’s website to sample some of his music and I hope you will call your local stations and request his songs.

Website- http://www.codieprevost.com

Connect with him on social media:

Facebook Page- https://www.facebook.com/codieprevostmusic

Twitter- https://twitter.com/codieprevost

Instagram- https://www.instagram.com/codieprevostmusic

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Music Monday featuring Blue Nation

MUSIC MONDAY

So many of the happiest memories I have are filled with music. It’s like the sound is woven through each memory, connecting them. My saddest memories have music attached to them too and without warning a song will come on the radio and I am instantly tearing up thinking of a lost loved one. I married a music man who also has songs attached to most memories, a basement full of 45’s and albums and he is now my personal DJ.

My #MusicMonday posts will include interviews and music from new and veteran artists from all genres of music as well as the people that bring that music to us. I will also share music that has meant the most to me throughout my life.

Recently I came across a post on Twitter about a rock band from England. I followed the link and had a listen. I instantly liked the bluesy rock sound and was thrilled when they agreed to an interview! So all the way from the UK, I hope you enjoy meeting the lads from Blue Nation as much I did.

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Music Monday featuring Marilyn Russell…

MUSIC MONDAY

So many of the happiest memories I have are filled with music. It’s like the sound is woven through each memory, connecting them. My saddest memories have music attached to them too and without warning a song will come on the radio and I am instantly tearing up thinking of a lost loved one. I married a music man who also has songs attached to most memories, a basement full of 45’s and albums and he is now my personal DJ.

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Blog to Book…

Writing Wednesday

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Wednesday is the day I like to share information, tidbits I picked up on my journey from writer to published author. Information I wish someone would have shared with me back then.

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I’ve missed the blogging and writing community. Everyone has been so embroiled in election negativity. I miss the positive, friendly, informative posts I got used to, expected and looked forward to from my writer friends. Hopefully we are close to the end of all the negativity and the spirit of the holidays will fill us all and inspire us to reach out and love and respect each other again.

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Keep It Kind…

Keep It Kind

A couple of years ago around this time of year I challenged myself to make it through one week without thinking, saying or doing anything unkind. The challenge also included performing at least one random act of kindness per day.

The reason I entered that challenge was because I was full of anxiety and upset with people that were preaching and peddling kindness but only with those that agreed with and thought like them. Basically that meant only when it was easy for them to be kind.

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Women Called the Other “C” Word…

I tried not to get sucked into the ever churning cesspool of endless social media tit -for- tat that goes on around election time. Over the last 8-years it seems to be constant. There doesn’t even seem to be a break long enough to celebrate our wins and grieve our losses.

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Growing up in the Somerton section of Northeast Philadelphia, our house was the actual precinct polling place. A few days before the election our dining room furniture was moved out and the big gray voting machine was brought in. Folks started lining up an hour or so before the poles officially opened.

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Halt and Catch Fire

Binge watching TV series has become one of our favorite past-times. It’s not like we become obsessive and not get dressed, eating only delivered pizza and Chinese food all weekend but we have done that a few times.

One of our latest favorites just started its 3rd season. Halt and Catch Fire airs Tuesday nights at 9:00 EST on AMC.

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The show is based on the pre-internet tech drama of the 1980’s. If you remember those days you will appreciate the fashion, music and culture in this series. If you don’t remember those days but want to know what it was like prior to cell phones and laptops this series will be a history lesson.

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Meet Baby Bailino…

I am so excited to introduce you to author, Dina Santorelli. I really enjoyed her first book Baby Grand and cannot wait to read the sequel, Baby Bailino!

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Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Queens, New York, one of the five boroughs of New York City and about ten minutes from midtown Manhattan—two hours, if there’s traffic. J

Did you grow up in a home that promoted reading or writing?

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Poldark Returns On…

One of PBS’s first hit series, Poldark first ran almost 40-years ago. The timeless classic was brought back to the small screen last year thrilling old fans like my mother who loved the original series and me a new fan.

The new season starring the dreamy Aidan Turner and gorgeous Eleanor Tomlinson begins with a 2-hour special on September 25th. Fans will be thrilled to know that season 3 has been ordered and will begin filming in September.

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In season 2 the love triangle between Elizabeth, Demelza and Ross continues as Ross fights to stay out of prison and for his life while also trying to save his marriage. Demelza still struggling with the pain of losing their baby is terrified she will lose Ross too.

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