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Music Monday- Philly Music Memories…


I waited a long time for my prince charming. They say be careful what you wish for. My Prince Charming is kind, supportive and understanding with me. He is also all of those things with everyone who crosses his path. There was no reason for me to be surprised when he came home one night with an elderly homeless woman.

Sophie was eighty-years-old, homeless and mentally ill. I wanted to know how she got to that point in her life where she didn’t have one friend or relative to take her in from the cold and had no choice but to trust us, virtual strangers. Yesterday was her birthday. We miss her.

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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.


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:

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.


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


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Friday Fragments…


Friday Fragments are bits and pieces of your week that are usually brief; too short for a stand-alone post, but too good to discard. Collect humorous observations, “Heard” items, other small gems. What are you grateful for this week, looking forward to this weekend? Put them together in a Friday Fragments post. It’s a great way to end the week! What have you been up too?


My week started out with a Happy Hour for the Sophia Group at the lovely home of Pat Nogar. She is the host of Living Well with Pat Nogar and believe me, she is an amazing host. She served a signature drink that was served at her annual lady’s tea a few weeks ago, the sugar plum fairy. It was yummy!

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Kindness is Sending a Bowl of Berries…



Those that know me best know that I’ve been preaching kindness pretty much since I started talking. It is a new year and a good time for all of us to do a little soul searching and a lot of kindness generating. The ugliness I have seen over the past six-months has been overwhelming. We all need to take a good long look in the mirror and decide if we like who we see looking back at us. Are we telling little girls who to be or are we showing them by example?

Some psychologists believe that ‘being nice’ isn’t really so nice after all. They believe being nice actually comes from a fear.

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Music Monday Meet Erin McAndrew/Skeleton of Life


So many of the happiest memories I have are filled with music. It’s like the sound is woven through them, holding them together. Most of my saddest memories have music attached too. I married a DJ so he has a story for every song he hears too!

Because music is so important to me, such a part of my life I’ve wanted to join in on Music Monday posts for the longest time.

My Music Monday posts will include interviews and music from new and veteran artists from all genres of music as well as the music that has meant the most to me throughout my life.

This week I want to introduce you to another newcomer, Erin McAndrew. She has a beautiful voice, grew up a few towns over and with her college band she played CBGB’s, a place that held special memories of my brother for me. I was sad to see it go. David and his Plug Ugly band- mates played there shortly before he was murdered.

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Feeling Insecure?

The first Wednesday of every month I participate in The Insecure Writer’s Support Group. #IWSG. This is one AMAZING group of talented beginning writers, established writers, and professional authors. One of the many things we all have in common is our moments of extreme insecurity about our craft. Another is our gratitude and strong -pay it forward attitudes when our confidence is soaring.

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Public Relations/PR/ Press Releases



Wednesday is the day I share what I have learned on my journey to publication, marketing and publishing again. If you have any questions please feel free to leave them in the comments and I will do my best to answer them. If you have any tips please share them with us…

Public Relations PR Part 2/ Writing Press Releases

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Blog to Book…

Writing Wednesday


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.


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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Its All About the Readers…

The first Wednesday of each month I participate in the Insecure Writers Support Group #IWSG

If you are a writer or blogger you are more than welcome to join us. No matter where we are in our writing careers there are times we could all uses a bit of support and there are times when we feel we have support to give to those in need.

To sign up or for more information on this fabulous group:


As I do every November, I sit here shaking my head and wondering what happened to July. As much as I love summer I am learning to enjoy the Fall and trying to be mindful of the beautiful nature and flavors it offers.

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