Neil Young: Come a little bit closer, hear what I have to say


Neil Young is a rock-and-roll icon and has been for six decades…he’s not fading away! He’s released thirty-six solo albums since 1969-2015. “I don’t care what people want to hear…that’s not why I’m playing. I’m not an entertainer in the classic sense. I play what I feel like playing, and I hope the people like it.” 

Neil Young is my Dad’s age…seventy-years-old young. There’s something about this generation…their unwavering confidence and spirit of a Crazy Horse. Neil Young’s middle name is Percival…one of the knights of Arthur’s round table. Percival was one of the persevering knights who finds the Holy Grail and completes the quest. Young’s parents probably knew that Percival would suit him well.

Most music fans know about Neil Young and his epic musical legacy, but if you “come a little bit closer”…the man behind “Rockin’ In The Free World,” “Heart of Gold,” “Harvest Moon,” “Ohio” and so many more classics is even more interesting than you thought.


1. Neil Young has been a resident of Northern California for almost fifty years (he also has homes in Florida and Hawaii) but did you know that he’s Canadian? He’s received both the Order of Manitoba and the Order of Canada“It’s my roots, I’m proud to be a Canadian – but I don’t let it hold me back.”

2. Neil Young was once in a band with R&B legend Rick James. Before he formed Buffalo Springfield, Young played in a ’60s Toronto band called the Mynah Byrds that was fronted by seventeen-year-old Rick Super Freak James. Not only did Young play in a band with Rick James in the ‘60s, they also shared an apartment together in Toronto. In an interview Young said, “We did some wild things. It’s all very hazy to me now. I’m glad I made it through that stage. It got a little dicey.”


3. Neil Young is passionate about paddle boarding and practices during his free time. He said he loves paddle boarding because “it’s a beautiful thing…I can’t worry about the paparazzi. You can’t see them anyway. They are taking pictures from behind trees. You can’t think about that.”

4. Lynyrd Skynyrd wrote “Sweet Home Alabama” as a diss song to Neil Young for writing “Southern Man” and “Alabama.” Young’s songs discuss the racism that existed in the American South. “Sweet Home Alabama” is about how great the South is and includes the lyrics “I hope Neil Young will remember, a Southern man don’t need him around anyhow.” Young actually liked the song.


5. Young looks long and lean because of his training regimen…Pilates! He’s a trained Pilates instructor. “I have a truck that travels with me when I’m on the road, and it has a Pilates Reformer in it. I keep doing stuff like that. It keeps me fit.” Young attributes Pilates to making his performances on stage more aerobic and a form of strength training. “I can actually do it better now than I’ve been able to for years because Pilates has opened my body up. I feel much better about my ability to react physically to what I’m doing.”

It’s nice to know that Neil Percival Young isn’t retiring anytime soon. He’s writing a book right now…still on his quest like a persevering knight of King Arthur.

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Tuesday Nights in 1980


Imagine a party in New York City in 1979…the punk era. You might see Bianca Jagger, Jerry Hall, Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Blondie, Keith Haring… This was a time period that changed the art world and opened it for the outsiders coming in with a vision. Molly Prentiss paints the end of the seventies Manhattan with many cigarettes, graffitied phone booths and seedy bars that take you back to the hey day of CBGB’s and Studio 54.

“One man would be grinning while the art lovers toasted in his name, another man would never paint again.”


Things seem to be falling into place at the beginning of the book…The main character, James, has a faithful following of his New York Times art reviews and his art collection is the talk of the town. On New Year’s Eve, James and his wife, Marge, are excited to begin the new decade with a new life that they’ll welcome in 1980.

Tuesday Nights in 1980 follows a group of people engrossed in the art scene in New York in 1979. Raul Engales is an artist from Argentina who has run away from his sister, Franca and the problems his country is facing. Raul is ego driven and dives head first into NYC’s art scene. Raul tunes out his past in Argentina but when James comes into his life, he can’t ignore what he left behind. Franca’s little boy Julian is warmly welcome by James’ wife Marge who so desperately wants a child of her own. Marge confronts Lucy about the affair she has had with her husband. Marge tells Lucy, “It isn’t enough to be beautiful… Beautiful is for other people. You have to be something for you.”

Lucy is like “the girl with the pearl earring“…she’s in a painting of Raul’s and is muse to both Raul and James. James describes Lucy in his synesthetic-style…”She was a lime after a shot of strong tequila. She was no sunglasses and no sunscreen when you needed both. She was wet tar when your feet got stuck…”

James is the peculiar character who shines the brightest in Tuesday Nights. He seems to be on the spectrum and needs inspiration to be the art critic that New York Times can’t get enough of. James’ synesthesia has made him successful with his unique critical perspective…”a word was transformed into a color, where an image was manufactured into a bodily sensation , where applesauce tasted like sadness and winter was the color blue.” When James awakens to find his synesthetic abilities gone, after his wife has had a miscarriage, he’s desperate to regain them in order to save his marriage and career. James tells Raul after he’s had an accident and states that he’s giving up art, “You are underestimating of the power of the associative brain! That’s what an artist is! Someone whose way of looking at the world – just their gaze – is already an idea in itself!”


Each character is motivated by a deep yearning that keeps them dancing into the New Year with sentimental hope. Tuesday Nights in 1980 is a debut novel that will keep you turning the page for more… “The imperfections, the time that’s passed, the hiccups…that’s the wear of the world on it. That’s the life.”

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Caneel Bay: Rockefeller’s Paradise

caneel sunset

My husband, Derek, and I traveled to St John Island to stay at Rockefeller’s paradise, Caneel Bay. St. John is small and remote…barely twenty square miles. We flew into St. Thomas and took a fairy to St. John. When Derek and I took the fairy from Charlotte Amelie to Caneel Bay, we soon realized that we were amongst returning visitors.

Caneel Bay is lush, manicured with efforts to preserve its natural beauty. It’s a luxury resort inside of a National Park. We took a million pictures but it’s difficult to capture a place that looks so much like a postcard.


Caneel Bay is a jungle that has been tamed. In 1952, Laurance Spelman Rockefeller visited Caneel Bay on a sailing trip with his wife and he fell completely in love with the place. He bought Caneel Bay…which used to be a small West Indian Company hotel in the thirties. Rockefeller was intrigued that this unspoiled paradise was on the grounds of an old sugar plantation. Over the years, he bought 50,000 acres of unspoiled land to preserve it from development and donated most of it to the National Park Service as Virgin Islands National Park.

Caneel is a destination for anyone who appreciates unspoiled nature. Rockefeller opened Caneel Bay, the first of his RockResorts, in 1956. He wanted guests to snorkel, eat and sleep well, and be outside experiencing the benefits of being in a natural setting. Give guests a beautiful place in balance with nature.

The villas are strung out along a series of private beaches. The bright and airy rooms give visitors the sense of living outdoors. Caneel Bay is one of the world’s first eco resorts. The lighting is low, there are no radios or televisions so you can totally unplug.


We stayed on Paradise Beach and found it to be secluded and an easy walk to everywhere we wanted to be. Rockefeller also had his permanent residence (Cottage Seven) on Paradise Beach…I think he appreciated the seclusion.

Caneel Bay is a snorkelers paradise…populated by sea turtles, stingrays, urchins, enormous snails and a rainbow of tropical plants and fish. My children kept asking us, “Did you see Dory?” Yes, Dory was everywhere!

There are seven beaches at Caneel Bay: Caneel, Little Caneel, Turtle Bay, Scott Beach, Hawksnest Bay, Paradise Beach, and Honeymoon Beach. Make sure you bring your GoPro! All are uncrowded and have white sand that feels like powdered sugar underneath your feet and perfect for building sandcastles.

caneel turtle

The island is full of donkeys and deer comfortably living in their natural habitat. Mongooses also explore the grounds…they were brought to St. John to combat the snakes.


In addition to the snorkeling, we took advantage of the tennis courts, sailboats, paddle boards and massage cabanas. Derek and I were on our way to the massage cabanas when it started to pour. We stood under giant trees for an umbrella until the sky fell. Showers never last very long and by the time our massage was over, we were walking back in the sunshine.

Caneel Bay

Not much has changed sense Rockefeller ran Caneel Bay. This is a paradise protected…the Virgin Island that remains virgin!


Caneel Bay is a tennis players dream! They have ten tennis courts and offer a drill clinic every single morning.


The Sugar Mill was an eighteenth century old mill transformed into a small dining terrace. When Derek came here as a little boy, it was a burger place…now it’s ZoZo’s at the Sugar Mill, Northern Italian cuisine with a side of Caribbean sunset. It’s about fifty steps above beach level and ornamented with bougainvillea with a view that reaches the full expanse of the bays. The refreshing breeze further enhances the dining experience.

After dinner, the stars twinkled like the Sugar Plum Fairy’s tutu. Derek and I walked out to our little beach to stargaze with our feet in the sand and rum in our hands.

CaneelBay collage

I think I sampled most of the cocktail menu during our stay at Caneel Bay and my favorite was the Rockefeller Painkiller. It’s really pretty simple to make. Caneel gives it’s vistors a bottle of Cruzan Rum so we could almost make this in our room.

Rockefeller Painkiller

  • 2 oz of Rum
  • 4 oz of pineapple juice
  • 1 oz of cream of coconut
  • 1 oz orange juice
  • Top with fresh grated nutmeg to taste

Pour ingredients into a shaker filled with ice, shake and pour into a tall glass. Top with grated nutmeg.

We left Caneel Bay recharged and changed for the better. That’s the magic of Caneel…this well-run resort has natural curative powers. We can’t wait to take the children!



The Pearl at Rosemary Beach


This was our family’s tenth year to return to Rosemary Beach and our first year to stay at the glamorous Pearl Hotel at Rosemary Beach. As soon as we arrived the concierge greeted us with a glass of champagne.

We were nervous that The Pearl might not be as kid friendly but this was far from true…The Pearl was full of children of all ages and with access to all of the pools in Rosemary Beach, kids activities and bikes that made The Pearl a win for kids.

The modern amenities and conveniences of The Pearl made us come to the conclusion that we may continue to come back there instead of renting a house.

A wonderful perk of The Pearl is that beach chairs, umbrellas, towels, and lemonade are included with your stay. This was much easier compared to the Rosemary Beach chairs that make you do all the leg work.

Our family loved eating overlooking the Gulf of Mexico at the Havana Beach Bar & Grill. My Mom and I enjoyed classic cocktails that reminded me of something Ernest Hemingway might have. The piano player took requests from my children…Little Mermaid for my daughter and Charlie Brown for my son. The black-and-white photography sets the tone to make you feel like Hemingway might be over at the bar drinking a Mojito.

Spa Pearl is a tranquil spa by the sea. The staff pampers visitors like a mermaid…with the healing powers of the sea.

The 55-room gorgeous Pearl hotel is known for its handsome clock tower that gives Rosemary charm and old-world elegance. Downstairs, the large glass restaurant doors let in a beachy breeze that tickles your toes while a live piano player sets the mood.

The Pearl is a place for all ages to find fabulous food, cocktails, activities, relaxation, and romance. Views are breathtaking from every corner…the beach, village view or the pool view. We wondered…why had we not stayed in the Pearl before?


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Rosemary’s Good Eats, Shopping and Treasures

La Crema Tapas & Chocolate: a cozy courtyard invites you to enjoy a bit of Spain. I love that they even a child’s tapas menu.

Sugar Shak has an old-fashioned ambiance where the customers are always happy to find the open sign. These two are sweet places for the young and the young at heart.

Havana Bar & Grill: Spanish, French and Portuguese influence inspired by Hemingway’s favorite bar in Havana.

The Hidden Lantern Bookstore: This is not your average book store! Loaded with personality and thoughtfulness, The Hidden Lantern provides books and events that inspire a love for the written word.

My most favorite store in the world is Pish Posh Patchouli’s where you can design your signature scent at the custom scent bar; then select soaps, lotions, perfumes galore.

Fitz and Emme: this children’s boutique feels like you could be shopping in a quaint European shop.

Gigi’s Fabulous Kids’ Fashions & Toys: Offers the CUTEST European-style clothing and accessories for children. Gigi’s celebrates your child’s individual style.

Trading Company: You can’t leave without stopping by here! Get souvenirs that you will actually use!

Tracery: You can find everything you are looking for but haven’t found yet in this interior design and furnishing shop.

Crow Gallery: One of my favorite little galleries. Go see a Marc Chagall while you’re in your bikini.

Spa Pearl : Feel like a real mermaid as you’re pampered by the sea.

Marla & Shane Make an appointment for organic beach family photography that tell a story.


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Get Lost with your family in Lost Pines (part deux)


Everything’s bigger in Texas…especially your vacation! Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa has a way of making families feel at home. This year, we brought our puppy with us and he fit right in with the alpaca.

Traveling in your own state is less stressful…it’s more like living part of your life somewhere else. It feels really exciting, especially when we feel good about taking the whole family (dog included).

On our first full day at Lost Pines we couldn’t wait to get started exploring and getting outside. My husband and I knew that we wouldn’t be able to get the kids out of the Crooked River Water Park so we planned our big activities (ziplining and horseback riding) in the mornings.

There are so many kid-friendly activities for all ages. My daughter couldn’t wait to go to the hair-braiding station and my son wanted to get up close with the resident longhorn. Parents can enjoy time to rest and relax at Spa Django while the kids enjoy Camp Hyatt.

There are nine Texas-style restaurants on site to enjoy. Shellers Barrelhouse and Old Bucks were our favorites.  They both have the Austin-style musical feel (with live music most nights).  We couldn’t get enough of the BBQ chicken and pulled pork sandwiches but made sure to save room for s’mores.


Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort offers their guests a Texas experience that makes you feel like you’re deep in the heart of the Lone Star State. There are plenty of ways to enjoy a Texas-style vacation with out leaving the property… Upon checking in we were given an activity calendar of all the things we could experience: tennis, full-service Spa Django, 18-hole Wolfdancer Golf Club, horseback riding, kayaking, trap shooting, s’mores by the campfire, nature hikes, zipline, rock climbing, biking, archery, wagon rides, face painting, balloon making…My children’s favorite was the Crooked River water park because “a river runs through it!” This water park has a sandy beach, waterfalls, a lazy river, and waterslides.


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Birthdays: Celebrating New Decades!


Any birthday with a ZERO on the end is reason to celebrate! Almost all of our family has a summer birthday and most of us end with a zero this year…so that means we celebrated new decades together. My mother-in-law, my Dad, husband, daughter (and me too) happily share that zero.

Along with another birthday comes the inevitable question of how to celebrate… The good news about having a summer birthday is that it’s an excellent reason to skip town and celebrate!! The most important thing to remember about celebrating birthdays is that you want to make sure you have your family with you.


People and Events from 1936

My mother-in-law is quick-witted, business minded and has a love for horses and dogs. My children call her Nana. She is a super energetic Nana, quick-witted, and systematic by nature. Her recipe for a happy life might go like this…read a good book, ride a horse and cook with gas!

Song: Bing Crosby’s Pennies from Heaven

Movie: Anything Goes

Book: Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind is published

President: Roosevelt is re-elected for a second term

Fun fact: French chemist, Eugene Schueller (founder of L’Oreal), invents the first sunscreen this year.

Cost: gas was 10 cents a gallon, bread was 8 cents and stamps were 3 cents

Icon: Olivia de Havilland

Quote: Between two evils, I take the one I never tried before. ~Mae West in Klondike Annie



People and Events from 1946

My Dad said in his lifetime achievement award a few months ago, “Great effort reaps great rewards.” I’ve heard him say that all my life. Another favorite…”The Champion is the one that gets up the most times after he has been knocked down.” My Dad is many things: he’s a coach (on and off the court), a proud Tar Heel, a teacher, a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, most importantly…he’s a good man! My Dad is always optimistic, attracts plenty of attention wherever he goes, he’s wise, and is highly understanding.

Song: Dinah Shore’s Laughing on the Outside

Movie: The Best Years of our Lives

Book: All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren

President: Harry S. Truman 

Fun fact: Bikinis and Tupperware go on sale this year.

Cost: gas was 21 cents a gallon, bread was 10 cents and stamps were 3 cents

Icon: Ava Gardner

Quote: The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything save our modes of thinking and we thus drift toward unparalleled catastrophe. ~Albert Einstein



People and Events from 1966

My husband who loves being together with his family, lives for Alabama football, makes a great cocktail and is a huge Beatles fan. He’s positive, diligent, charming and resourceful.

Song: The Rolling Stones’ Paint it Black 

Movie: Whose Afraid of Virginia Woolf? 

Book: Jacqueline Susann’s Valley of the Dolls  

President: Lyndon B. Johnson

Fun fact: Mini skirts and color TVs became popular

Cost: gas was 32 cents a gallon, bread was 20 cents and stamps were 5 cents

Icon: Audrey Hepburn

Quotes: Beam me up, Scotty ~William Shatner, as Cat. James Kirk, in Star Trek



People and Events from 1976

I’ve always thought it was cool that I’m a Bicentennial baby! My parents took this picture when I was about three. My parents used to sing, Oh Sweet Pea to me and another one of my Dad’s nicknames for me is his “little quail bird.” I also nicknamed myself about this time, Sizzlean because I loved the name…I also love bacon!

Song: Starland Vocal Band’s Afternoon Delight

Movie: The Bad News Bears

Book: Peter Benchley’s The Deep 

President: Gerald Ford

Fun fact: Apple Computer was formed by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak.

Cost: gas was 59 cents, bread was 30 cents and stamps were 13 cents

Icon: Charo

Quotes: You talkin’ to me? ~Robert De Niro, as Travis Bickle, in Taxi Driver



People and Events from 2006

My daughter loves to paint, dance and swim like a fish…I call her my “little mermaid.”

Song: KT Tunstall’s Black Horse and the Cherry Tree

Movie: Cars 

Book: Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love

President: George W. Bush

Fun fact: Pluto is downgraded from a Planet to a dwarf planet by The International Astronomical Union.

Cost: gas was $3.03, bread was 97 cents and stamps were 39 cents

Icon: Heidi Klum

Quote: I’d like to grow old with my face moving. ~Kate Winslet said about why she would not consider plastic surgery.


Many happy returns to my fellow ZERO birthdays!

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mermaid hair


Three things I’m always searching for…the best mascara, the best jeans and the best shampoo and conditioner. I may have found the answer to the shampoo and conditioner…Mermaid Hair! Nothing beats beach hair but if you don’t live by the ocean, this is a way to add texture and shine to create those natural beach waves.


What girl wouldn’t want mermaid hair? Think about Ariel…she has the best hair of any of the Disney princesses.  Mermaid hair sounds so romantic…long silky braids, the smell of the sea and Botechelli waves.

You know those days when you want to channel your inner Daryl Hannah from Splash? This will do it…Mermaid Hair smells the Pina Colada and a day at the beach and it’s super gentle (all natural) so it won’t dry out or flatten hair.


Mermaid’s collection of beauty products is inspired by the ultra-hydrating powers of sea kelp and essential oils. Each sweet-smelling, botanical formula is packed with vitamins and minerals that keep hair lustrous and skin rejuvenated.


My most favorite store in the world is Pish Posh Patchouli’s at Rosemary Beach. Patchouli’s is an apothecary boutique where you can design your signature scent at the custom scent bar; then select soaps, lotions, perfumes AND Mermaid shampoo!! This is where I first spotted Mermaid Hair. My little mermaid wanted to try it and now we both use it.


Mermaid Hair is a sweet mix of orange blossoms and coconut to leave your hair soft, shiny, and smelling incredible. Bonus…they also make a Mermaid Perfume.


Wishing you mermaid kisses and starfish wishes!

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Peonies: the most romantic flower in the world

Pink peonies are my absolute favorite flower. They look like little balls of strawberry ice cream with layers and layers of soft fragrant flavors. Peonies are not available all year round…which is probably what makes people love them all the more. The end of peonies season is sadly here…if only they could last the whole summer.
Artist, Carmelo Blandino’s paintings of peonies help to make the season last longer… His paintings have intensity, color, and movement that make the viewer want to rub their nose all around it hoping to catch a whiff of the floral fragrance.
Peonies seem to be a nostalgic kind of flower. The best peony gardeners tend to be older growers…they might tell you that peony growing insures old age. These expert older gardeners might have their peonies in a bed with other old-fashioned flowers like gardenias, sweet peas, marigolds, hydrangeas…the kind of flowers that makes you nostalgic for your grandmother’s garden. I think most grandmothers stop and smell the roses…especially if they planted them.
The fattest and most scrumptious of all flowers, a rare fusion of fluff and majesty, the peony is now coming into bloom. ~Henry Mitchell
Nancy Reagan was known to be a romantic. It seems suiting that her favorite flowers were white peonies.
Nancy Reagan was not alone in her choice of flower, peonies are favored by brides all over the world because of their beautiful ruffles and feminine colors…it is the most romantic flower. They make a stunning addition to any bouquet. They were in my bouquet and I can still picture and smell them…heavenly.
If you’re planing to grow peonies, it’s helpful to know that like children, young peonies take time to develop. They usually need a few years to establish themselves, bloom, and grow. When planted in spring, peonies may not bloom for two years or more. The eyes of the root should be planted facing upward, no more than 2 inches below the surface of the soil. Peonies that do not sprout in the spring may have been planted too deeply or may have been damaged by frost if they were planted too late in the year.


Carmelo Blandino wrote this poem about flowers he paints and inner beauty. I imagine peonies in particular when reading it…a heart as a peony. See what you think…


It takes courage to live a life.
Without courage the flower would not allow itself to stand up and bloom.
We need courage to be attentive to life and to live by its truths.
To remain resolute in keeping the four corners of your life straight regardless of what others say about you.

Without courage the petals wouldn’t open, and then it’s great inner beauty would never be seen or manifest in the physical.

The high vibration of flowers with their radiant color and life, are there to remind us of our true essence,
and of our true potential as humans on earth.
Do you have the courage to live a life of unfoldment and
allow your petals to be seen for their glory, and to be glorious in your courage?
Of course you do, of course you can. By listening to the
personal flower within you. Your heart.

Wishing you beautiful flowers until the next peony season and the “courage” to listen to the flower within you.

The Peach Kings take a “Detour” with Cyndi Lauper


When my sister was about five, my brother and I would toss her down the laundry shoot. She was up for the adventure and thought it was wildly funny. That’s my sister Paige, always up for an adventure and looking for fun…she’s a “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” kind of sister.

When Paige and I played Barbies together, she liked to cut Barbies hair short…always experimenting with different hair styles. Paige and Cyndi shared a love for changing hair styles. I read that Cyndi Lauper did the same thing. “I was always cutting my Barbie and Pollyanna dolls’ hair. I lined them all up and put a cloth around their necks, like they were at the beauty parlor. Barbie was a real heartbreaker, but then all of a sudden, Barbie was freakin’ bald. That was a shocker.”

PeachKing Collage

This month, Paige, sang with the oh so unusual Cyndi Lauper on her “Detour” tour. When Paige walked out on stage in Raleigh, North Carolina wearing her “Kinky boots” she grabbed the mic that’s reserved for Boy George and yelled, “Are there any Goonies in the house?” The loudest scream came from me, “YESSSSS!” My family knew we were in for BIG fun!

The highlight of the evening was when Paige sang “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” with Cyndi!! Holy merde, my sister sang with Cyndi Lauper! My emotions were so high that I felt like I was going to explode with happiness! My sister-in-law hinted to me that she thought it might happen but I thought she’d lost her mind.

When Cyndi asked Paige and Steven to come back out on stage she said in her Brooklin accent, “Aww, look at them…so cute and purty.” Cyndi said, “Alright, Let’s do this. Steven, you start.” Steven started playing the guitar without the band, then just Cyndi and Paige were singing together. My brother’s favorite part was when Steven made an air pump to cheer on Paige when she started singing, “I come home in the morning light“…the same way you would if you just scored a soccer goal!



Paige and her fiance Steven, make up the band, The Peach Kings. They were the opening act for Cyndi Lauper. Paige and Steven have an electric energy…it’s easy to see how much they love each other by the way that they perform and get lost in their music together. They have this cool indie-alternative vibe that you might hear in a soundtrack to a film noir movie. You might not imagine The Peach Kings and Cyndi Lauper together, but that’s what made the show unique. Cyndi wanted an opening act with a love duo that was organic and vulnerable. They didn’t need bells and whistles to set the mood.

Sixty-three-year-old Cyndi reaches every generation. Her music is still just as relevant today as it was when she began more than thirty years ago. You can tell that she is nostalgic about old country music. Her country heroes are Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash…it really comes through on her new album.

Cyndi has been a dedicated advocate for the gay community with her work for the True Colors Foundation and Kinky Boots musical (a true story about the power of acceptance). She spoke about the controversial House Bill 2 before her performance and donated proceeds from the concert to Equality NC. Numerous bands and musicians have cancelled shows in North Carolina due to HB2 but Cyndi Lauper took the high road by shining a positive light on young children. Cyndi says, “You can’t make kids be what you want them to be. They are who they are. It’s our responsibilities as adults to nurture them as they are.”


The 80’s music is nostalgic to me…I am truly a byproduct of growing up in Cyndi’s Goonie era. My parents are close to Cyndi’s age and they love to listen to her throw back music to the 60’s…especially when she puts her spin on Pasty Cline’s, Walkin’ After Midnight” and Wanda Jackson’s “Funnel of Love.”

Her new album, “Detour,” is built on country music. She sounds right at home singing country. Before her hits in the 80’s, Cyndi fronted the rockabilly band, Blue Angel. Country music is her first love. This was my third time seeing Cyndi play in concert. She’s one of the only artists who truly paints a picture for you before she begins. She talked about what it was like growing up in Brooklyn and how she’d watch Saturday morning cartoons that inspired her to make the “Detour” album. By the time she started singing “I Want to Be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart,” the audience made a connection with her and we were transported to her childhood.

Catch The Peach Kings on their Night Sweat Tour and see Cyndi Lauper as she continues her “Detour” around the world.


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Five things you might not know about the Goonies


HEY YOU GUYS!!!!! Summer is the best time to watch the Goonies. I think most kids fantasize about finding a map that leads them to hidden pirate treasure. The Goonies is an action-comedy…like a “Raiders of the Lost Ark” for children. Our family watches the Goonies several times during the summer…just like my brother and sister and I did when we were growing up in the eighties. We are of the Goonie generation. We are Goonies! My children are Goonies now too and summer is “our time!“. Whenever they hear me play Cyndi Lauper and Good Enough comes on they shout, “GOONIES!”

Don’t you realize? The next time you see sky, it’ll be over another town. The next time you take a test, it’ll be in some other school. Our parents, they want the best of stuff for us. But right now, they got to do what’s right for them. Because it’s their time. Their time! Up there! Down here, it’s our time. It’s our time down here. That’s all over the second we ride up Troy’s bucket. ~Mickey

the goonies


The mayor of Astoria, Oregon named June 7th “Goonies Day” in honor of the movie, and the town hosts an annual celebration. It’s a weekend of treasure hunting, group truffle shuffles and trivia scavenger hunts. If you’re planning a trip to Astoria, here’s a Goonies guide. Not only will you see where the Goonies was filmed but Astoria is also the oldest settlement west of the Rockies…rich with history and Victorian architecture.


Other than the cave with One-Eyed Willy’s pirate ship that was shot in Burbank, California, The Goonies was shot almost entirely in sequence in Astoria, Oregon on a five-month shooting schedule.


If you listen carefully, you’ll here Data mention that “the octopus was very scary” to the reporters at the end of the movie. There wasn’t an octopus scene in the movie…because it was cut.


I remember watching Lauper’s seven-minute music video on MTV. It features appearances by executive producer Steven Spielberg, the Bangles and André the Giant and of course…The Goonies. Cyndi was upset about Steven Spielberg jamming “The Goonies” into her title. For a long time, she never played it in concert. It’s a great song (one of my favorites)…an anthem for a group of misfit heroes, The Goonies.


Corey Haim and Corey Feldman ended up becoming best friends after The Goonies. They were both cast in The Lost Boys (1987) then went on to make six more movies together. In License to Drive (1988), Feldman auditioned for the lead role, but lost it to Haim.

Enjoy The Goonies this summer and revel in the nostalgia of Mikey and the gang’s epic voyage, and you’ll soon find yourself “setting booty traps and doing the truffle shuffle.”

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