If you know me well, you know I’m a huge Manhattan Transfer fan. Huge. Since I was twelve. I stopped officially counting how many concerts I’ve been to after 50, and that was years ago. As a twelve year old, I guess you could say the four members of this group were, to me, like the Beatles. I had every album, knew every word to every song, had pictures up in my room, etc. I loved every member of the group, and of course looked up to them.
Now that I’m 47, not much has changed, except for maybe not knowing EVERY word… I’ve matured, they’ve matured, and although still together they’ve each branched out to do solo albums and assorted collaborations….
Well, Janis Siegel is branching out yet again with a new collaboration: The Requinte Trio.
The Requinte Trio is Janis Siegel, world-renowned Brazilian multi-instrumentalist Nanny Assis, and multi-Grammy nominated pianist and composer, John Di Martino. They have created a fan-funded project on ArtistShare.com called “The Requinte Trio Project”, which allows you many ways to participate, and in turn, the rewards are AWESOME. And I should know, I am a Gold Participant. Why am I telling you about it? Because I’m all about the Human Experience…
I grew up hearing “you can’t do that”… “just live with it”… “that’s dumb”… I never heard “hey, you can be whatever you want to be!” or “Go for your dreams!” or “You can do it!” or “Go for the gold!” or “Grab the brass ring!” Nope. I don’t know why. Maybe my Mom didn’t hear it from her parents…
My Mom never liked going to the doctor. She had a horrible cough. For years. “Go to the doctor!” I’d scream. “Yeah, yeah” was her response. At age 73 she was still working full time… One morning in May of 2012, she said to me “I think I need to go to the ER”… Um, what? Okay…. Stage Four Ovarian cancer. Ten days later, May 16th, two days after Mothers Day, she was gone.
Yep. The Human Experience. It’s been said we are not human beings having spiritual experiences; rather we are are spiritual beings having a “human experience” on earth. I believe that. And I also feel that I hadn’t been living my Human Experience to the fullest before my Mom died. Actually, I realized at age 40 that those little sayings, the “just live with it”, etc, were ingrained in my head so well that I carried them into adulthood. Well, fuck that. I realized I had the brains (and the balls) to start my own company, Tag UR It!, in the middle of a recession and have it be a success. I’m living my Human Experience to the fullest now, because you never know what tomorrow will bring, or if you even have a tomorrow…
Another reminder of living life like there’s no tomorrow is the passing of another important person in my life: Tim Hauser, the founder of my beloved group, The Manhattan Transfer. He passed away last October, the 16th, three days before I was to have lunch with him in his home…
So back to the Human Experience, the Brass Ring, the Gold, or in my case, the Gold Participant. I treated myself to a trip to NYC for my 40th birthday a few years ago, and fell in LOVE with the Big Apple!!! I’m a perfectionist and very anal, so naturally I studied the map of Manhattan for two months prior and developed a color-coded itinerary for every hour that I was to be in the city. First stop was Birdland, naturally…
So when I read the “perks” of the Gold Participant, and it included such things as “a vinyl listening session and a food/walking tour of the West Village NYC tour with Janis Siegel”… Brass Ring. The Gold. An amazing new Human Experience.
There’s no day but today, my friends… You can save up your money for that shiny, new Escalade, or you can spend it on an amazing Human Experience, one you CAN take with you. Join me and The Requinte Trio Project and be a part of an amazing new journey, or find something else that you really love and have been putting off for that “someday”, and do it NOW. Live in the NOW. Create your own outstanding Human Experience.
Click here to be part of The Requinte Trio Project: http://artistshare.com/v4/projects/experience/344/464/1/6
Hello Tag Supporters, Catheryn here! I am so very excited to be a part of a couple new projects in the upcoming months! One of the projects that I am newly involved with is Life Interrupted, a new comedy sitcom starring Mason Reese, Alison Arngrim (Little House on the Prairie), Erin Murphy (Bewitched) and Dawn Wells (Gilligan’s Island). These talented individuals, under Borgasmord Productions, have launched a Kickstarter campaign to crowd-fund the pilot episode for this comedy series written by my friend, the extremely talented Steven Wishnoff! Steven Wishnoff is a 2 time EMMY nominated producer, writer, singer, voice over artist, and actor. Check out Steven’s IMDB for learn more him! I am very excited and proud to be a backer of this awesome project and will have a walk on roll on the pilot episode, complete with IMDB credit, and an invitation to the Red Carpet Premier Party! From the Kickstarter page: The project brings together fan-favorites playing the non-traditional, and hilariously dysfunctional blended family of Mason Bell as he navigates what is shaping up to be a whopper of a midlife crisis. This show is sure to be hilarious with a wildly talented cast!
I was very lucky to have met one of the stars of this new sitcom earlier this year. I took the Nasty Nellie Oleson tour of Hollywood with Alison Arngrim! Alison showed us memorable places from her life and was hilariously funny in sharing stories from her past along the way! She dressed up as her character, Nellie Oleson, and posed under the HOLLYWOOD Sign with us (the photo with Heidi below) and I even treated her to an ice cream shake at the Farmer’s Market at the Grove on our little break!
Now is your time to get involved with this wonderful and exciting project!! This project will only be funded if at least $38,000 is pledged by Saturday, November 15th! Go to their Kickstarter page and back this project today!
Here at Tag UR It! inc., we are very proud to work with the amazing Muffin Spencer-Devlin and happy to call her an honorary Tag Team member and wonderful friend!
For those of you who do not know the amazing Muffin, Muffin Spencer-Devlin is an LPGA Champion professional golfer, now turned glassblower!
On the professional golf scene, Muffin took home LPGA Tour wins in ’85, ’86, and ’89. Not only is Muffin Spencer-Devlin an award winning golfer, but made a cameo appearance as a member of Starfleet Medical in the feature film Star Trek Generations that was released in 1994 and made a brief appearance in “The Chute”, the third episode of the 1995 series Star Trek: Voyager.
Today, you are most likely to find Muffin blowing glass into miraculous pieces of art! We are very lucky to work with Muffin, making thes sublimated plates on the blown glass trophies she creates. Muffin had a ribbon cutting ceremony on her new Etsy store this week, be sure to check it out and purchase your own Muffin masterpiece!