Monday, January 30, 2017

RECORD REVIEW: Good Luck Audrey "Miss Understood, The EP"

RECORD REVIEW
Good Luck Audrey
Miss Understood, The EP
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What? A crunchy collection
of sweat-soaked songs from
a gang of angst-filled teens?
WELL, COUNT ME IN!
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Produced by David Mikeal, the debut record from Central Florida's alterno-punk poster chicks, Good Luck Audrey arrived at the usual online outlets on January 9th. Let's dive in and have a looksie.

Simply put, Miss Understood proves to be a gloriously seductive lo-fi treat. Kicking off with the Evanescence-flavored "Machine," this six-song set sounds and smells authentic from start to finish — raw and seemingly honest rock tunes, all likely cooked-up in a sweaty garage by hungry, disenfranchised teenagers chasing their dreams.

While "Judgment Day" and "Paranoia" both succeed in recreating Veruca Salt's '90s-tinged vibe and energy, "Miss Understood" stands out lyrically as arguably the most important track on the record providing a passionate, tongue-in-cheek message, fired straight at the their teenage target audience You better get in line. Don’t stand out. Don’t speak your mind. Fit in with everybody else. Never draw attention to yourself.

Good Luck Audrey
However, for my money, the most powerful track is the record-closing, "Still Alive." Although I'm way too old and out of touch to grasp the secret "youth gone wild" meaning behind the complicated poetry, this song somehow moves me. Consisting of what sounds like a duet between co-vocalist / guitarists Landin Krewe and Jordan Greaves, pinned delicately to a gorgeous piano backdrop and peppered lightly with ambient acoustic guitar, this is the kinda song that separates the "big girls" from the "wannabes." BRAVO!

In sum, if the "powers that be" were to get a hold of this record, Good Luck Audrey would be a well-deserved shoo-in for this year's Vans Warped Tour. Just sayin'.

-Christopher Long
(January 2017)
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GOOD LUCK AUDREY
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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

CHRIS DILLON: Aspiring Artist Launches GoFundMe Campaign

CHRIS DILLON
 Aspiring Artist Launches
GoFundMe Campaign 
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Ever hear of patina art?
Prepare to be amazed! 
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In the spirit of full disclosure, I'll confess to being quite frightened by Chris Dillon when we first met at New Jersey's PNC Center back in 2006. I was on tour working for a legendary rock group, and as an acknowledged music biz insider, Dillon had been invited to the band's backstage after-show party. He stood six-feet-tall — arms crossed, with a slight scowl. Sporting a shaved head and boasting biceps the size of HoneyBaked Hams, the fitness guru was an intimidating presence — similar to the genie in The Thief of Bagdad. But in the years following our initial encounter, I've actually come to know Chris Dillon as a kind, compassionate and caring man. He's also an incredible artist.

When I discovered online photos last fall of Dillon's patina (shoe) art, I was intrigued immediately. I'd never heard of patina before, but I found the art form to be fascinating. So, I called Dillon up to get the lowdown.

The amazing patina art of Chris Dillon.
“I’ve always had a passion for fine shoes,” he revealed in short order. “And when I was in need of a new creative outlet a few years back, I discovered the art of shoe patina. I was quickly inspired to learn how to transform shoes. And through years of trial and error, and with continual practice, I started to understand the techniques needed to take shoe patina to the next level.”

Recently, Dillon was accepted by Landry Lacour (the world’s leading patina artist) to participate in an intensive training course set for the spring of 2017 — an opportunity which will place Dillon in a rather precarious financial position. “I will have to leave my job in the U.S. and move temporarily to Brussels, Belgium,” he explains. “The course is not cheap. Plus flights and living expenses have to also be included into the equation.”

Chris Dillon's patina art.
(BEFORE and AFTER)
Upon completing the course, Dillon will bring his newly-honed skills back to the States, where there currently are no other patina artists creating work at this level.

In sum, Dillon's recently launched GoFundMe effort will help him to finance this golden opportunity — a fantastic, once in a lifetime experience. A completely worthwhile cause, to be sure.

-Christopher Long
(January 2017)

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

WELCOME TO THE SHOW: VIP Tent, Stage Left

WELCOME TO THE SHOW
VIP Tent, Stage Left
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In the old days, you'd simply walk
into your local record store, give
the ponytail guy behind the counter
$8.50 and he'd hand you a crisp and
sparkley General Admission ticket
to see your favorite band. That was
it — transaction complete! And VIPs
were exactly that — they didn't pay
$1,000 for a photo and an autograph
 and they weren't corralled like cattle.
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Truth be told, I'm filled with a sense of such inflated self-importance, unless I'm comped tickets in true VIP fashion, I'm not likely to venture out to see any concert these days. However, in the spirit of full disclosure, I will confess to going online once in a blue moon in order to purchase tickets under "special circumstances" (e.g. my GF really loves the band).

I've watched the concert ticket business spiral slowly out of control ever since I was "forced" to fork over a whopping $16.50 (via mail order) to see The Rolling Stones back in 1981. Ten years later, Guns N' Roses took the art of "creative pricing" to the next level by charging in excess of $25 per ticket on their Use Your Illusion world tour. I recall reading a related Billboard feature story at the time, suggesting GNR had opened an industry floodgate that would lead to inevitable $100+ ticket prices in the future. Back then, I thought that notion was completely insane.

In ensuing years, ticketing giant, Ticketmaster implemented extra "convenience" fees, conditioning the public further and further to pay more and more. And by the early 2000s, mega music brands such as KISS and Aerosmith were offering fans nightly "VIP Experiences" — pricey pre-show personal meet-and-greet packages that were gobbled-up gleefully by faithful followers.

Today, offering fans some type of "VIP Experience" has become the norm for most touring acts / and or promoters looking to enhance their bottom line. In fact, when my award-winning band, Dead Serios, played our 30th Anniversary Concert at Melbourne Florida's prestigious King Center for the Performing Arts in 2015, the show's promoter designated several prime rows as part of a special premium-priced package. FYI, for many reasons, my band was against that decision.

There I am, holding court, during the 2015
Dead Serios pre-show meet-and-greet.
I'm fascinated by how America's enlightened hipster coalition can be so disgusted and so offended by the country's filthy affluent faction, yet they have no problem embracing U2 in a collective hot-n-horny lip lock while plunking down $300+ per ticket for the band's upcoming summer tour. Psst — hey there my little corrupted college cronies — don't be conned. You can "Feel the Bern" all day long, but there's absolutely NO diff between the dude with awesome hair and great pecks, plucking a sweet twanger while standing center stage at a sold-out "Mega Dome" show and one of the vile, money-grubbing Wall Street-types who you spit on. Just so ya know, they ALL "bow" to the same "little g." But I digress.

Clearly, the Internet has decimated the record industry. And as a result, it also has effected the concert biz. One of the last remaining things a music artist has to hock (and that the Internet can't steal) is the personal fan experience (e.g. live performances, meet-and-greets, etc). And as a true blue capitalist pig, I believe ALL Americans should go out there and grab every dollar they can, when they can, while they can. But at some point, this ticket thing became obscene. From the various secret on-sale dates to the menagerie of VIP Club Member, Platinum Club Member, Fan Club Member, Deluxe Fan Club Member and Deluxe Platinum Fan Club Member statuses, the "average Joe" has gotta either know somebody or have some seriously stupid cash on-hand in order to secure even mediocre seats to see top-selling social justice advocates crooning their chart-busting classics.

And I'll suggest further that (in the concert biz) the term "VIP" no longer stands for Very Important Person — 'cuz if it did, the folks chillin' backstage, sipping Perrier and sitting "ringside" would have paid, NADA! Today, fans are pandered to by being called "VIPs" simply for purchasing absurdly over-priced tickets and packages. I propose that these consumers be referred to as "VIPs" — Very Intensely Passionate. 

But while plenty of hard-working fans WILL continue mortgaging their farms and pony-up whatever in order to score "spittin' distance" seats for Kenny Chesney or for the privilege of touching the hem of Justin Bieber's sweat-soaked cloak, some "VIPs" have voiced disappointment regarding what they received, based on the price they paid. Now, I must confess to having witnessed first-hand (for one reason or another) a couple of these "VIP Experiences" — Aerosmith in West Palm Beach (2006) and Mick Fleetwood in Orlando (2015). By comparison, I felt the Fleetwood promotion was a warmer and fuzzier experience. The co-founding Fleetwood Mac drummer offered fans an engaging Q&A / storytelling session, as well as a personal ONSTAGE photo op, PLUS a bag-o-groovy swag. As for the Aerosmith promotion, I found frontman Steven Tyler to be absolutely charming, while guitarist Joe Perry seemed, well um, less than enthusiastic.

Onstage with Mick Fleetwood
(Orlando, FL - 2015)
Just last week, my GF and I partnered in purchasing four tickets to take her two teenage sons to see Green Day in West Palm Beach, FL coming up on September 3rd. The base price for ONE ticket to see the anti-establishment punk band led by the America-hating, Bush-bashing, platinum-selling poster boy, Billy Joe Whatshisname — $81.50. Multiply that by four, then add an appalling $120 in convenience / service charges, and the total came to $440. That's obscene, Billy. Oh well, guess I really am an American idiot.

Having worked on a few national concert tours in recent years, I suggest that if "VIPs" only knew just how little their glorious music idols thought of fans, they'd be less eager to plunk down such absurd amounts of cash to get close to them or to even see them perform. Yet we keep on paying.

Loretta Lynn - a TRUE icon. And at "just"
$50 and change (including service charge),
it will be worth every penny, I'm sure.
I find it interesting that these high-priced "VIP Experiences" are what Loretta Lynn offered for FREE after every show for years  out of a sense of dedication to her fans who she felt had already spent enough of their hard-earned money on her records, tickets and T-shirts. Wow, the times, they certainly are a-changin', that's for sure!

-Christopher Long
(January 2017)

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

MOVIE REVIEW: La La Land

MOVIE REVIEW
La La Land
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More than a month following
its official U.S. release, this
celebrated film finally arrived
at a cineplex in my hometown,
Podunk, Florida. Yee-wew 
next week, we gawn git MTV!
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Although Oscar nominations won't be announced for another week, La La Land is a sure-fire shoo-in for "Best Picture." In fact, from The Golden Globes to The Critics' Choice, director Damien Chazelle's modern-day romantic musical already has earned unprecedented accolades. Why? Well...

The answer is a bona fide no-brainer. From bad moms to bad teachers to bad bosses to bad Santas to bad grandpas, audiences have been bludgeoned to death by "BAD" movies — inundated with lowest common denominator trash-type content. As a result, when a film comes along that truly zings — one that looks like candy and feels like sunshine, it's gonna stand out from the frothing pack of filth-filled contenders. And the overwhelming response will be epic.

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling are
magically delicious together in La La Land.
Simply put, La La Land tells a sweet love story about two pretty people pursuing (and achieving) their dreams in the dog-eat-dog land of LA. And be sure, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone are both extremely pretty, and their onscreen chemistry feels honest, pure and real.

In the spirit of full disclosure, I'll confess that I'd rather watch MSNBC all night long than endure a 90-minute musical — especially one that envelopes a sweet love story. However, La La Land is an absolute treat, boasting a compelling story told by an award-winning cast and oozing engaging songs and super-smooth moves.

In sum, if you're not absolutely on board an invested fully in the first 30 seconds — somebody best be callin' an EMT — 'cuz you're straight-up flat-lining, gangsta!

-Christopher Long
(January 2017)

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Monday, January 16, 2017

DESTINY'S BEANIES: Florida Designer Launches Fabulous New Fashion Line

DESTINY'S BEANIES
Florida Designer Launches
Fabulous New Fashion Line
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I've been a hat guy for as long
as I can remember. And I'm
always looking out for super-
fun new hats, caps and beanies.
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Six months ago, Destiny Pabon was your semi-typical fresh-faced 16-year-old, focused fully on school, homework, friends, music, cookie dough ice cream — you know, the important things in life. Today, the aspiring artist and all 'round fashionista has become a budding young entrepreneur with a full line of custom designed beanies.
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"To escape my feelies, I knit beanies."
-Destiny Pabon
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I ordered my own custom Destiny beanie in
classic black, 'cuz I'm straight-up gangsta!
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DESTINY'S BEANIES
They're the best for your head!
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What began merely as an art class assignment in the fall of 2016, is now Destiny's passion in 2017. The Florida-based high school student also has been transformed into a savvy businesswoman — one who works tirelessly, designing and creating her own unique product line, while also carrying with her (at all times), an organized notebook filled with customer info, project details and accounting stats. Savvy AND successful, to be sure. BRAVO!

-Christopher Long
(January 2017)

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Monday, January 9, 2017

C'MON! (Chapter Fourteen: 5th Anniversary Follow-Up)‭‭‭‭‭

C'MON!
My Story of Rock, Ruin and Revelation
(The 5th Anniversary Edition)
- Christopher Long -

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CHAPTER FOURTEEN
5th Anniversary Follow-Up

What Happened Next?
It's a question I get asked all the time from readers after finishing C'MON! Did I slip up and fall back into the darkness of my past? Did I move forward in my walk with Jesus Christ? Did I ever get to chill with Mick Fleetwood? SO many questions left unanswered.

Well, my life has continued to be something of a roller-coaster ride since C'MON! was released in January 2012. I chronicled many of these more recent escapades in my 2014 book, Shout it Out Loud. But so much more has played out even since then — experiences that have provided me with many unique stories and have produced an array of keen personal perspectives.

Released in 2014, Shout it Out Loud
is the sequel to C'MON!
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Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'
I wake up every morning delighting in the possibilities of the day — awaiting eagerly for opportunities to reflect the light of Jesus Christ. For those who don't speak Christianese, that means I'm psyched every day to connect with folks by showing them love — offering kindness, compassion, forgiveness, patience and understanding — that's Jesus. In fact, Jesus himself told us that loving others is one of the two greatest commandments. So when your legalistic (i.e. ultra-religious) neighbor or family member tries putting the guilt trip on you for wearing your favorite Ozzy T-shirt or for watching an "inappropriate"  movie, relax — you gave that hungry, homeless guy your last $20 yesterday, and you no longer suffer from road rage. Heck, you even hugged that woman who cut in front of you at Starbucks this morning. For that, Jesus and I say, "BRAVO!"

Jesus replied, “You must love the Lord your
God with all your heart, all your soul, and
all your mind. This is the first and greatest
commandment. A second is equally important:
‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire
law and all the demands of the prophets are
based on these two commandments.”
Matthew 22:37-40 (NLT)  

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Jungleland
I'm extremely grateful to all the church leaders, financial supporters, Customs agents and beer joint managers who have afforded me opportunities to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with folks around the world in recent years. From the troubled teens living in dysfunctional homes who I mentor in Youth Ministry to the lost and lonely adults who approach me with prayer needs while working as a nightclub DJ to the countless poverty-stricken families to whom I've ministered while on international missionary trips, I know first-hand what a dark place the world can be — filled with hurting and broken people. But be sure, not even the misguided zealots who have implored me to "shut up" will dissuade my continued efforts.

My 2014 missions trip to Nicaragua
was particularly rewarding.
Old Time Religion
I've said it before and I'll say it again — religion has NOTHING to do with Jesus. In fact, it was the religious tight-asses of the day who crucified Him. Simply put, religion is a scary and crazy, man-made trap designed to crush and condemn. Jesus didn't like religion and I don't either. Jesus does, however, have EVERYTHING to do with "relationship." Religion is a punch in the nut sack that says, "YOU'RE BAD!" Relationship is a loving hug that says, "YOU'RE FORGIVEN."

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Remember the venerable Gospel hymn, "Old Time Religion?" Well, despite appearing to be Godly from a distance, this Sunday-go-to-meetin' standard actually is one of the most jacked-up and down-right dangerous songs ever written. Yet SO many of us grew up having that toxic swill poured down our throats and then forced to regurgitate the poisonous lies in unison. C'MON NOW EVERYBODY —SING ALONG!

So what's the problem? Well, for starters, the word "religion" appears in the song 18 times. The word "Jesus" appears ZERO times. And while I'm at it, per the legendary lyrics, "religion" was NOT "tried at the fiery furnace" — faith was. And contrary to the song's most harmful line, "religion" does NOT "take us all to Heaven" — faith does. And faith is our steadfast belief in Jesus Christ — based on what? That's right — relationship. NOT RELIGION!

Jesus, overhearing, shot back, “Who needs a doctor:
the healthy or the sick? Go figure out what this
Scripture means: ‘I’m after mercy, not religion.’
I’m here to invite outsiders, not coddle insiders.”
Matthew‬ ‭9:12-13‬ ‭(MSG)

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Get Behind Me, Satan
After generating so much negativity in 2010 with my dopey first book, A Shot of Poison, I was thrilled to be finally sharing a positive story when C'MON! first arrived in stores and online in 2012. I was humbled immediately by the warm and glowing reader reviews the book received from hard-working parents, retired grandparents, successful business people, aspiring band dudes and others — all offering heartfelt words of encouragement, such as "thought-provoking," "brutally honest" and "a beautiful testament." One mother in particular even recommended C'MON! to Amazon customers as a "must-read" for ALL teenagers. I really loved that one!

Conversely, I was quite taken aback by the hurtful words hurled at me online from (Argh, not again!) — fellow Christians. (You know, the religious ones.) There I was, a rather unlikely guy with a pretty darn interesting story, who had gone to exhaustive lengths to write and publish a personal testimony that pointed ultimately squarely at Jesus Christ, yet some of the people who should have been applauding the loudest were actually standing around wringing their hands — challenging my credentials, questioning my sincerity and even calling me names. This was rather curious to me. As someone who now holds a couple of degrees in Bible Studies, I know that none of Jesus' hand-picked disciples were theologians. In fact, they were "average Joe's" — working stiffs. Heck, Peter was plucked right off the boat by Jesus himself, and Matthew was a freaking tax collector — one of the most despised professions of all-time. So, despite the sting-factor, I've had to ignore certain criticism. "Get behind me, Satan," indeed.

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I Saw the Light
The most spot-on, inspirational song EVER, is "I Saw the Light." Interestingly enough (to me, anyway), this powerful, life-changing tune was NOT written by a New York Times Best-Selling mega church guru with a porcelain smile. It was written by the iconic, rock star junkie, Hank Williams — during an alcohol-induced stupor in 1947.

I wandered so aimless life filled with sin. I wouldn't let my dear Savior in.
Then Jesus came like a stranger in the night. Praise the Lord I saw the light.
Hank Williams

Hank Williams was not an ordained pastor, nor did he (to my knowledge) hold any theological degrees. Strip away the rock star legend, and Hank Williams was simply an honest guy with a pure testimony — much like you, much like me. I wonder if any religious "scholars" ever told Hank Williams to "shut up." I'll have to ask him, someday

Live and Snotty
I dedicated much of C'MON! to recounting my experiences as the founding frontman for the award-winning rock band, Dead Serios. At the time I first wrote the book, the "rock band dude" chapter of my life finally had come to a close — and I had hoped that it would stay that way — honestly. Then, just prior to the Dead Serios 30th Anniversary, the phone began ringing again. This time, the offers seemed too appealing to pass up.

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Reuniting with Dead Serios
for the 2014 '80s in the Park
festival was sorta fun - kinda.
In 2014, we were invited by a Florida concert promoter to reunite and perform alongside such chart-busting acts as Great White and LA Guns at the annual outdoor '80s in the Park festival. Surprisingly, after having not played a proper show in nearly six years, Dead Serios hit the stage like a well-oiled, world-class machine. And although the event itself was something of a disorganized "cluster," our rock-solid performance led to a subsequent short-run of reunion shows, including a 30th Anniversary appearance at Melbourne's prestigious King Center for the Performing Arts in January 2015. The concert was shot live and released a few months later as a home DVD, entitled Live and Snotty.

Live and Snotty - the first-ever
Dead Serios home DVD.
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Shortly after our 30th Anniversary show, the folks at Ghoul Tone Records released, They're Not Joking, an all-star Dead Serios tribute CD. The ten-song collection features contributions from an array of local, regional and national music artists. A surreal honor, to be sure.

Never in a million years did I ever think
there would be a Dead Serios tribute record.
CRAZY!
As for the future — who knows. I attempted once again to drive a stake through the band's heart by staging what needed to be our final show in September 2015. But as I've learned over the last 32 years, when it comes to Dead Serios, NEVER rule out ANYTHING.

Although the posters read,
"The Return of," this was meant
to be the LAST Dead Serios show.
HONEST
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Something Old, Something New
2015 was another exciting year in terms of my entertainment exploits, as I was out covering oodles of live concert events for Ink19.com throughout the year. Thanks to my friend, Robyn Sawczyn, in March I enjoyed the dream-come-true experience of finally meeting my all-time drum hero, Mick Fleetwood. Although I've found most rock stars over the years to be nasty, greed-driven ego-freaks, Fleetwood was (at least in that moment) quiet charming and personable.

Chillin' with Mick Fleetwood in 2015.
(Bucket List nearly complete!)
While attending the Orlando Warped Tour show in July 2015, I discovered Jule Vera — a fresh-faced young band from Alabama — a snappy combo that writes and records actual songs and plays real instruments that are enhanced by angelic vocals. A gift from God, for sure. #GreatestBandOnEarth

Pre-concert interview with Jule Vera.
(Orlando, FL -  November 2015)
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I also remained busy in 2015, writing several faith-based features for my own website. I posted links (below) to a few of my best. If you can possibly manage the time, I'd be honored if you took a looksie.


And Then...
In 2016, I celebrated my 12th Anniverary of sobriety, while remaining focused on and dedicated to Youth Ministry at Central Life Church through the weekly CLS (Central Life Students) get togethers, as well as the annual Forever Young summer youth camp outings. Blessings for ALL of us kids!

Q: What's cooler than connecting with kids at church?
A: NOTHING
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My now 23-year-old son, Jesse, had left the nest back in 2013 and moved to Colorado, where he's now living his own life and doing quite well. But in 2016, the time was right for him to travel back to Florida for an extended visit. Good times, for sure!

THREE GENERATIONS
With my son and my dad in 2016.
In addition to moving forward with my fiction debut, Superstar, in 2016 I also connected with co-founding Misfits drummer, Joey Image, regarding the development of his riveting memoir. I was hooked immediately upon reading his initial drafts, and I had to be involved with the project — this guy has a story! Although schedules have been a bit hectic as of late, I expect to begin pitching polished proposals of both of our books to prospective agents and publishers later this year.

With Joey Image - summer 2016.
(This guy has a story!)
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Early in my story, I referenced my fascination (obsession) with radio as a kid growing up in Springfield, Missouri and Orlando, Florida during the early to mid '70s. Well, in an odd chain of events, I was offered the opportunity to launch my own Internet radio show in November 2016. Billed as a weekly two-hour celebration of all things classic country, MY COUNTRY with Christopher Long, is heard every Sunday night from 9-11 (EST) on the Real Country Radio Network.

On the air, with my fabulous MY COUNTRY
co-host, Miss May, in November 2016.
And Finally...
Rock and roll exploits, radio shows, book signings — it's often good fun. And while global missions trips and local Youth Ministry is incredibly rewarding, at the end of the day, it all comes down to salvations. The really cool thing is, NOBODY'S beyond the reach of Jesus Christ. And since the release of C'MON! I've seen people who I would NEVER have expected, come to Christ.

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A crew guy from my days touring with Poison reached out to me in 2012. Simply put, he was one evil dude — a gun-toting, coke-dealing, chick-pimping bad guy. We spoke on the phone for some time, as I "shared Jesus" with him openly. He even attended church with me a week or two later, but I never heard from the guy again. Then, out of the clear blue, three years later, I received another call from the same guy. He revealed how he'd received Christ recently and was relocating from Los Angeles, back to Florida for a fresh start. Within a few weeks, he was living once again in Florida and attending church services with me on a weekly basis. And on Easter Sunday 2015, I walked the meanest man I've ever known into the Atlantic Ocean and witnessed his baptism. Now that's some CRAZY Jesus "hocus-pocus"stuff, right there!

Then there's my buddy, Bobby, who plays guitar in one of my area's top metal-type bands. Since I first met Bobby, he's been one of my favorite people. However, there was nothing about him that indicated to me that he was a believer — until the night he barged into my DJ booth at Siggy's and confessed how much he enjoyed reading my online, faith-based content. He further revealed a list of Christian books he'd read recently. Then, the son-of-a-gun started dropping Scripture. I reached for my Bible that I keep with me at all times and highlighted, labeled and dated the verse so I'd never forget that moment. Like Hank Williams, Bobby is no theologian — he's just a good-time rock dude who plays loud guitar and loves Jesus. Doggonit, I love those kinda guys!

In his kindness God called you to share in his
eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after
you have suffered a little while, he will restore,
support, and strengthen you, and he will place you
on a firm foundation. All power to him forever!
Amen.
1 Peter 5:10-11 (NLT)

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Doug Gibson (aka Doug E.G.) had been playing lead guitar in Dead Serios since 1990. On the Melbourne, Florida rock scene, this guy was / is a god. In fact, there was even a popular hometown drinking game created in Doug's honor. I considered him not only a creative, musical partner, but also a brother. Like most rock dudes with whom I've worked, Doug struggled with some "stuff" over the years, but he always "delivered." Unfortunately, Doug "hit the wall" so to speak almost immediately following our 2014 set at '80s in the Park, and we had to play our final shows in 2015 without him. So I was delighted when we ran into each other in late 2016 and I learned that Doug not only had accepted Christ, but he also now was serving at his church.

Within a few days, Doug and I got together at our local Starbucks and spent an hour or two catching up properly. This guy was so on fire for Jesus that I felt like a phony just sitting in his presence. We talked about Bible scriptures, church service and our personal testimonies. And the subject of Dead Serios NEVER even came up. C'MON!

THE PERFECT ENDING!
Two little old rock dudes, hanging out,
having coffee and talkin' about Jesus.
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Closing Thoughts
Now that C'MON! has arrived at its conclusion, I want to invite and encourage readers to share their personal reviews. Even if you didn't connect with my story, all online feedback is appreciated and valuable to me. While typical social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Linked-In, Instagram, etc. are great places to post commentary, Amazon and GoodReads are ideal.

Thanks to everyone for taking the time to read my work and for sharing your thoughts. In the words of that great American poet, David Lee Roth — "I love ya, people!"

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