Last Night – Isabella

Isabella TrioLast night I sang at a benefit for a little girl named Isabella… And my heart was truly touched several times… When she left her seat to go up and join two performers on stage… I just about melted.

There was video recorded from the night, which may surface at some point… But to hear her father talk about the blessings in their life, was yet another moment of…

My little green Grinch-heart kept expanding ready to burst.

Ironic, that for some reason, that night, beneath my shirt, for the first time, I chose to wear a little heart-shaped stone/shell I found on vacation with my family this past August… Something I amateurishly wire-wrapped recently as an attempt at a new non-professional-way-to-be-creative-possible-hobby. (BTW for the record I don’t have a longing to be heart isabellamade fun of for that.)

Anyway, I recorded the song I sang on my iPhone, and this AM I decided to post it on-line… It’s not that the quality or performance is stellar (and you can’t see my nose honking), but perhaps some of you will think to visit the link posted in it and throw a dollar or two to the foundation that helps families like Isabella’s.

Here’s the link to read about Isabella, the donate button will take you to the foundation that helps families like Isabella’s: http://gregoryv.wix.com/songs-for-isabella

“If you wish to donate by check, please make it out to Steven’s Hope For Children and remember to write in the memo portion, THE SONGS FOR ISABELLA FUND. Please send to:  Steven’s Hope For Children 1014 Foothill Blvd. B. Upland, CA 91786”

As far as how the night went… At the bottom of this post is part of a public statement posted by the show’s producer, Clifford Bell, so I’m pretty sure he’d be okay with me posting it here, complete with his “cap addiction.”

– Quiche Out

“”SONGS FOR ISABELLA” was indeed a very rich experience–totally awesomesauce as my new Cabaret Alter Ego, RYAN BLACK, says…we had a very unusual mix of world class singing, deeply inspirational moments, and brand new and decades-long relationships represented….

One of the highlights was when young ISABELLA VAHANIAN went to the stage (by herself) and joined the WYN WILSON and KAREN BENJAMIN duet of “I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER FOR YOU” in progress….

KATE PAZAKIS (an unbelievably great singer) belted notes that haven’t been discovered yet… (in a song associated with Melba Moore, Mr. Mohajer)…RYAN, who always shies away from singing in his own shows was AWESOMESAUCE givin’ us “THUNDERBALL”…SING MORE, RYAN BLACKATTACK BLACK!!!!!

KAREN BENJAMIN tore the roof off with “THEY JUST KEEP MOVING THE LINE”…ERIN DUNCAN( an unexpected gift from Ryan) stopped the show with “LISTEN”…ALEXANDRA THEODORA SPURLOCK had me in tears…..since she turned 16 earlier in the month, and transferred to OCSA – ORANGE COUNTY SCHOOL OF THE ARTS- she has entered into a whole new area of powerhouse performing….jaws literally dropped with her version of “ASTONISHING”….and she was….

KERI KELSEY, The Cabaret Community’s Good Will Ambassador jazzed it up with Al Jarreau’s “MORNIN'” and sang the sequins out of the stratospherically high bridge into the instrumental….

TOM KIESCHE, who I find to be the embodiment of someone pushing the boundaries of his persona, took me by surprise by arriving to the stage obviously moved by some moments with Isabella earlier in the evening and his subsequent performance was informed by that juxtaposition of his big booming legit voice, his quirky masculine playing against type humor, and genuine heart space…

My beloved pal, BEVERLY MICKINS’ (from “PARTY PACK” )took us “DANCIN’ IN THE STREETS” …OLD SCHOOL CHICAGO…and the Uber Hip BETH LAPIDES and MITCH KAPLAN of “UNCABARET” brought the evening home by making the observation that the room was so filled with love and open heartedness that it was “Family Night”….And it was….Mitch, one of my most longterm friends ( three decades and counting) sang his song he wrote for Sam Harris, who used it to wIn “STAR SEARCH” oh, so many years ago….The song, “TAKE ME THROUGH YOUR LIFETIME” is one of my all time favorite songs and it was so meaningful to hear Mitch sing it tonight…He has taken me through his lifetime.

My fellow creator of “SONGS FOR ISABELLA”, the AWESOMESAUCE BELLE ZWERDLING was with us, as well as the whole VAHANIAN FAMILY- GREGORY, WENDY, GABRIELLA, and ISABELLA and GRANDFATHER…and Gregory introduced us to the creator of the new organization “Steven’s Hope’ who is providing a non-profit support to receive donations…inspired by their own powerful journey with their son, Steven.

We initiated three brand new musicians…all incredibly brilliant….BRIAN P. KENNEDY and MICHAEL SOBIE on piano, and ZACH RUDOLPH on bass as well as having the heart beat of the organization TOM BOWE on drums…”

Tonight – ain’t about me

photoFar too many caps in the statement below from the producer of tonight’s benefit show… I don’t yet know many of the other performers, but do know that Clifford knows some really talented folks.

– Quiche Out

“TONIGHT!!! SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 AT THE MBAR
A RARE CHANCE TO SEE ALL THESE AMAZING TALENTS ON THE SAME PROGRAM-

SEVERAL HOSTS FROM THE MOST POPULAR ONGOING ATTRACTIONS AROUND TOWN- BETH LAPIDES and MITCH KAPLAN from ‘UNCABARET”, RYAN BLACK from “RYAN BLACK’S 88S”, KERI KELSEY from “OPEN MIC TUESDAYS”, and KATE PAZACKATTACK PAZAKIS from “BROADWAY BARRE” and “STANDING ROOM ONLY”-

PLUS SPECIAL GUEST APPEARANCES BY- KAREN BENJAMIN, TOM KIESCHE, BEVERLY MICKINS, ALEXANDRA THEODORA SPURLOCK, and WYN WILSON –

A BENEFIT FOR “SONGS FOR ISABELLA”

https://www.facebook.com/events/475311885887104/

http://gregoryv.wix.com/songs-for-isabella

RESERVATIONS STRONGLY ENCOURAGED – 323-856-0036”

Classy Moves – “Breaking Bad”

1010872_10151603088211809_721146189_n 27695_407824851808_2871481_n Yesterday my manager called… Apparently the production of “Breaking Bad” wants to send me something, as a thank you, for choosing to be part of their show. I don’t know if it’s a note, or a small bag of crystal blue meth… And it really doesn’t matter… I so appreciate the thought, and how classy the production and people of the show have been all the way through.

It really doesn’t take much to make people happy in this world, to acknowledge and validate others. I hope I’ve learned from the nicest, most classy ones, and always remember to follow their examples.

Do you have an example you’d like to share in the comment section below? Something I can learn from?

Below are a few examples of classy moves from my past… There is no way I can list all the great people, productions or scenarios throughout the years… Theater, TV, and Film… And it’s not about notes, gifts or swag… A smile, a handshake, a “welcome,” “hello,” “can I show you around,” “I can take that picture for you,” or a “thank you,” goes a long long way.

  • 3rd Rock From The Sun… Jon Lithgow, invited the entire cast to 3rd Rock sketch - smallhis dressing room before the live taping and gave the guest cast a sketch of the episode. The show followed up with thank you & Holiday Card.
  • JJ Abrams, sent a thank you note after I worked on Alias.
  • On the set of The Glades, Ron Underwood, the director, sat with me at lunch, and we chatted undisturbed. The next day I worked, he came up to me and mentioned all the Closet Singer songs he had watched.
  • I worked one-day, with one line on the movie The Animal, with Rob Schneider, and the production sent me a cast jacket…

 

 

 

 

Clean My Bay

http://www.cleanmybay.com/donateYears ago I decided to take an insignificant amount of money and throw it into a start-up “green company” making “smart foam.”

Well, I’m happy to say, after years, it looks like they’re finally getting some legs… Their sea legs.

One way the “environmentally green” foam is being used is to help clean up the oceans and waterways of the world, and CleanMyBay is looking for citizens of the world to get behind the cause.

http://www.cleanmybay.com/donate

If you live in Long Beach, Southern California, or on the West Coast this clean up directly affects the water you and neighboring marine life, swim in. However, the world is connected… The waters of the world are connected… It’s like one big glass of water. It behooves all of us to have an effort like this succeed, and then have them target new areas for direct clean up next…

Most likely, I will never have (or know) my own grandchildren, but I truly believe, we should leave the world better than we found it.

Take a minute, consider donating as little as a dollar, to help an effort to clean an ocean.

http://www.cleanmybay.com/donate

– Quiche Out

I didn’t get paid to write this blog, I’m not currently a spokesperson for the company, and personally I’m overwhelmed by “fundraising” campaigns… However, I figure if I can spend $3 on a coffee beverage, I could certainly donate a few bucks to cleaning a water system that civilization (or the global economy) has collectively polluted.

If you didn’t see it on Saturday night

Screen shot 2013-09-16 at 9.37.10 AMIf you didn’t see the interview with Stu on Saturday night, you can still check out the entire episode in the archives of THE BLAZE…  (Sign up is free for 1st month, cancel any time.)

Here is the official link: http://www.video.theblaze.com/media/video.jsp?content_id=30661341

With permission, I have also uploaded a copy to Vimeo. It’s on Vimeo because YouTube flagged it probably because of the “Breaking Bad” footage. https://vimeo.com/74640602

– Quiche Out

Quiet Man At Work…

Courtesy Of Jack Kusler
Courtesy Of Jack Kusler

While there has been a significant boost in “Where’s ‘Quiche'” TV sightings lately, with a few commercials running, and more people watching “Breaking Bad” from the start… It may seem to some, that I haven’t been as creatively productive as I normally am, as there hasn’t been many blogs, songs, or YouTube videos posted recently…

However, I can assure you, I am being as creatively productive as ever, as I’ve been putting most of my time into a larger, more challenging, possibly important, project that has been requiring most of my creative energy… Book Cover 005 thumbnail

(And no, it’s not another book, though I did get two rave reviews about “Sympathy For the Devil,” last week…)

Anyway, within a month my collaborator and I will know more about the future of the project I’m currently investing most of my time with, and if things go well, there may be upcoming details about a public performance of it in 2014.

Geezus, did I just write “2014?”
Crap, the future is here.

Anyway, I just wanted you to know that your good buddy is hard at work, and hasn’t forgotten about you. As always, thank you for the wishes and support.

– Quiche Out

I’ll post some videos below to keep you entertained while you wait… And remind you of some upcoming appearances…

Interviewed by Stu (1st airing Sept14th 10PM): http://wp.me/p20vxx-VH

LIVE performance (Sept 28th, 8PM): http://wp.me/p20vxx-Vx