Sheryl performed with Elmo at the 7th annual gala benefiting the Sesame Workshop at Cipriani 42nd Street on May 27, 2009 in New York City. (Photos by Getty Images and Wireimages)
Mercoledi' 27 Maggio 2009 / Wednesday May 27, 2009
[NEWS] ROCK STARS, CARS AND GUITARS 2
DEARBORN, Mich. -- It's an all-star fest with the Rock Stars' Cars and Guitars II exhibit inside Henry Ford with guitars, hot rods and vehicles, and memorabilia from supergroups and superstars such as Cheap Trick, The Who, Janis Joplin, and Jimi Hendrix. For instance, you'll be able to see a replica of the Mustang of a certain classic movie that has that was used in a recent Sheryl Crow video titled "Steve McQueen", the legendary hot rod used by ZZ Top in all of their five vidoes during their 80's heyday, and the car that Kid Rock drove throughout the Motor City for his "Roll On" video from his Rock and Roll Jesus album.
"First of all, this is an all-new Rock Stars, Cars and Guitars," said Tom Varitek, senior manager of program operations at The Henry Ford. "We've got an all-new collection of just rock and roll. Some of the big hits though are one of the biggest MTV stars of the 1980's, is the car that belonged to ZZ Top., The Eliminator Car. It was in five videos, t-shirts, album covers and it became ZZ Top. Another sort of iconic car was a 1965 Porshe that belonged to Janis Joplin. I mean it screams Janis. It's got flowers and butterflies and even her star sign on there."
This is the second installment of the exhibit, which has now includes Miley Cyrus (Hannah Montana) and the Jonas Brothers. Though they came from Disney and became teen sensations all over the world, these artists are now part of popular music -- just like Ricky Nelson, who began his career as an teen idol on television with The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet, and later went on to have a successful adult career in music up until his death in 1985.
"It's much bigger than the previous one," Varitek said. "We've got more stuff including a car that was used by Miley Cyrus in the 2008 Kids Choice Awards on Nickelodeon. You can actually get inside that car. Some younger viewers will really be into that. Rock and roll has been with us for a long time. It's been defining each generation's version of cool. For 60 years, six decades of rock and roll, we've got them all covered. "
Now until Labor Day, other highlights also features the van driven by Soundgarden during the start of their rise back in the 1980's that paved the way to the birth of both the "Seattle Sound" -- aka grunge -- and alternative music; the drum sets from former lead singer/drummer Jimmy Marinos of new wave band the Romantics, hailed from no other than Detroit, and one of the five-necked guitars from Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick, who it turns out is an collector of over 250.
"Elvis Presley all the way through to Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers are represented in this exhibit," Varitek said. "And a lot in between The Who, Metallica, Pink Floyd, Kid Rock, Snoop Dogg, we've got it covered. It is actually a unique exhibit. It was put together by the museum from dozens of different sources from the rock stars themselves, to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Experience Music Project. Never before has this group of stuff been together. It's put together by us and it really can only be seen here."
Rock Stars, Cars & Guitars II is included with museum admission. Henry Ford Museum is open seven days a week, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $14 for adults, $13 for seniors and $10 for youth; members and children four and under are free. For more information please call (313) 982-6001 or visit www.TheHenryFord.org.
[RECAP] LIVE TO TELL - MARKHAM, ONTARIO, MAY 20, 2009
Up, Close and Personal with Sheryl Crow by Kate Pace Asciak
[...] "Of course the star of the day was Sheryl Crow who played an awesome set to a very excited intimate audience. I was privileged to have the opportunity to photograph Sheryl Crow along with some outstanding donors. A wonderful person with a very giving heart Sheryl Crow was an inspiration to meet and photograph".
Sting, Sheryl Crow team for charity
By JASON MacNEIL - Special To Sun Media
It took a while for One Night Live to come to life at the Air Canada Centre Thursday night, but eventually it got there thanks to Sting and Sheryl Crow.
The benefit concert, now in its second year and assisting the Women and Babies Program at Toronto's Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, featured Sting, Crow and the Canadian Tenors in this "once in a lifetime concert experience" which ended up raising over two million.
And while there were hoots and hollers for host Chris Noth (Law & Order, Sex And The City), Sting's 90-minute set of hits had a large share of the near-capacity crowd loosening up.
With a seasoned three-piece cast of musicians behind him, Sting weaved a decent mixture of material from his own albums alongside those from The Police starting with Message In A Bottle with the audience up and dancing in the front.
Mentioning how the charity contained two of his favorite things in women and babies, the 57-year-old singer kept the flow with the groovier (Prologue) If I Ever Lose My Faith In You from 1993's Ten Summoner's Tales album. It's an album he would return to a few more times with the lighter, thoughtful Fields Of Gold and Shape Of My Heart, both featuring some nifty guitar work from Dominic Miller.
Content to play his bass and occasionally venture into his jazzier side, Sting was at his best when The Police signatures came to the fore, especially Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic, the reggae-saturated Walking On The Moon and Synchronicity II with Sting belting out the lines as he did back in 1983.
Perhaps the only real miss, aside from the Middle Eastern-inspired dance-infused Desert Rose was the pedestrian pace of Seven Days which seemed to fall off the rails quickly. Yet he finished strong with some great musicianship and chemistry on Roxanne and Every Breath You Take.
Not to be outdone despite playing roughly half as long, Sheryl Crow strung together a strong series of her earlier, Stones-y hits such as My Favorite Mistake and If It Makes You Happy with guitarist Pete Stroud fleshing each country-rock nugget out.
Crow, who mentioned she was Michael Jackson's backup singer at one time, also worked in a bit of the Jimmy Cliff tune I Can See Clearly Now into Can't Cry Anymore. But following Strong Enough, which had her considering looking around Canada for a new man after "tapping out" the men Stateside, Crow and crew delivered the party-flavoured All I Wanna Do which ended up energizing the crowd.
From there the five-piece thankfully avoided Steve McQueen and There Goes The Neighborhood, opting for the summery Soak Up The Sun and Everyday Is A Winding Road as Crow, sans guitar, strutted her stuff somewhat.
The Canadian Tenors, or Il Canucko as they could be dubbed, opened with 30 minutes of opera/pop material, covering Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah and Because We Believe while mentioning how they met Sarah McLachlan backstage. The quartet can certainly sing, but any longer might have been trying to most in attendance.
RATING: 3.5 out of 5
Martedi' 19 Maggio 2009 / Tuesday May 19, 2009
[INTERVIEW] STING AND SHERYL LOVE-IN (GLOBEANDMAIL.COM)
May 19, 2009
The first time Sheryl Crow was introduced to Sting in the late 1980s, she was an unknown musician singing backup for the king of pop, Michael Jackson.
Now she's a big name in her own right. And on Thursday, Crow and Sting - who have 25 Grammy Awards between them and have since become great friends - are teaming up as the star entertainers (along with the Canadian Tenors) at this year's One Night Live benefit for Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, raising funds for the hospital's Women & Babies Program.
In a conference call from her farm in Nashville and Sting's apartment in New York, the pair - who are both active in political/human-rights/environmental causes - say committing to headline the Toronto event was important, especially since both are parents. Sting has six kids, and Crow has an adopted two-year old son, named Wyatt. Both freely admit that the secret of successful parenting is a puzzle they are still trying to figure out. They just give it their best shot. Did you sign up immediately when Sunnybrook placed the call?
Sting I did it because Sheryl was doing it.
Crow And I did it because Sting was doing it.
Sting They called me four or five months ago, and it seemed like a no-brainer. My kids aren't babies any more, but they're a huge part of my life.
Crow My son is the most important person in mine. I love it when there's a charitable component. Plus, I get to see Sting play, and I'm a huge fan. And be part of something that is doing good work.
Sting, you've been around the parenting block six times - any words of wisdom to pass on to Sheryl?
Sting Well, I haven't had a baby for a while. ... My eldest is 32 - I was only 10 when I had him [he jokes]. And my youngest is 13; three girls and three boys. I've found it's easier to bring up girls. The girls adore me. The boys want to get rid of me.
The 13-year-old has plans and I'm just in the way, you know?
I met Sheryl's little boy last year in Tokyo. He's a star. He's going to be a spiritual leader or something. His mother just won't allow him to go into politics. Truly, he's amazing and she's great with him.
Sheryl, you were active for the Democrats in the last U.S. election. Sting, you're big on human-rights causes. What are your views about Barack Obama's impact on the United States' tarnished record on human rights?
Sheryl I think I can reiterate what most people are feeling - and that's a feeling of optimism. We have a hard road ahead of us, but in the first 100 days, he's really tried to tackle all the problems he was handed. He also represents to me a stillness we haven't seen in any of our leaders for a long, long time. A sense of consciousness that I don't think we've seen in any of our recent presidents, if ever.
Sting I met him and Michelle on Saturday night at the White House Correspondents' Ball. He has an amazing charisma. He can think and speak at the same time. I think Americans have had this terrible sense of misrepresentation for the past eight years. I love America, and I want to see Americans proud of their country. It's a huge step in the right direction.
Are the two of you going to have a chance to rehearse before Thursday's event? And will you perform Sheryl's single Always on Your Side together?
Sheryl I have a gig in Chicago two days before, so I don't think we're going to have much time to rehearse. But I always feel at home in Toronto so I'm not worried. I've been there a lot.
Sting I've got a gig [tonight] with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra ... so I haven't had much time to think about [it] either. I'm blushing here, though, I have to say, because I'm a little bit terrified about playing with the CSO. ... I'm singing and half of my material will be orchestrated for the greatest orchestra in the world.
Sheryl As for whether we'll be singing Always on Your Side - it would be nice to do that. We'll talk about that. I loved this song when I wrote it. And when it came out on my album, I thought it should have had more attention than it had. When we looked at it again, we realized it needed a male counterpart. The first person who came to mind was Sting. He and I have known each other a long time. I met him when I was a back-up singer in 1989 for Michael Jackson. I've always been impressed with him. He's an immensely talented, great guy. Yup, that song might be perfect for that particular evening.
Sting I'm blushing again. [Sheryl's] not only a great back-up singer, but a great musician. I was so thrilled she became a star.
HE NEEDS A KIDNEY
DON'T ASK WHY - HE COULD DIE
IF YOU DON'T CALL TODAY
Listen, when someone starts talking in the middle of a song you know it's serious. So give Milton a kidney. We all believe in this cause so much we're doing it for free. Except for Sheryl. That's right. I'm the only one getting paid. And only three of us are drunk. Milton Greene needs a kidney. Just like I need this beard. You don't want to see what's under here. And while you don't have two beards you do have two kidneys. Think of it this way: if I had two dollars, I'd give you one, wouldn't I? I'm one of the drunk ones!
THEY SAY THAT TWO IS BETTER THAN ONE
BUT SOMETIMES ONE IS BETTER THAN TWO
IF YOU HAD TWO HEADS YOU'D WISH YOU HAD ONE
HOW IS THIS DIFFERENT?
IF YOU HAD TWO DOGS ATTACKING YOU
YOU'D WANT JUST ONE
THERE I PROVED MY POINT!
HE NEEDS A KIDNEY
DON'T ASK WHY - HE COULD DIE
IF YOU DON'T CALL TODAY
HE NEEDS A KIDNEY
NO HE DOESN'T NEED A HAND
HE JUST NEEDS A KIDNEY
A HAND WOULD BE AN EVEN HARDER THING TO GIVE
WHEN YOU GIVE A KIDNEY
AND WE REALLY THINK YOU SHOULD
WE PASS THE CUP
THEY STITCH IT UP
YOU DO SOME GOOD
Elvis Costello, Mary J. Blige, Sheryl Crow, Steve Earle, The Beastie Boys, Adam Levine, Adam Horovitz, Sara Bareilles, Wyclef Jean, Norah Jones, Talib Kweli, Michael McDonald, Rhett Miller, Moby, Robert Randolph, Rachael Yamagata, Cyndi Lauper.
For once the rumors are true: Sheryl will be appearing on the award winning US TV series, 30 Rock. The episode in question is in fact the Season Finale which is due to air next Thursday May 14th at 9:30 EST on NBC.
Diligence prevents us from revealing anything more about the award winning show's finale to only it's 3rd season, but we can tell you that a song is involved and it will be up on iTunes right after the episode airs...and apart from that...don't miss it!
[PICS] JOYFUL HEART GALA
_ With Hilary Swank
_ with Mariska Hergitay Photos: Albert Michael/startraksphoto
[PICS] "MANAGEMENT" SCREENING AFTER PARTY
Sheryl attends the after party for The Cinema Society and Tommy Hilfiger with Svedka vodka screening of 'Management' at The Cooper Square Hotel on May 5, 2009 in New York City. Photo credit: Billy Farrell/Patrick McMullan
Venerdi' 8 Maggio 2009 / Friday May 8, 2009
[INTERVIEW] WEBMD MAGAZINE - MAY 2009
Sheryl Crow Adds Healthy Living to Her Repertoire
After a traumatic year, the singer-songwriter is making music, raising a son, and learning the art of balance.
By Lauren Paige Kennedy
WebMD the Magazine - Feature
Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD
Singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow is in a good place. Yes, she’s back on her farm just outside of Nashville, Tenn., close to family and friends again after keeping a demanding winter schedule that took her across the country and to Japan. The rock-country crooner, 47, promoted two albums (Detours and Home for Christmas), made the rounds of chat shows, and performed for the new First Family in HBO’s “We Are One” concert at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. (No slacker, she played a few inaugural balls there, too.) She was also a presenter at the 2009 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles in February. Nine-time winner Crow’s Detours was nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album.
But simple geography -- the slower, familiar pace below the Mason-Dixon Line -- is not the only thing making this Kennett, Mo., native smile. The good place Crow is enjoying right now is coming from within.
“I’m not nearly so hard on myself anymore,” she tells WebMD. “I’ve learned to stop putting everybody before myself, and to say ‘no’ sometimes, which was a huge lesson for me. I think women get caught up in that, forgetting about their own needs.” Even with the international, bicoastal itinerary she’s just wrapped, Crow claims she does “only what I want to do” these days, and that “for every 10 requests I get now, I might say ‘yes’ to one.”
Crow’s other, more publicized, “huge lessons” -- game-changing events that forced her to reassess her relationships and well-being, leading to a newfound sense of serenity and self-acceptance -- came in threes: A very public, broken engagement to world-famous cyclist and cancer survivor Lance Armstrong in February 2006. The shock of being diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer a few weeks later. And finally, becoming a mother for the first time the following April. In just over a year’s time, she went from canceling a wedding and getting a lumpectomy to changing the diapers of her newly adopted son, Wyatt, and singing him lullabies.
“In a way, it was a wonderful life-shifter,” says Crow. The recent upheavals helped launch the singer on her own winding road toward parenthood, contentment, and good health.
Sheryl Crow: breast cancer survivor
For Crow, the painful breakup with one of cancer’s leading advocates is forever linked to her own battle with the disease -- and to Wyatt’s adoption, which she began pursuing while undergoing radiation treatments.
“I’ve had maternal instincts since I was really young,” she says now. “But I had to let go of what I envisioned a family was supposed to look like. I always saw myself with the traditional husband and the kids and the dog, but letting go of all that created opportunity. The best thing I could do was to open that door.”
Before she could welcome baby Wyatt through that door, however, Crow had to heal, physically and emotionally. During the frenzied paparazzi aftermath of her split with Armstrong -- “When you’re most down, the tabloids are most interested,” she says ruefully -- she did her best to stay above the fray by lying low and following doctor’s orders.
First, there was the routine mammogram that revealed “suspect” calcifications in both of her breasts. A radiologist suggested she return for another mammogram in six months’ time to take a second look, but her ob/gyn urged immediate biopsies. “Thank goodness I listened to [my doctor],” Crow says, “because my cancer was caught in the earliest stages. I am the poster child for early detection.”
“Early detection saves lives,” says Eric Winer, MD, chief of the Division of Women’s Cancers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. “Stage 1 breast cancer -- like Sheryl had -- is defined as a tumor less than or equal to 2 cm with negative [presence] in the lymph nodes, and it has a very, very good long-term prognosis because it’s been caught so early. Ninety-five percent of women with stage 1 will be alive in five years, and a great many are cancer-free. In fact, most are cured of their cancers.”
“I was told I had dense breasts,” Crow tells WebMD, a factor that has been linked to an increased risk of developing breast cancer, according to Winer, who is also the chief scientific adviser for Susan G. Komen for the Cure and a leading expert on the disease. “We’re not exactly sure why there is a correlation, but there seems to be one. Breast density also makes it that much more difficult to find cancer on mammograms,” he says.
Sheryl Crow on breast cancer recovery
Crow’s breast cancer treatment consisted of minimally invasive surgery -- a lumpectomy, where a surgeon excises only the tumor and a clear margin around it, leaving the breast intact -- followed by a seven-week course of radiation. A post-treatment mammogram showed she was in remission and cancer-free. She remains so to this day.
The experience “woke me up,” she says. “I was no longer dulled out. … I think I was conscious before, but having cancer really opened my eyes.” After staring down her own mortality, Crow knew it was time to build the family she’d always wanted, and on her own terms.
In the wake of a broken heart and a recovering body, Crow “didn’t go out much. … I took care of myself, and I learned the only way to get through grief is to grieve, to experience those emotions. I would tell people when I needed space, if I needed them to run an errand for me. And I allowed myself to sleep as much as I wanted to, and to do absolutely nothing … and I let myself feel everything.”
She also began meditating, the art of sitting with oneself in silence, during this time. “As Westerners, we try to stay busy. We say: ‘Just don’t think about it, get on with things.’ But for me, meditating is tantamount to quieting the brain.” Crow says it helped her through those few rough months and that she continues the practice now, every day.
After her diagnosis, Crow retreated to Nashville to be closer to her parents, who still reside in her hometown of Kennett just a few hours away. “I needed my family around me [during treatment],” she says. “What resonated with me was trying to live a normal life, as normal as I could.”
Sheryl Crow on adoption
She also needed to provide a home far from intrusive eyes for her new son, who was delivered into Crow’s arms when he was just a day old, after a series of heart-tugging disappointments. “I met with a few different moms, and [adoption arrangements] all fell apart for one reason or another … but then Wyatt came through!” Even now, two years later, there is real glee in her voice when she says these words.
Asked about the adoption process, and if she has any advice for other parents now going down that road, she answers, “It was sort of like a recipe: Follow the directions carefully and you’ll get the right outcome.” But the right outcome took time. “They don’t put you at the front of the line just because you’re a rock star,” Crow was quoted as saying in 2007. “I went through the proper channels and did it just like everybody else. I went through an agency. I filled out a lot of paperwork. ... This was a closed adoption, but I have a physical description and the medical history of the parents, which is really great because you know what your child is in for regarding medical issues.”
Seeking medical information was a wise thing to do, says Deborah Borchers, MD, a founding member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Adoption and Foster Care, “especially since many diseases do not present until the 20s or 30s, and may become issues [later] with the child’s [biological] grandparents.” Borchers adds that children available for adoption may have special needs, including medical, developmental, and mental health challenges arising from the effects of drug or alcohol use by the mother, poverty, abuse, and separation from biological parents.
Biology aside, the connection Crow felt with her new son was immediate and lasting. “Wyatt is the first thing I think about in the morning and the last thing at night,” the singer says of motherhood. “I never knew my heart could be so expansive, could feel such love and joy. Becoming a mother changed how I look at the world.”
Did the threat of her cancer’s returning ever give her pause as she was dealing with the paperwork and readying Wyatt’s nursery? “Never,” says Crow, a longtime health advocate who had performed for breast cancer events, such as Revlon’s Run/Walk, for years before becoming involved with Armstrong and facing the condition herself. “My cancer was caught so early, I was lucky … and I couldn’t live my life in fear. It made me more self-examining, sure, but becoming a mother was something I needed to do.”
Sheryl Crow on being a mother
Wyatt, who turned 2 on April 29, is now “testing his boundaries and throwing mock tantrums. I find it so difficult not to laugh when he does this,” Crow tells WebMD. “I do everything I can to show him I’m taking it seriously because he is so dramatic. … And he is just a good-natured little boy.” Crow also reports that her son is “very social and confident,” loves “hanging out with my [band’s] guitar player,” and is “super-close to my dad.” She depends on her parents more these days, she admits, and is happy to have always had a close relationship with both of them.
As for her own parenting philosophy, it can be summed up in five words: “Don’t sweat the small stuff.” Crow believes that “being an older mom works to my advantage, because I’m easier-going now. I’m less critical of myself, more serene … so if Wyatt wants to play in the dirt, I’m all for it. I don’t get worked up, say, about some mess he makes.”
Unlike some mothers, who allow personal ambition to sit on the back burner while they focus fully on the kids, Crow says Wyatt reignited her drive and creativity. “[My ambition] started to wane four or five years ago. I just didn’t have it in me to tour, to work constantly. But I had a resurgence with Wyatt, the desire to make music. So much is going on in the world, and he created a new sense of urgency in me to give voice to my concerns.”
Sheryl Crow on the environment
Still, Crow claims she’s “always been into politics and been outspoken all the way back to the early days, such as with The Walden Woods Project,” an environmental group created in 1990 by singer Don Henley to save Thoreau’s Walden Pond from development.
Pressing environmental issues, from a melting polar ice cap to overflowing landfills, alarm Crow; she inspired headlines with her 2007 “Stop Global Warming College Tour” on a bio-diesel bus with environmentalist and An Inconvenient Truth producer Laurie David and has long supported the Natural Resources Defense Council’s environmental advocacy. Crow also sounds the warning cry about everyday toxins, especially now that she has Wyatt’s development and future to worry about.
“We have to educate ourselves,” she says. “Find out what affects us in our daily lives, from the foods we eat to cleaning products around the home. … I only feed Wyatt organic food. I use earth-friendly cleaning products and drink water that’s filtered. No bottles -- it’s such a waste, all that plastic. … We as consumers must become conscious of our daily decisions; it’s consumerism that endangers the environment.”
One website she uses frequently is Healthy Child Healthy World (www.healthychild.org, an editorial partner with WebMD). “It’s a great place to get ideas for daily living,” Crow says, “to live a greener life.” She even contributed a page to the organization’s 2008 book, Healthy Child Healthy World: Creating a Cleaner, Greener, Safer Home, writing about the hope and resilience children bring to such problems as global warming. “Kids are so acutely aware and smart; they will be the ones to motivate us, their parents, to change,” says Crow.
Sheryl Crow on healthy living
As for her famously fit body, Crow monitors everything that goes into it. “I eat chicken, fish, occasional red meat, loads of vegetables, plus lots of omega-3s and antioxidants.” She also gives thanks to her own DNA. “I’m genetically blessed. My mom has wonderful skin. And I take care of myself. I get up and meditate. ... I’ll work out on the elliptical machine and do core [abdominal] work. I used to run, but now it’s just too hard on my knees. So I’ll do Pilates or yoga instead.”
For a woman who looks not merely years but even decades younger than most women pushing 50, does aging scare her? “Not particularly,” she answers. “Certain things have changed with getting older, like not being able to run like I used to. But when I look in the mirror, I try to embrace those things and find the value in what I can do now. It has so much to do with attitude.”
Crow also believes in finding balance, now that she’s juggling a megawatt career with play dates and preschool applications. “I take care of my health,” she says. “Sleeping is major for me. Meditating creates space in my life. I know how to say ‘no’ now, and move on. I listen to my body … and I don’t work as hard as I used to.
“There are certain choices I make,” Crow adds. “And I choose quality of life. Every time.”
Sheryl Crow on how to say “no”
Of course, saying “yes” to quality of life often means saying “no” to others’ requests (or demands) -- a feat that many women find difficult. Crow herself didn’t discover how to do it until her breast cancer scare forced her to put her own needs first -- a new experience for her. “The problem is that women were never taught how to say ‘no’,” says Rebecca Adams, PhD, associate professor of family studies in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind. And this translates into their saying “yes” -- to their spouses, children, bosses, and volunteer groups -- when they ought to be saying: “I’m sorry, I just can’t take that on right now.”
Adams offers these tips for mothers who want to learn how to say “no” now:
Make a conscious effort. “So often, once baby comes, both men and women slip back into traditional gender roles,” she says. “Women need to say, ‘Yes, I’m staying home, but my expectation is that we are both involved, from changing diapers to child care.’” Even if these familial roles have come to feel cemented, Adams believes that the first step is acknowledging things are out of balance and specifically setting out to make a change.
Have a family powwow. Start the conversation with your husband or partner, and then include the kids if they are old enough, says Adams. Even if you’ve been married for 10 years, it’s never too late to start talking. “Explain to your spouse why you need to say ‘no’ sometimes, why you need more time for yourself or simply can’t take on a specific chore or responsibility … and tell your kids that mom cannot be on call 24/7.”
Remind them. After the big talk, there’s bound to be regression -- family dynamics are years in the making, after all. “Simply say, ‘Kids, we talked about this,’ or ‘Honey, my new expectation is this.’”
Banish the guilt. Working mothers and stay-at-home moms have one thing in common: guilt. “Traditional mothers may feel like, since they’re home, they have to be supermoms,” says Adams. “So they try to be perfect, overcompensating and taking on everyone’s needs while ignoring their own. And some of these moms inadvertently encourage dependence over independence, because satisfying their child’s every need makes them feel needed. Conversely, working moms sometimes rush home and, feeling guilty for missing out on so much, don’t set limits with their kids, setting themselves up to be used. Neither approach is healthy for anyone.”
Foster independence -- for everyone. That means for mothers, partners, and kids. “We live a lot longer these days,” says Adams. “Not only is it important for both mothers and fathers to foster healthy independence in their kids at a very young age, it’s essential for women to look beyond their marriages, too. … If women solely see their role as ‘mom,’ they will have difficult years ahead after their children leave the home. Women and their husbands need to have other things going on outside of the marriage.”
Source: WebMB (http://women.webmd.com)
[LIVE REVIEW] JOYFUL HEART GALA - MTV NEWS
Lupe Fiasco, Sheryl Crow Join ‘SVU’ Stars To Heal Victims Of Violence
Published by MTV News on Thursday, May 7, 2009 at 5:16 pm.
By Allen Spector
NEW YORK — Here’s a concert lineup you don’t see often: Sheryl Crow with special guests Lupe Fiasco and Hawaiian ukulele player Paula Fuga. But that was the bill at Terminal 5 for Tuesday night’s Joyful Revolution, a benefit for the Joyful Heart Foundation, an organization to help victims of domestic violence founded by “Law & Order: SVU” star Mariska Hargitay.
The usually bare-bones concert venue was transformed into a fancy catering hall, and instead of hipster T-shirts and sneakers, this time the crowd was clad in “joyful” attire, as in cocktail dresses and suits. The evening honored “L&O” creator Dick Wolf, and the entire cast of “SVU” was there to support their boss, including Ice-T, Stephanie March and Chris Meloni. “Dick Wolf is the man. We all work for him,” Ice-T told me.
While everyone was posing for pictures and mingling during the cocktail party, I went up to Lupe Fiasco and asked him if he’d do a back-flip onstage, like I saw him do at Lollapalooza last year. He said he would try, but with all the amps and mics, he never got the chance.
After a 20-minute video about survivors of sexual assault and the retreats that they go on to begin the healing process (courtesy of Joyful Heart), the night’s entertainment kicked off with Lupe getting the crowd going with his hit “Superstar.” Then he handed Mariska an IOU for a $20,000 donation to her organization. Ice-T, the host of the musical portion of the evening, hopped onstage and brought back his OG persona with a rap about redemption. Then Fuga played the ukulele and sang a traditional Hawaiian song. When Sheryl Crow took the stage and went right into “Every Day Is a Winding Road,” Mariska and the gang all sang along in the front row.
For the grand finale, all the musicians joined Sheryl Crow, who was now slapping the bass for the Bob Marley classic “One Love.” Sure, that’s kind of a cheesy and obvious choice, but it was moving to see all those celebrities and the audience joining in the chorus. And after all the extensive media coverage of Chris Brown and Rihanna’s alleged altercation, it felt good to be in a place where musicians and actors were making a positive effort to help victims of abuse and violence.
Mercoledi' 6 Maggio 2009 / Wednesday May 6, 2009
[PICS] JOYFUL HEART GALA
Sheryl with Mariska Hergitay and Hilary Swank. Credit: Albert Micheal/Startracks
[NEWS] JOYFUL HEART GALA - MAY 5, 2009, NYC
Last night I attended the most amazing event in NYC, the Joyful Heart Revolution Gala, founded by Mariska Hargitay to heal, educate and empower survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse and to shed light into the darkness that surrounds these issues. It was inspiring to hear stories from women across the United States who had been helped by the wellness healing classes and retreat the Joyful Heart Foundation offers.
Audio Reality binaural mics > Sony RH1 (HiSP 256kbps) > Sonic Stage to PC/WAV > Cool Edit Pro (tracking) > flac
1) A Change Would Do You Good
2) Love Is Free
3) Leaving Las Vegas
4) Strong Enough
6) Can't Cry Anymore / I Can See Clearly Now
7) First Cut Is The Deepest
8) My Favorite Mistake
9) Real Gone
10) There Goes The Neighborhood
12) If It Makes You Happy
13) Out Of Our Heads
14) Soak Up The Sun
15) Every Day Is A Winding Road
16) I Shall Believe
17) All I Wanna Do
18) Rock & Roll
Alltracks use lossless FLAC, linear PCM at the standard 1411 kbps (CD Audio)
[PICS] STREET RENAMING CEREMONY
Photo Credit: Chucky_1 (Charles Joliff)
Photo Credit: Chucky1 (Charles Joliff)
Virgie and Leonard Younger, Sheryl Crow honored at street dedication ceremony
Members of the community gathered at the Ely & Walker apartment complex on Friday, May 1, for a street dedication ceremony to honor three individuals for their dedication to the community.
The ceremony came about following requests by several citizens to the Kennett Street Department to rename a section of Second Street and a section of Third Street in honor of Sheryl Crow, Leonard Younger, and his late wife, Virgie Younger.
The event kicked off as Mayor Roger Wheeler welcomed everyone and thanked them for coming, after which, local resident Sandra Tates, sang "God Bless America."
Following Tates' rendition of the song, Wheeler introduced Carl Williams, who said a few words about Crow.
"Sheryl Crow," Williams said. "Who is Sheryl Crow? She is a Kennett girl. Born here, raised here, and went to school here. Not too long after finishing college and after teaching music for a little while, she crossed over to the entertainment side of music. Her talent, her pure, clear voice, and her work ethic propelled her to stardom.
"She has become an international star and the music industry has recognized her talents as a singer, musician, and songwriter by awarding her nine Grammies. A Grammy is considered to be the ultimate award for excellence in the music field."
Williams went on to talk about how Crow's debut album, "Tuesday Night Music Club," has sold over 6 million copies worldwide. He went on to say that Crow's success, as an entertainer would be reason enough to honor her.
"But that is not why we're here," Williams said. "Sheryl is a Kennett girl and has never forgotten that. This swimming pool right here is one of Sheryl's many contributions to the community."
Williams then spoke of how Crow initiated the renovation of the Kennett High School tennis courts, began a scholarship fund for deserving students, as well as her many contributions to the Delta Children's Home.
"There are many other things I'm sure I don't know about that [Crow] has done for our community," Williams continued. "I don't think she has ever refused any request if it involved some sort of help with the community.
"This humble tribute that we are making today is Kennett's way of saying, 'Sheryl, you have not forgotten us. We will never forget you. Thank you for everything'."
Following Williams' words, Crow took the podium, saying how much she appreciated the honor.
"I want to thank the Mayor. I want to thank the City Council and the Chamber of Commerce, Jan McElwrath, and, of course, Keith Mitchell, who, without Keith's contribution to the swimming pool, would never have happened.
"I just want to say how deeply honored I am to be up here with Mr. Younger, who has just been an amazing backbone of this community. [Younger] has done so much service out of the kindness of his heart, unsung and sung as well. He has always worked so hard."
Crow continued by saying that she feels like Kennett is her home and where her family is. She said that it has been an honor getting to travel the world and make music, and that all started in Kennett.
Crow said that she is always asked "What was it that helped you make it as far as you made it," to which she replies, "My community always gave me a guarantee that there wasn't anything that I couldn't do and that I always had a home."
Crow then spoke of how she enjoys helping out Kennett and communities like Kennett because she feels that they are the heart and soul of the country.
"For me, it is a real pleasure to get to do, even the smallest things here and be a part of this community because to me, it's what gives our great country its heart and soul. I appreciate the honor and I intend to drive up and down that street and when my son gets out of hand, I'm going to drive him down that street and say, 'Look. You're on my street now'. Thank you very much."
Wheeler then read the ordinance aloud that declared the section of Second Street from Kennett Street to South Main Street as Sheryl Crow Drive.
Following the official naming of Sheryl Crow Drive, Wheeler introduced Beverly Alford-Thomas, who spoke on behalf of the Younger family.
"I just want to say that to our family, today could be a sad occasion because we lost mom two years ago, but today really is a happy occasion because we still have dad and he's 91 this month," Thomas said. "I just want to say it's an honor and it's a pleasure to stand before you today, May 1, 2009, for a street is being renamed in memory of my mother, Virgie Younger, and in honor of my father, Leonard Younger. Our parents used to tell us 'It's not what side of the tracks you live on, how much money we have in the bank, what kind of car you drive, what matters is have you touched someone. Have you told them that you love them? Have you held them.' They always told us 'Don't burn your bridges because you never know when you may have to return on them'. They always taught us never to judge. We're not the judge and the jury."
Thomas also said that her parents taught their family not to look at people by the color of their skin, but by what is in their heart.
"And you know what," Thomas continued. "Our parents always told us that education was the key and as long as you lived in their house, you're going to get up and go to school."
Thomas then said a few words about her father.
"He is always a people person," Thomas said. "And he is a hard worker. And, as we know, he has many friends in the city of Kennett and the surrounding areas. He was always willing to help and go the extra mile. He's known as 'Mr. T,' He was known as 'The Junk Man,' and he's also known as one of the men who wore the raggediest overalls in Kennett. But he always had a heart of gold."
When it came to her mother, Thomas said, "She was the chauffeur, she was the baker, she was the lawyer, she was the doctor, and she was the wind beneath my father's wings. She was always there two or three steps behind him, never shining, but letting everyone else shine. Our mother was a strong lady with kind eyes. She prayed and she gave love to many people. Much of our strength comes from our knowledge and the respect she poured into our bodies. She built a bridge of faith between her life and ours. She taught us to face a real world, remembering to be strong, and yet gentle. And this is how Virgie's Place came about."
Thomas then thanked the city of Kennett, the Chamber of Commerce, and Mayor Wheeler for the honor.
Wheeler then read the ordinance aloud that declared the section of Third Street from Kennett Street to South Main Street as Younger Drive.
The crowd rose to their feet, giving Younger a standing ovation for all that he has done for the community.
The program closed as Sandra Tates sang "You Were Loved," accompanied by an interpretive dance by Chandra Hart.
Following the ceremony, the crowd gathered around Younger and Crow, shaking their hands and thanking them for their contributions to the community.
Although he did not give a speech, the tears in Younger's eyes as everyone came to greet him expressed his appreciation.
Sabato 2 Maggio 2009 / Saturday May 2, 2009
[NEWS] SHERYL MUSIC VIDEO PREMIERE AT NEWPORT BEACH FESTIVAL
Press Release- Sheryl Crow’s Music Video “I Don’t Wanna Know” by James Kleinert Premiering at Newport Beach Film Festival
The premiere of Sheryl Crow’s music video ‘I Don’t Wanna Know’ filmed and directed by Emmy Award Winning Filmmaker, James Kleinert, will be premiering in ‘A Slice of Americana’ Short Film Category at the Newport Beach Film Festival. The screening will be held at the Edwards Islands 2 venue at 3:45 PM on Thursday, April 30th 2009. Kleinert will also be promoting his upcoming film ‘Disappointment Valley’, slated for premiere in September of 2009.
Sheryl Crow takes a stand for preserving the last few remaining free roaming wild horses and burros in America with the support of her beautiful song “I Don’t Wanna Know”. The haunting and powerful images of America’s last remaining wild horse herds will no doubt resonate in the hearts and minds of viewers.
Director James Kleinert captures the journey of these majestic creatures from their life in the wild to a brutal round up for removal, sending to herds to wild horse concentration camps where they await a possible death sentence.
Kleinert, in association with Moving Cloud Productions, has also announced several screenings and fund-raising events for two upcoming feature films, ‘Disappointment Valley’ and ‘Horse Medicine’. Disappointment Valley presents of solutions for America’s Wild Horses and Burro’s and the preservation of our public lands while Horse Medicine documents the profound relationship humans and horses share in the shaping of the United States.
About Moving Cloud Productions: Moving Cloud Productions is a multi-media organization that produces state of the art visual and audio programming. Founded in 2002 by Emmy® Award-winning producer, director, cinematographer and filmmaker James Kleinert, the programming intent is to enlighten and entertain while empowering the human spirit.
[NEWS] KENNETT CELEBRATES HOMETOWN GRAMMY WINNER WITH STREET NAMING (KAIT8)
By Lauren Payne
Kennett, MO (KAIT) "It's just great to see how it's growing and thriving and it to me represents so many little towns in America that I think are really the heart and soul of what this country is based on," said Kennett native, Sheryl Crow.
For 9 time Grammy winner Sheryl Crow, she says no matter where her fame takes her, Kennett will always be home.
I have had the great luxury and I would say honor of getting to travel around the world because I make music and people responded to it, and that all really started here," said Crow.
Another memory was made Friday afternoon. A stretch of street is now named Sheryl Crow drive. It's the city's way of giving back to someone who's done so much for Kennett.
My family's here and I have a little son now and he will know Kennett as he's growing up. I have great memories here so it's very nice," said Crow.
Crow calls Kennett her safety net. She says she always felt like the community encouraged her big dreams and celebrated her fame right beside her. She says she encourages young dreamers to never say never--and go after your dreams, no matter what they are.
"There were always people around me saying you can do whatever you want, you can be whatever you want. If you can see it, you can be it. I always say get into the work and not the outcome because the work is where it's at," said Crow.
[LIVE REVIEW] SHERYL CROW HEADLINES BUSY SATURDAY IN WAIKIKI - STAR BULLETIN
Photo credit: Jason Genegabus / firstname.lastname@example.org
Review from http://hilife.starbulletin.com/
April 27, 2009 by John Berger
A high-impact rendition of a Led Zeppelin classic was the finale of a superb show as Sheryl Crow bid the fans farewell with “Rock ‘N Roll” moments before the mandatory 10 p.m. curfew Saturday night at the Waikiki Shell.
Performing with guitarist Peter Stroud as her partner in vintage arena rock choreography — at one point they were leaning against each other back-to-back, Crow singing while Stroud ripped through the chords — it was one of those “who knew?” moments.
Sheryl Crow doing “classic” rock? Yes, and very well at it!
The nine-time Grammy Award-winner had already been on for almost 90-minutes when she went through the standard concert stage routine of bidding the crowd “good night” and stepping backstage long enough to let them yell for more.
And yell they did — every one was still waiting for “All I Wanna Do,” her first pop hit and still the biggest — and they weren’t disappointed. Crow brought the band back for a 15-minute encore that included “I Shall Believe” and “All I Wanna Do,” followed by that glorious pedal-to-the-medal salute to Zeppelin.
Crow made it a perfect night at the Shell despite the City’s unfortunate decision to close Kalakaua (for the Waikiki Spam Jam). Concert-bound congestion was heavier that usual on Kapahulu Avenue, but the traffic-related stress was forgotten once Crow took stage.
She looked good, sounded great, and included all the “must hear” numbers her mainstream fans were there to hear.
One of the highlights in the first half of the show was “The First Cut Is The Deepest,” her hit version of the oft-done Cat Stevens’ song. A few songs later came “Real Gone,” her contribution of the Disney/Pixar animated film, “Cars.”
Audience applause greeted the opening notes of “Are You Strong Enough (To Be My Man).” Other audience favorites were “My Favorite Mistake” and “There Goes The Neighborhood.”
For much of the show Crow let her music speak for itself, but she introduced “Detours,” the title song of her current album, with the explanation that “(detours) remind you of who you are.”
She also mentioned that her son recognizes “Mommy!” any time he hears “Real Gone.”
Crow mixed things up instrumentally throughout the show. She played a hollow-body 6-string on some numbers, switched to an eye-catching white solid-body for several others, then took over bass guitar duties on several more.
Is it too soon to be talking about the year’s best concert performances?
Maybe. But Crow’s concert at the Shell will certainly be one of them.
Source: Hi Life Online / Star Bulletin (hilife.starbulletin.com)