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Johnny Maestro and the Power of Music to Heal

January 31, 2014 1 comment

This beautiful story from our dear friend Rhonda in Georgia isn’t Kevin-related… Instead,  it’s  a heartfelt sentiment that she wrote following her mother’s passing last February to which I think we can all relate. Our hearts and prayers continue to be with her and her family. God Bless, Rhonda, and thank you for sharing!

The Power of Music to Heal

13409044-mmmainI don’t recall where it came from, but someone once said that “music heals.” Over the last six months, I have learned just how true this is.

When I lost my mom in February, 2013, it left me emotionally drained, and I needed something to bring me peace and heal the hurt. That something turned out to be music… But, not just any music… It was the music of my youth, the songs I grew up listening to, the songs of the late 1950s and early 60s.

Not only did it bring the healing and peace that I so desperately needed, but it also brought back wonderful memories of happier times in my life.

It had been a long time since I had heard many of these songs, so, in a strange but beautiful way, it was like welcoming back old friends who had been gone for awhile.

One particular song from that time period has come to mean a great deal to me personally. The song is called, “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” I first remember hearing it in the movie, “Carousel” (written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II). It speaks of hope and reassurance in the midst of life’s storms. I had heard it many times, but only in the last few years have I really understood what it meant. I’ve walked through many storms in recent times, but never once have I felt that I was alone during any of them. As this song so beautifully puts it: “Walk on with hope in your heart and you’ll never walk alone.”

It goes without saying, but for a song to bring healing, it has to have the right voice behind it. For me, that voice belongs to the late, great Johnny Maestro. For those of you not familiar with him, he was the lead singer of The Crests during the late 1950s and the frontman for The Brooklyn Bridge from its formation in 1968 until his death in 2010. From the 70s on, the abovementioned song was used by The Brooklyn Bridge to close their concerts.

I first heard his rendition back in the early part of the last decade, and was totally taken with the way he sang every word straight from his heart and in a very comforting way. I heard that same rendition on the group’s 40th anniversary CD earlier this year, and, honestly, it gave me chills. I have several of his CDs, and I play that song as often as I can – it helps me get through the day. And that is what music is supposed to do.

So, next time you are down, put on some of your favorite music and see what happens – I think you’ll find it very uplifting.

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Paradox: Kevin Sorbo brings his usual presence to the screen…

January 29, 2014 1 comment

Hi, all. Our wonderful friend, Jacqui D, from Scotland, provided this excellent review of Kevin’s exciting movie, “Paradox,” some time ago. Please forgive that I didn’t post it sooner.

Thank you so, so much, Jacqui!

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Featuring – Kevin Sorbo, Steph Song and Christopher Judge

Directed by – Brenton Spencer

Based on the comic book trilogy Paradox

I have been a fan of Kevin Sorbo for a long time on and off.

I’m not one of those fans who have to follow the man around the world, hang on every word, (or) agree with absolutely everything he says because, believe me when I say I don’t, and think he is god (demi-god maybe). Although to be honest, I don’t think Kevin has many of that type of follower.

I follow Kevin like I follow and love “Star Trek”:  I enjoy the work, but don’t really have to go any further than that. That does not mean I am not interested, but, I feel that even celebrities deserve some privacy and personal life.

In saying that, I participate, on occasion, in the odd discussion on Facebook, have joined the OEKSFC (Official European Kevin Sorbo Fan Club) and I have decided to go to the Interstar Con in Spain October, 2012, where I can meet both Kevin and William Shatner from “Star Trek,” two for the price of one, greaIMG_5662-blogt.

I have maintained following Kevin because I like what he does with his celebrity status: He seems responsible and, although I have not met him, seems to genuinely like spending time with his fans, and he is not afraid of hard work both on and off the set. I am a very down-to-earth person who tries to treat everyone equally, which is something I see in Kevin’s attitude in his work, his contact with fans, interviews and charity work.

It is because I am happy to contribute towards Kevin’s celebrity by watching his films, reading/listening to his book, heading for the one and only convention I have ever been to that I decided to have a look at “Paradox.” I had never seen anything advertising this film nor had I heard anything about the film from anyone.

When the film started I thought, “oh, oh, this looks as though it has been done on the cheap with the obvious pretend driving,” but then I realized that the film is actually based on a comic character and had been produced as such.

“Paradox” is a story of a detective, Sean Nault (Sorbo), living in a parallel universe to the one we live in where magic is the norm and science is the stuff of myth and legend. While investigating some strange murders his partner is killed, and Sean, a homicide detective, is left to investigate the strange goings on with the aid of Lenoir (Song) and Winston Churchill (don’t ask).

Sean uncovers a plot that leads him into another dimension and realises that unless he stops the criminals both worlds will be destroyed.

IMG_8889-blogSorbo brings his usual presence to the screen with some high-kick action reminiscent of “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.” Once you get used to the comic style captions (if you put the language to English 5.1 you get these in both English and German) it is easy to get lost in the easy-to-follow plot.

If you are looking for a film with a deep plot and thought-provoking, this is not the film to watch. If, however, you are looking for some light entertainment with a little action, not to mention the handsome leading man and pretty leading lady, then this is for you.

(Images courtesy of Kevin Sorbo)

Paradox Official Trailer:

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One more Gina Nyxx Kevin Sorbo artwork… Thank you, Gina!

January 28, 2014 1 comment

One more great piece of art from my dear friend Gina in Wisconsin in honor of this blog’s fourth anniversary last July. Wow! I really AM behind in posts! Thank you so much, Gina Nyxx!

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Gina Nyxx’s tribute to Kevin Sorbo fan, Charline Denis

January 16, 2014 1 comment

Last year the Sorbo fandom lost our beautiful friend, Charline Denis. She was truly a lovely lady and talented artist.

Many of you sent great tributes that I posted here. However, I missed Gina’s, Nyxx Rose, who added these fantastic artworks to honor her. Thank you, Gina!

We miss you, Charline!

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Kevin Sorbo January calendars to make your heads spin!

January 16, 2014 1 comment

Yep, I knew I’d be late with these, but better late than never, eh? And, I have so much more Kevin stuff to post that I make my OWN head spin! Sheesh!

Please enjoy these lovely calendars from Sanne, Mara, Loli and Malena. Thank you for sharing your talents as always, ladies!1549437_540659519362906_928291842_n

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Funny Karl Urban autograph on Kevin Sorbo’s pic

January 5, 2014 2 comments

A belated Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, my friends!

I know I have been remiss in posting lately, but, with the holidays and all I have been busy. One of my 2014 New Year’s resolutions is to keep up with Kevin as best as possible. But, as his fans, you know how difficult THAT can be since he is always busy! I hereby resolve to post more frequently… or try to anyway!

So, since I have missed posting our lovely calendars by Sanne, Loli, Mara and Malena (that I hope to include later this month), and other features, links and stories, I offer these autographs by Karl Urban, Ted Raimi and Robert Trebor as my holiday gift to you. Please note that they have not been seen before, and I sincerely hope I am not breaching Press protocol by posting them. Don’t remember when they were done with exception of Mr. Trebor’s that has the date. I interviewed Messrs. Raimi and Trebor, and they were both great! but not Mr. Urban. Enjoy!

P.S. Is the drawing on Kevin by Karl Urban too funny or what?!

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