Being Fearless in the Face of Fear

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Fears can be so debilitating. Overcoming our fears is something that we all can achieve with specific steps.

NEWPORT BEACH, CA, USA, November 20, 2020 / — Fear is such a powerful emotion. It has the ability to keep us safe, but for many of us, it keeps us paralyzed, and keeps us living to our fullest extent.

When our fears get out of control, we can shut down. They can paralyze us. But we’re here to live our lives well, and if we don’t deal with our fears and keep them in their proper place, then they can keep us from finding the joy in life that is the birthright of all of us.

That’s what fear does. It takes away from our lives, while robbing us of the joy of living. Maybe right now, we are not living the life we want to live because of fear of failure, loss, or the judgment of others. We make so many choices in life because of our fears, but if we learn to honor them and deal with them appropriately, we can find that life is a beautiful adventure, and we can face it with fearlessness.

But in order to control our fears, we need to approach them rationally. It’s not necessary to live life with reckless abandon; instead, we can sit with the realization that if we take a certain action, we may experience a result that we don’t want to happen.

I suspect you’ve heard of the condition called agoraphobia — a fear of being in certain situations where escape feels impossible. Some people think of it as a fear of crowds, but it’s a little more complex than that. People who have agoraphobia may be fearful in a crowded market, or they may feel panicked on a freeway while surrounded by cars. Instead of facing their fears, they stay closer to home, until finally they are stuck at home — some never to leave home again because of their fear. About 1 percent of our population lives this way — stuck at home, for perhaps the rest of their lives.

Maybe you don’t know someone who has agoraphobia. Let’s face it; those people don’t get out much. But don’t you know someone who is making decisions that keep them stuck in life because they are fearful of embracing change? Perhaps they’re at a job that they hate, but they’re afraid to quit because of the consequences? Or maybe they’re fearful of pursuing their life’s passion because they’re afraid of what others might think?

There are many ways that fears control us, yet they don’t have to, if we just do a few things. One of the things we can do to begin to overcome our fears is to face them. We can look our fears straight in the eye, no matter what they are, and say, “I’m not going to let you control my life.”

Many years ago, I developed a fear of driving on high overpasses because I thought I might crash and die. But I knew that I wasn’t afraid of death. This allowed me the courage to look directly at that fear and say, “OK. If I die on an overpass, so be it.” I realized I could handle the result of possibly having an accident, crashing, and dying from a high overpass, so I decided to go ahead and stop avoiding those situations. Guess what? The fear went away.

We look at the fear and we say, “I may not want that to happen, but I can do that,” and then can go away. I know how hard that is to do, but it can work if we allow ourselves to try it.

Some fears are quite a bit more complex than a fear of heights. What if our fear is that my teenager will start using drugs and die? Or that the person I love will fall in love with someone else and leave me? Our fears can be very scary. Mostly, they never come true, but having them can keep us from living.

If we tell ourselves that something can’t be allowed to happen, then we are gripped and paralyzed by fear. But if we say, “I would prefer that this outcome not happen, but I can live with it if it does, and I will get by,” then that fear has lost its grip and its power over us.

What will happen is that fear will have nothing to hang on to, and it won’t have any way to feed, and the fear will lose its power and will have to go away. This doesn’t mean that we don’t prepare; it means that we prepare wisely and without the fog of fear standing in the way of our reason.

Another thing we can do is quit feeding our fears, whether externally or internally.

An external fear is one that we are fed by outside influences, like the 24-hour news cycle or worrisome acquaintances who are always imagining worst-case scenarios.

We must ask ourselves, what are we watching on our news or on our apps? What kinds of conversations are we having? If we are consuming nearly nonstop content that feeds our fear, or if we are continually imagining and discussing the worst possible outcomes from any situation, our fear grows more and more powerful.

As I mentioned, fear can also be fed internally, by our own negative mental picturs of possible outcomes. We need to remind ourselves that negative self-talk is not helpful. The solution to this kind of thinking is to be fully present in the moment and to give our attention to the beautiful things in our life. It can take time to break these fears, but when we spend time with them, we do well. In time, we can become fearless.

We can have such beautiful lives, but we must focus on having fearless lives. The rewards we receive are beyond measure.


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Cast of The Secret Library

-A Team of Job-Hunting Artists Pivots To Keep Audiences Engaged In Uncertain Times-

Our desire is to continue performing during this difficult time to offer an escape to those who dare to go on an adventure but would like to stay safe at home.”

— Todd Zimmerman, Creator of The Secret Library

ORLANDO, FL, USA, November 20, 2020 / — This year’s pandemic has impacted every industry, but none so much as live entertainment. Nationwide, the shutdown of the theme parks, Broadway and live entertainment has left thousands of actors, musicians and performers out of work. Odd-o-Ts’ Entertainment, a leading expert in atmosphere entertainment, was one of those companies hard hit – but tapped into their creative community to launch a new immersive theatrical experience online called The Secret Library.

With a history in providing world-class live entertainment to some of the largest theme parks and venues in the world, Odd-o-T’s Entertainment productions have been seen live by millions of people. Now, anyone from around the world can enjoy a fully-interactive performance from the safety of their own home.

For the first time ever, live performers engage in a 100% live digital entertainment experience that connects performers who interact with the audience in real-time. Participants will work together to solve escape room-style puzzles that will affect the characters of the show and create a different experience every night.

Audience members from around the world participate virtually based on their time zone, with worldwide shows available at several different times throughout the day. Live performers broadcast in from various locations around the United States, including Central Florida, Virginia, Georgia and New York City.

Currently, The Secret Library: Origins and a special holiday themed The Secret Library: Krampus are available.

With the entertainment industry taking such a significant hit during COVID-19, some of the nation’s top performers are turning to digital performance opportunities, The Secret Library being one of them. Performers are present for each show to guide the audience through the evening using comedy and live music elements while completing puzzles to solve the mystery of the Secret Library.

“With the live entertainment industry on pause worldwide, we have pivoted our live entertainment to online experiences but are still able to offer uniquely personalized, unforgettable experiences for our guests. Our desire is to continue performing during this difficult time to offer an escape to those who dare to go on an adventure but would like to stay safe at home,” said Todd Zimmerman, Co-Founder of Odd-o-Ts’ Entertainment and Creator of The Secret Library.

Tickets (starting at $35 per computer) are currently available for purchase online at, Use code HOME for a 10% discount for a limited time only.
Media Note: Virtual interviews with Todd Zimmerman and cast members in character are available.

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Created by Odd-O-T’s Entertainment a leading expert in atmosphere entertainment worldwide, The Secret Library is a 90-minute immersive theatrical experience where live performers engage in a 100% live digital entertainment experience that combines performers who interact with the audience in real-time. Participants will work to solve mysteries in an escape room-style puzzle while working through a different storyline every night. Performances are currently scheduled for Friday and Saturday evenings at 8pm but may be expanded due to popularity. Each show can only accommodate a max of 63 participants per night which provides a very personal experience for each audience member. The performance, viewed virtually through your computer, is online within a clickable interactive platform that has personal conferencing familiarity but more interactive capabilities. Because of this, computers are the recommended device for the experience. (Tablets and Smart Phones are discouraged.) For more information visit


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Zeus Vega Collective Releases New Single Pasilda

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Grammy Nominated Producer Chris Cox releases second new single Pasilda from the new art and sound collective "The Zeus Vega Project"

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, USA, November 20, 2020 / — Grammy Nominated Producer Chris Cox releases second new single Pasilda from the new collective The Zeus Vega Project

Grammy nominated producer Chris Cox is at it again. Coming off the success of his last album Time Machine, in 2019 Cox has taken his sound to a new level working with a collective group of vocalists and singers in which he produces under the moniker Zeus Vega. The first Single Dale Huevo takes heavy Latin fusion from the 90’s house scene and remixes it with hard hitting club sounds of the Latin music scene of New York, Miami, LA. The second single Pasilda shares in the same flavor and vibe and sets the tone for a sexy tropical getaway with a passion and flare.

Cox says “ I am really excited with what we are creating as a collective. Musically it has been really fun tapping into the sound and vibe of 90’s house music. The Latin scene in New York, Miami, Los Angeles and the Bay Area shaped the percussion and riffs that I would later use in Thunderpuss productions. Our second song, The song “Pasilda” is one that’s very dear to my heart because it was a major house song the same year that I started touring and traveling the world, particularly the Latin countries. There is a feeling that comes over you when you are with a group of people and a magical song comes on… It’s as if the entire room falls in love! Since DJ touring and pool parties got unfortunately sidelined this year, I was yearning for that feeling and wanted to capture that emotion again."

Each record that is produced by Cox for the Zeus Vega collective comes with specific art and meaning attached. Cox continues “I have been working with visual artist Andrei Mignea who designed the art for this single, his talent and design never cease to amaze me.”

Mignea says “"When designing the artwork for the Zeus Vega Collective, I wanted to make art that inspires, motivates, and is meaningful. With the Pasilda cover, I created a piece that speaks simply to this moment that we are in right now. One beautifully multicolored world, in a universe of chaos. Together we are bright, we shine. Separated, we are nothing. We are more together and more apart at this moment than ever in our history. We just need to step back and see the bigger picture sometimes, and hopefully we see how small, yet beautiful we are."

This is the second of many songs to come with plans for an EP and feature album. You can listen to the song here. "Pasilda” Single

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After creating hits for some of the biggest global superstars in music and after sharing the stage with some of the biggest stars in the DJ community Chris Cox has established himself as one of the most respected and sought after remixers and club DJs in the world. He has produced platinum records for Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, Madonna and many others. He has been part of over 60 Billboard number 1 hits. He is a Grammy award nominated music producer and his music can be found on Spotify, Apple, and Amazon Music.

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BEHIND THE MASK (An AMGHBO Original Documentary Feature Film) Coming to you January 2021


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Immigration Attorney Judith L. Wood to be Featured on Close Up Radio

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, November 20, 2020 / — Judith Wood is a renowned, Los Angeles-based Immigration Attorney specializing in political asylum.

Her landmark victory in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, Nasseri v. Moschorak, opened the door for women fleeing violence to seek refuge in the United States. The decision, recently under attack by former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, would become the subject of a motion picture titled Saint Judy, starring Michelle Monaghan and Alfred Molina.

A native New Yorker, Judy's early dramatic training and a brief career acting off-Broadway helped her to hone the courtroom acumen which has helped deliver so many from desperate circumstances. Ms. Wood's passion for social justice has become a true calling and, since graduating Pepperdine School of Law, she's helmed dozens of precedent setting decisions.

In addition to a thriving legal practice, Judy also heads up the Human Rights Project, a non-profit devoted to advocating for the rights of refugees around the world. Indeed, Ms. Wood's record as a tireless champion for the rights of immigrants speaks for itself. Most recently, she's scheduled to be presented with the Wonder Woman of the 4th Lifetime Achievement Award by Los Angeles City Councilman David Ryu.

Close Up Radio will feature Judith Wood in an interview with Jim Masters on Monday November 23rd at 3pm Eastern

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Sprockfeller Pictures on a roll as they announce Two Directors for their next films SEA OF GREED & THE DEVIL’S MEN

Sprockfeller Pictures signs directors for their next two films Sea Of Greed & The Devil's Men

We are very excited about these two films and we are thrilled with the success of our past two films both #1 at the box office”

— Ryan Johnson, Producer Sprockfeller Pictures

HOLLYWOOD, CA, USA, November 20, 2020 / — Sprockfeller Pictures rolling out major Feature Film hits like HONEST THIEF and their new film FATMAN,

Film Director, Dito Montiel (The Clapper, Man Down,) has agreed to write and direct Sprockefeller Pictures’ feature film SEA OF GREED based on the novel Sea of Greed: The True Story of the Investigation and Prosecution of Manuel Antonio Noriega written by J. Douglas McCullough and Les Pendleton and based on the life of gentlemen smuggler, Steven Kalish, and follows his ascent from a small time drug dealer, to becoming the largest marijuana dealer in U.S. history through his opportunistic friendship with Manuel Noriega, that would lead to the downfall of them both.

Sprockefeller’s Martin Sprock and Ryan R. Johnson are producing and plan to film SEA OF GREED in early spring 2021.

Elisabeth Costa de Beauregard of Storyboard Media will co-produce and sell which re-teams Sprockefeller and Storyboard whose previous collaborations were ‘Arkansas’ starring Vince Vaughn, Liam Hemsworth and John Malkovich for LionsGate, and George Gallo’s ‘The Comeback Trail’ starring Robert DeNiro, Tommy Lee Jones and Morgan Freeman which is releasing in first part of 2021 by Cloudburst Entertainment.

Sprockefeller Pictures has been topping the box office the last several weeks with HONEST THIEF starring Liam Neeson released by Open Road, and with the dark Christmas comedy ‘FATMAN’ starring Mel Gibson which released November 13th by Saban.

Producer Martin Sprockfeller on the success of HONEST THIEF… “I couldn’t be more happy, so proud of the movie and think the world has needed a couple hours of escape at the box office, our Director and Liam Neeson did a fantastic job!”

Producer Ryan R. Johnson of Sprockfeller said “We love true stories particularly with larger-than-life personalities and Steven Kalish certainly is one."

With production commencing in early Spring 2021 shooting will follow the strict guidelines put in place by the CDC and all the Guilds.
Producer Martin Sprockfeller said “We love ‘Sea of Greed’, a fun and wild ride and it’s all true! It’s Tequila Sunrise meets Catch Me if You Can.”
Montiel is represented Craig Kestel at William Morris Endeavor.
Sprockfeller Pictures also announced today that they signed Film director, Justin Lee (BADLAND) who is returning to his 'western' roots and has agreed to write and direct Sprockefeller Pictures' feature film "The Devil’s Men" which takes place in the post-Civil War south and follows a woman and her family that are brutally attacked and left for dead. Seeking vengeance, the woman goes on a mission to hunt down the men responsible and enact her own form of justice.

"It is rare that we as storytellers get to take such a classic genre and flip it on it's head. I am beyond excited to get to bring strong female characters to the screen in a period piece of this magnitude especially with Sprockefeller Pictures behind it" said Lee.

Sprockefeller's Martin Sprock and Ryan R. Johnson are producing with Daemon Hillin of Hillin Entertainment and is a long-time collaborator with Lee. Film Bridge International is selling worldwide. “We are thrilled to present TDM to buyers worldwide and believe it will offer a fresh take on the genre and excited to be partnering again with Hillin Entertainment and Lee and collaborating with Sprockefeller” – Ellen Wander.

"The Devil’s Men" will film in the first quarter of 2021.
Producer Martin Sprockfeller said “I’m a sucker for a good love story.’
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Misericorde by Cynthia A. Morgan named a finalist for the Independent Authors Network Book of the Year award for Fantasy

Cynthia Morgan, The Mercy Series

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Author Cynthia A. Morgan

Acclaimed author Cynthia A. Morgan’s first installment of the Mercy Series, Misericorde, recognized by her peers in the 2020 Book of the Year awards.

To write; to paint with words as an artist bedecks his canvas with hues and shades and layers of pigmentation; to sing a melody upon which the gaze may linger and over which the heart may muse again”

— Author Cynthia A. Morgan, about writing

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, USA, November 20, 2020 / — The Independent Author Network (IAN), a group of like-minded authors who are self-published or published by a small indie press, conduct the Annual Book of the Year Awards. This year, the finalists include award-winning author Cynthia A. Morgan, and her book Misericorde.

Misericorde is the first of four books in the series. Two books in the series have been published and are available on Amazon, Misericorde and Clandestine. The series is an adult dark dystopian fantasy that takes place in the year 2446. The first three Horsemen of Revelation’s apocalypse have already ridden. Pestilence, war, and famine have changed the world into a dictatorship ruled with an iron fist. Commoners have few rights, and liberty is a distant memory. Before the final Horseman is released, the Archangel of Mercy – Tzadkiel – makes a bold plea, asking for permission to find even one human who remembers the meaning of mercy and compassion. He is given 100 years, until Death will sweep across the land. Taking human form and coming to Earth, he finds a place ruled by greed, hatred, and fear. With time running out and Death growing impatient, can Tzadkiel find what he's looking for…and how much will he need to sacrifice?

Morgan expressed her appreciation for the peer recognition. “I feel particularly honored because the books to be recognized were chosen by authors, my peers.”

When asked how she feels about writing in general, Morgan explains poetically that “To write; to paint with words as an artist bedecks his canvas with hues and shades and layers of pigmentation; to sing a melody upon which the gaze may linger and over which the heart may muse again and again: to create visual splendor with grammar and language is the most beguiling form of intoxication in which I could ever take pleasure.”

In addition to the recognition by IAN, Morgan’s Misericorde has also gotten the attention of Golden Network TV (GNTV), which is now beginning to produce expanded book trailers based on her books, including Misericorde (part of the “Mercy Series”). Soon the users and subscribers of GNTV will have access to these exciting productions through GNTV’s streaming service.

GNTV, based in Nevada, is a streaming service backed by Vimeo, and delivered through Roku via the internet. It recently launched its new subscription streaming service dedicated to meeting the needs and interest of seniors.

The CEO of GNTV, Temma Hammond, explained that “Cynthia Morgan has been invited by GoldenNetwork.TV to be part of a new program called, ‘Golden Network.TV Library,’ which highlights outstanding books. The show is giving authors access to a broader audience who will then be able to learn about their books on a global streaming network that is supported by Roku.”

GNTV’s plan is to bring in professional readers, actors, voice-over artists, and digital graphic designers for this project. Each of these mini movies will spotlight the highpoints of the story much like a movie trailer, but will contain no spoilers and will not reveal the endings to each book. These collections will be available to stream on Roku globally. With a goal of providing quality streamable programming for their network and showcasing up-and-coming as well as Pulitzer Prize winning authors, GNTV is thus offering an exciting new entertainment choice for viewers.

About author Cynthia A. Morgan

Cynthia Morgan is an award-winning author, freelance columnist, blogger, and poet. Author of the dystopian fantasy Mercy Series and the young adult fantasy Dark Fey Trilogy, Morgan writes captivating tales that serve as a backdrop for powerful messages like “show thankfulness through kindness and appreciate blessings through generosity” and “the only way to achieve peace is by becoming peace.”

Morgan is also the creator of the popular blog Booknvolume where over 18,000 followers regularly explore Morgan’s own brand of poetry, musings about life, photography, book reviews, and more. Morgan’s writing has been featured as a monthly column in Fresh Lifestyle Magazine. She is an active member with Artists 4 Peace and has been supporting the ASPCA since 2008.

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LOS ANGELES, CA, UNITED STATES, November 19, 2020 / — Pike’s first award for his Contribution to the Entertainment Industry and the Performing Arts was inspired by the VHS release of his 1997 World Premiere Benefit Performance of Grumpuss for the Save the Children Fund. The Southern California Motion Picture Council presented a Jeanie Emerald Star Angel Award, to Travis Edward Pike, Film Producer – Director – Writer – Music Composer – Singer for your Contribution to the Entertainment Industry and / or the Performing Arts, December 3, 1999.

Earlier that year, he’d won a 1999 INTERCOM (International Communications Competition) Silver Plaque Award for Special Achievement – Writing, making this, to the best of our knowledge, the first time in the history of the Chicago Film Festival, perhaps in the entire history of motion picture and video productions, that an epic narrative rhyme was so honored.

The Southern California Motion Picture Council is a non-profit organization founded in 1936 to promote the best in motion pictures. To this end, the Council encourages production of family-oriented films and television programs; promotes civic-minded, educational, and cultural programs of exceptional merit and presents awards for the best in movies, television, stage plays and the performing arts. Only the “Best of the Best” in movies and television, and stars whose performances deserve special recognition for outstanding contribution to the entertainment industry, are selected.

Assuming the Council stayed abreast of motion picture awards, and considering their mission is encouraging production of family oriented films and television programs, and perhaps aware that Grumpuss had to have been vetted by Buckingham Palace before it could be associated with Save the Children, or be endorsed by HRH Princess Anne, suggests that Grumpuss might deservedly be so honored, and they did so. (Or maybe one or more of them had seen it and decided it was qualified as one of the “Best of the Best.”)

Grumpuss evolved from a much shorter rhyme Travis wrote for his four-year-old daughter in 1968. He originally recorded what evolved into Grumpuss: The 15th Anniversary Audio Theater Edition, when it was still a work in progress. He let a visiting English Professor play it for her classes at Bridgewater State College in Massachusetts, and it was so successful that she wrote to ask for permission to use it again the following year. That letter inspired the investors who eventually funded the World Premiere Benefit Performance of Grumpuss at Blenheim Palace, and it is that live performance by the author, recorded on digital videotape, that is now Travis Edward Pike’s Grumpuss 20th Anniversary Platinum Edition, released by Otherworld Cottage Industries on DVD in 2018.

Its home page,, features Pike’s theatrical storytelling performance before the live audience at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, England, but also provides a choice of theater, or theater of the mind, offering video clips for theater buffs, and audio clips from the studio recording, complete with music and sound effects now remastered and released on a two-CD Grumpuss 15th Anniversary Audio Theater Edition, for fans of mid-20th century radio.

The website also includes photo-illustrated sections dealing with the 1997 World Premiere performance (complete with a welcome note from Save the Children President HRH Princess Anne), a colorful photo essay introducing the celebrity venue and performers, a section taking you inside the World Premiere Banquet, where you’ll meet the celebrity guests at Blenheim Palace’s Long Library, and even a photo-illustrated section about how the production came to be, all in aid of an incredible “one night stand!”

In the School Library Journal, October, 1999, Grumpuss: The Original Otherworld Audio Theater Production, 2 cassettes. 84 min. was reviewed by Nancy L. Chu, Western Illinois University, Macomb. “Gr4Up — A dutiful and courageous knight, Sir Ellery (rhymes with celery) is charged by his king with subduing the Grumpuss, a supposedly mythical beast which turns out to be real. No one knows what the rare Grumpuss looks like except that it is cat-like, huge, and ferocious. Sir Ellery embarks on the dangerous quest and encounters a dwarf wizard who suggests that the knight befriend the Grumpuss rather than kill it. Sir Ellery does tame the lonely beast, but his dreams of a triumphant parade through the kingdom prevail. Unfortunately, when removed from his remote habitat, the Grumpuss becomes frightened by the crowds of people and is miserable with allergies to grain and celery. It turns on the knight, and Sir Ellery fears that killing the Grumpuss is the only answer. His affection for the beast and his sense of justice win, however, and Sir Ellery’s solution benefits the Grumpuss and all wild animals of the kingdom. This original narrative poem written and told by American storyteller Travis Edward Pike is a wonderful story laced with thought-provoking themes. Pike’s superb skill as a storyteller elevates the tale to a rare level. The rich language and Pike’s voice variations paint vivid pictures in the listener’s mind. The pace of the telling is varied according to the tale’s action and characters . . . An outstanding choice for school and public library collections.”

In The Boston Sunday Globe, August 18, 2000 , Rochelle O’Gorman’s review of Grumpuss, The Original Otherworld Audio Theater Production asserted, “Creative and different from most of the audiobooks aimed at young listeners is the epic narrative poem “Grumpuss” by Travis Edward Pike, read by the author. An award-winning audiobook by a California-based storyteller, this clever fairy tale is told completely in narrative rhyme. The language is rich and the presentation is exhilarating, though too sophisticated for younger children. However, children in grades 5 and up should relish the adventure of a knight sent to tame a huge, prehistoric cat. Underlying themes of courage and harmony are employed with a subtle hand. Owls hoot in a forest and the giant cat growls in the background as the story unfolds. These sound effects are used lightly, but dispersed often enough to enliven the telling. Pike has a well-trained theatrical voice that is deep and evenly modulated. He speaks slowly enough for us to follow along without missing his finely crafted poetry, but maintains our interest with his dramatic presentation.”
In Swag of Yarns, Australia’s National Storytelling magazine, Spring 1999, Lai Ha summarized her reviews of the Grumpuss VHS and Original Otherworld Audio Theater Production on 2 audio cassettes, released by Otherworld Entertainment Corporation reporting “Both the video and the audio were fantastic experiences. The presentations are a storyteller’s dream and are suitable for all except the very young.”

In April, 2018, Otherworld Cottage Industries released its Grumpuss 20th Anniversary Platinum Edition on DVD, reviewed below in the MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW / WISCONSIN BOOKWATCH / THE DVD SHELF.

“Travis Edward Pike’s Grumpuss 20th Anniversary Platinum Edition (1 hour, 38 min.) is the award-winning DVD of Pike’s beloved narrative poem Grumpuss tranformed into an epic film performance. What exactly is a Grumpuss? It’s a mythical beast that resembles an ill-tempered cat, “With tremendous paws and gigantic claws, and jaws that can crush armor flat!” A treasure sure to delight connoisseurs of classic British fantasy by authors such as J.R.R. Tolkien, Lewis Carrol, and C.S. Lewis, Travis Edward Pike’s Grumpuss 20th Anniversary Platinum Edition is a choice pick for family movie night and public library collections, and makes a memorable gift. Bonus features include Travis Edward Pike’s World Premiere Documentary, and three slideshows about the making of Grumpuss. Also highly recommended is the 2-CD set Travis Edward Pike’s Grumpuss: The 15th Anniversary Audio Theater Edition (79 min. 9 sec), which allows one to listen to the marvelous adventure as a radio play.

As followers of Pike’s works might suspect, last year’s Changeling’s Return book and music CD are two more reasons he received the award for his Contribution to the Entertainment Industry and Performing Arts. His magical, mystical, musical, Sci-Fi Fantasy is about Morgen, an adopted foundling reared in Boston, Massachusetts, now in his mid-twenties, charismatic lead singer and songwriter for Beantown Home Cookin,’ a showband that features the Trashbabies, a troupe of sexy singer-dancers who contribute mightily to the band’s growing popularity.

After a night flight from Boston to London, a noontime radio show, and the live BBC broadcast of his May Eve concert performance, Morgen is too exhausted to face the international press corps at the party being hosted by the record company, and instead elects to take a spin in the sports car rented for him by the label to “help him wake up,” before he goes to face them, but a sudden squall lands the car in a ditch and daybreak finds him seeking help in the isolated village of Morningstone, where it seems the storm wiped out all communication with the outside world.

Morgen hopes to find a working phone in a local pub, but he’s crossed a liminal zone and entered a supernatural realm where songs are spells, and song and since chant once meant the same thing, Morgen, is an enchanter by definition. Many more mysteries are revealed, before Morgen finds himself within the Tomb of Every Hope, on trial for all humanity’s crimes against Nature, confronted by Furies, supported by Muses, and spared, at least for the present, by the Fates.

A sip from the Cauldron of Inspiration, gives Morgen a new understanding of his place in the scheme of things. He accepts his role as the Fool, and eagerly embraces his fate, a renewal of vows broken twixt Man and Nature, but driven asunder by a charging unicorn, barely deflected by a huge brindled mastiff.

Morgen awakens in an ambulance. The sports car was totaled when he hit a tree. Thanks to its airbag, although his ankle is broken, the rest of his injuries are minor. Nevertheless, Beantown Home Cookin’s European tour is cancelled.

Recovering in Massachusetts, Morgen is unable to dismiss the music and lyrics he remembers from his out-of-body experience, and completely revises the song list agreed by the record company, creating discord between talent and management. It seems settled when the label records the new album, and Beantown Home Cookin’ agrees to a Fall-Winter European Tour to introduce the new album with a live, televised Halloween concert from the same ruined monastery they played before.

In Western folklore, changelings were believed to be troll or fairy children left in place of stolen human babies. But is Morgen a foundling who has recognized humanity’s dependence and obligation to nature, or a changeling, reared by humans, reawakened to his supernatural origins. If the latter, what impact will “Changeling’s Return” have on the human race?

Perhaps Pike’s most outstanding, recent contribution to the Entertainment Industry and Performing Arts is this year’s Otherworld Cottage Industries publication of Harvey Kubernik’s Docs That Rock, Music That Matters. More than 500 pages detail a huge collection of rock, pop, reggae, soul and blues documentary film and TV show award winners, and performances from a plethora of stars and super stars, featuring groups, individual singers, studio and on the road musicians, making this THE music history book for the 21st century.

In its BOOKS, FANZINES AND OTHER GOOD READS section,’s Andy Pearson reviewed Kubernik’s Docs That Rock, Music That Matters, (Otherworld Cottage Industries, 2020).

Presenting a history and exploration of the music-documentary genre is an intriguing idea for a book. Of course, the difficulty involved in such an undertaking is the sheer amount of films that could be included … the list is already huge and continues to grow!

At over 500 pages, this is a hefty volume but it concentrates on Harvey Kubernik’s personal choice rather than attempting to cover everything. That being said, he includes an interesting and varied selection of films that cover many different styles and artists and doesn’t limit it strictly to documentaries, which certainly helps to maintain your interest.

Early chapters include interviews with the legendary Dick Clark, producer of “American Bandstand,” before moving on to DA Pennebaker, the man behind the Bob Dylan film, “Dont Look Back” and the classic “Ziggy Stardust” concert movie. Further chapters include insider stories from Elvis Presley’s ‘68 Comeback” show as well as lesser known documentaries such as “Rumble,” a film that told the story of Native Americans who made their mark on the rock’n’roll scene.

There are some great insights into the Jimi Hendrix films, “All Is By My Side” and “Live at Monterey,” while the Rolling Stones are represented by chapters on “Rock’n’Roll Circus,” “Charlie is My Darling” and “Gimme Shelter.” Elsewhere, the likes of The Doors, Motown, Bob Marley and The Johnny Cash Show are covered in depth, whilst a chapter is also devoted to Alan Arkush, the Ramones and “Rock’n’Roll High School.” More recent times are also covered with pieces on the eclectic soundtrack for Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” (evidently a lot more interesting than the film itself…) and David Leaf’s acclaimed documentaries on John Lennon, Brian Wilson and James Brown.

The final chapter is taken-up by an interview between Kubernik and publisher Travis Pike, whose career across five decades has also involved several music-related movies including “Feelin’ Good” and his ongoing “Morningstone” project. A lot will probably depend on your own personal tastes, but there really is a lot here for any music fan who really wants to know more about the way things have developed over the years. This is certainly a book that will give you plenty to think about.
Andy Pearson, Fear and Loathing Fanzine

“Rock is the gift of sound and vision, and Harvey Kubernik’s Docs That Rock is the essential guide to the history of rock on film. Kubernik’s been doing his homework on this subject for fifty years; he knew everyone, spoke to everyone, and got them to tell stories they never told anyone else. We learn how Steve Binder made The T.A.M.I. Show happen in 1964 and helped save Elvis’ career in 1968; we hear Murray Lerner giving the details of filming Hendrix at the Isle of Wight in 1970, and we even dig into the backstory of Shindig! Perfect for film and cultural studies classes, Docs That Rock gives a rich context to movies you thought you knew all about.”
Dr. James Cushing Cal Poly San Luis Obispo English and Literature professor (ret.)

“Harvey Kubernik is a cornucopia of American culture…His book is a totally original scan across this history, uncovering major and minor players, aficionados and accomplices of every stripe.”
David E. James, professor School of Cinema Television University of Southern California

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Experience Strategy Associates and Entertainment Plus Productions Earn 4 Prestigious Pinnacle Awards, 7 Awards Total

Greg Chase & Douglas Johnson stand alongside Doctors and Nurses during their #MaskUpNV This Is ME PSA Activation in August, 2020.

The PRSA Las Vegas Valley Chapter honored ESA & E+ with four prestigious Pinnacle Awards, two Awards of Excellence and one Award of Merit

LAS VEGAS, NV, USA, November 19, 2020 / — The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Las Vegas Valley Chapter honored Experience Strategy Associates and Entertainment Plus Productions with four prestigious Pinnacle Awards, two Awards of Excellence and one Award of Merit for their August #MaskUp4NV This is ME campaign collaboration with all Las Vegas area hospitals.

Awards Include:

Four Pinnacle Awards
•Crisis Communication
•Most Effective Campaign – Budget of $5,000 or Less
•Public Affairs
•Most Effective CSR Campaign

Two Awards of Excellence
•Community Relations
•Public Service

One Award of Merit
•Events & Observances – 7 Days or Fewer

The awards were presented to Greg Chase and Doug Johnson during the annual awards ceremony which was held virtually this year. The #MaskUpNV This Is ME campaign was designed to recognize all of the hard-working medical professionals across the valley through the COVID-19 pandemic as well as launch a PSA campaign aimed at the Las Vegas community to continue to #MaskUpNV in an effort to keep our communities safe.

Established in 1996, the Pinnacle Awards recognize the best public relations programs, tools and professionals in Southern Nevada, Southern Utah and Northern Arizona. Out-of-market, accredited members of PRSA serve as judges for the awards program.

“We are simply speechless tonight. It was a true honor to collaborate with all of our local Las Vegas hospitals to not only bring a moment of positivity to our medical professionals in a dark time, but also inspire our community to do their part to keep everyone safe,” says Greg Chase, Founder & CEO of Experience Strategy Associates. Douglas Johnson, President & Executive Producer of Entertainment Plus Productions said, “I feel humbled and grateful tonight. This was a team effort to help create such a monumental activation for our community.”

A list of all the 2020 Pinnacle Award winners can be viewed at

About ESA & E+
Experience Strategy Associates is a Las Vegas-based consulting group focused on helping organizations unlock potential & revenue through designing innovative brand & product strategies, customer insights, experience design & customer service culture training and development. Most recently, ESA has been actively engaged in supporting the local Las Vegas community in the fight against COVID-19.

E+ Productions ENTERTAINMENT AND SO MUCH MORE… ENTERTAINMENT PLUS PRODUCTIONS is an award-winning, full-scale production company that provides entertainment, along with a full suite of production and design services. From intimate to epic, we create in the world of live events, television, film, continuous shows on land or sea, and any other realm requiring a generous serving of WOW. We are fun-loving, outrageous, over-the-top creatives who were born thinking outside the box. We are also a team who gets the job done on time, on budget, and all within an environment of mutual respect, inclusivity, and love for this artform.

Greg Chase
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Global Music Streaming Service Market: Industry Size, Growth, Analysis and Forecast of 2026

Latest Market Analysis Research Report on “Global Music Streaming Service Market 2020” has been added to Wise Guy Reports database.

PUNE , MAHARASHTRA, INDIA, November 20, 2020 / — Global Music Streaming Service Industry

New Study Reports “Music Streaming Service Market 2020 Global Market Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies and Forecasts 2026” has been Added on WiseGuyReports.

Overview of Global Music Streaming Service Market
The Global Music Streaming Service Market report offers an analysis and forecast of the market both on a global and regional basis. An in-depth research has been performed to throw light on how the different market dynamics may impact both the present as well as the market scenario in the days to come. The drivers, trends, restraints, and opportunities have also been analyzed to better equip and arm clients with the decision-making insights. For a better understanding and also for assessing the market opportunities and trends better, the report has been categorically split into numerous segments that also comprise the regional segmentation. The Global Music Streaming Service Market report begins with the market analysis and provides the market taxonomy and definition along with market drivers, market trends, market restraints, value chain, and pricing analysis, which is region wise. Every segment elaborately discusses the qualitative and quantitative aspects of the Global Smart Lighting Market 2020.

The key players covered in this study
Heartbeats International
Pandora (Mood)
Cloud Cover Music
Custom Channels
Auracle Sound
Express Melody
Legis Music

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Music Streaming Service Industry Regional Analysis
By region, the Global Music Streaming Service Market report has been geographically segmented into five regions- North America, Europe, Latin America, the Asia Pacific, & the Middle East & Africa (MEA). A detailed research coupled with a thorough study, has been carried out for creating the report. Multiple factors have been taken into consideration like the environmental, social, economic, political, and technological status. It also provides a detailed study on the eminent manufacturers, the revenue concerning every region, segment-wise data, both global & regional, the production, chief influencing factors, and vital data.

Music Streaming Service Market Research Methodology
Various primary and secondary sources have been utilized during the course of this study. This study has been performed according to the Porter’s Five Forces parameters. Besides, bottom-up & top-down methods too have been conducted. Top-down methods are also used to assess the numbers of the market for each product category, while the bottom-up method has been used to counter validate the estimations of the market. Company profiles of leading players have also been offered with various research methods such as market shares, splits, & breakdowns to offer a precise estimation of the size of the Global Smart Lighting Market.

Market segment by Type, the product can be split into

Market segment by Application, split into

Global Music Streaming Service Industry Key Players
The final section provides a detailed competitive landscape along with the market share of the company and the performance to provide the industry players dashboard view who are operating in the Global Music Streaming Service Market coupled with the various business strategies which they have incorporated to create a niche in the market such as mergers, acquisitions, geographic expansions, contracts, strategic alliances, joint ventures, collaborations, partnerships, to name a few.

Report covers:
Comprehensive research methodology of Global Music Streaming Service Market.
This report also includes detailed and extensive market overview with gap analysis, historical analysis & key analyst insights.
An exhaustive analysis of macro and micro factors influencing the market guided by key recommendations.
Analysis of regional regulations and other government policies impacting the Global Music Streaming Service Market.
Insights about market determinants which are stimulating the Global Music Streaming Service Market.
Detailed and extensive market segments with regional distribution of forecasted revenues
Extensive profiles and recent developments of market players

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Some points from table of content:

1 Report Overview
2 Global Growth Trends
3 Market Share by Key Players
4 Breakdown Data by Type and Application
5 United States
6 Europe
7 China
8 Japan
9 Southeast Asia
10 India
11 Central & South America
12 International Players Profiles
12.1 Spotify
12.1.1 Spotify Company Details
12.1.2 Company Description and Business Overview
12.1.3 Music Streaming Service Introduction
12.1.4 Spotify Revenue in Music Streaming Service Business (2014-2019)
12.1.5 Spotify Recent Development
12.2 Jamendo
12.3 Heartbeats International
12.5 Pandora (Mood)
12.6 Rockbot
12.7 Apple
12.8 Amazon
12.9 Google
12.10 Microsoft
12.11 Jukeboxy
12.12 Cloud Cover Music
12.13 Custom Channels
12.14 Auracle Sound
12.15 Brandtrack
12.16 Kasimu
12.17 Soundreef
12.18 Express Melody
12.19 Qsic
12.20 StrorePlay
12.21 Legis Music
13 Market Forecast 2019-2025
14 Analyst's Viewpoints/Conclusions
15 Appendix

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