Monday, September 28, 2009

Pheaturing Ernie Halter


Hi there, welcome to the Phile, I am your host, Jennifer's Body. Happy Yom Kippur to all my Jewish readers. What is Yom Kippur, anyway? A celebration of fish? Scientists say there is evidence of water on the moon. That’s great, but call me when you find vodka. Leaders from all over the world were here, at the U.N. They’re all very busy: French President Sarkozy went jogging... President Obama played a lot of basketball... Prime Minister Berlusconi was getting phone numbers at Hooters. President Obama brought together Israeli and Palestinian leaders. Undeniably it was awkward. They stood there and stared at each other. And then finally, after an uncomfortable period of time, they shook hands. It was like my wedding night.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gave a hate-filled speech. In all seriousness, I’d like to say a couple of words about Ahmadinejad — short and ugly. Osama bin Laden was supposed to address the U.N. but he dropped out at the last moment due to mercury poisoning. President Obama was the first U.S. president to chair the U.N. Council. Meanwhile, Vice President Joe Biden became the first vice president to sit for six hours in a Brookstone massage chair. Obama hosted a reception for world leaders at the Waldorf-Astoria. The party was going great until Hugo Chavez started doing karaoke. Today if you go eat at Chili's all the profits go to St. Jude's. And do you know where we went? BJ's. It's a restaurant, and BJ's doesn't offer B.J.'s, so I was kinda disappointed. The last month or so I showed you some books Logan had in his collection when he was a kid, and as a public service I thought I would warn you what kid books are out there before you purchased them at Borders or somewhere. Always check what the title is, and what the book is about before you just grab whatever book has the nicest picture. So, here on the Phile, the last of the pile of books Logan had when he was younger.

So, today we went to the a local mall, and of course I had to look in the electronics store and even though I have a Mac, I still looked at the Microsoft software. Okay, I had to make some excuse for this joke. Anyway, I was surprised to see what Microsoft released. Check it out, yo.

Crazy, eh? Okay, now for the web's popular new game, kids.

I don't know, but that's one lucky bastard of a snake.

Susan Atkins: Parole granted.

From the home office in Port Jefferson, here is this week's...

Top Ten Things You Don't Want To Hear From Your School Teacher.
10. "Your grades will be based on how well you tip me."
9. "I lost my red ink pen so I graded your papers with mayonnaise."
8. "We're going to learn this subject together."
7. "Best way to see me after school is webcam."
6. "First field trip -- the corner liquor store."
5. "I'm only doing this until the hooker thing starts paying off."
4. "Please Twitter me your research papers by the end of the week."
3. "Pay no attention to my parole officer."
2. "Everyone stand and pledge allegiance to me."
And the number one thing you don't want to hear from your teacher...
1. "Daily homework assignment: Watch Leno at 10."

Duke William lands 7,000 troops at Pevensey, Kent. Thus begins the Norman conquest of England.
The United States Navy abolishes the practice of flogging. Among the crimes for which this was the penalty are: stealing poultry from the coop (12 lashes), being lousy (6), stealing a wig (12), and being naked on the spar deck (9). This reform is perhaps the signature moment in Millard Filmore's presidency.
A Cook County grand jury indicts the Black Sox 8... the White Sox players paid to throw the 1919 World Series to the Cincinnati Reds. Even though they are found not guilty, Commissioner Landis bans them all from professional baseball for life.
A nun at the Vatican discovers the lifeless body of Pope John Paul I, formerly Albino Luciani, in bed. The pontiff had been on the job only 33 days before unexpectedly dying in his sleep, after having taken some sort of pills with dinner. The church refuses to grant an autopsy.
Former Philippine president Ferdinand Marcos dies in Waikiki, Hawaii, after three years in exile. He was in ill health, and awaiting US charges on looting funds from his country. His wife keeps the cadaver in a refrigerated coffin for years.
The ferry Estonia suddenly capsizes in the Baltic, drowning 852. The vessel sinks in less than five minutes, making it impossible for more than a handful of passengers to make it to the lifeboats. Many of them die trapped in their cabins.
The world fails to end for a Borneo doomsday cult based in Sabah, after authorities arrest nearly 200 members, more than 50 of whom are children. The armed group was garbed in yellow robes and intended to perform a human sacrifice before the End Time.

You can order the second book of the Book Club at, or at This is what it is, Phile Phans.

Mary will be a guest on the Phile soon, so please purchase her book. While you are at it, don't forget to purchase the first book in the Phile's Book Club, "Mr. Lincoln Was A Robot" by Victor Langlois.

Today's guest is a talented singer whose new album "Ernie Halter: Live" is available now on iTunes. Tonight he kicks off his new tour at 3rd & Lindsley in Nashville, Tennessee and will be playing on October 1st in Little Rock, Arkansas. Please check his Myspace page for other dates. Please welcome to the Phile... Ernie Halter.

Me: Hello, Ernie, welcome to the Phile. So, how are you?

Ernie: A bit tired, but good.

Me: I have to admit, a few weeks ago I haven't heard of you, but now I am a big fan. You've been playing and recording for awhile, right?

Ernie: My first record (which I recorded in my bathroom), “Lo Fidelity,” came out in ’04, I think. Been touring and recording ever since.

Me: And am I right in reading that you have half a million followers on Twitter? How did that happen? The Phile only has two... but I get a lot of readers.

Ernie: Twitter made me a "suggested user" and that has helped tremendously.

Me: Do you think Facebook, Myspace and Twitter has changed how bands and performers have marketed their music. I like to think the Phile is a big part of that. LOL.

Ernie: YES! Social networking has put independent artists in touch with fans directly and also given fans a chance to interact with their favorite artists in ways we weren't seeing 10 years ago.

Me: I purchased all your music off iTunes and have to say I love your new album "Ernie Halter: Live". What made you do a live album this year?

Ernie: Thanks! It was a natural choice since I perform 100+ dates a year across the country. The fans wanted it. I wanted it. It’s a win-win. It showcases what I do best. Performing live.

Me: Your song "Whisper" is one of my favorites, Ernie. With all your great songs, what made you choose the 11 for the live album?

Ernie: Thank you. Honestly, the songs were chosen based on the strongest performances.

Me: Where was the album recorded? Was it recorded in one show or many?

Ernie: The live album was recorded over about 15 shows across the country. Offhand, I remember taping in LA, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Columbus, Charlotte, and Philly.

Me: Your last studio album was "Starting Over", right? I know there's a story behind that title.

Ernie: The album came out of a tumultuous time in my life. The best way to tell the story is to listen to the lyrics of the songs themselves. : ]

Me: You also have an album called "Uncovered: The Youtube Sessions". This is a pretty cool project, Ernie. Wanna explain to the Phile readers what it is and are you gonna be releasing a follow up? How about doing a Foghat song?

Ernie: We were approached by a label looking to release some of the YouTube covers I'd done. Was a fun idea and I like trying new things, though, in truth, it probably will be the only record of its kind that I'll put out, since my primary goal is writing original songs.

Me: Ernie, where are you from, sir? How long have you been playing piano and guitar?

Ernie: Born in Inglewood, California and raised in Orange County. Been playing piano since I was 8 years old, guitar since I was 15.

Me: Let's talk about your influences, Ernie. I am guessing you are a Beatles fan, am I right? Who else are you into?

Ernie: Stevie Wonder, Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Bonnie Raitt, James Taylor... Nashville writers, Rascal Flatts, Taylor Swift, Dave Barnes.

Me: Have you ever met any of your idols?

Ernie: Fortunately, yes.

Me: You did a few shows with Kate Voegele, who I think is brilliant. How is she in real life, and are you two friends? She's easy on the eyes, isn't she? Did you see her on Conan?

Ernie: Kate is a dear, sweet girl. We've toured together in the past and remain in touch. I'm very proud of what she's done and has yet to do.

Me: Speaking of, any luck we'll see you on Conan soon, or any other late night show? Have you done any TV appearances?

Ernie: I've done some morning TV, and as a backing musician have performed on "Tonight Show", Letterman, "The View", etc.

Me: I have to ask you about Did I get the name right? What kind of charity is it? The Phile is a supporter of a few charities. What made you become part of this particular one?

Ernie: Mocha Club is a great organization where people donate $7 per month toward projects in Africa (AIDS, Sudan, Child Mothers, Education, Water Wells, and more). I started donating three years ago, became an artist sponsor last year, and traveled to South Africa a few months back to visit and learn more about the education and job creation program I'm currently sponsoring. For more information, I hope you'll check out The charity has very low overhead so almost all of the money goes to helping those who need it. Plus, nearly everyone can afford $7 a month, and to think of how much good it will do.

Me: Hey, you had a song played on "General Hospital", didn't you? Is there a TV show you would love to have your music played on?

Ernie: "Grey's Anatomy" would be a huge opportunity I'm looking forward to getting someday.

Me: Sorry if I asked way to many questions. You definitely are a very talented singer, song-writer, Ernie. I wish you a lot of luck, and continued success. Is there a website or anything else you wanna plug?


Me: Hope you make it down to Orlando, Ernie. You gotta play at the House of Blues. Tell Krista to get on that. ; 0 So, next year when your next CD comes out, you are welcomed back. Take care.

Ernie: Thanks! Cheers, E. Good night. zzzz.


Thanks to Ernie for taking time to do this interview and to Krista Mettler for setting it up. Also, thanks to Wikipedia, and of course, you readers. The Phile will be back on Friday with Gerry Owens from the band Lluther. Yes, that's with two L's. Have a good week, and don't forget to spread the word, not the turd. Bye, love you, bye.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Pheaturing Liberty DeVitto


Hi there, welcome to the Phile for another Friday... what? It's Saturday? Oh, shit. Actually, last night I worked late and then went to work early this morning, so I am a day late. Sorry. So, how was your week? I know you are all tired of hearing Kayne West jokes, so I will try not to mention him anymore... but... the other day at work my friend Jeff was doing a show when Kayne West came up to him, snatched the mic from his hand and told him that Beyonce could do better. Don't believe me? Take a look.

Obama has been everywhere pushing his healthcare plan. He was even on “Maury Povich.” Good news: He’s not the father. Turns out John Edwards is. According to the L.A. Times, one of John Edwards’ aides wrote a book proposal in which Edwards convinced him to come forward and say he was the father, which the guy did even though he was married. We should make Edwards president — if he can make a married guy to announce he fathered a child he didn’t, he can convince anyone of anything. President Obama is also in Pittsburgh for the G-20 Summit where he joins other world leaders to discuss the economy. The biggest issue on the table is “Why are we in Pittsburgh?” Okay, the last few weeks or so I have been showing you some books that Logan had in his collection. These books seemed okay when he got them years ago, but now, taking a second look, we are not so sure. So, as a public service announcement I thought I would warn you what type of children books are out there. I mean, take a look at this Berenstain Bears book. By the way, a berenstein is what I left in my bed last night. LOL. Just kidding!
Okay, now for no particular reason, here is a random picture of Megan Fox.

Let's talk about the...

Here is the second Book Club book, kids. It is available on and at In a few weeks Mary Tamm will be a guest here on the Phile. And don' forget you cans till purchase the first book in the P.P.B.C., Victor Langlois' "Mr. Lincoln Was a Robot".

Troops laying siege to Athens led by Venetian general Francesco Morosini rain cannonfire down on the Acropolis and the Turkish soldiers garrisoned inside. One cannonball penetrates the Parthenon, which happened to serve as the Turks' gunpowder magazine. The roof, walls, and 16 columns are blown off by the resulting explosion.
The Empress of the Blues, Bessie Smith, sustains grave injuries in a traffic accident on US Highway 61. She is taken to a colored hospital in Clarksdale, Mississippi and her arm amputated. Smith dies later that day from blood loss. According to legend, Bessie had been refused treatment by a closer, whites-only hospital.
Kennedy and Nixon face off in the first televised presidential debate. Nixon had been recuperating from illness yet refused to wear makeup for the camera, looking haggard and gray. Radio viewers gave positive opinions for Nixon's performance but so many people saw the debate televised that Kennedy gained the lead in the polls, ultimately winning the election.
"Gilligan's Island" premieres on CBS television with the pilot episode "Two on a Raft." This is the one where they almost get off the island.
Jeffrey Dahmer offers a cute Laotian boy $50 to pose for nude photos in his Milwaukee apartment. The parents of the 13-year-old later rat Dahmer out, resulting in a 10-month prison stay.

This is so cool. Today's guest is an American rock drummer who is best known as the drummer for Billy Joel, but has also played with the NYC Hit Squad and has been a session drummer on recordings of other artists. Please welcome to the Phile, the one and only... Liberty DeVitto.

Me: Hello, Liberty, sir. How are you? Welcome to the Phile.

Liberty: It's wonderful to be here !!!

Me: It's funny we have a mutual friend... Joe Skinner. When did you first meet him?

Liberty: I lived in Florida and had a band called the Funk Club... Doug Bare was on the Hammond Organ. He also had a band with Joe called the Funky Blues Messiahs.

Me: Do you still live in Florida, or did you move back home to New York?

Liberty: I moved back to New York, Brooklyn to be exact, a year after 9/11.

Me: Do you remember in the 80's I think it was when Billy's band rehearsed at Foghat's Boogie Motel Studios in Port Jefferson?

Liberty: Actually we were recording a song for a Carly Simon Children's album... The song was "Nobody Knows But Me".

Me: We'll talk about Billy in a moment. When did you first started to play drums? What made you pick up that instrument?

Liberty: My Parents say I had a lot of energy as a kid... thank God there wasn't Prozac back then...

Me: Who is your favorite drummer of all time?

Liberty: RINGO STARR without a doubt.

Me: Okay, let's talk about Billy. Most of the reader's probably know this, but for those that don't know, go ahead and tell them who Billy is. When did you first meet him?

Liberty: I assume you are talking about Billy Joel??? I met Billy when I was 17 years old... we played in the same club but in different bands.

Me: What was the first and last album you played with Mr. Joel?

Liberty: The first album was "Turnstiles" and the last was the song "Shades of Gray" on the "River of Dreams" album.

Me: He hasn't done any touring recently, or recording, so have you spoken to him? Is he planning on making a new album?

Liberty: I haven't seen or spoken to Billy in almost 7 years!!!

Me: What was your favorite and all time show you did with Billy? I'm guessing Russia or Yankee Stadium... am I right?

Liberty: Has to be Russia or the Soviet Union as it was called then.

Me: What is your all time favorite Billy Joel song?

Liberty: "Honesty".

Me: Your daughter Torrey is an actress, right? How many children do you have and do they play music as well?

Liberty: Yes, Torrey is my actress, I have 3 girls... Devon mixes sound on Long Island clubs and on the road for bands and Maryelle cuts hair and does theatrical makeup... Torrey also plays a beautiful violin.

Me: Tell the Phile readers about Little Kid Rock. I think it's a very cool idea and I commend you for it.

Liberty: LKR give free lessons to kids in elementary school. It is an after school program for inner city kids... they have more then 8000 kids in different states. Check them out at

Me: So, who else have you played with apart from one of the most popular recording artists of our time?

Liberty: The people I played with have been some of my idols as I was growing up... but I will play with anyone who puts their heart and soul into the music.

Me: Any latest projects you wanna talk about? Do you have a website you want to plug?

Liberty: I did an album with a band called FLYNSOLO that I am very proud of... I also am part of a summer camp for young musicians called "Camp Jam"... check them out at

Me: Liberty, if you were asked to be a house drummer for a late night show like Max Weinberg on Conan?

Liberty: Was I ever asked... NO... would I take it if i were asked... YES !!!

Me: Liberty, thanks for doing this interview. Tell Billy I said hello next time you see him, okay?

Liberty: You are very welcome... but you'll have to tell Billy yourself... sorry !


Okay, kids, it's a short entry but I am dead tired. Thanks to Liberty for a really good interview, and for taking time out for my lame questions, and also to Wikipedia. The Phile should be back on Monday with singer Ernie Halter. So, until then, spread the word, not the turd. Bye, love you, bye.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Pheaturing Andrew Brittell From Brightwood


Hello, welcome to another Monday entry of the Phile. So, how are you? Thank god today isn't talk like a pirate day otherwise this whole blog would be written in piratese. Savvy. So, do you kids like NASCAR? I can never get into it myself, but I did see Dale Jr. mention "Slow Ride" on TV once so I guess he would be my favorite racer. Anyway, NASCAR has made an effort to be more green. They even hired a consultant to help them. Now they have come out with “green” racing event this weekend, and the ads for it were green as well. The nice thing about it is, the changes they’ve made have not changed racing at all: “It’s NASCAR action — green style. Come see the latest hybrid cars race quietly at speeds of up to 55 miles per hour.” They’ve even spiced up the food: “Don’t forget your appetite — we’ve got hummus!” Everybody’s talking about healthcare. Montana Sen. Max Baucus presented a new plan that contains both Democratic parts and Republican parts. He’s calling it the “Lady Gaga Option.” Did you hear Dick Cheney is having surgery today to relieve his lower back pain. You know how they administered the anesthesia? They just shot it right in his face. A new Nielson survey found that Washington, D.C. has the most 25-34-year-olds in the country who make over $100,000 a year. They’re called hookers. In Pittsburgh, they just passed a law banning both urination and defecation in public. I think the bigger story is that it’s been legal all this time in Pittsburgh. They’re holding the Values Voter Summit in Washington D.C. This is a gathering of conservative activists who get together and talk about values and politics... then, at night, they take hookers up to their hotel rooms. The president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sat down with Ann Curry for an Interview on the “Today” show. It was his first interview since he won the election he rigged in June. She asked him what he wanted above all else from the United States. His reply? “I want an iPhone; I want a date with Megan Fox, and I want to be interviewed on the Peverett Phile." It ain't gonna happen, my friend. Okay, in the last few weeks I have been showing you books that Logan had in his collection we discovered when we went through them. We discovered not all children's books are as nice and sweet as you thought they would be. So, as a public service, I thought I will show you what books are out there. Yes, there's more. Take a look at this one.

So, pay attention when you buy a kid's book, okay. Once in awhile I like to show you inspirational posters that are sold in stores. They are getting more and more creative, better and better. And I think this one is the best. Take a look, kids.

The Dean of Guild, William Dun, receives a bonus of 47 pounds, 3 shillings, and 4 pence for "the great number of witches burnt this year."
With a winning bid of £6,600, Mr. Cecil Chubb purchases Stonehenge and 30 acres of land at auction. He donates the monument to the British state three years later.
Horror author Stephen King born in Portland, Maine.
Ronald Reagan's Secretary of the Interior, James Watt, describes his staff's racial diversity to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce: "We have every mixture you can have. I have a black, a woman, two Jews and a cripple. And we have talent." Watt is forced to resign 18 days later over these comments.
The Saudi government beheads 16 Kuwaiti terrorists in public after convicting them of a deadly bombing at the Great Mosque in Mecca two months earlier. The perpetrators claimed they had been trained by Iran, but Iran denied any involvement.

This is the second book in the Peverett Phile Book Club.

In the 1970s, she travelled the universe aboard the TARDIS… 30 years on, actress Mary Tamm now recounts the story of her own, earthbound, adventures. Born to Estonian parents in 1950s Bradford, her rise to fame took her from a Northern childhood to life in the fast lane: via TV appearances in "Coronation Street" and "Girls of Slender Means" to leading roles in feature films - including the cult Tales that Witness Madness, and The Odessa File which pitched her career into the international arena. In 1978, Mary became part of essential Saturday night television as she joined the cast of "Doctor Who" alongside Tom Baker, as the superlative Time Lady, Romana! Packed with recollections and exclusive photographs, this autobiography follows Mary on a journey of self-discovery to her parents' homeland of Estonia, where she finally comes to terms with her true identity… "First Generation" was released in September 2009 and published in two versions: a standard paperback and a special hardback edition . The hardback edition will only be available direct from Fantom Films - limited to 200 copies, individually numbered, with extra photographs and signed by Mary. You can order the book from or And coming up in a few weeks on the Phile an interview with Mary. Also, don't forget to order the Phile's first Book Club book Victor Langlois' "Mr. Lincoln Was A Robot" also available at
Also, my sister Lucy is racing to end cancer and save lives, so please go to the website below and help her do it. I know you Phile Phans will not let me down.

Today's guest is the led singer from the Oregon based band Brightwood. Their album "Wake" is available on iTunes as we speak. Please welcome to the Phile... Andrew Brittel from Brightwood.

Me: Hello, welcome to the Phile. So, how are you, Andrew?

Andrew: Great, thanks!

Me: I have to ask you about the band name. It sounds like a glow in the dark condom, but it's named after a town, right?

Andrew: Wow... yes, actually our previous guitarist picked up the word on a street sign. After a vote, we agreed to adopt it as our band name. Turns out it's a small town near Mt. Hood here in Oregon.

Me: Are you all from Portland originally? I think Brightwood is the first band I interviewed from there.

Andrew: Three of us grew up in the greater Portland area, but our bassist, Matt, is originally Juneau, Alaska.

Me: Congrats on having a song in the "Real World". Did you know that was gonna happen, or was it a surprise?

Andrew: We've worked with Bunim/Murray (the producers of the Real World) before, and had some songs placed on a couple of their shows, so it didn't come as a complete surprise. I think they informed us about a week before the show aired.

Me: I downloaded the album "Wake" from iTunes and liked it. But what's the deal with the creepy cover art? Who did that?

Andrew: Well, thank you. Ha ha. I can see how the cover art could translate as "creepy." However, that wasn't really our intent. The band got together after "Wake" was recorded and talked about our vision for the artwork, so what you see is a culmination of all of our ideas.

Me: Who produced it and where was it recorded?

Andrew: We've produced all of our music to date, and do all of our recordings in our own little excuse for a studio.

Me: Tell the readers about Invisible Children. It's a cause you did some work for, right? Is there a website someone can check out about it?

Andrew: Actually, we just recently became a part of a global event that Invisible Children is staging on April 25th in an effort to rescue 3,000 child soldiers in Uganda. To help raise awareness we're offering a free download of our new album's title track, "Wake", at

Me: So, who is in the band and how did you guys form?

Andrew: Myself, Stephen my brother, Matt, and Collin. Stephen and I have been playing music together since high school. After cycling through a number of different musicians, we found a dynamic that clicked with Matt and Collin, making Brightwood what it is today.

Me: Are you currently working on your next project?

Andrew: We strive to constantly be creating. Most likely a lot of the new material that we've been working on will end its way up on a new album, but as of now we don't have any solidified plans to record a project to be released.

Me: Have you guys done any videos?

Andrew: We've done an array of tour blogs and promotional videos that you can find on Youtube, but if you're talking about music videos, we're still working up to that.

Me: I like your music, Andrew. I wish you a lot of luck. Tell the readers of the Phile your website and is there anything else you want to plug?

Andrew: Our official website is, but you can find the most recent updates at our Myspace page. Thanks again.


Thanks to Andrew Brittell for taking time out for this interview and to Wikipedia for their history stuff. The Phile will be back on Friday with Billy Joel's ex-drummer Liberty DeVitto. So, until then, spread the word, not the turd. Bye, love you, bye.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Pheaturing Victor Langlois


Hello, welcome to a Friday entry of the Peverett Phile. How are you? So, did you Kayne West interrupted Patrick Swayze's funeral saying Michael Jackson's funeral was better? Osama bin Laden released a new 11-minute tape where he calls President Obama “powerless” in the war in Afghanistan. That was for the first six minutes... he gave Taylor Swift the last five to finish her acceptance speech. According to a new survey of all the social-networking sites, Twitter had the highest percentage of older users. In fairness, most of them just kept creating new accounts because they forgot their passwords. Twitter also had the highest percentage of users who called their kids and said, “OK, I signed up. Now what do I do?” That guy who threw the shoe at President George W. Bush was released from prison after serving nine months. He said he was tortured — they made him bathe every day. Former President Jimmy Carter said that Congressman Joe Wilson’s outburst during President Obama’s speech last week was “based on racism.” When Joe Wilson heard that he said, “Aw, I can’t get mad at Jimmy Carter. He’s white.” Joe Wilson is now the only United States congressman to be formally rebuked for speaking out while the president was giving an address. That could explain his Secret Service code name: “Kanye.” The historic final letter written by Mary Queen of Scots before her execution is going on display next week at the National Library of Scotland. Historians say the letter is in pristine condition. Except the top part is cut off. People magazine’s 2009 Best Dressed issue comes out this Friday. They gave “Best Maternity Style” to Nicole Richie. Coming in a close second? Kevin Federline. Of course, if I was really famous it would be me. Alright, in the last few entries or so I have been showing you different books Logan has in his collection when he was little and I have been shocked at some of the subject matter and titles kid books have. So, as a public service I thought I would show you what is out there so when you go to Borders to buy your own kid a book you will know what to avoid. Man, did I build that up enough? Anyway, take a look at this book Logan has.

I remember seeing it in the past but I thought it was about the X-Men. Okay, kids, it's time for the hottest game on the internet. Let's play...

Gotta love the internet, right?

Patrick Swayze: Dirt Dancin' is too simple, and "Somebody sent Swayze to the coroner" is too obscure. Ghost? Fuck. This is when writing a blog is just plain HARD.

Mary Travers:
If she had a hammer, she'd still be dead.

Henry Gibson: "The Afterlife" ... by Henry Gibson.

The "Mukden Incident" occurs when Imperial Japanese troops occupying northern Manchuria blow up a portion of the railway near Mukden (now Shenyang), blame the destruction on Chinese saboteurs, and commence the annexation of Manchuria.
24-year-old starlet Peg Entwhistle dives head first from the letter "H" of the HOLLYWOODLAND sign in Los Angeles. She is the first person to commit suicide at the landmark.
Harry S. Truman signs the National Security Act of 1947 thus establishing the CIA.
A sleeping Jimi Hendrix dies in London from of a barbiturate overdose when chunks of vomited tuna sandwich wind up in his lungs, causing him to choke.
The four KISS members release their solo albums. Rock on!
NBC television premieres "The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo", a spin-off of "BJ and the Bear". Claude Akins stars as Elroy P. Lobo, the slightly corrupt sheriff of Orly County, who faces his first misadventure in "The Day That Shark Ate Lobo."
France abolishes capital punishment, relegating its noble guillotine to a museum. The machine had not seen active duty for four years.
Two weeks after being outed in the New York weekly QW, attorney John Schlafly admits in an interview with the San Francisco Examiner that he is homosexual. This causes a certain amount of consternation for his mother, archconservative gay rights opponent Phyllis Schlafly.
Vitas Gerulaitis is killed in his sleep in the guest cottage of a friend's Long Island estate. The professional tennis player dies from carbon monoxide poisoning, caused by a faulty propane swimming-pool heater.

Okay, today's guest is the first author in the Peverett Phile Book Club. He is a first time published author with the book "Mr. Lincoln Was A Robot". Please welcome to the Phile, my friend... Victor Langlois.

Me: Hello, Victor, welcome to the Phile. So, how are you?

Victor: Great as usual, thank you. I continually defend my position as an all out positive person all the time... but sometimes that isn't always the case.

Me: Your book "Mr. Lincoln Was A Robot" is the first book in the Peverett Phile Book Club. You must be proud, right?

Victor: Proud isn't the word... THANKFUL, I love the attention, as well as the free marketing. Seriously, it is wonderful to have someone take an interest, and someone who read the book, too. I want to get the story out.

Me: Let's talk about the title of the book, Victor. Hearing it someone might think it was a science fiction story. Reading it, though, it makes sense in the first few pages. For those pholks that didn't read it, explain what the title means.

Victor: First, I love the "ph" when appropriate in your interviewing... it is so relevant. True, it is easily understood in only the first 3 pages, but because I have been telling this story for some time, I discovered the highlight, or up-swing in the story was in the phrase, or question from my mother to my 10 year old self, "Did you know that was a robot?" in regards to me seeing the Audio Animatronic Abe Lincoln at age 10 in Disneyland: By the way, that was 1983, and technology and the secrets behind our wizarding world weren't all that in your face, or easily accessible as they are today. So, the name seemed to be a HOOK, and starts the whole bloody story off on the right foot.

Me: How did the title come to you?

Victor: Really, I am serious when I tell the story of how I came to be here, or love the Disney theme parks: All because Mr. Lincoln was a Robot. It seemed fitting to thank him for it with the biggest honor, a book title. And it honors my mother as well.

Me: Okay, before we get more into the book, I have to ask you what made you write a book about yourself? Some must think you have a huge ego. Who is this guy writing a whole book on himself? Who does Victor Langlois think he is?

Victor: Sometimes I do have an ego... but it is one of those you create to help raise confidence throughout your life, differentiate yourself, and most importantly give a laugh. I have learned that I don't take my self too seriously, and that disarms people: Just check out my Facebook status sometimes. Surprisingly, there are many books out there about people, just people. Sometimes they are about famous people, but when they were no one in particular; just like you and me, and usually about a time that is not only relevant, but reminiscent to each of us. I am writing about a time in particular, a time that for whatever reason changed me, helped me evolve into who I am today, and why I am doing the things I do. It is a revelation, an epiphany we each have at some point... that perfect moment that defines us. I happened to take note of it, remember it, honor it, and now want to share it. Everyone shares being 10, but what was going on around that time is different for all of us. Everyone reaches 18 (well, we hope), and this is where my story end; however, it is a vision of the beginning. In those 8 years, I depict preteen and teenage life as a youth knowing outright what I wanted to do, and how I was going to do it. And not just a youth, but the youngest of 11 children in a small Pacific Northwest town who knew he work where robots came to life. But before I get there, I must change, mature, explore, experience, investigate, and most of all embarrass myself to get to where I needed to go. And believe me, for laughs, I lay countless moments on the table for everyone to engage in. Some of these are personal and some will hit hard personally with others. They will compare their lives to similar experiences and find these moments I display and showcase to the world as humorous, and often heartwarming looks into themselves and what they have become. All while laughing, I hope.

Me: Did you get a lot of questions on why you are writing a book like this from friends and family, or did you keep a secret?

Victor: For the most part I kept it a secret. Toward the end I told my family, and kept it quite basic: I am writing about why I came to Florida, why I was driven to be part of the Disney magic, and how I finally got there having lived through the perplexing and inconvenient adolescece. In the beginning, I tossed the information by my close friends here, but writing a book you plan to publish to the world is quite personal. It is like getting pregnant. you don't want to tell anyone until your are sure it's a go. When it was a go, I began to share more and more of the process and that made it more real and kept me on a roll. Yes, Peverett, my family became increasingly nervous. I didn't hear directly from siblings, but through the grapevine, some questioned why I would do it, and others assumed I was sharing intimate and dark secrets of the family. Well, I certainly don't want to turn your readers off, there is plenty of secrets and hidden feelings, and deep rooted stories that probably embarrass some of my siblings, but I practice telling funny tales and only slightly shocking stories. It is about me, for God's sake, they had nothing to worry about; as they are in it endlessly, I am only positive with my family... with a touch of sarcasm and jabbing.

Me: When did you start writing it and how long did you finish? Did you go through a lot of versions?

Victor: I began in March of 2008, and finished 3 months later on Father's Day. Now that was the initial draft. It was complete, but there was plenty of editing to do, as well as some re-writes. I must admit there was a section that upset a family member to a point I understood, relented, and deleted some unncessary references to divorce and its effects on family. Mostly, though, I kept adding, and adding, and adding. As it was finished, I told the world, and as I did, more and more surfaced, and I couldn't stop. I have room for another whole "Secrets from the Baby of the Family" sort of book if you know what I mean.

Me: Hey, have you heard of the author Charles-Victor Langlois?

Victor: I do. Only because I have Googled my name so often, he comes up a lot. Obviously famous... and French. Since I am French Canadian, I was interested. But frankly, not enough to explore what he wrote... and I can't read French.

Me: Victor, I read your book and laughed, cried and sat there stunned. Did your family read it? What did they think?

Victor: Stunned? Pray tell, I can't wait to hear what laid your mouth agape. I mean, as I wrote it there were moments I told myself, what the hell are you writing this for? But then I always replied, "I'm 36, still alive, and made it through some times that might embarrass me, but are really not very different than so many stories of others. They just haven't written them down." I bet the book will make readers remember their own precious moments, and perhaps even more important, the direction they grew and matured through that influential time of a teenager. As far as I know, and for some psychological reason, I do not ask my family if they read it, I understand that a niece, a couple of sisters, a sister in law, a brother, my father, and my mother (right before her death) read it completely. I was told the same thing from my father, I was from my friends: "It is like you are right there, telling me these stories. It is a good conversation with you, even when you aren't there." I suppose I wrote like I spoke, and that is very much of who I am. I talk on a level that includes everyone, and I hope I can write that same sense of comfortability.

Me: I was touched how close you were to your mom and sorry she passed away. Did she get to read the book? What did she think?

Victor: She bought me a doll with brushable hair. We were very close. I don't think I was a mama's boy... for long. As a child, I certainly did not like to be away from her, as a young man, I respected and appreciate what she did and didn't get to do for the 11 children she raised so well. My mother and I were connected in a fresh way, we shared and were close... but I still can't put in words how. Reading the book gives the reader, and myself more of a look into that relationship and demonstrates it better than I can say here. It was dedicated to both my mother and father. She did read it, or at least had it read to here before she passed away in May of this year. She was proud of me to say the least. And she shed a tear.

Me: You talk about your first sexual experience and your coming out, Victor. Those are some very brave things to talk about. Your first experience was very funny though. Without giving to much away, tell the Phile readers what happened.

Victor: I'm 16, in the forest of San Jose, Ca. (vacation... I'm from Washington state), and a bold stranger asked me if I wanted a beer, a cigarette... I simply declined, and then went for the whole hog in an exciting and shocking experience that was my first of any kind. Although I remember it being titilating, I was petrified afterwards and ran through the darkness to clean myself up, before re-emerging at the camp site to say goodnight to my oblivious parents. I don't want to repeat it here, cause it is darn funny when coming across it on relatively early in the book. Brave? Again, when you are older, those stories are a fabric of life that helps people that know you, understand you more, feel closer. For those who don't know you it, it helps them connect with themselves by relating to it somehow. Maybe a bit sheepish when I know everyone knows it, but I love the attention, too.

Me: The saddest part was when you left home, Victor. Was that scene very hard to write?
It was difficult to write, but only because I was reliving something in detail that for so long I didn't think of. Leaving a mother, whose sacrifice to let me go, in a time of great difficulty in our family, was more than rare, it was precious. I didn't have to re-write or doctor it. The way I wrote it is exactly how I remember and see it. The emotions flowed as I type (and I am a good and fast typist) and when you have the passion boiling, it just relays to the paper that easy.
Knowing my mother also relived that moment in detail before she passed makes me happy. She knows, if she didn't before, my 18 year old sorrow and fear as I drove out of the driveway, smiling as I waved to my siblings, and pensive when glancing at her stoic face in the upstairs window, barely able to make a wave. Like I said, it was good that I drove.

Me: If you didn't go to Disneyland and see the Lincoln show, where do you think you would do?

Victor: Do you mean back when I was 10? Nothing would be the same. There would be no book, not of any kind. It is kind of like trying to grasp the infinity of the universe. You cannot guess a different pass and its results once you have truly lived so much of the one you did. Would there have been a vacation? Probably, would there have been my love for the incredible unexplainable magic and special emotion that spoke only to me... NO. I wouldn't even have been the same. There was my age, having a best friend move away the summer before, being the youngest of 11, knowing you were different, being bullied, etc. Hoping to find a special friend replacement, I didn't fit into a niche at school or even with my siblings, Disneyland became that friend, and it cried with me when I left back in 1983. I would come back... and I did. Sort of.

Me: You currently work at Disney World now. Any plans to work at Disneyland in the future?

Victor: Probably not. I came to WDW in Florida because I knew someone I could live with while trying to get a job. I had only been here once and knew right away the opportunities were endless. CALIFORNIA is too expensive... but if I become wealthy... I'm there.

Me: Victor, all your chapter titles have sub-titles I guess you call it, even the book has a sub-title... "Or Why I Left Home". Is that something you knew you were gonna do before you when you wrote the book or after?

Victor: After it was all done, to be honest. When you are finished, there is a sense of "how can I make this even more my own, special." I liked the formula of the title, and when deciding to go with Chapter titles, a similar two part title came to mind. When I finalized that one, I realized... Damn, I got to do them all. Thank you, glad you notice them.

Me: Victor, I can almost imagine the book being like a "Wonder Years" type TV show? Would you ever try to get it marketed as a show?

Victor: I have thought play, dramatic series, or a movie like "A Christmas Story", different only cause it would encompass 8 years. So, I suppose YES. I am not sure what media or discipline it is right for, but I like the idea of having it relived in a visual medium.

Me: What about an audio book version of it, eh?

Victor: I haven't thought of that really. Don't know if it would work well... even though that contradicts people review of it being very conversational. Have to think about it more.

Me: When I finished it I wanted more. So, are you working on a sequel? Please tell me you are.

Victor: Absolutely. Obviously, while I work at the Vacation Kingdom of the World, I am limited of telling the stories that came after the end of Mr. Lincoln. It does elude to plenty more of what I came for and what I became... and what I think of it. I will tell you there will be two more books. One about my time as an hourly, and the last book about being a salaried member of management. However, for the time being, I am writing a little more about the truth of growing up as the baby of 11 kids. 4 girls, 7 guys, parents married the whole time, living in a small town... which by the way, they all still live in. I do want to share something personal here (if I haven't already), I am haunted by nostalgia. When people say he/she is romantic, they get flowers and chocolates on their mind. When I say I am a romantic, it is in the true sense of the word: I don't live in the past, but live for it. I can't help it, and often get lost in a dreamlike vision of my past, how perfect it was, even when it wasn't. I romanticize the past with loving memories and nostalgia rushes me like a linebacker on game making play. Surprising me, I sometimes get jettisoned back in time, and sometimes feel my eyes water. I have come from somewhere, I won't forget. That past, funny, sad, sheepish, and exciting, as it was made me who I am. I don't want to forget and I need to tell the stories for me as much as for others to enjoy.

Me: Victor, I have plugged the book for the last few weeks and told the Phile Phans where to buy it off Where else can you buy it? And do you sell autographed copies?

Victor: A lot of people buy it from Amazon. You can buy it from, the publisher, and I will be debuting a new personal website for the book soon. But you can order it from any major booksellers website, or have it ordered in the store. I just didn't market it enough, and it costs for an unknown to get it on a popular shelf. But you can buy it, it is out there, NOT out of print and waiting to be discovered and enjoyed. I don't sell autographed copies. But in Spring of 2010, I will be having a book signing here in Orlando. More details to come of course. Bring your copy or buy it then. But I hope you buy it NOW. Thanks everyone.

Me: Victor, thanks for taking part and letting the book be the first in the Book Club. I wish you luck and when the second one comes out, you are welcomed back.

Victor: Now that I have finished the interview, you have made me even more excited for my book, not to mention, being on your fantastic website. This is cool. You touch a lot of people and get to discuss a lot interesting and various topics. I am just happy I am one of those topics. Thank you, Jason, for your support and interest. For all your readers, hope this got you interested too. Thank you for taking time to get wrapped up in this little exercise in ego... and I want to thank all those who already purchased a copy due to your early plug here on the Peverett Phile. Thanks again, and good day to all ya.

"I don't read minds, I just read people. Common sensibility combined with constant awareness of the ever-changing world around me, I write and re-write my destiny daily." Victor J Langlois.

Thanks to Victor for a great interview. I really enjoyed his book, so please support him and purchase a copy and read it for yourself. Okay, are you ready to find out what the second book in the Peverett Phile Book Club is? I have not read it yet, but I am planning to, and again the author will be pheatured on the Phile. Here is the next book, kids.

I don't know how the second book got to be another autobiography but it is. On Monday's blog I will have more details on the book and who Mary Tamm is. In the meantime go to and check it out.


Well, that about does it for another entry of the Phile. Thanks again to Victor Langlois for a great interview and to Wikipedia for the history stuff. On Monday's Phile the guests will be
Andrew Brittell, the lead singer of the band Brightwood. Then a week from today it's famous drummer Liberty DeVitto. Have a good weekend and spread the word, not the turd. Bye, love you, bye.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Pheaturing Joy Ike


Hello, welcome to another entry of the Phile. So, how are you? Thanks for stopping by. President Obama made his healthcare address to Congress. It went pretty well, except for one weird part in the middle when a congressman from South Carolina suddenly yelled out, “You lie!” It’s amazing — this guy was able to sit through seven years of President Bush telling him everything in Iraq was fine. Even fellow Republicans were horrified at the outburst. He apologized immediately after the speech, saying he was watching “Gossip Girl” on his iPhone and got angry at the show. So, you kids scared about the swine flu? Don't get me started on that. Anyway, to avoid the swine flu we're now being told to avoid human contact. No human contact. I call that my weekend. Michael Vick is busy learning the Philadelphia Eagles playbook. Well, who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks? Someone is auctioning off a dinner with Sarah Palin. The starting bids are $25,000. They say now that for an extra thousand dollars she'll actually shoot the main course. I am still trying to ask my wife if I can go. You all know what a big fan of iTunes and my iPod and iPhone I am, right? Well, last week, a still kind of recovering Steve Jobs, equipped with a new liver, unveiled new iPods with increased multimedia functionality and a new version of iTunes. iTunes 9: New Features
Smarter "Genius" Feature: The new and improved iTunes now makes "Genius" recommendations for not just music but apps, movies and TV shows too. Improved Syncing and File Transfers: iTunes 9.0 also improves syncing functionality and makes it easier to transfer downloaded media from iTunes to multiple computers. iTunes LP: Looks like the project "cocktail" rumors we heard in July we're true. Apple and the 4 major record labels, Sony, Warner Music, EMI and Universal Music, have gotten together to invent a new digital album cover format called iTunes LP. These "digital album covers" include extra media such as photos, lyrics, videos and additional songs not available to users who only purchase singles.
iTunes Extras: Another feature called iTunes Extras gives iTunes users access to extra content for movie and TV purchases typically only included with DVDs. including documentaries, deleted scenes and interviews. Man, I am overdosing. Also, they revealed the new limited edition Paris Hilton iPod. It looks good, but does nothing. In the last few weeks on the Phile I have been showing you some odd children's books we didn't know our son Logan had in his collection. Consider it a warning that when you go to a book store and buy a children's book, make sure you read the title and check it out. For example, look at this book...

I can't believe P.D. Eastman would write something like that. I mentioned in the past about inspirational type posters that you could buy at malls. It seems like some are getting printed and made very quickly, like this one that was made in a day.

I have no idea what happened, or what Kayne West did to Taylor, but I think I want to kick his ass.

Legendary dancer Isadora Duncan is killed in Nice, France when her long silk scarf gets tangled in the rear wheel of the convertible she's riding in. Her neck is broken and an artery severed. Some accounts have her thrown against the pavement and dragged for 100 feet. The freak accident occurs in full view of a number of friends.
Surgeons Walter Freeman and Egas Moniz perform America's first prefrontal lobotomy on a depressed, 63-year-old Kansas woman in Washington, D.C. They successfully create a lethargic dullard, and the duo hails the result for years to come as a medical triumph, despite the fact that two of their next twenty lobotomy subjects end as fatalities.
Grace Kelly, American-born princess of Monaco, dies after a high speed car crash the previous day. She and daughter Princess Stephanie were badly injured when their British Rover 3500 plunged into a ravine, tumbling 45 feet. In the official version of events, Grace suffered a mild stroke while driving; however, rumors persist that 17-year-old Princess Stephanie was actually behind the wheel.

This is the first book in the book club. It is available on and I want every reader to go and purchase a copy. Victor Langlois, the author, will be on the Phile this Friday, so please buy a copy.

Today's guest is a wonderful singer from Pennsylvania whose album new album "Good Morning" is available on iTunes now. She'll be playing on September 16th at Backstage Bar in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Please welcome to the Phile, the very talented Joy Ike.

Me: Hello, Joy, welcome to the Phile. How are you? It's a joy to have you here.

Joy: Thanks for having me. I’m recovering from the flu but other than that, I’m great!

Me: I have to say your new album called "Good Morning" is beautiful. I just downloaded it and played it through. Well done. Are you proud of it?

Joy: Yes, I’m extremely proud of the CD. I had a really bad experience with my first EP (mainly because I didn’t have a clue what I was doing). So I promised myself I wouldn’t release another project unless I was 100% happy with it. There are still a few things I would change on “Good Morning” but I am truly proud of it and its production quality has opened several doors for me in the last few months.

Me: I was thinking, your next CD should be called "Joy To The World".

Joy: Ya…not likely, J. That one’s just a little too cliché… even for a Christmas CD *chuckle*

Me: Don't take this the wrong way, and tell me if I am out of line, but you do not sound like a typical black singer. If I didn't know know you were black, I would not know it by listening to you sing. Is that something you were aware of? Do you have a favorite singer that you look up to?

Joy: No one’s ever bluntly told me that but I think a lot of people have thought this - both about my singing and talking voices. I think it’s true. I don’t mean to toot my own horn but I dig my voice and think the fact that I’m a black artist singing pop-ish tunes with a “not-so-black” voice ads a very interesting dynamic to the mix.

Me: Let's talk about a cause that's very close to your heart, I think... Rice Bowls. Go ahead and tell the readers what it is, what it does, how you came to know them, and is there a website for readers that want to donate?

Joy: Rice Bowls is important to me simply because there is so much hunger in the world and the organization provides a simple practical way for Americans to do something selfless.
Rice Bowls provides plastic piggy bank rice bowls that can be filled with change. Once full, the change is counted and donated to their organization. 100% of the proceeds go to orphanages in India, Haiti, and Africa. I think if we as Americans took the time to realize how wasteful we are, we would be embarrassed and ashamed. We don’t even finish the food on our own plates... and this is a real shame. People can learn more about RiceBowls at They can donate directly on their site or at

Me: Joy, where are you from and where do you live now?

Joy: I’ve live in Pittsburgh almost all my life. I’m not sure I’m meant to stay here but it suits me well for the time being.

Me: When you are not playing, what do you do for fun?

Joy: I love watching movies. Dramas, thrillers, and action specifically.

Me: Is there any bands or singers that you are in to that I should know about and interview?

Joy: I am a huge fan of local bands and independent artist who working hard to represent themselves. I highly recommend Baltimore artist, Cameron Blake ( and Pittsburgh/Nashville artist Brooke Annibale (

Me: When did you learn to play piano and how did that come the instrument of your choice?

Joy: I never really wanted to play piano but my parents made us (myself and my siblings) take lessons when we were growing up. I stopped when I got into High School but picked it back up before graduating from college.

Me: Who is your favorite piano player?

Joy: Probably Brooke Waggoner again. I have a good feeling I’m her biggest fan… and I hope to open for her someday.

Me: What is your favorite song of all time?

Joy: There is so much good music out there. It’s next to impossible for me to decide on my favorite song.

Me: There's one song on your album called "Jacob and Esau". Who are they? Anybody in particular?

Joy: Jacob & Esau are Biblical characters... brothers actually. The story goes: Being the oldest brother, Esau is entitled to his fathers blessing. In those days, the firstborn got first dibs on a father’s blessing and this was a huge deal. But Jacob (the younger brother) disguised himself as Esau, took the blessing, and skipped town in fear of what his brother might do to him. The song is basically about what happens when you double cross your brother and what it takes to make things right again.

Me: What do you think about Mr. Barack? He seems to be doing a good job.

Joy: I don’t like politicians. And I don’t like politics. But I do think Obama is doing a great job. I think his personality is likeable and his speeches are believable, authentic, and personal. At the same time, you can’t please everyone. So I think a time will come when the “movie star” treatment he’s been getting from the media will significantly change. I’m interested in seeing what the media thinks of him in a year from now.

Me: Joy, is there anything you want to plug? Any websites you want to mention?

Joy: Yes, I have a music marketing site for musicians called Grassrootsy ( As I said above, I am really passionate about independent artists trying to make it in the industry. Grassrootsy offers some effective ways for indies to better promote themselves. Please visit and subscribe. I really hope it helps you! Also, please be sure to check out my myspace.

Me: Finally, I love to get my intervieews to tell me a joke. So, do you know any? And yes, you can tell a dirty joke.

Joy: Oh man… I am so bad with jokes! I’m usually the girl at the party who’s sitting quietly on the couch or leaving early. I wish I were a comic, J.

Me: Thanks again, Joy, I wish you luck with everything. When is your NEXT album coming out?

Joy: I don’t plan on putting anything out till the beginning of 2010 and I’m really excited for the next project. I’ve got some great new songs and I have ideas for string parts in most of them. So pumped!


Thanks, Joy, for a great interview. Check her music out, kids, you'd like it. Thanks also to Wikipedia for the history facts. The Phile will be back this Friday with the Peverett Phile Book Club author Victor Langlois. And then I'll announce the next book in the Book Club. You can follow me on Twitter at the peverettphile, even though I don't post on their to often. Anyway, thanks for reading, and spread the word, not the turd. Bye, love you, bye.