Showing posts from 2018

The Sounds of Advice #93: Goals of Humanity

What goal do you think humanity is not focused enough on achieving?

Sandy:  Certainly need to change how we treat our planet and other people.
Michaelle:  I believe we are too focused on differences when we should really just be noticing how much we are all part of the human race.
Sid: Equal access to healthcare.
Kate:  Creating a world where all people can afford to live. Homelessness and poverty run rampant and it's not necessary. 

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Protecting our planet. It's home. It's all we've got. -Lisa S.

Curing diseases like cancer.  -Joseph R.

Stopping the initial bullying that is leading too many to snap. -Lorah J.

Kindness -Andrea M.

We Love Our Fur Babies


The Concert Journal Promo

A 200 page journal, 180 pages for entries, comprised of four page entries for each concert, with 20 pages at the end for autographs. All proceeds benefit Rock the Cause.
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The Sounds of Advice #92: Things We Should Worry About

What’s something people don’t worry about but really should?
Sandy: What is really going on with how kids act. It gets blame in the media 9 times or 10 when really it should be the parents that are looked at.
Michaelle:  Not worry, but awareness of actions towards others. We are being watched more than people realize.
Sid: I think we need to worry about toxic masculinity and mental health more.

Facebook Weighs In:

The real drug crisis -Jenn W.

Global warming -Debbie M.

Mother's Day: Favorite Mom Memories

My favorite thing to do with my mom is go to concerts. We used to go all the time to this small venue in La Crosse, Wisconsin to see one of her favorite bands, Just Surrender. They knew both me and her and always made her feel welcome. I miss those days. We don't get to go to concerts much anymore, but I still enjoy spending time with her, no matter what we're doing. -Kate R. 
My favorite thing to do with mom is play games! -Bodie R.

If i am 100% honest, my favorite memory is all of them. My mother is ny favorite person in the world -Gina D. 

My mom passed away right after I turned 4. I made mother's day cards for my dad, since he raised me. I also grew up with step moms and made sure to make or give them a card or gift as well. I was once blessed with a wonderful mother in law. I was the daughter she didn't have and she was the mom I had always hoped for growing up. Lots of wonderful memories of spending time together watching movies, doing crafts, shopping, cooking …

Concert Journal Entry: Franz Ferdinand

by Kate Marie Robbins

Date: April 27, 2018
Band: Franz Ferdinand
Venue: First Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Supporting Act(s): Priests

*This entry is taken from the RRSMS: The Concert Journal*

My first gig of 2018, so exciting! Jen (my sister) and I went, as we typically do these days. She's the only one with as eclectic taste in music as me. We ended up not getting there before doors opened at 8 p.m. so we didn't have to queue for very long. Though the gig was sold out, it didn't feel overly crowded, which made it easy to get close to the stage. After grabbing merch, we ended up being a few "rows" back stage left.

The opening act was called Priests, which was 3/4 female. Now, I'll admit I'm a bit of a female vocalist snob as Joseph (my brother) likes to say. I was not very impressed with them. Though, I did give them a listen on YouTube later and they were better, so perhaps it's just a live thing. Or maybe I'm just a snob. 

But oh, when Franz Ferdinand…

The Sounds of Advice #91: Future Generation

Do you think that children born today will have better or worse lives than their parents? 

Sandy:  Worse, no one had common sense, everyone is so rude and judgmental. Raised right though hopefully they turn out better.
Michaelle: I tend to look at this question in a more positive light because I feel that my children are healthier mentally, physically, and emotionally than I was or even my parents were. I am grateful for the healing in each generation, so that my children are better prepared for the world now and in the future.
Sid: Unfortunately I think they'll have it worse.
Kate: As much as I try to remain an optimistic person, seeing the world as it is now, things aren't getting better. We have the potential to create a better world, but it takes effort. As of right now, if things continue it will be worse, not better, unfortunately.

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Worse... this world we live in now is to pathetic in many ways. -Marena S.
I think that we hope it will be better for them but…

Space Day: Silent Key

This song is about Christa McAuliffe, the social studies teacher who died in the Challenger space shuttle disaster when the rocket exploded less than two minutes after blasting off from Cape Canaveral. "The Challenger space shuttle disaster of 1986 is something I have vague memories of happening," Frank Turner recalled to NME. "Christa McAuliffe was a high school teacher who was put on board to engage children with the programme and then preceded to die on national television."
"The fact that I found out that really threw me in the loop was that she didn't die when the rocket exploded, she died when the capsule hit the water, two minutes and 45 seconds later." 
Turner appears to have bought into the rumor that McAuliffe survived the explosion and transmitted the words "I'm alive!" as the shuttle fell to earth. The official report about the disaster was not able to establish this with absolute certainty.

For more information about Christ…

May Band of the Month: The Mountain Goats

The Mountain Goats are an American band formed in Claremont, California by singer-songwriter John Darnielle. The band is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.
For many years, the sole member of the Mountain Goats was Darnielle, despite the plural moniker. Although he remains the core member of the band, he has worked with a variety of collaborators over time, including bassist and vocalist Peter Hughes, drummer Jon Wurster, multi-instrumentalist Matt Douglas, singer-songwriter Franklin Bruno, bassist and vocalist Rachel Ware, singer-songwriter/producer John Vanderslice, guitarist Kaki King, and multi-instrumentalist Annie Clark.
Throughout the 1990s, the Mountain Goats were known for producing low-fidelity home recordings (most notably, on a cassette deck boombox) and releasing recordings in cassette or vinyl 7" formats. Since 2002, the Mountain Goats have adopted a more polished approach, recording studio albums with a full band, while still maintaining organically emotion…

May Volunteer of the Month: Twinkle Varshney!

May Volunteer of the Month: Twinkle Varshney!

Twinkle does all of the advertising and promotional artwork for RRSMS. She does amazing work and is a vital part of the team. Without her we wouldn't have the tools we need to promote our anthologies. 

A Message from the Team:
Kate: Twinkle, you are truly an amazing person, inside and out. The work you do for RRSMS is absolutely invaluable. I don't know what I would do without you. You are a vital member of this team and I cannot thank you enough for all that you do. 
Sid: So wonderful to work with you! Thank you for all that you do.
Aisling: Twinkle, thank you for all of the hard work you do for RRSMS!
Michaelle: So grateful to work with you! You are so talented and bring so much value to our organization. Thank you for all of the beautiful promos you create so quickly. Much love for all you do.
Gina: Thank you for all the time and work that tou put into RRSMS. You rock!
Radeyah: Congrats Twinkle!!
Lori: Thank you for all the hard work yo…

The Sounds of Advice #90: Snooping

When was the last time you were snooping, and found something you wish you hadn’t? 

Sandy: Almost a year ago in August. When my boyfriend had nothing nice to say about me to someone he hardly talks to. It was a week before my birthday. Makes it hard to trust now sadly. 
Michaelle: It's been awhile. I wasn't actually snooping, but things came up when I opened the browser. I was totally disgusted. Uggghhhh . . . Bleeeeeeeeeh . . 
Sid: I don't really snoop but I have accidentally found people's “personal items”.
Kate: I wasn't exactly snooping per say, but I had been talking to this guy and I went to find him on Facebook so I could add him and found out he was engaged. I confronted him about it and he claimed he was no longer with said person and could no longer get into the account. Me being the not so trusting person that I was then contacted the girl and found out he was lying about that too. Needless to say I stopped talking to him after that.  

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Charity Spotlight: Pet Partners

Pet Partners’ mission is to improve human health and well-being through the human-animal bond.
In the more than forty years since our organization’s inception, the science that proves these benefits has become indisputable.
Our Therapy Animal Program represents the best that the field of animal-assisted interventions has to offer. Volunteers in the Therapy Animal Program interact with a wide variety of clients including veterans with PTSD, seniors living with Alzheimer’s, students with literacy challenges, patients in recovery, people with intellectual disabilities, and those approaching end of life.
At Pet Partners, we believe that the human-animal bond is a mutually beneficial relationship that improves the physical, social, and emotional lives of those we serve. We are motivated by connection, compassion, and a commitment to sharing this meaningful bond with everyone who can benefit from time spent with an animal.
“In an age of research when it is tempting to reduce emotions to bi…

The Sounds of Advice #89: Unethical Experiments

What unethical experiment would have the biggest positive impact on society as a whole?
Michaelle: I don't really agree with any of the experiments from the samples you (Kate) referenced. I would be more agreeable if many doctors could give their opinions as to how viable and appropriate the experiments actually could be. I also am for those with capable agreement of experiments for prolonging their life, but without causing more damage or death.
Sid: I've never thought about this.
Kate: It took me a while to come up with an idea for this topic. I had done some googling when I remembered hearing a story on the radio about a human head transplant. They would be putting the head of a man that was paralyzed on the body of a man that was brain dead, but the body still completely intact. If successful, this would have a huge positive impact on society. Paraplegics would be a thing of the past. ethical is it? It's hard to say. I suppose that depends on willing participant…

Concert Review: The Gossip Tour 2018

The Gossip Tour 2018 by Gina Dierolf

On January 27th 2018, I saw Sleeping With Sirens with opening bands The Gospel Youth and Set it Off at the Reverb in Reading, Pennsylvania. A friend and I decided to go to this concert because of Set it Off performing, since we have liked them for some time. I knew all of the songs except maybe two from Set it Off, nothing that The Gospel Youth played and maybe only two of the songs from Sleeping With Sirens; since most of what they performed was all newer music.
As for the venue, I find the Reverb to be a pretty decent sized venue with pretty many seats, good standing space in front and around the stage and it is also handicap accessible. The only issue there seems to be with a lot of bands that play at the Reverb is that their instruments always seems to be amplified more than the singer’s microphones, so it’s almost always impossible to hear the lyrics being sung or what is being spoken.
The Gospel Youth were one of the first bands that played. …

Concert Review: Escape the Fate

by Gina Dierolf
On Thursday, April 12th 2018 I attended a concert at the Reverb Nightclub located at 1402 N. 9th St. in Reading, Pennsylvania. I had the pleasure of seeing Haela, Vitruvia, One Day Waiting, and Escape the Fate. I missed the first two bands thst played due to work but those bands were Heartwell and Across the White Water Tower. This was my first time seeing Haela, Across the White Water Tower and One Day Waiting but my second time seeing Vitruvia and I have seen Craig Mabbitt perform with The Dead Rabbitts before but never as a part of Escape the Fate, so it was a first for Escape the Fate as well. I wasn't familiar with any of the bands songs except I coukd point out some tunes from Vitrivua that I had heard before and I knew pretty much all of the songs that Escape the Fate had played. I wanted to see them play because they were touring to a venue close by for fairly cheap and I had listened to a lot of their songs as a teenager and enjoyed them, so I thought why n…

The Sounds of Advice #88: Rules of Dating

What are your most important rules when going on a date?
Sandy: Be myself is my rule. Never pretend to be someone they want you to be or you think they want.
Michaelle:  I am a bit old fashioned and prefer the man to pay. I also really appreciate a gentleman that opens doors and pulls out your chair. I like him to plan the date; like he chooses a place for dinner and also a place to interact after the meal where there is conversation and laughter. Live music and/or sporting events are awesome. It's nice if he asks for input, but ultimately should make the decisions for the date to get to know you.
Sid: Always be respectful
Kate: Always be your true self.

Facebook Weighs in:

Never talk about previous relationships or politics -Lori M.

public place!! Be safe, cutie!!! Have fun! Always be yourself -Baylee R.

Invisible, Not Imagined Excerpt

Endometriosis (A Poem)
By S.B. Carnes

Every day the pain is the same and even more painful than the last day
Never a day of being pain free without medication
Daily pains are my normal now
Others like me fight every day to be heard on their “Invisible illness”
My normal is sucking up my pain everyday
Everyone tells me “you’re fine, you don’t look sick or in pain”
The truth is yes, I don’t look it, but I feel it every day of my life
Respect me when I tell you I can’t hang out
I need my rest because this illness takes a lot out of me
Or deal with the constant complaining of how tired I am the choice is yours
Sometimes I feel I am the only one going through this
I know I am not alone.
There are millions of women that have Endometriosis just like me.
So, let’s spread awareness and be heard END ENDOMETRIOSIS FOR US!!!

To read the rest of the stories and poems, pick up a copy of the anthology on Amazon today! All proceeds benefit Rock the Cause

Core Value: Respect

Tell us how you think we embody respect. Define it in your own words as you think it relates to our community or give an example of how we embody respect.

I feel that RRSMS embodies respect by allowing everyone’s to be a partner of the anthologies regardless of writing ability, nobody’s is excluded or made fun of for what they share. This isn’t a safe place that embraces and respects differences of those who contribute. -Gina D.

The Sounds of Advice #87: Mythical Creatures

What mythical creature do you wish actually existed and why?
Sandy: Dragons, unicorns would be awesome!! I love both and to see them in the wild would be so cool.
Michaelle: I am for the Pegasus Unicorn. The horn can be a weapon and wings to fly
Sid: Probably most of the humanoid ones! The conversations I could have with them about life under the ocean! I get excited just thinking about it!
Kate: Most people would probably expect me to say unicorns, but I am a very firm believer that they did exist at one point in time and are now extinct. So for my answer I am going to go with the kraken, because I am very interested in pirate folklore. Though I do know that giant squid do exist, but not to the size that was believed back then and they certainly didn't attack ships. 

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A decent man -Marena S.

Phoenix , or dragons! -Charity L.

Definitely Dragons!!!! -Kellie P.

Pegasus! -Vanessa R.

faeries, dragons, phoenix, unicorns because i like faeries, dragons would be goo…

Invisible, Not Imagined Promo

Title: Invisible Not Imagined Genre: Non-Fiction Release Date: April 7, 2018 Publisher: Rock & Roll Saved My Soul Synopsis: Nearly 1 in 2 Americans (133 million) has a chronic condition. 96% of them live with an illness that is invisible.
I don't know when the war started, but I was thrown into it without my consent. It isn't fair, but I have no choice but to fight. But how can I fight back when I don't have any weapons and the enemy is inside me?
People with invisible illnesses are fighting a battle everyday, even if you can't see it. This anthology aims to shed some light on these illnesses and show you the strong warriors that are hiding behind them.
All proceeds will be donated to Rock the Cause.
Pick up your copy on Amazon today!