Ryan Seacrest’s Book Club

Jane and Beatrice have always wanted to be a part of a book club. After Oprah discontinued her book club, they were grateful that Ryan Seacrest took up the reigns.

Although,

as most book clubs go

very few members show.

And about the book,

very little they know.

Watch here, at Funny or Die or on YouTube…

RYAN SEACREST’S BOOK CLUB- THE ALCHEMIST

A young boy travels to find his destiny. Led by Balki Bartokomous, he discovers that Mypos is a lovely planet where the “dance of joy” created a race of beautiful people. http://www.nothingsgonnastopmenow.com

http://www.funnyordie.com/embed/a0f74a8a02

RYAN SEACREST’S BOOK CLUB- EAT, PRAY, LOVE

A woman leaves her husband in search for enlightenment. She discovers that foreign people are super nice and way cooler than husbands. Enlightenment = Bread.

http://www.funnyordie.com/embed/0d58f04d83

RYAN SEACREST’S BOOK CLUB- LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE

A love affair ignites between Charlie Bucket and his bar of chocolate.

http://www.funnyordie.com/embed/8c78f351b5

Created by Ashley Fox Linton & Anna Ty Bergman

Camera Dept/ Colorist: Brian Murkland, Jr.

Theme Song written and recorded by TJ Moss

FIRST REAL LOVE

Happy Valentines Day!

I’m excited to announce that my debut album

FIRST REAL LOVE

is now available on itunes through King Kozmo Records!

Featuring music composed by 4 time Emmy Winnner Randy Klein with lyricists Ron Miller (For Once in My Life), Doug Frank (Warner Brothers: Batman, Harry Potter, Matrix, Animaniacs and the stage musical Marilyn: An American Fable), Jeanne Napoli (Air Supply’s Never Get Enough of You), Bruce Fischel (Love Will Bring You Back to Me) and Isidore Elias.

I’m honored to have Randy at the keys, Larry Saltzman (Bette Midler, Carole King, Jewel, Peter Allen, Celine Dion, Saturday Night Live) on the guitar and Tony Conniff (Marc Shaiman, Judy Collins, Phoebe Snow, Sam Harris, Patty Griffin) on bass.

Tracks:

1. Dream That Got Away

2. Sometimes Lovers, Always Friends

3. There’s a Full Moon Out Tonight

4. You’re My Coming Home

5. Rain

6. First Real Love

7. Nobody Else

8. Out of Control

9. In the Twilight Hours

10. Somewhere Inside

11. Fly Free

Produced by Randy Klein

Arrangements by Randy Klein

Vocal Arrangements by Ashley Fox Linton

Basic Tracks and Vocals: Hot Lips Studios

Bass and Guitar: Tony Conniff Studios

Mixed by Rob Harari at Harariville

Mastering by Gene Paul & Jamie Polaski at G&J Audio

THANK YOU

Deepest gratitude to Randy Klein, for generously sharing your music with me, having faith in my voice and guiding me on this wonderful journey. This collaboration has been a joy!

Tony Conniff and Larry Saltzman, I’m thrilled to have such fine musicians on this album.

Rob Harari, for your ears, enthusiasm and extensive input.

Gene Paul and Jamie Polaski for making this record shine.

My dear and supportive friends.

And of course, Mom & Dad, for your unconditional love, inspiration, and for raising me on great tunes.

A NOTE FROM RANDY KLEIN

The Singer and the Song

The musical journey that Ashley and I took to record this CD started with the day she auditioned for a musical that I was presenting.  I loved her voice then and even more now.  We began working together with the idea of recording one or two songs from my extensive catalog, but once we started, we were having so much fun that it resulted in this eleven song package of highly romantic songs.  We rehearsed at my piano and then slowly began to develop the tracks.  We then recorded a complete set of lead vocals and, because we are both perfectionists, recorded them again.  By this second set of lead vocals, Ashley’s interpretations had grown and the songs became part of her, a personal statement. 

When a vocalist chooses a song to sing, they are emotionally connected to it for some reason.  The reason could either be the melody touches them in a certain way or there is a lyrical sentiment that they want to express.  Although a vocalist may feel a connection to the song, it may just not fit for some reason. So they have to choose another.  As you will hear, all of these songs fit Ashley to a tee.

The songs that are in this collection have been written during my long career in music in collaboration with many great lyricists. They are about romance, falling in and out of love and remembering the loves of our life.  Good songs all have a common trait – one never tires of them.  You will find that you don’t tire of listening to Ashley singing this collection of songs.

Randy Klein

“First Real Love” & “Flambe Dreams”

New Jersey the Song: Check out “All You Long For,” written by Matthew Hardy & Randy Klein, and sung by yours truly. Soon to be posted at www.NewJerseyTheSong.com. It’s the eleven o’clock number for the show we’ve been working on for a few years now. I think even West-coast folks’ll dig it!

About the showFlambé Dreams tells the story of a young man from Preston, Idaho who comes to New York City to pursue his dream of becoming a great Maitre D like his father who was killed in a freak flaming bananas foster accident.

The demos are done and available at www.FlambeDreams.com.

Here are a couple tunes from this crazy show…

First Real Love: We recently received the promo copies of “First Real Love.” It’s exciting to have a final product in hand after all of our hard work. So, now we’re taking the next step to find the project a home. I’m beyond thrilled to debut these original tunes.   

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Les Paul’s 96th Birthday (Global) – Jun 09, 2011

Little Miss Google Doodle May 9th 2011

Les Paul, the creator of the legendary Gibson guitar that bears his name, would have been 96 years old on June 09th, 2011. Les’ son Gene Paul did the mastering for my album. I ate up all his stories of Barbra, Bette and Aretha in the studio. I mean, the guy recorded Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me.” Such a treat!

FUN FAMILY HISTORY: A very dear and thoughtful friend spotted this gem at the Strand Bookstore and kindly passed it along. My grandfather, John Marion Fox, is in the book along with my Aunt Ditty and others in the family tree of the Bennett sisters. The book is out of print. John Fox wrote an autobiography before he died that was never published. On my mom’s last trip to the city, we scoured out spots he used to frequent. Turns out, he lived only a few blocks from me! Funny how things come full circle.

On set of an Olive Garden commercial with Scott from wardrobe.

LATEST PUBLISHED ARTICLES:

Tirana Jewelry” (a great find at the Crest Hardware Show in Williamsburg) and Lavish Lipliners for Less (my personal favorites) and ONEXONE Charity Friendship Bracelet for Rock This Style, and Creative Cookin’ in the Summer Sun and Eco-Fab Coffee Table Gobbles Garbage to Create Art for 24/Savvy.

RECOMMENDATIONS:

GO: Midsummer Night’s Swing in NYC, Griffith Observatory in LA, “Little Shop of Horrors” at Cygnet Theatre in SD (running through Sep. 11th).

ALBUMS: Steve Marzullo’s “Show Some Beauty.” One of my absolute favorite composers finally has an album of his own! It’s marvelous!

Adieu, adieu to yieu and yieu,        

Welcome!

2011 is off to a fantastic start with numerous creative projects in the works…

The recent developmental reading of the new musical “Flambe Dreams” by Matthew Hardy and Randy Klein at The York Theatre was a great success! I’ve been involved with the production since 2008 when it was called “The Thing About Joe” and we held a reading at The Snapple Theatre. I play the role of Gloria, as well as Joe’s fantasy of Julie Andrews. The show has gone through extensive rewrites and I’ve grown quite attached to this quirky little piece. I’m always grateful to be involved in the development of a new production. There is so much to learn from the way a piece evolves and improves with every little tweak. Visit www.FlambeDreams.com.

The talented Charlie Bloom has whipped up another mini-musical, “Frank and Phyllis,” for which I recorded the voice of Phyllis, opposite Kevin David Thomas as Frank, Christy Faber, Austin Lesch and Charlie himself. It is now available for listening at www.CharlesBlooMusic.com. Previous recordings for Charlie have included “Going Through a Stage,” “You’re Gonna Love Your 80’s” (a tribute to Stephen Sondheim) and “Character Breakdown.” Charlie writes clever lyrics and gorgeous melodies. Enjoy!

After a successful run of David Lindsay-Abaire’s “Wonder of the World” last Spring, and a December reading of Sarah Ruhl’s “Dead Man’s Cell Phone,” Moxie Street Picture Shows will be establishing itself as a bicoastal company with “Mistakes Madeleine Made” in Los Angeles.  If you happen to be on the left coast, swing by to see the show. Visit www.MoxieStreetPictureShows.com for more information.

I’ve just recorded Denver Casado‘s “We Are Monsters,” an adorable children’s show. Denver and I recently collaborated for the third time on Holiday Magic, produced by Jeff Gelder. Every year, Jeff generously assembles a compilation CD of songs and stories for those who will be spending Christmas in Children’s Hospitals. They accept donations year round at www.HolidayMagicCD.com.

In the voiceover world, my ads for NY Lotto and Captain Morgan are still running. If you haven’t had a chance to prank your friends through Captain Morgan, visit www.CallingAllCaptains.com and choose “cutie” to send a prank phone-call straight to your friends cell phone. You can choose from a list of names, descriptions, etc. It’s hilarious!

Funny how something things come back to haunt you after years. I shot some stock footage for a photographer when I was 14, and I’ve seen the photos everywhere from depression billboards in the midwest to Facebook ads. Yup, that Facebook ad of the sad girl who used Yaz is me! Makes my friends giggle…

As an artist in a freelance industry, people often ask me what I do for steady work when I’m not performing. Of course, nothing is ever quite steady, but for many years I’ve landed gigs as a shoe model. Last month was the shoe show for the end of Winter and the upcoming Spring season.  Impo Shoes had an impressive and comfy lineup. Cute stuff! Hint: Ankle boots with faux fur are in! Oh, and just wait ’til you see the adorable boat shoes.

I also have my shop on Etsy.com. I sell prints of my photographs taken mostly from unique spots in New York City. More of a local’s point of view. Etsy is my favorite site for special gift ideas. They sell vintage and hand-made items from artists all over the country. Warning: One can easily become addicted to this website!

Next week, Randy Klein and I will start the final mixes on my debut solo album, “First Real Love.” It has been a very long process, but we’re determined to deliver a really fantastic record that you will all be able to listen to for years to come.

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Albums: Eliza Doolittle– “Rollerblades,” Adele– “21,” Paper Tongues– “Get Higher,” Metric– “Fantasies,” Bruno Mars– “doo wops & hooligans.”

Books: “The Glass Castle” by Jeanette Walls, “Epic” by John Eldredge, “The Shack” by William P. Young, “Sophie’s World” by Jostein Gaarder.

PlacesThe Metropolitan Museum of Art, Freeman’sMax Brenner’s Chocolate Bar, Alice’s Tea Cup, Strand Books, Chelsea Flea Market, Union Square Farmers Market, Limelight Marketplace, Eataly.

Podcasts: Timothy Keller, TED Talks

Ways to help out and have fun: NYCares.com, KEENnyc.org, Kickstarter.

Thanks for reading. I will be sure to make updates as often as possible! Wishing everyone a happy (almost) Spring!

Ciao for now,