A Cali Christmas & Happy New Year!

After all this time working with Holiday Magic, this was the first year I was in town to visit Rady’s Children’s Hospital to deliver CD’s in person. It was obviously a very moving experience and confirmed that what we’re doing is not only worthwhile, but a vital part of bringing Christmas to these precious little ones. Kevin Lare and his team put together this beautiful video of our experience, featuring “Just Can’t Sleep.” Please enjoy!

Holiday Magic Rady Children’s Hospital Visit from Kevin Lare on Vimeo.

The Holiday Magic 2011 team at Rady's Children's Hospital.

98 BOTTLES HOLIDAY CONCERT: I performed a few of the tunes for a Christmas concert at 98 Bottles accompanied by the wonderful Terry O’Donnell. Terry also helped me assemble a medley that has been settling in my noggin for eons now. It had only been previously sung in the shower.

A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS: After a road-trip to visit my grandparents in Arizona, I spent the holidays with family in San Diego… sunset jogs on the beach, reminiscing with friends in Balboa Park (our old stomping ground), catching new shows at The Old Globe and La Jolla Playhouse, soaking in the sun while reading a good book and devouring lots of delicious Mexican food! Yup, people like to feel sorry for Californians at Christmastime, but don’t pity us, really. heehee! My family threw a New Year’s shindig to set the tone for 2012!

HAPPY NEW YEAR: I was excited to start the new year of by returning to 98 Bottles for a concert with extraordinary jazz pianist, Kiefer Shackelford. Look out for this guy. He’s an inspiration- Click here for proof. We put together our set in only three rehearsals and performed to a packed house. Mostly jazz tunes with a few pop songs in the mix. We even convinced the owner, Steve Anthony, to do an impromptu performance. Thanks to everyone who came out. Such a blast!

BACK IN THE BIG APPLE: I recorded demos for the completed musical of “The Journey of the Noble Gnarble” by Denver Casado, based on the book by Daniel Errico. The book came out last October and the demos will soon be available through Beat by Beat Press.

…and (drumroll pleeeease) my debut album “FIRST REAL LOVE” will finally be available on itunes through King Kobra Records the second week of February! I’m really excited to share it with you all!

I’m in the midst of developing new projects for Cheshire Fox Productions and have been inspired to do quite a bit of writing. Composer, Adam Block, and I wrote and recorded a demo of our tune “Something Good.” More on that later.

My friends and I at Moxie Street Picture Shows started the year in NYC with a reading followed by a brainstorm session for our next production. There will be an official announcement made soon.

Needless to say, 2012 is going to be a great year! Even numbered years are always the best and this year has already started off pretty darn splendid!

Wishing you all that is “too marvelous for words”,       

My latest design: “californewyork!”

BMI, Holiday Magic & Moxie!

BMI: “Everything You Long For” by Matthew Hardy and Randy Klein, was chosen as one of the new songs to be presented at this years Tony-Honored BMI Theatre Workshop Showcase. The song is from the musical “Flambe Dreams,” previously titled “The Thing About Joe.”

Read the article at Broadway World.

The BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop held its biannual showcase November 3 in New York. Pictured at the event are (first row, kneeling) Goldberg, Mary Liz McNamara, Jill Abramovitz, Raissa Katona Bennett, Gwen Hollander; (middle row) Jeannine Frumess, Ashley Fox Linton, Aron Accurso; (back row) Sara Wordsworth, Kellen Blair,Andy Monroe, Dina Pruzhansky, Steve Sislen, Tracy Higgins, Michael Ogborn, Charlie Soehne, Matthew Hardy, Leo Ash Evens, Christine Bokhour, Beth Falcone, Frank Evans, Raymond Bokhour, Randy Klein, Michele Foor, Trey Compton and Matt Van Brink. (Photo by Joshua Sarner)

HOLIDAY MAGIC 2011: For this years Holiday Magic CD, I wanted to write something from a child’s perspective. I collaborated with Denver Casado once again to record “I Just Can’t Sleep,” about a little boy/girl filled with anticipation on Christmas Eve. The entire album can be heard on the  website.

We’ll be visiting San Diego’s Children’s Hospital on December 15th to distribute CD’s personally. The project takes donations year round to contribute to the cause. For more information, visit HolidayMagicCD.com.

MOXIE MADNESS: Moxie Street Picture Shows held a spectacular Holiday Fiesta to celebrate another year of creative collaboration. Many thanks to Patron for providing a fantastic venue and  Yogaworks, Bodyshop and Sephora for their generous contributions.

Event photos can be viewed at http://www.moxiestreetpictureshows.com

The Moxie Street Picture Shows Gang: Michelle Loucadoux, Victor Anderson Bonnici, John Keabler, Ashley Fox Linton, Kimberly Yates and Katie Fabel.


98 BOTTLES: I’m excited to perform in a Christmas concert for San Diego’s new downtown hot spot, 98 Bottles (recently featured on the cover of San Diego magazine)! The club owners have been dear friends of mine since childhood and I’m thrilled for their success. If you live in SoCal, add it to your list of favorite night spots. Hope to see you there!

Merry Christmas,          

 

RECOMMENDATIONS:

BOOK: “Just Kids” by Patti Smith. A beautiful book that melts all over New York City.

PLACES: Coney Island’s Night’s of Horror,  The Natural Gourmet Institute (Cooking School).  Follow my reviews and suggestions on Yelp! ashleylikes.yelp.com

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