Tuesday, October 21, 2014

"I’ll Be Me" is a Documentary About Glen Campbell's Journey With #Alzheimers @GlenCampbellMOV

Glen Campbell I'll Be MeGlen Campbell - I'll Be Me
  • Scheduled for Limited US Theatrical Release on October 24, 2014 
  • Directed by James Keach, Produced by PCH Films
  • English Language Documentary
  • Rated PG for Some Mild Language and Thematic Elements
  • Stars Glen Campbell and His Family 
  • Guest Appearances by Many Stars of the Music Industry
  • Visit the website glencampbellmovie.com for Information and Ticket Reservations
  • There is a Facebook Page, a Twitter Account, and a YouTube Channel 
I grew up in the 1970's, so I knew a lot of Glen Campbell's music and got to see him on television often.  He was a very handsome man with a smooth voice and a vibrant personality.  His music topped the charts with popular music fans as well as country fans.  

When I heard he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease, I was so sorry for both him and his family.  We all know by now just how hard it is to watch the people we love slip away from us in tiny increments.  Remarkably, the Campbell family decided to graciously share their journey with the world.  They let cameras into their lives during a time of personal grieving and upheaval.  Even more generous of them, they allowed Glen's fans another opportunity to see him perform.

Even when he could not recall simple facts, Glen could put a guitar in his hands and find the old melodies.  Although he required some help from a teleprompter, his voice was still beautiful.  This documentary film, "Ill Be Me" chronicles his life after his diagnoses and his incredible 151 show tour.  



Of course, there were moments when he faltered, but for the most part it was a wonderful farewell.  Best of all, three of Glen's children played in his band.  His sons Shannon and Cal as well as his daughter Ashley were all on tour with Glen and his wife Kimberly.  They took time for public awareness and even made a trip to Capitol Hill.  

The film is scheduled for a limited release this week in select theaters.  If you visit the website that I have linked above you can find a showing near you and even book tickets online.  There are so many stars that make cameo appearances with Glen.  The short list includes  Paul McCartney, The Edge, Sheryl Crow, Jay Leno, Blake Shelton, Bruce Springsteen, Steve Martin, Brad Paisley, Bill Clinton,  Vince Gill, Jimmy Webb, Keith Urban,and Taylor Swift, but there are many others who tell share their love and their own stories.

Due to the sad nature of the movie, I do issue a Kleenex alert, but I was sure smiling when I watched footage from the night Glen won the Grammy for Lifetime Achievement.  That said, be sure to have your tissues in hand at the end when he sings his last song, I'm Not Going to Miss You.



Now the happy news!  I do have a prize to give away! One lucky reader will win a five song EP soundtrack from the film.  All you have to do to enter is use the form below to take whichever chances you wish.  (One winner per household, please.)
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Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. 
 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

@ChickenSoupSoul Reboot Your Life (And One to Give Away!)

Reboot Your Life
Chicken Soup for the Soul:  Reboot Your Life!  
101 Stories About Finding a New Path to Happiness
  • A book of Reader Submitted Stories
  • Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing 
  • Released September 16th, 2014
  • Amy Newmark and Claire Cook
  • Paperback Edition - 400 pages - English Language
  • Also Available as an eBook 
  • Purchase From Amazon.com,  Barnes and Noble, or your Favorite CSFTS Retailer
  • Publisher's Suggested Price - $14.95 (Will Vary by Retailer)
  • Chicken Soup For the Soul is on the web at www.chickensoup.com 
  • Find Them on Facebook, and on Twitter (@ChickenSoupSoul)
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Everyone has had at least one time in their life when our plans change.  Sometimes it is by choice, other times it is due to other people's decisions, but we all have to do a "reboot" at some point.  I have made huge moves, several times - usually leaving most of my "stuff" behind and starting fresh.  I have left jobs that I loved, recieved a diagnoses of a chronic illness, become a mother of twins, and made the decision to become a stay at home mother.  We have also learned that our children have Asperger Syndrome, which eventually led to the choice to homeschool.  The detours on the path of life keep coming, so how do we learn to see them as opportunities and relieve ourselves of some of the stress?

This book reminds us that there are so many things that we do not have control over.  Thankfully, we can control our responses and our emotions.  There are 101 reader submitted stories that prove we can not only survive, but thrive when we are in a reboot situation.  After a brief introduction by Claire Cook (who also shares her story!) there are ten chapters.
  1. Do it Now
  2. Follow Your Heart
  3. Take a Chance
  4. Find Your Purpose
  5. Start Over
  6. Mind Your Health
  7. Overcome Adversity
  8. Listen to Your Friends
  9. Take Time for You
  10. Adjust Your Attitude
I know that many of you would enjoy this volume of inspiration, so I am very happy to have the opportunity to give one copy away.  If you would like to take a chance, use the form below.
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Thursday, October 16, 2014

@VeggieTales Beauty and the Beet – In Stores Now! (With a #Giveaway!)

Beauty and the Beet
Beauty and the Beet - A Lesson in  Unconditional Love
  • Featuring All Our Favorite Veggies and a Special Guest Star Voiced by  Kellie Pickler
  • Single Region One DVD in English with English and Spanish Subtitles
  • Not Rated - Family Friendly Animation with a Christian Message
  • Released on October 14, 2014 by Big Idea Studios
  • The Main Feature is 45 Minutes
  • DVD Includes Special Features, Including a "Silly Song" 
  • VeggieTales can be Found on Facebook, on Twitter and Pinterest
The newest VeggieTales DVD hit stores this week.  It sweet, and loosely based on a favorite fairy tale.
Mirabelle (Kellie Pickler) is an up and comeing young singer.  She and her family band, "The Veggie Tones", finally get their big break when they are invited to a gig at Vegetable Square Garden.  Unfotunately. they get trapped in the mountains during a terrible blizzard. Luckily, they find a resort that is open.  The manager Mr. Beet, is a little bit gruff, but he allows them to stay on if they will sing and do some of the work around the resort.
When they discover they can snowshoe their way out on some old tennis rackets they set out on their way - but they could all be killed in an avalanche!  They are saved by a surprise rescue - and they also learn more about their host.


The story is all Veggie Tales.  It has a Christian message and a happy ending.  There are a lot of songs and there is a Christmas theme, too. 
The Special Features include the Silly Song with Larry (Mac and Cheese) as well as a Behind the Scenes with Kellie Pickler, and a Sing-Along for the tune "Show You Love” and a segment of
In the Kitchen With Bob.

If you can't get enough VeggieTales, here is some exciting news!  Starting this Thanksgiving weekend, the Veggies will also star in a brand-new Netflix original series, VeggieTales In the House. Dreamworks and Big Idea teamed up for this series, so the characters have a slightly different look about them, but the show promises to live up to our great Vegpectations.

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I have the opportunity to offer one copy of a Beauty and the Beet DVD as a giveaway prize.  If you would love to win this for your little Veggie fan, please follow the directions on the form below.
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"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

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