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Ben Mankiewicz – Turner Classic Movies

“There will never be another era, quite like the golden age of Hollywood. We didn’t know how to blow up buildings – so instead we told great stories.”

Turner Classic Movies infinitely rich with history, and rightfully so is it’s charismatic host Ben Mankiewicz. With his unique contemporary style and off the cuff banter – he says viewers did not readily embrace him during early days in that big leather chair.

Well as it goes he’s been winning hearts one film introduction at a time, sharing details every classic movie lover yearns to discover.

What’s the secret to his success?

 ‘I’ve stayed true to myself and what I do best, and hey – nobody can read a teleprompter quite like I can.’

A  pleasure talking to this fascinating man with the golden job. Find out why he hopes this gig will go on forever.

 

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True Love Is…

A favourite question in our interviews with answers cut straight from the heart. 

Adam Cohen-  A state, a place, a noun a verb, the most beautiful word that you ever heard- A line from Hallelujah, Jesus and Buddha, love is a faded sign that you don’t see sometimes. 

Hozier-  Something tangible & real – to love someone as a human being

MAY- I believe that true love is honest, unwavering and immortal.

Marcus Foster- True Love is… Hard to find.

Caitlin Crosby- SERVICE. Selfless. Sacrifice

Brandon Malone- Loving someone right where their at, while inspiring one another to be more.

Ben Rothbard- Empowering the one you love.

Rayland Baxter- – True Love is… true Love is… a couple walking around their neighborhood after dinner hoLding hands and wanting nothing but each other… true Love is a huge fight… true Love is what the worLd and all her inhabitants are born with… its a feeLing that i cant expLain… its the most speciaL type of excitement.

Nicholas & the Pessimistics- When you would rather have a bad day with someone over a good day without them.

JP Maurice- For Lovers

Yamir- Understanding, trust, valuing one another, and passion.

Mick Evans- Anything you can’t give up.

Andrew Maxwell Morris- Knowing that you are safe and with someone who completes you in every way. Like a blanket but a very comfy one!

Dave Cheetham- Something everyone one deserves and no one should have to settle for less.

Devin Cuddy- Hard to find, but out there, its a journey not a destination.

Zane Carney- A choice that has become fearlessly unconditional.

Matt Costa- A bottle of Brandy and a good guitar.

Lenka- It’s everywhere. Just let it in.

Francesca Tamellini- Painful

David Newberry- Irresistable

Blue Sky Miners- A myth. Love is all around.

Poor Remy- “True love” now that we’re reading it seems kind of redundant. When you find truth, you find love. I think thats true with anything. Thats why love is so powerful, cause its true. 

Augustines- There are many kinds of love. A mother’s, a friends’, a lover, a wife’s, a brother’s.  True love?  Probably being connected with the life you are living, the actual life.  Not the life that is purchased or justified from the outside.

Griffin House- I honestly do not know.  That’s not a sexy answer, I know.  But it’s honest.  I should go look up “love” in the dictionary. That in and of it’s self would be an act of love, to me. Trying to find a proper definition is a great place to begin. I do know this.  I think I have had a bit of an incorrect definition of true love for most of my life. I think we look to other people to fill a big void in ourselves and we think that if we meet “the one” that we’ll feel happy forever and life will be wonderful.  But I don’t think that’s love, I think that is using another person to make yourself feel good.  The closest thing I could maybe venture to say is that true love is unconditional.

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Mick Evans – The Other Half Of The Joker

“Songwriting has really blossomed for me. You know I think you know when you know, when you’ve found what you really love doing. I rarely get bored of doing it – do struggle to find time for it – but it’s a real joy.”

It seems the key to life may be found inside taking time to ‘sit quietly with me’ and let the inner stirrings of your heart wash over.
Writing is, as true a gift, as looking up at the breath taking colours of a perfect summer sky, the touch of your forever love imprinting on your soul or the emotions that pass inside while witnessing the power of the human spirit. For whom might ever help us to vocalize these precious moments but the unspoken voice of a writer.

I met Mick Evans on a warm summer day when the stars crossed over a big wide sky from Canada to England.
His is a story of finding what you love and letting it be your guide to the very place you are meant to be.
A successful business man by day and a writer who is connecting his thoughts through collaboration of melody and a lot of hard work.

So proud of this British gent who is an award winning lyric writer with a heart of gold, who can make you laugh out loud when you least expect it.
It is no wonder that Nashville songwriting coach Mark Cawley saw something special in Mick and it was a brilliant move to team him up with German native Lawrence Grey.

Their debut EP – The Joker releases this week and I know there is lots more coming for this dynamic duo.

Have a peek through Mick’s lyric page and listen to some of his demos and recorded music.

MICK EVANS SONGS

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Mick – writing the early days of his story.

Write on Mick!

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Lawrence Grey – The Joker

Photo credit: Felix Groteloh

Born and raised a classical pianist Lawrence Grey is finding his niche amongst our finest crooners with his debut offering. A multi talented musician who’s unbridled enthusiasm for life is written all over everything he touches. His handsome looks and debonair style will have him collecting hearts one beat at a time with his new EP – The Joker.

It has been an amazing collaboration with British lyricist Mick Evans and together they are only getting started.

“With my first language being German, I needed someone to help me better express lyrics in english. I’ve practiced for a long time but it is still hard for me to write songs in english. On ‘The Joker’ I colour Mick’s words with music. It’s all I need to do.”

LAWRENCE GREY

“I had coached Mick Evans, a very talented UK based lyricist for a couple of years and had always been looking to connect him to a kindred spirit. When I first heard what Lawrence was writing I had a feeling it could be one of those amazing partnerships – sort of as if Bernie Taupin had met Chet Baker. And here it is, one unique mix of what they both do best.”  Mark Cawley Nashville Tennessee

 

 

 

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