Review – SoulInterviews.com

A little over a year ago the Soul Tracks site (http://soultracks.com) came to my attention. Following one of their links, I was introduced to one of the best music industry interview sites that I have ever seen – Soul Interviews (http://soulinterviews.com), founded by DJ Soulswede (Souly).

This is a non-profit site, with the individuals that volunteer for it working their own “day jobs”, and willingly sharing their love for and knowledge of the soul music world. DJ Soulswede himself comes from a musical family. In the mid 80’s he suggested to the manager of a local radio station in Sweden that he air a show dedicated to soul music. Thus the one hour show “Soul Power Radio” (later known as “Soul Food Radio”) was born. The show featured Soulswede’s own unique selection of soul and funk music. The show received a lukewarm welcome, at best. At worst, he received threats while on air, and had to leave the station by the back door.

He also did an interview for a very well respected show on The Swedish National Radio called Soul Corner, interviewing Robert “Kool” Bell and Dennis “DT” Thomas of Kool & The Gang. He interviewed other artists, including Tyrone Davis, BeBe & CeCe Winans and Mitch McDowell of General Kane for his own local radio show. Soulswede was a young man interviewing known artists who came to respect him for his vast knowledge and deep love for the music. For Souly, music is all about credibility, about honesty and a strong melody. This shows through clearly in his interviews.

 Other team members include Armand Tulumello (Astral22 – songwriter, producer, music journalist and label founder),  DJ Funk-O-Nots, She Kent (artist and writer, Book and DVD recommendations), Gabriel Rich (Starchild 7 – Senior Writer  Music Recommendations), SoulCuts (Music Recommendations), Katharina Rumpf (Junior Write, Music Recommendations), Carter Burnette (Editor of the Soul Chronicle), Chris Campbell (Editor of Progressive Underground), Nathan Johnson Jr. (Head of A&R/Production/The SoulInterviews Show), Simon Phillips (Webmaster), Deardra Shuler DEA (Editor of Music Pastures), Louis Johnson (Special guest interview with Al McKay), and Tanisha Jackson (Contributing Writer).

Connected with this site is Sky Digital Channel 0129 and Solar Radio (http://solarradio.com). The show is heard on Sundays at 9 pm EST in the United States, and Monday at 2 am GMT in the United Kingdom. There is an extensive archive of shows on the Soul Interviews site. The show airs for two hours – the first hour of the current show (11-29-10)  includes music from Sunshine Anderson, Mo Pleasure feat. Maysa, Bashiyra, Nathan Watson and Eugene Wilde. The second hour is classic hour, with music from Freddie Jackson, The Isley Brothers, Chris Jasper, Mikki Bleu and more.

Current interviews include the following:

Note: Each interview is in audio and text format.

Kendrick Jackson – http://soulinterviews.com/interviews-archive/577-kendrick-jackson-swe.html

Chris Jasper – http://soulinterviews.com/interviews-archive/573-chris-jasper-swe.html

Demetrius Price – http://soulinterviews.com/interviews-archive/569-demetrius-price-swe.html

Rena Scott – http://soulinterviews.com/interviews-archive/563-rena-scott-swe.html

Lenny Williams – http://soulinterviews.com/interviews-archive/556-lenny-williams-fon.html

Darnell Kendricks – http://soulinterviews.com/interviews-archive/530-darnell-kendricks-swe.html

Will Downing – http://soulinterviews.com/interviews-archive/517-will-downing-swe.html

 Keith Sweat – http://soulinterviews.com/interviews-archive/463-keith-sweat-swe.html

Both Indies and major labels can be found on this site. It is a tremendous resource for soul music, and to get to know the individuals involved on a very personal level.

 For updates on interviews, please subscribe to DJ Soulswede on Face Book – http://www.facebook.com/pages/DJ-Soulswede-Interviews/167270233306541, or follow him on Twitter – @SoulInterviews. He can also be found on Solar Radio – http://www.solarradio.com/djsoulswede.aspx.

 © December 2010 Bonnie Cehovet

NuLife Radio

I had the good fortune to be in the chat room for the premier episode of NuLife Radio (Dax Carlisle and Mark Reed, co-hosts). The featured guest was my good friend Anna Burroughs Cook, author of “Tarot Dynamics” (www.tarotdynamics.com). In fact – I ended up being the inadvertent co-host! The show was wonderful – both Anna and Dax had many interesting things to say, and Anna’s readings were incredibly empowering!

 To compliment the radio show (which will cover Tarot on Tarot Tuesday’s, and other personal empowerment modalities on other days), Dax has set up a social networking site – www.nuliferadio.com. Site members (membership is free!) have their own page, can take part in blogs and forums, upload content and interact with other members in an empowering environment.

 The premier episode is up on the site – please visit, and listen. There is also a listing of future episodes, along with listings for the Healing With The Masters series. On Sunday, September 26th Dax will be interviewing Stacey Tallitsch CEO of Corporate Prophet.

 The NuLife Radio site will cover such interesting topics as consciousness, abundance, personal growth, the Law of Attraction, hypnosis, wellness. Life coaching, meditaiton, NLP, Helath & Fitness, Tarot, Social-Media/Network Marketing and much more.

Here is a wonderful place to interact with like-minded people, share blogs, pictures, videos and set the tone for what is to come!

 I look forward to seeing you there!

 © September 2010 Bonnie Cehovet

Comfort Cottage

My friend Debbie Sophera Rossignol has an incredible new site up – www.comfort-cottage.com. She offers Tarot readings by appointment, by e-mail, and Tarot Garden Tea parties – weather permitting! – and local benefits. Debbie is an ABTC certified Tarot Associate, and an incredible garden artist!

Debbie also offers Garden Crafts, including dreamcatchers and crocheted doilies. Soon to come are walking sticks, rattles, wands, Tarot bags/boxes and more!

Her “Comfort Cottage Chronicle” currently offers a recipe for Vanilla Moon Cookies, information on Herbs & Berries, and her own personal take on life and the Tarot.  In this section you will also find a link to purchase her new book “My Ponytail Is Purple”. I was honored to be allowed to read this book pre-publication, and it is a stunner! It is about Debbie’s personal life journey, and her journey with the Tarot. Look for more good things from this lovely lady!

“Side Tracks” gifts the site visitor with links to sites that offer healing and wisdom.

I hope that you take the time to drop by Comfort Cottage – you won’t regret it!

© March 2010 Bonnie Cehovet

Weekly Presidential Address – 12/26/09

I am a big fan of the weekly presidential address. Not always a fan of this president, but a fan of the way that information is disseminated in this administration. This weeks address focused on the troops, on their sacrifices, and on the sacrifices that their families make. As a country, and as individuals, we are encouraged to do all that we can to let our troops know that we appreciate their effort.

This is a timely message, and was addressed well. (BTW –I am happy to see the closed captioning that has been added to the addresses.) What provoked a very negative response from me to this weeks presentation was the fact that Michele Obama was included in the telecast. I do not like her, and my opinion is more than likely not going to change. (On a tacky note – at least she was wearing sleeves.) The idea seemed to be to present a solid “from our family to your family” feeling, which went over here like a lead balloon!

I am all for honoring our troops (I was US Army myself for 10 1/2 years), and I am all for helping military families – but I do not need Michele Obama trying to tell me how to do this! Okay, that is an exaggeration, but not by much.

Off my soap box, and on wit my day! 😉

© December 2009 Bonnie Cehovet

Tarot In The Round

The most unique form that I have seen a Tarot deck take (aside from Emily Carding’s incredible “Transparent Tarot”) is the round “Motherpeace Tarot”, by Vickie Noble and Karen Vogel. This deck – and more – can be seen here – www.motherpeace.com.

Products carried include the “Motherpeace Tarot” with instruction book, the mini “Motherpeace Tarot”, the Motherpeace Tarot Guidebook, the “Motherpeace Tarot” deck and book set, the book “Motherpeace: A Way to the Goddess through Myth, Art nad Tarot”, the “Motherpeace Tarot Playbook”, the book “Shakti Woman: Feeling Our Fire, Healing Our World “(The New Female Shamanism), the book “The Double Goddess: Women Sharing Power”, the book “Rituals and Practices With the Motherpeace Tarot”, and the book “Coyote Tells”.

Happy shopping!

© December 2009 Bonnie Cehovet

Major Publishing Site – Shopping Is Fun!

For those of us who love books and love decks – a major publishing site is like being in nirvana! Today’s site is Llewellyn Publications (http://www.llewellyn.com/)– a name that is well known to my Tarot peeps!

Llewellyn carries its own range of Tarot books and decks, Astrology books, other oracle books and decks, a wide range of nature and Pagan based books, books on health and healing, Magick, the paranormal, Self-Help, and divination, as well as a line of books in Spanish. They also carry calendars, datebooks, planetary guides … and more!

Llewellyn also carries the Tarot inventory from Lo Scarabeo, an Italian publishing company that does some very unique Tarot and oracle decks.

http://www.llewellyn.com/ is a fun place to roam around, and a great place to do some intense shopping!

© December 2009 Bonnie Cehovet

Classes & More

Tarot author/teacher/reader Corrine Kenner offers a wonderful depth of material in multiple venues. In a previous post, I brought you her lovely Christmas themed digital Tarot deck. There are many more things to consider in Corrine’s world! http://www.corrinekenner.com/classes.htm.

There are specialized creativity readings for writers, traditional Tarot readings, books (“Tarot For Writers”, “Simple Fortunetelling”, “Tarot For Romance”, “The Epicurean Tarot”, the “Ma’at Tarot Workbook”, “Crystals For Beginners”, “Strange But True”, “Tarot Journaling”, “Wizards Tarot”, and  “Coffee Cup Guides”), downloadable e-books (“How To Teach Tarot”, “Festivals and Fairs”, “Free Advertising”, “Make Money At Parties”, “Tarot For Children”, and “Create A Collage Tarot”), and astrology for writers (several different types of astrology reports).

Something here for everyone! Enjoy!

© December 2009 Bonnie Cehovet

e-Gift Certificates From Buddy

I just got this notice today – Buddy (Mondazzi’s resident feline, in charge of all sales!) is telling us that if we purchase an e-gift certificate before December 25th, Ed Mondazzi will include his favorite CD set (Dinner on the Diner) free, with free shipping. This offer is limited to one per customer. Gift certificates are offered in denominations of $15, $25, $50 and $100.

Gift certificates are good for any merchandise on the Discount New Age Books site –  http://www.discountnewagebooks.com/giftcertificates.aspx. This includes books, decks, crystals, candles, incense, statuary and much, much more!

I have ordered from this site for several years now – I love their selection, and I love their sales! Go Buddy!

© December 2009 Bonnie Cehovet

The Unique In Tarot

One of the most interesting places that I know to spend time is http://baba-store.com/, part of Baba Studio (Karen Mahony and Alex Ukolov). Where t0 begin – there are so many magickal things being offered here! (My personal wish list starts with a bag for my laptop and moves on from there!)

Here you will find laptop bags, messenger bags, sling pouches (for iPods and other small objects), shoulder bags, drawstring Tarot bags, purses, Tarot decks (including the “Bohemian Gothic Tarot”, the “Victorian Romantic Tarot”, the “Baroque Bohemian Cats Tarot”, the “Victorian Flower Oracle”, the “Fantastic Menagerie Tarot”, the “Fairytale Tarot”, the “Tarot of Prague”), Victorian art prints, and Japanese inspired sling pouches and Tarot bags. Then there are the cushions, pillows and giclee art prints!

The quality coming out of Baba Studio is always top notch, and the variety of materials and themes used guarantee that there is something that will catch your eye!

© December 2009 Bonnie Cehovet

Blatent Promotion – of Self & Friend!

Yes, I can fall to the level of blatant self promotion! I have put together a compendium of my early reviews here – http://bonniecehovet.com/TarotInReview.html. Yes, they can all be seen on Aeclectic Tarot, but this way you have them all right there for reference.

I have book reviews, broken down into beginner, intermediate and advanced, and deck reviews by theme.It doesn’t hurt to have this information handy when deciding to purchase an older deck, or even in discussions on these decks.

Purchasing information can be found here – http://stores.lulu.com/bonniecehovet.

The blatant promotion for a friend is for Gilannie. She is a lovely person, and a wonderful photographer and artist. I have some of her jewelry, and it is gorgeous! Her work can be seen here – http://www.artfire.com/users/gilanniegoddessemporium.

Gilannie also has handbags, folk dolls, ornaments, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and whimsy art. Everything is 50% off through Thursday, December 17th.

© December 2009 Bonnie Cehovet