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Cicily Janus
Cicily Janus is the author of the New Face of Jazz, Random House/Watson-Guptill/Crown Books, July 13, 2010. She also is the founder of Writing Away Retreats and Writing Away International.

Entries by Cicily Janus

'And Now...' Michael Oien

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2015 | 12:41 PM

Experience is the ultimate cultivator of talent. In the music world, those that have been around the block use the phrase, "paying your dues" to describe the work experience, struggle and strife that one has to go through before they can say they've landed in the industry. Jazz is an...

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Dreams on Fire: Imagine Dragons Ignites Audiences

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 5:26 PM

In 2012 a band by the name of Imagine Dragons dropped their stamp on the top-40 airwaves with their blockbuster tune, "It's Time." Inventive, quirky and heavily beat-driven, their one and only album, Night Visions, is lined from cover-to-cover with chart-topping hits. Each tune released has solidified their...

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Colin Hay: Finding Your Place in the World Without Losing Your Voice

(3) Comments | Posted May 6, 2013 | 5:22 PM

Becoming a mega-star as an artist, regardless of the medium you work in, is difficult at best. You're here one moment, gone the next... or you actually experience what it's like to "make it," good for you! Inevitably you will find yourself asking, now what? Most artists can't answer that...

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Restating The Obvious: A Post-Divorce Top Ten How-Not-To Ruin Your Holiday List

(6) Comments | Posted November 17, 2011 | 1:00 AM

Like many folks, I am embarking on this holiday season as a divorcee, post-messy breakup. And like others, I've heard everyone's advice over, and over, and over again.

Thankfully, this year has been so damn busy I haven't had time to sit down and weep for days at a...

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Taylor Made: How One Man's Dream Redefined the American Idol

(35) Comments | Posted September 16, 2011 | 1:04 PM

It's not about fame, it's about having your voice heard. Given the overwhelming success of American Idol and now knock-off shows such as NBC's The Voice, the facade of having your voice heard, especially if it's truly worth hearing, is omnipresent among the media. However, most artists worth the salt...

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Dahl, Rowling, Blume and 7 More Authors Your Child Should Know

(23) Comments | Posted August 3, 2011 | 12:00 PM

As a parent and published author, I stress to my children, ad nauseam, the importance of maintaining a healthy relationship with books. And not just trendy books about Spongebob Squarepants, Dora the Explorer or Archie Comics, but through the classics of our time. Reading, even if it is the books...

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5 Reasons Why Obama's Birth Certificate Should Be the Last Thing on Your Mind

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2011 | 3:24 AM

Truth be told, I'm a huge Obama supporter. And I have been from the minute I heard about him. Does he have his faults? Of course. Who doesn't? But I think we need, as a country, to lighten up. Don't you think that someone, somewhere, somehow checked his "CV" before...

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Moments Captured, A Moment Passed: Jazz Photographer Herman Leonard (1923 - 8/14/2010)

(0) Comments | Posted August 17, 2010 | 12:56 PM

One of the first "images" of jazz that influenced me not only as a musician but a budding writer was the infamous one of saxophonist Dexter Gordon surrounded by smoke with a pensive, almost exquisite look on his face. He was lost in a moment of thought or waiting for...

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Vampires Among Us or Are We Entering the Twilight Zone?

(7) Comments | Posted July 2, 2010 | 1:23 PM

Typically I'm not the type to poke fun at any one person among the crowd. Instead I like to poke fun at the entire crowd or "type" of people making fools of themselves at once. I am not a terrible person, just someone who needs more therapy to deal with...

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A New New Year's Resolution: Redefining the Tradition

(0) Comments | Posted December 28, 2009 | 12:36 PM

Ah... It's that time of year again. By now, you're sitting among family members and friends around your fireplace, television, and/or the tree looking at the mess around you. Tomorrow we'll begin the process of traveling home or cleaning up the mess our families left behind. This is also the...

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Literary Community Rallies Around Author Through Donations for Silent Auction

(3) Comments | Posted December 7, 2009 | 9:53 AM

Recently, I discovered a young adult author through a literary agent on Twitter. Her name is Bridget Zinn. Bridget recently had two of her novels sold at auction to Hyperion/Disney. For those who don't live in the literary world, this is an amazingly big, gigantic, wonderful deal. But there's...

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Black Friday and How to Better Spend That $372.57

(34) Comments | Posted November 23, 2009 | 11:57 AM

This week marks my 32nd Thanksgiving holiday. This week also marks the 32nd time, give or take the few years I was sublimely oblivious to the atrocity of "Black Friday," that I have witnessed a frightening display of consumerism. For those who do not know the term, "Black Friday" is...

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Sick and Tired

(1) Comments | Posted October 23, 2009 | 4:42 PM

I was in a bed in the basement of a local hospital after an operation, unable to move, when it dawned on me that I might be dying.

The problem had begun six months earlier with a botched open Nissen-Fundoplication surgery. Six weeks of pain and fever after...

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