Dec 11, 2017


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True confessions. I was once in a Beatles tribute band called, The Fab Faux. Yes, that was really the name of the band. Now you've got to admit the guys playing Paul and John looked a lot like them. In fact, the guy that played Paul looked so much like him (he even played left handed bass like Paul) that everywhere we went, people would walk around him trying to get up the courage to talk to him. Many times we'd be at restaurant or a mall and someone would approach him and say, "Do you know you look like..." and he'd cut them off immediately with, "Yeah, Paul McCartney, I know." And as much of a stretch as it was for me to take on Ringo's look, get a load of the bad wig on George! Great guitar player and singer though, so we had to have him in the band. Someday I'll post some audio clips of us playing. Bonus Trivia: The guys that played Paul and John are none other than the two who wrote the song used in Overnight Sensation, Every Little Bit Hurts. We played all kinds of gigs and had some wild experiences, for more about them, read on...

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Dec 11, 2017


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After having read Overnight Sensation, some have wondered - could this really happen? Could a song accidentally get on a radio station's playlist and get played all over the country? If you know about radio in today's world, you know that answer is yes! In the old days, radio stations were programmed by many different sources, including the DJs. Especially on some FM stations, disc jockeys had the ability to choose the songs they wanted to play. Some would even bring in their own records and share them with the listeners. As times changed, and radio stations were bought and sold, and thousands became part of the giant media corporations, the idea of picking what got played became much more sophisticated as consultants and computers and big money took over.

In Jonah and Hitstreak's case, the song could have easily been added by the Program Director, Tim, from the local side. Then, without giving any of the plot away(!) it could have also been added to the playlist of stations all across the country by plugging it into the computer data base, which programs the stations nationwide. Did you know that many shows you hear on your favorite radio stations are actually playing on other stations all across the country simultaniously? It's called syndication, and due to it's lower cost verses having to program each and every station separately, it's become the gold standard in the radio industry. Know what else? Some of the DJs you hear on your favorite radio stations aren't even in your city! They're shows are pre-recorded and sent electronically all over the country, along with the station's playlist. They even cut lines about your city and local events to make it seem like they are there! And that's how HItstreak could have very well gotten into Meglomania's radio station's playlist and become an...Overnight Sensation. Could it have been prevented? Are there safeguards in the system to catch things like this? Sure. But remember, if someone of power wanted it to happen, they could make it happen. And you'll have to red the book to find out exactly what happened!

Dec 11, 2017

Well I know it sounds funny...

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That's the first words of a song called... wait for it....Overnight Sensation, written and performed by the extremely talented musician and songwriter, Eric Carmen, formerly of the group, The Raspberries. And the lyrics are perfect  for Jonah's point of view about girls, music and his dreams of becoming a rock star. Here's the lyrics:


Well I know it sounds funny

But I'm not in it for the money, no

I don't need no reputation

And I'm not in it for the show


I just want a hit record, yeah

Wanna hear it on the radio

Want a big hit record, yeah

One that everybody's got to know


Well if the program director don't pull it

It's time to get back the bullet

So bring the group down to the station

You're gonna be an overnight sensation


I've been tryin' to write the lyric

Non-offensive but satiric too

And if you put it in the A-slot

It's just got to make a mint for you


I fit those words to a good melody

Amazing how success has been ignoring me

So long

I use my bread making demos all day

Writing in the night while in my head I hear

The record play

Hear it play

Hit record, yeah

Wanna hit record, yeah

Wanna hit record, yeah (number one)

Overnight Sensation © Universal Music Publishing Group


BUT DON'T TAKE MY WORD FOR IT. Read a snippet from the book on the next page >>>>

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Dec 11, 2017

It's On! Book Giveaway going on now!

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Send me an email explaining why you should receive a free copy of Overnight Sensation! Are you a fledlging rock star wanna-be? Are you a legend in your own mind? Not quite an Overnight Sensation, yet? Are you the real deal?  Get creative! Convince me why you deserve to get my book for free and you just might get one...


DISCLAIMER: May cause drowsiness, nausea, dizziness, or blurred vision. Contents may be hot. Batteries not included. Do not attempt to stop the blade with your hand. Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery. Member FDIC. No salesman will call. Should you develop a allergic reaction, please contact your doctor immediately. Harmful if swallowed. Due not read book more than once per day. Wash, rinse, repeat. One size fits all. Objects in book may be closer than they appear. Please do not feed the animals. Actor portrayal. Break glass in case of emergency. While reading, do not operate heavy machinery. Do not iron clothes while reading book. Height restrictions apply. Keep book frozen until ready to use. Lay flat on the ground. Light fuse. Get away.

Nov 12, 2017

What Else Has Hal Written?

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In addition to writing books, I've also written a lot of commercials - TV, radio, print, billboard, banners, you name it. If you'd like to see and hear some samples, just go to:

You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll kiss ten minutes of your life good-bye.


Here's where you'll find intersting tidbits and hidden secrets about the book as well as daily ramblings and rants about rock and roll, and the things that interest me. Feel free to post your own ramblings and rants as well.