Renaissance Records Officially Releases Mercury Recordings on CD - January 4, 2020 

Well, my first three albums for Mercury Records have been officially re-released through Renaissance Records. I added liner notes and some thank-yous as well as dedications: Jim Kerr, the first album, Carolyne Mas, is dedicated to him for remembering my music and sharing some great memories in 1979; Hold On is dedicated to the late Stevie Cochran for being my best friend for so many years as well as an amazing talent; the third and last album, Modern Dreams, is dedicated to my son, Gabriel, for being my pride and joy...and my very own Modern Dream.

New Jersey Stage Magazine 

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This is a wonderful article by Greg Wien, and I am both humbled and touched that he decided to interview me for New Jersey Stage magazine.

I have had a small spike in attention that began just before I graduated. I am not entirely sure why things like this happen, but someone once told me that Lady Luck was a like statue on a pedestal with her eyes closed, and that she revolves around and around; you have to watch her very carefully, because every once in a while she will open her eyes and look at you, and you must be there to see it. Sort of like a reverse wink of good fortune. 

I figured at one point that Lady Luck only looks at you once, and I resigned myself to the fact that she would never see me again; I now know different. We can love more than once, succeed more than once, and dream more than once - hope is always afoot. Let’s not ever forget that, okay? 

Casey Radio, Australia! 

This is the 2–hour Carolyne Mas special that aired on Casey Radio, Melbourne, Australia on Tuesday, July 23rd. There were some server issues at the time of the broadcast, which prevented listeners in certain parts of the world from hearing the first hour. John Broughton, whose show I was on, was kind enough to email me the show in two parts; I thought to post it here for all to listen. Enjoy!

Part 1

Part 2

DropBox File Sharing Access! 

I had an idea while sharing some files with friends, to offer access to fans so they can burn their own CDs/DVDs from my files, or just download them to their mobile devices. I will charge $30 for full access, and this will not change no matter how many files are added in the future.

Currently among these files is a 1979 video of the Bathurst Theater in Toronto, a Chorus TV show from Paris from 1979, the Ovation TV show recorded by Paramount for HBO in 1980 but never released, my promotional videos for Carolyne Mas which were recorded from the VHS tape that my manager had from the record company, as well as all my studio recordings ( US and Germany) and several live recordings like RockPalast, More Mas Hysteria, a 1990 show from Karlsruhe, Germany, a 1989 broadcast from Bremen, Germany, and a 1980 show from the Fast Lane in Asbury Park, New Jersey. I am always adding new files, and fans are welcome to contribute their photos or recordings as well

This is a great idea that lets you save money over CD Baby prices, as well as make custom compilations easily and share files with other fans.

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Radio Legend Jim Kerr Looks Back 

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I am grateful to have been mentioned in the latest issue of Billboard magazine by New York radio legend Jim Kerr, whom I had the pleasure of meeting in 1979, at the start of my career. WPLJ, which was my favorite station in those days, signs off forever on May 31st. The end of an era.

"I really loved the 1979-1980 PLJ. Not everybody was a big name, but everybody was good. There was a female artist at the time, Carolyne Mas, she had an album out and it made our Top 95 album list that year. It was a good time.”

Carolyne Mas Live at the Fast Lane, January 1980 

Someone sent me an anonymous gift, a recording of a Carolyne Mas show from the Fast Lane in Asbury Park, New Jersey, in January of 1980. I think this may be the show I played where both Bruce Springsteen and Tony Bennett were in the audience, as I believe that Neon, a band comprised of his sons, opened for me that night. Neon and I were with the same booking agency, so we did a lot of shows together around that time and I got to know all of them pretty well.

This is not the entire show, but there are quite a few tracks and the quality is not bad. I tried a remix, but I am no expert. What I have done is to create a file in DropBox called "Carolyne Mas Fast Lane 1980" with both the mixed and unmixed versions, which are each in two parts. Those who subscribe to DropBox access already, will get this show as soon as I tag you tomorrow. Those who are not subscribed yet, will have the opportunity to do so by visiting my website.

Part 1 of the show contains these songs: Never 2 Without 3, Snow, It's No Secret, All for You, and Sadie Says. Part 2 of the show contains these songs: Stillsane, Baby Please, Go Ahead and Cry Now, and Midnight Confessions. The band lineup is with David Landau (lead guitar), Crispin Cioe (sax), Ivan Elias (bass), Charlie Giordano (keys), and Bobby Chouinard (drums). This was before Hold On was recorded and may have been one of Charlie's first shows with me as he replaced Robbie Condor. My first ex-husband sings harmony on Sadie Says as he did on my first album, and this is one of the few times that he did so at a live show.

I encourage fans to subscribe to my DropBox access, because I never know when special shows like this will be added. Enjoy the music!

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I Graduated! 

Yay!!!

 

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“No star is ever lost we once have seen,
We always may be what we might have been.”
- Adelaide Anne Procter

Carolyne Mas at the Fast Lane in Asbury Park 

“On a warm summer night—July of 1980—that fine tuned machine—with Carolyne Mas: lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Rick Desarno: lead guitar, Ivan Elias: bass, Crispin Cioe: sax, Charles Giordano: keys, and Vince Barranco on drums— revved its monster engine from the stage of the Fast Lane in Asbury Park, NJ until we were all drained and transported to a place of exuberant revelry . What a sound!  What a show! What a night! Carolyne’s music and chops stood on their own. This little spitfire, sang her heart out and played rhythm guitar with guts, gusto and confidence like few men could, and with every song—she meant business! Singing, running, leaping, falling to her knees and belting out each song like it was her last—she drew us all into her world and shared her passions, her soul, her joy and herself." ~ Joe Streno

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Outstanding Student Article 

I am graduating summa cum laude from Arizona State University on May 6th. I made it. I was chosen for an outstanding student profile in their school paper. Click on the photo to read it!

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Valley Naturals 

As I get ready to graduate with a BS in Integrative Health on May 6th of 2019, I am slowly setting up a business that I have wanted to set up for a long time. I have named it Valley Naturals. For now, the page is under construction, but I look forward to adding content soon. The goal of this website is to educate and raise awareness concerning preventive healthcare and overall well-being.

 

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Happy Holidays! 

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It's that time of year again. The year has sped by, and I am now 5 months from graduating from Arizona State University with a BS in Integrative Health. I am ready for some big changes happening next year, so it is with great hope that I approach the new year. However, until I graduate and am able to find employment, I am still in need of assistance with the property tax lien on my property. The lien-holder has agreed to terms that are for the most part doable, but only if I can continue to find help at least until I graduate and am able to find a job. If you want to help you can do so safely by donating via PayPal, which can be done even if you don't have an account with them. You can either use the direct link above or use my email address to donate, which is samlorac@aol.com.

I have just completed three more classes, that's three more A's, and I am on track to graduate May 6th, 2019, summa cum laude. This is a copy of my degree audit from ASU, so you can see my GPA (which is 3.95) as well as all of the coursework I have completed so far and what I have left to do. I have worked hard and I am extremely proud of myself, as is my family. I have done this for myself and for them in order to be a better Mom as well as a better provider.

I wish you all the best of everything this holiday season. God bless you all!!! Remember to never forget your dreams...

Finishing my Junior Year at ASU 

I know I have not updated this page in a while, but I have been uber-busy with school. Last semester I had Microbiology and Pathophysiology, both tough courses. I did manage to finish the semester with a 4.07 GPA, of which I am extremely proud. This has been an interesting journey for me, and I am excited about graduating in 2019.

Oh...I also became a member of the local school board this year. Wild, huh?

Thank you all for visiting this page and remembering my music. It seems like lifetimes ago for me that I was on up a stage, singing and playing music. Life is strange, and our time on this little blue rock hurling through space is indeed brief. I appreciate every second of it, and hope you do too.

 

BACK HOME FROM SOUTH AFRICA 

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A brief stop at a scenic overlook inside Kruger National Park in South Africa

I have been back from Africa for a little over a week now, and I hit the ground running as my son graduates from middle school today and it has been a busy week. Thank you to all who helped me get to South Africa. Pictures will follow of all the hospitals I visited as well as my time visiting the University of Witwatersrand in Joburg where I learned to suture a banana, among other things, and the increadible visit to a Muthi market in Durban, as well as a visit to a Zulu community in 1000 Hills.

This was a life-changing trip, and my only regret is that I was unable to bring my son, as traveling is always an educational experience.

ALMOST THERE! 

I have finally paid off my tuition to attend the scholar laureate program in South Africa this May. I am still in need of funds towards the flights there and back, as well as for some expenses while I am there.

Donations can be made through PayPal (my PayPal address is samlorac@aol.com), but I am also accepting donations through GoFundMe, although they charge fees on my end. Ticket prices are currently all over the map, anywhere from $1500 to $2700 round trip, and could get more expensive the closer I get to departure day, which will be May 14th. As a result, I am trying to do this as quickly as I can.

Here is the GoFundMe link to donate, and although people who already have a PayPal account can send money to me directly, I am including the donate button below for those of you who don't.

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VERY CLOSE TO MY GOAL! 

As of today, I am $625 shy of paying for the International Scholar Laureate Program in Nursing and Health that will take place in South Africa in May, $3000 of which was paid by a scholarship for the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. I am still in need of funds towards the flights there and back.

My donations have been mostly private through PayPal, but I have had a few generous donors through GoFundMe, as well. The cut-off time to pay for tuition is April 3rd, and the sooner I secure my flights, the better, as the prices are currently all over the map and could get more expensive closer to departure day, which will be May 14th.

Here is the GoFundMe link to donate.

The National Society of Collegiate Scholars 

Very proud to have accepted this invitation today. It is somehow bittersweet, though, as my brother passed away a little over a week ago, and I am just coming off of a week of mourning. I am grateful to my family and friends for helping me make it through the week, as I also had to attend classes. It was one of the roughest weeks of my life.

International Scholar Laureate Program 

 

I have just been awarded a scholarship from Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, to attend the International Scholar Laureate Program for Nursing and Healthcare in Johannesburg, South Africa, this coming May. I chose South Africa over Australia, because I am very interested in visiting a Zulu community and learning about the rituals of Sangomas, who are the traditional healers of the community.

This $3000 Scholarship covers most of the tuition, but does not cover the flights or the cultural extension, which I would very much like to participate in. You can see a breakdown of the tuition costs by visiting the International Scholar Laureate website, and following the links provided there. A breakdown of the costs of the program and exactly what the scholarship covered, is in the email that I received from them; you can read it by clicking here.

For this reason, I have started a GoFundMe campaign. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity for me, and I am very honored to have received it.

GUESTBOOK IS OFF :-( 

I am so sorry to have to close my guestbook after all these years. :-( I receive so much spam that is it almost impossible to keep up with. However, those who wish to write to me, or send entries that I can add manually, can email me at samlorac@aol.com, and I will get back to you personally. :-)