Monday, 11/3/14 @NOON PST : Lunchtime Concert Playlist

22 Oct

PROGRAM PLAYLIST

Join Diva Taunia every Monday for a lunchtime music concert series (NOON PST), featuring some of today’s up and coming musicians, artists and songwriters. If you like what you hear, we encourage you to stop by their website or social media pages and let them know!  All links can be found on the blog at www.divatauniablog.com (just look for the blog entry with the correct concert date).  Our artists this week:

1. John Butler with “I Gotta Love Me”
2. Fernando Furrones with”Dulce Princesa”
(Please note:  this is a commissioned piece by Evy Journey for the book “Hello, My Love”)
3. Solobeats with “Fever”

Stay tuned for the rest of our artists on this program TBA!

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Our show is sponsored by Wellesse Liquid Vitamins and Ever-Pretty Dresses.  Want to be a sponsor of our show? Contact us at info@divataunia.com.

10/20/14 Backstage Pass Lunchtime Concert Series Playlist (NOON, PST)

18 Oct

PROGRAM PLAYLIST

Join Diva Taunia every Monday for a lunchtime music concert series (NOON PST), featuring some of today’s up and coming musicians and songwriters. If you like what you hear, we encourage you to stop by their website or social media pages and let them know!  All links can be found on the blog at www.divatauniablog.com (just look for the blog entry with the correct concert date).  Our artists:

Monday, 10/20/14
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1.  Sarantos with “Believe”
2. Bass Bullies with “Let Loose”
3. Lawrence Cooke with “Chasing Light”
4. Of1Force with “Maybe I Could Fly”
5. Diva Taunia with “You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To”

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BECOMING MALEFICENT

7 Oct

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It’s Halloween season already, and my husband and I have already started planning our costumes and decorating our house.   Because we work at a school, we always dress up for the kids and they love it – particularly his costume because he always goes all out.  He went on a school trip to Japan over the summer, so he decided to do a “funny” costume and go as a geisha.  My costume is based on one of my favorite movies of the summer:  Maleficent.   I actually went thinking I wasn’t going to like it since it was so hyped up, but I ended up LOVING it.

So I began my search for a costume online.  The kids loved the movie too, so I really want this costume to be OVER.THE.TOP!  The problem is, every costume I’ve found online has gotten fair to poor reviews, and that just won’t do. ;)  So I decided to get a little creative and build my own DIY costume working with some AMAZING sponsors.  Please take the time to check out their websites not only to see if they can add something to your costume, but to your wardrobe as well!

Please bookmark this page.  I’ll be adding more sponsors and costume pieces as they come in, and once the costume is complete, I’ll be photographing and creating a video of the entire costume after I’ve “become” Maleficent!

GOWN
Provided by:  Ever-Pretty Dresses

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HORNS

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TURBAN (For Headpiece)

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GLOVES

Provided by:  Fashion Catch Boutique on Ebay

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ON THE DOWNLOW’D

2 Oct

DIVA MUSIC REVIEWS   ARTIST:  DOWNLOW’D  |  SONG:  LEGENDARY
GENRE:  TECHNO-GEEK

I love geeks.   I love that geeks are cool now.  When I was younger (a million years ago) it wasn’t cool for me to love things like the periodic table and the billions of nerves that communicate in trillions of connections in our brains.  But now?  Being a geek is COOL.  And being a geek helps you make and sell great music.

Downlow’d is a self-professed geek.  He calls himself a computerhead, and even writes part of his Facebook description in binary code (that’ where he immediately won me over).  He just seems like an all-around quirky and fun guy.  Unique.  And I dig that.

As a jazz musician, I can sometimes be a little snotty about music.  It’s the leftover younger ego-driven diva in me and also because of the years of study dissecting it, analyzing it, and being forced to listen to more and more difficult things – your ears just need….more.  But, I’ve grown to realize that there’s great music in every genre (and hey, there’s music that sucks in every genre too – even my beloved jazz) and sometimes the more you need is the rhythm that moves you and makes you want to get up off your couch.  As a 43 yr old gal at 8:00pm on a Thursday night, that’s quite a feat, and that’s what the song Legendary did for me.

When I listened to “Legendary,”  my brain immediately started working out choreography for my next dance class that I’m going to teach.  (Uh PS, Downlow’d…I may need to be asking you about that!!)  The song clocks in at 4:18, so it’s perfect for getting your groove on and getting your cardio up.  There are some nice rhythmic shifts and segways that are always really needed on a primarily instrumental song. There’s also some very lovely ethereal vocals thrown in midway in the tune to change-up the vibe a bit.  Honestly, the groove is so great on this it could be easily incorporated into a Zumba class with some fantastic choreography.  In my head, it sort of has this whole warrior woman vibe and I think someone with some serious choreography skills working with Downlow’d and his music could make some electronica magic here. Diva digs it!

ALL THE INFO YOU NEED:

Available for purchase on Beatport.com
Released on: Macro Records
Composer and copyright licensing information: Downlow’d/Macro Records
www.IamDownlowd.com
www.thisismacro.com
http://www.beatport.com/track/legendary-original-mix/5836719

DOWNPIC

SEPT/OCT 2014 – BACKSTAGE PASS RADIO PLAYLIST (NOON, PST)

28 Sep

PROGRAM PLAYLIST

Join Diva Taunia every Monday for a lunchtime music concert series (NOON PST), featuring some of today’s up and coming musicians and songwriters. If you like what you hear, we encourage you to stop by their website or social media pages and let them know!  All links can be found on the blog at www.divatauniablog.com (just look for the blog entry with the correct concert date).  Our artists:

Monday, 9/29/14:

1.  KRM with Show Me The Way, Featuring Rylee Harper
2.  Songs on Repeat with “All This Love”
3.  Velvet Ashes with “Perils In Space”
4.  Jaway with “When Will We Learn” on itunes
5.  Imani Rose with “Bits and Pieces”

Monday, 10/05/14:

1.  Imani Rose with “Sleeping With The Enemy”
2. Downlow’d with “Legendary”
3.  The House, The Old with “Missing”
4.  Emisario Rapsoda with “En alta”
5.  Diva Taunia and Vote For Pedro with Tall, Dark, and Handsome

(ENDED) SEPTEMBER: Stop Staring Rockabilly Dress Giveaway! From Daddy O’s

21 Sep

WINNER:  ANGELA SANSCRAINTE

 

Now folks, you may have heard that I have been under the weather a bit, but FASHION STOPS FOR NO ILLNESS!  (I am pretty sure the recently deceased and always impeccably dressed fashion darling Joan Rivers would agree with me on that!)  SO, while I get myself on the mend, I have a couple of lovely little giveaways  for you today(active now), and the winners will be announced on  my radio program on Monday,  9/22/14 at NOON, PST.  Let’s take a gander at what we’ve got to give away, shall we?  And don’t forget:  with Halloween just around the corner, you could easily turn this rockabilly hip chick into a patriotic martime All-American girl!

 To enter the raffle is simple, just click on any of th graphics below:

Please be sure to check the size chart, as this las little stretch and runs 1-2 sizes smaller, unless you have a teeny waits!  :)

Please be sure to check the size chart, as this las little stretch and runs 1-2 sizes smaller, unless you have a teeny waits! :)

Stop Starting Size Chart

Stop Starting Size Chart

Click on either graphic to find out how to win, but here are the official rules:

1.  You must “LIKE” their Facebook Page  (Extra Kudos to you if you encourage others to do the same!)   +1 entry

2. Send an email to mail@daddyos.com and ask to be on their mailing list!  +5 extra entries

3. Leave a comment on their Facebook Page saying “Diva Taunia and The Dress Addict.com sent me!” on their Facebook Page + 4 extra entires

5.  Join the Diva Taunia Newsletter HERE for 3+ entries!

Show the love, and win the dress!!  xoxo Diva Taunia & The Dress Addict.com

I HAD A SEIZURE

9 Sep

If you’re friends with me on Facebook, you already know this.  On Sunday night, a little before 10:00pm, I had a seizure. My husband and I had been watching TV lying on separate couches, and he made a joke, looked over, and thought I was laughing.  When he looked harder, he saw me shaking and thought I was choking.  My arms had been crossed over my chest, and he picked me up (!)  and tried to give me the Heimlich.  I guess when he saw my face, he realized that I was having a seizure.  He called 911 because I wasn’t breathing, and they talked him through everything and sent the ambulance within minutes.

I don’t remember anything except waking up on the ambulance asking where I was.  They asked me my name, my address, my birthday:  I couldn’t answer anything because I couldn’t remember.  Slowly my memory came back to me, but it was surreal to be asked that, KNOW that I know the answer, but not be able to tell them.

Other than that, I don’t remember a thing about it.  It was mostly traumatic for my husband, who really took the brunt of all of it.  I did end up with some battle wounds:   I bit almost clear through my tongue, twisted my ankle, and tweaked my back.  I tried to nurse all of those yesterday, but I’m really feeling the brunt of the pain today.  And not being able to sing, talk, or practice trumpet is KILLING ME.  They say that the mouth heals faster than any other part of your body, so hop to it, body!  I can deal with the back and foot (although they are pretty damn painful), but the tongue is just really an inconvenience for everything:  the above mentioned plus eating, drinking, or brushing my teeth.

I’ve never had a seizure before and have no family history.  The ER tests couldn’t pinpoint why this has happened, so we’re kind of on the hunt for what’s going on right now.   The reason they are focusing most on is 1) my low iron levels and 2) that I may have bleeding ulcers again which triggered it.  I don’t feel like I do, but they are doing an upper GI next week to be sure, and I have a consultation with a neurologist as well.

Thankfully, there was no repeat yesterday. I rested for most of the day, trying to keep my foot up and iced and my back as relaxed as possible.  Jake, however, had to fix our plumbing.  Not only did he have to be strong for me on Sunday and watch the entire thing, but he had to do hard physical labor yesterday.  I just wanted him to be able to rest, but he has trouble doing that.  I am so extraordinarily lucky to have him as my husband.  Truly.

Today Jake went to work and I am home alone.  I feel fine and I’m hoping nothing happens while he’s at school.  Crossing my fingers that it was just a fluke thing, but also doing a ton of research today about seizures after weight loss surgery.

If you have a seizure as a post-op or know someone who has, please contact me.  I’d love to hear anything you’re comfortable sharing: any medical info you have about WHY you had a seizure as a post-op, when it happened, any info your doctor may have suggested, etc.   I just want to go in fully armed with info, because I know that almost always I have to advocate for myself as a wls post-op because doctors seem to know very little when I ask them questions.  Thanks for your help!

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