Michael Cavacini

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Couple Days Off

For those of you that don’t know, I’m entering my final year of grad school and the semester has begun. This fall I’m taking my last two classes and in the spring I’m working on my Master’s Project. To maintain my sanity, I’ll be posting less frequently to my blog, maybe once a week or once every other week. But there’s no need to worry because I’ve got great stuff planned for you this fall, including more interviews with best-selling authors and accomplished musicians, as well as my thoughts on a variety of books, albums and concerts. I plan on ending the year on a high note, so thanks for sticking along for the ride. In the meantime, I’m going to enjoy a couple days off.

WWE 30 Years Of WrestleMania

30 Years of WrestleManiaI received an advance copy of 30 Years of WrestleMania from DK Publishing, the same terrific company that created WWE 50 and the WWE Encyclopedia. Below is my video review of 30 Years of WrestleMania, which you can buy here.

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A Month With Amazon’s Fire Phone

Amazon-Fire-PhoneFor the past month I’ve been using the Amazon Fire Phone. So, what’s it like? Is it better than my iPhone? And will I keep using it? Check out my video review below to learn more. In addition to my video review, I’m including photos and videos I shot with the phone, tech specs and more. If you want to buy an Amazon Fire Phone, you can do so here.

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An Interview With International Best-Selling Author Lee Child

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Lee Child is the #1 international best-selling author of the Jack Reacher series, for which he’s won the Anthony, Barry and Nero awards. In addition to writing worldwide best-sellers, Child currently serves as the Co-President of International Thriller Writers – a terrific professional association that anyone interested in working in the thriller genre should join.

Child’s newest novel, Personal, just came out this week in the U.S. and is already a #1 best-seller in the U.K. It’s the 19th Jack Reacher novel and is receiving rave reviews from fans and critics alike. Lee took the time to speak with me about his illustrious career, the creative process and his belief that nothing of value is ever achieved in the morning. Enjoy!

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A Journey Like No Other

303Last Friday I attended my fourth Journey concert. This time I saw them in Atlantic City, New Jersey – and as always, they put on a phenomenal show. The set list was comprised of many of the band’s greatest hits, as well as some newer cuts, including “Faith In The Heartland” from Revelation and “Ritual” from Eclipse.

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REO Steals The Show In NJ

517Eleven years ago I attended one of the best concerts I’ve ever been to: REO Speedwagon, Journey and Styx. Last Friday was my second REO Speedwagon concert. This time they shared the bill with Chicago in a musical tour de force that blew me away.

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Dionne Warwick Passes The Baton To Granddaughter

218Last Friday Dionne Warwick performed in Atlantic City, NJ. But it wasn’t simply a concert; it was a monumental moment in the singer’s impressive 53-year career because she officially passed the baton of her family’s rich musical legacy – which is comprised of all-time greats such as Dionne, Leontyne Price and Whitney and Cissy Houston, among others – to her granddaughter: Cheyenne Elliott.

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Todd Hunter To Eat, Drink, Play Through Indegogo

164478_10151311758267691_1432603955_nAccomplished jazz musician Todd Hunter has taken to Indegogo for his upcoming project: Eat, Drink, Play. This album will be the first for Hunter’s musical trio and it will pay tribute to his love of traditional jazz while also maintaining a modern feel.

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A Conversation With Dionne Warwick

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Dionne Warwick is one of the greatest female vocalists of all time. She has 75 hit songs and has sold more than 100 million albums. From Barry Manilow to Burt Bacharach, she’s worked with the best in the business and won five Grammy awards along the way.

Her new album coming out September 2, Feels So Good, is a collection of duets with some of the most talented musicians in the industry, including Cyndi Lauper, Gladys Knight, Mya, and Jaime Foxx, just to name a few.

Dionne is also currently touring and I’m attending her August 15 performance in Atlantic City, NJ at Revel Casino, so stay tuned for my review of the show. For more information on additional dates, make sure to visit her official website.

Below is my interview with Dionne Warwick about her illustrious career that has spanned more than 50 years. I hope you enjoy it.

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An Interview With Best-Selling Author Linda Fairstein

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At ThrillerFest IX I had the pleasure of meeting Linda Fairstein, the best-selling author of the Alexandra Cooper crime novels. The 16th book in the series, Terminal City, is now available and receiving rave reviews so make sure to pick up a copy. Below is my interview with the author where we cover a wide variety of topics – everything from her inspiration for Terminal City to her friendship with Lisa Scottoline. I hope you enjoy it.

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