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Rock On! This Week's Sound Bites...1/20/22

By Danny Coleman

Rock On! This Week

“The pandemic,” explained vocalist/entertainer and now author Gloria Carpenter as to how and why her new book “Power Up Your Dreams: Moving From Self-Defeat to Self-Belief”  came to be. “I had a chance to slow down and sit with my thoughts. I’m usually going and going as I’m sure you know for yourself; we are just constantly doing and with the pandemic everything just stopped and here we had all of this time. I’m in a really great spot in my life right now; I have a really supportive, wonderful, giving, loving husband who is my rock and things are going really well in my singing career and writing the book was just another aspect of joy for me and having joy in my life is huge and that was another way other than music of expressing myself and as serious as things are and were with this COVID crisis, I just made the best of it. That is what we have to do in life; accept the “What is” and work around it.” 

Carpenter’s life journey began in Milford, CT and after a two decade stop in Manhattan, she is currently settled in Verona, NJ where as we read above, this Amazon “Best Selling” author has seemingly found contentment. However, things were not always the case and this foray into the publishing world reveals her struggles, trials and tribulations in an effort to help others through lessons learned.

“The book is “Power Up Your Dreams: Moving From Self-Defeat to Self-Belief” and I wrote it over the pandemic because all of my (music) gigs were either cancelled or postponed. I figured that I wanted to do something that would benefit others while I was sitting at home twiddling my fingers,” she said with a laugh. “So, one day, instead of scrolling through my Facebook messages, I opened up a Word Document and I wrote the title “My Book.” I had never really intended to write a book until that very moment when I realized, as I was writing every day, that I had bits and pieces of my life and stories and lessons learned from my life experiences that I wanted to share to help others. This book is a self-empowerment book, it’s a guide to help people live their most happy, peaceful and fulfilling lives and to get out of their own way. I mention get out of their own way because people sometimes get stuck in their disempowering thoughts, they self-sabotage, they get into self-defeating patterns and most of the time this is caused by subconscious beliefs and self-limiting beliefs that they have from their childhood. That’s where I start out the book, with my story of where I came from, from a very dysfunctional family, a child of neglect and abandonment and I didn’t feel lovable. I didn’t feel worthy, I didn’t feel like I deserved to be on this planet, I had no sense of self-awareness and through my life experience I came to know that it’s a combination of your mind, your body and your spirit. I go into depth in each of those categories as well as practical advice on how to deal with fear, how to deal with challenges; there are so many facets in my book that I cover as well as trusting in your life and your inner guidance.” 

When one meets Gloria, none of what she describes of her childhood is evident. She is as vivacious, engaging, authentic and incredibly personable as the talent and persona she exudes when on stage as the performer who has entertained audiences at Lincoln Center, on cruise ships, in jazz clubs, country bars and at major festivals all across our country but even these accomplishments have roots in her past



 
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“Music is definitely therapy for me and my father was a musician so I have that genetic aspect in me,” she began, I knew at a very young age what I wanted to do and it wasn’t singing; it was dancing. Do you remember a show from the 1960’s called; “Million Dollar Movie?” They used to show musicals from the 40’s and 50’s with Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire and dancing girls with great choreography and I was watching these chorus girls singing and dancing in their glitzy costumes; I was hooked on those shows and there was something in me that said I want to do that and I knew that I wanted to perform. When I found that I could sing, it was really helpful as a therapeutic expression to alleviate the pain. I was born with a very positive personality that helped me get through; people that I know, they know me as smiling through my life but inside I was hurting. I try to live in the now and where I am now from the higher story of my life rather than going back to ”Poor me;” I don’t want people thinking that at all.”

With a strong desire to help others she has taken things to another level and in addition to the book she has become a certified Dreambuilder Life Coach; the key word here being “Life.” Carpenter strongly believes that it starts with one simple, “Thought.”

“The entire book runs 233 pages, it is a paperback, there is an E-book version and I’m currently recording an audio book as well. There are 13 chapters and I use a lot of inspirational quotes from a lot of the new-age teachers that I’ve learned from and have been inspired by. This book is motivational, inspirational and it’s a way to encourage people to focus on what it is they are here for and what their purpose is in life. I think a lot of people go through life on automatic pilot and they don’t take the time to really look inward to see what it is they really want and what kind of life they would truly love living and it all starts with a thought. In the first few chapters I talk about; what makes you feel live? What brings you Joy? You hone in and give yourself a blueprint of where you want to go and that’s where it all starts. I also address the concept of just being you and embracing the uniqueness of who you are. We tend to compare ourselves with others rather than being exactly who we were born to be and loving ourselves fully. So, this is a book about becoming self-aware as well and staying true to yourself and who you are and why you are here.”

Most times that comparison wanes but there are those who go through their entire lives attempting to accommodate others wishes or visions for them and never realize their own potential. Many times we as individuals sacrifice our own happiness for the sake of others and often this starts as she stated earlier in “Childhood and far too often children wish to please their parents based on their upbringing and parental expectations; which usually carries over into adulthood. When asked if this book can empower youth to follow their dreams and passions when others have a predetermined path for them; she was hesitant at first but once again cited an example from her past.

“I’m putting the book out there knowing that there are junior high and college students or perhaps adults who are still floundering about and not doing what they really should be doing; I hate to say the book is for everybody because it’s not. This is for people who are not happy with their lives, for people who live with doubts about themselves, people who live in fear or are constantly worried or don’t take risks. I definitely want to affect kids who need guidance. I know when I was growing up I had absolutely no guidance; no role models or mentors. I went to college to teach elementary school students and I didn’t want to do that. I knew my heart was in performing but I was too fearful to take that risk of not knowing what was ahead and if I could make a living out of it. So, instead I went to college, I hated every second of it, I got a B.S. degree that was simply BS. I didn’t do anything with it because teaching jobs were not available; I’m not even good with kids (laughs). I don’t have my own kids and went to college for teaching because I wanted my summers off. So, if I can prevent college kids or teenagers from doing the same thing I did; that would be amazing.”

“As an adult,” she continued,  “You can speak your mind and say, this is what I want and this is what I’m going to do but as a kid living in their parent’s house and having the dynamic of disappointing your parents and having conflict with them if you do not think the way they do; that is a tough one and a very difficult decision for a kid to make. My gut is telling me to just be honest with the parents and say look, this is not what I want to do and trust that I’ll be OK. Have a heart to heart with your parents so that they know where you are and that you don’t want to do this. I didn’t have parents to talk to so I never encountered that situation; I was in a daycare center growing up but I think that even if the bond between the child and the parents is strong and if the child has enough confidence to tell their parents this is where my passion is, this is what I want to be doing; will you support me instead of living the life that you want me to live mom and dad? I think that any normal, decent human being would say OK, we love you, we are behind you.”

Writing a book of this nature can be thought provoking for the author as well as the reader and in Gloria’s case it opened up some old wounds for her as well.

“Anything that had to do with my father was very emotional for me; I loved him to pieces but he was not ready to be a father. My parents divorced when I was five and when I was around age nine or ten he moved to California and I saw him maybe once every five to six years after that. There is a moment in the book where I talk about the night before he left for California and he came to say goodbye to me; I pretended that I was asleep because I couldn’t face it, I couldn’t face saying goodbye. So, the word goodbye has always been a trigger for me and that always gets me. That was the hard part, my father was a great guy who died young, a musician that I didn’t get a lot of time with; he never heard me sing and that was the emotional part. Everything else was really easy, I felt like I was just downloading everything and it came really easy; the life lessons that people can get value from and I’m hoping to get the book in the hands of the people that need it.”

As individuals, we go through life making choices daily. We choose what we drink in the morning; is it coffee or tea? Sweet or unsweet? What should we have for breakfast, lunch, dinner? What to wear? We make choices that affect who we are, what we do and how we live and Carpenter says she can’t stress this enough; that we are in charge of our lives.

“We get to choose how our life goes, we are 100 percent responsible for our lives; nobody else can do it for us and I think people need to keep that in mind. The thoughts they think, choices they make, everything that they say and do all matters; they matter and their life matters. I just want to plant the seed in them that they are here on purpose and for a purpose; they are not here randomly. I’m not religious but in my late forties I began to get more into the spiritual nature of who I am and I think that this is a crucial part of the mind, body, spirit connection and a lot of people do not tap into that. I think it would be very empowering for people to just take a moment  sit in silence and listen. I talk about meditation, journaling, developing habits that empower rather than dis-empower you; so, this is a guidebook, a reference book, a resource book and a motivational and inspirational kind of book and I want my message to get out there to as many people as possible.”

“Power Up Your Dreams: Moving From Self-Defeat to Self-Belief” is available through Amazon or to obtain a signed copy please visit www.powerupyourdreams.com and to find out more about Gloria Carpenter and her career as an entertainer, please go to www.gloriacarpenter.net .

That's it for this week! Please continue to support live and original music and until next week....ROCK ON!



This week's event listings


Al's Airport Inn
636 Bear Tavern Road West Trenton
(609) 883-5252
Sat. 5 p.m. Jessica DiDonato
Mon. 5 p.m. Rob Silvers
Tues. 7 p.m. Brian Elliot
Wed. (4 p.m.) LGBTQ Happy Hour (7 p.m.) Jessica DiDonato
Bill's Olde Tavern
2694 Nottingham Way Hamilton
(609) 586-0192
Mon. 7 p.m. Trivia Night
Tues./Wed. 8 p.m. Karaoke w/ DJ "Super" Dave Curtis
Ages 21+
Bowman's Tavern
1600 River Road New Hope, PA
(215) 862-2972
Thurs. 6:30 p.m. Matt Gordeuk Trio
Fri. (5:30 p.m.) Bennett Lee (8 p.m.) Bob Egan
Sat. 7 p.m. Dave Dales Trio
Sun. 6 p.m. Lorenzo
Wed. 6 p.m. Andy Prescott
Broken Goblet Brewing
2500 State Road Bensalem, PA
(267) 812-5653
Thurs. 7 p.m. Mike Estabrook
Fri. 8:30 p.m. The Age of Truth / Anthrophobia
Sat. 8 p.m. “Emo Night” Karaoke
Wed. 8 p.m. Trivia Hosted by Righteous Jolly
Candlelight Lounge
24 Passaic Street Trenton
(609) 695-9612
Thurs. 6 p.m. Thursday Night Blues Jam Hosted by The Mojo Gypsies. $5 (Includes hot buffet)
City Streets
510 Highway 130 South East Windsor
(609) 426-9400
Sat. 9 p.m. Tanglewood
Wed. 6:30 p.m. "Wine Down Wednesdays" w/ Rich Genavol
COARadio.com
125 South Main Street Hightstown
(609) 241-7103
Fri. 7 p.m. "Danny Coleman's Got The Blues"
Sat. 3 p.m. “The Rock On Radio Indie Hour”
Sun. 7 p.m. "Rock On Radio" feat. Robert Allen of Downtown Mystic
Cooper's Riverview
50 Riverview Plaza Trenton
(609) 393-7300
Thurs.9 p.m. Club Night feat. Rotating DJs (inside event)
Fri. (5 p.m.) "It's 5 O'clock Somewhere Happy Hour" (8 p.m.) Fish Out of Water
Sat. 8 p.m. Sara and The Sound
Sun. 11 a.m. " Sunday Latin Jazz Brunch" w/ Victor Tarassov
Tues. 7 p.m. Karaoke w/ Michael Hoffman
Wed. 7 p.m. Blues Jam on the / Disco Hustle Night 
All Events Ages 21+
Cross Pollination Gallery
2 North Union Street Lambertville
(609) 213-6734
Fri. 5 p.m. "Friday Happy Hour." (Talk art, wine and musicians who bring instruments)
Curran’s Irish Inn
1909 Bristol Pike Bensalem, PA
(215) 245-1800
Thurs. 7 p.m. Music Bingo
Fri. 9 p.m. Sidearm
Sat. 8 p.m. The Juliano Brothers
Tues. 7:30 p.m. Quizzo
Dacey's Pub
215 West Philadelphia Avenue Morrisville, PA
(215) 295-4838
Fri. 6 p.m. Acoustic Music Night
Wed. 8 p.m. Quizzo
Dadz Bar and Grill
744 Main Street Lumberton
(609)267-4344
Thurs. 9 p.m. DJ Brian
Fri. 9 p.m. The MD Concept
Tues. 7 p.m. Open Mic Night Hosted by Edgar Anderson
Wed. 6 p.m. Board Game Night
El Barrio
1470 Buck Road Southampton, PA
(267) 685-0725
Sat. 8:30 p.m. Talking In Cursive
Gleason's Bar
6700 Mill Creek Road Levittown, PA
(215) 943-4781
Fri. (6 p.m.) "Happy Hour" (9 p.m.) Blue Reign
Havana New Hope
105 S. Main Street New Hope, PA.
(215) 862-9897
Fri. (8 p.m.) Rolling Stones Tribute w/ “Well Alright” $25 (11 p.m.) DJ Dance Party
Sat. 9:30 p.m. DJ Dance Party
Sun. 4 p.m. Sensational Soul Cruisers. $25
Hopewell Valley Bistro & Inn
15 East Broad Street Hopewell
(609) 466-9889
Fri. 8 p.m. Open Mic Night
Sat. 5 p.m. Grant Peterson and Martin Goldberg
Hopewell Valley Vineyards
46 Yard Avenue Pennington
(609) 737-4465
Fri. 4 p.m. "Music & Merlot" feat. (5 p.m.) Just Us
Sat. (1 p.m.) Two Voices (5 p.m.) "Music & Merlot" feat. Rainbow Fresh
Sun. 1:30 p.m. "Jazzy Sundays" feat. Hopewell Valley Vineyards Jazz Band
Hurricane Jacks Bar and Grill
7759 New Falls Road Levittown, PA
(267) 914-4517
Thurs. 7:30 p.m. Music Bingo
Fri. (6 p.m.) Happy Hour w/ Johnny Betz (8 p.m.) Shameless
Sat. 9 p.m. Leading Zero
Mon. 7 p.m. Motown Monday w/ DJ Code Redd
Wed. 10 p.m. Beer Pong w/ DJ
Iron Plow Vineyards
26750 Mount Pleasant Road Columbus
(732) 306-9111
Fri. 6:30 p.m. Bud Belviso
Sat. 6:30 p.m. Bob O
Sun. 2 p.m.  Ed Wilson & Carol Brooks
Iron Plow Vineyards Tasting Room
61 High Street Mt. Holly
(732) 306-9111
Fri. 6:30 p.m. Wayne Palmer & Friends
Ivy Tavern
3108 S. Broad Street, Hamilton
(609) 888-1435
Thurs. 9:30 p.m. Karaoke
Sun. 6 p.m. Karaoke Latinos
All shows 21+  
John & Peter's
96 S. Main Street New Hope, Pa
(215) 862-5981
Sat. 8:30 p.m.The Great Rock N Roll Time Machine
Mon. 9 p.m. Open Mic (Sign-ups start at 8 p.m.)
Wed. 9 p.m. The Invitational
All shows 21+
Killarney's Publick House
1644 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road Hamilton
(609) 586-1166
Thurs. 6 p.m. Mark Sacco
Fri. 9 p.m. DJ Jimmy G
Sat.  8 p.m. Wayne Bilotti Duo
Sun. 10 a.m. “Sunday Brunch”
Mon. 6 p.m. “Wine & Dine” Kenwood Wine & Food Pairing” $65
Lambertville House
32 Bridge Street Lambertville
(609) 397-0200
Fri. 6 p.m. Just Jeff
Laurita Winery
85 Archertown Road New Egypt
(609) 752-0200
Fri. 7 p.m. The Best of Laurita Idol
Sat. (1 p.m.) Blessing of The Vineyard (6 p.m.) Elvis Impersonator Dinner and Show. (SOLD OUT check for availability)
Logan Inn
9 South Main Street New Hope, PA
(215) 862-2300
Thurs. 7 p.m. BD Lenz
Fri. 8:30 p.m. Bridge Beat Duo
Sat. 8:30 a.m. Rob Tait
Marie's Kozy Korner
111 Trenton Road Fairless Hills, PA
(215) 943-3131
Fri. 8 p.m. Hind Sight
Sat. 9 p.m. Never Enough
McGuinn's Place
1781 Brunswick Avenue Lawrence
(609) 392-0599
Tues. 9 p.m. Karaoke
Ages 21+
McStews Irish Sports Pub
5316 New Falls Road Levittown, PA
(215) 949-9570
Sat. 9 p.m. Midnight Sun
Tues. 7:30 p.m. Trivia Night
Wed. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ Paula and Sam
More Than Q
13 Klines Court Lambertville
(609) 773-0072
Sat. 2 p.m. Stephen DiJoseph
Sun. 2 p.m. Packy’s Sunday Brunch feat. Sim Cain, Dave Haneman, Keith Hartel
Naked Brewing Company
212 Mill Street Bristol, PA
(267) 544-7129
Sat./Sun. 11 a.m. Weekend Brunch
New Hope Winery
6123 Lower York Road New Hope, PA
(215) 794-2331
Sat. 8 p.m. Santana Tribute w/ “Jingo”
Newtown Brewing Company
103 Penns Trail Newtown, PA
(215) 944-8609
Thurs. 7:30 p.m. Trivia Night
Fri. 6 p.m. Skylar Love
Nick's Roast Beef
4501 Woodhaven Road West Philadelphia, PA
(215) 637-5151
Fri. 8 p.m. Unplugged Acoustic Duo
Sun. 4 p.m. LeCompt
Wed. 7 p.m. Trivia
Nottingham Tavern
9 Mercer Street Hamilton Square
(609) 587-6623
Thurs. 9:30 pm. Karaoke w/ Super Dave Curtis
Sat. 9:30 p.m. Kindred Spirit
Ages 21+
Oldestone Restaurant
15 South Main Street New Hope, PA
(215) 862-7044
Thurs. 6 p.m. Russell Norkevich (Deco Bar) 7 p.m. Steve McAllister (Jazz Lounge)
Fri. 6 p.m. Lisa Bouchelle (Deco Bar) 7 p.m. Eric Daab Trio (Jazz Lounge)
Sat. 6 p.m. Mario & Frank (Deco Bar) 7 p.m. Hot Club Philly (Jazz Lounge)
Old Town Pub
135 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown
(609) 291-9232
Thurs. 7 p.m. Quizzoholics Trivia
Palmer Square
40 Nassau Street Princeton
Thurs. 4 p.m. "Skating On The Square" $10/$12 (Includes skate rental)
Fri. 4 p.m. "Skating On The Square" $10/$12 (Includes skate rental)
Sat.12 p.m./4 p.m. "Skating On the Square" $10/$12 (Includes skate rental)
Sun 12 p.m./4 p.m. "Skating On the Square" $10/$12 (Includes skate rental)
Patriots Crossing
1339 River Road Titusville
(609) 737-2780
Thurs. 8 p.m. Open Mic Night
Wed. 7 p.m. "Quizzo"
Revere Restaurant
802 River Road Ewing
(609) 882-6365
Fri. 6 p.m. E-Miners
Sat. 6 p.m. Bill Shannon
Second Sin Brewing Company
1500 Grundy Lane Bristol, PA
(267) 812-5251
Thurs. 4 p.m. Trivia
Tara's Tavern
1 Cookstown-New Egypt Road, Wrightstown
(609) 286-2300
Fri. 9 p.m. Castles In The Sky
Sat. 9 p.m. The Williamsboy
Tavern On The Lake 
101 Main Street Hightstown
(609) 426-9345 
Wed. 9 p.m. Karaoke
Temperance House
5 South State Street Newtown, PA
(215) 944-8050
Tues. 8 p.m. Trivia w/ Righteous Jolly
Wed. 7 p.m. Open Mic Night w/ Cara Cartney
Terhune Orchards
330 Cold Soil Road Princeton
(609) 924-2310
Sat. 1 p.m. “Winery Weekends w/ Fire Pits” 
Sun.1 p.m. “Winery Weekends w/ Fire Pits” feat. Bud Belviso
TGI Fridays
3535 U.S. Route 1 North #275 Princeton
(609) 520-0378
Fri. 5 p.m. Ed Wilson
Sun. 1 p.m. Don Lee
The Bar at the Lambertville House
32 Bridge Street Lambertville
(609) 397-0200
Sat. 6 p.m. Just Jeff
The Bog (Cranbury Golf Club)
49 Southfield Road West Windsor
(609) 799-0341
Sat. 7 p.m. Guns 4 Hire
The Buck Hotel
1200 Buck Road Feasterville, PA
(215) 396-2002
Thurs. 7 p.m. Kevin Kirk
Fri. 9 p.m. Love Junk
Sat. 9 p.m. Soul Cruisers
Tues. 6 p.m. Danny Lynch
The Cool Cricket
216 Burlington Street Fieldsboro
(609) 291-9110
Thurs. 8 p.m. DJ Ran D
Fri. 9 p.m. Karaoke
Sat. 9 p.m. Asylum Choir
The Dubliner
34 North Main Street New Hope, PA
(215) 693-1816
Fri. 7 p.m. Gerry Timlin
Sat. 7 p.m. Sean Fleming
Sun. 3 p.m. "Traditional Irish Session" 
The Five Four Bar & Grill
8919 New Falls Road Levittown, PA
(215) 547-5525
Thurs. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ Paula and Sam
Fri. 9 p.m. Kickbax
Sat. 9:30 p.m. EarCandy
The Ivy Inn
248 Nassau Street Princeton
(609) 921-8555
Fri. 10 p.m. Rainbow Fresh
Sat. 10 p.m. DJ Darius the 1st
Tues. 8 p.m. Quizzo w/ Bob E Luv
Wed. 10 p.m. Total Request w/ DJ Rockin' Ron
The Morrisville Tavern
376 West Trenton Avenue Morrisville, PA
(215) 295-5310
Wed. 8 p.m. Trivia Night
The Roost
181 Rte. 539 Cream Ridge
(609) 208-0050
Fri. 8 p.m. Kinded Spiit
The Sycamore Grill
255 North Sycamore Street Newtown, PA
(215) 908-6326
Fri. 8 p.m. Acoustic Dead & Fiends
Sat. 8 p.m. keep The Change
Tir Na Nog
1324 Hamilton Avenue Trenton
(609) 392-2554
Sun. 3 p.m. "Irish Sessions" 
All Shows 21+
Trenton Social 
449 South Broad Street Trenton
(609) 989-7777
Thurs. 5 p.m. "Happy Hour Throwback Thursday"
Sat. 6 p.m. Live Music (TBA)
Mon. 6 p.m. "Monday Night Karaoke" Hosted by Sweets
Tues. 8 p.m. Open Mic Night w/ Tobias & Lea (Sign-ups at 7:30 p.m.)
Wed. 5 p.m. TCAT Makes Art Exhibit
Vault Brewing Company
10 South Main Street Yardley, PA
(267) 573-4291
Fri. 7 p.m. Dave Posmontier Duo
Sat. 7 p.m. Paul Lingerman Trio
Working Dog Winery
610 Windsor Perrineville Road Hightstown
(609) 371-6000
Sat. 12 p.m. Jersey Sure Cats
Sun. 12 p.m. Chris Swatt
WWFM 89.1 FM HD2 Radio
MCCC Old Trenton Road West Windsor
Jazzon2.org
Mon. 7 p.m. "Danny Coleman's Got The Blues"
 


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