Meeting New Friends At PLA MEDIA

It was just by accident that I was there. My friend, Norm, introduced me to Pamela Lewis, President and CEO of PLA MEDIA. She was gracious and welcoming.

There was a special event at their offices this evening and they were kind enough to let me join in the fun. Because of the ASCAP Awards that are going on this week there are lots of folks in town. Eric and Mike from Unconventional Media South, who just opened a new office here in Nashville, Wallace Earl Cook, for Clean Country Comedy, Christopher Bricca from Open Book Films, John Munn from What If Productions, Felipe De Las Rosa from Checo Records, Marie Pizano-Firtik from Urok Music Management with the Mulch Brothers, 'DW', producer & director of One Horse Productions and Melissa Manchester, one of my inspirations.

There were more, so many more, that I met with whom I shared ideas. And then Mark from PLA MEDIA sat down with me and we talked about their company. It didn't take much more to convince me that these are a great group of people and I felt very lucky to have fallen into this evening's event.

Thank you Norm, for your introduction. I do believe there are no accidents!

Wishing you all a Happy Halloween!  In celebration, from now until October 31, anyone who orders an album from CD Baby will receive a complimentary autographed photo. 

All the best!

Sandy Kastel's new album 'This Time Around' is available online at CD Baby and in record stores everywhere.

Bluebird Cafe

When I was in Nashville last week I went to the Bluebird Cafe for the ASCAP presentation of Ten Ten Music with Robert Ellis Orral, Angaleena Presley, Mary Gauthier and Angela Kaset.    It was great! Bob kicked off the show saying he often is writing songs that evolve around 'I'm Sorry, I Messed Up', and shared his funny, 'God Didn't Make No Beer Tree' & from a teenage boy's perspective, 'Don't Drag My Christmas Down'.  Angeleena and Mary bantered back and forth about their serious subject songs with Angeleena singing 'Lord Rang a Bell', 'When Tennessee is Through With Me' and Mary's 'I Drink' & 'Good-bye Could be My Family Name'.  Angela Kasat, who just recently joined ASCAP, has been with Ten Ten Music for over 20 years sang crowd favorites 'Peace In This House' & 'Jesus with the Light Brown Hair'.  Then Robert sang his song 'Al Gore' that he said is being played on YouTube repeatedly. Angeleena sang a current hit in Australia that she and Robert wrote together, the very poignant 'Look It Up'.  Mary finished with 'Mercy Now' and Angela finished with 'Christmas in New York'.

So, if you are a fan of hearing the songs right from the songwriters lips... I really encourage you check out the venues that offer you the opportunity in your community and when in Nashville check out the famous Bluebird Cafe where you will always find great music!

Jimmy Christy

One of my very close friends, Jimmy Christy, is in the hospital as the result of a heart attack.  He has to get a multiple bi-pass operation.  We were just in the studio last week when I was in Nashville with my mom.  We were putting the finishing touches on a couple of songs we wrote together.  He seemed fine and now, boom, he is in the hospital looking at one of the operations that is effecting many of our friends and family these days.  He is a prolific songwriter and a wonderful person.  Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers as he goes through this trying time.  Thank you, Sandy.

Jamie La Ritz, Sandy Kastel, Jimmy Christy
Jamie La Ritz, Sandy Kastel, Jimmy Christy

Jimmy Christy & My mom, Wanda Kastel
Jimmy Christy & My mom, Wanda Kastel

Sunny California

Hi, Everyone!

I'm here in sunny California this week. First stop was Santa Monica to check out the waves and my friends. We got together to work on a new song for my upcoming cd. Next stop was Burbank to check in on the post-production for the new movie. It is FUNNY, FUNNY, FUNNY! They showed me a clip of me singing one of my new songs, SLOW BURN, that I co-wrote with my girlfriend, Dolly Coulter. We filmed it at the ICE HOUSE in Pasadena last month. Yesterday I had a meeting with a really fabulous singer/songwriter/producer (name undisclosed at this time). If everything works out we will be in the studio this summer! I am so excited. Can't wait to get started!


Nashville Songwriters Festival

Hi, Gang! I am going to be singing at the Nashville Songwriters Festival this weekend. Here are the dates and times: Friday 12:30 am (midnight) & Saturday 11:15 pm @ Pro Instructors Classes Stage 50 Music Square West (Across from GAC building, on corner of Chet Atkins Pl. Tall 9 story bldg. Nashville,TN 37203, Sunday 6:45 pm WebCast Stage @ the Sure Fire Music Parking Lot 60 Music Square West Nashville, TN 37203.

Come on down and join us. There will be lots of great music! Sandy


I just went to see my friends, Dolly Coulter, Kathy Arionoff and Corrie Sacks in the hit show HATS at Harrah's in Las Vegas.  Joining me were my mom Wanda Kastel, sister Linda Garza and friends Tanja Nikolic Nobert, Terry Ritter and Patricia Watson.  Based on the ladies in the Red Hat Society the music and lyrics were a collaborative effort by such artists as Melissa Manchester and Pam Tillis among others.  The songs are hilarious as they take you on one woman's journey into the joys of turning 50 during the birthday party given her by her friends.  If you love to laugh this is a show for you.  My photos are below.

Time To Get Up!

Time to Get up!
Good Morning, Everyone,

How are we today? Just get up? Well, it's time to get up and run, don't walk, to that treadmill, bicycle, swimming pool, yoga class, pilates or dance class, whatever it is, whether you are ready to shed a few pounds or just tone up the body. It doesn't take too much, just the commitment to do something every day.

That's right, up and at it! No sitting around today! Put that DVD in the TV and get started! No DVD? No VCR? Okay, how about putting on your running shoes or bicycle and taking a 'spin' around the neighborhood?

Don't stop to think about it, just do it. By the time you come up with enough excuses not to, you can already be back at your house doing your stretches. That's right, don't forget about warming up those muscles before you start and stretching them out when you're finished. 30 minutes, that's all it takes!

Today, for me it's 5 minutes of waking up my muscles with a few warm-ups, then a 3 mile bike ride around the neighborhood, taking the stairs two at a time up to the gym to work on my arms with 5 & 8 lb. weights (to tighten up those tricepts, build those biceps and define those deltoids). Then down on the floor to do sit-ups! As Sharon Stone says, "'When girls ask about my abs, I tell them 'sit-ups'." She says she does 300 sit-ups a day' Whew!

Whatever it takes! That's my motto! But within reason, also.

Oh, remember, we are all beautiful. Each of us has our own unique shape. Be kind to yourself and keep that in mind when setting your goals. Be flexible. You may have to adjust each day with this new routine, but keep working with it and you will find that you can achieve your goals.

Our body is our friend, as is our mind and our spirit. Nurture them as you would a loved one and encourage them as you would a friend.

Now, enough talk, get away from the computer, you don't need to answer all of those emails, yet. Get up and get going. Let me know how you do! I'll be looking forward to hearing from you!

Lots of Love and Encouragement are coming your way!


Sandy Kastel Kindle Contest Rules

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My Video from Dirty Jokes - The Movie

Here is my new video from "Dirty Jokes the Movie".
- Watch Sandy Kastel - Slow Burn - The Video
- View Pictures with the "Dirty Jokes" cast!

It was a blast working in the film. It's hilarious with over 70 comedians including the producer and director, Murray Langston, The Unknown Comic best known for his comic performances on The Gong Show, who appeared in Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, The Midnight Special, The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour, The Hudson Brothers Razzle Dazzle Show, The Wolfman Jack Show, and The Bobby Vinton Show, Real People. He produced The Unknown Comedy Hour for Playboy TV, followed by The Sex and Violence Family Hour, starring a very young Jim Carrey. He also wrote the screenplays for the films Night Patrol (1984), Up Your Alley (1988), and Wishful Thinking (1997), and was co-host of "The NEW Truth or Consequences" (1987). He most recently reappeared as The Unknown Comic in the film Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. Vic Dunlop-appeared on the "The Richard Pryor Show", Showtime, HBO and The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson., Michael S. Deluise-Son of Dom De Luise, appeared in the 1979 film Hot Stuff, Fox hit series 21 Jump Street, Gilmore Girls, CSI:NY, Lost, and Stargate SG-1, Kip Adotta-featured on The Tonight Show Show, Make Me Laugh, The Dr. Demento Show, Andie Valentino- February Penthouse Magazine Playmate, Robby Rist-Played Oliver on the Brady Bunch, Eddie Mecca-Played Carmen in Lavern and Shirley, Kato Kaelin-National Lampoon's Dorm Daze, Eye for an Eye, X-Play. Sunset Tan, Blue Iris-appears regularly on Howard Stern, Bruce Baum-has appeared in The Stockard Channing Show, Growing Pains, Full House, and Northern Exposure, The Simpsons, guest-starring with Jay Leno, Janene Garofalo, Steven Wright, and Bobcat Goldthwait in the episode "The Last Temptation of Krust" and Make Me Laugh, Brad Williams-Mind of Mencia, appeared on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Comedy Central, Brad Williams-The Carlos Mencia Show.


New Comedy Project

'I know it's been awhile, but I have been working on a new project writing songs for an independent comedy. Can't say much now. There are more than 50 comedians on the project and I make a cameo appearance singing one of my original songs. I will keep you posted.'