They All Started Somewhere…

I am what you would call an avid music lover. On any given day you can find me listening to anything from Thirty Seconds To Mars, Filter, Frank Sinatra, Neil Diamond, Pantera or Barbara Streisand (just to name a few). There are few genres that fail to please me, but at the core of it, I always go back to rock. Lately though I find myself searching for more to feed my musical ear, and it is in some local talents that I have been finding what I need. I think a good portion of us tend to forget that our local music scenes are continually buzzing with new and exciting things, especially here in Detroit.

Easily one of my favorites right now is The Derby Girls, a new emerging band of bright, talented “kids” (because at 38 everyone under 30 becomes a kid to you) from an area we all like to refer to as Downriver. The energy displayed when they take the stage is fierce. I love that they perform 98% original music, with only one or two covers thrown in for good measure. There’s a vibe reminiscent of The White Stripes, yet something of its own, allowing them to stand out from many other performers I’ve seen in the past. I highly recommend giving them a listen at, which you can do at and I definitely recommend catching them live! I have yet to hear someone say they were disappointed with a (The) Derby Girls  show. In fact, the consensus has been the same…impressive, original, entertaining, and worth every ounce of time and money spent!

So take a moment and show your support. Remember, all of our favorite artists had to start somewhere, and I would be exceptionally pleased to see The Derby Girls achieve their dreams and goals.



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Greetings! I guess you're here to find out who I am...looks like we're in the same boat. I have been writing poetry since I was 16, not because I thought it was a "cool thing to do", but because if I didn't my head would have exploded. With a multitude of words billowing through my brain, I had no other choice but to let them out. Some have been funny, many have been sad, but mostly, they've been guideposts. Unfortunately, I do not write as much as I would like to, but I hope to rectify that. Aside from poetry, I dabble in novel-writing. I have many ideas jotted down, some of them I've started, and maybe one day I will actually get one finished (if I just didn't have to worry about working, paying bills, and simple basic survival). I spend a lot of my time supporting my kids dreams. My daughter is a musician, and my son is an athlete, so between music gigs and school sporting events, my time is pretty much consumed...but I love every single moment of it!! I am also passionate about environmental issues; always looking for ways to lend a hand. Currently, I have an Etsy shop where I sell crocheted items that I have personally made. A portion of the proceeds are going to be donated to two of my favorite charities; Mission Blue and Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation. You can learn more at Other than that, I love to travel! I hope to see as much of the world as possible. There is so much more out there than just where we are, and I feel it is a gift that we should not take for granted. Once upon a time I was a runner (though some may have called it jogging with enthusiasm), but my Achilles decided it didn't like that anymore so now we walk. I'm beginning to venture into yoga, which so far has been a pleasant experience, and if time will permit, I would like to start doing some hiking. I also love music and going to concerts, coffee is my best friend, and over thinking is my worst enemy. So that's pretty much me in a nutshell. Nothing too fancy or exciting, just a 40-something still trying to figure it all out. I hope you enjoy my ramblings. g. P. S. Remember, "Agree to disagree, for not one person is ever truly right."

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