ABC Television Network Crowns The New Domestic DivaWritten by F2 Entertainment
Move over Martha Stewart
ABC Television Network Crowns The New Domestic Diva, Or Should We Say, "DIVO"
Hollywood, CA –July 18, 2004 —ABC's new reality TV competition, Great Domestic Showdown, revealed an unexpected winner from a pack of 6 determined domestic competitors. In an under dog victory reminiscent of movie Rocky, real life Italian Stallion and Hollywood event producer Frank Fontana claimed crown of Domestic Divo and is on his way to building a media empire of domestic greatness.
Fontana had this to say about winning show, "I was truly grateful and thrilled, to have won competition. I hope I have inspired people to dream big and take creative chances in their lives.” He goes on to say, "It's about time Macho makes a comeback in lifestyle world, and I am proud to lead that charge."
Each contestant had to prove their skills in decorating, cooking, entertaining, and for final challenge, produced an entire wedding in two days. Judging intense competition were Sandra Lee, host of Food Network's Semi-Homemade; Robert Verdi, host of Discovery Channel's Surprise by Design; and Govind Armstrong, one of LA's top chefs.
To Record or Not To Record - At Home, That IsWritten by Seth Lutnick
I will be honest. I am addicted to music recording. I love moving faders, adjusting levels, panning, reverberating, sequencing, you name it. I especially love all that software, and colorful ways that they show music as a waveform. It is just cool.
And I'm not only one. My cousin has just become hooked as well, and all around globe many many songwriters are falling prey to "Call of Cubase." After all, what once upon a time could break bank, is now easily accessible on our desktops. Every songwriter can record his songs for a pittance. So is this a good thing? And should we all be doing it?
On surface, it's a no-brainer. Well, why not record? It stimulates creativity. It liberates more music from brains of its creators. It puts more pleasure into world. And yet, there is a downside or two to consider when you plan to record your stuff, at least at home.
Natural selection was Darwin's theory, and it applies equally to music as well. I'll be honest, I'm not greatest songwriter. I tend to write stuff that is too long, overly cliched, and requiring vocal range of Luciano Pavarotti mixed with Paul Robeson. Every so often, though, almost despite my best efforts, I'll crank out a beaut. When that happens, it deserves immediate posteritizing (recording for posterity), but, alas, there is a long line of "I-really-shouldn't-record-this-but-why-not-it's-cheap-to-do-it" material in front of it. Each of those will take a good week of work to arrange, record, overdub, mix, master, remix, remaster and burn. Add to that two days of regret after I've listened to atrocious thing, you have 9 days. If I had to pay for a studio, I'd only have gone with winner, and thos eother songs would have thankfully remained mere twinkles in my eye.
That's first thing to consider. It's not for betterment of world to record everything just because you can. With advent of home studio, natural selection process disappeared, and people don't have same pressure to let their material grow, become refined, and be sure that they are going for gold before they start laying down tracks. Always ask yourself if you can do better before you start. Don't let technology cripple creativity with its instant allure.