Book Promo: Elvis: Destined to Die Young

The Untold Story of Elvis Presley’s
Heartbreaking Health Struggles

The world lost Elvis Presley on August 16, 1977, when he was just 42 years old. News reports painted him as bloated and unconscious on his bathroom floor, leaving devastated fans with a graphic, tarnished final image of their shiny idol from Tupelo. Toxicology reports confirmed that he was overloaded with prescription medications — just another cliché, a rock star who popped one too many pills.

Historian and author Sally Hoedel, however, doesn’t see Elvis as a cautionary tale of self-destruction. Instead, she sees a man who struggled, every day, to survive.

In her compelling, thought-provoking new release, Elvis: Destined to Die Young, Hoedel offers factual and scientific data, plus never-before-published information she gained by interviewing people who personally knew Elvis, to dive deep into his struggles with multiple chronic health conditions.

Hoedel examines Elvis Presley — devoted son, husband, father and friend — while plowing through the negative hype and legendary myths surrounding the man. Elvis’ downward spiral of health struggles is intertwined with his life story, and for the first time, it is revealed that he suffered from disease in nine of eleven bodily systems. Five of those disease processes, Hoedel finds, were present from birth. She expertly puts all of this into historical context, pointing out differences in medical treatments and protocols for the time.

Hoedel’s extensive research provides answers to lingering questions about his death and dispels the long-held theory that abuse of prescription drugs is what killed Elvis. Readers may be surprised to learn that, based on Elvis Presley’s family history and the genes he was dealt, nothing could have saved the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. The result is a totally fresh, unique, humanizing approach to Elvis.

“I wrote this book because I genuinely believe this is a story that Elvis would want known,” Hoedel says. “He needed to be a strong American male while he was alive, and he hid his pain and his body’s weaknesses. Yet, he always knew he was just like everyone else: human. I believe he would be OK with everyone now understanding just how human he was. He struggled but he tried. My only hope for this labor of love is that it makes someone stop and think about Elvis just a little bit differently. He deserves it.”

Sally A. Hoedel, a lifelong Elvis fan and historian, has a journalism degree from Michigan State University and is co-owner of Character Development and Leadership, a curriculum business. She lives in Northern Michigan with her husband and their four daughters.

For more information, please visit, or follow the author on Facebook at

Elvis: Destined to Die Young

Publisher: Elvis Author, LLC
Release Date: December 14, 2020
ISBN-10: 1-7336526-1-2
ISBN-13: 978-1-7336526-1-2
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Book Promo: Woof! A Love Story of Dogs, Music, and Life

The Enduring Love Between 2 People And The 17 Dogs
They Shared Life With Is Memorialized In Woof!

In Woof! A Love Story of Dogs, Music, and Life, Robert Freeman shares heartfelt stories of the 17 wonderful dogs that shared the 42 happy years he spent with his wife Carol.  Filled with beautiful photography, the book reflects on his marriage, his remarkable career in music, and the joy he and his wife received from the canine companions who accompanied them on their journey through life.

Freeman was a music school director when he fell in love with his assistant, Carol. Throughout their union they created a loving home for 17 dogs, all of which are featured through striking photography between the covers of Woof! This book is a celebration of true love — between people and between people and animals — and beautifully relates the eternal truth that the world would be a better place if everyone simply took good care of each other.

Author Robert Freeman is a musicologist, Steinway artist, and a professional musician. Over 42 years of marriage to his wife, Carol, he has been the proud master of 17 dogs — 11 of them golden retrievers, six of them American dogs. Having made tenure at MIT, he directed the Eastman School of Music for 24 years, presided over the New England Conservatory for three, and served as dean of the College of Fine Arts at the University of Texas in Austin for seven. He is also the author of the highly praised The Crisis of Classical Music in America. For the Eastman School’s website honoring Freeman, please visit

WOOF!  A Love Story of Dogs, Music, and Life
Page Publishing
Released: April 30, 2019
ISBN-10: 164462673X
ISBN-13: 978-1644626733
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Catskills Cabaret at Neve Shalom featuring Kenny Ellis

Kenny Ellis is perfectly at home performing at a Catskill’s resort, The Copacabana, The Improv, the Miami Beach club scene, a kibbutz, army camp or the national radio in Israel – or the stage in any synagogue here or abroad. With early career years spent working his way through the New York performing arts scene, from Broadway to upstate, Ellis counts singing with Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach z”l at the Roosevelt Hotel as one of the highlights of his career.

Ellis is most well known for his 2005 Hanukkah Swings CD, still a consistent top seller in its category on Amazon Music. “Part of my life’s work has been discovering new entertaining avenues to show what Jewish life can be. [The CD] is a celebration of Jewish life and music, not just for people of our culture and faith, but for everybody,” Ellis says of this work.

When he’s not performing or teaching, the Philadelphia-born Ellis serves as the cantor at Temple Beth Ami in Santa Clarita, CA (Los Angeles area), where he has worked since 2010. Prior to Temple Beth Ami, he was the cantor at Temple Beth Haverim in Agoura Hills, CA for 15 years.

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See SAFAM, April 3 in Metuchen NJ


Sunday, April 3, 2016 • 24 Adar II 5776

6:30 PM – 9:30 PM     Neve Shalom Ballroom

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Using Music To Bridge The Gap In A Troubled World

Throughout life we see where music serves as the universal language. Osseily Hanna traveled the world in search of musicians who believe music is the catalyst to bridge gaps between people and cultures. Music and Coexistence: A Journey across the World in Search of Musicians Making a Difference tells of Hanna’s extraordinary journey and his efforts to bring people together peacefully through the world of music.  (-Ascot Media Group)

Music And Coexistence: Using Music To Bridge The Gap Between Nations In A Troubled World

The power of music is legendary. Not too long ago, one musician decided to ask the question – and then set out to find the answer by traveling the globe: can music help bridge gaps between people? The answer proved a resounding “yes,” and for proof author Osseily Hanna offers his fascinating book, Music and Coexistence: A Journey across the World in Search of Musicians Making a Difference (Rowman & Littlefield Publishing).

What at first seemed a simple question soon proved not so simple. “Musicians from across the world helped me get closer to answering this question,” says Osseily Hanna, the author. “I wanted to find musicians who break boundaries and traditional modes of thinking to create a ray of hope.”

He found them building bridges through music in a world where animosities are all too visible. “On everyone’s mind presently are conflicts in Syria, Iraq, and between Russia and Ukraine, but we know these will keep shifting. This past summer it was Gaza; before then it was Darfur. What I’m tapping is something bigger, looking at the ways music breaks down the walls nations and sometimes even communities work so hard to erect.”

Music and Coexistence explores the courageous work of musicians who compose and perform with their ostensible enemies or in extraordinary social situations. Hanna documents the political and economic constraints faced by musicians, from the wall that encloses a refugee camp in Jerusalem, to the tensions among KFOR and Carabinieri peacekeepers who keep Serbs and Kosovar Albanians apart, to the cultural and linguistic suppression that afflicts minority communities in Turkey.

Hanna talks to the individuals and groups at the forefront of the effort to bridge ethnic, cultural, and religious divisions. Featuring musicians from thirteen different countries and territories across five continents, Hanna’s story includes a remarkable cadre of performers. These include the musicians who comprise Heartbeat, a group of Israeli and Palestinian youth, who compose, record, and perform music together; the Albino musicians of Tanzania, who regularly combat persecution by local shamans; the multiracial and thriving samba musicians in Sao Paolo, and a former child soldier from Cambodia who seeks to revive traditional music following the genocide in the 1970s.

With photos taken by the author during his travels, this work is a remarkable intersection of world music and peace studies. It will open the eyes and the hearts of every musician and music lover who recognizes music as a universal language. The companion film was recently screened at the Amnesty International Film Festival in Vancouver.

Osseily Hanna was born in London, where he began violin lessons at the age of eight and played with the North London Symphony Orchestra in 2005. He gave up a successful career in global financial markets in 2011 to develop Music and Coexistence as a film and book project. Fluent in English and Spanish, he has also studied Arabic, French, Italian, and Turkish.

For more information, visit:

Music and Coexistence: A Journey across the World
in Search of Musicians Making a Difference

Rowman & Littlefield Publishing
978-1-4422-3753-7 (Hardback)
978-1-4422-3754-4 (eBook)

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Amazon Kindle
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Warriors of the East 2014 Tour Schedule

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Warriors east schedule

CALL IT HOME (appearances)

Aug 07 The Vibe Lounge
w/ Etienne Sin, Nev…
Rockville Centre, NY
Aug 08 The Cave
w/ Etienne Sin, Nev…
West Haven, CT
Aug 09 SIMONS 677
w/ Etienne Sin, Nev…
Providence, RI
Aug 10 The Vet Center
w/ Etienne Sin, Nev…
Windham, ME
Aug 12 Anchors Up
w/ Etienne Sin, Nev…
Haverhill, MA
Aug 13 The Haunt
w/ Etienne Sin, Nev…
Ithaca, NY
Aug 14 Planet Trog
w/ Etienne Sin, Nev…
Allentown, PA
Aug 16 VFW
w/ Etienne Sin, Nev…
Berkeley Heights, NJ
Aug 17 The Voltage Lounge
w/ Etienne Sin, Nev…
Philadelphia, PA

Call It Home is a 5 piece Hardcore band from Long Island, New York. They began writing in the beginning of August 2012 and plan to bring a different sound to the current music scene in hopes to progress into something bigger than they are now. The band combines the styles of hard hitting, heavy breakdowns and poppy singing to create a sound many listeners can enjoy.

Pick up the new CALL IT HOME EP on iTunes!

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2014 Susy Schwartz Concert, Sunday May 4 at 7PM, Metuchen NJ

Congregation Neve Shalom’s
24th Annual Susy Schwartz
Memorial Scholarship
Fund Benefit Concert

Julie SilverJulie Silver Takes the
2014 Susy Schwartz Concert Stage
on May 4 at 7:00 PM

Purchase tickets online.

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Join friends, fellow congregants and fans of all ages on May 4 at 7 PM when Julie Silver graces our stage with her angelic voice and inspired compositions. As Craig Taubman puts it: “Julie is more than an entertainer; she is a muse, a presence, and a spirit that stays with you long after the show has ended.”

With roots in Massachusetts, Julie was leading raucous song sessions throughout the Reform Jewish movement and playing coffeehouses in and around Boston by age 18. Eventually, she would become one of the most sought-after song leaders in the country, a favorite with Jewish and secular audiences alike. Without backing from a major label, Julie has sold more than 100,000 copies of her CDs. Among her recording milestones is the success of “It’s Chanukah Time,” a CD recorded in 2007, which was the first Jewish holiday CD produced exclusively for the Barnes and Noble bookstore chain and the ONLY Jewish album to ever be recognized on Billboard, peaking at #5 in 2009.

Julie’s performance marks our 24th annual Susy Schwartz Memorial Scholarship Fund concert and continues our tradition of bringing the Jewish music world’s best and brightest acts to Neve Shalom. The goal of the fund is to raise money to give each Bar or Bat Mitzvah a “Passport to Israel.” Each child now receives a voucher for $1,000, which may be redeemed towards any trip to Israel that has an educational component, taken between ninth grade and the end of college. High school students are also eligible to receive an additional $1,000 from the Jewish Federation of Greater Middlesex County.

Primary funding for the Passport to Israel program comes from this annual concert event. So, on behalf of the next generation of Jews we are nurturing to love and support Israel, we urge you to consider becoming a Benefactor ($200) or Patron ($100) of the Concert. General admission is also unchanged at $20 for adults ($25 if purchased at the door), and $12 for children under 12. Free babysitting will once again be available by preregistration.

Please call Rita at Neve Shalom at 732-548-2238, ext 18 if you need additional information. This year’s concert chairs are Rena Kallman and Barbara Du-Bois.

Tickets ordered after April 27 will be held for pickup at the desk on concert day.

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Neve Shalom   ~   250 Grove Avenue   ~    Metuchen NJ 08840


Long Island Teen Female Singer Sets Sights on Pop Stardom with Latest Effort

Oyster Bay, NY (December 10, 2013) – Musician and songwriter Charlie Dane announced today that her new single “This One” is now available on iTunes by following the link here:

The song, which was once again produced by Don Chaffin (The Doors, Foreigner, Vanilla Fudge) at his DCity Studios, is a radio ready anthem that showcases the powerhouse pipes and songwriting prowess that people across the country have come to expect from Charlie Dane. One could say this track is a big step forward in the maturation process of this rising star, who just finished a slate of shows on Long Island this past month at the Cedar Beach Blues Festival, on the main Harry Chapin stage at the Huntington Fall Festival and for her 4th straight year at Oyster Bay’s Oyster Festival.

Ranging in musical styles from rock and roll, to blues, jazz, funk and more, Charlie has cemented herself as one of the fastest rising independent female singer/songwriters in America. She has tirelessly spent 2013 pushing her debut record “Dreamland”, performing with top names like Kenny Wayne Shepard, at showcases like the SXSW Festival, and in as far reaching a place as Hawaii to get herself noticed, with more of the same planned to promote this latest offering.

For more information on Charlie Dane please visit


The career of Charlie Dane has truly seen strong upward movement over the past several years; recently she was chosen as one of the seven youth artist Finalists aged 13 to 20 from across the country who contributed original songs to the non-profit PAVE the Way Project which raises awareness of dating violence alongside their peers. The winning artist performed in a recording of a new song written by GRAMMY Award winner Salvador Santana, collaborating alongside his father GRAMMY Award winner, Carlos Santana.

In 2012 she joined the world class lineup for the 8th annual Mountain Jam Festival at Hunter Mountain, NY headlined by Allman Brothers Band guitarist Warren Haynes and Gov’t Mule and the legendary Steve Winwood from Traffic and Blind Faith with performances by Michael Franti & Spearhead, Dawes, and the Tedeschi Trucks Band among others. The past two summers, Charlie has been playing at music festivals such as South by Southwest, Gathering of the Vibes, Great South Bay Music Festival, Equifunk, the Clearwater Music Festival, the Flood City Music Festival, the 27 and 28th Annual Oyster Festivals as well as for Camps-R-Us and Girl Scout Summer Camps and the Westfield and Simon Malls.

She has also wowed audiences across NYC, opening up for Eric Krasno at Sullivan Hall, for Papa Grows Funk at Hiro Ballroom (at a benefit to help Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang Camp), and for members of The Radiators – playing as Raw Oyster Cult at AOA. Additionally, Charlie has appeared on stage as a duet with the great George Porter Jr and the Runnin Pardners and has been invited back several times to the legendary Bitter End from the recognition that she received at their “Chick Singer Night” series.