Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Annie Armen Presents: Tony MacAlpine -- Celebrity Artist ON FIRE (Beat 4)

“As with any true artist, change is the only constant.” ~Tony MacAlpine 

Annie Armen Presents
Artists ON FIRE -- Beat 4

Featuring Celebrity Rock Artist: 
Tony MacAlpine


Direct Link to Audio Archive:
Annie Armen Interviews TONY MACALPINE!

About Tony MacAlpine

He’s been a producer, band member and solo artist. Guitarist Tony MacAlpine, in his 25-year career, has redefined hard rock jazz-fusion for a generation of progressive-minded music fanatics. Whether it’s with the groundbreaking prog-rock band Planet X (with Derek Sherinian of Dream Theater), the jazz-fusion super-group CAB or the band of another guitar hero Steve Vai, MacAlpine has set the bar exceedingly high.   

On June 21, this most anticipated all-instrumental masterpiece Tony MacAlpine (Favored Nations Entertainment) was released, his 13 solo album (and 26th album over-all). The album contains 12 tracks of complex, intricate heavy music that demands concentration. It is a true solo album in every sense of the word. Drummers Virgil Donati and Marco Minnemann, as well as bassist Philip Bynoe are utilized on various tracks. MacAlpine plays everything else: seven-string guitar, eight-string guitar, keyboards, bass and programming.  

Written and recorded at “The Cottage” studio in Pasadena, California, MacAlpine has blended jazz-fusion, metal, prog and rock’n’roll into a tightlywound trip of mammoth proportions. "My music is instrumental guitar-oriented heavy rock with a fusion flair," he explains. "Having started with classical piano since the age of five, I've been exposed to many genres and styles from contemporary to the Romantic and Classical periods. This early development helped me define my writing and improvisation which is evident in my sound today. My guitar playing encompasses many different styles, with an emphasis on composition and theater."   More at

During this Interview, you will hear the following 5 songs from Tony:
1.  Etude #4, Opus #10 (Chopin piece, from Tony's Maximum Security Album)
2.  Fire Mountain (From Tony's New, Self-titled album just released -- Tony MacAlpine)
3.  Chromaticity (from Tony's album -- Chromaticity)
4.  The King's Cup (from Tony's album -- Maximum Security)
5.  Angel of Twilight (From Tony's New, Self-titled album just released -- Tony MacAlpine)

Buckle up, and enjoy a shredder of a MacAlpine ride on The Annie Armen Show, coming up NEXT!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Annie Armen Show Presents: Heart 2 Heart with Artists ON FIRE!

"There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other."  ~Douglas Everett

Annie Armen Presents
Heart 2 Heart with Artists ON FIRE

Featured Guest Artists

Sam Amazyan (Washington)
John "JP" Iris (France)
Don Coleman (Canada)
Puguh Kribo

When:  Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Time:  3pm Pacfic | 6pm Eastern
Where:  Annie Armen Show

Did You Miss Artists ON FIRE, Beats 1 - 3?

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Please post your comments below, we would love to hear from you.
~Annie Armen

Thursday, July 14, 2011

What IS the Right Price and WHY?

Stuck on a Book Project?  Consult with Annie Armen, Communications Artist
Remember the old classic game show, “The Price is Right, hosted by Bob Barker?” 

Here’s a scenario for you…Let me know your thoughts in the “comments” section below, at the end of this article.  It will be interesting to see what "prices" you come up with after you've had a chance to read through this piece.


Place yourself in the shoes of an author who not only writes articles, but also writes business books.  Now, you’ve composed and self-published several hardbacks, but there is this one comprehensive manuscript you just completed, that you find so practical, so tactical that you genuinely believe and know, there is no other published work out there which contains “usable information now” you’re about to unleash into the business world.  Your written masterpiece will save so many business professionals, years of heart aches and pitfalls you experienced.  So far so good…right?

Houston, we Have a Problem … I’m Stuck!!!
Here you are about to blast off with your comprehensive book to the public, but you’re stuck on “pricing” because unlike your other collections, this particular masterpiece contains over 600 pages of both relatable and actionable tips spelled out in simplicity and clarity, which will serve as a daily road map for small business owners and entrepreneurs throughout.  So you hire a professional business consultant for guidance.  The consultant says, “Start off by selling your book as an e-version at $XX.99”… 

You immediately ask yourself, “What is my goal … to sell books or to get the book out there to as many people as possible with the intention of getting hired to speak and educate the masses?”  Once you targeted your goal, you replied with the price of $X.99 as a reasonable and fair value because you know this will be a book folks will use daily for their immediate business needs.
Now That You Have the Scenario… I ask you…
What do YOU believe IS the right price for a comprehensive “E-Book” of Business of over 600 pages, and WHY?

Better yet, what price would you be willing to pay for an E-version of a comprehensive business book and WHY?

Fire away,
~Annie Armen

Friday, July 1, 2011

Are You Tempted to Quit?

Engage Annie Armen to Speak at Your Next Event on the Topic of NEVER GIVE UP |
"Dive into your soul
Search and you will find
The answers to all your doubts
The priceless gift of who you are!
Don’t give up, believe in yourself,
You are blessed, to exist,
So put your talents to the test!

You are meant to be, can’t you see,
You have a legacy, Unstoppable be!" 
~ Annie Armen, The Communications Artist

Dear WHY Annie Armen Readers:

Perhaps this message may be one of Divine intervention for some of you who are intrinsically fighting off the temptation to quit, whether in your personal lives or in your professional lives.  Perhaps you may be at the very edge of that choice, and you are "hoping" for a sign, a message from someone, from somewhere, anything that can keep your inner candle of "hope" lit for just a little longer until your dream morphs into tangible reality, right before your very eyes.

In the past month alone, I have received many emails requesting for prayers!  Know I am carrying each of you who have asked in daily prayers, and believe with all my heart that answers for you are around the corner!  Until such time, dear friends -- NEVER GIVE UP -- no matter what!  If you know of someone who needs to be nourished in mind and heart with this message, please pay it forward, thank you. 

Message on Time
Over 10 years ago, on my very first LIVE television show produced in Los Angeles, I read the message of "Don't Quit" by Annon.  My prayer is that when you read this message today, you will be renewed in Faith, your spirit will be uplifted, your heart will be filled with HOPE, and in mind, you will choose NOT TO QUIT!!!  The fact that you are receiving this message IS your answer, confirming your inner instinct to stay on course and go all the way!

That said, let's jump start the month of July, on this first day, with unwavering hope, with unshakeable faith, and with unstoppable action!

By Annon

"When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh.
When care is pressing you down a bit.
Rest if you must, But don't you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learn,
And many a person turns about,
When they might have won, had they stuck it out.
Don't give up though the pace seems slow.
You may succeed with another blow.

Often strugglers have given up
When you might have captured the victor's cup,
And you learned too late when the night came down,
How close you were to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out,
The silver tint of the cloud of doubt.

So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit,
It's when things seem worst that you
Mustn't Quit!"

Now... are you tempted to quit? 

Please post your comments below...

~Annie Armen

List of Articles and Quotes you may Find of Interest: 
1. Did You Say, Can't?
2. 30 Quotes on HOPE in Business and in Life!
3. 20 Quotes on COURAGE in Business and in Life!

4. 30 Quotes on ENCOURAGEMENT in Business and in Life!
5. 20 Quotes on PERSEVERANCE in Business and in Life! 
6. 20 Quotes on GO FOR IT in Business and in Life!
7. 30 Quotes on COMMITMENT in Business and in Life!
8. 30 Quotes on CONFIDENCE in Business and in Life!
9. Are You Leaving Your AUTHENTIC Mark?

10. Are You Working With a Resistant Employee?   
11. That Does it... I've Had Just About Enough of This!
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