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Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Early August notes on the amazing Esmée Denters, who's living the dream
catching-up with friends overseas, watch some
foreign TV and newscasts and videos on my to-do list
-with legal pad nearby for copious notes- as well
as listen to any music videos that my 'inner circle,'
domestic and overseas, thinks are worth a listen to,
especially if they happened to have recently caught
them in person in a club somewhere and can now
vouch for how they sound LIVE, the ultimate test.
So, that said, having the AT&T server down this
whole weekend -well, me and about 10,000 other
people in South Florida I'm told- not only really
put me behind-schedule on my blog posts and
disrupted my routine, but combined with the scorching
hot weather that was near unbearable at times,
really put me in a bad mood for days, as my computer
just stood there mocking me, like it didn't have a care
in the world.
Which explains in part how I came to have time to
actually watch all three of the late inning and exciting
heroics-filled Marlins-Cubs games on TV this weekend,
after late afternoon pit stops for some cold coffee drinks
and intensive newspaper-reading at the Starbucks and
Panera's in Hallandale Beach, and the Seattle's Best
located in the Borders Books in Aventura, the first
time for the latter, despite how many times I've
been in there since they added that to the retail mix
last year or the year before.
So, as to Esmée Denters, not to say I told you so,
but, well, I did.
Last year I told many of you out there reading this blog
now, via email, whether old friends or former colleagues
from IU or work, or just folks who discovered me and my
blogs thru the blogosphere while looking for something
else, and thought enough to drop me a line, that despite
some of your beliefs that she'd turn out to be nothing
more than a flavor-of-the-month, even before there was
ever anything of note about her in, say, Entertainment
Weekly, Esmée is showing rather conclusively that she
is here to stay..
That she is, to quote, well, myself, "the real deal."
The first video is self-explanatory, as she spends some
time with her voice coach, David Stroud, after being a
little under-the-weather, and then follows Esmée as she
and her band members lay down some tracks in LA
for the acoustic version of "Outta Here."
After watching this, click the button on the upper-right
of the video and listen to the acoustic version of
"Outta Here" and judge for yourself if the final version
sounds like what you expected
The second video is the long version of EPK, which is
sort of a, well, a mini-C.V. of her amazing story thus far
and how she came to be where she is now, living her
dream, but with the talent and hard work to keep it
Insert world-famous Casey Kasem maxim here, right?
I told you last year she was silly talented -and such
Here's more proof of that, as if it was needed.
Not to over-analyze or philosophize but I only wish
that more American singers had Esmée's 'grounded'
personality and strong work-ethic, since there are
so many terribly annoying, no-talent singers I
regularly spot on TV and in magazines who have
achieved attention despite their seeming lack of
Esmée's talent is self-evident, which is part of the
reason why she resonated with people all over the
world and made fans so easily.
It also explains why industry insiders, like Justin
Timberlake, are so drawn to her -there's no
denying that amazing voice of hers.
And she wants to get better and is willing to listen.
Plus, her appealing personality is intoxicating,
like a new best friend you want to spend lots of
After watching this, click the button on the
upper-right of the video and try the acoustic
version of "Outta Here"
In some ways, I actually prefer this version.
As always, more Esmée is just a click away
for a long time.
#HOLLYWOODFL based photographer and entrepreneur Esther Chuang with Hollywood Mayor-elect Josh Levy
Thumbs up! What a night! #HOLLYWOODFL based photographer and entrepreneur Esther Chuang with a very elated Hollywood Mayor-elect Josh Levy at his Victory Party, held at Leo Anato's Atelier3/AT3 on Harrison Street & S. 19th Avenue, Hollywood. AT3's great environment and the amazing variety of food prepared by chef Kevin Dreifuss, former owner/chef of ENDS MEAT restaurant, was SUPERB! November 8, 2016
Last night at #election2016 #party in #hollywood #city. Congratulations #joshlevy #newmayor #hollywoodcity. Privileged to be with the #sunsentinel #sunsentinelnewspaper #photographer #makeamericagreatagain #neverforget #anighttoremember #life #liberty #pursuitofhappiness #blessed #yourphotographer #miamiphotography #photography #proudtobeamerican ����
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Esther Chuang, Morro Dois Irmãos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2015
Above, perhaps my most-favorite photo ever of Esther, which is really saying something considering the THOUSANDS that I've actually seen of her, from all over the world. But despite the fact that you can't actually see it here, trust me, her amazing smile and inner and external beauty are there. This photo is an even more amazing achievement when you know the backstory of what it took for Esther to get to the top of the mountain, since it's NOT for the faint of heart. Next time you see her, ask her about that! Morro Dois Irmãos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on her birthday, July 10, 2015. That's the Christ The Redeemer statue way out in the horizon on the top of another mountain, to the left of her head. �� In case you forgot what the Christ the Redeemer statue looks like, up close, here's another Brazilian beauty to connect-the-dots for you: Gisele Bündchen, aka @Gisele.
Today is the day. Today is a celebration. Today is my day. Today, I hiked, I photographed, and I explored. Today I choose to love. Today I'm happy. Today I'm blessed. Today is my birthday. Today is a special day for you and me. #birthdaygirl #birthday #birthdaymonth #brazil #braziltrip #rio #theview #livingthelife #lifeisgood #morro #rio #praia #travel #miami #miamigirl #luckygirl #loveisintheair #justdoit #artist #photographer #photography #taiwan #beautiful #vacation #viajar #instagood #smile #dreambig #wishes #true
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Forbes estimates Gisele Bundchen will make $15.2M this year. Tom Brady will make $15M ($1 salary, $14M bonus) + likely another $8M off field for a couple total of $38.2M. pic.twitter.com/tWiVv8kpTH— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) November 23, 2017
@ETARURestaurant, Señor Café
#SoFL - Enjoyed some excellent Chicken Milanesa yesterday at Señor Café, a very popular #Cuban ���� family restaurant on US-1, 1520 S. Federal Hwy., #HollywoodFL, with my sister, Jennifer, who'd done me a huge favor earlier. Ham & cheese on top of bistec de pollo a la milanesa. pic.twitter.com/xtizku5oKb— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) November 26, 2017