Dawn Lee Wakefield

Dawn Lee Wakefield Dawn Lee Wakefield is a Certified Life Celebrant, Tribute Writer, Memorialist, and Storyteller, sharing your legacy, one story at a time. Dawn Lee Wakefield, co-author of “Reinventing The Buckinghams: My Journey,” Carl Giammarese's biography, rediscovers and highlights timeless ‘60 & ‘70s Classic Rock, the back stories and latest news.

Dawn credits writing over 700 articles about Classic Rock and Classic and Present-Day Television for examiner.com and AXS.com to her insistence on reading (and recalling) liner notes on every record she owned. Today she enjoys writing feature and profile stories on contemporary and classic rock musicians who love what they do every day of their lives and television programming worth watching. Occasionally she shares her biased commentary on Texas A&M's women's and men's basketball teams with friends who understand her need to stand up and cheer when great things happen on the court.

Dawn credits writing over 700 articles about Classic Rock and Classic and Present-Day Television for examiner.com and AXS.com to her insistence on reading (and recalling) liner notes on every record she owned. Today she enjoys writing feature and profile stories on contemporary and classic rock musicians who love what they do every day of their lives and television programming worth watching. Occasionally she shares her biased commentary on Texas A&M's women's and men's basketball teams with friends who understand her need to stand up and cheer when great things happen on the court.

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Two new videos from the Carl Giammarese and Jim Peterik concert evening May 1st...where has the time gone? With Bruce So...
05/27/2021
Jim Peterik and Carl Giammarese Unplugged at the Genesee Theatre - Two New Videos

Two new videos from the Carl Giammarese and Jim Peterik concert evening May 1st...where has the time gone? With Bruce Soboroff and Colin Peterik on keyboards. #livemusic #LiveMusicIsBack
https://thebuckinghamsconcertblog.blogspot.com/2021/05/jim-peterik-and-carl-giammarese.html

With everyone ready to return to entertainment as part of their "normal" lives each weekend in Chicago, the Genesee Street Cabaret offered t...

Honored to share the story and celebrate the life of Daniel A. Loggins last night, co-officiating with Pastor Jaron Jone...
05/26/2021
Daniel Allen Loggins | Callaway-Jones Funeral & Cremation Centers

Honored to share the story and celebrate the life of Daniel A. Loggins last night, co-officiating with Pastor Jaron Jones of Shine Bible Fellowship Church in Cypress. We worked together with Funeral Director Cody Jones, Nita Kelly Marshall, and Stephen Marshall. Daniel's memory lives on in the memories of all whose lives he touched. https://callawayjones.com/obits/daniel-allen-loggins/

Daniel Loggins, 41, of Bryan, passed away peacefully in his sleep the morning of Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at home. There will be a time of visitation at 5pm with a Celebration of Life at 6pm Tuesday, May 25, at Callaway-Jones Funeral Center in Bryan. Certified Celebrant Dawn Lee Wakefield will offici...

Happy birthday, Cher!     #Cher   #Cherat75 #cherbirthday https://dawnleewakefieldblog.blogspot.com/2021/05/cher-at-75-w...
05/20/2021
Cher at 75 — When You Only Need One Name

Happy birthday, Cher! #Cher #Cherat75 #cherbirthday https://dawnleewakefieldblog.blogspot.com/2021/05/cher-at-75-when-you-only-need-one-name.html

In the past 75 years, Cherilyn Sarkisian LaPiere Bono Allman has had a longer-lasting career than most of her contemporaries. One would have to go back as far as Buddy Ebsen to find a versatile entertainer of the same longevity and versatility across TV, film, stage, and music. Then, there’s Dolly...

News about this summer's upcoming Happy Together Tour 2021; The Buckinghams are on four concert dates this summer as the...
05/19/2021
Happy Together Tour 2021 includes The Buckinghams in Four Concerts

News about this summer's upcoming Happy Together Tour 2021; The Buckinghams are on four concert dates this summer as they resume what had to be on hold in 2020. Let the good times and the good music roll once again! https://thebuckinghamsconcertblog.blogspot.com/2021/05/happy-together-tour-2021-includes.html
https://thebuckinghamsconcertblog.blogspot.com/2021/05/happy-together-tour-2021-includes.html

Since the 2020 Happy Together Tour had to be put on hold for COVID-19 safety precautions, audiences are doubly ready for the popular con...

Mr. Vessali's photo should truly be the one on the poster, "The Most Interesting Man"...at least one of them, in B-CS. H...
05/17/2021
Parviz Vessali | Callaway-Jones Funeral & Cremation Centers

Mr. Vessali's photo should truly be the one on the poster, "The Most Interesting Man"...at least one of them, in B-CS. He had a storied life and fascinating career, and it was an honor to Celebrate his life this past Saturday. #parvizvessali #callawayjones

Parviz Vessali, 78, of College Station, passed away on Monday May 10, 2021 at CHI St. Joseph’s Hospital in Bryan, Texas. A Celebration of Life will be held at Callaway-Jones Funeral and Cremation Centers Saturday May 15 at 2:00 p.m. followed by a reception at 3:00 p.m.

How about those Chicago guys and their hairstyles back in the day? #pompadour #HowmuchBrylcreamDidThatTake #OrwasitVO5?
05/06/2021
Jerry Elarde — Chicago Musician Releases New Music 55 Years After Last Release

How about those Chicago guys and their hairstyles back in the day? #pompadour #HowmuchBrylcreamDidThatTake #OrwasitVO5?

In 1963 in Chicago, a band was formed. Yes, yet another group of teenage boys assembled in hopes of creating a sound that would remind teenage girls of the hits of the day across Chicago radio. They'd recognize and appreciate those songs these bands recreated when performed at weekend sock hops and....

At last...they're back in concert! The Buckinghams' news here.
04/27/2021
The Buckinghams Are Back On the Road! Are You Ready?

At last...they're back in concert! The Buckinghams' news here.

The Buckinghams are back in concert, starting in as few as 8 weeks from now. After months of agency strategic planning, innovative bookin...

While I have the sound down on March Madness tonight, I'm going to enjoy "Will Donato & Friends" Special Guest Sax Man P...
03/19/2021

While I have the sound down on March Madness tonight, I'm going to enjoy "Will Donato & Friends" Special Guest Sax Man Phil Denny Plus Flutist Kim Scott music tonight! Their special guest on Will Donato and Friends on Fri 3/19 is hit making Sax sensation Phil Denny. Also for our Hot New releases segment we are featuring Chart Topping Flutist Kim Scott who will be performing her new smash hit "Back Together Again" Tune in at 6:30 PT | 9:30 ET for smokin' hot musical performances, great conversation and laughter at " www.Facebook.com/WillDonatoSax" and that's 8:30 pm CST tonight! Join me!

Loved hearing Carl's song streaming on Spotify this morning! Very cool! Listen and enjoy.
03/03/2021
Music Surprises Await You on Digital Downloads!

Loved hearing Carl's song streaming on Spotify this morning! Very cool! Listen and enjoy.

Carl Giammarese has been back down in his Twenty-Four Seven Studio and having fun reviewing some of the songs he's written over the past 10-...

Thursday, Feb. 18th, if you'd like to watch a fantastic Jazz Evening with the inimitable Kiki Ebsen, superb pianist Jeff...
02/12/2021
Local Event: Kiki Ebsen - An Evening of Jazz

Thursday, Feb. 18th, if you'd like to watch a fantastic Jazz Evening with the inimitable Kiki Ebsen, superb pianist Jeff Colella, and boss bass player, Chris Colangelo, it's FREE! You just have to register to get a Zoom link, and it's a good idea to do that early. Here's a link to get more info. Again, it's an unforgettable night of music, thanks to the Los Angeles Jazz Society.

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Honored to serve the family of Brandon Strope this afternoon at Callaway-Jones Funeral Home and Crematory, with Funeral ...
02/09/2021
Brandon David Strope | Callaway-Jones Funeral & Cremation Centers

Honored to serve the family of Brandon Strope this afternoon at Callaway-Jones Funeral Home and Crematory, with Funeral Director Cody Jones, assisted by Funeral Director Ricky Alderete, and Family Services Team members, including (yesterday and today) Stephen Marshall, Nita Marshall, Melinda Mushinski, Ryan Vance, and Patti Wade. There was music, there were memories, and while there were tears, there were major laughs as the guest speakers (family and friends as family alike) shared precious thoughts and fun memories of life and love with Brandon, and his excellence in owning Anything Painted and Collision Repair. He was renowned as a car art specialist and gifted lover of life. Growing up primarily in Bryan, he knew just about everyone, and was adored by them. #AmazonIsHereHoney https://callawayjones.com/obits/brandon-david-strope/

Brandon David Strope, 47, of College Station, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021. Visitation will be 2-4 pm Sunday, Feb. 7, at Callaway-Jones Funeral Center in Bryan. His life will be celebrated and honored at 2 pm Monday, Feb. 8, also at Callaway-Jones Funeral Center with Certified Celebrant Dawn....

The latest news from Kiki Ebsen.
02/01/2021
News from Kiki Ebsen

The latest news from Kiki Ebsen.

It’s hard to believe the month of January has flown by. Before we get into the rest of a busy year, I wanted to share this video clip of 2020, a Year in Review. Our personal worlds were upended by the quarantines and work-from-home world for most of 2020, yet together we all made music happen! You...

Looking forward to hearing Will Donato and Jack Cohen tonight online, plus their special guest. Tune in at Will Donato m...
01/29/2021

Looking forward to hearing Will Donato and Jack Cohen tonight online, plus their special guest. Tune in at Will Donato music page. 6:30 PT, 8:30 CT! #fridaynightsmoothjazz

Looking forward to hearing Will Donato and Jack Cohen tonight online, plus their special guest. Tune in at Will Donato music page. 6:30 PT, 8:30 CT! #fridaynightsmoothjazz

I like Ron's version of this song. Remember seeing Tom T. Hall back in Waco at the Heart of Texas State Fair. That was.....
01/29/2021
Ron Materick -- (Old Dogs, Children and) Watermelon Wine

I like Ron's version of this song. Remember seeing Tom T. Hall back in Waco at the Heart of Texas State Fair. That was...a while back. :) Produced by #CarlGiammarese

I really enjoy singing this song, "Watermelon Wine," which Tom T. Hall released in 1972. Hope you enjoy it, too. Vocals and Guitar: Ron Materick. Produced by...

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01/28/2021

Timeline Photos

Our Certified Celebrant, or specially trained master storyteller, Dawn Lee Wakefield, presents a meaningful and personalized service that tells the life story of your loved one. A Storyteller leads the service and creates a beautiful remembrance event that captures the wonderful memories of a person’s life and can be the single officiant for the event or work alongside a member of the Clergy.

#CelebrateLife #Storyteller #CallawayJones #TheCallawayJonesDifference

The story of how one doggie, adopted from the local animal shelter, provided love enough for two families for 12 years, ...
01/26/2021
The Beautiful World of Barney Campbell-Wakefield

The story of how one doggie, adopted from the local animal shelter, provided love enough for two families for 12 years, and made all of our lives so happy. His spirit endures far beyond any of our years, and leaves a legacy of love that will live on, long after my lifetime. I know he'll be waiting for me in the next place, and I will welcome him with open arms. Barney Campbell-Wakefield, 2008-2021.

In 2008, Barney appeared in my life, as he located across the street at the home of my sweet neighbors, the Campbells, who I’d known casual...

The story of how a precious little puppy adopted from the local animal shelter provided 12 years of love and companionsh...
01/26/2021
The Beautiful World of Barney Campbell-Wakefield

The story of how a precious little puppy adopted from the local animal shelter provided 12 years of love and companionship while sharing two families, across the street from one another, and having a heart big enough for all, as he created a lifetime of happy memories that will long outlive all of us.
Remembering Barney Campbell-Wakefield with love. 2008-2021.
https://dawnleewakefieldblog.blogspot.com/2021/01/the-beautiful-world-of-barney-campbell.html

In 2008, Barney appeared in my life, as he located across the street at the home of my sweet neighbors, the Campbells, who I’d known casual...

01/15/2021
Will Donato Music

Hope you will join me tonight for a really entertaining new Will Donato and Friends show--great music! Starts at 6:30 PT | 9:30 ET with hitmaking guitarist Nils as special guest. The music is fantastic and there is more of it!! Please tune in at Facebook.com/WillDonatoSax

The Official Will Donato Music Page

Starting this day off with a smile! My friend Ron Materick did a great job on this song he wrote!https://youtu.be/QFR1Kg...
01/06/2021
Ron Materick -- Train Song Tribute

Starting this day off with a smile! My friend Ron Materick did a great job on this song he wrote!
https://youtu.be/QFR1KgnGtLY

For as long as I can remember, I have loved songs about trains, having sung them all my life. Inspired to find out how many songs there were about trains, my...

01/04/2021
Callaway-Jones Funeral Home and Crematory

Thank you Cody Jones and Water to Wine Productions for including me in this video this am! Fun to discover!

Being involved in the community is at the center of our core and it's who we are as a team at Callaway-Jones. Take a listen to what a few of our team members have to say about where they volunteer! #LocallyOwned #MeetTheTeamMonday

Goodbye 2020 and Hello 2021...welcome, welcome!
01/01/2021
Reflections on 2020, Prayers and Wishes for 2021

Goodbye 2020 and Hello 2021...welcome, welcome!

About 2 am on New Year's Eve day, I left the computer and set my alarm for “early,” not wanting to miss a minute of productivity on the la...

Exciting News!! Saxman Will Donato put together a LIVE BAND NYE countdown coming to you from  gorgeous SEDONA, AZ. Tune ...
12/31/2020
Inside the Music with Will and Jack - YouTube

Exciting News!! Saxman Will Donato put together a LIVE BAND NYE countdown coming to you from gorgeous SEDONA, AZ. Tune in on 12/31 at either 8 PT |11 PM ET or 11 PM PT on YouTube at "www.YouTube.com/user/jack4951 " as Will and the band will play you into the New Year complete with a NYE countdown. Show Opens with Musical performances by Nils Jiptner, Phil Denny, Bryan Thompson, Greg Manning, Darryl Fitzgerald Walker, Darryl Williams and Ilya Serov Followed by a LIVE BAND performance from Sedona AZ!! You can watch at either 8-9 PM PT or actually at the NYE time 11-12 AM with midnight countdown

Inside the Music with Will and Jack - YouTube
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We feature Episodes of Inside the Music with Will and Jack a Online Show with Musical Performances & Interviews plus Videos of Live Music performances . We ...

Happy holidays everyone,I wanted to invite you to The Songwriter's Living Room tonight (12/23/20). *******LIVE RIGHT NOW...
12/24/2020

Happy holidays everyone,
I wanted to invite you to The Songwriter's Living Room tonight (12/23/20). *******LIVE RIGHT NOW****
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/5125846214...
Meeting ID: 512 584 6214
Passcode: 4IKbJu>
I hope to see you there,
xoKiki

Happy holidays everyone,
I want to invite you to The Songwriter's Living Room tonight (12/23/20). We will be broadcasting live on Zoom.
*****LIVE RIGHT NOW!! *****
Time: Dec 23, 2020 08:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/5125846214...
Meeting ID: 512 584 6214
Passcode: 4IKbJu>
I hope to see you there,
xoKiki

I'm ready to listen in to this rebroadcast of Will Donato Music Holiday concert in 15 mins! 1pm CST. Join me if you'd li...
12/20/2020

I'm ready to listen in to this rebroadcast of Will Donato Music Holiday concert in 15 mins! 1pm CST. Join me if you'd like to relax and enjoy your time. Take it easy and just take in the peace of the season.

In Case you missed it we are rebroadcasting our wonderful Will Donato and Friends Holiday Show Tune at " www.Facebook.com/WillDonatoMusic" at 11:00 AM PT | 2:00 ET for 90 Minutes of the Christmas Tunes we all know and love delivered to you by stunning jazz performances by an all-star cast including: Melissa Manchester, Marcus Anderson, Will Donato, Steve Oliver Greg Manning, Phillip Denny, Alexander Zonjic, Tom Browne, Kim Scott, Cecil Ramirez Terry Wollman, Ilya Serov Official, Bryan Thompson, JJ Sansaverino, Wakana Inamura & surprise special guests!

12/04/2020

Tonight at 8:30 pm CST! Kick back and enjoy!

12/02/2020
Kiki Ebsen

https://fb.watch/27rNbW4fVH/

You can get "Dead End Places" now by going to https://kikiebsen.com/store.

You may also pre-order my upcoming record "Fill Me Up" either as a download or a digi-pack.
https://kikiebsen.com/store.

THE BEST DEAL
-Pre-order "Fill Me Up" already. and receive:
-a beautiful , autographed ten song CD package with two extra downloads that will not be available prior to the records release.
-free shipping in the U. S.
https://kikiebsen.com/store.

Kiki Ebsen-keyboards and vocals
Grant Geissman-guitars
Bernie Dresel-drums
Steven Lawrence-bass
Ross Pallone-engineer
Mixed by Steve Wallace

Recorded live at Mikron Studios in Thousand Oaks.

12/01/2020
Will Donato Music

Tonight! Keiko Matsui LIVE with host Will Donato! Tuesday at 6:30 PT | 9:30 ET TUESDAY and for Texas listeners, that's 8:30 pm tonight! Tune in and enjoy! You know you need to kick back and take it easy!

The Official Will Donato Music Page

Happy Thanksgiving music for all of us to enjoy from Kiki Ebsen!
11/26/2020
Kiki Ebsen

Happy Thanksgiving music for all of us to enjoy from Kiki Ebsen!

Thanksgiving means taking a little time to be with family and take a break from the things we always do when we always do them. Will miss our live Songwriter's Living Room being with you tonight, but as you gather with your loved ones tonight and tomorrow, know how appreciative we are for all of you. Thank you as always for your unending support. Please enjoy this memory from not that long ago. Love to all, Kiki, Steve, and all the family at the Healing Equine Ranch. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bAARjTVm2k&t=1658s

Brothers and singer-songwriters Ray Materick and Ron Materick wrote this beautiful song together, "Through the Years." G...
11/17/2020
Ray Materick -- Through the Years

Brothers and singer-songwriters Ray Materick and Ron Materick wrote this beautiful song together, "Through the Years." Give it a listen as Ray sings and plays their song. Carl Giammarese produced. #RonMaterickMusic #Brothers #throughtheyears
https://youtu.be/C9xK_8Kn-UU

Through The Years: A TRUE STORY. A song that celebrates the millions of souls who are blessed to have experienced a long-term loving relationship. Written by...

This is an awesome post by Ron Materick! I just love it! Brings back great memories of the original song!
11/11/2020
Ron Materick -- Lawdy Miss Clawdy

This is an awesome post by Ron Materick! I just love it! Brings back great memories of the original song!

Lloyd Price introduced his song, “Lawdy Miss Clawdy” in 1952, and singer/songwriter Ron Materick has been singing it for more than 60 years. Both are classic...

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Locally, in my role as a storyteller, I’m a Certified Life Celebrant and Life Tribute Writer for Callaway-Jones Funeral Home and Cremation Centers in Texas. My goal is to bring comfort to those whose loved ones deserve an unforgettable, meaningful Life Celebration when the time comes and you need me. For details on what I do as a Certified Life Celebrant, visit bit.ly/YourStoryteller.

As a freelance entertainment writer, I’m fortunate to focus on music, television, and movies. Especially love classic rock, classic TV topics, and contemporary live music performances. Also a proud Aggie former student (Class of ‘78), I’m known to voice occasional strong opinions about the excitement of Texas A&M women's and men's basketball programs. With more than 30 years of writing and editing experience, I have freelanced for local, regional and national publications, including AXS Entertainment and over 700 stories for (the late) Examiner.com. They took all examiner.com stories down from the Internet, but you would have loved them!

I’ve enjoyed writing about regional community nonprofit organizations; I’ve been a volunteer for many of those same groups, serving as co-founder and co-chair for award-winning nonprofit galas and special events for over 25 years.

I love rock and roll, blues, jazz, classical and, occasionally, contemporary music. My blog, The Way I See It, (http://dawnleewakefieldblog.blogspot.com/)shares favorite stories about artists, musicians, songwriters, authors, and concerts you might enjoy, with strong opinions inviting discussions on my favorite music and television from the last forty years. As the co-author of “Reinventing The Buckinghams: My Journey,” Carl Giammarese's biography, I rediscovered and highlighted timeless 60s & 70s classic rock, including the back stories and latest news. I watch TV credits for as long as they roll, so I’m a trivia nerd and not ashamed to admit it.

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Exciting News!! Saxman Will Donato put together a LIVE BAND NYE countdown coming to you from gorgeous SEDONA, AZ. Tune in on 12/31 at either 8 PT |11 PM ET or 11 PM PT on YouTube at "www.YouTube.com/user/jack4951 " as Will and the band will play you into the New Year complete with a NYE countdown. Show Opens with Musical performances by Nils Jiptner, Phil Denny, Bryan Thompson, Greg Manning, Darryl Fitzgerald Walker, Darryl Williams and Ilya Serov Followed by a LIVE BAND performance from Sedona AZ!! You can watch at either 8-9 PM PT or actually at the NYE time 11-12 AM with midnight countdown Inside the Music with Will and Jack - YouTube youtube.com
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Meet Dawn Lee Wakefield, our Certified Life Celebrant, exclusively at Callaway-Jones Funeral & Cremation Centers. Dawn Lee works with you to design and deliver custom, innovative tribute services and celebrations of life. Friends and family gather to pay respects in a warm, welcoming environment, both in our Funeral Center and external location of your choosing. Don’t have a church home or longtime minister? Meet Dawn Lee and learn how our storyteller can create an unforgettable service for your loved one. Call Callaway-Jones today at 979-822-3717. #CallawayJonesFuneralCenter #CertifiedLifeCelebrant #Storyteller #LifeTributeSpecialist #DawnLeeWakefield