Geo’s Media Blog (Karaoke Wannabes)

While growing up in a suburb of Winnipeg called Transcona, I was in a popular Rock & Roll band called the Jury. Then when my daughter Candis was born, I decided to leave the Jury and give the radio business a go hoping that radio would be a little more stable than the band business.

Unfortunately, the only way you become successful in the radio biz is by moving, so when Candis was only six months old, we left two sets of parents behind and headed for Saskatoon. From there, it was off to Sudbury, Ottawa, Toronto, and then down to Indianapolis where Candis started school.

We stayed in Indy long enough for her to enter high school (oh, did I forget to mention that she could sing before she could talk?) but, she had a Dad who was a dreamer. Ever since I was a kid, I dreamed about living in California someday, so as my fortieth birthday approached, I said to myself, “If not now, when?”

The next thing my family knew, I was dragging them to San Diego, where Candis enrolled in Coronado High. She adapted rather well because not only was she the freshman of the year, but she was also the lead in a lot of the school plays.
After finishing High School in France, she was off to NYU in New York, where she studied drama for a couple of years before transferring to UCLA

While attending classes at UCLA she was also writing songs and singing them at famous places like the Troubadour, the Roxy, and the Whiskey while also recording an album.
(pictured above singing at the Roxy) (You can also click the link at the bottom of the page to hear a song she recorded about her mom and me)

During this period of time we’d occasionally go back to Winnipeg to visit relatives and one of the times we did, Candis and her cousins decided to go to a Karaoke bar to do a little singing.

Once there, they put their name on a list and patiently waited for their turn. Finally, when they got to go up and sing, Candis let her cousins shine,

As the night wore on, I noticed that three people were up there so often that it was difficult for anybody else to get up and sing. They were decent enough singers who also had some fans there which nade them mini-celebrities.

Finally, tiring of them hogging the mic, I said, “Candis, get up there and smoke ’em.”

When it was her turn to sing, she sang Patsy Cline’s “Crazy” and blew the room away. However, the folks at the table next to us said, “Oh yeah, but I hear she’s from LA.” I then proudly turned to them and said, “Yes, she is,” I replied, “But she was born in Transcona.”


You’re only one person away from something wondrous happening.

None of the Beatles were near as good as the Beatles.

It used to be that a movie got an R rating if it had any Sex, Violence, Nudity, or Bad Language in it, but now they’ve added smoking.

Speaking of smoking, if even the movie industry considers it bad enough to give it an R rating, how come the government hasn’t noticed it being bad? Surely it can’t be those giant checks from the tobacco industry that’s blinding them?

Sometimes it’s hard to distinguish between what’s just opinion and what’s a learned experience. An opinion is usually louder, though.

What if we didn’t love large breasts, what then? They’re tough to hide.

Just because somebody is computer smart, doesn’t make them book smart, let alone, street smart.

One of the many bad things that can happen to you in life is reaching your goal. You probably aimed too low.

The media no longer reports the news; they create it.

Your saying, I can’t do it, is ten times easier to say than your saying, I can do it.

You’re gonna need a sense of humor if you ever have to manage people.

Having enough time to accomplish anything special is almost impossible so waiting for something to happen is a complete is a waste of time.

I think letting someone off because they’re a first offender is stupid. There’s a big difference between being caught doing a crime for the first time and actually doing a crime for the first time.

Jesus, are there any filmmakers in Hollywood left who don’t have liberal agendas, I’m getting bored.

Speaking of Jesus, I loved John Lennon but when he claimed that the line, “Christ You Know It ain’t Easy” was meant as a prayer, I thought, “C’mon John!


Doug Erickson: Loved that, George. Thanks for sharing. (Corona Special Edition

Geo: Thank you for the read, Doug. The New Righteous Brothers knocked me out.

Jerry Keifer: Bucky is a great replacement for Bobby Hatfield…Thanks, George for sharing… (Corona Special Edition)

Geo: I agree with you, Jerry, he can really get up there.

Bruce Walker: Great to hear the Righteous Brothers again. They still sound great. Thanks, George. (Corona Special Edition)

“Reminds Me Of Me” – Candis Johns

Geo’s Media Blog is an inside look at Radio, Music, Movies, and Life. For a sneak peek at some upcoming Blogs or to see some that you may have missed, go to Geo’s Media Blog @ On Twitter @GeoOfTheRadio. Sharing and commenting are appreciated.


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