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NOW TAKING ADVANCE ORDERS!!! CAROLYNE MAS THE EUROPEAN COLLECTION! - October 12, 2011

I am announcing this today in connection with my interview with "The Vinyl Professor" of INDI 101 radio station in Hamilton, Ontario (http://indifm.ca/), which I will be doing this afternoon. The interview can be heard on the "Oldies Without Borders" program, which features music and interviews from all genres 1940's-1980's and beyond, Saturdays from 3-6pm on 101.5 FM in Hamilton.

I have decided to put together 4 CDs of music previously unreleased in the US, along with demo tracks recorded in Germany between 1991 and 1992, as well as personal photos from this time period. The Collection is called "The European Collection", and will be available on a special COLLECTABLE flash drive for the price of $30.
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CONTENTS ARE:

"ACTION PACT" ~ UNRELEASED in U.S
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Originally issued on the Stillsane label, this 1989 European release exemplifies the standard Mas virtues: direct, no-BS songwriting and solid musicianship. Recorded in Springfield, Missouri, Action Pact features Carolyne in front of the fabled Midwestern bar band known as the Morells (when they weren't known as the Skeletons). "So Hard to Be True" was also included in the set for Carolyne Mas Live! An unexpected delight is the vocal on "Sleepwalk" (yes, the old Santo and Johnny song), which Carolyne once spun for me over the phone. "Cruel Little Angel" is pure classic Nashville. And "Dizzy from the I-IV-V" — well, you must hear that for yourself.

Personnel:
Carolyne Mas: Vocals, guitar, piano, glockenspiel
D. Clinton Thompson: Acoustic and electric guitars, lap steel
Joe Terry: Piano, organ
Lou Whitney: Bass
Ron Gremp: Drums
The Columnaires: Background vocals on "Samson and Delilah's Beauty Shop"

Produced by Carolyne Mas and Lou Whitney
Engineered by Lou Whitney
Recorded at Column One Recording, Springfield, MO

Track listing:
When Love Is Right (Mas)
Somebody Like Me (Mas)
Sleepwalk (Farina-Farina-Farina-Johnson)
Dizzy from the I-IV-V (Mas)
Where One Meets Two (Mas)
Samson and Delilah's Beauty Shop (Forbert)
So Hard to Be True (Mas)
Cruel Little Angel (Mas)
You Bother Me (Mas)
He's Everything I Want (But a Little Bit Less) (Mas)

"CAROLYNE MAS LIVE!" ~ UNRELEASED in U.S.
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Recorded in Münster, Germany at the Jovel Music Hall, this live set runs over an hour and a half; once again, it's Carolyne with a five-piece band, doing what she does best. As on Hold On and Mas Hysteria, she opens with "Hold On" and "Stay True". "Sittin' in the Dark", from her first LP, has grown to an eighteen-minute extended workout for the band — and a certified crowd-pleaser. There are new songs, too, plus a trip into the James Brown catalogue.

Personnel:
Carolyne Mas: Lead vocals, guitar
Steve Cochran: Lead guitar, vocals
John Abbey: Bass
Phil Cimino: Drums
John Scarpulla: Saxophone
Randy Watson: Keyboards

Produced, mixed and engineered by Clive Gray

Track listing:
Hold On (Mas)
Stay True (Mas)
All For You (Mas)
Love Is Black (Mas)
Standing in the Light (Mas-Landau)
Sittin' in the Dark (Mas-Landau)
That Swing Thing (Mas)
So Hard to Be True (Mas)
Thomas Dunson's Revenge (Mas)
He's So Cool (Mas)
Second Hand Apology (Mas)
Duck and Cover (Mas)
Reconsider My Love (Mas)
Red Lights (Mas)
Running from the High Life (Mas)
It's a Man's Man's World (James Brown)
Tender (Mas)

"REASON STREET" ~ UNRELEASED in U.S.
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Back into the studio for this 1993 release, Carolyne is maybe a little quieter here and there, but no less willing to be heard, and her writing is as sharp as ever. The late-night mysteries of "Driving on the Radio" screech to a halt in the light of day in "King of the U-Turn". "Lovers from the Start" is a lovely Beatlesque ballad, which is not necessarily why John Lennon's "Cry Baby Cry" fits so well into this set. Four of these tracks appeared previously on Carolyne Mas Live! The title? Well, Carolyne says in the liner notes, "I believe in the triumph of hope over experience, faith over reason." Reason Street, therefore, first and foremost, is a road to somewhere.

Personnel:
Carolyne Mas: Lead and background vocals, harmonica, 12-string guitar
Charlton Pettus: Guitars, keyboards, bass, mandolin, pedal steel guitar, vibes, background vocals
Milton Sutton: Drums, all percussion including bottles, vibes
Additional musicians:
Karsten Günther: Accordion, "Vulgar Boatman" vocals
Clive Gray: Mandolin
The Mad Mercy Horns:
Jörg Lahman: Trumpet
Marten Ulrich: Saxophone
Katrin Begero: Trombone
Hardmuth Köhler: Violin
Sabina Weyland: Clarinet

Produced by Charlton Pettus, Milton Sutton and Clive Gray
Engineered by Clive Gray, Milton Sutton and Charlton Pettus
Mixed by Milton Sutton, Charlton Pettus and Clive Gray

Track listing:
Driving on the Radio (Mas-Rebuth)
King of the U-Turn (Mas)
Duck and Cover (Mas)
Lovers from the Start (Mas)
Hidden Mystery (Mas)
Pain Bank (Mas)
Tender (Mas)
Keep Searching (Mas-Landau)
Reconsider My Love (Mas)
Tell Me (Mas)
When You're Near (Mas)
Popular Guy (Mas)
Cry Baby Cry (Lennon-McCartney)
City Boy (Mas)
HBKD771 (Mas) OUT TAKE UNRELEASED
Crying (Mas) OUT TAKE UNRELEASED

PLUS SEVERAL PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED RECORDINGS MADE IN GERMANY IN 1991 AND 1992!!!

ALL THIS FOR ONLY $30.00

MORE MAS HYSTERIA UNCUT! - September 26, 2011

Joe Phillips from WildCat Recordings has been kind enough to tweak and polish the entire WLIR King Biscuit Flower Hour broadcast from My Father's Place from July of 1980. Excepts of this show were turned into the LP "Mas Hysteria", released by Phonogram in Germany as promotional LP in 1981.

Now is your chance to own the entire show as it was broadcast...all 70 minutes of it! Songs are: Hold On, Stay True, Sadie Says, Thomas Dunson's Revenge, Stillsane, Baby Please, Go Ahead and Cry Now, Never Two Without Three, Sittin' in the Dark, Running From the High Life, Midnight Confessions, Quote Goodbye Quote.
Available NOW FREE!

CAROLYNE MAS "THE VINYL COLLECTION" - July 20, 2011

Soon to be released is "CAROLYNE MAS The Vinyl Collection", the completely remastered Mercury recordings which were previously released on Mercury Records between 1979 and 1981. This includes the albums "Carolyne Mas", "Hold On", and "Modern Dreams" in their entirety. There has never been an official release of these precious vinyl recordings until now. WildCat Recordings will have the honor of releasing this very exciting CD.


They will be pressing this deluxe double CD set on vinyl CDs that look, and feel, like real vinyl records. The first 100 copies will be individually signed by myself, and are guaranteed to be future collectibles!

WildCat Recordings will be announcing the release soon, and will be taking advance orders as only 200 of the vinyl style CDs will be made. After that, the album will be pressed on regular CDs, so be sure and watch for my email telling you where you can order!

Love to All My Fans,
Carolyne xo

CAROLYNE MAS LIVE IN TORONTO! - July 16, 2011

NOW AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD IS A 50 MINUTE CAROLYNE MAS CONCERT THAT IS FROM THE BATHURST THEATRE DECEMBER 15, 1979, AND BROADCAST ON CHUM-FM AND CITY-TV.


IT FEATURES MYSELF ON VOCALS, GUITAR, AND PIANO; DAVID LANDAU, ON LEAD GUITAR; CRISPIN CIOE, ON SAX; IVAN ELIAS, ON BASS; BERNIE SHANAHAN (MY HUSBAND AT THE TIME) ON KEYBOARD; AND BOBBY CHOUINARD, ON DRUMS.

THE SONGS INCLUDE: SADIE SAYS, SITTIN' IN THE DARK, DO YOU BELIEVE I LOVE YOU, GO AHEAD AND CRY NOW, STILLSANE, BABY PLEASE, SNOW, QUOTE GOODBYE QUOTE

YOU WILL NOT FIND THIS ANYWHERE, AS IT IS FROM MY OWN PRIVATE COLLECTION. I AM SHARING SOME OF MY GOODIES WITH YOU!

IT IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR FREE!

~ CAROLYNE

CAROLYNE MAS LIVE IN PARIS! - July 14, 2011

NOW AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD IS A 22 MINUTE CAROLYNE MAS CONCERT THAT IS FROM A TV SHOW IN PARIS NAMED "CHORUS", TAPED AT THE EMPIRE THEATRE IN DECEMBER OF 1979. IT WAS A SHOW WHERE I WAS OPENING FOR GARLAND JEFFRIES.


IT FEATURES MYSELF ON VOCALS, GUITAR, AND PIANO; DAVID LANDAU, ON LEAD GUITAR; CRISPIN CIOE, ON SAX; IVAN ELIAS, ON BASS; BERNIE SHANAHAN (MY HUSBAND AT THE TIME) ON KEYBOARD; AND BOBBY CHOUINARD, ON DRUMS.

SONG LIST: STILLSANE, BABY PLEASE, GO AHEAD AND CRY NOW, QUOTE GOODBYE QUOTE.

THIS IS ONE OF MY BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCES EVER, AND THE BAND WAS HOT!!!

YOU WILL NOT FIND THIS ANYWHERE, AS IT IS FROM MY OWN PRIVATE COLLECTION. I AM SHARING SOME OF MY GOODIES WITH YOU!

IT IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR FREE!

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

~ CAROLYNE

GET YOUR NAME IN MY BOOK! - June 30, 2011

Every $50 contribution will get your name in my book. Contributions of $100 will receive hand-written lyrics of the song of your choice. Contributions of $500 will receive a phone call from me, where I will sing for you personally a song of your choosing.

HELLO FRIENDS AND FANS!!! - June 29, 2011

Greetings and welcome to the new look of CarolyneMas.com! Former Fan Club prez Brad DeMeulenaere has helped me out here, and given a fresh look to the old page; I like it very much!

We will be adding some new items to the store. You will now be able to purchase hand-written lyrics from me, as well as have me sing songs personally for you via Skype or phone. We are trying to find new and creative ways to help generate income while I take the time to work on my book, which is now 1/3 of the way towards being completed. It is very exciting for me to be doing this at last.

I will be selling DVDs of live shows, as well as unreleased recordings and demos from my own personal collection which you will be able to download. I will also from time to time, be offering memorabilia and vinyl copies of my Mercury recordings.

Look for news of the upcoming release of WildCat Recording's reissue of my first 3 Mercury LPS here on this page. I know that a lot of you have waited a long time for this! I will keep you posted as soon as I learn of the date.

I welcome all my friends and fans to join my email list if you have not already done so! :-)

Love and Gratitude,
Carolyne

WILDCAT RECORDINGS USA TO RELEASE MERCURY RECORDINGS AND 4 SONG EP! - April 15, 2011

I have decided to let my good friend Joe Phillips release my 3 Mercury LPs on his label WildCat Recordings USA. They will also be releasing a 4 song EP of previously unreleased material.

As you know, over the years I have had small labels say that they were going to do this before, and it fell through each time. However, I have learned that sometimes things happen, or don't happen, for a very good reason. This opportunity was well worth waiting for.

All of the songs will be REMASTERED for this new CD. "The EP download will be 4 very special, previously unreleased songs! The 3 Mercury albums will be presented in a double CD length package, initially as high quality MP3 downloads.", Joe said on Sunday.

The EP will contain out takes from the "Brand New World", "Reason Street", and "Action Pact" recording sessions.

Check here from time to time for updates! Add your name to my mailing list if you want to be notified of any news. :-)

IN LOVING MEMORY OF MY MOTHER, LIVIA ALVAREZ FRANK MAS, JUNE 24, 1926 ~ DECEMBER 20, 2010 - December 21, 2010

My best memories of my mother were all about her cooking. Whenever I came home from school, the smell of food would greet me as I burst through the kitchen door. There my Mom would be, like clockwork, standing behind the pink formica counter, steam eminating from a huge electric skillet which was her weapon of choice. In it she made her famous Chicken Livia, Veal Marsala, or one of the many wonderful dishes which she was very well known for preparing among her circle of friends. And us kids? We loved it. We loved that she made hamburgers...no STEAKburgers in the fireplace, along with the best flank steak I have ever had to this day. My brother and I would toast marshmellows over the glowing coals afterward. I don't recall any other kid's parents cooking in their fireplace. I felt special.

As I returned home from the hospital today, I felt so empty. I looked at my son, and nothing really seemed to phase him at all...it made me want to be a kid again. But maybe he just sees life as what it really is, just this amazing ride filled with beaiutiful people that come and go, leaving a trail of stars behind them. I don't know.

I am going to make a lasagna this Christmas. It was one of my mother's legacys that she handed down to me...some would even say her tour de force. Of course, I will still make it her way, but like a quilt I will alter it with my own special and unique touch that will add my name to the list of those before me, and those yet to come.

Merry Christmas, Ma. I'll be seeing you.

A WILDCAT CHRISTMAS 2010!!! - December 13, 2010


In the spirit of giving, WildCat Recording artists have given of themselves for a very special collection of Holiday-themed songs. For my fans, among these songs is my song "Snow". We live in very dark times, it's not always "happy time" for many. Our neighbors are hungry, cold and in serious troubles. Profits from this collection will go to the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Massena, NY to fund the food bank, and other types of assistance to aid the poor in our community.
This is a remarkable album of songs by noted musicians and songwriters from all over the country, coming together in a common purpose. We can't thank them all enough for their efforts. Right now, it's available by MP3 download for a suggested donation of $10.00 USD. You can donate ANY amount, though! And, please share the songs with your friends.

Joe Phillips, founder and owner of WildCat Records, has given me permission to put the link to donate to this cause on my page, and here it is below. Remember, PayPal is a great way to purchase things online while keeping your financial info private and 100% secure. You do not have to have a PayPal account to donate.

CAROLYNE MAS: SAVE HER ANIMAL HAUS - November 18, 2009

Carolyne Mas once graced the airwaves in 1979 with her sax-driven
anthem, "Stillsane", a song about holding on to one's sanity in the
face of conflict. Today she faces that battle for real.

After working as a professional musician for over 30 years (her first
paid gig was at the age of 13), Mas went on in 1998 to form an animal
sanctuary in Nashville, Tennessee called "Our Animal Haus". The
sanctuary was moved to Florida in 2004 after Mas' father died and she
volunteered to care for her Aunt with Alzheimer's along with her
grieving mother.

After finding a perfect location in Brooksville, the sanctuary
thrived. Its residents included the original dogs from Tennessee, all
of whom were elderly large mixed breed dogs, and cats who had AIDS and
were HIV positive. Carolyne and her husband were committed to
providing them with a safe and beautiful place for them to spend the
rest of their lives. They also began to take in several exotic birds,
some with special needs, as well as several horses, one of them blind.
"Our Animal Haus" was becoming a safe haven for the unadoptable,
unwanted, and special needs animals who otherwise would have had no
place to go.

Beginning in February of 2009, Mas and her husband began to have
several visits from Animal Control of Hernando County. They had been
prompted by a call from a recently fired and disgruntled employee.
Everything seemed fine and friendly until journalist Logan Neill of
the Hernando Times, a branch f the St. Pete Times, requested an
interview with Mas in response to an article called "Carolyne Mas: Her
Animal Haus", which had come out in the Huffington Post in September.

Mas granted this interview, even providing the name and phone number
of one of her "friends" at Animal Control as a reference. After all,
just 2 weeks earlier, they had said she was a "good sanctuary".
But...something wrong happened. In direct breach of his ethics as a
journalist, Logan Neil, who had not even taken a tour of "Our Animal
Haus", used the number given to him by Carolyne to file a complaint.
Although Mr. Neill denies this, Animal Control does not.

What ensued was nothing short of a nightmare. Logan Neil began to
write a series of slanderous articles for the Hernando Times,
containing undocumented information and outright lies about "Our
Animal Haus" and its owners. Animal Control began to seize the animals
at "Our Animal Haus", first by taking Ginger, a 30-year-old mare, and
then euthanizing her. They falsely claimed she was suffering from
malnutrition and was instead 18 years old, despite her previous Vet
records stating her birth date as 8/20/1979.

On October 30, almost 200 animals were seized from "Our Animal Haus"
because of false allegations made by Animal Control, stemming from the
euthanizing of Ginger. These animals included all of the dogs, all of
the cats, perfectly healthy exotic birds, as well as healthy pure bred
horses and ponies. Animal Control would end up putting down all of the
elderly dogs and almost all of the cats, robbing them of living out
the rest of their lives in peace. They would, however, go on to profit
from the sale of the birds and the horses, and a handful of small pure-
bred dogs.

Presently there are cases all across the US where Animal Control or
the local humane society has acted outside the scope of local
ordinances and illegally confiscated animals, from valuable show dogs
and show cats, to well kept breeding birds, to thoroughbred horses.
Apparently these local officials have learned that they can achieve
three goals:
1) adopt out (sell) animals and property for money,
2) receive donations from the public for their "good" work
3) receive commendations from their superiors

Therefore, they have financial reasons for "taking animals under color
of law." However, they generally use the argument that the animals are
abused, not properly cared for, starving, or treated cruelly. They are
quick to euthanize any animals that will be too much trouble to keep
and that cannot be adopted to the public for money. These many types
of cases are being documented due to this outrageous assault on
constitutional rights of animal owners in the U.S.

Carolyne's Fourth Amendment rights were clearly violated by the
illegal search and seizure of her animals and expensive bird cages,
and Animal Control fast-tracked her case, acting often without any
official paperwork allowing them to do so, robbing Carolyne of her
Fifth Amendment right to due process; She was never given enough time
to secure an attorney.

Through supporters of her case, Carolyne was able to find an attorney
in Tampa, who has worked cases like this before and won. However, she
does not have the funds to hire him. She has paid dearly for the
emotional loss of her long time companions, and the ones whom she
sheltered from harm for so long. She will never see any of them again.
Her name and reputation has been unfairly and unmercifully slandered
by the press who gave her little time to tell her own story. You can
help her finally get the justice that she so well deserves by making a
donation at 'Our Animal Haus", or by contacting her directly at samlorac@aol.com.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Sincerely,
The Supporters of Our Animal Haus

THE PRETENDER: CARYN MACFADYEN STRIKES AGAIN! - August 20, 2009

As some of you may recall in the past, a woman named Caryn MacFayden was caught impersonating me both on the Web, and in person at various places throughout the country over the past few years. I confronted her here, and she replied with a letter which I posted, stating that she would never do it again - well, she lied.

I received a post in my guestbook today from a woman named Dorothy, who apparently is booked on a cruise with Ms. MacFayden. It is a Rick Springfield cruise in November, and when you book it as a single person you are allowed to request a cabin mate to cut down on expenses.

On this cruise is the opportunity to rub elbows with music people, some from MTV, maybe even Mr. Springfield himself at a special cocktail party on this cruise, and that worries me a lot. She may try to meet people by using my name, which is something I wouldn't even do. From what someone who met her a while back at some kind of music convention, she seems a bit flaky. She spins stories about her husband having jammed with the stones in the early seventies, which would have been when I was in high school. The time line is off completely, and thank God that some people are driven to check this Web site to see if she is indeed...me.

She has even shown people pictures of her 'tour of Italy', robbing many details of my life from this very page. Well, she cannot steal my face, so look at my photo here and remember my face, because if you ever meet either one of us, you will know who the real Carolyne Mas is.

HERE IS A PHOTO OF CARYN MACFAYDEN. IF YOU MEET HER YOU WILL NOW KNOW SHE IS NOT ME...AND BE WARNED. SHE IS ILL AND NEEDS HELP.

MERCURY LPS COMING SOON ON CD! - July 12, 2009

Yes, it is true...finally. This is an occasion, to say the least, one I have waited for many years to happen.

While going through my guest-book entries in order to approve or delete them...I get SO much Spam...I came across a letter from a gentleman named John Edwards who owns Renaissance Records. They are responsible for digging up a lot of old dinosaurs like me, and reissuing their old vinyl on CD.

I posted this in my Facebook page on Friday after I talked to him. I saw that someone posted it on a Steve Hoffman forum and mentioned it in the guest-book already, so I thought I would just confirm it here as well. I also wrote a long post on the SH forum, about "Our Animal Haus".

I hope that this will be good for my fans, and work out well for my animals, too. Any little bit helps, as you know.

"HOLD ON AND MODERN DREAMS MP3s ARE HERE!!! - May 27, 2009

I finally put all the tracks up that I promised to have available a few months ago We have just been plagued by disasters for the past few months, so I didn't have the chance to look for the CDs that Brad, my former Fan Club Guy, had made a while back.
To those who donated in our time of need last September, this is my gift to you. To those who didn't, this is my gift to you, but perhaps you will be inspired to donate to "Our Animal Haus", our non-profit sanctuary for unwanted, elderly, and special needs animals and birds.

I thank you!



R.I.P. LARRY BLASCO, 10.08.1954 - 04.01.2009 - April 9, 2009


Larry Blasco was the tech guy's tech guy. I met him in 1982, when he was doing sound for me on a Canadian tour. We fell in love very quickly, and lived together during the bulk of our relationship, which lasted 5 years....a significant amount of time for me at that point in my life, and even now. It is for him that I wrote "Cruel Little Angel".

Larry was one of the few people that I remained close with over the years, and he was one of the 2 or 3 people in my life that I would ask for advice, which says a lot because most of the time I think I know everything...

I consider myself lucky to have known him so well, well enough to see his gentile and loving spirit. The kind of connection we shared does not happen often in life, and I will continue to cherish the book of memories we made together, turning each page of rare and special moments over and over again for the rest of my own life.

Larry was a warm, wonderful, and loving Godfather to my son, who called him "Uncle YaYa", because he could not say his name when he was little, and this somehow stuck over the years. He was great with kids, and knew how to relate to them in a magical way. My husband Teddy told me that he was the only one of my old boyfriends that he actually liked, and that you could not help but like him. This says a lot about Larry's character, I think; My husband never seems to like anybody I know.

Now that he has been summoned up to the ultimate gig in the sky, I am sure he is enjoying all of the great musicians that are playing, and I'd like to think of him there, tuning Jimi's guitar, fixing Marley's mic cable, or just hanging with Terry, B. C., and Big Danny, laughing at the silly things we do down here.

Larry...you will live on in the hearts and minds of the many people who love you. We will be seeing you...

OUR ANIMAL HAUS, INC. - March 28, 2009

It has been years since I have set up a Web site, and have gotten the domain "ouranimalhaus.org", from GoDaddy, as well as the software from them that is supposed to be easy to use to build the site, but I have suddenly become Web stupid, and am having trouble setting it up.

Anyway, here is the logo, designed by Brad Hughes, and angel, and it's great, isn't it? He has also designed some pictures for the tees we will be selling as well as some graphics which will appear on the page I am fumbling through creating.

Check the address now and then, but as I have something really up and running, I will be linking to it from here.

NEW, EXCITING, PROJECT TO BENEFIT ANIMAL HAUS!!! - February 28, 2009

THIS IS ME NOW, FOLKS.

I have found an excellent artist to do pin-up girl drawings with some of our real animals for the new Web site for OUR ANIMAL HAUS that I am looking to morph with this one.

He is a real angel, and is working as a donation to our cause. We are also working on some provocative tees as well as a calendar of the drawings and animals that will appear on the Web site.

He is an amazing artist, and as soon as some of the images are finalized, you will be able to see them here.

RIP Angela - February 5, 2009

ANGELA, OUR SWEET PUG

WE LOVED AND WILL MISS YOU, BABY, AND ALL OF YOUR SPECIAL TRAITS THAT MADE UP YOUR YOUNESS

ANGELA WAS ADOPTED BY US A YREAR AGO...SHE HAD EPILEPSY.

DONATIONS URGENTLY NEEDED - January 14, 2009

Our Animal Haus, Inc., is in dire financial straits. We are a sanctuary for special needs and unadoptable horses, dogs, cats , and birds. You can see some of the photos of our animals on MySpace.

For 6 years I had a very well paying job as Guardian and caregiver for my Aunt who had Alzheimer's, but sadly she passed in April of last year, an event which was not only emotionally devastating, but financially so. We had built the sanctuary up through the good times.

Every penny I earned during that time, I spent on the animals, and after I was no longer working, I started to sell off all of the guitars I had accumulated when I was an active professional musician, which on Ebay, means for half their value.

I am entering a particularly dark period as I have just sold the last guitar. I have 3 workers to pay, as I cannot get volunteers to help me for obvious reasons. I don't know what to do. My husband and I just cannot do all of the work ourselves, and the feed bills are high.

Donations can be made here via PayPal. I am embarrassed to ask, but please help if you can.

Thank you, Carolyne

MY MOST HUMBLE THANKS - September 18, 2008

A big thank you goes out to all of you who have donated to our shelter during our great time of need. Your donations are greatly appreciated by every one of the gentle souls who so peacefully roam here, and will make their lives a little bit easier.

I have decided to repay all of you by putting up mp3s for all of my CDs and LPs here on this Web site for you to download for free. This is a rather daunting task, and it will take a bit of time, but it is something I really want to do for all of you to show my gratitude for your generosity.

Love,
Carolyne

To the right is Angela, our rescued Pug. She was abandoned by her owner because she has Epilepsy. She is 7, and she is like a little person!

OUR ANIMAL HAUS, INC. - SIGNAL FOR HELP - August 31, 2008


It is 3 AM on Sunday morning, and my friend Don has just finished vacuuming the water from our attic. Our hot water heater broke upstairs, sending water pouring into all four bedrooms, and the hallway that leads to them. We will have to replace the laminate floors throughout that part of the house, and possibly the ceilings, and a couple of the walls.

The BAD news is that I just sold both of my gold watches on Ebay to be able to pay for the building of a new outdoor kennel for the 25 cats I just rescued from a kill (via gassing) shelter in Georgia. Everything was going to proceed just fine and dandy until tonight. There is no telling how much the insurance company will pay me towards the extensive repairs I will have to make because of this disaster, but I do know that they have a tendency to make you wait weeks before you even see a penny. I need to be able to not only build the kennels now, but also pay for the repairs, and both need to happen as soon as possible so we can all have a place to sleep.

I am therefor putting up a PayPal button on my Web site and asking that if any of you out there can donate anything to help, I would greatly appreciate it. I have donated money to many causes in the past, so I am hoping that some good karma will be coming my way because of this. My PayPal ID to where you can send money is the same as my email address, which is samlorac@aol.com. For those of you who do not use PayPal, donations can be mailed to Carolyne Mas, 24419 Lanark Road, Brooksville, FL 34601. Checks or Money Orders will have to be made out to me personally as I have yet to open a business account under the name of "Our Animal Haus, Inc".

I do thank all of you. To the left, are some of the cats rescued from Barrow County, GA, most of whom are still kittens.

THE PASSING OF A REMARKABLE WOMAN - April 16, 2008

ANA LIDIA MAS GOMEZ, "Yiya", September 30, 1913 - April 1, 2008
I am finally able to write this without becoming an emotional wreck...I took care of my Aunt for the last 6 years of her life, and I am honored to have done so.

What can I say about a woman who had so much impact on my life? She was my soul mother, my friend, and one of the biggest supporters of my womanhood and my music, especially my piano playing and composing. She was fearless and jumped into everything head first, and I see now how she was the fire behind my father's eyes, pushing him forward to accomplish great things, guiding him into the wonderful world of imagination, laughter, and music. Two years older than my dad, they were as tight as a brother and sister could be. I am sure that if there is a heaven, she is playing the piano to my father's lush baritone, happy to be reunited with her best friend.

Ana held a Master's Degree in Econimics from Columbia University, and served as Economic Attache' to the United States in Mexico, a job which was created especially for her by the American Embassy in Mexico City. She traveled all over the world often by herself, which was relatively unheard of in her day, quite independent of her loving husband of 60 years, Ed. She even managed to care for her father until his death in the early 1980's. I have photos of her with Nixon, Ted Kennedy, and other powerful men who were her all her colleagues. Had she been born decades later, one can only imagine that she may have taken a more influential role in politics, such as Secretary of State or even President. She had all the grace, beauty, and sophistication of a Jackie Kennedy, and as if that was not enough, she was also an accomplished pianist, with an uncanny sense of rhythm.

Ana did Yoga with me on the floor of our den in Long Island around 1965, when no one had ever heard of it. She had a bell-like laugh, and she got a kick out of the fact that I was able to do the lotus position with little effort, like a "piece of rubber," she said. Around this time, I also remember her trying to bake a cheesecake, complete with the graham cracker crust. Her and my father both loved a good New York Style cheesecake, but I remember this as being an overwhelming task, complete with the hysteria of the almost forgotten grated lemon rind, and the ensuing mess that looked more like a science experiment gone wrong. I don't remember how the cheesecake turned out, but it became something of a joke-infused legend for a while, as my Aunt was not the domestic kind, and was looked upon by my parents as being somewhat spoiled because she was lucky enough to have a full time French cook at her home in Mexico.

So many memories...I could write a book about my Aunt...perhaps I should. Maybe the story of this remarkable woman is one that needs to be told...

OUR ANIMAL SANCTUARY - January 31, 2008

I have made the decision to quit playing music, I never play out anymore anyway, and devote my life to animal rescue, and to my family. We are at this moment seeking non-profit status for our ever-growing sanctuary...at last. Additionally, some of you may already know that I have been caring for my Aunt for some time now. Well, I am also caring for my Mom these days, and frankly I have no desire to be away from either of them at all anymore. This is where I am needed, and I feel that my life has real purpose when I can be of service to others who cannot help themselves.

Music has brought me more sorrow than good over the years, and the people that I associated with truly depleted all of the joy that I once had for my music. The world that I live in now is filled with love which is unconditional...something quite alien to the business of music.

I want to thank you for your support and loyalty over the years. It has meant a lot to me, and it was the last remaining reason why I still played at all, for a long time. To those of you who play guitar...I will be selling off my collection of guitars, which is quite extensive, on Ebay, or you may contact me via email if you are interested in finding out just what is for sale.

Love Always,
Carolyne
samlorac@aol.com

Giving to Those in Need
May I become at all times, both now and forever
A protector for those without protection
A guide for those who have lost their way
A ship for those with oceans to cross
A bridge for those with rivers to cross
A sanctuary for those in danger
A lamp for those without light
A place of refuge for those who lack shelter
And a servant to all in need.

- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

THE 1979 PROMO VIDEOS - March 12, 2007

With David Landau (guitar), Crispin Cioe (sax), Robbie Kondor (keys), Hugh McDonald (bass), Mike Finkelstein (drums).

This was recorded sometime during the early summer of 1979. They made me pin the hat to my head. After that, I refused to let the record company or my manager tell me what to wear. I had enjoyed wearing hats until that day, because I hated being told when and how to wear them. Many of the odd ways that I used to dress eventually showed up as fashion years later. It seems as if I was too early for a lot of things. I was sure given grief for the 'scruffy" way that I dressed, and my poor Dad went to his grave firmly believing that this was the main reason why I never had very much success. He never got to see how people dress now...

ROCK PALAST 1981, NOW 5 VIDEOS!!! - March 12, 2007

The Markthalle Theater, Hamburg, Germany, January 21, 1981. Charlie Giordano on piano this time, and Ricky DeSarno on guitar. Crispin, Ivan, and Bobby were still with me at this point.

This song is called "Due Relief," and it was never recorded because everyone thought it was too nasty. I always loved it!
This next song is our cover of The Grass Root's song, "Midnight Confessions." I made up most of the words because I could not get them off the LP. I remember my manager telling me that the publishers didn't care if I wanted to record it with the wrong words, it was okay. Unfortunately, Mercury Records had zero interest in me recording this song at all, despite the fact that it was a real show-stopper.
This is a really great Mark Johnson song called "Bad Love." What fun!!! Still my favorite of all of the songs I have ever written, "Baby Please." I was having dinner with my manager Faris in the winter of 1978. I excused myself from the table because I told him that I had to go home and write a song. I came back while he was still eating, with my guitar, and played him this song. It was snowing outside as I sang.
This is the song that they love so much in parts of Europe, "Sittin' in the Dark" It has helped keep my career alive. I still cannot understand or explain its immense popularity
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