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Friday, November 15, 2013

Brooklyn James Alias Bobbie Brooklyn Duell-McBride Releases New Video

Brooklyn James Alias Bobbie Brooklyn Duell-McBride Releases New Video
Jolie Blonde, is the title track off the album Jolie Blonde, which serves as the original music soundtrack to the novel by the same name. Jolie Blonde - the novel - releases December 2013. It's another one of those The Boots My Mother Gave Me-type book and music soundtrack compilations.

The song is a remake of the Cajun National Anthem, Jole Blon, made famous by Jo-El Sonnier, Doug Kershaw and Bruce Springsteen (my personal fave rendition). The novel is grounded in New Orleans, so this was the perfect song and title for the book. Jolie Blonde, the novel, is actually the Vigilare prequel and stand alone romantic suspense/coming of age.

Teaming up with I Am Mike Danger Productions (videographer and Mansfield University graduate) once again, we filmed the video in Sabinsville and Westfield, PA, using local talent. The lead female (Jolie Blonde) is Stephanie Painter. Steph is a graduate of Cowanesque Valley HS and attends college in Selinsgrove currently. Ethan Mead, the male lead, is a student at Cowanesque Valley HS and is no stranger to acting, as he has starred in many class plays. Steph and Ethan did a fantastic job in making the young love story and the inspiration behind the song come alive on screen. Not only are they gorgeous and talented, they're both extremely personable and just all around great individuals with bright and promising futures.

The accordion player is Amy Hess Mead of Sabinsville (and Ethan's mom). She jumped in at a moment's notice and did a great job with her part as well as helping throughout the day with the filming. Cowanesque Valley HS bodes two more individuals in the video. Kim Bonham, Westfield resident and CVHS Home Economics teacher, plays Jolie Blonde's 'mom.' We caught her coming in from 80s day at school. Wish we could have worked her hair and outfit into the video! And rounding out the cast is Connor Calaman, who doubled as burglar and Jolie Blonde's mom's 'choice boyfriend.'

Last but not least, the silver-haired couple walking away into the sunset was played by Gloria Duell (my mom) and Dick Mead (my uncle...who turns 80 this month...Happy Birthday Uncle Dick). Their part was pivotal in relaying the true message of eternal love behind the song -- "When your hair turns to silver, I'll still call you Delta Flower. Jolie Blonde, my Cajun baby, I wanna grow old with you."

According to legend, the song was originally written by a prisoner in a Louisiana jail cell who was pining over his 'pretty blonde' lover who left him for another. That doesn't sound like a very good ending, so our version, and many others, have turned the tune into a love song. Hope you all enjoy!

To download Jolie Blonde or other songs off the album, got to iTunes: or Amazon:

For signed copies, they are available at under the Music tab.

To get the novel Jolie Blonde or others by Brooklyn, you can visit her Amazon Author Central Page:

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