Media, Darling: My first record – part 1

Last year for the holidays, we asked some of our past Media, Darlings to share their favourite holiday traditions (check out part one here and part two here). This year, we decided to mix up it a little, and got them to spill about their very first album/record/tape/CD. The results were even better than we were hoping for. Without further ado, here goes the first round: 

Laura Serra: Culture Club’s Colour by Numbers. I used to turn our family room into a dance studio, jump off the sofas and boogie the night away.
Doug Wallace: Throughout the whole of the 1960s, I was obsessed with The Beatles. She Loves You came out when I was two years old, and the words were dead easy to remember! Aside from the obvious bubble gum compilations (so cheap and pressed for peanuts in Mississauga) that my teenaged siblings brought into the house every weekend, I spent my “drugstore” money on Beatles albums, until I had most of them — and then they broke up. And now, as they slowly die off (and their hair is brown still!), I have my eye on the complete iTunes set. On my list.
Flannery Dean: I have an older sister and so much of my music (like my clothing) was hand-me-down and consisted of mixed tapes (cassettes!) that she and her friends made. But my first big-girl purchase was a bargain-bin CD of Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits when I was 12 or 13. I bought it because I had a crush on a boy at school who was a self-styled troubadour in the vein of Bob D (he was adorable and pretentious — adorably pretentious). The crush on the boy faded. My affection (One Too Many Mornings) for Bob Dylan endured. 
Athena TsavlirisGosh, I think it would have to have been a Madonna album. I totally remember wearing white fishnet gloves and belting out Papa Don’t Preach into my curling iron. 

Maryam Siddiqi: I have a horrible memory and can’t remember the first album I bought (though I have faint visions of Corey Hart’s Christmas EP — on red vinyl!), but do know that the first poster I ever had on my bedroom wall was of Wham! It was the cover of their Make it Big album. Many a hairbrush was used as a microphone for my renditions of Wake Me Up Before You Go Go, and I had a bit of a crush on Andrew Ridgeley. Fun fact: I’ve never really cared for Careless Whisper.


Sasha Tong:  The first CD that I bought with my own money was Blind Melon, you know, the one with that cute bee-girl on the cover. Need I say more than No Rain? Come on, that song is a pretty awesome jam and to this day it’s still one of my go-to Karaoke songs. You should also know that I went to see them open for Lenny Kravitz in Vancouver when Shannon Hoon whipped out his BLEEP and peed on a person in the front row. I thought it was really cool back then and I actually still do….

Randi Bergman: The first tape I remember having was a single of TLC’s Creep, which incidentally was purchased for me by my grandmother. I can’t imagine that she would have bought it for me had she known the lyrical content, but then again… I had no idea what it meant either.

Mackay Taggart: My first album, I’m hesitant to admit, was Boyz II Men’s sophomore CD II.  I was 11 and (at the time) far from soulful, romantic or deep…though come to think of it perhaps the same can be said for Boys II Men. My one saving grave was that the CD was a gift, however enough digging would probably reveal a letter to Santa that requested the title along with the latest air powered NERF gun. Looking back on the lyrics of the album’s hit single I’ll Make Love To You, I question what a sixth grader could really glean from words like “Girl relax, let’s go slow, I ain’t got nowhere to go….Girl are you ready? It’s gonna be a long night”. Nonetheless I had my hands on a record spun nightly by Tarzan Dan on AM640, so I felt cool. All this said, acquiring that album back in Christmas of 1994 was probably the closest I’ve ever come to having “game”.

Bonnie Munday: I remember playing Supertramp’s Breakfast in America over and over again as a kid with my best friend Sandra in her basement. I loved the lyrics and that the band was British, but listening to it now, it’s pretty cheesy. 

Paul Boynett: My first album was Never Mind the Bollocks by the Sex Pistols. I bought it because my close friend brought over Rod Stewart’s Do Ya Think I’m Sexy and I needed to cleanse my ear palette as quickly as possible (do we even have ear palettes?). I had never even heard the band but their notoriety intrigued me so I bought it without hearing it. From the opening sound of boots marching in Holidays in the Sun to the very end, I love everything about the album – still.

Funny side story: I left the album at my British girlfriend’s house and her mom threw it out.  I thought it was because it was so loud and obnoxious, turns out it was because bollocks was a “bad” word over in the UK and she was offended by the reference. Who knew? I guess the album was an education as well.

Stay tuned for part two of our Media, Darling’s first albums next week. What was your first album? Leave a comment or tweet us @rockitpromo.


Media, Darling: Bonnie Munday

Bonnie Munday has been heading up Best Health magazine, now celebrating its third anniversary, since launching in spring 2008. The talented and energetic editorial team keep each other on their toes: “We are all very aware of the need, thanks to our jobs, to exemplify a healthy lifestyle. It’s a great motivation for eating smarter and exercising more,”  said Munday.
Previously, Munday had the good fortune to have lived and worked as a writer and editor based in Sydney, and in Hong Kong, in the heady days of the 1990s before the British colony was returned to China. She lives in Toronto (Roncesvalles neighbourhood) with her husband.

How did you get your start as an editor?
My course has been a little unusual: I got my start as a fact checker with Maclean-Hunter, then worked in Hong Kong for six years, returned to Canada to edit a business magazine, then joined Reader’s Digest Canada, where I am now. (Reader’s Digest publishes Best Health). I couldn’t be more thrilled to have been a part of shaping Best Health and continuing to lead an excellent team heading into our third birthday. Since my early days in magazines, I’ve often felt that starting at the bottom is the best thing you can do in this profession (of course, sometimes it’s your only choice). Knowing the nuts and bolts of the stories that go into a magazine helps you on the path of figuring out how to lead one.

What was your favourite class in high school? Why?
English literature (of course!), because I love reading and writing.

If you weren’t a Media, Darling, what would you be doing right now?
I’d probably still be one, but somewhere in Southeast Asia. I love that part of the world, although to me, Canada is truly where it’s at.

Pitching or follow up: Phone or email?
Email, please! But if you do pitch by telephone, please say what it is you are specifically pitching, and why you think Best Health is a good fit. “Teaser” voicemails are a waste of time.

We know irrelevant pitches, calling you the wrong name and eight follow-ups are no-no’s; what else should publicists avoid doing?
Please don’t send us product information that doesn’t include the retail price and where to purchase it, and please don’t send us photographs of a product unless the product’s packaging is correct.

Sunrise or sunset? Sunset, with a cold martini in hand.
Scent? I don’t have a one-and-only. Right now I am switching back and forth between Chanel No.5 and Tom Ford Neroli Portofino. I’m open to something different after those run out.
Cookie? Chocolate chip with walnuts.
Flower? Pink tulips.
Ticklish? Very.
Shower or bath? A shower to revive, a bath to relax. (Can you tell I’m a Gemini?)
Film? The Talented Mr. Ripley. Or maybe Il Postino. No, I’ve got it: To Have and Have Not (Lauren Bacall is brilliant!).
Crush? Truly, my husband, Jules. But if he became Daniel Craig for a day I guess I could live with that.
First job? Selling subscriptions to the Oakville Journal Record newspaper.
Inspiration? Aung San Suu Kyi. How that woman has continued to stand up for her convictions at the expense of her own freedom, and time with her loved ones, is incredible.