Bits'n' Pieces: Local band a hit with filmmakers

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Songs by Clark County residents Vince Johnson and Danny Clinton, who make up the country-rock duo the Clinton Johnson Band, will be featured in seven upcoming films.

The movies range from the animated film “Silver Circle” to the slasher flick “Primitive” and “Madoff: Made Off with America,” a movie about convicted Ponzi-schemer Bernie Madoff featuring Tom Sizemore and Rachel Hunter.

The songs that can be heard in these movies are off the band’s two CDs: “Behold A Pale Heart” and “Rivers Of Regrets.” Three songs in particular — “I’m Glad My Momma Can’t See Me,” “Every Car Behind Me Is A Cop” and “Will I Come Back to Haunt You” — have proved especially popular with producers.

“Those seem to be the ones that really lend themselves to film,” said Johnson, 49, who lives in Hockinson. “I think they just paint a picture.”

Johnson and Clinton were named emerging artists in May by the Coast to Coast AM radio show. For more information about the Clinton Johnson Band, go to http://www.myspace.com/ theclintonjohnsonband.

Vancouver author has new children’s book

When it comes to bedtime stories, Sameena Bachmeier has a hard time following directions.

Fairy tales are just far more interesting when you apply a little imagination, said the 31-year-old Vancouver children’s book author.

Bachmeier’s new book, “Old Mother Hubbard’s Messed Up Cupboard,” pretty much developed out of that philosophy, as she scrambled around classic tales for her three children while reading to them at night.

“They’re all rhyming, Mother Goose-type tales, with ‘Jack and the Beanstalk,’ ‘Snow White,’ but they’re all a little different,” Bachmeier said. “Little Bo Peep, for instance, instead of counting her sheep, she just kind of stays under the moon and eats spaghetti.”

Bachmeier has written six books so far for a variety of audiences.

Another recent release is “Banyan,” a historical fiction book for young adults that tells the story of a young woman who travels to different times with the help of a magical banyan tree stick.

Bachmeier will host her first book launch and costume party for her new children’s book in late September at Pop Culture, 1929 Main St. in Vancouver. Call 360-750-1784 for information.

“I’m excited to share my book with people. This is my first-ever signing event, and I really hope a lot of people stop by,” she said.

“Old Mother Hubbard’s Messed Up Cupboard” is available on Amazon.com and at the book launch for $14.95.

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