Let's forget Barack and John for just a minute and vote for someone that really makes a difference.
My friend Rachel Cole is a truly amazing singer/songwriter. She does it all - sings, plays the guitar, etc. Her songs are incredibly inspiring and her lyrics have given thousands of children an appreciation for Judaic traditions, our planet earth, how to treat one another, hidden feelings, and being a friend to people with disabilities. Rachel is one of those rare people who actually gets to do what she loves for a living and she's so damn good at it. She's also an amazing mom to her two children.
Rachel is one of those people who, in high school, I wanted to be friends with. I just thought she was so cool, but we were in somewhat different circles. She was much more part of the drama/musical theatre crowd than me, but somehow - through our afterschool jobs at the local library and our shared passion for "St. Elsewhere" (and Mark Harmon) - we became friends. To this day, I cannot hear the Rolling Stones' "As Time Goes By" without thinking of her; she performed it for a talent show or some such performance in high school and made it her own.
Rachel has been nominated for "Best New Artist" at the New Music Awards in Hollywood, CA. Anyone can vote - and with enough votes she'll win! Here's how to vote: Go here (if that doesn't take you to the New Music Awards site, paste this link in your browser: http://www.newmusicweekly.com/nmwawards.php?d=y.
In the second section, labeled AC/Hot AC, click on "New Artist." You will see a drop down list with Rachel's name. Click on that and then click the "Vote" button at the bottom of the page. That's all there is to it! (If that link doesn't work, you can vote through Rachel's website)
Congratulations, Rachel. You are so tremendously deserving of this, and I'm so proud to call you my friend.