New Year’s resolution South Carolina should make and keep

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Flipped trucks aren’t uncommon on any highway these days. (IAS photo)

My family travels I 95 frequently for many reasons, ranging from family to business. It’s a chaotic highway demanding defensive driving for survival. When we head to South Carolina, there’s a section of the highway that requires triple defensive driving. The section of I 95 between Savannah and our turnoff to I 26 is two lanes on both sides. That doesn’t sound like a big deal. It is, and South Carolina’s government should make a New Year’s resolution to fix it.  Continue reading “New Year’s resolution South Carolina should make and keep”

World’s most streamed 20th century song almost didn’t get produced

Universal Music Group recently announced “Bohemian Rhapsody” has officially become “the world’s most-streamed song from the 20th Century, as well as the most-streamed Classic Rock song of all time.” Considering the song was recorded more than 40 years ago, that’s quite phenomenal. What’s even more phenomenal is the fact the song almost didn’t get produced.  Continue reading “World’s most streamed 20th century song almost didn’t get produced”

Travel set for record highs ahead of Christmas; Florida wins top destinations

Atlantic Beach Christmas
Christmas at Atlantic Beach (FL), just down from Ragtime Tavern and Grille. (Photo: IAS)

If you’re traveling this Christmas, you’re not alone. You’ll be one of an expected 112.5 million travelers hitting the roads. The good news is that not everyone is heading in the same direction.

For Floridians, the news is a mix. My home state will benefit from all those travelers’ dollars, but three Florida cities are in the top ten destinations, and that means serious traffic on I-95 and other major highways.  Continue reading “Travel set for record highs ahead of Christmas; Florida wins top destinations”

Soft AC growing in radio; songwriters take note

When I read a headline at Music LinkUp, at first glance, I was confused. The header indicated soft AC “is enjoying a renaissance.” If you think AC only stands for that thermostat setting you hit when the temps rise uncomfortably, you’re wrong. The soft AC the Music LinkUp article is talking about has to do with radio, and musicians might want to take note.  Continue reading “Soft AC growing in radio; songwriters take note”

Shen Yun production: 5,000 years of Chinese culture you can’t see in China

It’s no secret art is suppressed in many countries,including some in the West. Such is the case with a production scheduled forApril 24-25, 2019 in Jacksonville, Florida. ShenYun—“the beauty of divine beings dancing”—recaps 5,000 years of Chinese culture, presenting the narrative in song and dance. Although the production can’t be shown in China, it’s shown widely in the West.

Once the communist party dominated China, controlling speech, property, and thought, Shen Yun was banned. Communism is atheistic in principle, and the new powers didn’t take kindly to a history replete with tales of “divine beings.” [Story continues after image.]

Shen Yun production
Poster for Shen Yun production (website snip)

The Jacksonville show will be held at the Times-Union Center downtown. Other performances in Florida include but are not limited to cities like St. Petersburg, Lakeland, and West Palm Beach. The official website for Shen Yun describes the show:

“THROUGH THE UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE of music and dance, ShenYun weaves a wondrous tapestry of heavenly realms, ancient legends, and modern heroic tales, taking you on a journey through 5,000 years of Chinese culture. Its stunning beauty and tremendous energy leave audiences uplifted and inspired.

A Shen Yun performance features the world’s foremost classically trained dancers, a unique orchestra blending East and West, and dazzling animated backdrops—together creating one spectacular performance.”

It’s sad that China censors art and speech in a country with such a rich heritage, but in any country where allegiance is to party and a sense of country is dispelled, the only art permissible is art approved by government fiat.

Shen Yun looks like a beautiful production. I hope to go to one of the performances here.

(Kay B. Day/Dec. 10, 2018)