New Year’s resolution South Carolina should make and keep

flipped truck on highway
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)

Gunboat Diplomats’ song picked for use in Shyamalan film ‘Glass’

Gunboat Diplomats Crazy About You
Jacksonville Beach recording group The Gunboat Diplomats’ song “Crazy About You” has been licensed for use in the upcoming Shyamalan film “Glass” starring Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson.

Indie Art South has followed recording group Gunboat Diplomats for quite some time, reporting favorably on their compositions. Now the Jacksonville Beach (FL) group has reasons to celebrate something besides Christmas. Keith Holmes, who does lead vocals on the song, “Crazy About You,” told IAS the song will be included in content for use in M. Night Shyamalan’s new film Glass.

Holmes isn’t shouting the news from the rooftops—he shared it as an aside in an email exchange in response to my mentioning song licensing opportunities.  Continue reading “Gunboat Diplomats’ song picked for use in Shyamalan film ‘Glass’”

Shania Twain joins critics of radio content

Shania Twain Now Tour poster
Shania Twain tour poster from her page: facebook.com/ShaniaTwain/

If you read here at Indie Art South, you know how I feel about radio content. Regardless of genre, it all sounds the same to me. Country, pop, rock, and rap have all been homogenized in the interest of profit. That’s perfectly legal, but also perfectly boring. Now Shania Twain has added her voice to those of other high profile critics, although her focus is country.  Continue reading “Shania Twain joins critics of radio content”

Gunboat Diplomats recording group serves up Christmas cheer with new song

Ok. I’m a sucker for a Christmas song. My daughters know this too well. I’m always bugging them to learn more Christmas songs. Sometimes they accommodate me, sometimes they don’t. So it made my day this morning to get an upbeat, kicking Christmas tune in my email from Gunboat Diplomats.  Continue reading “Gunboat Diplomats recording group serves up Christmas cheer with new song”

From 3 hour gigs playing for bartenders to Grammy and more: Now Hootie roars again

 

Hootie & the Blowfish
Hootie & the Blowfish have announced their Group Therapy Reunion tour. (Image snip from band’s Facebook page)

By now you probably know Hootie & the Blowfish have announced a new tour and a new album, their first together in a decade. What some fans may not know is that the band began on indie footing, and according to frontman Darius Rucker, it took about seven years for them to get signed by a label.  Continue reading “From 3 hour gigs playing for bartenders to Grammy and more: Now Hootie roars again”

Misty Posey releases ‘Moon, Oh Moon’, performs for ‘Celtic Christmas’ in Dallas

Photo of Misty Posey used with permission; still shot from video.
Photo of Misty Posey used with permission; still shot from video.

Misty Posey has released a new original, “Moon, Oh Moon”, and she’s aiming for more. In an email, she told me, “I am currently getting my recordings and artwork together for a full debut CD.” She’s doing this after selling out of her EPs at a Celtic-Renaissance festival. This week Posey will head to Dallas to a concert I’d love to hear. Posey will perform in two concerts on Dec. 7 and 8. “Celtic Christmas with the Selkie Girls and Friends” promises an evening of holiday sounds you can bet are honed to perfection.  Continue reading “Misty Posey releases ‘Moon, Oh Moon’, performs for ‘Celtic Christmas’ in Dallas”