‘First Man’ erases US flag from historic moment in space race

If you’re old enough to remember how things were when you were young, it’s easy to sometimes wonder how artists revise or omit key moments in history. I was young when the United States won the space race with what was then the Soviet Union. I remember the day the US landed humans on the moon, and I remember astronauts working to plant the US flag. Now ‘First Man’, a film about that accomplishment starring Ryan Gosling is drawing controversy for erasing the US flag from the account. 

CMA 2018 Entertainer of the Year award will definitely not be a female

You really don’t have to look at the list of this year’s Country Music Association nominees to determine the winner will probably be male. For 2018, a male is a shoo-in. How can I be so sure? 

Jacksonville Landing shooting: Tragedy in gun-free zone

Yesterday I got a text from a loved one who wanted to know if all my family in Jacksonville was okay. Media were reporting a mass shooting in Jacksonville. I turned on the TV and watched as the latest assault on innocents commenced. I am still dismayed at the loss of lives and the injuries. I am still not surprised, however, by what happened on social media before the bodies and injured victims were removed from the site. 

Gunboat Diplomats latest: Paean to summertime pop

With Gunboat Diplomats, you never know what to expect. These musicians recording as a group, who perform in a variety of venues and bands, including solo acts, most definitely embrace variety. The last song, “Original Sin”, was described as “a bastardized bossa nova.” I liked that song, bastardization or not. The latest from GD is a sharp turn compared to past recordings, however. 

Count on a request for ‘Freebird’, but it’s not on popular karaoke list

It never fails. At least one person, at almost every gig from among hundreds of gigs in a single year, will request a song. The most frequent request by far, regardless of the city or state they’re playing in,  for our band is “Freebird”. It’s not on a popular list of karaoke songs, but another one Rebecca often plays is on it. “Friends in Low Places” is most definitely popular among all age groups, probably for one reason. 

Watch ‘Kill’ film and the psycho goes home with you

I finally got to watch the screener of Durden Godfrey’s film I Am Going to Kill Someone This Friday. I had to watch it on devices other than our TV, so I hope to see it soon on a bigger screen. I’d go so far as to say this is one of the best indie films I’ve seen. Before I write another word, I have to disclose something.

Saving Country Music notes negative impact on musicians from Facebook changes

I’ve told every musician and artist I know to not make the mistake of relying on one social media site to connect with fans. Now a major music site is pretty much doing the same, and if you’re an indie artist, read this article. It’s well worth your time. After Facebook changed its algorithm, musicians are among the hardest hit. How hard is the hit? 

Daysies’ livestream featured new songs, cancer fundraiser, and film producer

The Crazy Daysies had Friday night off, and ended up doing music anyway. It’d been awhile since they had time to do a livestream, so we invited some friends and family over and ended up having a ball. We heard a couple new covers and the original they’ll soon release. We also had some special guests. 

Music for a Friday: Meet Ahi, if you haven’t already

I spend a lot of time reading about music and listening to it. I do this because of my daughters’ business but also because I love music. I met Ahi not long ago by way of a blog I read. I have these Emily Dickinson moments when I find a song that just thrusts itself into my heart. I feel the same way when I find a poem that is a real poem instead of the artificial word games so many academics have reduced that genre to. When I found Ahi’s “Breaking Ground,” I got that Emily thing going. 

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