‘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.  Continue reading “‘First Man’ erases US flag from historic moment in space race”

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?  Continue reading “CMA 2018 Entertainer of the Year award will definitely not be a female”

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.  Continue reading “Jacksonville Landing shooting: Tragedy in gun-free zone”

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.  Continue reading “Gunboat Diplomats latest: Paean to summertime pop”

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.  Continue reading “Count on a request for ‘Freebird’, but it’s not on popular karaoke list”