Live music saved the night—literally—as Billy Buchanan saved a life in Florida

image of Billy Buchanan from Facebook public page
Image of Billy Buchanan from Facebook public page @billybmusic.

If you’re a traveling musician, your stories are probably legion once you’ve done this for a few years. Jacksonville (FL) musician Billy Buchanan has one to top them all. Live music literally saved the night, and a life, on Saturday at The Villages in Sumter County, Florida. Continue reading “Live music saved the night—literally—as Billy Buchanan saved a life in Florida”

In music whodunnit, reward increases for Junior Brown’s Big Red

Junior Brown photo from Facebook
Image of Junior Brown from @officialjuniorbrown on Facebook

In Massachusetts, a burglary has created a whodunnit that has rocked the music world. Big Red has gone missing, and a reward for its return has been increased. How did an iconic guit-steel go missing? And what is a guit-steel? Continue reading “In music whodunnit, reward increases for Junior Brown’s Big Red”

No manager, no label, but Vulfpeck sold out Madison Square Garden

Video snip from Facebook @vulfpeck.com
Video snip from Facebook @vulfpeck.com

Vulfpeck, a band from Michigan with no manager or record label pumping their brand, managed to sell out their Sept. 28 concert at Madison Square Garden. They didn’t spend one dime on advertising. The band has “never had a hit single”, according to an article in Billboard. How’d they do it? Continue reading “No manager, no label, but Vulfpeck sold out Madison Square Garden”

Moon (and ancestor) obsession renewed as October delivers a gazer’s delight

Hunter’s Moon image by Indie Art South.

From the time I was a child, I’ve been obsessed with the moon. My parents and I lived with my grandmother and her brother when I was small, and in those days, security wasn’t a big issue. You could see through the lace panels on my bedroom windows—the windows were a single sheet of glass. I loved to look at the moon on nights when it was visible. I still do. Last night I walked outside and found a view, but it was a view with a twist. Continue reading “Moon (and ancestor) obsession renewed as October delivers a gazer’s delight”

Versatile writer will share experiences at Ponte Vedra FOL author event

Dorothy K. Fletcher has received a number of awards, including an award from the Florida Authors and Publishers Association. (Used with permission)
Dorothy K. Fletcher has received a number of awards, including an award from the Florida Authors and Publishers Association. (Used with permission)

Author Dorothy K. Fletcher will share her stories at the launch of the new Friends of the Library speaker series at the library in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida on Tuesday, Oct. 15 from 6:30-7:45 p.m.

Dorothy has written nonfiction articles, a novel, books of poetry, a children’s book, and books on history. To say she is versatile is an understatement.

I’ve known Dorothy for quite some time, and she is a fascinating speaker. We shared the podium at the US Library of Congress for Florida Poets Arrive, and my publisher also brought out her poetry book, Zen Fishing and Other Southern Pleasures. Continue reading “Versatile writer will share experiences at Ponte Vedra FOL author event”

Bastiat Jax meeting at Posting House tackled bitcoin, touched on mystery of Nakamoto

Refreshments and libations at Posting House, San Marco area of Jacksonville
We enjoyed our cheese and fruit tray and drinks very much at Posting House in the San Marco area of Jacksonville. (Photo: Indie Art South)

Are you curious about bitcoin? I was, and that led me to attend the October meeting of the Bastiat Society, Jacksonville chapter, at Posting House on Wednesday. Guest speaker was Nick Baldwin, and his talk was very informative. Naturally, the topic of the mysterious Satoshi Nakamoto came up. Discussion of “fiat currency” also arose. There is one absolute about meetings of the Bastiat Group Society in Jacksonville. Continue reading “Bastiat Jax meeting at Posting House tackled bitcoin, touched on mystery of Nakamoto”

Tyler Childers gets it right on country and perils of Nashville

Carolina cotton field. (Photo by Indie Art South)
Carolina cotton field. (Photo by Indie Art South)

Tyler Childers, in an interview posted on Spotify, pegged the new Nashville in a perfect way. He said of the city that is “the largest growing and developing city in the nation”, one traditionally known for country music, “Once you’re immersed in that, then there’s just a disconnect to the reality of what country life is.” In my opinion, Childers gets it right. Continue reading “Tyler Childers gets it right on country and perils of Nashville”

Was Ellen right or wrong about befriending people who disagree with your politics?

Screen capture from @TheEllenShow on Twitter
Screen capture from @TheEllenShow on Twitter

Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres responded to criticism after she shared a Sunday afternoon football game with friends. The problem? Former president George W. Bush was also a guest at the gathering. DeGeneres is defending herself again, having done so publicly on a number of occasions. What’s she defending? Continue reading “Was Ellen right or wrong about befriending people who disagree with your politics?”

Newseum closing and Twitter outage: Media climate not subject to change

Tweet from @Newseum Oct 2, 2019
Image from @Newseum on Twitter Oct. 2, 2019

Breaking news brings word the Newseum in Washington, D.C., is closing at the end of this year. Concurrent with that news, Twitter experienced an outage that seemed to impact different areas of the world and some users freaked. The Twitterverse-down event happened late Tuesday night on US time. Despite the way they’re perceived, both these matters are signs that the media climate is not subject to change. Continue reading “Newseum closing and Twitter outage: Media climate not subject to change”

In Clay County, veterans honored with flyover, cannon fire, and day of tributes

A flyover by the Dreamland Squadron at the Clay County Veterans Day Appreciation Event. (Image: Indie Art South)
A flyover by the Dreamland Squadron at the Clay County Veterans Day Appreciation Event. (Image: Indie Art South)

On Saturday, September 28, the 3rd Annual Clay County Veterans Appreciation Day event wasn’t just another pomp and circumstance affair. Not only was there an awesome flyover, there was a moment when many of us were startled despite being warned ahead of time.  That happened when the cannon was fired. The volume of the thundering sound most definitely had an impact . I could only imagine what it would sound like if I was a soldier on a battlefield of yesteryear. Continue reading “In Clay County, veterans honored with flyover, cannon fire, and day of tributes”