The image of the guitar on my piano is the photo I use for the Indie Art South Facebook page. I found the guitar at Jacksonville’s Riverside Arts Market one Saturday a couple years ago. My daughters were doing music there, and I had a great time looking at many different works of arts and crafts. Jacksonville is such a big city in terms of land area, it’d be hard to come up with a comprehensive list of all the local arts markets. I’ve settled for pointing out a few I’m familiar with. Continue reading “Coming to Jax? Shop local arts and farmers’ markets”
Poet Jennifer Reeser has a new sonnet at Rattle, a print and online magazine known for publishing poets laureate and emerging voices. The sonnet, “Strong Feather Buries the White Woman’ is powerful, not just in terms of the history of our young country, the US, but in terms of my personal history.
By coincidence as I read her sonnet for the first time, I was also engrossed in Reeser’s latest collection, Indigenous. In between reading those poems, I’ve been immersed in reading the A Song of Ice and Fire novels the HBO series Game of Thrones was based upon. Her work is a perfect fit for those novels. Why? Continue reading “Reeser’s ‘Strong Feather’ sonnet like a kick in the gut”
Nashville star Eric Church must be on top of the world right now. Church, the come-from-behind guy who was once dropped by Rascal Flatts during a tour, set records for audience totals on May 25 at Nissan Stadium in the city famous for country and now country pop.
Defying critics’ predictions, Church managed to deflect a lot of criticism leveled at him after a Rolling Stone piece featured some of the singer’s political pronouncements less than one year ago. Continue reading “Nashville blowout: Eric Church sets record despite last year’s brouhaha”
Early on, I knew my children would love music. In our younger years, my husband and I squeezed the household budget to provide music lessons for both our girls. The only mandate we issued was to tell them we would never tell them to practice, but if they didn’t practice, we would stop paying for the lessons. They held up their end of the bargain, and now they both do music as their only job outside the home.
When I saw an event notice on Facebook, I realized there’s a wonderful opportunity for Memorial Day weekend, and especially if you have children interested in music, Concert on the Green will be a fantastic experience for the whole family. Continue reading “Concert on the Green: The gift of music for young and old”
Abstracts and releases about study results proliferate these days, and scribes who write for news sites often don’t go beyond the excerpts. Now some media are running stories about a study done on “high school students”, with results indicating “intelligence to be a significant predictor of the preference for instrumental music, but not of the preference for vocal-instrumental music.” Genres of instrumental music cited by The NY Post include “jazz, classical, big band and ambient/electronica.” If you buy into this sweeping statement, it’s a good idea to consider relevancies, some of them pointed out by the study author who is a PhD student at Oxford Brookes University in the United Kingdom. Continue reading “Study abuse: ‘Smarter people listen to instrumental music’ (in Croatia)”