Coming to Jax? Shop local arts and farmers’ markets

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.

Reeser’s ‘Strong Feather’ sonnet like a kick in the gut

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

Nashville blowout: Eric Church sets record despite last year’s brouhaha

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.

Concert on the Green: The gift of music for young and old

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

Study abuse: ‘Smarter people listen to instrumental music’ (in Croatia)

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

Football great has perfect take on GOT finale; author clears up rumors

My husband is still amused at my anger over the not so grand finale of Game of Thrones. After all these years of intrigue, war, and treachery, and after the incredible manipulation of fire-breathing dragons, how could the writers let us down in such an epic manner? I am now somewhat redeemed. Football great Aaron Rodgers, quarterback for the Green Bay Packers, had some things to say about the finale, and he perfectly summed things up. Yes, the finale was a giant bust, and not the kind of bust often bared or semi-bared in the iconic series.

‘50 States’ graph indicates musicians have a big money pie to target

Be forewarned. The chart is definitely addicting. BMI, along with other industry partners, has published a new graph and data indicating musicians in the US have a big money pie to target. It doesn’t matter if you’re a known brand or an up and comer. The market share for the industry is huge, and the state I live in has enough revenue churning to fire up the ambitions of any songwriter, performer, or other industry professional. Start with the overall US market–$143 billion in annual value and 2 million jobs.

Music entrepreneur founds first Bastiat society chapter in North Florida

A Jacksonville musician has established the first Bastiat Society chapter in North Florida to expand debate on free enterprise, property rights, sound money, and personal freedom. Rebecca Day, the Jacksonville music entrepreneur who founded The Crazy Daysies band, is establishing the first ever chapter of the Bastiat Society in northern Florida. Day aims to create a resource for members to discuss and explore ideas about free enterprise, economics, and individual freedom. The Jacksonville Bastiat Society, currently the only active chapter in the state of Florida, will be part of a network of existing chapters spanning the globe, hosting more than

Did they need Ghostbusters at our Early Vote site in Florida?

We headed out to vote in our local Jacksonville Elections on May 11, and this Early Vote experience was a bit different. There was a food truck in the parking lot at the South Mandarin Library, and there was also the car that  became an icon courtesy of the original Ghostbusters film. The car, ECTO-1, could have been the original or a replica—I’m not sure about that. It looked authentic. There were also different costumed characters wandering around. We saw one lady with this huge curved horn-looking thing. I’m not sure what it was.

Reeser poetry and GOT novels on my summer list–how about yours?

I’m not sure why I do this, because I read during the year too, but as summer approaches, I come up with a reading list. Maybe it’s a holdover from my school days. This year my list is ambitious. I’ve purchased Jennifer Reeser’s much-praised poetry collection Indigenous. I just purchased the 5-book bundle of George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire novels. I deliberately didn’t read the novels until the Game of Thrones series on TV began to come to a close, so I’ll read them now and do some commentary on the books in comparison to

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