What’s up in 2019 for the Crazy Daysies?

Jen Day Thompson (left) and Rebecca Day (right) making up the Crazy Daysies duo opened the festival on Saturday. (Photo: Jen Day Thompson)
Jen Day Thompson (left) and Rebecca Day (right) making up the Crazy Daysies duo opened the festival. (Photo: Jen Day Thompson)

Every so often I do an update here about what the girls and their fellow musicians are up to. It looks like 2019 will be another busy year, but we’re hoping for a little more space in between gigs than we had in 2018. Rebecca learned that four gigs in the span of a week makes for one tired musician.

If you work as a musician, you know how it is. You’ll have gigs on the book for a certain week, and a too-great-to-decline offer comes up. So you put it on the calendar. That happened quite a few times in 2018.

There’s also the busy work of running a small business. Rebecca does a good job and I help as I can, but the paperwork alone can be tedious. Music looks glamorous from the outside, but when you’re on the inside of it and doing it fulltime, it takes a lot of energy.

Last year there were lots of personal events going on, and that made scheduling tricky. There’s good news and bad news on that front.  Continue reading “What’s up in 2019 for the Crazy Daysies?”

Amid Super Bowl anthem controversy, Gladys Knight says “Get ready!”

Gladys Knight spoke about singing the national anthem for Super Bowl Llll in an interview posted by the NFL on YouTube. Amid criticism from a small but vocal collection of activists, Knight has maintained her calm and is sticking to her decision to sing the anthem. Knight has seen and participated in all aspects of the Civil Rights movement, recounting having to give separate performances for white and black audiences in the South of yesteryear.  Continue reading “Amid Super Bowl anthem controversy, Gladys Knight says “Get ready!””

Verizon ad during championship game day shows Gillette how it’s done

Tongues wagged for a week about a Gillette ad purporting to set behavioral standards for US males, with many including me, criticizing the corporation for sanctimony and stereotyping. The ad dominated social media like tabloid Twitter for days. Another ad aired during the championship football games on Sunday, sponsored by Verizon. “The Team That Wouldn’t Be Here,” stands in sharp contrast to the Gillette messaging. Continue reading “Verizon ad during championship game day shows Gillette how it’s done”

Super Blood Wolf Moon is coming in all its glory past and present

Does the moon inspire you? If so, Sunday evening into Monday should send your imagination soaring. Late Sunday evening into the wee hours of Monday, a total lunar eclipse will occur. The moon will appear to be red.  Many of us in the US, barring clouds, will be able to see it. The January moon is popularly called the wolf moon. Thus, we have a Super Blood Wolf Moon. Do people really get a little crazy when natural phenomena like this occur?  Continue reading “Super Blood Wolf Moon is coming in all its glory past and present”

Meet photographer Mike Hamilton, quiet advocate for Florida musicians

Rebecca Day (The Crazy Daysies) with Mike Hamilton (This Guy Multimedia)
Rebecca Day (The Crazy Daysies) with Mike Hamilton (This Guy Multimedia)

Florida musicians have a talented advocate working quietly in the background at bars, festivals, and other venues. Mike Hamilton is becoming the persona grata in the world of Sunshine State music, and he’s drawing well-deserved attention for the many images he’s shot of musicians working in different genres. The first time I saw Mike, I had no idea who he was.

He was shooting photos of Rebecca and Jennifer at one of their gigs. Later he posted some pics on Facebook and it was obvious he has a good eye for composition. I saw that he was photographing different bands, and I became interested in his work.

Wednesday night Mike came out with a friend to hang with us at Brick Oven Pizzeria where Rebecca was doing a solo show. I told him I wanted to write about him and I asked him a few questions.  Continue reading “Meet photographer Mike Hamilton, quiet advocate for Florida musicians”

Jacksonville music community options expand with Sam Ash opening

Sam Ash Music Stores recently opened a new store in Jacksonville (FL), at the former George’s Music location on Blanding Blvd. in Orange Park. Several thoughts occurred to me as I read comments on a Facebook thread about the new store. Searching for information, I learned some interesting things about the latest option in shopping for the Jax music community. Continue reading “Jacksonville music community options expand with Sam Ash opening”

‘She sheds’ new to media, but not to moms and artists

If you’re a creative in any art form, you know the need for that special place. You have to have a place to create and refine your art. If you’re a mom, you may need that special place even if you aren’t interested in creating art. Now media are taking note of “she sheds”, the fem equivalent of man caves. These sheds are outdoors. The term may be new, but the concept is old.  Continue reading “‘She sheds’ new to media, but not to moms and artists”

Norway authorities allege millions of ‘fake streams’ for Jay-Z’s Tidal

Anyone in the music business is aware streams of artists’ music play a vital role in their success. While indie artists’ fans often ask for CDs or vinyl, streaming stats supply numbers guaranteed to impress media and fans. Whether streaming numbers translate to similar numbers in fans is up for debate. Now Norway authorities are investigating US musician Jay-Z’s Tidal, alleging millions of “fake streams” for some artists. If true, this would result in disenfranchising others because of the way revenue is tabulated for artists.  Continue reading “Norway authorities allege millions of ‘fake streams’ for Jay-Z’s Tidal”

Against all odds, after successful release, ‘Gosnell’ film goes to DVD

Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer became a film against all odds. Why? The subject matter is one of the most debated political topics in the nation.  Continue reading “Against all odds, after successful release, ‘Gosnell’ film goes to DVD”

CD Baby announces sharp uptick in money paid to member artists

On the heels of substantial increases in payouts for 2017, CD Baby has once again announced a sharp uptick in money paid to member artists. Payouts totaled “well over $100 million” according to an announcement on the CD Baby website. What does this mean to indie artists? Does it mean anything to their supporters?  Continue reading “CD Baby announces sharp uptick in money paid to member artists”