North Florida music community loses a family member with Mike Hamilton’s passing

Flowers.Indie Art South photoSaturday was a pretty lousy day here all around. I came home late that afternoon after a situation involving a family member who’d been injured in a traumatic accident. I sat down to collect myself and look at my messages. I saw a text that said, “Damn. Mike passed away.” Continue reading “North Florida music community loses a family member with Mike Hamilton’s passing”

Demands of music slowed it down, but artist’s novel ready for release

Cover of Rebecca Day’s new novel, ‘Derelict’.

Most creatives are good at more than one discipline. I know photographers who can also draw and musicians who are great writers. It didn’t surprise me when Rebecca told me she was writing a novel. She and Jenn have both always been good writers.

I have to say it did surprise me when she told me the first draft was baked. I have to admit I had no idea what to expect. Continue reading “Demands of music slowed it down, but artist’s novel ready for release”

Chris Young pleased packed house, but disappointment over ‘Neon’

Chris Young, Lo Cash, Chris Janson concert Sept. 12 2019 Daily's Place Jax, FL
The concert featuring Chris Young as headliner with guests Lo Cash and Chris Janson drew a packed house on Sept. 12, 2019 at Daily’s Place in Jacksonville, FL. (Photo: Rebecca Day/The Crazy Daysies)

Chris Young, his opening act LOCASH, and second act performer Chris Janson delivered a crowd pleasing concert in Jacksonville (FL) at Daily’s Place on Thursday, September 12. Amid delight over the great music, there was some disappointment. If you asked a fan of Chris Young which song is probably the most well known, it would likely be “Neon”, from the album of the same name.  Continue reading “Chris Young pleased packed house, but disappointment over ‘Neon’”

Hemming Park gets ready for second Hispanic heritage celebration

Hemming Park; image Indie Art SouthIt’s no secret Hemming Park is one of my favorite places in Jacksonville. You see so many different kinds of people, and it’s wonderful to talk to many of them. I can’t think of another location in North Florida that features events celebrating all the different mixes of cultures our city is blessed with. On September 21, the Park will host the second Hispanic heritage Celebration, and I can guarantee you it will be a lot of fun. Continue reading “Hemming Park gets ready for second Hispanic heritage celebration”

For me, Jackson’s song stands out among top branded works on 9/11/2001

New York City; Spring, 2001. Photo by Jen Day-Thompson
New York City; Spring, 2001. Photo by Jen Day-Thompson

It’s not surprising that the attacks on the US on September 11, 2001 inspired art in different genres. One of the most significant genres is the music that tragic day produced. For my generation, and those younger, 9/11 was perceived in a manner similar to the way my grandparents and parents responded to Pearl Harbor Day observed on December 7. Some songs touch us more than others. Continue reading “For me, Jackson’s song stands out among top branded works on 9/11/2001”

Country of Norway turns US state of Texas into adjective

Texas capitol; photo by Carol M. Highsmith, US Library of Congress Digital Collection
Photo of Texas capitol by Carol M. Highsmith, archived at US Library of Congress Digital Collection.

When I first saw the Tweet about Norway’s use of the word ‘texas’, I thought it was satire. I did some digging and found out it isn’t. It seems the good people of Norway have turned one of the largest states in the US into an adjective. In the US there’s an old saying, “Everything’s bigger in Texas.” Maybe that’s true because it looks like there are no other US states whose names have been turned into a modifier. Continue reading “Country of Norway turns US state of Texas into adjective”

Questions, anger after tragic wreck kills Texas rising star and a teen in Taos

Profile photo of Kylie Rae Harris from @KylieRH on Twitter.
Profile photo of Kylie Rae Harris from @KylieRH on Twitter.

Texas singer-songwriter Kylie Rae Harris’ career was set to take off. She’d enjoyed attention from media lately and had gotten good reviews of her latest album release. Her heartfelt song “Twenty Years From Now” was written to her young daughter, and listening to it raises questions in addition to questions about the tragic wreck that took her life and the life of an innocent teen, Maria Elena Cruz. Continue reading “Questions, anger after tragic wreck kills Texas rising star and a teen in Taos”

Enduring Dorian: Coffee, hurricane snacks, and Dave Chappelle

Promo for Chappelle 'Sticks and Stones'
Promotional image of Dave Chappelle from netflix.com

Here in North Florida, Hurricane Dorian drew our attention for a week. That storm had a hard time making up its mind. Once we saw what Dorian did to the Bahamas, we were saddened by the damage and we were concerned about possibilities here. I’ve been through a number of hurricanes in my life, and those experiences have led to a certain amount of knowledge about what to do and what not to do. Most of all, never panic, even if a hurricane comes ashore two weeks ahead of your baby’s due date and your husband is out of town.

We endured Dorian this week, and there were some activities that helped. Coffee topped the list. We have to have coffee because storms often come in the wee hours and disrupt sleep. We have to have snacks in case we lose power. We also like to have entertainment if we have power, and this hurricane’s honors go to Dave Chappelle for his special ‘Sticks and Stones.’ Continue reading “Enduring Dorian: Coffee, hurricane snacks, and Dave Chappelle”

Despite Hurricane Dorian and a turnpike miss, we kept the music going

VIP Lounge Coral Sky Amphitheatre
Outside the VIP Lounge at Coral Sky Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach. (Photo: Indie Art South)

As the Labor Day weekend approached and Hurricane Dorian loomed, Rebecca and I packed our bags to head for West Palm Beach (FL). She’d done a great show the night before at Seven Bridges on Jacksonville’s southside where many supporters showed up to celebrate their friends’ birthdays.

Although the hurricane was hundreds of miles away, our family went into overdrive on concerns. I kept wishing I could send them a map of Florida so they could visualize how far away the storm was. I also kept wishing I could toss my phone into the pool. When we set out, I told her the trip would be like all road trips—an adventure. And it was. Continue reading “Despite Hurricane Dorian and a turnpike miss, we kept the music going”

For rising star Bryan McClure, most challenging role was in film not released yet

Mindhunter series Netflix promo screen
‘Mindhunter’ is in the top five on Netflix. (Netflix promo poster)

Ask an actor about his most challenging role, and most would select a box office topping film or popular TV or streaming series. Not Bryan McClure. For this actor, his most challenging role was in a film he said hasn’t “made it past the cutting room floor.” Considering some of the stars he’s acted alongside, that came as a surprise. He could’ve picked one for name drops. He didn’t. Continue reading “For rising star Bryan McClure, most challenging role was in film not released yet”