New in Arts Market: Music by Nancy Wilson Buckler

CD by Nancy Wilson Buckler
CD by Nancy Wilson Buckler

I wrote about Florida singer/songwriter Nancy Wilson Buckler not long ago, explaining I’d always known her as a fellow grandmother. Then I discovered her music. Buckler’s work is heartfelt, and many of the songs will touch those who place family first. We listened to her CD recently on a trip to Carolina, and besides her lyrics, her voice is one of those memorable, well-defined instruments you won’t forget. Continue reading “New in Arts Market: Music by Nancy Wilson Buckler”

Recording group Gunboat Diplomats livens up holidays with ‘relentlessly chipper’ song

New Year celebration 1940
New Year Celebration 1940; National Photo Company Collection; gifted by Herbert A. French, US Library of Congress.

Musical group Gunboat Diplomats never ceases to surprise me, and the latest release holds to that standard. I’ve praised the work of this recording group before, often calling attention to their lyrics for artistic merit. Some of their songs have dark undertones—I really like that. I mean, how many musicians write songs with a nod to Albert Camus? I’d wager more than half of those under 40 couldn’t pick Camus out of a literary lineup on paper. Continue reading “Recording group Gunboat Diplomats livens up holidays with ‘relentlessly chipper’ song”

Florida filmmaker, on heels of success, wraps production on genre blend ‘The Waiting’

Promo poster for film 'The Waiting'Florida filmmaker F. C. Rabbath is in a minority of indie filmmakers. On the heels of wrapping a film picked up this year by robust distributor Gravitas Ventures, Rabbath set to work on a new film The Waiting. After a few weeks of editing, the new film will be sent to festivals.

Reception at those festivals will determine the world premiere. The Waiting is a blend of horror, romance, and comedy. Rabbath summed it up in a nutshell for Indie Art South. Continue reading “Florida filmmaker, on heels of success, wraps production on genre blend ‘The Waiting’”

Why is media giving advice about talking politics at your Thanksgiving table?

firepitI’m amused at all the advice from media about what to talk about at your Thanksgiving table. Whose business is it when it comes to what you and your circle talk about? Why are media even giving us unsolicited advice?

Maybe some families can talk politics peacefully, but I’d say those are few and far between. There’s a smarter option, though, and it should be free of the landmines that some families trip over when it comes to what you believe. Continue reading “Why is media giving advice about talking politics at your Thanksgiving table?”

Jax film influencer does festival in Texas at site of Stonehenge II

Stonehenge II in Odessa, Texas; photo by Billy Hathorn
Stonehenge II, a replica of the original, found a home in Odessa, Texas. (Photo credit Billy Hathorn at en.wikipedia)

I had drinks with Jared Rush the night before he had to catch an early morning flight to Texas. Rush was invited to serve as vice president of the West Texas Film Festival in Odessa. As always, Jared was excited about meeting up with all the filmmakers, fans, and various creatives involved in indie filmmaking. What most don’t know is that in a city with approximately 116,000 residents, there is an opportunity to see Stonehenge II. Continue reading “Jax film influencer does festival in Texas at site of Stonehenge II”