Would your favorite indie musician qualify for SoundCloud’s new ‘Promote’ tool?

image of cash currency, Indie Art SouthSound Cloud, a streaming service based in Europe, has a new tool for musicians, and it’s likely an aim for more market share. There’s a hitch or two, though, for indie musicians because you have to meet certain requirements to be able to use the new ‘Promote’ tool. Would your favorite indie musician qualify?

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Revisiting a classic: Shirer’s work on The Third Reich

Nazi Youth with their first flag. From US Library of Congress
Nazi Youth with their first flag. From US Library of Congress; sometimes between 1923-1933.

Pt. 1

How much do you really know about the Nazis?

I was born in the aftermath of World War II, and there were so many of us born in hope after the great despair of the war, my generation acquired the now derogatory label ‘boomers’. It stands to reason that I would be very interested in that war, in what caused it, and why it mattered so much that we named it a world war after declaring the first World War would end all wars. I grew up hearing stories of oil cloth placed over windows when sirens would sound the alarm, and of ration cards for gas and sugar. I still have some of those ration cards.

Those are some reasons I am writing about my revisit of William L. Shirer’s The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich. There’s another more immediate reason, though. Continue reading “Revisiting a classic: Shirer’s work on The Third Reich”

Jack Ryan, Season 2, satisfies and mystifies as some critics miss the Venezuela boat

Photo of Mt. Roraima in Venezuela from CIA World Fact Book.
Photo of Mt. Roraima, the world’s highest tabletop mountain, in Venezuela from CIA World Fact Book.
Promo poster from Amazon Prime
Promo poster of Jack Ryan from Amazon Prime

Tom Clancy’s ‘Jack Ryan’ is back on Amazon Prime for Season 2, and it’s not surprising to see some critics completely miss the boat. Venezuela is the location for this season, and the story is vintage screen version Clancy.

Secret mining ops for a valuable mineral. Corruption within a brutal government regime. Sophisticated technology that has to do with the South China Sea—this last aspect is a bit confusing, I admit. Overall, though, this is one series you want to watch from start to finish. Continue reading “Jack Ryan, Season 2, satisfies and mystifies as some critics miss the Venezuela boat”

Does Florida have a shot at an Alan Jackson concert?

Image from Facebook page @officialalanjackson
Image from Facebook page @officialalanjackson

Country music legend Alan Jackson has announced the cities where he’ll perform for his 2020 tour. Jackson has included cities like Atlanta. That stands to reason because he was born in Georgia. He’s also included Columbia, SC. What top state is missing completely? Continue reading “Does Florida have a shot at an Alan Jackson concert?”

Holiday travel approaches, evoking Airbnb, hotel horror stories

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Shutdowns and slowdowns are familiar to those of us who travel the East coast frequently. (IAS photo)

If you travel frequently, and you aren’t wealthy, sometimes an Airbnb can cost less than a hotel. An Airbnb can also come in handy if you have children or if you plan to have guests (within specified limits) over. In my circle, we’ve had good and bad experiences with Airbnb. The same goes for hotels. Continue reading “Holiday travel approaches, evoking Airbnb, hotel horror stories”

The Legend of the Last Panther of the Ozarks

New attention for Frank Sanford after rare video published

Still shot of Frank Stanford from the recently released short documentary 'It Wasn't a Dream, It Was a Flood'.
Still shot of Frank Stanford from the recently released short documentary ‘It Wasn’t a Dream, It Was a Flood’.

How I discovered Frank Stanford could be interpreted in different ways.

To the devoutly logical, it was purely by accident. During a search for southern gothic writers, my cursor just happened to click on his thumbnail image in some random act even though I was dragging it in the opposite direction. Continue reading “The Legend of the Last Panther of the Ozarks”

Freak witch ordered online brings bizarre surprise—what is she saying?

Ghosts at Halloween image Indie Art South
Image by Indie Art South

I have a lot of holiday decorations, so I don’t buy as much as I used to. But this year, I decided to buy something new, and I settled on a witch I found at an online retailer. I told Rebecca this would be a great addition to her Halloween greeting on her public music page.  Once the witch arrived, we got a big surprise.
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From Hank Williams’ grave to Tootsies Orchid Lounge, musical ghosts abound

Hank Williams' grave in Montgomery, AL ; photo by Carol M. Highsmith, US Library of Congress
Hank Williams’ allegedly haunted grave site in Montgomery, AL. (Photo: Carol M. Highsmith; US Library of Congress)

Have you ever seen something you couldn’t explain, something others might call a ghost? Or maybe had an uncomfortable moment when something you couldn’t explain happened? I have—it’s a family tradition where I come from. Just in time for Halloween, there’s a nifty list of country music’s most haunted places, and one of them is Hank Williams’ grave. That grave in Montgomery, Alabama was memorialized in a song by none other than Alan Jackson.

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Ten creepy songs and quirky notes to rattle your Halloween bones

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It’s that time of year again, and for us Halloween enthusiasts, it’s a favorite holiday full of imagination and treats. Once dark comes in our neck of the ‘burbs, the doorbell starts ringing and stays in motion for about two hours. Music enhances the mood, and I personally selected ten creepy songs to rattle your Halloween bones.

This is a purely subjective, non-academic list, and I included some ‘quirkies’ about the songs as well. Did you know one of the most popular Halloween tunes was actually banned by a network?
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Lady Antebellum reminds us of necessary tradeoffs for success

image of new album Ocean from ladyantebellum.com
Image of new album ‘Ocean’ from ladyantebellum.com

Lady Antebellum’s new song, “What I’m Leaving For”, is a reminder of what we trade off, by necessity, in order to succeed. Listening to it for the first time I was reminded of demands my own work, and that of my husband, placed on us, and the feelings inspired when either of us had to be absent from the family. The video, replete with scenes from the band’s personal life, perfectly illustrates the push and pull of necessity. Once you’ve ‘adulted’, you quickly figure out that work is a necessity, not a luxury, regardless of what you do for a living. Continue reading “Lady Antebellum reminds us of necessary tradeoffs for success”