The needy artist: Equipment and wares

I have memories of doing book tours, and some of those memories aren’t the stuff sweet dreams are made of.  Even though I had a traditional publisher, if I was speaking at a small event, it was up to me to transport books, bio materials, and any other handouts related to my work. I quickly learned the importance of transport, a matter I’d never thought about as a budding writer.

Concert at Stetson to benefit Jax musician’s daughter

It was bad enough their daughter was in a terrible car accident. Making it worse, the accident happened on the other side of the country. Additional challenges involved care for the victim’s small  children and an ever-present search for resources to help her. A concert to benefit the victim will be held at Stetson University in Lee Chapel (Elizabeth Hall) on Wednesday, April 19, from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Most families would be overwhelmed. Kent Smedley, his wife Amy, and their younger daughter Kaitie chose to meet the crisis head on. 

‘I used to be French’: Irreverent and a perfect summer read

About this time of year, we book lovers keep our eyes peeled for potential books for summer reading. Maybe it’s the extended daylight hours. Maybe it’s just the feel of summer in general. Either way, choosing good books for our summer leisure is a tradition we keep. If you’re looking for a book that will at times make you laugh out loud as well as inform you about what it was like to grow up in France in the aftermath of World War II, I Used to Be French: an Immature Autobiography is well worth your time. Jacques Delacroix penned

Insurance adjuster’s self-pubbed book has enduring shelf life

Some books are read and soon forgotten while others remain relevant for years. The latter is the case for a book by Mandarin (Florida) public insurance adjuster Mark Goldwich.  Uncovered is the sort of book you’d want to keep on your shelf because ultimately, most of us will probably file at least one claim on our property in our lifetime.

With days to go, Cara Burky’s Blue Jay Listening Room nears fruition

Creatives are most definitely what I’ve come to call “thinkative” people. We come up with all manner of ideas, but as with everything else in life, the value is in the doing. Jacksonville Beach currently has a thinkative musician implementing a sensational idea. With just a little bit of help, this pioneer’s dream can become a reality and our community will benefit too.

Indie artists: Do you have a written plan?

When I was in college, I took a job with a successful businessman. I worked for him for years, until I got a job in media. I often joked I should have paid him for an education instead of the university I went to. I learned many things from him, but one of the most valuable was also one of the simplest. 

Indie artist Aaron Watson tops charts with ‘Vaquero’

Aaron Watson is defying the pop culture model again as his latest album Vaquero tops country music charts within two weeks of release. Watson has been relentless in his efforts to take his music directly to his supporters, and he’s done it without the artificial persona and synthetic sounds most big studios create for their entertainers. 

Kentucky bluegrass group masters harmonies, evokes heritage and faith

Kentucky bluegrass group Breakin’ Clay’s video popped up on my Twitter line this morning, and it took only seconds for their voices to create a welcome moment of joy in my workday. When it comes to bluegrass and gospel, the vocals seem to be a challenge for many bands. Not this one. 

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