Hurricane on the brain as Michael comes ashore, but storms date to antiquity

Stereograph shows child survivor of the Great Galveston Hurricane in 1900. Image from US Library of Congress: M.H. Zahner, publisher, c1900.
Stereograph shows child survivor of the Great Galveston Hurricane in 1900. Image from US Library of Congress: M.H. Zahner, publisher, c1900.

Sometimes when you’re listening to coverage about extreme weather events, you just have to laugh. Last night, I was watching the 11 o’clock news. The coverage opened with content about Hurricane Michael and its impact on Florida. The reporter breathlessly noted breaking news in an area the storm would likely target. What was the breaking news?  Continue reading “Hurricane on the brain as Michael comes ashore, but storms date to antiquity”

‘Ragtag roots artist insurgency’ set for Grass Roots Festival in Grass Valley

California will welcome indie musicians to Grass Valley October 19-21 for the Grass Roots Festival. At a time when packaged music dominates airwaves and streams, the organizers of this festival view it as a “ragtag roots artist insurgency.” What, exactly, does that mean?  Continue reading “‘Ragtag roots artist insurgency’ set for Grass Roots Festival in Grass Valley”

National Poetry Day launches in UK, but Americans get in on the fun

At first I thought it was a mistake because I’ve covered National Poetry Month stories for a long time. In the US, April is the month we celebrate poetry. As I read through posts on the Twitter cesspool, I realized the Brits celebrate the genre differently. Turns out today, October 4, is National Poetry Day in the United Kingdom. It also turns out I found some nice poems nestled in a lot of lame verses.  Continue reading “National Poetry Day launches in UK, but Americans get in on the fun”

The show must go on—unless you’re too sick

Every performer deals with it at some point. Things are bopping right along, going great, and then it hits. Someone gifts you with something you definitely don’t want—a virus. But you keep going because you have to. You may think to yourself it’s just a bug, and after a few days you’ll toss it off because you’re young and healthy. Then comes the point when you realize, yes, the show must go on, but sometimes, you just can’t.  Continue reading “The show must go on—unless you’re too sick”

French ‘Sinatra’ Charles Aznavour, who called attention to Armenian genocide, has died

If you’ve never listened to Charles Aznavour’s voice, you’re missing something lovely. Aznavour, widely described by media as the “French Frank Sinatra” died in southeastern France on October 1. Aznavour, whose given name was Shahnour Varinag Aznavourian, was 94 years old. The performer was wildly popular for his love songs, but he also penned the song “Ils Sont Tombes”, anglicized as “They Fell”, about the Armenian genocide.  Continue reading “French ‘Sinatra’ Charles Aznavour, who called attention to Armenian genocide, has died”