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’”

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”

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”

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”

Confessions and concerns about privacy nix sharing icons at IAS

This wood engraving dated May 3, 1917, by Winsor McCay, was published by the New York American Editorial Page. The theme addressed concerns about the Espionage Act passed in June, 2017. The engraving is part of the US Library of Congress Digital Collection.
This wood engraving dated May 3, 1917, by Winsor McCay, was published by the New York American Editorial Page. The theme addressed concerns about the Espionage Act passed in June, 2017. The engraving is part of the US Library of Congress Digital Collection.

I’ve long had concerns about privacy, sharing methods, and search histories on the Internet. While there have long been activists concerned about government spying, there are less concerns about Big Tech spying although in my opinion it’s widespread. Have you ever looked at the long URL that shows up in your browser if you follow a search result from a list returned by the biggest search engine on the Web?

Have you ever thought about data harvested when you ‘share’ an article via social media? If you haven’t thought about it, maybe you should. Continue reading “Confessions and concerns about privacy nix sharing icons at IAS”

Coins with mint errors can be worth thousands—what’s in your quarters?

US coins Indie Art South picDo you ever really look at the change in your pocket? I don’t. I use it either to donate to various charity boxes at retailers or to offset getting more coins when I pay cash for something. I didn’t know that coins with mint errors could be in my purse, and I didn’t know they’re valuable. I came across an article about mint coin errors this morning, and I realized old coins are in many ways a work of art that can increase in value. Continue reading “Coins with mint errors can be worth thousands—what’s in your quarters?”

New radio play for Daysies’ music, and novel release for Rebecca

(L to R) Jenn Day Thompson, Rebecca Day/The Crazy Daysies photo by Mike Hamilton, This Guy Multimedia
(L to R) Jenn Day Thompson, Rebecca Day/The Crazy Daysies; photo by Mike Hamilton, This Guy Multimedia.

It’s been awhile since the last personal update about The Crazy Daysies, so there’s lots to report.

'Derelict' novel by Rebecca DayRebecca Day and Jennifer Day Thompson have had a chaotic year so far, and it doesn’t look like things will calm down anytime soon. Jenn and her husband David welcomed a new addition to their family, and there’s never a dull moment with a six-month-old and an almost four-year-old around. Good news came in this week as the sisters learned their music would be featured on another radio station. We finally have a publication date for Rebecca’s novel. And we’re packing bags for an exciting show in West Palm Beach. Continue reading “New radio play for Daysies’ music, and novel release for Rebecca”

J-Lo, other celebs jump on Acorns–could be option for indie artists

image of cash currency, Indie Art SouthJennifer Lopez, Alex Rodriguez, and other celebs have all invested in a new finance-tech company, and you can jump on it too, regardless of your wealth.

Acorns Grow isn’t your typical investment model—you don’t need $25,000 to buy in. As a matter of fact, you can do it with “spare change”, according to the Acorns website. The concept seems a good fit for struggling artists who aren’t able to tuck away large sums.

This really isn’t a brand new concept in every way, though. Continue reading “J-Lo, other celebs jump on Acorns–could be option for indie artists”