Click farms target aspiring musicians and you

It’s happened to me and I’d bet it’s happened to you. You’re listening to the radio or to your favorite stream service and a top charted song plays. You may think this top song isn’t all that great, and it’s by an up and comer. You ask yourself how that song even got released much less moved quickly to the top of the charts. As with so much else in life, it starts with dreams. Then come schemes and streams. Is it acceptable? Should this be disclosed? 

South Florida Country Music hails return of country to SunFest

SunFest is a big music festival held annually in downtown West Palm Beach (FL) on the waterfront. Of late the festival was heavy on pop, rock, and reggae. The 2019 SunFest adds a genre—country music. The country act is most definitely high profile. Florida’s country music advocacy group South Florida Country Music hailed the return. 

Drive-In: ‘Kill’ film adds Ocala to screenings tour, with retro twist

Back in the day drive-in theaters were a favorite place for teenagers, for obvious reasons. In the small town where I grew up, the local drive-in was off limits for some of us teens. I went one time. Someone saw me and told my mother. Justice was swift and I was an adult before I went to a drive-in again. I didn’t know there was a drive-in close to Jacksonville until I got an email about the places Durden Godfrey’s I Am Going to Kill Someone This Friday will screen.

Best nectar for fueling creativity? ‘Black gold’

What’s the best thing you can consume to fuel your creativity? For Americans, the nectar of the gods isn’t honey. It’s coffee. Some claim ‘black gold’ is addicting. Personally, addicting or not, I can’t imagine starting the day without coffee. Same goes for the afternoon. How much do you really know about coffee? 

What’s up in 2019 for the Crazy Daysies?

Every so often I do an update here about what the girls and their fellow musicians are up to. It looks like 2019 will be another busy year, but we’re hoping for a little more space in between gigs than we had in 2018. Rebecca learned that four gigs in the span of a week makes for one tired musician. If you work as a musician, you know how it is. You’ll have gigs on the book for a certain week, and a too-great-to-decline offer comes up. So you put it on the calendar. That happened quite a few times

Amid Super Bowl anthem controversy, Gladys Knight says “Get ready!”

Gladys Knight spoke about singing the national anthem for Super Bowl Llll in an interview posted by the NFL on YouTube. Amid criticism from a small but vocal collection of activists, Knight has maintained her calm and is sticking to her decision to sing the anthem. Knight has seen and participated in all aspects of the Civil Rights movement, recounting having to give separate performances for white and black audiences in the South of yesteryear. 

Meet photographer Mike Hamilton, quiet advocate for Florida musicians

Florida musicians have a talented advocate working quietly in the background at bars, festivals, and other venues. Mike Hamilton is becoming the persona grata in the world of Sunshine State music, and he’s drawing well-deserved attention for the many images he’s shot of musicians working in different genres. The first time I saw Mike, I had no idea who he was. He was shooting photos of Rebecca and Jennifer at one of their gigs. Later he posted some pics on Facebook and it was obvious he has a good eye for composition. I saw that he was photographing different bands,

Jacksonville music community options expand with Sam Ash opening

Sam Ash Music Stores recently opened a new store in Jacksonville (FL), at the former George’s Music location on Blanding Blvd. in Orange Park. Several thoughts occurred to me as I read comments on a Facebook thread about the new store. Searching for information, I learned some interesting things about the latest option in shopping for the Jax music community.

‘She sheds’ new to media, but not to moms and artists

If you’re a creative in any art form, you know the need for that special place. You have to have a place to create and refine your art. If you’re a mom, you may need that special place even if you aren’t interested in creating art. Now media are taking note of “she sheds”, the fem equivalent of man caves. These sheds are outdoors. The term may be new, but the concept is old. 

Norway authorities allege millions of ‘fake streams’ for Jay-Z’s Tidal

Anyone in the music business is aware streams of artists’ music play a vital role in their success. While indie artists’ fans often ask for CDs or vinyl, streaming stats supply numbers guaranteed to impress media and fans. Whether streaming numbers translate to similar numbers in fans is up for debate. Now Norway authorities are investigating US musician Jay-Z’s Tidal, alleging millions of “fake streams” for some artists. If true, this would result in disenfranchising others because of the way revenue is tabulated for artists. 

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