Verizon ad during championship game day shows Gillette how it’s done

Tongues wagged for a week about a Gillette ad purporting to set behavioral standards for US males, with many including me, criticizing the corporation for sanctimony and stereotyping. The ad dominated social media like tabloid Twitter for days. Another ad aired during the championship football games on Sunday, sponsored by Verizon. “The Team That Wouldn’t Be Here,” stands in sharp contrast to the Gillette messaging.

Super Blood Wolf Moon is coming in all its glory past and present

Does the moon inspire you? If so, Sunday evening into Monday should send your imagination soaring. Late Sunday evening into the wee hours of Monday, a total lunar eclipse will occur. The moon will appear to be red.  Many of us in the US, barring clouds, will be able to see it. The January moon is popularly called the wolf moon. Thus, we have a Super Blood Wolf Moon. Do people really get a little crazy when natural phenomena like this occur? 

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. 

CD Baby announces sharp uptick in money paid to member artists

On the heels of substantial increases in payouts for 2017, CD Baby has once again announced a sharp uptick in money paid to member artists. Payouts totaled “well over $100 million” according to an announcement on the CD Baby website. What does this mean to indie artists? Does it mean anything to their supporters? 

What’s wrong with Imagine Dragons doing halftime show for college football championship?

My indie arts family is psyched for the national college football championship game tonight between the Clemson Tigers and Alabama’s Crimson Tide. I didn’t know until yesterday that Imagine Dragons will do the halftime show. I hadn’t listened to much of that band’s music, but when I saw a columnist dissing them as halftime entertainment while expressing positive feelings about their music, I revisited their song “Zero” and a couple others. The columnist suggested a great musician would’ve been a better fit for the gig. I disagree. 

Seamstress as artist—one woman makes up to $5k per month

Music and writing may occupy space here more than most genres, but other art forms deserve attention too. Those who can sew expertly are true artists. I happened across mention of a woman who began her business as a hobby. She sewed tablecloths for her friends and went on to establish a business she said can make her up to $5,000 during the busy holiday season. 

Will indie authors and musicians catch the print and vinyl wave in 2019?

There appears to be a print and vinyl wave in progress if news reports are accurate. Books and vinyl records are holding their own, with print book sales increasing last year according to Quartz. This is good news to me, at least on the books end of things. I love books. I declare I won’t buy another one every time I dust the shelves of books in various rooms of my house. Then I go buy another one. Or two or more. As for vinyl records, I haven’t jumped on that option yet, but I might. The latest report I

New Year’s resolution South Carolina should make and keep

My family travels I 95 frequently for many reasons, ranging from family to business. It’s a chaotic highway demanding defensive driving for survival. When we head to South Carolina, there’s a section of the highway that requires triple defensive driving. The section of I 95 between Savannah and our turnoff to I 26 is two lanes on both sides. That doesn’t sound like a big deal. It is, and South Carolina’s government should make a New Year’s resolution to fix it. 

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