Reeser poetry and GOT novels on my summer list–how about yours?

I’m not sure why I do this, because I read during the year too, but as summer approaches, I come up with a reading list. Maybe it’s a holdover from my school days. This year my list is ambitious. I’ve purchased Jennifer Reeser’s much-praised poetry collection Indigenous. I just purchased the 5-book bundle of George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire novels. I deliberately didn’t read the novels until the Game of Thrones series on TV began to come to a close, so I’ll read them now and do some commentary on the books in comparison to

Five Star Veterans Center to hold ‘Military Ball for ALL’ to help homeless vets in NE Florida

The art of dancing is one of the most pleasurable to engage in and watch, and at least 250 attendees will soon have a chance to do both. Supporters of the Five Star Veterans Center will come together at the Marriott on Salisbury Rd. on May 11 in Jacksonville to help homeless veterans in Northeast Florida. In addition to ballroom dancing, the evening includes appearances by US Marines, Sen. Aaron Bean, and a veteran who received a Players Championship Award.

Brits one up US when it comes to Jenn Bostic’s soulful music

I became a fan of Jenn Bostic by accident. I was reading Tweets one day and came across a post by a website named Belles and Gals. Belles and Gals is a UK-based country website. Bostic has a fan base in the UK—for her bluesy country music. If you listen to her, you may, as I have, be wondering why her music isn’t playing widely on radio stations across the US. You may also be wondering why she doesn’t get more media attention. Fact is the UK has one-upped the US when it comes to her music and others’ as

With ‘Jockeys and Juleps’, Jax Junior League puts hats, bow ties in limelight

If you’re a Kentucky Derby fan, chances are you mark the yearly event with some sort of gathering. We usually do that in our family, although this year my husband and I can’t because we’ll attend a personal event not related to the Derby. Various organizations sponsor events, and this year, the Junior League of Jacksonville has put together an event guaranteed to spotlight the fun in the word fundraising. There’s an artistic aspect to the Derby, although you may not have thought of it. There’s a contest to see whose “art” is the best, as a matter of fact.

Melody Trucks Band set to headline pre-Shrimp fest celebration at Green Turtle

The Green Turtle is a staple in Amelia Island entertainment, and the popular music venue is gearing up for a pre-Shrimp Festival celebration beginning Saturday, April 27. In anticipation of the more than 100,000 people expected to head to Shrimp Fest, The Green Turtle kicks off the weekend before the festival with their first ever Turtle Jam Mini Fest. Melody Trucks and her band will headline this event. Trucks is part of the Trucks family music dynasty.

Lil Nas X on a roll as Keith Urban covers ‘Old Town Road’ (on Twitter)

I wrote about the dustup over the song “Old Town Road” as debate about the song’s “country-worthiness” took place on social media. I remain perplexed about why country music gatekeepers would deem the song not country when it  is, in fact, as country as anything I hear on radio stations or anything I see on the TV channel that airs country videos. In fact, Lil Nas X the rapper has produced a song that’s more country than most of what I hear these days.

Jacksonville singer-songwriter is in it for the art

I first met Nancy Wilson Buckler through my daughters’ music. Nancy lives in Jacksonville (FL), and I know her son and daughter-in-law and their children. Some time ago my own daughters told me they’d had a great time listening to Nancy play the guitar and sing. They said she had a fantastic voice. A new CD Nancy produced is a testament to that voice, and one song in particular touched me in a way that few songs do. Nancy has no idea I am writing this. And she has no idea about something in my past that figured heavily in

‘Florida Man’, ‘Florida Woman’: Arts potential crosses all genres

Five or six years ago I remember the meme “Florida Man” popping up on social media. There was a rebirth recently with ‘memesters’ recommending people input the term “Florida Man” into a search bar and add their birthday to see what popped up. The term is now part of the pop culture media canon, with the equivalent “Florida Woman” gaining ground as well. These themes have potential for all manner of art. There is, however, a serious equality problem with these memes.

‘Best coffee on the Interstate’ truck passed as I drank some out of necessity

In life there are those quirky moments you remember simply because they’re quirky. I was traveling to Fernandina Beach with Rebecca. She was playing tunes with Wes Goode at The Green Turtle. I was doing a bit of work while she drove when I saw the truck. Right in front of us. The back had a slogan: “best coffee on the interstate.” I realized I was drinking the same kind of coffee the truck was advertising.

Red’s Wine Bar—another reason Clay County should be called ‘Musicville’

Saturday evening Rebecca had planned a rare weekend night off. Her husband Joshua had received an award at work, and she thought we had a great opportunity to celebrate that and take in some music together. So we headed out to Green Cove Springs to a place we’d heard about but hadn’t had a chance to visit—Red’s Wine Bar in Green Cove Springs. Considering the abundance of musical talent in this area—Clay County—I think it’s time to rename the area “Musicville.”

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