Moon (and ancestor) obsession renewed as October delivers a gazer’s delight

Hunter’s Moon image by Indie Art South.

From the time I was a child, I’ve been obsessed with the moon. My parents and I lived with my grandmother and her brother when I was small, and in those days, security wasn’t a big issue. You could see through the lace panels on my bedroom windows—the windows were a single sheet of glass. I loved to look at the moon on nights when it was visible. I still do. Last night I walked outside and found a view, but it was a view with a twist. Continue reading “Moon (and ancestor) obsession renewed as October delivers a gazer’s delight”

Tyler Childers gets it right on country and perils of Nashville

Carolina cotton field. (Photo by Indie Art South)
Carolina cotton field. (Photo by Indie Art South)

Tyler Childers, in an interview posted on Spotify, pegged the new Nashville in a perfect way. He said of the city that is “the largest growing and developing city in the nation”, one traditionally known for country music, “Once you’re immersed in that, then there’s just a disconnect to the reality of what country life is.” In my opinion, Childers gets it right. Continue reading “Tyler Childers gets it right on country and perils of Nashville”

Was Ellen right or wrong about befriending people who disagree with your politics?

Screen capture from @TheEllenShow on Twitter
Screen capture from @TheEllenShow on Twitter

Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres responded to criticism after she shared a Sunday afternoon football game with friends. The problem? Former president George W. Bush was also a guest at the gathering. DeGeneres is defending herself again, having done so publicly on a number of occasions. What’s she defending? Continue reading “Was Ellen right or wrong about befriending people who disagree with your politics?”

Newseum closing and Twitter outage: Media climate not subject to change

Tweet from @Newseum Oct 2, 2019
Image from @Newseum on Twitter Oct. 2, 2019

Breaking news brings word the Newseum in Washington, D.C., is closing at the end of this year. Concurrent with that news, Twitter experienced an outage that seemed to impact different areas of the world and some users freaked. The Twitterverse-down event happened late Tuesday night on US time. Despite the way they’re perceived, both these matters are signs that the media climate is not subject to change. Continue reading “Newseum closing and Twitter outage: Media climate not subject to change”

Sturgill Simpson’s new tune just might blow your mind

Sturgill Simpson
Sturgill Simpson (Photo: Atlantic Records)

Sturgill Simson is possibly the most intriguing figure at the top of today’s US music culture. Outspoken, brash, and even off-putting at times, Simpson doesn’t hesitate to criticize the corporate music industry. He made his chops in country, but like so many others before him, Simpson used that platform as a springboard to building a massive base. I don’t know what genre I’d put him in. I do know the video for the single he just released, “Sing Along”, blew my mind. Continue reading “Sturgill Simpson’s new tune just might blow your mind”

Jax music community rallies to help photographer who gave much, asked for little

Photo of banner for Celebration of Mike's life. Banner created by Melissa Smith.
Photo of banner for Celebration of Mike’s life. Banner created by Melissa Smith.

Friends and supporters of photographer Mike Hamilton will converge at 1904 Music Hall on Sunday, October 6, to celebrate his life.

Jacksonville’s music community is rallying to help the family of Mike Hamilton, the photographer who gave so much and asked so little in return. Spearheaded by Crystallea Monroe, Mike’s partner and friend, a celebration of his life will take place at 1904 Music Hall in Jacksonville on Sunday, October 6. A time for the event will soon be announced once all the plans are fully in place, so keep the date open. Continue reading “Jax music community rallies to help photographer who gave much, asked for little”

Ahead of toxicology tests, vehicle data indicate speed a factor in singer’s fatal crash

Highway 567, junction, near Taos, Taos, New Mexico. (John Margolies Roadside America Photograph Archive, US Library of Congress)
Highway 567 junction, near Taos, New Mexico. (John Margolies Roadside America Photograph Archive, US Library of Congress)

On September 10, friends and family of 16 year old Taos (NM) high school student Maria Elena Cruz held a memorial service to honor the young woman who had a bright future ahead of her. According to authorities, Miss Cruz died on a highway in northern New Mexico when Texas singer Kylie Rae Harris tagged the rear end of a black Chevrolet Avalanche truck. Officials believe Harris lost control of her Chevrolet Equinox, rapidly moving into the wrong lane where she crashed into Cruz’s Jeep. Authorities obtained the vehicles’ data recorders, and investigated the scene.
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Film ‘Crazy’ shines spotlight on Hank Garland who had ties to Orange Park

Film poster for 'Crazy'
Film poster/IMDB for ‘Crazy’

If you haven’t seen the film Crazy about the life of legendary guitarist, songwriter, and performer Hank  Garland, you’re missing a very interesting journey into the music world. Garland may not be a household name in general public quarters, but to serious musicians, Garland is most definitely a legend. The film does an excellent job getting across why he deserves so much praise. Continue reading “Film ‘Crazy’ shines spotlight on Hank Garland who had ties to Orange Park”

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”