Taylor Swift appeals to fans for help in public brawl over rights to her music

Taylor Swift appeal to fans on Twitter [@taylorswift13]
Taylor Swift appealed to fans to express outrage about her record deal consequences via her Twitter page @taylorswift13.
Taylor Swift has posted a message to fans on Twitter in hopes of enlisting their aid in a public brawl with Big Machine Label Group. That corporation changed hands this year and so did Swift who now has a deal with a company that’s part of Universal Music Group. In some ways, this is a wakeup call to aspiring songwriters, and in other ways, it’s a complicated matter that some media are presenting in too simple a manner. Continue reading “Taylor Swift appeals to fans for help in public brawl over rights to her music”

Would your favorite indie musician qualify for SoundCloud’s new ‘Promote’ tool?

image of cash currency, Indie Art SouthSound Cloud, a streaming service based in Europe, has a new tool for musicians, and it’s likely an aim for more market share. There’s a hitch or two, though, for indie musicians because you have to meet certain requirements to be able to use the new ‘Promote’ tool. Would your favorite indie musician qualify?

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Revisiting a classic: Shirer’s work on The Third Reich

Nazi Youth with their first flag. From US Library of Congress
Nazi Youth with their first flag. From US Library of Congress; sometimes between 1923-1933.

Pt. 1

How much do you really know about the Nazis?

I was born in the aftermath of World War II, and there were so many of us born in hope after the great despair of the war, my generation acquired the now derogatory label ‘boomers’. It stands to reason that I would be very interested in that war, in what caused it, and why it mattered so much that we named it a world war after declaring the first World War would end all wars. I grew up hearing stories of oil cloth placed over windows when sirens would sound the alarm, and of ration cards for gas and sugar. I still have some of those ration cards.

Those are some reasons I am writing about my revisit of William L. Shirer’s The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich. There’s another more immediate reason, though. Continue reading “Revisiting a classic: Shirer’s work on The Third Reich”

Holiday travel approaches, evoking Airbnb, hotel horror stories

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Shutdowns and slowdowns are familiar to those of us who travel the East coast frequently. (IAS photo)

If you travel frequently, and you aren’t wealthy, sometimes an Airbnb can cost less than a hotel. An Airbnb can also come in handy if you have children or if you plan to have guests (within specified limits) over. In my circle, we’ve had good and bad experiences with Airbnb. The same goes for hotels. Continue reading “Holiday travel approaches, evoking Airbnb, hotel horror stories”

The Legend of the Last Panther of the Ozarks

New attention for Frank Sanford after rare video published

Still shot of Frank Stanford from the recently released short documentary 'It Wasn't a Dream, It Was a Flood'.
Still shot of Frank Stanford from the recently released short documentary ‘It Wasn’t a Dream, It Was a Flood’.

How I discovered Frank Stanford could be interpreted in different ways.

To the devoutly logical, it was purely by accident. During a search for southern gothic writers, my cursor just happened to click on his thumbnail image in some random act even though I was dragging it in the opposite direction. Continue reading “The Legend of the Last Panther of the Ozarks”