North Florida music community loses a family member with Mike Hamilton’s passing

Flowers.Indie Art South photoSaturday was a pretty lousy day here all around. I came home late that afternoon after a situation involving a family member who’d been injured in a traumatic accident. I sat down to collect myself and look at my messages. I saw a text that said, “Damn. Mike passed away.” Continue reading “North Florida music community loses a family member with Mike Hamilton’s passing”

Demands of music slowed it down, but artist’s novel ready for release

Cover of Rebecca Day’s new novel, ‘Derelict’.

Most creatives are good at more than one discipline. I know photographers who can also draw and musicians who are great writers. It didn’t surprise me when Rebecca told me she was writing a novel. She and Jenn have both always been good writers.

I have to say it did surprise me when she told me the first draft was baked. I have to admit I had no idea what to expect. Continue reading “Demands of music slowed it down, but artist’s novel ready for release”

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”

Despite Hurricane Dorian and a turnpike miss, we kept the music going

VIP Lounge Coral Sky Amphitheatre
Outside the VIP Lounge at Coral Sky Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach. (Photo: Indie Art South)

As the Labor Day weekend approached and Hurricane Dorian loomed, Rebecca and I packed our bags to head for West Palm Beach (FL). She’d done a great show the night before at Seven Bridges on Jacksonville’s southside where many supporters showed up to celebrate their friends’ birthdays.

Although the hurricane was hundreds of miles away, our family went into overdrive on concerns. I kept wishing I could send them a map of Florida so they could visualize how far away the storm was. I also kept wishing I could toss my phone into the pool. When we set out, I told her the trip would be like all road trips—an adventure. And it was. Continue reading “Despite Hurricane Dorian and a turnpike miss, we kept the music going”

New radio play for Daysies’ music, and novel release for Rebecca

(L to R) Jenn Day Thompson, Rebecca Day/The Crazy Daysies photo by Mike Hamilton, This Guy Multimedia
(L to R) Jenn Day Thompson, Rebecca Day/The Crazy Daysies; photo by Mike Hamilton, This Guy Multimedia.

It’s been awhile since the last personal update about The Crazy Daysies, so there’s lots to report.

'Derelict' novel by Rebecca DayRebecca Day and Jennifer Day Thompson have had a chaotic year so far, and it doesn’t look like things will calm down anytime soon. Jenn and her husband David welcomed a new addition to their family, and there’s never a dull moment with a six-month-old and an almost four-year-old around. Good news came in this week as the sisters learned their music would be featured on another radio station. We finally have a publication date for Rebecca’s novel. And we’re packing bags for an exciting show in West Palm Beach. Continue reading “New radio play for Daysies’ music, and novel release for Rebecca”

Key personal moment marks my visit to Hemming Park

Yesterday Rebecca did a solo show at Hemming Park in downtown Jacksonville. The day was hot, but shade from the trees and a gentle breeze made it comfortable. I met so many people as I did roadie duties, and every exchange was pleasant. I took note of all the different types of people there. The park is, like our country, a melting pot. After the performance ended, I witnessed something that touched me deeply. Continue reading “Key personal moment marks my visit to Hemming Park”

In memoriam: Let us now praise the Daysies’ Yamaha Stagepas 500

It happened last night when Rebecca did music solo on the deck at Seven Bridges Grille and Brewery on Jacksonville’s southside. Just as she started a song, there was a pop. It was not a pretty pop. For a second, I thought she’d torched a guitar string. Then I saw the look on her face. Her first sound system, the one she bought when she started performing as a solo artist, had gone belly up. Continue reading “In memoriam: Let us now praise the Daysies’ Yamaha Stagepas 500”

Friday night in Fernandina Beach a cornucopia of music

Amelia Island is one of my family’s favorite places to go among the many places we enjoy here in Florida. The island’s historic charm blends with great places to shop, eat, and enjoy live music. This past Friday was no exception. We traveled up there to Fernandina Beach to hear live music at The Palace Saloon, but while we were there, we came across musicians performing in other venues. The first we encountered was Kevin Ski who was playing at The Salty Pelican where we’d gone to grab some supper. Continue reading “Friday night in Fernandina Beach a cornucopia of music”

Friday music: Live from Green Cove Springs to Fernandina Beach

Live music is one of North Florida’s best kept secrets, and this Friday there’s lots to choose from in the area where I live. One of my favorite bands is playing tonight in Fruit Cove, and one of my favorite wine bars in Green Cove Springs will rock to tunes by an accomplished musician. Meanwhile, I’ll be doing my roadie duties up in Fernandina. Continue reading “Friday music: Live from Green Cove Springs to Fernandina Beach”