Season 2 of Project Blue Book will premiere on The History channel on January 21, and if it’s as entertaining as Season 1, fans will be pleased. The series is based on true events, but as I pointed out in an earlier article, there’s also lots of fiction interwoven because this is a series for entertainment. It’s not a documentary and doesn’t profess to be. There are some quirky notes within this series, many of them related to hard truth. One of those quirks relates to a famous band and how it got its name. Continue reading “As Season 2 of ‘Blue Book’ nears, a look back at famous band named for UFOs”
Every now and then I’ll watch a TV show with my husband. That makes him happy because I don’t watch a lot of TV unless college football is on. We’re watching the series Strike Back on Amazon Prime. It’s action all the way, based on adventures of a secret intel branch in the United Kingdom. This isn’t about the series, though. Before I watched a single scene, I fell for the theme song, “Short Change Hero” by The Heavy. I think that song deserves the top award of all time for theme songs. Continue reading “Theme songs in TV and film: Top award should go to The Heavy”
Managing musicians can be, to quote an old adage, like herding cats. One thing that’s sure to unite them is love, and that’s how the Celebration of Mike Hamilton’s life came about.
After Mike passed, and after the initial shock, his partner and friend Crystallea Monroe began to organize a gathering for the North Florida music community to honor an artist who gave so generously to all. The Celebration is set for Sunday, Oct. 6, at 1904 Music Hall in downtown Jacksonville (FL) from 3 PM until 9 PM. American Hearts Radio will film the celebration live. Crystallea has announced the lineup for the event. Continue reading “Bands set for Celebration of Mike Hamilton’s life in N. Florida”
Chris Stapleton took the stage with John Mayer in Nashville, and moments into a new song, Stapleton definitely heated things up as indicated by the audience response. Reportedly the song the two did together, “I Just Remembered That I Didn’t Care”, was written one day before the show. How did Mayer do up on stage with the music icon? Continue reading “Stapleton heats up concert with John Mayer, unveiling song written day before”
It’s no secret art is suppressed in many countries,including some in the West. Such is the case with a production scheduled forApril 24-25, 2019 in Jacksonville, Florida. ShenYun—“the beauty of divine beings dancing”—recaps 5,000 years of Chinese culture, presenting the narrative in song and dance. Although the production can’t be shown in China, it’s shown widely in the West.
Once the communist party dominated China, controlling speech, property, and thought, Shen Yun was banned. Communism is atheistic in principle, and the new powers didn’t take kindly to a history replete with tales of “divine beings.” [Story continues after image.]
The Jacksonville show will be held at the Times-Union Center downtown. Other performances in Florida include but are not limited to cities like St. Petersburg, Lakeland, and West Palm Beach. The official website for Shen Yun describes the show:
“THROUGH THE UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE of music and dance, ShenYun weaves a wondrous tapestry of heavenly realms, ancient legends, and modern heroic tales, taking you on a journey through 5,000 years of Chinese culture. Its stunning beauty and tremendous energy leave audiences uplifted and inspired.
A Shen Yun performance features the world’s foremost classically trained dancers, a unique orchestra blending East and West, and dazzling animated backdrops—together creating one spectacular performance.”
It’s sad that China censors art and speech in a country with such a rich heritage, but in any country where allegiance is to party and a sense of country is dispelled, the only art permissible is art approved by government fiat.
Shen Yun looks like a beautiful production. I hope to go to one of the performances here.
(Kay B. Day/Dec. 10, 2018)