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)
If you’ve never listened to Charles Aznavour’s voice, you’re missing something lovely. Aznavour, widely described by media as the “French Frank Sinatra” died in southeastern France on October 1. Aznavour, whose given name was Shahnour Varinag Aznavourian, was 94 years old. The performer was wildly popular for his love songs, but he also penned the song “Ils Sont Tombes”, anglicized as “They Fell”, about the Armenian genocide. Continue reading “French ‘Sinatra’ Charles Aznavour, who called attention to Armenian genocide, has died”
I’ve cited the website Saving Country Music a number of times in my columns. I read there frequently. The site taps into much of the discontent with music now being packaged and sold as country when it actually isn’t country.
Don’t believe me? Continue reading “Has country married pop?”
Lots of negative news is coming in about different social media. Facebook, Instagram, and and Snap (formerly Snapchat) have all been the subject of negative reportage.
What’s up with ageing social media? And what comes next? Continue reading “As sites like Facebook and Snap age, what comes next on social media?”
I took that photo of the moon, and realized afterwards the landscaping lights cast a glow on the tree. My mom—Southern to the core—always says the full moon brings out the crazy in everybody. She said the super moon would make it worse.
Considering some of the stories breaking this week in all sectors, I’d say she might be on to something.
At any rate, most of us in the arts love the moon. We can’t help ourselves. It’s an inspiration for art, and it’s an invitation to muse.
Have a happy weekend, all, and be safe. Take in some indie music and buy some indie art while you’re at it.
(Kay B. Day/Feb. 2, 2018)
Samuel McDonald, guitarist and vocalist who hails from the Fernandina Beach (FL) music community, hopes to help a fellow performer who injured his hand.
After musician Josh McGowan hurt his hand, seriously affecting his guitar playing temporarily, McDonald decided to try to help him out. McGowan lives in Tifton (GA), but he is widely known in Florida via the many venues he’s played at. Continue reading “Florida performer hopes to help fellow musician who was injured”