Theme songs in TV and film: Top award should go to The Heavy

Theme song to TV series Strike Back, 'Short Change Hero' is performed by The Heavy. Image by Jonathan Koifman - info@JonathanKoifman.com
The theme song to the TV series ‘Strike Back’, “Short Change Hero”, is performed by The Heavy. Image by Jonathan Koifman; info@Jonathan Koifman.com.

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”

Bands set for Celebration of Mike Hamilton’s life in N. Florida

Band list for Celebration of Life for Mike Hamilton
Banner credit Melissa Smith

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”

Stapleton heats up concert with John Mayer, unveiling song written day before

Chris Stapleton (left) joined John Mayer on set in Nashville to sing "I Just Remembered That I Didn't Care". (snip: YouTube channel Tessa)
Chris Stapleton joined John Mayer on set in Nashville to sing “I Just Remembered That I Didn’t Care”. (snip: YouTube channel Tessa)

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”

Shen Yun production: 5,000 years of Chinese culture you can’t see in China

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.]

Shen Yun production
Poster for Shen Yun production (website snip)

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)

French ‘Sinatra’ Charles Aznavour, who called attention to Armenian genocide, has died

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”