‘Times’ writers may be ‘progressive’, but not when it comes to their own property

The Los Angeles Times has a capital idea for increasing its own capital. Get rights to the works of writers employed by the paper, even if the works aren’t created as part of their reportage. The newspaper has been negotiating a new contract, and it appears writers aren’t happy. These workers may be progressive, but not when it comes to giving away their own property. Can you blame them?

Fans still in the dark about Luke Perry’s condition after stroke allegations

Update March 4: Sad to report Luke Perry has passed. Media are reporting he died today, and his publicist acknowledged Perry suffered a massive stroke. Sympathy to his loved ones. He was a major presence in the lives of many young people. Original post dated March 1: Fans are in the dark right now about TV/film star Luke Perry’s medical condition. On the last day of February, various media reports alleged that Perry had a stroke and is in a medically induced coma. His rep has offered some information, but it’s still not clear what really happened. Are media jumping

Popular beach bar in Jax isn’t alone in facing music licensing suit

Surfer the Bar in Jacksonville Beach (FL) isn’t the first bar to allegedly run afoul of music licensing regulations. ASCAP [American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers] is suing the bar on behalf of a number of groups for copyright infringement. Does this matter, in the scheme of things, for a bar that stands on hallowed ground in these parts—the former location of Freebird? Surfer the Bar isn’t the only venue to deal with copyright infringement issues.

‘Kill’ film produced in Jax gets more showings as ‘Walking Dead’ news emerges

Filmmakers involved in the movie I Am Going to Kill Someone This Friday just keep getting good news. After sold-out showings in Jacksonville, the filmmakers strategized for a world tour. New dates are being added for screenings in other states. Amid the excitement for director Durden Godfrey and others involved, good news emerged related to the hit series The Walking Dead. 

Jax and Florida media clueless about major film with Gunboat Diplomats’ song

Media in Jacksonville and Florida in general are a sleepy bunch, especially when it comes to the arts. One major accomplishment has apparently escaped media attention. Jacksonville Beach recording group The Gunboat Diplomats’ song “Crazy About You” is included in M. Night Shyamalan’s latest film Glass. I had to laugh after an email exchange with one of the Diplomats because he shared that news with me as an afterthought. 

Click farms target aspiring musicians and you

It’s happened to me and I’d bet it’s happened to you. You’re listening to the radio or to your favorite stream service and a top charted song plays. You may think this top song isn’t all that great, and it’s by an up and comer. You ask yourself how that song even got released much less moved quickly to the top of the charts. As with so much else in life, it starts with dreams. Then come schemes and streams. Is it acceptable? Should this be disclosed? 

Fans shocked as queen of country music announces secret marriage

Fans aren’t the only people shocked by the queen of country music announcing on social media she had secretly married “the love of my life”.  I was so surprised I scoured the Web to make sure there were multiple establishment media reporting the same. I did that even after visiting the singer’s Twitter page.

Smedley brothers’ Eternal Odyssey CD now ready for pre-order

The CD Awakening featuring brothers Kent and Brent Smedley performing as Eternal Odyssey is now available for pre-order from EMP Label Group. The estimated shipping date is April 12. The CD features nine songs in keeping with the band’s melodic metal/hard rock aesthetic. Kent and Brent have both dedicated their lives to music, including playing in or being associated with well-known bands. 

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ film knocks critics to the curb

Last night I watched the film Bohemian Rhapsody. I tried to hold my bias in check because the music of Freddie Mercury and Queen remain among my all time favorites. I didn’t know what to expect. After all, some critics have shredded the film and Bryan Singer, the film’s director, has been dealing with a series of allegations about his sexual activities.  

South Florida Country Music hails return of country to SunFest

SunFest is a big music festival held annually in downtown West Palm Beach (FL) on the waterfront. Of late the festival was heavy on pop, rock, and reggae. The 2019 SunFest adds a genre—country music. The country act is most definitely high profile. Florida’s country music advocacy group South Florida Country Music hailed the return.