'Bohemian Rhapsody' promo poster from Foxmovies.com

Freddie Mercury film will engulf you, courtesy of ScreenX

I’ve made no secret of my excitement about the forthcoming biopic about Freddie Mercury. Now there’s another bit of news because the film won’t be shown in a traditional way. Courtesy of ScreenX, viewers will be engulfed in images of the iconic vocalist/composer/songwriter for Queen.

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Kent and Brent Smedley Eternal Odyssey

In Jax, two talented musicians definitely on an ‘Eternal Odyssey’

Jacksonville’s best kept secret is the city’s diverse music community. From rap to country to blues to metal to everything in between, this sprawling Florida city has an abundance of musicians doing live music every night of the week. Now two Jacksonville musicians, brothers Kent and Brent Smedley, have announced a new album due out from Combat Records, part of the EMP Label group, in early 2019. For both these musicians, music has indeed been an ‘Eternal Odyssey’, the namesake for their new musical endeavors. 

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El Plomo mummy copy photo Jason Quinn

A brutal headline rekindles a poem I will never forget

Each night I take about 30 minutes to read news before I go to bed. For some reason, this usually relaxes me, a fact that confounds my husband. Last night, the opposite happened. I read a news story about a murder, and the details are permanently impressed on my memory. The story was about the killing of a baby. 

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New twist on an old scam; don’t fall for any of them

If you’re in the public eye as many artists and performers are, chances are you’ve been targeted by a scammer. Recently I received an unusual targeted scam that wasn’t your run of the mill pickup line like, “Your computer has been corrupted.” 

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(L to R) Gerry and the Schaks: Kim Balaschak on keyboard, Gerry Sewell doing vocals, and Jim Balaschak on guitar.

Meet Gerry and the Schaks: American classics, skilled musicians, an unforgettable voice

I encountered the band Gerry and the Schaks quite by accident. I’d read a fascinating novel, The Ruby Tear Catcher, by Nahid Sewell, and after I’d written about the novelist for a national magazine, I remained connected with Nahid via Facebook. One day I was scrolling down notifications, and saw a post she’d made about her husband’s music. I clicked on it. I loved what I found. 

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Sunset over Kings Bay Naval Base; Georgia

Despite a hurricane and heat, Naval Base at Kings Bay celebrates birthday

Did you know that October 13 is the 243rd birthday of the US Navy? I didn’t. I learned about it after Rebecca agreed to perform music for one night of the celebrations at the Naval Submarine Base in Kings Bay, Georgia. As the October 11 date approached, south Georgia dealt with Hurricane Michael and for this time of year, intense heat. Despite those obstacles and others commonly associated with big events at a military facility, the Navy’s birthday kicked off smoothly. 

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Via Twitter, a brutally honest and laugh-worthy bipartisan political ad

Twitter is a cesspool as I’ve often said, but there are nuggets mixed in with the slime. One such nugget surfaced today via James Woods’ account. Woods got it from a funny political site where dogs are the top stars. That site appears to have gotten it from YouTube. If this sounds entertaining, it is. All manner of celebs Tweet, and there’s plenty for politics groupies to enjoy regardless of your preferences.

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National Hurricane Center graphic on Hurricane Michael; 10 a.m. October 10, 2018; Advisory 16.

Hurricane on the brain as Michael comes ashore, but storms date to antiquity

Sometimes when you’re listening to coverage about extreme weather events, you just have to laugh. Last night, I was watching the 11 o’clock news. The coverage opened with content about Hurricane Michael and its impact on Florida. The reporter breathlessly noted breaking news in an area the storm would likely target. What was the breaking news? 

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Grassroots Music Festival poster 2018

‘Ragtag roots artist insurgency’ set for Grass Roots Festival in Grass Valley

California will welcome indie musicians to Grass Valley October 19-21 for the Grass Roots Festival. At a time when packaged music dominates airwaves and streams, the organizers of this festival view it as a “ragtag roots artist insurgency.” What, exactly, does that mean? 

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Colleagues, journalists, former students and many others came together to celebrate poet and novelist James Dickey's 70th birthday in 1993. (Photo: Indie Art South)

National Poetry Day launches in UK, but Americans get in on the fun

At first I thought it was a mistake because I’ve covered National Poetry Month stories for a long time. In the US, April is the month we celebrate poetry. As I read through posts on the Twitter cesspool, I realized the Brits celebrate the genre differently. Turns out today, October 4, is National Poetry Day in the United Kingdom. It also turns out I found some nice poems nestled in a lot of lame verses. 

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