Florida high school students deal with luck of the Irish and COVID-19 on international trip

How many times have I heard my family use the timeworn phrase, “Luck of the Irish” when something goes wrong? About as many times as I’ve heard it when something goes right. In early March, Florida students from The Providence School in Jacksonville, Florida confronted that kind of luck.

Music director Jennifer Hudson suddenly had a major problem, and she and her students were thousands of miles from home in Dublin, Ireland just as the world began to confront a pandemic. Continue reading “Florida high school students deal with luck of the Irish and COVID-19 on international trip”

Troupers keep virtual music and comedy lively as communities ease restrictions

Communities across the US are slowly easing restrictions put in place as the COVID-19 outbreak gained momentum. Throughout this whole ordeal, working musicians slammed by entertainment venue shutdowns have kept on keeping on. Shows are coming up that interest me, and I thought I’d share info on these troupers keeping the music lively. Continue reading “Troupers keep virtual music and comedy lively as communities ease restrictions”

Larson’s ‘The Splendid and the Vile’ gives a new look at one man for and against the world

As Americans deal with the Coronavirus pandemic, stories about the hardships of quarantining abound. To quote a famous line spoken by Ygritte in the TV series Game of Thrones, “You know nothing, Jon Snow.” That was the first thing I thought when I finished Larson’s book about one momentous year in the complex life and career of Winston Churchill. Continue reading “Larson’s ‘The Splendid and the Vile’ gives a new look at one man for and against the world”

Blink-182 co-founder can take credit for Pentagon UAP (UFO) video release

We used to call them UFOs. Now we call them UAPs (unidentified aerial phenomena). Whatever the label, Blink-182 co-founder Tom DeLonge can rightfully credit himself to a large degree for the Pentagon officially releasing three videos of UAPs documented by US Navy pilots. Continue reading “Blink-182 co-founder can take credit for Pentagon UAP (UFO) video release”

Copyright algorithms ensnare indie musicians doing livestreams—what to do?

I predicted this weeks ago as the COVD-19 shutdown began. My daughter is among the musicians whose livelihood was sledge-hammered, reducing her income stream dramatically. She and her sister work fulltime as musicians, so they knew they had to act quickly to downsize a gigantic loss. The answer, as many have found, was obvious. Livestream shows on Facebook, and maybe, just maybe they could hang in there long enough to keep the business alive.

The first words out of my mouth had to do with algorithms and social media flags on sites like Facebook. Continue reading “Copyright algorithms ensnare indie musicians doing livestreams—what to do?”