Clairo; Has it Been Ten Years?

The ten-year success story of a Massachusetts girl who recorded a song for YouTube one morning without even getting out of bed says everything about what the entertainment industry worldwide has become. It’s much different than it used to be, when you needed a record label and a contract to get any real attention. Riding the YouTube magic carpet, artists like Claire Cottrill, known professionally as “Clairo,” have made enormous strides!

Clairo at The Roxy

About four years ago Clairo showed up out of nowhere on my Facebook feed. I remember! Curiously I clicked. My inner artist-critic self-started. Sometimes I know, and it’s not that hard. I can see through piles of clutter being sloppily laid out as art. I can see talent. Here some was! And I don’t remember who posted that original link for me, but I wasn’t the only one who clicked on it. The innocent, cute image of this girl propped up in her bed caught the attention of millions! Clairo says she recorded the track “using the resources around me which were pretty shitty. I used a little keyboard that I had and I was really into ’80s pop music – Continue reading “Clairo; Has it Been Ten Years?”

Mark Urso Live, and Monday Night’s Sandwich

The Perks of Fine Dining

Many things have happened since we last talked. I’m seriously considering trying the Italian Sausage Panini with Roasted Red Peppers, Arugula and housemade Peperoncini Aioli next week at Perks and Corks, an award-winning coffee bar downtown (Westerly, RI). That’s because they have a great photo of it, and I was just there but I didn’t eat anything. I just had a chai. At nine o’clock at night. Hey, don’t judge.

photo of sammich

That chai was just right. And when I snag a masterpiece panini next Monday, the Monday night open mic will take place again, and I can work with that! I’ll bring some of my originals! Perks has awards all over the walls; best drinks, best menu, best food, you name it! It’s truly a first class joint, just the kind of place where you WANT to be seen! I was sure to thank host Keith Cowley for having the event and making everyone feel welcome!

Here’s yours truly performing one of four tunes. Continue reading “Mark Urso Live, and Monday Night’s Sandwich”

Live Free or Die

When I hear a conversation these days about politics, I sometimes hear the phrase “This too shall pass.” The phrase is said to come from the bible (Corinthians 4: 17-18).

And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. [7] For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.

Sounds about right.

But it’s not the phrase of the day. That award goes to “Live Free or Die.” After all, we’re not going to save anyone by waiting for violence to pass. For the uninspired innocent who eats Joy Behar bullshit cereal for breakfast, death will come in a way that seems quite normal. Could be by a heart attack while being crushed at a festival where all the promoters are devil worshipers.

Satanic T-shirt, Houston, 8 Confirmed Dead

What we DO know is rapper Travis Scott, who organized the festival in Texas this past week where the deaths occurred, said he was “absolutely devastated by what took place.” We know from seeing videos Scott did not stop the show, but instead continued singing with strange music in the background Continue reading “Live Free or Die”

Our Town

A Musical Journey

From Iris DeMent’s “Infamous Angel” (1992)

The background is worth the price of admission!

“Iris Luella DeMent (born Jan. 5, 1961), an American two-time Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter, was born in Paragould, Arkansas, the 14th and youngest child of Pat DeMent (1910–1992) and wife Flora Mae (1918–2011). Iris’s mother harbored dreams of going to Nashville and starting a singing career. Although she put those plans on hold to get married, her singing voice was an inspiration and influence for her youngest daughter Iris.

DeMent was inspired to write her first song ‘Our Town’ by a drive through a boarded-up Midwest town, at the age of 25. The lyrics came to her “exactly as it is now”, without need for re-writing, and she realized then songwriting was her calling in life. ‘Our Town’ was played during the closing scene for the final episode (July 26, 1995) of CBS’s television series Northern Exposure.”

She was fourteenth and youngest! Way to go Flora Mae! Continue reading “Our Town”

Just Let Time Go Slow

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Just Let Time Go Slow

You look into my soul
Right in to my eyes
Like a gun you hold
Nothing left to be told

Sometimes I don’t eat
Worry like a lost sheep
Feel so vulnerable
Then you do what you do

I’m in poverty
And you’re peeling away
And I wish you would do it
Do it all day

I’m surrendering now
You know I know how
The connection is easy
Just let time go slow

And the invisible beat
It’s at all of our feet
You look into my heart
While I’m watching the show

It’s a dance party
That goes on for years Continue reading “Just Let Time Go Slow”

I’d Write a Better Story, But I’m Still Eating

COVID, Masks and the Law

Today I’d like to take a moment to look at the law.

Sometimes it’s a great idea to follow the law, of course, but sometimes it’s a great idea to find what we call a loophole. The loophole is a classic method of sidestepping laws that seem unreasonable, or maybe shouldn’t apply to us. It’s a great way to think for yourself!

For example, if you’re driving 120 MPH and get pulled over, you’re caught. But if you’re flying at 500 MPH and you’re in the passenger seat, you can have an alcoholic beverage and let your imagination go wild. You can play on your phone, turn up the radio, even roast a lamb on a spit, Continue reading “I’d Write a Better Story, But I’m Still Eating”

Why Don’t Musicians Use Expensive Studio Microphones When Playing Live?

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Studio and Stage

Re-posting one of my articles from Quora. The question: “Why don’t musicians use expensive studio microphones when playing live?”

My Answer

Because a typical studio microphone would feed back.

Many studio mics have a pickup pattern that is very generous; a circular area around the microphone, as if viewed from above the mic, showing the primary area of pickup … almost like a radio station coverage area …

ALL stage microphones have a significantly different pattern. They’re designed NOT to pick up sound from behind Continue reading “Why Don’t Musicians Use Expensive Studio Microphones When Playing Live?”

Vaccine Worries and Real Heroes

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The Ill Truth

I sure hope (and I really do) vaccines are safe. I don’t usually venture into speculation about professionals in healthcare, but the politics surrounding COVID should have everyone concerned! Pfizer stock will keep going up, while we look to our personal doctors for best advice.

Hospitals are, oddly, allowing a political scare tactic to coerce them into firing thousands of nurses; a plight that’s not unique to healthcare, and which has taken shape as a protest against mandates in the airline industry. COVID numbers are oddly difficult to find (sometimes, not always) and are always skewed when reported to the public by the public’s favorite media.

It’s the same politicians making decisions around these things who’ve left a southern US border open for over a million illegals to freely enter, with no vaccination plans for them, nor requirements for them to either get vaccinated or become citizens. So many young immigrants have been rounded up, we’ve seen images of camps where they eat and sleep. These are the same politicians who are lying in your face about indoctrinating young children (all of them who attend public schools), to wear masks all the time and obey vaccination orders. It’s easy to imagine the new kids in the sleep camps are also being taught the new ways, at the whim of not parents, not responsible adults, but activists.

At the heart of the matter are nurses and health pros, who have been called heroes, and for good reasons. Watch it morph into “domestic terrorist” when those same nurses choose not to take a jab.

Why? How? What???

Same Sandbox, Different Umbrella

On the front lines is Ramona Bessinger, of Jamestown, RI, who’s uncovering the nebulous truth about what teachers are doing in classrooms Continue reading “Vaccine Worries and Real Heroes”

Tennessee Whiskey and Its Effect on the iPhone 6 Video Performance, Featuring Malaena and Duke Robillard!

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DJI OM-5 with iPhone 6

Here we have a fine local group in Connecticut that goes by the name “Malaena.” It’s a six-piece act and you’ll see they have a team of strong vocalists, including a bass player who sounds just like Van Morrison!

This was a casual outing, where I tested a DJI OM-5 gimbal arm that holds an iPhone. As a result, I was shooting this video in 1080p with my iPhone 6, which is actually software upgraded to an iPhone 7.

But that didn’t help!

The video performance of the older iPhones is poor in comparison to the DJI Osmo camera, and the Osmo will go to 4k and do even better. The iPhone footage is grainy, with no color depth Continue reading “Tennessee Whiskey and Its Effect on the iPhone 6 Video Performance, Featuring Malaena and Duke Robillard!”

Missing

I apologize in advance for another fact-based article. This one’s going to be hard to argue with, as it’s filled with videos from a variety of sources. It’s not my goal to piss off the stubborn, though that feels inevitable. It’s a shame you have been misinformed. Please open your mind and peruse the reality below!

Missing in the news today:

Air traffic controllers in Jacksonville are striking for the second day today, so far resulting in the cancellation of about 2000 flights in and out of Florida.

Southwest airlines has canceled over 1000 flights, blaming the weather, despite good weather. Speculation is pilots are striking to protest mask mandates, though there has been no mention of the cancellations on mainstream media.

Over a million illegal aliens have crossed into the United States via Mexico, many coming from countries much farther than Mexico, including the middle east, using the open border to get in, and most of these illegals are not being vaccinated or required to be vaccinated. The border is still open. This is patently inexcusable and unconstitutional.

Joe Biden criticized the border patrol but has not once visited the border. Harris went once but to an area far from where the issues are taking place. The US continues to pay for the border wall contract, while the wall construction was suspended by Biden immediately upon taking office.

Joe Biden left 83 billion dollars-worth of military equipment in Afghanistan, but people have not heard about this, despite some media mentions. Trump called it the worst embarrassment for the US in its history, yet the media refuses to tell Americans. Only days after citizens were ashamed of what happened, Biden announced, for no particular reason, he’ll be sending millions of dollars to the Taliban.

Tens of thousands of people again attended a Trump-sponsored event, in Iowa, watched by hundreds of thousands. Instead of reporting on the story, CNN published an article saying the Iowa rally was the “Most Alarming Yet.” This is not news coverage, it’s an anti-Trump opinion piece that demonstrates the bias driving what you “know.”

I could put links, but no-one would click on them. If you know what’s going on, no need to read the story again. If you watch “The View,” you’re so full of lies you think it’s all already debunked. I’ve wasted too many words for those types, though if someone is on the fence, please understand your most radical, sad and difficult to believe suspicions are probably correct. The concept of incredibility is being used to make you skeptical.

Nurses are quitting their jobs across the country by the thousands. MSM spins it as “hospital beds are full.” Hospitals rarely don’t fill their beds, and emergency rooms always run at capacity, but msm is sleeping with the communist agenda and wish for us to be afraid.

Still, what we should be afraid of, we’re being encouraged to get more of; jabs. The VAERS Covid Vaccine Adverse Effect Reports are unknown to most good-spirited, hard-working ethical Americans, because msm is biased.

The worst offenses ignored by the media are in Australia, where we’re given a lens to see America’s future. Citizens are being chased down like criminals by police, for not wearing masks outdoors. Police are shooting people and fear getting trampled by massive crowds protesting unreasonable rules.

In Rome, and Israel, too, there are big protests against masks, but this is ignored by your news source.

The media still hates Donald Trump, as the entire country looks at a virtual drain it’s about to be washed down. The media acts as if it hates America, a by-product of empty, meaningless, sinful posing. They have elaborately created a new God, a hero for the downtrodden, in a career criminal named George Floyd, while they ignore the fact America is turning out for Donald Trump and the truth he brings, and while they boycott the patriots with still-good minds who are reluctant to take a vaccine under force; they watch buildings burn and do nothing, calling it a peaceful protest with lots of TV coverage. But they ignore the protest if it defies the communist narrative.

There has been no coverage of huge airline strikes, and Australia is preventing people from filming what’s happening in the streets.

And let’s not forget CRT. The education system in America has run its course. MSM does nothing to inform parents schools are corrupt, nor to inform us of bold, pornographic concepts being taught surreptitiously to our children.

To call the media and Joe Biden’s band of crooks communists is not an overstatement. Many of them have become emboldened enough to simply admit they are Marxists who hate America. The people will mobilize, though. I highly recommend you know what the two sides are if you feel like being involved from this point forward.

I will post a few Twitter links.

It really is quite easy to read Twitter. Try it if you dare. Continue reading “Missing”

Video Fix – Malaena (5 Song Set)

This Too Shall Pass!

The Friday night music scene is alive in the Westerly and Stonington area (RI/CT), where a good variety of musical acts are lined up right through the Columbus Day weekend. At Phoenix Dining and Entertainment in Pawcatuck, CT, the 6-piece pop cover band Malaena took the stage and I was there to capture a few songs.

Pentalogy

Buttercup
Play That Funky Music
Thank You For Letting Me Be Myself Again
Keep Your Hands to Yourself
Louie, Louie Continue reading “Video Fix – Malaena (5 Song Set)”