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The New Normal:

Stars vs. Smartphone

-toting Fans

It’s All On The Floor

So Long

Robert Hunter

Eulogy for a Great Poet

England

The Summer of ‘78

with Ric Ocasek and The Cars


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“There’s more to light than

the opposite of dark”

~ Ric Ocasek

Oh My Goddess

A Day in the Life of a Gigging Musician

The New Normal:

Stars vs Smartphone-toting Fans

Rock for Autism Recipe

It’s All on the Floor

COVER STORY – Summer of ’78 with

Ric Ocasek and The Cars

Enchanted England

An Original Music Manifesto

Static Live Event Calendar

So Long Robert Hunter: Eulogy for a

Great Poet

Artist Feature: Andrew Swan (Brehys)

Music Appreciation

Rocktails

Behind the Mic: Riggs

Snap It

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Oh My...Goddess

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y Adam Floyd

There are sayings about music and one of the most

well-known is ‘Practice makes perfect’. The habit and

discipline of regular musical exercise with an eye towards

improvement can lead to a lifetime of expanding musical

possibilities. It’s easy to learn a few tricks to regurgitate

but that’s the ultimate example of resting on your laurels.

This month’s article features a few tips and some advice on

practice and technique.

We have to experiment to see what works best. Everyone’s

ideal way of practicing music is different, there is no one

right way. Daily practice, however, is a good place to start

for most. Almost anything performed daily with intent will

improve over time.

Sing, play or study for only 50 minutes straight, then take

a walk stretch out or think about something else. You can

play for many hours if you like, but take a break every hour.

It will refresh you and empty your cup so you can learn

more efficiently.

Practice should include technique, new material, and older

repertoire. If you have enough repertoire already in the

bag, begin to rotate so everything stays fresh. Substitute

theory, history, and attentive listening when you don’t

feel like technique and scales. Be a kind critic, then hold

yourself to a high standard.

The most effective process for practice includes clearly

defined goals: knowing what you’re attempting to

accomplish. Serious study of music with an eye toward

refinement and professionalism should include

lessons and master classes with top-notch pros.

Anyone can learn music if they have 25 years to

burn. If you’d rather do it in two or three years,

get professional help.

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A variety of music consumption and study is essential.

Particularly, music genres and modes that are not part of

our own culture. It makes us step out of the box and see

the forest without all the trees obscuring our view. Try a

variety of countries, religions and historical periods.

Don’t reinvent the wheel. How should one study and

learn all the major instruments and voice, as well as

composing? It’s nothing new, there are well trodden paths,

with methodologies and even school courses that have

been proven successful for decades and even centuries.

Use these and save yourself difficulty, frustration and most

importantly time, time, time.

Reinvent the wheel. There’s no reason you can’t go faster

or be more intense with your study. Don’t be limited by

what historical models or other people hold to be sacred

cows. Discover your own path. The sky is the limit and you

manifest your own destiny.

Get inspired and find Heroes. I was studying guitar at Cal

State in Los Angeles in my early twenties. I found out the

guitarist for The Police went to my school, and also Elliot

Easton from The Cars! In fact, Elliott came and visited the

class and it was inspiring, it made me believe I could have

success too!

Try journaling and record-keeping. All the dreams in the

world are merely visions of grandeur without someone

holding our feet to the fire. Ultimately we must be our own

taskmasters. Keep charts and tables of your daily practice,

including tempos and difficult passages. This record

keeping will allow us to keep track of our progress. Then

look back and keep in mind that ‘practice makes perfect’.


gleefully embrace an it’s-not-real-ifit’s-not-on-social-media

credo.

The New Normal:

Stars vs. Smartphone

-toting Fans

During my decades as a

music writer at various

newspapers, I interviewed a

number of country musicians who

talked about performing behind

a screen of chicken wire at some

honky-tonk dive. They swore such

wire fencing saved their ass: A

boozy patron would get pissed

because, say, he decided the

singer was eyeing his gal, and

so the irate dude would begin

chunking Bud bottles at the band.

I heard so many variations on the

chicken-wire thing that to this day

I’m too chickenshit to step foot in

any honky-tonk except those fake

ones at Disney World.

So, I had to laugh when I read

about a recent classical music

concert in Cincinnati where

German violinist Anne-Sophie

Mutter became rattled because a

front-row audience member was

using her smartphone to film the

performance. Mutter stopped in

the middle of a Beethoven piece

and, according to a press report,

said, “Either I will leave, or you

will put away your phone and

recording device.”

A kerfuffle ensued, and the

patron was escorted out of the

performance hall.

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by Rick de Yampert

A recent New York

Times article detailed an

incident at a performance of the

Off-Broadway musical “The Wrong

Man.” The play featured onstage

seating, and when star Joshua

Henry noticed one of those patrons

was using his smartphone to

record the show, Henry snatched

the phone and tossed it under a

riser – and did so while still singing

and staying in character! Sweet!

Yeah, I know: You can say

performing Beethoven or Broadway

requires a bit more concentration

and skill than playing a piece of

shit-kicking hillbilly rock like Hank

Jr.’s “All My Rowdy Friends Are

Coming Over Tonight.” But these

days, when guys are recording

their piss streaming into a public

toilet because they think it looks

like some Salvador Dali-meets-

Marcel Duchamp artwork . . . well,

digital intrusions in our lives are

just the new normal.

And this new normal is infiltrating

the performing arts. Effete classical

musicians are just going to have

to deal with it and get some advice

from the honky-tonkers about how

to deal with distractions.

I’m guessing there’s a generational

divide about the desirability of

Instagramming EVERY FUCKING

MOMENT of one’s life, with most

Boomers (full disclosure – I’m one)

believing such practice is only

slightly less appealing than eating

Satan’s turds, while Millennials

As a sitar player who performs

throughout Central Florida, I am

always happy to have listeners

record and then Instagram and

Facebook me – hey, free publicity!

The downside, as musician

friends have commented to me, is

when a fan happens to capture a

performance you don’t feel is your

best, and you the artist have no

control as it worms its way into the

digital landscape.

Just to be clear: If you catch me

performing on sitar somewhere,

I will be bummed if you think my

music is NOT worth recording.

So, please, Facebook the fuck

out of me. As a Boomer-aged

consumer of entertainment, I’m

not so big on digitally documenting

the concerts and shows I attend.

Having reviewed some 1,200

performances during my 30-year

journalism career, I’ve had enough

of having my attention diverted away

from the star on stage – which in

my case meant taking notes and

instantly analyzing the performance

for the review I’d be writing on a

40-minute deadline when I got back

to the newspaper office an hour

later. For me, it’s a luxury to just sit

and EXPERIENCE a performance

without note-taking and without

smartphoning it.

Still, I love that performers such as

Mutter and Henry are fighting back.

The potential for such performer ire

introduces an edginess to modern

live entertainment. Back in my

reviewing days, I frequently had to

dodge the vomit spews of drunk

fans near my seat. Now I have to

be wary of the star tossing a fan’s

iPhone into the crowd.

I look forward to the day when the

Grammys give an award for Best

Performance by a Classical Artist

Shoving a Smartphone Up a Fan’s

Ass. And the Grammys will surely

give a companion award for Best

Fan Video of a Classical Artist

Shoving a Smartphone Up Another

Fan’s Ass.


Frankie Banali might be best known for his masterful work as

drummer for the multi-platinum heavy metal band

Quiet Riot, but the percussionist knows his way around the

kitchen as well as he does a kit. When not making music or

touring with Quiet Riot as the lone original member of the first

heavy metal band to have a top-charting Billboard album, Chef

Banali can be found cooking up classics at home and on the road.

Among his seasonal selections is this fall favorite for Pumpkin

Ravioli with Gorgonzola Sauce di Francesco.

Frankie Banali

Quiet Riot

PUMPKIN RAVIOLI WITH GORGONZOLA

SAUCE DI FRANCESCO

RAVIOLI

½ cup ricotta cheese

¼ cup mascarpone cheese

¼ cup Gorgonzola cheese

½ cup pumpkin puree

½ teaspoon roasted garlic gray salt

¼ teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg

2 cups ups all-purpose flour ½ teaspoon salt

2 eggs

½ cup of finely chopped and mashed sun dried

tomato, discard oil

1 teaspoon virgin olive oil

2 teaspoons water

GORGONZOLA SAUCE

1 tablespoon butter

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 tablespoon flour

½ cup whole milk

6 ounces Gorgonzola cheese

MAKE THE RAVIOLI

Combine and mix thoroughly cheese, pumpkin, roasted garlic

gray salt and fresh nutmeg. Cover and set aside.

Mix flour and salt in a large bowl and form a well in the center.

Beat sun dried tomato, oil and eggs until completely blended and

pour into the well in the flour. Stir with a stiff whisk while bringing

the flour mixture towards the center to form a dough ball (If the

mixture is too dry and stiff, add the 2 teaspoons of water).

Knead carefully for 5 minutes on a lightly floured board that is

covered with cloth. If the dough becomes too sticky, add flour as

needed until smooth. Cover and let sit for an additional 5 minutes.

Divide dough into 4 equal parts, roll each part of the dough one

at a time into 12 x 10 inch rectangles. Make sure the dough is

covered.

Place 2 teaspoons of the filling onto half of the rectangle about

1 ½ inches apart in 2 rows of 4 mounds each. Lightly wet the

edges of the dough as well as the dough in between the filling

mounds. Fold the other half of the dough over the pumpkin

mixture and press fingers firmly around the pumpkin mixture.

Cut between the rows of filling to make the ravioli. Press the

edges together with a pastry wheel. Repeat with the remaining

dough and mixture.

Cook ravioli in 4 quarts of boiling salted water until tender and

drain carefully as to not damage the ravioli.

MAKE THE GORGONZOLA SAUCE

Heat a pot or skillet over medium low heat and melt the butter

in the pan. Add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes or until the

garlic is translucent but not brown. Add the flour to make a

roux and cook for 2 additional minutes or until the roux has

a golden smooth color, making sure the flour is fully cooked.

Slowly mix in milk while stirring with whisk until the sauce is

smooth and without lumps. Bring the sauce to a boil and then

reduce the heat to a simmer. When the sauce has thickened,

take the pan off the heat and whisk in the gorgonzola until the

sauce is creamy and smooth.

TO SERVE

Place a small amount of the sauce on the bottom of the plate,

place ravioli on top and drizzle additional sauce on top of the

ravioli to taste and add crumbled gorgonzola and press Italian

parsley as garnish.

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This recipe has been added to the “Rockin Recipes for Autism” cookbook to

benefit an amazing charitable cause, ‘We Rock for Autism, an officially recognized

non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization. For more information about “Rockin’ Recipes

for Autism”, or to order the book, visit www.rockinrecipesforautism.com


It’s All On The Floor

By Randy Pepper

A few years ago I wrote about how guitar amps are

becoming smaller and smaller and the days of stacks

were gone except for a few people using them.

But today guitar players are getting even smaller;

floorboards are taking over the stages. Manufacturers

like Line 6 with their Helix, Kemper with their new

Floorboard, Fractal with their AX8, Head Rush, Bias

FX, Mooer’s FX 300, the BOSS GT1000 and many

others on the way. Guitar players now don’t even

have to bring a giant pedalboard with effects or any

kind of amp for a gig; they just pick up their gig bag,

put their rig in it, get their guitar and cords and they’re

ready to go.

So, why are so many players going so small on

stage? I asked some local players this very question.

Thomas Watkins from the Orlando based band Speed

Limit 70 is using a Fractal FX8. “It’s an amp and all

the pedals I would use in one box. I send the signal

back through my monitor for my tone.” Brain Bartleson

from New Smyrna Band Fat City said, “Overall volume

is directly influenced by stage volume. With more

and more gigs happening in restaurants/bars and

outdoor patios the bands that can keep the energy

up at low volume are those getting the callbacks. Our

entire band (including electronic drums) goes direct to

FOH. This way we can be as loud as we want in our

monitors while maintaining a volume level out front

that makes the venue happy.” My go-to rig is a Line

6 HX Stomp. It gives me great amp tones

and effects, and the user interface makes

it really easy to tweak my sound on the fly

if I need to. I dearly love my tube amps but

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these days they’re just for decoration. Elliott Kayne

from the Flagler Dance band Soul Fire is using the

Boss GT-1000 direct into the mains. “It sounds great. I

can dial in a wide range of tones from natural cleans,

to soaring dirt, with the touch response of an amp. We

keep the stage volume low and balanced. We set the

monitors to hear exactly what the audience is hearing

in the mix. Plus it reduces the weight of the load in

and set up is fast and easy. It’s great that my entire

rig is now a simple 2 hand carry in.” Bill Hamilton of

the band Psycho Magnets uses a Sans Amp Fly Rig

direct to the FOH and to his in-ear monitors. Even

church musicians like Jacksonville’s Bruce Stone

who also uses a Sans Amp Fly Rig and Flagler’s

Joe Desouza who said, “It is much easier to bring

my fractal AX8 and plug direct, we are using in-ears

anyways so lugging an amp is obsolete and it adds to

stage volume.”

It’s not just local bands doing this. Former J Geils

Band and Yardbirds guitarist Johnny A uses a Fractal

FX8, Falling In Reverse guitarist Zakk Sandler uses

the Head Rush on stage and Michael Britt of the

country band Lonestar just started using the new

Kemper floorboard.

So, the next time you go see your favorite band and

don’t see an amp on stage look on the floor.


Randy Pepper is a freelance guitarist

or hire and the owner of the

Guitar Attic in beautiful north Holly Hill.

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The Summer of ‘78 with Ric Ocasek and The Cars

The year was 1978. I was a scrawny kid in the

sixth grade in a small college town tucked

away in the mountains of southwest Virginia.

That summer, I decided I would like a little

extra money for candy and such, so I picked up a

paper route in my neighborhood.

To my surprise, over half of my clients were college

students and being a goofy class clown and an

extrovert, I quickly made several friends even though

they were much older than me. One of these friends

was a girl named Kathrine she was a film major. For

her senior project, she picked me and another one

of her friends to make a short film about a young

boy and a Clown as they goofed off around town. I

really don’t remember much about her friend Peter

other than his white boy ‘fro, and that he was a funny

and really bright music major. There was one day,

however, that has been stuck in my mind for over

40 years. I had always listened to the college radio

station since moving into town but never really took

much notice of it other than memories of hearing

bands like ELO, Elton John, Bob Seger, Lynyrd

Skynyrd, and other classic rock. My new buddy Peter

was more into newer music and during one of our

days of hanging out, he turned me on to a brand new

band called “The Cars”

I still remember that day distinctly because he turned

me on to them and another band that had recently

come out: Cheap Trick. He told me in a bold fashion

that these two bands were going to be famous for a

long time. The summer ended and the short film went

on to earn Kathrine an A+; not only that, but it was

used to show incoming students how a film by future

directors should be made. It was an eye-opening

experience for me and one of the best summers of my

childhood. As the years passed, The Cars continued

to pump out hits and easily became one of my favorite

bands of all-time.

I remember listening to their first album over and

over again and memorizing all the words, putting on

headphones so I wouldn’t drive my parents crazy

and freaking out every time I heard the song “Moving

in Stereo” as the sounds shifted from one side to

the other (I had yet to discover Pink Floyd). I also

remember the intense excitement when I heard that

they had a new album coming out the very next year

called Candy O. I made sure that I cut back my candy

intake for a month or two just so I could have enough

money to buy that album and lo and behold I also

memorized that one from start to finish. Needless to

say, at that point I was a fan for life.

To this day, whenever I hear a song by the Cars it

takes me back to a much simpler time when I had

dreams and aspirations of being a rock star. While I

never did quite make it, one thing is for sure - my old

long lost friend Peter was spot on when predicting the

future of one of the best bands to ever come out of

Boston.

Recently, Ric Ocasek passed away and once again

we all grieved. Over the past few years, it seems we

have lost so many great musicians. While The Cars

weren’t considered one of the best bands ever, they

certainly hold a special place in my heart and I will

always remember the summer of ‘78. Here’s a little

more about this remarkable band and what made

them special:

The Cars (singer, rhythm guitarist and songwriter

Ric Ocasek; bassist and singer Benjamin Orr; lead

guitarist Elliot Easton; keyboardist Greg Hawkes;

drummer David Robinson) emerged from the new

wave scene in Boston in 1976. They were at the

forefront of merging 1970s guitar-oriented rock with

new synthesizer-oriented pop. The Cars were named

“Best New Artist” in the Rolling Stones’ Reader Poll

in 1978 and their video “You Might Think” won “Video

of the Year” at the first MTV Video Music Awards in

1984. Their debut album The Cars spent 139 weeks

on the Billboard Top 200 album chart and sold six

million copies.

The band broke up in 1988. Ocasek said a reunion

would never happen; however, the surviving original

members reunited in 2010 to record “Move Like

This”, released in May of 2011. They also performed

in April of 2018 when they were inducted into the

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This would be their final

performance with Ocasek, who died on September

15, 2019.

By The Reluctant Genius

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Enchanted

England

By Brie Christian

Warning: This article must be read out loud with an English accent.

“You sound like you are from London!”

London, astonishing and beautiful, is an elaborately decorated

city with Neo-classic and Georgian architecture such as St Paul’s

Cathedral, Big Ben, The London Eye, and The Tower Bridge, (not

to be confused with the London bridge; as people tend to do!) Oh!

Bollocks! Don’t forget Buckingham Palace where Queen Elizabeth

II and Prince Philip continue to reside and where the Changing

the Guard Ceremony takes place. It’s a land where the people

indulge at high tea and take in ‘the theater, the theater,’ referred to

as Theatreland or the West End. Traditions live on with so many

activities in London, tea time began in 1840, with the seventh

Duchess of Bedford because she was ‘hangry’ and didn’t want to

wait until tea (dinner), so along came high tea and high tea to stay!

Quite classy if you ask anyone who’s anyone. Adventures tend to be

on the pricey side of the pond, you’ll need a little more than pence

(cents) on this adventure; you must have a pinky out while drinking

your Beefeaters or your tea.

Upon arriving in London, our journey to the hotel started off a

bit balls up as we threw ourselves into the bustle of the city. Not

knowing how to navigate the enormous city, we gave it our best shot

and started our Enchanted England excursion. As we arrived at

The Reuben, (a gorgeous hotel in London City Centre) people were

waiting on us hand and foot and were very impressed with our not

expected tipping. Well known travelers know - to experience a city

in full, you must be full, of course I mean, many courses! For those

of you living under the London Bridge, I mean EAT! Eat all of the

foods! The Reuben Hotel has a grill with many wonderful dishes that

any foodie fool would drool over; the finest filet, lobster linguine, and

artichoke soup were just a few. Not to mention the royal experience

you’ll have, with four waiters and with an atmosphere to suit you and

the Queen herself. A couple of other staple eats for the city entails

fish and chips, bangers and mash and huge breakfasts, including

eggs, bacon, blood sausage, baked beans, avocado, toast, and a

large mushroom! (Served by a fungi... eh em, fun guy!)

One thing you won’t do in London is go hungry.. Meals there aren’t

only delicious; they are bursting with tradition with every bite.

Tea time was another time-honored activity with two drink courses

and three food courses stacked high, including finger sandwiches,

scones accompanied by jam and cream, and sweets to finish

afternoon tea. If you want to feel like royalty, don’t miss out on

afternoon tea that boasts exquisite china in the most extravagant tea

rooms. They are filled with velvet couches, white table clothes, and

beautiful crown molding, as an exceptional pianist plays Abbey Road

on the piano without

missing a note.

On another note

- more about the

theater, of course!

West End is home

to many of London’s

more than 240

theaters, bringing

in over 618 million

pounds per year

(more than the

cinema). There is

never a dull moment

with shows from

Mamma Mia to Les

Miserablés, there is

entertainment for all!

We decided to see

‘Waitress,’ a musical

(music written by

Sarah Bareillas). The plot introduces a young woman

and her struggle with her job as a waitress (and a

baker), her tribulations with her lout of a husband, and

making some pretty life changing decisions; all while

keeping her friends close and remembering what is

truly important to her independence and growth. It

reminds us that we must make some scary decisions

in life, but if we stay strong, we find what is right for us.

Let’s not get sappy here... Let’s get scary! Spooky!

Creepy! Yes, we visited London in October, the perfect

time to have a scare. At the London Dungeon, fear

lurks around the entire year.

A walk back in time with over 1000 years of heart

pumping, palm sweating history that will have your

goosebumps pumping! With 17 interactive shows, this

haunted house is like no other, especially because the

events they portray all actually happened. Who knows

if you’re watching an actor, or if the ghost of Sweeney

Todd decided to make a guest appearance just for you

that evening. Sweeney Todd could have been fictional,

but the bloody barber was known to do minor surgery

for patrons as well; hence, it was okay if he left a little blood

behind when torching his victims. Be careful loitering the

halls alone ladies, the spirit of Jack the Ripper could return

for his sixth lady victim. He is the most talked-about serial

killer in London, probably because he was never caught.

He taunted officials sending them letters and pieces of

flesh, threatening to strike again. It was over 125 years ago,

but who knows if his spirit will return with a vengeance.

London was an exceptional experience! There is such

life and excitement at every turn. Therefore, you must go

and see it yourself, make your own memories and create

your own stories that will last as long as people have been

having afternoon tea or talking about Jack the Ripper. Just

remember, in order to have them you have to make them.

Wander around, take in the culture and even if you get lost,

you won’t feel that way in London.

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An Original Music Manifesto

I’ve helped run stages, festivals, venues, and events for

over 20 years, and I cannot tell you how many times one

of the bands on the bill was late. Ok, you blew a tire, the

trailer’s axle cracked when you hit a pothole, the traffic was

at a dead stop on I-4. These are all valid excuses, except

they are not.

If you want to be in a professional band, well, you have

to be professional. That plays itself out in all aspects of

production and execution. First and foremost, don’t be late.

Plan on being there an hour before load-in, not at load-in. I

personally try to show up with my merch in tow before the

event begins, even if my band is not on until hours later.

The event planners, stage managers, sound techs and

the like don’t always remember who shows up on time, but

they certainly remember who shows up late, and they often

remember who showed up first.

When it comes to being professional, let’s get the “don’ts”

out of the way. Here is the shortlist of

things not to do to remain professional. Do not get drunk.

Do not smell like weed. Outside of your lyrics, do not

use foul language. Don’t leave a mess. Do not trash talk

anyone on the mic. Do not point the mic at the monitor. Do

not drop the mic. Don’t be late.

Here is the shortlist of things to definitely do to be

professional. Answer every email, text, FB message, or

Instagram DM. Respond to every comment, even if it’s just

a “like” or a “smiley face.” Talk to every person that comes

up to your merch table and talk to every person that comes

up to meet you or say something after your set. Be kind, be

courteous, and listen to your listeners.

By C. August Wenger

delete their comment-block them if necessary - but don’t

play into their negativity. If the venue owner is a total jerk,

give them a blank stare and a head nod - they are going

to pay you at the end of the night. If the talent buyer is a

stuck-up prick - blank stare and head nod - they could get

you another gig. If the sound guy is a tool - blank stare,

head nod - he’s going to be doing your sound and maybe

your sound guy again someday. If the bartender is a B, it

doesn’t matter- BYOB. Whomever it is, you can not play

into their negativity. Just give them a blank stare and a

head nod and go about the business of rocking out your set

for your fans and possibly new fans. It’s only about the fans

and no one else, not even you.

Though most of these rules of professionalism have

applied to the live show, we should also remember

professionalism starts at the inception of the band, and

the months leading up to that first show. Professionalism

is having a verbal, or even, written contract with the

members of the act, being in agreement on the time they

are putting into the project and what is expected from

everyone. Professionalism is having some music recorded

before ever getting on stage, and that music, along with

at least t-shirts and stickers, available for your first show.

Professionalism is having a website, business cards, a

PNG logo, a bio, and a band photo ready to go.

This may all seem like common sense, but you’ve

seen these unprofessional bands out there- they are

everywhere. So this is just a friendly reminder: don’t be

one of them, because in this day and age, more than

your music or your look, you could stand out and be

remembered for your professionalism alone.

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One of the biggest challenges of being professional is

staying positive and not giving in to the negativity of

circumstances beyond your control. We all know negativity

is everywhere, but you cannot give in to it. If it’s a troll

online posting a negative comment, don’t respond. Just

As always, thanks so much for reading. I’ll be back next

month with my one year anniversary and twelfth

installment of An Original Music Manifesto

where I will showcase the sound tech and how

to make his job easier.

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Friday, November 1, 2019

31 Supper Club - High End 7pm

Beacon - Warren Beck 6pm

Bounty Bar - Jay Paski 7pm

Crabby’s Oceanside - Mark Moore 4pm

Grind/Kona - Humans in Disguise 7pm

NSB Brewing - Dustin Stock 6pm

Oceanside - Eddy Davis 5:30pm

Outriggers - Faith Hannon Duo 6pm

Traders - Etc 6pm

Traders - The Accuzed 9pm

Yellow Dog Eats - Nate Utley 6pm

Saturday, November 2, 2019

31 Supper Club - Mike Sands 7pm

Bounty Bar - TBA 7pm

Chase’s - Smyrna Erb 5pm

Crabby’s Oceanside - Brent Clowers 12pm

Crabby’s Oceanside - Music Matt 5pm

Flagler Tavern - Music Matt 5pm

Grind/Kona - Warren Beck 7pm

NSB Brewing - The Evening Muze 6pm

Oceanside - Jay Paski 5:30pm

Outriggers - The Vibe 6pm

Tayton O’Brians - Bradford Buckley 9pm

Tortugas - Mike Quick Band 6pm

Traders - Love Bomb 6pm

Traders - The Accuzed 9pm

Yellow Dog Eats - The Transfers 6pm

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Bounty Bar - Dustin Stock 7pm

Crabby’s Oceanside - Jay Paski 12pm

Flagler Tavern - Bradford Buckley 5pm

Oceanside - Splash 10am

Tayton O’Brians - Dustin Seymour 8pm

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Grind/Kona - The Transfers 7pm

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Grind/Kona - Are Friends Electric 7pm

Outriggers - Larree App 6pm

Traders - Warren Beck 7pm

Thursday, November 7, 2019

31 Supper Club - Ricky Silvia 6pm

Bounty Bar - Brody Mullikin 7pm

Grind/Kona - The Click 7:30pm

Outriggers - Rasta Bayers 6pm

Yellow Dog Eats - Dustin Stock 6pm

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Friday, November 8, 2019

31 Supper Club – Warren Beck 7pm

Bounty Bar - Jason Longoria 7pm

Crabby’s Oceanside - The Vibe 4pm

Grind/Kona - Cory Worsley 7pm

NSB Brewing - Stephanie Schaffer 6pm

Oceanside - Rasta Bayers 5:30pm

Outriggers - Jimmy Z 6pm

Traders - Stephen Pigman 6pm

Traders - Kings County 9pm

Yellow Dog Eats - Aaron Ligntnin’ 6pm

Saturday, November 9, 2019

31 Supper Club - Dana Kamide Band 7pm

Bounty Bar - Laila & Clint 7pm

Chase’s - Relief 5pm

Crabby’s Oceanside - Bradford Buckley 12pm

Crabby’s Oceanside - Marty McCarrick 5pm

Flagler Tavern - Psycoustic 5pm

Grind/Kona - Bradford Buckley 7pm

NSB Brewing - Brody Mullikin 6pm

Oceanside - Warren Beck 5:30pm

Outriggers - The Transfers 6pm

Tayton O’Brians - James Ryan 9pm

Tortugas - Cat 4 Band 6pm

Traders - Acoustic Inferno 6pm

Traders - Kings County 9pm

Yellow Dog Eats - Faith Hannon 6pm

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Bounty Bar - Chuck Morel 7pm

Crabby’s Oceanside - The Evening Muze 12pm

Oceanside - The Transfers 10am

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Grind/Kona - The Evening Muze 6pm

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Grind/Kona - Chuck Morel 6pm

Outriggers - Larree App 6pm

Traders - Marty McCarrick 7pm

Thursday, November 14, 2019

31 Supper Club - The Transfers 6pm

Bounty Bar - Faith Hannon 7pm

Grind/Kona - Luvu 7:30pm

Outriggers - Corey Shenk 6pm

Yellow Dog Eats - Claire Vandiver 6pm

Friday, November 15, 2019

31 Supper Club - Mark Raisch 7pm

Beacon - Gina Cuchetti 6pm

Bounty Bar - Warren Beck 7pm

Crabby’s Oceanside - Micah 4pm

Grind/Kona - The Cyclones 7pm

NSB Brewing - The Vibe 6pm

Oceanside - Brett Russell 5:30pm

Outriggers - Stephanie Schaffer 6pm

Traders - Aaron Lightnin’ 6pm

Traders - Midnight Mayhem 9pm

Yellow Dog Eats - Bradford Buckley 6pm

Saturday, November 16, 2019

31 Supper Club - Big Beat 7pm

Bounty Bar - Dustin Stock 7pm

Chase’s - Stealing Vanity 5pm

Crabby’s Oceanside - The Cyclones Duo 12pm

Crabby’s Oceanside - Music Matt 5pm

Grind/Kona - Adam Floyd 7pm

NSB Brewing - Adam Sarwi 6pm

Oceanside - Stephanie Schaffer 5:30pm

Outriggers - The Cyclones

Tayton O’Brians - Jeff Risinger 9pm

Tortugas - 5 Time Shag 6pm

Traders - Randy Williams 6pm

Traders - Midnight Mayhem 9pm

Yellow Dog Eats - Gina Cuchetti 6pm

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Bounty Bar - Jay Paski 7pm

Crabby’s Oceanside - Jessie Abbey 12pm

Oceanside - Splash 10am

Tayton O’Brians - Dustin Seymour 8pm

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Flagler Tavern - Reed Foley 5pm

Grind/Kona - The Transfers 7pm

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Grind/Kona - Are Friends Electric 7pm

Outriggers - Larree App 6pm

Traders - Bradford Buckley 7pm

Thursday, November 21, 2019

31 Supper Club - Comedy Night 6pm

Bounty Bar - Savanna Leigh 7pm

Grind/Kona - Layla & Clint 7:30pm

Outriggers - Chuck Morel 6pm

Yellow Dog Eats - Rasta Bayers 6pm

31 Supper Club - Project Coast 7pm

Beacon - Jessie Abbey 6pm

Friday, November 22, 2019

Bounty Bar - Jason “Gote” Van de Maat 7pm

Crabby’s Oceanside - Adam Floyd 4pm

Grind/Kona - Mike Quick Band 7pm

NSB Brewing - Drew Halverson 6pm

Oceanside - Ian Opalinski 5:30pm

Outriggers - Jason Longoria 6pm

Traders - The Transfers 6pm

Traders - Pop Culture Poets 9pm

Yellow Dog Eats - The Evening Muze 6pm

Saturday, November 23, 2019

31 Supper Club - Dana Kamide Band 7pm

Bounty Bar - Music Matt 7pm

Chase’s - Danny Dread 5pm

Crabby’s Oceanside - Nate Utley 12pm

Crabby’s Oceanside - Jay Paski 5pm

Flagler Tavern -

Grind/Kona - Eddy Davis 7pm

NSB Brewing - Chuck Morel 6pm

Oceanside - Jason Longoria 5:30pm

November

2019

Outriggers - Off the Road 6pm

Tayton O’Brians - James Ryan 9pm

Tortugas - Cain 6pm

Traders - Dustin Stock 6pm

Traders - Pop Culture Poets 9pm

Yellow Dog Eats - Down River Duo 6pm

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Bounty Bar - Chuck Morel 7pm

Crabby’s Oceanside - The Cyclones Duo 12pm

Flagler Tavern - Jeff Risinger 5pm

Oceanside - Warren Beck 10am

Tayton O’Brians - Casey Picou 8pm

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Grind/Kona - The Evening Muze 6pm

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Grind/Kona - Chuck Morel 6pm

Outriggers - Larree App 6pm

Traders - Eddy Davis 7pm

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Outriggers - Corey Shenk 6pm

Friday, November 29, 2019

31 Supper Club - Christie Beu 7pm

Beacon - Warren Beck 6pm

Bounty Bar - Drew Halverson 7pm

Crabby’s Oceanside - David Dequasie 4pm

Grind/Kona - Relief 7pm

NSB Brewing - Eddy Davis 6pm

Oceanside - Al Canali 5:30pm

Outriggers - Relief 6pm

Traders - Jay Paski 6pm

Traders - TBD

Yellow Dog Eats - Jimmy Z 6pm

Saturday, November 30, 2019

31 Supper Club - Dana Kamide Band 7pm

Bounty Bar - Hannah Wilson

Chase’s - Dustin Stock 5pm

Crabby’s Oceanside - Bradford Buckley 12pm

Crabby’s Oceanside - Cory Worsley 5pm

Flagler Tavern - Reed Foley 5pm

Grind/Kona - Bradford Buckley 7pm

NSB Brewing - Jason Longoria 6pm

Oceanside - Shaker Jones 5:30pm

Outriggers - The Evening Muze 6pm

Tayton O’Brians - Cody & Kyle 9pm

Tortugas - Humans in Disguise 6pm

Traders - Etc 2:30pm

Traders - Warren Beck 6:30pm

Traders - TBD

Yellow Dog Eats - Music Matt 6pm

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So Long

Robert

Hunter

Eulogy for

a Great Poet

BY HANK HARRISON

Robert “Bob” Hunter of the Grateful Dead, died on

September 24, 2019. I knew him pretty well, hung with him

as he transitioned through his career and several bands.

He was never an on-stage band member with the Dead,

but he was always on stage … if you catch my drift. Some

of his songs—and more than a few bands he did play

with—were more obscure than others. This list included

Jerry and Bob, Mother McCrae’s Up-Town Jug Champions

in the early 1960s, The Jerry Garcia Band, The Dinosaurs

with John Cippolina and Barry Melton and Spencer

Dryden, Road Hog with the Albin Brothers, his own Robert

Hunter Band, David and the Dorks (with David Crosby and

Phil Lesh) and various coffee house gigs.

“Hunter,” as we called him, was always a paradox, full

of humor and piety and combinations of darkness and

extreme joy, always manic and disgruntled on and off. He

was a hermit most of the time but, I managed to eek out

two formal interviews with him, both very revealing. Turned

out we had a lot in common.

At least one of Hunter’s fathers was an alcoholic who used

to leave him in the car at age eight, in front of the bar, while

he went in and got plowed. My Dad did the same thing. We

had a nervous chuckle over that, as kids, we were both

scared shitless during our plural rides home; neither parent

thought twice about driving drunk with the man-child in the

back seat.

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Hunter’s wife Maureen and immediate family

announced his passing due to complications

of spinal surgery in a statement released,

23 September 2019. I was going to write a

panegyric right away, but a very abstract vibe grabbed me.

I mean I have written eulogies for everybody else in my old

gang, why not Hunter? I knew Bob passingly well, not as

well as Jerry or Phil, but well enough to hang out and even

have a few arguments with him. This guy was as strange

as anybody in the Dead family - or anyone who drifted

through - but on top his weirdness he wrote great songs,

got paid and had a say-so in the way things went at the

picnics and the office.

But here’s what jerked my chain about the media coverage

when he died: I was curious as to why his family would

say he died shortly after surgery and then not tell us more

about that. But above all I was really pissed off by all the

whacked out obits that mentioned his LSD MK Ultra trips

at Stanford, which I didn’t even know about until after he

died… that blew me away, and I still wonder if it’s true.

Ever since Owsley, the all meat-eating King of LSD, died

in a mysterious road-rage accident in Australia, whole

hosts of writers and researchers have been trying to tie

the Grateful Dead to MK Ultra, a clandestine research CIA

or Black Ops program; an old conspiracy theory that was

supposed to be messing everybody up on acid and making

frogs out of dogs.

When he died, The New York Times portrayed Hunter

as a folk hero, mysterious and pregnant with ideas like

Bob Dylan or Joan Baez. I knew him as a flawed buddy,

a pack- a-day suicidal Camel smoker, a real beatnik, the

son of an alcoholic, an Army reject, a genius tossed into

the same matrix as me by destiny. I didn’t worship him. But

I respected him. He didn’t like me much because I was a

shrink before I came on board. Maybe

he thought I was one of the MK Ultra

handlers… but I never knew about that.

The Times said, “Mr. Hunter’s lyrics, often

dreamlike variations on the American

folk tradition, meshed seamlessly

with the band’s casual musical style,

helping to define the Grateful Dead as a

counterculture touchstone.” I knew that

was true but that’s what we all did, Bobby

Peterson too, Pig Pen too. None of

that was casual or even remotely

laid back.

The Independent of East Hampton,

N.Y., in 2014.quoted Hunter as

saying: “I love the fact that so many

people write their own lives into my

songs.” Hunter was being nice, he

didn’t love it, he deeply wanted the

fans to GROK his meaning, to love

him, to understand how lonely a

foster- child can be. He was, after

all a real lonely dude, a stand alone

very solo guy. In psych terms it

like hoping the fans will parse your

lyrics every time perfectly, hoping every fan is as

genius as you are. It’s called ‘Projection’. Hunter told

me the fans often got it wrong. But he handled it well.

Robert Hunter was ironically born Robert Burns,

after the Scottish poet, in Arroyo Grande, California,

and later adopted his stepfather’s surname. Hunter

told me: “When I was nine my family split up.” His

biological father was an itinerant electrician ... “I’ve

only heard from him once.” But Hunter never wanted

to talk about how he got into fosterage. He spent

several years in foster homes before returning to live

with his mother, who later married Norman Hunter,

a publishing executive at McGraw-Hill, in Palo Alto

when Bob was 11. After

that he dropped the

Burns name and took

on the Hunter name.

Music must have

turned him on after that

because Hunter played

trumpet in a band

called The Presidents

in Palo Alto High

School, a Dixieland

style ensemble.

Here is where the

mystery gets thicker

and darker and nobody

wants to talk. After

a six-month stint in

Eisenhower’s army

in 1959, he spent a

year at the University

of Connecticut where

he played in a folk

trio, then moved back

to California. Now

when somebody tells

you they spent six

months in the Army,

it means they were

discharged under

General Conditions,

nothing dishonorable

but probably something

went amiss in the psych

or behavioral area.

The other part of the

story links up to Garcia

at this point, because

Jerry also got a quick

boot for not being

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obedient to his superior officers and I suspect the two may

have hooked up at the Palo Alto Veteran’s Administration

Hospital while mustering out. At least that is what Pig Pen

and Jerry’s brother Clifford told me way back in 1973. No

harm done; both men were heroes in my book, or in at

least three of my books.

The non-military version of the story goes that Robert

Hunter first met Garcia through a mutual girlfriend,

(whatever that means) and in 1961 they briefly formed the

duo, Bob and Jerry as well as playing in several bluegrass

bands together until the Warlocks started in 1964. One

notable early gig was sponsored by Rod Albin and his

Boars Head Coffee House (on stage at the campus of the

College of San Mateo) with Hunter strumming bass.

Shortly after those gigs Hunter volunteered to participate

in a Stanford University program testing psychedelic

drugs under Dr. Richard Blum (not MK Ultra… the CIA

sponsorship of the Stanford program has never been

proven). The LSD, mescaline and psilocybin link has also

not been fully defined as to dosage or published papers.

In any case, Hunter considered these experiences to have

boosted his writing skills and I guess that goes for Ken

Kesey too.

A subsequent over-fondness for weed and speed prompted

him to leave California for New Mexico, where he began

writing song lyrics, including Saint Stephen. He sent

these to Garcia, who urged Hunter to come back to San

Francisco.

Hunter engaged in several other successful collaborations

in addition to the Grateful Dead. He formed an on again-off

again partnership with Bob Dylan when he co-wrote the

tracks Silvio and The Ugliest Girl in the World on Dylan’s

1988 album Down in the Groove, and he later shared

authorship of most of the songs on Together Through Life

(2009) and collaborated on Duquesne Whistle from the

album Tempest (2012).

One wag said, “If Dylan doesn’t want the Nobel Prize give it

to Hunter.”

Robert Hunter also worked with Bruce Hornsby (who

played keyboards with the Dead late in their career). As

Hornsby put it, “I’ve loved so many of the Garcia/Hunter

songs. They’re just timeless-sounding to me, could have

been written hundreds of years ago.”

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Robert Hunter is survived by his wife,

Maureen, whom he married in 1982, and his

children, Kate, Charlotte and Jess.

Robert Hunter, songwriter and musician, born

23 June 1941; died 23 September 2019.

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There are so many different forms of art - drawing, painting,

collage, photography - the list goes on and on. This

month’s artist must have patience like no one else has, for

he creates works of art using single dots. One can only

imagine how long this takes to create a finished piece, but

one thing is for sure - when completed it’s a spectacle to

behold and admire.

One of the styles of art he creates is known as Pointillism;

a technique of painting in which small, distinct dots of

color are applied in patterns to form an image. Georges

Seurat and Paul Signac developed the technique in 1886,

branching from Impressionism. The movement Seurat

began with this technique is known as Neo-impressionism.

The Divisionists used a similar technique of patterns to

form images, though with larger cube-like brushstrokes.

Here’s a little more about this month’s featured artist:

Andrew Swan (Breyhs) is a Delray Beach based artist

originally from Yorkshire England.

He took up art in 2007 and works in three styles:

Pointillism, Scribbelism, and Coloured Pencillism. His two

mediums are fine tipped marker pens and coloured pencils.

“Pointillism” - Art created with tiny dots using fine tipped

Sharpie type pens.

“Scribbelism” - Art created by simply scribbling using fine

tipped Sharpie type pens

“Coloured Pencillism” - Art created using coloured pencils.

Andrew is currently a vendor for the ‘House of Blues”,

representing HOB at Disney’s “Festival of the Masters“

(formerly held in Disney’s Springs and now held in Epcot

and renamed “International Festival of the Arts”). He also

commissions from the Hard Rock and certain celebrities.

In the few years, Andrew has been painting and exhibiting,

he has won several awards both locally and internationally,

including third place in the Von Liebig bi-annual

International art competition, Sunfest 2016, etc ... etc …

He has a passion for music and a talent for art so he

combined them and came up with justdotz.com specializing

in musician themed art (his passion being guitar related

subjects).

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www.justdotz.com justdotz@att.net 561-633-1984

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3. The song, “Writing on the Wall” by Sam Smith was featured in which

James Bond film?

Down

5. How many members are in the rock band, The Cars ?

1. What is the title of Taylor Swift most recently released album?

6. Fill in the lyrics: “No shoes, No Shirt, No ____”

2. The first name of the only remaining founding member of the band,

8. What is the title of the The Cars’ hit song released in 1984?

Panic! at the Disco?

9. How many members were apart of the popular boy band NSYNC?

4. The American rock band, The Cars were together for how many

10. What country were both Justin Bieber and Drake born in?

years?

11. What is the first name of the lead singer of the popular pop band

7. What is the birth name of Lana Del Rey?

Maroon 5?

9. What was the title of the late Amy Winehouse’s debut album?

14. Reba McEntire is associated with what genre of music?

12. Lil Wayne’s record label, Young Money Entertainment helped

15. What is Christina Aguilera’s middle name?

popularize which Canadian rapper?

17. What is the first name of the lead vocalist for the American rock

13. What is the title of The Cranberries hit song?

band, No Doubt?

16. What is the title of country singer, Blake Shelton’s debut single?

18. What is the last name of the youngest member of the former boy

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band, One Direction?

19. The band Korn pioneered which subgenre of alternative metal?

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Music appreciation is a stellar way to invite

the muse into your life and use her gifts

of inspiration, invigoration or calming

(depending on your needs) as treatment

modalities for healing our hectic world. There are

many studies about how classical music affects the

brain. Mozart, Beethoven, Vivaldi and Strauss are

all known to lower blood pressure as well as heart

rates. They have also been touted as “study music”

for assisting in concentration and focus. Listening

to jazz or ambient musical scores can have similar

effects on the mind. New Age atmospheric music that

help us more easily access the intuitive knowledge

hidden beneath our pain and encourage us to cope a

bit better with our trials. Bob Dylan has been helping

me quite a bit lately as I process my mother in law’s

rapidly progressing dementia. The song “Somewhere

Over the Rainbow” has been a rare asset to

accessing parts of her brain that have been off limits

lately. We’ve sang it countless times together as a

sing along to initiate a calming response and bring

her back from the abyss. There are so many ways

that music can influence our processes and inspire us

to be more present. I’ve had some good cries lately

Music

Appreciation

By Candice Beu

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1. Which two former members of The Cars created the band: The New Cars?

2. The popular pop group ABBA’s name is an acronym for?

3. American singer and songwriter, Khalid collaborated with which female pop artist on the

2017 song, “Lovely”?

4. Which multi-platinum hip hop/rap artist co-produced the Black Panther soundtrack?

5. Which American rap artist made history by becoming the first artist to win a grammy

without selling any physical copies of his music?

6. Which hip hop group had the first rap album to hit number 1 on the charts?

7. The popular R&B group, TLC is an acronym for?

8. What are the names of the members of the popular girl group Destiny’s Child?

9. Fill in the lyrics: “Don’t you know I’m _______ than I ever did.

10. What is the name of the female pop artist who featured on “Senorita” by Shawn Mendes?

gets your brain to emit alpha waves or instrumentals

that are infused with isochronic tones and binaural

beats are becoming popular ways to use a technique

called brainwave entrainment to change your internal

frequencies. YouTube has a slew of these kind of

videos that you can check out. I find the most success

with those that claim to remediate anxiety and induce

sleep. If you want to reduce stress and feel more

relaxed then you may want to seek out music that

increases a release of the neurotransmitter dopamine

in your brain. If you want to feel invigorated and lively,

seek out music that gets you pumped and raises your

heart rate. When we listen to music our moods can

greatly improve and that never fails to make us and

those around us feel a little bit better. Who doesn’t

appreciate that?

We can also welcome the assistance of music to help

us find a deeper appreciation for our own feelings and

to connect emotionally with others. Certain songs can

listening to sad songs that triggered a release, but

once I felt I was ready to move out of that mode and

into a new place of acceptance and appreciation, I

used my own voice and musical capabilities to bring

me there. You can too. The other night, just the simple

act of playing my little drum at the beach under the full

moon while singing a few “om shanti’s” did wonders

to raise me out of my caretaker’s funk. I immediately

fell in synch with nature and felt connected to my own

heartbeat again. Two things I knew to do in order to

start feeling better sooner. It was a wonderful way

to release stuck feelings, re-empower myself and

reset my mind, body and spirit for the next leg of the

journey.

This Thanksgiving season do yourself and

the universe a favor by sharing your gratitude

and musical appreciation with others. We can

intend all we want to but to actually become

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a more thankful person we have to put real action

behind the intent! We must “show”, rather than “tell”

or else we might stay in a limbo of endlessly intending

but never actually doing anything. You can start

right now by taking some micro movements towards

becoming a more grateful, gracious, compassionate,

and easily forgiving human being... and you can use

the gift of music to get you there.

Here are 7 easy suggestions for incorporating

Music Appreciation into your life in new ways:

1. Listen to music that reminds you of the beautiful

and the good. Heal yourself with tunes and tones that

changes brain waves and leave you in an uplifted

emotional state.

2. Begin a notebook of positive aspects. I write

down the best things about my day, the people

and situations that grace my path, and the funny

synchronicities that bless my life. Sometimes I just

write the word “love” or “thank you” over and over

again. Writing it down is key to retraining the brain

towards a thankful mindset. Bonus: This book can

also serve as a seed gathering notebook for future

song writing ideas!

3. Create songs inspired by music you appreciate.

Write little affirmative mantras that you can sing to

yourself or share with others. Compose heartfelt

instrumentals from a place of musical gratitude. Your

songs may just inspire and heal others someday.

4. Pen letters of thanks to those whose talents

have touched your life positively or enhanced your

music career. Write yourself a thank you letter and

acknowledge how you have touched lives too. You

don’t have to send these but you could. Believe me,

it’s always nice to get fan mail but it’s just as nice to

give it.

5. Happiness is the art of living in appreciation and

creating joy in your world. Be that kind of artist,

the one who makes life better. Turn your attention

towards sharing universal lyrics and songs with

connectivity power. We need more music that raises

our vibrations. Write from a perspective of gratitude

rather than attitude and you might find there is a fan

base hungry to receive those very messages.

6. Be a better audience member. Pay attention and

respond! Listen, sing along, and dance. If

you like what an artist is doing up there, tell

them so. Performers feed off the energy of

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the people and nothing is worse than a dead crowd

or a lackluster response. If you are a musician,

release the need to judge other performers. Just pay

it forward with applause and don’t forget to tip either!

What you give comes back to you. There is room for

all of us on the stage of life.

7. As a performer you set the mood, so take a quick

moment before your show to bless the venue, the

people watching, your fellow bandmates (if applicable)

and your employer. Really appreciate those who

brought you here and those giving their time, attention

and money to share a moment in song with you. It

may change your show in very meaningful ways. If

the audience doesn’t give back, don’t get annoyed or

judge them. You never know what people are actually

going through or receiving from you. You can never

assume they aren’t enjoying the show just because

they seem distracted, talk or eat through your

performance.

There is so much to appreciate about our musical

journeys if we just look for the gems hidden in the

potholes on the path. Most often it’s the frustrating,

painful, embarrassing or depressing experiences that

can teach us our biggest “blessons” in life. I believe

that darkness always serves the light in some fashion,

so why not look for the best in the bad and use it as

a source of inspiration to move yourself and others

towards the light. Music has been a concrete tool

that has given me the ability to touch lives while also

healing myself. It always quickly shifts my vibes and

brings about a better feeling outlook. Singing publicly

has helped me relieve social anxiety. Humming and

toning has helped me rebalanced my nervous system.

No matter what difficulties we face, let music be our

guide. May it fill us with a sense of joy, purpose,

passion (and compassion) for ourselves and our

fellow companions in the coming season. Cultivate

an appreciation for all musicians and forms of musical

expression. Let it be the key to flipping the script

from a negative to a positive for yourself, and may a

thankful heart accompany you always.

*I’d like to thank all of the readers and my

fellow magazine mates for allowing me this

platform to share my thoughts on the pages

of Static Live. It has been an honor and a

blessing in so many ways to be able to do

so. Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Everyday

we are alive is truly a gift but we are not

guaranteed this gift everyday. Love and

appreciate what you have while you have it

and make music appreciation a daily priority.


CROSSWORD

Rocktails

with

Chez Rocker

PUZZLE answers

This month’s featured musician, Eric Christian is

a saxophonist, vocalist and flautist residing here

in Volusia County. Born in Orlando Florida, Eric

is the youngest of five children and he began his

musical journey sharing a saxophone with his

siblings. After laying it down for a while, a friend

got him back into playing again and he recorded

for the first time at age 11.

As he got older, Eric gravitated towards being

a DJ, starting out at XS spinning breakbeats

in Orlando. When I asked him how he got into

playing the flute he said, “I was at a music

shop, Solillaquists of Sound, and saw a wooden

Peruvian flute and fell in love with the sound!

Unfortunately, after smashing it in the door

of his car he moved on to a metal flute soon

afterwards.

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answers

1. Which two former members of The Cars created the band: The New Cars?

-Elliot Easton and Greg Hawkes

2. The popular pop group ABBA’s name is an acronym for?

-The first letter of their first names: Agnetha, Anni-Frid, Benny, and Björn

3. American singer and songwriter, Khalid collaborated with which female pop artist on the 2017 song, “Lovely”?

-Billie Eilish

4. Which multi-platinum hip hop/rap artist co-produced the Black Panther soundtrack?

-Kendrick Lamar

5. Which American rap artist made history by becoming the first artist to win a grammy without selling any physical

copies of his music?

-Chance the Rapper

6. Which hip hop group had the first rap album to hit number 1 on the charts?

-Beastie Boys

7. The popular R&B group, TLC is an acronym for?

-Tionne, Lisa, Crystal

8. What are the names of the members of the popular girl group Destiny’s Child?

-Beyoncé Knowles, Kelly Rowland, and Michelle Williams

9. Fill in the lyrics: “Don’t you know I’m _______ than I ever did.

-Still standing better

10. What is the name of the female pop artist who featured on “Senorita” by Shawn Mendes?

-Camila Cabello

Eric first toured with Jeff White and the Burnin’

Smyrnans and realized that this was what he

wanted to pursue. He quit his job and lived the

life of an aspiring musician in the “Love House”

with seven people; he was following his dream

and toured on the Warped Tour with Beebs and

Her Money Makers. Their super eclectic style

and Ska grooves made them a favorite to fans all

over the world.

When I asked Eric about his favorite part of

touring he said, lighting up, that it was the crowd,

with the downside being in a never ending

slumber party with no privacy. I recently had the

opportunity to collaborate with Eric and Static

Live Music, along with my bandmates in 5 Time

Shag, on our album and we saw firsthand the

talent and vibe he brings to the table.

You can see Eric and Davey on Wednesdays

at Norwood’s Treehouse in New Smyrna Beach

from 7 to 10 and Thursdays at Beachside Tavern

at 9 pm.

Eric will be joining Beebs and Her Money Makers

at Hulaween at the Spirit of the Suwannee on

Sunday October 27th at 2 pm on the Patch

Stage.

FYI . . . Eric’ s flat out “NO” is

Jagermeister and his “YES” is giving

hugs. He drinks old fashioneds, so here is

my Eric Christian Old Fashioned cocktail

recipe . . .

Muddle orange rock candy and cherry in a

short glass

Add 2 oz bourbon, 2 shakes of bitters and

a splash of OJ and fill with soda water

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Behind the Mic: Riggs

95.7 the Hog, Daytona Beach

Hello!

Time for the annual installment of my

Thanksgiving Thankfuls. 2019 provided

another roller coaster of happenings and I

sorted out the ones I appreciate the most,

so here goes….

- I am thankful for hats for allowing me to

function in society with the hair that resides

on my head. It is a frightening day when I

realize I didn’t grab a hat and have to pop

headphones on for 4 hours and then function

in public. Not good for anybody.

Thankful

- I’m thankful for It’s Always Sunny In

Philadelphia for being the one show that

I can always escape to and laugh ‘til my

stomach hurts.

- Thanks to websites that track personal

likes and remind me to buy things I didn’t

realize I needed. Also thanks to my checking

account balance for reminding me that those

purchases won’t be feasible. The financial

crisis averted!

- I am thankful for turkey. Tender, succulent

turkey breast doused in the aforementioned

Squeeze Parkay. Try it, it’ll change your life.

And likely your cholesterol levels.

- I am thankful for my wife and kids who

remind me that I am never as cool as I think

I am and have something called “South Park

Mode” that I sometimes slip into and curse

the world. Love those checks and balances!

- I’m thankful to those same 2 kids for

allowing me to impart solid life knowledge

like “Don’t put pizza in the toilet” and “THIS is

why you should never drink vodka”.

- I’m thankful for the beach and all its healing

powers, mind and body.

- I’m thankful for my gig at 95.7 The HOG /

The Morning HOG where I get to create fun

and interest every weekday with Guy and

Intern Steve. Hope we make ‘ya laugh and

forget about your morning grind.

- Thanks to Monster Energy Rehab Tea. It’s

the closest to coffee I’ll ever get and gives

the illusion that I’m awake during the show.

- Thanks to bands like Bullet For My

Valentine for allowing me to feel enough

adrenaline to want to punch through a cinder

block, but coming up just short of doing so.

It’s the best anger management around.

- I am thankful for clouds that look like sheep

or squid.

- I’m thankful to IKEA for their eclectic and

sometimes affordable home goods. They

make me happy and make my wallet sweat.

- Thanks to green holiday lights for being

functional for both Halloween and Christmas,

allowing me to leave them up for the whole

3-month stretch. Winning!

- I’m thankful for Uber drivers who share

stories. In San Francisco last month, the

driver told me he was a sushi chef by trade

and then offered me a Volcano Roll fresh

from his glovebox. I was grateful for his

expertise and his spicy surprise. I don’t

recommend it to everyone, though. Perhaps

stick with wrapped, non-perishable car food

options. The good news is I DON’T have

pinworms!

- I’m thankful for our new broadcast building

having an elaborate, fully stocked vending

machine. Or at least I was thankful until I

was told those items have been in there for at

least a year. Now I’m thankful for penicillin.

- Finally, I’m thankful to my friends at

STATIC LIVE MAGAZINE for allowing me to

spew these out each month, usually on an

irrationally extended, deadline-abusing delay.

They are true patient visionaries and I thank

them sincerely for this product and YOU for

reading it!

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- I am thankful for Squeeze Parkay. I’m not

sure if it’s butter or margarine or just some

weird hybrid of yellow fluid and oil but I’ll take

it muffin or some steak any day.

- Thanks to football for letting me enjoy all

of my emotions in a single 3 hour session ..

anger, frustration, bliss, excitement,

anticipation, nervous breakdown,

sweating, and disappointment. That

pigskin’s got it all.

- Thanks to pepperoni pizza, my oldest and

bestest friend. No matter what shape or size

you come in, you always delight my taste

buds and give me faith in humanity.

- I thank SATURDAY NIGHT LOUD, my

weekly hard rock, and metal show, for

allowing me to expose you to some new or

old tunes that you may never hear elsewhere

and end up enriching your playlist. It’s a true

passion project.

- I am thankful for Belgian Waffles which are

better than pancakes by far. If you disagree,

you need counseling.

- I am thankful to Will Ferrel and his Ron

Burgundy podcast for making me laugh

so hard on a plane recently that ALL of my

complimentary Jack & Coke entered then

sprayed through my nostrils.

Cheers!

RIGGS

Catch RIGGS, GUY, & INTERN STEVE

The Morning HOG / 95-7 The HOG

Weekdays 5-10am

& SATURDAY NIGHT LOUD 9-midnight

@saturdayloud on Twitter

The Morning Hog on FaceBook

riggs@957thehog.com

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1. Photo Credit Carlos Rivera Anaya - Nova Rex 2. Photo Credit Reluctant Genius - Mark Moore 3. Photo Credit Conner Impara - Bassnectar

4. Photo Credit Reluctant Genius - Adam Floyd 5. Photo Credit Reluctant Genius - Brad Buckley and Eddy Davis III

6. Photo Credit Nicoo Starr - Mr. T Sharron, Warrant 7. Photo Credit Carlos Rivera Anaya - Robert Mason 8. Photo Credit Nicoo Starr - YM


BEACHSIDE TAVERN

NOVEMBER

1 - SHINE AND THE

SHAKERS

9:30 pm

2 - GUAVATRON/

PSYCHEDELIC

MONKS

9:30 pm

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8 - TRAE PIERCE

AND

THE T-STONES

BAND

9:30 pm

9 - SLACKERS

TRIO

9:30 pm

2 8

9

15 - COYOTES AND

TOWNDOGS

9:30 pm

16 - EL DUB

9:30 pm

22 - BEN PRESTAGE

9:30 pm

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23 - TREES OF LIFE/

RELIEF/

SMYRNA ERB

9:30 pm

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29 - ARE FRIENDS

ELECTRIC

9:30 pm

30 - THE SUPERVILLAINS

9:30 pm

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