Static Live Magazine January 2020

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STATIC LIVE Magazine is Central Florida’s premier publication dedicated to celebrating music and culture. STATIC LIVE provides extensive, detailed community information from fashion to art, entertainment to events through noteworthy interviews, sensational photography and in-depth editorial coverage. STATIC LIVE is the only publication of its kind in Central Florida and reaches all target markets through wide distribution channels. Our staff includes highly accomplished contributors with award-winning backgrounds in music and entertainment; we know how much business is captured from the entertainment market. Our free full color publication can be found throughout Central Florida at key retailers, hotels and restaurants in high traffic areas. Our mission is to highlight the incredible talent, culture and lifestyle in Central Florida. With eye-opening profiles and coverage of the music and art community, STATIC LIVE readers will be positively influenced by our topical content and trending advertisers. STATIC LIVE Magazine is the most effective tool for branding connectivity with consumers in our area.


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Photographs pages 8-12 © Jack<br />

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Oh My Goddess<br />

Hail to (To Hell With) Turd Music<br />

Jack Mitchell’s Beautiful World of Black<br />

and White<br />

On the Block - Watching Juliet, Naked<br />

Musical Innuendos<br />

A Day in the Life of a Gigging Musician<br />

Texting Cobain by Hank Harrison<br />

<strong>Static</strong> <strong>Live</strong> Event Calendar<br />

Behind the Mic: Riggs<br />

Rocktails<br />

<strong>2020</strong>: Year of the Visionary<br />

Stacks Be Gone<br />

Runway Chronicles<br />

Coming Attractions<br />

Snap It<br />

Metal Compost<br />

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Oh My Goddess<br />


“Unimpressed!”<br />

“Mutant Gods...”<br />

“Good, Great!”<br />

“It was well done!”<br />

“I fart on this record!”<br />

“Perfectly Awful!”<br />

“Kiss My Ass”<br />

“GODAWFUL”<br />


by Rick de Yampert<br />

No doubt you’ve been inundated with<br />

critics’ year-end lists of 2019’s best<br />

music. But what about all the shit<br />

music out there? Where is Leonard<br />

Pinth-Garnell when you need him?<br />

Leonard, you may recall, was the Dan<br />

Aykroyd character on “Saturday Night<br />

<strong>Live</strong>” who celebrated – celebrated! –<br />

incredibly bad theater, opera, art and<br />

music.<br />

When I was the pop music critic<br />

for 23 years at the Daytona Beach<br />

newspaper and for a time at The<br />

Tennessean in Nashville, I became a<br />

Leonard only when forced to do so.<br />

My fellow reporters had cream-puff<br />

jobs like venturing into the vortex of<br />

hurricane winds or dodging bullets<br />

while covering a thug’s standoff with<br />

police. Me, I had to review Michael<br />

Bolton’s concert in the mid-1990s at<br />

the Ocean Center in Daytona. I was,<br />

ahem, unimpressed. So I reported<br />

that Mr. Bolton’s voice sounded like<br />

he had “gargled with sand” and that<br />

his stage presence and rapport with<br />

his fans were “as stiff as a Vladimir<br />

Lenin statue.”<br />

When my review ran in the paper,<br />

I was able to handle the 1,323 earbusting<br />

phone calls and 786 poisonpen<br />

letters from irate, middle-aged,<br />

female concert-goers who had<br />

fantasized they were going<br />

to be able to reward a<br />

backstage blowjob to the<br />

Rottweiler-voiced singer.<br />

But I winced when my<br />

6<br />

mother-in-law (at that time) reviewed<br />

my review by telling me: “That’s not<br />

very nice.” I felt a deluge of guilt<br />

and shame for having shitted on<br />

one of her idols, for doing what all<br />

negative reviews do to the fans of any<br />

performance, music recording, film<br />

or book being pilloried: A negative<br />

review not only says a supposed<br />

artistic creation is a turd – said review<br />

also implies any fan who enjoys and<br />

esteems said creation is a tastelacking<br />

dumb-ass for liking the artist<br />

and/or the work in the first place.<br />

The shame from my mom-in-law’s<br />

dart slimed me for . . . oh, about 7.2<br />

seconds, then it was back to writing<br />

CD and concert reviews however I<br />

was struck by them: good, great or<br />

yak shit.<br />

Pinth-Garnell-ish negative reviews<br />

are a strange beast.<br />

“We enjoy a bad review more than<br />

a good one,” reads the book jacket<br />

blurb of Laura Ward’s compilation<br />

“Bad Press: The Worst Critical<br />

Reviews Ever.” Except, of course,<br />

when a Leonard goes after an artist<br />

that you personally believe is God.<br />

Then you want to plant your size 12<br />

boot up the pompous critic’s size 9<br />

asshole.<br />

The music section of Ward’s 2002<br />

book leans heavily on decades-old<br />

and even centuries-old slams of<br />

classical music, but it does include<br />

an assessment of a rock band by<br />

conservative political commentator<br />

William F. Buckley Jr.: “The Beatles<br />

are not merely awful. I would consider<br />

it sacrilegious to say anything less<br />

than that they are godawful.” Like<br />

Timothy Leary, I believe the Beatles<br />

are mutant gods, but ol’ Bill’s<br />

dismissal didn’t rankle me. As a<br />

reviewer, he’s really shitty. That’s all<br />

the game you got, Bill? Proclaiming<br />

an artist is “godawful”?<br />

Of course, turnabout is fair play, as<br />

when Michael Bolton lambasted us<br />

critics during a press conference:<br />

“You take a bunch of no-talent<br />

chimpanzees and you give them a<br />

bucket of paint, they’ll destroy any<br />

Rembrandt or van Gogh around. The<br />

critics that are insensitive and rude<br />

can kiss my ass.”<br />

In an interview with Rolling Stone<br />

in 1994, Greg Dulli of the Afghan<br />

Whigs touted the greatest negative<br />

review ever written – and it was of<br />

his own band! “I love the mean stuff,”<br />

Dulli said. “If it’s well done, I really<br />

enjoy it.” He then cited a critic in<br />

“this little fanzine” who “completely<br />

disemboweled our record. The last<br />

sentence of the review was ‘I fart on<br />

this record.’ I must have laughed for a<br />

week every time I would think of that<br />

line.”<br />

Damn, I wish I had penned that<br />

review.<br />

Here’s to the Leonard Pinth-Garnells<br />

of the music world.

We may be used to selfies now, but it’s Robert<br />

Cornelius’ 1839 image that lays claim to being the first<br />

self-portrait. Taken in Philadelphia, Cornelius sat for<br />

a little over one minute before covering the lens. It’s<br />

hard to imagine how many pictures are taken around<br />

the world these days in the same one minute’s time.<br />

The fascination with the human face has been around<br />

since we first recognized ourselves in a reflection of<br />

a pool of water, or perhaps a blurred vision of oneself<br />

on a shiny rock. For thousands of years, man has<br />

rendered some form of the human face in drawings<br />

and paintings, creating selfies before the term even<br />

existed. Modern mirrors may have originated in the<br />

19th century, but mirrors, in general, have actually<br />

been around for much longer. According to a 2006<br />

review by vision scientist Dr. Jay Enoch in the journal<br />

Optometry and Vision Science, people in Anatolia<br />

(modern-day Turkey) manufactured the first mirrors<br />

out of the ground and polished obsidian (volcanic<br />

glass) about 8,000 years ago. So basically, this shows<br />

that human beings are incredibly vain and pictures<br />

That being said, there are a limited few whose eyes<br />

behind the lens can be recognized as much as this<br />

month’s featured artist. He’s part of a select few<br />

trusted by literally everyone famous in the world to<br />

take some of their most intimate pictures during what<br />

were sometimes vulnerable situations. His iconic<br />

photos prove that it takes not only a camera but a<br />

person with a vision behind the lens to truly create<br />

works of art in photographs. While Jack Mitchell has<br />

taken thousands of colored pictures, it’s his legacy of<br />

black and white photography that has inspired and<br />

shown the world just how beautiful people can be in<br />

photography’s simplest form. The lighting and angles<br />

had to be just right to capture the perfect shadows<br />

and nuances within each face, with the final result<br />

being almost like looking into the soul of the subject<br />

or perhaps seeing the hardships and prosperity that<br />

make a person great or famous. Back then it wasn’t<br />

just a simple selfie. It was a way to share one’s<br />

lifestyle and grace. Here’s a little more about Jack<br />

Mitchell and why his work will live on forever in the<br />

beautiful world of black and white.<br />



Jack Mitchell was born in Key West on September<br />

13, 1925, and grew up in New Smyrna Beach. He<br />

became interested in photography as a young<br />

teenager and his father bought him an expensive<br />

camera when he was 14 (expensive for the time -<br />

$54 during the depression). Jack took the camera<br />

to a War Bond rally in Daytona Beach in 1942 to<br />

snap a picture of Hollywood star Veronica Lake,<br />

whose signature look was to wear her hair down over<br />

one eye. Young Mitchell asked her to pull her hair<br />

up, which she laughingly did and he later sold the<br />

photograph to the Daytona Beach Observer<br />

and became the youngest person in the<br />

history of the publication to be granted a<br />

By The Reluctant Genius<br />

press card at age 16.<br />


Mitchell was a photographer in Italy for the Army<br />

at the end of WWII. In 1949 he was invited to a<br />

dance center in Massachusetts, which led him to his<br />

specialty of capturing complex motion (specifically,<br />

dance). He moved to New York City in 1950 and<br />

soon made a reputation photographing modern<br />

dance troupes. In the 1960s, the New York Times<br />

became aware of his work and began giving<br />

him assignments to photograph artists<br />

and performers. Jack photographed John<br />

Lennon and Yoko Ono just days before<br />

10<br />

Lennon’s murder. He was also skilled in portraits and<br />

worked mostly, but not entirely, in black and white.<br />

Mitchell officially retired in 1995, after building an<br />

archive of over 5,000 photography sessions with a<br />

vast array of major artists and performers. In 2009,<br />

he had an accident at his home which cracked several<br />

of his vertebrae; after which, he was unable to stand<br />

up straight and experienced constant back pain.<br />

While he was still recovering his long time partner,<br />

Bob Pavlik, died under anesthesia during surgery for<br />

an abdominal infection.<br />

His inability to stand or walk normally left him unable<br />

to work in the darkroom and hesitant to be seen in<br />

public. He spent his last years working on two books<br />

showcasing his work. He died at his home in New<br />

Smyrna Beach on November 7, 2013<br />

* Photographs © Jack Mitchell, used with<br />

permission and courtesy of the Jack<br />

Mitchell Estate and Getty Images<br />


On the Block<br />

One interesting “side effect” of insomnia is having<br />

time to explore the seemingly endless library of<br />

movies, documentaries, TV series, etc … that is<br />

available to almost everyone these days. I stumbled<br />

upon a movie recently<br />

called “Juliet, Naked”.<br />

It’s a 2018 film based<br />

on a book of the same<br />

title written by Nick<br />

Hornby. Basically, the<br />

main character, Annie,<br />

is in an unfulfilling<br />

relationship with a<br />

man named Duncan.<br />

Duncan is obsessed<br />

with an obscure<br />

musician named Tucker<br />

Crowe who has not<br />

released any music in<br />

25 years, and Duncan operates a website dedicated<br />

to Crowe. Duncan receives a package in the mail<br />

one day containing an album called “Juliet, Naked”;<br />

recordings of the acoustic demo versions of the songs<br />

on Crowe’s hit album “Juliet”. Annie writes a negative<br />

review of the album on Duncan’s website. I’ll only<br />

give a small spoiler – Tucker Crowe himself contacts<br />

Annie about the review and the plot thickens from<br />

there. I enjoyed watching it, and I started thinking<br />

about some of the fictional music movies I’ve seen,<br />

but many of my friends had never even heard of<br />

them. If you’re searching for something new on your<br />

streaming device on a rainy Saturday afternoon, give<br />

one of these a try:<br />

Rock My World – a 2002<br />

film about a fictional<br />

American rock band who<br />

retreat to England after<br />

the disappearance of<br />

their leader/bass player.<br />

They replace him with a<br />

new bass player, Natalie<br />

(Alicia Silverstone) and<br />

want to come up with a<br />

new sound, so they rent<br />

a mansion<br />

owned by<br />

Lord and Lady<br />

Foxley (Peter<br />

O’Toole and<br />

By Jenny McLain<br />

Joan<br />

Watching “Juliet, Naked”<br />

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Plowright) who are desperate for money and<br />

even pose as the butler and the cook during the<br />

band’s stay. I have watched this movie several times,<br />

because it just makes me laugh.<br />

That Thing You Do – a<br />

1996 film written and<br />

directed by Tom Hanks<br />

about a small town band<br />

from Pennsylvania who<br />

hit it big for a little while<br />

as a “one hit wonder”.<br />

You’ll see the familiar<br />

faces of Ethan Embry,<br />

Charlize Theron, Liv<br />

Tyler, Giovannii Ribisi,<br />

Steve Zahn, Chris Isaak<br />

and Tom Everett Scott<br />

in the cast. It’s fun to<br />

watch a movie with some<br />

(well, a lot of) clichés and if you think about it enough,<br />

a lot of parallels between The Wonders and The<br />

Beatles. I know - a lot of people have actually heard<br />

of and/or have seen this one. But if you haven’t, you<br />

will be glad it was on this list.<br />

Streets of Fire – a 1984 film<br />

starring Diane Lane and<br />

Michael Paré. Paré plays<br />

the part of a mercenary<br />

hired to rescue his exgirlfriend<br />

(Lane), a singer<br />

who has been kidnapped<br />

by a motorcycle gang. Rick<br />

Moranis plays the singer’s<br />

current boyfriend, who hired<br />

the ex-boyfriend for the job.<br />

The acting in this movie is<br />

so bad, it’s good. The plot is<br />

thin and the sets ridiculous;<br />

Amy Madigan is a tag-along tough girl who wants<br />

a cut of the reward. Go ahead - get a bottle of your<br />

favorite liquor and make a shot game out of watching<br />

it! If you’re in a snarky mood, it’s even better!<br />

Of course, there are too many fictional music movies<br />

to name; you’ve seen Blues Brothers, Almost<br />

Famous, Tommy, This is Spinal Tap, School of Rock,<br />

etc, etc. But give one of these a try and let me know<br />

what you think!

Musical Innuendos<br />

Hi, guys! I’m back just in time for the New Year.<br />

<strong>2020</strong> has some major things in store, especially for<br />

musician Faith Hannon. <strong>2020</strong> means the release of<br />

her new EP “Lie” which will include her previously<br />

released “Toxic” and “Bittersweet”. In December we<br />

had Faith in our studio to shoot and to catch up. She’s<br />

one of our favorite artists to photograph at Lunar<br />

Studio.<br />

By Samantha Tribble<br />

Photos by Stephen Holvik of Lunar Studio<br />

Recently she’s been playing with Dan Lunde and<br />

Andrea Martins at venues such as The Hardrock<br />

Hotel and The Ormond Garage. She just turned 18<br />

and can now play until midnight! Faith has been in the<br />

studio as well trying new techniques with auto-tune<br />

and instrumental and vocal reverb. We talked a bit<br />

about where her recent inspiration is coming from.<br />

While she said Clairo has been a major theme for<br />

her, she keeps a long list in her room that she adds to<br />

frequently.<br />

Next year Faith will be attending UCF to major in<br />

Marketing. We know she’ll succeed in her goals to<br />

become more of an entrepreneur and to gain insight<br />

into how to market herself to wider audiences. Until<br />

then, Faith will be working on her album to potentially<br />

release it on October 16th, <strong>2020</strong> (her 3 year<br />

anniversary of going solo!).<br />

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You can find Faith Hannon’s music on most<br />

music platforms such as iTunes and Spotify.


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IMAGINE you are getting<br />

ready for a huge concert. The<br />

lights are up and the crowd is<br />

pouring in, your guitar is tuned up<br />

and your voice is warmed up. The<br />

music is no problem since you know<br />

the material well - you’re not even<br />

nervous, After all, you have been<br />

a pro for years. Then you catch a<br />

glimpse of yourself in the mirror. You<br />

remember the bouncer stopped you<br />

on the way in to ask who you were,<br />

but never questioned the rest of the<br />

band. Bing Ding Ding the bell goes<br />

off - you DON’T look the part!<br />

I discovered Gandhi was a lawyer<br />

who only got into the robes later in<br />

life. Turns out a public image wasn’t<br />

so ‘real’ after all.<br />

This was me as a young guitar<br />

slinger trying to keep it ‘real’. Soon<br />

it dawned on me that I had to get<br />

my clothes and image together but<br />

I had no idea how and began to<br />

study. I tried to reconcile the outfits<br />

that Elvis or Prince would wear with<br />

the Grunge movement or the Earthy<br />

look of college radio stars. Then<br />

I found out that Hendrix wore a<br />

hairpiece and Nirvana had a clothier<br />

who pre-stained and tore the outfits.<br />

Once I was willing to surrender<br />

my comfort zone clothes (no shirt,<br />

shorts, and flops) when in public,<br />

my look immediately improved.<br />

Then I realized that on stage,<br />

comfort was not the goal at all!<br />

See, I’m a musician and I live by<br />

my ears. It’s all about melody and<br />

groove in my limited world. Great<br />

for me but the general public is<br />

much more VISUAL. I think around<br />

70%-80% are visually oriented.<br />

It was imperative for my now 40-<br />

year career to approach something<br />

outside of my natural talents -<br />

fashion and public image.<br />

I started by considering shoes.<br />

Shoes being one of the easiest ways<br />

to stand out. Bright colored kicks<br />

with an unassuming outfit can even<br />

work. I avoid regular walking shoes.<br />

I keep in mind that I’ll be under<br />

bright lights and dancing around<br />

on unfamiliar stages. Good fit and<br />

long lasting quality are what I go<br />

for. Cool boots with a heel for height<br />

advantage, brand new neon white<br />

sneaks or shiny leather are all good<br />

choices.<br />

Next, I think of my shirt. Any loud<br />

shirt can make you stand out but it’s<br />

better to ask someone with fashion<br />

sense to tell you which colors work<br />

better for your skin tone. Beware that<br />

these may NOT be your personal<br />

favorite colors. The point is to flatter<br />

and frame you for the public, not<br />

stroke your ego. Seek advice on<br />

where you need help. Build up a<br />

collection for various scenarios and<br />

add to it regularly. This is one of the<br />

most costly areas because I need<br />

a lot, and good shirts don’t come<br />

cheap. When selecting, I ponder the<br />

venue as well. The pimp suit I wear<br />

at the big shows won’t work at my<br />

coffee house gigs.<br />

If you are going for a relaxed look,<br />

make sure it is very flattering - if<br />

A Day<br />

in the<br />

Life<br />

of a<br />

Gigging<br />

Musician<br />

not outright sexy. You want to be<br />

approachable but not bland. I prefer<br />

to look like I’m a musician with some<br />

fashion pop. It’s good to be noticed<br />

when you are about to perform. A<br />

high collar and pompous hat can add<br />

lots of flair. Fancy clothes tend to get<br />

you noticed online and by the media,<br />

which results in more bookings<br />

since money follows attention. You<br />

can develop a signature look like<br />

your favorite stars or be seasonally<br />

eclectic. Just be sure to get noticed<br />

by the 70%-80% who think with their<br />

eyes. Video killed the radio star after<br />

all.<br />

by Adam Floyd<br />

When I close my eyes sound comes<br />

pouring in. Symphonies and pop<br />

songs, some well known and others<br />

composed in my head on the spot.<br />

I’m making up a song as I type this<br />

article. It’s to the rhythm of a creaky<br />

ceiling fan and cars going by on my<br />

street. Music is in the blood but I<br />

have some sound advice for those<br />

who want to attempt a musical performance<br />

career: You need to develop<br />

your wardrobe so you can become<br />

the rock star that people IMAGINE.<br />

IMAGINEoneself<br />


“It is a wise father that knows his own<br />

child” (The Merchant of Venice 2.2.73)<br />

Hey! Kurt, are you listening? It’s me, your<br />

father-in-law; you know, the old dude who figured he<br />

could help. But then you died. Kurt, you are a stupid<br />

ass, a genius and a typical rock star pulled along by<br />

your dick. You are also a political firebrand, and you<br />

are the father of my third granddaughter. Sorry, there<br />

are two others.<br />

I loved you even though we never met. When you<br />

died, I cried for two weeks, but so did everybody else,<br />

except your widow… well, she cried, but only for the<br />

cameras. We never had a chance to meet, did we?<br />

Your music coaxed millions of young people into<br />

direct action, and you were uncompromising in that<br />

pursuit. You weren’t 100% sure about your politics,<br />

but you had a vision. You rejected unearned wealth<br />

and abstract power. You made chumps out of people<br />

who don’t like being embarrassed by kids from the<br />

sticks. We have a lot in common. Like me, you didn’t<br />

trust big shots. For this, you were assassinated<br />

Potheads and junkies don’t usually hang around<br />

together. That’s why your music was so hard for me<br />

to grasp at first… but you weren’t always on smack<br />

when you wrote your songs or played your music, so I<br />

listened and finally, I heard it. You were a savant, like<br />

Mozart. You felt smart, but in our post-punk world it<br />

takes time—to “come out.” At first, you wrote music<br />

for sixteen-year-olds prancing around in slightly beat<br />

Land Rovers and the Hondas they inherited from their<br />

folks. They listened, they danced and moshed and got<br />

stoned, but only a few heard your deeper mantra.<br />

About two months before you died I discovered<br />

that Linda Carroll, née Lou Linda Risi (Courtney’s<br />

mother) was going to write a book for Doubleday<br />

and that she found her biological mother<br />

in Brooklyn, who turned out to be the late<br />

Paula Fox. Great-grandma Fox was, by<br />

the way, a genius and a highly decorated<br />

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author of several best sellers.<br />

When you married Courtney,<br />

and especially when Frances<br />

was born, I thought, “Oh boy,<br />

my son-in-law is a savant<br />

too; now we have a whole<br />

family of gifted people.” I was<br />

delusional with hope, but so<br />

what? It was a hopeful vision.<br />

That was my state of mind<br />

when you died. Then reality<br />

struck, then silence. You have<br />

a really big DNA-linked family<br />

now. I mean step-relatives and<br />

half-brethren and so forth, but<br />

still real family; you know, the<br />

ones who tolerate your bullshit<br />

because they are your family.<br />

In 2008 I found my lost<br />

biological son, thanks to<br />

Facebook, so my heart goes<br />

out to Courtney. I know how<br />

she must have felt knowing<br />

her grandmother was a major<br />

genius and not Italian. I feel<br />

the same about my son, who<br />

turned up with one of the most<br />

amazing jobs anyone can<br />

have, a really nice wife and 4<br />

kids. Funny how that works.<br />

One day you are looking at<br />

old age and the next day you<br />

pop up with five grandchildren<br />

waiting for Christmas.<br />

I have been around mock stars<br />

and rock stars for most of my<br />

adult life. I had no choice. My<br />

college chums all became<br />

rock stars, and my kid felt it<br />

was her destiny to follow the<br />

trend. So, when you came<br />

along, I had tools with which<br />

to judge you fair and square<br />

just by observing you in the<br />

media, I could tell you valued<br />

money about as much as you<br />

valued Monopoly tokens. It<br />

was a game, a boring game.<br />

To you, money was the chump<br />

change of life—you needed it<br />

to do good things, but it had<br />

an ugly side and you saw that<br />

too. Just remember, kicking<br />

money to the curb is OK, as long<br />

as you live in a cave. I could tell<br />

you saw the greedy people at the<br />

altar of power and fame, and to<br />

them, both things flow from the<br />

same rusty pipe. But you were a<br />

public figure, a real star, and an<br />

easy target.<br />

Big shots worship money, to them<br />

it’s GOD. But if you were here,<br />

if I knew your current address, I<br />

would tell you to be careful when<br />

you show disdain for the money<br />

god, the one Ginsberg called<br />

Moloch. Remember, Burroughs<br />

was born into money so he didn’t<br />

give a shit about it either and it<br />

was Burroughs who told your fans<br />

that you were the next Beatnik<br />

king, a real poetic blue-blood. Not<br />

your wife dude, not your wife; she<br />

was jealous of you, although she<br />

was a blue-blood of a different<br />

kind. Sadly, she blew that heritage<br />

when you died.<br />

That’s where you went off the<br />

track—you not only disdained<br />

money; you found it empty and<br />

shallow. You wrote poetry and<br />

music and made videos about<br />

the corruption of power. Like a<br />

post-industrialist painter and the<br />

muralists of the WPA, you joined a<br />

union of mad hatters and drooling<br />

dogs, flightless vultures that had<br />

no use for precocious children and<br />

wunderkinder unless they could<br />

earn big money.<br />

Just remember; kicking money<br />

to the curb is OK, as long as you<br />

live in a cave. But you signed a<br />

contract with mongrels on a bone<br />

and you bought houses - Kurt,<br />

booby! You projected images<br />

that continue to grab people, and<br />

in this society, if you do that, you<br />

get a big target pasted on your<br />

back. In the warlike world of 21st<br />

Century America, you have to beat<br />

the shit out of your opponent and<br />

scribble at the same time. It isn’t<br />

good enough to get published<br />

or put out albums; you have to<br />

cripple the other guy. America<br />

doesn’t want pansy poets<br />

anymore; they want Sunday<br />

Punchers like Norman Mailer and<br />

Jack Kerouac; tough machismo<br />

boys who can write things down<br />

in blood, other people’s blood,<br />

Truman Capote notwithstanding.<br />

Kurt, you were a true warrior<br />

poet until you saw a deeper truth.<br />

You realized Hollywood was just<br />

stupid! That’s when somebody<br />

decided you needed a short<br />

course in murder. You were<br />

assassinated, plain and simple.<br />

Whomever it was got away with<br />

it a quarter-century ago, but<br />

they made mistakes; ghoulish<br />

errors left behind like crumbs in a<br />

Hansel and Gretel tale.<br />

Your “suicide note” was not a<br />

good-bye-cruel-world letter. It<br />

was a note to your fans saying<br />

you needed to go into hiding, that<br />

a succubus was stalking you.<br />

This letter was addressed to an<br />

imaginary friend from childhood,<br />

an elfin figure named Boddah.<br />

Because that’s the world you<br />

lived in. From the beginning,<br />

slushing through crash pads in<br />

Olympia, you didn’t care much<br />

about anything—a classic beat<br />

existentialist. But as you grew<br />

into your fame suit, you realized<br />

you could do good things. You<br />

turned against your mongrel<br />

masters and you amassed a<br />

huge following of independent<br />

fans. Hell, even me. So, from a<br />

strictly reactionary perspective,<br />

you had to be neutralized, just<br />

like the Kennedys, Martin Luther<br />

King, and John Lennon. You<br />

are the greatest rock star of<br />

your generation and you will be<br />

respected forever.<br />

By Hank Harrison<br />


<strong>2020</strong><br />

<strong>January</strong><br />

20<br />

Wednesday, <strong>January</strong> 1, <strong>2020</strong><br />

31 Supper Club - Cesar Romero 6pm<br />

Grind/Kona - Are Friends Electric 6pm<br />

Outriggers - Laree App 5pm<br />

Thursday, <strong>January</strong> 2, <strong>2020</strong><br />

31 Supper Club - Warren Beck 6pm<br />

Bounty Bar - Seth Pause 7pm<br />

Grind/Kona - The Click 7:30pm<br />

Outriggers - Cory Shenk 6pm<br />

Yellow Dog Eats - Marty McCarrick 6pm<br />

Friday, <strong>January</strong> 3, <strong>2020</strong><br />

31 Supper Club - Brent Clowers 7pm<br />

Bounty Bar - Hannah Wilson 7pm<br />

Crabby’s Oceanside - Adam’s Edge<br />

5pm<br />

Grind/Kona - Psycoustic 7pm<br />

NSB Brewing - Down River Duo 6pm<br />

Outriggers - The Transfers 6pm<br />

The Garage - Big Beat<br />

Traders - Boomers 9pm<br />

Traders - Warren Beck 6pm<br />

Yellow Dog Eats - The Evening Muze<br />

6pm<br />

Saturday, <strong>January</strong> 4, <strong>2020</strong><br />

31 Supper Club - Billy Dean Trio 7pm<br />

Bounty Bar - Warren Beck 7pm<br />

Chase’s - Down River Duo 4pm<br />

Crabby’s Oceanside - Jonny Odis 12pm<br />

Crabby’s Oceanside - The Vibe 4pm<br />

Grind/Kona - Jimmy Z 7pm<br />

NSB Brewing - Are Friends Electric 6pm<br />

Outriggers - Big Beat 6pm<br />

Tortugas - The Cyclones 6pm<br />

Traders - Boomers 9pm<br />

Traders - Jay Paski 6pm<br />

Yellow Dog Eats - Pot Likkers 6pm<br />

Sunday, <strong>January</strong> 5, <strong>2020</strong><br />

Bounty Bar - The Evening Muze 7pm<br />

Chase’s - Rasta Bayers 10am<br />

Crabby’s Oceanside - Beartoe 12pm<br />

Outriggers - Billy Dean 2pm<br />

Yellow Dog Eats - Jay Paski 1pm<br />

Monday, <strong>January</strong> 6, <strong>2020</strong><br />

31 Supper Club - Jonny Odis (Private<br />

Party)<br />

Tuesday, <strong>January</strong> 7, <strong>2020</strong><br />

Grind/Kona - The Transfers 6pm<br />

Wednesday, <strong>January</strong> 8, <strong>2020</strong><br />

31 Supper Club - Beartoe 6pm<br />

Grind/Kona - Jay Paski 6pm<br />

Outriggers - Laree App 5pm<br />

Traders - Marty McCarrick 8pm<br />

Thursday, <strong>January</strong> 9, <strong>2020</strong><br />

31 Supper Club - Peter Alden Elvis<br />

Tribute 6pm<br />

Bounty Bar - Jay Paski 7pm<br />

Grind/Kona - The Cyclones 7:30pm<br />

Outriggers - The Vibe 6pm<br />

Yellow Dog Eats - Seth Pause 6pm<br />

Friday, <strong>January</strong> 10, <strong>2020</strong><br />

31 Supper Club - Faith Hannon Trio 7pm<br />

Bounty Bar - Jimmy Z 7pm<br />

Crabby’s Oceanside - Are Friends Electric<br />

5pm<br />

Grind/Kona - Ian Opalinski 7pm<br />

NSB Brewing - 6pm<br />

Outriggers - Tripp Tide 6pm<br />

The Garage - Brent Clowers<br />

Traders - Acoustic Inferno 6pm<br />

Traders - Pop Culture Poets 9pm<br />

Yellow Dog Eats - Billy Dean 6pm<br />

Saturday, <strong>January</strong> 11, <strong>2020</strong><br />

31 Supper Club - Armando Diaz 7pm<br />

Bounty Bar - Ian Opalinski 7pm<br />

Chase’s - Eddy Davis 4pm<br />

Crabby’s Oceanside - Billy Dean 4pm<br />

Crabby’s Oceanside - Jimmy Z 12pm<br />

Grind/Kona - TBA 7pm<br />

NSB Brewing - Bradford Buckley 6pm<br />

NSB Brewing - The Vibe 6pm<br />

Outriggers - Bradford Buckley 6pm<br />

Tortugas - Are Friends Electric 6pm<br />

Traders - Etc 6pm<br />

Traders - Pop Culture Poets 9pm<br />

Yellow Dog Eats - The Transfers 6pm<br />

Sunday, <strong>January</strong> 12, <strong>2020</strong><br />

Bounty Bar - Bradford Buckley 7pm<br />

Chase’s - Sean Holcomb 10:00am<br />

Crabby’s Oceanside - The Cyclones Duo<br />

12pm<br />

Outriggers - Are Friends Electric 2pm<br />

Yellow Dog Eats - Hannah Wilson 1pm<br />

Monday, <strong>January</strong> 13, <strong>2020</strong><br />

Grind/Kona - Bradford Buckley 6pm<br />

Tuesday, <strong>January</strong> 14, <strong>2020</strong><br />

Grind/Kona - The Evening Muze 6pm<br />

Wednesday, <strong>January</strong> 15, <strong>2020</strong><br />

31 Supper Club - The Evening Muze 6pm<br />

Grind/Kona - Chuck Morel 6pm<br />

Outriggers - Laree App 5pm<br />

Traders - Bradford Buckley 8pm<br />

Thursday, <strong>January</strong> 16, <strong>2020</strong><br />

31 Supper Club - Leesah Stiles (Bette<br />

Midler Tribute) 6pm<br />

Bounty Bar - Hannah Wilson 7pm<br />

Grind/Kona - Beartoe 7:30pm<br />

Outriggers - Corey Shenk pm<br />

Yellow Dog Eats - Warren Beck 6pm<br />

Friday, <strong>January</strong> 17, <strong>2020</strong><br />

31 Supper Club - The Transfers 7pm<br />

Bounty Bar - Brent Clowers 7pm<br />

Crabby’s Oceanside - Seth Pause 5pm<br />

Grind/Kona - Eddy Davis 7pm<br />

NSB Brewing - Chuck Wiggins 6pm<br />

Outriggers - Jimmy Z 6pm<br />

The Garage - 5 Time Shag<br />

Traders - Kings County 9pm<br />

Traders - Psycoustic 6pm<br />

Yellow Dog Eats - Nate Utley 6pm<br />

Saturday, <strong>January</strong> 18, <strong>2020</strong><br />

31 Supper Club - Mark Raisch 7pm<br />

Bounty Bar - Austin Miller 7pm<br />

Chase’s - Smyrna Erb 4pm<br />

Crabby’s Oceanside - The Evening Muze<br />

12pm<br />

Crabby’s Oceanside - Tripp Tide 4pm<br />

Grind/Kona - The Vibe 7pm<br />

NSB Brewing - The Evening Muze 6pm<br />

Outriggers - Potlikkers 6pm<br />

Tortugas - Shameful 6pm<br />

Traders - Eddy Davis 6pm<br />

Traders - Kings County 9pm<br />

Yellow Dog Eats - Ian Opalinski 6pm<br />

Sunday, <strong>January</strong> 19, <strong>2020</strong><br />

Bounty Bar - Davey Leatherwood 7pm<br />

Chase’s - Sean Holcomb 10:00am<br />

Crabby’s Oceanside - Aaron Lightnin’ 12pm<br />

Outriggers - Warren Beck Duo 2pm<br />

Yellow Dog Eats - Brody Mullikin 1pm<br />

Monday, <strong>January</strong> 20, <strong>2020</strong><br />

Grind/Kona - Jeff White 6pm<br />

Tuesday, <strong>January</strong> 21, <strong>2020</strong><br />

Grind/Kona - Warren Beck 7pm<br />

Wednesday, <strong>January</strong> 22, <strong>2020</strong><br />

31 Supper Club - Beartoe 6pm<br />

Grind/Kona - Down River Duo 6pm<br />

Outriggers - Laree App 5pm<br />

Traders - Hall Brothers 8pm<br />

Thursday, <strong>January</strong> 23, <strong>2020</strong><br />

31 Supper Club - Big Beat 6pm<br />

Bounty Bar - Jay Paski 7pm<br />

Grind/Kona - TBA 7pm<br />

Outriggers - The Cyclones 5pm<br />

Yellow Dog Eats - Jimmy Z 6pm<br />

Friday, <strong>January</strong> 24, <strong>2020</strong><br />

31 Supper Club - Dana Kamide Band 7pm<br />

Bounty Bar - Warren Beck 7pm<br />

Crabby’s Oceanside - The Transfers 12pm<br />

Grind/Kona - Adam’s Edge 7pm<br />

NSB Brewing - Dustin Stock 6pm<br />

Outriggers - The Evening Muze 6pm<br />

The Garage - Jimmy Z<br />

Traders - The Cyclones 9pm<br />

Traders - The Vibe 6pm<br />

Yellow Dog Eats - Gina Cuchetti 6pm<br />

Saturday, <strong>January</strong> 25, <strong>2020</strong><br />

31 Supper Club - Felix Deneau 7pm<br />

Bounty Bar - Ian Opalinski 7pm<br />

Chase’s - Big Beat 4pm<br />

Crabby’s Oceanside - Ian Opalinski 12pm<br />

Crabby’s Oceanside - Marty McCarrick<br />

4pm<br />

Grind/Kona - Bradford Buckley Band 7pm<br />

NSB Brewing - Hall Brothers 6pm<br />

Outriggers - TBA 6pm<br />

Tortugas - Eddy Davis 6pm<br />

Traders - Etc 2:30pm<br />

Traders - Orlando Trainwreck 9pm<br />

Traders - Warren Beck 6:30pm<br />

Yellow Dog Eats - Rasta Bayers 6pm<br />

Sunday, <strong>January</strong> 26, <strong>2020</strong><br />

Bounty Bar - Jimmy Z 7pm<br />

Chase’s - Sean Holcomb 10:00am<br />

Crabby’s Oceanside - Warren Beck 12pm<br />

Outriggers - Down River Duo 2pm<br />

Yellow Dog Eats - Chuck Morel 1pm<br />

Monday, <strong>January</strong> 27, <strong>2020</strong><br />

Grind/Kona - Davey Leatherwood 6pm<br />

Tuesday, <strong>January</strong> 28, <strong>2020</strong><br />

Grind/Kona - Rasta Bayers 6pm<br />

Wednesday, <strong>January</strong> 29, <strong>2020</strong><br />

31 Supper Club - Joe Young Trio 6pm<br />

Grind/Kona - Austin Miller 6pm<br />

Outriggers - Laree App 5pm<br />

The Garage - Are Friends Electric<br />

Traders - Jimmy C - 8pm<br />

Thursday, <strong>January</strong> 30, <strong>2020</strong><br />

31 Supper Club - Warren Beck 6pm<br />

Bounty Bar - Chuck Wiggins 7pm<br />

Grind/Kona - 5 Time Shag 7:30pm<br />

Outriggers - Corey Shenk 5pm<br />

Yellow Dog Eats - Claire Vandiver 6pm<br />

Friday, <strong>January</strong> 31, <strong>2020</strong><br />

31 Supper Club - Jonny Odis 7pm<br />

Bounty Bar - TBA 7pm<br />

Crabby’s Oceanside - Chuck Wiggins<br />

4pm<br />

Grind/Kona - Cory Worsley 7pm<br />

NSB Brewing - Jimmy Z 6pm<br />

Outriggers - Austin Miller 6pm<br />

The Garage - Ian Opalinski<br />

Traders - Drew Halverson 6pm<br />

Traders - The Accuzed 9pm<br />

Yellow Dog Eats - Brent Clowers 6pm 21<br />

Community Events

Mic:Riggs<br />

Behind the Howdy, <strong>2020</strong>! Glad we all made it to this side<br />

of a new decade. It seemed like a good time for<br />

personal reflection and renewed goals. Then<br />

I remembered goals suck, so I just decided to<br />

reflect on the power of music. I love music so<br />

much that a single song can change the course<br />

of a day, good or bad. And certainly, all of us<br />

“Broken” - SEETHER with<br />

AMY LEE<br />

As the story goes, singer<br />

Shaun Morgan and Amy Lee<br />

of Evanescence were dating<br />

when this song landed on<br />

“The Punisher” soundtrack<br />

and subsequently Seether’s<br />

2nd album. It’s a great codependent<br />

relationship song<br />

and the combined vocals<br />

and string arrangement<br />

make this a turbo-powered track that knocks the wind<br />

out of me. They later had a very public breakup and<br />

wrote pissy songs about each other but damn, they<br />

left a great footprint with this song.<br />

“The Fire” - REV THEORY<br />

This band knows how to<br />

rip some great hard rock<br />

tracks but they found a<br />

sweet spot with this tune.<br />

It is lyrically a tale of the<br />

final embers of a failed<br />

relationship. Powerful instrumentation and killer<br />

vocal; this song hooks me hard. If you are trying to<br />

salvage something with a significant other, print these<br />

lyrics out and tape ‘em on their car window. It’s worth<br />

a shot.<br />

“Hey, Johnny Park!”<br />


Man, Dave Grohl has compiled<br />

a lotta hooks in his career. This<br />

one snags me like a damn<br />

marlin… power and emotion<br />

tucked into a tight 4 minutes and<br />

some change.<br />

95.7 the Hog, Daytona Beach<br />

Riggs<br />

have a pool of tunes that we’ve carried through<br />

the years that yank on our emotions more than<br />

others. Perhaps not simply sad songs or break-up<br />

ballads, but just compositions of any genre that<br />

trigger center-of-your-chest feelings. So on the<br />

back end of holiday depression, let’s dig in - and<br />

hopefully, you’ll discover some you like too!<br />

“Break In”<br />


Get it on their 2012 LP<br />

The Strange Case Of…<br />

If a song could kick<br />

my ass, this may be a<br />

contender. Lzzy Hale<br />

drops a vocal here that<br />

is equal parts tender<br />

fireside hugs and<br />

vicious uppercuts to the<br />

feelings box. This tune<br />

is the perfect blend of<br />

associable lyrics and a virtuoso vocal experience.<br />

“Put your lighters in the air and lead me back home”.<br />

“Damn, you leave me defenseless”... Come on! AND<br />

she plays piano on it. Too much! Awesome.<br />

“Little Girl’s Eyes”<br />


Find this one on his LP 5.<br />

This song is very stripped<br />

down and it poked at<br />

my feels BEFORE I had<br />

a daughter of my own.<br />

Now that she’s hit double<br />

digits, I can barely even<br />

listen to it without it<br />

getting REALLY dusty in<br />

here. It’s a beautiful lyric<br />

and if you have a daughter, spin it and try not to cry.<br />

“Nutshell”<br />


Haunting. Just brilliantly<br />

fucking haunting.<br />

“Big Skies, Black<br />

Rainbows” - VERBENA<br />

This tune from the INTO<br />

THE PINK album is the<br />

final track on the record.<br />

Dave Grohl produced the<br />

shit out of this amazing<br />

album and this song has a<br />

bookend link with the LP’s<br />

first track. You will get eerie chills from the Cobainlike<br />

vocals and dissident guitar strumming of frontman<br />

Scott Bondy and the female harmony vocals are a<br />

perfect complement to the mood of the tune. Love it.<br />

“Hurt” - Not the Trent<br />

Reznor / Nine Inch Nails<br />

song that certainly is way<br />

off my emotional palate.<br />

No, this is a stinger from<br />

Christina Aguilera. This<br />

dynamic track, I assume, is<br />

a conversation with a loved<br />

one that has passed away.<br />

But I don’t want to know<br />

the real story behind it.<br />

Just hearing her incredible<br />

range of whispered emotion<br />

and stomach-stirring powerfully belted notes and<br />

lines, it kicks a lump in my throat every time. What a<br />

voice. And what a song.<br />

“Wings Of Time” - TOTO<br />

I am a day-one fan of this<br />

band. And while I like<br />

their rockin’ stuff more,<br />

Steve Lukather & Co. can<br />

grind some emotion. “Out<br />

Of Love” is a beauty by<br />

them, but this ethereal<br />

track is packed with lyrical power and it delivers lush<br />

and layered vocal harmonies. And Luke’s soakingwet<br />

liquidy guitar tone and emotive playing are<br />

captivating. And at a stout 7 ½ minutes, ‘ya get more<br />

vibes for your buck.<br />

“Brand New Start”<br />


Look, there just isn’t a<br />

vocalist out there today<br />

who can do what Myles<br />

Kennedy does. And he<br />

sings with a silkiness that<br />

stimulates your auditory nerves and makes your brain<br />

happy. It’s just science. LOVE this combo of power<br />

and almost making me weep.<br />

“Call Me”<br />


The final track on<br />

their “The Sound<br />

Of Madness” album<br />

(which is crammed<br />

full of greatness), the<br />

song brings it home like a walk-off home run. Brent<br />

Smith crushes this goodbye tune with stellar vocal<br />

power and the simple instrumentation underneath<br />

gives the stage to perfectly matched harmonies from<br />

Zach Myers. I have listened to this tune a thousand<br />

times and I still get all clinched up as soon as the<br />

piano opens the song. I like it so much, I’ll even<br />

occasionally stop singing along to enjoy the original.<br />

Perfection.<br />


Ah, so many times has a<br />

Gary Moore song forced<br />

me to swallow the lump in<br />

my throat. The late Irish<br />

guitar legend sings with<br />

as much raw emotion as<br />

he rips on guitar. And<br />

his songwriting pinpoints<br />

exposed feelings and<br />

attacks them with musical<br />

medicine. “Empty Rooms”<br />

is a must for your “Am I Sad Enough?” test as is<br />

“Crying In The Shadows” and, of course, there are<br />

a slew of songs after his turn from rock to blues, like<br />

“Separate Ways” and of course “Still Got The Blues<br />

(For You)”. But nothing trips the tear-jerk wire more<br />

than his take on the epic instrumental “The Loner”.<br />

I truly believe that he actually made his guitar cry<br />

while squeezing out these emotive notes. If you have<br />

feelings in your body, take a cool 6 minutes out of<br />

your day and pop on the headphones and let Doctor<br />

Gary treat your ills.<br />

OK, I will leave those there for now though I have<br />

many more heart-wrenchers in my lil’ music array.<br />

I hope that you can take some of them in and feel<br />

the same.<br />

Cheers! RIGGS<br />


The Morning HOG / 95.7 The HOG,<br />

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Joan Jett was born<br />

Joan Marie Larkin on<br />

September 22, 1958.<br />

Jett got her first<br />

guitar at the age of 14 She<br />

took some guitar lessons,<br />

but soon quit because the<br />

instructor kept trying to teach<br />

her folk songs.<br />

Rocktails<br />

with Chez Rocker<br />

Jett is best known for her<br />

work as the frontwoman of<br />

Joan Jett & The Blackhearts,<br />

and for earlier founding<br />

and performing with the<br />

Runaways, who recorded<br />

and released the hit song<br />

“Cherry Bomb”.<br />

She has three albums that<br />

have been certified Platinum<br />

or Gold, and has been a<br />

feminist icon throughout<br />

her career. She has been<br />

described as the Queen<br />

of Rock ‘n Roll and the<br />

Godmother of Punk. In 2015,<br />

Joan Jett & The Blackhearts<br />

were inducted into the Rock<br />

and Roll Hall of Fame.<br />

In her book “The Cocktail:<br />

200 Fabulous Drinks”,<br />

author Jane Rocca included<br />

a cocktail named the Joan<br />

Jett so I’m going to stick with<br />

that. Simple but delicious.<br />

The Joan Jett<br />

4 oz dark rum<br />

4 oz cola<br />

2 squeezed lime wedges<br />

Over ice in a large glass<br />

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<strong>2020</strong>:<br />

Year of the<br />

Visionary<br />

By Candice Beu<br />

Fredrick Franck opens his famous book “The Zen of Seeing”<br />

with this:<br />

“We do a lot of looking: we look through lenses, telescopes,<br />

television tubes.... our looking is perfected every day but we<br />

see less and less. When on the other hand I do see - suddenly I<br />

am all eyes, I forget this ME, I am liberated from it and dive into the<br />

reality of what confronts me, become part of it, participate in it.”<br />

When I first started studying drawing back in college, this<br />

unconventional book came highly recommended by my professor.<br />

It spoke to me as a still life artist but on a deeper level it opened my<br />

truer eyes. I saw that it was possible to become not only an artist<br />

of a particular set medium, but of life itself. This new way of seeing<br />

introduced to me by Franck had a way of subtly shifting my spiritual<br />

outlook while also enriching my creative output beyond what it had<br />

ever been before. Its meditative practices and curious exercises<br />

deepened my work as a visual artist, and over time I found this had<br />

an effect on me as a lyricist, a filmmaker and even as a performer.<br />

In his book, Franck talks about seeing in a way that enables one to<br />

capture the essence of an image rather than just copying what is<br />

already known. He speaks of accessing the visionary within, versus<br />

becoming a mere copycat. In his zen-like manner he teaches how<br />

to unveil the extraordinary within the ordinary to find that everything<br />

is in fact exceptional in its own right. He reminds us that we know<br />

nothing until we become an experience of it, sans labels. If you have<br />

ever wondered what separates the mediocre from the greats, it is<br />

this: you cannot categorize or define what makes them so. They are<br />

anomalous. They are an experience unto themselves; an electric,<br />

sublime, inexplicable, lightning in a bottle experience. When you<br />

encounter something like that, it can change you indefinitely. This is<br />

the way of the visionary. This is their gift to us. They present to us a<br />

reflection of the possibility of our own greatness.<br />

When we “look” at something our computing brains automatically<br />

ignite our pattern recognition and give us a desire to name things for<br />

filing and retrieval purposes. But when we deliberately pause that<br />

function, change gears to “see” with a witnessing overview and an<br />

in-sight-full focus, we can see beyond form and connect the dots<br />

in new ways on multidimensional levels. This allows us to enmesh<br />

our “knowns” with the “unknowns” of our inner visions, connecting<br />

them contextually to the whole of whatever it is we are creatively<br />

investigating. This is perfect for mining fresh perspectives, and often<br />

leads to visionary inventiveness. Kids do this instinctually almost<br />

all the time. By adulthood, we have almost completely been trained<br />

out of this habit and away from indulging in our imaginations. From<br />

childhood on, most of us are taught to look but not see, hear but not<br />

truly listen, talk but not deliberately speak. Many of us can turn into<br />

self conscious onlookers instead, trying to “fit in”, embarrassed by<br />

ours and others’ idiosyncrasies. As such onlookers, we tend to box<br />

ourselves away from our innate creative intuition and close ourselves<br />

off from our unique individuality. We become “subjects” putting our<br />

attention on “objects” so that we can quickly judge and slap labels on<br />

each other. This has a tendency to narrow our perspectives instead<br />

of broadening them. The problems come in when then we think we<br />

“know” what everything “is” already. If we repeatedly hit this ceiling<br />

of “knowing”, our cognitive blocks start to take over the machinery,<br />

leaving little room for new growth, authentic expressions<br />

or artistic interpretations to spark our imaginations towards<br />

reaching new heights. For anyone who is seeking the<br />

emergence of their own unique artistic vision, it is so<br />


important to keep this in mind. To open one’s heartmind<br />

beyond our concrete belief systems is to lift the veil that<br />

covers our insight like a heavy, sleep-laden eyelid. Once<br />

awakened, our creative resources can become more<br />

available to us through that of our personal inner vision. It is<br />

at this point of access, the nexus where emotions, thoughts<br />

and visions meet, in which inspiration can flow towards<br />

us and new ideas arise. An unobstructed dreamer’s eye<br />

coupled with an iron will is most necessary to take what<br />

was once imperceptible and drag it into the perceivable<br />

future of our own manifested reality. To be it, you must first<br />

see it. This is the visionary’s main job.<br />

As potential visionaries going into this year of <strong>2020</strong> we<br />

have to ask ourselves: What doesn’t yet exist that I wish<br />

to see in this world? How do I bring that from a thought<br />

form into a live sensory experience? What experiences do<br />

I wish to impart to an audience using my unique voice and<br />

vision? How will I be the procurer of inspiration for myself<br />

and others in the present and for future generations to<br />

come? You may want to start by delving into what it means<br />

to have a creative vision. Well, an artistic vision refers to<br />

an artist’s way of seeing. Writing, Art, Music and Dance, for<br />

instance, often reflect the artist’s views, how and what they<br />

believe and ultimately showcases who they are. An artist<br />

may develop their vision over long spans or be struck by<br />

genius in an instance, but this is rare. Much like learning to<br />

walk and talk, an artist’s style and skills are often cultivated<br />

by many influences as they grow into themselves over<br />

time. Eventually, if one stays true to oneself, the artist can<br />

become living art in action. Don’t be mistaken, however;<br />

image is not vision. There is a slight but distinctive<br />

difference. Creating an image is often a stylized projection<br />

of how we would like to be seen by the world, while vision is<br />

how we choose to see and interpret the world through our<br />

own lens as we express our inner essence. In this manner,<br />

we show rather than tell. Image and imagery does have its<br />

place. It’s an important part of the whole, but it is not nearly<br />

the whole package. Vision is more akin to voice. They go<br />

hand in hand. Voice is the way in which you communicate<br />

your art. For instance; to be your own original musical<br />

artist you have to be able to stand on your own talents and<br />

merits, displaying an authentic vision and communicating<br />

it in a unique voice, showing itself in the execution of your<br />

production, instrumentation, arrangement, lyrics, sound,<br />

style, name and marketing. This is why introspection and<br />

clarity of vision are so relevant for those wishing to tap<br />

into their visionary capabilities. For a visionary, the way of<br />

seeing is a way of knowing and then expressing.<br />

My sisters and I found out pretty early on in the music<br />

industry that when you neglect to really stand firm in your<br />

own knowing and and let “them” tell you who you are, you<br />

become part of their vision and not your own. Not a fun<br />

place to be when you wish to grow beyond their view of<br />

you. We came to understand that the true visionaries are<br />

those brave souls who make a difference for<br />

themselves and others by taking chances. They<br />

take charge of their situation, make bold moves<br />

and are often rewarded for their courageous acts<br />

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of artistry and unique perspectives. Their vision springs<br />

from a foundation of confidence, self worth and self trust.<br />

They see differently and therefore are seen differently. They<br />

understand it’s about the act of creation itself, unfolding and<br />

revealing the deeper aspects of the self, not about pleasing<br />

people’s appetites. They know how to get in the zone. They<br />

teeter on a leading edge of existence, operating from within<br />

the vortex of an ever evolving creation. They are tapped<br />

in, tuned in and turned on and their magnetism becomes<br />

infectious; their light so bright it reels others in. So, how<br />

magnetic are you? How infectious? How bright? Can<br />

you stand out on a crowded stage, in that sea of striving<br />

humanity? What innovative contributions are you bringing<br />

to the table? It’s time to ask yourself.<br />

I’m dubbing <strong>2020</strong> the year of the Visionary. For those<br />

who want to make a difference in their little corner of the<br />

world, I encourage you to get off your butts, into the eye of<br />

whatever life storm you face and seek visual acuity therein.<br />

Here are 10 of my New Year declarations to do so for<br />

myself:<br />

I declare:<br />

To segment my time and hone in with clarity on new<br />

ways to achieve my daily visionary goals.<br />

To be an exceptional, inspiring and unforgettable<br />

experience for my audience on the page, on the stage<br />

and in all my relationships.<br />

To see the ordinary become extraordinary through<br />

my own personal lens.<br />

To become an artist whose medium is life itself.<br />

To remember that what is inside and outside of me<br />

are inseparable.<br />

To express what is most worth expressing; the<br />

inexpressible.<br />

To harmoniously balance my raw humanity with my<br />

spiritual and creative nature.<br />

To be thankful, kind, loving, vulnerable and limitless<br />

in my capacity for compassion and forgiveness, while<br />

still maintaining my personal boundaries.<br />

To listen better, be more aware of how I communicate<br />

and make more room for silence in my day.<br />

To be brave enough to see and be seen<br />

To listen better, be more aware of how I communicate<br />

and make more room for silence in my day.<br />

To be brave enough to see and be seen.<br />

May we each become the visionary artists of our own lives,<br />

the seers of our most unimaginable goals and dreams and<br />

the connectors to the endless eye that views ourselves,<br />

each other and the world around us more clearly in the<br />

coming year. Happy New Year to All!


Across<br />

1. What R&B girl group is Lisa Lopez from?<br />

5. What is the first name of the rapper Juice World?<br />

7. Which of U2’s songs includes the lyrics:<br />

“Have you come to raise the dead”?<br />

8. How many members make up the rock band,<br />

Pink Floyd?<br />

9. What decade is the hit single “Doo Wop<br />

(that thing)” by Lauryn Hill from?<br />

12. How many guitar players did the rock band<br />

Foo Fighters have?<br />

13. What is the first name of 1920s singer was<br />

known as the “Empress of the Blues”?<br />

16. What pop singer is known as “The Material Girl”?<br />

17. What is the last name of the Beatles member<br />

who had dyslexia?<br />

18. What instrument is carved into Jimi Hendrix’s<br />

tombstone?<br />

30<br />

Down<br />

2. What American singer is referred to as the<br />

“Goddess of Pop”?<br />

3. Which pop star played 27 different instruments<br />

on their debut album For You?<br />

4. What American rapper holds the record for most<br />

words in a hit single?<br />

6. What town did the rock band Radiohead from?<br />

8. What is the oldest surviving musical instrument?<br />

10. What country does the rock band The Hives<br />

come from?<br />

11. What was Linkin Park’s original band name?<br />

14. What county is the singer The Weeknd originally<br />

from?<br />

15. What is the first name of the lead singer of<br />

Imagine Dragons?<br />

17. Which pop artist wrote the 2017 hit single<br />

“Truth Hurts”?<br />

Answers on page 35<br />

1. What is Halsey’s birth name?<br />

2. U2’s song, “Angel of Harem” was written about what jazz singer?<br />

3. What is the title of Britney Spears’ first hit single?<br />

4. What was the Don McLean’s reason behind the writing the song “American Pie”?<br />

5. Which American rapper wrote the 2007 song “Buy You a Drank”?<br />

6. What is Snoop Dogg’s birth name?<br />

7. Which of Nicki Minaj’s albums did “Anaconda” feature on?<br />

8. What 1985 charity single sold over 20 million copies?<br />

9. What 1960s musical does Ariana Grande sample from on her hit song “7 rings”?<br />

10. What musician holds the record for most Top 10 hits on the UK Singles Chart?<br />

Answers on page 35<br />


Over the past few years I have noticed a steady<br />

decline in sales of large amplifiers. It seems every day<br />

someone will ask for a small amp that they can use<br />

on stage, and these days there are many choices out<br />

there; some amps aren’t even amps at all. There are<br />

still bands using large amps, like local guitarist Brian<br />

Magner, but they are few and far between.<br />

So, what happened to the days of Jimi Hendrix playing<br />

through a mass of Marshall stacks? Well, in the ‘60s<br />

clubs supported bands and had huge stages for them to<br />

play on. Bands would show up with giant Vox amps or<br />

stacks of Park, Orange or Marshalls. There was always<br />

plenty of room on the stages to accommodate the large<br />

amps.<br />

In the mid ‘70s combos started popping back up on<br />

stages but big amps still ruled. Rock bands favored the<br />

big amps but many of the Top-40 bands would play in<br />

night clubs located in hotels and most of them did not<br />

have big stages, so the guitar players would have to play<br />

through smaller amps. Then the ‘80s happened.<br />

In the ‘80s, bigger was better. Big hair and big stacks.<br />

Bands would lug huge PA systems, huge light shows<br />

and huge stacks. Even if a club did not have a big<br />

enough stage to accommodate all the equipment, the<br />

bands would find a way to set up all their gear. When I<br />

was on the road, the band I was playing with had a gig<br />

with the band Stranger and they put their whole PA on<br />

one side of the room just so they would have enough<br />

room on the stage for the late Ronnie Garvin’s four<br />

Peavey stacks. At that point, even I was playing<br />

through a Hi-Watt stack and loved it. All the<br />

bands from the Cult to Judas Priest had stages<br />

full of massive stacks and that made every<br />

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Pepper<br />

guitar player want one. There were some exceptions,<br />

like Stevie Ray Vaughan and Robben Ford, who played<br />

through Dumble and Fender combos. But stacks still<br />

ruled the stage.<br />

Since the mid ‘90s there has been a slow decline in<br />

guitarists using large amps. Bands like Pearl Jam and<br />

Nirvana were using half stacks and Fender combos on<br />

stage and to record with. That brought a whole new<br />

breed of guitar player looking for combos. The ‘90s also<br />

brought in the era of rack preamps like the Digitech GPS<br />

2101 and Rocktron Piranha that sold quite well during<br />

this time. You would hook them into a power amp and<br />

hook it up to stereo 4/12 cabinet and you had a lush<br />

stereo sound.<br />

Since that time, you see very few stacks or even half<br />

stacks on local stages. You will still see them with some<br />

major metal bands but many of them are just for show.<br />

Crashrocket Guitarist Brian Magner told me by phone<br />

that he doesn’t even use a head; his sound comes<br />

from a SansAmp 1.1 which is a tube amp emulator and<br />

hooks into a Crown power amp; he does not even mic<br />

the cabinet, so the sound you hear when you see them<br />

is straight out of the SansAmp. May players, including<br />

myself, have have switched to the digital type amps like<br />

the Kemper Profiler, Bias FX, Line 6 Helix or Fractal<br />

AX8. None of these require an amp or speakers at all.<br />

Why are so many guitarists going to small amps? With<br />

so many clubs treating bands as an afterthought, often<br />

just putting the band in a corner, there is no room to put<br />

a big stack. Also, many of the musicians playing clubs<br />

are over 35 and their backs are not so good anymore.<br />

There is nothing wrong, however, with playing Kemper<br />

or a small combo; what really matters is how it sounds<br />

and in most cases, it sounds just fine. Back in the ‘50s,<br />

nobody ever told Buddy Holly or Chuck Berry their little<br />

amps sounded like crap.<br />

Randy Pepper is a freelance guitarist for hire and<br />

the owner of the Guitar Attic in Holly Hill.<br />

Photo credit” Karen Romano Adams<br />

Runway Chronicles<br />

South Beach, Miami, is different. It’s different<br />

than small-town New Smyrna, where I had<br />

only just set up my office. It’s even different<br />

than other metropoles that might emphasize<br />

business and productivity over fashion and art. But<br />

most importantly, it was a different time - 1993, to be<br />

exact. There were no cell phones and there was no<br />

Instagram, but how I wish I could have taken a selfie<br />

at this moment.<br />

My first trip to visit the top three worldrenowned<br />

modeling agencies started off<br />

perfectly with picturesque South Florida<br />

weather along Ocean Drive. My newest<br />

hopeful model, with golden hair bobbing<br />

to his shoulders, had paced a block<br />

ahead of us. But he was waving as if to<br />

say, “Quick! Catch up!” Weaving through<br />

the patches of tourists and locals, I<br />

noticed a confused look on his face. He<br />

was surrounded by three large, imposing<br />

men. I tried to assess the situation,<br />

but I was still unsure of what to expect<br />

when I caught up. I approached, and<br />

the wall of bodyguards parted to reveal<br />

a small man with a silver bowl cut and a<br />

striking leather jacket. A leather jacket,<br />

in Miami? With smooth confidence, the<br />

icon reached out his hand and greeted<br />

me: “I’m Gianni Versace, are you the<br />

agent to this model?”<br />

My small-town Deland born model may<br />

not have understood the importance<br />

of this spontaneous stop-sign casting<br />

call. My mind was screaming, but my<br />

sensibilities instructed me to extend my<br />

arm to his and meet his smooth confidence with my<br />

own. Perhaps it was more of a bluff than anything<br />

else. “Pleasure to meet you,” I said. “I’m Christine<br />

Harris”. He, with matter-of-fact delivery, stated that he<br />

wanted to use my model in an upcoming campaign<br />

and runway show. What an opportunity for my new<br />

model and my newly opened agency! Could this really<br />

be happening?<br />

Maybe the memory is stronger than any selfie I could<br />

have taken. I relive it quite often when new models<br />

and families come to my office and ask how I got my<br />

start in this whirlwind of an industry. Once the ball<br />

gets rolling, everything happens so quickly. There is<br />

no way to expect who you might meet on the streets<br />

of South Beach.<br />

I like to imagine that this was the beginning of<br />

Premiere. The office may have been rented and<br />

furnished by me a few months before, but without<br />

successful faces and connections, it wasn’t anything<br />

more than just that: an office. This was when Premiere<br />

Model Management, built by me, a New Smyrna local<br />

and Florida State graduate, became my dream career.<br />

It’s been a very exciting and rewarding 26 years, and I<br />

have so many inspiring, extravagant, and motivational<br />

adventures I can’t wait to share! And every single one<br />

is rooted in our little Florida town.<br />

My best, Christine<br />

Premiere Model Management<br />

137 Canal St. New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168<br />

386-427-8829<br />

By Christine Harris<br />



PUZZLE answers<br />

JANUARY 25, <strong>2020</strong><br />

Beachside Tavern<br />

New Smyrna Beach<br />

Eric Hutchinson is an American<br />

singer-songwriter who plays soulful pop music.<br />

He is best known for his songs “Rock & Roll”,<br />

“OK, It’s Alright with Me”, “Watching You Watch<br />

Him”, and “Tell the World”. Hutchinson was<br />

named an AOL “About to Pop” artist, Yahoo!<br />

Who’s Next Artist, MSN “One to Watch”<br />

Artist and a “VH1 You Oughta Know” Artist.<br />

Hutchinson also wrote and performed the theme<br />

song for ESPN’s Fantasy Focus podcast.<br />

Eric’s newest album, Before and After, is being<br />

released one track at a time to members of<br />

Patreon. This album was experimental in nature<br />

and has Eric working with different musicians,<br />

creating a different and jazzier sound. This<br />

album includes multiple tracks written for and<br />

about his wife, Jill, and their daughter Zelda.<br />

Eric’s upcoming tour will include venues in<br />

Florida and you can catch him at Beachside<br />

Tavern in New Smyrna Beach on <strong>January</strong> 25th.<br />

1. What is Halsey’s birth name? Ashley Frangipane<br />

answers<br />

2. U2’s song, “Angel of Harem” was written about what jazz singer? Billy Holiday<br />

3. What is the title of Britney Spears’ first hit single? Baby One More Time<br />

4. What was the Dom McLean’s reason behind the writing the song “American Pie”? Buddy Holly’s death<br />

5. Which American rapper wrote the 2007 song “Buy You a Drank”? T-pain<br />

6. What is Snoop Dogg’s birth name? Calvin Broadus<br />

7. Which of Nicki Minaj’s albums did “Anaconda” feature on? The Pinkprint<br />

8. What 1985 charity single sold over 20 million copies? We Are The World<br />

9. What 1960s musical does Ariana Grande sample from on her hit song “7 rings”? Sound of Music<br />

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10. What musician holds the record for most Top 10 hits on the UK Singles Chart? Elvis Presley<br />


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<strong>January</strong> 5 - Jay Paski 1pm<br />

<strong>January</strong> 9 - Seth Pause 6pm<br />

<strong>January</strong> 10 - Billy Dean 6pm<br />

<strong>January</strong> 11 - The Transfers 6pm<br />

<strong>January</strong> 12 - Hannah Wilson 1pm<br />

<strong>January</strong> 16 - Warren Beck 6pm<br />

<strong>January</strong> 17 - Nate Utley 6pm<br />

<strong>January</strong> 18 - Ian Opalinski 6pm<br />

<strong>January</strong> 19 - Brody Mullikin 6pm<br />

<strong>January</strong> 23 - Jimmy Z 6pm<br />

<strong>January</strong> 24 - Rasta Bayers 6pm<br />

<strong>January</strong> 25 - Gina Cuchetti 6pm<br />

<strong>January</strong> 26 - Chuck Morel 1pm<br />

<strong>January</strong> 30 - Claire Vandiver 6pm<br />

Januar 31 - Brent Clowers 6pm<br />

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Happy New Year to all of you Metalheads! In case you missed an issue, here are Jeff Watson’s “New School”<br />

and Chris Rajotte’s “Old School” metal album picks for 2019:<br />


Von Nacht<br />

“Von Nacht”<br />

Bane “Esoteric<br />

Formulae”<br />

Perpetual Warfare<br />

“Earthliens”<br />

Krisiun “Scourge<br />

of the Enthroned”<br />

Die Apokalyptischen<br />

“Reiter-Licht”<br />

Psycroptic “As the<br />

Kingdom Drowns”<br />

VLTMUS “Something<br />

Wicked Marches In”<br />

Amon Amarth<br />

“Berzerker”<br />

Cloak<br />

“To Venomous Depths”<br />

Candlemass<br />

“The Door to Doom”<br />


Grip Inc. “Power of<br />

Inner Strength”<br />

Hipocrisy “Penetralia”<br />

Flotsam and Jetsam<br />

“Doomsday for the Deceiver”<br />

Lethal<br />

“Programmed”<br />

Cerebral Fix<br />

“Tower of Spite”<br />

Prongs<br />

“Beg to Differ”<br />

G/Z/R<br />

“Plastic Planet”<br />

Unleashed “Where No<br />

Life Dwells”<br />

Xentrix “Shattered<br />

Existence”<br />

<strong>Live</strong> Sex & Death “The<br />

Silent Majority”

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