Static Live Magazine December 2020

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The Joshua<br />

Light Show<br />

Cannabis<br />

Chronicles<br />

Happy<br />

Holidays<br />

Traditions<br />

Unappreciated<br />

The Loss of a Legend

ART Feature<br />

The Joshua<br />

Light Show<br />

18<br />

10 <strong>2020</strong> as Rock History, Rock<br />

History as <strong>2020</strong><br />

14 Cannabis Chronicles<br />

15 Musician’s Cookbook<br />

16 A Day in the Life of a<br />

Gigging Musician<br />

23 A Word From the Throne<br />

28 Mud Rooster’s Blues<br />

30 Metal Compost<br />

32 Events Calendar<br />

34 Happy Holiday Traditions<br />

44 Join the Disney Revolution<br />

48 Dishonor to us All...<br />

51 February, 1978<br />

52 Music + Fashion =<br />

The Decades<br />

12<br />

The Loss of a Legend<br />

Eddie Van Halen<br />

38<br />

Fearing<br />

Technology<br />

in a Time<br />

of Plague<br />

24<br />

EVH<br />

was the<br />


54 What’s in<br />

Your Phone<br />

58 Unappreciated<br />

61 Moments<br />

Missed on a<br />

Holiday Stage<br />



6<br />

Izabela<br />

42<br />

Rocktails<br />

Sean Impara, Publisher<br />

Billy Chapin, Co-Publisher<br />

Jenny McLain, Editor<br />

Jamie Lee, Managing Director<br />

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<strong>2020</strong> as Rock History,<br />

In the 1960s, legend says Jim Morrison, the<br />

shamanic singer of the Doors, liked to scurry<br />

to the rooftops of buildings to walk along the<br />

ledges. Myth says the Lizard King was seeking<br />

yet another thrilling, Dionysian adrenaline fix,<br />

although the brutal, deflating truth is that he likely<br />

was just a drunk dumb-ass who didn’t realize he<br />

might kill himself.<br />

An even more brutal truth is that <strong>2020</strong> has made<br />

all of us Morrison-like ledge-walkers – reluctant<br />

ones, to be sure – in our daily lives. Going to<br />

the grocery store can get you killed in these<br />

pandemic times. Politically propelled paranoiacs<br />

may go uzi on you if you note that Black lives<br />

matter or, contrary to President Nero, you say<br />

there are no “fine people” among today’s white<br />

power gestapo.<br />

When future historians look back and try to make<br />

sense of the fucked-up-ness of <strong>2020</strong>, they will be<br />

more discombobulated and gobsmacked than if<br />

Marilyn Manson had stuffed his soiled jockstrap<br />

down their throats. So, as a public service, I offer<br />

future historians this music-aided guide to <strong>2020</strong>.<br />

Like Jimbo’s ledge walking, the history and music<br />

of rock, rap and pop can offer metaphors and<br />

insights about what the hell is going on.<br />

* If <strong>2020</strong> were a song – A lot of old songs are<br />

vying to be the theme song of <strong>2020</strong>, and yes they<br />

are worthy contenders: “Don’t Stand So Close to<br />

Me” by the Police, “It’s the End of the World As<br />

We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” by R.E.M.,<br />

10<br />

“Epidemic” by Slayer, “Paranoia” by Black<br />

Sabbath, “Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana<br />

(key lyric – “I feel stupid and contagious, here<br />

we are now, entertain us!”), and “Baby Let’s<br />

Play House” by Elvis Presley (this won the subcategory<br />

for Best Lock-down Song).<br />

But the hands-down winner is “I Put a Spell on<br />

You,” that 1955 Screamin’ Jay Hawkins ditty as<br />

covered by Diamanda Galas. Google your way to<br />

her live version on YouTube – if you dare. “I don’t<br />

care if you don’t want me, I’m yours right now, I<br />

put a spell on you,” Galas growls, sounding like<br />

the year <strong>2020</strong> itself singing with garlicky breath<br />

right in your face – and without a mask at that.<br />

Then Galas drives over the cliff and plunges<br />

into screams and demonic ululations that sound<br />

like Godzilla is farting on her face and Satan is<br />

snacking on her balls –and Galas doesn’t even<br />

have testicles (I think).<br />

* What America was like before the plague – “The<br />

Box” by Roddy Ricch. This will be the answer to<br />

the future trivia question: “What was the last No.<br />

1 song before lockdowns began in the U.S.?”<br />

Yes, kids, be careful what you listen to, because<br />

you never know how history is going to mark you<br />

and your music.<br />

* If <strong>2020</strong> were a rock ’n’ roll hairstyle – Ozzy<br />

Osbourne during the 1980s. For some reason<br />

the Oz, or his handlers, thought it would be<br />

gold for the Black Sabbath frontman to sport a<br />

high-haired, overly manicured bouffant hairstyle<br />

that made him look like the tarty wife of some<br />

televangelist -- minus the hooker red lipstick

Rock History as <strong>2020</strong><br />

By Rick De Yampert<br />

This paragon of devil rock had that whole<br />

“the higher the hair, the closer to God” thing<br />

happening. Ozzy has done a lot of weird shit<br />

during his career, but sporting that hairstyle was<br />

just damn disturbing – like <strong>2020</strong>.<br />

* If <strong>2020</strong> were a rock ’n’ roll fashion statement –<br />

That swan dress that Bjork wore to the Academy<br />

Awards in 2001 certainly wasn’t sinister, and it<br />

was polarizing only in a playful love-it-or-hate-it<br />

way. But that swan dress was fucked up in an<br />

absurd, I’ve-never-seen-that-before manner –<br />

exactly like <strong>2020</strong>. Second place in this category<br />

goes to Elton John when he wore a Donald Duck<br />

costume on stage.<br />

* If <strong>2020</strong> were a weird rock ’n’ roll moment –<br />

Nothing in the history of rock can be as weird,<br />

mind-blowing, depressing and distressing as<br />

<strong>2020</strong>, you say. And you mostly would be right.<br />

Pat Boone’s big-band crooner cover of Metallica’s<br />

“Enter Sandman,” Milli Vanilli, Ol’ Dirty Bastard<br />

just being his doomed, Grammy-interrupting self<br />

– none of those are as twisted as <strong>2020</strong>.<br />

But there’s this: that day in 1970 when Elvis<br />

showed up at the White House requesting a<br />

meeting with President Nixon. In a letter to Tricky<br />

Dick that Elvis hand-delivered to a security guard,<br />

the King of Rock ’n’ Roll stated that “the drug<br />

culture, the hippie elements, the SDS, Black<br />

Panthers, etc. do not consider me as their enemy<br />

or as they call it the establishment. I call it<br />

America and I love it. Sir, I can and will be of any<br />

service that I can to help the country out.”<br />

Elvis added he had “done an in-depth study of<br />

drug abuse and Communist<br />

brainwashing techniques and I am right in the<br />

middle of the whole thing where I can and will do<br />

the most good.” The King wanted to be baptized<br />

as a “Federal Agent at Large” in what was then<br />

called the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous<br />

Drugs (now the DEA).<br />

White House officials quickly arranged a meeting<br />

between Elvis and Nixon a few hours later, and<br />

the King showed up looking like a Victorian pimp<br />

version of Count Dracula, wearing a purple velvet<br />

suit replete with cape, and a pro wrestler-style<br />

belt with a Hulk-sized gold buckle. He also had<br />

a present for the president: an encased Colt<br />

.45 pistol that nervous Secret Service agents<br />

examined then approved for Elvis to give to the<br />

Commander in Chief.<br />

While Tricky Dick loved to secretly tape meetings,<br />

he evidently didn’t press the “record” button for<br />

his meeting with Elvis, and so we have to rely on<br />

notes taken by a White House aide for a sketchy<br />

account of what the Prez and the King talked<br />

about. We do know that Elvis walked away with a<br />

narc badge, although he was clueless that it was<br />

merely an honorary one.<br />

The whole absurd incident is documented in<br />

the National Archives online at archives.gov<br />

– including that famous photo of Tricky Dick<br />

shaking hands with the King.<br />

The year <strong>2020</strong> may have been weird – but it’s<br />

not purply velvet Elvis showing up at the White<br />

House to bribe Tricky Dick with a Colt .45 to grant<br />

him narc-hood weird. Or is it? Future historians<br />

will decide.

I’m guessing that not many kids can say they<br />

went to a concert all by themselves when they<br />

were 14, much less a Van Halen concert on one<br />

of their first world tours. Well, that<br />

kid was me and you wouldn’t believe<br />

how much sweet talking and begging<br />

and pleading I had to do to my mom to<br />

get her to let me go to the show.<br />

The year was 1981 Van Halen was out on<br />

their Women and Children First album<br />

tour and I had just recently started liking a<br />

little bit of the hard rock; when I was<br />

younger I was more of a fan of the Beatles<br />

and Simon and Garfunkel and other<br />

mellow crap that my parents loved.<br />

Even though the show was quite a long<br />

time ago, there are a few things that I do<br />

remember quite distinctly. Number one,<br />

my mom preached the whole way there<br />

and looking back it kind of felt like when<br />

the mom was speaking to Cameron<br />

Crowe in the movie Almost Famous.<br />

She dropped me off at the<br />

McDonald’s across the<br />

street from the arena with<br />

the final instructions,<br />

“You’d better be here right<br />

after the concert.” Of<br />

course, back then there<br />

were no cell phones so<br />

she just had to trust that<br />

I would do as she wished.<br />

Walking into the show all<br />

by myself was such a unique<br />

experience, as I was only<br />

about 5’ 2” and probably<br />

looked like I was ten.<br />

Back then, it was<br />

basically general admission<br />

so the fans who got there first<br />

were the ones that were able to<br />

be at the front of the stage. I, of<br />

course, was late but after about 30<br />

minutes of wiggling, joking and<br />

basically shoving my way towards<br />

the stage, by the third song my chest<br />

was against the crowd barrier and<br />

I was front row. I remember raising<br />

my hands to scream and shout like<br />

everyone else and because of the<br />

pressure of the crowd I basically had<br />

to hold my hands above my head for<br />

the next ten songs.<br />

What I’m going to tell you next is a<br />

little embarrassing but it is true and<br />

it is sort of funny. During one of the<br />

songs, David Lee Roth came directly<br />

in front of me and literally 3<br />

feet away from my face. I was so<br />

excited by the thrill of the crowd,<br />

the pulsing of the music and the<br />

fact that the lead singer of one of<br />

the worlds biggest new bands was<br />

right in front of me, creating a<br />

euphoria that’ll never<br />

be forgotten.<br />

It was at that moment<br />

I couldn’t control my<br />

emotions and I reamed<br />

what must’ve been a<br />

girl-like pitch as loud as<br />

I could “ I love you<br />

Eddie”!!! It was not<br />

my proudest moment<br />

but I do swear today<br />

that David Lee

Roth heard me that night; the look on his face<br />

was utter disgust and he quickly moved down the<br />

stage to other adoring fans.<br />

The rest of the show was awesome, as I didn’t<br />

know my ultimate faux pas and - believe it or<br />

not - I made it back to the McDonald’s to a happy<br />

mother to see that her son made it back from one<br />

of the most epic concerts in Roanoke Virginia in<br />

1981. Over the next few years Van Halen went<br />

on to be one of the greatest rock ‘n roll bands of<br />

all time and it’s lead guitarist Eddie Van Halen<br />

will go down as one of the top five pioneers of<br />

the electric guitar in the history of music. Here’s<br />

a little bit more about the man in the legend and<br />

why he will always be remember forever<br />

Edward Lodewijk Van Halen was born on January<br />

26, 1955, in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, and<br />

moved with his family to California in the early<br />

1960s. He and his brother Alex took classical<br />

piano lessons growing up; and Eddie showed<br />

talent early. As teenagers, Alex started playing<br />

drums and Eddie switched to guitar and started a<br />

rock band called Mammoth.<br />

In 1974 they were joined by David Lee Roth and<br />

bassist Michael Anthony to form Van Halen. The<br />

vocals of David Lee Roth and the guitar talent<br />

of Eddie made them very popular. They got a<br />

break in 1977 when Kiss bassist Gene Simmons<br />

heard them and financed their first recording<br />

session. They later signed with Warner Brothers<br />

and released their self titled first album in 1978.<br />

Within six months, the album achieved platinum<br />

status. They quickly became one of the hardest<br />

working bands in the industry and released<br />

albums in 1979, 1980, 1981 and 1982. Their<br />

popularity only grew with the addition of videos<br />

on MTV.<br />

In 1985, David Lee Roth recorded his own<br />

successful solo album and he was replaced by<br />

Sammy Hagar. Van Halen continued releasing<br />

albums, including their first double-live album in<br />

1993.<br />

Eddie Van Halen received<br />

treatment for tongue cancer<br />

in 2000, which he blamed on<br />

holding metal guitar picks in<br />

his<br />

mouth for so many years.<br />

He was hospitalized in 2019<br />

after battling throat cancer<br />

for five years and he passed<br />

away from the illness on<br />

October 6, <strong>2020</strong> at the age<br />

of 65. He was memorialized<br />

and honored by several of<br />

his fellow musicians at the<br />

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

Billboard Music Awards.<br />

On November 16, <strong>2020</strong> his<br />

son, Wolfgang Van Halen,<br />

announced that Van Halen<br />

would not<br />

continue as a band<br />

without Eddie.<br />

By Reluctant Genius

Chronicals of Cannabis<br />

By John Kent<br />

Recalling - Recreational launch of<br />

July 2018 was incredible. We had<br />

lines of customers 21 and up<br />

waiting hours to come see and<br />

experience Nevada legal cannabis.<br />

Working myself sick, I had my buddy<br />

AJ filling my veins full of nutrients<br />

through an IV bag. AJ was a male<br />

nurse at that time who worked above<br />

us with Dr. Kathy - fast forward<br />

several years, a buyer and industry<br />

influencer in our small core industry.<br />

My exhaustion was naivety fueled by<br />

passion, purpose and a personal<br />

“why” which led to me worked myself<br />

till I was sick. But the market was<br />

hungry and ready! We were eager and<br />

well prepared. It was incredible to see<br />

a jump from 50 people a day to over<br />

500 instantly! The Legal cannabis<br />

industry in Nevada was born - July<br />

2018. Since then, I’ve managed<br />

a peak of 5000+ daily transactions<br />

across several Dispensaries here in<br />

the Nevada market. Talk about<br />

drinking life like through a firehose -<br />

a baptism by fire. I promise you we’re<br />

ALL still learning even now - kaizen - a continual<br />

work of improvement in progress.<br />

Through this platform, I got lucky and was<br />

featured on Viceland’s Most Expensivest for an<br />

episode hosting 2Chainz and getting him lit on the<br />

Cannagars, Hunibadger and an assortment of Vegas<br />

premium cannabis. A couple years later today, it’s<br />

garnished over 10 million views. The rawness of the<br />

industry’s birth allowed my creativity to spill over<br />

like when I launched Nevada market’s first CBD<br />

Water - Golden CBD - which evolved into one of my<br />

treasured Cannabinoid Partnerships,it’s a Himitsu. At<br />

the time, this CBD water became a top 3 SKU while<br />

CBD occupies on average only 5% of the retail sales in<br />

any given dispensary.<br />

My visiting mum & sister from Australia to a<br />

cultivation I frequently do business with. See,<br />

Cannabis suffers from cognitive dissonance - what<br />

cannabis is perceived to be versus what it actually is.<br />

Most people go wide eyed and shocked once they<br />

learn all mammals have an endocannabinoid system<br />

making it’s own THC & CBD. So for you or any<br />

mammal to consume cannabis is like hydrating your<br />

body with water. While there, mum met a lady whose<br />

son was enduring cancer. My mum witnessed pain no<br />

parent should and listened to cannabis experts discuss<br />

science and provide plausible help for an improvement<br />

in quality of life for this mother and son. That<br />

experience she remembers still today.<br />

And in an absolute paradigm shift of platform<br />

opportunity conveying this wide market, I was invited<br />

- a couple of times - to speak at the AVN’s Internext<br />

on Cannabis and the Adult Entertainment Industry<br />

- oh the stories there to come in following months.<br />

What an opportunity to reach another audience -<br />

not one CBD enterprise existed at that convention<br />

and the product empowerment towards a sector of<br />

individuals which could benefit from such operational<br />

tactics and product support. This industry is largely<br />

untapped and I am eager, excited and overjoyed to<br />

reach what Dr. John Demartini had placed in my<br />

heart and soul as my personal definition of success -<br />

where ones vocation and vacation is synonymous. I<br />

feel blessed and I’ll continue to serve my purpose in<br />

purifying products and uplifting the marketplace. -<br />

John Kent



Welcome to a new month…<br />

<strong>December</strong>! The time for festivity is<br />

here. Deck the halls and celebrate<br />

with some comfort food. I truly<br />

love this time of the season, but I<br />

find myself getting burnt out on<br />

traditional holiday favorites. For<br />

your holiday extravaganza, I wanted<br />

to present you with a truly unique<br />

dish. Give your tastebuds a true<br />

gift… something they’ve most likely<br />

never tasted before…Thai Chicken<br />

Pizza. The combination of the<br />

following ingredients creates a truly<br />

mouthwatering dinner option for you<br />

and your family. You will instantly<br />

want to make it the following week,<br />

and again, and again.<br />

Thai Chicken Pizza is perfect for<br />

everyone. This particular recipe<br />

is not particularly spicy, but you<br />

can dial it to zero by omitting the<br />

recommended hot pepper flakes.<br />

Everyone likes chicken, everyone<br />

likes pizza. PEANUT ALLERGY<br />

readers BEWARE as this does<br />

contain peanut butter and peanuts.<br />

From prep to serve, this meal takes<br />

about 30 minutes total. Each piece is<br />

loaded with ingredients (No skimping<br />

out here!) Usually, I encourage the use<br />

of Tupperware for leftovers but each<br />

slice stores perfectly fine in wrapped<br />

tin foil. Keep a few slices in the fridge<br />

(trust me, you’ll want them). Also,<br />

keep some in the freezer for easy<br />

reheat later.<br />

Ingredients:<br />

Fresh Pizza Dough<br />

½ Cup Duck Sauce<br />

½ Tsp Red Pepper Flakes<br />

2 Cups Shredded Monterey Jack<br />

Cheese<br />

1 Green Bell Pepper (Sliced)<br />

BY 1 Tbsp Oil<br />

2 Tbsp Soy Sauce<br />

1 Tbsp Peanut Butter<br />

2 Tsp Hot Sauce<br />

2 Tsp Steak Seasoning<br />

2 Chicken Breasts (Chopped into bitesize bits)<br />

2 Tbsp Honey<br />

2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar<br />

4 Scallions (Chopped)<br />

¼ Cup Peanuts (Chopped)<br />

Optional Cilantro<br />

Let’s cook a pizza! Preheat the oven to 425 and<br />

prepare your dough. I buy a fresh rolled dough<br />

at my local Publix for $2.99. Use a cookie sheet<br />

and line with tin foil. Place rolled dough directly<br />

in middle and spread the edges out evenly to fit<br />

the rectangular shape of the cookie sheet. The<br />

dough is easy to work with and I feel that the<br />

rectangular style is well suited for this type of<br />

pizza. Add duck sauce to the dough in place of<br />

standard pizza sauce and evenly spread it around.<br />

Sprinkle pizza with crushed red pepper flakes<br />

and cheese. Bake until golden and cheese is<br />

slightly brown for approximately fifteen minutes.<br />

Next, you will need to prepare the chicken to<br />

go on top of the pizza. Once the pizza is done<br />

cooking, you will add the chicken. You can use<br />

the pizza cooking time to prep the chicken.<br />

Preheat a skillet over medium heat. Add your<br />

oil, soy sauce, peanut butter, hot sauce, and<br />

steak seasoning to the skillet. Heat this mixture<br />

up so it’s nice and steamy. Chop your chicken<br />

before cooking it into small bite sized bits. Add<br />

the chicken to the skillet and cook for about 4<br />

minutes on each side. The chicken will cook fairly<br />

quickly since it’s in small bits. Once chicken is<br />

cooked, add honey and vinegar. Mix the chicken<br />

around and turn off the burner.<br />

Pull your pizza out of the oven and top with the<br />

chicken mixture. Do your best to spread it evenly<br />

so that all pieces have bites of chicken on them.<br />

Top pizza with scallions, cilantro, peanuts and<br />

serve. Enjoy!<br />

Watch my full cooking video for this recipe on<br />

my Facebook page<br />

“Ian Opalinski Music” or follow<br />

the link:<br />

facebook.com/ianopalinskimusic<br />


RING!<br />

A Day in the Life of a<br />

Gigging Musician<br />


RING in the holidays and the new year for that<br />

matter. Working musicians are at our busiest<br />

this time of year. Lots of parties everywhere.<br />

Homes and offices, streets and bars are filled<br />

with revelers. With recent events it seems<br />

everyone wants to blow off some steam. We<br />

can’t disappoint the masses and I want to fill the<br />

coffers with cash so it’s time to dive in.<br />

Gig musicians need to keep our holiday season<br />

music fresh and sharp. It’s a good idea to review<br />

the tunes in the summer so they are ready when<br />

the time comes. When the holiday season is in<br />

full swing, it’s too late. Singing seven nights a<br />

week, dealing with an agent and the venues,<br />

working out schedules with other performers.<br />

Meanwhile the rigors of life don’t slow down. Stay<br />

ready, don’t get ready. Plus, I like most of the<br />

holiday songs even if I tire of them by the time<br />

New Year’s Eve rolls around.<br />

One fun way to add a little zip to tunes I have<br />

played since early childhood is to perform them<br />

on a bunch of different instruments. Try the<br />

season’s favorites on a simple fife or ukulele. Get<br />

a recorder or a harmonica. It gives me a chance<br />

to work up my musical skills while the audience<br />

really gets a thrill. Something about seeing the<br />

tunes played well, on simple folk instruments,<br />

makes for real inspiration, even if it’s easy for the<br />

musician.<br />

This is also a good time to shout out to all the<br />

special someones. If your partner is playing<br />

music all month and you don’t get much alone<br />

time - never fear! It will all be over soon and you<br />

can go back to the normal routine of only being<br />

ignored on weekends and practice nights. You<br />

can bet your sweet potato that when you do get<br />

some loving, it will be passionate and from the<br />

deep heart of an artist!<br />

When we play three gigs a day it can be a bit<br />

much. I try to eat right and avoid heavy drinking<br />

to stay fit. My party comes later when the crowds<br />

have gone home. Also, beware of traffic which<br />

can be much worse in the season’s rush. I can’t<br />

be late because all of these events depend on<br />

ME! Planning ahead, stocking the fridge and<br />

leaving most equipment in the vehicle are a few<br />

of the ways I cope with the onslaught.<br />

Keep your business card out and visible at the<br />

gigs. Make sure to mention on the mic that you<br />

are available and love doing events. Most people<br />

don’t know any professional musicians and some<br />

are looking to book last minute parties. This one<br />

tactic could add thousands to my holiday season<br />

payday. Get noticed by the movers and shakers<br />

in office buildings or hotels and the season can<br />

really make your cash register RING!

<strong>Live</strong> Music - <strong>December</strong> ‘20<br />

4th - Casey Picou 5pm<br />

5th - Ceasar Frazier 5pm<br />

11th - Hannah Wilson 5pm<br />

12th - Jimmi Soldo 5pm<br />

18th - Savi Fernandez 5pm<br />

19th - Chuck Morel 5pm<br />

26th - Jay Paski 5pm<br />

Happy Hour 5pm-8pm

The Joshua<br />

Throughout history, certain people have become<br />

true pioneers in whatever world they help create.<br />

Each has niched their place in history to be<br />

forever remembered because of what at the time<br />

seems like divine intervention. Most of these<br />

legends are long gone but there are still a limited<br />

few that live on today and are currently<br />

paying it forward and passing their knowledge<br />

to the younger generations. This month’s artist<br />

is no doubt a pioneer amongst peers in that he<br />

has carved out a life of amazing accolades and<br />

is now sharing his ideas and beliefs with others<br />

so that we all can gaze at the wonder they’ve<br />

contributed to the art world.

Light Show<br />

By Bartholomew Betelgeuse III<br />

The original members of the Joshua<br />

Light Show were resident artists at the<br />

Fillmore. From March 8, 1968, until the<br />

venue closed in on June 27,1971, the<br />

group performed multiple shows every<br />

weekend for up to a total of ten thousand<br />

people, receiving nearly equal billing to<br />

such acts as the Who, the Doors, the<br />

Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, the Jimi<br />

Hendrix Experience, Albert King, Chuck<br />

Berry, and Iron Butterfly. Joshua White,<br />

who had studied electrical engineering,<br />

theatrical lighting, and magic-lantern<br />

techniques at Carnegie Tech and<br />

filmmaking at the University of Southern<br />

California, where he made a number<br />

of stop-motion and direct animation<br />

shorts, founded the group. The JLS<br />

consisted of six to eight members during<br />

its initial run, with the most stable lineup<br />

including White, Tom Shoesmith, and<br />

Bill Schwarzbach, who met at Columbia<br />

University while studying theatrical<br />

lighting and electrical engineering; Cecily<br />

Hoyt, a photographer and painter; and<br />

Jane Ableman, an art student.<br />

1968 photo by George Cohen “of the hippie<br />

scene on St. Mark’s Place between Third and<br />

Second Avenues, looking east,” around the<br />

corner from Fillmore East. from EV Grieve.

The group employed a panoply of imagemaking<br />

apparatus to achieve diverse visual<br />

effects: three film projectors, two banks of<br />

four-carousel slide projectors, three overhead<br />

projectors, hundreds of color wheels,<br />

motorized reflectors made of such materials<br />

as aluminum foil, Mylar,<br />

and broken mirrors, two hair dryers, watercolors,<br />

oil colors, alcohol and glycerin, two<br />

crystal ashtrays, and dozens of clear glass<br />

clock crystals. White and his

cohort designed a rear-projection<br />

system, situated roughly twenty feet behind<br />

the Fillmore stage, where several tons of<br />

equipment was arrayed on two elevated<br />

platforms. The conventional seated theater<br />

setup of the Fillmore meant they had to focus<br />

on a single screen versus an overall<br />

environment.<br />

The Joshua Light Show’s craft-based<br />

ephemeral cinema results in a staging<br />

that details and commingles nearly the<br />

entire history of the projected image.<br />

Its use of projected and reflected light<br />

is a practice that dates to religious<br />

ritual in ancient Egypt and Greece.<br />

The group’s magic-lantern techniques<br />

date back to the mid-seventeenth<br />

century. The display of artisanal film<br />

loops alongside examples culled from<br />

the entire history of industrial cinema<br />

illustrates the heterogeneity of<br />

moving-image conventions.

New computer-based effects and<br />

digital projection systems demonstrate the<br />

continuous mutability of shaping light in time.<br />

Combined together, the Joshua Light Show<br />

epitomizes what Kerry Brougher has cited as the<br />

maximalist trajectory in sixties<br />

filmmaking, wherein artists saturated “the<br />

information in the frame, pushing the image to<br />

such a complex and multi-level state that film<br />

was shoved up against its boundary lines of<br />

possibility.”<br />

And that is what the Joshua Light Show was<br />

and continues to be—a reservoir of the moving<br />

image’s memory, unmoored in an ephemeral<br />

celebration of its<br />

possibilities.<br />

Next month, we’ll bring you<br />

more of the Joshua Light Show,<br />

including their current members<br />

and projects.<br />

All images and information was given with written consent by The Joshua Light Show

Onward, Always!<br />

By Billy Dean<br />

As a toddler, my parents traded my<br />

baby crib to a family friend for a drum<br />

set. At five years old I could name<br />

all of the members of Poison, Motley<br />

Crue, and Guns n Roses. By seven I<br />

had an opinion about who was a better<br />

frontman—David Lee Roth or Sammy<br />

Hagar? By eight, I knew the reason<br />

why Led Zeppelin and Rush kicked so<br />

much ass (Saints Bonham and Peart ).<br />

By age 10 I was aiming for the speed<br />

of Basket Case. By 12 I was faking<br />

double bass drum like Niko McBain.<br />

By 13 I joined my first punk band and<br />

played a handful of shows. At 14<br />

I came in touch with Wynona’s Big<br />

Brown Beaver, The Descendents, and<br />

Suicide Machines. Age 15 brought another<br />

hardcore band. 16 was my first<br />

drum and bugle corps tour—3 months<br />

on gym floors.<br />

17 brought Carter Beaufort<br />

and another drum and<br />

bugle corps tour. With 18 came<br />

Tool and Music School. 19 years<br />

old playing across Central Florida<br />

with fledgling bands. 20 brought Billy<br />

Cobham, Mahavishnu Orchestra,<br />

and a disastrous cover band gig that<br />

almost derailed me. 21, dropout of<br />

music school to focus on making a<br />

living playing music. 25 I completed<br />

my first regional tour with an indie<br />

rock trio across the southeast. At 26<br />

I toured east of the Mississippi River<br />

with two different rock bands. 27–<br />

my first international gig. 28-I join a<br />

promising blues band, record several<br />

independent albums, tour domestically<br />

and abroad. At 34 we rebrand band,<br />

sign with reputable label, record first<br />

our self-produced record. 35 first<br />

Grammy nomination. 36 travel and<br />

record THE RECORD.<br />

37 COVID-19, session work, zoom<br />

lessons, home studio, and family time.<br />

Onward, always!

Edward Van Halen was the G.O.A.T.<br />

Hello, friends!<br />

Edward Van Halen was the G.O.A.T.<br />

He literally recalibrated and reimagined the way<br />

a human being attacks the guitar. The roaring<br />

sounds and effects he was able to produce<br />

pioneered a genre and redefined a niche of<br />

rock music. I remember being late to the Van<br />

Halen party but once on board, I was forever<br />

changed by his tone and creativity. I started<br />

working at a record store in 1983 and remember<br />

selling Van Halen albums like they were bread<br />

and milk. And Van Halen was truly an ALBUM<br />

band. You could break off a single and label<br />

them by that particular sound, but in at least<br />

the David Lee Roth era, the band was truly a<br />

spectrum of musical influences and vibes. Their<br />

albums needed to be heard in full and I happily<br />

obliged. The retail music job allowed me my first<br />

opportunity to meet this icon of the electric guitar.<br />

It was October of 1988. I had made friends with<br />

the Warner Brothers record rep that worked our<br />

store and passive-aggressively begged for an<br />

opportunity to get backstage. In my estimation,<br />

there was NOTHING cooler than meeting your<br />

heroes. I had not heard the adage about NOT<br />

meeting them because they may let you down or<br />

not be all that you had conjured in your head. So<br />

there I was, a pre-show Meet and Greet on the<br />

OU812 tour in Atlanta. The album cover poster<br />

and flats covered the walls of the dressing room<br />

that me, my roommate, and 6 other people were<br />

herded into. Alex entered first and waved as he<br />

passed by me and my roommate. We posted<br />

up closest to the door so that we could get the<br />

first shot at Eddie. Then came the super affable<br />

Micheal Anthony. We said hi and passed him<br />

on to the rest of the people in the room. Sammy<br />

Hagar was next as while I’m a Dave purest, it<br />

was cool to see the red rocker roll into our room.<br />

I could see Ed just outside the room speaking to<br />

his guitar tech, an animated discussion that went<br />

on for a few minutes.<br />

I was hyped with nervous excitement as I realized<br />

it was about to go down. He entered the room<br />

with a cig in hand and upon making eye contact<br />

with me & my friend Greg, he said “Alright, I got<br />

some rock and roll brothers here!”.<br />

We were the only long-haired dudes there and I<br />

guess that bought us some credibility. He walked<br />

between us and threw an arm around each of us<br />

and asked what’s up. We mumbled something<br />

but before a full response, he said “what do we<br />

have happening in here tonight?”. I assumed he<br />

meant the girls in the room, so I gestured toward<br />

one of the ladies and said “well, I know she has<br />

been waiting for you”. He then says “Nah, I’m<br />

hanging with you guys... So, you in a band?”. I<br />

told him I wasn’t but needed some guitar tips<br />

so that I could get one together. I realized after<br />

those first few seconds that he was hammered<br />

and the wafting aroma of his smoldering cigarette<br />

and the many he had clearly recently had was<br />

overwhelming. And then all I could think about<br />

was how this guy, who is clearly drunk from some<br />

pre-show fiesta, has to go out there and rock the<br />

stage in like an hour. We continued to talk about<br />

guitar players and songs we love and time sorta<br />

faded into the fold. I mean, Eddie Van Fucking<br />

Halen was supporting his body weight on MY<br />

shoulder and telling me stories and I should be<br />

recording every second of it. But it was ‘88 and<br />

that wasn’t an available tech like it is now.<br />

It may have been all of 5-10 minutes in that<br />

backstage room but I eventually realized that<br />

they were wrapping up and NO ONE else had the<br />

chance to get autographs and speak to him. A<br />

few of those acquaintances and strangers were<br />

annoyed at us for dominating the Eddie time.


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I didn’t feel bad for a second. We posed for the<br />

group photo and he quickly met the others, but<br />

made it a point to come back before leaving the<br />

room and hug and thank me. I’ll never forget the<br />

shit-eating grin he left me with. And despite the<br />

pre-show drinks he had, his playing during the<br />

show was perfection. That was the quintessential<br />

“Rock Star” experience.<br />

I was in Los Angeles in 1992 for the Billboard<br />

Video Music Awards. I had dinner with a Warner<br />

Brothers Records rep and we began talking about<br />

Van Halen. She was working closely with the<br />

band and told me that Ed had suffered dexterity<br />

issues associated with drinking. Frank Zappa’s<br />

son Dweezil was a friend of the Van Halen family<br />

and had learned all of Eddie’s riffs on a guitar he<br />

gave to him. She said that Ed had been working<br />

with Dweezil on some of the classic solos and<br />

songs that he now had trouble with. I couldn’t<br />

imagine the idea that Dweezil was teaching Eddie<br />

the solos he created. I interviewed Dweezil<br />

later and he modestly claimed that they just got<br />

together to jam, but given what we later learned<br />

of Eddie’s ongoing health issues, the puzzle<br />

pieces fit. And certainly those Van Hagar-era<br />

records don’t have the guitar dynamics of the first<br />

6. And if tasked with assembling a Van Halen<br />

Ultimate Playlist, I’d probably go 98% Roth tunes.<br />

But the body of work from Eddie throughout the<br />

singer changes still stands alone as rock & roll<br />

greatness.<br />

I had another opportunity to meet Eddie in July of<br />

1998.<br />

I accompanied some radio grand prize winners<br />

backstage on the VHIII tour, aka the “Gary<br />

Cherone Experience”.<br />

It was another great 5 minutes of rock bliss as a<br />

small group of us got to chat and get photos with<br />

the ultimate American rock band.<br />

Eddie was overwhelmingly kind and selfdeprecating<br />

as I told him how psyched I was to<br />

see him shred later that evening. I gave him<br />

one of our radio station t-shirts and he humbly<br />

thanked me, then asked if he could cut the<br />

sleeves off. I gave him my blessing. This was<br />

at one of the lower points in the band’s career.<br />

Record sales were down. Some fans didn’t know<br />

what to do with Gary Cherone as the lead singer.<br />

I loved his work with EXTREME and he was a<br />

very humble and kind guy with a great, unique<br />

voice. Ed and the band certainly could have “big<br />

timed” us and who would blame them. They had<br />

met thousands of people like us, played much<br />

bigger venues and didn’t have to seem happy<br />

about these obligatory moments. (Alex, in full<br />

disclosure, seemed the least enthused about it<br />

all.) But Eddie made me feel welcome, without a<br />

hint of a rock star attitude of being over all of it.<br />

It was another dizzying encounter that I’ll always<br />

remember.<br />

Hearing all of the stories after his passing of what<br />

a normal, kind and funny guy he was fits every<br />

bit of my experience. His guitar work excites me<br />

and inspires me.<br />

And I’ll keep trying to learn some of his simplest<br />

guitar parts. And fail. But the Eddie Van Halen<br />

legacy of music will always be at the forefront<br />

of my speakers. I’m forever grateful for the few<br />

chances to meet and speak with him. R.I.P.<br />

brother.<br />

Cheers!<br />



1. Just a Gigolo/I Ain’t Got Nobody<br />

2. Mas Tequila<br />

3. Yankee Rose<br />

4. Heavy Metal<br />

5. Eagles Fly<br />

6. There’s Only One Way to Rock<br />

7. Goin’ Crazy<br />

8. California Girls<br />

9. Right Now<br />

10. When it’s Love<br />

11. Cabo Wabo<br />

12. Right Now<br />

13. Jamie’s Cryin’<br />

14. Black and Blue<br />

15. Pretty Woman<br />

16. Panama<br />

17. You Really Got me<br />

18. Runnin’ with the Devil<br />

19. Why Can’t This be Love<br />

20. Love Walks In<br />

21. Jump<br />

22. Best of Both Worlds<br />

23. Dreams<br />

24. Ain’t Talking ‘Bout Love<br />

25. Dance the Night Away<br />

26. Hot for Teacher<br />

27. Runaround<br />

28. Can’t Stop Lovin’ You<br />

29. Runnin’ With the Devil<br />

30. Everybody Wants Some<br />

26<br />

BONUS! What year did David Lee Roth leave Van Halen and was replaced with Sammy<br />



By David Dequasie<br />

In this month’s installment, I’d like to dive right<br />

into some great renditions of blues tunes as done<br />

by legendary bands that are better known for<br />

their work in the hard rock realm. As a record<br />

buying teen in the 1970’s, little did I know that<br />

many of my favorite<br />

album cuts that the bands were<br />

rocking out on, were<br />

actually old blues<br />

standards.<br />

Foghat comes<br />

to mind. Willie<br />

Dixon’s ‘I Just<br />

Wanna<br />

make Love<br />

to You’,<br />

Chuck<br />

Willis’ ‘<br />

Feel so<br />

Bad’ and<br />

Robert<br />

Johnson’s<br />

Terraplane<br />

Blues’ are<br />

just a few<br />

tracks that<br />

are absolutely<br />

cranking.<br />

No horns or<br />

other acoustic<br />

instruments here, just<br />

blasting electric guitars<br />

and drums, and what a clever band name. Alter<br />

the letters in ‘Hogfat’ and you’ve got an amusing<br />

take on blues and barbecue.<br />

Steppenwolf was originally a modernized blues<br />

band. Everyone has heard their version of<br />

‘The Pusher’ but ‘Forty days and Forty Nights’<br />

and ‘Hoochie Coochie Man’ are much heavier<br />

remakes.<br />

The first time that I heard the Aerosmith song<br />

‘Walking the Dog’, I just assumed that it was<br />

one of their own compositions. Not many groups<br />

would think to turn a blues tune into a hard rock<br />

jam and then add a wood flute section in the<br />

middle.<br />

Probably my favorite take on Howlin’<br />

Wolf’s ‘Evil’ is the downright nasty<br />

version that Cactus played. It’s<br />

interesting to note that they<br />

pumped up the second<br />

(psychedelic) version that the<br />

Wolf recorded. This being the<br />

version that he hated. It’s so<br />

fired up and loud that it<br />

reminds me of Black Sabbath’s<br />

remake of ‘Warning’ or Led<br />

Zeppelin’s version of ‘How<br />

Many more Times’.<br />

The Rolling Stones have an<br />

impressive catalog of blues<br />

standards such as ‘Stop Breaking<br />

Down’ but give a listen to what<br />

The White Stripes did with that<br />

one. It’s totally frantic.<br />

When it comes to great guitar riffs that<br />

are used to support blues classics, check<br />

out Damon Fowler’s take on Johnny Winter’s<br />

‘TV Mama’, Albert King’s ‘The Hunter’ as played<br />

by Free, ‘Crossroads’ by Cream, ‘Wang Dang<br />

Doodle’ by Savoy Brown, or ‘Sugar Mama’ by<br />

Taste to name a few.<br />

In closing, with one of today’s greatest tools<br />

being the internet, it’s never been easier to<br />

discover obscure artists from years past. Why<br />

have I never been turned on to Chicken Shack?<br />

What a great blues band disguised as a hard rock<br />





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4. This Christmas decoration was once made from 1. The color of The Grinch<br />

strands of silver. 2. The skin that hangs from a turkey's neck<br />

10. Name the spirit that is often added to butter and 3. Stollen is the traditional fruitcake in which country?<br />

served with Christmas pudding. 5. On the Big Bang Theory, Sheldon tells Penny he and<br />

11. This iconic Christmas decoration is actually a Leonard aren't putting up a tree because they do not<br />

parasitic plant.<br />

celebrate this ancient pagan festival.<br />

12. This state set the Guinness World Record in 1988 for 6. Scrooge’s first name.<br />

the world's largest snowman. 7. The name of The Grinch's dog.<br />

13. What is the Latin meaning of the word “Noel”? 8. What gift did Caspar bring?<br />

14. Christmas beverage known as “milk punch”. 9. What is the name of the little girl in most versions of<br />

16. Which reindeer is not mentioned in "The Nutcracker"?<br />

"The Night Before Christmas"? 12. The poinsettia is native to this country.<br />

18. How many ghosts were there in “A Christmas Carol”? 15. Snack that is often left for Santa.<br />

19. This chipmunk wants a hula hoop for Christmas. 17. The name of Rudolph’s elf friend in the 1964 classic<br />

"Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer".

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

Tuesday, <strong>December</strong> 1, <strong>2020</strong><br />

Bounty Bar - Jessie Abbey, 7pm<br />

Grind/Kona - Jarrard George, 6pm<br />

Wednesday, <strong>December</strong> 2, <strong>2020</strong><br />

Bounty Bar - Chcuk Morel, 7pm<br />

Flagler Tavern - Randy Williams, 9pm<br />

Grind/Kona - Jonny Odis, 6pm<br />

Ormond Garage - Robert Keele, 8pm<br />

Outriggers - Laree App, 5pm<br />

Thursday, <strong>December</strong> 3, <strong>2020</strong><br />

31 Supper Club - The Transfers, 8pm<br />

Bounty Bar - Hannah Wilson, 7pm<br />

Flagler Tavern - Griffin Sinclaire, 5pm<br />

Flagler Tavern - Reed Foley, 9pm<br />

Grind/Kona - Chuck Morel, 7pm<br />

Outriggers - Allan Wood, 5pm<br />

Friday, <strong>December</strong> 4, <strong>2020</strong><br />

31 Supper Club - Beartoe, 8pm<br />

Bounty Bar - Jay Paski, 7pm<br />

Crabby’s Oceanside - Jonny Odis, 4pm<br />

Grind/Kona - Reed Foley, 7pm<br />

Ormond Garage - Cory Worsley Duo, 8pm<br />

Outriggers - Griffin Sinclaire, 6pm<br />

Yellow Dog Eats - Casey Picou, 5pm<br />

Saturday, <strong>December</strong> 5, <strong>2020</strong><br />

31 Supper Club - Mud Rooster, 8pm<br />

Bounty Bar - Claire Vandiver, 7pm<br />

Chase’s - Eric Von<br />

Crabby’s Oceanside - Jessie Abbey, 12pm<br />

Crabby’s Oceanside - Nate Utley, 5pm<br />

Flagler Tavern - Reed Foley, 5pm<br />

Grind/Kona - Brent Clowers, 7pm<br />

Ormond Garage - Bradford Bukley, 8pm<br />

Outriggers - Sugar Fly, 6pm<br />

Tayton O’Brians - Jay Paski, 9pm<br />

Tortugas - The Cyclones, 6pm<br />

Yellow Dog Eats - Cesar Frazier, 5pm<br />

Sunday, <strong>December</strong> 6, <strong>2020</strong><br />

Bounty Bar - Bradford Buckley, 7pm<br />

Crabby’s Oceanside - Smyrna Erb, 12pm<br />

Flagler Tavern - The Transfers, 5pm<br />

Outriggers - The Cyclones, 2pm<br />

Tayton O’Brians - Casey Picou, 8pm<br />

Monday, <strong>December</strong> 7, <strong>2020</strong><br />

Bounty Bar - Jonny Odis, 7pm<br />

Flagler Tavern - Chuck Morel, 5pm<br />

Tuesday, <strong>December</strong> 8, <strong>2020</strong><br />

Bounty Bar - Linda Long, 7pm<br />

Grind/Kona - Griffin Sinclaire, 6pm<br />

Wednesday, <strong>December</strong> 9, <strong>2020</strong><br />

Bounty Bar - Brent Clowers, 7pm<br />

Flagler Tavern - Jay Paski, 9pm<br />

Flagler Tavern - Walter Lee, 5pm<br />

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

Ormond Garage - Are Friends Electric, 8pm<br />

Outriggers - Laree App, 5pm<br />

Thursday, <strong>December</strong> 10, <strong>2020</strong><br />

Bounty Bar - Griffin Sinclaire, 7pm<br />

Flagler Tavern - Reed Foley, 9pm<br />

Flagler Tavern - The Cyclones, 5pm<br />

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

Outriggers - Corey Shenk , 5pm<br />

Friday, <strong>December</strong> 11, <strong>2020</strong><br />

31 Supper Club - Dana Kamide Band, 8pm<br />

Bounty Bar - Savi Fernandez, 7pm<br />

Crabby’s Oceanside - Bradford Buckley, 4pm<br />

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

Ormond Garage - Psycoustic, 8pm<br />

Outriggers - Off the Road, 6pm<br />

Yellow Dog Eats - Hannah Craig, 5pm<br />

Saturday, <strong>December</strong> 12, <strong>2020</strong><br />

31 Supper Club - Big Beat Band, 8pm<br />

Bounty Bar - Casey Picou, 7pm<br />

Chase’s - Jay Paski<br />

Crabby’s Oceanside - Brent Clowers, 12pm<br />

Crabby’s Oceanside - Griffin Sinclaire, 5pm<br />

Flagler Tavern - Reed Foley, 5pm<br />

Grind/Kona - Heather Craig, 7pm<br />

Ormond Garage - Nate Utley, 8pm<br />

Outriggers - The Waverlys, 6pm<br />

Tayton O’Brians - Dustin Seymour, 9pm<br />

Tortugas - Smyrna Erb, 6pm<br />

Yellow Dog Eats - Sugar Fly, 5pm<br />

Sunday, <strong>December</strong> 13, <strong>2020</strong><br />

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

Crabby’s Oceanside - Heather Wilson, 12pm<br />

Flagler Tavern - Brent Clowers, 5pm<br />

Outriggers - Are Friends Electric, 2pm<br />

Tayton O’Brians - Casey Picou, 8pm<br />

Monday, <strong>December</strong> 14, <strong>2020</strong><br />

Bounty Bar - Hannah Wilson, 7pm Tuesday, <strong>December</strong> 15,<br />

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

Bounty Bar - Jessie Abbey, 7pm<br />

Grind/Kona - Casey Picou, 6pm<br />

Wednesday, <strong>December</strong> 16, <strong>2020</strong><br />

Bounty Bar - Jay Paski, 7pm<br />

Flagler Tavern - Randy Williams, 9pm<br />

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

Ormond Garage - The Cyclones, 8pm<br />

Outriggers - Laree App, 5pm<br />

Thursday, <strong>December</strong> 17, <strong>2020</strong><br />

Bounty Bar - The Transfers, 7pm<br />

Flagler Tavern - Reed Foley, 9pm<br />

Flagler Tavern - Robert Keele, 5pm<br />

Grind/Kona - Jessie Abbey Duo, 7pm<br />

Outriggers - Stereo FM, 5pm<br />

Friday, <strong>December</strong> 18, <strong>2020</strong><br />

Friday, <strong>December</strong> 18, <strong>2020</strong><br />

31 Supper Club - Velvet 45, 8pm<br />

Bounty Bar - Griffin Sinclaire, 7pm<br />

Crabby’s Oceanside - Jay Paski, 4pm<br />

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

Ormond Garage - The Evening Muze, 8pm<br />

Outriggers - Reed Foley, 6pm<br />

Yellow Dog Eats - Savi Fernandez, 5pm

Saturday, <strong>December</strong> 19, <strong>2020</strong><br />

31 Supper Club - Joe Young Trio, 8pm<br />

Bounty Bar - Jonny Odis, 7pm<br />

Chase’s - Savi Fernandez<br />

Crabby’s Oceanside - Casey Picou, 5pm<br />

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

Flagler Tavern - Reed Foley, 5pm<br />

Grind/Kona - Jay Paski, 7pm<br />

Ormond Garage - Smyrna Erb, 8pm<br />

Outriggers - Billy Dean, 6pm<br />

Tayton O’Brians - L&G, 9pm<br />

Tortugas - Bradford Buckley Trio, 6pm<br />

Yellow Dog Eats - Chuck Morel, 5pm<br />

Sunday, <strong>December</strong> 20, <strong>2020</strong><br />

Bounty Bar - Bradford Buckley, 7pm<br />

Crabby’s Oceanside - Heather Wilson, 12pm<br />

Flagler Tavern - The Transfers, 5pm<br />

Outriggers - The Evening Muze, 2pm<br />

Tayton O’Brians - Michelle Marie, 8pm<br />

Monday, <strong>December</strong> 21, <strong>2020</strong><br />

Bounty Bar - Ian Opalinski, 7pm<br />

Flagler Tavern - Jay Paski, 9pm<br />

Bounty Bar - Jason Lee, 7pm<br />

Tuesday, <strong>December</strong> 22, <strong>2020</strong><br />

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

Wednesday, <strong>December</strong> 23, <strong>2020</strong><br />

Bounty Bar - Brent Clowers, 7pm<br />

Flagler Tavern - Griffin Sinclaire, 9pm<br />

Flagler Tavern - Walter Lee, 5pm<br />

Grind/Kona - Hannah Wilson, 6pm<br />

Ormond Garage - Are Friends Electric, 8pm<br />

Outriggers - Laree App, 5pm<br />

Thursday, <strong>December</strong> 24, <strong>2020</strong><br />

31 Supper Club - Andre Martins, 8pm<br />

Bounty Bar - TBD. 7pm<br />

Flagler Tavern - Reed Foley, 9pm<br />

Flagler Tavern - The Evening Muze, 5pm<br />

Grind/Kona - Jeff Accorneo, 7pm<br />

Outriggers - Corey Shenk, 5pm<br />

Friday, <strong>December</strong> 25, <strong>2020</strong><br />

Bounty Bar - David Dequasne, 7pm<br />

Saturday, <strong>December</strong> 26, <strong>2020</strong><br />

31 Supper Club - Dana Kamide Band, 8pm<br />

Bounty Bar - Hannah Wilson, 7pm<br />

Chase’s - Smyrna Erb<br />

Crabby’s Oceanside - Savi Fernandez, 5pm<br />

Crabby’s Oceanside - Shaker Jones, 12pm<br />

Flagler Tavern - Reed Foley, 5pm<br />

Grind/Kona - The Cyclones, 7pm<br />

Ormond Garage - Heather Craig, 8pm<br />

Outriggers - Jay Paski, 6pm<br />

Tayton O’Brians - Bradford Buckley, 9-pm<br />

Tortugas - Big Beat, 6pm<br />

Yellow Dog Eats - Jay Paski, 5pm<br />

Sunday, <strong>December</strong> 27, <strong>2020</strong><br />

Bounty Bar - Chcuk Morel, 7pm<br />

Crabby’s Oceanside - Claire Vandiver, 12pm<br />

Flagler Tavern - Hannah Wilson, 5pm<br />

Outriggers - Bradford Buckley, 2pm<br />

Tayton O’Brians - Casey Picou, 8pm<br />

Monday, <strong>December</strong> 28, <strong>2020</strong><br />

Bounty Bar - The Transfers, 7pm<br />

Flagler Tavern - Bradford Buckley, 9pm<br />

Tuesday, <strong>December</strong> 29, <strong>2020</strong><br />

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

Grind/Kona - Heather Craig, 6pm<br />

Wednesday, <strong>December</strong> 30, <strong>2020</strong><br />

Bounty Bar - Hannah Wilson, 7pm<br />

Flagler Tavern - Casey Picou, 9pm<br />

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

Ormond Garage - The Cyclones, 8pm<br />

Outriggers - Laree App, 5pm<br />

20NYE<br />

NYE20<br />

Thursday, <strong>December</strong> 31, <strong>2020</strong><br />

31 Supper Club -<br />

Dana Kamide Band, 8pm<br />

Bounty Bar -<br />

Griffin Sinclaire, 7pm<br />

Grind/Kona -<br />

Bradford Buckley Band, 8pm<br />

Ormond Garage -<br />

Jay Paski, 8pm<br />

Outriggers -<br />

The Evening Muze<br />

Tayton O’Brians -<br />

Cody & Kyle, 9pm<br />

Community Events

Happy Holiday Traditions<br />

“The Nutcracker” has become an annual holiday<br />

tradition around the world since its debut more<br />

than a century ago. Most likely it was a big part<br />

of your childhood holiday routine as it was mine.<br />

For many, its magical score sets the tone for<br />

the season. For me, Tchaikovsky’s immortal<br />

melodies are indelibly ingrained. Within the first<br />

few notes of the overture I can almost smell the<br />

cold and snow of upstate NY where I grew up.<br />

The symphonic interplay of every instrument,<br />

the dreamy swell of each crescendo, the<br />

percussive perfection of it all pirouettes through<br />

my mind, clear as the celesta bells in the Dance<br />

of the Sugarplum Fairies. As a child I longed<br />

to be Clara, lithe and coquettish, dancing with<br />

her life sized dolls, dreaming of a winters love<br />

story, traveling to The Land of the Sweets in<br />

my pretend pointe shoes. This was a yearning<br />

shared with my little sister Christie from the<br />

first time we watched Mikhail Baryshnikov’s<br />

Nutcracker on PBS as a family. In our flowy<br />

nightgowns and long johns, slippers slipping<br />

across the floor, we dance-fought all winter break<br />

over that Nutcracker doll til its head popped<br />

off. Our Mom might have jokingly called us little<br />

nut crackers (ball busters) but we were prima<br />

ballerinas in our minds.<br />

For thousands and<br />

thousands of children<br />

worldwide,<br />

“The Nutcracker” is their very first exposure<br />

to ballet and classical music. Perhaps one of<br />

the most iconic of its kind, the sheer number<br />

of interpretations (in family living rooms), on<br />

the stage, the big screen and by symphony<br />

orchestras globally are staggering in number.<br />

By Candice Beu<br />

For ballet companies it is often a major source of<br />

yearly revenue but for the dancers, performing in<br />

“The Nutcracker” is an ongoing rite of passage.<br />

Little known fact, ballet dancers often work their<br />

way up from “angels” in the chorus to starring<br />

roles in the cast during their many years of<br />

training. It’s an enormously lengthy, intricate<br />

endeavor, with choreographers,<br />

costumers, crew and talent<br />

all working annually<br />

towards the Winter<br />

Season. Most dancers<br />

will know how to<br />

dance every part by<br />

the time they leave<br />

a company.<br />

It’s no surprise that<br />

the cancellation of<br />

live theater in <strong>2020</strong><br />

has eliminated much<br />

of the usual funding,<br />

impacting the income<br />

of so many creatives<br />

worldwide who make<br />

their living in the arts.<br />

However, there are<br />

countless ways to help.<br />

Become a patron of<br />

the arts, seek out<br />

entertainers you<br />

know to personally<br />

give to (Disney has<br />

laid off many as well)<br />

or donate to theaters<br />

that have gone dark<br />

and struggling ballet<br />

companies offering<br />

online holiday events.

You can find some very<br />

talented out of work<br />

dancers, singers,<br />

comedians and artists of all<br />

kinds<br />

displaying their work on<br />

TikTok who have linked<br />

patreon<br />

accounts for tips and<br />

donations. There are so<br />

many ways to get your<br />

holiday fix while also<br />

giving back. A quick<br />

google search will get you<br />

started. The Joffrey Ballet<br />

for instance has many<br />

interactive virtual festivities<br />

throughout this holiday<br />

season,<br />

as do lesser known companies who could<br />

use the support. The UBC, Universal Ballet<br />

Competition, will keep the Nutcracker tradition<br />

alive with an international competition held<br />

online. The contest live streams on Dec 12th<br />

featuring all submissions that make up Act 1 and<br />

Act 2 submissions air on Dec. 13th. The event<br />

culminates with The Virtual Nutcracker, a full<br />

length video (you can view on their website)<br />

consisting of the winning<br />

entries, on Dec 19th.<br />

Some local Florida<br />

venues also have<br />

theirdoors open again and<br />

will be performing live!<br />

I highly<br />

recommend<br />

the<br />

Orlando<br />

Ballet’s<br />

annual<br />

Nutcracker<br />

at Dr. Phillips<br />

Center<br />

from Dec.4-20th<br />

and the Volusia Civic<br />

Ballet performance on<br />

Dec 5-6 at The Daytona Ocean Center.<br />

Visit responsibly.<br />


If you vote to stay inside this season, or you don’t<br />

have extra funds to go to live events or donate,<br />

no worries! Charity starts at home anyway. You<br />

can still expose your stay at home family to a little<br />

holiday culture. Ovation channel hosts an annual<br />

Battle of the Nutcrackers in late <strong>December</strong>.<br />

Check listings. If you don’t have cable but you<br />

have Youtube, you’re in luck. Get interactive with<br />

your family and create your own battle of the<br />

Nutcrackers. Even just listening to the classical<br />

score by Christmas light without the visuals,<br />

while dancing wildly<br />

in the living room<br />

can be exciting for<br />

young children.<br />

Dress up andmake<br />

them use their<br />

imagination. Teach<br />

music appreciation<br />

by pointing out the<br />

different instruments<br />

they hear. Have<br />

them Google<br />

Tchaikovsky<br />

and learn the<br />

history of<br />

The<br />

Nutcracker.<br />

Did You Know<br />

that Tchaikovsky wrote part of his most famous<br />

work as a dare by a friend who said “I bet<br />

you can’t write a melody based on an octave<br />

in sequence” or that Clara was originally<br />

named Maria? Finding cool facts and musical<br />

interpretations based on the traditional can<br />

be enriching and a lot of fun for the fam. My<br />

daughter’s favorite Nutcracker Suite is the jazzy<br />

Brian Setzer Orchestra version from the “Elf”<br />

movie soundtrack. Mine is an impressive lyrical<br />

Nutcracker done in the 1940’s vocal stylings of<br />

Fred Waring and The Pennsylvanians. What’s<br />

yours?<br />

As we wrap up this bizarre <strong>2020</strong> year, I urge us<br />

all to use any holiday magic we can muster to<br />

propel us into 2021. In the face of the unknown,<br />

get creative, go easy and don’t be afraid to inject<br />

new life into old traditions. Breaking from the<br />

traditional isn’t necessarily a bad thing either,<br />

just different. It’s ok to evolve and change. One<br />

last note, if a stranger wishes you a “Happy<br />

Holidays”, just say “Thank You”. There is no<br />

war on Christmas guys. Different people just<br />

use different syntax. Don’t let it ruin your day.<br />

If someone who doesn’t know how I celebrate<br />

takes time out of their holiday season to wish<br />

me tidings of goodwill, then cheers to that.<br />

How very kind. For those who balk at and insist<br />

on correcting others with a staunch “Merry<br />

Christmas!” perhaps it’s time to revisit another<br />

holiday tradition, Charles Dickens’s “A Christmas<br />

Carol”. Don’t be a Scrooge out there and let’s<br />

instead appreciate the fact that as a society<br />

we have decided to dedicate an entire season<br />

to the celebration of multiple, diverse holidays<br />

with personalized traditions recreated yearly by<br />

people from all walks of life. Isn’t that something?<br />

If we’ve learned nothing else this year, it’s that<br />

Life is fragile’...(“it must be Italian”)...so handle it<br />

with care.<br />

36<br />

Stay healthy, everyone.

Fearing Technology in a Time of Plague<br />

By Hank Harrison<br />

Living through the worst pandemic in history<br />

and technically the most wide sweeping plague<br />

in World history can’t be easy, many people<br />

can’t cope… but it gets worse if you are afraid<br />

of computers and technology; if you are angry<br />

because too much money is spent on space<br />

exploration and advanced engines of war and<br />

destruction; if you are upset because your bank<br />

computer spit out the wrong balance; if the app<br />

on your phone locks you out; if you are harboring<br />

thoughts of computer sabotage or hacking, you<br />

are undoubtedly a normal human being suffering<br />

all the symptoms of alienation in a screwed up<br />

world.<br />

In spite of all of this crisis one should not be<br />

afraid of the technology itself. There is nothing to<br />

be afraid of because electricity has been with us<br />

for many centuries. The virus will be gone soon, if<br />

you define ‘one more year’ as soon… and when<br />

the Pandemic I over all of the devices, machines,<br />

bulbs, glowing wires, automatic, autonomic and<br />

atomic reactions will still be here.<br />

Let us not fool ourselves. Electricity is more<br />

important than all of the computers and handheld<br />

gadgets on Earth and infinitely more<br />

dangerous than any virus. In fact electricity, when<br />

out of control, is dangerous in both a political<br />

and a bio-physical sense. Recently several<br />

massive forest fires in California were started<br />

by mismanaged electricity, and people are<br />

subconsciously afraid of it. We plug up household<br />

outlet sockets so that crawling and curious infants<br />

can’t insert metal objects into the plug slots. We<br />

panic in a rolling blackout because the company<br />

who brings the vital power to our homes might<br />

be screwed up. Recent research has shown that<br />

Sudden Crib Death is traceable, in part, to static<br />

electrocution. Electroshock therapy is used as<br />

punishment in some mental<br />

hospitals and has been employed successfully in<br />

brainwashing and, lastly, electricity is the focus of<br />

the energy crisis... because natural gas and fossil<br />

fuels are obviously nasty, awkward, imprecise<br />

and scarce.<br />

But why are we afraid of computers? Sometimes<br />

they make us seem ignorant, but actually,<br />

computers are nothing more than elaborate light<br />

bulbs run by electricity and light bulbs are nothing<br />

more than a thin wire glowing in a vacuum. In<br />

a general sense, light bulbs are electronic. The<br />

study of “Electronics” is the study of discovering<br />

ways to put electricity to work.<br />

It was discovered long ago that raw electricity<br />

could be manipulated in many ways. It can be<br />

sliced into sections, made to shoot out in bursts,<br />

made hotter, made cooler, faster, slower and it<br />

can be made fatter or skinnier depending on the<br />

final result one wishes to attain—but at all times,<br />

mankind is ostensibly the master of the electronic<br />

device and its power source. At no time can the<br />

light bulb do anything on its own, it can only go<br />

on and off then eventually burn out. Even artificial<br />

intelligence relies on the information supplied by<br />

humans.<br />

People who believe that computers are<br />

living human beings are neurotic, confused,<br />

dispossessed souls with a bleak outlook at best.<br />

They are cinderheads who have been tricked into<br />

signing over their human rights. To fight against<br />

any monstrous contraption is probably futile but<br />

to sit and wait for it to eat you is boring. Many<br />

people die of ennui each year. Millions of people<br />

feel depressed, cheated, defeated and helpless<br />

because computers have sorted them out and<br />

rejected them. They don’t see themselves as<br />

part of the big program. Welfare recipients get<br />

a payment each month from a computer, not a<br />


eing. Funds for education are given on the<br />

basis of average daily attendance counted by<br />

a computer. It seems like there isn’t anybody<br />

home any more. And lately we seem ruled by the<br />

portable communication Dick Tracy and<br />

Star Wars pocket computer<br />

device known as our cell<br />

phone, especially since<br />

during the pandemic we<br />

rely on computers to<br />

deliver our<br />

meals,<br />

groceries<br />

and toys to keep<br />

us busy during<br />

lockdown. Will working and<br />

learning from home become<br />

the norm?<br />

Some people<br />

thrive under<br />

these<br />

restrictions<br />

but for<br />

millions, life<br />

is emptiness!<br />

The stainless steel computer, on the<br />

other hand, is dust free. It is alone and<br />

never gets lonely. It never rusts and men<br />

and women seem irrelevant by comparison. This<br />

feeling of irrelevance cannot, however, be a valid<br />

emotion. But, actually computers<br />

are very passive and very dumb.<br />

In a technological society every advance, indeed<br />

every failure, is a reflection of every man and<br />

woman in that society. Every human being is,<br />

then, a reflection of his Weltanshung (world<br />

view) and every system is the reflection of an<br />

ultimate system, which may take many forms. In<br />

a purely technological society there are only three<br />

theoretical sizes:<br />

Things infinitely larger than our imaginations,<br />

Things infinitely smaller than our imaginations<br />

and<br />

Things roughly our size.<br />

One of the drawbacks to technology and science<br />

is that they keep our imagination tied down to<br />

certain tried methods which psychologists call<br />

reality, but when reality changes it gets scary for<br />

some folks and those who roll with the punches<br />

thrive and grow, it’s the way evolution works<br />

and this pandemic is a mutating factor, a lot like<br />

electricity or the lack of it.<br />

Because knowledge is power, the technological<br />

elite get lots of money. After<br />

World War II they were called the<br />

Nouveau Riche.<br />

But even the Nouveau Riche are<br />

riddled with anxiety because the<br />

technology is always lagging<br />

behind their needs. Techno<br />

logical greed in its many<br />

forms spurs the rich man<br />

onto newer and greater<br />

gluttony, and<br />

computers can be<br />

programmed<br />

to aid him in his<br />

quest. It is nice,<br />

however, to know<br />

that anxiety breaks<br />

everybody down before we glote too much, some<br />

people grow obese, some turn to alcohol or some<br />

other drug. In a technological society the wise<br />

soul realizes that there are more events than<br />

there are systems to explain those events and<br />

realizes further that the ultimate

way to view the world is to see all events as<br />

systems within themselves without interpretation<br />

from a computer or a guru.<br />

So we see that a computerized society can<br />

improve or uplift or alienate even those who<br />

make it run. Yet, when people finally understand<br />

the source of their alienation they tend to go back<br />

to respecting one another being compassionate<br />

and acting like the natural animals we really are.<br />

The alienated man or woman, the solemn<br />

unloving human being can be likened to an old<br />

digital computer. This kind of computer does<br />

nothing but move data, swiftly and coldly from<br />

one pile to another.<br />

The objective human being who appears to be<br />

cold but who is capable of loving and giving<br />

can be likened to an analog computer. This<br />

kind of computer is able to sense things, smell<br />

and touch things and then if programmed in an<br />

enlightened way make basic decisions. Callous<br />

hostility, glibness, and pathological behavior<br />

betray alienation as an internalized process. This<br />

mass rejection of electronic reality is misplaced<br />

aggression because the real source cannot be<br />

found. The people who have made a marginal<br />

adjustment to technology keep a good machine<br />

distance away from those unable to accept or<br />

understand the “tricks of the electronic trade”.<br />

This is clearly demonstrated. Many of the<br />

“computer haves” view the “computer have nots”<br />

as a food source just as a lion eyes a herd of<br />

gazelle. There is, however, a small and emerging<br />

daze of humans who deal with computers and<br />

technology on an everyday basis and have<br />

managed to make a lucky leap. They are neither<br />

poor nor hostile nor glued to their radar ranges<br />

and OLED television. This is the New-Bohemian<br />

Technology, hip ‘snowflakes’ making their way by<br />

feeling the vibes, while not fearing electricity.<br />

crisis has forced us to grow up, evolve, be kinder<br />

to one another. Because of the Pandemic,<br />

misplaced hostility towards computers can be<br />

seen quite clearly in two rather striking examples<br />

of computer sabotage which were manifestations<br />

of the general reign of anti-tech sabotage that<br />

started in the mid-sixties.<br />

In 1970, someone blew away a computer center<br />

in Madison Wisconsin, located on the University<br />

of Wisconsin campus. Not only was the computer<br />

destroyed but the entire building was virtually<br />

destroyed — whoever planted the charge was an<br />

expert. One graduate student who happened to<br />

be in the center was killed, but no one else was<br />

injured and no other buildings were eliminated.<br />

The computer and peripherals were fried to a<br />

crisp—this was an estimated eight billion dollar<br />

installation.<br />

Though the federal investigators finally made<br />

one arrest, the American press hushed up the<br />

incident: Why? The answer is quite simple.<br />

The building was the ARMY MATHEMATICS<br />

BUILDING, which loosely translated means<br />


building housed a think-tank for military<br />

operations. Yet, still, the computer itself is not<br />

culpable for its existence, and blowing up the<br />

computer center was merely an indirect variation<br />

on the sugar-in-the-gas tank trick.<br />

Whoever dosed us with the Virus, needs to be<br />

thanked… sure it seems like Germ Warfare, and<br />

part of an asymmetrical version of World War<br />

III but maybe they are doing us a solid favor.<br />

Whomever it was, the Virus

Also in 1970, in New York City, a similar computer<br />

was blown away. This computer center was,<br />

however, on the 20th floor of a modern building<br />

overlooking Manhattan. No one knows what that<br />

computer did for a living. Perhaps the Madison<br />

caper stimulated the Manhattan explosion.<br />

Perhaps one was planned by an intellectual with<br />

some computer background and the other was an<br />

an irrational, almost random, ELECTR0-<br />

ASSASINATION. Still the computer is not the<br />

wizard behind the computer, the computer does<br />

not mythologize itself, only humans can think in<br />

mythological terms.<br />

Lenny Bruce once said: “Don’t demonstrate<br />

against the Policeman. No matter how ferocious<br />

he looks he’s only the Mailman, he’s still taking<br />

orders from somebody!”

Rocktails<br />

Van Halen fans can often be divided into groups - Before<br />

Sammy Hagar and After Sammy Hagar. There’s no doubt<br />

that Sammy Hagar is a brilliant businessman, as outlined<br />

below; however, in my opinion the only Van Halen is with<br />

David Lee Roth.<br />

Sammy Hagar, born Samuel Roy Hagar on October<br />

13, 1947 is also known as The Red Rocker. He is an<br />

American singer-songwriter, guitarist and entrepreneur.<br />

After gaining prominence in the 1970s with the hard rock<br />

band Montrose, he launched a solo career and had the hit<br />

“I Can’t Drive 55” in 1984. He replaced David Lee Roth as<br />

the lead singer of Van Halen in 1985 and left in 1996 but<br />

returned to the band for a two year reunion from 2003-<br />

2005. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of<br />

Fame as a member of Van Halen in 2007.<br />

Sammy Hagar’s business ventures have probably made<br />

him as much or more money than his music career.. Hagar<br />

founded Cabo Wabo Tequila in 1996 because he was<br />

looking for a house spirit for his bar in Cabo San Lucas,<br />

Mexico. It was one of<br />

the first 100% blue agave tequilas available in the United<br />

States. Grupo Campari, which also owns<br />

such brands as Skyy Vodka, acquired 80% ownership<br />

of the tequila in 2008, and subsequently bought the<br />

remaining 20% in 2010.<br />

Cabo Wabo Cocktail<br />

(yields 2 drinks)<br />

~ mango, peeled, pit removed, cut into 2 pieces<br />

~4 fresh pineapple rings, core removed<br />

~ice<br />

~3/4 cup simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water<br />

heated until the sugar dissolves)<br />

~1/3 cup freshly squezzed lime juice, about 3<br />

~4 ounces Cabo Wabo tequila<br />

~1 tablespoon chili powder<br />

~1 tablespoon kosher salt<br />

~pineapple for garnish<br />

1. Preheat grill to high. Place mango and pineapple<br />

on grill, cook for 2 minutes, turn over and cook for 1<br />

minute more. Remove from grill to a cutting board and<br />

let cool. Roughly chop the fruit and put in large glass<br />

or cocktail shaker with 1/2 cup of ice, muddle, and<br />

add simple syrup, lime juice and tequila. Shake or stir<br />

to combine.<br />

2. Combine chili powder and kosher salt on a<br />

small plate. Rub the rims of 2 serving glasses with<br />

pineapple wedge, and coat the rims with the chili<br />

powder/salt. Fill each glass 3/4 full with ice and pour<br />

in cocktail mixture. (<br />


The Disney Revolution is a movement that a<br />

bunch of true Disney fans decided to start shortly<br />

after the company’s threat to replace the Song<br />

of the South characters in Splash Mountain<br />

with ones from The Princess and the Frog.<br />

When the company made the announcement<br />

on June 25th, <strong>2020</strong>, that was the last straw for<br />

most true Disney fans. This was the one that<br />

not only broke the camel’s back but shattered<br />

it, making it impossible to deny any longer that<br />

The Walt Disney Company has had its magic<br />

systematically taken away from it piece by piece<br />

over the last 3 decades.<br />

The company has largely stopped caring about<br />

its true fans and what they want and decided to<br />

ignore concerns and feedback from their guests.<br />

To make matters worse, they have given in to<br />

political correctness and woke society-destroying<br />

agendas such as #MeToo and #Black<strong>Live</strong>sMatter<br />

every single time. And they’re not even good at<br />

it! Disney’s attempts at virtue-signaling just come<br />

off as hollow and insincere, not actually giving<br />

people what they want and doing nothing to solve<br />

real-world problems. These uninformed decisions<br />

have not only caused the company to become a<br />

mockery and result in fans abandoning them, but<br />

they have helped put the company in a financially<br />

vulnerable position at a time when it can ill afford<br />

it.<br />

The company has clearly forgotten that it was<br />

true fans like us, flocking to Disney parks from<br />

every corner of the globe, who made The Walt<br />

Disney Company successful. Had they actually<br />

listened to them and had given them what they<br />

actually asked for, they would realize that’s what<br />

helped the company become one of the largest<br />

in the world. But that success has come at a<br />

cost. Not only have far too many executives and<br />

managers whom The Walt Disney Company<br />

has put in such positions since at<br />

least the early 1990s abandoned<br />

all of us—they have actively turned their backs<br />

on the company’s roots, history and the golden<br />

standards that Walt Disney himself created and<br />

that the company strove to uphold for a while<br />

after his death.<br />

One of the most important things is their<br />

standards of maintenance, something that should<br />

never be ignored if for no other reason than<br />

consideration of the safety of guests. But even<br />

that has been in decline lately. Among the many<br />

missteps that Disney has made over the past 3<br />

decades include:<br />

—Cutting corners wherever possible on<br />

maintenance, upkeep, repairs and cleanliness<br />

throughout the Disney parks and resorts,<br />

resulting in things from a sinking boat on Jungle<br />

Cruise to a sinking log on Splash Mountain!<br />

—New and promising projects getting<br />

compromised or cut altogether.<br />

—Eliminating <strong>Live</strong> Entertainment in the parks,<br />

even though Social Distancing is NOT involved in<br />

most of those cuts!<br />

—The variety of meet-and-greet characters<br />

throughout the parks has been all-too-greatly<br />

reduced.<br />

—Cast members being very poorly trained,<br />

including in terms of learning how to handle and<br />

recognize people with neurological disorders<br />

such as Autism! (How to handle a meltdown!)<br />

—The Parks and their offerings appear to have<br />

become way too focused on children, giving<br />

adults the shaft, even though the parks are<br />

supposed to be “family-friendly”.<br />

—Cast members’ and characters’ interactions<br />

have become too rigid and discriminatory with<br />

too many policies put in place, and they have<br />

become less outgoing and less willing to be<br />

affectionate and interactive (giving kisses on the<br />

cheek, partner dancing, etc., without question<br />

and without saying out-of-character things like<br />

“my significant other will get jealous”) with adults<br />

and not just the kids,

By Phillip Kippel/ Photo Credit Phillip Kippel and Fair Use<br />

like they used to be.<br />

—The quality of the parades and live shows<br />

has seemingly gone down. A lot of the newer<br />

shows and parades are not as lively, lavish,<br />

exciting, high-energy or use as many variety of<br />

characters as the older ones, lack actual dancing/<br />

choreography, costumes worn by the dancers<br />

have become way too modest and less sexy (for<br />

lack of a better term), etc.<br />

—Everything has become way too sanitized,<br />

watered-down and made politically correct.<br />

This manifests itself in the neutering of classic<br />

attractions like Pirates of the Caribbean, such as<br />

changing the auction scene.<br />

—Removing popular, highly beloved attractions<br />

that never should’ve been removed such as<br />

The Great Movie Ride, the original Journey<br />

Into Imagination (which even Michael Eisner<br />

called a ‘disaster of a change’), World of Motion,<br />

Horizons, Kitchen Kabaret, Universe of Energy,<br />

the Walt Disney World version of Mr. Toad’s Wild<br />

Ride, the Disneyland versions of Country Bear<br />

Jamboree and the Peoplemover and the Disney<br />

California Adventure version of The Twilight Zone<br />

Tower of Terror, to name a few examples.<br />

—Replacing attractions instead of ADDING!<br />

—Announcing a re-theme of the highly popular<br />

Splash Mountain, as covered in my previous<br />

article.<br />

—Disney seemingly refusing to stand up to<br />

the outrage industry and becoming spineless<br />

and cowardly by giving in to groups of constant<br />

complainers, moral guardians, social justice<br />

warriors, etc., who will NEVER EVER be happy<br />

no matter what the company does!<br />

—Taking away popular seasonal and holiday<br />

offerings in the parks, such as Walt Disney World<br />

getting rid of the Country Bear<br />


Vacation Hoedown, Country Bear Christmas<br />

Special, the Lights Of Winter arches, The<br />

Osborne Family Spectacle Of Dancing Lights,<br />

etc., and refusing to add more seasonal offerings<br />

such as bringing Haunted Mansion Holiday<br />

and It’s a Small World Holiday to Walt Disney<br />

World, eliminating the full version of the Magic<br />

Kingdom’s Easter Parade, etc.<br />

—Discontinuing the celebration of other ethnic<br />

events, such as Chanukah and Kwanza, which<br />

were celebrated during Michael Eisner’s tenure!<br />

—The quality of certain seasonal events like<br />

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and<br />

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party has greatly<br />

diminished.<br />

—Keeping Song of the South, a fantastic classic<br />

movie that is not racist in any way, locked away<br />

in the studio vault, while offering only a bare<br />

minimum of Walt-era and pre-1990s classic<br />

catalog titles on Disney+ or on DVD and Bluray<br />

when some of the few titles they do offer<br />

are edited despite the majority of audiences<br />

preferring to see them all uncut and uncensored.<br />

—Allowing the parks and resorts to get way too<br />

overcrowded, making for much less magical and<br />

enjoyable experiences at them.<br />

—Constantly raising prices and taking away free<br />

perks.<br />

—Being too focused on their “popular” franchises<br />

such as the Disney Princesses and Star Wars<br />

and not doing more with equally-beloved<br />

franchises that have TONS of untapped potential<br />

such as the Muppets and Roger Rabbit.<br />

—Lucasfilm and Kathleen Kennedy not following<br />

George Lucas’s original plans for the Star Wars<br />

sequel trilogy and ruining the character of Luke<br />

Skywalker and the Star Wars franchise as a<br />

whole.<br />

—Disney appears to be attempting to inject<br />

politics and political agendas into the Disney<br />

parks and other Disney media, even though such<br />

entertainment is supposed to be a

source of escapism and a way for people to get<br />

away from all that nonsense for a while, not have<br />

even more of it forced down their throats! Politics<br />

are not allowed in entertainment!<br />

—Not accepting ideas or suggestions from fans<br />

and other people outside the company, especially<br />

if they are ideas that could help make things even<br />

better.<br />

—Killing traditional hand-drawn animated<br />

features, making Walt Disney Animation<br />

Studios and Pixar Animation Studios almost<br />

indistinguishable from each other and taking<br />

away what made each of them special.<br />

—Not doing a good enough job of reaffirming<br />

what is or isn’t canon (such as reaffirming that<br />

the direct-to-video sequels and TV shows based<br />

on Disney animated canon features are noncanonical),<br />

causing lots of confusion.<br />

—Repeatedly ignoring the concerns of<br />

stockholders by refusing to answer questions<br />

from anyone other than large brokers.<br />

—Laying off tens of thousands of employees/cast<br />

members while restoring executive pay levels to<br />

pre-COVID-19 status.<br />

And that is only the beginning.<br />

Among the many goals we are looking to<br />

achieve as part of The Disney Revolution is<br />

reversing all these mistakes and more and<br />

bringing the company back to its former glory and<br />

bringing back things they never should’ve taken<br />

away!Here is the link to The Disney Revolution<br />

Facebook page:<br />

https://www.facebook.com/TheDisneyRevolution<br />

A full website for The Disney Revolution is in the<br />

works and will be unveiled in early 2021.<br />

And please join my Help Save Splash Mountain<br />

Facebook page as well—help it reach<br />

1,000 members by <strong>December</strong> 31st:<br />

https://www.facebook.com/<br />

groups/751080852358711<br />


Dishonor to Us All: Is Disney Really Guilty<br />

of Enabling Human Rights Abuses with the<br />

<strong>Live</strong>-Action Mulan Remake?<br />

In 1998, the year Disney released its 36th animated<br />

feature, Mulan, my father and I went to Washington,<br />

DC One of the things we visited was the Holocaust<br />

Memorial; it was one of the most chilling experiences<br />

of my life. As a Jewish person, seeing my people<br />

being targeted for genocide made me sick and angry.<br />

Recently having come out as gay doubled the anger<br />

because gays were also among the many groups<br />

Nazis targeted for extermination. When we Jews say<br />

the phrase “never again,” we mean it.<br />

Fast forward to the year <strong>2020</strong>. Michael Eisner is no<br />

longer the head of The Walt Disney Company, and<br />

even his replacement, Bob Iger, has stepped down<br />

from the CEO position. Sanctimony has replaced<br />

imagination, and politics has replaced storytelling<br />

while remakes have overshadowed new ideas.<br />

And what’s the remake du jour? Mulan. No songs,<br />

no dragon, no drag queens, no love story, no<br />

gay- or bisexual-coded characters, no comedy. All<br />

seriousness this time because that’s what supposedly<br />

makes a film “adult.” But even before its release, the<br />

studio’s new take on the old Chinese legend became<br />

a lightning magnet for controversy.<br />

First, when pro-freedom protesters demonstrated in<br />

Hong Kong and faced police attacks, Liu Yifei, the<br />

film’s star, sided with the police. Specifically, she said<br />

on Weibo:<br />

“I support the Hong Kong police. You can all attack<br />

me now. What a shame for Hong Kong.”<br />

Such a statement sounds especially tone deaf in light<br />

of recent American protests against police violence.<br />

But Disney shrugged it off. After all, they have parks in<br />

both Shanghai and Hong Kong so they can ill afford to<br />

take sides.<br />

There is no position they could take that would not<br />

hurt someone’s feelings, but one takes such risks all<br />

the time simply by existing. However, the other risks<br />

they took have proven not to be worth taking.<br />

Even before its intended release, there was already a<br />

backlash brewing. #BoycottMulan started trending on<br />

Twitter after Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong called<br />

for one. The film might have financially weathered<br />

such attacks had the COVID-19 pandemic not closed<br />

most of the world’s movie theaters. Between this and<br />

the parks closing for the same reason, Disney lost two<br />

of its major sources of cash flow. With the 116-minute<br />

film costing $200 million, there was more riding on it<br />

than the 1998 original, which runs a taut 88 minutes<br />

and was made for only $90 million. They had to do<br />

something with it, so they put it on Disney+, where the<br />

disastrously received film Artemis Fowl landed with a<br />

thud, as an exclusive and charged a premium of $30<br />

for access to it … even for subscribers who already<br />

paid the monthly fee! Subscribers who canceled their<br />

subscriptions would not even keep access to it. Did<br />

The Disney Channel make you pay extra for original<br />

movies when they were a pay-cable channel? Equal<br />

parts desperation and greed, the strategy didn’t<br />

seem to work, and the movie quickly moved to other<br />

platforms for purchase. Meanwhile, Trolls 2 cost only<br />

$20 on digital and has apparently sold more copies.<br />

While the 1998 version was a box office hit that has<br />

aged beautifully, it was not exceptionally well-received<br />

in Mainland China, where its release was conditional<br />

at best and still fraught with controversy despite their<br />

best attempts to side-step it. The Chinese government<br />

took issue with Martin Scorsese’s Kundun, a<br />

Hollywood Pictures release about the Dalai Lama, for<br />

being too sympathetic to him at the expense of China.<br />

They threatened to ban all Disney films from the<br />

country. Though the film got good reviews in the US,<br />

Disney capitulated; Michael Eisner denounced the<br />

film, while Bob Iger called it a “mistake.” Nevertheless,<br />

Kino Lorber saw fit to release it on Blu-ray recently.<br />

The new version of Mulan has been carefully crafted<br />

so as not to offend any Chinese people. Anything<br />

perceived as being inauthentic to the culture has been<br />

scrubbed away. Or so they say.

By Matthew Anscher<br />

But even under those circumstances, they still got a<br />

lot of things wrong in ways the 1998 film did not. And<br />

in deference to #MeToo, any hint of romance between<br />

Shang and Mulan is gone, along with Shang himself!<br />

Even with the more government-friendly changes to<br />

the story, Chinese audiences still didn’t take kindly to<br />

a second Disney version of their homegrown female<br />

warrior, especially when they had their own locally<br />

produced movie versions to choose from, most<br />

notably a 2009 film called Mulan: Rise of a Warrior.<br />

There’s even a Chinese animated version, Kung Fu<br />

Mulan, making this new Disney version even more<br />

superfluous.<br />

But the worst was yet to come…<br />

Those who sat through the whole film to the end of<br />

the closing credits saw a “special thanks” credit for<br />

the Turpan Public Security Bureau, an organization in<br />

southern<br />

Xinjiang that manages concentration camps designed<br />

to hold over a million Uighur Muslims. Seriously, in<br />

<strong>2020</strong>! A major American movie studio, one that made<br />

pro-Allied propaganda films such as Der Fuehrer’s<br />

Face and Victory Thru Air Power during World War<br />

II, and one that won an Oscar for Bedknobs and<br />

Broomsticks in 1971 and two Oscars for Aladdin in<br />

1992, were now collaborating with mass murderers<br />

in a Communist country! They actually gave special<br />

thanks to multiple bureaus responsible for such<br />

horrific atrocities as forced sterilization, forced labor,<br />

and re-education, while many prisoners have even<br />

died because of the conditions of the camps. This is<br />

the same studio known for opening every movie with<br />

“When you wish upon a star, makes no difference<br />

who you are”? They proved once and for all they don’t<br />

really mean that. Even their excuses don’t wash. A<br />

company representative told Vanity Fair that this was<br />

necessary for “authenticity” and to get permission to<br />

even shoot in China at all even though most of the<br />

movie was shot elsewhere, particularly New Zealand.<br />

If so little of the Turpan footage made it into the film,<br />

and there’s nothing there they couldn’t get<br />

elsewhere, then why bother shooting there at all?<br />

Much criticism of Walt Disney revolves around<br />

the fact that he was a “friendly witness” for the<br />

House Unamerican Activities Committee regarding<br />

Communism in the 1940s when there was still a<br />

USSR and when Mao Tse Tung took over China.<br />

But in light of what the studio that bears his name<br />

has done, can you still actually read his remarks and<br />

come to the conclusion that he was wrong?<br />

“I believe [Communism] is an un-American thing.<br />

The thing that I resent the most is that they are<br />

able to get into these unions, take them over, and<br />

represent to the world that a group of people that<br />

are in my plant, that I know are good, one-hundredpercent<br />

Americans, are trapped by this group, and<br />

they are represented to the world as supporting<br />

all of those ideologies, and it is not so, and I feel<br />

that they really ought to be smoked out and shown<br />

up for what they are, so that all of the good, free<br />

causes in this country, all the liberalisms that<br />

really are American, can go out without the taint of<br />

communism. That is my sincere feeling on it.”<br />

The idea that Walt was a vicious anti-semite<br />

was, and still is, a hoax that many former Disney<br />

employees have refuted. His anti-Communism was<br />

used as evidence of that, but Jewish studio head<br />

Louis B. Mayer, co-founder of Metro-Goldwyn-<br />

Mayer, was just as fervently opposed to it. It’s not<br />

very hard to see why. To see Walt’s Magic Kingdom<br />

actively collaborate with a country that relocated<br />

an entire group of people to concentration camps<br />

is beyond horrific. It is a major betrayal of trust, not<br />

to mention a publicity embarrassment the studio<br />

was sheepishly forced to acknowledge while, as<br />

usual, trying to play the Glad Game in doing so.<br />

Much like the issue of John Boyega’s differing<br />

level of prominence on the Chinese and American<br />

Star Wars posters, it is only more proof of Disney’s<br />

hypocrisy on human rights issues. Things like this<br />

show how insincere

the Disney company is when they talk of racial and<br />

cultural sensitivity. It’s also why their reasons for<br />

not letting Song of the South out of the vault, not to<br />

mention their reasons for wanting the characters out<br />

of Splash Mountain, ring hollow. Not only has Disney<br />

collaborated with Communists, it is complicit in their<br />

violations of human rights. If China is punished for<br />

this, then Disney should be, too.<br />

Compare and contrast this with how the company<br />

behaves in the United States. Despite a burgeoning<br />

film and television production industry in Atlanta,<br />

Georgia, which has been home to such acclaimed<br />

and popular movies as Game Night, Love Simon,<br />

and I Tonya, as well as being the home of Tyler<br />

Perry Studios, and despite the fact that Marvel had<br />

already shot Black Panther and Avengers: Endgame<br />

there, Disney announced that they would no longer<br />

film there if the governor signed a controversial<br />

anti-abortion bill into law. The law would have made<br />

abortion illegal at the point where one could hear the<br />

beating heart of an unborn baby, which is usually<br />

six weeks in most cases. Disney opposed the law<br />

because they believed its female employees would<br />

not want to work under these conditions. They claim<br />

to care about reproductive rights here, but those<br />

claims don’t hold up to scrutiny when one considers<br />

the fact that among the atrocities at the Xinjiang<br />

camps is forced sterilization!<br />

Mulan pays lip service to the concept of honor,<br />

but in reality, the current Disney management has<br />

brought dishonor to the company in ways no previous<br />

administration had. The star of the new film has not<br />

helped matters. Imagine if a white American actress<br />

openly supported police brutality against anti-racism<br />

protesters in the US. She probably wouldn’t have<br />

a career for very long. And imagine if Walt Disney<br />

Productions during WWII had shot the live-action<br />

portions of The<br />

Reluctant Dragon in or around Japanese-American<br />

internment camps, a shameful practice the US later<br />

apologized for. We would never hear the<br />

end of it even if the movie went down the same<br />

memory hole in which they’re trying to bury Br’er<br />

Rabbit. In reality, that movie grew out of the strike<br />

of 1940 that changed Walt Disney, his studio, and<br />

the animation industry as a whole. His upbringing<br />

was actually quite left-wing; his father Elias was a<br />

Christian Socialist who wrote a leftist newsletter.<br />

The company changed before, they can change<br />

again. Now, they have no choice but to make some<br />

adjustments. But they have to be good ones. Change<br />

for change’s sake is a waste of time and money, and<br />

in the end it makes no one happy.<br />

This is one of many reasons why it has been a critical<br />

mistake for Disney to rely so heavily on attempts to<br />

literally recreate their past glory days. Even when<br />

Ron Miller was running things, they could still make<br />

films that were at least nominally different from their<br />

Walt-era predecessors. If a lack of imagination was<br />

the biggest crime they had committed here, that<br />

would be one thing. But this is a much greater crime<br />

than systemically throwing out new ideas for endless<br />

retreads of the tried-and-true. This is literal crime we<br />

are talking about. The International Criminal Court<br />

in The Hague, Netherlands is specifically devoted to<br />

prosecuting crimes of this magnitude. It has never<br />

prosecuted a major corporation before, but that<br />

doesn’t mean that individual people who made the call<br />

to collaborate with the camps on the making of the<br />

film can’t be held liable for their actions. That would<br />

require them to prosecute the Chinese government<br />

first. Even in the absence of prosecution, there’s<br />

no way Disney can spin this public relations<br />

nightmare to their advantage, try as they might.<br />

When will their reflection show who they are<br />


February, 1978<br />

My friends were talking about this new band<br />

that had just put out their first album.<br />

Van Halen. Granted, it took me a while to<br />

finally listen, and the first cut,<br />

“Runnin’ With The Devil” kinda left me<br />

a little flat. Then, it happened.<br />

The next 1:43 changed<br />

everything I thought about<br />

how a guitar was played.<br />

I had been listening<br />

to the guitar<br />

By Jeff Shaw<br />

greats of the day: Ted Nugent, Ace Frehley, Tony<br />

Iommi, Jimmy Page. But nothing, and I mean<br />

NOTHING could compare with what I had just<br />

heard. How was that even possible (it took me several<br />

years to actually SEE how it was done)?<br />

There’s not a lot I can say about Edward Van Halen that<br />

hasn’t already been said: innovator, inventor, musician,<br />

composer, guitar wizard. The King.<br />

I had the opportunity to see Van Halen in Chicago in the<br />

summer of 1981 (I was supposed to see them in Jacksonville<br />

in August of 1980, but the show had to be postponed due to<br />

an injury to David Lee Roth, and when it was rescheduled,<br />

I was in boot camp). I paid $20 per ticket, which I thought<br />

was steep at the time, but when I got to my seat, I would<br />

have paid as much as is charged now. 3rd row, stage right,<br />

at the old Chicago Amphitheater. We missed the<br />

opening band, but got there just in time for Van Ha<br />

len’s set. I couldn’t tell you much about the set list,<br />

but I can tell you that during Eddie’s solo, when<br />

he came to that side of the stage, I stood there<br />

mesmerized. Transfixed. In the presence of a<br />

rock & roll deity.<br />

Eddie went on to provide many more licks and techn<br />

iques that left guitar players in awe. Spanish Fly, Cathedral.<br />

One thing that makes me laugh, in a CNN interview, he<br />

was talking about his work on Michael Jackson’s song “Beat<br />

It”. He said “Who’s gonna know I played on some black kid’s<br />

record” Uhhh, anybody and everybody that’s ever listened to<br />

you, Ed. He had a very distinctive style and tone that within<br />

about two or three seconds of hearing it, you know it’s him.<br />

He also did a couple of movie soundtracks, or<br />

contributed songs to them. Twister, being<br />

one of them, and a forgettable<br />

movie called The Wild Life.<br />

An old saying goes<br />

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because<br />

it happened”. Thank you for happening in my lifetime,<br />

Eddie. Thank you for all the music. Thank you for inspiring<br />

me to play guitar better.<br />

The king is dead: long live the king.

Music +

Fashion = Decades<br />

By Jamie Lee<br />

Music plus fashion equals pure entertainment<br />

for the masses. Music was “invented” over<br />

55,000 years ago, probably starting with naturally<br />

occurring sounds and rhythms from which even<br />

the most isolated tribes of the world created<br />

their own version of music. According to music<br />

archeology, the ceremonious garb we know as<br />

fashion came along with the creation of beats and<br />

rhythmic incantations and was worn with pride at<br />

all formal meetings of each cultural manifestation.<br />

Fast forward to a more modern age; the music<br />

and fashion scene exploded into a phenomenon.<br />

During the early ‘50s, Elvis Presley used sexy<br />

smiles, gyrating hips and the buttoned-up<br />

classic looks of the post-war era to develop his<br />

eroticized image by adding some flash and flare.<br />

He became a cultural revolutionary by bringing<br />

rockabilly to a more diverse audience, which<br />

made him a 20th-century icon.<br />

The Beatles invaded America, pioneering as the<br />

“Greasers of England”. The Fab Five donned<br />

many different looks ranging from fierce to leather<br />

jackets; from cowboy boots to pompadours.<br />

The ’60s brought an upheaval of music, fashion<br />

and attitudes. The arrival of Motown and R&B,<br />

originating in Detroit, marked a significant<br />

progression in the Civil Rights movement; but<br />

Motown also taught the world how to dress.<br />

Groups like Smokey Robinson and the Miracles<br />

and Diana Ross and the Supremes brought forth<br />

pop-soul classic lines and the two or three-piece<br />

suit was a favorite.<br />

The ‘70s sparked David Bowie’s alter ego, “Ziggy<br />

Stardust”, oozing with extraterrestrial tendencies,<br />

boosting, “We Come in Style.” Bowie said, “I think<br />

if you’re really going to entertain an audience<br />

then you have to look the part, too.” By 1976<br />

he had trailed from his ‘Ziggy Stardust’<br />

ego and cleansed his palate of crazy (for now),<br />

emerging classic and clean as “The Thin White<br />

Duke.”<br />

The ‘80s saw Madonna and her cones, Devo and<br />

the hats, and the lace - so much lace, along with<br />

multi-colored hair as high as the hairspray would<br />

hold it, necklaces dangling with the latest emblem<br />

- as many as your neck could hold. These were<br />

not to overshadow your shoulder pads or hide<br />

the fact you were wearing a fanny pack complete<br />

with an extra pair of leg-warmers inside in case of<br />

emergency.<br />

Enter the ‘90s, dubbed the anti-style era with MC<br />

Hammer pants, mini skirts, high waisted denim,<br />

and ridiculous animal print (gag)! Grunge was<br />

popularized as an anti-fashion in answer to all the<br />

colorful ‘80s fashion and made up of mostly thrift<br />

store clothing and anti-flash. This style genre<br />

was made famous by grunge music and worn by<br />

artists who were influenced by the Seattle music<br />

scene, including County Love, Cranberries,<br />

Nirvana, and Mudhoney.<br />

The millennium (we made it) shock is in all<br />

the cards leading to Stefani Joanne Angelina<br />

Germanotta. What? No guesses? (Hint: meat<br />

dress). Lady Gaga’s meat dress on the red carpet<br />

shocked America and made a new statement for<br />

the fashion culture that has taken over … well,<br />

everyone! How could you not listen to her? She<br />

is a classically trained pianist turned superstar. I<br />

listen to her with gusto pleasure!<br />

Whatever you pull over your body in the mornings<br />

most likely came from a genre originating with<br />

a musician who wanted to make a statement.<br />

History repeats itself, as do music and fashion,<br />

always doing so in exquisite harmony by adding<br />

a unique twist for the time.

FRI 4-8 PM<br />


SAT 12-4 &<br />

5-8PM<br />

SUN 12-4 PM<br />

<strong>December</strong> ‘20<br />

4th – Jonny Odis - 4pm<br />

5th – Jessie Abbey - 12pm &<br />

Nate Utley - 5pm<br />

6th – Smyrna Erb – 12pm<br />

11th – Bradford Buckley - 4pm<br />

12th – Brent Clowers – 12pm &<br />

Griffin Sinclaire - 5pm<br />

13th – Heather Wilson – 12pm<br />

18th – Jay Paski – 4pm<br />

19th – The Cyclones - 12pm &<br />

Casy Picou - 5pm<br />

20th – Heather Wilson – 12pm<br />

26th – Shaker Jones - 12pm &<br />

Savi Fernandez - 5pm<br />

27th – Claire Vandiver – 12pm

What’s IN Your Phone?<br />

Most Used App:<br />

ESPN +<br />

iPhone 10<br />

Number of<br />

Contacts:<br />

500<br />

Sean Impara<br />

Number of unread emails<br />

I have two accounts one there’s just too many to mention<br />

in fact it was a reason I switched to my second account<br />

and I would say on my second account there’s probably<br />

only about 13 or 14.<br />

Most-listened-to Artist<br />

That’s a really tough one but I guess if you held a gun to<br />

my head it would be the band Group Love I’m addicted to<br />

that station on Pandora.<br />

Most-recent car-service ride<br />

Never. I live on an island and can ride my bike or walk<br />

anywhere. If I had to answer the question truthfully the<br />

last time would be a taxi service in New York City.<br />

Battery % at which you feel compelled to<br />

charge your phone<br />

I have a newer iPhone so the battery lasts almost the<br />

whole day. I have a habit of plugging in either when I’m<br />

sleeping or in the car so I don’t really look at it that much.<br />

Our own Co-Owner/Publisher, 53, writer<br />

and entrepreneur sharing his phone.<br />

Outgoing voice Message<br />

It’s very basic and boring. I probably need to change<br />

it soon, as people have told me so many times.<br />

Essential travel app<br />

I don’t travel like I used to so I don’t even have a<br />

travel app. I traveled for a living at various times so<br />

I’ve been to most places many times and I have a<br />

really good memory. If I really needed one, Google<br />

Maps would ultimately be my last resort if I really<br />

needed one.<br />

Does Your screensaver have a meaning<br />

Right now, no. I’ve been really lazy and I’ve never<br />

even changed it. In the past, I had pictures of my kid<br />

but he drives me crazy now so I don’t dare put him<br />

on there.<br />

Can you live without your phone<br />

That’s A great question. I used to work in a business<br />

where having a cell phone would’ve been extremely<br />

important and essential but I never had one and I<br />

managed. Now I work in another business where<br />

it’s extremely important and essential and there’s no<br />

way I could go without it.




Since the 1960s musicians have never had a pay<br />

increase; in some places, rates have actually gone<br />

down. Now we found out that minimum wage will<br />

go up to $15 an hour in six years. In a band, most<br />

musicians make $62.50 a night. So, let’s look at what<br />

it takes to be a musician:<br />

Most musicians spend all week practicing for your<br />

upcoming gig, practicing hours and hours without<br />

pay. Now, let’s look at the equipment; most musicians<br />

have around $5,000 to $10,000 worth of equipment<br />

just to do their job plus they’re always updating their<br />

gear to make the show better. When was the last<br />

time you saw an employee of a fast food restaurant<br />

spend that kind of money to do their job. You haven’t!<br />

Yes, I know they probably don’t need to spend that<br />

kind of money to do the job; they are just given a<br />

uniform shirt just and they go to work. But even in an<br />

office environment, when was the last time you saw<br />

someone working spend that kind of money to do their<br />

job. You haven’t!<br />

We’ve always heard the saying that a musician is<br />

a guy that drives a $500 car with $10,000 worth of<br />

equipment to drive to a $100 gig two hours away. Yes<br />

a lot of this is brought on by musicians who are just<br />

looking to play somewhere and will do it at any cost.<br />

But for the musician who is trying to make a living and<br />

pay their bills, this isn’t helpful. Not all musicians are<br />

weekend millionaires; some of them are working two<br />

jobs just to make ends meet then others are playing<br />

seven nights a week just to pay their bills. There are<br />

some who play in bars and restaurants just to eat<br />

or to drink; at the end of the night, some of these<br />

musicians drank more than got paid.<br />

Unfortunately being a musician often comes with<br />

other costs. Many musicians become alcoholics<br />

because they work in bars all the time and just can’t<br />

say no to the next free drink. I’m not saying it’s a bad<br />

thing to buy the band drinks, but sometimes it’s better<br />

just to put money in the tip bucket because not all<br />

musicians drink. That way, the musicians can use the<br />

money for whatever they want. And for the people that<br />

drink all of their paycheck, that tip money may be the<br />

only money they make.<br />

Let’s look at why musicians have never gotten a pay<br />

raise in over 40 years. Is it that perhaps the people<br />

running the bars and restaurants feel they are doing<br />

it for the love of music? In some cases that’s true.<br />

Maybe one of the answers to the question of why<br />

musicians are often underpaid for their services is<br />

that musicians in general are not the kind of people<br />

who will stand up to the bar or restaurant owner and<br />

say, “Listen I know you used to pay us $400 a night<br />

but now we want $1,000 because that’s what we are<br />

worth. Most musicians just think, “Oh well, at least I<br />

got paid, and I can help out with some of the bills or<br />

buy that new pedal to nail that tone of that new song<br />

we learned.” It’s crazy to think that in six years if you<br />

count in all the work that a musician does he will be<br />

the lowest paid person in the bar.<br />

Now, there’s an exception to most anything and,<br />

sure, if Blake Shelton shows up he’s going to get paid<br />

$60,000 for the night or bands like Modern English<br />

(who had one hit) will be paid $10,000 for the night.<br />

While there are some bands that are paid decently<br />

for the night, most are still only going to make $400-<br />

$500 a night. And these are the bands that show up<br />

really early to the venue to set up and they are also<br />

the last ones in the bar after closing because they<br />

have to tear down their whole stage show. They show<br />

up at 1 or 2 o’clock in the afternoon and set up all<br />

their equipment and by the time they have finished<br />

tearing down their show and loading out at 4o’clock in<br />

the morning, they’ve done 14 hours of work. Is there<br />

anyone else in the bar working 14 hours? Why do<br />

you think there are so many singles and duo’s? It’s<br />

because they have figured out how to make a living<br />

at working normal hours. But when the $15 an hour<br />

minimum wage kicks in, that might not be the case.<br />

It’s going to be interesting in the next six years for<br />

sure.<br />

Randy Pepper is the owner of the Guitar Attic in<br />

Holly Hill and a freelance guitar player for hire.

Trivia & Crossword<br />

1. David Lee Roth<br />

2. Sammy Hagar<br />

3. David Lee Roth<br />

4. Sammy Hagar<br />

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6. Sammy Hagar<br />

7. David Lee Roth<br />

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9. Sammy Hagar<br />

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11. Sammy Hagar<br />

12. Sammy Hagar<br />

13. David Lee Roth<br />

14. Sammy Hagar<br />

15. David Lee Roth<br />

Solutions<br />

16. David Lee Roth<br />

17. David Lee Roth<br />

18. David Lee Roth<br />

19. Sammy Roth<br />

20. David Lee Roth<br />

21. David Lee Roth<br />

22. Sammy Hagar<br />

23. Sammy Hagar<br />

24. David Lee Roth<br />

25. David Lee Roth<br />

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27. Sammy Hagar<br />

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29. David Lee Roth<br />

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Bonus: 1985<br />

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Moments Missed on a Holiday Stage-<br />


The holiday season to most people’s imagination<br />

is one of decorations, of family, of gifts and of<br />

merriment. And while my vision of the Christmas<br />

holiday season includes many of the same nostalgic<br />

images as the next American, what I will be missing<br />

most is my musical family. My vision of the holidays<br />

has never been much of a Rockwell painting, more of<br />

a mix of Dalí and Warhol, set to a soundtrack by Jaco<br />

Pastorius. Since 2007 I have considered Orlando<br />

my base of operations, moving there initially to go to<br />

the University of Central Florida. Between working<br />

at Walt Disney World and SeaWorld during the<br />

Christmas season I have been fortunate to perform at<br />

theme parks for the last nine out of twelve Christmas<br />

seasons. When you mix in holiday parties, the many<br />

snow bird shows that happen throughout Central<br />

Florida and The Villages, as well as the normal ebb<br />

and flow of freelance work, I would easily put 6,000<br />

miles on my car between Thanksgiving and the<br />

end of the year. The sense of purpose derived from<br />

performing during the holidays easily outweighs all of<br />

the late nights, long drives, hours upon hours spent<br />

waiting in a theme park break room and missed time<br />

at home with my family.<br />

While it is a drag to have to work on a holiday,<br />

especially Thanksgiving and Christmas, the<br />

comradery with musicians is what I will miss most<br />

from the <strong>2020</strong> holiday season.<br />

he down time between shows in the breakroom (often<br />

in an odd store room, tucked back by the dumpsters)<br />

would lend itself to spirited hangs, everything from<br />

friendly poker games to how to work on improving<br />

your music composition skills to the latest jazz<br />

albums. The moment right after you get backstage<br />

and are able to break character to laugh at the park<br />

guest that just made a fool of themselves during<br />

the last set. Even wearing the costumes, which are<br />

almost exclusively made of the heaviest and hottest<br />

materials known to man. After work there were always<br />

opportunities to take a late-night gig, or to sit in with<br />

one of the bands performing at the downtown bars.<br />

Going on the road with The Glenn Miller<br />

Orchestra I would miss a portion of the holiday<br />

season here in Central Florida. However, the<br />

tradeoff was pretty fair – the band’s Japan tour<br />

was often during the month of November into the<br />

beginning of <strong>December</strong>.<br />

There is truly nothing like Japanese Christmas.<br />

The Christmas season is celebrated as<br />

a lovers’ holiday in Japan, more akin<br />

to Valentine’s Day than American<br />

Christmas. The level of deco<br />

rating is like no other, from<br />

giant Christmas trees to<br />

shop window displays,<br />

to some of the<br />

most<br />

egregious<br />

representations<br />

of Santa Claus<br />

EVER (my favorite<br />

being a Gremlin like,<br />

puke green variety that<br />

was very popular one year).<br />

I have so much to be<br />

thankful for this holiday<br />

season, and so many<br />

reasons to look forward<br />

to celebrating Christmas<br />

with my family,<br />

uninterrupted by work.<br />

But even in the midst<br />

of Christmas I know I<br />

will be deeply yearning<br />

for my musical family<br />

and the time that we<br />

can go back to<br />

performing. And I<br />

know that if<br />

Christmas 2022<br />

finds me back<br />

on a stage I<br />

will never<br />

complain<br />

about<br />

playing<br />

Rudolph<br />

The Red<br />

Nosed<br />

Reindeer<br />

ever again.

From <strong>Static</strong> Liv

Happy<br />

Holidays<br />

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