Static Live Magazine January 2021

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Billion $ Boy Band

We Made IT!

On The Block

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10 Milllion $ Boy Band

14 On the Block

18 Mud Rooster’s Blues

28 Events Calendar

30 Cannabis Chronicles

35 What’s In Your


38 Musician’s Cookbook

44 We MADE IT!

50 Rare Earth Reviews

52 Spritual Renaissance


53 Crossword & Trivia


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Oh My Goddess...



I’m an early 2021 High school graduate going to college to be a

Veterinary Technician. I’m a waitress that loves anything to do

with modeling and animals, and when you put them all together

I’m at my happiest.

I’ve done photoshoots with my dog, runway shows and this

past October I was in my first music video, which was a blast!

Hopefully, I’ll have more opportunities to do other videos as well.

Thanks, Static Live for letting me be part of your magazine this


Photo Credit: Marinas Photograghy

Bank Robbery....Pandemic Style

The Haight-Ashbury experience in San

Francisco had, by 1975, become a Pandemic

of its own, but, to the denizens of the rockand-roll

world, the actors in that play, the

Haight-Ashbury lingered on.

The earthquake of 1906 levelled the city into

ashes and its resurrection is deeply ingrained

in all native San Franciscans. In 1906,

everybody went and lived in the park in tents .

. . like the hippies.

In a very real sense, native San Franciscans

live with the knowledge of earthquakes and

destruction as a daily epidemic, so seeing

someone walk into a bank wearing a medical

mask wouldn’t seem too bizarre but one case

stands out.

Photo Credit:San Fransico Chronicle/1906

By Hank Harrison

Photo Credit: earthquakes.usgs.gov/Tent City

In 1975, a guerrilla crime wave,

especially bank robberies, swept

America in the wake of the media

violence perpetuated by the kidnapping

of Citizen Kane’s granddaughter -

Aka Patty Hearst. The rock-and-roll

crowd, of all people, were accused,

by lifted brow and distended nostril, of

instigating violence and this included

the Grateful Dead and the other Frisco

based Rockers.

Photo Credit: CBS.news

Patty Hearst

The Dead Heads thought this was a bad

rap but the media acted as a smoke screen.

Certain numbers of ecstatic fans and overzealous


have gone to great lengths to demonstrate

their commitment to the cause; they tried to

beckon to the musicians through the clouds of

media:--We hear you, we hear you!” to show

that they understood about living on the edge,

waiting for the next quake . . . and about civil

disobedience. But this was San Francisco no

one thought it would spread world-wide.

The most classic of disobedient incidents

came when a man, named Cat Olsen,

entered a bank in Greenwich Village and

held a number of hostages at bay, armed

with nothing more than a revolver, a portable

radio, two hits of blotter acid and five “joints”.

Naturally, the police, when they finally arrived

on the scene, asked this rather dishevelled

man wearing bright floral-patterned shirt,

sneakers. and an army jacket, what his

demands might be. He replied, not cash or

bullion, not power, not any of the normal

things a bank might demand… instead good

old Cat wanted only to hear three consecutive

hours of Grateful Dead music played on the

AM radio with an additional thirty minutes

allocated to he, himself, for his message.

He would talk only to a certain disc jockey

he considered righteous, and this same DJ

would spin DEAD music as part of these

heroic demands. It seemed a stupid, even

surreal, demand like a Banksy wall painting,

yet, the whole thing was a coup d’etat,

because the demands were met. The disc

jockey was contacted, and a number of

Grateful Dead tunes were played on the

radio, at the end of which our friend raved for

more than thirty minutes about how wonderful

Jerry Garcia was, and how important the

music of the Grateful Dead was, and how Phil

Lesh is a genius and how much he missed

Pig Pen, and everybody should listen to

the Grateful Dead, the greatest rock group

on EARTH. Now that’s what anyone would

call “strength of commitment,” and in some

ways Cat Olsen is a hero, even though he is

probably still on Rikers Island.

Civil disobedience is nothing new. Lenny

Bruce once said, “I’m a nut, elect me,” and I

can’t help but remember Marty Balin standing

on the stage of the Hollywood Bowl virtually

inciting people to riot, because they would

not be allowed to the gig; or remembering the

New Jersey police cars being served flambe

outside the stadium where the Grateful Dead

played, even though there were empty seats,

and even though the Dead asked the police

to allow the people in FREE, the police would

not allow anything free. This brings up the

hysteria and the philosophy that surrounds

the concept of a free concert and what we

now are facing in the Echovirus pandemic.

It seems that the word FREE has become

a swear word in a country where everything

is supposed to be FREE. Since we were

kids, weeping at the half-mast for FDR, or

screaming at the stampede over VJ Day,

amid clouds of ration coupon confetti, we

have heard the phrase: “It’s a FREE country!”

Yet, a FREE concert cannot be given without

serious and complex political ramifications.

Likewise, wearing a mask has become

something of a political statement; a symbol

of free speech, or the lack thereof, depending

on your point of view.

There came a time when all the greater good

and evil were on our asses to do benefits.

They missed the point of the whole Haight-

Ashbury experience. The object was to

do free gigs, for no money . . . just good

ol’ plain free gigs. It should be added that

the Charlatans, the Dead, the Airplane,

Quicksilver, and Big Brother all did hundreds

of free gigs . . . they were the marching

bands for a populist revolution, not a Marxist

revolution. They loved freedom, and thrived

on it, but to the minions of the old culture, the

free gigs had to be stopped.

Today, in our buggy Pandemic, the urban

war always seems to flare up around civil

rights and racism, but I assure you FREE

gigs weren’t always mellow. You couldn’t

convince just anybody to set up a free gig. It’s

as if the promoters were saying: “Fun ain’t no

fun, let’s get the bread.” As the revolutionary

confrontations escalated into fiery pep rallies,

the bands grew not a little afraid of their own

power. The family units were serpentine

but as the juggernaut of musicians—naked

and exposed to political intrigues—lurched

forward, the family support seemed to wane.

At one point, the late and beloved Paul

Kantner of Jefferson Starship had a scenario

involving the takeover of Golden Gate

Park, with every exit guarded. In Kantner’s

scenario, every tunnel would be full of

supplies. If there was to be a battle, then we

would have the battle on a real battle-ground,

a real turf. Speedway Meadows, Stow Lake,

the Polo Field. If we won that turf, we’d have

the City by the balls. We did anyway. But it

was fun to make it more dramatic … wearing

a mask is not fun anymore … people are

dying for real … this isn’t a FREE concert it’s

Germ Warfare.

*A link to online FREE (or almost free) Concerts.




By Reluctant Genius

At this point all of us have heard the term “Boy

Band” and when mentioned in conversation,

several examples will generally pop into your head

immediately. There’s actually a history behind such

bands and it’s not quite what you may have guessed.

The earliest forerunner of boy band music began

in the late 19th century as a cappella barbershop

quartets. They were usually a group of males and

sang in four-part harmony. Barbershop quartets were

popular into the earlier part of the 20th century. A

revival of the male vocal group took

place in the late 1940s

and 1950s with the use

of doo-wop music.

Doo-wop bands sang

about topics such as

love and other themes

used in pop music.

Although generally

described as a rock band,

the highest-selling band

in history, The Beatles,

are considered by a

number of journalists as

“the first” or “the original”

boy band, “before anyone

had thought of the term.”

Believe it or not The Bee

Gees come in a close

second, as they had hit

after hit in the ‘70s.

Although the term “boy

band” was not commonly

used yet, the earliest

predecessors of this

format were groups such

as the Jackson 5 and the

Osmonds, which helped

form the template for boy

bands. The Jackson 5

and the Osmonds, which

helped form the template

for boy bands. The Jackson

5 were a siblings group


established many musical conventions that boy bands

follow and they created perhaps the biggest pop star

ever, Michael Jackson. Their music featured close

harmonies from soul music and catchy pop hooks

influenced as they were by Motown and acts like the


Later on a Boston based group New Edition was

formed in 1978 and reached their height of popularity

in the 1980s, meaning they are often credited for

starting the boy-band trend, even though the term

“boy band” did not exist until the 1990s. Maurice

Starr was influenced by New Edition and popularized

it with his proteges New Kids on the Block, the first

commercially successful modern boy band, who

formed in 1984 and found international success in


The ‘90s of course saw the rise and most likely was

the biggest decade for boy bands with acts like Boys

ll men, Backstreet Boys, NSYC, O Town and several

others including Menudo which believe it or not has

been around since 1977; but it was lead singer Ricky

Martin that truly put them on the map.

The list goes on when it comes to this phenomenon

and it has generated billions and billions of dollars

over the years.

This month’s cover is no exception and in fact

they may be the first billion dollar boy band all by

themselves. BTS was formed in 2010 and debuted in

2013 and the rest is teenage screaming girl history.

Here’s a little more about perhaps the biggest boy

band ever and what makes them such........

BTS, or Bangtan Boys, is a seven member group from

South Korea. Their name comes from the Korean

Bangtan Sonyeondan, which means “Bulletproof

Scouts”. Their names are Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM,

Jimin, V and Jungkook. They co-write and coproduce

much of their own work, which carries social

commentary and focuses on a journey towards

individualism and loving yourself. In 2017, BTS

announced their name would also stand for “Beyond

the Scene” as part of their new band identity.

BTS became the first Korean group to top the US

Billboard 200 with their third studio album “Love

Yourself: Tear. They became the fastest group since

The Beatles to have four number one albums in the

US, and did it within two years.

During their Love Yourself

Tour, they became the first

Asian and non-English

speaking act to headline

and sell out Wembley

Stadium and they broke

the record for the single

highest-grossing show in

Rose Bowl Stadium

history. They were featured

on Time Magazine’s i

international cover as

“Next Generation Leaders”

and were named on the

magazine’s 25 most

influential people on the

Internet (2017-2019) and the

100 most influential people i

in the world (2019), calling

them the “Princes of Pop”.

As of 2019, they were

worth more than $4.65 billion

to South Korea’s economy

each year. Following the

establishment of their antiviolence

campaign Love

Myself in partnership with

UNICEF, BTS addressed

the United Nations 73rd

and 75th General Assemblies

and became the youngest

recipients of the Order of

Cultural Merit from

the President of South Korea

due to their contributions in

spreading Korean culture..



1. In what year did the Backstreet Boys

release their debut album?

2. Which boy band released the album

“Hangin Tough” in 1988?

3. Ste McNally is associated with which


4. Before his successful solo career,

Justin Timberlake was a member of which

boy band?

5. A1’s single “Make it Good” made it to

which position on the UK charts?

6. This boy band sings “Love Should Be a


7. What are the first names of the

members of Human Nature?

8. This boy band released “What I Go to

School For”.

9. Which actress appeared in the Lyte

Funky Ones video for their hit “Girl on


10. Upside Down were reinvented using

what new name?

On The Block

By Jenny McLain


Each December, 25 films are added to the National

Film Registry. December of 2020 marked the 800th title

being added to the list. As I was doing some research,

I learned that the voting starts from “square one” each

year and previously considered movies are just like any

other - previous nominations and voting are not factored


As explained in the FAQ section of their


What is the National Film Registry?

It is a list of films deemed “culturally,

historically or aesthetically

significant” that are recommended

for preservation by those holding

the best elements for that film, be it

motion picture studios, the Library of

Congress and other archives, or filmmakers. These

films are not selected as the ‘best’ American films of

all time, but rather as works of enduring importance

to American culture. They reflect who we are as a

people and as a nation.

I was excited to see how many “music” movies were on

the list this year, and especially excited that “The Blues

Brothers”, “Shrek”, “A Clockwork Orange” and “Grease”

were on the list. Below is a list of all movies added in

2020, along with the year each was released.

1927 The Battle of the Century

1980 The Blues Brothers

1918 Bread

1999 Buena Vista Social Club

1943 Cabin in the Sky

1971 A Clockwork Orange

2008 The Dark Knight

1994 The Devil Never Sleeps

2010 Freedom Riders

1978 Grease

1993-2001 The Ground

2008 The Hurt Locker

1982 Illusions

1993 The Joy Luck Club

1914 Kid Auto Races at Venice

1963 Lilies of the Field

1982 Losing Ground

1955 The Man with the

Golden Arm

2006 Mauna Kea:

Temple Under Siege

1950 Outrage

2001 Shrek

1913 Suspense

1971 Sweet Sweetback’s

Baadasssss Song

1973 Wattstax

1929 With Car and Camera Around

the World

Live Music - January 2021

1st - David Dequasie 5pm

2nd - Heather Craig 5pm

8th - Jarrid George 5pm

9th - Jessie Abbey 5pm

15th - Beartoe 5pm

16th - Rasta Bayers 5pm

22nd - Griffin Sinclair 5pm

23rd - Chuck Morel 5pm

29th - Brent Clowers 5pm

30th - Hannah Wilson 5pm

Happy Hour 5pm-8pm




By David Dequasie

Some time ago, back in the ‘80s, I was on a gig

playing a night of jazz standards with another

guitarist.We were getting near

the end of the last set when he

said, ‘Let’s play some blues’.

Great, I thought, I’ll feel more

in my element. As I began

to groove on what could

have been a Jimmy

Reed tune, I could tell

that this was not what

my partner had in

mind. We got through

the number feeling

less than triumphant

and then he opened the

book of jazz charts and

said ‘This is more like

what I meant’ pointing

to the chord changes

on ‘Straight, no


Although I had been out of music college for

a couple of years, I was still green on applying

much of what I had learned there. In this article,

I’d like to talk about some of the wonderfully

clever and creative variations of blues chord

progressions that are found within jazz. Much

of this information will most likely be like taking

a math class that you never wanted, but if

anything, it will give you an insight to the

madness that goes on inside of the head of

a musician while playing, and this isn’t

even the part about the physical

aspects of playing an instrument.

Using a traditional 3 chord,

12 bar blues form as our

foundation, the first, fourth,

and fifth ( I, IV, V) chords in the key usually

land in the following measures: One through

four are the I chord, bars five and six are the

IV chord, bars seven and eight are the I chord,

the next four bars are V, IV, I, and V. We’ll call

these changes the ‘Target Points’. In between

the target points is where the beginnings of jazz

was born. All sorts of colorful chord changes can

be inserted there. For example, on ‘Straight, no

Chaser’ bar 8 has the II and V chords from key of

the following chord

in bar 9 which is C minor, and in this case, the C

minor is a substitute for the IV chord. There are

countless jazz compositions that take this type of

approach to harmony. Now let’s examine a piece

that ignores the target points once it gets to the

6th measure of the 12 bar form with

the Miles Davis tune ‘Solar’. Starting off on C

minor and morphing to F Major in the 5th bar, the

progression then goes on an unexpected journey

through two more keys. E flat in bar 9 and D

flat in bar 11 before going to the target V ( G )

in bar 12. The new keys of E flat and D flat are

simply whole step movements after F with II V’s

preceding each new key. Keep in mind that when

improvising, a musician has to know the

individual notes of each chord as they

are played and turn them into melodies

for the listener. Playing jazz certainly

means a lifetime’s worth of study.

Ok, for all of the non musicians

out there who have made it to

the end of this page,

congratulations! You may have

the curiosity that it takes to learn

to play an instrument. The

musicians reading this know that

much crucial info is needed to fully

understand this mess and I highly

recommend getting with a music teacher

if this stuff seems puzzling. At the very

least, just remember that a lot of jazz is

just blues with a little more seasoning

thrown in.

Vlogging World Order

By Randy Pepper




I started

Looking into

Vlogging. So,

what is Vlogging?

Well, we all know

what blogging is;

blogging has become

very popular with many

podcasts and many

other social media outlets.

Vlogging is the same thing,

just with video. It’s a fun way

to capture your day and maybe

share a tip or two with someone that

doesn’t know how to do something.

I did my first Vlog about a company

called Plylox, a clip that is designed to hold

boards onto a window during a hurricane and

are easy to remove

and put up. That video has gained over

23,000 views. But most of my videos are

about theme parks.




of people

Vlogging on

YouTube and

some actually make

a very good living just

making videos of what

they like to do during the

day. There are guys like

Adam the Woo who grew up

in St. Cloud, Florida and played

bass in a local punk band and

realized he really didn’t Like doing a

day job. He discovered that his videos

were getting quite a bit of attention and

now he has over 500 subscribers to his

channel. That also means he is making a

living from his channel by becoming monetized

and now he doesn’t have to work a day job. Most

of Adam the Woo’s videos are about historical and

fun places that he travels to. In one of his videos, he

was checking out the Hanging Tree in Laredo, Texas

when another part-time Vlogger and full time rockstar

and the owner of the National Wrestling Alliance, Billy

Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins was also checking

out the Hanging Tree. They started talking and ended

up eating lunch together.

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of music

channels on there where people are sharing their

passion for musical instruments. Like Pete Thorn,

who shows you different guitars, amps and pedals

and gives his review. Troglys Guitars does unboxings

of guitars that he either gets off of eBay, or Reverb

or some of the manufacturers will send him stuff and

he’ll give a review of them. The funny thing about

these guys and many others is that they have a big

influence on what people buy and don’t buy - or in

Adam the Woo’s case where people visit and where

they don’t visit.

Randy Pepper is the owner of the guitar attic and is a freelance guitar player for hire. Find him on YouTube and

subscribe to his channel The Guitar Attic

This just proves that you can be anything you want

to be. If you want to be a movie star, make a movie

and put it up on YouTube. If you want to be a rockstar,

make a video and put it up on YouTube. You can do

anything you want to do if you just take the time to do

it. My advice is just go for it and have fun doing it.

The Joshua

Light Show

Last month we were honored to share some of

the work of renowned artist Joshua White. His

work is not only the beginning of the history of

the rock and roll light show; it also has inspired

many others moving forward. In fact, many

musical acts these days are known just as

much for their music as they are for the lighting

production that comes with the live concert.

Obviously with technology comes a major

change in what can be done with today’s

shows being “light years” ahead of what was

done back in the 1960s. Here’s some more

amazing images and history of Joshua, as well

as other work from new artists who Mr. White

has passed his glorious ideas along to.

This is Curtis Godino and a close

collaborator Lily Rogers 2019

Today, the structure of the Joshua Light

Show differs little from the original of

almost 45 years ago. At the time, it was

Janis Joplin, The Who, Jimi Hendrix and

The Grateful Dead for example, whose

jams were driven by the psychedelic

slipstream of so-called “liquid lights”

– projections of permutating colored

oils that conjured magical morphing

shapes. White’s appointment as light

show resident at concerts in New York’s

legendary Fillmore East was followed by

engagements in Woodstock, Carnegie

Hall and the Lincoln Center. In early

2000, the renaissance of the legendary

light show finally began, launched this

time in the art world. White has worked

on exhibitions for the Tate Liverpool, the

Centre Pompidou, the Whitney Museum,

MOCA and other venues. He also began

to team up with other artists, to add

more complexity to the show and further

develop the basic analog ideas using

digital techniques.


These are images of the first major performance residency of Joshua Light Show at Abrons

Art Center in New York in 2008. I’m not sure who the bands were. This was a turning point for

JLS. An artist and entrepreneur named Nick Hallet joined us and changed the whole level of

exposure for the light show. After this we only worked with important artists, no more oldies

connection and most important, the medium moved from psychedelic to an actual art.

“As a general note, most light show artists,

myself included will drop pants to perform in a



The material extravagance of the Joshua

Light Show effortlessly breaks with the now

common understanding of the laptop VJ as

a behind-the-scenes player. The Joshua

Light Show team installs a system of

original devices weighing tons, which

would by far tower over even the

technology parks still used by electronic

music’s remaining

analog-synth fetishists.

This photo is from

1967. Bill Graham

was invited to stage

a week of

The San Francisco

Scene in Toronto

featuring Jefferson

Airplane and The

Grateful Dead.

The light show

is Glenn McKay

& Jerry Abrams

Headlights. My

discotheque lighting


in NY were hired

to supervise the

production and

do the lighting

(basically calling

follow spots).

It was here in

Toronto in August

that I first saw the

music and a rear

projected light show


inspired me.

Actually I was

hooked. By

December of

the same year,

Joshua Light Show

gave our first


at a theater on Long

Island. I was 25

years old.

This is Steve Pavlovski of Liquid Light Lab seen

here at Art Basel 2018 performing on an

inflatable dome. Steve is easy to reach


This is my wife Briged Smith performing a

blow plate in 2017. Blow plates are one of

our standards. You float colored oil on clear

water and gently move it around with air.

Steve is a perfect

example of a

dedicated light artist

in his forties. He is

very good at mixing


Drippy Eye Productions, late 2018.

L-R Jin Lee, Chaz Lord, Curtis Godino

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

The Joshua Light Show

present is made up of

Joshua White, Alyson

Denny, Curtis Godino,

Nick Hallett, Seth Kirby,

Ana Matronic, Brock

Monroe, Gary Panter,

Doug Pope, Nica Ross,

Briged Smith, Bec

Stupak, Jeff Cook, and

George Stadnik.

Me (Joshua WHite) and Nick

Motley Crue’s all too honest


The Dirt, is not just crazy stories of

drink, drugs and debauchery. One of the

revelations that truly was shocking is from

the band’s darker and more sinister days.

Rumor has it that Nikki Sixx and Tommy

Lee, on at least one occasion, injected

pure Jack Daniel’s into their veins after

running out of drugs.

Don’t bother to ask why.

If you must ask. Drugs are bad.

When questioned further the guys

shrugged it off as if it was just another day

and crazy story in the life of a rock star.

Here’s how it’s


Not recommend for anyone, EVER



Dr. Feel









Ingredients: 20cc of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee


Chilled if possible for a better effect, obviously

A splash of rubbing alcohol if you’re a true

Pussy otherwise use the whiskey as an

antiseptic and go for it.

Directions: Take a deep breath grit your teeth

and brace yourself to feel uncomfortable

Draw whiskey into a syringe. Expel air from

the death tube. Tie off your one remaining

good vein with a belt, tie or rubber tubing.

Make sure there are no air bubbles and inject

good ole Jack whiskey intravenously. Of

course, the drink wouldn’t be complete unless

you jump in your favorite color Ferrari then

drive fast and take a huge risk. After all, only

the good die young so there must have been

lots and lots of good rock stars in the past.

By Dr. Peppar Spraed

This is The Pig Light Show circa 1970. The leader was Marc Rubinstein (second from right).

Marc was in high school when we performed at Fillmore East. I mentored him and eventually

Pig Lights became the house show at the Fillmore. This is probably their program photo from

1971. Marc lives in Florida and still performs Pig Light Show today. If you want more

informationor names, he can easily be contacted through Facebook.



Friday, January 1, 2021

31 Supper Club - Big Beat 8pm

Crabby’s Oceanside - The Transfers 4pm

Grind/Kona - Jay Paski 7pm

Yellow Dog Eats - David Dequasie 5pm

Saturday, January 2, 2021

31 Supper Club - Dana Kamide Band 8pm

Bounty Bar - Jay Paski 7pm

Crabby’s Oceanside - Jonny Odis 12pm

Crabby’s Oceanside - Griffin Sinclair 5pm

Flagler Tavern - Jeff White 5pm

Grind/Kona - Brent Clowers 7pm

Ormond Garage - Chuck Morel 6pm

Tortugas - The Cyclones 6pm

Yellow Dog Eats - Heather Craig 5pm

Sunday, January 3, 2021

Bounty Bar - Griffin Sinclair 7pm

Crabby’s Oceanside - Rasta Bayers 12pm

Flagler Tavern - Aaron Lightnin’ 5pm

Monday, January 4, 2021

Bounty Bar - The Evening Muze 7pm

Flagler Tavern - Chuck Morel 5pm

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Bounty Bar - Brent Clowers 7pm

Grind/Kona - Heather Craig 6pm

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Bounty Bar - Ian Opalinski 7pm

Grind/Kona - Jeff White 6pm

Ormond Garage - Are Friends Electric 6pm

Thursday, January 7, 2021

31 Supper Club - Armando Diaz 6pm

Bounty Bar - Jessie Abbey 7pm

Flagler Tavern - Reed Foley 9pm

Flagler Tavern - The Evening Muze 5pm

Grind/Kona - The Click 7pm

Friday, January 8, 2021

31 Supper Club - Brent Clowers 8pm

Bounty Bar - Claire Vandiver 7pm

Crabby’s Oceanside - Chuck Morel 4pm

Grind/Kona - Bradford Buckley 7pm

Ormond Garage - Psycoustic 6pm

Yellow Dog Eats - Jarrid George 5pm

Saturday, January 9, 2021

31 Supper Club - Cesar Frazier 8pm

Bounty Bar - David Dequasie 7pm

Chase’s - Jarrid George 2pm

Crabby’s Oceanside - Heather Craig 12pm

Crabby’s Oceanside - Brent Clowers 5pm

Flagler Tavern - Reed Foley 5pm

Grind/Kona - The Cyclones 7pm

Ormond Garage - Beartoe 6pm

Tortugas - Cain 6pm

Yellow Dog Eats - Jessie Abbey 5pm

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Bounty Bar - The Transfers 7pm

Crabby’s Oceanside - Jeff White 12pm

Flagler Tavern - Griffin Sinclair 5pm

Monday, January 11, 2021

Bounty Bar - Linda Long 7pm

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Bounty Bar - Chuck Morel 7pm

Grind/Kona - Rasta Bayers 6pm

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Bounty Bar - Bradford Buckley 7pm

Grind/Kona - Are Friends Electric 6pm

Ormond Garage - The Cyclones 6pm

Thursday, January 14, 2021

31 Supper Club - The Transfers 6pm

Bounty Bar - Jarrid George 7pm

Flagler Tavern - Reed Foley 9pm

Flagler Tavern - The Cyclones 5pm

Grind/Kona - Paradoxxx 7pm

Friday, January 15, 2021

31 Supper Club - Dana Kamide Band 8pm

Bounty Bar - Hannah Wilson 7pm

Crabby’s Oceanside - The Evening Muze


Grind/Kona - Jessie Abbey 7pm

Ormond Garage - Ian Opalinski 6pm

Yellow Dog Eats - Beartoe 5pm

Saturday, January 16, 2021

31 Supper Club - Trevor Bystrom 8pm

Bounty Bar - Jonny Odis 7pm

Chase’s - Smyrna Erb 2pm

Crabby’s Oceanside - Claire Vandiver


Crabby’s Oceanside - Hannah Wilson 5pm

Flagler Tavern - Reed Foley 5pm

Grind/Kona - Nate Utley 7pm

Ormond Garage - The Evening Muze 6pm

Tortugas - Beartoe 6pm

Yellow Dog Eats - Rasta Bayers 5pm

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Bounty Bar - Rasta Bayers 7pm

Crabby’s Oceanside - Ian Opalinski 12pm

Flagler Tavern - Trevor Bystrom 5pm

Monday, January 18, 2021

Bounty Bar - Jessie Abbey 7pm

Flagler Tavern - Chuck Morel 5pm

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Bounty Bar - Jay Paski 7pm

Grind/Kona - Chuck Morel 6pm

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Bounty Bar - Ian Opalinski 7pm

Grind/Kona - Bradford Buckley 6pm

Ormond Garage - Jeff White 6pm

Thursday, January 21, 2021

31 Supper Club - Velvet 45 6pm

Bounty Bar - Jeff White 7pm

Flagler Tavern - Randy Williams 5pm

Flagler Tavern - Reed Foley 9pm

Flagler Tavern - Robert Keele 5pm

Grind/Kona - The Transfers 7pm

Friday, January 22, 2021

31 Supper Club - Mud Rooster 8pm

Bounty Bar - Bradford Buckley 7pm

Crabby’s Oceanside - Jay Paski 4pm

Grind/Kona - Cory Worsley Duo 7pm

Ormond Garage - Heather Craig 6pm

Yellow Dog Eats - Griffin Sinclair 5pm

Saturday, January 23, 2021

31 Supper Club - Dana Kamide Band 8pm

Bounty Bar - Griffin Sinclair 7pm

Chase’s - Bobby James 2pm

Crabby’s Oceanside - The Cyclones 12pm

Crabby’s Oceanside - David Dequasie 5pm

Grind/Kona - Smyrna Erb 7pm

Ormond Garage - The Transfers 6pm

Tortugas - Love Bomb 6pm

Yellow Dog Eats - Chuck Morel 5pm

Sunday, January 24, 2021

Bounty Bar - The Evening Muze 7pm

Crabby’s Oceanside - Jarrid George 12pm

Flagler Tavern - Jay Paski 5pm

Monday, January 25, 2021

Bounty Bar - Nate Utley 7pm

Flagler Tavern - Griffin Sinclair 5pm

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Bounty Bar - Chuck Morel 7pm

Grind/Kona - The Evening Muze 6pm

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Bounty Bar - Brent Clowers 7pm

Grind/Kona - David James 6pm

Ormond Garage - The Cyclones 6pm

Thursday, January 28, 2021

31 Supper Club - Beartoe 6pm

Bounty Bar - Hannah Wilson 7pm

Flagler Tavern - Reed Foley 9pm

Flagler Tavern - The Cyclones 5pm

Grind/Kona - Beartoe 7pm

Friday, January 29, 2021

31 Supper Club - The Evening Muze 8pm

Bounty Bar - David James 7pm

Crabby’s Oceanside - Bradford Buckley 4pm

Grind/Kona - Hannah Wilson 7pm

Ormond Garage - Ian Opalinski 6pm

Yellow Dog Eats - Brent Clowers 5pm

Saturday, January 30, 2021

31 Supper Club - The Evening Muze 8pm

Bounty Bar - David Dequasie 7pm

Chase’s - Jay Paski 2pm

Crabby’s Oceanside - Jessie Abbey 12pm

Crabby’s Oceanside - Marty McCarrick 5pm

Flagler Tavern - Reed Foley 5pm

Grind/Kona - Casey Picou 7pm

Ormond Garage - Brent Clowers 6pm

Yellow Dog Eats - Hannah Wilson 5pm

Sunday, January 31, 2021

Bounty Bar - The Transfers 7pm

Crabby’s Oceanside - David Jones 12pm

Flagler Tavern - Ian Opalinski 5pm

Community Events


~ work is love made visible - Kahil Gibran ~

Cannabis Chronicles

By John Kent

Steve Job’s prophetic 2005 Stanford

commencement speech on doing what you love

struck my chord. And as Kahil Gibran’s poem

prose on love compassed me north - “when

it beckons you, follow it” - the purpose is just

that. There are so many other means to eat,

make a living etc, but to do what I love - that’s

the gift in it of its own nature of life and time.

For those who come across this plant in neverending

and beautiful ways, she keeps opening

perspective widening our minds-eye through

a balance of service, opportunity, peace and

well-being. Especially in these unprecedented

pandemic times I can’t help but connect with

time and health being our most precious assets.

This - within our societal impasse of time,

economic asphyxiation, political corruption,

predatory profiteering, unemployment and a

rise in conscious capitalism, cannabis stands

front and center with 45+ recreational & medical

states having better evolved for positive change.

While on the daily hunt for flower and non-flower

products we all within the industry add to the

stepping stones of these formidable cannabis


I study process, trying to be a student sponge

- how a facility functions, is it clean? What

hardware, nutrients, remedial tactics are

visible? What would they admit to? Who’s the

day to day team and what’s their backstory? Who

are the owners? What technologies are utilized

to elicit efficiencies? What’s their competitive

strategic advantage? What are the nuanced

affiliates and network connections, how and why

did that come about? What’s the vision scope?

What’s the production capacity and constraints?

What price points are on offer? What holes can

be filled regarding pain points and bottlenecks

through working together?

Are there any identifiable synergies

that we may mutually benefit from? So

many questions run through my mind

and then some.

We look into who’s shopping with us on the daily

consumer side and try to best predict trends. We

work hard at creating and providing value with the

product first and price second. We achieve this

with passion, people, and relationships.

Cannabis at the product level can’t be faked

because of our body’s biology and so when we’re

distributing employee samples that feedback

is critical in giving voice to some of the most

influential leaders interfacing with everyone we

operate to serve - you all. There are many “firms”

in our industry that buy and procure products

through some catalog without interfacing with

their vendors’ products or operational process.

Candidly, those types of “firms” tend to lag in

value and lack integrity serving the cannabis

consumer market.

“A well-developed individual is the anecdote to

the tyranny of society and biology” - JP

Balance - ‘Homeostasis’ - is what this plant

brings. To ourselves, to others around us, and to

local economies at large.

I couldn’t imagine what Vegas would be

without Cannabis as an industry

contributing $70+ million taxable dollars a

month within a Covid19 depressed market

nearing 30% unemployment with casino

shutdowns, 800,000 monthly convention

comers eliminated and a partial tourist

market supporting 20,000 Nevada Cannabis

jobs. Nevada, like the rest of America and

the world, is enduring a social-cultural

evolution whether imposed or birthed from

these confronting times. It seems Cannabis

has been the biggest winner through 2020.

It’s helped people reduce anxiety, reduce

stress, improve health ailments, and allowed

masses to work, eat, thrive, and get healthy.

With Thanksgiving spirit of gratitude in mind -

thank you, Mary Jane.

John Kent

Torus Family Consulting




The Secret of the Ancient Blood Brotherhood of Guy Guitarists

By Rick de Yampert

I vividly remember the first time a girlfriend caught me cheating on her. During

my college days at the University of Alabama, Lori walked in as I was caressing

Taka’s blonde, curvy body. We were, as the saying goes, making beautiful music

together. Well, sort of beautiful – I wasn’t a virgin, but I was still a neophyte.

“You look like you’re making love to your guitar,” Lori said. I wasn’t sure if the

casual tone of her voice was some sort of Trojan horse trickery – maybe her

carefree demeanor was a ploy designed to make me drop my guard and further

reveal my deepest feelings for Taka.

Never mind that Lori herself had gifted me the gorgeous Takamine 12-string

guitar that I had nicknamed Taka and that I now cherished so much. I felt like

the proverbial deer caught in headlights. Busted. Caught during an intimate

encounter with my new favorite guitar, having shamelessly abandoned Maude,

my Gibson Marauder electric, and Abbie, my red Applause acoustic, for my new


Flash forward to 2021: Lori long ago exited my life, but my love affair with Taka

continues, and Maude and Abbie and I have patched things up too.

Most of us guy guitarists give our guitars female names. As for what female

guitarists call their instruments, or if they even do so, you will have to ask

one of them. And the erotic element we guys impart to our guitars is playfully

exaggerated. Well, sort of. OK, true confession: It’s not exaggerated at all.

Sorry, Lori. I’m a cad.

True confession No.2: When a guy takes up guitar, making music is a

secondary goal. His main goal, which is served by that secondary goal, is to

impress babes and therefore entice them to bed. So, there you have it, ladies:

At great peril to myself, I have revealed this deepest secret of the Ancient Blood

Brotherhood of Guy Guitarists. You’re welcome.

I naturally thought about my affairs with . . . er, my love of guitars when I

checked out the exhibit “Medieval to Metal: The Art & Evolution of the GUITAR,”

which runs through Jan. 10 at the Museum of Arts & Sciences in Daytona

Beach. The exhibit, put together by the National GUITAR Museum in New

York, covers the history, design, artistry and cultural influence of the guitar, and

features 40 instruments, though some of the more supposed ancient ones are

actually reproductions.

Photos of Jimmy Page, George Harrison, Eddie Van Halen and other guitarists

by ace photog Neil Zlozower are also part of the exhibit. So too are vinyl album

covers that feature a guitar image in their design, such as Bruce Springsteen’s

“Born to Run,” some dude named Jimmy Bryant with his guitar-shaped hot rod

on the cover of “The Fastest Guitar in the Country,” and right-wing nut job

Ted Nugent and his guitar-as-shotgun fantasy on the cover of “Weekend

Warriors.” (What personal anatomical deficiency are you trying to

compensate for, eh Ted?)

The exhibit’s text panels let us know that some primitive Johnny B.

Goode was rocking out on an oud, a Mesopotamian forerunner of the

guitar, circa 3000 B.C., and my guess is that this dude’s devotion to his axe was

also likely pissing off his jealous girlfriend, too. (“Axe,” by the way, is guitarist

slang for guitar.)

The exhibit includes one sad, very pathetic artifact: a Tonika EGS-650, an early

1970s Soviet production-line guitar that looks like it was welded together from

leftover Sputnik parts – after the satellite had crashed back down to earth. No

wonder Russian rockers were not getting laid in the ’70s: The Tonika looked

about as cool as watching Sergei the overweight auto mechanic repair your

car’s carburetor during an attack of beer farts.

The accompanying text tells the Tonika story: “Unwilling to copy Western

designs – or import American guitars -- the Russians designed their guitars

completely from scratch . . . . The end result was typical of product development

in communist Russia at the time – cheap industrial-strength construction with

little attention to design details. The wood for the body was little better than

plywood, and simple military-style electronics were used.” The guitar “was

reviled by musicians for its crude design, lack of playability and poor tone.”

At the other end of the spectrum were such sci-fi, Frankenstein-ish beasties

from the 1970s as the Teisco/Kimberly Apollo Greenburst and the Godwin Guitar

Organ -- contraptions with more knobs, switches and wiring than, well, an Apollo

moon rocket.

“Teisco produced some of the most inexpensive guitars in the world during the

1960s and ’70s, and flooded the market with them,” a text panel says. “Despite

their cheap price, Teisco guitars were loaded up with as many features as the

company could cram onto the surface of the instrument. The company felt that

more of everything was better when it came to guitars: more buttons, more

switches, more pickups and more gleaming ornamentation.”

When the creators of the Godwin Guitar Organ emerged from the lab with their

prototype, designed to make organ sounds playable on a guitar, you know they

were excitedly thinking “This is the shit!” Instead, with its 19 switches and 13

knobs – “the most ever applied to a guitar body,” the text panel notes – their

freak show was a turd whose complex electronics kept going on the fritz at the

slightest jolt to the guitar’s body.

But the universe has a sense of humor: The shittiest-sounding guitars often are

also the coolest-looking guitars, and I’m convinced that any wanna-be rock star

who strapped on a Teisco or Godwin became a chick magnet and scored with a

lot of groupies.

For you purists who insist that guitars must be playable so that musicians can

create beautiful or ass-scorching music on them – well, OK, that’s kind of cool


What’s IN Your Phone?

Florida based drummer Billy Dean mans the conductor

seat for the GRAMMY nominated, Roots

Music powerhouse Victor Wainwright & The Train.

Dean has lended his propulsive, powerhouse style

of drumming to Victor Wainwright’s band since

2010. In that time span the “Chunk of Funk” has

helped the unit grow into an internationally recognized

roots freight train, playing over 1,000 gigs

spanning all corners of the United States, Canada,

England, Switzerland, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium,

Poland, Central America and the Caribbean



iPhone 8


Number of



Billy Dean

Billy’s artistry can be heard on the band’s 2018

release Victor Wainwright and the Train, an album

that represents a stylistic fusion of R&B, Arena

Anthems, Jam Band, and Punk with roots Rock-n-

Roll, Boogie Woogie, Soul and Blues. Victor Wainwright

and the Train reached number one on the

Billboard Blues charts and was ultimately nominated

for a 2019 GRAMMY award for Best Contemporary

Blues Album.

In addition to drum duties Billy contributed as a

songwriter on Victor Wainwright and the Train’s

upcoming album, set to be released on Ruf Records

in 2020.

When he’s not on the road Billy is an active percussion

educator and arranger in the Central Florida

marching band scene. In 2012-13 he served as

battery arranger and caption head for WGI Finalist

Ancient City Ensemble. Billy continues to share

his passion and knowledge with many students in

middle and high school.

Most Used Social Media




Number of unread emails

11,661 (Yes, really!)

Most-listened-to Artist

The Ruff Pack

Most-recent car-service ride


Battery % at which you feel compelled to

charge your phone


Outgoing voice Message

Automated AT&T response

Essential travel app


Does Your screensaver have a meaning

It’s my daughter at 2 months old wearing a shirt

that says “Holy Sh*t, I’m Out!”

Can you live without your phone

During the pandemic, yes. When touring is an

option, no, unfortunately. It’s too useful a tool

when away from home!



203 S Atlantic Ave. New Smyrna, FL 32169




Happy New Year! Did you have a

wonderful Holiday? Was it filled

with laughter, cheer, and tons of

food? I hope the answer is YES

to all of those. The time has come

to prepare yourselves for an awesome

2021. Many of us dream up

New Year’s resolutions involving

healthy lifestyles and this recipe

fits that narrative perfectly. Let’s

make some amazingly tasty and

healthy Chili. Side Note: Read

about my Thai Chicken Pizza in

last week’s Static Live article!

Chili… one of the most debated

recipes ever. Just last week, there

was a Chili cook off happening

in my town. Everyone says they

have the best method and ingredients,

but I promise you right now

that this one will win your heart as

soon as you taste it. Besides the

fantastic ingredients, this recipe

is very low calorie. Clocking in at

about 260 calories per serving,

this Chili will fill you up and help

you stay on track with your 2021

healthy lifestyle goals.

Invest in some quality Tupperware.

This Chili recipe yields about ten

servings so you will need good

storage options. Pyrex and anchor

glass leftover containers are the

best and they come in a variety of

sizes and shapes. They hold up

extremely well and can be refrigerated

or frozen over and over again

and then microwaved. Let’s be

honest, it’s much nicer to eat your

leftovers out of glass as well.


Tbsp Cooking Oil

1 lb. Lean Ground Turkey

1 Large Red Onion (Diced)

3 Jalapenos (Diced)

3 Thai Red Peppers (Diced)

4 Fresh Cloves Garlic

2 ½ Tbsp Chili Powder

1 Tsp Ground Cumin

2 Bell Peppers (Chopped)

29 oz Canned Crushed Tomatoes

19 oz Kidney Beans (Drained & Rinsed)

19 oz Black Beans (Drained & Rinsed)

1 Cup Quinoa

2 Cups Water

1 Bouillon Cube – chicken or vegetable

1 Tbsp Tomato Paste

1 Tbsp Brown Sugar

Pinch of Salt

Pinch of Pepper

It all starts with a large chili pot. I prefer nonstick

but large stainless is fine too! Turn the burner on to

medium and add oil to the pot. While this is heating,

chop your onions into very small diced pieces. Next,

mince 4 cloves of fresh garlic. Minced jarred garlic

is fine too but if you have a garlic press (3 dollars at

IKEA… a great thing to have for life), you will respect

and enjoy the taste of fresh garlic. Saute the onions

first for a few minutes, then introduce the garlic,

then add the 1 lb of lean ground turkey. NEVER let

the garlic burn. Mix these up and allow the meat

to brown properly. Do your best to mash the meat

into smaller pieces. I find that ground turkey stays

in bigger pieces unless you take the time to mash it

into smaller pieces. Add 1 Tbsp of chili powder while

meat is browning (Save the other 1 ½ Tbsp for later).

I usually use a strong rubber spatula for this entire

cooking method until the end when I use a ladle to

dish it out.

Let’s talk about the quinoa. Use a small sauce pot

with a tight lid. Measure one cup of quinoa and add

it to two cups of boiling water with a bouillon cube.

Once boiling, let simmer with lid for 15 minutes.

Careful so this does not burn.

Now for the easy part! Simply add the rest of the

ingredients and stir very well. Once the quinoa is

cooked, add that to the mix too! Now, set the burner

LOW and allow this to simmer, uncovered, for 1

hour. BOOOOOM, you’ve successfully made “THE”


Watch my full cooking video for this recipe on my

Facebook page “Ian Opalinski Music” or follow the

link: facebook.com/ianopalinskimusic

My Eye for Taking Pictures

By Les Kippel

Photo Credit: Les Kippel (All)

My days of Photography started while I was

in college. I got a 35 mm camera and started

taking pictures! The college Literary magazine

was always looking for ‘artsy’ stuff... and

somehow, my pictures of a hand holding a

cigar, and a night time street in Brooklyn New

York with snow falling was perfect for them!

All these years later, and thousands of photos,

I realize I had an eye for taking pictures!

My favorite all time

Photo. - and who are

they? Frank Wakefield

and Peter Rowan. Early

1970’s era photo... Oh

so Country !!

Here are a few.. I’ll try to come up with

some interesting photos for future issues

of the Greatest Florida Magazine around...


Jorma Kaukonen,

Central Park, NYC,

probably 1971

Who hasn’t taken a picture out of a

plane? Just so fine when you catch it!

Oh! what an ugly

face!!!!! Mick

Jagger... NYC,

Madison Square


Buddy Cage Showing his Sweet

Side with a kiss on Jerry Garcia.

Buddy was Jerry Garcia’s

replacement in the New Riders

of the Purple Sage

A Day in the Life of a Gigging Musician

By Adam Floyd

We are now


CREATE your own sound by blending the tones

of the instruments and amplifier. It’s easy to

get the basics from a book or video but the

experience is the best teacher. You can start ‘flat’

with all the tone knobs set to zero, then add or

remove frequencies a touch at a time to get it just

right. There are many approaches to adjusting

the tone. Some players use the ‘smiley’ face

E.Q. with the treble and bass nudged up and

the mid-range curtailed. Others twist the knobs

wildly while ignoring the numbers and listen for

an ideal sound. I’ve seen techie boys use fancy

white noise generators, only to be outdone by old

hippies who walk around the venue to actually

LISTEN to how it sounds. All the tech toys in the

world won’t buy you an ear.

Balancing and tweaking the sound system is a

good way to exercise your creativity but in music

nothing compares to writing and performing

your own songs. Call yourself a composer or

a songwriter, you are in control when it’s your

baby. There are many copy-cat musicians, who

only play cover songs. We see them at the gig.

Exhausted and jaded, they can hardly wait till it’s

over so they can be done with it. This is no way

to treat MUSIC. As an ARTIST it is important to

challenge your audience.

In the realm of music this reveals in not always

giving them what they want. It’s good to play all

original shows or at least mix in a healthy dose of

your own music. It helps generate interest in you

and can dramatically affect music sales and your

income in general.

Get a jump on your songwriting chops. Try out

new tunes on bandmates by dedicating a portion

of rehearsal time to new songs. It’s also good

to do a thorough study of music theory and

literature. You can be an instant expert with a

few internet searches or get a degree in poetry.

There are seminars and magazines and contests

and opportunities galore if you just search them

out. Almost any effort will pay off immensely and

help you grow as an artist. It beats ending up

uninspired and dated, cranking out covers like a

human jukebox.

Enjoy a great life and use your experiences to

inform your songwriting. Go to the children’s ward

in the hospital. Volunteer at the old folks home or

homeless shelter. Get out of familiar surroundings

to broaden your horizons. Climb a mountain

and go snorkeling. We sing as a reaction to life.

Remember that like music, the life you live is the

one you CREATE


Drink Specials



By Candice Beu

Congratulations, you made it to Jumanji level 2021. Now

what? Shall we reflect upon what we’ve come through

together? Nah. It’s a lot. Maybe too much for some. Lets just

say 2020 has given us a run for our money. It’s been an eye

opener of a year to say the least. Our world has indelibly

changed, our relationships affected. We have lost people

we love, both physically, emotionally and on social media.

We have reconnected and gotten closer with some. We

have created our own germ circles, our own social etiquette

rules and security-theater rituals in order to cope with all

that Covid has brought us. Over the course of a year we’ve

become couch activists, political and social commentators

and expert germ specialists. We’ve spent more energy

readjusting our masks and more money stockpiling toilet

paper and groceries than we may care to look at. Though

some may be immune to Covid, no one is free of its ripple

effect. We have all been in the trenches, to differing degrees,

separately yet together. Just give yourself and others a

break this next year, cause shit’s been weird.

So now what? What to do in 2021? I don’t have any

concrete answers, just some practical suggestions: Keep

finding the better solutions. Be proactive. Be kinder. Be

more quick to forgive self and others. Choose compassion

over defensiveness, gentleness over harshness and healing

a bond over breaking it. Let go more and control less.

Listen more, speak less. Learn more, assume less. Do

your best. Breathe. Go outside. Be with family and friends

when you can. Have more laughs together. Sing together.

Dance together. Take walks. Be present. Be available. Be

of service. Be aware how our behaviors and actions affect

others. Mind your mouth. Mind your commentary. Mind your

business. Put political and/or religious divisiveness aside

for a while and let’s reconnect to our shared humanity and

spirituality. Self regulate. Be response-able. Know what’s

our responsibility and what isn’t. Don’t cross lines. Respect

others. Create and promote healthy boundaries. Break any

unhealthy loops we’ve gotten into. Go slow. Show up. Act.

Support yours and others’ growth. Determine to have an

attitude of gratitude. Flash a smile, even if it’s under

a mask. Make music. Make art. Make love. Make

your little corner of the world a little nicer to be in.

And if you feel led to, go ahead and share that masked,

side-hug with those you’ve missed, it’s been too long

My husband reminded me recently that

“Nothing is further away than a moment ago.”

We can’t undo what has been done. We can’t

rewind time and do it differently.

That’s not how it works.

All we can do is accept

what is, use our past

experience and

awareness to

make better


and keep




with an


for it all,



good and

bad alike.

Life is fragile so we must

handle it with care at all

times and seize the

moments as they come.

You never know

when “the last

time” of

anything is, so

cherish it all.

Cherish the

bedtime routine,

story time, the

drive to school,

the daily tasks,

the cuddle

on the couch,

the Zoom with

a colleague,

the phone call

with a parent,

the dinner with

siblings, the drinks

with friends, the

sing-a-long with

strangers, the visit to

the adult care facility

... whatever creates

your day,

whatever you are

lucky enough to

experience, remember

to see the

extraordinary in

the ordinary.

without them.



Don’t waste a single second on the distracting, brainwashing,

bullying bullshit that actively floods our social media and news

outlets. Replace the news-noise with good background music.

Turn it off and tune inward. Release the need for conspiracy

mindedness, the need to be right, the need to attack others by

trusting life to work itself out instead. We can all work together.

We can choose love and compassion over fear and hate any

time we want to. We can choose relativism over absolutism,

compromise over disputes, open mindedness over

defensiveness. It’s our choice. We may not be able to control

the world at large but we can control our own backyard. We

can control our inner reactions and responses. We mustn’t

try to keep managing the unmanageable or change anything

or anyone through force and manipulation, just become the

change we want to see in the world. There is no “try” anyway,

only “do”... and we do by doing. That’s what my inner-Yoda

tells me at least. We have to be willing to drop extreme

thinking, tribalized viewpoints and generic generalizations that

leave zero room for the complexities and nuances of real life,

real situations, real people. Humanity is more complicated

than that. If we can develop an understanding that allows for

this, then maybe we will be better off in 2021 than we think.

Only time will tell.

I read a meme the other day that said “Plot Twist: 2020

has actually been the best year of your life. You’ve faced

challenge after challenge, you’ve adapted, you’ve overcome.

2020 has forced you to grow exponentially. Don’t take it

for granted.” If we can acknowledge this (by reframing our

experiences and expectations) we may come out of this year

and into the next a little stronger, a bit softer, and a whole

lot wiser. Just make today count and basically don’t be an

asshole. I think that is one New Years resolution most of

us can get firmly behind (pun intended). Declare with me if

you will: “I,_(name here)_, make the active decision not to

be an asshole in 2021.” (And that starts with not buying up

all the toilet paper y’all!) Personally, in my family, we make

it a practice to ask ourselves as often as necessary: “Am I

the asshole here?” We all are at some point and it’s better

to acknowledge it sooner than later, make the necessary

apologies, and move forward from there. If you have the

self awareness and humility to say “yes, I’m the asshole this

time. I am acting like an ass”, then you can change course

quickly to the non-asshole behavioral approach to life and

relationships. Get over yourself. See yourself truthfully. Make

amends. Shift gears and move on. Ain’t nobody got time to

wallow in offense, depression or unpleasantness. We got

more important shit to do here. Happy New Year!

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1. The words of a song

2. This American heavy metal band released

the album “Eternal Black Dawn” in 2003

3. Frequent setting for karaoke

5. Another name for “half step”

6. Mouth organ

8. Their first studio album in 10 years, The

Cranberries released this album in 2012

9. This singer owned Graceland

10. ‘60s rebel singer Bob

13. Drum or dance

14. A song that tells a story

17. Barbershop quartet specialty


4. English rock band The Police put this in a

bottle 1979

Making great music since 1999

7. Squeeze box

10. A funeral or mourning song

11. The process of changing from one key to


12. A mandolin is a type of this

14. Cymbals are made of this

15. Sing softly

16. A song chosen as a signal of a country

18. Title of the final studio album of Talking

Heads, released in 1988


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There is something liberating about

listening to music and being able

to pinpoint the exact moment in

time you heard that song, and more

importantly, the way it made you feel.

Recently, I was sitting in my garage

having a conversation about Steven

Tyler. I think we were watching “Be

Cool”, a movie I would have never

even watched without a nudge from

this unbelievably loud metal band

front man who also happens to be the

man I love and the writer of this page,

and who occasionally lets me borrow

his platform. Funny thing is, during

this conversation about “Be Cool” I

found myself wishing I could go back

to riding around in my candy-apple red

Jeep Wrangler in Miami in the 1990s,

listening to Aerosmith’s “Get a Grip”

without a care in the world, and sitting

in front of my ancient TV watching Liv

Tyler and Alicia Silverstone be their

free and beautiful selves in his videos

on MTV. I think my man may have

wished for this as well, judging by the

look on his face when he speaks of

these videos. I can’t say I blame him.

This brings me to the muse I write

about today, Bebe Buell, who I first

saw in Creem Magazine sometime in

the 1980s when my idiot guy friends

had her photos plastered on their

walls like the little freaks they were.

For those of you who have never

seen this woman, Bebe Beull was

the most stunning woman I had ever

seen at that age. She was, to me, not

just a mere groupie, she was a rock

n’ roll goddess, and she fascinated

me. Model, singer with her own band,

muse, and lover of all things rock n’


roll, she was easy to be in awe of.

Featured in High Times Greats, and

dubbed Playboy’s Miss November

1974, Bebe was no mere groupie,

she was connected (for lack of a

better word) to artists such as David

Bowie, Joey Ramone, Iggy Pop,

Mick Jagger, Rod Stewart, Jimmy

Page, Todd Rundgren and Elvis

Costello, among others. None was

as legendary as her time spent

with Steven Tyler in 1976. Though

short-lived, this tryst led to the

gorgeous gift that is Liv Tyler. Liv

was raised by Rundgren until she

attended an Aerosmith concert

at age 11 and according to Bebe,

immediately knew that the front

man was her dad. That must have

been so weird, right?

Cameron Crowe, a director who

met Bebe in 1975, and was a

close and personal friend of Joey

Ramone, used her as to create

the role of groupie, Penny Lane, in

his film Almost Famous. Similar to

Penny Lane, Bebe in real life hated

being called a groupie and truly

considered herself to be a creative

inspiration for the rock stars in her

life. She is said to joke that she

inspired so many songs that she

could “release a box set.” I’m not

sure that she herself knows them


So, the next time you sit to watch

Almost Famous, or even Be Cool,

give some props to Penny Lane.

She may have been a groupie in

denial, but she did some really cool

stuff with some really rad people.

- “Seems like the light at the end of the tunnel

may be you.” ……Steven Tyler



1. 1996

2. New Kids on the Block

3. BBMak

4.’N Sync

5. 11

6. O-Town

7. Toby, Michael, Phil, Andrew

8. Busted

9. Jennifer Love Hewitt

10. Orange, Orange


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