The Voice was ho hum for me until I saw this:
Papa Roach is a multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated rock band hailing from Sacramento, CA. Over their decade-spanning career, the band has sold more than 12 million albums worldwide, produced 10 top 10 Rock Hits, seen 260 Million Online Plays and has accumulated 6.3 million combined fans via social media channels. On October 2, Papa Roach is releasing their highly anticipated new album, The Connection on Eleven Seven Music. Their first single from the album, “Still Swingin” has received over 1 million total views on Youtube.
Lifetime is a newly launched group video chat service in private beta. It enabled group video chat with up to 9 people on video chat and unlimited people in the text chat. Lifetime does not require other chat participants to login or create an account to video chat with the host and other participants.
Papa Roach and Eleven Seven Music have decided to help launch THE CONNECTION Lifetime.fm group video chat service, which enables live interaction through audio, video and text with and between the participants. Lifetime’s new Mute and Unseat featuresoffer the host complete control over the conversation in chat room.
Lifetime’s chat room looks like a digital venue as represented by the image. Papa Roach and fans will be able to sit in the chairs below using a webcam and microphone. They already tried this, and it has been a fun and engaging experience for fans and the band alike.
Lifetime and Papa Roach believe that it will be a pleasure to come together with fans for a chat, talk about the new music album and send out some copies of the album. The launch is scheduled on October 2, 2012 at 6:00 PM PST. Fans can visithttps://lifetime.fm/paparoach to be part of the show.
I’m a lot like Truman Capote if I dare may say. He was always himself no matter who his muse of the moment was. So I am. I’m the girl in the ultra trés mini and drag queen makeup whenever I’m forced to be in some conservative spot. Always a show girl. It’s theatre. It’s art, baby. Naturally, it was only fitting that I would be dressed in a maxi pink floral dress with appropriate matching cardigan for Lady Gaga’s Monster Ball concert at the Pepsi Center in Denver last Wednesday night. Huh!
Wannabes – as we called them in my teeny bop days – were dressed in their glitterati. Adorable little minions. I couldn’t do it. I would fit in. How un-apropos. My daughter didn’t even dress up. I guess a knock off the old block eh! Aesthetics aside there’s more to Lady Gaga to get me stirred up. Huh!
If you ask what does Gaga have to do with progressive music, then you have not allowed yourself to be exposed to her Gaganess. However, I find the woman intriguing since I’m a lover and participant of the theater and performance art. I’m surprised her music hasn’t been labeled “art rock” but I would never support labeling anything anyway. Huh!
Her show was an invitation for us to join her at the Monster Ball. We – being her little monsters. I’m not a subject of the monster family; however, I am an Italian-American from New York just like Lady Gaga. Maybe that’s why the 24 years old has captured the adoration of this 43 years old. Huh!
Seeing her on stage sent me back in a time capsule to another life I had. One that I still cling to. I’ve been reawakened. Lady Gaga says she’s “letting the freaks outside and locking all the fucking doors.” This freak has been inside for too long. Time to let her out. Huh!
I’ve perceived and received a lot of smack for taking my ten year old daughter to see the super-sonic iconic for gays. Well…I say “back off” in the utmost respectful way. My neighbor professed that my daughter will be exposed to all the “gay people making out” and acting in lewd ways. What? I didn’t see anyone sucking face or otherwise. The audience included all the colors over and under the rainbow Awesome, I say. It was one of the most polite audiences I have been with in quite a while, especially considering that I’ve never been a good audience member always wanting to be on stage or backstage. I’m at home there. Huh!
Did she drop the f-bomb? Of course! Don’t all of us New Yorkers? My daughter is not immune from it and ironically, abhors the word. I was proud to hear Lady Gaga tell her monsters to be themselves no matter what. I hope my daughter embraces those same words I constantly tell her. It was a great mother-daughter experience. Critics – take that back to your mundane objective worlds. As Lady Gaga preached, “I’m a free bitch, baby.” The party is here. Let’s go. Huh!
Kick out the jams with Tommy Gallagher and friends ©
By Connie J. Schlosberg
Tommy Gallagher’s Incredible Friends’ music kicks off with a punch. Self-described as a “Seasoned, Professional, Fun loving Jamband,” Tommy provides an innovative sound to some great favorites. Their rendition of the Allman Brothers jazz-influenced instrumental “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed” is phenomenal. Versions of “Little Wing” and “Cosmic Ray” are remarkable. Their approach is unconstrained, unhindered expression of complete freedom for the music.
Based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Tommy got together with award winning guitarist/vocalist Michael Reese, bassist Kim Stone, a five-time Grammy nominee, former Spyra Gyra alumni and current member of the Rippingtons, and drummer Lenny Campanaro, the formerly of Badfinger, Iron Butterfly and his own band Private Life in the autumn of 2007. Both individually and collectively these guys rock the house. No need for fancy showmanship – the music speaks for itself. A vision of true musicianship!
You can listen to a sampler at http://www.myspace.com/tommygallagher.com. I guarantee you will not be disappointed.
|ACID JAZZ JAM ‘WE’RE BACK’
Sunday, June 7, 2009, 8:30 PM
Hosted by Kim Stone
The Ancient Mariner
962 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs, CO
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Artists should be given free reign in the creation and display of their works regardless if
these said pieces of work offend or disparage some – or even – all persons’ beliefs and
values. Artists should be able to create, write and perform and use whatever it is that
drives them to accomplish the works that they do. Sometimes artists choose to use their
work as a forum for their political and religious beliefs and ideas. This is no different
than politicians and religious leaders using their positions to promote their ideologies.
There is no reason why an artist cannot use their freedom of expression in their songs,
books, or art. Suppressing freedom is damaging to the individual freedoms that are the
basic civil rights of all citizens. If even just one person is allowed to voice his/her
opinions and concerns – regardless of what form they choose to use – then every person
shall be able to do the same if he/she so desires. There is no guarantee that anyone else
will pay attention if the message is not appealing. However, it is the right of every
American citizen to practice free speech including various forms of artistic expression.
After the United States Constitution had been written, some of the Founding Fathers
wanted to ratify it to exclude such items as the Bill of Rights – including the first
amendment – to guarantee rights to all of its citizens. Not all Americans approved of the
new Constitution, arguing that it gave too much power to a centralized, federal
government and that it lacked a bill of rights to protect citizens against the coercive
powers of the state. The Federalist Papers were started by Alexander Hamilton and
James Madison to argue for these ratifications to the United States Constitution. These
publications attempted to finesse the country towards their way of thinking. Eventually
the desire for a stable federal government and the promise of the prompt addition of the
bill of rights, brought ratification from the required majority of states.
With that said, this is still a country comprised of “We the people” and artists are
certainly a part of that citizenry. Every voice shall be heard no matter how that voice is
parlayed whether it is via a speech by Martin Luther King, Jr., a novel by Mark Twain, a
photograph by Robert Mapplethorpe or a song by Green Day. In Rolling Stone
magazine’s issue 1039, Eddie Vedder was asked if free speech is in danger. He replied,
“Absolutely, at the hands of those in power – big corporations… It doesn’t seem like a
far stretch – that our daily communication and access to information can be controlled
and monitored…” In August 2007, Vedder’s band Pearl Jam performed in Chicago at
Lollapalooza which was being broadcasted by AT&T. While playing their song
“Daughter,” they interjected riffs from Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall” altering
lyrics to criticize President George Bush. No one who saw the broadcast heard more than
the first line because AT&T had censored the rest of it. After receiving a lot of flack, the
company apologized for its action, stating that it had made a mistake and changed current
company policy to respect freedom of expression and “believes it is a foundation of our
free society to express differing points of view.” AT&T stated they will not terminate,
disconnect or suspend service because of the views anyone expresses on public policy
matters, political issues or political campaigns.
Madonna is an artist who is no stranger to controversy with her work. Her video for
“Like a Prayer” caused a commotion with the Catholic Church. The video contained
images of stigmata, burning crosses and a rape scene which offended many Catholics.
Madonna should have the right to articulate how she wants to show the meaning of her
music. The American government and society ought not to interfere with her dalliances.
Their responsibility to artists as well as the rest of its inhabitants is to permit unalienable
natural rights that it supposedly stands for. As Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong said,
“I’m a musician and I want to say positive things. If it’s about self-indulgent depression
or overthrowing the government, it’s gotta come from my heart.” Perhaps this freedom
enhances the artist’s ability to make his/her audience think. Without this right to free
speech, the country may never have changed and grown. Even if the message is one that
not everyone agrees with, it still put forth a new or different perspective worth at least a
second glance or listen. A country cannot prosper without respecting the diversity of its
Artists’ responsibility to society is to maintain their integrity with their work. No matter
what the message is from the artist, it should reflect the artist’s own beliefs and values. If
this message should attract an audience and inspire them to think or act differently, then
there should be no interference from the government or institutions that lead the country.
The only exception may be if a law was broken – unless of course – it is the law that is
being questioned. Even if the message repulses an audience, then maybe this is the intent
of the artist. Sometimes people need to see the reality in things even if those things are
ugly. That may be the only way to get people motivated to change. If they are not
inclined to do so, they have the option to turn it off or look away or create something in
protest of it.