Good News Documentary Review-“Shaholly”

Reviewed By:  Jerome Fitts

The spirit in which top fashion model Shaholly Ayers details her path to stardom in the short documentary Shaholly, is exactly what The Cacique Film Festival Series definition of a “Good News Documentary” is.  Award winning director Wojeciech Lorenc did a near perfect job of highlighting Ms. Ayers personality that compliments her stunning beauty. The story itself is something we encourage our readers to patiently watch. The thing of it is, you may find yourself watching it over and over. This is turning adversity into triumph.

As a society we all want to be in a place and time when we are not  judged from the first sight of one another, but unfortunately the world has not developed into that place- just yet. Hopefully this documentary, produced by Mary O’Connell, could lead us to taking another look at our ethics.

Copyright controlled. Photo used by kind permission. 2019

After watching the documentary for a second time, we (WJ) found ourselves searching for more information on Ms. Ayers and by no one surprise, her story is a continued journey. It is exciting and inspirational following her steps toward building onto her dreams.  Shaholly Ayers is a master piece of beauty in her own right and the word special has to be replaced by an adjective that hasn’t been written yet.

Copyright controlled. Photo used by kind permission. 2019

Our take on the film is that; opportunities taken for granted should be withdrawn from those who think they are entitled to it. Within the film Ms. Ayers mentions the doors that were closed by certain shallow thinkers and how her tenacity to fulfilling her childhood dream eventually became a reality. It should be noted that there was never a mention of self pity or acknowledgement of her disability that withheld her from overcoming those obstacles. 

Copyright controlled. Photo used by kind permission.2019

Watch the documentary! It takes less than 5 minutes to feel good about the rest of your day and on one those worse days when you are not counting your blessings, do yourself some justice by watching it again.

Remarkable “Good News” documentary- WJ

TIME!- “Our Most Valuable Commodity”-

By: Edward Lane

Time is the one thing most of us take for granted, even though it is the one thing we possess that is limited and finite. As a dear friend of mine says, “We all have the same 24 hours!” and in my opinion it is the absolute truth! However, with that being said, my thinking of late takes it one step further – “we all don’t have the same amount of sand in the hourglass.” 

No one knows how many grains of sand anyone has been blessed with. God Almighty makes this a mystery to man, for all our perceived wisdom and intelligence, no one can know this answer!

“How do we spend this most precious and valuable commodity? With what or whom do we share it with?

Obviously this is a unique question that every individual must decide for themselves. No two answers, in my opinion, would be the same – nor should they. It is something that I have noticed from my journey through life which has been change with time. Many things have made me reevaluate the way I think about time. Marriage, death, my children, my faith and friends are all things that have forced me to examine myself.

Spending time with one of my twins.

Lets face it, within our societies we forget to step back, slow down and think prior to proceeding. Do we ask ourselves if somethings we force our time with causes us to try to extend those twenty-four hours in which we all have? Is it really that important that we cramp certain things within that time frame that makes us forget what is really important and time we cannot get back? What is the point if we miss what is important to us such as time with love ones that we can not replace in the future? We all try to make up the time but in reality its not the same. 

Family time part of our those invaluable commodities.

I have watched friends, family and colleagues leave this earth far too young. But who am I to say this? Am I God? Certainly not! It is He that holds the hourglass and only He that knows the amount of sand within. In my youth I spent majority of my time chasing other people’s dreams. Things that were laid out before me like a golden road. Following the footsteps of generations before me, it seemed like the obvious and correct path to take. Of course I can only look back and evaluate the past. I cannot change it, but I can learn from it.

I have often wondered, as many have likely done, if I spent my time differently would I or could I have changed anything? Perhaps, but probably not much, because that time spent helped shaped us into the person we are today.  

Time.. How to.. ? A social media post from a “Social Media” friend

The objective of this piece: WE have to choose how to use the remaining sands of “OUR” hourglass. 

Take time for a peaceful walk through the woods or park. Stop and listen to the birds sing. Sit with your family and turn off your phone! Have an ice cream or nice meal them and fellowship! Have a discussion with someone you care about and ask them how they are doing as a human. Actually listen! Tell the people in your life how much you love them, if you do. Because guess what – your last grain of sand could pass before you speak with them again. 

Time “Our Most Valued Commodity”
Photo by: Sebo Films/Pivatell Distribution.2018

Spend the precious commodity of time with the right people, but still reserve some for a stranger you meet at a shop for a short chat. 

I hope sharing my insight and opinion will be helpful to maybe begin that process in someone that reads this. Like it or not, time is not a commodity we can hoard in a bank or should be taken for granted as if we are allowed credit.  We are forced to spend it as “Father Time” is undefeated. So spend it joyfully and live well!

Thanks for reading and God Bless!

J.Edward Lane

“A Night With A Stranger”- Short Film Review

Reviewed By: Jerome Fitts

Does anyone remember a time when we could meet someone in a park after a night out and discuss a mutual problem? The short film “A Night With A Stranger” by independent filmmaker and director Uladzimir Taukachou submitted to us via Cacique Film Awards was filmed in an unusual social scene, (a park in New York City). The indie filmmaker has made a short that touches certain embarrassing attributes that most Americans have. (* From our view!)

A Night with a Stranger official trailer from Uladzimir Taukachou on Vimeo.

The 5 criteria based questions of a short film such as; who, what, when, where and then how are covered. There are also topics that has become a norm for societies world-wide.

Who: Girl walks and sits in a New York City park and is approached by a stranger.

What: A discussion with a stranger as they both give a brief history of themselves as well as discuss the margins of their personal lives.   (** Our questions are: “Is America this shallow?”, “Does it matter where someone comes from?”, “Has society forgotten to be nice to one another?” and worse “Why should this be a strange encounter?”)

When: Actress Titi Arewa, who is making her film debut, walks in a park after a regretful night, to come up with a solution for her most recent problem. The stranger Kim Palmer, played by Marty Novitsky, gives his resolution as well as compares his life to hers.

Where: New York City- very unusual, but that is the obvious point as strangers seldom speak to one another let alone vent their problems in hope of a solution.

How: The thirteen and twenty second short was filmed on a DSLR camera with an indie budget and film crew of 3 people. Other than certain scenes with  lighting challenges, Uladzimir Taukachou  has done a fair job of making the most of his limitations without making excuses. Here is validated proof that sometimes the best art is created with a set of limitations.

Photo used by kind permission. Copyright Uladzimir Taukachou. 2018

Its safe to say that we can all appreciate the efforts the director and cast has made.  Paying close attention to the film you may find the more so often than not unfortunate descriptions, margins and perimeters of others  unsocial-able misfortunes that disables one another to opening up to others. We get it and we hope you do to.

WJ

“A Night With A Stranger” is a UTC Film Production.2016

 

EyeCue – Immediate Press Release

 Jerome Fitts

For those of you that are aware of the rich traditions that comes with Skopje, Macedonia, then you should be informed of the amazing band, Eye Cue. During the bands seven year history they have performed to over a half a million people as a main-stage act. The most notable of those festivals being the massive “Taksirat”. 

The bands notoriety due to heavy rotation on MTV (Adria) has resulted in awards such as  “Song Of The Year 2012” to “Band of the Year 2015” within the Balkan region.

The rock/pop/fusion/trance band that consist of  Bojan Trajkovski and  Marija Ivanovska are schedule to release their much anticipated European release “We Are Having Fun” on February 14th, 2018 via Crownn Records/Pivatell Distribution. To promote the release of the record the band will be undertaking a lengthy European tour throughout the month of February and March.  The album and tour will be highlighted by the hit single “Million Times”.

EyeCue accepting “Best Festival Song” Skopski Festival. 2015. Photo used by kind permission. 2017

Surprisingly the band has more catalog of music, videos and live shows than the average, wannabe western society, bands out there but has never crossed the border with their shows. The latter isn’t an excuse because of the lack of opportunity or interest but rather a choice based on the mastermind Bojan idea of the right time.

EyeCue Live. 2017. Photo used by kind permission. 2017

“The thing of it is, we noticed all of the bands in America and on the continent of Europe were rushing to release their music online. We didn’t believe in that. That isn’t to take away from some of the new main stream bands, but we wanted to corner our market first. Besides putting anything online is easy.  I also studied the market and just concentrated on the sound that was in our hearts and when the right opportunity came along we took it. We are excited to finally tour outside of the Balkan region while promoting our music.”- Bojan

EyeCue “We Are Having Fun!” Release Date: February 14th, 2018

Its seems as though the real bands that  have a live unit to perform their songs are out there. The likes, the followers and self propelled tags that so many are begging to have via the social media platforms to capture art these days are exposing themselves. Getting in the van or bus to play a show in any language and/or from any region can arguably be what music is about.

EyeCue are a band that has not used the excuse of being from a region that is seldom overlooked for talent. The end result is the talent within EyeCue that the public has enjoyed during the 300 plus shows thus far.  Keep your eye out for this band.

“We Are Having Fun” will be released on Crownn Records / Pivatell Distribution Feb. 14th, 2018

 Website:  https://www.eyecueofficial.com                                                                Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eyecueband/  Twitter: https://twitter.com/EyeCueOfficial

JointPop- Immediate Press Release

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 Jerome Fitts

It is extremely hard to find a band that isn’t apart of the new mainstream era that is road sturdy with a welcoming sound and lyrics that all genres can relate to. Does that sound dangerous or is it just what you have been looking for?

The riveting sound that JointPop, a Trinidad /Tobago band, has is completed by a live show that the new era musicians and gig goers alike yarn for. The band consist of lead singer Gary Hector with Damon Homer on the second guitar, Jerome Girdharrie on bass, Phil Hill -keyboard/synthesizer is completed by soothing yet complimenting drummer Dion Camacho.

The band formed in 1996 and has released an astonishing 7 full length albums over its 21 year history. Due to extensive touring, the bands loyal following that was ignited from the West Indies has stretched to the heart of Europe. In 2011, the band broke the Atlantic barriers with a selection of live dates to compliment the fist full of back catalog with an extensive tour of Europe.

The culmination of Gary’s vocals and lyrics with a mixture of a reggae/pop/rock is evident in the bands selection of notable singles: 

After a much needed break from the grinding road over the last two years, the band is gearing up for yet another European jaunt in early 2018 which is to be preceded by a festival circuit tour.

JointPop complete catalog is available here: http://www.jointpop.com/index.php/buy 

Website: http://www.jointpop.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/jointpop

 

“The Purple Stems” from The Silverbeets

By:   Jerome Fitts

In a world where we try to predict the next best thing or copy the remaining sounds of the strings that were left behind from those that created it, there are somethings or songs that remains original. You just have to look for it and we found it in Tasmania, Australia in The Silverbeets.

For starters in 2017, unfortunately we (the indie music community) have screwed it up with overly saturated athems that makes very little sense within the indie musical circuit. We can all agree that at the top of the music chain, which used to be considered the cream of the crop, there are more bird droppings than organic melodies. The search for bands that are genuine can be found in remote places or as one would think; the bottom of the world.  In this months music review, there is a certain Indie Pop band that can be found near the bottom of the earth that someday will rise to the cream of the top. – The Silverbeets.

The band, which is essentially the master mind of Farnz Cordeaux, was created in 2010 in Tasmania, Australia. Their current debut E.P. “The Purple Stems”  which initially generated a positive knee jerk reaction from their online music community has also garnered a list of enquirers and a respectable number of online engagements based on the unique writing style of their lyrics. Farnz seems to have made an effort to remind us where the melodic machine of music comes from.

The Silverbeets. 2017
Photo Used By Kind Permission. 2017

Farnz Corbeaux, explained it best;

 “The song, Does Not Equal Ten, is a song about love going wrong. It’s those relationships that you find yourself in that aren’t healthy but there’s something about the relationship that you can’t break, or you do but you go back. Perhaps it’s great sex, maybe it’s money, maybe it’s cos of beauty or power or whatever, but whatever it is everyone else can see that therelationship isn’t right except the two people in it.  Eventually you figure it out and split for good but until that point it can be painful for everyone. The chorus, well there’s this thing about being the perfect 10 right? So if we look at it that way, everything that these people do in this relationship is to try and make the relationship equal a perfect 10 but it never works and just never adds up, hence 2 + 6 + 4 Does not equal 10″

Music has forever been written in the form of stories since the beginning of time. It is refreshing to know that there are bands that are still writing about their experiences or journey through life. These days it is common to sample and cover songs  that has being quoted “writing from the heart” that someone else has written. It happens and no one can be blamed for covering a song that may or may not signify where they are in life or expressing what a particular song may mean to them. The difference is finding the gem from those classics which may be the reason why those artist picked up their instruments in the first place. The latter used to be known as inspirational classics.

The Silverbeets have managed to culminate lyrics and their experiences through their songs with bare facts. The talented musicians that make up the body of work in the sound can be heard as the production of the tunes should set a standard that is desperately needed in the new age indie music community.

The Silverbeets remarkable cover of Simon and Garfunkly – We Got A Groovy Thing Goin’ will cement the band in the coming months but should not over look the brilliance of the fine tunning of “The Purple Stems”.

FOLLOW THE BAND:

Website: http://thesilverbeets.com/  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheSilverbeets/  Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheSilverbeets

*The Purple Stems can be purchased on all major digital platforms:

CD Baby: https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/thesilverbeets2

I-Tunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/purple-stems-ep/id1082293952 

“A Taste Of Heaven”- Radio Drive

Radio Drive – A Taste Of Heaven from Black Winter on Vimeo.

By:   Jerome Fitts

We all assume that when we leave this remarkable planet we are going to heaven but until that day comes we all find our peace in things that are apart of our journey. As music lovers we sometimes find our “Taste Of Heaven” within our favorite songs. Kevin Gullickson, of Radio Drive, found that taste of heaven when he laid eyes on the love of his life years ago and eventually put the words and melodies in the bands single “A Taste Of Heaven” . From the opening chords of the song one would have to be frozen on the other side of the moon to not feel the passion behind his joy. The song displays a culmination of the bands early influences (most notably U2) as well as fill the void of where some of those bands may have left off. 

The single which was originally released in 2014, was produced by reknown producer Chris Garcia (Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Celion Dion), will be re-released via resurging original indie label Crownn Records/Crownn Sounds on July 4th, 2017. 

Just like most worthy things that exist in this world, its amazing how we sometimes forget that good music takes time. The re-release of “A Taste Of Heaven” could also mean that time caught up with Kevin. The song was after all about the love of his life and he has been a taken man for sometime which could only mean that the previous release in 2014 was really a taste of heaven from a well perserved bottle of music wine. 

“We knew Kevin and crew had released the record a few years ago but for whatever reason the promotion behind the record wasn’t complete. Amazingly enough, there is still alot of life in the single based on the world-wide support and reception the song keeps garnering. We are lucky to be apart of Kevin’s progress in this now fickle industry and estatic to be apart of the radio friendly single.”- James Lane-Crownn Sounds- 2017

To support Mr. Lanes statement, the single is backed by melodies that suits all genres and it wouldn’t be a major surprise if there are territorial DJ’s that are remixing the song to suit their perspective live venues. The single as sweet as it sounds, may be considered a subliminal attack on todays selfie singer/songwriters who should get a thumb out and concentrate on melodies first prior to proclaiming to write a song.  

The timeless lyrics within the single; “Hair of brown and eyes of blue, the first time I laid eyes on you, it was a taste of heaven”, may read as a corny verse, but it clearly certifies Kevins as a brand ambassador for quality love songs.  

The bold time and reputation management investment between both parties (Crownn and Radio Drive), to re-release a single in 2017  shows the confidence that both parties have in good music that still sells. A Taste Of Heaven will be available on all  formats (CD and Vinyl) as of July 4th, 2017. Radio Drive are expected to promote the single by a lengthy tour of Europe starting in September 2017.

Radio Drive One Sheet Feb 2017

Radio Drive Web Presence: 
http://www.radio-drive.com
http://www.facebook.com/radiodrive
http://www.twitter.com/radiodrivemusic
http://www.reverbnation.com/radiodrive

Koyo- “Tetrachromat”

By:   Jerome Fitts

Thank God someone has guided a new generation of artist in the right direction of avoiding instant gratification methods to deliver music. Leeds, England five piece Koyo , will release their debut single titled “Tetrachromat” on March 31st, 2017. The single exemplifies the collections of instruments that Huw Edwards (lead vocals, guitar), Jacob Price (sampling, synthesizers), Seb Knee-Wright (guitars), Dan Comlay (bass) and Tom Higham (drums) orchestrated to perfection with a refreshing single. Perhaps a legitimate argument can be made by comparing the band to a familiar sound of the past to the circle of influences that keeps the band in order.

Koyo has obviously listened to and learned from those who structured the elements of creativity without restructuring or resurrecting a sound that was created before them.

Whenever there is an acceptance by  The U.K. Music Scene in 2017 without announcing unrealistic intentions but instead allowing the music to equalize its own volume around a band, one has to take that band serious. This is one of those bands where any listener can grasp the true meaning behind the title of the tune.

Koyo

In this case its Koyo representing their culmination of instruments with a song, “Tetrachromat” , that serves both the band and single justice. The Gods of our understanding created these remarkable musicians and enabled the chemicals between them to generate an energy where their name sake represents their sound. Koyo! Those collectable energys may pay off, depending on the objectives of the band but one thing for sure this sound will last.

In support of the single release on March 31st via 88 Watt, the band are playing selective shows throughout the United Kingdom at:

March 29th: Manchester- Aatma

March 30th: Leeds- The Library

March 31st: Kettering- The Yards

April 7th: Leicester- Duffy’s Bar

May 4th:  London- The Old Blue Last

The bands self-titled debut album (Koyo) will see the light of day on June 9th, 2017.

Follow Koyo:

Website: www.koyoband.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/koyo_uk

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/koyoband

Facebook: https://facebook.com/koyoband

Bandcamp: https://koyoband.bandcamp.com/releases

 

Trend- Single Review- “Just Another Friday”-

By:   Jerome Fitts

New Single : ‘Just Another Friday’ Out Now! on SoundHub Records. 2017
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The Trend, a rock/pop quartet that consist of members, Ryan Malone, Del Greig, Johnny Carroll, Josh Carmichael, wrote in their new single “Just Another Friday” that there is a growing trend in their native city of Glasgow, Scotland. The proof in the pudding is in the opening line: “Everybody running for cover, look around there isn’t another friendly face in sight….” while simplifying the brilliant melodies in the chorus: 

The Trend "Just Another Friday" Used By Kind Permission. The Trend Released on SoundHub. 2017

The Trend
“Just Another Friday”
Used By Kind Permission. The Trend
Released on SoundHub Records. 2017

Lets hope these are just lyrics or the tourist board in Glasgow and its nearby city Edinburgh will be going through the roof.

No one can deny that after listening to the song in its entirety that The Trend are steadily working on mastering their craft in songwriting. For a band that was once considered one of the top unsigned acts in the UK, it is a solid single that shows they are stepping away from their embryonic phase. Perhaps this is because the lads are constantly touring the U.K. and their engine doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. Hint hint indie artist, get out there and gig.

Catch them live in supporting their recently released single  “Just Another Friday” (SoundHub Records. 2017) on any given day of the week. If you are in the area, go get your tickets as this will be one of those bands that you will claim to have seen before they take flight.

Friday 24th February: Record Factory, Glasgow w/ The View (DJ Set)
Saturday 4th March: The Arts Centre, East Kilbride
Saturday 18th March: Mad Hatters, Inverness

Social media:
facebook.com/thetrendglasgow
twitter.com/thetrendglasgow
Instagram.com/thetrendglasgow

The Further- “Other Side Of The Valley” single review

By: Jerome Fitts

Follow on Twitter: https://twitter.com/JeromeFitts

The “Other Side Of The Valley” single by  the Derby, United Kingdom based band, The Further reassures us that melodies that compliments emotions still exist. The Brit Pop influence three piece band (James- drums, Barrington-gutair and Peter-vocals), collectively wrote the song in the early stages of the winter with the intentions of a winter feel. However, the results will inequivically ride throughout the four seasons.

Download the single here:

The roadtrip music lovers lyrics “I hope you can hear me, I am here if you need me” will stick out. After reviewing the starlets who happens be on the active Soundhub Label, (WJ) , just as yourselves will be eagerly awaiting  for more. If anyone of you can remember a song that you don’t want to end, then this is it. The single which will inevitably be considered a film score anthem consistently delivers a tone that is never ending.

Follow the band & label below:

www.Twitter.com/TheFurtherUK

www.Facebook.com/TheFurtherUK

www.SoundCloud.com/TheFurtherUK

https://www.sound-hub.com/