“Next year will be my year!”“Next year will be my year!”For years, I would tell myself over and over again, I was going to the Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany. The year 2019 was the year. September to be exact.The event was always on my bucket list, but somehow I never made it my priority. Finally, during this past summer after saying I would go so many times I decided to make it happen. I booked plane tickets for late September and started to plan my trip. Being a woman of colour it’s safe to say that I was more than a little hesitant to be going to Germanyalone. After booking the trip anxiety kicked in and I really started to question if this was the right decision for me. All of a sudden every bad article or internet video flashed into my mind. After a slight breakdown, I had to remind myself that you can’t always believe what you read or view online.
This gave me even more of a reason to go rather than my initial Ocktoberfest dream. I needed to put my fears aside and take a leap of faith that everything would turn out alright. I “put one foot in front of the other” and just did it. Upon arriving at the hostel, I immediately made friends with others staying at the hostel who were also attending the well-renowned gathering in Munich.
Oktoberfest turned out to be one of the best experiences I have had. I met so many amazing people and the German people were not as cold as expected but rather the exact opposite. They were inviting, generous and probably the friendliest people I have met thus far in Europe. Oktoberfest was my original motive but the friendships I made and mutual understandings of our different cultures is what it was about- the positive energy was priceless.
The spirit in which top fashion model Shaholly Ayersdetails 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 byMary O’Connell, could lead us to taking another look at our ethics.
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 amaster piece of beauty in her own right and the word special has to be replaced by an adjective that hasn’t been written yet.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 UladzimirTaukachou 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!)
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, UladzimirTaukachou 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.
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.
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 onMTV (Adria) has resulted in awards such as “Song Of The Year 2012” to “Band of the Year 2015” within theBalkan 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”.
Surprisingly the band has more catalog of music, videosand 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.
“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
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.
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 rivetingsound thatJointPop, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Scenein 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.
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:
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:
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.