Sunday, March 29, 2015

Bono Speaks About Capitalism vs Aid.




Aid is necessary at times, but it is temporary. The old adage of give a man fish they eat today, teach a man to fish he eats tomorrow and so on... 

If applied correctly and with common sense, both may be needed in order to help humans forward.

Not rocket science is it? But then common sense has already left the building. 

(Side thought: it's funny how politicians twist words and phrases along w the media, and people buy into it).



Friday, March 27, 2015

A Path of Music Fits Together Like a Puzzle

Life is a journey, and the influences we perceive that surround us as we through wanderlust experience them, are going to shape our musical inclinations. In truth isn't traveling just another form of expressing our creative selves?
Johnny Sanchez lead vox, guitarist, bassist from The Upper Strata talks a bit about his journey, and the union with Regula as he has perceived his global foot path into their music.


03/27/15 Song River
A Path of Music Fits Together Like a Puzzle- Interview with Johnny Sanchez of
The Upper Strata
Song:  How are you both "Nomad’s?"  Is it in attitude, lifestyle? Describe this persona of living. 
Johnny: Regula is from eastern Switzerland, she has lived in Florida, Colorado, and Arizona. I was born near Philadelphia, raised in Florida, lived in New Mexico, Colorado, Italy and Switzerland.
Some of my favorite moments visiting Italy and Switzerland involved accordion music. So that is an example of how the traveling effects the music. When you travel you are are exposed to much more music I think varied traditions. 
Growing up in the south, but a port town Tampa, I had contact with Haitian, Jamaican, Indian, and West African music. Since the south surrounds Tampa and its on the Gulf Coast, there was also Dixieland, Blues, and Zydeco around.
We do and have traveled a lot and that seeps into you mentality and world view, at home we speak German often so we are always in between cultures and in motion. Camping, hiking, and touring about we are always exploring and getting around.
Song:  The mixture of instruments many times determines a band's sound, is there a certain sound you look to create in each song you write and perform? 
Johnny: I play a lot of resonator with bottleneck blues so that’s a folky, delta blues sound, I just let that happen now and then. Now Regula is messing around with accordion and keyboard so that is taking the sound and the songwriting in different directions. I play acoustic guitar often and write mostly on it. So most of the recordings have an acoustic track in there somewhere.
Through out the year we will play twice as many acoustic shows and some hybrid ones like the Scottsdale Arts Festival or MonOrchid gallery where we play acoustic with drums. Troy likes to use brushes which lends jazzy understated feel to most of the material.  
I use very few effects a little delay, a lot of reverb, so the electric sound is fairly basic. If I am doing bottle neck on my electric it has tremolo, reverb and overdrive and is fairly crunchy.

Song: Early influences form much of how we see ourselves in our own world. Have there been some demons along the way to fight? 
Johnny: My family is always an issue I think. They are conservative and religious and live in Florida. So there is this feeling of not being able to go home, never being home, that lends a sort of sadness to the songwriting.
Song: Have you used music to help express life and find solace at times? 
Johnny: Homesickness I am sure informs Regula’s experience too. We travel we have wandered far from home, but we feel pain from that too, the separation and missing familiar things, from food to people, smells and feelings. These themes often show up in the songs like Puzzle PiecesBishop and Desert Wind.  
Song: What is the attraction to the backroom bluesy sounds of Tom Waits, flavor-aide, you indulge in? 
Johnny: Tom taught me that blues music can be dark, raw and above all new. He is the perfect mix of classic jazz from Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday and the blues of Howlin Wolf and Muddy Waters. But there is also Kurt Weil, Greek, Klezmer, Gypsy, and a mad carnival feel to what he does. He throws some beat flavors in, spoken word, so I think the genre mixing mad quality of Tom’s stuff is the biggest influence.
Once we returned to the states and started playing around in the west, we found ourselves playing saloons, sometimes with chicken wire, staying in haunted hotels, and old mining towns there was something about these places and characters that liter them, that felt like a Tom Waits’s song and we went with it.

Song: Are there other singers and musicians today you feel hold the same candle to a Waits?

Johnny: I enjoy Ray LaMontange his songwriting and his approach to music, but I would not compare him to Tom there is no way to. I think had Mark Sandman lived longer and continued with, Treat Her Right or Morphine, he might have gotten close to Tom. He is the only person I can think that was wading into similar waters.

Song: You've six recordings released to date, correct?  Any particular favorite?  One that you would like to remake? 

Johnny: We have six recordings in the works four have been released. I think Phantastic Pigeon Holes is my favorite it is so varied from late night jazzy stuff, beat poetry ala Tom Wait’s or Morphine, roadhouse blues, folk and alternative.
The way it was made was also experimental a file cabinet was used for a bass drum, drum machine was used for another song, two different drummers are on the thing. We recorded about half of it at home on our own so the stuff has the personal feel of two kids tinkering around. 

Song: Can you talk to us about your new full length album coming out this summer, Southern Road Lament? 

Johnny: We have never released a full length purely acoustic work as a duo. Restless to Ruin was acoustic, but recorded before Regula got involved. We play maybe 75 acoustic shows a year, but don’t have a release that reflects that.  We hope it will show, how we work as a team or how we have grown together musically, how the songs have changed over time, and also our live acoustic sound.
It will feature a few songs we have played acoustic for years but have never gotten around to recording and releasing, plus acoustic versions of our set.
Song: What can we find inside, what does the title represent? 
Southern Road Lament refers to the homesickness theme (mentioned above) missing the south, but more that the south that is no more. I remember a different Florida that is beneath shopping malls and highways now. So the lament is for the lost way of life and country roads.
Song: Who wrote the words? 
Johnny: I write all of the lyrics.
Song: Life is meant to be savored. Really moment by moment... how do you find that moment to moment jewel and not release it in this hectic day to day living we are in the midst of?
 Johnny: We feel most alive playing music together Regula and I. So we savor those moments jamming, creating, interacting with the public all of it.  


More Information on The Upper Strata:

Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/TheUpperStrata


YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsePXGBBIt_LP1SU3gpJnCA

Band Members:

Members: Jonathan (vocals & guitar) Regula (bass, vocals, keyboard, and accordion) Troy (drums)
Genre: Alternative, Blues, Rock, Indie  

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 Song River is the owner of CowGirlZen Photography. She is also a freelance photojournalist. Currently working with L3 Magazine, Vents Mag, Silverplatter. You can follow her interviews, reviews of great musicians, writers, artists on her blog, http://cowgirlzenphoto.cowgirlzenphotojournalist.com/.  She is also quite active in social media working as a copywriter for several companies, and individuals. Never wrong, always right... and filled with a twisted satirical outlooks on life sometimes... you have to be thinking out of the box most of the time to catch her.  A mess of delight and quandary at times, but known for her love and compassion to help others succeed. A die hard Nikon proficient! 

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Charity Involvements (past and present) : Playing for Change, Be the Change, Human Society Fundraiser, Tsunami Relief Fund, Red Cross, Grieving Parents Photography. 

Music Picks for the Week of March 27th, 2015

Each week ends, or begins? It is Music Picks Time for the week of March 27th, 2015!

27/03/2015- Song River

A weekly feature choosing music from around the world, international, stateside, local.

Supporting the independent musicians, and those who just believe music is more than just a good beat you can dance  to... It is an experience that moves ones soul! 


International Pick of the Week:

PLAYING FOR CHANGE: Back to Your Roots 

"Today’s featured video shows the PFC Band Live in Australia from our 2013 tour supporting Robert Plant. “Back To Your Roots” is a PFC original song and it features lead vocals from Titi Tsira, Mermans Mosengo and Jason Tamba and a ferocious guitar solo from Louis Mhlanga!!

Turn up the video and get ready because The PFC band is hitting the road for a tour in Brazil this October!! Check out the links to our tour dates and help us spread the word so everyone can join in the “Peace Through Music World Tour”!!!
http://playingforchange.com/live/

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To learn more about the work of the PFC Foundation, visit http://www.playingforchange.org"- YouTube.com

Stateside Pick of the Week:

3 YEARS HOLLOW: Chemical Ride
Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/3yearshollow
Members: Jose Urquiza: Lead Vocals Tony Reeves: Guitar Neil Kuhlman: Guitar/Vocals Dex Digga: Bass Guitar/Vocals Chris Cushman: Drums
Genre: Hard Rock / Metal
Hometown: Quad Cities, IA/IL
Local Pick of the Week: 

THE LOVE ME NOTS: You Gotta Go
Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/TheLoveMeNotsOfficial

Members: Nicole Laurenne - vocals, organ Michael Johnny Walker - guitar Christina Nunez - vocals, bass Jay Lien - drums Management: Twisted Rico Management twistedrico@gmail.com 857-389-0532
Genre: fuzz-and-farfisa, rocknroll  
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
http://www.thelovemenots.com/   


Get out to your nearest record store, or go online and get out to explore the world of music!  
Music Picks for the Week is brought to you by Song River Photojournalist and owner of CowGirlZen Photography.  

Song River is the owner of CowGirlZen Photography. She is also a freelance photojournalist. Currently working with L3 Magazine, Vents Mag, Silverplatter. You can follow her interviews, reviews of great musicians, writers, artists on her blog, http://cowgirlzenphoto.cowgirlzenphotojournalist.com/.  She is also quite active in social media working as a copywriter for several companies, and individuals. Never wrong, always right... and filled with a twisted satirical outlooks on life sometimes... you have to be thinking out of the box most of the time to catch her.  A mess of delight and quandary at times, but known for her love and compassion to help others succeed. A die hard Nikon proficient! 

Contact Info: cowgirlzenphoto {at} gmail dot com
Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/CowGirlZen.Photojournalist 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/cowgirlzenphoto 

Charity Involvements (past and present) : Playing for Change, Be the Change, Human Society Fundraiser, Tsunami Relief Fund, Red Cross, Grieving Parents Photography. 



Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Re: Zayn Maylik's Exit From One Direction

Zayn Exits Stage Left- One Direction Moves On.

3/25/15 Song River





Zayn's never handled the stress well. There have been several occasions where he had to take breaks from social media, even take a night or two off from tour, not show up to certain promotions/events management put together. He's never been exactly comfortable with his life no longer being private and he has a very private personality. It's not that big of a surprise honestly.

It's going to be weird with the band no longer having him. All their voices balanced each other really well and they've never felt "full" or "complete" as they would say whenever they were missing one of the five. So it'll be interesting.

As much fame, and attention, etc., these boys have received, totally we must give them all credit for what they've done.

It's not easy being handed all the life of a "pop rock artist" when you're starting out as a 16/17 year old.  Plus, the mark they've left behind in the music industry is pretty remarkable. Boy band, pop, music... One Direction will go on.

Kudos to Niall, Harry, Liam, and Louis for carrying on.

And if stuff like this is ever stressing you out this bad; Well you have to respect Zayn's decision.

One Direction, a name that has purpose- One Direction in supporting their friendship, and fans.

Best of luck to you Zayn, on the road to a "normal" life.  May it treat you well.


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Monday, March 23, 2015

A Taste for Ink- Interview with Comic Book Inker, Le Beau Underwood

Each time I have the chance to confab with an artist or writer in the comic book industry I find their freedom of just believing, that if you love something...GO FOR IT! Whether it is a penciler, inker, story guru, layout director, editor, publisher, or coffee 'boy' they all have this incredible passion for what they love, and it shows in all they create.

Recently, artist and writer Shelby Robertson owner of, American Dischord, and I were chatting and I asked if he would introduce me to some inkers he really respected in the industry. Of course several came to mind, but as he talked about Le Beau Underwood the intrigue over came me to find out more about his work, his talents, and his passion. When I finally had the chance to speak with Le Beau about what he does, his eyes lit up immediately and sparkled, he spoke of past and current projects he was affiliated with. His extensive knowledge is astounding in his field, and with the keenly unusual diverse ability to do pencil or ink... choosing inking... well... I will let you read on.



The comic world certainly has a copious amount of talent to glean from and Le Beau has clearly defined his mark. He has been involved with many DC, Marvel, Devil's Due Productions, Image Comics, Zenescope, Digital Webbing, Dabel Brothers Productions, Angelgate, plus several others. The lists are long and the projects vast. With a bio that holds inking on Stormwatch, Batwing, Nobel Causes, Fantastic Four, Arrow, The Justice League 3000, and so on.


According to Le Beau's biography he entered the DC world in 2011 and landed an assignment of inking over penciler Luke Ross of The Incredible Hulk Annual #1 for Marvel. With that I would say, Le Beau can shout proudly and share that he would love to work on Superman, Batman, Black Panther and more!

Garnering knowledge by working hard, listening carefully, skillfully making application Le Beau credits Don Perlin as a mentor plus many other great professionals in the industry. Humble, yet so exquisitely brilliant in all he accomplishes, Professional Inker- Le Beau Underwood.

A Taste for Ink

03/24/15 Song River

Song: Who were some of your early influences in the comic world?

Le Beau: When I first became interested in the inner workings of the comic book industry, my influences were Neal Adams, Don McGregor, Art Adams, Don Perlin, John Byrne, Jim Lee and Todd McFarlane.


Song: Why did you choose to go into inking, as opposed to illustrating or writing? Or do you actually do all of them? Do you have a preference?  

Le Beau: I can actually pencil: most people don't know this, but I have been formally trained in fine arts. I can draw in pastels, charcoal, ink, pencil, graphite, and oils. I chose inking because that is the final art that people see in comic book work. So for me, that meant that my work had to be on point, to accentuate the penciler's intent. Most inkers can pencil, but the ink art is the culmination of the marriage between both skill sets.

Song: The comic book industry has so many levels and depths. Do you feel it has been a place where you could truly come in and explore your passions?

Le Beau: Somewhat. There are certain titles that I believe that my inks would enhance, but that also depends upon the penciler I am assigned to and editors to whom my style appeals to. As a comics professional and as a fan, there are MANY titles and characters I would love to work on. Alas....that depends on editors, the publishers, and other factors.

Song: Has the industry primarily been a place that only certain social and cultural individuals could enter?

Le Beau: In my experience, the opportunity has always been there. What most fans don't understand is: there is a certain amount of skill, tolerance and business acumen that has to be in place before all of comes into fruition. True: the industry is made up of individuals, with their own way of thinking and mindsets. Yet, I believe that, once you (as a creator) are able to move beyond that, then the opportunity becomes more known. In my career, I've seen and interacted with fans from ALL walks of life, and as a creator, it's not my place to judge: only to be able to relate to an individual as a FAN. To me? THAT means EVERYTHING. Fans are FANS: We ALL have a love for this industry, and we all embrace it in our own way. That within itself requires a certain amount of acceptance, and at the end of the day,       that is ALL that matters.

Song: What opportunities are there in this industry for young people? Do you mentor?

Le Beau: I choose not to mentor, because so many hopefuls think that they know more about the industry than those who get paid to participate. I personally don't have the time nor the patience to deal with some who choose to tell me how to do my job, when that individual doesn't have the slightest inkling (no pun intended) of what is required to work in this industry. I am more than willing to give advice, but I won't (at this point) take someone on who doesn't have the respect for the creators of this industry that is appropriate.

There are MANY opportunities available, but I think that one has to allow themselves to be open to receive knowledge, experience and job acumen to know what is required to not only prosper, but to thrive.

Song: Is there a difference in inking from illustrator to illustrator- how about from comic industry name to comic industry name?

Le Beau: Well, names have the ability to choose who they want to ink them. As an inker, you have to be able to discern the penciler's intent and build upon it.

Song: Do you recommend working freelance in the inking industry? Why or why not?

Le Beau: If you truly love this industry and truly believe in the impact that you could make upon it, then GO FOR IT. I won't lie: it is HARD. VERY, VERY HARD. I personally have endured so MUCH to to get in it. But, it was worth it. To be able to walk into any comic book store, to see my name on a title that I've inked? To know that I was selected out of hundreds, thousands...maybe millions? Yeah. that makes ALL the difference.


Song: Can you recall your very first inking project for a name like Marvel or DC and what it felt like knowing who you were finishing creating into a story?


Le Beau: I recall my first inking assignment with DC Comics: inking over Yildiray Cinar on Legion of Superheroes. I was in awe of his pencils: they were so CLEAN. Yet, I felt confident (at the time) that my inks would elevate his work. Knowing what I know now, perhaps better decisions should have been made, but....it's an experience that I will never forget.

For Marvel? Inking an unpublished story for Marvel Age: The Fantastic Four over penciler Gregory Titus: to know that I would have the chance to ink the characters who STARTED the Marvel Universe? WOOOOOOOOOOOW.....Nuff said. (laughed)

Song: Any favorite characters yourself? Ones that you love to work on, but also ones you just enjoy reading or watching on TV or in the movies?

Le Beau: Personally, I would LOVE to work on Superman, Black Panther, Captain America, Spider-man, Batman, The Flash, Cloak and Dagger, Hardware, and Green Lantern.

Song: Go through the process a little bit of what you do. Step by step overview.

Le Beau: Hmm. Refer to Sketch Magazine #44: I did a step by step tutorial of inking in there. Or...just follow my page on Facebook!

Song: Next project on the horizon?

Le Beau: That depends on where the powers that be at Marvel, DC, Image,Valiant, or any other publisher who figures that I am a great fit!." (smiled broadly)

Song: Are your kids artistically inclined and what do they think of dad's profession?

Le Beau: All of my kids love what I do (4), but my youngest daughters (Aaliyah and Leiyla) LOVE what I do. I regularly spend time with them, developing their own skill sets, as well as teaching them of the history, impact and significance of the comic book industry upon not only America, but the on a world-wide scale. I feel that as an artist, that is not only the responsible thing to do, it is a higher calling.



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Bio Information:

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Interview for L3 Magazine April Edition

Song River is the owner of CowGirlZen Photography. She is also a freelance photojournalist. Currently working with L3 Magazine, Vents Mag, Silverplatter. You can follow her interviews, reviews of great musicians, writers, artists on her blog, http://cowgirlzenphoto.cowgirlzenphotojournalist.com/.  She is also quite active in social media working as a copywriter for several companies, and individuals. Never wrong, always right... and filled with a twisted satirical outlooks on life sometimes... you have to be thinking out of the box most of the time to catch her.  A mess of delight and quandary at times, but known for her love and compassion to help others succeed. A die hard Nikon proficient! 

Contact Info: cowgirlzenphoto {at} gmail dot com
Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/CowGirlZen.Photojournalist 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/cowgirlzenphoto 


Charity Involvements (past and present) : Playing for Change, Be the Change, Human Society Fundraiser, Tsunami Relief Fund, Red Cross, Grieving Parents Photography. 

Saturday, March 21, 2015

The Hay Girls Show presents...The Upper Strata and Duncan Reid & the Big Heads 3.23.15

The Hay Girls Show Independent Radio Event

Tune in here to LISTEN to our latest show w/ The Upper Strata and Duncan Reid from Duncan Reid and the Big Heads!


This Monday, March 23rd, 2015 at the Time Out Lounge located in Tempe, Az.
The Hay Girls Show presents:

The Upper Strata: our special live band guests.  We will be interviewing them and listening to their musical set.

The Upper Strata



In the second hour our special guest, Duncan Reid of Duncan Reid and the Big Heads will be calling in from the UK to chat about their new album (The Difficult Second Album) and tour!

If you are not able to join your CoHosts: Carol Pacey and Song River, please tune in by going to:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/kwodradio and click on The Hay Girls Show! Feel free to call in and chat with the band or ask a question! Our number is: 714-242-5145. Our GM, Patti Hultstrand will be there to settle you in, and our soundworks by Vintage Note Records unleash the right levels live.



Join us for some Independent Rock N Roll! Time Out Lounge Tempe, Az. March 23rd from 8-10 PM MST.

List of independent music we will be playing on the air (support independent artists- go to their shows, buy their music)

Cory Hawthorne, King of the Broken Hearts
Murrieta, Next Flight to Buffalo
Old Storm, Southern Moon Rose Colored Eyes, Morning Dew
Duncan Reid, Another City Zodiac Bash, Vicosis
Kid KPM Lab, Oxygen


Friday, March 20, 2015

The Expendables

























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Song River is the owner of CowGirlZen Photography. She is also a freelance photojournalist. Currently working with L3 Magazine, Vents Mag, Silverplatter. You can follow her interviews, reviews of great musicians, writers, artists on her blog, http://cowgirlzenphoto.cowgirlzenphotojournalist.com/.  She is also quite active in social media working as a copywriter for several companies, and individuals. Never wrong, always right... and filled with a twisted satirical outlooks on life sometimes... you have to be thinking out of the box most of the time to catch her.  A mess of delight and quandary at times, but known for her love and compassion to help others succeed. A die hard Nikon proficient!