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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Music from somewhere, rain heard from solitary... Edition for April 7 2020


The "Mark Twain of American songwriting" was one of nearly 2,000 Americans to die of COVID-19 complications in just one day.

APRIL 7, 2020
We join the world in mourning the passing of revered country and folk singer/songwriter John Prine. John earned 11 GRAMMY® nominations and received two GRAMMY Awards® for Best Contemporary Folk Album, one for The Missing Years at the 34th GRAMMYs® and another for Fair & Square at the 48th GRAMMYs. His self-titled debut album was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame® in 2015, and just recently he was announced as a 2020 Recording Academy® Lifetime Achievement Award recipient for his contributions to music during his nearly five-decade career. Widely lauded as one of the most influential songwriters of his generation, John’s impact will continue to inspire musicians for years to come. We send our deepest condolences to his loved ones.

Harvey Mason jr.
Interim President/CEO
Recording Academy

The Guide adds our sorrow, sympathy and condolences to his widow Fiona, his family, and all those close to him. 

Perhaps no one else in music has such a legion of songwriters and singers feeling that they were close to him, because his music connected so meaningfully with so many. And of course the same applies to his legions of fans.

"Daddy won't you take me back to Muhlenburg County,

 down by the Green River where paradise lay? 

"Well I'm sorry my son but you're too late in asking, 

 Mister Peabody's coal train has hauled it away."

~ From the John Prine song, "Paradise," an early environmental-awakening anthem covered by countless artists.


Here's the edition before the above news was received.

Quick update for Tuesday.  Enjoy!


THOUGHT FOR TODAY from one born on this date...

"You've got to have something to eat and a little love in your life before you can hold still for any damn body's sermon on how to behave."

~ Billie Holiday, jazz singer and songwriter (born April 7, 1915, died 1959)

(our thanks to A.Word.A.Day)

Today's birthdays follow the news feature stories.

True. True. 'Ceptin' for the ones here!

Otherwise, Oprah knows.


A "Beautiful" collaboration unites Broadway stars in online performance

This just debuted this morning. Present and previous cast members of "Beautiful: The Carole King Musical," from productions all over the world, have taken part to create a music video that's a full-fledged online mini-show. These professionals and their amateur sidekicks (their kids and their critters) join with the New York Philharmonic, and more.

And we really mean more. One cast member took time out from the site she launched for performances by high school musical cast members whose shows were cancelled by the crisis. TV consulting doctor Jon LaPook played hookey from answering endless COVID-19 questions to reveal his vocal chops in the morning broadcast package. Carole King shows up as a voice in the chorus with today's Broadway leads.

The "Brady Box" screen is filled with more live performing sections than a jigsaw puzzle. This is cool.

It is, says a cast member, something they wanted to do to "remind people they are not alone during this period of self-isolation." Which is as close to a universal expression by artists everywhere as you're likely to find these days. But the production value in this one is superb.

After premiering first on "CBS This Morning" on Tuesday, it's now an on-demand video link. This online performance features 80 members of the musical. The project benefits "The Actor's Fund," a non-profit that helps support actors and others in need.

"This is why we were put on the planet, to connect people," Tony Award-winner Brian Stokes Mitchell told CBS News' Dr. Jon LaPook.

But that's not all. Mitchell is a recovering COVID-19 patient, as well as the non-profit's president.

He emphasizes that it's not just the actors that need help while Broadway's doors have been temporarily shut, but camera operators, writers, producers and "the grips and the gaffers and the sound people."

By extension, he was talking about musicians and techies and riggers and bartenders and cooks and servers and all those who work in the venues and the industry everywhere.

"We are all kind of gig workers," he said, continuing, "I've been in quarantine now for 18 days, something like that. I haven't touched another person. That's so weird. I know that's true for all of us."

The performance is joyful and heartfelt. It's "beautiful"-ly produced, with countless clever moments of individual creativity. It's an irrepressible connection of energy reaching through its many isolated impromptu venues, all the way to the theater seat of your couch.

Stay through the end of the credits so you don't miss any of the delights.

*  NOTE: choose... at the url below, click the video screen link at the BOTTOM of the story to see the performance. If you click the video screen at the TOP, you'll see the TV broadcast package.

*  Check it out (here's the full url so you can share it):

Get a bunch of additional links at:


How people are killing time while in quarantine

Quarantine videos take the internet by storm, from Jack Black to horseplay. CNN's Jeanne Moos hilariously compiled the best of them.

Highly recommended. Click here.



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Blue SuperMoon (all week) --
even if you can't see it

So it's cloudy and rainy and tonight, Tuesday, is the arrival of the Supermoon. It's not like you aren't already relying on pictures on your glowing screen for everything else, is it?

Whether it's near or far, bright or dark, visible in the sky where you are or not -- the Moon provides a constant source of wonder that can come from simply looking up. Even if you need to do it virtually. Besides, after being trapped indoors all these days, you need to look up tonight -- by looking down at your screen and pretending you're outside looking up, if all else fails,

So, if you could see it tonight, during the supermoon, the Moon may look especially bright as it hugs the closest curve in its orbit about 222,000 miles away. The Moon is nominally about 240,000 miles away. This is its closest approach since 1948! Fortunately, orbital mechanics keep it close all this week. So when the clouds part, go out and look up. (C'mon, you need to look up, anyway.)

You can explore all about the Moon while you're quasi-quarantined at home. Just get into these activities from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Follow the links below to watch video tutorials and get step-by-step instructions for making things like a Moon phases calendar, a d-i-y Moon crater and Moon journal.

Not just for kids, okay? Though if you're desperately looking for activities to do at home with or for kids, and for homebound families...

Check out Learning Space With NASA at Home for their latest video tutorials and activities. They'll have even more coming soon.

What’s a Supermoon and Just How Super Is It?
– Here's what you can really expect to see during a supermoon and why.

Make a Moon Journal
Make a Moon Journal – Find out how to make a journal showing the phases of the Moon by observing the Moon throughout the month and drawing what you see.

Make a Moon Phases Calendar
Make a Moon Phases Calendar – Like a decoder wheel for the Moon, this calendar will show you where and when to see the Moon and every moon phase throughout the year.

Make a Moon Crater
Make a Moon Crater – Make craters like the ones you can see on the Moon using simple baking ingredients.
All About the Moon

All About the Moon – Learn all about our natural satellite on the NASA Space Place website for kids!

Reader challenge: prize to the first one who correctly tells us what our graphic under the word "Spaciness" (up top) represents.


Artists for Peace and Justice release album, "Let The Rhythm Lead: Haiti Song Summit Vol.1" 

New video for "I Found Out" by Jonathan Russell, featuring Jackson Browne, Paul Beaubrun, Raúl Rodríguez, and Jonathan Wilson

There are two stories here. Let's start with the artists collective with names you know. They're the ones behind this great project.

"Artists for Peace and Justice" (APJ) is a non-profit organization that encourages peace and social justice, and addresses issues of poverty, around the world. They tell the Guide, "Our immediate goal is to serve the poorest communities in Haiti with programs in education, healthcare and dignity."

Here at the Guide, having been the producers of "The Concert for Haiti" a decade ago after that island nation experienced the worst disaster in its history, we are acutely aware that the world has never done enough to make the people there whole again.

Thus we are excited when we hear AJP say of the artists in their collective effort, "We are committed to long-term, sustainable development in direct partnership with the Haitian people. Our model is simple: we believe in empowering local communities, fostering economic growth, and the power of education to change a nation."

 More AJP info at:




Now, for the story of the album they just released; and the new video for it, just out Tuesday.

JONATHAN RUSSELL, of THE HEAD AND THE HEART, shares the video for his song "I Found Out" from the benefit album, "Let the Rhythm Lead: Haiti Song Summit Vol. 1," a collaborative project of songwriters including Russell, JENNY LEWIS, JACKSON BROWNE, PAUL BEAUBRUN, JONATHAN WILSON, HABIB KOITE, and RAUL RODRIGUEZ, along with members of the Haitian roots band LAKOU MIZIK. The album is out now via Arts Music. The video was produced by Starfish Projects with post-production by MacGuffin Films.

"This video holds a special place for me, seeing the song come to life a few years after Jackson and I first met and I wrote the song on a beach in Haiti," said Russell. "From the warm night in Haiti, to a frigid winter day in New York City where we shot the video -- it has been a beautiful journey. To share the screen with so many incredible artists - including my dear friends Jackson Browne, Jonathan Wilson, Paul Beaubrun Raul Rodriguez and on and on - is an honor to say the least. Hopefully we can recreate this as a live show at some point down the road when the world has normalized. Excited to share this video with you with the hopes that it brings us all a bit closer together at this time when we all need it most."

Hailing from four different countries, interweaving North American Indie Rock with beats and percussion of Haitian Vodou, Spanish and Malian guitar, Tres Flamenco, with songs in English, Creole, Khassonké, Manding and Spanish, "Let The Rhythm Lead" celebrates the work of "Artists for Peace and Justice" in Haiti, and was recorded at their Artists Institute on the island's southern coast, in the town of Jacmel. The album has been praised by Rolling Stone, NPR's All Things Considered, Entertainment Weekly, Stereogum, Flood Magazine, and more.

"Let The Rhythm Lead: Haiti Song Summit Vol. 1" track listing:

1. Lapé, Lanmou (Peace and Love), written by Jonathan Wilson and Jenny Lewis
2. Love is Love, written by Jackson Browne and David Belle
3. Surrender, written by Paul Beaubrun and Jackson Browne
4. Under the Supermoon, written by Jenny Lewis
5. Let the Rhythm Lead, written by Raúl Rodríguez
6. Goddess at the Wheel, written by Jonathan Wilson
7. Koulandian, adapted by Habib Koité
8. Saving Grace, written by Jonathan Russell and Kathryn Everett
9. El Viajero, written by Raúl Rodríguez
10. Simbi Dlo, adapted by Paul Beaubrun
11. I Found Out, written by Jonathan Russell

Watch "I Found Out" (Official Music Video) via Youtube:

Stream and purchase "Let The Rhythm Lead" at:


Today we watched people risk their lives to vote in Wisconsin

Save a Life & Save Democracy:

Implement Vote by Mail, nationwide

We are just six months away from Election Day 2020, and Americans still struggle with access to the ballot box. That election is still unclear, since some states' primaries hsve been delayed to protect public safety in the midst of a deadly pandemic. Others, like Wisconsin today, have gine forward because of disgraceful court actions that will limit voter participatiin and surely influence outcomes.

Multiple roadblocks can impede access: long lines, limited polling places available as needed volunteers to staff them refuse to do it and risk infection. Even without the pandemic, the deck is stacked in many places -- limited hours, difficulties getting time off from work, electronic machines that are vulnerable to hacking, inconvenient polling locations, transportation challenges, and voter suppression and intimidation. Point is, the challenges to casting ballots are real.

And here we are, facing a global pandemic when a very necessary election must be held. Simple fact is, when states require in-person voting, COVID-2019 coronavirus demonstrates another way things can go wrong. On Super Tuesday, many states took precautions to assure the safety of voters visiting the polls. Some voters, however, were still afraid of the threat and stayed home.

As the election cycle continues, there are more and more examples of election staff not showing up out of fear of contracting coronavirus COVID-2019.

Vote by Mail can ease all of these stressors. Voting by mail breaks down barriers to voting for seniors, working families, disabled Americans, and young voters. It can even allow voters to avoid bad weather, and offer them a way to vote without fear of contracting coronavirus COVID-2019.

Additionally, Vote by Mail has been proven to encourage greater participation in our democracy.

States that have enacted Vote by Mail have seen a 15 percent higher median turnout than polling-place-centric states during the 2018 primary.

Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon is introducing a bill to make that happen if coronavirus is causing disruptions into November or in other cases of pandemic or natural disaster.

We must, however, urge that all states adopt this measure, even without a push from Congress.

Several states have already successfully enacted Vote by Mail including Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Utah, California, and Hawaii -- and these states are seeing a higher voter turnout as a result.

Vote by Mail gives people the time and safety to vote from the convenience of their own home. It saves taxpayers money on election administration. And proponents say these mail-in ballots are unhackable, brcause paper ballots can be recounted and audited by hand.

Sign the petition to all state governments: 
Make voluntary Vote by Mail accessible for all!

Participating Organizations:

18 Million Rising

314 Action Fund

AB Foundation

Alliance for Youth Action

Brave New Films

California Clean Money Action Fund

CCAN Action Fund

Climate Hawks Vote

Coalition on Human Needs

Daily Kos

Endangered Species Coalition

Friends of the Earth Action

Left Action

MPower Change

NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina

Next Up

NIAC Action

Peace Action

People Demanding Action

People for the American Way

Progress America

Progressive Takeover

Progressive Turnout Project

Social Security Works

The Alliance for Retired Americans

Women's March

Petition url, for sharing:


News in focus...

The Navy needs Captain Obvious

By Larry Wines

There's always been an incongruity in Gilbert and Sullivan's 1879 comic opera, "The Pirates of Penzance." It's the song, "I am the very model of the modern Major General." That being an army rank and all, without the proper training or experience to understand nautical affairs -- like finding pirates. Remember that, because you'll need it at the end.

Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly resigned late Tuesday after calling ousted aircraft carrier captain Brett Crozier "stupid." Modly had said quite a few things, generally going off on a rant against the man who had commanded one of the world's few super weapons, a nuclear-powered super carrier. Modly had flown to the ship, the USS Theodore Roosevelt, to address the ship's crew and trash the fired captain.

The then-Acting Secretary of the Navy addressed the crew over the ship's PA system. Which makes you wonder why he had to fly halfway around the world, since a voice in a speaker mounted on the wall is, after all, a voice in a speaker.

Modly asserted that Crozier was either "too naive or too stupid" to be in command since "he should have known his words in his memo would be released to media and go public." Modly even suggested Capt. Crozier might have "intentionally leaked" the memo to the media. The memo at issue being the communication to Navy command in which Crozier warned about coronavirus spreading rampantly aboard his aircraft carrier, in which he urged immediate action to save his sailors.

At least 230 sailors aboard the Roosevelt had tested positive for coronavirus by Tuesday morning, an increase of 57 cases since the day before.

Life aboard an aircraft carrier requires constantly passing others in tight corridors where physical contact is unavoidable, and crew members' faces pass only scant inches apart. Sleep aboard the floating city of 5,000 is in close-quarters in berthing spaces that are, likewise, only inches apart.

Capt. Crozier's communique had stressed the urgency of saving his crew as the virus spread on board. He cited keeping his vessel operational in the face of an entire crew becoming incapacitated.

The Navy did respond, after a couple of days, to allow the ship to dock in Guam. There, most of the crew was offloaded, including those already sick. A minimum crew had to remain aboard to operate the vessel and secure its nuclear plant, ship's systems, aircraft and arsenal. It is those remaining officers and sailors that Modley addressed, trashing the captain who was fired. Fired, for sending the memo that got the bulk of the crew ashore before the infection could spread in cramped surroundings.

There's inescapable irony here. At the heart of Acting Secretary Modly's trash-talking of Capt. Crozier was the idea that the captain should have known his appeal would get into the hands of the media and produce something embarrassing. Well, what of Modly's trash-talk to the crew? Quite predictably, especially given the visibility of all this, it got into the hands of the media. From numerous sources. It was recorded on cel phones by multiple crew members, and in some cases, voices of crew can be heard in the background. As Modley speaks, you hear them expressing both their shocked and outraged reactions to his lambasting their fired captain -- and their continuing support for their removed hero.

Since former Acting Navy Secretary Modly worked for Mark Esper, the Defense Secretary who was previously known as a defense contractor lobbyist, it seems hard for the cast of H.M.S. Pinafore to reckon who is in the position of knowing what to run-up the flagpole to salute, whose ass to kick, or who needs to be returned to duty for the good of the Navy.

In the meantime, with sailors' health and well-being and a properly responsible ship captain's career at stake, the administration's public relations' game pieces have moved. It's Green Two to Blue One. Undersecretary of the Army James McPherson was quickly named the new Acting Navy Secretary after Acting Navy Secretary Modly resigned. Capt. Crozier is still sitting on the beach. But thanks to him, so are most of his sailors. Where they can observe the same safe-social-distancing protocols as the rest of us.
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     In any other presidential administration, this would be a signature scandal. In the current regime, it's just one more damn thing that makes America look like a hybrid of the Gang the Couldn't Shoot Straight, Abbott and Costello, Laurel and Hardy, the Marx Brothers, and the Keystone Cops. Except all those were carefully scripted to look ridiculous, and these people are an inept improv troupe with cast members constantly coming and going. And these fools get people killed.


Why today is special...

On this day... April 7th...

The World Health Organization is established by the United Nations today in 1948.

Attila the Hun sacks the town of Metz and attacks other cities in Gaul today in 451.

Empress Matilda became the first female ruler of England today in 1141, adopting the title "Lady of the English."

     The premiere performance of Johann Sebastian Bach's "St John Passion," BWV 245, happened today in 1724 at St. Nicholas Church, Leipzig.
     Today in 1805, German composer Ludwig van Beethoven premiered his Third Symphony, at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna.
     Today in 1949, the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "South Pacific" opened on Broadway; it would run for 1,925 performances and win ten Tony Awards.

Manifest Destiny...
     Today in 1788, American pioneers to the Northwest Territory establish Marietta, Ohio as the first permanent American settlement in the originsl Northwest Territory.
     Today in 1798, the Mississippi Territory is organized from disputed territory claimed by both the United States and Spain. It is expanded in 1804 and again in 1812.
     Today in 1805, the Lewis and Clark Expedition / The Corps of Discovery breaks camp among the Mandan tribe and resumes its journey West along the Missouri River.

     Today in 1954 US President Dwight D. Eisenhower gives his "domino theory" speech during a news conference, and the die is cast for unwinable wars to "contain communism."
     Today in 1971, Eisenhower's former veep, President Richard Nixon, announces his decision to quicken the pace of Vietnamization as an effort to get the US out of the quagmire of Vietnam.

     Development of the neutron bomb is canceled by President Jimmy Carter today in 1978. Two years later, today in 1980, during the Iran hostage crisis, the US severs relations with Iran.

More Iran...
     Today in 1990 in the "Iran–Contra affair," John Poindexter is found guilty of five charges for his part in the scandal (the conviction is later reversed on appeal).

     Today in 1964, IBM announces the System/360. Five years later, today in 1969, the publication of "RFC 1" gave us the Internet's symbolic birth date.

     Today in 2001, "the candle is lit" at the bottom of a rocket,  and Mars Odyssey is launched.

C'mon baby, light my fire...
     Today in 1827, John Walker, an English chemist, sells the first friction match that he had invented the previous year.

Translated before it disappeared into the sky...
     Today in 1829, Joseph Smith, founder of the Latter Day Saint movement, is said to have commenced translation of the Book of Mormon, with Oliver Cowdery as his scribe.

Bloody Shiloh...
     Today in 1862, the American Civil War concluded one of its bloodiest battles when the Union's Army of the Tennessee and Army of the Ohio defeat the Confederate Army of Mississippi near Shiloh, Tennessee. Ironically, "Shiloh in Hebrew means place of peace.

See Naples and die...
     Mount Vesuvius, which has a habit of doing so throughout history, erupts and devastates Naples on this day in 1906.

When Big Oil started screwing us...
     The US Secretary of the Interior leases federal petroleum reserves to private oil companies on excessively generous terms today in 1922.

     The first long-distance public television broadcast (from Washington, D.C., to New York City, displaying the image of Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover) took place today in 1927. (You thought it was much later, didn't you?)

Lone Star Beer, before Bob Wills music..
     Prohibition in the United States is repealed today in 1933 for beer of no more than 3.2% alcohol by weight, eight months before the ratification of the XXI Amendment bringing total repeal. It's now celebrated as "National Beer Day" in the United States.

Cultural milestone...
     Booker T. Washington becomes the first African American to be depicted on a US postage stamp, today in 1940.

Enemy sighted, sunk same...
     The Imperial Japanese Navy battleship Yamato, one of the two largest dreadnoughts ever constructed, is sunk by American aircraft during World War II's "Operation Ten-Go," today in 1945.


Happy Birthday today, April 7th, to...

Janis Ian, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

Bobby Bare, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

John Oates, American singer-songwriter guitarist, and producer, remembered as half of Hall & Oates

Christiane Cargill Kinney, American composer, alternative folk artist

Barbara Kessler, American folk-rock singer-songwriter

Charlie Thomas, American singer

Patricia Bennett, American singer

James Di Pasquale, American composer

Brian Haner, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

Vanessa Olivarez, American singer-songwriter, and actress

John Cooper, American singer-songwriter and bass player

Gilles Valiquette, Canadian actor, singer, and producer

Jack Duarte, Mexican actor, singer, and guitarist

Hamish Davidson, Australian musician

Kelli Young, English singer

Anne-Marie, English singer-songwriter

Mick Abrahams, English singer-songwriter and guitarist

Duncan James, English singer-songwriter and actor

Andi Fraggs, English singer-songwriter and producer

Jo Appleby, English soprano

Michèle Torr, French singer and author

Hans van Hemert, Dutch songwriter and producer

Rozalie Hirs, Dutch composer and poet

Karin Dreijer Andersson, Swedish singer-songwriter and producer

Leif Ove Andsnes, Norwegian pianist and educator

Béla Mavrák, Hungarian tenor singer

Artemis Gounaki, Greek-German singer-songwriter

Megas, Icelandic singer-songwriter

Oshik Levi, Israeli singer and actor

Florian Schneider, German singer and drummer

KC Concepcion, Filipino actress and singer

Hiroko Shimabukuro, Japanese singer

Hitoe Arakaki, Japanese singer

Francis Ford Coppola, American director, producer, and screenwriter

Jackie Chan, Hong Kong martial artist, actor, stuntman, director, producer, and screenwriter

And two famous political figures:

Daniel Ellsberg, American activist and author who, at great risk to himself, revealed the "Pentagon Papers" that told the secret, sordid story of US involvement in Vietnam and helped end that war

Jerry Brown, American lawyer and politician, 34th and 39th Governor of California

In memoriam to musicians and influencers born April 7th...

William Wordsworth, English poet (1770-1850)

Ravi Shankar (1920-2012), Indian-American sitar player and composer who would have been 100 today

Marjory Stoneman Douglas (1890-1998), American journalist, pioneer environmental activist, and namesake of a Florida high school where a mass shooting gave birth to student activism unseen since Vietnam

Walter Winchell (1897-1972), American journalist and iconic 1930s & '40s radio host whose signature opening was "Good evening Mister and Missus America and all the ships at sea"

Percy Faith (1908-1976), Canadian composer, conductor, and bandleader who recorded orchestral versions of rock and popular melodies.

Billie Holiday (1915-1959), American singer-songwriter and actress, author of today's quote

James Garner, American actor, singer, producer, war hero (1928-2014)

Cal Smith, American singer and guitarist (1932-2013)

David Frost (1939-2013), English journalist and game show host, conducted the famous "Frost-Nixon Interviews" with the resigned, disgraced US president

Yves Rocher, French businessman, candy maker, founded the Yves Rocher Company (1930-2009)

Freddie Hubbard, American trumpet player and composer (1938-2008)

Bruce Gary, American drummer (1951-2006)

Spencer Dryden, American drummer (1938-2005)

Mongo Santamaría, Cuban-American drummer (1922-2003)

Babatunde Olatunji, Nigerian-American drummer, educator, and activist (1927-2003)

Kazuki Watanabe, Japanese songwriter and guitarist (1981-2000)

Gary Kellgren, American record producer, co-founded Record Plant (1939-1977)

Ralph Flanagan, American pianist, composer, and conductor (1914-1995)

Robert Casadesus, French pianist and composer (1899-1972)

Domenico Dragonetti, Italian bassist and composer (1763-1846)

Nicola Sala, Italian composer and theorist (1713-1801)


Daily online concerts / events...

9 am Pacific -  "LIVE AT 5 WITH MICHAUT/PERKINS" from Denmark, where our 9 am is their 5 pm.
*  It's the international acoustic duo of BRETT PERKINS, who launched his music career in Southern Cal, and MAGALI MICHAUT, a singer-songwriter from France.
*  This is a new live performance series available daily on the Magali Michaut Music page on Facebook at:

11:30 am Pacific - Daily livestream: "BRIGHT MINDED: LIVE WITH MILEY CYRUS," connecting with special guests, discussing, she says, "how to stay 'lit' in dark times."
*  Wednesday's guests: Reese Witherspoon, Hilary Duff, Bebe Rexha, Dua Lipa.
*  Probably not where you'll find us, but somebody might wanna know.
*  At:

5 pm Pacific -
"I can't believe we are 17 shows in!" says globetrotting ukulele maven  VICTORIA VOX. She continues, "This show has kept us busy!"

"Thank you for tuning in when you can, either live or on replay at Facebook or on YouTube
We really appreciate your support and hope you are safe and healthy. We'll get through this together!
Big love,


(Time varies) - NEW ORLEANS MUSIC VENUES offering online / live streams, via the "OffBeat" magazine live stream page. Times and venues vary, as shows are arranged in empty houses just for webcast, at:


The Broad Stage in Santa Monica, CA, has new digital platforms to bring their original content to you wherever you are, including The Broad Stage Learning Hub and The Broad Stage at Home.

For families with school-age children, The Broad Stage Learning Hub is rich with Learning Guides they have developed over years of work in schools throughout Los Angeles and Santa Monica. They are easy to use, enriching and align with existing K-12 curricula you are now managing at home. They offer those resources with an encouraging, "Go parents!"

For all of us missing the artists who grace the stages, The Broad Stage at Home brings new, livestreamed content and archival concert footage
     It kicked-off Saturday, March 28, at 8 pm, when they presented the Red Hen Press Poetry Hour, where, says Rob Bailis, the Broad's Artistic and Executive Director, "from our respective living rooms, award-winning writers Sandra Tsing Loh and Dana Gioia, Red Hen Press Executive Director Kate Gale, and I will host an evening of poets from all over the country responding to our current situation. Join us!"


Some unique to today (on any given day), some on-demand...

How about a "Watch/Listen Quarantine Edition" of an interactive newsletter -- with live events?

Escape with us to the SYMPHONY. Watch highlights from past performances, join Pacific Symphony musicians from their homes, directly through Cyberia to your living room. Or catch up on your reading of things classical on the Symphony's blog. It's all at:


Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Noon (Pacific) webinar series continues:

Tuesday 4/7 - The Future of Entertainment

Podcasting is one of the most exciting areas in entertainment and media. Join a conversation with the co-founders of an independent, audio-first media company that launched less than two years ago, focused on storytelling around underrepresented voices, partnering with other companies aligned with this mission, and - particularly in light of today's new remote working/distance learning environment - finding creative ways to adapt and expand their business.
  • Shira Atkins, Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer, Wonder Media Network
  • Jenny Kaplan, Co-Founder and CEO, Wonder Media Network
  • Ned Sherman, Partner, Manatt Phelps & Phillips
Register at:


Coming up Tuesday & Thursday: free webinars


Tuesday 4/7 at 10:30am PST
From the Waste Up
Tips for attending, conducting and promoting on-line meetings. We'll talk about Zoom break out rooms and tips for keeping your meetings secure. Kelly Flint will also share her experience with Microsoft Teams. We'll share ideas about promoting on-line meetings and events.

Register to attend

Thursday 4/9 at 9am PST
The SBA Loan Experience Plus Fun Tips for Canva
Janet Fishman from HOPE Organizers understands paper work! She will share her experience applying for the SBA EIDL and PPP loans and other resources has found. We'll also throw in some fun and talk about Canva, one of our favorite tools.

Register to attend


ADDITIONAL DAYS will be added, chronologically, in this space --

until it's time for a new edition.



We have lots of MUSIC NEWS
features in the works, and they'll
be along as we get them dressed,
shoes tied, cowlicks combed down,
bowties cranked straight, 
and strings tuned.

Find a comfortable spot by the 

wood stove -- you'll prob'ly need to 
grab the cards for solitaire, since you 
can't have somebody over for a round 
of checkers. But we'll be along...
directly, from a safe social distance.
In Cyberia.

On to the necessary boilerplate...

Boilerplate? What "boilerplate"? Where's the main pressure gauge? And the firebox? How do you add water so it won't blow-up?

Who came up with that goofy term for the basic essential informational stuff? ...obviously some dumbass...

Alright already, it's right down there...



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♪ The ACOUSTIC AMERICANA MUSIC GUIDE endeavors to bring you NEWS – and views of interest to artists everywhere – more specifically to musicians and the creative community and music makers -- and fans of acoustic and Folk-Americana music. That includes both traditional and innovative forms. From the deepest roots to today’s acoustic renaissance, that’s our beat. We provide a wealth of resources, including a HUGE catalog of acoustic-friendly venues (now undergoing a major update), and inside info on FESTIVALS and select performances in Southern California in venues from the monumentally large to the intimately small and cozy. We cover workshops, conferences, and other events for artists and folks in the music industry, and all kinds o’ things in the world of acoustic and Americana and accessible classical music. From washtub bass to musical spoons to oboe to viola to banjo to squeezebox, from Djangostyle to new-fangled-old-time string band music, from sweet Cajun fiddle to bluegrass and pre-bluegrass Appalachian mountain music to all the swamp water roots of the blues and the bright lights of where the music is headed now.
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Here's a reprint of important info from one of our February editions:


(good for avoiding the "regular" flu & colds, too) 

Compiled from medical and emergency responder databases and interview comments. Copy and paste into your phone / post / print / share.

•  Coronavirus lives on inorganic surfaces anywhere from two hours to NINE DAYS; it all seems dependent on temperature, unless it is killed by disinfectant. When tests revealed that, even health care workers were surprised. It brings more emphasis to many of the following points.

•  Get the flu vaccine -- ordinary flu will likely mimic Coronavirus, so avoid being ostracized and quarantined.

•  Wash your hands, a lot: scrub for 20 seconds and wash them often.

•  Stop shaking hands. Don't do "fist bumps" because that's still hand-to-hand contact. And don't become a mad elbow-bumper, because of the next point.

•  Cough into the inside of your elbow, ANY TIME you cough.

•  Keep your hands away from your face -- touching your nostrils, eyes, or mouth brings-in every germ your hands picked-up.

•  Get a little bottle of hand sanitizer on a miniature carabiner. Clip it to your belt loop or purse strap and use it frequently. (Be sure you snap the lid shut, or it'll drain all over your clothes.) You can refill it from the pump bottle by the sink.

• Make your own hand sanitizer if the stores are out. Formula, from a doctor who makes it with her kids: two parts isopropyl alcohol (drugstore alcohol, at least 70% alcohol), one part aloe vera gel, a dash of any essential oil. Works just ss well as store bought stuff.

• Stay home if you're sick -- even if you don't get paid, DON'T be the "Typhoid Mary" that brings a pandemic of this or ANYTHING contagious. If you're "taking one for the team," make it the big team -- ALL of us.

•  Don't be a transporter. Immediately remove shoes inside your front door and change clothes when you get home. Don't plunk-down on the couch until you shed what you were wearing at work or in the store or on the bus or in the coffee bar. Stop tracking everything from the sidewalk onto your kitchen and bathroom floors and your rug.

•  Be mindful of your car. Everything you touch, everywhere, is on your steering wheel. Everywhere you sit is on your car seat. Keep 'em disinfected -- Clorox wipe the wheel, Lysol spray the seats, often.

•  Everything you wear goes in the hamper. No multi-day wearings between washings.

•  Keep track of where Coronavirus and other flus are headed, the latest ways to avoid contagion, and what symptoms go with what disease, by putting the CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL in your favorites:

•  Call your doctor or public health officials if you become symptomatic, and DON'T "just go" to the doctor or urgent care or ER; everybody else in the waiting room does not have what you have, and vice-versa.

•  Wear a mask when you go to the doctor (remember, everybody else in the waiting room does not have what you have, and vice-versa) -- the check-in counter will give you a surgical mask if you ask, or maybe even tell you it's mandatory. 

•  Don't buy-up all tbe masks that medical responders need. Nearly all the masks in the stores are Dust Masks, made to keep carpenters and other tradesmen from inhaling sawdust. Expecting those to protect you from tiny viruses is like trying to filter water with a tennis racket. Plus, wearing masks everywhere is not a good idea -- without training and lots of practice, you'll contaminate the thing and then breathe a stewpot of microorganisms up-close and personal.

•  Get proper nutrition and plenty of sleep to support your immune system. THAT is THE best way to stay healthy.

•   REALLY IMPORTANT: Think about what you routinely ignore:

   ~  your phone or tablet, which you constantly handle while you're touching everything else in the big, wide world, then keep handling when you're eating (keep your devices disinfected).

   ~  the Kleenex or cloth hankie you pull out of your pocket -- this time your nose or eye gets the side your dirty finger got last time (yeah, duh!)

   ~  door handles & knobs, especially "pull-to-exit" on the restroom door, and all door handles you grab or push.

   ~  gas pump handles -- whatever was deposited on them is now on your steering wheel, and marinading on your hands as you snack while driving.

   ~  restaurant menus, salt and pepper shakers, ketchup and mustard and hot sauce bottles that every unwashed hand touches. Same goes for bins of packaged condiments at fast foodies  or convenience store / gas stations (Use 'em, then use your hand sanitizer.)

   ~  lunch buffet serving spoons, spatulas, tongs that every unwashed hand uses in the food bins (your freshly-washed hands just got contaminated). And if sneeze guard glass panes aren't at the right height or aren't clean, demand a refund and leave.

   ~ coins in change and money, in general -- coins and folding money are germ transit systems. (Back to your little bottle of hand sanitizer.)

   ~ airline & train tray tables -- who knows when they were last cleaned and to what extent? When we saw a baby being changed on one... (bring a little plastic box of Clorox wipes when you travel).

   ~  bring your own food on the airplane -- you're probably doing that, anyway, since they stopped feeding you back when they started charging for carry-on luggage and made you ride with your knees in your armpits. Flight attendants have tested positive -- their hands pour drinks, dispense snacks, and pick-up everybody's garbage. 

   ~  remember to think and act consciously. There is an acute need to be mindful of others, so neither be paranoid reactive nor obliviously ignorant. There was great advice in the old cop show at the end of every briefing: "Be careful out there."

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