Movie review: Free State of Jones

Movie review:  Free State of Jones

There is nothing that succeeds better at debunking popular mythology like using a seemingly far fetched but true story to do it.  In light all the recent hoopla over how a certain former battlefield standard was all about “heritage not hate,” it would behoove all who bought that load of nonsense without question to do a little research on its history and what it really stood for.  If they don’t have time to do that then maybe they could watch movie that explains in no uncertain terms. If they did take the time to watch such a movie they could hopefully learn some things basic to being a real American.  Issues like income inequality, unregulated capitalism and wealthy interests stacking the deck in favor of wealthy interests at the expense of the...

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Lines of battle are drawn

Lines of battle are drawn

It has been quite an eventful week of happenings, some wonderful, some expected and some extremely awful in the nation as well as along this the most conservative stretch of Old Route 66.  I have been biding my time waiting for things to evolve before offering my meager contribution to the discussion.  Over the past eight days or so I was able to attend another wonderful concert, this one at the Brady Theater.  Brit Floyd, a tribute band that has been wowing audiences for the past five years by playing the music of Pink Floyd with amazing clarity, played to a nearly packed house.  The evening’s highlight was one of the group’s vocalists, Angela Cervantes, performing the Clare Torry solo Great Gig in the Sky with studio quality.  That number alone was...

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Boston at 40 and rockin’ the Joint!

Boston at 40 and rockin’ the Joint!

From the first time I heard More Than A Feeling play on KMOD in early 1977 the signature sound of Boston has been an integral part of the musical tapestry that is the backdrop of my life.  At a stop on their 40th Anniversary Tour, Boston wowed a full house at The Joint of Tulsa’s Hard Rock Hotel & Casino this past Thursday evening.  From my own anecdotal observation, the median age of this particular audience was well over fifty. One thing that stood out to me from the first note blasting through the state of the art sound system was the authenticity of a band whose signature lead singer has been gone for nearly a decade.  Brad Delp was a tough loss to replace and classic rock purists will insist he can never be adequately equaled in talent.  That said,...

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