Tuesday, July 30, 2013

It's only a Job written by Barbara Harrington

This is a short film produced and written by Barbara Harrington, Filmed and edited by John Williams of Paparazzi Ent/Filmz, and Directed by Lil Barcaski with music by Leon Salem. Worth a watch and a comment or two.  I found this short entertaining.  Tell me what you think.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Tampa Cover Band The Red Sunday

Tampa Cover Band Red Sunday plays Eruption by Van Halen

It is always great when someone can make something their own.  This is exactly what happens here as you watch Eric Stewart of the Tampa Bay Cover Band The Red Sunday preform Eruption by Van Halen.

When I saw the Tampa Cover Band "Red Sunday" perform Van Halen's Eruption and You Really Got Me I could not believe how Eric Stewart put his own style in to this famous piece of cover band history. I had to whip out my Droid Razr M phone and start recording this Tampa Cover Band. . . I am glad I did! His guitar style and performance put him in to a league of his own. When asked, he said "I butchered it." I don't think there was a person in this audience that would say the same. Tampa cover band Red Sunday gave the audience what was expected at Quaker Steak & Lube's Bike Night that night.

Let the Tampa cover band Rock n Roll spirit spill out in to this great musical creation created by the band known as Van Halen! This tune is often recreated down here in Florida by many Tampa cover bands. How a single piece of music can stand out above others is one that often amazed me. The way the Tampa cover band can recreate the sound of the original is also something that spills out within my mind! After traveling throughout the United States I did find one thing out. Tampa cover bands have all that it takes to make the audience want more, no wonder we are the death metal capitol of the country. Rock and Roll and Tampa Cover Bands Rule!!!

About Van Halen Eruption

"Eruption" is a guitar solo written and performed by Eddie Van Halen which is preformed by many Tampa cover bands. "Eruption" often appears on many 'greatest guitar solos' lists in Tampa. It is often played by cover bands together with "You Really Got Me", which follows the piece on the album by the band Van Halen.

"Eruption" starts with a short accompanied intro with Alex Van Halen on drums and Michael Anthony on bass. The highlight of the band solo is the use of two-handed tapping often recreated by local bands. "Eruption" was played on the Frankenstrat, with a MXR Phase 90, an Echoplex, a Univox echo unit and a 1968 Marshall 1959 Super Lead tube amp. The Sunset Sound studio reverb room was also used to add reverb. The Frankenstrat was tuned down a half-step. "Eruption" begins in the key of A flat and ends on a E flat note that is a twelfth fret, 6th string harmonic processed through a Univox EC-80 echo unit.

The "Eruption" intro is based on "Let Me Swim" by Cactus. After the intro, an E-flat major quotation of the "Etude No. 2" by Rodolphe Kreutzer is heard. The end section begins with a series of rapid two-handed tapping triads that have a classical like structure and eventually finishes with a repeated classical cadence followed by sound effects generated by a Univox EC-80 echo unit. There are many a band in Tampa who love the sweet and natural sound of this great tune that is often the cover of many a band in our great area.

Heres a Tampa cover band that ROCKS!!!

The Red Sunday

Lead Vocals: Robin Eads

Cover Band Lead Vocals: Robin EadsRobin “The Red” Eads started singing at an early age – something she loved to do almost as much as talking. In junior high she joined chorus and received vocal training that helped her catapult her powerful voice to a whole new level. In high school she spent 3 years pursuing Musical Theater, combining her love of acting with her singing talent. Alas it was not to be, as our fair maiden is a terrible dancer (on par with Elaine Benes) and battling her stage fright proved too much to bear.  After high school, she took a long hiatus – only singing for her kids in the car and occasionally for a bar full of strangers on karaoke night.

In 2009, Robin underwent surgery that threatened to change her voice. In fact, there was a chance she could lose it altogether. It was then that she decided to kick her fears to the curb. She vowed to put her talent to good use if she came out of the surgery with her voice unscathed.

We think you know what happened next.  Although getting here took some patience, love and lots of encouragement from her partner in crime (a.k.a. Michael Quale) and her fantastic bandmates.

Bass: Michael Quale

Bass: Michael QualeMike “Stretch” Quale traces his roots back to the land of the ice and snow. This giant bass banger hails from the land of  big hair, Snooki, bad accents and casinos. Born in New Jersey but raised in the heat of Florida by hippies, his love of playing bass started about the time he discovered girls (about 5 years old). His booming bottom end loves to lock onto a kick drum and get people dancing.

Don’t be afraid of this gentle giant with the Music Man. He’ll keep your foot tapping and your butt wagging! What can we say – rhythm is in his soul! That and a few too many tacos and a Kamikaze or two.

Guitar/Vocals:   Eric Stewart

Guitar/Vocals:   Eric StewartEric is the epitome of guitar players, loud, fast and from Jersey. Voted most likely to shred people’s faces off in his high school yearbook. He has been living up to that credo since joining The Red Sunday in June of 2011. In his spare time Eric likes to, relax and watch football because he has not had a free weekend off of gigging since the ripe ol age of 17.  For all you guitar players or wannabe guitar players out there Eric is the product manager at Dean guitars. He gets to make new guitars on a daily basis. What a job right? He plays guitars and designs guitars. No fair!

Keep this in mind though, all you TRS fans had better keep a safe distance when its time for Eric to solo. It would deeply sadden us to have another fan scalped in one of those broken guitar string incidents.

Drums/Vocals:  John Palumbo

Drums/Vocals:  John Palumbo
The 3rd guy from Jersey to join TRS – maybe we should change our name to The Red Jerseys?  John has been playing almost every instrument possible in his 20+ years in the Tampa music scene. He’s sung and played guitar (and sometimes drums and bass) with such acts as Groovy Tuesday and Sucker Punch but his love for drums brings him to TRS! Plus, we needed a 3rd guy from Jersey.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Patrick Boivin, Canadian Filmmaker

Someone give this man a budget & a hollywood film contract!

I stumbled across this guy a couple of years ago and I could not believe what I saw! After watching just a few of his videos I sent his link to all the people I knew out west in La La Land. It would be nice to know if he ever got a call from that. His films are made with true production value and that, my friends, is a refreshing touch!

Look Where He Is Today!

Patrick Boivin, a French Canadian Filmmaker and director, not only filmed these scenes, he also wrote all the scripts in his movies. If that was not impressive enough, he also did all the lighting, editing, animation, and special effects in all of the films. We should all be inspired by a filmmaker like this, and for that he is definitely worthy of a “Plastic Oscar”! I am sure we will all be watching him someday while he is standing at the podium receiving his real Oscar Award.

Here is his YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/PatrickBoivin

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Who is this Lady Gaga?

Lady Gaga

How people propel themselves into the spotlight often amaze us.  One of the few to do this in such an impressive way is the one and only Lady Gaga.  With her intriguing style and memorable voice and stage presence, Lady Gaga is definitely one who along with all her other awards is truly deserving of a Plastic Oscar.

Lady Gaga On The Edge: In three short years, Lady Gaga has become the most famous recording artist and music personality in the world. With the recent release of her latest album, she has become the fastest selling digital artist in history and dominated the charts in more than 25 countries. Follow the story of this cultural icon as she takes the next steps towards world domination.

Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga is an American Singer/songwriter who only hit the big scene four years ago when she topped five million sales with her first two hits.  Even though she is a natural brunette, she has platinum blond hair under her various coloured wigs and refers to her fans as monsters.  The singer portrays herself as a rebel in her videos and often ends up killing someone – usually her boyfriend.  She used to be a go-go dancer before being discovered.
source: http://dpnlive.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1090:lady-gaga-biography&catid=45:music-----

Lady Gaga
Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, known by her stage name Lady Gaga, is an American singer, songwriter, actress, record producer, activist. Born and raised in New York City, she primarily studied at the Convent of the Sacred Heart and briefly attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts before withdrawing to focus on her musical career. She began performing in the rock music scene of Manhattan's Lower East Side, and was signed with Streamline Records by the end of 2007. During her employment as a songwriter for the record company, her vocal abilities captured the attention of recording artist Akon, who signed her to his label Kon Live Distribution.

Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga came to prominence as a recording artist following the release of her debut album The Fame (2008), which was a critical and commercial success that topped charts around the world and included the international number-one singles "Just Dance" and "Poker Face". After embarking on the The Fame Ball Tour, she followed the album with The Fame Monster (2009), which spawned the worldwide hit singles "Bad Romance", "Telephone" and "Alejandro". The Fame Monster's success allowed her to embark on the eighteen-month long Monster Ball Tour, which later became one of the highest-grossing concert tours of all time. Her most recent album Born This Way (2011) topped the charts of most major markets and generated more international chart-topping singles, including "Born This Way", "Judas" and "The Edge of Glory". Besides her musical career, she involves herself with humanitarian causes and LGBT activism.

Lady Gaga
Influenced by David Bowie, Michael Jackson, Madonna, and Queen, Lady Gaga is recognized for her flamboyant, diverse and outré contributions to the music industry through her fashion, performances and music videos. She has sold an estimated 23 million albums and 64 million singles worldwide and her singles are some of the best selling worldwide. Her achievements include five Grammy Awards and 13 MTV Video Music Awards. Lady Gaga has consecutively appeared on Billboard magazine's Artists of the Year (scoring the definitive title in 2010), ranked fourth in VH1's list of 100 Greatest Women in Music, is regularly placed on lists composed by Forbes magazine and was named one of the most influential people in the world by Time magazine. In 2012, Gaga was ranked at number four on Billboard's list of top moneymakers of 2011, grossing more than $25 million. In the annual report pulished by Nielsen Soundscan in 2011 she was named the 4th best selling digital artist of all time in U.S. with the total digital sales of 42,078,000. According to The Official Charts Company, she is the 5th best selling female singles artist of all time in U.K. with sales of 7.329 million.
source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lady_Gaga

Lady Gaga

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The Fashion of Madonna will Always Amaze Us

Madonna Vogue Video Fashion
It started in the eighties and still continues on to this day, the wild looks of our idols.  It seems that the stars have a free reign when it comes to style.  They seem to be the trend setters when it comes to the fashions we all wear.  The truth is that these styles start in the minds of some of the greatest fashion designers.  Let’s look at Madonna.

She burst onto the pop stage in the Eighties in thrift shop looks that defined a generation and through Gaultier conical bras, religious epiphanies, touches of English rose-dom and a gym obsession (not to mention two marriages, two children and two adoptions), Madonna's chameleon sense of style has never failed to keep the fashion world on its toes.

Never one to shy away from a complete transformation, she embraces themes wholeheartedly - whether it's dying her hair black and sticking to a deathly-pale complexion during her gothic stage, wearing nothing but leotards for her Confessions disco phase, or transforming into a peroxide blonde Marilyn Monroe clone to famously channel the icon.

The only constant with the world famous singer? You never quite know what is coming next.
source:  http://www.vogue.co.uk/spy/celebrity-photos/2008/08/13/madonnas-style-evolution

When we think of Madonna it's all cone bras, crosses and '80s lace. But she's so much more than her stage presence. Offstage, Madonna's sophisticated taste shows up in tasteful designer looks from the world's best designers including Dolce & Gabbana, Versace, Jean Paul Gaultier and Stella McCartney.

Get Madonna's Look: For the past few years, Madonna's look has developed a softer side: soft waves, satin fabric and bows are all part of the effort to keep the Material Girl look younger. It's easy to incorporate a soft bowed blouse (one of Madonna's favorite face-framing looks) into your wardrobe. While her wardrobe is more subdued, Madonna still keeps her sexy shoes: heels, ankle-straps, platforms.
source: http://fashion.about.com/od/celebtrendsetters/ss/fabover50.htm

Here is a fashion designer to look at 

It takes one look at Jean Paul Gaultier’s childhood teddy bear to see the start of a visionary’s illustrious life in fashion. Nana, his worn, well-loved, and nearly threadbare toy, has dark eyebrows and green shadow hand-drawn above its black button eyes, red lips where there were none, and--most notably--a miniature cone bra fashioned from old newspapers. Yes, the pointed corset made famous by Madonna on her Blonde Ambition tour was first fitted on a stuffed animal.

Now, after over three decades producing the hautest of haute couture, the French designer is getting his due in his first solo exhibition. The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk originated at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and is currently on view at the De Young Museum in San Francisco (a city that welcomes iconoclasts and one-of-a-kinds with wide open arms). Following his playful motto of “equality, diversity, and perversity,” Gaultier’s collections are modeled by unique--and only slightly creepy--"living" mannequins designed by JoliCouer International. Human faces, including Gaultier’s, are projected onto their flat visages, coupled with corresponding voices that give the figures a sentient effect.

The installation is more than a display of impeccably crafted clothes. In addition to the gowns, garments, and accessories, exclusive fashion photography by the likes of David LaChapelle, Richard Avedon, and Mario Testino is on display, showing a keen appreciation for the medium that has likely done more for spreading the gospel of high design to the masses through the years than any über-exclusive runway show.
source: http://www.fastcodesign.com/1669502/gaultier-the-fashion-mind-behind-madonna-and-the-fifth-element-gets-his-due