6.06.2020

4 OF WANDS: HAPPINESS AND SATISFACTION


This could be a great day, one of happiness and satisfaction.

A new relationship or romance may begin today, or it could be a key day in the process of moving to a new home.

Regardless of the amount of action in your day today, it should be an enjoyable one.

6.03.2020

IT WAS THE 3RD OF JUNE: ODE TO BILLY JOE BY BOBBY GENTRY

Bobby Gentry

It was the 3rd of June another sleepy, dusty, Delta day....

"Ode to Billy Joe" is a song written and recorded by Bobbie Gentry, a singer-songwriter from Chickasaw County, Mississippi. The single, released on July 10, 1967, was a number-one hit in the US within three weeks of release and a big international seller.

It generated eight Grammy nominations, resulting in three wins for Gentry and one for arranger Jimmie Haskell. "Ode to Billy Joe" has since made Rolling Stone's lists of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time" and the "100 Greatest Country Songs of All Time" and Pitchfork's 200 Best Songs of the 1960s random chat platform


The song takes the form of a first-person narrative performed over the sparse acoustic accompaniment, though with strings in the background. It tells of a rural Mississippi family's reaction to the news of the suicide of Billy Joe McAllister, a local boy to whom the daughter (and narrator) is connected.

Hearsay around the "Tallahatchie Bridge" forms the narrative and musical hook. The song concludes with the demise of the father and the lingering, singular effects of the two deaths on the family. According to Gentry, the song is about "basic indifference, the casualness of people in moments of tragedy"

The only person affected is the narrator; one reviewer commented on "the narrator's family's emotional distance, impassive and unmoved by Billy Joe's death". Her mother notices her change of mood following the news ("Child, what's happened to your appetite? I've been cookin' all mornin' and you haven't touched a single bite").



The mother shares the news that a local preacher visited earlier and, as an aside, adds that he mentioned seeing someone looking much like the narrator and Billy Joe "throwin' somethin' off the Tallahatchie Bridge". In the song's final verse, a year has passed. The narrator's brother has married Becky Thompson and has moved to another town ("bought a store in Tupelo").

The father died from a viral infection and the mother is despondent ("Mama doesn't seem to want to do much of anything"). The narrator likewise remains privately affected: she often visits Choctaw Ridge collecting flowers to "drop them into the muddy water off the Tallahatchie Bridge. Read More

Lyrics Ode to Billy Joe

It was the third of June, another sleepy, dusty Delta day
I was out choppin' cotton, and my brother was balin' hay
And at dinner time we stopped and walked back to the house to eat
And mama hollered out the back door, y'all, remember to wipe your feet
And then she said, I got some news this mornin' from Choctaw Ridge
Today, Billy Joe MacAllister jumped off the Tallahatchie Bridge
And papa said to mama, as he passed around the blackeyed peas
Well, Billy Joe never had a lick of sense; pass the biscuits, please
There's five more acres in the lower forty I've got to plow
And mama said it was shame about Billy Joe, anyhow
Seems like nothin' ever comes to no good up on Choctaw Ridge
And now Billy Joe MacAllister's jumped off the Tallahatchie Bridge
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THE DETROIT TRUE CRIME CHRONICLES BY SCOTT M BURNSTEIN


Since we have been in lockdown for the past 3 months, I have been catching up on the stack of books that fans and readers have sent me over the past years. I just finished this cool book by Detroit Crime History Kingpin Scott M. Burnstein. 5 STARS

Scott M. Burnstein is an attorney, journalist, and organized crime historian. He is the author of Motor City Mafia: A Century of Organized Crime in Detroit and Family Affair: Greed, Treachery, and Betrayal in the Chicago Mafia. He is the co-author (with Phil Leonetti) of Mafia Prince: Inside America s Most Violent Mafia Family and the Bloody Fall of La Cosa Nostra.

Scott, as you can see, wears a ton of hats, author, tv personality, newspaper reporter, documentary film collaborator, and true crime historian. I trust his information explicitly and believe me he knows all...

This book filled in a ton of blanks I had about crimes in Detroit. Check it out and follow Scott online too.


The Detroit True Crime Chronicles is a REAL Detroit kind of publication. It chronicles the rich history of criminal organizations and their activity in the Motor City.

Scott is amazing as a researcher and his book's focus is on the city's local Mafia, key mobsters, drug kingpins, serial killers, and unsolved crimes. Readers who crave Detroit crime history (like me) will be taken inside the city for dramatic tales of intrigue, betrayal, and murder.

The Detroit True Crime Chronicles sets forth the rich history of criminal activity in the Motor City. Using information from declassified federal documents and many firsthand accounts, the book focuses on the city s local Mafia, key mobsters, drug kingpins, serial killers, and unsolved crimes.



Included in this comprehensive account of criminal life in Michigan s great border city are the stories of Ernie the Greek Kanakis, Henry Blaze Marzette, Eddie Jackson, Baby Ray Peoples, Demetrius Holloway, Butch Jones, Leroy Buttrum, Frank Nitti Usher, Maserati Rick Carter, Rocking Reggie Brown, Wonderful Wayne Davis, Young Boys Inc. (YBI), Murder Row, Best Friends, Pony Down, John Wolfenbarger, Billy Wadd Smith, Harry Taco Bowman, Tony Jack Giacalone, Frankie the Bomb Bommarito, Singing Sam Cattalanotte, the Purple Gang and the Burnstein Brothers, Black Bill Tocco, Joseph Legs Laman, Christopher Busch, the Chaldean Mafia, the Chambers brothers, Joe Uno and Tony Z Zerilli, Black Jack Tocco, Papa John Priziola, Machine Gun Pete Corrado, Jimmy Q Quasarano, Gentleman John Claxton, Carmine The Doctor Lombardozi, Angelo The Chairman Meli, Frankie Three Fingers Coppola, Cockeyed Joe Catalanotte, the Badalamenti Group, Benedetto Evangelista, Bobby The Animal La Puma and, of course, Jimmy Hoffa.



No other American city can boast such a cavalcade of remarkable criminal characters. Scott Burnstein has brought them all together in one unforgettable book.


LIFE AND DEATH OF BRIAN JONES FILM/SOUNDTRACK OUT ON DVD JUNE 12!


Dudeski/Chip Baker Films is proud to announce the official release date of their latest project "Rolling Stone Life and Death of Brian Jones", a Danny Garcia film. It is the first documentary about the founder and original leader of The Rolling Stones.

The film has just wrapped up a run of successful screenings across the USA, Europe, and South America after a highly celebrated December world premiere in London at the Regent Street Cinema.

The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack album will be a limited edition run of 1000 copies only and will be pressed on red vinyl. The tracklisting for the soundtrack album is listed below.


In the mid-1960s, Brian Jones emerged as “the face” and poster boy of the Bohemian Swingin’ London scene, topping the charts with The Rolling Stones and dating model/actress Anita Pallenberg.

However, his excessive lifestyle and his reputation as “the original bad boy of Rock & Roll” was to cost him dearly. As the scene descended into the acid ridden year of 1967 so did Brian. Targeted by the authorities and media, he spiraled out of control, losing both Anita and the respect of the Stones.


Two years later, Brian was found at the bottom of his swimming pool, the verdict: death by misadventure.

During the last 50 years, many theories have emerged, claiming that Brian was murdered and that it was covered up at a high level, as this film discovers – the evidence for this is extremely compelling.

"Rolling Stone Life and Death of Brian Jones" adds to the list of respected music documentaries Danny Garcia has produced and directed.



The film is scheduled to be released June 12th, 2020 on DVD by MVD Entertainment Group and will be available thru the following streaming services:

 DVD                      SOUNDTRACK  

Here is the preorder link for the "Rolling Stone Life and Death of Brian Jones" DVD SPECIAL PACKAGE:

The "Rolling Stone Life and Death of Brian Jones" DVD package extras include:

- A film poster.
- 57 minutes of deleted scenes.
- Exclusive behind the scenes bonus footage.
- A Scott Jones extra featurette.
- The film’s official theatrical trailer.
- 1000 ltd edition red vinyl LPs

"Rolling Stone Life and Death of Brian Jones" is the 5th acclaimed music documentary for Spanish filmmaker Danny Garcia. His other releases include "The Rise and Fall of The Clash"; "Looking for Johnny", about New York Dolls guitarist Johnny Thunders; "Sad Vacation", a film chronicling the final months in New York City of the Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious & his girlfriend Nancy Spungen and Danny's most recent release "Stiv: No Compromise, No Regrets" about Stiv Bators, legendary frontman of the iconic Ohio band the Dead Boys and The Lords of the New Church.

 

FULL STRAWBERRY MOON WITH PARTIAL LUNAR ECLIPSE


The full moon of June, also called the Strawberry Moon, will begin Friday, June 5, at 3:12 p.m. EDT (1912 GMT), just a few minutes before entering a penumbral lunar eclipse, according to NASA's SkyCal.

A penumbral lunar eclipse occurs when the Sun, Earth, and the Moon are imperfectly aligned. When this happens, the Earth blocks some of the Sun's light from directly reaching the Moon's surface and covers all or part of the Moon with the outer part of its shadow, also known as the penumbra.

Observers in Detroit will see the full moon set at about 5:17 a.m. local time on June 5, according to timeanddate.com, and it will rise that day at 8:29 p.m. local time. The lunar eclipse starts at 1:47 p.m. and ends at 5:05 p.m., so the moon will be below the horizon in North America and much of South America.

The next full moon will be:
Friday * 5 June 2020 * 3:12:23 pm (EDT)
Moon sign: Sagittarius 15° 34'

In other time zones:
WELLINGTON = Saturday * 6 June 2020 * 7:12:23 am (NZST)
SYDNEY = Saturday * 6 June 2020 * 5:12:23 am (AEST)
TOKYO = Saturday * 6 June 2020 * 4:12:23 am (JST)
BEIJING = Saturday * 6 June 2020 * 3:12:23 am (CST)
BANGKOK = Saturday * 6 June 2020 * 2:12:23 am (ICT)
DELHI = Saturday * 6 June 2020 * 12:42:23 am (IST)
DUBAI = Friday * 5 June 2020 * 11:12:23 pm (GST)
MOSCOW = Friday * 5 June 2020 * 10:12:23 pm (MSK)
BERLIN = Friday * 5 June 2020 * 9:12:23 pm (CEST)
LAGOS = Friday * 5 June 2020 * 8:12:23 pm (WAT)
LONDON = Friday * 5 June 2020 * 8:12:23 pm (BST)
RIO = Friday * 5 June 2020 * 4:12:23 pm (BRT)
SANTIAGO = Friday * 5 June 2020 * 3:12:23 pm (CLT)
NEW YORK = Friday * 5 June 2020 * 3:12:23 pm (EDT)
MEXICO CITY = Friday * 5 June 2020 * 2:12:23 pm (CDT)
CALGARY = Friday * 5 June 2020 * 1:12:23 pm (MDT)
LOS ANGELES = Friday * 5 June 2020 * 12:12:23 pm (PDT)
ANCHORAGE = Friday * 5 June 2020 * 11:12:23 am (AKDT)
HONOLULU = Friday * 5 June 2020 * 9:12:23 am (HAST)

6.02.2020

MURDER IN BATTLE CREEK: THE MYSTERIOUS DEATH OF DAISY ZICK


In 1963, Daisy Zick was stabbed twenty-seven times at her home in Battle Creek, Michigan—and locals are still talking about the unsolved case today.

On a bitterly cold morning in January 1963, Daisy Zick was brutally murdered in her Battle Creek, Michigan, home. No fewer than three witnesses caught a glimpse of the killer, yet today, it remains one of the state’s most sensational unsolved crimes.

The act of pure savagery rocked the community, as well as the Kellogg Company where Zick worked.


In this book Author, Blaine Pardoe offers a detailed chronicle of this shocking and mysterious crime. With long-sealed police files and interviews with the surviving investigators, the true story of the investigation can finally be told.


Who were the key suspects? What evidence does the police still have on this cold case more than fifty years later? Just how close did this murder come to being solved? Is the killer still alive? These questions and more are masterfully brought to the forefront for true crime fans and armchair detectives.


1960'S GARAGE BAND THE LIMITS RELEASE NEW SINGLE: I WON'T TELL


Los Angeles –THE LIMITS, who formed in the mid-sixties in Allentown, Pennsylvania, have been called “the quintessential American Garage Band” by the late, legendary Alex Chilton. Recently two collections, GARAGE NUGGETS 65-68 (highlighting their earliest teen efforts) and the more sophisticated SONGS ABOUT GIRLS ('80s compilation) have been reissued on all digital music platforms courtesy of a licensing arrangement with Garage Masters, a division of Cleopatra Records, Inc.


“I WON’T TELL,” penned by RICK LEVY, is the new single from THE LIMITS. Levy is currently the manager and guitarist/vocalist with Memphis Music Hall of Fame legends, THE BOX TOPS, and said, “interviewers, fans, and some radio folk really heard something great in 'I WONT TELL,' so we decided to drop it as a single to test the waters…and THE LIMITS' popularity.

Making a rare guest appearance is Stan Lynch (original member of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) on drums.” Levy adds, “I played slide, as well as using the great Keith Richards open G guitar tuning to keep a melancholy vibe going throughout the song.”



Levy's memoir, “HIGH IN THE MID 60s - How To Have A Fabulous Life in Music Without Being Famous,” (Crossroad Press) is available at amazon.com and www.ricklevy.com in print, digital, and audio formats.

To stream / purchase THE LIMITS “I WON'T TELL

Listen to Garage Nuggets ’65-’68

Listen to Songs About Girls

Limits cover photo courtesy of zohre-nemati

5 INCREDIBLE BENEFITS OF LEARNING BALLET


Dance Your Way to Greatness: 
5 Incredible Benefits of Learning Ballet

Have you been considering taking up ballet dancing classes but not sure whether it's worth it? Here are the incredible benefits of learning ballet.

Whether you took dance classes when you were younger or not, you might be considering learning ballet. Dancing ballet comes with many benefits that you might not be aware of. We are going to go over the top benefits of ballet dancing to help you make an informed decision whether you want to enroll in classes yourself.

1. Strength
Some people think that ballet is a great cardio workout, but the truth is that it can also give you as much strength as light weight training. Regular practice gives dancers the strength to make their moves more fluid. You will be surprised at how you can carry heavier things without as much effort.

Stamina and cardiovascular endurance are both benefits of regular ballet dancing.

2. Confidence
There's nothing like throwing on a pair of girls' leather ballet shoes and striking a pose to boost that self-confidence. Students find an increase in confidence over time as their skills improve. With practice their ability to move their bodies increases, helping boost their confidence even further.
No matter your age, learning challenging skills, and mastering them is always a great confidence booster.

3. Clear Your Mind
Dance can really help increase your overall satisfaction in life, according to scientific studies. While you are in class you will have to focus and unplug in order to remember the ballet positions and dance routines. In today's technology-filled world unplugging has become more difficult.

Many students find it incredibly relaxing and it's a great stress relief as well.


4. Energy and Mood
Ballet dancing is a workout, which means that you are releasing endorphins while you are learning. This release of endorphins will lift up your spirit and improve your energy.

Releasing endorphins will have you feeling great not only during class but also afterward. If you tend to have stressful work weeks then you might want to consider starting your week off with an energy and mood booster, like a ballet class.

5. Creativity
Ballet is an art form that you can use to express your own creativity. There are no limits to what you can learn and there are endless ballet dancers and ballet works to learn from.

You have the opportunity to move with elegant and graceful choreography as you perform your own dance creation. Think of it as being an artist painting on a blank canvas, but, instead, the stage is your canvas and you can flow with the music to let your creativity run wild.

How Does Learning Ballet Sound Now?
Now that you know the top benefits of learning ballet, are you up for the challenge to learn some new moves? No matter who you are and what age you are, you too can reap the benefits we mentioned above. As you can see, not all of the benefits are physical, there are some mental perks too.

BASICS OF DSLR PHOTOGRAPHY FOR THE BEGINNER


You can consider photography as the art of understanding light. Yes, you heard it right. If you want to master the craft of photography, you have to know how to utilize the light. If you can comprehend the utility of light, you can create the photo that you are witnessing with your eyes. And to understand the significance of light, you have to understand the fundamentals of photography.

Thus, we are going to have a discussion about the basics of DSLR photography. It will aid you to click the photographs of your desire. And if you want the best photography accessories at a reasonable price, you can check BecexTech Promo code and dealvoucherz.

Aperture and depth of field

First, let us acknowledge the definition of aperture. Well, the term aperture signifies the diameter of the hole of the sensor, through which your camera will see the world. The unit through which we measure aperture is known as F.

For instance, some of the aperture lengths are f-5, f-6, f-7, and so on. So, you must keep in mind that the larger the aperture is, the more light it will allow to pass. So, you have to decide the length of your aperture according to your requirement.

Shutter speed

If you want to learn photography, you cannot pass if you don't know the definition of shutter speed. Well, you can define shutter speed as the duration of time when the shutter curtain is open. Besides, if you want to measure the shuttle speed, you have to measure it in normal seconds.
In case, if you are doing your photography on a bright sunny day, you have to measure your shutter speed in hundredths of a second. In the case of a cloudy or shady day, you have to measure it in tenths of a second, and at nights, it will come at full seconds.

Well, if you want a longer exposure time, you should have slower shutter speed, and if you want short exposure time, your shutter speed should be faster.

ISO

ISO is nothing but the sensitivity of the photograph. Well, you can consider it to be a savior if you cannot accomplish the right aperture and the shutter speed. It defines the sensitivity of the camera. Besides, if you are looking for the normal ISO speed, you have to check it with your camera. So, these are the fundamental pillars of DSLR photography.

6.01.2020

BEST IDEAS TO BRING FAMILY MEMBERS CLOSER THAN EVER


Best Ideas To Bring Family Members Closer Than Ever

In this fast-paced world, we might have got closer to gadgets and gizmos. But, as an outcome of these things, our families are gone far away from us. What happened to that rapport? What happened to us? Somehow, we are responsible for everything that we are facing. But let’s not crib about it anymore and start making amendments, right away. Below, we have mentioned a few ideas to bring our family members closer than ever - to help us bond better with the ones who have always got our backs!
  1. Never make excuses for your busy life schedule.
  2. Inculcate an attitude of gratitude. Pass your love to someone who is family to you but is miles apart from you. Let them know how much you miss them over some gift pamperings or maybe, just with a thank you greeting card.
  3. Connect with them during festivals like Rakhi by reflecting a kind gesture to send rakhi to USA or any other part of the world to show what your brother means to you. You can absolutely look for some online gift store that would help you with its efficient online rakhi delivery to deliver your token of love at their doorstep.
  4. Practice impromptu acts of kindness. When words fail, kindness speaks much loudly. It does not just make you feel happy but it also helps one to bond better and stay connected. For instance, you can help your elders by helping with their heavy shopping/grocery bags.
  5. Make cooking and other such household chores - a collective effort. Ask your fellow family members, where they require your help and then start working accordingly. Sometimes actions like these speak much louder than words itself.
  6. Help each one of your family members pick healthy, realistic goals for them. Come up with some effective measures to achieve those goals together.
  7. Embrace spirituality together or engage in a religious service together. Spirituality will help the family members to connect better and remind them that they are part of something bigger and brighter than themselves and their lives.
  8. Design a family zone for all your family members to come together and spend some time together on weekends or during holidays. You can curate a sports ground or a garden to organize it as a common space to be used as a “family”.
  9. Clear the clutter together. Teach the youngest of all the members to even get rid of all those garbs to turn their trash into cash.
  10. Make some family time no matter how busy you are with your friends, attending parties and other such things. Make them feel wanted by devoting some of your time to them.
  11. Don’t hold any grudges against any of your family members. They always want the best for you. So it might seem that they are contradicting your viewpoint to propose something absolutely against your will. Don’t get mad, rather try to understand their viewpoint and then politely keep your view.
  12. Organize memories by going through photo albums or arranging the photo frames. Something like this act is said to make a person happier than even relishing a bar full of chocolate or listening to music.
So, these were 12 failproof ideas to bring your family members together, closer than ever. There are many other such ideas when carried out with love in your heart you can do wonders.

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