10.15.2021

THE BOYS NEW BOOK FROM RON AND CLINT HOWARD IS GREAT!

Ron Howard and his younger brother Clint

I just finished this book and I wish there was more! I grew up watching these guys on TV and feel as if I know them. It was a really nice escape from our currently troubled world. 5 stars

Happy Days, The Andy Griffith Show, Gentle Ben—these shows captivated millions of TV viewers in the ’60s and ’70s. Join award-winning filmmaker Ron Howard and audience-favorite actor, Clint Howard, as they frankly and fondly share their unusual family story of navigating and surviving life as sibling child actors.

“What was it like to grow up on TV?” Ron Howard has been asked this question throughout his adult life. in The Boys, he and his younger brother, Clint, examine their childhoods in detail for the first time. 

For Ron, playing Opie on The Andy Griffith Show and Richie Cunningham on Happy Days offered fame, joy, and opportunity—but also invited stress and bullying. 

For Clint, a fast start on such programs as Gentle Ben and Star Trek petered out in adolescence, with some tough consequences and lessons.
“This extraordinary book is not only a chronicle of Ron’s and Clint’s early careers and their wild adventures, but also a primer on so many topics—how an actor prepares, how to survive as a kid working in Hollywood, and how to be the best parents in the world! The Boys will surprise every reader with its humanity.” — Tom Hanks

Click the picture to get your copy today!

9.29.2021

KIMMER'S 1974 VISIT TO THE LEGENDARY JACKSON MI STATE PRISON


The year was 1974 and I was just 18. A friend's mother asked me to take Christmas gifts to Jackson State Prison (Jackson, Michigan) where her son Steve was incarcerated for Armed Robbery. He refused to add her to his visitor list. Fearless or just plain stupid, I agreed to take the trip to Jackson.

It was December and a cold gray day when I arrived and found a place to park. I approached the entrance (photo above) and was stunned at the massive size of this really old building. Had to turn full right and then full left to see the entire front facade of the place. Being my first and only visit to Jackson Prison. I had no idea what I was doing.

The main lobby was loud and full of people waiting to see the clerk behind the desk. I signed in and put gift drop-off as my task for the day. Had no plans to visit with her convict son.


Spent my wait time chatting with family members of inmates while I waited for the desk Sgt. to call my name. Some of the folks visited every weekend and some had come from greater distances to visit for the holiday. They all had a sad story about their sons and what horrible injustice had befallen them.

After a long wait, maybe an hour, my name was finally called. As I approached the desk to hand over the packages from his mother I noticed the clerk was holding a visitor pass and a locker key. 

He took the gifts and pointed toward the door to enter the locker room and told me to put on the badge and lock up my jacket and purse. 

What? I asked the clerk,"Am going to see Steve in there?" "Yes, he put your name on his visitor list." 

Well, ok! This will be a new experience to tell my friends about and I followed some other ladies into the women's locker room.


Inside I found my locker and put my things inside. All around me were about 15-20 other women primping and putting in hot rollers. They looked like they were getting ready for the Prom! I asked a girl next to me if this was normal. she explained to me how they share their phone numbers with different inmates and they "hook up" for visits. 

These young women spend every possible weekend visiting different inmates. The drama created by these visits would have made for a great Netflix series. 

I eavesdropped while waiting to enter the visiting area. Some of the girls were arguing as to who was the real girlfriend of whichever inmate. All kinds of gossip flying around that locker room. Dress clothes hanging on the locker doors and hot rollers plugged into various outlets.

I was just stunned that these young (18-25) women weren't out dating in the real world. Never dreamed that this type of interaction was possible, but there they were all revved up for the day's visit.


On television, people communicate with an inmate using a phone and are behind glass. This is what I envisioned my visit would be. But no! I entered the visiting room and there were about 15 groups of 4 plastic chairs in circles. 

These were plastic "scoop" chairs that cannot sit side by side. Similar to the photo below. So the visitors and the inmates slide forward and interlock knees. That's what Steve did the second he walked in and sat down. Hmmm, not a comfortable place to be. The visiting room had 15-20 inmates and their visitors. No glass, no phones, and only one sleepy guard by the door.


It was a nerve-wracking place to be certain. Steve never stopped talking and giving me instructions on what I "needed" to do for him once I was back in our hometown. Our 25-minute visit seemed an internity. 

At last, the guards came and escorted me through the clanging doors back to the locker room. Grabbed my jacket and purse and ran for my car in the parking lot. 

Ran into Steve some 15 years later at the Ann Arbor YMCA. Still the same old Steve ordering me around. 

9.12.2021

GAME OF CRIMES PODCAST FEATURES STEVE AND JAVIER FROM NARCOS!

Steve Murphy and Javier Pena

We spent this summer in Northern Michigan and life up there was beautiful but, pretty quiet compared to the city..For excitement, I watched a lot of television, read a ton of books, and listened to a few good Podcasts.

I read How We Took Down Pablo Escobar by Steve Murphy and Javier Pena. It was fascinating hearing from the real DEA guys in the Netflix series Narcos. 

9.10.2021

NEW RAY CHARLES LIMITED EDITION BOX SET TRUE GENIUS:!

Limited Edition Six CD Ray Charles Box Set
Bonus Disc Includes Previously Unreleased Live Recordings
Musical Icon Recently Inducted Into The Country Music Hall of Fame

September 10, 2021: Tangerine Records has released True Genius, a newly remastered, limited edition set featuring 90 of the greatest songs from his legendary career and all of Ray’s biggest hits, and is now available to order here

The highly anticipated set, which has been featured in Rolling Stone and American Songwriter, includes a special bonus disc of eight previously unreleased tracks recorded live in Stockholm in 1972. True Genius is available today on all digital platforms, making dozens of Ray classics available at streaming services for the first time. Also available to stream are a series of new lyric videos for some of Charles most beloved songs, which span the breadth of genres he both mastered and transformed:

Unchain My Heart
Hit The Road Jack” (Soul)
​​There’ll be No Peace On Earth Without All Men as One” (America)
We Can Make It” (Jazz & Blues)
Crying Time” (Country)
A Song For You” (Pop Classics)

“We’re extremely proud to present this collection, which maps the breadth and depth of Ray Charles’ music, presented in chronological order so the listener can join Ray on his journey through the most expansive and creative period of his legendary career. I’m also thrilled that this music will be widely available on all streaming services for the very first time, so that new and future audiences will continue to discover the True Genius of Ray Charles.” - Valerie Ervin, President Ray Charles Foundation

The digital release of True Genius marks the first time this incredible collection of Ray Charles most important works will be widely available on streaming platforms, bringing classic hits such as “Hit The Road Jack,” “Crying Time,” “Busted,” “America The Beautiful,” “A Song for You,” “Unchain My Heart,” and many, many more back to streaming after more than a decade.


The box set also includes a beautifully designed coffee table style book with rare, unseen photos, and detailed liner notes by Ray Charles Foundation President Valerie Ervin, legendary writer and music journalist A. Scott Galloway, and featuring a special message from Quincy Jones.

Tangerine Records will also release True Genius: Sides of Ray on November 19th, a double-disc vinyl collection that illustrates Charles’ many musical “sides” by focusing each album side on the genre categories he visited most: soul, jazz & blues, country, and pop, available for pre-order here.

On August 16th, The Country Music Hall of Fame announced that Ray Charles has been inducted as an official member. Charles, who revolutionized the country genre and brought it to new audiences with albums like 1962’s Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music, was inducted in the "Veterans Era Artist" category.

Ray Charles’s recordings are major landmarks in American culture. By blending country and roots with other popular sounds, this visionary singer, songwriter, pianist, and composer brought his expansive musical vision to a worldwide audience. Charles’ albums, released during the heart of the Civil Rights Movement, broke down both racial and genre barriers. The incredible crossover success of Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music, Volumes 1 & 2 led Willie Nelson to remark, “Ray Charles did more for country music than any other artist.” Ray continued to do something no other artist had done before or since, conquering all genres of music, from gospel and R&B to soul, country, jazz, blues, and pop, which led Frank Sinatra to dub Ray Charles, the only “True Genius” in music.

Ray further helped bring Americans together with his rendition of “America the Beautiful,” and he remains the only artist in history to create and define a national anthem. Charles was also one of the first recording artists to have ownership of his masters as well as complete creative freedom.

Charles’ staggering achievements over a 58-year career include 17 GRAMMY Awards, induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a Lifetime Achievement and the President’s Merit Award, the Presidential Medal for the Arts, France’s Legion of Honor, the Kennedy Center Honors, the NAACP Image Awards’ “Hall of Fame Award,” and numerous other music Halls of Fame, including those for Jazz and Rhythm & Blues, all testament to his enormous influence. In 2019, he was honored by the Grand Ole Opry with An Opry Salute to Ray Charles, which was broadcast across PBS stations.

One of the greatest artists of all time, Charles successfully mastered and forever changed the blues, jazz, gospel, rock, pop, and country music landscapes. He teamed up with the best of the best in each stylistic genre, including B.B. King, Aretha Franklin, Lou Rawls, Hank Williams Jr, Willie Nelson, Stevie Wonder, and countless others. As he described himself. “I’m not a country singer. I’m a singer who sings country songs. I’m not a blues singer, but I can sing the blues. I’m not really a crooner, but I can sing love songs. I’m not a specialist, but I’m a pretty good utility man. I can play first base, second base, shortstop. I can catch and maybe even pitch a little.”

 

 Ray Charles was more than just the Genius of Soul; 
he was the Genius of Music.

About The Ray Charles Foundation
Ray Charles was equipped with a keen sensibility to the needs of others. It was this selfless generosity that motivated him when he founded, The Robinson Foundation for Hearing Disorders, Inc in 1986. The mission and purpose of the foundation was to provide financial support in the area of hearing disorders and support institutions and make donations to organizations for educational purposes. Charles thought “the inability to hear was a handicap, not the inability to see.” In 2006 the official name of the foundation became The Ray Charles Foundation, in order to bring awareness to his name but the mission remained the same. Ray Charles often made contributions anonymously to help fund cochlear implants for those who could not afford the operation and shortly thereafter started supporting educational institutions for those who could not afford an education.

Ray Charles on the Web:

8.20.2021

NEW BOOK! BADGE 112 BY PETER STIPE

Peter G Stipe Author of Badge 112

I finished reading this new book by retired Ann Arbor (highly decorated) Policeman/SWAT/Detective Peter Stipe. Pete stood guard at my police LT uncle's funeral and we had many friends in common yet we only met when he pulled me over for an illegal left turn back in the day. Gratefully he opted not to ticket me! YAY. 

Ironically, Amazon sent me this book to review. I saw the author's name and thought hey, I know this guy. Picked up my Kindle and I didn't put it down until I finished reading Pete's story. Pete is quite a guy! This book is like riding in the back seat of his squad car witnessing his entire career. 


Badge 112 is the story of a restless boy orphaned in high school and his unlikely passage from juvenile delinquent to a decorated police officer. 

While on the force, Pete embarked on a series of high-profile arrests, high-speed pursuits, foot chases, bank robberies, hostage situations, homicides, life and death struggles, and harrowing rescues. 

In 1994, a serial killer investigation exposed the strained racial tensions between the police and the public they serve. Stipe and the killer confront one another in court.

Pete's tactical training results in his assignment as the point man on the SWAT Team. He engages in a sequence of armed encounters, some at point-blank range. The peak in his career is toppled by a turbulent marriage to an unfaithful wife, an ill-fated affair with an attractive partner, and the tragic drowning of two teenage girls, trapped in a submerged car. Buy Your Copy of Badge 112 Here

FULL BLUE STURGEON MOON AUG 22 2021


August has only one full moon. ... Seasonal Blue Moons are uncommon, occurring about once every two to three years, according to EarthSky. The last one rose on May 18, 2019, and the next one won't shine until Aug. 19, 2024


The Sturgeon Moon

August’s full moon was traditionally called the Sturgeon Moon because the giant sturgeon of the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain were most readily caught during this part of summer.

What Is a Sturgeon?

These prehistoric-looking fish have been traced back to around 136 million years ago and many people call them “living fossils.”

Times when you can view this beautiful "blue" moon

Sunday * 22 August 2021 * 8:01:57 am (EDT)

Moon sign: Aquarius 29° 37'

Here you find this time converted into different timezones for other cities:
WELLINGTON = Monday * 23 August 2021 * 12:01:57 am (NZST)
SYDNEY = Sunday * 22 August 2021 * 10:01:57 pm (AEST)
TOKYO = Sunday * 22 August 2021 * 9:01:57 pm (JST)
BEIJING = Sunday * 22 August 2021 * 8:01:57 pm (CST)
BANGKOK = Sunday * 22 August 2021 * 7:01:57 pm (ICT)
DELHI = Sunday * 22 August 2021 * 5:31:57 pm (IST)
DUBAI = Sunday * 22 August 2021 * 4:01:57 pm (GST)
MOSCOW = Sunday * 22 August 2021 * 3:01:57 pm (MSK)
BERLIN = Sunday * 22 August 2021 * 2:01:57 pm (CEST)
LAGOS = Sunday * 22 August 2021 * 1:01:57 pm (WAT)
LONDON = Sunday * 22 August 2021 * 1:01:57 pm (BST)
RIO = Sunday * 22 August 2021 * 9:01:57 am (BRT)
SANTIAGO = Sunday * 22 August 2021 * 8:01:57 am (CLT)
NEW YORK = Sunday * 22 August 2021 * 8:01:57 am (EDT)
MEXICO CITY = Sunday * 22 August 2021 * 7:01:57 am (CDT)
CALGARY = Sunday * 22 August 2021 * 6:01:57 am (MDT)
LOS ANGELES = Sunday * 22 August 2021 * 5:01:57 am (PDT)
ANCHORAGE = Sunday * 22 August 2021 * 4:01:57 am (AKDT)
HONOLULU = Sunday * 22 August 2021 * 2:01:57 am (HAST)

6.22.2021

SUPER STRAWBERRY FULL MOON JUNE 24


The full Strawberry Moon rises on Thursday, June 24, 2021! Is it really a supermoon? Learn all about this month’s full Moon, including why it’s called the Strawberry Moon!

The full Moon names used by The Old Farmer’s Almanac come from a number of places, including Native American, Colonial American, and European sources. Traditionally, each full Moon name was applied to the entire lunar month in which it occurred, not solely to the full Moon.

The exact time of the next full moon is:
Thursday * 24 June 2021 * 2:39:41 pm (EDT)
Moon sign: Capricorn 03° 27'

Here you find this time converted into different timezones for other cities:
WELLINGTON = Friday * 25 June 2021 * 6:39:41 am (NZST)
SYDNEY = Friday * 25 June 2021 * 4:39:41 am (AEST)
TOKYO = Friday * 25 June 2021 * 3:39:41 am (JST)
BEIJING = Friday * 25 June 2021 * 2:39:41 am (CST)
BANGKOK = Friday * 25 June 2021 * 1:39:41 am (ICT)
DELHI = Friday * 25 June 2021 * 12:09:41 am (IST)
DUBAI = Thursday * 24 June 2021 * 10:39:41 pm (GST)
MOSCOW = Thursday * 24 June 2021 * 9:39:41 pm (MSK)
BERLIN = Thursday * 24 June 2021 * 8:39:41 pm (CEST)
LAGOS = Thursday * 24 June 2021 * 7:39:41 pm (WAT)
LONDON = Thursday * 24 June 2021 * 7:39:41 pm (BST)
RIO = Thursday * 24 June 2021 * 3:39:41 pm (BRT)
SANTIAGO = Thursday * 24 June 2021 * 2:39:41 pm (CLT)
NEW YORK = Thursday * 24 June 2021 * 2:39:41 pm (EDT)
MEXICO CITY = Thursday * 24 June 2021 * 1:39:41 pm (CDT)
CALGARY = Thursday * 24 June 2021 * 12:39:41 pm (MDT)
LOS ANGELES = Thursday * 24 June 2021 * 11:39:41 am (PDT)
ANCHORAGE = Thursday * 24 June 2021 * 10:39:41 am (AKDT)
HONOLULU = Thursday * 24 June 2021 * 8:39:41 am (HAST)

5.25.2021

GRAND IVY CASINO VIP PROGRAM

Grand Ivy Casino VIP Program

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By George Hansen

5.24.2021

SUPER FULL FLOWER MOON MAY 26!


Wednesday's full moon will be one of only a few supermoons this year. It’s being called a “super flower blood moon" and a total lunar eclipse is expected in the early morning hours.

WELLINGTON = Wednesday * 26 May 2021 * 11:13:52 pm (NZST) SYDNEY = Wednesday * 26 May 2021 * 9:13:52 pm (AEST) 
TOKYO = Wednesday * 26 May 2021 * 8:13:52 pm (JST) 
BEIJING = Wednesday * 26 May 2021 * 7:13:52 pm (CST) 
BANGKOK = Wednesday * 26 May 2021 * 6:13:52 pm (ICT) 
DELHI = Wednesday * 26 May 2021 * 4:43:52 pm (IST) 
DUBAI = Wednesday * 26 May 2021 * 3:13:52 pm (GST) 
MOSCOW = Wednesday * 26 May 2021 * 2:13:52 pm (MSK) 
BERLIN = Wednesday * 26 May 2021 * 1:13:52 pm (CEST) 
LAGOS = Wednesday * 26 May 2021 * 12:13:52 pm (WAT) 
LONDON = Wednesday * 26 May 2021 * 12:13:52 pm (BST) 
RIO = Wednesday * 26 May 2021 * 8:13:52 am (BRT) 
SANTIAGO = Wednesday * 26 May 2021 * 7:13:52 am (CLT) 
NEW YORK = Wednesday * 26 May 2021 * 7:13:52 am (EDT) 
MEXICO CITY = Wednesday * 26 May 2021 * 6:13:52 am (CDT) CALGARY = Wednesday * 26 May 2021 * 5:13:52 am (MDT) 
LOS ANGELES = Wednesday * 26 May 2021 * 4:13:52 am (PDT) ANCHORAGE = Wednesday * 26 May 2021 * 3:13:52 am (AKDT) HONOLULU = Wednesday * 26 May 2021 * 1:13:52 am (HAST)
 
WATCH IT LIVE
 

5.07.2021

TAINTED LOVE NEW RELEASE! 40 YEAR CELEBRATION OF SOFT CELL'S HIT

SOFT CELL Celebrate 40 Years Of TAINTED LOVE With Special Collector’s Single Release!

Los Angeles, CA - The year was 1981 and British synth pop duo Soft Cell had just watched their debut single “Memorabilia” fail to chart. Feeling the pressure from their label, the band went for broke with a risky maneuver, releasing their downtempo cover version of a 1964 Northern Soul tune by Gloria Jones called “Tainted Love.” The gamble paid off as the single rocketed to the top of the charts, becoming the best-selling single in the UK for that year as well as helping make their debut album Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret one of the most iconic synthpop albums of all-time!

Now, in celebration of the single’s 40th anniversary, a special collector’s limited edition vinyl EP is being released. Featuring a recently recorded version of the song produced by versatile German producer/artist Jürgen Engler of Die Krupps, this deluxe single release also includes a stunning, never-before-released acapella mix that showcases Marc Almond’s brilliant voice and several remixes including a brand new one from producer DJ Hell. And as a special bonus treat, the release also features a fantastic bonus track, a rare duet between Almond and Andi Sex Gang from 1983!

Tainted Love will be available for a limited time only on 12” colored vinyl in a gatefold jacket, 7” colored vinyl, digipak CD, and on digital platforms everywhere!

Order the 12” vinyl: https://cleorecs.com/store/shop/soft-cell-tainted-love-limited-edition-colored-vinyl/

Order the 7” vinyl: https://cleorecs.com/store/shop/soft-cell-tainted-love-limited-edition-pink-7-vinyl/

Order the CD: https://cleorecs.com/store/shop/soft-cell-tainted-love-cd/

Stream/download the digital version:https://orcd.co/soft_cell_tainted_love

More buying options: https://recordstoreday.com/UPC/889466228513

12” Track List:
SIDE A
1. Tainted Love (2021 Mix by Jürgen Engler)
2. Tainted Love (Instrumental Mix)
3. Tainted Love (Acapella Mix)

SIDE B
1. Tainted Love (DJ Hell Remix)
2. Tainted Love (2019 Remix)
3. Tainted Love (Club Crasher Remix)
4. The Hungry Years - Marc Almond & Andi Sex Gang

7” Track List:
SIDE A
Tainted Love (2021 Mix by Jürgen Engler)

SIDE B
The Hungry Years - Marc Almond & Andi Sex Gang

5.03.2021

DETROIT TV LEGEND: JOHNNY GINGER WAS MY FAVORITE

Johnny Ginger

Johnny Ginger (Galen Grindle) was born in Toledo, Ohio. His parents, Ray and Edna, were a Vaudeville family act performing at the Paramount Theater in Toledo. His brother, Kenny, was a tap dancer in the family act. One day they brought little Johnny up onstage to sing "Sonny Boy" and he was an instant hit. As a teen he performed stand-up comedy in clubs all over Toledo, Detroit, and Canada.

Walter Brennan and Johnny Ginger

Johnny had been working as a comedian under the name Jerry Gale when he auditioned to present a program for WXYZ-TV based around re-runs of The Three Stooges. Given the role, WXYZ vice president John Pival insisted that he work under the name Johnny Ginger, the name is taken from a bottle of Johnny Bull Ginger Beer.


Ginger's afternoon show, Curtain Time Theater (which was always pronounced "Thee-A-ter"), entertained kids from 1957 to 1960 on WXYZ-TV Channel 7.

Johnny Carson and Johnny Ginger

The live portions of the show were broadcast all around the television station, with Ginger in his janitor costume of bib-overalls and driving cap. By the early 1960s Johnny adapted a new character inspired by the Jerry Lewis film The Bellboy, that of the head bellboy at the Rocky Plaza Hotel, run by Mr. Rocky. Johnny did every voice on his show. Soupy had a support team...Johnny wrote and performed the show entirely alone.  The show became The Johnny Ginger Show.

Stage Hand/Janitor and Bellboy

He introduced a new generation of kids to The Three Stooges and even played the part of Billy The Kid in the Stooges last film, The Outlaws Is Coming.


Johnny Ginger was in my opinion, the REAL DEAL...He didn't fake it for the kids..we knew he genuinely cared about his little fans. Johnny and I have been talking a lot by phone and he has told me many times how outraged he felt seeing other celebrities mistreat their fans.  He has never disrespected one of his fans.


He visited many sick children in hospitals on his own time and dime. You can see the genuine concern in his face for this little girl in the photo above. My sister Patti and I watched his show every day before school for years.. all my school friends did too.  Lots of the boys tried to copy his dance moves and comic style but there is only one Johnny Ginger..



Johnny told me that he does write his shows in advance but they flow like improvisation.  His mind works faster than any normal humorist.  In Johnny's world, he plays all the roles.. The voices just flow into each other as do his songs.

Johnny was close friends with Soupy Sales..It took a while for Soupy to warm up to the seriously funny and energetic young Johnny.  Some serious competition me thinks...But eventually, they performed together a lot.

Johnny does a great impression of Soup..



Johnny was a real-life gunslinger... he was a 45 quick draw champion....He is so great in western parts.


Johnny left Detroit for Hollywood and appeared on a great episode of The Rifleman.

Obviously I am not one of the boys in the photo below but that is what we did back then... we sat on the floor as close as we could get to the TV.  No wonder we're all blind now!


Kevin, Randy, and Rocky Grindle top 3 of Johnny's sons.

The many kiddie shows back in this time were vehicles to promote cartoons and products.  We suffered through pitch after pitch to get to the cartoon. Mickey Mouse Club was really tough to watch.. We loved the Disney cartoons so we watched patiently to see them. With Johnny Ginger we really found him interesting and funny! We endured the cartoons to get to back to watching Johnny! Truth!



The Johnny Ginger Show was canceled in 1968. Ginger went on to host Captain Detroit for WKBD-TV.

 Always cool...Johnny Ginger

Johnny lives in his hometown in Toledo now and is very close with his 7 kids! OY... They love him dearly as do I. He and I get on the phone for hours and crack each other up!  I laugh out LOUD at him still! Hardly anything makes me really crack up but Johnny stills does such fun streaming routines...

At the end of every Johnny Ginger show, he signed off with goodbye to Mom, Dad, Patti and All... We all thought he was talking to us. Me especially having a sister named Patti. 



SEE YOU REAL SOON JOHNNY!! WE ALL LOVE YOU XK

5.02.2021

CBD AND YOGA: PERFECT BLEND FOR IMPROVING HEALTH

Yoga and meditation uplift you on a spiritual note and keep the external distractions away. With regular yoga practice, you can enhance the mindset and overcome your fears. Also, it helps in limiting the distractions and makes you focus on the task at hand. With a better body to mind connection, you are likely to embrace life in the present moment without being a slave of the past. In case you’re a yoga enthusiast who wishes to progress on the path further, consider the natural herbs and supplements. With the best CBD gummies to improve sleep, you can accelerate the spiritual progress and achieve the desired results much faster.

Here are the top reasons to combine your yoga practice with some nutritious and effective herbal remedies like cannabis.

May Enhance Concentration Levels

With regular yoga sessions, you can calm your mind and achieve stable psychological health. The small movements and breathing exercises ensure a well-balanced cognition and aid in proper mindfulness. On top of this, cannabis therapy aids in better focus and keeps the external distractions at bay. It contains high levels of endocannabinoids that act on your brain and stimulate the neurological pathways. Further, the chemicals boost the levels of dopamine and enhance memory. Along with this, it works on the focus and allows you to focus on the essential tasks.



Can Improve Sleep Quality

Psychological ailments can affect your sleep duration and lead to sleep disorders in the long run. In case you suffer from anxiety or depression, you must stick to regular yoga practices. It helps in reducing the levels of stress hormones like cortisol and induces a sense of well-being. Also, yoga asanas incorporate flexibility and rectify your sleep cycle. You can combine your yoga practice with cannabis extracts to boost your sleep quality. Along with this, it can enhance the levels of melatonin and correct your sleep cycle. Try out the cannabis strains that lead to a refreshing, consistent, and gratifying sleep routine.

May Stabilize Your Mood

One of the best ways to uplift your mood and stay away from mood swings is through mindfulness. You must stick to regular yoga sessions to boost your personality. Also, you might consider cannabis supplements to uplift your mood and ensure a stable mindset. The active components present in cannabis act on the 5-HT receptors and increase the levels of several neurotransmitters. As the levels of serotonin increase, you may experience contentment and mood stability in the long run. You can go for an Interest free credit card. Don’t forget to incorporate cannabis extracts in your daily routine for maximum benefits.
Final Verdict

Yoga is a spiritual practice that enhances your focus, flexibility and curbs stressful reactions and Total Shape of your body. It helps you build up a body to mind connection and works upon the awareness aspects. Also, you are likely to gain better confidence and physiological well-being with regular yoga and meditation. All you need to do is combine the yoga sessions with cannabis extracts to achieve the maximum results. It acts on your brain’s receptors and increases self-awareness. Furthermore, it can enhance your ability to tolerate stress and come out with better endurance. Don’t forget to fetch reliable cannabis strains to boost your physical as well as psychological well-being.

4.25.2021

KEN SETTLE PHOTOGRAPHED CHRIS CORNELL'S LAST SHOW IN DETROIT


Last night I was watching Autopsy: The Last Hours of...with my favorite Medical Examiner Dr. Michael Hunter. I happened to turn it on right when the episode featuring the sad suicide of Soundgarden's lead singer and guitarist Chris Cornell

Dr. Michael Hunter

Autopsy: The Last Hours interviewed our pal Detroit Rock Photographer Ken Settle. Ken photographed that last Soundgarden show in Detroit at the Fox Theater.  


I hadn't realized that Ken Settle was at that last Soundgarden show.  After I finished watching the episode I found Ken online and we chatted a bit about his thoughts about that night.


RK Ken, how did you come to be interviewed on the Autopsy show?

KS  A day or two after that show, it became known that I photographed Chris's last show. I started being asked to do interviews about that experience, including Billboard Magazine, Rolling Stone, and the BBC for a radio show. 


The producers for Autopsy in researching for the show saw my photos from the show and the interviews that I had done. They asked me if I would do an interview for the episode they were putting together. 

I suggested to them that a good place to shoot the interview would be at The Fillmore Detroit (once known as The State Theatre), because it was the first theatre headlining show that Soundgarden did in Detroit was there. 

Ben Doughty, who was a good friend, and also the general manager at the Fillmore, organized the interview for 8 am on March 21, 2018.

We actually did that interview right on the same stage that Chris graced in the early days, with Soundgarden. 

I still can't think about that show, or Chris, without getting really emotional.

The man put his entire soul into every performance and when you look back at it, it seemed that he was telling his own story in the songs of Soundgarden. 


I STILL feel that Chris showed moments of pure joy on stage that final night like I had never seen him do before. I felt it when I was photographing him. Although some moments he also seemed REALLY very insular and deep into his own thoughts on stage that night as well. It was such a tragedy. A very sad tragedy that we lost him that young. He was a once in a lifetime singer and such a great guy.

After it was on the news that Chris had died, fans came by The Fox Theatre and had a vigil and left tributes to his memory. Here are some photos of that.




RK Thanks for sharing your experience and photos with us Ken!

PINK SUPER MOON MONDAY APRIL 26


The first supermoon of 2021 will be an April ‘Pink’ moon.  

On Monday, April 26th the very first super moon of the season will emerge in the night sky.

The April supermoon of 2021 will reach its fullest phase at 11:31 p.m. Eastern time on Monday, April 26. The big moon will start to rise in the east-southeastern sky in the New York City region at 7:24 p.m. Monday and will set in the west-southwestern sky at 6:26 a.m. Tuesday, according to TimeAndDate.com

This moon is referred to as the “pink” moon since it’s a full moon occurring within the month of April and commemorates the start of when many pink, spring flowers start to bloom. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, it’s named after the wildflower native to eastern North America known as the Phlox subulata, or “moss pink.”

WELLINGTON = Tuesday * 27 April 2021 * 3:31:32 pm (NZST)
SYDNEY = Tuesday * 27 April 2021 * 1:31:32 pm (AEST)
TOKYO = Tuesday * 27 April 2021 * 12:31:32 pm (JST)
BEIJING = Tuesday * 27 April 2021 * 11:31:32 am (CST)
BANGKOK = Tuesday * 27 April 2021 * 10:31:32 am (ICT)
DELHI = Tuesday * 27 April 2021 * 9:01:32 am (IST)
DUBAI = Tuesday * 27 April 2021 * 7:31:32 am (GST)
MOSCOW = Tuesday * 27 April 2021 * 6:31:32 am (MSK)
BERLIN = Tuesday * 27 April 2021 * 5:31:32 am (CEST)
LAGOS = Tuesday * 27 April 2021 * 4:31:32 am (WAT)
LONDON = Tuesday * 27 April 2021 * 4:31:32 am (BST)
RIO = Tuesday * 27 April 2021 * 12:31:32 am (BRT)
SANTIAGO = Monday * 26 April 2021 * 11:31:32 pm (CLT)
NEW YORK = Monday * 26 April 2021 * 11:31:32 pm (EDT)
MEXICO CITY = Monday * 26 April 2021 * 10:31:32 pm (CDT)
CALGARY = Monday * 26 April 2021 * 9:31:32 pm (MDT)
LOS ANGELES = Monday * 26 April 2021 * 8:31:32 pm (PDT)
ANCHORAGE = Monday * 26 April 2021 * 7:31:32 pm (AKDT)
HONOLULU = Monday * 26 April 2021 * 5:31:32 pm (HAST)

4.17.2021

PROCOL HARUM NEW EP: MISSING PERSONS (ALIVE FOREVER)


Music Legends Procol Harum To Release New EP “Missing Persons”

Esoteric Antenna label is pleased to announce the release of a new CD EP by the legendary PROCOL HARUM.

“Missing Persons” was completed during the lockdown, after founder and lead singer Gary Brooker rediscovered a CD of rough mixes of two studio tracks the band had laid down during a previous session. “They weren’t written last week, neither are they old,” says Gary, but the precise date of the original recordings remains a mystery. With the world locked down Gary and the band revisited these tracks and they now proudly sit alongside the band’s venerable catalog.

The title track “Missing Persons (Alive Forever)” is a particularly poignant and emotive song, and a fine example of the musical tradition of Procol Harum. Gary adds: “Keith Reid’s lyrics sound incredibly apt for the time we’re living in, this is the sound of Procol Harum today.” The EP’s other new song “War Is Not Healthy” is also a touching observation of war and its impact on humanity.

This is Procol Harum at their timeless best.



(Photo by Deacon Comms)

Procol Harum
Gary Brooker (vocals, piano)
Geoff Whitehorn (guitar)
Josh Phillips (organ)
Geoff Dunn (drums)
Matt Pegg (bass)

Tracklist
1. Missing Persons (Alive Forever)
2. War Is Not Healthy
3. Missing Persons (Alive Forever) (Edited Version)



To pre-order: https://www.cherryred.co.uk/product/procol-harum-missing-persons-alive-forever-ep/

For more information: https://www.procolharum.com/

4.12.2021

BATHROOM TILES KNOWN FOR THEIR ELEGANCE


Though there are plenty of areas to focus on when it comes to creating a lovely house. However, bathrooms are the smallest ones among all, and without any doubt, they receive the most attention. Nowadays, they are just not only meant for taking a shower; they have become a place of comfort and relaxation. This is why people have now started taking ideas that are rustic, elegant, contemporary, kitschy, or retro.

But how can one achieve any of these styles and moods? Well, porcelain tiles have always been in the limelight. The so-called chameleon in the tile world is known for delivering a marble finish look with a lot less worry and maintenance. Not only this, the tile option is a popular choice as they are highly water and stain-resistant. Sounds great, right?

Looking forward to the marketplace trends, then countless designs are inspired by fashion runways, animal prints, fabrics, and exotic locales. For instance, an Ice Blue Arabesque Glossy Porcelain Tile is a perfect reflection of the Moroccan style highly adopted by architects in the world. Want to know more in detail? Here’s a quick review of the two most famous types of porcelain tiles. Take a look.

They normally come in the glazed and through-bodied form. The glazed ones have more of a hard finish or a wear layer that is normally colored. Known for being dense and durable, they are available in a wide range of designs and colors. Whereas the through-bodied tiles are more scratches and chip styles. They don’t hold any sort of glaze on them and are highly recommended for countertops, walls, and floors.

Know what to consider while finding the most ideal porcelain tile for your bathrooms.

The foremost thing to focus on is to know whether they are tough enough or not. Wondering why? Because porcelain tiles are known for standing up with heavy foot traffic and bearing all the water flashes for years and years.

The very next thing is to understand how to properly clean them. Not to worry, as they are much easier to maintain and clean with time. Just moisten, sweep, or simply vacuum them twice a month. Always keep in mind that porcelain tiles are not meant to be cleaned with some sort of scouring pads or steel wools.

Now, what is the biggest mistake that most people make with these tiles is not paying attention to the underlayment. Porcelain tiles are generally installed on a compact subfloor that’s rigid and smooth as well. It can nimbly go with plywood, cemented base, or even a concrete slab.

Lastly, the only lowdown is that these specific tiles are a perfect mix of minerals and clays that are definitely fired at extremely acute temperatures. That’s why they are found to be denser and harder than the ceramic tiles available in the market. What else makes them popular enough is that they prevent any sort of odor, bacteria, or stain from building upon them. How can we forget to mention that the myriad of colors and designs deliver elegance to the whole space and that too at much cheaper prices?

Have you tried the on-trend of porcelain tiles for your bathroom?

3.25.2021

STREAMING PLATFORMS: THE BEST MARKETING TOOLS FOR THE MUSICIAN

Фотография: Caught In Joy. Источник: Unsplash.com

Now in the parliamentary proceedings against YouTube in the United Kingdom - in the situation of dissatisfaction with the level of payments from the largest video hosting site, lots of people are beginning to see it only as a tool for marketing and attracting the attention of listeners. Let's discuss whether this makes sense.

Nothing new

In the '30s and '40s, when the Western pop music industry was gaining momentum, a lot of writers and performers worried about technological innovations would only hurt their careers. There was nothing surprising about that - back then, producers would simply gather musicians in the studio, put on a couple of microphones, and ask them to play everything the way it usually sounded in concert. The recordings of the studio sessions really sold out quickly, so there was a risk of a decline in ticket sales for the performances - some of the audience lost interest in them and were satisfied with the material, which they could start and listen to on their own at any time.

That's why the unions defended the right to a steady income from recordings and tried to compensate for the losses from the lack of attendance at shows. But the labels were in no hurry to meet their demands, and there were strikes throughout the '40s. Unionists were forbidden to cooperate with record companies, but it was very difficult to influence the work of the latter. 

The labels had managed to restock before the conflict started, plus they were releasing hits of the previous years and working with the so-called "hillbillies", which were not part of the professional communities and could record where and how they saw fit. And not everything was banned: musicians came to play on the air of radio stations, recorded vocals, which was quite acceptable, and cooperated with government agencies (by the way, this is how the number of publications on V-Discs was increased in those years - these were records designed exclusively for members of the U.S. Armed Forces).


Just a couple of years after the strikes were over, twice as many records were sold - the demand for them certainly increased. It was not until 1948, when mass television was already in full swing, that the labels made some concessions, albeit very small ones in terms of compensation for musicians. The use and dissemination of musical creativity for commercial purposes was becoming ubiquitous, and the approach to compensation for authors and performers simply had to be reconsidered. They suffered the most from the strikes - the public listened to what the labels and radio stations put out, forgetting everything else.

As the former Coinbase engineer stressed in his blog, only those who staked on reaching the widest possible audience instead of fighting for a slight increase in the thickness of the wallet came out of the crisis situation with minimal losses.

What now?

History repeats itself almost completely. While some complain about the level of payments from streaming services and YouTube, others see their advantages in this platform, and others are looking for more profitable opportunities for themselves in the form of selling royalty free music on platforms like taketones.com. The most obvious is the opportunity to reach an audience of many millions with a total of two billion users. To help with the recommendation of content in this case are the algorithms of the platform, which in addition is still a free video hosting. With the help of potential flaws or without it, it is worth recognizing that YouTube dominates its niche and the music component is no exception. While 20 million people subscribed to the company's streaming service last February, the number of listeners increased by 50 percent over the next seven months. In this case, we are talking about regular payments, which means a likely increase in compensation for the streams. Representatives of the platform have already openly stated that in just four years YouTube will become a leader in this indicator.


Can authors and performers demand anything when a company provides them with such a massive infrastructure and opportunities? Many people bypass payment disputes and use their YouTube channels to promote their music on paid streaming services. For example, the authors of "lo-fi" compositions, who, according to the laws of the genre, cannot make money from advertising, do so.

So music on one streaming platform actually becomes a marketing tool for other tracks, performances, and merch. Another thing is that with the latter two points, things are not quite the way musicians would like them to be in the world. What in such a situation they can promote - apart from their own profiles on alternative platforms - and whether they can make money just by not letting their fans forget about them, as their colleagues did in the old days, it is still difficult to understand. Let's see how the situation is going to develop and analyze its dynamics in some time.

3.19.2021

SOLAR ECLIPSE OF THE SUN AND MOON


Solar Eclipse of the Sun and Moon

Have you ever experienced sudden darkness in the sky except the weather is not cloudy? Some of you may see it. For those who haven't experienced it, this article is for them. The sun doesn't have to get shadowed only by the clouds, the condition could be done by something else! Are you excited to know? Let's see how far we can go to the secret world of the sky.

The condition is called a solar eclipse. Do you know what is it?

What is Solar Eclipse?

At a particular time of each year, the moon comes between the Earth and the Sun. And the moon creates a shadow over the earth. Theoretically, this occurrence is a solar eclipse.

Usually, the situation happens at the phase of the new moon. The time when the moon passes directly between the two planets. The shadow of the moon casts over the earth. And the sun gets behind the moon. After that, we can’t see the sun under the moon's shadow. And the situation is scientifically called Solar Eclipse.

But the solar eclipse is not that simple process. We need to know more about it if anyone is interested to understand the world of the sky and its elements. There are various types of solar eclipse, and several factors are affecting the condition. People like to see and experience this type of event that happen rarely, solar eclipse tours is the best thing you must go at least once in your life.

Types of Solar Eclipse:

There are four types: Total Solar Eclipse, Annual Solar Eclipse, Partial Solar Eclipse and Hybrid Solar Eclipse

Of all solar eclipses-

Total solar eclipses are 28%;

35% are partial;

32% annular; 

5% are hybrids.

Total Solar Eclipse:


The total solar eclipse is called the happy moment of nature. Usually, the sun is four hundred times greater than our silvery moon. But, when the moon comes four hundred times closer to the Earth than the sun, the Total Solar Eclipse happens. The orbital planes intersect. The new moon completely covers the disk of the sun, so the sun can’t be visible from the earth.

The casting shadow are of two types-

Umbra: A dark and slander cone shape.

Penumbra: a light, funnel shape shadow.


A total solar eclipse happens on the Earth about every eighteen months. The time of the total solar eclipse may last as long as 7 minutes 31 seconds. The time may come much shorter.

Annular Solar Eclipse:

The Annual Solar Eclipse is another beautiful scenery to watch. And this is quite different from the firstly mentioned Total Solar Eclipse. It is different because half of the sun shows during the annual solar eclipse. The dark shadow of the moon's umbra can extend out for no longer than 235,700 miles. During the eclipse, the ant-umbra reaches the ground. And anyone looks up past either side of the umbra and sees the "ring of fire" around the moon.

The annual eclipse lasts for a maximum of 12 minutes 30 seconds.

Partial Solar Eclipse:


The Partial eclipse happens only the penumbra which is the partial shadow, passes over the sun. In this process, some part of the sun always remains in view. During the eclipse, how much of the sun people can see depends on some specific conditions. It lasts longer than above two solar eclipses.

Hybrid Solar Eclipse:

The Hybrid means it doesn't belong to only one. So, the Hybrid Solar Eclipse comes the same. The solar eclipse is called Annual-Total(A-T) Eclipse. This eclipse occurs when the distance of the moon is nearby. The A-T eclipse starts as an annular eclipse because the tip of the umbra falls short of making contact with Earth. Then the moon becomes total. Because the roundness of the planet reaches up. Then finally it returns to the annular toward the end of the path.

Don't and dos:

If you are so excited to watch the occurrence, make sure to use a protective eyeglass like lead glasses. Because watching with bare eyes can cause blindness. So, be careful about this!

Wrap up:


The solar eclipse is a natural occurrence. If you want to be the eye witness of history, don't miss the opportunity to watch the Solar Eclipse in the sky.

3.05.2021

HARRY BENNETT'S YPSILANTI CABIN

Harry Bennett Cabin north of Ypsilanti (photo courtesy of Bob Fox)

Recently I received an interesting email from the current owner of the property where one of Harry Bennett's old cabins still stands. It is in terrible shape and the roof is gone, but still, it's another cool Harry Bennett/Henry Ford structure made of cement but created to look like logs.

The new owner found my other stories about Harry Bennett's buildings and contacted me to see if I had information on this old cabin. 

I did visit the cabin once back in the 1970s with my friend Pat Soraruf. So I had very few memories of the place. However, another friend of ours lived there for 3 years! So I found Bob Fox on Facebook. He graciously answered my questions for this post.

Retrokimmer Q&A with Bob Fox

RK:
  How did you find out about this cabin?

BF: New Year’s morning, 1969, after going to midnight mass and staying up all night, Pat Soraruf took me on a hike all the way from town to see this place that was hidden in a woods 1/2 mile from the nearest road. The door was open and inside there was an old couch. We built a fire in the fireplace to warm up and then fell asleep on the couch before walking back to town.

RK:  What were your first thoughts when you saw the cabin?

BF:
I loved the place. It was like being in a fairy tale. There were panels where the walls opened revealing hidden passages. And across the yard, the underground rooms were like the best forts a kid could ever build. It was also quiet there in the woods, making it feel like a place far -far away from all the troubles challenging teenaged life in the 60s.

RK: What were the coolest things about the cabin? Do you know when it was built?

Big Stone Fireplace

BF: The coolest thing was the architecture. The sculptured cement walls looked like logs complete with knots, bark, and growth rings. Also, the inside stonework and the woodwork (pine paneling) were top-notch. The higher one looks at the chimney over the fireplace, the bigger the stones get. Where the pine work met the stonework, the scribbled joinery was perfect. Eventually, I would learn how to do that, and I can’t ever do scribe work even now without thinking about those perfect fits at the cabin.

Floorplan by Bob Fox

RK: The worst things about living in the Cabin?

BF: The worst thing was not having electricity and running water, but those were also the things that made the place what it was. If the cabin had utilities, it wouldn’t have been available to me on my budget when I actually moved to the place 6 years later. I bought a generator, and eventually, with incredible do-it-yourself optimism, I got the well working again too. 

If I did it again now, I would call a well guy and throw down the credit card. There were two brick outhouses (octagon-shaped) that had toilets that were supposed to flush automatically when you stood up. Wish I had detailed photos of those. Anyway, I would run new plastic lines to those now and get it all working as fast as I could. Even as a kid, not having an outhouse and having to go in the woods was a drag.

Floor Plan by Bob Fox

RK: What were the unique architectural features? Generator room info, sugar shack, etc. Interior. Exterior.

BF: The cabin complex was probably built in 1941—the same time as the concrete barn that is still by the road. The cabin was often referred to as (Harry) Bennett’s Hideout. The one bunker had a passive make-up air feed and the door seemed to be strategically set facing away from Detroit. 

We speculated that Henry Ford had it done that way because he might have been aware of the possibility of atomic bomb development. When I was living there in the 70s, all the drains for the cabin and the bunkers still worked, as did all the underground electrical transmission lines. 


I bought a generator and set it up in the generator/well bunker and the power worked in both the cabin and the other underground room; probably still works because underground power lines last a lot longer than above ground. Only the waterlines had gone bad, probably because they went so long without having water in them they rusted and disintegrated.


RK:  How long were you there and what prompted you to give it up?

BF: I moved into the Cabin on August 1, 1975. I had a deal with the man who ran the horse farm and who lived in the farmhouse in the front, Tom Ewing. I did all the maintenance in exchange for having the cabin. 

Things changed sometime in 1977 or 1978. There was a gas leak in Tom’s house that filled the attic. One night he turned off the kitchen light and the place exploded. There were big stories about that in the newspapers. He wasn’t killed because the place had double rafters and didn’t cave on him, even though the walls were blown out. 

Ewing said that Bennett had it built that way because often it wasn’t a house bomb that would kill someone, but the house falling on them. Tom moved elsewhere and someone else took over the farm. 

One day I came home and all my stuff had been stolen—tools and everything. It was more than I could recover from so I moved on. By then my father was retiring and leaving where he lived on Deep Run Farm on the south side of Ypsilanti—another amazing place, probably more amazing than the cabin really—and it had also been used and influenced by Henry Ford (as were many other places in the area). I took Deep Run Farm over in 1979 and lived there until it was turned into a shopping center in 2002.

current state

RK: What do you think the cabin was probably used for and by whom?

BF: There were lots of rumors and speculation about how Ford and Bennett used the cabin. There are 2 little rooms with a connecting passage up inside the fireplace. A steel ladder to reach them that was hidden behind a secret opening next to one of the fireplaces. The spaces had cement block walls and were easily big enough for a couple people to hide inside.

The vents opened and everyone that knew about them thought they were probably gun ports. Behind another folding panel, there was a cocktail bar with a separate outside entrance—that bar had to be for Bennett’s boys because Henry Ford did not party.

Bob Fox 1970s in front of the Cabin

While I lived at the cabin, I kept diaries and journals. The journals have entries from other people that also lived there with me and participated in what we had going on. For instance, we didn’t have electricity most of the time, so we played a lot of acoustic music which turned into homemade music parties that we called Moon Squallors—but that’s another story.

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