… National Brothers Day …
“ Being his real brother I could feel I live in his shadows, but I never have and I do not now. I live in his glow.” – Michael Morpurgo
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Justin Towne Earle – “Kids In The Street”
Lana Del Rey – “Lust For Life”
Lil Yachty – “Teenage Emotions”
Martin Rev – “Demolition 9”
New Order – “NOMC15”
Shakira – “El Dorado”
Sky Steele – “All The Light”
The Charlatans – “Different Days”
Thunder Dreamer – “Capture”
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You ever hear the phrase, “You can’t choose your family”?
While this may be true in some literal senses, it all depends on how you view “family”. When I was born, I was pretty much an only child but I had older siblings. Fourteen years younger than my one older brother. He was gone and out of the house by the time I was old enough to remember and from then on, we had no relationship to speak of. A little older than him was my sister, who was around quite a bit in my youngest memories and truly doted on me. Our relationship changed when my parents moved me thousands of miles away. My oldest brother was long out of the house and working when I was young so we really had no early bond. He however, ended up moving back in with our parents when I was about 7 or so. From that time on, we formed a strong bond as he practically helped raise me. Like a second father, a big brother, and a best friend.
Out of all my sibling relationships, my eldest brother was the strongest. Proximity made this the case and his desire to be a part of my life. My sister remained in second, probably because she was so far away and then had children of her own. The youngest of my siblings, but still my elder came in and out of my life at various stages growing up. We were close and then not, then close and then not. I did not choose any of these people to be a part of my life, nor a part of my family. Sadly, when I think of family though growing up, it was my mom, dad, eldest brother, a niece, and our family pets. That was my family.
This was really no fault of any one person in particular, but life happens to all of us. Over the years I have been blessed with some amazing friends! Some of them, I chose to make a part of my family. These friends (new brothers and sisters) for the most part have been a part of my life actively for longer than those of my own blood. A failed marriage, due to failures on my part, still left me with a best friend and also brought me my son. I am by no means a perfect father, not even close to my dad, but I try my best on a daily basis. My relationship with him is important. I often try to recreate the bond I had with my eldest brother, with my son. It’s the strongest bond I had in my life.
Mother, father, and eldest brother have passed on. I miss them all very much. Today, as I consider Brothers Day, I remember… memories are always a good thing. Even those not so pleasant, helped make me the person I am.
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“I don’t believe an accident of birth makes people sisters or brothers. It makes them siblings, gives them mutuality of parentage. Sisterhood and brotherhood is a condition people have to work at.” – Maya Angelou
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#DeaconBluesApproved for #HamOntMusic
I believe that more than just a few words are needed here. I can’t say this enough… you need to give more than a couple of days notice to promote your event properly. When the date is set, the event should be announced. This has to go for the entertainment, the venue, and the promoter!
For most smaller local shows, a month before is the best time to start. Great idea to share around some youtube footage, so long as it’s not terrible. Three weeks prior is the time to send out the event announcement to promotional / marketing sites. Two weeks before, you need to TAKE THE TIME to invite your contacts (email, facebook, followers, etc) to your event. This can be time-consuming but if you can’t make time for your “fans”… enough said. The last stage is a week before and this can really be time-consuming! Social Media blitz. Twitter & Facebook! #Hashtags! Share, share, share! Get people talking and create a buzz. Tag people and places! If this is too much, then to be honest, you need help. 95% of everyone on social media, does not know how to market and promote effectively.
As I said, this applies to all parties. There are plenty of venues to visit and plenty of bands to see, so why would anyone want to go to your place and here whatever band is playing? Especially if nobody, especially you, is not even promoting it. Next week I will run down the to-do list for the final days before your event.
#EveryWeek in #HamOnt
… sponsored by Mississippi Queen Foods …
♫♪.ılılıl Varied Schedule lılılı.♪♫
Southern Supper at Mississippi Queen Foods! Great blues and amazing southern cuisine! You need to call early for your tickets as the seats fill up fast. $45 gets your meal and one of the most intimate shows you will ever attend! This Thursday is Mississippi’s Sherman Lee Dillon!
♫♪.ılılıl Tuesdays lılılı.♪♫
Jacob Moon and the Commissionaires at Park St. Gasworks
♫♪.ılılıl Wednesdays lılılı.♪♫
Boogie N Blues with Ian Andrews at the Corktown. Open Jam!
Grindstones Jam Night at the Mill Street and 5 America House.
♫♪.ılılıl Thursdays lılılı.♪♫
RatRod is hosting an Open Jam at The Pourhouse!
♫♪.ılılıl Sundays lılılı.♪♫
Blues Brunch (2pm) at Lou Dawgs
Sunday Blues (2-6pm) at the Bay City Music Hall for only $7.
Shari Dunn & Jonny Kerr at The Lions Head!
#ThisWeek in #HamOnt
… sponsored by Greater Hamilton Musician …
♫♪.ılılıl Monday lılılı.♪♫
♫♪.ılılıl Tuesday lılılı.♪♫
♫♪.ılılıl Wednesday lılılı.♪♫
Tara Holloway and others at Artword Artbar
C.R. Avery Book Launch & Blues at Mississippi Queen Foods
The MacLeans at Mulberry Coffeehouse
♫♪.ılılıl Thursday lılılı.♪♫
Comedy Night in Hamilton w/ Nick Reynoldson, Cliff Myers, & more at The Casbah
♫♪.ılılıl Friday lılılı.♪♫
Mike Almas Band at Artword Artbar
Brad James at Bobbies Bar & Grill
The Treble Men at Cat n Fiddle
♫♪.ılılıl Saturday lılılı.♪♫
BorderLineMe at The Straircase Cafe Theatre
The Hopeful Poets at Rebel’s Rock
Lipstick Scream! at Stonewalls
Elliott & the Audio Kings at Lou Dawgs
♫♪.ılılıl Sunday lılılı.♪♫
The Sinners Choir at The Casbah
#ComingSoon in #HamOnt
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June 15th at The Warplane Heritage Museum
JOHNNY CASH Tribute in Support of CMHA
A Ring of Fire : Johnny Cash Experience
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1973 – The Edgar Winter Group’s “Frankenstein” hits #1.
1981 – Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five are the opening act for The Clash at Bond’s in Times Square, New York. They get booed and assaulted with projectiles.
1984 – Tina Turner releases Private Dancer, her big comeback album.
2000 – Billy Corgan announces that The Smashing Pumpkins will break up, saying they are tired of “fighting the good fight against the Britneys of the world.”
2005 – Garth Brooks proposes to Trisha Yearwood in front of 7,000 fans during a show at Buck Owens’s Crystal Palace in Bakersfield, California.
2008 – Forty-two years after releasing his first album, Neil Diamond scores his first #1 when Home Before Dark tops the albums chart.
2012 – On his 90th birthday, actor Christopher Lee announces the release of his Heavy Metal single “Let Legend Mark Me as the King.”
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… sponsored by A&A Automotive Stoney Creek …
Thanks to our Sponsors … Deacon Media, BOXO Studio, Greater Hamilton Musician, Mississippi Queen Foods, PC Werx, and A&A Discount Auto Parts Stoney Creek
Shout Outs to … Kevin Barber, Glen Brown, Connie Rouble, Jacob Moon, Ian Andrews, Shawn Brush, Tyson Meloche, Shari Dunn, Jonny Kerr, Lora Lions Head, Nancy Bright, John Glass, Tara Holloway, C.R. Avery, Jack MacLean, Mike Almas, David Nicoloff, and Robin Zee
Happy Birthday to … Brian Kuznik, Kerwan Baker, Zane Hrynewich, Lauren Olson, Helena Ferreira, Alyssa Nicole, and Richard Lowe
Featured Venues … Park St Gasworks, Corktown Pub, Mill Street and 5 The American House, The Pour House, Lou Dawg’s Hamilton, Bay City Music Hall, The Lionshead Pub
Let negativity roll off you like the water off a duck’s back.
“ When I look at each of my brothers, I see two things. First, I see the next place I want to leave a rosy welt. Second, I see a good man who will always be there, no matter how hard life gets for me or him. Then, I get out of the way because I realize he’s coming at me with a wet dish towel.”