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Arts/Entertainment

Write Now: For Drummers, Playing In Pocket Takes Skill

The pocket. Often these words are mentioned in different contexts, all of which are valid. Talk with a baseball player and the pocket may mean the part of the glove where baseball sits best between the base of thumb and the base of the index finger. Because of hand size, different gloves ...

Write Now: Are You A Fan Of Guitar Tablature?

The debate lives. It’s one that guitarists and bassists often have. The debate is over the use of tablature vs. musical notation. For me, it’s a simple answer. I would rather read music than to read tab. To me, and some other bassists and guitarists may agree, it is that tab doesn’t ...

Write Now: ‘McCartney III’ Made During ‘Rockdown’

At first thought, I did not want write about him, but the name of his release — “McCartney III” — intrigued me. Then I had a rethink, some time to re-evaluate my position. I’m not a big fan of music reviews, so this is more of my commentary. I haven’t really bought any new ...

Visualizing May Help Your Writing

Have you ever tried visualizing your writing? Sounds weird, but it may help. Speak to an athlete on any level, and he may tell you that he visualizes catching a football, shooting a basketball foul shot, hitting a home run, scoring the winning goal on a one-timer from the blue line, or ...

Fredonia School of Music Readies For GRAMMY Awards

FREDONIA — Bernd Gottinger, head of the State University at Fredonia’s Sound Recording Technology program, was nominated for a Grammy in the category of Best Engineered Album-Classical for his work on the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s recording of Richard Danielpour’s “The Passion ...

Publishing Deals Make Money For Artists

It’s a lesson about finances. If you are an artist, an author or a musician then take note (pun intended). If you want to make money from your artistic endeavors, then pay attention to any contract you may sign, and negotiate to keep control of your copyright(s). Or you may not receive ...

Uncle Ben’s Remedy Releases ‘Easy Ways To Here’

“We’re all going to be okay.” That is the overarching message of Uncle Ben’s Remedy’s latest single release “Drink To Remember.” The song is a toast to good times, as well as to the friends who have come and gone. It is unapologetic of the less-than-sane things to which we may ...

Write Now: Writing Workshops Help On All Levels

Writing is an intense vocation, and writing is crafted by one person. At times, more than one person may collaborate on a piece for publication. The collaboration happens with non-fiction and fiction prose. For most writers and authors, it’s a one-person show meaning that one person is ...

Write Now: The Colon Is A Powerful Punctuation Mark

When writing, sometimes one may use a punctuation mark incorrectly. The incorrect use usually happens when lists or a separation of items are involved. Most writers know how to use a “period,” a “comma,” a “question mark,” an “exclamation point.” But what some writers misuse ...

Write Now: JPS Students Perform ‘Taps’ Across Jamestown To Honor Vets

For Marc Lentsch, the pandemic was inhibiting his students from exploring their instruments. It also forced the Persell Middle School Band Director to keep his students interested in music. So, he and Jefferson Middle School Band Director Carrie Pawelski and Washington and Jefferson Middle ...

Write Now: Enjoy Some Jazz Music While Dining Out

To some, it may be an added comfort to hear background music while eating a meal. In an effort to attract more diners during the pandemic, a city restaurant trying something new. The Chop House on Main has started Jazz on Mondays. Owner Amber Carlson noted patrons can expect the same ...

Try Holding A Conversation By Quoting Movie Lines

If you happen to be in the grocery store in the next few days, be aware — of your surroundings. Stay on mission to buy your necessary food, but listen to the sounds around you. When pushing your cart to the deli counter or to the checkout lane listen to how people speak. It may be a little ...

Get Some Friends Together And Try Dressing As A Band For Halloween

Halloween. The word conjures up many thoughts and situations. While some people may think of ghosts and goblins others may think of candy and costumes. The pandemic may make it difficult to experience trick-or-treating this year, but one can still get into the spirit (pun intended). If ...

Area Teacher’s Screenplay Wins Big Apple Honors

Fredonia resident Catherine D’Agostino recently placed as a semifinalist in the Big Apple Film Festival and Screenplay competition for her new screenplay, “Say Something Funny.” According to the competition’s web site, its “goal is to celebrate the great city of New York through the ...

Boxed Sets For Authors May Be A Hard Sell

With the Holidays fast approaching, many bands and solo artists want to get their music to the masses. What better time to enjoy music than during the Holidays where one has enough time to really rediscover why he first began listening to the band’s or artist’s music in the first ...

Many Guitarists Were Influenced By E.V.H.

He was not just a guitar player. Eddie Van Halen was a guitar player’s player — a virtuoso. In my opinion, whenever he touched the instrument, it was magical. While most guitarists create unique sounds with different effects pedals, Van Halen did not. He used few effects and created his ...

The Floyd Concept To Pay Tribute At Struthers

For some musicians, performing in a cover band may be a side gig to their regular job. It’s a chance for them to explore their creativity and maybe have fun while exploring. Some cover bands reach regional success while other cover bands just enjoy the experience of playing songs by other ...

Write Now: Daydreams May Help With Writing Process

How many times have you had a great dream and you couldn’t remember it when you woke up? You are not alone. Many people fall victim to not remembering their dreams. Why does dreaming have to be done when you sleep? You may keep a writing pad by your bed when you sleep to maybe write ...

Write Now: Show Students How Grammar Is A Resource

Why is grammar taught in school? In its most raw form, grammar can be viewed as rules, but I like to look at grammar as guidelines. The reason I say this is because we need refreshers on grammar. It’s not just one course fits all, but rather several mini courses that review one concept. ...

Drum Grooves Provide The Foundation

Most songs have a foundation that provide an anchor. The foundation is usually held down with the rhythm section of drums, bass and keyboards, but for the most part, the drums are the sole provider of the foundation — the beat. So when people tell you they like a song because of the ...