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Arts/Entertainment

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 ...

From 45s To Albums To CDs Has Been A Smooth Transition

When I was a younger version of myself, I used to listen to 45s or 45 rpm vinyl records. Better now as singles, one could practically get them anywhere. When I was in my early teens, I made a transition, and I have not really changed how I listen to old or new music, no matter the genre. The ...

Write Now: Decade Shaped The Way Music’s Embraced

I set out to write about songs that would reflect the soundtrack of my life, but I realized I like too many songs from too many genres. And I couldn’t narrow down the soundtrack to maybe five songs. So I started thinking about music and how it has shaped my life over the years. Sometimes ...

County Native Discusses Challenges Of Releasing New Book

It’s been an interesting summer for New York Times bestselling author Wendy Corsi Staub. Normally, the author is traveling the country on a book tour to share her latest release, which was the case last summer when she visited Silver Creek’s Anderson Lee Library to share book two of her ...

‘P-J’ Readers Chime In About Guitar Solos

By Michael Zabrodsky mzabrodsky@post-journal.com Sometimes what I write elicits a reaction from Post-Journal readers. I periodically receive emails regarding what I have written. Sometimes the reader agrees with what I have written, and sometime the reader disagrees with what I have ...

Write Now: Guitar Solos May Speak To Many

People listen to music for different reasons. That’s the joy of music. Whether you like country, any genre of jazz, any genre of pop, classical, and everything in between, something draws you to listen to music. It could be the lyrics, the chord progressions, the rhythms or the timbre of a ...

Virtual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival Kicks Off Friday

The National Comedy Center is presenting its Lucille Ball Comedy Festival virtually this year, featuring conversations with a diverse lineup of artists, starting this Friday and streaming over three weekends throughout August. Over 30 artists from stand-up, theater, television and film will ...

Write Now: Bubblegum Music Always Has A Special Place

Simple lyrics. Syncopated rhythms. Hidden innocence. Silly, unsophisticated, just-for-fun songs. One hit wonders. You have probably heard the phrase “bubblegum music.” Musicologists have given bubblegum music many definitions. According to ...

Writing Life

For as long as Stephen Kanicki could remember, he wanted to be a writer. Writing was everything to him. And it still is. “I remember when I was 10 years old, I wrote a story about a NASA space mission that went terribly wrong,” he said. That piece of writing, which he said was a ...

Write Now: Video Shows The Probables At Band’s Best

In an effort to keep in communication with their fan base during COVID-19, members of The Probables have a new video for the song “Ol’ Henry,” from the band’s current release, “This Time Around.” According to John Streed, the band’s manager, the video was shot in mid June on Tim ...

Writing Across Curriculum Is A Valid Component

In many states, education officials are thinking of ways to open schools in the fall. There has been much debate on which is the best way to proceed. I’m sure you have probably heard of the Common Core Standards. According to coretstandards.org “The Common Core is a set of high-quality ...

Producers, Editors Have Similar Roles

If you are a musician or a writer you may have heard these two words before - producer and editor. Both words aren’t interchangeable, but somewhat have the same duties. Not every musician and writer needs a producer or editor because they know how to achieve getting more listeners and ...

Write Now: It’s The Dialogue That’s Intriguing

It’s the melodrama that gets me — every time. For as long as I as I have been watching TV, I have been attracted to dialogue. And I guess the daytime TV dramas, better known as soap operas were all about dialogue. I remember them from my youth, especially in the summer months because ...

Writing About A Foreign Subject Not An Easy Task

Have you ever been assigned to write about a topic that you know absolutely nothing about? It happens more often than you think. Whether in high school or in college, teachers and professors assign topics for papers that make students explore and research information that is foreign to ...

WN: Time May Be Right For Writing Another Protest Song

Recently I wrote lyrics to being lockdown during COVID-19. I believe different lyrics will take the place of COVID-19 lyrics. In my opinion, there will be new protest lyrics and songs written about the recent turbulent events that surround us. Should protest lyrics and songs be ...

For Pete Davidson, ‘King Of Staten Island’ Is 100% Him

NEW YORK (AP) — The first time Pete Davidson performed stand-up, he was 16. It was in front of a handful of people at a place called the Looney Bin Comedy Club in Staten Island. He describes it as inside a bowling alley and a Wendy’s and across the street from an LA Fitness. “Which is ...

Write Now: Tribute Bands Are Serious About Their Craft, Appearances

When you attend a concert of a rock band, you see and hear the band play its own music. On occasion the band will play (cover) songs by other artists. Sometimes it’s nice to hear another version or interpretation of song that you may have liked. The real reason you paid money for a ticket ...

Substantial Doubt

Movie theater chain AMC warned Wednesday that it may not survive the coronavirus pandemic, which has shuttered its theaters and led film studios to explore releasing more movies directly to viewers over the internet. It’s the latest danger sign for the theater business in North America, ...

Write Now: Fans Of The Arts Are Still Waiting For More Answers On Performances

So I’m just thinking out loud. I love live music, and that’s no secret. I try to hear and see live bands as much as I can. Before COVID-19, there was access to see live bands, but there weren’t that many local venues offered live music. Of the venues that did, they were giving a wealth ...