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Arts/Entertainment

‘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 ...

Political Thriller

NEW YORK (AP) — After co-writing the best-selling adult novel of 2018, Bill Clinton and James Patterson have teamed up for another political thriller. “The President’s Daughter” will be released in June 2021, the book’s publishers announced Thursday. As with the million-selling ...

If You’re Serious About Your Craft, Don’t Be Afraid To Show Work

Writers can be a strange bunch. Some want to share their work while others would rather not because it’s for their eyes only. Such a shame. I used to work with a guy who said he was a writer. I told him my background and he asked me some questions about writing. They were questions that ...

Information Portal

The James Prendergast Library is more than just books. The library also is about accessing information. So, during the pandemic, patrons can access variety of online resources and programming. “These are accessible via the library’s website at prendergastlibrary.org, and the library’s ...

Write Now: Musical, Literary Genres May Have Some Common Ground

In today’s culture one can listen to almost any genre of music. It’s a good thing and bad thing. The good thing is that a wide variety of music is there for listening. Imagine listening to your favorite satellite radio station with its subchannels. There is a vast amount of music to be ...

Thrilling Readers

Tim Tigner loves the creativity and self-reliance of being an author. You could say it’s what attracts him to writing. “I decided to become a writer because there was nothing I loved more than reading a really good thriller,” the author said. Tigner began his career in Soviet ...