Strike A Chord

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: Hero for all

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- When I was growing up in Edgewater and going to private school, I didn't  come into contact with many African-Ameicans. However, I will point out  that the first crush I ever had was on a black girl named Tiffany.

The Transfers have a great new album: "Going to the Show"

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Daytona's original pop/rock band, "The Transfers," have been consistently writing good music for a few years now and their new song "It Will Happen Again" is no exception.

Apocalypse transmissions (pt. 3): 'Ride, White Horseman!'

I just read about a supposed ancient Chinese curse that goes like this, "May you live in interesting times." Well, dear readers, I can't say that these are the "end times" with any certainty, but they are definitely interesting by any definition.

Remembering Whitney Houston: 'Certain self destructiveness to those gifted with creativity'

The world is abuzz with speculation and assumptions as to the cause of death of Whitney Houston, found dead in a room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel at the age of 48, on the eve of the Grammy Awards. What I can say with certainty is that artists have it hard; that there is often a certain self destructiveness to those gifted with creativity is hardly a secret.

 

The King of Pop's doctor: The Right prescription for the right time?

When I ask people their opinion on Conrad Murray’s innocence or guilt in the case of Michael Jackson’s untimely death, I find very little sympathy for the man as if his guilt is prefigured as a given. It’s something like the Casey Anthony trial where most agreed the defendant did something wrong, but no one could say for sure what that thing was.

Movie Review: 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' no rehash

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Scene from Rise of the Planet of the ApesRise of the Planet of the Apes 3 ½ out of 5 Stars

Haven’t we all been wondering how those apes from Planet of the Apes came to take over the Earth? Well I've got good news my friends: After years of uncertainty, it looks as though Hollywood is finally ready to start answering our questions in the latest version, the aptly called "Rise of the Planet of the Apes."

Ahead of His Time: Timothy Leary and the psychedelic culture of the 1960s

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"Ralph? The time has come, to go out of your mind. Are you ready, Ralph? Are you ready to die and be reborn? First you must be in a state of grace. First, you must examine yourself in this mirror of confession. What do you see there? Your personality: all your goals, and your fears, your little ambitions... the chess game of your life. You have to check that Ralph, you can't take that on the trip with you. And then that other side of you Ralph, that dark unconscious, all those animal impulses which you hide and keep down below. All this baggage too must be checked. You can't take that on the billion year voyage to God." - Timothy Leary, from the album: "Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out"

DeLand Original Music Festival an excellent adventure and better than ever

For as long as I have been in a band, I have heard of the Deland Original Music Festival. Every year, around late October, local musicians start gearing up for it and advertisements go out all over Myspace and Facebook; and every year my band mates and I say the same thing, "we will never pay to play a show."

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