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My obsession with Afro Blue (Traces of Blue) continues

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Hey everybody! So, I’ll make this post quick. I don’t normally pitch from this page, but I loved, loved, loved Afro Blue Vocal Band from this past season of The Sing Off. I think they did remarkably well, and, in my opinion (as well as the opinions of many others) they should have won the competition.

With that being said, wonder of wonder, miracle of miracles, they are working on a new project. They’re currently raising money to help fund their first EP. We can help, too. If you click this link, you’ll be taken to their fundraising page. If you all love them as much as I did, please help out. Give a little; give a lot, but they need our help and we need good music.  It’s a win-win situation!

In case you’re new to my blog and haven’t read my previous entries on Afro Blue or if you weren’t watching The Sing Off last season, take a look at the video below. This group is beyond amaze-balls!


As someone who is friends with a lot of artists, this hits home…

The Trichordist

Recently Emily White, an intern at NPR All Songs Considered and GM of what appears to be her college radio station, wrote a post on the NPR blog in which she acknowledged that while she had 11,000 songs in her music library, she’s only paid for 15 CDs in her life. Our intention is not to embarrass or shame her. We believe young people like Emily White who are fully engaged in the music scene are the artist’s biggest allies. We also believe–for reasons we’ll get into–that she has been been badly misinformed by the Free Culture movement. We only ask the opportunity to present a countervailing viewpoint.


My intention here is not to shame you or embarrass you. I believe you are already on the side of musicians and artists and you are just grappling with how to do the right thing. I applaud your courage in admitting…

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Name the Lakeside Athletic Complex after Local Hero Ryan Clark

I remember it as if it happened yesterday.  April 16, 2007. Virginia Tech. It was one of the worst shootings in US History. That day, we were ALL Hokies. You can read about it here, but I’m not here to talk about the tragedy today. I’m here to talk about the good that can come of it. Ryan Clark is a hero that needs to be remembered. He was the first person to give his life to save another on that fateful day in 2007, exemplifying Virgina Tech’s motto “That I May Serve”. Ryan was an example of that motto, long before he ever even attended VT.

He attended Lakeside High School, graduating in 2002. He was a stellar student, a dedicated band member, and all-around wonderful human being. He found it in his heart to volunteer his time and give of himself whenever he could and I find it only fitting that Lakeside name their new athletic complex after him.

There is currently a facebook page dedicated to this effort. Please take the time out of your day to like this page, and if it’s in your heart, write a few words of encouragement, not only to his family, but to the people who choose to visit and like this page. Also, if you see fit, make your case for Lakeside’s new athletic complex to be named after this brave and deserving young man. This campaign needs to go viral, not only in Columbia County, GA where he is from,but everywhere. Ryan Clark is an example of all that is good in this world. There is no greater love than a man who would lay down his life for a friend.

This endeavor is very near and dear to my heart for several reasons, but since I attended Lakeside, I felt the need to speak up about it. And on a personal note, I think it would be an honor for Lakeside to even have the opportunity to name its complex after this fine young man. Ryan Clark is NOT just a local hero. To me, he’s a national hero 🙂


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