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Natalie Brown – Spirit of Christmas Time

POSTED ON December 26th  - POSTED IN Christmas, Holiday, independent music, music, R&B, videos

Natalie Brown

Spirit of Christmas Time

Natalie Brown is an amazing talent. She also does Christmas Music. Check out what she shared on her YouTube.

Natalie Brown – Spirit of Christmas Time

Merry Christmas all. You can find Natalie Brown at:

Thanks for reading and feel free to comment. Please remember to support the indie artist by buying their merchandise, seeing them live and by spreading the word about their music.

David Bowie Impersonates Elvis for Christmas Message

POSTED ON December 21st  - POSTED IN Christmas, Entertainment, Holiday, videos

David Bowie Impersonates Elvis for Christmas

The late David Bowie shall be remembered for many achievents, acting, writing and more. One of his lesser known talents should be noted as well. As mentioned here previously, an impersonator. Check out what he did for Christmas in 2013.

David Bowie Ipersonates Elvis

You can find our more about Bowie impersonation at Open Culture. Thanks for reading and feel free to comment.

David Bowie Passes at Only 69 Years Old

POSTED ON January 11th  - POSTED IN alternative, Christmas, Community, Holiday, music, news, pop, rock

David Bowie Passes

David Bowie's star at Holywood.

David Bowie’s star at Holywood. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Numerous sources are reporting the death of the David Bowie. Both his publicist and son have confirmed the grim news. The talented artists had a career that spanned music, film, music video and stage.  He entertained generations of fans. The legend passed only 2 days after his 69th birthday. I am convinced his music will remain timeless and he shall be missed.

The talented artists had a career that spanned music, film, music video and stage.  He entertained generations of fans. The legend passed only 2 days after his 69th birthday.  I thought I would take a moment to share one of my favorite collaborations by the artist.

David Bowie and Bing Crosby

We send our condolences, prayers and thoughts to his family.

Radiohead – Spectre

POSTED ON December 29th  - POSTED IN alternative, Christmas, Community, Holiday, Movies, music, news, Opinion, Review

Radiohead – Spectre

Radiohead live at Portugal

Radiohead live at Portugal (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

While I am not a fanatical James Bond fan, I confess I have most of the 007 films except for a few of recent ones. I am also certain, I will get around to the more recent releases when I happen on them this winter at my local library.  (A quick stop at Wikipedia list 24 titles, of which I have seen 21.)

One can not deny that the character is timeless. Mr. Bond has entertained at least four generations of fans. One could also say the same about the soundtracks. I don’t own any James Bond movies, but I still have a few cassette tapes of James Bond movie soundtracks. Seriously, what musician wouldn’t want to do music for a Bond film?

Furthermore, I am not a huge fan of Radiohead. I respect their work and it is obvious they have much talent, but I rarely listen to works such as Magic Beans except when I am occasionally in the mood for such. I am more of  a blues, jazz or hard rock listener. However, after hearing Spectre work by Radiohead, I am amazed that it was not actually included in the film. They put it up as a Christmas gift to their fans at their SoundCloud Page. They had the following to say:

Last year we were asked to write a theme tune for the Bond movie Spectre. Yes we were. It didn’t work out, but became something of our own, which we love very much. As the year closes we thought you might like to hear it. Merry Christmas. May the force be with you.

In my humble opinion, they nailed it. It is perfect music for a Bond film. Especially since I went and listened to some of the material from the soundtrack.  It is a shame that “It didn’t work out”.  The track below is many times better than many of the tracks that are in the soundtrack.

Looking for Christmas Music?

Here Are a Few Places to Find Christmas Music

Merry Christmas All,

Christmas in the post-War United States

Christmas in the post-War United States (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

While many of my fellow Americans are enjoying our usually warm December weather, it is not for me. I want the ground white, especially on Christmas. I am doing what I can to get myself in the spirit. I already pulled out my CD of Bing’s White Christmas and am now listening to The Celtic Music Podcast. It is working and I thought I would share some of the places I find Christmas music. The links I am about to share should give you more than enough music to get you though both the eve and the day.

I also found this Scott Weiland Winter Wonderland video over at Open Culture and thought I would share it here.

We hope you have a safe and happy holiday season and new year.

Thanks for listening and reading. Feel free to comment and please remember to support the indie artists by buying their merchandise, seeing them live and/or simply spreading the word.

It is Christmas Time

POSTED ON December 19th  - POSTED IN Christmas, Holiday, independent music, music, New Media Order, site
#christmas

#christmas (Photo credit: Isselmuden)

Indie Nation listeners sorry things have been so sparse of the late but the hardware gods have not been happy with Lumpy of late.  In the past month and a half, I have lost a server twice, on hard drive and two DVD drives on my main machine at home and have become virtually an expert at data recovery.  I don’t get it I just sacrificed a modem, a scii drive and a TV card to them at Thanksgiving.

Nonetheless, kudos and thanks to Brian for really, really helping me out both at home and on our server.  He has successfully set up a special stream for those of you who want Christmas music only for this holiday season.  Listen with the player of your choice with the links below:

 

Winamp     windows Media Player     Real Player     QuickTime

Merry Christmas All

In The Darkness There Is Light; Newtown Connecticut, We Love You!

POSTED ON December 18th  - POSTED IN Community, news, Public Service

For the past four days, I have been trying to make sense of the senseless. There are no words that can adequately describe the pain in my heart after hearing of the tragedy that struck Newtown, Connecticut. Twenty-six people lost their lives, among them were twenty children and six adults.  The question of why, has crossed my mind many times, but the short of it is, there is no why. Sometimes in life no matter how hard we try to make sense of things, they just do not make sense, and never will.

I will not give credence to the man who created this fear, this pain, this tragedy, by speaking his name. I ask that you all strike his name from your memories as well. Instead I would ask that you remember the heroes. The people who in the face of danger, did everything they could to protect the children, some like Vicki Soto, giving their lives, so that others may live.  Vicki was only 27 years old, but when she heard gunfire in her school, she didn’t stop to think about herself, instead she took the children in her care and hid them all, in closets, in cupboards  and anywhere else that she could find; then she stood and waited for the inevitable. She stood and waited for the gunman to enter her classroom.

I do not know the fear that was in her mind at the time, but I do know that she, is one of the bravest souls I have ever heard of. When the gunman came, she stood and faced him, and when he asked where the children were, she did not give in, she told him her children were in gym class. The gunman then shot and killed Vicki, her body was found huddled near the closet door, where she hid most of her students, protecting them until the very end.

Vicki was not alone in her heroism.

Principal  Dawn Hochsprung gave her life trying to disarm the man that tore their world apart, upon hearing of the intruder in her school, she charged the man and tried to disarm him. Everyone that knew Dawn described her as a happy person, someone who honestly with her entire being, loved children. In her actions that fateful day, she proved just how far that love extended.

Maryrose Kristopik, ushered her small wards into a closet, before pulling a bookcase in front of the door, and locking it tight. She told them that the bad guys were there, but she promised the good guys would come soon, she is quoted as saying “We hid in the closet, we held hands, we hugged.” In those moments when she did not know whether they were going to live or die, she held the children close, told them to smile, and that she wanted them to know, that she loved them. In an interview Maryrose said “As a teacher, I wasn’t sure if I should be saying such things.” As a mother I thank you Maryrose, for in the face of danger, when you were watching over so many little ones, you gave them hope, and showed them love and compassion. They will, I am sure, remember your words until the very end.

I ran across a poem the other day, that helped me cope with this tragedy, in a way that at first, I didn’t think possible, and though I know not the author, I would like to share it with you in hopes that it will help your heart heal as well.

Twas’ 11 days before Christmas, around 9:38
when 20 beautiful children stormed through heaven’s gate.
Their smiles were contagious; their laughter filled the air,
…they could hardly believe all the beauty they saw there.
They were filled with such joy; they didn’t know what to say,
they remembered nothing of what had happened earlier that day.
“Where are we?” asked a little girl, as quiet as a mouse.

“This is heaven.” declared a small boy, “We’re spending Christmas at God’s house.”
When what to their wondering eyes did appear,
but Jesus, their savior, the children gathered near.
He looked at them and smiled, and they smiled just the same,
then He opened His arms and He called them by name.
And in that moment was joy that only heaven can bring
those children all flew into the arms of their King
As they lingered in the warmth of His embrace,
one small girl turned and looked at Jesus’ face.
As if He could read all the questions she had,
He gently whispered to her, “I’ll take care of mom and dad.”
Then He looked down on earth, the world far below,
He saw all of the hurt, the sorrow, and woe.
Then He closed His eyes and He outstretched His hand,
“Let My power and presence re-enter this land!”
“May this country be delivered from the hands of fools”,
“I’m taking back my nation, I’m taking back my schools!”
Then He and the children stood up without a sound,
“Come now my children, let me show you around.”
Excitement filled the space, some skipped and some ran,
all displaying enthusiasm that only a small child can.
And I heard Him proclaim as He walked out of sight,
“In the midst of this darkness, I AM STILL THE LIGHT”

 

In the midst of the darkness I am still the light. Those are some very powerful words, they remind us, to look for the good in every situation. Even in the darkness of the events that happened at Sandy Hook, there were heroes, the teachers, the first responders who thought nothing of themselves, instead putting the lives of the children and their families ahead of their own, knowing that there were others that simply needed them more. They paid no attention, to their own feelings of grief, or horror as they entered the scene. They simply went in, and did everything in their power, to save as many as they could.
– Charlotte Bacon, 2/22/06
– Daniel Barden, 9/25/05
– Rachel Davino, 7/17/83
– Olivia Engel, 7/18/06
– Josephine Gay, 12/11/05
– Ana M. Marquez-Greene, 04/04/06
– Dylan Hockley, 3/8/06
– Dawn Hochsprung, 06/28/65
– Madeleine F. Hsu, 7/10/06
– Catherine V. Hubbard, 6/08/06
– Chase Kowalski, 10/31/05
– Jesse Lewis, 6/30/06
– James Mattioli , 3/22/06
– Grace McDonnell, 12/04/05
– Anne Marie Murphy, 07/25/60
– Emilie Parker, 5/12/06
– Jack Pinto, 5/06/06
– Noah Pozner, 11/20/06
– Caroline Previdi, 9/07/06
– Jessica Rekos, 5/10/06
– Avielle Richman, 10/17/06
– Lauren Rousseau, 6/1982 (full date of birth not specified)
– Mary Sherlach, 2/11/56
– Victoria Soto, 11/04/85
– Benjamin Wheeler, 9/12/06
– Allison N. Wyatt, 7/03/06
You will not be forgotten, your memories will live on through all of those that loved you. In all of those that have been touched by that senseless act, by one very disturbed man. Your memories and names will forever be immortalized in the minds of people around the world. We will honor you by remembering, the heroes, the fallen, the brave souls that gave up everything, for the love of children that were not their own; and the children themselves, so young and innocent. We will remember your names, your actions, the way you put everyone else ahead of you, so that more children would not suffer, and more families would not be torn apart.
Remember always, that even in darkness there exists light, that even in the face of evil, there are those who are good, and will do anything to protect the innocent. Remember the victims, their families, and those that survived because their lives will be forever changed by this one act, on this one day.
The United States Post Office has set up a P.O. Box, especially for the survivors and the families of the victims, if you would like to send words of love and hope, to help those affected by this senseless act of crime you can send all cards, letters, words of love, hope and encouragement to:
 Messages of Condolence for Newtown,
P.O. Box 3700,
Newtown, CT 06470
We use the word hero, altogether too often. It is days like this, tragedies, that strike without warning, that reminds us who the true heroes amongst us are. The next time you hear someone say such and such baseball player is a hero for hitting a home-run, I ask only that you tell them: Yeah, that’s pretty cool, but he is no Vicki Soto.
All of my love, now and forever, stay strong my lovelies, and God willing, stay safe.
<//Update//>
New reports are confirming that some of Miss Soto’s class did indeed die in the gunfire, however, that does not discount her heroic actions. We at Indie Nation send our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of all of the victims, may they rest in peace.

Thomas Reed Smith and Thanxmas

Thanxmas, Better than Thanksgiving, Better than Christmas, because it is both…

Musician performs at open mic at the No Name b...

Musician performs at open mic at the No Name bar in Sausalito, CA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If any of you want to see a small show in a venue with totally kewl atmosphere and charm, try and get to Rider’s Inn in Painesville, Ohio this Friday.  Thomas Reed Smith, one the artists featured on our bot and/or podcasts here at the station, will be playing there December 7th. And, fear not, he is bringing the chicken.

The atmosphere is cozy, comfy and homey.  The music is always good.

2011.12.27 – More Christmas Music

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Christmas Music, One Last Show

Some material may not be considered safe for work (NSFW), children and arachnids over 3 feet tall

Cleta, Knowles217, OmniDragon and Lumpy were still up for spinning some Christmas music. This one, as well is about the music and not talk. We didn’t cover any news. We simply spun Christmas music and told you what we played. We hope you all had a great holiday season last year and hope you are starting off having a great new year. Enjoy the last in the Podcast of Christmas here at indienation.fm

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