The Sapphires

This movie was assigned to me for film class. The title and description caught my attention, but I just wasn’t sure I wanted to watch it. I was wrong. I loved it!

The film took place during the Vietnam War. A family of Aboriginal Australian people formed a singing group and wanted to go entertain the troops in Vietnam.

The music was great and I loved that it was based on a true story. I recommend this movie to anyone who likes music from the time.

The Odyssey of Big Brother and the Holding Company

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This was another of the SF City Guides Tours that was held in the last few weeks. It was well worth watching. It was about Big Brother and the Holding Company. They are apparently still touring, but they are currently online. www.musae.me/bbhc/experiences/809/vr is where you can get tickets. They start at $5 and go up for virtual shows.

The talk itself was interesting. It told about the history of the band and its members. It will be shown again, from what they have said. Find them at the link in the above photo. It’s well worth a visit.

Masked Singer Twists

Masked singer twists

Season 4 is underway! I am so excited. Unfortunately, because of safety and social distancing, the audience will be virtual. The article above doesn’t make it clear about how they will be doing the voting. It sounds like the producers aren’t quite clear about it, either.

I am glad they are continuing such a fun, light-hearted show for another season. According to this article, the show will air September 23.

The costumes have been released, and there’s going to be a sneak peek show on September 13, according to this article.

I am ready for it!

Local Live Music While Everything is Closed

When all the business closed down, all of the live performances in bars and restaurants stopped. This had been my main reason, other than the library, to leave the house. It was disappointing, but understandable, when these places temporarily closed.

Friends of mine have a band, The Treacherous French (http://thetreacherousfrench.com/) . The lead singer, Charlie, has been doing live performances from his home, through Facebook Live, on Sunday afternoons.

It’s been fun to watch. Charlie takes requests from those of us who are watching. If he knows it, he’ll play it. If he doesn’t, he’ll look into learning it. Sometimes we are kinder with our requests than other times.

It’s worth liking The Treacherous French page on Facebook so that you can take a peek at what’s happening on Sunday afternoons. It’s a nice way to relax and just listen. It’s not quite the same as being there live and in person, but it’s still fun.

Below are links to the band’s albums. Check them out when you have time, please.

Snapshots on iTunes

CD on Amazon

Download on Amazon

Also, on Monday nights, there’s an open mic through The Riptide. It’s hosted on the page, Riptide Monday Night Open Mic. Like the page and you’ll get notifications when it’s on. Because it’s on a work night, and later in the day, I don’t usually get to finish it. It’s fun to watch and the artists get an audience.

Local businesses will be back. Live music will be back. Let’s support what we can from home while we wait. I’ll be back to my regular adventures then. Until then, I will continue my mini adventures from home and quick errands.

Ripple

Ripple

I had several friends and family members post the above linked video. It’s one of my favorite Grateful Dead songs.

I thought it was just random people singing it, then I saw that Keelin Garcia, Jimmy Buffet and David Crosby were some of the singers.   Well worth the watch!

Irish Musicals

Irish musicals

I came across the above linked article on St Patrick’s Day. I started looking at them and realized that I hadn’t seen The Commitments in years. I tried to find it on Netflix, but it’s not available unless I rent it. I did end up finding the series Derry Girls which is pretty entertaining. I’ll probably get that finished before the social distancing is finished.