Category Archives: Chickity check it!

Double dose of Danielle Miraglia and Allen Estes tonight

Perhaps you saw Danielle Miraglia and Allen Estes at this year’s critically acclaimed Cape Ann Winter Solstice.  These two extraordinarily talented singer/songwriters reunite tonight on Cape Ann TV Channel 12 at 6:30, then LIVE at the Rhumbline tonight at 8.  A perfect way to spend the mid-week evening!

Is Taylor Swift gonna sue me for this post?

I have to admit I kinda like Taylor Swift.  She’s cute and she can write a hit song.  But yesterday, what little admiration I had for her vanished when I heard this piece on the radio informing us that Taylor Swift now owns the phrase “Speak Now.”  That’s right, according to NPR, Taylor Swift “… was granted a trademark for the phrase ‘speak now.'”  But that’s not all.  She’s applied for dozens of trademarks, including one for the phrase “Love, Love, Love” (see a list of her trademark applications here)  Wow!  Something is awry here.

Let’s start with the fact that “Love, Love, Love” is beginning of a Beatles song by Lennon-McCartney that is far better than anything Taylor Swift has ever written or is likely to write during her lifetime.

Don’t get me wrong, artists deserve copyright protection for their works and I heartily approve of giving songwriters copyrights to their songs.  But Taylor Swift has a trademark on the phrase “Speak Now” giving her exclusive rights to use it on “Textiles and textile goods, not included in other classes; bed and table covers.” See the detail here.  So if you print out this post and stick it on your pillow, you might actually be breaking the law.

Perhaps if there are any copyright lawyers reading this, you could answer me this: Without infringing on Little Ms. Swift, could I sell a tablecloth for wedding receptions that said, “Speak Now of Forever Hold Your Piece”?

How does this happen?  And what’s next?  Is Paul McCartney going to challenge her application for “Love, Love Love”?  Is he going to apply for a trademark for the phrase “She Loves You” or better yet, “Yeah, Yeah, Yeah”?

Here are some videos to watch as you ponder these lofty questions:

Here’s George Harrison’s hit “My Sweet Lord”, the subject of one of the most famous and contentious copyright infringement suits ever (Harrison lost — see here)

Here’s Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” another song, which was the subject of copyright infringement, but he and Tom Petty (writer of “I Won’t Back Down”, the chorus of which really is very similar) worked things out amicably (see details here.)

Beautiful Music from Dwight and Nicole at the Shalin Liu!

Dwight_&_Nicole-press_high_textI think I’m in love with Dwight and Nicole, the opening duo for Mavis Staples. Their music is exquisite, and wonderfully fun, too. Here’s a link to their website: Dwight and Nicole.

My favorite of the favorites is “Wish I only Knew,” which I just downloaded from iTunes. Take a behind the scenes look at their new album, Shine On, in an interview with Steve Morse.

About Dwight and Nicole, from their website:

Dwight & Nicole, an American roots band formed by recording artists Dwight Ritcher and Nicole Nelson are set to release their sophomore LP, the aptly titled Shine On, on April 22, 2014. An inspiring mashup of folk, blues, pop, jazz, gospel and reggae, the album can’t be categorized easily, but that’s fine. “I don’t like to be categorized…because I’m changing all the time. And in every moment, I’m a little bit different. And as I am feeling things, what I want to express becomes different. And I think our fans appreciate that honesty,” says Nelson.

Recorded at Milt Reder’s Rear Window Studio in Boston, Shine On was heavily funded by Dwight & Nicole’s devoted fans via music-centric crowd-sourcing site, PledgeMusic.com. The album is a culmination of an exciting couple of years that saw Nelson appear on NBC’s hit talent show, The Voice; chart a stirring rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” at #24 on iTunes; and win a Boston Music Award for “Female Vocalist of The Year.” The duo’s recent momentum also landed them on Boston Globe’s “25 Most Stylish of the Year” list, found them playing major festivals and performing at storied Fenway Park. Read More Here

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Let’s show our friends from warm climates how we New Englanders Party in Winter

Booker T’s new 2 CD/DVD set

Tomorrow (Sat 2/21) we welcome Memphis Soul legend and Stax recording artist, Booker T. Jones and his hot young band to the Larcom Theatre for his only New England stop on this U.S. tour.  Even though they’ve toured the world, I’ll bet they haven’t seen this much snow on the ground very often — and probably never in the Boston area.

We’re also offering a very limited number of VIP packages that include an intimate meet & greet with Booker T. before the show (just a few people) along with some wicked good gifts, including:

Get the VIP package (more details here) and be sure to tell Booker T. how much you appreciate his trek up here during our worst winter in a very long time and prove to him that nothing can keep us from enjoying great music!  Opening the show are local favorites Sarah Seminski and Eric Reardon.

Check out this video of Booker T. with Gary Clark, Jr (one of the guests on his new CD):

And here’s Sarah Seminski & Eric Reardon performing “Try A Little Tenderness” at the Larcom back in November (a song Booker T. recorded with Otis Redding when they were at Stax Records together).  Get tickets here.

Chickity Check It! Eoin Vincent’s 18 Haven

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Main Street Gloucester

Posted 01/24/15 by Eoin Vincent and filed under:

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From The Site-

18 Haven was the address of the home and studios of Ken and Elizabeth Vincent. Originally bought as a summer home in 1950’s from realtor Ray Kierman they took permanent residency there years later.

“Why do you want to go anyplace else when you’re already HERE!” – Kenneth Vincent

Elizabeth and Ken met in Ogunquit, ME sometime in the early 1920’s. Elizabeth’s parents regularly spent their summers in Ogunquit and Ken’s parents sent him there to paint and live in a fishing shack.

Elizabeth aspired to be a writer but also enjoyed painting, gardening, and cooking. She loved the wild blueberry and bayberry bushes around the yard of 18 Haven Avenue. She often did paintings from slides or photos that she had taken during their travels to Europe, or around New England. She loved reading cookbooks, art books, and both Sunday edition New York Times and Boston Globe.

Kenneth Vincent

Kenneth Vincent

Ken started his career in New York, doing work with his brother in-law on the Perry Como show. He later went to Newell-Emmett/Cunningham & Walsh as a “bull pen” artist and to Campbell-Ewald, where he became Creative Director. Campbell-Ewald offered Ken a position as Vice President, which would have meant moving the family to Detroit. He refused, moved the family to Rockport, and opened Kenneth Vincent Advertising.

Kenneth Vincent Advertising worked on many projects with local businesses on Cape Ann including: Gloucester Paint, Cape Ann Savings Bank, Bomco, and The Building Center.

Ken and Elizabeth had five children together.
In August of 2012 their son Peter Vincent passed away. Boxes and boxes of negatives, slides, and films were found and the estate asked me to look after them. The first goal for me was to make sure everything was safe. Then, over time, I want to put something together for the family; hopefully, the long-term goal would be to create a book. Though as I looked at many of the images, there seemed to be a need to share some of these images and stories immediately with family and the larger community of Cape Ann, historic designer, and local families.

This is how www.18haven.com came to be.

Last word from the most important voice in modern journalism

“The ability to do journalism, to reach audiences, has never been better. I like your odds. I do,” David Carr said, while giving the 2014 commencement address at the University of California, Berkeley, Graduate School of Journalism. Credit Kevin Hume

You may have heard that New York Times columnist and best-selling author, David Carr, died on Thursday (see story here).  His New York Times column The Media Equation was a must read for everyone involved in media (all FOB’s included) and I can honestly say it was one of the only reasons I looked forward Mondays.

Today, the NY Times published an excellent story about David Carr, full of enough wonderful and witty quotes that it has the feeling of being co-written by him.

The story focuses on his teaching at B.U. and even links to the syllabus, which the article says is “… perhaps David’s most succinct prescription for how to thrive in the digital age.”

I highly recommend this article (read it here) especially if you’re snow-bound and looking for something fascinating to entertain you.

“Tenderness” – the perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day

OK, it’s gonna snow on Valentine’s day — maybe another foot or more.  You could amp up the #Snanger OR you could chill by the fire and take your sweetie pie to see Booker T. Jones next Saturday (2/21) down the road at Beverly’s Larcom Theatre.

What could be more romantic than a concert with the greatest Hammond B3 groove-master of all time (and a Grammy-winner and Rock n Roll Hall of Famer) in a gorgeous fully-restored, historic theatre, built in 1912 (same year as Fenway Park) with perfect sound?

Well, here’s what’s even more romantic than that … local rising stars Sarah Seminski & Eric Reardon are opening the show.  Here’s a video of them performing “Try A Little Tenderness” at the Larcom back in November.  Now, Otis Redding recorded with Stax Records at the same time as Booker T. & the M.G.’s, who backed Otis on his version of this song.  Romance will just envelope the whole place next Saturday.  Get tickets here.

 

 

Local Creative Artists and Crafters Who Sell On Etsy Now Have A Facebook Page- Team Cape Ann

Good Morning Joe,

There is a team of very creative artists and crafters who sell on Etsy. We now have a Facebook page, www.facebook.com/teamcapeann, where we share our creations, ideas and help promote one another. We would love to have our page shared on Good Morning Gloucester. Not only will we be able to share our work with more potential customers, but there may be other artists and crafters out there who could join our community.

Thank you,

Tara White

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Sure would be great if you liked them on Facebook to show your support Smile

We’re not kidding — these two are headed for stardom

Sarah Seminski & Eric Reardon in the Grand Salon @ the Larcom Theatre

Sarah Seminski & Eric Reardon in the Grand Salon @ the Larcom Theatre

All of you who know us also know that we LOVE to find young, talented, rising stars and put them on stage with music legends.  But that process isn’t as easy as you might think.  We’re blessed to live in an area teeming with young talent.  The trick is to match them with the appropriate national recording star to produce a show that works musically and, at the same time, introduces the young musicians to fans who will appreciate their talent.

I truly believe we’ve done this with our next show on Saturday, February 21, down the road at Downtown Beverly’s Larcom Theatre, where Sarah Seminski & Eric Reardon open for Stax Recording artist and Memphis Soul Legend Booker T. Jones (of Booker T. and the M.G.’s).  The thing is: Booker T. is still winning Grammys with his hot new band full of extremely talented young players, which makes this concert even more exciting.

Good seats are still available (get them here).  So get ready for a hot night of rockin’ blues & soul with the greatest Hammond B3 groove-master of all time and a stage full of bright, young talent destined for stardom!

Here are Sarah & Eric performing one of my favorite of their new originals:

And here’s Booker T. at the White House leading a star-studded version of “In the Midnight Hour”:

Read Terry Weber’s Advice for Planning a Memorable Cape Valentine’s Day (Joey is quoted in the article, too!)

By Terry Weber
capeann@wickedlocal.com
Posted Feb. 6, 2015 at 9:02 AM

GLOUCESTER

The good news is that you can complete your shopping for Valentine’s Day right here on Cape Ann. The bad news? You only have eight more days to shop! Yes, you can make dinner reservations, send flowers, and buy chocolates, as most people do. But this year, why not think outside the candy box?

– See more at Wicked Local

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Sawyer Free Library to Showcase Gloucester Cityscapes in February

Paintings by local artist Erin Luman focus on overlooked lines and edges we walk by everyday
Artist Erin Luman and her daughter Hazel at the libraryGloucester artist Erin Luman with her daughter Hazel and one of her “City Spaces” paintings on display at the Sawyer Free Library this month. Courtesy photo.

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GLOUCESTER, Feb. 4, 2015 – The Sawyer Free Library has kicked off a month-long exhibition of the works of Gloucester artist Erin Luman, whose “City Spaces” paintings focus on the rooftops, power lines and tiny architectural details of Gloucester that many of us pass every day without noticing.

Luman’s paintings highlight typical Gloucester scenes – a doorway on Center Street, a roofscape on Washington Street, a house on School Street. By capturing them on canvas, she forces us to stop and consider the everyday beauty in the heart of our city. The largest painting in Luman’s library show highlights the Birdseye building on Commercial Street, which was recently razed to build a new hotel.

“There is nothing more satisfying than seeing something old in a new light,” said Luman. “Neighborhoods and buildings I’ve walked past a million times become new when pencil hits paper. To slow everything down and find the balance between places that might be considered ‘ugly’ and the beauty in them is what keeps me inside this series.”

Luman, who lives in downtown Gloucester, worked with the renowned Gloucester painter Zygmund Jankowski to catalogue and photograph his entire collection before his death. Luman’s paintings from her “City Scapes” collection will be on display in the main entry of the Sawyer Free Library for the month of February.

For more information, visit www.erinluman.com.

 

 

Shop Rockport, even in the winter!

Terry Weber writes…

Shop Rockport, even in the winter!

Yesterday I was very happy to get out of the house and enjoy a day of walking, working and shopping. I went to Rockport, and although the shopping area seemed abandoned compared to summer months, upon closer inspection I found many businesses open. (See below for a partial list of businesses that are open during the winter in Rockport during the winter).

You might think there is nowhere to park, but I found parking easily as the usual tourists are not around and there weren’t many people to be found. But here’ a couple of folks I did run into…

1 traci budrow at sand castlesTraci Budrow at Sand Castles wants you to know that that everything in their store is 50% off, right now! Including these tee shirts!

2 jamie russell uncovering his shopJamie Russell himself was out shoveling his walk way and wants you to know he will be open in the days leading up to Valentine’s Day. Give him a call to confirm his hours!

3 dog wants in

This dog was determined to get into the Hula Moon Café! No owner was nearby, the folks at Hula called the police department to report a stray dog. Hope he or she made it home!

Here is a partial list of businesses open in the winter in Rockport. Always call ahead or look online for specific business hours which might be limited during the winter, especially during and after snow storms!

Name Type Address Phone
Bean & Leaf Café Eatery 12 Bearskin Neck 978 546 7500
Brothers’ Brew Eatery 27 Main Street 978 546 3775
The Grand Café Eatery 1 Cathedral Ave 978 546 9500
Hula Moon Café Eatery 27 Mt. Pleasant St. 978 546 2572
Red Skiff Grille Eatery 15 Mt. Pleasant St. 978 546 7647
Dolce Vita Salon Salon 6 Dock Square 978 546 7900
AliKat Shopping 2 Bearskin Neck 978 546 6737
Beadles Shopping 23 Dock Square 978 546 2223
Bearskin Neck Leathers Shopping 7 Old Harbor Road 978 546 2258
Canterbury Hill Studio Shopping 41 Main Street 978 309 8468
James Russell Jewelers Shopping 15 Bearskin Neck 978 546 1695
John Tarr Store Shopping 49 Main Street 978 546 6524
La Provence Shopping 4 Main Street 978 546 5868
London Venturers Shopping 2 Dock Square 978 546 7161
Lula’s Pantry Shopping 5 Dock Square 978 546 0010
Milk and Honey Shopping 1 Main Street 978 546 6546
The Paper Mermaid Shopping 57 Main Street 978 546 3553
Sand Castles Shopping 9 Mt. Pleasant St. 978 546 9002
Sea Again Shopping 14 Dock Square 978 309 8335
Scott Tubby Fine Art Shopping 26 Bearskin Neck 978 309 8637
TBT Post Shopping 8 Dock Square 888 676 7102
Tuck’s Candy and Gifts Shopping 15 Main Street 978 546 6352
Tusinski Gallery Shoopig 2 Main Street 978 546 2244
Wicked Peacock Shopping 17 Dock Square 978 546 0200

 

 

Annisquam Village Players and Church 11th Annual Talent Show and Fundraiser!

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11th Annual Talent Show and Fundraiser!  
Saturday, February 7 – 6:00 p.m.

Annisquam Village Hall, 36 Leonard Street in Gloucester

Tickets at the door: $10 adults – $5 children under 16 ($30 family maximum)

RSVP by Wednesday, February 4 to let us know which part of the Potluck you’ll be bringing: Appetizer, Main or Dessert. Coffee, Tea and Juice provided.

978-281-0376
avchurch820@gmail.com

All proceeds from the show will benefit Cape Ann Animal Aid.

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