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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.)
I 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
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.
- Booker T. Jones’ new 2 disc CD/DVD “Sound The Alarm” featuring guest performances by Mayer Hawthorne, Luke James, Jay James, Anthony Hamilton, Gary Clark Jr, Estelle, Poncho Sanchez, Sheila E., Kori Withers, Vintage Trouble and Ted Jones.
- Collectible Stax sticker
- Exclusive concert poster not available to the general public
- Exclusive entry to sound check
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.
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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.
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.
Chickity Check It- Safe Snow Shoveling and Snow Blowing Tips From Karen Pischke On www.capeannwellness.com
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.
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.
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.
Sure would be great if you liked them on Facebook to show your support
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
Posted Feb. 6, 2015 at 9:02 AM
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
Paintings by local artist Erin Luman focus on overlooked lines and edges we walk by everyday
Gloucester 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.
John McElhenny shares -
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.
Remember how we got here?
THE FIRST INTERNET COMMERCIAL
THE LAUNCH OF MAC (During the Super Bowl)
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…
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!
|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 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.
All proceeds from the show will benefit Cape Ann Animal Aid.
When your favorite local band gets to open for a multi-platinum, national recording star, the best way to honor that opportunity is to go to the show. And you can do that by bopping on down to road to Beverly’s Larcom Theatre TONIGHT at 8pm. Good seats are still left to see Gary Backstrom Band open for John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band. Get those seats RIGHT HERE. Some of the best available seats are in the balcony GET THEM HERE.
And there’s a wonderful personal connection going on at this show. Gary’s drummer Mike Doyle studied at Berklee with Jackie Santos, who plays drums for Beaver Brown Band. This will be the first time student and teacher have performed on the same stage in a while. ANT THEY’LL BE HOT!
In fact, John Cafferty and “Tunes” sound better and have more energy now than they did in this 1984 video.