Saturday, November 24, 2012

Nur Stroh im Kopf?


Ah, die heilige Zeit des Jahres, das Gras ist zum letzten Mal gemaeht, die Tomaten sind geerntet, obwohl ich noch einige Gruene hab, die mit etwas Sonnenschein eventuell noch rot werden koennten. Die Tage werden kuerzer und kuerzer. "Thanksgiving" ist bereits hinter uns. Lasst uns also auf den Lorbeeren ausruhen und den Advent, der da kommt, geniessen.

Ne, nicht wirklich - nun ist die Zeit vermehrt auf dem Internet rumzustoebern und eventuell gar das Ende des weiten Netzes zu erreichen. (Das waere allerdings ein eigner Blog.)
Bei Kelli, einer Freundin von mir, fand ich ein Video unter dem Titel "Wie besoffen muss man sein, um dies zu versuchen?"; und sofort kam mir mein virtueller Freund Reini in den Sinn, der sich Tag ein, Tag aus die Birne fuellt - was fuer eine Inspiration. Nach der intensiven Studie des Videos war ich mir einer neuen Erleuchtung bewusst.

Nun weiss ich, was ich naechstes Jahr an Halloween tragen will und wie ich das Kleidchen anziehen muss.


Das Video wird von www.orsm.net gehostet, was nicht etwa als Abkuerzung fuer Orgasmus (Orgasm) steht, sondern eine Wortklauberei fuer fantastisch, geil (awesome) ist. Mr. Orsm, ein West-Australier in seinen 20igern (die Bio ist nach seinen eigenen Worten bereits angestaubt), startete seine eigene Webseite Orsm.net, da er auf dem Internet kaum finden konnte, was er wollte. So hat er nun seine eigene Seite, voll mit Pornos, urkomischen Videos, geilen Fotos und auch ein paar lahmen Witzen vollgepflastert.

Fuer Orsm.net sei bitte geschlechtsreif, oder besser volljaehrig, wenn nicht besuch doch diese Seite hier.
Sagen Sie mir nicht, ich haette Sie nicht gewarnt, fuer die verschwendete Zeit auf www.orsm.net (und damit dem Fernbleiben vom Weihnachtseinkauf) uebernehhme ich keine Verantwortung.


Sources: Orsm.net, Kelli (fuer den Link), Daniela (fuer den deutschen Disney Link)

15 minutes of Fame - or how to dress for Halloween


It's that time of the year again, the grass is mowed for the last time, the tomatoes are harvested, well almost all of them, still have some green ones, who may still get a red hue, if we get some more sunshine. But the days are gettin' shorter and shorter. Thanksgiving is already behind us. So lets sit back, relax and enjoy the wonderful time of advent that is to come.

No, not really - it's the time to surf more and try to find the end of the internet. (Well that's another blog in itself.)
My friend Kelli posted a video with the title "How drunk do you have to be to try this?," and I was immediately thinking of my virtual friend Reini, who gets shitfaced day in day out - what an inspiration. Well I watched the video. What an enlightenment.

I now know how to dress for next Halloween and how to do it. See for yourself.


The video is hosted by www.orsm.net, which does not stand for an abbreviation of orgasm, but in some form or another for awesome. Mr. Orsm, a 20-something year old mate (his biography is according to him, outdated) from Western Australia, started Orsm.net, because he couldn't find the shit he was looking for on the internet, so he decided to have his own site, filled with Porn, hilarious videos, great pictures and some not so great jokes.

Be an adult if you visit him, teenies should go here.
Don't tell me I didn't warn you! I won't take any shit, for your precious time wasted (and missing out on Christmas shopping) on www.orsm.net!


Sources: Orsm.net, Kelli

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Eric Church - verreisst Reality TV und Nashville



Nein es war nicht der US-Praesident, der von der Titelseite des neusten "Rolling Stone" Musik-Magazins lacht, der sich mit seinen Interview-Aussagen in die Nesseln gesetzt hat. Dies gelang dem Country Saenger Eric Church, der nicht nur einige seiner Mit-Saenger, sondern auch Senioren, die eher traditionelle Country-Musik moegen, durch den Dreck zog.
Church, der am Donnerstag (3.5.2012) seinen 35. Geburtstag feiern konnte, aeusserte sich im Interview angriffig und eher profan. So wird er unter anderem zitiert, dass er seinen Gitarristen Driver Willliams beauftragte, die Heavy-Metal Instrumental-Songs von Pantera zu spielen, um sicher zustellen, dass aeltere Fans (Senioren) die Arenen vor Erics Show verlassen wuerden.

"Es interessiert mich nicht, fuer 80jaehrige zu spielen",  sagte er ohne Bedenken. "Die sind sowieso schon bald tot. Wenn ich mit meiner Tour wieder zurueckkehre, haben die alle eh schon den Planeten verlassen."

Im Interview laestert er auch gegen all die Reality-TV Sendungen, die den Fernseher ueberschwemmen:

"'American Idol' ist ueberbewertet und ueberall. Ehrlich, wenn Blake Shelton und Cee Lo Green (in der Show, The Voice (Die Stimme) sich in ihren roten Stuehlen drehen, kriegst man einen Vertrag mit einer Plattenfirma? Das ist Irrsinn. Ich frage mich, warum ein Kuenstler dies tun kann. Das ist kein Kuenstler." 


ja er selber wuerde nie an einer dieser Shows mitmachen.

"Wuerde es meine Integritaet anbelangen, da gaebe es keine verdammte Chance, dass ich dort sitzen (als Jury-Mitglied) wuerde. Wenn Deine Karriere von der Musik weggeht, dann ist es genau was es ist. Ich werde diesen Fehler nie machen. Und wenn ich verdammt nochmal am Verhungern bin." 


Mit diesen Aussagen setzte er sich in die Nesseln. Wie man in den Wald ruft, so kommt es auch wieder zurueck. Das Ehepaar Blake Shelton/Miranda Lambert sahen sich beleidigt. Miranda meinte auf Twitter, dass Erics Aussagen, sie, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood und Keith Urban zu Nicht-Stars degradieren wuerde. Sarkastisch fuegte sich auch noch ein Dankeschoen dazu, dass Eric mit ihr zusammen im Jahre 2010 touren konnte.
(Alle der erwaehnten Kuenstler haben in einer Form in einer Reality-TV Schau mitgewirkt.) Lambert ist die erfolgreichste Teilnehmerin der nun nicht mehr existierenden Schau "Nashville Star", obwohl sie sich dort nur als Dritte plaztieren konnte. Carrie Underwood gewann bei "American Idol" und Keith Urban war Teilnehmer eines "Toyota"-Wettbewerbs und spaeter ein Jury-Mitglied.
Mirandas Ehemann Blake, gab der Hoffnung Ausdruck "Ich wuenschte, dies miszuverstehen" und meinte spaeter einfach "Warum?"


Ein Presseagent fuer Eric Church musste die Wellen glaeten, Church entschuldigte sich bei Miranda, Kelly, Carrie und Blake, nahm aber seine Aussagen nicht zurueck. Kritisch gibt sich Chruch auch in der neusten Ausgabe von "American Songwriter" wo er sich unter anderem beklagt, dass die Leute der Plattenfirmen keine Ahnung der Realitaet haben.

"Jedermann sagt dir, dass diese Leute Industrie-Experten seien, aber Du lernst, dass die Leute, die an deine Konzerte kommen, die richtigen Experten sind."

Und dann kaut er wieder, was seit Jahrzehneten Nashville immer wieder angekreidet wurde, dass die Musik-Industrie dort kaum neue Ideen hat, und immer gerade kopiert, was im Moment erfolgreich ist.

"Das ist etwas, was Nashville immer versucht hat. Wenn etwas erfolgreich ist, versuchen sie es zu wiederholen indem sie anderen Kuenstlern sagen, 'hey versuche das Gleiche zu machen wie dieser Kuenstler'. Ich habe schlicht das Gefuehl, dass es so einfach nicht funktioniert. Der Erste der dort war, der den Weg geebnet hat... das ist immer am Schwierigsten, aber gibt dir auch die groesste Belohnung." 


P.S.
Und bereits ist eine neue Reality-TV Musik-Schau in Planung. Bei E! Television sollen in der Schau "Opening Act" Kuenstler gefunden werden, die fuer Jason Aldean und Brad Paisley die Konzerte eroeffnen koennten.

Meine Meinung
Eric Church hat in einem gewissen Rahmen recht, all diese Reality-TV Schaus haben nichts mit dem regulaeren und dem Ueber-Leben der meisten Musiker, die ihre eigenen Songs schreiben, ihre Aufnahmen oft mit kleineren Budgets machen, mit einem Wohnmobil (Van) auf Tour sind und so versuchen im Musikgeschaeft mit ihrer eigenen Idee und Musik Fuss zu fassen. Dem gegenueber steht der sofortige Plattenvertrag, ein gewisser Sound, ein Image, ein Tour-Bus, jemand der dich kleidet, ein anderer der dich choreographiert, damit die Tanzschrittchen waehrend dem Konzert alle am rechten Plaetzchen sind.
Wie auch immer der Name der Reality-TV Schau, "American Idol", "The Voice", "America Got Talent", "Nashville Star" oder nun neu "Opening Act" appellieren meist an das kleinste gemeinsame Vielfach (KGV) der Musikindustrie. Ja einigen Kuenstlern gelingt es wirklich daraus ansprechende Karrieren zu starten, aber dies sind eher die Ausnahmen, die die beruehmte Regel bestaetigen.
In der oft klein-karrierten Nashville Welt wird solche Opposition kaum geduldet, solche Ausbrueche schaffen dir nicht unbedingt neue Freunde. Der grosse Charlie Rich war einer der ersten, der das am eigenen Leib erfahren musste. Nachdem er an der CMA Awards Schau den Briefumschlag des gewinnenden Unterhalter des Jahres, John Denver aus Protest waehrend der Fernsehsendung in Brand steckte, gelang er im naechsten Jahr (1976) nur einmal in die Top-Ten der Country Hitparade.
Ja die Country-Musik hatte immer ihre Rebellen, ihre Outlaws; Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson und andere, aber diese waren an einem Punkt in ihren Karrieren, wo sie Nashville den Ruecken zukehren und so das System ignorieren konnten. Zu dieser Zeit war dies noch moeglich, mit der heutigen Konzentration im Musik-Geschaeft, wo ein paar wenige Firmen den Ton angeben, was am Radio gespielt wird oder nicht, ist dies schwerer. Vielleicht muss Church das Wirtschaftsmodell, der Red Dirt oder Texas Country-Musik studieren, um so dem Fliessbandausstoss von Nashville auf Wiedersehen zu sagen.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Darryl Worley: Back from Afghanistan, Recording, On the Opry and Chatting


Darryl Worley is a busy man these days. He just flew back to the States, after again visting US troops in the Middle East, making stops in Kuwait and Afghanistan. Back in the studio, he's working on his new, 7th album. Today (5/4/2012) he will grace the stage of the Grand Ole Opry as a guest. On Monday, he will appear in "Country Music Chat" on Twitter. 

I haven't heard any buzz this big about Darryl Worley for awhile, so I had to do some fact checking for the artist who had 3 number-one hits in his early career, "I Miss My Friend" (2002), "Have You Forgotten" a year later and "Awful Beautiful Life" in 2005, the last two ones co-written by him, with Wynn Varble and Harley Allen respectively. I always considered Worley being one of the more traditional artists in these modern times, liked his sonwriting, as well as his traditional-tinged baritone delivery, in line with artists like Aaron Tippin, Keith Whitley or even Lefty Frizzell. 

After that most of the labels the Tennessean, who grew up in Hardin county, signed with, were short-lived. Country singer Neal McCoy-owned 903 Music ran out of money. So he joined his former DreamWorks producer, James Stroud on Stroudivarious Records. An album later, "Sounds Like Life" the label changed name and Darryl was looking for a new home again. 

He is now signed with Tenacity records, and is supposed to release a new album "One Time Around" in June of this year. A first song from this album, a co-write with Brett James, "You Still Got It" peaked low at #52 in the country singles chart. Too bad, the good-feel, B3-soaked song about reaffirming an existing relationship, "Baby you still got it, and I still want it" deserves better than this, but what do you expect from today's radio stations. 



You can buy his current single "You Still Got It" on itunes. 



I think "I Need A Breather" should have a chance on becoming a huge summer hit, with it's easy-living groove:
"I need a breather, a sweet senorita,
Writin' my name in the sand,
I need a break from this job and this angry boss man."

According to the weekly indie country news channel "Inside Music Row," Darryl feels confident, that his new album "One Time Around" has no fillers and that every song could actually be a single, he also lauds a bigger sense of creative freedom and more of an organic way in recording as a hope for the success of his 7th album.



After his return from overseas, Darryl also re-posted his video "I Just Came Back From War," another co-write with Wynn Varble, on his own video channel on YouTube. a strong song dealing with the aftermath of war, and pleading for some patience for service personnel's readjustment into society. The song was originally released on the 2006 album "Here and Now."




If you want to twitter-chat with Darryl, you can do it, this coming Monday (5/7/2012) at 8pm (CST) on Jessica Northey's "Country Music Chat" (#CMChat). If you can't wait till then, here's another video of Darryl "Tennessee River Run" (Darryl Worley/Steve Leslie) and here's a link for tonight's Grand Ole Opry on WSM-AM show. 



Sources: http://www.darrylworley.com, @DarrylWorley, Grand Ole Opry, http://www.facebook.com/CountryMusicChat 

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Eric Church risks a big lip!



No it wasn't POTUS, who graces the new cover of Rolling Stone, who risked a big lip that got him into trouble. It was country star, Eric Church, who not only blasted fellow performers but also the senior fans loving more traditional country music.
Church who turns 35 tomorrow (5/3/12) lashes out in quite frank and profane tones. He's quoted as to tell his guitarist, Driver Williams to play Pantera instrumentals before their own set to clear out older fans.

"It didn't interest me to play for people who were 80 years old," he says flatly. "They'll be dead soon anyway. By the time you come back on tour and play again, they'll be gone."

In the piece he also has a tirade against all the reality music shows that clutter the TV:

"It's become American idol gone mad. Honestly, if Blake Shelton and Cee Lo Green fucking turn around in a red chair, you get a deal? That's crazy. I don't know what would make an artist do that. You're not an artist."

and yes, he does not wish to be part of one of these shows"

"If I was concerned about my legacy, there's no fucking way I would ever sit there [and be a reality-show judge]. Once your career becomes something other than music, then that's what it is. I'll never make that mistake. I don't care if I fucking starve." 


That did not sit very well with the Shelton/Lambert couple. Miranda tweeted on her account, that his quotes don't make her, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban a star and then she sarcastically thanks Eric for being part of her 2010 tour.
(All of the mentioned acts have at one time in their career either participated or won a music reality show). Lambert being the most successful "Nashville Star" participant, although she only finished third, Carrie Underwood taking the crown at "American Idol" and Keith participating in a Toyota contest and being a guest judge.
Miranda's hubby Blake, simply stated "I wish I misunderstood this." and later tweeted "Why?"


Well according to his publicist, Eric Church apologized to Miranda, Kelly, Carrie and Blake but did not take his statements back. Church is also pretty outspoken in the upcoming issue of "American Songwriter" where he states that the people at the record labels are out of touch with reality.

"Everyone tells you these people are industry experts, but you figure out that the real experts are out there in front of you every night."

And he re-iterates, something which has been said about the Nashville scene for decades, that the industry seldom has new ideas and just tries to copy what's ever successful at the moment.

"That's something Nashville always tries to do, though. If something is successful, the try to repeat it by telling other people, "He do what that guy did." I Just don't think it works that way. The first one who there, the one that cuts that path... it's always the roughest path, but I think it's got the most reward at the end."

P.S.
A new music reality show is planned for E! Television, the competitors are to be found on the internet and one of the judges is supposed to be Brad Paisley.

IMHO
Eric Church has a point, all these reality TV shows have nothing to do with the real life and struggle of "most of the" musicians, who write songs, record on a small(er) budget, tour in vans and try to make a living with their own original music, instead of being set-up with an immediate deal, a sound, an image, a tour bus, a fashion nanny and a choreographer who makes sure all the dance steps are in the right place. Whatever the name of the reality show, it doesn't matter, "American Idol," "The Voice," "America Got Talent" or the now defunct "Nashville Star" cater to the lowest denominator in the music biz. And yes some artists may actually come up and establish themselves as true artists, but these are the exceptions to the rule.
But in the close-knit industry that country music still is, rants like this do not make you any friends in the business. Charlie Rich was one of the first ones who had to learn this the hard way. After burning the winning envelope for John Denver, who won "CMA Entertainer of the Year," Rich's singles produced just one Top Ten hit the next year (1976).
And yes country music always had it's outlaws, Cash, Jennings, Nelson etc., but they were to a certain degree defying the system or even turning away and at this point in country music history, that was still possible. Unfortunately it is not anymore, when a few companies decide what's on the air and what's not. Eric Church may have to learn the business aspects of Red Dirt or Texas Country Music and say goodbye to the assembly line, that Nashville these days more than ever is.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Krach im Hause Jones

Aktualisierung (4/23/12 15.30pm)
- aus medizinischen Gruenden, Aerzte verordneten eine laengere Genesungszeit, musste George Jones saemtliche Auftritte bis zum 20. Mai 2012 absagen. Hoffen wir auf baldige Genesung. 


Zuerst startete alles mit einem "Tweet", wegen einer Atemwegsinfektion musste George Jones zwei seiner Konzerte absagen und sich in seinem Haus in Franklin (Tennessee) erholen. Gestern lud seine PR-Firma auf seiner Webseite ein Video hoch, in dem sich "The Possum" bei seinen Fans fuer all die guten Wuensche und Gebete waehrend seiner Genesung bedankte. Aber dann wurde das Video zur Tirade, er beschuldigte seine Tochter Georgette und deren Ehemann Jamie als Luegner, weil sie hinter seinem Geld her seien. “Noch eine Sache," sagt er gegen Ende des Clips. "Ich moechte mich fuer meine Tochter Georgette und ihren neuen Ehemann entschuldigen, dass sie mich auf dem Internet und Facebook beschmutzen. Nichts von alledem ist wahr. Dies hat nur mit Geld zu tun. Ich gab und gab, bis ich nicht mehr geben kann. Sie wird nie hungern, aber ich bin muede mehr und mehr auszugeben, und ich bin nicht die Person, die sie behaupten ich sei."
Seht selber:



Und so wurde der ganze Familienstreit publik, AP pickte die Geschichte auf, und gar die Washington Post und der britische Telegraph begangen den Streit zu verbreiten. Gemaess AP, fuehlte sich Georgette Lennon (Tochter aus der Ehe mit Saengerin Tammy Wynette) durch die Anschuldigungen am Boden zerstoert und insistierte, dass sie nichts falsch gemacht haette. Lennon wurde von AP auch zitiert, dass die Beziehung zu ihrem Vater seit einigen Jahren nicht ideal sei, als sie sich mit ihren Halb-Bruedern aus der 2. Ehe von Jones (mit Shirley Ann Corley) befreundete. George Jones spricht nicht mit seinen Soehnen. Letzten Oktober war Jones auch abwesend, als Tochter Georgette und Jamie Lennon heirateten. Und trotzdem versucht Georgette immer noch eine Beziehung zu ihrem Vater aufrecht zu erhalten, wie die untenstehende Nachricht auf ihrer Facebook Gruppenseite belegt.

Einer der Meldungen von Georgette auf ihrer Facebook-Gruppenseite. "Alles was ich will ist, dass ich eine Chance hab mit meinem Vater zu sprechen und ihm die Wahrheit zu zeigen. 
Schade, dass die dreckige Waesche in der Oeffentlichkeit gewaschen wird. Waere doch schoen wenn der 80jaehrige und seine Tochter doch noch einen Weg zur Kommunikation finden koennten. Anstatt Streitereien im Jones-Haushalt, waeren mehrere Videos wie das untenstehende angesagt.

 

Quellen: www.georgejones.com, @gjpossum, AP, Washington Post, Seattle Times, The Telegraph UK, georgettelennon facebook group

Keepin' Up With The Joneses

Update (4/23/12 3:30pm)
- due to medical reasons, doctors ordered mandatory recovering time,  George Jones cancelled all shows through May, 20th 2012 - Get well soon, Possum. 


First it was just a tweet, that due to an upper respiratory infection, George Jones needed to cancel a couple of gigs while he's recovering at his home in Franklin, Tennessee. Then yesterday "the possum" had the PR firm Webster upload a video, where he was thanking his fans for all the prayers and ways they have stood by him during his illness. But then the video becomes a rant, accusing his daughter Georgette and her husband Jamie of spreading lies, because she wanted his money.

“One more thing,” he says near the end of the clip. “I would like to apologize for my daughter Georgette and her new husband for putting so much bad things about me on the internet and Facebook. None of these things are true. They are all about money. I have gave and gave until I can no longer give. I will never let her go hungry, but I am tired of putting out, and I am not the person they claim I am.”

Watch for yourself:


And suddenly a whole family feud gets public, is picked up by AP, and appears in the Washington Post and even in the British Telegraph. According to AP, Georgette Lennon from the singer's marriage to fellow country star Tammy Wynette, is devastated by the accusations and denies any wrong doing.

Lennon was quoted by AP that their relationship became strained some years ago, wenn she became friends with her two brothers, Jeffrey and Bryan from Jones' second marriage with Shirley Ann Corley. Jones does not communicate with his sons. Last October he was also missing the wedding of Georgette to Jamie Lennon, having a gig that night.

According to her facebook fan group page, Georgette still tries to reach out to her dad.
one of Georgette Lennon's messages on her group page on facebook (4/27/12)
Long story short, it's kinda sad the whole thing went public, dirty laundry should be washed in private. And let's all hope, they find a way to rejuvenate their communication problems.

Because there are better ways to "keep up with the Jonses"




Sources: www.georgejones.com, @gjpossum, AP, Washington Post, Seattle Times, The Telegraph UK, georgettelennon facebook group

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Oh My God, They Killed Brad (Paisley) - not really...






According to Brad Paisley's tweets he will make a guest appearance in today's South Park Episode 1607, called "Cartman Finds Love." The episode will air tonight, April 25, at 10/9pm CT on Comedy Central. 

He was pretty excited in his tweets - tweeting yesterday "You'll laugh. You'll cry. You may shart. This wednesday, on a very special episode of @southpark" and then sharing his character cartoon picture (see above). 

He spent Sunday on the set @SouthPark and posted a picture with the main characters sitting with him on the couch. 


Update: In the episode (1607), Brad sings part of "The National Anthem" before a basketball game, between the Denver Nuggets and the LA Clippers. Later he joins South Park character Cartman on the "Megatron" in singing "I Swear", the 1994 hit popularized by John Michael Montgomery and the pop group "All-4-One". Here are a couple of snippets from the Episode "Cartman Finds Love". The whole episode can be seen here




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Saturday, April 14, 2012

Bluebonnets - Spring In Texas


Spring in Texas 
After a good freeze and enough rain, bluebonnets can be found all over Central Texas - love this flower and yes it is the National Flower of the State of Texas. Shot this at a friend's house, glad he had a small windmill in the background too. 

Lupinus texensis
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Friday, March 9, 2012

New: Eric Church added to BamaJam 2012 - Tim McGraw, Zac Brown Band, Kid Rock other Headliners



The BamaJam Music & Arts Festival is, after a quiet year in 2011,  back and is scheduled to take place June 14-16, 2012.

2nd Update (added 3/9/12)
A press flyer just announced the addition of Eric Church to the line-up of BamaJam.



Update (added 2/17/12)
Tim McGraw (6/14), Zac Brown Band (6/15) and Kid Rock (6/16) have been added as the headliners to this year's BamaJam. Darryl Worley will perform and host the opening night of the multi-genre festival. For tickets and more updates, visit www.bamajam2012.com


According to an earlier press release, organizer 9/`1Productions added Rendy Lovelady as new executive producer of the festival, as well as all other musical events held on the 1600 acre BamaJam Farms in southern Alabama.



BamaJam has it's own channel (BamaJamMusicFestival) on youtube, where they posted several highlight videos from 2010.

Major acts that have played the relatively young festival include Kid Rock, Hank Williams Jr., Brooks & Dunn, Jason Aldean and Taylor Swift, but also Red-Dirt, Texas artists like Stoney LaRue and Robert Earl Keen, as well as Blues icon Buddy Guy.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Whatever Happened To The Man With The Golden Voice

Ted Williams - The Homeless Man With The Golden Voice 


Remember the homeless guy with the deep voice who suddenly became an online phenomenon?
It was just a bit over a year ago, when Ted Williams, a homeless Columbus (Ohio) man with a golden, radio-friendly voice started garnering headlines and became an overnight sensation. A video of his, shot by the local newspaper "The Columbus Dispatch" had over 18 million hits and views, worldwide and was one of the "viral" stories of 2011.



The video propelled the 53-year-old into instant stardom, several job offers and makeover opportunities followed. Williams was living up to then in a tent, had a full rap sheet with arrests for drug abuse, theft and forgery and had even spent some time in prison.
But instant fame didn't come easy, it threw a curve ball at Williams and the recovering alcohol and drug addict entered rehab in South Texas. He quit rehab after two weeks and many wondered what will happen to the "man with the golden voice."
Two staffers of the US cable network Entertainment Television (ET) as well as talk show host Dr. Phil kept on persuading and counseling Ted and after a second stint at a rehab clinic, he became sober.

A year later, he's the voice of the New England Cable News (NECN), made a couple of commercials, is still sober, lives in a spacious house, where the walk-in closet doubles as a recording booth and has a girlfriend named Kathy. ET went and visited with the Man with the Golden Voice to catch up with him after a year.

 

His incredible story will soon (May 10) also be released in a new book "A Golden Voice: Ted Williams: How Faith, Hard Work, and Humility Brought Me from the Streets to Salvation."

Sources: Columbus Dispatch, Entertainment Television

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Wo hat man mehr Spass - in den Philippinen oder in der Schweiz

Offizieller Poster fuer die Werbekampagne

"It's more fun in the Philippines" (Es ist lustiger, spassiger in den Philippinen) so wirbt das philippinische Touristendepartement seit letztem Freitag (1/6/2012 - Offizieller Link).

Das Ziel der Kampagne (kreiiert von der globalen Werbeagentur BBDO) ist einfach: dieses Jahr sollen 4.2 Millionen, bis 2016 zehn Millionen Touristen den Inselstaat besuchen. So will man die Besucherzahlen des letzten Jahres von rund 3.7 Millionen verbessern. 
Die Kampagne verbreitete sich wie ein Lauffeuer und Computer-Benuetzer steuerten ihre eigenen Mes dazu. Neben Unterstuetzung, hatten viele Spass an der Verballhornung der Kampagne.





























In wenigen Stunden wuchs die Mem-Kampagne, dass sogar eine eigene, unoffizielle Facebook Seite gestartet wurde, wo die Mem-Kuenstler ihre Kreationen veroeffentlichen konnten. Die befuerwortenden Mems sind meist in der Minderzahl, die meisten Kreationen prangern soziale Ungerechtigkeit, Korruption und Missbrauch der Regierung und die Philippinen als Sex-Touristen-Land an.  
Aber der Adjunkt des Tourismus-Sekretaers, Benito Bengzon gab sich gelassen und wurde im Philippine Daily Inquirer wie folgt zitiert: "Dies ist ein Teil unserer Strategie, viral soll sie sich verbreiten. Das ganze wurde zum Trend, eine gute Indiz, dass wir in den sozialen Netzwerken auf Interesse stossen." 

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Aber so neu ist die Kampagne nicht, jemand fand heraus, dass der Slogan "It's More Fun" 61jaehrig ist und 1951 bereits von der Schweiz adoptiert wurde; sich in der Sonne braeunen lassen, Skifahren und Entspanen waren die Themen damals. 
Also waren Bengzon und sein Boss, Tourismus-Sekretaer Ramon Jimenez Jr. erneut unter Beschuss. Eine erste Kampagne landete im Papierkorb, als herausgefunden wurde, dass der erste Slogan bereits von Polen in einer frueheren Werbeaktion gebraucht wurde. 
Jimenez verwarf den Vorwurf der Nachahmung und twitterte, dass sich der lokale BBDO Vorstandschef, David Guerrero eher "die Kehle aufschlitzen wuerde, als etwas zu kopieren."

Und weiter meinte er gegenueber dem  Philippine Star: "Der Slogan ist nicht fabriziert, dies ist einfach die Wahrheit unseres Landes. Lasst euch nicht von Leuten beeinflussen, die die Kampagne zu untergraben versuchen... niemand ist der Eigentuemer von "It's More Fun", aber es trifft auf unser Land zu und so wird es zu unserem Slogan."

Nun fuer mich als Schweizer, der den Spass der fruehen 50er Jahre nicht miterlebt hat, bleibt die Frage offen: "Hat man mehr Spass in der Schweiz oder in den Philippinen?" 

Quellen: www.vintagepaperads.com, The Philippine Star, Philippine Daily Inquirer

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Is It More Fun In The Philippines Or In Switzerland

Official Poster for the ad campaign

"It's more fun in the Philippines" is the new slogan of the Filipino Department of Tourism and was announced last Friday (1/6/2012 - Official link).

The simple goal of the campaign (created by the worldwide ad agency BBDO) is to attract 4.2 million tourists this year and 10 million by 2016, up from only 3.7 million  who visited the island nation last year. 

But the campaign became immediately viral and computer users started having fun by chipping in, spoofing and/or bashing the new slogan. 





























The meme campaign became so big in a couple of hours, that somebody already created a facebook page, where meme creators can post their own creations. The favorable and funny ones albeit in the minority, are overshadowed by artwork that shame social deficiencies, official corruption and abuse of power as well as the Philippines as a sex-tourism destination. 
But the Assistant Tourism Secretary, Benito Bengzon was pretty unruffled and was quoted in the Philippine Daily Inquirer: "This is really part of our strategy, to let it go viral. It has been trending, a very good indication of the kind of interest we are generating in social networks." 

Old ad on sale - www.vintagepaperads.com
Well somebody found out that the slogan was actually 61 years old, and already used by Switzerland in 1951, promoting sun-tanning, skiing and relaxing. So Bengzon and his boss, DOT Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr. were under fire again. The reason, a first campaign was already tossed, after one found out that Poland had used the same slogan in an earlier campaign
Jimenez rejected the new copycat allegations  and tweeted that local BBDO chairman, David Guerrero would rather "slit his throat than copy something."

And according to the Philippine Star he added: "The line isn't a manufactured slogan. It is simply the truth about our country. Don't be swayed by people who are trying to punch holes in it... No one can own the expression 'it's more fun' but it's very true for the Philippines so it becomes ours." 

Well me being Swiss, but too young to have experienced the fun in Switzerland in the early 50's the questions does remain: Is it more fun in Switzerland! or is it more fun in the Philippines?

Sources: www.vintagepaperads.com, The Philippine Star, Philippine Daily Inquirer

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Thank God And Greyhound - Michelle Bachmann is gone


Michelle Bachmann is a goner... 

and then I stumbled onto this website (thanks to the Huffington Post) called YouTubeDoubler.

You can actually pair two videos two play simultaneously next to each other. This VJ (video jockey)) called Skruller paired a video of Dame Bachmann with Sarah McLachlan's song "I Will Remember You." See it here.

That is just a little too brave for me.

Immediately Roy Clark's "Thank God And Greyhound" came to mind. Well this is my video mashup. Watch it here or on the regular YouTubeDoubler site.

YouTube Doubler

The BamaJam Music Festival Is Back


The BamaJam Music & Arts Festival is, after a quiet year in 2011,  back and is scheduled to take place June 14-16, 2012.

According to a press release, organizer BamaJam Productions added Rendy Lovelady as new executive producer of the festival, as well as all other musical events held on the 1600 acre BamaJam Farms in southern Alabama.



BamaJam has it's own channel (BamaJamMusicFestival) on youtube, where they posted several highlight videos from 2010.

Major acts that have played the relatively young festival include Kid Rock, Hank Williams Jr., Brooks & Dunn, Jason Aldean and Taylor Swift, but also Red-Dirt, Texas artists like Stoney LaRue and Robert Earl Keen, as well as Blues icon Buddy Guy.