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Over the past couple of weeks I have shared with you some stories of different people’s experiences during the challenges that COVID has brought to all of us. I had initially thought that this series was going to last another couple of weeks, but that was not to be the case. In hindsight, I realize now that most people don’t want to talk about the past year. No matter where we are mentally, physically or...

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COVID did its part to convert “Music Talks” into “Music Silence” for significant parts of 2020. I wrote an article late last year about local cable show “Music Talks”. It is the brainchild of host Chelsea Ritenour and behind the scenes guy Rick Fike. The show was created to promote the local music scene by having an interview with local artists followed by the musicians performing a set of songs. The show was birthed in...

Not alone musician

When venues closed their doors to live entertainment, the life of a lot of people in the music industry took on a whole new look and feel. You’ve heard the stories in previous episodes of “Not Alone’ with photographers and open mics. This week I had an opportunity to interview musician Brad Abbott to hear a musician’s story. As with all musicians, Abbott was also impacted when music venues closed their doors in mid March...

Not Alone Open Mic

Two childhood friends have tried to do their part to keep the local music scene alive. Mike Berkey and Devin Russian have known each other since the 6th grade, which in their case is over 20 years. Their love of music has been one of the things that have been a common bond throughout the years.  They are not alone during their COVID experiences.  Like most people, their musical life experienced a radical change in...

Covid photography

What a crazy time it has been since March of last year. Some days it feels like Groundhog Day where I wake up in the morning, do the exact same things, rinse and repeat day after day. Only 10 months have passed since the first real COVID lockdowns had started, but some days it feels like 10 years. If I look at my calendar that used to be full of activities, it is like a...

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Saved by the Scene Vol. 2 – Depression The holidays coupled with depression are a hard pill to swallow. Often times we feel we are alone in the midst of it, which couldn’t be any further from the truth. We often lose sight of the silver lining in it and the joy the holidays bring when in the throes of it. First Angel Media and Ambriek Creations bring you four individuals with their stories, their...