Tune Ditty Records launched to help indie artists

April 16, 2015

Tune Ditty

by Dave Carew

Recently launched in Nashville, Tune Ditty Records caters to both the independent artist and to the radio stations looking for their music.

The small indie label recently released its debut single, Jack Lawless’ and Rebecca Mae’s “It’s a Good Thing,” which is already receiving airplay around the globe.

Underground Nashville recently caught up with label head Rebecca Martin for this exclusive interview:

UNDERGROUND NASHVILLE: Why was there a strong need for Tune Ditty Records?  

REBECCA MARTIN: There is a need for indie artists to be heard. We found it is easier, from a personal experience, to get a radio station to play a song if it comes from a label rather than an independent person, generally. We also wanted to have a small business that will include a music studio where artists can come record in a comfortable setting for a reasonable price.

UN: Who are the label’s primary artists and what are their credentials?  

RM: Jack Lawless and Rebecca Mae. Jack Lawless has performed across the U.S. and Canada most of his life, opening for major artists like Kenny Rogers, Larry Gatlin, Ray Price, and many others. He has also performed the cruise-ship circuit. Jack is a dynamite entertainer, keeping the crowds wanting more, and being requested for follow-up performances.

Jack has a keen ear for “anything music,” so when you are looking for the best sound on a record, Jack is the man to see. Jack also is a pro graphic designer, designing all Jack Lawless’ and Rebecca Mae’s websites, posters, flyers, album covers, etc.

Rebecca Mae started out winning local and regional music contests, then went on to front her own bands, playing across the U.S., including the American Lawnmower Racing Festival in Virginia and Illinois.

She has played many venues in the Nashville area, with follow-up performances requested.

UN: Do you plan to sign other artists?  

RM: Absolutely! We will be looking for a few other select artists to sign with us when we get our studio up and running in the very near future. We are looking forward to working with a few others to help them further their goals.

UN: What is your dream for Tune Ditty Records?  

RM: We’d like it to become a label that is known for helping indie artists achieve success. We’d like it to be known across the country as the go-to label, not only for the sound quality, but also for [offering] the more relaxed atmosphere that a big label may not have.

For more information, please visit:

http://www.tunedittyrecords.com/ 

David M. (Dave) Carew is writer/editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter,” both now available from Amazon.com and XLibris.com. Dave is also a freelance book editor, publicist, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising / marketing / public relations writer. ************

Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville by Dave Carew—which was praised by The Tennessean as “beautiful, haunting, powerful”—is now available in an all-new paperback edition. For more information, please visit:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss/191-4818370-7728230?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=David+M.+Carew

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Editor’s Note: “Underground Nashville” covers artists, authors, musicians, poets, political figures, and other compelling people and happenings not typically covered by the mainstream Nashville media. It also presents reflections and commentary from an underground/indie perspective, offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.” Dave Carew

 

Shantell Ogden releases 4-star follow-up to award-winning album

April 3, 2015

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By Dave Carew 

The beauty of Shantell Ogden’s new album Ghosts in the Field is that it takes the already deep, rich notion of “roots music” (Americana) and poignantly doubles-down on it. This is a roots record about the deep, mystic roots of family, friends, and faith; the “ghosts in the field” are your loved ones living and dead, your memories, the homespun wisdom and decency that others offered as gifts to you, which helped build you. The fact that the album’s seven tracks are also supremely melodic and catchy—sometimes joyfully, sometimes hauntingly—adds another level of richness to an already potent creation.

It’s not easy following up on a record hailed “Best Americana Album of the Year” from the International Music and Entertainment Association (as was Shantell Ogden’s 2013 release Better at Goodbye). But with Ghosts in the Field, Ms. Ogden has risen to the challenge, and then some.

From the title track, which celebrates the specter that is one’s home and past . . . to the perfectly chiseled, poppy anthem “Just a Little” . . . to the reflective, compassionate “Blossom in the Dust”. . . to the R & B/gospel-flavored “As Long as You’re Mine” (which could go toe-to-toe with Eva Cassidy’s version of “People Get Ready”), this album is a gem of musical remembrance, searching, and longing. Shantell Ogden understands how one’s “ghosts in the field” can bring you to places of old shadows and new light. And that musical vision is what makes Ghosts in the Field such an unforgettable new album.

To order Ghosts in the Field or for more information please visit:

http://www.shantellogden.com/

 

David M. (Dave) Carew is writer/editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter,” both now available from Amazon.com and XLibris.com. Dave is also a freelance book editor, publicist, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising / marketing / public relations writer. ************ Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville by Dave Carew—which was praised by The Tennessean as “beautiful, haunting, powerful”—is now available in an all-new paperback edition. For more information, please visit:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss/191-4818370-7728230?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=David+M.+Carew *********** Do you want to help homeless people in Nashville learn culinary arts and other employment skills that provide a specific, effective path off the streets? Please visit Lambscroft.org (link below) and consider making a financial contribution. Any amount is very helpful and appreciated. Thank you.

http://www.epiclifecreative.net/LambsCroft/ *********** Editor’s Note: “Underground Nashville” covers artists, authors, musicians, poets, political figures, and other compelling people and happenings not typically covered by the mainstream Nashville media. It also presents reflections and commentary from an underground/indie perspective, offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.” Dave Carew

 

Book Review by Roy E. Perry: “A Blaze of Glory: A Novel of the Battle of Shiloh” by Jeff Shaara

April 3, 2015

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Editor’s Note: Roy E. Perry reviewed books for “The Tennessean” and “Nashville Banner” for more than thirty years. “Underground Nashville” is always proud to post Mr. Perry’s latest review.  Dave Carew 

BOOK REVIEW BY ROY E. PERRY: 

Jeff Shaara’s A Blaze of Glory: A Novel of the Battle of Shiloh (2012) narrates in fascinating detail one of the first major battles in the Western Theater of the Civil War. The two-day battle (April 6-7, 1862) involved 44,000 Confederate troops under the command of Albert Sidney Johnston (killed in the battle) and Pierre Beauregard, and 65,000 Union troops under Ulysses S. Grant and Don Carlos Buell.

My wife and I have visited the battlefield twice, and have viewed the old wagon trail (the sunken road), the Hornet’s Nest, the Bloody Pond, the Peach Orchard, and the adjoining cemetery. Our imaginations were challenged to imagine, in such a beautiful place, such a horrendous, bloody battle, which resulted in staggering losses for both sides.

The Battle of Shiloh (a.k.a The Battle of Pittsburg Landing) occurred at Pittsburg Landing in southwestern Tennessee near the banks of the Tennessee River, approximately twenty miles south of Savannah. The Union objective was to continue southward and capture the crucial railroad junction at Corinth, Mississippi. However, the “men in blue” were surprised in their (unfortified) camp by “secesh” forces and were almost destroyed.

One of the biggest blunders of the battle was made by Pierre Beauregard, who took command of the Confederate army after the death of Albert Sidney Johnston. Beauregard, a martinet riddled with egotism and arrogance, gave the bizarre, baffling order to cease the attack with an hour of daylight still remaining. The battered Union army was reinforced during the night and on Monday mounted a successful counterattack, which drove the “men in gray” in retreat back to their fortified base in Corinth.

The Battle of Shiloh resulted in 24,000 casualties (killed, wounded, and missing). In the Western Theater of the Civil War only the Battle of Chickamauga (in northern Georgia) had more casualties. In an especially graphic chapter (Chapter 33), a Union soldier, Fritz “Dutchie” Bauer describes the carnage of the conflict, a gory battlefield named after a small log church named “Shiloh,” meaning, ironically, “A Place of Peace.”

Jeff Shaara brilliantly alternates the chapters between principals from the North and the South, relating not only the various maneuvers (strategies and tactics of battle), but also describing in vivid detail the fury of combat, and providing an inside look at the hopes and fears of the men fighting for survival.

Mr. Shaara has written gripping novels not only about the Civil War but also the Mexican War, the Revolutionary War, and World War II. A Blaze of Glory is, without doubt, one of his best efforts. Highly recommended.

For other book reviews by Roy E. Perry, please visit: http://www.amazon.com/gp/cdp/member-reviews/A2MVUWT453QH61/ref=cm_cr_auth/002-6294896-4602409?%5Fencoding=UTF8

David M. (Dave) Carew is writer/editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter,” both now available at Amazon.com and XLibris.com. Dave is also a freelance book editor, publicist, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising / marketing / public relations writer.

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Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville by Dave Carew—which was praised by The Tennessean as “beautiful, haunting, powerful”—is now available in an all-new paperback edition. For more information, please visit:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss/191-4818370-7728230?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=David+M.+Carew

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Do you want to help homeless people in Nashville learn culinary arts and other employment skills that provide a specific, effective path off the streets? Please visit Lambscroft.org (link below) and consider making a financial contribution. Any amount is very helpful and appreciated. Thank you.

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Editor’s Note: “Underground Nashville” covers artists, authors, musicians, poets, political figures, and other compelling people and happenings not typically covered by the mainstream Nashville media. It also presents reflections and commentary from an underground/indie perspective, offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.” Dave Carew

 

 

John and Judy Rodman unveil outstanding new album on Music Row

March 25, 2015

Rodmans

By Dave Carew

It took quite a while to get to this moment. Twenty-nine years, to be precise. That—as Judy Rodman reminded her audience last Tuesday night at the Nashville Musicians Association on Music Row—was the last time she had released a new album.

“The first time in twenty-nine years . . . and the first time ever with John,” Judy said, looking affectionately at her drummer/songwriter husband, as she and John hosted a private CD Listening Party for friends and music-industry professionals.

“We just wanted to play again,” John Rodman told the large crowd.

The album the Rodmans unveiled is entitled Here We Are, a richly varied collection of seven songs, ranging from radio-ready contemporary country (“Something Like That,” “Still Breathing”) to Deep-South soul and R & B (“When the Day is Over,” “Something Bad”) to the dream-like instrumental “Sweet Dreams,” the album’s final track.

“Amazing album,” said Vinny Ribas, CEO of Indie Connect, as the last strains of “Sweet Dreams” faded away.

“Killer,” I replied, as loud, sustained applause filled the room.

For my part, I kept thinking about the gift this album represents. The word “gift” resonated in my head throughout the CD Listening Party and all through my half-hour drive home afterward. You don’t’ earn the “Best New Artist” Award from the Academy of Country Music—as Judy Rodman once did—without being an extraordinarily gifted artist. You don’t write #1 hit songs—as Judy Rodman has done—without being a very gifted songwriter. But the greatest gift that night—to me—had to do not with what was unveiled, but in how: before a large group of people who deeply appreciate the musical art form, and who were curious to see what new richness two of Nashville’s most respected and beloved artists could place before them.

When it was over, the audience knew they’d heard something very special—and been part of something special.

And it was well worth the wait.

To order Here We Are or for more information please visit:

http://www.johnandjudyrodman.com

David M. (Dave) Carew is writer/editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter,” both now available from Amazon.com and XLibris.com. Dave is also a freelance book editor, publicist, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising / marketing / public relations writer.

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Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville by Dave Carew—which was praised by The Tennessean as “beautiful, haunting, powerful”—is now available in an all-new paperback edition.

For more information, please visit:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss/191-4818370-7728230?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=David+M.+Carew ***********

Do you want to help homeless people in Nashville learn culinary arts and other employment skills that provide a specific, effective path off the streets? Please visit Lambscroft.org (link below) and consider making a financial contribution. Any amount is very helpful and appreciated. Thank you.

http://www.epiclifecreative.net/LambsCroft/

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Editor’s Note: “Underground Nashville” covers artists, authors, musicians, poets, political figures, and other compelling people and happenings not typically covered by the mainstream Nashville media. It also presents reflections and commentary from an underground/indie perspective, offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.” Dave Carew

 

Interview with Connie Smith, author of “Never Lose Heart”

March 10, 2015

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by Dave Carew

One of the greatest gifts a friend can give you is hope—a sense that the world and your life matter and have meaning. That your struggles and suffering will pass, and that you are loved and valued amid them.

That is the gift given by Connie Smith to her friends—known and unknown—in the wonderful new inspirational giftbook Never Lose Heart.

After a particularly difficult, searching time in her life, Connie came to a life-changing illumination about God and His endless, faithful love for us. Her illumination unfolded in a particularly powerful, beautiful way—through her observation of random heart shapes around her. She began seeing them everywhere—perceiving each as a distinctive manifestation of God’s abiding presence and unconditional love. The heart shapes—as captured by Connie’s iPhone camera—now have been joined with a beautiful, illuminating, hope-filled text to form the core of Never Lose Heart. We recently interviewed Connie about her book:

DAVE CAREW: How did the idea of Never Lose Heart first come to you?

CONNIE SMITH: After I found close to sixty heart images, the idea crossed my mind that perhaps these inspirational images should be shared in a book. However, I kept dismissing the idea because I didn’t exactly consider myself a writer. Two months later, as I was out on a walk talking to God about it, the concept of the book dropped into me so quickly I could barely get my phone out of my pocket fast enough to jot down notes. Needless to say, I knew at that point God was prompting me to write Never Lose Heart. When I finally sat down to begin what I imagined would be a monumental project, especially for a rookie, to my surprise, I wrote the book in that one day. All credit to God for His divine inspiration.

DC: What is the single greatest insight or epiphany you’ve ever had about God?

CS: Through my journey in the “desert,” I came to the realization that true transformation is not found in striving harder to change behaviors or trying to please God with our efforts. More than anything, God desires for us to be still and simply “be” with Him. To be with Him is to know Him. To know Him is to know His incredible love and grace. To know His love and grace is to know true freedom, joy, and the fullness of life. It’s not about what we do for God. It’s about receiving what He’s done for us—with no strings attached. There’s no greater power.

DC: What is your deepest hope for the person who reads Never Lose Heart?

CS: First, I suggest finding a quiet place and reading Never Lose Heart like a devotional, taking time to meditate on the simple yet profound messages. My hope is that the book will provide comfort, encouragement, and hope, especially for those facing life’s hardships, disappointments, and challenges. We are never alone. God is faithful and promises to be with us no matter what, even in the midst of our failures. Moreover, I hope the book will inspire people to look and listen for God’s voice around them. God longs to make His unconditional, relentless love known to us on a personal level. It is everywhere—if we choose to open our hearts and see it.

For more information please visit:
http://neverloseheart.com/

David M. (Dave) Carew is writer/editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter,” both now available from Amazon.com and XLibris.com. Dave is also a freelance book editor, publicist, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising / marketing / public relations writer.

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Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville by Dave Carew—which was praised by The Tennessean as “beautiful, haunting, powerful”—is now available in an all-new paperback edition. For more information, please visit:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss/191-4818370-7728230?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=David+M.+Carew

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Do you want to help homeless people in Nashville learn culinary arts and other employment skills that provide a specific, effective path off the streets? Please visit Lambscroft.org (link below) and consider making a financial contribution. Any amount is very helpful and appreciated. Thank you.

http://www.epiclifecreative.net/LambsCroft/

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Editor’s Note: “Underground Nashville” covers artists, authors, musicians, poets, political figures, and other compelling people and happenings not typically covered by the mainstream Nashville media. It also presents reflections and commentary from an underground/indie perspective, offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.” Dave Carew

 

 

Book Review by Roy E. Perry: “Wild Harmonies: A Life of Music and Wolves” by Hélène Grimaud

February 27, 2015

Helene

Hélène Grimaud, the forty-five-year-old, world-famous classical pianist, has written in Wild Harmonies an intelligent, heart-warming memoir. Hélène confesses to being an “un” child—uncontrollable, unmanageable, unsatisfied, undisciplined, unadaptable, and unpredictable—and a restless person subject to sudden passions. Her parents enrolled her in martial arts (judo), tennis, and dance, but she was unfit for all. And school bored her to tears. “[There was] something in me,” she writes, “that wanted to get out, to express itself, to escape.”

One day her father formed an hypothesis, “Perhaps it’s an excess of mental rather than physical energy,” he said. “What if we were to enroll Hélène in a music class?” Later, as her music teacher played a piece by Schumann, Hélène, age seven, encountered the piano and the kind of music that would change her life. The rest, as they say, is history: Ms. Grimaud went on to win international fame, playing concerts in the major cities of Europe and the United States.

”The Romantic repertoire [e.g., Brahms, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Schumann, Debussy, Chopin, and Liszt],” she writes, “has always enchanted me.” Her other favorite composers include Bach, Mozart, Ravel, Strauss, Gershwin, Bartok, Berg, and Shostakovich.

Ms. Grimaud experienced a personal epiphany when Alawa—a she-wolf with glowing eyes—crossed her path on a road in Florida. With this barely domesticated animal she immediately bonded. Thus began the second great passion of her life, a love that led her to found the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem, New York.

This memoir is the engaging story of a stunningly talented young woman who is inhabited by the spirit of wolves. A wild vitality, a ferocious passion, animates her life and music. What a remarkable human being is Hélène Grimaud!

Editor’s Note: Many of Ms. Grimaud’s performances can be enjoyed at YouTube.com. Mr. Perry especially recommends her renditions of these piano concertos: Brahms First, Rachmaninoff’s Second, and Beethoven’s Fifth. DC

For other book reviews by Roy E. Perry, please visit: http://www.amazon.com/gp/cdp/member-reviews/A2MVUWT453QH61/ref=cm_cr_auth/002-6294896-4602409?%5Fencoding=UTF8

David M. (Dave) Carew is writer/editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter,” both now available at Amazon.com and XLibris.com. Dave is also a freelance book editor, publicist, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising / marketing / public relations writer.

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Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville by Dave Carew—which was praised by The Tennessean as “beautiful, haunting, powerful”—is now available in an all-new paperback edition. For more information, please visit:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss/191-4818370-7728230?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=David+M.+Carew

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Do you want to help homeless people in Nashville learn culinary arts and other employment skills that provide a specific, effective path off the streets? Please visit Lambscroft.org (link below) and consider making a financial contribution. Any amount is very helpful and appreciated. Thank you.
http://www.epiclifecreative.net/LambsCroft/

Editor’s Note: “Underground Nashville” covers artists, authors, musicians, poets, political figures, and other compelling people and happenings not typically covered by the mainstream Nashville media. It also presents reflections and commentary from an underground/indie perspective, offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.” Dave Carew

 

Yes Dear delivers excellent debut album

February 16, 2015

Yes Dear Album Cover

by Dave Carew

Back in the day—the early 2000’s to be exact—one of the coolest Saturday nights you could come up with in Nashville was catching The Josh Jackson Band at the old Sutler. The “JJB” regularly packed the joint, and gave its big fan base a musical treat time after time after time.

Now Yes Dear—featuring the same Josh Jackson—follows that “musical treat” tradition by releasing its outstanding debut album. Distinctly more country-nuanced than the old JJB—but staying safely clear of Music Row—Yes Dear is a deeply satisfying album you easily could place beside stand-outs from Poco or Pure Prairie League. Brimming with smart, strong songs, electric harmonies, and excellent production, Yes Dear is, in fact, the record you wish the bright lights of country-rock were making today.

In a collection of eight songs featuring no weak link, the two MOST stand-out tracks, for my money, are “Things That Little Girls Do,” and the reworked (from the Josh Jackson Band) “Rosa.” Upon first hearing “Things That Little Girls Do,” I thought “That’s got ‘hit’ written all over it.” Perhaps I might revise that to “instant classic.” Like this entire album, the song demonstrates what gifted people can do when they are serious-minded about music as an art form—but refuse to leave the fun behind.

For more information please visit:

https://www.facebook.com/yesdeartheband/info?tab=page_info

David M. (Dave) Carew is writer/editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter,” both now available from Amazon.com and XLibris.com. Dave is also a freelance book editor, publicist, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising / marketing / public relations writer.

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Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville by Dave Carew—which was praised by The Tennessean as “beautiful, haunting, powerful”—is now available in an all-new paperback edition. For more information, please visit:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss/191-4818370-7728230?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=David+M.+Carew

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Do you want to help homeless people in Nashville learn culinary arts and other employment skills that provide a specific, effective path off the streets? Please visit Lambscroft.org (link below) and consider making a financial contribution. Any amount is very helpful and appreciated. Thank you.

http://www.epiclifecreative.net/LambsCroft/

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Editor’s Note: “Underground Nashville” covers artists, authors, musicians, poets, political figures, and other compelling people and happenings not typically covered by the mainstream Nashville media. It also presents reflections and commentary from an underground/indie perspective, offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.” Dave Carew

Book Review by Roy E. Perry – “Trespassing on Einstein’s Lawn: A Father, a Daughter, the Meaning of Nothing, and the Beginning of Everything” by Amanda Gefter

February 12, 2015

Einstein

Editor’s Note: Roy E. Perry wrote book reviews for “The Tennessean” and “Nashville Banner” for more than thirty years. “Underground Nashville” is always proud to present Mr. Perry’s latest book review for our readers.

In Trespassing on Einstein’s Lawn, Amanda Gefter has written a wise and witty narrative of the current state of theoretical physics and cosmology, the latter being “the branch of philosophy dealing with the origin and general structure of the universe, with its parts, elements, and especially of its characteristics as space, time, causality, and freedom; the branch of astronomy that deals with the general structure and evolution of the universe.”

The basic problem explored by Ms. Geftner’s narrative is the conceptual gulf between Einstein’s general theory of relativity (which he later regretted not calling his “general theory of invariance”) and quantum mechanics. The “holy grail” for physics would be to find a synthesis (reconciliation) of these two theories—a viable theory of quantum gravity. The thorny question is: Does ultimate reality demand invariance, that is, is the universe observer-independent? Does the universe exist prior to, and apart from, anyone observing it?

Here’s where “weird” gets “weirder than weird.” According to quantum mechanics, time, space, and—yes, even the universe itself—are relative to the observer’s perspective; in other words, ultimate reality is radically observer-dependent. Each person’s universe is different from any every other person’s universe, an astonishing claim reminiscent of the position articulated by 18th-century Anglo-Irish philosopher George Berkeley, who asserted “To be is to be perceived”—a subjective idealism haunted by the specter of solipsism.

The heart and soul of Trespassing on Einstein’s Lawn are the interviews and correspondences conducted by Ms. Geftner with some of today’s most brilliant theoretical physicists, including Stephen Hawking, Joseph Wheeler, and David Gross (among numerous others).

The author writes: “I was fifteen at the time, and my father had taken me out for dinner at our favorite Chinese restaurant . . . . I was pushing a cashew around my plate with a chopstick when [my father] looked at me intently and asked, ‘How would you define nothing?’“ “How would you define nothing?” Thus began the author’s all-consuming hunt for ultimate reality, as explored in this book. Along the way, Ms. Gefter earns her credentials in spades, proving herself a gifted science writer who often explains physicists’ ideas better than they do. By all means, read this engaging, intelligent, and funny book, and learn about the weird, bizarre world of quantum mechanics.

ABOUT AMANDA GEFTER

Amanda Gefter is a writer specializing in fundamental physics and cosmology and a consultant for New Scientist magazine. She previously served as books and arts editor for New Scientist magazine, and founded “CultureLab,” New Scientist’s books and arts blog. This is her first book.

For other book reviews by Roy E. Perry, please visit: http://www.amazon.com/gp/cdp/member-reviews/A2MVUWT453QH61/ref=cm_cr_auth/002-6294896-4602409?%5Fencoding=UTF8

David M. (Dave) Carew is writer/editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter,” both now available at Amazon.com and XLibris.com. Dave is also a freelance book editor, publicist, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising / marketing / public relations writer. ************

Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville by Dave Carew—which was praised by The Tennessean as “beautiful, haunting, powerful”—is now available in an all-new paperback edition. For more information, please visit:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss/191-4818370-7728230?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=David+M.+Carew ***********

Do you want to help homeless people in Nashville learn culinary arts and other employment skills that provide a specific, effective path off the streets? Please visit Lambscroft.org (link below) and consider making a financial contribution. Any amount is very helpful and appreciated. Thank you.

http://www.epiclifecreative.net/LambsCroft/ ***********

Editor’s Note: “Underground Nashville” covers artists, authors, musicians, poets, political figures, and other compelling people and happenings not typically covered by the mainstream Nashville media. It also presents reflections and commentary from an underground/indie perspective, offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.” Dave Carew

 

 

John and Judy Rodman to Release New Americana Album

February 4, 2015

Rodmans

By Dave Carew

Judy Rodman—the Academy of Country Music Award-winning artist and hit songwriter—and her husband John will release Here We Are, their debut album as a duo, on Tuesday, March 24. John Rodman is an acclaimed drummer/songwriter with thousands of performing credits, from the symphony to amphitheaters to the recording studio to television.

Produced by Judy and John at Mainframe Studios, the album will offer an eclectic mix of Americana sounds, from Memphis blues to pop-infused tunes to funk, culminating with the artful instrumental “Sweet Dreams.”

“This album is bringing us back full circle to who we have been from the beginning, making music together,” says Judy. “At the same time it’s new! We’re doing things we have never done before—writing, recording, and performing as a duo.”

An exclusive listening party will be held at the Nashville Musician’s Union on March 17 at 7:00 p.m. The album will be released worldwide on CD Baby and iTunes one week later.

For more information please visit:

http://www.johnandjudyrodman.com

David M. (Dave) Carew is writer/editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter,” both now available from Amazon.com and XLibris.com. Dave is also a freelance book editor, publicist, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising / marketing / public relations writer.

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Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville by Dave Carew—which was praised by The Tennessean as “beautiful, haunting, powerful”—is now available in an all-new paperback edition. For more information, please visit:
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss/191-4818370-7728230?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=David+M.+Carew

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Do you want to help homeless people in Nashville learn culinary arts and other employment skills that provide a specific, effective path off the streets? Please visit Lambscroft.org (link below) and consider making a financial contribution. Any amount is very helpful and appreciated. Thank you.
http://www.epiclifecreative.net/LambsCroft/

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Editor’s Note: “Underground Nashville” covers artists, authors, musicians, poets, political figures, and other compelling people and happenings not typically covered by the mainstream Nashville media. It also presents reflections and commentary from an underground/indie perspective, offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”

BCMA award-winning Pete Kennedy to headline in Ireland

January 27, 2015

Pete-Kennedy
by Dave Carew

Pete Kennedy gained international recognition when he won “Album of the Year” at the British Country Music Awards in 2012 for his outstanding The Nashville Session, Vol.1.

Now based in Nashville, Pete has spent the past year honing his songwriting chops with some of Music City’s top-shelf songsmiths, including Earl Budd Lee (Garth Brooks, Blake Shelton), Jan Buckingham (Lee Greenwood, Whitney Houston), Beau Fuller (Kristy Lee Cook, Jesse Keith Whitley), and American Idol and Grand Ole Opry star Ayla Brown.

For the first time ever, Pete is about to embark on a headlining tour of his native Ireland. Before he hopped on the plane, Underground Nashville caught up with Pete for this exclusive interview:

UNDERGROUND NASHVILLE: Why did you decide to tour your native Ireland, starting in February?

PETE KENNEDY: I’ve performed all throughout the country, but I have never had the opportunity to tour until now. I am so excited to kick off my first headlining tour in Ireland! I feel like the timing is right. I’ve received tremendous support from radio, TV, and the media. Also, I have some incredible fans and I think this will be a great opportunity to connect with them. I’m even more excited to share what I have been working on over these past few months.

UN: Why did you decide to move to Nashville?

PK: From a very young age, I have always dreamed of moving to Nashville, to pursue my career in the music industry. Some of my very first memories of Nashville were from watching Music City USA, a TV show hosted by Shay Healy that featured the top country music videos of the week. I remember watching all the greats—Garth Brooks, Vince Gill, and Alan Jackson. I knew that if I was going to make it in this business, I needed to be in Nashville. I’ve been living in Nashville for over a year now, and I absolutely love it here. I’ve met some really amazing people and have had some incredible experiences. I truly believe this is where I am meant to be. I am so grateful for the opportunity to live in Music City.

UN: What has been your greatest musical thrill to date?

PK: I’ve had a lot of incredible experiences throughout my musical career; however, one of the most memorable and exciting times was immediately following the release of my first U.S. studio album, I Am the One on May 16th, 2014. I received an email from my manager with the news that the album was being featured as “New & Noteworthy” on the iTunes country store! To see my name amongst great talents, such as Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, and Hunter Hayes, was an immense honor. That was definitely a moment that I will never forget!

For more information, including tour cities and dates, please visit:
http://www.petekennedy.net/

David M. (Dave) Carew is writer/editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter,” both now available at Amazon.com and XLibris.com. Dave is also a freelance book editor, publicist, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising / marketing / public relations writer.

************
Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville by Dave Carew—which was praised by The Tennessean as “beautiful, haunting, powerful”—is now available in an all-new paperback edition. For more information, please visit:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss/191-4818370-7728230?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=David+M.+Carew

***********
Do you want to help homeless people in Nashville learn culinary arts and other employment skills that provide a specific, effective path off the streets? Please visit Lambscroft.org (link below) and consider making a financial contribution. Any amount is very helpful and appreciated. Thank you.

http://www.epiclifecreative.net/LambsCroft/

***********

Editor’s Note: “Underground Nashville” covers artists, authors, musicians, poets, political figures, and other compelling people and happenings not typically covered by the mainstream Nashville media. It also presents reflections and commentary from an underground/indie perspective, offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”

Dave Carew

 


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