Archive for July, 2014

Paul McCartney to bestow award on Nashville-based music artist

July 25, 2014

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by Dave Carew

Suzahn Fiering has been delighting worldwide audiences for decades with her heart-felt jazz and Americana performances. (She once even played Nashville’s most exclusive venue . . . my house!)

Now, the internationally renowned touring artist, songwriter, and music educator is about to receive one of her greatest honors—and it will be bestowed upon her by none other than Paul McCartney.

In a recent email to friends and fans, Suzahn wrote:

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I’m happy to announce that Sir Paul McCartney and LIPA (The Liverpool Institute For The Performing Arts) will bestow upon me “The Honored Friend Award” on July 31st in Liverpool, at this year’s graduation ceremony. I will be in the company of amazingly talented students, staff (the best folks in the world!), and other award recipients, who make up some of the brightest and most successful people in music, dance, theater, arts management, set design, sound design, and costuming. Chris Keenan, festival and music promoter extraordinaire (and generally amazing friend) will be joining me from Ireland.

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Underground Nashville wishes Suzahn a wonderful, memorable time with Paul & friends in Liverpool.

For more information, please visit http://suzahn.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 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/

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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: J.K. Rowling’s “The Casual Vacancy”

July 11, 2014

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BOOK REVIEW BY ROY E. PERRY:

“If God made the country and man made the town, then the devil made the little country town.”
—Author unknown

The Casual Vacancy (2012), J. K. Rowling’s venture into adult fiction, describes the denizens of Pagford, a pretty little country town situated in the West Country (southwestern England), near Yarvil, a larger city to the north.

To tourists visiting Pagford, it appears to be an idyllic place in which to live. But things are not always what they seem. The town teems with dysfunctional people—narrow-minded, untruthful, full of malice and spite. News travels fast in Pagford; there’s a lot of busybody gossiping and there are ample reasons for the gossip.

A sixty-year grudge-feud has raged and festered between Pagford and Yarvil. Two bones of contention are “the Fields” (a squalid slum between the two towns) and the financial viability of the Bellchapel Addiction Clinic which, among other services, dispenses methadone to heroin addicts.

A “casual vacancy” refers to the resignation or death of a member of the town council. When good-hearted Barry Fairbrother dies of an aneurysm of the brain, candidates for his vacant office are thrown into a political struggle between those who are “pro” and “con” concerning the Fields and the Bellchapel Addiction Clinic.

Pagford is hard-pressed to elect a candidate worthy to fill the shoes of the deceased council member, especially when “The Ghost of Barry Fairbrother” makes periodic appearances on the Pagford Parish Council’s website, revealing scandalous secrets that set the gossipy network buzzing.

A central motif of A Casual Vacancy is class struggle, reminiscent of works by authors such as Charlotte Bronte, Charles Dickens, George Eliot, and Elizabeth Gaskell. One is pained by how the poor people of the Fields are marginalized and alienated by an upper class who disparage their depressed conditions.

There are so many characters in this novel—most of them human, all-too-human—that a chart of who is related to whom, and of their political agendas, would have been helpful. Suffice it to say that the characters are well-developed and the dialogue, although at times eyebrow-raising, is expertly done.

Quite different from the seven volumes of Ms. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, A Casual Vacancy is definitely adult fare. It contains off-color language and erotic “confrontations” that are not recommended for one’s pre-teen daughter (or, for that matter, pre-teen son). Mature readers may find Rowling’s experiment in catharsis more amusing than offensive.

The novel ends in catastrophe, with the tragic death of two of the main characters. It would be a disservice to insert a spoiler revealing their identities.

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/

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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