Caricatures by PJ (Paula j. Carter)

FSCN1071  Strolling around the American Folk Festival in downtown Bangor this year seemed a bit disappointing as my wife and I noticed the festival’s vendors slowly dwindling over time. What the reason is is not of any consequence, although there are rumors and speculations. In our walkabout we saw some familiar things, some new, but the most refreshing of the lot was a pleasant faced woman drawing caricatures of the general public at large (even the public at small, what ever that means). FSCN1078She scribbled, smeared, and colored with passion and a smile (something that should not be taken for granted these days). When we inquired about a sitting she doodled, diddled, and dandled until after a series of strokes gave birth to a slightly comical, most endearing, and capturing image that was soon to be a milestone to us. PJ gave us more than a caricature, she gifted our relationship with yet another aspect of ourselves. If you are looking for another side of yourself, find out where she will be next time and see her in action. Her caricatures are a fantasy, but not her smile…that’s for real.FSCN1079

Paula J. Carter Belfast Maine (207)-338-2561

Life is Short (no pun intended) Jennifer Arnold MD, And Bill Klein (the little couple)

little couple With so much enthusiasm at work here, it’s difficult to believe and accept so much turmoil at the same time. This couple is not only cute, but funny, successful, hopeful, and faces life’s “shortcomings” with a positive attitude. The show as well as the book entertain us, grant us access to the inner lives of this family, and let us in on the side bars that are so humorous if you pay attention, but hold our hearts within our hands as we tread carefully over the disappointments, near tragedies, and difficulties this family unit endures. On the lighter side Bill should consider standup comedy as a side thing. His good natured anecdotes and funny comments tosses comic relief in and all around (it isn’t all bad you know). Read about them and learn more about their many sides in this short story (no pun intended)…(well…maybe).

Ringo: With a little Help: Michael Seth Starr

ringoA most revealing revelation about the man with the biggest personality out of the fab four. This collection of recollections, reflections, and memories, some fond and some not so fond are the result of a lifetime achievement of a magnanimous career in just about every aspect of the entertainment business. Having hand a hand (most times both) in films, music, as well as a lifeline rescue of some of the once biggest names in the industry, our star Beatle is a hero. His battles with substance abuse during the breakup and after the Beatle’s proved a strenuous time. However, it is the defeat of the demon that causes one to prevail and he certainly has risen to that place. A friendly face with some daunting times fully captured in his own story is buried within these pages waiting for you to uncover. With a little help…

The Charlie Daniels Band Live at the Balsam Valley Amphitheater in Columbia Falls with special guest Danny Harper

It was a beautiful day in Columbia Falls for a concert. The weather was fine, the sun unleashed its brightness upon the waiting crowd, and the anticipation for The Charlie Daniels band grew as the time passed. The day would be one of thanks to our veterans both serving and having served as sponsored by Wreaths Across America ( remembering those who have returned and those who have fallen in the name of our freedom. FSCN0412

A young man named Scott G. took the stage and popped off a few acoustic numbers including some originals, one exclaiming that he wanted to be famous and was met with appreciative cheers.

Danny Harper and his band of merry musicians took hold of the audience with his sincerity and honesty both in word and song as he praised our military and our country with truth pouring out through the speakers. His style is humble and strong. Danny has had his ups and downs in life and has endearingly expressed them through his lyrics having battled alcohol and defeated the demon. His straight pointed method of telling a story shines through with a type of directness not found very often anymore declaring if you want the truth then listen to Fox News. His ballads touch your spirit and his kickers do just that. A talented man with a lifetime of stories to tell. FSCN0374

As soon as The Charlie Daniels band took the stage, the storm had begun. His sudden burst of presence and his large stature along with the surrounding wall of music left no place to hide. He was here and everyone knew it. Song after song pleased the crowd after what seemed to be a long absence of time from the Maine stage.FSCN0381 His strength lies within his ability to convince you of his conviction to what he sings and his dedication to a way of life in which he clearly stands, God, freedom, and America. Hit after hit bombarded The Balsam Falls Amphitheater with mass approval from the enthusiastic audience. His more than well seasoned musicians were featured as the night came upon us being well evident that Charlie Daniels does not skimp when it comes to surrounding himself with talent. A most moving rendition of “How Great Thou Art” began with a delicate acoustic guitar and roared into a spiritually touching crescendo praising God for his many blessings. Charlie’s fiddle playing is nearly unmatched soloing about as quick as lightening, notwithstanding his amazing guitar solos side by side with the rest of his virtuosos taking the lead guitar to another level.FSCN0378 The well laid notation and sometimes intricate guitar leads only show the dynamics of this well oiled machine called the Charlie Daniels band. Needless to say, the final tune was the swansong “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” a number where the devil is beaten once again. A magnificent evening all around concluded the show leaving us with the inspiration that God, country, our military, Fox News, and The Charlie Daniels Band still stand for what we need to live out in our daily lives.

KKB/got to get back

kkb   This album is one of the most refreshing new rock recordings to come out in a long time. A new band with an old direction and a brand new drive. Their message is clear, guitar, bass, and drums, the way straight rock what meant to be played. The interesting thing is that there are some complex melody signatures looming above and beneath the sound. Intricate guitar work is backed up by bass colorization and a more than steady drum beat. The songs are exciting and do contain a wide variation of heaviness with melody as its sister component. Fresh, organized, and at times wild. Got to get back to basics.

Ringo Starr/Postcards from Paradise (continuing on the classic way)

ringo   You don’t know how refreshing it is to have a new release in classic form prevail like this album does. Ringo (who has apparently reached one name status officially on this album) has always placed his musical priorities with good strong basic great tunes that defy much of the junk being spoon fed into the music business today. Instead he is obviously more interested in multi-varied styles and surrounding himself with top grade musicians from his All Star Band and the like. This one has captured Ringo’s smooth voice in a flurry of songs that will make you rock, relax, and reminisce. Employing the great Dave Stewart from the Eurythmics on “Rory and the Hurricanes” grants us access to those good old numbers with a lot of vocal backing and a most catchy tune. Joe Walsh rides once again with a tag along cut entitled “Bridges” which lulls you along. Todd Rundgren and his lengthy guitar wizardry is featured on the title song “Postcards from Paradise”, a haunting melody with great guitar work. All of the songs have been co-written by the great Richard Starkey (AKA Ringo Star) and each one has Ringo all over it. The title cut has a most amusing set of lyrics which incorporate titles of Beatle songs and some Ringo as well. All in all, our Ringo has forever remained classic and has managed to remain an all star.

Supercar (the complete series)

supercar     From the genius of Fireball XL5 and beyond comes yet another unbelievable collection of those wonderful marionettes powered by string power and their creator, Gerry Anderson. One of the most amazing feats of its time to create an entire show complete with speaking movement, action scenes, and those loveable characters scanning the universe searching for the bad guy aliens. They’ve saved the ship, the earth, and the whole galaxy in a seemingly effortless parade of adventures. This set has an abundance of extras, including interviews, a close look at our marionette heroes, and commentary. Space exploits have never been duplicated as they have been here. Take a ride in a Supercar.