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The HAMYS: F**K Peace & Love?
By Ronni Marcus
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2002-10-06
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I mean forget about peace and love for the moment. As Steve Glickman of Vancouver Canada and founder of the Fair Choice stated, "How about just a little balance...and dignity?” To quote Glickman, "Any creativity is constantly undermined by the conformists and keeping up with the neighbors." The FC proposes to empower all people equally through the use of scaling votes "in order to peacefully redistribute power to those that need it." (www.FairChoice.org)

In political land, there’s the left, the right, and now The Fair Choice in the middle. Visionary, Steve Glickman, has proposed a formula whereby a seed of trust is planted for the voiceless majority to stand alone or to be implemented within any current political system that utilizes votes to determine election outcomes. When I questioned Glickman on how did he see this movement evolving, Steve sighed, "It's hard to get the will of the people when the media blocks you out."

Much media would rather keep us focused on our problems and believing that we're incapable of change. It's not that Steve has such a provocative idea, it's really only because he has an idea! Steve Glickman is far more artistic than political and therefore, perhaps the media is hesitant; for the outcome of Fair Choice may be perceived by the media as unpredictable. Unpredictable and somewhat controversial? (Somebody has to get the ball rolling.)

Speaking of the media...what a powerful tool. (Too powerful oftentimes, bordering on mind control.) For example, I had been wanting to purchase the Flowers & Landmines CD by Sea of Souls (www.seaofsouls.com), but when I kept hearing the songs, "Wasting my Time" and "Gone" on local radio stations, FM 99 and The Coast. (Keep in mind the fact I'd broken every CD player in my house.) I couldn't help it...I had to hear those songs at my own discretion. Finally, I have found a sound that makes my old favorites seem blasé. What that CD has done to me is hard to describe and I am scaring myself. I am one of those screaming, obsessed fans. (I am one of those people that used to hate the word 'fan' and avoided its use at all cost.) It's sad but true; I'm a crazed fan now for the Sea of Souls band. (Mums the word.)

If the media wants “news breaking” stories...hot off the press is the story of Walt Redmond. In case you haven’t heard, Walt Redmond is an extremely versatile songwriter, singer, and guitar player. Walt is THE band...he has a voice to die for! Speaking for the East Coast, the West Coast has been enriched by Redmond’s recent relocation. I really do hate to say I told him so, but...I just knew California would embrace, appreciate, and understand Walt Redmond's talent. In the first week of his arrival in the Monterey/Santa Cruz area, Walt had gigs booked and had begun writing new material. That's positive energy at work for you. Walt's song entitled "Do What You Gotta Do" expresses the sentiments of many. Currently, Walt has put together a band entitled Transmission, which focuses primarily on Redmond's originals. (walt2001@att.net)

Maybe it's just clueless people and not "The World" that "Drags Me Down." So let's not be clueless and recognize some brilliant songwriters as listed above and below:

JOHN CONKLE: Killer new songs are platinum and beyond! In particular, "Crash This Car"...Get it? (Formerly of Car 44) The car crash depicts endings and new beginnings. Conkle has a new solo career and duo with Andrew McNeely. 757-816-0885.

NORMAN HARRELL: It wasn't just "In Another Place And Time" that we couldn't get enough of Snuff! Those well-recognized recording artists can easily identify with "Sometimes You Win," you think? www.normondo.com.

PLASTIC EDDIE: Songwriters Eddie and Rob are like butter..."Duckbutter" that is! (Is that a bad word? Hopefully not as bad as this article title.) Rob's "Many Miles" and "Close To My God" as well as; Eddie's "That's The Way It Goes" and "Baby" are off the charts!

CONCRETE SKY: Look up or rather; look out for this new band with self-titled CD. No more "Secrets" because it better be a "Fantastic Voyage" come early 2003. www.concretesky.com.


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