Entertainers, Politics, and Personal Views

The world of the entertainer is like no other.  In our times now they are under a spotlight and scrutiny like never before in our history.  Our society has sadly devolved to the point where people believe they have the right to know anything about anybody.  This is of course totally disgusting and unfair.  If you were to ask them how they would feel under the same scrutiny, they would shrug it off as if it was no big thing.  It is a huge matter and people trying to break into the entertainment business have to be aware of the potential as they become more well-known.

Beyond that invasion of privacy though lurks another larger and more imposing issue.  When you reach the level of stardom, or maybe even not so much, should you as a performer use that stature as a platform for political, religious, social and so many other categories to promote or push their beliefs.  It can be broken down like this, using a very current event.  Actress Meryl Streep recently during the Golden Globe awards made a very impassioned speech.  although she never said a particular name, it was assumed, and probably correctly so that she was speaking about the next President of the United States Donald Trump.  So should she have made that speech in that moment is my question?  My belief is that no, she should not have.  It was disrespectful to the people and everyone involved in that award show, plus the viewers.  If Ms. Streep chooses to go out on the campaign trail or appear at functions, designated to support a political figure, that on the other hand is absolutely fine.  Take advantage of your star power at events like that and help the candidate or cause you want.  Based on election results with her statement she probably alienated about 50% of the US population.

One of the most outspoken performers ever, has to be the singer Bono from the band U2.  He chooses to use their concerts to promote his agenda whether the fans want to hear it or not.  there is a video that has circulated for years of a U2 concert, where Bono is rambling on about his cause, when a fan can clearly be heard shouting, “shut the hell up, we paid to hear music, not your bullshit.”   One has to believe that if that asked every single person entering that concert if they wanted to hear Bono talking about his cause or just music, probably 98 to 99% would say music.  I don’t make it 100 because there will always be that one person who is on the other side of the line.

Much like Meryl Streep, as a fan you are in a forced environment, and don’t have a choice.  Television viewers can change the channel but not the live audience.   To me it is tantamount to an abuse of power.  If it is for a good cause or charity, is it so wrong?   I believe it still is.  Many stars support causes and do so quietly, because they do it for the good of the cause, and not for the recognition they get for helping.  The egomaniacs are something entirely different and won’t be broached in this blog.  The recent loss of musician George Michael exemplifies how someone can do so much good, without the world having to be told.  If you don’t know, read some of the tributes to him, about his work and donations that were done anonymously or quietly.

We now approach the main reason for this topic.  If you are someone trying to break into the entertainment industry, should you be using your stage as a platform.  If you are a singer, playing small venues and bars you likely don’t stop to promote saving the rain forest in the middle of a music set.  But, on the other hand, on your social media pages, did you post something that could be considered inflammatory?  It would have to be something outrageous, just something supporting a person a cause or a group maybe.  I ask myself everyday when I see posts whether they could affect what I am doing with KB Radio.  For one thing, my opinions don’t really matter about many subjects and are my opinions worth taking the risk of alienating some people be it listeners or musicians.

I have read in the last couple weeks, posts that do nothing more than tell me that a couple of individuals I follow have a very specific viewpoint.  I won’t elaborate more than that.  On a personal level I shook my head wondering how they could think that, and then I sat back and thought, do I want to play their music when they have such extreme views in my opinion.  You may think that is potentially a bad decision on my part, but from the business side of the music, if I played one song from each of these people even once a day, I am committing an entire 7 or 8 minutes of airtime to them.  If their music isn’t played it’s not like that space is only theirs, another song will play and no one will ever know what had happened.  I certainly am not about to post an announcement..”By the way, for the listeners, this time was supposed to be for Atist XYZ, but I won’t be playing them today.”

the entire point is that no matter how small somethings appear they can be magnified hundreds or thousands of times.  In my example does it impact the person whose music was hypothetically removed from the station.  It probably doesn’t, but what if I am not the only one.  What if others, in radio stations, or music fans in general see it.  The question does not come down to whether or not you have the right to do it, but rather should you do it.  When I reach the level of Meryl Streep or Bono, I still won’t but that’s me personally.  If you become a huge celebrity, and you think you don’t need to worry about these types of things, than say or post anything you want.

My final thought for you is this.  Many years ago, the television industry had no way of knowing who was watching their TV Shows.  Before computers and the internet,  a company called Neilson  set out to help them with that.  There were other companies that also worked in the Radio industry to help with listeners.  What was discovered, and the idea is still used today in polling and surveys, is that if you ask a certain number of people their opinions, once you reached a certain plateau with responses, it was a fair representation of the entire population.  They discover that if as an example only, if the population was 10 million and they surveyed One hundred thousand people, they would be accurate to within 1 or 2 %.  That is really quite accurate and as I said that is why that method is still used today.  It would be impossible to survey all 10 million, plus many would never even respond.  My point being, yes I am only one person, and that other person who reads a post and is offended is only one person, but our opinions represent many other people as well.  So why take the chance?  Did not clicking like or re-posting something make a difference to you?

I found this video clip today so I wanted to add it to the blog post.  I personally find U2’s Bono completely ridiculous.  He spends so much time at concerts preaching his beliefs, but watch this video clip.  Not only is he outspoken and an idiot for thinking people want to hear his crap instead of music, watch what happens when he doesn’t like what you are doing.  Most important in this clip are HIS WORDS

 

 

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Christmas 2016

As Christmas day ends, I sit reading the news, and can’t help but wonder about this world we live in.  Singer George Michael died earlier today, another in a long list of entertainers this year that we have lost, a Russian airplane clashed into the black sea, killing among others the Alexandrov military music ensemble.  You do not have to be a fan of music in any form to enjoy this group.  You can see videos on YouTube etc, and they are so typical in Russian precision but also so amazing to listen to.  In news around this regions your mix of fires that killed families on Christmas day, our local police shot and killed a man, which here in Canada is fairly rare.  In fact in this city, London, Ontario the last death in a police shooting was 17 years ago.

I am looking for some kind of good news story, something to say that it really isn’t that bad, but damn our society is so driven by negativity.  Add to that the must have it right now attitude and than move on to the next thing, it makes me wonder if maybe I am one of the sane ones.  That’s a scary thought for anyone who knows me.

I wonder when this kind of mentality will change in society.  there is a belief that it has to change from within, but that’s like trying to stop a steam roller with a bunch of ants.    We need to make changes soon, before it gets to be unchangeable.  There was a fairly high profile trial around here recently that was called a mistrial.  it was a case of a younger couple who had a couple kids, and a very young son was scaled with boiling water all down his front.  He was never taken to a doctor and eventually died from the injuries.  So there are two parts to the disappointment in this story.  The first is, people like one of the couples mothers knew about the injury, and one night there was even a baby sitter in the house, yet nobody else had the nerve to call the police, or just load the kid into a car and take him to a hospital.

It was called a mistrial because one of the parents charged had a medical emergency, and was in hospital.  the trial was called and have to be redone.  The follow up to that is a couple days after the mistrial one of the jurors from the trial killed themselves.  Was it related to the trial, there is no word, but if you are someone suffering from depression already something like this, would be tough to deal with.

So when are we as a society going to stand up for what truly is right and wrong.  We don’t have to go back 100 years in time, but than again, kids back than treated parents and elders with respect.  It wasn’t perfect, but life sure would have been a slower pace and less filled with garbage and hate.

 

1 Week to Christmas 2016

A number of years ago the joy of Christmas left, I don’t want to say for good, but pretty damn close.  Christmas used to be a time, for me anyway, when family and friends came over on Christmas eve.  A quick drink, some friendly conversation and a fun evening.  I grew up with this and enjoyed that as much as Christmas Day itself.  As we grow up Christmas gets so hectic, that when you have kids and two sets of Grandparents it just seems to be go go go.  That isn’t a complaint in some ways, I have many friends who don’t have that option from losing their parents.  As the family gets bigger, it spreads out even more, and all you see is stress among so many.  They are trying to work out schedules to visit with family.  Son and girlfriend, both of them divorced parents, some grandparents still in the mix and pulling hair out.  I tell them, Christmas isn’t just a 24 hour period.  Its the season.  Make time that works for yourself, and plan the least flexible of family first.  Lets face it, if you try and plan them in later, they will never be happy.  Though chances are, they won’t be happy the other 364 days a year as well, so in my opinion…why bother.

I said to my sons, would you rather run from place to place Christmas day, short visits, or come and visit me on the 26th or 27th, and spend half a day or more, their choice.  Smart boys, they will visit around Christmas day, and we will have some family time.  I refuse to stress over it.  I don’t have a tree, and have no plans for one.  Others give me the Bah Humbug, saying I am a Grinch.  I may be, or quite possibly like the rest of the year, its the rest of the world that’s crazy and I’m the only sane one.

Now that’s a scary thought for you.

Merry Christmas

New Artists

I have written about this topic before, but it is a topic that needs to be brought up over and over again.  When you are a musician who has aspirations of the big time than you need to work.  Its like any other job only tougher.  If you are working at company X and you think one day you would like to manage, than you work hard and try and make a good impression, earn the recognition and get the promotions.  When you are a musician trying to make it big, you are going up against a couple people for that notice, you are fighting millions of other artists.  With the ability to broadcast world wide, instantly and share music through various avenues, from YouTube to Soundcloud and Spotify, just to name a couple of the big ones.

To get the recognition you desire for your music, it takes  more than just recording a song and waiting for someone to bang on your door with a truckload of money.  That kind of thing doesn’t happen.  You have to play the small venues and try and build a following.  You start on a local level and establish and than expand where you play.  Beyond the playing at bars and events etc is the follow up with fans.  This is 24 hrs a day 7 days a week.  This doesn’t mean you have to work non stop, but social media has made it so easy to reach out to virtually everyone.  Are you using it to your advantage or using it against yourself.  It can do as much damage as it can be a help.  I will give you a shining example and one of the driving reasons for re-writing this article.  I get hundreds of songs every week from new artists.  I am based in Canada, but I am getting it from around the world, and when we can, we play their music if it fits with our formats.

I was going through some new songs that I was adding and found a song that had an odd kind of name on it.  I started with the bands website, looking for a reference to what I thought the song title was, and listened to all the tracks on their site.  I will tell you I like this song, which is part of the reason for the extra effort.  I than did the same on some of the online resources as well and again could not find that particular song.  I have no recollection of where I got this song, who sent it to me.  I can find no emails from this group either that would say what it was.  I finally just broke down and sent them a message, explained the issue and waited for a response.  I am still waiting, and that song didn’t make it to rotation and was filled by another artist.

Can you answer every message that is sent to you.  Probably not, though it should be something that is attempted.  Lets face it, you aren’t Garth Brooks, Brad Paisley or Florida Georgia line, who get a thousand messages or more every day.  Find a way to do it.  Does it take time, absolutely, but is it worth while, you better believe it.  Someone like myself, in the broadcast business doesn’t need the personal contact, though the conversations with artists always are great.  Can you afford to blow off potential fans though.  Our society posts so much garbage and crap it really is mind boggling the amount of wrong information and outright lies that are out and circulating.  It only takes one disgruntled fan to post the comment that singer WXYZ ignores their fans.  You have to fight for every fan you can get.  You have to fight to get your music played all around the world.  Most importantly, you need to understand the way people are treated by you is often how you are treated in return.

A great example of the kind of effect comments or lack of comments can have are the Dixie Chicks.  One comment which was a personal one at that, not representing the group, and their music was completely pulled from hundreds of radio stations.  The effect of that, back in 2003 is still felt today.

I finish with this thought and question for you.  This is the second time in less than 6 months I have reached out to this group, and have not received a response. If they don’t give a damn about something as important as properly displaying their music, proper song title etc, than why should I care.  Why bother to play their music.  It is not a recognition thing, its common sense.  Everyone’s time is important, so do I waste time when I know I won’t get a response for significant questions, or just go on to someone else’s music and slip them in that spot in the rotation.

Don’t think this feeling is unique.  Its probably worse in terrestrial radio, because so many of them are being programmed by younger people, to save money,  and many of them have the same kind of idea, only worse.  They are the younger generation too, and many of them think they have the world by the balls.

Just some simple advice, take it or not.  It really doesn’t matter to me.

 

New Music & Musicians

When you step away from all the negativity that makes up the world today its a pretty wonderful place for a lot of us.  Here in North America we have access to so much that we really are spoiled.  But this isn’t about what we do or don’t have in that manner.  It is about the world of music and what we have at our fingertips this very second. let me start by going back in time a bit.

In the late 1980’s when I worked in terrestrial radio, I was a music director for a station in Canada at one point.  It was a mid sized market, and we got a lot of music in every week.  Through the week record companies and independent artists would send us their music.  In those days we received it almost always in the form of the 45 RPM single.  Once in a while full albums came through, but the record companies were looking to promote one song, not an entire album.  The idea being the album sales would be generated with a song on it becoming a hit.  It was a good formula and for the most part it worked.  Now in this station we would receive probably 75 to 100 songs a week.  Let me do a bit of math here, just imagine with the 75 songs each one was only 3 minutes long.  They tended to be closer to four, but I am rounding everything low knowing that the issue was actually worse than I am displaying.  To listen to each song entirely with those numbers would require 3hrs and 45 minutes, per week, and thats if each record played fully back to back with no breaks or discussions.  In the 1980’s Radio stations didn’t generate huge amounts of money, and now in 2016, it is in many ways an industry that is dying..  With all of that said, while Radio DJ’s jobs can be glamorous in some cases, there generally is a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes that nobody outside the building sees. Most do other duties as well, from production, to music or program directors.  To add 4 hours at the very least to the schedule each week was impossible.

So at Radio stations all over the world I am sure we all did the same thing.  When you played a song, if it didn’t fit your format it was gone.  What that means, if you played rock on the radio station and it was a country song, it was no good to you.  Those were the easy ones.  In Canada we had to play a certain percentage of Canadian music, which wasn’t really that difficult because there are so many well known Canadian artists and band around the world.  What it boiled down to though was literally only a few seconds to make an impression to the person or persons listening.  Once the song started, it had to grab you by the time the vocals come in.  Remember I am not talking about big name bands or singers here.  They were somewhat different, in they had an established history, and often the songs are already being played on other stations depending on how the song was released.  At this point I am sure you are ready to bail and stop reading so I will stop with the stats from the past.

The point to consider, at that time computers were nothing like they are today.  Your basic phone now has more capacity and options than computers did at that time.  So the average person had no way to hear all this other music, unless they were playing at a bar or an opening act for a bigger band etc.  This is where the difference in time is so evident.  If your friend or someone says to you, hey have you heard about the new band called The Phantoms, (@Phantoms_the) you just grab your phone or tablet or pc, search the name and the world opens up right than and there.  In the 80’s, if someone said that to you, your option was to hopefully see them live or know someone who actually had a record or theirs, or catch them on the radio.  In other words, it was little to no chance.

Now don’t take this next part the wrong way, but in the world today, anyone can and offer music.  There are so many forums online to display and promote your talents that there truly is no way to hear everything that is available.  I run a small online station, basically a podcast at this point that broadcasts live like a standard radio station but only 3 hours a day, and than is available after as well to listen to.  Even being this small cog in the giant entertainment wheel, I get emails etc every day with new music to listen to.   The numbers compared to back than are nearly 10 times what they used to be, and that is just the people out there pushing the music.  Their are another 100 times more artists and bands, that you never hear of for the same reasons in reverse.  So the chances of new artists making a dent into the music world in a big way are so small you cant calculate them.  Much like making it big in sports.  We all are just one needle in a extremely large haystack.

None of this meanwhile should be interpreted as a complaint.  What I am doing, I don’t get paid for and it is entirely a labor of love.  Would I like to get to a point to make money off this, sure, but its not a deciding factor in whether I continue or not.  I am blessed to be able to hear so much great music, and only wish there was the time or opportunity to showcase it all for people to listen too.  But its just not realistic.  At this point I suggest you do some things for yourself.  The next time you are on YouTube or Soundcloud or any service look around for someone you have never heard of.  You may be shocked at what is available to listen to and how good it is.

Over the past 72 hours I have had what I think has been an extraordinary opportunity drop into my lap.  I was contacted by a couple of people offering for me to check out and listen to one singer and the other a band.  What has happened over the past two days is funny that it happened twice in a row.  In both instances I was blown away by the music I heard that I spent almost 3 hours reading and researching about each, and in fact although two different genres, I have both playing as I write this.  Do you remember when you were a kid, or maybe you have kids today who do the same thing.  When they like a song, they play it over and over and over.  That is whats happening, but its not just one song, its all their music.  I realized yesterday that what I was listening to were the next to huge acts that were going to blow the world of music up.  IF?   If after reading the beginning of this blog you understand just how tough it is to be heard and make a name for themselves.  Even though in the case of this blog, It is still in its infancy as far as writing I had decided when I created the site, that I wouldn’t promote individuals.  I even took down my page of independent artist because their are so many that I just couldn’t keep up with all of the requests and didn’t want to be leaving people out.  Maybe I was wrong though.  Maybe I should be promoting those I have heard to maybe help in even a small way.  Thats why I am writing about these two.

Lets start with the band called The Pantoms from Scotland. They are considered Alternative, Indie & Rockers, but you can decide for yourself.   I invite you to also read another piece entirely dedicated to this band.  This was my introduction to them, and also includes links to their music.  The link will be at the bottom of the page.  I don’t know what to say about them at this point.  I sent a message to their Manager, that I now feel kind of stupid about.  It was a quick first impression of the music, which was good, but subsequently every time I listen again to songs “Lost” or “Wasting Time” I can hear different influences in their sound.  But what is best is this is “their sound”, and it is incredible.  I took one of their songs out for some friends to hear, and they all did the same thing.  It was remarkable, they listened, to the entire song, and than said, “Hey, play that again will you”.  I will let you decide who they sound like, but for myself, it is uniquely their own.  I was looking up some of their schedule for playing and am envious to those who have heard them live and will hear them in the near future in venues like King Tut’s.  Take away from those shows what you can, because this band is going to be big.  Just like you have heard the old stories of a band called the Quarymen and those who say they saw them in those small venues, seeing The Phantoms live these days will indeed be something you will share in the future.

The other artist is a solo musician over on the Country Music side of the dial.  Jake Anderson  @jakeandersongs came to me the same way, by introduction from somebody who knew him and wanted me to check him out.  This was approximately 24 hours before I heard of the Phantoms, and was the start of another big dive into one performer.  Jake just recently released a 5 song EP entitled “Comeback Kid”.  I sent him a message that says what I am about to write here.  I put the music on, and listened, and it just played through to the end.  I had enjoyed the first cut so much I hadn’t even stopped it part way.  This pattern repeated itself and by the end I had finished all 5 songs and was blown away.  Those of us older likely more so remember putting on entire albums and listening to both sides.  You don’t hear about that type of thing much these days, but when you played them there was always a song or two that wasn’t that good, and you ignored or did something else while it was on, or lifted the stylus and moved it over one track.  (Look that one up youngsters)

I couldn’t recall the last time I had done just that.  Listened all the way through.  Jake has a great Country sound.  In a time when so many songs crossover to the pop charts, the music at some times is indistinguishable, his is not.  The music isn’t overproduced, but has all the sounds it needs.  The first track “Die Young” has what you could call a haunting quality to the lyrics.  As you listen even the first time, the words and the meaning stick in your mind, and I am sure many many people could truly relate.  When you read about him, you see he is doing the small venues right now as well, and again, this is someone to check out in that type of environment.  I believe that very soon he will be riding a huge wave of success and the days of small clubs will be gone.

I don’t write this about these two easily.  I am after all just one person, and I am sure they have heard words like mine before.  But what they both have is incredible talent, and the drive to make it.  The other part of each days 3 hours of research and listening was interaction with either the performer or a representative.  Many others could learn from them that if you want something you have to work for it.  You can’t just record a song, and than wait for the world to come to you.  I thank those people for the interaction and look forward to more down the road.  I truly hope I am right also, because I would be thrilled for their success, as I said, so few get the chance to reach that level.

Links and references

The Phantoms

Twitter   @Phantoms_the

Facebook   https://www.facebook.com/TMATW/

The blog/story I mentioned earlier.  Please read: https://r8singer.wordpress.com/2016/09/26/the-phantoms-work-hard-to-put-up-walls-of-brilliant-sound-phantoms_the/

Jake Anderson

Twitter   @jakeandersongs

Website  jakeandersonmusic.com/music/

 

 

 

 

The Craziness of Society

When did it become societies right to know everything that is going on about anyone and have the ability to comment on others or situations with little or no repercussions.  An individual can spread lies and make malicious statements, with no basis of truth, and there is little to nothing that can be done.  If you word your statements properly, so there is an implication of who you may be speaking about, but not actually naming them, there is nothing that can be done.  I discovered recently that in Canadian law anyways, unless someone makes a threat of physical violence police have nothing they can do legally.  They will tell you if someone is slandering you on Facebook or Twitter or some other form of social media, than just ignore it.  If it is more than just that, you can apply for a court order that will sanction the person against making statements about you.  But you still need proof that someone is doing or causing you problems, and that is not easy.  According to the law, even if they can track it back to an individual computer in a persons home, they can just say they didn’t say it, and others have access to the computer.  Therefore there is no way to know specifically who did it, so it ends there.  If you manage to get a court order, at that point if the harassment continues, you can again bring the police in and they can than deal with it based on the court order.

But it really is not that simple.  Despite all of that I can’t help but wonder when society changed, or maybe it didn’t.  Maybe this has always been there, in the past in the form of cliques and groups of people talking about someone behind there back.  Now instead of that, they just post their shit online.  I was involved recently in an incident where a group of people openly carried on a conversation about me, making bogus statements, and generally talking shit.  Although they never mentioned me by name, it was obvious who they were discussing.  The best part is really they think they have upset me.  I have no use for such petty bullshit.  I guess since these people and others are really just acting like immature children, maybe the police are right.  Just ignore it.  I certainly don’t have to go where these posts happen, and really have no other reason to be there.

Maybe that really is the best way.  I would think though that as I have passed 50 years of age and others i generally deal with are in the same age bracket, that this kind of behavior would have been left in the past.  hmmm  Maybe, if I hold my breath until they stop talking about me, they will feel bad and stop saying nasty things. Than again, I could just stamp my feet and have a tantrum..

Better yet, I can end this blog and just move on with my day.  I have already wasted too much of my time on stupid people.

 

Rock Music

What is rock music?

Thats an interesting question no matter which direction you approach it.  There are different forms of rock music, but I am curious more about who or whom would be classed as rock bands or musicians.  Bands that fall into a heavy metal category obviously fit the mold, as well as punk, thrash, etc.  My thought comes from reading a website that had a list of the top 100 rock bands, in their opinion.  I won’t give the page because that part isn’t relevant.  In there opening analysis before the actual list they had lots of comments and breakdowns about Rock Bands, but the part that caused me to wonder once again, was a statement on this page that used the band Hootie & the Blowfish as an example, and than quickly added, “Don’t worry they aren’t here.”  Now I don’t know if that means they didn’t make their top 100 or they didn’t fall into the rock category.  As you read through the list, I see names like The Beach Boys, Frankie Vali & the Four Season, mixed in with Van Halen, Motley Crue, and the list goes on.

I like the classics from the 60’s, but i wouldn’t classify either the Beach Boys or Franki Vali as Rockers.  The Beach Boys were part of the surf movement and Franki Vali is more of a pop, Doo Wop type of act.  I have seen other lists, and listened to radio shows, and heard bands that I would never really consider as Rock, but are classed that way.

So is it merely subjective?  In early days, playing electric instruments was a sign they were a rock and roll band.  How about Bill Haley & the Comets?  In their day, they were rocking, but using todays standards, how do they fit in.  I was once told the Mama’s & the Papa’s were a rock band.  Well if they are, than so would be the 5th Dimension.  That I have a hard time thinking of as Rock.  They had a great sound even today, they are great to listen to, but I can’t imagine them on a truly Rock List.

I want to add another example, and that is the Beastie Boys.  They were on the original Rock list I mentioned, and to me, they are Crap, I mean Rap.  Rap is not Rock, and I will never accept a Rap artist on a strictly Rock Band List.  If its a list with just bands or artists, mixed classes, than add any genre you want.  But if you add a rap band/artist you might as well add country as well, because your list is watered down.

So I haven’t answered anything and probably never will.

The Problem With Racism

After what can only be described as a difficult past couple of weeks for people everywhere, but particularly in the United States, if you are a Social Media user you will have been flooded with shows of solidarity and unity. But even these images stop far short of the the real issue and what is really happening in the world. I provide for you a simple analogy of what is happening.
Imagine if you will a group of 100 people who are all for the sake of argument learning how to dance. Time after time, they are all shown the proper steps, and each time they run through the choreography 3 of the individuals don’t follow along. No matter how many times they repeat the process and show them what the steps are, they for what ever reason have decided they want no part of it. But, they don’t have a choice. They have to be there. This of course frustrates the 97 who get it and understand the steps.
In comparison, racism and bigotry are no different. Just because people post pictures of solidarity and demand for changes, you are not going to change people overnight. Those that fall into the two categories have no interest in what is being said about how wrong they are. It doesn’t matter how many times you shove it in their face, it won’t work and will likely just make them angrier. In the USA the Civil Rights Act was only enacted less than 50 years ago. In South Africa it was barely 20 years ago that Apartheid ended.
So how does any logical and reasonable person figure that things will change overnight. It doesn’t mean there should not be efforts. We absolutely must promote, equality, but do it understanding, that it was a couple thousand years to get to the point of change, do not expect it to become completely excepted so quickly.

No matter who is involved when you see the consequences of gun violence or any violence, it saddens me and people around the world. But that is our world. You cannot build a house with the snap of your fingers, you need one board and one nail at a time. So don’t give up the fight for equality, just make sure there are realistic expectations. Lets build a better society for the coming generation, much like many of our ancestors did for us.

First blog post

As KB Radio introduces its Web site and more, we also bring a blog for our listeners and everyone else.  Topics will be varied and likely not predictable, so come back to see what is being said.