Archive for the COVID 19 Category

Roxanne Tellier – I’m Afraid of Americans

Posted in COVID 19, life, Opinion, politics, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 27, 2020 by segarini

Man, it’s exhausting, living in 2020. If it ain’t the COVID, it’s the capricious and malicious capering of the Great Pumpkin/Dictator-in-Waiting, aka POTUS.

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MUSIC IS DYING…AND IT’S YOUR FAULT by Jaimie Vernon

Posted in COVID 19, music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 21, 2020 by segarini

Now that I have your attention, let’s talk about music in the time of COVID, shall we?
In the Before Times (March 2020 or sooner) the music industry was teetering on the brink of obsolescence as concert tickets had skyrocketed to the price of, well, a moon-landing, and venues were closing down at a rate equal to Nortel distributors. The music itself had been co-opted by the tech industry through streaming platforms, leaving artists wondering how they got robbed so badly (here’s a hint: you’re the cow, the music’s the milk…insert cliché about not buying the former if you can get the latter for free). On a scale of economics, you’re either a starving creator or a billionaire exploiter. There is no middle class in music. And given that most weasels in the music industry aren’t clever enough to become billionaires, they turn to low hanging fruit and pick the pockets of performers and songwriters for pennies on the dollar.

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Roxanne Tellier – Return to Innocence Lost

Posted in COVID 19, life, Opinion, politics, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 13, 2020 by segarini

There are decades when nothing happens, and weeks when decades happen.”

Ain’t it the truth! Hey, Hi! It’s me, back from what seems like the hiatus that lasted an eternity.

Not that I’m complaining… no siree! I have been BUSY, my darlings … busier than a <fill in your corny but slightly amusing blank here.> Hellzapoppin’, dontcha know, and we’re careening sans seatbelts to what I expect to be a fiery finish to the apogee of the annus horribilis known as 2020.

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Segarini – Forward to the Past

Posted in COVID 19, Opinion with tags , , , on September 11, 2020 by segarini

Editor’s Note  – There is a lot more to this column and it will be included in next week’s, but for the time being, this one has to be short and sweet…just like me. The gang’s all back starting tomorrow ….

Well, Howdy, Junior Rangers! Welcome back.

Nice to see ya’ll!

There’s Jimmy in his Sunday-Go-to-Meetin’ 3 piece corduroy suit with matching vest, Paco in his chinos and desert boots, little Shaniqua in her puppy-print hip-hugger hot pants and matching knapsack, and the Loober twins, Debbie and Bettie in their adorable Wassup Kitty pinafores. Aaaand …the rest of you in either drab camo ensembles with many pockets or skin tight jeans that only reach your ankles, sockless loafers and T-shirts with obscure Indie Bands logos on them.

Take off your masks …we’re in cyber-space here on the Internet …ya don’t need ’em.

I’m here to tell you about Life After Covid.

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Roxanne Tellier – God Willing and the Creek Don’t Rise

Posted in COVID 19, Family, Health, life, Opinion, politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 9, 2020 by segarini

We at DBAWIS will be on hiatus from this afternoon, when this column drops, until we return on Monday, September 11th. (Editor’s Note – I will be reprinting a column on Monday because it is relevant more today than ever).

That’s quite a while, in these troubled times. Kind of makes you wonder how different our world will look by then. After all, it’s certainly seemed like every day for the last few years has been an endless, nauseating, roller coaster ride. Fires, floods, droughts, plagues, economic turmoil, murder hornets – kind of frightening to think what might be next.

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Pat Blythe – Celebrating music…..a little tongue in cheek……and music

Posted in COVID 19, Health, life, music, Opinion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 5, 2020 by segarini

DBAWIS summer hiatus is upon us…..August 10 to September 10. This will be my last column until September 15. Because of the timing of my column (Wednesdays) I will have almost six weeks off!! Time to enjoy the rest of the summer and focus on one or hundred other projects I have on the go.

There will be no summer festivals to regale you with when I’m back…..Mariposa was supposed to be celebrating their 60th anniversary and Summerfolk turned 45. Live music is slowly leaking out on front porches, parks, driveways, street corners and back decks…..speaking of which…..I have the pleasure of hosting a few “concerts” myself. I typically host a summer BBQ, with about 35-40 people in attendance, the third weekend in July. Not this year. Instead, to give musicians a platform to play to real humans, I offered my back deck and The Back Deck Concert Series was born. Maximum audience size…..10.

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Roxanne Tellier – Dear Old COVID School Days

Posted in COVID 19, Health, life, Opinion, politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 2, 2020 by segarini

When you’re a kid that is being bullied, the only thing you can really do is wait for the day that the bully graduates and finally leaves you alone.

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Peter VS the Pandemic Poltroons

Posted in COVID 19, Family, life, Opinion with tags , , , , , on July 23, 2020 by segarini

” I have a medical condition…!” Or, why are some people so f***ing stupid?

This week’s column is about a subject completely different from what I originally intended to write about. THAT subject will be addressed next week.

Anyone else notice that things have been a little different over the last few months? Anyone else have an uneasy feeling about their environment lately? Anyone else evaluating the respective responses of the various levels of government to ” the new normal ” ?

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Pat Blythe – The year the music died…..the pandemic interviews…..and music

Posted in COVID 19, Interview, life, music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , on July 22, 2020 by segarini

Tuesday, July 21…..the column writing begins. I sit here staring at four walls desperately missing the music, the people, the clubs and the noise. At least four nights a week I was out prowling the various music venues in the GTA, Hamilton, even London until the wee hours of the morning. The music was always happening somewhere. Now it’s eerily quiet. Yes, there are a few outdoor shows scattered about. Suzi Kory produced and presented her first hugely successful drive-in country music festival called “Love Revolution” in Cavan, Ontario. Country artists Joe McCaughley, Colin Amey, The Housecall, Bree Taylor, Nicole Rayy, Alessia Cohle, Brian John Harwood, MacKenzie Leigh Myer and of course Kory herself all performed. Where was I? In Hamilton and St. Catharines on other business. Damn!!!

Love Revolution also happens to be the name of Kory’s latest release, and a timely one it is. Give it a listen below in the “music section”.

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Roxanne Tellier – No Sex Please We’re Plaguish

Posted in COVID 19, life, Opinion, politics, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 19, 2020 by segarini

 

Sum-sum-summertime! Toronto is in the middle of what seems like an unending heatwave. (And was that a tornado that just whizzed through my neighbourhood?)

But, to be honest, I don’t mind the heat that much. I’m already staying inside most of the time, except to feed the critters, water the plants, and hit the ‘senior hour’ at the grocery store, because that’s where all the cool kids hang out.

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