Saturday, August 10, 2019

Poetry

CHAOS AND DECORUM

6pm
In the
place where chaos comes
for self-improvement and
Decorum dies
daily
Where cacophony is
a hum
And conflict is a
sport caught on
Phone cam
Louts and touts
mingle with call center
Bots and
Teens with tots
Schoolchildren reflect the
summer heat their uniforms and
Taxi tempers flare like
the bronzed hills longing
for rain like
Law

Poetry: 3 BLACK EGRETS



A gliding stairway
in the heavens
3 black
arrows
in stark relief against the
sun-kissed
sky
Target unknown to
this earthbound mortal still
receiving the wordless
Transmissions
from one creature to
another
Imagination supplies what
Intellect will not and
Dreams
ping like sonar
Following them wistfully
to the farthest
Shore

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Music: With " Baby Oh I" Vincent Darby Proves He's HERE TO STAY





Meticulously yet soulfully constructed, sumptuous in both vocal and instrumental effects, Vincent Darby's latest, "Baby Oh I" is the mid-tempo ballad the world needs right now.

From the shimmering strings at the intro to the perfectly timed vocal opening and the smooth ascent through the verses, Darby and collaborator Gray Hawken (of Local Only Sound) have crafted a gem that calls to mind classic r n' b, but without lazily re-hashing or mindlessly re-purposing it for the streaming era.

Instead, listeners are treated to an artful and heartfelt love song that inhabits its own space, takes its own time and makes an indelible mark on the consciousness of music fans seeking more than the "latest flavour."

And yet, Darby shares that the song came about in the most organic of ways.  "The whole thing was a complete freestyle and I just said things I felt fitted," he began, adding that a bitterly cold night in Toronto Canada provided the catalyst. " We drove to the cottage and at about 2AM Gray(Ryan) and I began creating a song which is a 'Baby Oh I.'  We began the song at around 2a.m. and finished the main body of it  at about 5 a.m. We then added to the production over the next few days and then when we got to the studio we changed a couple things to turn it into the song it is now. " Gray, he adds, " played everything, I didn’t play anything it was very much
a joint collaboration between him & I."
The result is a repeat-worthy standout that looks set to become a staple on his future dates as he continues to build an enviable repertoire.  "Baby Oh I" follows Darby's earlier release "Get Away"  and the vision is for it to continue the lead-up to an impending EP release that is sure to be one of the most anticipated projects of the summer.

Vincent Darby - Baby Oh I

Birmingham native Darby fell under the pull of music from an early age, absorbing pop, r n' b and reggae stylings from a wide array of artistes by 
the time he made it to formal studies at the city's renowned Ormiston Academy. 

"Love is here to stay" he croons at one point in the tune. And, as an artist, so is he.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Music: Brushy is Still "King of One-String"

Former Digicel Rising Stars novelty Brushy One-String is still picking his way through the entertainment business, which may surprise many Jamaicans.

Brushy most recently performed at the 2019 renewal of the WOMAD Festival in Malmesburg, England and has also done the famed Tiny Desk Concert hosted by U.S. public radio station NPR. he's promoting his latest song "rising Up" via his website, brushyonestring.com and continues to tour globally, if largely under the radar of the Jamaican music press  

Son of Jamaican reggae singer Freddie McKay, Brushy created a unique sound using an acoustic guitar with only one string (hence his stage name, One String), and the body of the guitar as percussion.
Following an encounter with filmmaker Luciano Blotta, who was in Jamaica shooting his 2007 documentary Rise Up, his career took off. His song "Chicken in the Corn" was featured in the soundtrack of the movie He later played at major music festivals such as South by SouthwestNew Orleans House of Blues, and New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
In 2014, The King of One String, a documentary about his musical career, was released

Auto: BMW "going soft" on Convertibles

According to Automobile Magazine, BMW is planning to eliminate a number of convertibles including the 2-Series, 8-Series and recently launched Z4. They apparently won’t be killed overnight, but rather not redesigned when their current life cycle comes to an end.
Those aren’t the only models headed to the automotive graveyard as the 8-Series Coupe is also expected to die. The 8-Series Gran Coupe, on the other hand (shown right), could live.
While a lot of models could eventually be phased out, there a handful of new products in the pipeline. Key among them is an “emphatically sporty crossover” crossover called the X8.
Unlike the X4 and X6, the model won’t be a coupe-ified version on the X7. Instead, it will reportedly be more unique and offered exclusively in M Performance and M guise. The model is also slated to offer an M Power plug-in hybrid system that features a 60 kWh battery and an electric motor with 168 hp (125 kW / 170 PS) and 184 lb-ft (249 Nm) of torque.
The company is also working on a new of plug-in hybrid and electric models including the iX3, i4 and iNext – to name a few.

Music:: New record for "Old Town Road"

-Axios

Lil Nas X's viral "Old Town Road" broke the Billboard record set by Mariah Carey's reports:
"One Sweet Day" for most weeks at No. 1, AP music writer Mesfin Fekadu The breakthrough rapper's country-trap song hit its 17th week atop the Hot 100 chart."YEEE TF HAWWW," Lil Nas X tweeted.
The Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men duet set the record in 1996.The only song to come close to breaking it was the ubiquitous international hit "Despacito," which tied the 16-week record in 2017.

Friday, July 26, 2019

Auto: Porsche Revs Up Sales

In the first six months of 2019, Porsche AG once again increased its sales revenue, the operating result before special items, deliveries and the number of employees.

Sales revenue grew by nine per cent to 13.4 billion euros compared with the prior-year period. The operating result before special items increased by three per cent to 2.2 billion euros; the return on sales before special items was 16.5 per cent. Deliveries grew by two per cent, with the company handing over 133,484 vehicles to customers by the end of June. The workforce increased by five per cent to 33,839 employees in the first half of 2019.
“Our half-year result is a solid basis for a successful business year 2019. One success factor behind this is our attractive product range,” explains Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG. "In the first six months of this year, we have launched a range of innovative, emotive products onto the market with the new 911, the 911 Cabriolet, Cayenne Coupé, 911 Speedster, 935, 718 Spyder and GT4.”
“After a challenging first quarter in 2019, we are now fully on course,” says Lutz Meschke, Deputy Chairman and Member of the Executive Board for Finance and IT at Porsche. According to Meschke, the results growth was mainly due to higher volumes of vehicle sales. In contrast, currency effects and expenses relating to the e-mobility offensive had a negative impact.
Porsche AG delivered 133,484 vehicles worldwide in the first half of 2019, representing a two per cent increase compared with the same period in the previous year. 41,725 Cayenne vehicles were delivered, marking the strongest model growth with a rise of 45 per cent. The new generation has been available in all markets since this year, while the Coupé version arrived in dealerships in May. The most-sold model worldwide remains the Macan, with 47,367 deliveries.
Porsche expects deliveries to increase in the 2019 financial year, driven in part by new products such as the Cayenne Coupé, the 718 Spyder and 718 Cayman GT4. The Taycan, Porsche’s first all-electric sports car, will also arrive in dealerships at the end of the year. The company is also expecting a slight increase in terms of sales revenue. “Despite very high investment in electrification, digital transformation, and in the expansion and renovation of our company locations, we aim to continue to meet the high earnings target of Porsche,” says Meschke.