Fascination with Madness: Thoughts on The Weeknd

Some thoughts on The Weeknd for Sailor Twift, a site I guest write for at times.

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3Admittedly…The Weeknd wasn’t on my radar until reading the Philadelphia Inquirer Music Critic Dan DeLuca’s article on the Canadian singer’s upcoming headlining performance the Sunday of the 2015 Budweiser Made in America Festival.  It was surprising to see an artist (at least in my eyes) so fresh to the music scene headlining a festival with more than 70,000 attendees.  

After a superficial online search about The Weeknd at that time, I found his name (Abel Tesfaye), his hair, an autumn 2014 raunchy duet with another up-and-coming Republic Records label-mate, Ariana Grande, and the track “Earned It” that appropriately supported the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack.  The latter ultimately becoming his first Top 5 hit, receiving an Academy Award nomination and a Grammy win for Best R&B Performance.

DJing mostly weddings, private parties, corporate and radio events, my music collection is curated with the latest up-tempo hits and…

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Sailor Twift Movie: War Journals #1

Almost forgot, our first short film is coming 2017! Can’t wait to share this short comedy with you all.

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Our not-so-secret short film project kicked off last weekend after a period of writing, re-writing, difficult casting, and even-more-difficult location scouting. Special thanks to Scally’s Auto Repair in Clifton Heights, PA for being a life-saver.

After two full days of rigorous early-Autumn shooting, we wrapped photograph for our supplemental cast members and tacked on an extra day for main cast shooting in the upcoming weeks.

More behind-the-scenes goodies to come!

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No plot spoilers and no theme spoilers, but if you can judge by these photos (and you almost certainly can not) we’ve got a lot of surprises ahead.

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Until next time!

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Soul Solution Audio Book Release!

“Soul Solution,” the audiobook I narrated is available now!

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Soul Solution is now available in audio book HERE!!!

Get your copy of the dark fairytale novella, brought to life by the super talented Eddie Caiazzo!!!!

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For Erik Anderson, the Copenhagen line is his curse. He takes the train every night to collect souls. Like any lovelorn fool, he bargained his own long ago, and now pays the price – a lifetime of loneliness as a grim reaper. Stay distant – that’s been his mantra and what keeps him sane. Until Mina Castner drops into his life like a whirlwind, one spilled drink leading to staying up until dawn with the woman.

He believed one night couldn’t hurt, but he sorely underestimated her determination. Every encounter between them is a reprieve from the guilt of reaping souls every night, but it can’t last. Even if she sparks long buried feelings, and even if her sheer presence intoxicates him, he…

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A Missed Opportunity to Make the Blair Witch Great Again

My first horror movie review for Sailor Twift!

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blair-witch-poster-sWith Freddy and Jason in Hell, Ghost Face waiting for the turn of the century to make rich Californians “Scream” again, Candyman banished to behind the mirror and Michael Myers without a head, the summer of 1999 would end the decade without a gory drop of blood being shed — thanks to The Blair Witch Project.

After an exceptional marketing campaign leaving the actors hidden until the movie’s release, and Entertainment Weekly calling it “One of the Creepiest films since The Exorcist,” the original Blair Witch would go on to gross more than $240 million dollars…on a $60,000 budget.  Its sequel, Book of Shadows, would receive the Hollywood treatment, a star-studded soundtrack and even Jeffrey Donovan; but wound up forgotten with a 13% on the Tomatometer.

After the success of the first film, a 90s pop culture icon that gave birth to the words “found-footage” in the mainstream…

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Your Questions Answered by Guitar Great Steve Hackett

This was such a cool interview with legendary guitar player Steve Hackett.

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On the second episode of the Philly Soundcast, we reach across the pond and speak with prog-rock legend Steve Hackett!

In support of his upcoming Philly area shows, Hackett will field questions from Philly Soundcast host Doug Schaub and YOU, the fans.  Hear some of the stories from the former Genesis guitar player.  His area concerts will include solo work from Acolyte to Wolflight as well as everyone’s favorites from the greatest years of Genesis.

Submit your questions to phillysoundcast@gmail.com by Wednesday, November 4, 2015, and your question could be selected to be answered by Steve.

Be sure to catch Steve around Philly!

  • November 14 – F.M. Kirby Center for Performing Arts – Wilkes Barre, PA – Buy Tix Here!
  • November 20 – Keswick Theatre – Glenside, PA – Buy Tix Here!
  • November 21 – Scottish Rite Auditorium – Collingswood, NJ – Buy Tix Here!

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Philly Rocker Charlie Gracie Featured in First Philly Soundcast

The first Philly Soundcast featuring Philly’s first Rock and Roll Star Charlie Gracie! Hosted by Doug Schaub and I.

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After months of preparation, Eddie Caiazzo and Doug Schaub have completed production on the first  Philly Soundcast.  The program is all about the music originating in and passing through the “City of Brotherly Love.”  Who better to start with but Philadelphia’s first native rock star.

As Charlie Gracie prepares for his upcoming tour of the United Kingdon, Eddie Caiazzo caught up with the 79 year-old legend at his home in Drexel Hill, PA.

Enjoy the first ever Philly Soundcast, produced at the original WIBG in Lafayette Hill, PA.

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Tennessee National will be hosting The ParaLong Drive Cup July 9th in Loudon, Tennessee

The Greg Norman designed course launched the inaugural Amputee Long Drive Championship July 2013, and the sport has featured Amputee, Blind, Paralyzed, and Traumatic Brain Injured athletes since that time.
The field is loaded with top ParaLong Drive athletes Jared Brentz, Brendon Jacks, Alan Gentry, Josh Williams, Dr. Lucian Newman III, Tracy Ramin, USMC Ret Lcpl Thomas Maneely, US Army Ret Spc Jason Speer, Humberto Reyna – North Carolina State Highway Patrol Master Trooper (Ret.), Tyler Bunn, Dean Jarvis, and others.
Brentz and Jacks engaged in an epic duel last May at the ParaLong Drive Nationals that saw both hitters eclipse the 400 yard mark, Brentz ultimately prevailed at 409 yards to Jacks’ 401 yards.
Jared Brentz from Knoxville, TN - the first Para Long Drive World Champion
Jared Brentz from Knoxville, TN – the first Para Long Drive World Champion
Gentry, Williams, Newman, and Ramin have won many golf championships with their prodigious length off the tee.
Parker Owen, acclaimed prosthetic limb inventor, will be exhibiting his Cycle Leg invention at the event.
Pilot Flying J is the Presenting Sponsor of the ParaLong Drive Cup, and other sponsors are Knoxville News Sentinel, All Occasions Party Rental, University of Tennessee Partners in Sports, Ability Dynamics, Troppman Prosthetics, Bridgestone Golf, HIRZL, CHAMP, Tennessee State Bank, Greg Coleman Law, ServiceMaster, Academy Sports + Outdoors, PC Restoration, Ralph Vowell State Farm, and Barnes & Barnes Salon.
Special thanks goes to Jamie Stokes of TOUR VISION PROMOTIONS, Sports Animal (FM 99.1), and The Golf Director (www.thegolfdirector.com).
Please contact Dean Jarvis if you are interested in participating in, or becoming a sponsorship partner of future ParaLong Drive events.
Contact Information:
Dean Jarvis
Founder
Amputee Long Drive Championship & ParaLong Drive
David Vannier
Head Professional
Tennessee National
Phone: 865 657 2001
Ryan Ott
General Manager
Tennessee National
Phone: 865 657 2001

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