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Checking in…..

Posted by Greg on Jul 16, 2021 in Op-Ed

Hey there friends. Wow, it’s been a while. Not much I can say in the way of excuses for such a long absence. I think our last post was mid-May. Yikes. Well, here’s the latest: I returned to working full-time in late May and have been pretty swamped since. I have a new position and it requires an immense amount of time. I’m also in the middle of a weight-loss program and that takes away from my free time.

Trust me when I say there have been hundreds of great movies, singer-songwriters and bands that I would LOVE to write about, but finding the time has been arduous. As always, I vow to try and get some content up so that this blog can still bobble along. But for the sake of reality, it might be best to say that SITH is currently on summer break. Not sure what the future holds as I start seminary next month. But I still have a passion for posting about music and film and I’m hoping I can get some more posts up before Labor Day.

 
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Pardon our silence yet again…..

Posted by Greg on May 5, 2021 in Op-Ed

…..we’re steadily working at trying to get more posts up this year. We’ve hit a wall since April and have found ourselves quite busy. Most of April was spent celebrating my 40th birthday and shuffling between doctor’s appointments. I’m once again working through some speech therapy issues, sinus issues and of course this Wegener’s disease. This is a passion project after all and one can only post when feeling said passion. The passion lately is for film, but that’s not to say we are not shining a light on music. To that end, there’s been a lot of great music released in the last few weeks that has our interest piqued and we’re hoping this month will be more productive from the blogging side of things. Those of you that read this blog faithfully know how to reach me, so feel free to drop a line. Would love to hear from our readers. Until then, stay safe and please remind your loved ones how much they are loved as often as you damn well can.

 
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I’m So Over Phoebe Bridgers

Posted by Greg on Feb 7, 2021 in Music, Op-Ed

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By now everyone you know and their closest relative has an opinion on the Phoebe Bridgers incident on SNL. All I’ll say is John Hiatt sang it best in “Perfectly Good Guitar.

There are countless numbers of children across the globe who would love nothing more than to have a guitar in their hands. One destroyed guitar is one too many. People want to cite her mental health and that music is catharsis but there are hundreds of other ways to be cathartic without smashing a guitar. There isn’t a single artist who has ever smashed a guitar who gotten a pass for said situation. Call me old-fashioned, call me square, call me out-of-touch, Phoebe Bridgers knew what she was doing and she did it anyways. Was she trying to be feminist? Was she trying to be a bad-ass? Who the heck knows? Call me a misogynist but let’s face it, if she wasn’t so easy on the eyes, she’d be 70 percent less popular.

Is she talented ?Yes. Is she worth the accolades? Absolutely. Is she worth a free pass? Hell freaking no. Feel free to share your ten cents in the comments below. I’ve never backed away from a good dialogue. Then again I’d rather listen to folk singers than electric guitar-smashing narcissists, so what do I know?

 
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Pardon the silence…….

Posted by Greg on Jan 29, 2021 in Op-Ed

……..we’re steadily working at trying to get more posts up this year. Working through some speech therapy issues, neuropathy issues and a possible diagnosis of Wegener’s disease have kept us quite busy. This is a passion project after all and one can only post when feeling said passion. There’s been a lot of music released so far this year that has our interest piqued and we’re hoping February is a more productive month from the blogging side of things. Those of you that read this blog faithfully know how to reach me, so feel free to drop a line. Would love to hear from our readers. Until then, wear a mask, wash your hands, do your best to social distance and remind your loved ones how much they are loved as often as you damn well can.

We will get through this together. Music and film will be a large part of that. We’ll hopefully provide some insight on each of those mediums as our schedule allows. Thanks for the patience and for letting me unspool my neuroses for just a matter of minutes. Trust me, it means more than you know.

 
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Remembering Chadwick Boseman

Posted by Greg on Aug 28, 2020 in Op-Ed

Once again, an apology for our absence. Battling life amid a pandemic while also batting colon cancer has not proved easy. How in the world Chadwick Boseman maintained a film career while undergoing treatments for stage 4 colon cancer remains to be seen but as someone currently enduring that same fight, let me just tell you, he was the epitome of a superhero.

Boseman first caught our attention in the Ernie David biopic The Express. From there on out he hammered out great roles playing iconic figures like Jackie Robinson, Thurgood Marshall and James Brown. His life would change forever though when he assumed the titular role in Black Panther.

While Disney ponders how to proceed with Black Panther 2, his hometown of Anderson, SC has already set in motion plans to erect a statue in his honor. Chances are we’ll most likely visit that statue at some point in the not-so-distant future.

In his 15 film roles in 12 years, he cast a wide net and as a result, made an impression that will last for decades. Eloquent, impassioned and immensely talented, he will most certainly be missed by all of us here at SITH.

 
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2019 CMA Awards Thoughts

Posted by Greg on Nov 13, 2019 in Music, Op-Ed

Holy cannoli it’s late and we need to get to bed, but here’s our thoughts on the recently wrapped-up 2019 CMA Awards. Read more…

 
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We’re back….for now.

Posted by Greg on Aug 21, 2019 in Op-Ed

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Welps, a week-long vacation in Grand Teton National Park and more lingering health issues have kept us away from blogging as often as we’d like. Alas, we are back and hope to get the posts back up more regularly. To all those who maintain a blog while also balancing a full-time career, we salute you. Hopefully in due time, SITH can elevate to that level. For now, we will continue to deliver what we can deliver. Thanks to those of you who read this and check in regularly. Ya’ll are appreciated by all of us here at SITH so much. Cheers to the last few days of summer!

 
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Here’s to 2019!

Posted by Greg on Dec 31, 2018 in Op-Ed

We profusely apologize for the lack of content over the past two months. We have been up to our eyeballs in health woes, family woes and a new job. Hoping to post more frequently in 2019. For the first time in a few years, we are a bit late to posting our favorite albums and movies of 2018. But since it’s that time of year, here we go.

Our favorite song of the year is “Havana” by Camila Cabelo. Our album of the year is Kacey Musgraves’ Golden Hour and our favorite movie of 2018 is First Reformed. Our favorite TV show is Atypical on Netflix. Here’s a recap of 2018’s best from the Washington Post. We agree with their movie list, we have quite a few disagreements on their music, but so be it.

Happy New Year to all those who stopped by to visit this blog. Looking forward to more great music in the coming year.

 
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Nathan Leigh Jones Returns From Hiatus

Posted by Greg on Jul 30, 2017 in Music, Op-Ed

Two weeks ago, Australian singer-songwriter Nathan Leigh Jones penned a blog post that literally shook me to my core. Read more…

 
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American Idol Notebook, Vol. 1.

Posted by Greg on Mar 14, 2013 in Music, Op-Ed

I was pretty disappointed to learn that last week American Idol advanced the mediocre Paul Jolley and failed to advance Elijah Liu, but I am esteemed by the enormous amount of female talent. In many ways this is a big year for American Idol. A female hasn’t won since Jordin Sparks and the most talented finalist hasn’t won since Jordin’s year as well. Read more…

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