Lump – 20th Century Kids (Music Video)

The Story

Before we dive in to this quick lesson in how to properly attack your audience (to create excitement and obtain the coveted big applause at the end), a two-minute excursion into the best part of the 1990’s, I have two observations I’d like to share. Then the video … (maybe a couple …)

Two Observations

1. This is just like Boston punk rock from when I was in college in the 1980’s, and I hope it’s as much fun for you to discover today as it was for me back then! This is the industrial evolution of the bands I was recently enjoying on my original vinyl record “Beserkley Chartbusters, Volume 1,” which I remember like yesterday buying in Chestnut Hill, MA, a record that would become a collectible masterpiece, a basket of some of the most offbeat oddballs who somehow graced the radio waves but you’ve still never heard of.

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There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back, Sugar, Mystic, June 2021 (Music Video)

An outstanding rendition of Shawn Mendes’ “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back,” performed by some of the region’s most talented musicians, featuring Rickie Louise Miller on vocal, with Marcy Kelly and Sugar, the band that fills the dance floor, every time, on the first note.

This footage is essentially unedited. The camera guy did good, and didn’t need to splice his way to a smooth and enjoyable experience. All I did was some color correction; shot with a single camera, no splices. There was a great turnout for the outdoor show at the Mystic Seaport, and as happens sometimes, Marcy let Rickie take the wheel for much of the show; Marcy manages the band but it’s a two-girl show with three girls sharing the duties, which, in my opinion, has led to some endlessly fascinating combinations of style and personality, and a hugely wide basket of tunes. And when Marcy lets go of the reins, she has lots of time to dance! Just watch! 🙂

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The Era of the New Word

The New Word Order

As if the English language didn’t have enough words. New ones keep popping up, forcing many of the unsavvy to go for the slang dictionary for guidance! They’re discovering new words, as well as words that lost favor sometime during the twenty-first century, when we were all busy worrying about normal, ordinary things like hurricanes, volcanoes, cave rescues and winning the lotto. Some of the most creative among us were inventing new words and finding new uses for old ones. Shamelessly, the word “narcissist” quietly became a top search term during the 2010’s, and within the next decade the world’s vocabulary became overrun with words like “racist,” “plague,” “alien” and even “armageddon!” Is it a sign of the times?

Sure is! The most important thing is for all us older folks to get on board. The most dynamic and durable of the new words out there are not confusing acronyms or initialized shortenings … they’re our own words, words that have enjoyed a proud place in Webster’s dictionary, and now are being rejuvenated by anxious, bright young people, to describe the modern plight.

Be careful! If you fall into the wrong discussion forum on the world wide web, you may feel as if everyone is a gaslighting narcissist. Try to keep perspective while browsing, and please use my easy-to-understand guide, here:

List of Important and New Words

Gaslighting: Manipulate (someone) by psychological means into questioning their own sanity.

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How the Internet has Changed the World for the Worse (A List)

As fun as the Internet can be, it’s not without its modern pitfalls!

Some can be life-changing!

Below, for your enjoyment, is my list of the 20 worst things the Internet has brought along with it into our lives, living rooms and social environments! The web began being notoriously untrustworthy, but over the past 20 years it’s undergone a passionate redesign with trust in mind! Once users began to trust, spend, share and forget about the untrustworthy … that was the perfect time, it seems, to turn the tables again, this time back to being untrustworthy. The second time, having built our trust, is the charm.

The Worst Things the Internet
Has Brought Along With it

People can insult other people in public, with no need to be face to face. This is done often on Facebook and similar platforms, and done by people who, without the Internet, would never behave that way.

Every insult, every killing, every fire, makes someone with a video camera feel famous.

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Just Another Filler Article: The Benefits of Books

just words

I’ve always enjoyed books. Magazines, too. I like to page turn.

So when someone asked about physical books versus ebooks recently in an online forum, I feathered through the pages of my mind to come up with a suitable answer. It’s a celebration of paper and ink!

Here’s Why Books Are Better

If you’re really young, books have surprising pop-up animals and firetrucks that jump out when you open each page! They require no batteries, so your parents won’t have any excuse reading Green Eggs and Ham to you every night, and if they skip a page, you’ll be able to catch them!

All the words are the same as in e-books, so little ones can get a head start, before they turn four and get their own iPhone! Which reminds me, if you spill juicy nutritional baby foods and liquids on regular paper books, they still work.

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