Which is an experience in itself lol as are the Family of Cats. “In the second half, musician, artist and poet Josh Steed told us all about his unusual upbringing in a religious cult, his art, his poetry, and the musical collective he is part of: The Family of Cats.

In the first half, Nancy Johnston, the CEO of high end knit wear company Tengri, who use Mongolian Yak fibres in their products, and are “a London-based design house built on technological innovation, British design, fairshare business and a 100% transparent supply chain”.


Marie Friddle

“MY OH MY….. we are living in crazy times.” Said pretty much everyone who’s lived in any time ever.  Yep, perhaps it was the very first complete sentence Lucy, our most ancient ancestor, managed to coherently grunt out just before she took her very last upright step.

For almost a year, I’ve debated taking this blog in a new direction. Everyday, while I work, I listen to a lot of political pod casts and news radio. Like, ALL DAY LONG. It’s actually unhealthy. With so much going on in our country (our world),  I think I’d be coming off as completely uncaring and out of touch if I didn’t take time to address the issues. This is why my absences have been getting longer. Each time I log in to post I think, “How can I go on writing about creating silly, trivial, meaningless crap when there are so many…

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ACEs Too High


Cutting-edge research tells us that experiencing childhood emotional trauma can play a large role in whether we develop physical disease in adulthood. In Part 1 of this series we looked at the growing scientific link between childhood adversity and adult physical disease. This research tells us that what doesn’t kill you doesn’t necessarily make you stronger; far more often, the opposite is true.

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)—which include emotional or physical neglect; verbal humiliation; growing up with a family member who is addicted to alcohol or some other other substance, or who is depressed or has other mental illness; and parental abandonment, divorce, or loss — can harm developing brains, predisposing them to autoimmune disease, heart disease, cancer, depression, and a number of other chronic conditions, decades after the trauma took place.

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By Steve Newton

“Yeah, we’re loud alright,” says Tom Hamilton, bassist for American supergroup Aerosmith. “We’re definitely not any quieter than we used to be–we’re just better sounding.”

Aerosmith has never been known for quietness or subtlety. Theirs is not the kind of music for candlelight dinners and mellow gatherings. What the band is noted for is their ability to sell mass quantities of riff-riddled hard rock records–over 15 million in the ’70s alone–and draw enormous crowds to their shows.

But despite huge successes live and in the studio, Aerosmith ran into personnel problems in 1979 when lead guitarist and co-songwriter Joe Perry left to follow a solo career with the Joe Perry Project. Two years later rhythm guitarist Brad Whitford called it quits and formed the Whitford/St. Holmes Band with Nugent alumnus Derek St. Holmes.

Being essentially a guitar…

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By Steve Newton

Yesterday I posted a blog with an audio excerpt from my 1985 interview with Kate Bush in which the British art-pop legend described the video for her then-new single, “Running Up That Hill”.

Today, for all you Kate Bush freaks out there, I’m gonna post another soundbite from our chat, in which she talks about working with David Gilmour as a teenager, discovering Pink Floyd, and being influenced by Roxy Music and David Bowie.


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By Steve Newton

It’s a sad day for fans of arguably the best rock band of all time: the Allman Brothers Band.

Greg Allman passed away today at his home in Savannah, Georgia. He had been suffering from ill health in recent years, dealing with a respiratory infection, a liver transplant, and an irregular heartbeat.

I’m not gonna go on at length about how amazing the Allman Brothers Band were with their progressive blend of blues, jazz, country, and southern-rock stylings, the tragedies they’ve overcome, or all the incredible music they released over the years.

The true fans already know all that stuff.

What I will do is post the one and only interview I did with Gregg back in 1998, when he was 50, and trying to turn his life around with the solo album Searching For Simplicity.

He talked about bringing a version of “Whipping Post” into his…

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