The Merchants’ Committee of Friends of the Nyacks is proud to announce
ART WALK 2011 This, our 6th annual juried event, is scheduled for Friday, June 17th 7-9pm, Saturday, June 18th 12-5pm & 6-9pm, and Sunday, June 19th 12-5pm. The theme this year is “A TRIBUTE TO EDWARD HOPPER” honoring the acclaimed artist as well as the 40th anniversary of Edward Hopper House Art Center. The poster selection is a painting by Richard Sutton of New York City. The painting shows the inﬂuence Edward Hopper has had on Mr. Sutton and brilliantly represents this year’s theme. The painting will be exhibited in p.ross on Main St. where signed and numbered posters will be for sale, as well as the original piece. “For the ﬁrst time each Artist is required to create a piece, within their own medium, that is either inﬂuenced by or a tribute to Mr. Hopper,” says Paulette Ross, producer of ART WALK. “It has been quite inspiring to see the varied interpretations created by the Artists. These unique pieces will be exhibited in the Venue assigned to the Artist along with their other works and will be for sale.” As a special treat for children, artist David Derr will hold “art class” on Sunday from 1 to 3pm at Eyevolution Optique, 42 Franklin St. Reservations are required (845-353-4701). Throughout the Village stores are turned into mini art galleries with the Artists in residence. This year there will be 29 Venues/Artists. Stroll up and down the streets of Nyack from Main St down Franklin and up Broadway, view and/or purchase works by the wonderfully talented Artists. Shop the stores, eat, drink and enjoy the Village. There will be free parking all day Saturday, June 18th generously approved by our Village Board. The designated area will be the big lot behind Riverspace on Artopee Way.
Go to www.nyackmerchants.org for more details. Contact: Paulette Ross, Producer/Vice Chair-FON, Chair Merchants’ Committee, 845-348-1767 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org modernmetrozine
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table of contents Hopper Happens
New Style, Old Soul Zacha Tuttle
A Spiritual Approach to Psychotherapy
Under the Boardwalk
Joey Molland: Beyond BadďŹ nger
Michael A. Cimino
table of contents Many Truths About Lies
The Tale of the Psychedelic Noise
Sir Real Fashion
Rockland World Radio Guide
weekly guide to live Internet broadcasts + archives
Rockland World Radio the [local Internet broadcast leader] is gearing up for its 8th season. No small task, considering the hold traditional media has had in convincing the public they’re the only game in town. The Internet will no longer be looked upon as a passing phase - digital is here to stay. Worldwide, the broadcasting industry is being turned on its head by the Internet. It’s no different locally, where technological advances — online and otherwise — are taking place at an unprecedented pace and leaving a wave of uncertainty in their wake. But it’s all about opportunity, not catastrophe. “For advertisers there’s the ability to better target audiences online where they are better deﬁned. Financial people have a better idea of how their budgets are being used. For consumers there’s the ability to watch or listen to programming whenever and wherever they want — they decide, guided in some form by broadcasters. Nothing illustrates this more effectively than the rise of YouTube, now owned by Google. Take the stats: YouTube receives approximately 2 billion views a day — more than double the prime-time audience of the three major American TV networks combined. Last year more than 13 million hours of video were uploaded to the site, and 35 hours of video are uploaded every minute. Put another way, more video is uploaded to YouTube in 60 days than the three major American networks have created in 60 years.
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nyack village theatre presents: the edward hopper
movie binge june 10/11/12
“When I don’t feel in the mood for painting I go to the movies... I go on a regular movie binge.” - EDWARD HOPPER
Join us at Nyack Village Theatre for a movie binge of ﬁlms inspired by Edward Hopper featuring directors such as Joshua Logan & Wim Wenders. modernmetrozine
at the nyack village theatre june 10-12 8$ single ticket 20$ entire series
tickets availible at: http://www.nyackvillagetheatre.com
Friday, June 10 : 7:00pm DAYS OF HEAVEN [1978[ Starring: Richard Gere, Sam Shepard and Brooke Adams Director: Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life, The Thin Red Line) Cinematographer: Nestor Almendros (Sophie’s Choice, Kramer vs. Kramer) Saturday, June 11 : 2:00pm
FORCE OF EVIL  Starring: James Garﬁeld and Thomas Gomez Director: Abraham Polonsky (Tell Them Willie Boy is Here, Body & Soul) Cinematographer: George Barnes (The Greatest Show on Earth, Meet John Doe)
Saturday, June 11 : 7:00pm
PICNIC  Based on the Pulitzer Play by William Inge Starring: William Hoden and Kim Novak Director: Joshua Logan (Mister Roberts, The Thin Man) Cinematographer: James Howe Wong (The Thin Man, Hud)
Sunday, June 12 : 2:00pm FROM THE BBC SERIES: IMAGINE THE MYSTERIOUS MR.HOPPER (17 MIN) [2009 : Short Film] Director: Alan Yentob Featuring an interview with local author David Means Sunday, June 12 : 2:20pm
THE KILLERS  Written by Ernest Hemingway. Starring: Burt Landcaster and Ava Gardner Director: Robert Siodmak (The Spiral Staircase, Criss Cross) Cinematographer: Elwood Bredell (Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror)
Sunday, June 12 : 7:00pm
THE WONDER RING [1955 : Short Film] Director: Joseph Cornell and Stan Brakhage - - - followed by - - DON’T COME KNOCKING [2005 : Short Film] Starring: Sam Shepard and Jessica Lange Director : Wim Wenders (Paris, Texas, Wings of Desire) Cinematographer: Franz Lustig (Land of Plenty, Palermo Shooting) 14
As I was putting together Hopper Happens I came across Edward Hopper’s remarkable and enduring connection to ﬁlm over and over again. One of my favorite stories was related in the wonderfully informative article “From Nighthawks to the Shadows of Film Noir” by Philip French in the Observer; the story goes that Hopper was inspired to paint his most famous work, Nighthawks (1942), after reading Ernest Hemingway’s story The Killers, in which two hit men arrive at a small-town diner. In 1946, when Robert Siodmak made the ﬁlm version of The Killers, he turned to Hopper, carefully re-creating Nighthawks in black and white, and continuing to evoke Hopper in lonely hotel rooms and isolated gas stations. This mutual admiration between ﬁlm and Hopper continued throughout his career, so much so, that one often wonders where one begins and the other ends; Hopper’s early 1921 etching Night Shadows looks just
like a ﬁlm still from a Fritz Lang movie and Joshua Logen’s 1955 Picnic looks like an animated series of Hopper paintings. All of the ﬁlms in this series were selected for either their subtle or overt allusions to speciﬁc Hopper paintings (like House by the Railroad, and Gas and Four Lane Road) or for the way they conjure in their own way Hopper’s pervasive and extraordinary quality of light and living. The cinematographers are listed because many have a known connection to Hopper and all are responsible for achieving the look and feel of a ﬁlm, which is where the intimate ties to Hopper usually resides. -Kris Burns (The inspiration for this summary and series borrows VERY generously from “From Nighthawks to the Shadows of Film Noir” by Philip French. Please follow this link to read the full article) http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2004/apr/25/art modernmetrozine
Edward Hopper: Western Motel
Edward Hopper: Automat 16
Edward Hopper: Summer Evening
Edward Hopper: The Long Log modernmetrozine
kris burns I’m a graduate of the School of Visual Arts and LaGuardia Arts. I’ve lived in Nyack for nearly 20 years- during that time I’ve kept busy as the: Co-founder and director of Rivertown Films Co-creator and director of the Rockland Short and Student Film Festival Producer of Mostly Music Co-founder and co-director of the Back Door Cafe Director of the Nyack Center After School Program Co-founder and director of LEAP- Liberty
Elementary After School Program (all with a whole lot of help by a whole lot of people) Along the way, I am grateful to have been recognized by the: for Supporter of the Arts and Best Arts Organization for Rivertown Films My multi-media installations have been known to pop up in: diners, factories, elevator shafts, street corners and yes, occasionally galleries, around Rockland County & New York City
Edward Hopper: Chop Suey 18
Edward Hopper: Morning Sun
Edward Hopper: Gas modernmetrozine
New Style, Old Soul Zacha Tuttle
t was 1916 when Gabrielle Chanel ushered in higher hemlines and masculine undertones in her ﬁrst appearance in Harper’s Bazaar, challenging the ideals of the time. After WWII Christian Dior introduced the “New Look”, a controversial feminine silhouette that pushed women into a new post war era. The New Look was such a departure from the austerity of pre WWII that the style was banned from many schools. Not only did these styles help pave the way for future designers but they made an imprint in the landscape of fashion and we continue to see the impact of these 20
styles today. But it must be noted that these innovative styles were a reﬂection of their times and would not have found success had they been introduced in another era. When ﬁlms gave rise to the popularity of ﬁlm sirens in the 30s it also became a venue for fashion to transcend the contemporary trends through period ﬁlms and this inﬂuence was imitated on the streets. Decades later the term vintage represents a menagerie of inﬂuences that surround fashion. Whether it be with the beatniks, the hippies or the ﬂappers it seems that now more than ever we are identifying with previous generations and their styles. Vintage clothes having become more accessible over the years through the growth of online market places specializing in vintage. Another interesting and compelling aspect for those who pine for vintage is the sustainability facet and all the while there is a growing appreciation for the varying choices of silhouettes, tailoring and textiles throughout the eras and the history vintage clothing offers. We are also seeing a bac to basics approach, back to the times when our grandmothers would mend our mothers
For a look at my vintage collection visit: Etsy.com/shop/Limbovintage
METRO dresses, or make them from scratch, many girls are learning how to alter and mend vintage ﬁnds themselves. It seems that in a time when even the wealthiest have had to alter their spending habits, when the growing awareness of environmental changes and political division have effected Americans, we have found comfort in (perhaps by necessity) a growing return to our past. What will the fashion history books say about our generation in years to come? In the midst of all the social changes surrounding us, whether your afﬁnity is for polyester secretary dresses or feathered fascinators, we have ushered in the new century with an homage to the times our parents introduced us to or romantic images from our grandparents time. Not only are we learning a lot about fashion from our predecessors but about how all the past generations represented speciﬁc ideals. This is what I love about vintage. Christian Lacroix once said, “There is an almost Oedipal recycling of fashions: couteriers who were all children once have always been inspired by the past...”
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A Spiritual Approach to Psychotherapy Alan Levin, M.A. LMFT www.SacredRiverHealing.org
hen it comes to psychotherapy, many W people feel that it is only relevant for times of desperation or intense emotional
pain, severe addiction or depression. Spiritually oriented psychotherapy is, in fact, able to address these very painful experiences of life. However, it also speaks to the deep longing felt by folks who are ‘getting along,’ but have a sense that there are currents or issues under the surface needing attention and focus; perhaps that there are potentials for greater happiness and meaning in life that haven’t yet been brought forth. In truth, it may be these questions, left unaddressed, that lead to the more painful conditions. As life goes, there are things that we put on the shelf, the back burner, or stuff in a closet. It’s natural to do this. We are busy with the tasks that confront us, demanding our attention. Later, we are too tired to do anything else. We say to ourselves, “I’ll get to those things later.” Examples may be: healing hurts from the past; addressing difﬁculties in personal relationships; deciding what part of the problems of the community and world we feel called to serve; assessing the direction of our life; focusing on our sense of spiritual connection; facing the fact that we are going to die; taking time to open 22
to the deep peace, love and joy that we know exist inside ourselves. Any one or all the above issues can sit on the shelf or be tucked in the closet for years and never get our full attention. It’s not that we are completely unaware of having questions and concerns about these things. They may enter our thoughts or conversations. But at some point, we must ask ourselves; when will we put them front and center and give them the full focus of our attention, the attention we know they deserve? It often seems that it is the busyness of our lives that keeps us from focusing on our deeper questions. Yet, there is something else at work -- fear. At the threshold of the doorway to facing the core questions of our lives is the ‘boogeyman’ standing there saying, ‘Don’t look here!’ We are not usually aware of this fear. Rather, thoughts come to mind: “I can’t deal with this now.”; “I just don’t have time.”; “I already have too much on my plate.”; “I can’t really ﬁgure this out anyway.”; “It makes me too uncomfortable to think about it.” Yet in moments of quiet, when the mind starts to open to these issues, there is that tightening in the belly, the shifting of the breath, an anxious feeling. Usually, we then divert our attention and
change the subject. Fortunately, most of us have been blessed by moments in which we feel the freedom from these fears. We have sensed the basic joy and goodness that is inside us. Even a glimmer of that awareness can give us the courage to face into areas of darkness. The trick is in marshaling that awareness and courage. It seems that in the modern world, we need to carve out the time for this deep ‘work’ on the meaningful questions of life. Vacations, while a pleasant respite from the stresses of our ordinary routine, usually don’t do it. For most of us, taking the journey into our core concerns will only happen when we schedule it in, put it on our calendar (or smart-phone). Along with honoring the need to devote time to this work, is the recognition of the need for help. We are not here alone on Earth and we don’t need to sort through the challenges of life by ourselves. Having an ally or guide can be helpful and sometimes necessary for staying focused, moving into and through difﬁcult places, and learning skills for navigating into the future. When I ﬁrst became a licensed psychotherapist in 1985, it was after 15 years of deep study and practice of meditation and
other spiritual disciplines. I believed then, as I do now, that human beings only really feel fulﬁlled and happy to the degree that they experience the presence of their spiritual nature, their more essential self, in their minds and bodies. How to help people move in this direction has been my lifelong study and practice. One thing I have learned is that growth happens slowly, follows a different course for every person, and needs a safe and nonjudgmental atmosphere to go forward. In my work with people, I try to provide this kind of atmosphere in which a more authentic kind of dialogue can take place. I also offer experiential practices, which include: focusing exercises that enhance awareness of emotions and body sensations; meditation; and guided imagery. With encouragement, support and new skills, it becomes easier to focus on the important issues of life rather than push them to the sidelines. It becomes easier then to bring your full attention to the inﬁnite possibilities of the present moment. Please feel free to call to discuss my work and whether this would be a good time to embark on a journey with me. modernmetrozine
Under The Boardw
emember those summer nights under the boardwalk with your ﬁrst teenage crush, feeling you had found your true soul mate? Your instincts may have been right! Even though your parents said you were too young to really be in love, in fact, your ﬁrst love may turn out to be your last, and your everything! Now that the internet has made us all much more accessible and “ﬁndable”, a new trend is on the rise. Many couples are reconnecting with their ﬁrst relationship and ﬁnding that true love really is eternal! We are now ﬁrmly entrenched in the age of social networking, in which many couples are “face booking” their way back to teenage love, and ﬁnding it really was meant to be! With the divorce rates still hovering in the 50-60% range, your ﬁrst love may indeed 24
be available. After decades of marriage, raising a family, and having lived a life, many baby boomers are re-ﬁnding their teenage soul mates. The number of remarriages to ﬁrst loves is growing by leaps and bounds. Traces of love from long ago can quickly reignite, bringing back a strong connection, a special bond rooted in shared teenage memories, and a sense of comfort. Couples often describe feeling as if they are “home” again. As the decades melt away and the feelings of love come surging back, many couples are falling back in love instantly and making permanent commitments quickly. Although most of us are grayer and heavier, we also have more wisdom and the life experience to recognize true love.
walk Revisited: Lessons from Teenage Love Debra D. Castaldo, Ph.D. www.debracastaldo.com
Besides overwhelming physical attraction and the raging hormones, ﬁrst relationships often hold the clues to valuable lessons that can rejuvenate current relationships and can provide cues about what to look for the second time around. Love lessons from the teenage years that can re-ignite the ﬂame? ·Sneak around: it’s good for your sex life ·Touch each other every chance you get ·Try to impress each other all the time ·Be surprising, mysterious, and unpredictable ·Get back to the crazy fun of your teenage dating days Even if your ﬁrst love is not available for a love relationship, reconnecting can provide a valuable “new old” friendship. As we
age and experience the losses that come with mid life and beyond, old friendships from younger years can expand our social network in valuable ways. So get out there, face book away, and get to that high school reunion! Your ﬁrst love may be waiting to be your last! Whether under the boardwalk, in the backseat, or the woods, go for it! A word of caution: with those “boomer-itis” knees, hips and aching backs, just make sure you can get back up afterwards! It might be hard to explain to the grandchildren why you got stuck! Remember: Love is a precious gift, so make EACH day a whole season of Love!
- Dr. Deb modernmetrozine
Dr. Debra Castaldo is the host of Solution Talk on Rockland World Radio. Her new book, Gifts of Love, is now available at centerforcouplesandfamilies.com. 26
Hudson River Revival Features the Best Line Up in Years Steve Kelma
he upcoming Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival Festival, scheduled for the weekend of June 18 and 19 at Croton Point Park on the Westchester side of the Hudson River promises to be an exciting event with a music line-up that happens to be the very best I’ve seen in many years. Here are the names of just some of the headlining performers at this year’s festival: David Bromberg, Drive By Truckers, Jorma Kaukonen, John Sebastian, Billy Brag, Arlo Guthrie, Indigo Girls, Peter Yarrow, David Amram, Suzanne Vega, of course Pete Seeger, Guy Davis, and Tom Chapin. My June 10th program will be dedicated to this annual environmental and musical festival as I’ll be playing music from some of these previously mentioned artists. As for the Clearwater Festival, music is simply just one component. The weekend will also feature juried crafts, a food court, storytelling, an activist area, a green living expo and a “working waterfront” where festival goers are invited to take a ride on The Clearwater itself and other sailing vessels. 28
For more information on Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival, and the Clearwater Organization, log on to www.clearwater.org Steve Kelman is the host of Hudson Americana live Tuesday at 5:00PM EST on Rockland World Radio
Reality Bites Cafe in Nyack, New York, offers ﬁne, gourmet dining, in a casual and friendly environment. If you haven’t been to RB lately, you’re missing something unique & special in Nyack! Rated 4 Stars by Rockland Magazine, Zagat, & just about everyone who eats here, Reality Bites offers a healthy cuisine, meticulously presented, in an ambience reminiscent of a soho cafe. On our 3 big screens: News/Sports close captioned all day; At night: major TV events, legendary rock DVD’s, or a classic movie! Just for fun, play our Trivia table games, chess, cards, or get down to basics with our Table Topics cards. Lunchtime ofﬁce meetings can be both functional & practical at RB. Can’t come out? We’ll bring the food to you! Catering is our Specialty! RB is available for events, fundraisers, birthdays, ofﬁce parties, seminars, & any gathering that you can imagine. Our space is intimate & opened; The great advantage of an RB event is that you can create the menu, decorate the walls, deﬁne the space… to make it your own!!
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T H E P II S T O L T H E P S T O THE PISTOL L by Christopher Lukas
alter keeps a Mauser pistol in his sock drawer. He has no cartridges for it, never has, but he feels secure with it there. His father, who had the gun before him, kept it with his socks, too, and told Walter that when he was a young lawyer, working in the garment district, someone had once threatened him so he had secured a permit to own the Mauser. When he was ten, Walter asked his father, “Did you ever use it?” “Never.” “Why do you keep it?” “I don’t know how to get rid of it.” Walter now suspects that this isn’t the whole truth. His father never told him the 30
whole truth about anything. About his mother’s death, or why he left the army, or about the drinking. After his father’s bad bout of pneumonia, Dr. Langmuir warned him never to let his father drink again; his liver was shot. But, a few weeks later, Walter came over to the apartment his father had taken after the divorce, and on a shelf in the closet he found a half bottle of bourbon. He looked at it for a few seconds, wondering what to do, then closed the door without saying anything. In 1970, Walter went out to California to sort through his father’s belongings. He and his wife and daughter Samantha were living in Florida at the time -- Walter had a job with the Ocala Times -- and it was a long journey to California and back, especially with all the deadlines, but he did it because he felt he owed it to the memory of his father – and to himself. To bury the hatchet. Marge said, “Don’t you think it’s a little bit late?” In some regards she was right: it was too late. After all, Walter and his father had never been on really good terms. They’d always argued about things -- politics, drinking, who Walter dated, even how he tied his shoes. For a while, Walter thought this was the way that all fathers talked to their kids, but he began to see that some parents had a different kind of relationship with children. He began to resent the way his father talked to him. “I don’t care if he’s an alcoholic,” he told Marge. “He’s got to take responsibility for his behavior.” But the behavior didn’t change, so Walter stopped calling his father. Occasionally, the phone would ring late at night, and a slightly slurred voice would come over the line from California. “Walter? How you doin’, boy?
Don’t you have time to talk to your lonely old man?” The animosity never dimmed, which was why Walter ﬁgured he had to go out and clean up the mess his father had left behind. He had to show that he held no grudges. There wasn’t much. Walter gave away most of his father’s belongings to a local charity, but he kept the pistol. “What do you want with that?” Marge asked, when she saw the gun. “It was Dad’s,” he said, and put it away with his socks. The gun stayed with them during the Florida sojourn, moved with them when they went to New Hampshire, and again to Chicago. Each time, Marge asked him to get rid of it. Each time he responded, “I don’t know how.” She let it go. The last move was ten years ago. Now, Walter is having fantasies about killing people, and he begins to think of the Mauser as something to use, not just to carry around from city to city. The fantasies started after a particularly bitter argument with his editor, Kearney. “I wrote the truth.” “You didn’t check it out. You wrote only a piece of the truth. Did you interview Kaplan?” “Why would I interview Kaplan? I know what he’d say.” “You owe it to the newspaper -- and to me - to have interviewed him. Next time, do me a favor and do it right.” On the street after work, Walter found himself suddenly in tears. It had been a long time since he’d cried in public, and he was aware that people were looking at him strangely. Later, when he drove home on the I-59, a red Porsche came out of nowhere, tail-gating him, blinking its lights
and honking. Walter stayed in the left lane. The Porsche took it for a while, then pulled out to his right, goosed its engine and sped past him. Then, when it was almost totally safe, the Porsche accelerated like mad and cut sharply in front of Walter. Terriﬁed, he pulled into the slower lane. Later, driving slowly home, he had the ﬁrst fantasy, imagining what might have happened. He sees himself gunning his motor and catching up with the Porsche, forcing it to the side of the highway, then taking a tire iron and beating the man over the head. It had to be a man, he ﬁgures, a young one; no one else would behave that way. He can actually hear the driver of the Porsche begging for mercy, asking Walter not to hurt him, but it is only after the man’s head is bloodied and he is lying on the ground gasping for breath that Walter ends the fantasy, with his heart beating wildly, and his whole body breaking out in sweat. When he gets home, he goes upstairs and takes a shower. He doesn’t tell Marge about the fantasy. Sometimes in these fantasies, he doesn’t kill people; he just threatens them. Walter knows the fantasies are sick, but he doesn’t know how to make them stop. He goes to a psychiatrist, who listens to him for ﬁfteen minutes and prescribes Prozac. “Is the medicine helping?” Marge asks.
“I can’t tell yet. It’s been only a few weeks.” “I think you’re less irritable.” “I’m trying harder.” “That counts,” she says, snuggling up to him. “That means it’s working.” Walter pulls away from his wife. “You’re right. It isn’t working.” “I didn’t say it wasn’t working. I said I don’t know. It’s supposed to take time.” “Don’t take too much time,” Marge says as she walks out of the room. Walter looks after her. They haven’t had sex in a long time. He just doesn’t feel like it. When Samantha comes home from school, she asks for help with her trig. Walter feels immediately lighter. They have always had a good relationship; he considers himself to be a good father. Samantha is bright, energetic, a pleasure to be with. He likes to help her with her work. “Forget the language, honey. It’s just Greek because they ran out of Latin letters. It’s ratios: you always did great with them.” They spend a half hour together, and Samantha goes up to her room satisﬁed that she understands her homework. Walter looks up the stairs after her and wonders what it would have been like if they’d had more kids. The fantasies continue. Always when he is driving. It no longer takes someone cutting in front of him. He can look at a young man in an expensive car and begin to imagine that the guy is going to cut him off or give him the ﬁnger or challenge him verbally. Then the dream takes over: he sees himself catching up, pushing the car off the road, getting out and using the Mauser. Maybe the fantasies will stop if I don’t drive, he thinks, so for two weeks he takes a cab 32
the short distance from his house to the Northern & Western station. Twice he is very late to the ofﬁce, and once, when he has to work all night, he can’t get home because the trains stop at 2 a.m. He goes back to driving. “I don’t think this psychiatrist is helping at all,” he tells Marge, “All he does is ask about physical symptoms -- Am I sleeping, How’s my sex life, Do I sweat a lot?”. “What about the medicine?” “I ran out of pills.” “Can’t the pharmacy renew them?” “I lost the prescription.” “The doctor can give you another.” “I quit going.” “Walter!” The next day, when he arrives at work, Morris, the newspaper’s business manager stops him. “You got a sec?” “Sure thing.” They go into the ofﬁce and the man closes the door. Walter watches the man shufﬂe papers. “Morrie -- are we going to talk about something speciﬁc, or just about anything that comes to mind?” “Actually, I wanted to ask you about your last expense account.” “Yes?” “It’s a little unusual, isn’t it?” Walter tries to remember what was in the voucher. “Oh, you mean the payout.” “Yes, the payout. Who authorized that four hundred bucks?” “I think that’s when you were out of town that time, remember?” The manager sits back. “So, Kearney authorized it.”
“No, not exactly.” He hastens to explain. “You were out of town, and Kearney was busy, so ....” “You know it doesn’t work that way.” “Look, Morrie, after ﬁve years I think I should be able to do what I need to when a story’s on deadline.” “I know you think that, Walt, but the rules say differently.” “Well, rules are made to be broken.” The business manager raises his voice. “Not those rules. You got anything else to say?” In his mind’s eye, Walter sees himself leaping to his feet and shouting at the business manager. “Listen, you scumbag, don’t talk to me like that. Because I know things the IRS would love to hear about you and the way you run this newspaper. So stay out of my way!” In Walter’s fantasy, Morris sits, not breathing or moving. His face is hot, his breath coming in gasps. Walter thinks, You could kill the sonofabitch, but in fact he has said nothing, done nothing, theatened nobody. He rises and leaves the ofﬁce. Outside, the ofﬁce bullpen is looking at him. He takes two deep breaths, and with a forced grin on his face says, “Nothing serious.” He walks quickly back to his desk, but when he gets there he keeps going and leaves the building. He goes right home, takes the Mauser out of his drawer and sits looking at it for a long time. He notices that the barrel and stock are dry, and he wonders if he should get some gun oil. He slips the magazine out of the gun, marvelling at how small it is, how simple. He snaps it back in place and pulls the barrel back, which cocks the gun. Ready to go, he thinks. All it needs is some bullets. He sights along the barrel, hold-
ing it the way they say to on television: two hands, one cupped under the other. Outside, below his window, an old lady pulls a laundry cart. He closes one eye and slowly pulls the trigger. Click. “Dad?” Walter whirls. Samantha is standing at the door to the bedroom, a quizzical look on her face. “What are you doing home?” “I was going to ask the same thing,” he says. “I’m on the honor roll. I’m allowed to come home to study. What are you doing with that?” He looks at her, then down at the gun, then back up. She is 16, full of life, and beautiful. In two years, she’ll be off to college. “Nothing, honey, just cleaning it.” “But you pulled the trigger.” “Just to see if it works. That’s all. It’s getting old enough to be a relic, now.” He tries to laugh, but it sounds more like a sob. “Dad... you okay?” “Yes, honey. Fine. Go do your homework.” She pauses, turns and goes down the hall, but in a moment she is back. “What are you doing home, Dad?” He smiles. “Same as you, honey: I’m on my honor.”
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Joey Molland: Beyond Badfinger Sole Survivor Announces New Disc, Bio By Michael A. Cimino
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isteners to my show, Cottage Views Classic Rock Music Hour, are no strangers to Badﬁnger - the PopRock quartet that were slated to take over The Beatles’ throne in the early seventies. Having been signed to The Beatles then burgeoning Apple Records label they scored with “Come And Get It,” “No Matter What,” “Baby Blue,” and “Day After Day,” while Harry Nilsson took their composition “Without You” to the top of the charts. In the early seventies Badﬁnger were everywhere; on stage, on screen, backing up George Harrison at the Concerts for Bangladesh, playing guitars on John Lennon’s Imagine album, singing harmony for Ringo, rubbing shoulders with Eric Clapton and Leon Russell, and the list goes 36
on… Joey Molland, the only original member of Badﬁnger still alive, has seen it all; the excesses of the seventies, the money, the drugs, the crooked managers, the slide down the ever changing slope of Pop music, and somehow he has still kept the cheerful outlook he possessed as a young, starry-eyed, guitar player from Liverpool all those years ago. In his new book Badﬁnger and Beyond – The Authorized Biography of Joey Molland (written by yours truly) he says “I don’t think I’ve done any better, or any worse, than anyone else would have in the situations that I’ve been in. I achieved success and then somebody took that success away, but it didn’t alter what I was doing. The survivor thing was decided when I
was a boy. It’s a natural instinct that we all have. It’s in you, and me, so I don’t want to take any credit as Joey Molland – Survivor.” And yet, survive is what he has done, staying true to his roots and still playing to audiences around the world. Recently, when I was putting together a new show for Rockland World Radio I decided we should let the cat out of the bag and let the public know that the long awaited biography that Joey and I have been working on (off and on) for over ten years is ﬁnally going to see the light of day. Joey phoned in to Rockland World Radio not only to announce the good news but also to give us a sneak preview of the new disc he is working on. We played some classic Badﬁnger tracks side by side with his most recent solo hit “A Way To Be” and premiered “Hero,” a song Joey wrote for his sons’ generation of workplace hopefuls. To hear the interview and listen to great tunes by Badﬁnger and other independently released tracks from vintage artists check out www.RocklandWorldRadio.com/program/cottage_views/. This season’s show featured brand new music from the Doobie Brothers, John Ford of the Strawbs, and recent music from newcomers Gandalf Murphy & the Slambovian Circus of Dreams and Mostly Autumn.
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What American Idol Can Teach Us About Career Advancement Anthony Fasano
guess by writing this post, I am admitting that I watch American Idol, and not only do I watch it, but I enjoy it thoroughly. The reason I do is because I enjoy seeing people do what they love to do, especially in such a supportive arena. If corporate professionals followed their dreams like these young adults and even teens are doing on Idol, I believe the world would be a much more positive place. What can American Idol teach us about career advancement? One thing that it can teach us is that to be successful, it is important to know who you are and lean on your strengths in whatever you do. One of the contestants, Scotty McCreery, is a country music singer. That is who he is, his voice, his roots, everything about him. In my opinion, American Idol is focused mostly around a pop music theme, and it would be very easy for someone like Scotty to try to sing pop music, speciﬁcally some of the more popular hits on the radio right now, to try to gain popularity votes, however he refuses to do that! Every single song he sings is either country, or he sings it in a country music style. He even sang Stevie Wonder’s hit, “For Once In my Life,”
with a country twist and everyone loved it. So whether or not you like American Idol, it can teach us a lot about advancing our career. Seventeen year old Scotty McCreery has shown us that the following are key elements to success: •Know your strengths and utilize them. •Stay true to yourself even when there is pressure to change. •Be passionate in everything you do. Being a country music fan myself, I’d like to say thanks for the great music Scotty, and thanks for the career advancement inspiration!
Anthony Fasano is the host of Advancing Your Career, heard live Mondays at 4:00PM EST on Rockland World Radio
m a n y truths about l i e s David Biedny
t’s been said that the two things you can be certain of in life are death and taxes, but I deﬁnitely think there’s a third entry that deserves a seat at the table: people lie. Seems pretty obvious, right? No major revelation there, to be sure, and it’s this realization, the fact that we’ve become accustomed to lying as a daily event, that makes me stop and think: why and how did we get here? Are we all so jaded, so smashed over the head by the cold, unrelenting momentum of the world, that we’ve come to expect the worst, we’ve inoculated ourselves against the sting of deceit, made ourselves numb to the idea that we should be so daring as to trust someone, anyone with any aspect of our soul? As a native New Yorker, I suppose this is a bit of a silly detour of the psyche, why would I expect 44
anything other than deception from another human being? Perhaps I should be content with the few instances in which my fellow man (or woman) behaves in a decent, considerate way, give thanks for the times when people do the right thing, and leave it at that, but something in me nips at my guts, reminds me that we can be so much more than that, we can aspire to higher truths and realities. So why do we wallow in the mud? It’s not just that people lie, but that we’ve come to expect nothing less from anyone and everyone around us, and we put up defenses and walls that keep our truths hidden, safe, and it just so happens that you’re not the only one with this strategy, everyone is playing some version of this game, one with no winners, just players, losers and onlookers. Social animals, we engage not only in the deception towards others, but even more astoundingly, with ourselves. We tell our own soul lies to get through the day, convince ourselves that if we can only keep pedaling a little longer, we’ll reach that safe, warm island of happiness, even if we have to step on a few souls in the process, hey, that’s survival of the ﬁttest, it’s natural and to question it is to show weakness, naivety, ignorance. We ﬁgure that if we omit some truth in how we look at ourselves, well, that’s not so much lying as it is denial, and surely, the degree of the sin is reduced if the lie is directed inward. Freedom should include the freedom to lie to ourselves, because we are the only victim of a lie held internally, no one else will suffer, making denial justiﬁable under the right circumstances. Indeed, I would imagine that every thinking person has gone through some permutation of this scenario: little white lies and such things
are a part of life, no doubt, so why not just accept this, right? Parents lie to their children all the time, they don’t even really think about it, it’s just something that they do to help them and their children survive yet another day. The people that run the media and the people that run our lives - government and corporate management - understand that we all expect deception as a staple of life, and a large part of their game is to trying to ﬁgure out the balance that can be attained, the ratio of how much they can lie and how much we will tolerate before ﬁghting back. Marketing is the art of making you want things you don’t need, to believe that you are not whole without some random plastic item, stamped out of a machine and designed to go back into the ground as soon as possible. We all engage in this balancing act of self-denial and self-awareness, the battle for our minds and souls being fought on two fronts: how we face the world, and how we live with ourselves. Who really wins in the end? Being honest with yourself is something that takes work, it’s often unpleasant and who wants to be uncomfortable in their own skin? It’s tough enough getting through the trials and tribulations of daily life, the instinct for survival is strong, and we’ll ultimately do whatever we need to survive another day. Lying is just another tool for us to keep some aspect of the world in control, and that’s the way it’s always been. The problem is that self-denial - and all deception - is ultimately a losing game: you can believe whatever you want and you can convince yourself of just about anything, but reality has a way of crashing the party and bringing the level back to the rising water. Human perception is a powerful thing, and living in a bubble can seem empowering,
but at some point you have to open the hatch and let the air into the submarine, or you’ll choke for a lack of oxygen. Truth is oxygen, and lies are a vacuum. Which would you rather swim in? In recent days, we’ve learned that the Japanese have lied to themselves, and the world, about the extent of the damage to the Fukushima nuclear facility. We’ve seen the lies and deception between the Pakistani and American governments, and the American people have seen the lies that continue to spew from the mouths of the Bush cabal, as they emerge from beneath their dark, dank rocks and seek some portion of the limelight provided by the death of a murderer. When will we say, enough with the lies, and accepting deception as an acceptable default behavior? Will I ever live to see the day when living with some truth is easier than wrapping reality in lies? I can only hope so, though faith in hope seems ﬂeeting these days, and that ain’t no lie.
David Biedny is the host of Angry Human, heard live Tuesdays at 10:00PM EST on Rockland World Radio
As we roll into mid June what a tumultuous few months we have had in sports and the world it reﬂects. I just have to mention the sport of hunting. Hunting is a sport I usually detest, however our Navy seals hunting and killing their prey, Osama Bin Laden, well great athleticism there guys and great job! There are surprise happenings in the world of sports. The NFL, crowned long shot Super Bowl champs (that I picked to win it 6 weeks bedforehead, hmmm thank you folks) Green Bay Packers, then actually went ahead with the players lock out and ensuing strike..They are back and forth in every court under the US and no agreement has yet been reached. You need to be Perry Mason, or better yet, Nyack whiz attorrney, and my legal analyst, Robert Lewis to know what the hell is going on here! Crazy! The Jets got a big strong defensive end to help a weakness but the Giants came away with a 46
batch of top prospects. The man called “The Prince” is a top notch corner back with speed and a great vertical! Remember the Eagles game and the Vick bombs that went for 28 points in a row in 7 minutes? Second pick is a 330 pound killer lineman from North Carolina that was only available because he had dealings with an agent and didnt play his senior year! So what? No drugs no ﬁght, just late for class and taking a few dollars (hes very poor) from an agent to help get him a great NFL contract So 2 studs on defense then in round 4 an ALL AMERICAN linebacker from Michigan State, Robert Jones? Maybe the best 4th round pick in history! NBA the NBA maybe we should change the name to the NBHA National Basketball Hoodlum Association..In Dallas 4 game sweep, game 4, Lamar Odom brutally belted star forward Dirk Nowitski for no reason at all, as Dirk didnt even have the ball and was not setting a pick, doing nothing but trotting down the court. Odom was immediately evicted...Then just 2 minutes later tiny point guard, Barera was air borne for a lay up was already fouled by Kobe, Andrew Bynum deliberately assaulted this kid, bashing his forearm & elbow into the exposed chest/rib cage sending this 5ft 11” guard to the ﬂoor in agony..Bynum is a huge 7ft 1” man, who was immediately ejected then stripped down at mid court.. Dont tell me the NBA after improving its image is heading back to the Ron Artest/ Indiana Pacer days of beating up fans in their seats! David Stern had better come down extremely hard on these 2 Lakers, I mean suspensions of half a season with NO PAY
to send the message...Hoodlums, youre on back?) The West is strictly a 2 horse race parole so behave between last years champion Giants and Meanwhile the Mavs are going to the the Rockies who may be THIS years GiWest Finals & the Spurs & Lakers are ants.... dead! My team the OK Thunder are in a Horse racing? I liked Uncle Mo, love his war with the red hot Memphis Grizzlies, so jockey John Velasquez, but Mo was sick one of those are going to the West Finals! and scratched so I lost interest. So I put on The Celtics as of this writing are on the the race and see Uncle Mo’s jockey, my verge of elimination from the Heat which guy, John Velasquez was now on Animal should set up a fantastic Bulls vs Heat Kingdom a very good turf horse running Eastern Finals..Derrick Rose, MVP, vs on the dirt with the pedigree, so I put an Lebron James nice... “imaginary wager” on Animal Kingdom Baseball? surprises? Hello Cleveland as I love animals..He wins the Deby for Indians!! Yup they actually look for real. fun!!!! Wose he pays $43.80 on a $2 dollar The 2 pre season favorites, the Phillies & ticket..My imaginary bet? $100 to win...The Red Sox are having their problems, espeimaginary payoff on my $100 win ticket?? cially the Sox but there is still 130 games to $2,190 I then imagined I was very sick. go and I expect both to win their divisions The Texas Rangers are looking like they were one year wonders, which happens in baseball, and their rival Angels are surprisingly coming on strong and opening a lead. I still think the A’s will win the AL West with their great pitching depth. The Yankees? PITCHING! With this staff, it wont happen folks. AJ Burnett is looking like last years AJ, Phil Hughes is done, Bartolo Colon had a wake up call (HGH wearing off) and is a fat 39 year old, Freddy Garcia is at best, a mediocrity, Nova had a great game but is young and inconsistent and the Rafael Soriano contract of $35 million for a set up guy? Well it shows owners should leave these decisions to their GM. Cashman did not want Soriano....The Mets? Harvey Ludwin is the host of no surprise, last place with NO HOPE, The Sports Zone, heard live Mondays at 7:00PM EST on The Cards have pieced together pitching Rockland World Radio and are in ﬁrst, but that division is anyones guess (Brewers now that Zack Greinke is modernmetrozine
“ T h e Ta l e o f t h e P s y c h e d e l i c N o i s e ” by Don Si gal aka Ken Ti mber
ear friends, you are about to read what might turn out to be a rambling article, meant to describe the Psychedelic Noise Series at Nyack Village Theatre. But what is noise? Noise bears the same relationship to conventional music as Jackson Pollack (or Salvador Dali, or Picasso) bears to conventional painting. Total abstraction, or surrealism. If you consent to listen to noise on its on terms, the unique patterns and characteristics will become evident. Noise can be most expressive, wordlessly evoking atmospheres and emotions. There may be violence, serenity and catharsis. It may also be pointless, stupid garbage... on purpose. If, as Funkadelic said, “Soul is a ham hock in your corn ﬂakes,” then I’ll say that noise is a haggis in your ice cream. Noise is a creative endeavor (many noise-doers violently oppose the word “art” to describe it) which has a level playing ﬁeld. You don’t need to learn chords on a piano or guitar to start. You don’t need any particular instrument, just any THING that makes a sound you like. That thing could be a musical instrument, a object you found in a dump, a record player, a computer, anything. Once you start recording, that process itself will affect how your noise comes out. “Good” or “clear” recording is not necessarily what you want; 50
the murky sound of a lo-ﬁ recording might be just right. The beginner just might come out with something that’s as good as the well-known veteran. Maybe.
But this is not meant to be a how-to for noise wanna-dos. Noise is happening all over the world. Since the early ‘80s, the far-ﬂung and isolated noise-doers and enthusiasts sent their works to each other on cassettes. Now with the internet, the noise-doers are still farﬂung but not as isolated, and though many of us still use cassettes, mp3 and cd-r are the more common formats. Performances are happening at all levels, from basements to barrooms to concert halls. And right here in Nyack, since early 2010, they are happening on the ﬁrst Friday of every month at the Nyack Village Theatre. It’s my mission to present a broad assortment of artists demonstrating the varied genres of noise. Some of my favorite moments? Telecult Powers turning the theatre into a UFO with home-made synths and educational ﬁlms playing upside-down and backwards. A psycho-meltdown by Slasher Risk--started with her on drums and him on guitar, ended with him on drums and her on guitar. Kevin Winters projects (Cochlear Emissions, and a duo with Mike Haleta)
creating drones so deep and thick they could put you to sleep--yes, that is a good thing. The longest, heaviest set ever played by Wicked King Wicker. Opponents playing “Click Here to Try Drugs.” Heavy Medical playing “Secrets.” T.O.M.B. just playing. The Psychedelic Solstice. Isa Christ, looking crazy in high-heeled red leather boots and tattered animal print jacket, rocking some supremely raw electric sound. And my most favorite, the time Lotus Bazooka and I decided it would be funny to walk off the stage for a minute and leave our gear still playing--and when we did, Anthony Saunders and his friend jumped onstage and took over playing. Too many moments to recall, and maybe, no words to describe. To tell the truth, every single show has been a surprising, memorable event. Everyone who’s played has brought something new and inspiring, including (and sometimes especially) the last-minute bookings. The oddest pairing of acts has resulted in shows with amazing arcs. Experiences shared only by those in attendance. Dear friends, noise is the most unknown genre in sound, but is often the most amazing. You just have to come check it out.
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Life for Marquis has been synonymous with a ball on a tennis court.
There has been constant back and forth changes in his life stemming from his parents on both coasts of the United States from their military backgrounds. Marqui’s mother hails from Los Angeles, CA and his father is from NYC by way of Aruba. Culturally, there was much to gain from growing up in both places simultaneously. Primarily, Marqui gained a unique understanding of many types of people and their practices, which enabled him to create fruitful relationships, especially amongst his peers. In the midst of living in both Los Angeles and New York City, Hip Hop music was 54
tapping into its peak potential in the early to mid 90’s. Sounds of the West Coast included Gangsta Rap/G-funk movement blended styles of classic soul and funk music. The East Coast Hip Hop sound provided Gritty drums and expressive lyrical content from their artists. These genres heavily inﬂuenced Marqui to combine all genres and bridge the gap between all people and their tastes of music. After Graduating high school in 2004, Marqui continued his education at the University of California Santa Barbara. He stayed in college for one year, but became disgruntled with the course of his life. Music was always his passion and he decided to leave college and return to New York to pursue his career. Marqui was introduced to Steev Richter, a local Nyack musician who invited him into the open mic scene. Open mic functions housed singers and song writers from every walk of life in Nyack. This helped Marqui broaden his vision of unifying people. As a hip hop artist, combining live instruments in the likeness of The Roots Band, has aided Marqui in creating a unique sound that captivates audiences wherever he plays. These experiences helped propel his single “I Love Nyack” which speaks about his perspective from living in the village . His music is a direct reﬂection of the world around him from a refreshed perspective. Besides his music, his main motivation is to serve Christ and to reunite with his brother who has autism (currently residing in California. His love for his younger brother is what has led him to his 9-5 job working with developmentally disabled young adults.
â€œGod has blessed me with the opportunity to give back to others while keeping the memories of my brother alive daily. I believe that once I am able to live with him again, the experiences I have gained over the past 2 years will help me to give him the best life experiences possible. Life is a gift and its presents lie within the people who live it. I encourage others to share their daily gifts because you never know what you will leave with the next person.
I have been granted the ability to share my life through music which allows others to connect with me. What I love most about that is that my intimate experience through music helps me build family every time I perform because my immediate family is what I truly miss in my current life.â€?
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