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Making Artist's Plans and Painting Compositions

Oh what fun! 

Another bloggie post about what it means to be me, a little splice of life in the studio and all that good stuff. This time I have exposed a little artist plan formula that I have been working on. It's not much, but maybe it will help some people. If not, never mind. ;)

#artmanagement   #mixedmedia   #artcomposition   #drawingart  
Tying up loose ends, finishing paintings, planning out new compositions and making artist's plans. That's the name of the game.
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I've posted a few of these before, but here is the full run of pictures from the Switzerland tour.

#BoomShaka #Reggae #TrevyFelix #RasTrevy
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I post this here because it's the only article that seems to treat Trevy and Nelly with the respect they deserve, and not just as two bodies in a sensational story. 

Nelly and Trevy are revolutionary artists who used reggae music and conscious lyrics to address contemporary and universal issues. You can say that again.

#TrevyFelix   #RasTrevy   #BoomShaka   #Reggae   #Dominica  
Our thanks to Ayeola George and AGSelect [agselectpr@gmail.com] for sending the following update on the developing story of Nelly Shtarre and Trevy Felix's apparent death in a fire in Dominica. Tho...
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Meaning this is a tragedy but these beautiful people must be survived by there music as it grows to a larger awareness.
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Boom Shaka on Los Angeles TV station KTLA in 1987
They perform "Song For Jah" and "Closer Now," live and direct! There is also a very brief interview. The name of the show was "Tomorrow Is Monday."

This is the lineup of the band that recorded the Creation album (an earlier four man lineup made the first Boom Shaka record, a single, Dig A Dis, Dig A Dat b/w Ponderous). Trevy Felix is singing lead and playing guitar, Noel Rhodes and Joel Epps are singing and playing guitar, Mark Tumolo is playing bass, Owen Rose is drumming and Taharqua is playing keyboards and singing backup.

Recorded 7/23/87, aired 8/9/87.

Note on the sound: I did the live mix on this in the same room as the band, and they fed that directly to the control room, which wan't really the best way to do it. Being in a room away from the band would have allowed for a better mix to the control room. But as the kids say, it is what it is.

#BoomShaka   #TrevyFelix   #reggae   #RasTrevy  
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Fire burn the Vatican city...
...was the original title. It was shortened to Vatican for what should be obvious reasons. This is the first time the unreleased dub version can be heard in its entirety. 

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One hour photo, a short story - THIS IS NOT A TEST #35

Today I'm going to read you a story. Sit back, relax. Put your feet up. Pour yourself a tumbler of tequila or Bärenjäger. Get into your jammies. Or whatever you do.

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Today I'm going to read you a story. Sit back, relax. Put your feet up. Pour yourself a tequila or Bärenjäger. Get into your jammies. Or whatever you do.
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I've posted a few of these before, but here is the full run of pictures from the Tunisia tour.

#BoomShaka #Reggae #TrevyFelix #RasTrevy
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Remembering Trevy Felix - THIS IS NOT A TEST #36

Trevy Felix of Boom Shaka and his companion Nelly Stharre were found dead on August 19th in the burned remains of the house where they lived in the hills of Dominica. Trevy was a friend for almost 30 years, so here's a little remembrance.

http://thisisnotatest.com/remembering-trevy-felix-this-is-not-a-test-36

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Trevy Felix of Boom Shaka was found dead on August 19th in the burned house where he lived in Dominica. I knew Trevy for 30 years, here's a remembrance.
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Boom Shaka, "Check U Still" Carthage Tunisia, 1988
Here's a side of Boom Shaka you've probably never seen. The video and audio aren't great, but what a gig! August 3rd, 1988, in an ancient Tunisian amphitheater with a crowd estimated at 7,000.

The Tunisia tour was the first big lineup change in the group. Here you'll see Trevy Felix, Noel Rhodes, Joel Epps and Binghi-I on the keyboards, and the brand new rhythm section of Ray Felix and Watson "Drummie" Duverney.

Noel was so sick he could barely move before the show, but you'd never know it to watch them. The energy was so intense that for the most part I didn't do any dubbing. They were bringing it hard, so I just set the levels, stood back and let it unfold.

#BoomShaka   #Reggae   #TrevyFelix   #RasTrevy   #tunisia   #carthage  
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This is a sound I'll always remember, Trevy with a guitar working things out. You hear things a thousand times and you think they'll always be there to hear, but nope.
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Rastafari deh pon the fertile ground...
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Damn, that's lovely. I'm glad you had time hanging out and making music with him.
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