PHOTOGRAPHY –

‘Dead Rooster’, Selby 1996, printed Brunswick 2011 for ‘Good Mourning’ Fringe Festival show, photo by Alicia Bee.




PUBLIC SPEECH – THANKS! TO THE RABBIT WITH FANGS

Happy New Year, it is 2012! The Millennium is a whole Chinese Zodiac celebratory 12 years old very soon on 23 January.
Hop along rabbit; it’s time to ENTER THE DRAGON times.
Put your tie on and bow with respect for the magical dragon because good fortune is coming this way for everyone.
In personal summary, though 2011 was successful with art and writing, I could not escape the casual hell that a rabbit with fangs might give you if they think you are part of the garden lettuce that they want.
Am I a piece of rocket? Kos? Iceberg or other salad leaf I asked the Rabbit?
Do you think I am a vegetable or fruit?
THAT was never yours to harvest, you thieving rabbit it was mine ALL MINE.
Do not steal the food that we need for our own salad making.
The lettuce was never there for you to take.
Why do you keep doing that I asked the Rabbit?
Officially I have asked for help to keep the pests from my garden.
We are currently researching organic pest removal for a number of bad butterflies, caterpillars and mealy bugs with claws, but until I can get rid of all these problems that are eating holes in all the leaves; we aren’t seeking approval from NASAA for our dirt just yet.
Still chasing that same rabbit back around the calendar and down those mining holes that will form my historical writing career for the state museum, but I am likewise very proud to have my books in our libraries.


THE MUPPETS have a new movie coming out in Australia on January 12, tomorrow, called MUPPET DOMINATION.
(Maybe someone else can do something with that line because I cant use it in my own work.)
MUPPET DOMINATION has a main character that is a pig, and another that is a frog, some bears and chickens, and several funny looking puppets formerly created by JIM HENSON.


JIM HENSON died in 1990 and had a big funeral with many puppets in attendance. As he wished no one wore black and Harry Belafonte sang TURN THE WORLD AROUND.
Six Muppets performed songs, and later Big Bird (of the large yellow walking species) sung the ‘Its not easy being green’ song.


Looking back at the year that was elevenses, I have compiled a chart of the greatest hits makers found below.



DISCLAIMER.
THIS BLOG IS NOT ASSOCIATED WITH DISNEY MOVIES.
MISS PIGGY JOURNALISM IS A MUPPET BABY OF GONZO NEW JOURNALISM.
MISS PIGGY READS BOOKS ABOUT GRIEF BY JOAN DIDION AND STORIES BY TOM WOLFE, AND IS NOT YET FINISHED WITH HUNTER S THOMSPONS HELLS ANGELS ASPIRING TO ONE DAY INTERVIEW ALL OF THE MOTORCYCLE GANGS OF THE WORLD.




POPULAR MUSIC CHART 2011 – BY ALICIA BEE

THE GREATEST HIT  SONGS OF 2011
1. WENDY SADDINGTON – FIVE PEOPLE SAID I WAS CRAZY
2. WILCO – DAWNED ON ME
3. TOM WAITS – SATISFIED
4. ALICIA MANCEAU – FARAWAY EYES
5. AMY WINEHOUSE – OUR DAY WILL COME
6. BLOOD COMMAND – HAND US THE ALPHA MALE!









POPULAR MUSIC – BLESSED BY A BROKEN HEART.

American Christian metal band BLESSED BY A BROKEN HEART are almost a decade old on their glam tattooed vintage style tour bus video tapes. As a product of the YOUTUBE age they all recorded updates as they toured to keep fans in touch with their travels and inspire their support. Above is not a tour update nor official video clip but one of the first songs I heard from the band that got me interested; SHE WOLF from their 2008 ‘Pedal To The Metal’ album. I interviewed Drummer Slater from BBABH about the videos, Christianity, faith and getting a tattoo of your beliefs. As a faithful Christian Slater doesn’t enter into discussion on Buddhism, nor reincarnation but he does mention that their music attracts fans of all religions.

ALICIA BEE – I have been researching BBABH on Youtube while waiting for the single and discovered a number of tour updates created over the years.
It is one of the first times I have gained knowledge on a music act solely on Youtube before I have a CD in my hands, but there are alot of videos to entertain.
In the tour update videos I heard about the guy that broke into your bus, the bus breakdown in Texas and how Tyler assaulted a security guard and was subsequently arrested in Scotland.
What made you guys approach the camera and Youtube so easily?
SLATER – We live in a YouTube generation. MTV is dead. Fans feel connected when they get to see how their favorite artists live day by day. We want that connection with the fans, so we make videos. Plus we’re always doing stupid stuff, so we get it on camera so we can look back in the future and have a laugh.
ALICIA BEE – Does a member of the band generally film? Who handles the Facebook/Youtube web comments?
SLATER – We all have iPhones or whatever, so we all get footage. Our lead singer, Tony, is a professional photographer, so sometimes he pulls out his camera and gets some footage. We don’t have a PR company or label run our social networks. We enjoy communicating with fans, so we each individually get on and respond to comments and stuff.
ALICIA BEE – So when something happened did you feel compelled to make a video update?
SLATER -Yea, why not? We want the whole world to see the life of BLESSED!
ALICIA BEE – Were the update videos Youtube only releases?
SLATER – They were only videos…
ALICIA BEE – How did you go about making the updates, did you discuss the content, or point and shoot? How often did you do more takes?
SLATER – We never plan out what we are gonna say or do… we just hit record and go for it. The results are usually better that way.

ALICIA BEE – There was an update where a fan got tattooed with your autographs. Do you guys know how to tattoo?
SLATER – Tyler is a pro tattoo artist. He travels around the world doing guest spots. Over time, he has showed the rest of us some tattooing tricks, so we each know how to do autographs.
ALICIA BEE – Did you ever feel bad for that fan that got it done? What is your ethical statement about BBABH tattoos on fans?
SLATER – This guy was a huge fan of the band… and he begged us to do it. We tried to convince him otherwise, but he insisted. Funny thing is, two of those members are not in the band anymore. We wonder to this day if that guy has got a cover up. Many fans have sent us photos of having tattoos of the band name and/or lyrics from one of our songs. We think its cool. If our band or a song has changed someone’s life enough to have them want that inked on their body for life, then we obviously have done our job right. Get tattoos, there is nothing wrong with it, just don’t get something you will regret.
ALICIA BEE – Tyler and Tony seemed to be scarily tattooed all over their bodies. How many tattoos do they both have?
SLATER – All of us have tons of tattoos, except for Shred Sean. He has none. Tyler is a tattoo artist, so it’s natural for him to be covered. He has a bunch of random tattoos. The coolest is his left arm “He-Man” sleeve. Tony has a bunch of random tattoos as well. The most significant probably being his chest piece. He proposed to his wife with it. The tattoo is her full name with some roses and reads “Will you marry me” with a yes and no box under. She tattooed the check mark yes. I have a huge wolf chest piece because I’m hungry like a wolf.
ALICIA BEE – Do the other members of the band feel pressured to have tattoos?
SLATER – No. We each have tattoos cause we want them, not because we have to have them to look cool. We would look cool regardless. Tattoos are expensive, but Tyler tattoos the band for free. When we have free time on the road, Tyler gets to work on us. Sometimes he does draw something up and says, “Hey, I’m gonna tattoo this on you now…” We just go with it cause he’s so good.

ALICIA BEE – I have to admit that I was most impressed by the big moth you found and took on tour. Did you find out what breed it was? How long did it live?
SLATER – We always find animals and insects on the road and keep them as pets. We feed them and take care of them until they run away or die. The moth and the band had some creative differences on the last tour and the moth decided to go pursue other ventures.

ALICIA BEE – Please find attached drawings of some moth and butterflies that I used to illustrate my last poetry book about dead people and grief.
I think you should write a song about the moth because I am really into them.
They are entirely good content for much rock and roll metal fans, and would make a stunning muse.
ALICIA BEE – I am Buddhist, and though I don’t often talk about reincarnation, I made a joke out of the illustrations in THE BOOK OF THE DEAD AND WOUNDED to suggest that in our reincarnated life we come back as BUTTERFLIES (or MOTHS), BIRDS or FLOWERS. Do you ever mix your Christianity beliefs to combine with other faiths?
SLATER – No. Christ is the way, the truth, and the life.
ALICIA BEE – What do you think of reincarnation? Does that translate to the resurrection of Jesus for you?
SLATER – We do not believe in reincarnation. We believe that when you die, you either go to Heaven or Hell for eternity. Jesus didn’t reincarnate, he resurrected, to do what he said he was gonna do and to prove that he is the one and only true Son of God.

ALICIA BEE – How much does religion mix with the rock metal band when BBABH tours?
SLATER – When we play live, we are putting on a show. We are not preaching or trying to force our beliefs onto our fans in the crowd. We love our fans, no matter what they believe. When we are on stage and our fans are screaming & shouting our songs back to us… then we have done our job. We do offer prayer and support for our fans and the bands we tour with. Being a Christian is just a way of life. We are still normal, imperfect people, saved by the grace of God, who are just trying to have fun, put on a show, and change lives for the better through our music.
ALICIA BEE – How often does Christianity theme in the lyrics?
SLATER – Some of our music reflects our Christian beliefs and some doesn’t. Some of our songs are just typical songs about life, love, or personal experience. None of our songs are contradictory…its all good, fun, and clean.
ALICIA BEE – BLESSED word in your title is the CHRISTIAN sounding signifier that could stand you apart as a Christian band, how much of your audience is aware of the religious element?
SLATER – Some people would assume, but the “Christian reference” in the band name wasn’t intentional. The band name was a result of a personal experience of the founding band member. He was cheated on by a girl he was about to marry with someone close to him… he had a life changing experience because of it (for the better), and he was “BLESSED by a broken heart.” We didn’t make the band name to come off more religious.
ALICIA BEE – How do you get away with singing about the devil?
SLATER – Because the devil is a huge part of Christianity. He is the darkness to the light. The bible talks more about Hell than Heaven. You don’t just sing about your love, you also sing about your enemy.

ALICIA BEE – I’ve listened to your single FOREVER and note a certain kind of scene-ster music industry analysis with lyrics like “did what I could to make it in the scene”. How much do you write for yourselves, or other bands?
SLATER – We write and produce all our own music. We always have a studio on the go, and we write songs all over the world. A few of us have some side projects that we write music for. Shred Sean has a instrumental project. Tony has solo R&B project. Sam Ryder has another band in the UK, “The Morning After.” I am a producer myself, so I am constantly recording, writing, and working with artists on the road and at my home studio in Orlando, FL (Solid Rock Studios). Music is our life.
ALICIA BEE – Do you think bands have to stay forever young to keep going?
SLATER – The best bands of all time are the bands that stick together. Legendary bands like Def Leppard, Motley Crue, and Aerosmith are still touring. Why? Because they stood out among the rest. They had a sound and image that wasn’t like anyone else. They put out amazing records and put on amazing live shows that still have millions of people coming to see to this day, decades later. Blessed doesn’t want to be a band that is here today and gone tomorrow. We want to influence a generation… bring back real Rock n’ Roll and take the world by storm for decades to come!
ALICIA BEE – Can you estimate how long BBABH will stay together?
SLATER – “Forever”
ALICIA BEE – What would be one negative reason you would quit the band?
SLATER – Well many bands call it quits because they can’t make a living doing it. They have tons of fans worldwide, but because of music piracy, fans don’t buy records anymore. Fans don’t go to shows anymore like they use to either. We are in a generation where fans like to have their cake and eat it too. Enjoy music for free and never care to see those bands live. Just because a band is signed and has a record online and in stores doesn’t make them rock stars. They need support. Any band can’t make it if fans continue to steal from them.




POPULAR MUSIC – PATHS OF PRAKRITI : DARK HORSE




POETASTER –

Tiddalick
Alicia Bee © 2010

A female frog jumped down from the green mountains,
Middle city dry from rock she drank the fountain,
She could go another mile on the harsh concrete
Rough as desert, manmade structures hurt her silk feet,
Many games (of) leapfrog before they started counting.

Frogs feet shouldn’t live inner city (when) they’re hurting,
She jumped north to the swampland to start digging and dirting,
Amphibians got a place right there in the street,
Tiddalick bent down in prayer with tongue drank the creek.

North creeks began to empty when more frogs came bounding,
Female frog leapt south for river waters certain,
Faithful Yarra source away from the NEW frogs you meet,
Brown water of my home town mother natures’ feat,
Selfish well would drought too if all begin founding,
Tiddalick bent down in prayer with tongue drank the creek.

Burma Monk
Alicia Bee © 2010

I can see the anger in his young eyes,
He is just now understanding the world,
He prayed till knowing the militia lied,
He thought they’d listen to peaceful protest.

Is his confusion the beast unfurled?
His action before tears have been cried,
Realisation aches while others lips curled.

Noble while other religions have pride,
Quiet while other people take rocks furled,
Until then thought they had a stronger side,
He thought they’d listen to peaceful protest.

Liberty Statue
Alicia Bee © 2010

Free at last! Free at last! Our lady has liberty,
Seven years in prison is too long for a woman,
A day of celebration in capital city,
Democracy for Burma is our simple sermon.

Tears of joy from girl and boy for the release of their mother,
Militia are smiling along with the fishermen,
This happiness will last a full day for another.

When will all the political prisoners be free?
Now they’ve let her out they should release her brother,
American peace fighter would you swim across the sea?
Democracy for Burma is our simple sermon.



END. THANKS FOR READING. I LOVE YOU LIKE A RABBIT WITH FANGS.
Alicia Bee © 2012.

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