Meet and Greet: Ethan Bortnick

Ethan Bortnick

Who: Ethan Bortnick of Hollywood, Florida. You may have seen him on PBS.

What and Where: New song, “I Want Red” on Spotify and YouTube

Why: Ethan commented on Facebook:

HALLOWEEN – HERE I COME!
Brand new song – I WANT RED
If you do a video with this song, send it to me and I may post it! Especially, if you are wearing a mask!
Happy Halloween!

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I Want Red on Spotify

Favorite Shows for #Spooktober: Penny Dreadful

Penny Dreadful


Penny Dreadful is a Gothic Horror show. The show is set in London during the Victorian Era. Penny Dreadfuls refers to the popular serial dime novels published in the United Kingdom during this time.


Eva Green and Josh Hartnett are two of the main characters. Other cast members include Timothy Dalton, Patti LuPone, Reeve Carney, Billie Piper and Rory Kinnear.


There are three seasons. It originally aired on Showtime but it is also on Netflix. So far I’m in the beginning of season 2. I suppose I would be finished watching it but the tone of the show is a little dark and creepy.

Penny Dreadful has characters from Frankenstein, Bram Stoker’s Dracula and The Picture of Dorian Gray.

Vanessa Ives, Malcolm Murray and Ethan Chandler are trying to figure out some supernatural things. I’m still trying to figure out why the demons want to possess Vanessa.

Maybe I should watch season 1 again. I’m okay with that. The show is kind of beautiful to watch. The scenery, clothes and most of the people are gorgeous. I mean Josh Hartnett as a werewolf is pretty handsome as far as werewolves are concerned.

My other favorite character is John Clare, aka Frankenstein’s Creature. It doesn’t seem fair that he cannot find love because of his appearance and Dorian Gray always finds love. When in reality John Clare has a beautiful heart and Dorian Gray has a cold heart. I know that Clare will eventually become violent and angry. Gosh darn it.

So if you are into Victorian era gothic horror then you will probably love this show.


Voodoo Dreams, A Novel of Marie Laveau: #Spooktober Book Review

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Most of the Voodoo Dreams: A Novel of Marie Laveau by Jewell Parker Rhodes is set in New Orleans. Some of the book is set in what is known as the Bayou Teche are of Louisiana, which is mostly a rural waterway.

Marie Laveau was a real person. In fact, Marie Laveau had two daughters named Marie Laveau, which has made it confusing to know who the real Marie Laveau was. In the book, there are four Maries – the famous Voodoo priestess Marie Laveau plus the grandmother, mother and daughter.

In the beginning of the book, Marie doesn’t know anything about Voodoo. She’s just an innocent girl from the country near Bayou Teche. Marie travels to New Orleans with her grandmother. Her grandmother and mother were Voodoo priestesses; however, her grandmother converted to Christianity and never taught Marie about Voodoo.

Marie marries Jacque but then almost immediately leaves him for John, a Voodoo doctor. I imagine him to be like R. Kelly but with less talent. He’s a jealous, controlling, abusive person. I don’t see what attracts the women in Marie’s family to John. He doesn’t have any actual power as far as Voodoo. He makes a potion to remain ageless but he doesn’t have visions. John is insanely jealous of Marie because she is so connected to the spirit of Damballah.

If you are looking for a good fictional book about Marie Laveau then this book is a good choice. If you are planning on visiting New Orleans, Voodoo Dreams would be a good book to read before your trip. You cannot visit New Orleans without hearing about Marie Laveau.

If you are R. Kelly or someone opposed to women having power, then you might not like this book.

FYI: Ask for permission before you take pictures at a Voodoo priestesses house or place of business. Apparently, it’s frowned upon. Lesson learned.

Sleep Deprived Music Review: Frames

Cursed

 Frames has released the album Cursed. I promise that you will not be cursed if you listen to it. The album is a blessing and not a curse- even with the name.

 The music of Frames is very mellow with a voice that is almost hushed and the acoustic guitar. It reminds me of Indie rock from the late 90s – like Mazzy Star, Aimee Mann or Chantal Kreviazuk. I love all of those musicians so I’m kind of in love with Frames also. My favorite song on the album is “Vase.” The lyrics are fairly confessional like she is telling the audience her secrets.

Frames is from Richmond, Virginia. Honestly, I cannot find very much information about her. Maybe she tells all of the secrets in her lyrics and nowhere else.


I want to listen to this album while having coffee at a sidewalk cafe. If the cafe could play it before their open mic night, it would be appreciated by all who listen.


Links

Twitter – https://twitter.com/BeckPassport

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/framesva/

I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem: #Spooktober Book Review

I, Tituba: Black Witch of Salem

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I, Tituba: Black Witch of Salem by Maryse Conde follows Tituba from her home in Barbados to Salem Village and back to Barbados. In the book and in real life, Tituba was a slave owned by Reverend Samuel Parris. She was the first person accused of witchcraft at the very beginning of the Salem Witch Trials.

She was actually married to John Indian and had one child. However, he betrayed Tituba during the witch trials by accusing her and others of being witches.

Since she confessed, she was not burned at the stake and later released from prison. Tituba stayed longer in prison than necessary because Parris refused to pay for her prison fines. History does not paint Parris in a good light. He’s cruel and greedy and that is how people will see him for eternity.

Since there is not very much information about Tituba, Conde does take some creative license in telling this story. No one is really sure where she went after her release from prison. In the book, her fines are paid for by Benjamin Cohen d’Azevedo. She works for him until Puritans set his house on fire.

After the house fire, she becomes a free woman and makes the journey back to Barbados. Tituba has always been a healer. She learned from Mama Yaya, her surrogate mother and spiritual herbalist. When she returns to Barbados, Tituba continues to heal people.

This book was translated from French by Richard Philcox. It’s an excellent book in any language. I spent more money on a used edition of this book than on the last five years of my used book collection. It’s not cheap but it’s worth the money.

Some of the language is not kind to people of color. I do feel conflicted that the book is so well written but also uses derogatory terms. How do you guys feel about historical fiction that uses derogatory terms? What is acceptable and what isn’t?

If you like stories about witches or the Salem Witch Trials, you might enjoy this book. If you are a Puritan, you probably won’t like this book.

Meet and Greet: Black Bolt

Black Bolt

Who: Black Bolt of Boise, Idaho

Dustin – vocals/guitar
Justin – drums/vocals
Kyle – bass/vocals
Steve – guitar/vocals

What: Black Bolt has just released a new video, “Claws Out.”

Why: “Once upon a time, the Mean Jeans were nice enough to let us play a benefit show with them in Portland for (guitarist) Steve’s bachelor party. In 2016, they released Jingles Collection, a collection of Jingles for various brands and products. We wrote a jingle about White Claw, both because we love White Claw, and to pay tribute to a band that did us a real solid. Funny enough, the last time we saw them live, they discussed writing a White Claw jingle. So we hope this pleases them– and the White Claw drinking public at large!

Where: You can find Black Bolt at the following places.

Links

:https://www.blackboltboise.com/

https://www.instagram.com/blackboltboise/?hl=en

https://www.facebook.com/blackboltboise

/https://soundcloud.com/blackboltboise

https://twitter.com/blackboltboise?lang=en

https://open.spotify.com/artist/52O5Inhn4GIajSzG8SYGX1?si=VQ3ZwMAhTVGN3ScUIraBMQ


https://blackboltboise.bandcamp.com/

Be On the Lookout: Olivia Cattano

Olivia Cattano

Update: Olivia has been found!

Hello Everyone,

If you have a minute, be on the lookout for Olivia Cattano. She was taken out of school by her mother, Dawn Vigue, on September 9th and has not been seen since then. Olivia’s dad and family are doing everything possible to find her and bring her home. I do know her dad and have seen Olivia a few times through the years.

Her mother has lost custody but has not been served the paperwork yet. The word is that Dawn has had a history of violence against children. She went on the run while the court case was in process. Dawn Vigue has lived in the Columbus area, Ohio, including Westerville, Powell, and Delaware. She is also good at staying under the radar so she probably isn’t drawing attention to herself.

It is possible that they are staying in the area with a man named “Yogi.” The rumor is that Yogi is a pimp. I cannot stress how important it is to find Olivia. Her safety is really in jeopardy.

If I had to guess, I would say that they could be at a homeless shelter, a cheap motel or a campground. They are more than likely living a transient lifestyle so they could be anywhere. Columbus is also close to Interstates 71 and 70. They could have also gotten on Interstate 75 in Dayton.

Please share the Facebook posts or this post in order to get her Olivia’s story out there. So if you see Olivia or Dawn, please contact (419)202-1404 or (419)603-8661.

If you suspect that this case could be related to human trafficking, contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline 1-888-3737-888 — or Text INFO or HELP to BeFree (233733). Calling 911 is always an option.