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Blog Bomb: 33 1/3

BlogBomb 33 1/3 by Nick FuriouStylz

BlogBomb 33 1/3 presented by Nick FuriouStylz’ bid for state senate. When we go we go with stylz… Furioustylz

Today’s lesson, or rather reflection, comes to us in the form of compromise. Compromise is an action so vital for collaboration and yet at times it is taken for granted, overlooked or under valued in the grand scheme.

I am fully aware of all this, and yet, compromise does not come easy for me personally. It is not as if I do not value the contribution of others, because indeed I do. It is more that I can become singularly focused on this vision that I have created in my own minds eye. When this does not easily agree with the whole of the group, or there is a dissenting view, I can become frustrated and not want to compromise. It is important to remember that we can always alter the schematics. We can always change shape or go with another idea that could possibly be better than the one we are so dead set on holding on to. But if we are unwilling to compromise we will never know. In this article learning to compromise is explored in greater detail.

Passion and Drive

It is true that creative people carry with them a great passion and drive to achieve. When working with others we sometimes forget that everyone involved has an equal investment in their own success, ego and their own personal vision. Many times this is what drives great groups of people to achieve even greater heights than they could solo. The other side of the coin is that this singular focus can drive a group to confrontation and or discontent. Compromise is an integral barrier that can easily bridge the gap or blow the bridge up completely if we are unable to embrace it. When we do this we self-sabotage and in the end only hurt our projects and our peer relationships.

compromiseCompromise comes with a feeling that you were not always getting your exact way but it is good to bend a little and hear alternative points of view It is also good to know when you are just being a pushover and where to stand your ground and stand behind your beliefs and not compromise. We don’t always have to agree with others and if you have a valid point and feel strongly you must make your case and never be bullied into something you don’t believe.

Speaking from a musician’s standpoint it is good to acknowledge that in music we are always compromising to create a better end-product. As we compose lyrics we are pushing and pulling and trying to find the crevice where they fit in with the notation and the music. Compromise is vital for creating good songs.

As young people we can use music as a tool to learn how to compromise with others. Then it is just up to us to put this in play in our normal life and business life situations. Think like a child and remember how easy it was to play with your friends and how it seemed mostly we could always find a compromise.

Go with the Flow

Going with the FlowOn that note; go forward and compromise. Let one of your peers be right even if you think you are. Find a way to make your life less stressful by going with the flow. I speak these words so that I myself may heed their intent. That, my friends, is another voluptuous edition of blogbomb. blowing up the scene in nuclear fashion.

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La Bomba Superior

Photo: Wes Naman

Nick “Furious” Meyers is a longtime veteran of the New Mexico Music scene. Nick has worked with Community Publishing in the past, having served as the Audio Engineer on the multimedia children’s book, Fiona the Funkadelic Freckile Fairy. Nick is currently working working as the Audio Engineer on the Animated multimedia book, Bella the Caterpillar (written by 7yr old Marisol Paramo) to be published in the late Fall by Community PublishingFrom the Community For the Community!

cropped-CP-3D.pngCommunity Publishing brings local artists of all mediums together in creative collaborations for distribution as multimedia books (available in digital and print) while promoting literacy in our communities.
We are proud to be a community partner and digital marketer at the Rail Yards Market and the Monte Vista Fire Station.
#JoinOurCommunity at http://communitypublishing.org

BlogBomb: The Real Deal Holyfield

The Real Deal Holyfield by Nick FuriouStylz

InformativeSo if you fancy yourself an entertainer/musician/performer in this world you’ve got to work 24/7 to make sure you’re always ready to accept the next challenge, to attend the next party or get-together and make sacrifices to further your career while all the while staying humble and communicative. Your image, your future and your livelihood are all important to keep in mind.

What a lot of people don’t understand is that you cannot just say yes to everyone and that you should not do everything for free. Also I believe there are a few simple rules to follow to help us be productive and also respectful of those we work with it.

6 Rules to Enhance Productivity

Rule #1: Don’t do everything for free

It’s fine to do a freebie, to help a good cause or to put yourself out there for a friend every once and a while but generally speaking you should are worth something and you need to know and believe that when you’re dealing with promoters or agents in your field. That is not to say that Productivityone should consider themselves the best ever or have an attitude, it is to say you should work with others but always know your worth.

Any collaborator that understands “true value” will understand that you are worth it and that asking for something in the realm of reality is expected. Don’t set your sights too high and don’t overdo it, but always understand you should get something for your efforts.

Finally, those musician/performers who do not take money or request payment for services unfortunately have a tendency to water down the talent pool. In other words those willing to do it for free make it easy for promoters agents to pay less for less quality and those who deserve it and hard work for it are not getting paid because others would be willing to do it for free. You’re not doing anyone else including yourself any favors by accepting free gigs or free work on a regular basis.

Rule #2: Do what you say and say what you do

Quite often we get caught up in making promises that we can’t keep, but we want to make everyone happy so we agree to do things. If you decide to overextend yourself things may spiral out of control. If there is a moment that you realize you cannot make these things happen or follow through you must act proactively. Be honest with yourself and the other parties and communicate this. Give them a call, let them know at the earliest point if you have to bail. Never don’t just show up, one must communicate and own up. And that does not mean to send an email or a text message it means call that person or speak to them directly and share with them what is going on. Sometimes it’s hard but Saving Face in the long run is what matters not the short-term.

Rule # 3: Be realistic and be honest with yourself and others.

Again, sometimes unexpected  things come up and sometimes we are unable to fulfill our promises but your best bet is to always be honest with yourself and then communicate that with the other parties involved. We all make mistakes, over book and we get ourselves into things we cannot always look good in but we must remember not to jeopardize the overall integrity of the event and or job. Have accountability for yourself and your promises.

Rule # 4: Grease the wheel

If you make money as a promoter always make sure to share it evenly with all the parties involved. Granted you should take your money out for flyers or for promotion costs but one should ALWAYS be honest and forthright and try to share the wealth with everyone involved even if they don’t expect to get paid. The reality is everyone is there, using their resources, working together and you cannot complete any event by your lonesome. As a musician, tip and compliment your sound person. The last thing you want to do is piss off the guy bringing you your steak, if you know what I mean. Always compliment the bartenders and wait staff and always be courteous to those involved. Honest compliments and positive reinforcement is a must especially in high stress, fast paced situations.

Of course don’t be a pushover if someone is being irrational don’t be a doormat.
You may put them in their place on the microphone and make them feel stupid 😉

Rule # 5: It does matter. EVERYTHING matters always big or small.

I can assure you that everything does matter including decorum and respect. You should know your audience and always understand to try to be respectful even if you think you’re compromising your art in some way. No reason to be vulgar in front of children,  making blanket statements etc. Sometimes we must be the bigger person and understand that we are Quality Firstrepresenting more than ourselves and that people will remember the little things  and the big things that you do. Nobody’s perfect but it is important to remember how you portray yourself will last for years to come in people’s perception of you. Also make sure you do it the correct way the first time, no half measures, don’t cut corners, don’t lie and or don’t do it the easy way. Spell check documents and social media posts, proper grammar is important to not come across like a newbie.

If it takes a little longer, costs a little more it’s ALWAYS worth it to come out looking like a professional. Every-time and in every situation.

Rule 6: The final straw

Actually this last rule has nothing to do with the negative connotation of the final straw but rather a final note to always remember like having a piece of straw in your mouth and sitting on the porch in the sun after a long, hard day. Relax a little, settle in and be comfortable. Be yourself have some fun and allow yourself to be free. Remember to be professional and always respect others. If we’re not having fun and it’s not authentic it won’t go over well with your audience. You’ve got to be free to be the best you that you can be! This can be a tough rule to navigate because being yourself still means you will need a filter. Assess each situation on a case by case basis.

As always I appreciate you tuning in to another installment of the BlogBomb, blowing your mind every time with a unique and explosive take on the modern hustla. If you want to get it, go get it just remember to always remember where you came from and respect those who paved the way to get you where you are because we never do it alone and we never get there by ourselves.

That’s a drop the mic moment, peace and I’m out.

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La Bomba Superior

Photo: Wes Naman

Nick “Furious” Meyers is a longtime veteran of the New Mexico Music scene. Nick has worked with Community Publishing in the past, having served as the Audio Engineer on the multimedia children’s book, Fiona the Funkadelic Freckile Fairy. Nick is currently working working as the Audio Engineer on the Animated multimedia book, Bella the Caterpillar (written by 7yr old Marisol Paramo) to be published in the late Fall by Community PublishingFrom the Community For the Community!

cropped-CP-3D.pngCommunity Publishing brings local artists of all mediums together in creative collaborations for distribution as multimedia books (available in digital and print) while promoting literacy in our communities.
We are proud to be a community partner and digital marketer at the Rail Yards Market and the Monte Vista Fire Station.
#JoinOurCommunity at http://communitypublishing.org

Delectably Eclectic

Delectably Eclectic by Alex Paramo

*DJ Flo Fader is the Music Producer on the recently released Multimedia Children’s Book, Samuel’s Story by Hakim Bellamy with Illustrations by Melvin Mayes. For info click here

Remember when it seemed like people only liked one type of music genre? People would be labeled according to what music they liked: Metal Heads, Punks, Goths, Hip Hop Heads and the like. Well increasingly and partially due to technology, folks are swimming through different genres and no one more so than DJ Flo Fader.

Southern Man


Born in the South, DJ Flo Fader aka Roscoe Floyd was influenced by the diverse musical tastes of his mom and step-dad who was in a Funk/Rock/Blues band. He and his family moved to the NYC/NJ area where he was exposed to DJing and Hip Hop Culture. In the combination of songs in his professional sets to the combination of sounds when he is producing beats, a myriad of sounds that create storms of pulsating energy in your head.

Diverse World

Countries, including our own, are becoming more diverse. Sounds from all corners of the earth can be found a click away thanks to the inter-webs. DJ Flo Fader has traveled the world professionally working with legends J-live,  Masta Ace and the whole EMC crew.

Grand Fantastic Life of DJ Flo Fader

By combining the talents of DJ Flo Fader (music), Alex Lopez (photographer) with a little bit of “wordsmithing” by yours truly: throw in some guest musicians like Albuquerque’s Inaugural Poet Laureate Hakim Bellamy, Xian Bass and tracks by Masta Ace and J-live among others and a sonic recipe of sight and sound will be delivered! Community Publishing’s forthcoming Multimedia Book, the Grand Fantastic Life of DJ Flo Fader, is bringing a multi-sensory experience to typically disparate audiences. Below I interview him in regards to this project.

Life In the Fader

Follow Life in the Fader, to keep up with this multidimensional persona and his quest to discovers new frontiers and crush them up, season them and combine them with all of his other ingredients of musical genius. Forever at the cutting edge, DJ Flo Fader is also Video DJ Flo Fader. He is dedicated to his community, having taught DJing 101 at several public schools in NYC and Albuquerque. One of the most likable, down to earth people you will ever meet, check out his blog Life in the Fader, this coming Saturday, May 31 right here!

**Big Shout-Out to Kent Black and HighDefEntertainment | AffinityMusicGroup

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Alex Paramo Summer SolsticeAlex Paramo is a native New Yorker of Colombian descent. He is an Author and Co-Founder of Community Publishing. He currently resides in Albuquerque, NM. Read More about him here.

We are proud to be a community partner and digital marketer at the Rail Yards Market and the Monte Vista Fire Station. Need help with your web presence and social media marketing? Click here to find out how we can help you! 
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Life in the Fader: Multimedia in a Multiple-Media World

By Alex Paramo

I have written several times about the importance of exposing and teaching all of our children to use current technologies. Children from all backgrounds need to have hands-on experience Multimedia Bookwith the learning tools of today and tomorrow. Contrary to the trending meme about limiting your child’s exposure to “screens and monitors” I encourage the use of technology by children.

People seem to conflate, confuse and associate technology and video-games. The purpose of this article is not to bash video games (I do not endorse violence-based games/media) but rather to promote the use of technology to promote literacy/learning and support/endorse collaborative local arts. Let us all remember that the medium is not the message. A book printed with terrible messages, like those found in Mein Kampf, is no better because those messages are on paper as opposed to a tablet/screen. Our brains are constantly evolving and changing to suit the changes in our environment. Our preoccupation should be with promoting positive message rather than on the medium messages are promoted on.

Collaboration

Princess Marisol & the Moon Thieves

Multimedia Books allow for artists of all mediums to collaborate in the at of story-making. For my book, Princess Marisol & the Moon Thieves, we brought together an illustrator (Audrey McNamara), talented musicians (Matias ProfessionalismPizarro, Juan Ramirez, Christian Orellana), Voice Actresses (Jackie Zamora, Sofia Zamora and Marisol Paramo) and an author (Me). We also utilized the talents of Audio Engineers to help tell our story.

For my latest Multimedia Book writing endeavor, the Grand Fantastic Life of DJ Flo Fader, I am collaborating with Alex Lopez (Photographer), DJ Flo Fader (Music), and an armada of local artists such as Xian Bass and Hakim Bellamy and legendary figures from the music business such as Masta Ace and J-Live. Here is a track from the forthcoming project called appropriately enough, Elevate Your Mind (by DJ Flo Fader).

 Multiple-Media

multiple-mediaToday our children are being bombarded with messages from multiple-media outlets: TV, Videos, Games, Books, Multimedia Book, eBooks, Blogs, Radio, Internet-Radio etc. Unlike yesterday where the “traditional” Book/Radio/TV industry was monopolized by a few and we had no alternatives, today we have the power to create our own content. Content that promotes our true values, and embraces our collaborative vision for tomorrow.

Those of us who have access to these new learning tools have a responsibility to share them with those that do not. We need to like, comment and share in order to create the world we have been longing for: a just and equitable world where we can all flourish individually and prosper as a whole.

*DJ Flo Fader produced the music for our 3rd multimedia children’s book Samuel’s Story. Available in print and digital formats get yours today! 


Alex Paramo Community Publishing

Alex Paramo

Alex Paramo is an Author and Co-Founder of Community PublishingCommunity Publishing brings local artists of all mediums together in creative collaborations for distribution as multimedia eBooks while promoting literacy in our communities.

We are proud to be a community partner and digital marketer at the Rail Yards Market and theMonte Vista Fire Station. Need help with your web presence and social media marketing? Click hereto find out how we can help you! 
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BlobBomb: La Bomba Superior

BlogBomb: La Bomba Superior

La Bomba Superior by Nick Furious Meyers

Another explosive edition of BlogBomb. Exposing blips on the radar and unveiling that there is so much more than meets the eye.

On the BookshelfA huge bonus to being plugged into the creative scene in Albuquerque is that one gets to experience things and how they come together from an insider’s perspective. Being in the giant loop of talent that exists can sometimes lead to fortuitous and mind expanding collaborations with fellow artists. That is the truth attached to my latest endeavor.

It has been a pleasure for myself and FuriouStylz Entertainment Studio to work with Community Publishing on numerous projects such as Fiona the Funkadelic Freckle Fairy.

BlogBomb: La Bomba SuperiorI was excited to discover that I would be a part of their latest endeavor, a multimedia project called Samuel’s Story. What a treat it has been working with Community Publishing to create this very heartfelt project written by fellow artist, friend and brother Hakim Bellamy. Hakim, a man who has achieved great accolades in academia and in music, has proven he is worth his weight in gold as an educator and esteemed poet. Samuel’s Story is a magnificent multi layered enactment of his genius. 

However this process has been about more than jus the artist and the publisher it also includes friend, brother and visual artist Melvin Mayes aka Jungle, whom I have known and respected since my introduction into the hip hop world in the late 1990s. Melvin is the illustrator and contributes some amazing artwork that furthers the story. 

Just when you think it cannot get any more exciting then you add in another artist who I admire greatly. A man who is a very prominent figure in the music and art scene in New Mexico. He is, none other than, DJ Flo Fader or Roscoe Floyd. Flo, and no he is not from progressive, is a very progressive producer and contributed the musical components to the project. As this is a multimedia experience the music is imperative in creating the rich BlogBomb: La Bomba Superiortapestry and vibe of the story.

When given the opportunity to unite all of these great artists with amazing qualities into one book written by  Hakim Bellamy I accepted the challenge at once.. What an honor it has been to be a part of the creative process and to use my studio engineering knowledge and know how to contribute to the final result. Working together with this talented pool and being given the opportunity to be the glue that brings it all together is an awesome and humbling feeling. I am excited by what is to come for the team moving forward.

Find out more about this multimedia project and get a sneak preview by visiting http://www.communitypublishing.org/samuels-story/

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La Bomba Superior

Photo: Wes Naman

Nick “Furious” Meyers is a longtime veteran of the New Mexico Music scene. Nick has worked with Community Publishing in the past, having served as the Audio Engineer on the multimedia children’s book, Fiona the Funkadelic Freckile Fairy. Nick is currently working working as the Audio Engineer on the Animated multimedia book, Bella the Caterpillar (written by 7yr old Marisol Paramo) to be published in the late Fall by Community PublishingFrom the Community For the Community!

Community Publishing brings local artists of all mediums together in creative collaborations for distribution as multimedia books (available in digital and print) while promoting literacy in our communities.
We are proud to be a community partner and digital marketer at the Rail Yards Market and the Monte Vista Fire Station.
#JoinOurCommunity at http://communitypublishing.org

Music is Boundless

Collection of Human Noise: Music is Boundless

Music is Boundless by Ana Romero Sanchez

Music is Boundless

It seems it should be a simple task to answer why music is so important, but it’s rare that we actually stop to think about how it really fills our lives. Since ancient times the sounds around which we’ve gathered in the name of community, spirituality, ritual, and celebration, is music. It is the evocation of emotion, power, and drama in many areas of life; triumphant or melancholic, music brings the world and human emotion to life in ways that no other human creation can.

 Plato said “ music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”

Musical Inspiration

Music is BoundlessPowerful as it is, music is not esoteric but part of existence for the joy and inspiration of all. Large segments of our society are beginning to lose sight of the importance of music in every day life and instead relegating it to pop culture. Children, on the other hand, understand music instinctively. Whether it be a toddler moving his head in perfect rhythm, a young child beating on a makeshift drum, or a group of young people singing without fear of being heard, they possess a natural rhythm, a dance choreographed by the heart alone, that adults have difficulty recreating, but by which they are absolutely delighted.

A child’s channels of comprehension are untainted and wide open, and as they grow we slowly lead them to close these channels and instead utilize only those that allow for logic and pragmatism. The arts are not a priority and  are whittled away by legislation year after year. Music and creativity, in terms of imagination, awaken not only our creative selves, but also our mathematical and scientific selves.

Music is BoundlessEinstein said: “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”

As music and arts programs become less accessible to kids, a greater need for grass roots programs exists. Our education system does not value the power music has to help children learn and become confident students, and private instruction and camps are out of reach for many families. We want music to be attainable to all children in the community, and it’s for this reason that we’ve created the New Mexico Academy of Rock and Blues (NMARB).

At NMARB, our mission is to create a program for creativity that is affordable to all families. This is why we put together fundraisers; it’s our community effort to create a space that doesn’t exclude anyone merely based on finances.

Instructional Diversity

Our instructors are not only Albuquerque Public Schools educators but also some of the Southwest’s most talented musicians, like Reviva’s Glenn “Buddha” Benavidez and Singer/Songwriter Keith Sanchez. We also bring in New Mexico’s renowned poets, such as Albuquerque Poet Laureate Jessica Helen LopezSwimming With Elephants Publisher and educator Katrina Guarascio, and nationally published poet Zachary Kluckman.

We know that music is not just about the sounds created, but the creative expression they shape. Be it though lyrical execution, composition, or instrumental mastery, we want kids to express their true selves as they build their musical ability, their self-esteem, their ability to work as a team, and their confidence.
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This article was originally published on January 8, 2015 in the Music Corner page found on the NMARB website. Community Publishing will be re-publishing this collection of articles by Keith and Ana Sanchez.
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Sanchez FamilyAna Romero Sanchez and Keith Sanchez are the founders of the New Mexico Academy of Rock & Blues, which is dedicated to granting equal access to the arts for children from all walks of life. Please contribute whatever you can by visiting: http://nmarb.org/

Community Publishing brings local artists of all mediums together in creative collaborations for distribution as multimedia eBooks while promoting literacy in our communities.

#JoinOurCommunity at http://communitypublishing.org
We are proud to be a community partner and digital marketer at the Rail Yards Market.

Life in the Fader: Music Production

Music Production by DJ Flo Fader

Many DJ’s are known for their skills at keeping the audience, moving, knowing what songs to play and in what sequence. I definitely aspire to mastering those techniques but I also have an inside track into the DJing profession through my music production. I got introduced to beat production around the same time I started DJing. My skateboarding friend Tim inspired me to try my hand at Music Production. DJ Marley Marl was my first major influence as far professional music is concerned. He would sample and introduce elements of Funk and Soul in his music production.

I was brought up on sampling productions, but now I like to use my own music. With this track I play the Piano, layer the Piano and I set up the drum track, layer the drum track and I combine it with internal sounds from the program Albeton Live.

The Future of Music

In the future I aim to stimulate the masses by including all types of genres in my repertoire. At the rate that technology is progressing there are so many directions that I will move in. I am staying progressive and always keeping my ear to the streets.

Special thanks to Kent Black and HighDefEntertainment | AffinityMusicGroup for their professional audio and video production.
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DJ Flo Fader

DJ Flo Fader

DJ Flo Fader is currently the subject of a Multimedia Book project that will bring his biography to life through music, photography, and literatureThe Grand Fantastic Life of Flo Fader will be published in the Fall, 2014 by Community Publishing.

Community Publishing brings local artists of all mediums together in creative collaborations for distribution as Multimedia Books while promoting literacy in our communities. We are proud to be a community partner and digital marketer at the Rail Yards Market and the Monte Vista Fire Station. Need help with your web presence and social media marketing? Click here to find out how we can help you!

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Mission Launch

Challenges of a Road Wizard: Mission Launch

Mission Launch by Rev LeReve Tsolwizar


It’s hard to say whether or not the decision was right.  Nevertheless, it was the one I made, and now I was in a pickle, and must simply deal with what was unfolding.  I had left Albuquerque feeling excited about finally heading out on the road, but also feeling rather unprepared for the journey I was setting out on.  There were so many loose ends dangling about on this project, I couldn’t shake the feeling that it would all come unraveled at any moment. I was nervous and apprehensive about the whole project from the very start, but I was determined to carry it out, nonetheless.  And now, there I was in a park in the middle of San Diego, having barely slept the nighty before because I was concerned about the safety, and legality, of where I had pitched my tent.  It was Sunday morning and I was desperately searching for my wallet.  I couldn’t believe this was happening.  Had those kids, who passed by several times during the night, stolen my wallet?  Or, had it fallen out, unnoticed, when I was searching for spots to pitch my tent?

Mission Launch

Like any good, high level game, my little adventure started off with a doozie of a challenge, and the challenges have continued to show up at every turn.  The biggest challenge, has been related to one very specific thing, generating revenue.  I am, after all, out here for the very purpose of creating Rev anew – that would be me transforming myself into a financially successful professional artist.  This has proven to be a tough endeavor for me, even under the best of circumstances.  I have been working toward this goal for 20 years now, and have yet to get there.  Admittedly, I have rather odd methods and approaches to this goal.  And, this journey is no different.

I set this mission up to be a sink or swim operation, a do-or-die kind of scenario, one that would propel me out of my comfort zone, into unfamiliar territory, where I would be forced to engage in rapid development of my show, myself as an entertainer, and my skills at getting strangers to give me money for the presentation of my art.  This has proven to be a quite effective training program.  I have had to experiment and explore, live and direct, in front of masses of people, most of whom aren’t really paying much attention to me, unless I provide some hook to draw them in.  And, once I have their attention, I have the added challenge of inspiring them to open up their wallets and give me some of their money. So far, I have performed this task far below the level of expectation I had set for myself.

Mission Launch

I made the decision to engage in the mission of going on the road with the skeletal elements of my newly created pop-up dragon didgeridoo show (rather impressive skeletal elements, but skeletal elements no less), and nothing more than a vague plan to find appropriate places to present, and develop, my act, mostly through the medium of street performance (aka Busking). The reason I chose this mission, and set it up in such a way that would require me to succeed in order for the journey to be completed, is because it is my route to the next level. Time to up my game.

I am now sitting in a coffee shop on Sunset Boulevard staring out the window – “HOLLYWOOD” looms on the mountainside directly in front of me.  Across the street a homeless man, head bowed, sitting on a stoop, picks at his shirt.  The next table over an older gentleman is discussing homelessness with his friend.  Everywhere I go in LA, homelessness abounds.

My buddy tells me that the homeless population in LA is equivalent to the entire population of Santa Fe.  I am taken back for a moment to the home of my childhood, where the HOLLYWOOD sign appeared regularly before my eyes through the glow of a TV screen.  Hollywood was the home of the rich and famous, a place that represented fame and fortune, a place I never imagined myself spending any amount  of time in.  And now, here I am, staying at my buddy’s in Hollywood, sitting at a Starbucks on Sunset Boulevard, and providing entertainment on the boardwalk of Venice Beach.  In relation to the entertainment industry, for which this place is so well known, I am the homeless man, begging for change on the street corner, with my  cute little pop up show.  And yet, my fortune, even if I fail at this mission, is far greater than the actual homeless man I see across the street.  I have a home to return to, whether I fail or succeed.

Successful Rebounds

Mission LaunchI have the resources to rebound from failure, if it occurs.  If this project does come unravelled, I know there are people who’ve got my back. But, this was not always the case.  The last time I was at Venice Beach, 20 years ago, I was a broken, wandering fool, living out of a 1969 VW microbus, with no idea of what I had to offer the world, and no community to support me through my struggles.  Today I am a Wizard, and by that I mean a one-of-a-kind artist with a special blend of magic, and I’m out there on the boardwalk of Venice Beach learning how to share that magic with the world, and discovering how to go about being financially rewarded for doing so.

My journey will take me north, along the pacific coast, soon.  I know that I will have made significant improvement in my presentation and revenue generation wizardry by the time I leave LA.  Venice Beach has been a very good training ground and a terrific work environment.  I love that it has been my “office”, for this brief moment.  Truth is, I’ve always been a bit of a beach bum, with the unfortunate fate of being born, raised, and living most of my life in the desert.  Don’t get me wrong, I do love my desert home.  But, there has always been a longing deep inside of me to live by the ocean.  DigereedooThankfully, I’m getting a little taste of that now.

The challenges that have come my way on this journey have truly strengthened me and taught me things I would not have learned otherwise.  I am grateful for then all.  I am, however, quite ready for a break through in the area of Rev-e-nue generation.  May it come soon!  Regardless of when, or if, that breakthrough arrives I shall press forward with all the determination of a Wizard who knows his role and the mission set before him.  And, I shall wield my magic with all of the finesse and grace that has become mine through the many challenges and struggles I have been through thus far.

I shall also continue to report here, each week, on the progress and developments of this journey, and to offer insights and musings, with the hope of inspiring others to follow their own magic, and make it happen.

I never found my wallet.

Mission LaunchThe one & only ~ Rev LeReve Tsolwizar

Footnote:  After having dinner with my buddy, Roo, we passed by the homeless man I had seen while at Starbucks.  Roo asked the man, “Do you smoke?’  The man replied, “yes”.  Roo then handed him half a dozen cigarettes, and I handed him the fortune cookie I was holding and said to him, “I know it’s not much brother, but may good fortune come your way!”  He graciously accepted the gifts and said, “And, good fortune to the both of you too, sir!”

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Mission LaunchRev Lereve Tsolwizar is an artist, musician, performance artist and wizard. He is based out of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Read more about him here.

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Xian Bass

Life in the Fader: Xian Bass

The Grand Fantastic Life of DJ Flo Fader multimedia book project has brought together so many talented individuals beginning with DJ Flo Fader himself (Roscoe Floyd), and including Photographer Alex Lopez and myself Author, Alex Paramo. Along with internationally known talents like Master Ace, and J-Live, there will be some super talented local folks as well.

Today we feature one of those talented contributors, singer/songwriter Xian Bass. Xian is  from San Francisco, CA. She moved to Albuquerque from Atlanta, GA. Xian’s latest video, Good Morning Love, was produced by DJ Flo Fader. The song and video touch upon many topics such as; sensuality, being in the present moment, and enjoying the peace of the morning to start your day off with positive energy.

Youth Outreach

“In my career providing youth outreach and extra-curricular education, I have been inspired by the many teenagers I have created bonds with. Over and over again, I see the same root of many different issues our teens face. One of the most reoccurring issues is sex; effective sexual education and knowledge of health is lacking. I want to bring realistic concepts that youth can relate to so they can make healthier decisions about their sexuality. I strive to create change in our society. I want to help people see spirituality within sexuality. I believe that when we view sex as one with spirit, we will treat it differently.” – Xian Bass

Xian is currently studying social work and education with the intent of becoming a high school social worker and principal. She offers these words of advice, “Surround yourself with people that mirror your best self. Do activities with your friends in the community. As adults, I feel that we begin to forget how to have REAL fun. It gets boring to just go out and drink at a bar all the time. Try the museum, park, or the zoo. Learning new things together is a way to strengthen the bond with people you love.” Read More about Xian.

Update

The Grand Fantastic Life of DJ Flo Fader is entering the final stretch of production! Multimedia book projects contain many moving parts that need to be curated and melded into a cohesive final product! Subscribe today, no ads/no charge, for free giveaways and updates! Here is the title track from the project – Southern Man

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Alex Paramo is an Author and Co-Founder of Community PublishingCommunity Publishing brings Alex Paramo Summer Solsticelocal artists of all mediums together in creative collaborations for distribution as Multimedia Books while promoting literacy in our communities.

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Kill the Radio

Blog Bomb: Kill the Radio

Kill the Radio by Nick Fury

Kill the Radio Growing up during the 1980’s and 1990’s I admit to listening to the radio a fair amount. The radio with its weekly top forty countdowns and coast to coast talented gene pool gave me a sense of what a lot of great artists were up to. And of course you still had to suffer through the commercials but somehow even that was tolerable. You could slide along dial and engage a real culture in a very efficient way. The radio was the first World Wide Web, the first means of sharing information with mass amounts of people throughout the world. It was generally wholesome and promoted mostly good music…

Then along came Clear Channel. A company that quickly absorbed the radio industry, made radio its’ b%#&h thus degrading the very fabric of that once brave beacon.
Now that once green pasture has become a barren wasteland of talentless hacks, info-morons, blowhards, studio gangstaz, mediocre entertainers and commercial interests. This egregious misuse and misrepresentation of the radio waves has sparked a nationwide debate. This social movement is defined by the power to #KTR, or #KillTheRadio.

Bandwidth No Name

Fast forward to 2015. A talented funk-hip-hop-soul group called Bandwidth No Name http://www.bandwidthnoname.com also known as #BNN began working on a new song. A song that would one day change the face of history, a song that would spark the movement leading the people away from corporate greed and cookie cutter boy bands. This was bigger than disc jockeys, bigger than global warming (sort of) and it all began with the idea that we should kill our radios and stop the evil frequencies from penetrating our minds. The radio has become a symbol of conditioning and mediocrity and it must be stopped.

In June of 2015 released the single for the song “Kill the Radio” https://soundcloud.com/bandwidth-no-name/kill-the-radio which has become a prophetic anthem of the people. Kill the Radio is both a well composed social diatribe and a rootin,’ tootin,’ funky good time.

Following the release of the single, the MUSIC VIDEO for Kill The Radio has become a huge success reaching near cult status in a short span of time. See the MUSIC VIDEO here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjIouRqpR0g

This video was conceived and developed conceptually by Bandwidth No Name with a singular goal in mind to spread the word world wide that we must all sever our ties and stop the negative radio influence by using some force.

Nick Speak To Radio

BNN front-man/emcee Nick Furious had this to say about the radio and the culture surrounding the radio:

“Yo I came out and said it, and do not regret it what goes on the airwaves is fully pathetic
filled with bad rhetoric and no real aesthetic, it’s a bad epidemic in need of a medic disc Jockeys are monkeys, corporate spoke models, selling a product to increase them ad dollars. The songs are all pointless like A Little Wayne banger, we like substantive music that doesn’t breed anger confusion and pain are the aim of their game, I support NPR but the rest are so lame put a flame to your boom box, smash your receivers, it’s time to take back from you under achievers no more Toby Keith or Justin Bieber, catch the fever, fear the reaper surround all stereos, murder your radio, let art catalyze naturally in local groves.”

The video for Kill the Radio was fortunate to have director of photography Tim McClelland to bring their thoughts to life in a way that is visually stimulating and also story telling. The video had an excellent editor in BNN band member Alexander Wilson, who worked tirelessly, and for free, to piece together a fabulous story. Lastly, the video was directed by Band member and front man Nick “Furious” Meyers in attempt to truly convey frustration in an artful and intelligent way. Meyers directed this masterpiece, his second directing attempt, with a Tarantino esque ferver. The final product is a video to die for, so to speak. This video is one worth watching a few times and sharing with your circles.

Kill the Radio

So get out there, take back the underground and help Bandwidth No Name #KillTheRadio for once and for all by supporting your local powerhouse music makers.
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Musicians Blog

Nick “Furious” Meyers

Nick “Furious” Meyers is a longtime veteran of the New Mexico Music scene. Nick has worked with Community Publishing in the past, having served as the Audio Engineer on the multimedia children’s book, Fiona the Funkadelic Freckile Fairy. Nick is currently working working as the Audio Engineer on the Animated multimedia book, Bella the Caterpillar (written by 7yr old Marisol Paramo) to be published in the late Fall by Community PublishingFrom the Community For the Community!

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We are proud to be a community partner and digital marketer at the Rail Yards Market.
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