9/5/20

Re-Introduction to Midwest Rocker, David LaDuke

I’ve been a cheerleader for a range of independent Midwestern rock stars through the years. One was Louisville, Kentucky's David LaDuke. His energetic hard rock & roll guitar and screeching lead vocals adorning meat and potatoes' songs excited me. I still love his unique blend of '70s' guitar Zeppelin meets Elvis Presley’s stylings. Yearnful, intimate, rocking.

To quote Soundtrack Journal, “LaDuke's Pure Raw, Electric, Emotion! Music transcends your intellect and hits the gut on an intuitive level!”

The '70s, ‘80s, ‘90s, Millennium underground rocker emerged with two electrical charged reissued and remastered original tracks. "Psychedelic Sandwich" co-written by Metal Blade rocker Phil Naro (Talas, Druckfarben) and "Hey Three (Who Am I)” premiere on Bongo Boy Records’ new Hard Rock/Metal collection Kryp II Knight Vol. I (Various Artists). 


The album features international hard rockers Chris Scheler, Candlelight Chaos, Oblivia, Rykers Law, Lyia, and many more! Kryp II Knight Vol. 1 is being submitted for your consideration (FYC) to the Recording Academy for the 63rd Grammy® season. Fans can order Kryp II Knight Volume 1 online at Bongoboyrecords.com/krypIIKnight.  


David LaDuke has been playing roots/metal/rock n' roll since 1973. He and his group Sinbad have released several LPs, EPs and CDs. His album SINBAD was (on the California based indie label Azra International (Overkill, Liege Lord, Intruder, Jag Panzer). His solo releases Have Rock Will TravelBall Bustin Guitar Rock! (plus two live EP's), Absolutely Raw (Nothing more. Nothing less.), Absolute Rock (In the buff.) including the CDs: Rock Hard Rocker and Rock with Balls. His unique blend of '70s' guitar rock, with an Elvis Presley-influenced grove, has gained him a great reputation in Magazines and on Radio Stations around the world.


By the end of the '80s, Sinbad Productions was born.  After leaving the stage, in 1991 to raise his Son, David continued to record, release CDs and Eps. He also published BallBuster Magazine, which was available in stores worldwide until 1998 and has since supported The International rock scene—partly through his renowned website, BallBusterMusic.com.  



There is a lyric video for “Hey There, Who Am I,” produced by Johnny Naro (Phil’s son). 



8/25/20

The Kings: 40th Anniversary Celebration

 

It’s Been 40 Years Since The Kings Closed the Show at Heatwave & To Celebrate,

They’ve Got Unseen, Exclusive, Remastered Footage!

 

The Kings: Live at Heatwave is Set to Add to The Kings’ Already 7.3+ Million Streams Across Spotify & YouTube

August 2020 marks not one, not two, but three crown-worthy milestones in the land of Canada’s long-iconic band, The Kings:

1. 40 years ago this month, they released their Bob Ezrin produced debut album, The Kings Are Here on US major label Elektra Records.

 

2. That same month, their smash hit single “This Beat Goes On / Switchin’ to Glide” first entered the Billboard Hot 100.

 

3. And on August 23rd, 1980, The Kings closed the now-legendary Heatwave Festival, holding court alongside fellow rock royalty Talking Heads, Elvis Costello, The Pretenders, Nick Lowe and Rockpile, Teenage Head, the B-52’s, and more.



It’s that third one — their midnight appearance at the now-storied Toronto-area festival — produced by John Brower--that’s inspired the exclusive release of The Kings: Live at Heatwave, a 30-minute concert movie available on YouTube. 

“The Kings and Teenage Head were the only bands that gave permission to be filmed,” recalls founding member Dave Diamond. “As Teenage Head’s audio has disappeared, this is the only surviving, authentic, and original sync footage from that day.”

“It was digitally restored frame by frame from its 16mm color negative, and combined with authentic, remastered sound,” adds fellow founder Mister Zero. Sonny Keyes also chimes in: “The sound was recorded onsite by Comfort Sound’s Doug McClement on 8 track half inch analog tape and sounds amazing!”

 

“We’d worked hard and were ready for a gig like this," says drummer Max Styles.

The Heatwave Festival at Mosport Park turned heads from the onset between its high profile roster, ultimate crowd size, and that it sat at a cultural turning point in the evolution of new wave music. (It was also marred with some scandal, but… Aren’t they all?)

“For some reason, they didn’t film our whole 55 minute set,” Diamond muses. “But there’s almost half an hour here, and we’re very proud of it.”

Speaking of restored and remastered footage, The Kings’ video for “This Beat Goes On / Switchin’ to Glide” holds more than 4.1+ Million views on YouTube for good reason; it’s a digital masterpiece featuring more than 40 sources of live recordings that took upwards of 140 hours to edit together.

The single continues to hold four decades of knockout radio success, has stacked around ~ 2 Million streams on Spotify and counting, was named by the Toronto Star as the “#1 almost official song of Toronto,” and one of the “Top 100 U.S. Radio Programmers Picks of the Decade” by Album Network Magazine.

Also on the required syllabus in study of The Kings is their documentary, The Kings: Anatomy Of A One-Hit Wonder. “This is the film we made about our biggest hit,” the band says. “We felt it was something people who like ‘behind the scenes’ music films would like, and there is a lot of never heard before stories told in it about the writing, recording and performing of our best-known work.”

The documentary delves into the history of the band, the amount of diligent effort put in before getting their big break, and features the original lineup of Max Styles, Sonny Keyes, David Diamond and Mister Zero sharing personal memories with their trademark humor and honesty. “This documentary was over three years in the making. This is our story, told by us.”

That story is of a hard-working band hailing from Vancouver, BC and Oakville, ON that appeared on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand, was nominated for a JUNO Award, named ‘Most Promising Group’ by Cashbox Magazine, hit Platinum-selling status, and has released five studio albums, two live albums, a live DVD, an anthology, a documentary, and numerous hit singles — including “another rocking two-fer,” “Circle of Friends / Man That I Am.”  The 2018 single was somewhat like arriving full circle; it was mixed in Nashville by industry legend Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper, KISS), who also helmed the same role on their 1980’s debut, The Kings Are Here, and sophomore follow-up, Amazon Beach.

“We were originally known as WhistleKing,” Zero recalls. “We rehearsed, did club gigs, and wrote lots of songs for more than three years before we went into Nimbus 9 Studio in Toronto to record our first album.

“While we were there recording, Bob dropped by to visit and liked what he heard,” Diamond continues. “He agreed to mix the tracks we had done, but soon discovered that the whole thing needed to be re-done. He approached Elektra Records in Los Angeles with our tapes, and we were then signed to a worldwide deal.”

The Kings have continued to rock fans around the world through the release of archived footage and current releases and vlogs; their YouTube channel has a total stream stack of more than 4.5+ million.

This year, February 2020 saw the unveiling of The Lost Tapes of a Seventies Bar Band, a 17-track audio LP featuring live recordings from the Flamingo Lounge and an instalment of what has become The Kings’ Live Trilogy — including audio release Party Live in ’85 and DVD release No Covers: Live at O’Tooles Roadhouse.

And now August 2020 both celebrates and continues to cement the band’s 40 years of Canadian music legacy status with the release of The Kings: Live at Heatwave on their YouTube channel. 

Phoebe Legere Performs on WBAI and the Theater for the New City


WBAI  and Fran Luck’s

Joy of Resistance Radio

PRESENTS MODERN DAY FEMINISTS

SHARING TRUTHS OF FREEDOM FIGHTING FOREMOTHERS

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Trailblazing Musician-Artist-Composer Phoebe Legere Featured

In All-Star Line-up of Women Saluting Women To Celebrate 100 Years of Women’s Constitutional Right to Vote. 

On August 26th, Phoebe and a group of brilliant actresses including Obie winner Crystal Field and Lissa Morra reenact highpoints in women’s battle for equality and elective enfranchisement.

On Wednesday, August 26th, WBAI Radio 99.5FM NYC (wbai.org) will broadcast a day devoted to the history of the Women’s Suffrage Movement featuring contemporary feminist icons.  The cast will re-enact highlights from 100 years of the campaign for equality.

Transdisciplinary artist and renowned feminist Phoebe Legere will play the part of Chairwoman at the historic first women’s rights convention: the Seneca Falls Convention of 1848.

Legere will also present a stunning rendition of several 100-year-old Suffrage songs including “GLORY.”

Legere’s interpretation on piano, guitar and accordion, and vocals is a formidable anthem for our time. Legere’s powerhouse interpretation of “GLORY” celebrates the past achievements of women fighting for the freedom to vote, while heralding the need to continue the battle for true equality.

ABOUT “GLORY” 

This song, with words by L. May Wheeler sung to the music of “John Brown,” was first performed by Susan B. Anthony and a chorus of women on July 4, 1876 at the Women’s Centennial Celebration of American Independence held at the First Unitarian Church in Philadelphia.

After singing the song, Anthony read the Women’s Declaration of Rights to a cheering crowd.

“Our hearts have felt the glory of the coming of the time,

When Law and Love shall make our land sublime,

When every mountain hill and rock with freedom’s light will shine,

And truth goes marching on.”

Legere says, The use of John Brown as the melody of this song amplifies the strong ties between the Abolitionist Movement and Women’s Suffrage.”

The WBAI program will be broadcast on  August 26th, Wednesday, from 11 am – 5 pm EST on Fran Luck’s “The Joy of Resistance, Multicultural Feminist Radio”,  99.5 FM and streaming live at http://wbai.org

The show will be presented again on August 27th at 7 pm by the Theater for the New City. Watch at Theaterforthenewcity.net.

Phoebe Legere is a pioneer female composer and multi-instrumentalist and a well-known activist and community leader championing women’s causes.

Her work as a playwright has chronicled many women’s issues.  In her musical, “Hello, Mrs. President,” Legere’s book presented the first woman of color to become president of the United States. Legere’s play, starring Laverne Baker debuted at Theater for The New City in 1992 and 2004 playing to sold out crowds.

Phoebe Legere’s “Speed Queen,” presented at Dixon Place in 2018 was based on the Life of Joe Carstairs, the World Champion Speedboat Racer and lesbian action hero. 

As a visual artist Legere has created cutting-edge paintings and installations celebrating the beauty and fecundity of the female body. Legere’s art transgresses normative sexuality and gender identity. 

Legere launched Foundation for New American Art, a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit dedicated to bringing arts education programs to underserved children in low-income communities.

Phoebe will make a download of her “GLORY” available at no charge to those who visit her website at www.phoebelegere.com 

PHOEBE LEGERE (Abenaki) is the President of the Foundation for New American Art a nonprofit whose mission is to bring free art and music lessons to the children of low-income communities.  She is a composer, playwright, poet, painter and multi-disciplinary performance artist. Legere has received numerous awards including NYSCA, a Pulitzer nomination and a recent YADDO Fellowship. Legere is the Conductor and Music Director of the Lower East Side Children’s Chorus. She is a lecturer at NYU Gallatin School. Vassar graduate and Juilliard-trained composer. Phoebe Legere has collaborated with some of the most creative personalities of modern times: David Bowie, Joni Mitchell, Steve Martin, Billy Joel, Allen Ginsberg, and Crystal Field. Her epic poem “The Waterclown” about water issues and water rights can be heard in the current issue of the Abenaki anthology Dawnland VoicesLegere’s new play will open at TNC in 2021. Her native name is “Songbundle.”


8/20/20

Songs by Leslie Mandoki Mandoki Soulmates and #WeSayThankYou w/ Ian Anderson

Wake Up by Mandoki Soulmates  Male-fronted version.  Powerful, funky, reconnecting with early rebellious roots.  
Note: we also have a version that starts with a female. 
 


Torch  by Mandoki Soulmates a slow and gentle song about idealism and passing our fight on to the next generation. Vocals seem like Peter Gabriel.  Bruce Hornsby influence. Passing on the Torch. Be strong, be brave. Leslie Mandoki says, 
" We must stand up for a peaceful, free world and we have to pass on the „The Torch“ to the next generation!!!"

Old Rebels by Mandoki Soulmates lead vocalists have rough voices, like Smokie and Bret Michaels, chime-y keyboards and bongo, Hammond B3, and Udu. Leslie says, :The explosion of military spending on the scale of the cold war shows a catastrophically wrongheaded development, and we need to be much, much louder against racism!”'

 #WeSayThankYou  Thoughtful Piano song about the pandemic virus, paying tribute to the frontline workers, first responders, the doctors, nurses, grocery workers, to anyone who took care of our daily needs and kept the world turning for all of us. Pretty flute parts. Ian stands up to the speculators in the lyrics.  


Living In the Gap by Mandoki Soulmates Tower of Power, Blood, Sweat & Tears and Chicago-ish, horns and Quincy Jones style electric Moog bass. A song about how to bridge over the division with music as the greatest unifier, “we need a revenge of analog, we're living in the great divide.” It's a plea for communication and against disunion through the destructive nature of our echo chambers and filter bubbles. Incredible Hammond B3 solo by Cory Henry, bass solo by Richard Bona, guitar solo by Al Di Meola and Saxophone solo by Supertramp´s John Helliwell.


Young Rebels by Mandoki Soulmates Letters to the new kids, 1970s influence, jazz and rock, an old song with a new beat--the young rebels are angry, and don't know how to deal with it.  “Are we old rebels with a new dream, or are we young rebels with an old dream.” 



 


8/5/20

IMPOSTOR STRATOSPHEERIUS



Friday morning at midnight/Thursday night at 12:00 AM, @JoeDeninzon & @Stratospheerius premiere a new video, "Impostor" on YouTube #Impostor #Confidence #Arrogance #Credibility #BeThere #WorldPremiere #MusicVideo #NewMusic https://youtu.be/bXQp4NSEH64 via @YouTube

7/19/20

The Leighton Inclusion: Women's Suffrage Centennial







I'm recruiting you to to edify, exhort, and comfort other women, and team up with other women to make a difference.

This is an opportunity to find out what we can do to improve equality for women in North America. It's essential that we ratify the Equal rights Amendment for the US Constitution.

Also, let's treat people right. No more believing the lies guys and women say about us. We can use social media to tell the truth. Be there for friends that are asking for help. Women, let's not help lazy men. Either help other women, or just help yourself.

Take classes. Teach. Learn the difference between kindness and hurt. Elevate yourself.

7/18/20

The Leighton Inclusion - Plans for Sunday editorial







I'm writing about the 100th Year of Women voting for Sunday YouTube editorial for the Leighton Inclusion. In addition to promoting the Sunday afternoon post, I celebrate Nelson Mandela's birthday with a new musical instrument that I'll be using on a song I'm recording starting in August. (I'm working on a spoken word album.)

Talk with you soon!

7/12/20

ProgStock Presents Virtual Series This August 1, 8, 22, 29 on StageIt.com



ProgStock Festival, the American Northeast’s Only International Progressive Rock Festival, is proud to bring you the ProgStock Presents Virtual Series.

The pandemic has closed music venues and brought in-person live music performances to a screeching halt. We don’t know how long we will have to wait before it will be truly safe to stage a festival, but we will be back! Meanwhile, we will be bringing music right to you with some great shows from artists performing live in their homes or home studios. The series will be presented every Saturday night, 5PM – 11PM US Eastern, starting on August 1, 2020. Confirmed dates are also August 8, 15, 22, and 29.

Direct Ticket Link for ProgStock Presents: https://www.stageit.com/ProgStock
ProgStock Festival on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ProgStock

The individual performances on StageIt are separate shows. Audience members will purchase a ticket to each performance individually, not the whole night as a block. Some shows will be 45 minutes and others will be 90, so we may have as few as three shows or as many as six on each Saturday night.

StageIt is all about experiencing music in the moment, duplicating the live music experience as closely as possible. You have to be there to see it, just like you would in a venue, so shows are only available on their site during the performance window. Some of our artists may choose to capture their shows and make them available later on some other service and the ProgStock Festival crew may even capture some of the shows – with artist permission, of course – but the shows will not be available on StageIt outside the show window.

Artists on the roster for August include: Rachel Flowers, Julie Slick, Jean Pageau of Mystery, Frogbelly & Symphony, Bob Richardson (Cell15), Jane Getter & Adam Holzman, Mile Marker Zero, Melanie Mau & Martin Schnella, Potter’s Daughter, Joe Deninzon, Harry Waters & Larry McNally (McNally Waters) and Mark ‘Truey’ Trueack & Sean Timms (Unitopia), with more to be announced...  Stay tuned for performance schedule.

Jane Getter Premonition:

Virginia Breweries, Distilleries, Wineries and Cider Makers Achieve “Rock Star Status”!


Progressive Rock Legend Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull) endorses “Made in America” hand sanitizer to support small businesses, healthcare workers, first responders and veterans

Norfolk, Virginia – The small businesses in Virginia today received a major endorsement for their hand sanitizer project from progressive rock and roll legend Ian Anderson, founding member of the band Jethro Tul for their efforts producing  an all “made in America” hand sanitizer.

The Virginia Hand Sanitizer consortium coordinated by the Center for Applied Innovation, LLC (CAI) in Yorktown, Virginia has been coordinating formulation and sales of 80% World Health Organization hand sanitizer to government agencies as well as donating thousands of gallons to first responders, healthcare workers, local charities and other during and following the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Group continues to work diligently with a Virginia Service Disabled Veteran-Owned CAI and the non-profit Partners International Foundation’s Helping the Heroes project in a consortium to help produce and

distribute volume production of sanitizers to regional health and emergency workers by leveraging Virginia distilleries, breweries, beer distributors, cider makers, and wineries to support this effort. The consortium provides a seamless, centrally managed, and decentralized operation to meet hand sanitizer needs while helping put people in Virginia back to work and keep them working in these sectors. To date the group has delivered hundreds of thousands of bottles purchased by State and local agencies as well as donated  thousands of bottles of hand sanitizer to a myriad to a growing number of local and regional charities.

Ian Anderson is lending his support to the effort by making it the “only officially sanctioned Jethro Tull sanitizer hand rub”.  Jethro Tull hand sanitizer is sold exclusively through the “Helping the Heroes” website with the proceeds helping small businesses remain open and funding the groups’ donation programs. 


“A wee drop of the strong stuff!  Of course for the hands only.  Keep yourself safe, and by doing that you keep others safe, too.  All in a good cause so choose this.  The only officially-sanctioned Jethro Tull sanitizer hand rub,” states Ian Anderson.

“This is an important long-term initiative for Virginia”, said Bob Morris the Center for Applied Innovation’s President. “100% of the hand sanitizer down to the bottles and boxes it is in comes from Virginia and other U.S. Small businesses.  This is a very important story of coming together to solve critical problems and keep American workers employed.”

A major reason for the endorsement is the quality of the hand sanitizer. It is strictly formulated in FDA registered facilities using the minimum 80% alcohol based formula World Health Organization recommends to be most effective against COVID-19 and other diseases and uses 100% organic ethanol from the same FDA registered US producers that provide it to other major hand sanitizer manufacturers. It’s packed in environmentally friendly 100% recyclable bottles by small businesses helping support our communities and keep small business employees working.

"The Virginia Manufacturers Association and Virginia Craft Brewers Guild are honored that Ian Anderson are branding a special edition of the Virginia Hand Sanitizer Consortium's hand sanitizer," said Brett Vassey, VMA & VCBG President & CEO.  "His generosity will help us reach thousands of critical infrastructure workers access locally manufactured hand sanitizer today."

It is also important the public know the importance of properly formulated hand sanitizer.
  
“The formulation of this hand sanitizer sets it apart”, says Morris. “While the market is flooded inexpensive hand sanitizer using far less than the WHO recommended alcohol or other ingredients, scented or mixed with lotions that dilute active ingredient content, this hand sanitizer continues to meet the recommended WHO standards”. 

Through the group’s web page the public can order hand sanitizer to meet their needs by visiting the hand sanitizer store on the group’s website at: www.helpingtheheroes.org/store/


Businesses, Federal, State and Local customers desiring to purchase hand sanitizer from the consortium can order it through the group’s main website at www.vahandsanitizer.com

“This is a critical time for these Virginia companies.” says Morris. “Many of them are operating deep in the red due to COVID-19 restrictions. They created a capacity people will need far into the future.  It is important that the public support these innovators now instead of buying cheap, sub-standard sanitizers that may flood the market.  Their donating the time and significant expense to produce and distribute this hand sanitizer is laudable and shows their commitment to the community. They all deserve whatever support we can provide them or we risk them not being available to save us again in the next complex emergency.”

The public can also donated by texting the keyword “Heroes2” to 71777 or contacting the group through the website: www.helpingtheheroes.org/store/






7/9/20

Art Rock Supergroup MANDOKI SOULMATES Release Full-Length Album In Partnership With U.S. Label CLEOPATRA RECORDS!



With over 500,000 streams on streaming media, “Living in the Gap”/”Hungarian Pictures” features many great prog/jazz/classic rockers including: Ian Anderson, Simon Phillips, Supertramp´s John Helliwell and Jesse Siebenberg,Toto's Bobby Kimball, Manfred Mann's Chris Thompson, Cream's late Jack Bruce and Jazz-Rock giants like Al DiMeola, Mike Stern, Randy Brecker, Bill Evans….


Los Angeles-based indie label Cleopatra Records and Hungarian-born songwriter/producer/ musician Leslie Mandoki, the mastermind behind the living, breathing art rock project Mandoki Soulmates, are proud to announce the release of the first full-length album since the two entities joined forces earlier this year. Coming out on Cleopatra’s venerated progressive rock imprint, Purple Pyramid, home to such artists as Nektar, Tangerine Dream, Hawkwind-alumni project Hawkestrel, and Rick Wakeman, the album entitled Living In The Gap + Hungarian Pictures is actually a double album adding the 45 minutes Progressive Rock Suite Hungarian Pictures, following a musical concept by Deep Purple´s Jon Lord and ELP´s Greg Lake to the original Living In The Gap album with brand new songs. Having already topped the Amazon Classic Rock Charts in Germany end of last year, Living In The Gap + Hungarian Pictures is poised to bring a whole new audience in North America, South America, the UK and beyond into the Soulmates’ family of fanatics.



As with his other album projects under the Mandoki Soulmates banner, Leslie Mandoki has brought together a Murderer’s Row of rock icons and musicians from some of the biggest names in prog and classic rock including Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson plus current and former members of Toto, Cream, Supertramp, ELP, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Manfred Mann’s Earth Band and this list goes on and on! The coming together of such a diverse cast perfectly expresses the album’s lyrical theme of unity, which couldn’t be a more timely message for today’s world. Mandoki explains in the album’s video trailer, “We know that music is the greatest unifier…[These are] songs against division, from the old rebels to the young rebels. This is our time to take a breath for a better world.”

Also be sure to check out Mandoki Soulmates and Ian Anderson’s special tribute to the heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic - hospital workers, grocery store clerks, food delivery drivers, and others - on the digital EP We Say Thank You! Proceeds from the EP will be donated to The United Nations Foundation’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund in support of the WHO (World Health Organization) and The Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City. 

  



7/5/20

Leighton Inclusion Anne Leighton Media Services for July 2020









I talk about the bullying in the local Bronx political
scene.  I feel hopeful that a gay, black,
Hispanic man beat the anti-gay and 15th District Congressman,
Reverend Diaz. https://www.torres.nyc/

The Jonell Mosser and John Hall concert at 3rd
& Lindsley, Nashville, is postponed till the world heals a bit more.  But do listen to their songs.  “The Circle” is doing well on Americana
radio: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGvUtUQ4MqU


This is private link
to my rap song. I want to co-write with topical and female rappers that are
going somewhere. 
https://soundcloud.com/leigh.../meth-the-single-girl/s-BH1Oc.  Let me know what you think!
Joe Deninzon has a new Facebook fan page: https://www.facebook.com/joedeninzon/
New double album from
Leslie Mandoki & friends: Mandoki's Soulmates "Living in the Gap"
and "Hungarian Pictures" 
https://open.spotify.com/album/2fu8o26x7zNMmdITFFyaAd...
Talkers Magazine interviews Leslie Mándoki about his duet with Ian Anderson #WeSayThankYou to support firstline workers in the
Pandemic, and on his new double album, "Living in the Gap" and
"Hungarian Pictures" 
https://www.podcastone.com/the-michael-harrison-interview

10 million Kings fans
can't be wrong! Here’s “Switchin’ to Glide”/”This Beat Goes On.”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxkjvKBPQjo

7/1/20

An Artist's Perspective: 'Let’s Take A Breath For A Better World' - Hypebot

An Artist's Perspective: 'Let’s Take A Breath For A Better World' - Hypebot: In this op-ed plea for solidarity, German independent artist Leslie Mandoki calls on the music industry to come together during this time of global crisis to aid and support each other.. Continue reading

6/21/20

Leighton Inclusion Power & Understanding




Clarence Thomas is not doing anybody favors by his ruling against the LGBTQ community in a historic decision in which the Supreme Court supported LGBTQ workers. His opposition to another minority group is bullying. The last people in the world that should be infringing on anyone's rights are minorities.

6/2/20

The Leighton Inclusion: Anne on Facebook Live Updates about my artists, ...





     I want to write for  1) outlets that are looking for regular articles about bullying,  2) album or classic rock publications interested in poems and prose about classic artists that we don't want to have fall by the wayside (i.e. Chris Thompson, Shawn Phillips, Hollis Brown.....).  Come to Phoebe Legere's glorious art gallery. She's received gigs and commissions for her art. Money will go to her Foundation for New American Art. http://gallery.phoebelegere.com.   On June 9, Joe Deninzon will be performing #Loops around his strings (and voice) for the medical profession and their patients at noon at NYC Health + Hospitals.  This summer Joe's teaching online and alongside of great pro musicians including everyone's Super Hero, Dee Snider at Mark Wood Rock Orchestra Camp. Joe & top electric violinists did a summit this past week with Mark.   

5/29/20

Anne Leighton: Songs of Leadership & Fighting this Pandemic

Anne Leighton: Songs of Leadership & Fighting this Pandemic: Be A Pain by Alastair Moock  country, upbeat, tempo kindred to New Grass Revival/John Denver tempos. About  standing up to what's wr...