So, we live in a time of hypocrites who happily exploit the first amendment’s guarantee of Americans’ right to free speech for themselves, but not for dissenting views. This is why I left all social media. It’s nothing but a data-mining ruse. All that matters is your information that they will gladly sell to the highest bidder. Simple as that. If you are superficial enough, you’ll be fine. Keep your blinders on, live in your self-imposed plastic kingdom with adoring lemmings and your “jailers” consent if you wish. Not me.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) conveniently removes all responsibility from these social media organizations through self-defined censorship. Their pockets are so deep from our money they can do as they please- lie, buy politicians, etc, etc, etc… “It’s just the algorithm, not us” is what they might as well say after accusing someone of “hate speech” on a conservative, Christian, or another view that the algorithm picks up. How convenient!
All About the Culture
This is all about the culture. Nothing more, nothing less… If you’re on the correct “side”, you can literally say or do anything. If not, every word is parsed and manipulated to guarantee a pre-chosen outcome. Look at the corrupt, lying media, accuse the other side of what you are specifically doing yourself, turn up the volume, call it “truth”, and you’re good to go. If not, obfuscate or lie your way out of it. “At this point (according to a politician who should be in jail for many crimes), what difference does it make?” This is the ultimate battle between good and evil.
I chose to walk away from this madness and perversion. I don’t need to participate in Facebook, YouTube, Linkedin, Google, etc. if my views aren’t being fairly and equally represented compared to views I personally abhor. I’m not a member of any political party for this very reason. If these platforms work for you, great! They are not for me.
The other day, Beth and I heard “Reflections of My Life” by Marmalade, a 60’s Scottish band. Marmalade was another underrated band that mostly got lost in the shuffle. “Reflections of My Life” was a pop masterpiece, however. It merges a great song with superb production, making it a true powerhouse that sold over two million records. Even if that was their only record, that was enough for me.
Starting out as The Gaylords (named after a post-WWII Chicago street gang) in 1961, the band’s name eventually evolved into Marmalade. After years of struggling for a hit, they became the first Scottish band to hit #1 in the UK with their remake of the Beatles’ “Ob-La-Di,Ob-La-Da” in January 1969. Later that year, they switched record labels and “Reflections of My Life” became the first recording they made for Decca. It features great arrangement and dynamics, a backward guitar solo made by physically turning over the eight-track tape (explained in this article), and great heartfelt vocals. Who could ask for more?
Although they still survive in name, Marmalade began splitting up in the mid-70’s, the last original member (Graham Knight) leaving in 2010. Their former lead singer, Dean Ford, released a splendid newer version of “Reflections of My Life” in 2014. Marmalade also recorded the original version of “Lovin Things”, a song covered later quite successfully by the Grassroots (virtually note-for-note!). If you aren’t familiar with Marmalade, check out their greatest hits here. If “Reflections of My Life”, doesn’t move you, I don’t know what will.
Finally, a little self-reflection took place this past weekend. It was just a little over a year ago I decided to start making videos for my music-mainly out of necessity. It was a whole lot of trial and error and, believe me, there is still a lot to learn.
There is a new channel on Roku– Peachflicks – that has graciously added two Skyypilot video albums- “Klondike- Remixed-Remastered” and “Songs In The Night” for their subscribers. Peachflicks features videos and films originating in Georgia and I am honored to be included. If you have Roku, please add the channel and check them out. You can also subscribe online. – Peachflicks.com
Beth and I are digging out after two months of remodeling. We finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. It will be nice to write and record without the unending construction interruptions and the physical barriers cluttering the studio! This our second 8-week stretch in the last three years, so thank God it’s over!
We were blessed with very skilled and professional craftsmen. I just held my breath and did what I could when I could musically and bided my time. This has only strengthened my resolve!
Scattered, Smothered, and Covered…
Just like the Waffle House hash browns, we’ve been scattered, smothered, and covered. Everything’s down to immediate priorities. Whatever else that comes up can easily overwhelm. One must step back and regroup.
I spent the last couple of months finally admitting I was trapped in an analytic maze that could not be fought. Play by the rules, get a pat on the head, then be discriminated against because you’re a conservative Christian producing non-categorical music. After being throttled-down on social media, I pulled it all off. Good learning experience, but I clearly wasn’t welcome.
They collect and sell ALL of your data, then play fast and loose with your right to free speech. Intimidation runs rampant. When you shut down a channel or page without warning, that’s unacceptable. (It wasn’t my page or channel, by the way, but no matter.) I can’t dwell with the antithesis of my beliefs.
But a new day has dawned. Every setback happens for a reason. I’m not yet sure about all of this. I’m not God, but my trust is always with Him. There is always something to be learned.
The light at the end of the tunnel?
“We’ll understand it, all by and by”. – Lyrics to “Farther Along“.