Twitter and Instagram get Zapped

I don’t know why I stayed on Twitter and Instagram as long as I did.  I suppose, like many of us, I kept hoping that they’d suddenly matter…..but they never did.  Oddly enuff, I get far better responses from Google+ , a site where I don’t speak the same language that my best friends do, than I did from Twitter or Instagram ….. and I’ve long known that anyone who still has a Facebook account after all the information that’s been made public about Facebook SERIOUSLY needs to get their head examined.

History won’t be kind to “Social Media”…..or to Smartphone addiction.  I’ll continue to Like what I Like…..and to Write what I Write……and now, after my recent Cataract Surgery, I can finally See again…..so I’m able to appreciate my Photography as much as my Music.  I’m fortunate…..a Lucky Man indeed.  Life gets better by the Day.  🍎

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A Kiss in the Wind

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What a Difference a Week Makes.

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…….https://youtu.be/IFxCRU2pdXkSoldier of Fortune

The Good News is that two weeks ago I had Surgery on my Left Eye.  It appears to have been Successful. We take our Sight for Granted…..and we Shouldn’t.

The Bad News is that I contracted some type of infection two days later…sinus related it appears…which left me absolutely wasted and completely Breathless.  At one point my coughing became so intense that I was fairly certain that I was going to suddenly feel my Heart cease to Beat….and I’d Expire. My Lungs Hated me. My Eye hated me. I Hated me.  Sincere thanks to Dr Sean Dacus and his Staff for going above and beyond the Call of Duty …. and keeping me on this Earth.

As I’d mentioned previously I was quite moved with the Wedding of “Harry and the Duchess”.  I shouldn’t have been as those things aren’t exactly my Cup of Chai….but I was….I felt like a Baby as I watched from beginning to end and went through half a box of Kleenex in the Process.

It took me Several days to put ALL the pieces together but I believe I finally have…..and the pic you see at the Top of this page, shamelessly ripped off from @lowveecole , should give you a hint.  Diana has always been a major influence in my life for one simple Reason; I can relate to much of what she went through in Life…..especially the feeling of being Used. No matter which rung you end up on as far as the “Ladder of Life” goes, that feeling or emotion applies to many of us.  🎩  ❤️  🎧

As if On Que, out came +Candice Night , wife of Richie Blackmore, the Woman you see singing in the Video Above and the Perfect Image of my “Imaginary Lover”.  Although in Real Life I’m completely Done with Relationships as they haven’t exactly worked out well for me, my Dream Machine continues to Conjure up the Perfect Relationship for me, place it in my Mind and Dangle it there….. and she’s pretty darn close.  However, I’m always aware that THIS Image also applies.

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Life is an Odd Game….is it Not??  🎩  🍎 ❤️ 🎧

Monday Morning~ 9 A.M.

The First time I met Sting he was kicking the Crap out of a Stage Monitor as he was angry….His Mix wasn’t what he Wanted and he was a Young Man, having recently found Fame as a member of the “Police”. We were at the Hartford Civic Center and at that time I was working with the Moody Blues, the Headliners.

First Impressions tend to stay with us and the sight of him Destroying that speaker cabinet stayed with me for quite some time…close to a Decade in fact.  I liked the Music he made and the way he played….but I didn’t Trust him because in MY Mind I knew he had a Short Fuse and a Nasty Temper. I Judged one Man on a 30 Second Span of his Actions in Time.

The Years went by and Time Changes us however.  My next meeting with him occurred on 9/10/2001.  That date is now curling around in your mind and some are trying to place it…..For me, it was a night of Celebration…..as it was for Sting and many others attending various Musical Functions…..none of us knowing that in just a few short hours…..the Entire World would Change…..Forever.

Sting ended up becoming one of my Very Favorite People…..an Intense Artist and a Gifted Singer / Songwriter….a Bass Player, a Hopeless Romantic and one who Knows who and what he is. If you listen to this Song as I do, you might find yourself doing some rather deep thinking….especially if you hear the Words accurately.  I see Myself in almost every phrase of this Song because Time has Changed me just as it has him…and Probably You….and while I see the World with Different Eyes than I had in the 80’s, a large part of MY Change has to do with HIS Music.  While I certainly don’t view him as a Prophet, ……years before it actually happened he nailed one “Vision” with a 1,000 pound Hammer…… Our Politicians being “Game Show Hosts.”

Change, while not always what we want or Expect, is Part of our Lives……and although I try to Flow with it as best I can, there are now Days when EYE want to kick in a Speaker or a Screen. Why? 🎩 🍎 🎧   #frustration  #rednecks  #greed  #manipulation #ignorance

The Questions to the Answers……. 🎩

Yup… You read it Correctly …… The Questions to the Answers.

This will be my Shortest Post Ever.

Where will you be this evening….at 7 P.M. EST ?

You Should be sitting in front of your Television.  I know, I advise against TV all the time….. but there’s ONE Show I try very hard never to miss. “60 Minutes”.  My Friends, Albert and Gretta, shown here, are already making Popcorn and Searching for the Remote.  There’s still room on the Couch. ❤️

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Why watch Tonight?

Because the show will contain an Episode about “Google” …… and what Google can tell us about You and Me. …. and what we do …. every Second of Every Day.

A Previous Episode about Facebook (No, I don’t have a FB Account) had Enormous and Immediate Results ……. Folks began shutting down their FB accounts in Record Numbers …. causing so much Fear inside of Facebook that they began to advertise on Television….. Looking for New Subscribers!!!  Holy Shit!!! When’s the last time you saw ads from them?

So kindly Drop whatever you’re doing ….  Grab your Loved ones …..  and Tune in.

Why?  Cuz YOU Should know what Google already knows ….  about us.

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Do we have a Date?  I hope we do.

BTW.  I received a note last night informing me that some of my posts appear a bit weird on a phone.  I’m not at all sure why they look different on the iMac on which they’re written …. and on your Phone as you read them ….. but if anyone has an answer, a Cure of Sorts,  I’m all Ears.  🎩 🤔

When is being “TOO Careful” Correct?

Being Male is becoming more and more Difficult. 😦

The pic you see below is the reason I stopped “Supporting Female Artists” on Instagram…..actually, why I stopped posting AT ALL on Instagram. If Jodi were the first one that I wasted my time on it’d be an entirely different story and I certainly don’t blame her for the End Result, but as you’ll hear me say HUNDREDS of times, “Google is a Wonderful Source of Information”.  You can find a Phony in Seconds with the click of a single button. If the ONLY place you find them is on Facebook, Alarms should go off in your head. You can also Confirm that someone is legit.

Jodi is an amateur photographer and her pics were nothing short of Wonderful. While not Brilliant, they were well on that track so I did what I’ve been doing for years; I posted a short “bit” on her, asked that a couple of my friends who are well connected in the photography and publication business check out her work and as so many pros are quitting Facebook AND Instagram, I posted on her Twitter page as well. I made very sure to LIKE the pic of her and her Boyfriend, always a righteous Concern of any Woman who’s being hammered by Classless Pigs on Social Media since Trump made that particular format not only popular but also “OK” in the minds of MANY Men.

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Being VERY Clear, I wrote or did absolutely nothing the least bit Weird of threatening. In fact, I have a long list of Female Artists who’ve written to me, both thanking me and asking me to “Feature them”. I never “Feature” anyone. Feature is another word for Bullshit….quite similar to actually BUYING friends and Followers on Social Media…..or “Following” someone, waiting for them to “Follow You” back…..and then “Unfollowing” them so you have numbers which YOU think make you look Famous. Marketing people like myself see RIGHT THROUGH that bullshit. Anyone who thinks that way is an absolute Moron….a Dope….an Idiot.

To Wrap things up, I called in some Bigshots to take a look at Jodi’s work. Two of them, both quite capable of getting Jodi’s work published, did….and one very dear friend made an acute observation.  “Rich, you DO know that Jodi has you blocked, yes?” I did not. My Bad.  While a bit embarrassing for me it’s not the first time that being a Nice Guy has ended up with Me chewing heartily on a Mouthful of Crow…..and it probably won’t be the last. While Blocking me may have made perfect sense to Jodi….for whatever the Reason, we both lose. I look bad in front of business associates….and, in the words of the Soup Nazi…..”Sorry Jodi, No Soup for You!”  Am I Angry?  Nope.  Disappointed.

When  I was on Facebook, long a thing of the past for any sensible and informed humanoid,  I had 5003 friends….and 4 thousand and some odd other people Blocked….mostly for being Gun Toters, Men with Female Profiles (much bigger than you can imagine) or for blatantly harassing Women.  Might some of those I Blocked been purely innocent and I miscalculated or caught them on a bad day?  Perhaps…..we’ll never know…will we?

Bass-ically Yours,
Rich Briere

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When Life becomes too “Techno”…….

We Make Choices in Life …….. We can Choose to Relax and Enjoy ……or we can Choose to be Sucked into the Mayhem.  My Observations tell me that the Suckage is Clearly Winning.  Where’s Your Phone right Now?  🍎

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You’ve left home without your Phone……

You’re 30 minutes from home and you realize that your phone…your Blessed Companion …is sitting at home on your desk.  What do you do?  Right this second, and as you read those words, your Heart begins to pick up the tempo just a bit. You can’t help it cuz your phone has programmed you to freak when you get too far away from it. We’ve reached the point in our lives where, before you go to the Bathroom, you look around to bring your phone with you…”Just in Case”. It’s subconscious.

How exactly did we get here?  What is it about our tiny friend which DEMANDS that it be by our side every second of every day?  It’s very similar to Linus and his Blanket……or Charlie Brown and his Never-ending Book of Dreams.

I mentioned the Bathroom scene after seeing a report from Verizon stating that in the United States alone over 7,500 devices EACH YEAR somehow end their lives by way of “Drowning”…in a Toilet Bowl….by Accident.

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The first time I left my iPhone on my desk I was late for a VERY important gig and turning around to get it was NOT an option. I’ll admit that I was uncomfortable for at least a half hour and would unconsciously reach into my pocket…while driving…to check my messages. At one point I began to “LOL” as I realized what I was doing and I had to Force myself to settle down. Then a funny thing happened… I became strangely Calm.

Don’t get the wrong idea here as I actually USE my phone very little. I entered the Smart phone world with a Galaxy 3 and almost never used it. I had my iPhone 6 for years and as my sight was rapidly diminishing the phone became a bit of a problem because I couldn’t see the screen well… but was in PERFECT working order when the ad came out for the iPhone Plus…..in RED!  I actually used my diminishing sight as the rationalization for NEEDING the New phone and purchased the Clear Otterbox, the one that slides off of the seat of my car at the mere tap of the brake peddle, just so I could see Big Red.

I’ve not once ever put the phone in my back pocket as I see so many do. That seems a bit dangerous and MOST disrespectful to me so it lives in the pocket of my Denim jacket…. the jacket I wear even when it’s 110 degrees in the shade.

The Camera is Spectacular and  when going to a Shoot I’ll often use it along with my Nikon cuz it’s faster to grab the iPhone than it is to change lenses. 958c36291dc2e8e-a-nw-p.jpg

The application I TRULY enjoy about Smart Phones is Google Maps. It makes me wonder how I ever actually arrived at a destination before although I do CLEARLY recall opening a gigantic magazine-like printed book and trying to figure out where we were on MANY occasions. It’s much nicer listening to this Woman tell me that there’s JUST been an accident 2 miles ahead and she’s Re-routing me so I should get into the right Exit lane and exit the highway right Now!  How cool is that.

And speaking of Speaking, Siri is the Woman you see just to the left. She’s English, well mannered, drinks Oregon Chai and always ready to be called into action with a mere mention of her name.  However, being the realist that I am, I test her constantly…..just to see if she’s listening. Anyone who thinks that their phone doesn’t listen to you just for the fun of it is a Total Dreamer. If I’m with someone and the conversation is “Private”, my phone is shut down….as is any other phone in close proximity. Paranoid?  Nope.  Safe.

Bottom Line.  My phone sits right next to my Keys and I’ve now become quite comfortable grabbing said keys and leaving Red right where it sits…..and leaving the Loft for an entire day without missing it a bit……Why?  Because I can.  🎩  🍎  ❤️

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