fox“Fox Elipsus is a mosaic of haunting – soothing – mellow – and unforgettable sounds that move all of those who look for depth truth and beauty in music. It is full of the peaceful and passionate political environmental and human messages of John Lennon and Gandhi. Fox believes in peace and love and these songs are as passionate and moving as his beliefs.”

My name is Fox Elipsus. I love doing this more than anything you could imagine. From the moment I started doing this professionally I knew I had found the thing that I would spend the rest of my life doing.

I was born in Oxford, England. I am partly Persian, mostly English, and a little Irish too. I speak a few languages, I have been to a lot of countries, including parts of Africa and Asia. My life has given me a unique and unbiased perspective on the world and ideas about how we might work towards peace and fair government in the future.

I try to make the most honest, heartfelt, personal, important, and powerful music imaginable. My music is meant for all age groups, all races, and all nationalities. There is no age group or demographic that likes my music more or less than any other. That gives me hope for the future.

I intend to play a show in every country of the world. I work 24 hours a day, every day, on bringing my dream and my music to life. If you would like to help, e-mail me at elipsus@gmail.com

I am trying to bring meaningful and deep messages back to music, similar to John Lennon. I’m from Oxford England (yes I have an accent) and I have an insatiable drive to reach the world with these words and songs. I hope the world will listen for a moment or more. Something amazing is happening. In the space of a few months I have found thousands of new fans that are soothed and inspired by my music, all over the world. It is growing rapidly, and I want you to be a part of it from the start. I am looking for friends, fans, supporters and promoters. Please listen.

http://www.elipsus.net

egg_huntEaster Sunday – 15 Oxford Road sat on an acre of springtime green…

by Philip Scott Wikel

The house that surrounded them at lunchtime was an extension of Olivia and Morgan’s inner life. 15 Oxford Road sat on an acre of springtime green. An entire wall of the living room was filled with books ranging in their subjects from the influence of sea power on ancient history to the collected essays of H.L. Mencken to the essential Basho and a modest attempt at creating a library of the classics. Paintings, in some places floor to ceiling, chronicled the developments and pinnacles of several movements; Olivia’s favorite being the Impressionists. For Morgan it was the Fauves.

Philodendrons, Boston Ferns, and Ficus trees gave the house the feeling of a jungle, especially at that moment in April of Dylan’s eighth year. And Dylan liked being eight, especially since today was Easter Sunday and they’d just returned from the annual Easter Egg Hunt.

The hunt was held around the imposing stone structure of the Presbyterian Church. The grass of the grounds was as green as Ireland and the spires of grey stone in the center of this was no less magnificent to the citizens of Goshen than the Eiffel Tower. It seemed that every kid in town was there if not every kid in the world and the hunt was alive with the same excitement as the classic foxhunts of old England. All of Dylan’s friends were there but today it was understood among them that it was every man for himself. There were only a few golden eggs to be found and golden eggs were not something one could share.

“All right,” Dylan said to Franklin and the boys as they awaited the whistle from Mayor Whittingham, “may the best man win.”

The whistle blew and they were off. Every squirrel in the vicinity dashed for points north, south, east, and west as the hordes descended on the trees, bushes, stones and benches around the church.

“Remember the Alamo!” one boy yelled as he made his way to the front of the pack and toward the thick shrubbery where it was guaranteed there’d be treasure. Dylan took a slower tack. He watched the crowd fan out over the grounds and then made note of the places being overlooked. He then systematically inspected each patch of bushes and stones the others had passed. In one he found a baseball, in another, a Yo-Yo. He was down to two patches now. His father, not understanding his plan, yelled, “Over here Dylan!” Dylan glanced at his father and smiled but continued toward his aim. In the first patch there was a bag of Jelly Beans “this is getting sweeter,” Dylan thought. From there he moved to the final patch. He saw, in the corner of his eye, another kid breaking away from the crowd. Dylan quickened his pace and made it to the spot just seconds before Skeeter Hanlon, the town bully. He felt his heart pounding out of his chest as he reached down through the bushes, pushed aside a stone, and wrapped his sweating hand around the Golden Egg. “It’s mine he thought. I’ve done it.”

Dylan turned toward the crowd looking for the Mayor. Dylan bolted in his direction, catching sight of his father as he ran. He held the egg up over his head and smiled. His father smiled back, then moved in the direction of the church, the mayor standing on a makeshift stage near the front door.

“You’ve done it young man,” said Mayor Whittingham, shaking Dylan’s hand, “now hang tight until the rest are done with their search, and I’ll present the Grand Prize.”

News of the discovery traveled fast and many of the children abandoned the hunt, leaving many treats undiscovered. A crowd gathered around the Mayor and a reverent hush came over the green lawn. As the Mayor extended his hand, Dylan stepped up to the stage and saw the eyes of all the kids he knew from Sunday School, and quite a few more. Mr. Whittingham broke the seal around the egg, removed a slip of paper, and read:

“The finder of this Golden Egg is entitled to anything priced up to $100.00 at Lippincott’s Toy Store”.

“Yes!,” Dylan exclaimed as his parents and Grandpa Felix made their way to the front of the crowd.

“You did it kid,” his father said, “you’re the man of the day.”

LisaPanagos-comOn November 14th, 2013, Hollywood was all abuzz with a star-studded show at the Avalon Theater in Hollywood. Al Bowman, the Executive Producer and Founder of the Hollywood F.A.M.E. Awards and the LA Music Awards kicked off awards show season with a media-filled red carpet event. Lisa Panagos was presented with the 2013 Hollywood F.A.M.E. Award for Female Rising Star.

Celebrities receiving Hollywood F.A.M.E. awards this year included Director/ Producer Cass Warner (The Brothers Warner), actors Nathin Butler (General Hospital), Bill Blair (ARGO), and Ron Jeremy Hyatt (Ronin), actresses Leilani Sarelle (Basic instinct) and Meliani Paul (The Butterfly Effect), Grammy- nominated percussionist Victor Orlando (The Gap Band), music industry executive Steve Resnik, and legendary game show host and creator Wink Martindale (Tic-Tac-Dough).

“I was in amazing company at the 7th annual Hollywood F.A.M.E. awards, and feel so lucky to have won for Female Rising Star. I am so grateful to be recognized for my work in Music, Film and Television,” says Lisa. “It feels incredible when your hard work begins to pay off.” Other past HFA recipients include Brad Pitt, Sally Kirkland, Gwen Stefani, David Kershenbaum, and President Carter to name a few.

Legendary sportscaster Johnny Holliday (Washington Nationals, CBS, Voice of the Maryland Terrapins) endorsed Lisa for her talent as did Billboard-charting songwriter Alex Forbes (Don’t Rush Me, Too Turned On). Other congratulations came from prominent directors and celebrities in the industry such as Myrna Post (Publicist), director and coach to the stars Larry Moss (Million Dollar Baby),

Hillary Swank, Helen Hunt, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Larry Storch (F Troop).

Born and raised in Potomac, Md., Lisa had stars in her eyes as she trained diligently in her hometown before heading to NYC to pursue Broadway. After landing several roles in shows such as Annie Get Your Gun, Sophisticated Ladies, Jesus Christ Superstar, and West Side Story to name a few. Lisa made the transition to Hollywood seamlessly as she landed roles in Film, TV and simultaneously continued her recording career as a Singer-Songwriter- Producer.

This three-time award-winner at the LA Music Awards in 2012 and winner in 2013 at the Artists in Music Awards for Breakthrough Artist of the Year is now fresh off the stage from the Avalon Theater, having received a Hollywood F.A.M.E. award for Female Rising Star.

“Many thanks to all of my mentors, friends and fans who have helped me get to this point. Without you this would not have been possible. Thanks also to my parents, the late media mogul John Panagos and mother Mary Ann Panagos of Potomac, Maryland. It’s been a great journey and I’m looking forward to continuing to contribute to the entertainment business and striving to achieve more recognition.”

For more information about Lisa’s career visit her website www.lisapanagos.com. She is developing a line of products in addition to her music that are available on her website’s store. You can also find out more about her acting career at http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2166116.

Lisa is an active member of SAG-AFTRA and Actors Equity Association. She is also a 10 time award recipient from multiple U.S. and International organizations.

morgan_1293652923Ryo Utasato aka Ryo Utasato -Pike is a Japanese composer and singer/songwriter with a rich body of work that runs the gamut from electronica to ambient to world to rock and beyond. Being raised by parents who were both musicians themselves, Ryo has had no shortage of inspiration and has been creating music from a very young age. Her range of talent and unique experimental style is immediately striking and listening to one of her pieces will undoubtedly transport you to another place. Her soundtracks have appeared in a variety of film and TV, and she’s worked in such genres as sci-fi, drama, horror and action. Her work was also chosen for the theme of World Heritage series.

Ryo’s incredible musical sense combined with her genuine interest in world culture has opened her mind and pushed her to experiment with different types of sounds and instruments. Her music often features a mixture of seemingly contrasting sounds which collide at different points and produce unexpectedly moving results. On top of some of the more conventional instruments which Ryo has used in her music, she has also experimented with a number of others from different parts of the world such as the duduk (Armenia), the erhu (China) and the shamisen (Japan). The expanse and tremendous scale of her music is capable of taking us from one part of the globe to another, just by closing our eyes.

More: www.reverbnation.com/ryoutasato

nickNick and The Grooves

Nick Edelstein | Blues-Rock | Atlanta, GA

 

Nick was born in Deltona, FL when it was still a small town. The street he lived on was gravel. His class was the first to attend their elementary school, built when he was 4, the same year he began piano lessons. Today Nick is a multi-instrumentalist whose lyrics portray real, down-to-earth characters struggling to find themselves in a complex world. His songs have been radio-broadcast across 3 continents and used in video games, iPhone apps, films and marriage proposals! Nick’s first studio LP, Ripple, is about perspective and metamorphosis. Each song is a window into its characters’ Life journey.Live In 2007 pits fiery guitars against tight grooves and features some of Nick’s improvisation skills. His second studio LP, Year Of The Ox speaks about The Great Recession and the Chinese zodiac, Earth Ox. For more details and exclusive content, visit yearoftheox.info

Being classically trained on the piano gave Nick a strong foundation of Music Theory and aural skills, but he didn’t find his true love until he dusted off his dad’s 1960s archtop acoustic guitar.

Writing and performing his entire life, Nick loves the Blues: “I’ve played it all, but I always come back to the Blues.” He attributes his unique vocal melodies to recanting prayers in the synagogue and reading Torah. “Melodies of ancient Hebrew prayer, with their harmonic minors and Phrygian scales, are at once beautiful and haunting and definitely impacted my sense of harmony.”

Nick’s band has opened for international Blues acts such as Devon Allman, Francine Reed, Danny “Mudcat” Dudeck, and Joe Pitts. Nick is well-versed in many genres and has played with Barry Richman, Sonny Emory Sr., and Drivin’N’Cryin’ to name a few. Since his first “gig” in 1992, Nick has entertained some major audiences such as Atlanta’s Chastain Amphitheater, Dogwood Festival, Sweet Auburn Springfest, Great Atlanta Blues Festival, Bluesfest and more! Nick has appeared on many radio and TV stations including NPR and Comcast TV, and is endorsed by Holland Guitars.

With a large catalogue of original songs, film scores, and compositions, and a repertoire that stretches well past 500 “cover” songs, Nick continues to live and breathe music. He advocates environmental protection and awareness, and is active in national organizations like JFSJ and ONE Campaign.

Nick promotes education and is experienced in private & group instruction to students of all ages!

More: www.nickedelstein.com

randomkindnessOne Second Saviour by Philip Scott Wikel

 

don’s liquor store,

a homeless woman kisses my hand

my heart swells and i’m a one second saviour

 

her husband bows as if in reverent prayer

i gave him 3 dollars on thanksgiving and

he probably drank it all but he’s still alive

so he must be eating

 

i see them and now every time

hope that the shelter opens soon and

i know it will and they’ll be warm at night

and less dirty

 

she’s red in the face

with the swelling of skindrenched

in alcohol and relentless sun

but her spirit’s intact

and she kisses my hand

i’m her one second saviour

and they’re happy to see me

world

World Cup Chillin’

Somewhere in the middle ground between the raw gritty Bob Dylan-esque vocals and classically trained piano melodies… 

 

 

 

 

…lie two unsuspecting singer/songwriter/producers. Who would have guessed that two over caffeinated and under appreciated yet painfully caucasion men could go from writing/producing contemporary pop and Christian to churning out wall thumping hip hop grooves with interwoven rap and soulful vocals. It’s been a transition they have been amazed at themselves, but a change that has been both fun and inspiring for them at this point in their careers.

World Cup brings energetic and powerful dancepop music to the table similar to current bands like LMFAO, Black Eyed Peas and Pitbull. They hope to bring their brand of party indie-rocking to a whole new level incorporating it into the sports world in soccer, football and basketball events. Already in their short collaboration as a band they have received the Top 25 Songs of Summer with Tunecore with their track ‘Two Pieces’ and have had 2 of their dancepop tracks picked up for remixes by various producers…

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amber-cd-cover-d-2Amber Ojeda is vintage with a modern flare…
Known best for her sultry and subtle vibrato, it’s her ability to lace together jazz, new soul, pop and hip hop that helped make her mark on the digital world of music. Equal parts talent and ambition, Ojeda has managed to secure music placements on networks such as ABC, Bravo, Oxygen & The Style Network. In 2010 a distribution deal was acquired with Sweet Soul Records releasing her debut Album ‘Here I Am’ in Japan.
In 2011 she landed a coveted spot on Bravo’s emerging singer songwriter competition series “Platinum Hit”. Her sophomore album “Space.bar.Love.” was released in January of 2012 and has been highlighted on numerous music blogs among the likes of Getty Images & This is Real Music. Amber has continued to receive constant airplay by independent music stations and has remained #1 on Reverbnation (San Diego pop Charts) for over a year.
For more up to date information please visit http://www.amberojeda.com

 

dead poets

Carpe Diem!

Great quotes from a Great Film

• We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman, “O me! O life!… of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless… of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?” Answer: that you are here; that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse; What will your verse be?

• When you read, don’t just consider what the author thinks, consider what you think.

• There’s a time for daring and there’s a time for caution, and a wise man understands which is called for.

• Sucking the marrow out of life doesn’t mean choking on the bone.

• No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.

• They’re not that different from you, are they? Same haircuts. Full of hormones, just like you. Invincible, just like you feel. The world is their oyster. They believe they’re destined for great things, just like many of you, their eyes are full of hope, just like you. Did they wait until it was too late to make from their lives even one iota of what they were capable? Because, you see gentlemen, these boys are now fertilizing daffodils. But if you listen real close, you can hear them whisper their legacy to you. Go on, lean in. Listen, you hear it? – - Carpe – - hear it? – - Carpe, carpe diem, seize the day boys, make your lives extraordinary.

• Boys, you must strive to find your own voice. Because the longer you wait to begin, the less likely you are to find it at all. Thoreau said, “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation.” Don’t be resigned to that. Break out! break out now is the time!

• I went to the woods because I wanted to live deliberately, I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, To put to rout all that was not life and not when I had come to die Discover that I had not lived. – Thoreau

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Split Sessions Promo

“Jennifer Logue has the bounce and brightness of the Bangles, often the voice of a Cindy Lauper cutting snappy pop folk country, and the music of Billy Joel blended with a bit of Elvis Costello, Elton John, and the Blondie side of the 80s chart sound.”

 - Mark S. Tucker – FAME

 

If the name Jennifer Logue rings a bell, it’s probably because you’ve heard her somewhere before. She’s been breaking ground in the indie scene for quite a few years and that bell is ringing even brighter with the release of her newest album, The Split Sessions.

Recorded on a plantation in Virginia, the album has a vibe that is gritty, organic, and raw, drawing comparisons to Feist, Adele, and PJ Harvey. Logue was inspired to record The Split Sessions while touring Europe to promote The Pretty EP, her first official release, which was polished and pop. Fans on the road were eager for a record that simulated the live experience, which would showcase the natural richness of Logue’s voice and place more emphasis on the songwriting.

On her return flight to the states, the young artist drafted a rough sketch of her next release. She wanted to “split” the record between her older songs and new songs penned on the road. However, all the tracks would be produced with real instruments- nothing synthetic, all natural. She launched a Kickstarter Campaign to help cover recording costs and with the help of her fans, successfully funded it. The album is now being distributed digitally through iTunes, Rhapsody, and Amazon, as well as Spotify.

Since releasing The Split Sessions, Jennifer has been receiving more buzz than ever before, opening up for Steely Dan’s Jon Herington in NYC and winning a slot to perform alongside Cee- Lo, The Black Keys, Patti Smith, Deadmau5, and many more superstar acts at Virgin Mobile Freefest. Jennifer is a testament to the magic that can be created between artists and their fans, as it was fan voting that earned her the opportunity.

“My fans keep me moving forward in more ways than one,” she says.

Jennifer followed up these gigs with two sold out shows at CMJ in New York and more recently, a string of performances at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. She was then invited to perform the first annual Madeira Film Festival in Portugal where she shared the stage with world- renowned musicians Kyle Eastwood and Phamie Gow.

She is currently in the studio working on new music as well as starring in the NYC foodie series “Best in the City.” For all the latest on Jennifer, stay tuned to her Official Website, Facebook, and Twitter. She also has her own blog, Things that Zing, which covers all that is quirky, artsy, and amusing.

Her blog: http://thingsthatzing.wordpress.com/

Music: http://www.reverbnation.com/jenniferlogue

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