Still a good DAM magazine

I’m published again, yay!

I had the great opportunity to speak with One for Jude – a very cool band from Paris, France – in the latest issue of DAM Magazine, available online.

Thailand’s beautiful white sand beaches and clear waters are world-renowned. However, this is no vacation for Billy Amzal, lead vocalist from the worldly band One for Jude. Currently situated in the city of Chiang Mai, 435 miles (700km) north of the capital city of Bangkok, Amzal is here on a humanitarian mission with the Global Fund. Their mission: to increase awareness and prevention of HIV/Aids through communication and education across the nation. D.A.M.’s mission: to find out more about this conscientious group that defies convention.

DAM Magazine, Issue #15

Page 2 of the interview can be found here (located on page 21) along with an interview with soul provider and 2010 nominee for best Male R&B artist at the BET Awards- Raheem DeVaughn.

What else is going on…

When late night TV isn’t bad…

Click- LifeTurns

Characteristically up late but unchracteristically staying at home, I come across the BBC’s web technology show “Click”. The show’s on mute because I’m doing several mindless things at once (downloading songs, viewing youtube videos, playing music and surfing the web) with no room left for targeted concentration. Through my TV’s closed captioning feature, I can glance over and read the topics on the show, when necessary. The current story is about BlipFoto and what looked like a series of photos of people walking that were pieced together to make it look like an animated film.

The website appeared at the top of the screen so I quickly typed it into my web browser:

Turns out, it’s an art project for the 2010 Edinburgh Art Festival. The artists are piecing together photographs from submissions from all over the world and creatively making an animated film based on montages of people walking.

Sounds silly, but when you check out the website and all the details, it’s a collaborative project that literally brings together hundreds to thousands of people from all over the world. I love connections so any project that encourages them gets a Nelleytimes’ seal of approval. An original concept and a great idea.

The best part is, we can contribute pictures of ourselves in various walking poses to be a part of the art project. Stay tuned for mine. I’ll have to get the proper ensemble together first, natch, but once that’s done, y’all better be prepared for my starring role in this thing.  😉

Check it out @

When it’s time to turn off your computer…

The Lying Down game

Certainly not the fun version I was hoping for (cuz I’d win that one), to play this game you must follow these rules:

  • The palms of your hands must be flat against your side
  • The tips of your toes must be pointing to the ground
  • The goal: you must look as if you are standing but while laying face down

The tips to help you ‘win’ at this game with no prizes (except fleeting internet fame, approximate value $0), as taken from their Facebook page, are such:

–         The more public the better

–         The more people involved the better

With a website, over 100,000 facebook fans and actual media coverage, this game is gaining popularity around the world.

So yes, it’s certainly an original concept, but is it a great idea? It almost makes me think that we’ve come to a point in human existence where we celebrate the mundane, encourage foolishness masked as creativity and essentially have nothing more productive to do with our time. I hate to be a hypocrite (except, of course, when I’m being a hypocrite) but I can’t wrap my head around this one and have no desire to lie face down in a public washroom with 8 of my best friends just to gain 20 seconds of Internet notoriety…

Maybe if it was 30 seconds of fame…  😉

Your thoughts?




Blipfoto images
Lying down game images

D.A.M. that sounds good

D.A.M. I love a good magazine.  Especially one that features my by-line.

I’m published!

D.A.M. Magazine (Dynamically Active Movements) is an online magazine that features profiles and blogs on music, fashion, the arts and everything in between.

This month the online mag features my captivating interview with Madison, Wisconsin based indie/folk/alternative music artist- Curt Mychael. I caught up with him while he was in studio working on his second much-anticipated album. Oh and there’s also a cover story and interview with Chilli from the world-renowned group TLC in there too.  By the way, did I mention MY article?  Curt Mychael.  Just a reminder.

The fine publishers at D.A.M. Magazine came to the agreement that I must be a part of their team and offered me the position of Music Editor. I’d like to congratulate the intelligent crew at D.A.M. Magazine for their great decision making skills. I humbly accept.

The extraordinary and insightful people at D.A.M. Magazine have taken my text article and turned it into graphical gold.

Signed, sealed, delivered, it’s yours:

Paul McCartney, Jason Mraz, The Archies, Nick Drake. Curt Mychael, an up and coming singer/songwriter from Madison, Wisconsin, has had comparisons to them all. His highly infectious, well-written, upbeat tunes have been slowly making their way past the myspace crowd and into the mainstream.

We caught up with the talented artist in the studio where he’s currently working on his 2nd –yet to be titled album expected to be released in the summer of 2010.  Between writing songs, recording tracks, performing all over Wisconsin, and booking shows for his upcoming east coast tour, Mychael generously took a break from his long day to answer a few questions for D.A.M. Magazine.

The interview is also available on the D.A.M website here.

Oh and ladies you can start swooning now because yes, he IS single.  🙂

Next up in my blog world:

  • Budget Life: Math time! Add up all the money you spend in a month on the fun stuff, cut it by over 60% and then try to live off the rest. Can you reach the end of the month before you reach the end of the money?
  • The $10 Dinner Party: Serving a party of 7 on a $10 budget.  Macaroni and cheese not allowed… Darn it.
  • What in the world?: Sometimes I attend events that can go really, really well…or the complete opposite.  Either way it makes for a great story.
  • Bye-Bye Mustard: Pineapple slices; chutney; alfalfa sprouts; cranberry sauce; butter chicken sauce; bacon wrapped and deep-fried. Creative and delicious(?) ways the old fashioned hot dog is being revamped.
  • A Novel Idea – the Wrap Up: The reviews are in! Turns out I shouldn’t quit my day job… just yet. 😉

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Go to Curt Mychael’s myspace page to listen to tracks from his upcoming album as well as his #1 track, ‘Sunnyside’, off his first album.

Want to recommend an artist (Fashion, Music and/or the Arts) for D.A.M. Magazine? Send the info to and they may be featured in an upcoming issue.

Happy Monday!