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Holly Bowling continues to wow fans everywhere she goes, taking on the catalogs of jam greats like Phish and the Grateful Dead in a totally unique manner. A classically trained pianist from San Francisco, Bowling first caught the jam scene’s eye with her solo piano interpretation of the famed “Tweezer” jam from Lake Tahoe in 2013.Praise for Bowling’s technique only grew from there, as she eventually released a full album of Phish interpretations called Distillation Of A Dream. Naturally, Bowling set her sights on the jam scene founders themselves: the Grateful Dead.“The Grateful Dead’s music lends itself easily to a solo instrumental interpretation in part because it’s music with intricate songwriting,” says Bowling. “That’s a big piece of it, as anything too repetitive would be difficult to arrange in this format. But more importantly, I think it works because of the depth of emotion expressed in the music.”The pianist is set to release Better Left Unsung on December 9th, a two-CD/three-vinyl album that explores the music of the Grateful Dead in solo piano composition form. You can read all about the album, and find pre-orders, here.With the new album coming out so soon, we wanted to get fans excited by sharing some of Bowling’s foray into the Dead’s catalog. We’re excited to premiere a brand new live video of Bowling’s interpretation of “Unbroken Chain,” played at the Lost Sierra Hoedown on September 24th in Johnsville, CA. Enjoy below!Bowling takes us inside her love of the Grateful Dead and scoring their music. “With solo piano music, and classical music in general, I love the structures and intricacies of composition, but it’s the emotional expression and unspoken human-to-human connection expressed in it that really makes me fall in love with a piece of music. The Dead’s music is just full of that. I feel it. Everyone who loves the Dead’s music feels it. And I think part of the reason my reinterpretation works is because this music resonates with me and holds a lot of meaning. It’s easy to open up and make that connection and pour emotion into these works. And you can feel that when you’re listening. It’s all about connection and expression of human emotion.I don’t mean to downplay the beautiful songwriting–that’s a huge part of it too. The chord changes in “Unbroken Chain,” for example, are unexpected and stunningly beautiful. I feel just as strongly about them as I do about Schubert’s surprise turns of harmony, and he’s one of my absolute favorite composers. They hit me the same way. But even then, we’re back to emotion again! It’s music that makes you feel something, deeply. It’s powerful.”We can’t wait for Better Left Unsung to be released on December 9th, and we also can’t wait to see Holly performing at the upcoming Brooklyn Comes Alive festival on October 22nd. Brooklyn Comes Alive brings over 50 musicians to three venues in Brooklyn, pairing them in exciting super group formations throughout a day full of excellent music. With musicians from The String Cheese Incident, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, The Disco Biscuits, Dead & Company, Snarky Puppy and more – including Holly Bowling – don’t miss out. Tickets can be found here.For more about the Better Left Unsung album, including pre-orders, head here. The full tracklisting and Holly Bowling’s upcoming tour dates can be seen below.Better Left Unsung TracklistingHelp On The Way > Slipknot!Franklin’s TowerCassidyBird SongWharf RatUnbroken ChainCrazy FingersCryptical Envelopment > The Other OneRow JimmyTerrapin Station (Suite)Eyes Of The World (6/18/74 Lousisville, KY)China DollDark StarHolly Bowling’s Upcoming Tour DatesOct. 22 – New York, NY – Brooklyn Comes AliveOct. 23 – Beacon, NY – The Towne CrierDec. 31 – The Cutting Room – New York, NY[Photo by Jessie Bell]
VERMONT ADVERTISING AGENCY SWITCHES ON THE POWERHMC Changes Ownership and ManagementStowe, VT –HMC Advertising in Stowe is bringing a whole new power source to marketing in New England. Literally. HMC, which has been in existence since 1980, was sold this year to its employees – positioning it for new management, new growth, new opportunities, new ideas and a renewed zeal and commitment to serving clients.Brian Harwood, now the “Chair Emeritus” of the agency, stepped down from his CEO role in January along with his long-time business partner Brad Moses. The two then passed the management baton to employees Veronica Williams and Anne Loecher.Loecher continues in her role as agency Creative Director, adding Managing Member to her title, while Williams has picked up the reins as Director of Client Services, Managing Member. Williams was Director of Marketing at Sugarbush Resort in Waitsfield before joining HMC in 2001. Loecher was with Grey Advertising and other New York agencies, and served as a Creative Director at the Clio-acclaimed DDB/Chicago before coming to HMC in 1996.Both Williams and Loecher are enthusiastic about the opportunity to build on HMCs considerable capabilities, and to taking the company forward. “HMC has always been dedicated to client success – providing clients with a level of marketing services typically only found at big agencies in big cities,” says Williams. “The difference is at HMC, we can work with a range of client budgets, so you don’t have to be Nike to get extraordinary advertising work when you work with us.”Loecher points to the newly created HMC logo, which features a number two above the letters. “The two stands for a couple of things. First, that we’re a new iteration of HMC. Brian and Brad graciously handed the reins to us, and HMC is evolving through new management into its second generation. Also, the two stands for the exponential new power which we’re all infusing into the place. And,” she adds, “that translates to even greater energy and resources available to our clients.”The “all” Loecher references is a team of 15 advertising professionals working in account management, creative, media and more. Some are “urban refugees” says Loecher. “Some of us have come from big agencies in New York, Boston, the Midwest,” she says, “and we bring our training and experience from there. While others are natives of Vermont and Northern New England, and they bring a deep knowledge of this particular market.”Williams’ client side experience is another great benefit to those choosing HMC. “Coming from the client side, I’m especially aware of how critical it is for Marketing Directors everywhere to justify their advertising expenditures with real, bottom-line results,” she says.HMC is a full-service agency and welcomes inquiries from prospective customers – be they Vermont and New England-based, or from anywhere. “Any Marketing Director who’s looking to bolster their brand with topnotch work at a reasonable price – that’s our target audience,” says Williams.Harwood and Moses will retain limited ownership and serve as consultants until 2010. Harwood, will continue to work on a part-time basis at HMC, which is located on Route 100 in Stowe.The company is agency of record for Smugglers’ Notch Resort, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont and The Vermont Health Plan, The Vermont Student Assistance Corporation, Champlain College, Trapp Family Lodge, HearthStone Stoves and Susan Sargent Designs, among others.
Debt free sign on old green doors.WHEN it comes to living mortgage and rent free, Cungulla residents have most of us beat.The popular seaside suburb has the highest rate of fully owned properties in Townsville, according to new figures from RP Data released this week.Almost 51 per cent of properties in the suburb are owned outright, with a further 31.6 per cent being purchased and 17.5 rented.Elders listing agent Leah James said the suburb was popular among older buyers. “There are quite a few owner occupiers out there who would have bought their houses cheap quite a few years ago and now paid it off,” she said.“However, for a seaside suburb, properties are very affordable which many buyers paying cash, either to live there or to use as weekenders.“I recently sold 42 John Dory St for a bargain $174,000. More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“The buyer sold his house down south and bought this one in cash.“35 John Dory Str, which I sold for $285,000, also went to an out-of-town buyer from Ayr who has a couple of kids in Townsville.” Top 10 suburbs with largest number of fully owned homesOther Townsville suburbs with a high rate of fully owned homes included Rollingstone (49.1 per cent), Bohle (47.9 per cent), Oak Valley (46.3 per cent) and Nome (46.2 per cent).Century 21 sales agent Mario Torrisi said he was not surprised by the result, with many of Townsville’s outskirts suburbs home to long-term occupants.“You will find that many of the houses in those suburbs, when they come to the market, have been occupied by the same family for many years,” he said.“One of my properties at 16 Yarran Court, Nome, for example, is owned by a lady who has lived there for 24 years. “People who buy out there do so with the intention to settle down, raise a family or retire, as they like the lifestyle these suburbs offer.”
Facebook119Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Olympia Farmers MarketThe Olympia Farmers Market remains committed to facilitating access to healthy food. In response to COVID-19, we have made changes to the High Season schedule. Our current plan is to stay open every Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. through April. The Market will not be open on Thursdays and Fridays until further notice. The Market board and staff will continue to evaluate the situation to determine the schedule going into late spring and summer. The Market will continue to regularly communicate with the Thurston County Public Health and Social Services Department to maintain the safest environment possible for the community to access healthy food.“The Olympia Farmers Market is dedicated to ensuring that locally produced goods continue to be accessible during this crisis, “ said Bryce Dazell, Operations Manager at the Market. “Empty shelves in many grocery stores and supermarkets reinforce the importance of having a strong local-food economy. Now, more than ever it is crucial to support our farmers and local producers. We look forward to the day when we are on the other side of this crisis and it is once again safe to gather in community to enjoy local music, fine foods, artisanal crafts, and each other’s company,” he said.In order to keep customers and vendors safe, the Market has implemented some operational changes: Monitoring crowd size and enforcing social distancing and measures to avoid crowd gathering.Spreading out of vendors to give as much distance as possible between vendors as possible.An additional hand washing sink has been made available to customers inside the Market building that has hot and cold running water, soap and paper towels and signage about COVID-19.Two hand sanitizing stations have been added with a total of four hand sanitizer dispensers.Only “grocery-type” vendors are permitted to sell including the sale of food items, plant starts, fruit trees and flowers. Crafters are not allowed to sell at the Market at this time (except for the sale of soap.)Restaurants are only offering take-out food. On-site consumption will not be permitted.The Market also recommends the following:If possible, send just one member of your household to the Market.Keep your distance from other shoppers.Avoid touching food you do not intend to buy.Utilize hand washing and sanitizing stations.Avoid lingering. Get your shopping done and return home.When you get home, wash your hands and your produce.Food access for EBT/SNAP shoppers:The Olympia Farmers Market is proud to continue to accept EBT cards and offer a source of nutritious foods to SNAP recipients. Replacing the FRESH BUCKS program, the SNAP Market Match program provides EBT/SNAP shoppers with extra buying power by providing an additional dollar for dollar EBT match of up to $20 per day. SNAP Market Match currency can be used with farmers at the Market to purchase fresh veggies, fruit, herbs and mushrooms plus seeds and plants that produce food.Schedule and operational measures are subject to change based on recommended COVID-19 guidelines. Please visit the website www.olympiafarmersmarket.com and follow Olympia Farmers Market social media accounts to keep informed.