Dee Culp

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: 2017 Geisinger Transgender Conference is strangely missing trans representation

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: 2017 Geisinger Transgender Conference is strangely missing trans representation

As we come up on the 2017 Transgender Awareness Conference, scheduled to take place on Monday, April 10 at the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (formerly the Commonwealth Medical College) in Scranton, I feel compelled to be there. In its fifth year, we see that the conference has undergone something of a name change, now […]

 Dee Culp

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: LGBT support in NEPA music scene clear at Wilkes-Barre punk rock benefit

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: LGBT support in NEPA music scene clear at Wilkes-Barre punk rock benefit

Here we are, in Donald Trump’s second month as president, with a new Muslim ban to replace the extremely unconstitutional one that came before it and a worse health care plan designed to replace the Affordable Care Act, titled – I kid you not – H.R. 1275 – World’s Greatest Healthcare Plan of 2017. I […]

 Dee Culp

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: Transgender bathroom repeal isn’t about safety – it’s about alienating others

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: Transgender bathroom repeal isn’t about safety – it’s about alienating others

It would appear that, so far, Donald Trump is doing exactly what he said he would and making good on his campaign promises. Promises such as the promise to defund Planned Parenthood; the promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act; the promise to tear families apart and make life a living hell for Muslims and […]

 John 'Fud' Zavacki

BUT I DIGRESS: What makes a good pop song (and how to make pop music great again)

BUT I DIGRESS: What makes a good pop song (and how to make pop music great again)

I have no idea what I’m going to be babbling about today, kiddies. I know I do need to knock something out or I’ll get chewed out by the boss, so I’m giving it the ol’ “James Joyce” treatment. The results couldn’t possibly be worse than that hack’s unintelligible dreck. Why Hemingway hung around with […]

 John 'Fud' Zavacki

BUT I DIGRESS: What your choice of Christmas lights says about you

BUT I DIGRESS: What your choice of Christmas lights says about you

As you may have noticed, I like to draw parallels between stuff. Generally, it goes like this: “I think it’s cool, so it gets a favorable comparison to cool things,” or “This sucks. I liken it to poo.” Not today, however. Today is about achieving unity through diversity. It’s not about how different we are, […]

 John 'Fud' Zavacki

BUT I DIGRESS: Play original music on your own terms, even if it means losing out on paid gigs

BUT I DIGRESS: Play original music on your own terms, even if it means losing out on paid gigs

Greetings, faithful readers! As you may have noticed, I’ve been away a while. But while I was gone, I made sure to read all of your e-mails, requests, and suggestions. I’m returning anyway. So it’s like this, see? I play music. I loathe using the term “musician” for a couple reasons, not the least of […]

 Dee Culp

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: Keep your post-election safety pins – we need action now against bigotry

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: Keep your post-election safety pins – we need action now against bigotry

The past few days have been extremely difficult for me. My feelings come in waves, and they revolve between anger, depression, fear, and despair. I literally quaked in fear on Tuesday evening as I sobbed and had to have a friend drive me home. I did not sleep for at least 24 hours and, when […]

 John 'Fud' Zavacki

BUT I DIGRESS: Singing (or rather playing) the praises of underrated guitar solos

BUT I DIGRESS: Singing (or rather playing) the praises of underrated guitar solos

Wellsir, this week’s edition of the “Uncle Fuddy Won’t Pipe Down” show almost didn’t happen. I can hear the collective groan upon discovering that it did, nevertheless, happen. Sucks, right? Sorry. Anyway, it almost didn’t happen, but not for the reasons I’m sure most of ya naysayers have in mind. I haven’t had to secretly […]

 Bret Alexander

THE REAL GIG: Steamtown Music Awards remind us that musicians are local heroes too

THE REAL GIG: Steamtown Music Awards remind us that musicians are local heroes too

Last night, I went to the Steamtown Music Awards at The V-Spot in Scranton. It was a great night of catching up with friends and fellow Northeastern Pennsylvania players, writers, and producers. As I got up this morning, I found myself thinking about an event that happened to me 20 years ago. I was at […]

 John 'Fud' Zavacki

BUT I DIGRESS: Thoughts and memories after seeing Black Sabbath for the last time

BUT I DIGRESS: Thoughts and memories after seeing Black Sabbath for the last time

I saw Black Sabbath live for the very last time in my entire life on Friday, Aug. 19 in Camden, New Jersey. It was an amazing show, and the power and brilliance of the performance ultimately took some of bite out of the fact that it was, as the title of the tour indicated, “The […]

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