Friday, November 10, 2017

Cameron Bethany, Day of the Dead and RiverArts

Posted By on Fri, Nov 10, 2017 at 6:06 PM

click to enlarge Cameron Bethany at his "You Make Me Nervous" listening party at Dirty Socks Studio. - MICHAEL DONAHUE
  • Michael Donahue
  • Cameron Bethany at his "You Make Me Nervous" listening party at Dirty Socks Studio.

Cameron Bethany will release his new EP, “You Make Me Nervous,” at 8 p.m. Saturday Nov. 11 at Loflin Yard.

Bethany might have been a little nervous at the listening party for the EP, which was recently held at Dirty Socks Studio, where it was recorded.

He and the EP’s producer, IMAKEMADBEATS, invited about 20 people. “Just wanting to have some people come out and take a listen and give their opinions,” Bethany said. “But I didn’t want people to feel biased or feel like they had to appease my feelings with me being in the room. So, I came up with the idea of doing it anonymously.

“We produced a list of people we respected. People who had been supportive through the years and genuinely interested in what we were doing. We wanted them to give their opinions first.”

Two groups were admitted to the studio at different times. They were given lined paper with the name of each song on the EP on each sheet. They listened to each song and wrote their comments about the song on the paper.

Later, Bethany read the comments and discovered “a few suggestions for things that may only add to the production that we have actually considered.”

But, he said, the EP “ultimately is in a place I’m proud of.”

The premise of the EP is “dealing with different things that contribute to feelings of anxiety or not being able to succeed wherever you are. Not feeling like yourself.”


click to enlarge Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead fiesta was held at The Columns. - MICHAEL DONAHUE
  • Michael Donahue
  • Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead fiesta was held at The Columns.

Guests were told not to wear Halloween masks to the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) fiesta, but they could paint their faces to look like skulls. Instead of costumes, guests were asked to dress in black and white.

The Latino Memphis fundraiser, held Oct. 27 at The Columns, celebrates loved ones who passed away. Altars are decorated with paschal marigolds, sugar skulls and candles.

This year’s fiesta featured the Herencia Hispana folkloric dance group, Aztec dancers, New Ballet Ensemble, Salsa Memphis, Mariachi Guadalajara and music by DJ Moi and Catrinas by Cazateatro Bilingual Theater Group.


click to enlarge Lijah and Gabby Hanley at RiverArtsFest - MICHAEL DONAHUE
  • Michael Donahue
  • Lijah and Gabby Hanley at RiverArtsFest

On a chilly night in Downtown Memphis, Viewing Lijah Hanley’s photo, “Spring Breeze” probably made RiverArtsFest goers feel a little warmer than his “Smiling Back” snow scene.

Hanley was one of the art dealers at the outdoor festival. He and his wife, Gabby, chatted a bit as RiverArts was about to end for the night on Oct. 28.

“This is actually our first time here,” said Lijah “We’re driving all over the country.”

The colder-than-usual Memphis temps during the weekend of the festival probably were a little surprising to the couple. “We’re freezing,” he said.

Elisha Gold, who was demonstrating blacksmithing at the National Ornamental Metal Museum booth, called
it quits for the night. “It’s hard to weld when your hand is shaking,” he said.

But, as Ken Hall, said, “All the cool people are still here. In fact, they’re cold.”

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