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News and updates for the gang

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Hey everyone! Feels like a while since I’ve said what’s up.

Got some stuff I need to share.

Let’s get straight to it.

I’m Offline Until August

I am taking a vacation. In fact, I am technically on vacation right now while writing this. I’m traveling until early August and I’m taking off from all my ventures except for my full-time job.

When I first had the idea of taking a vacation from The Riff a while back, I was initially scared that I was going to face criticism for it. I was also worried that taking a vacation would hurt The Riff.

Welcoming Nelson George to ‘The Riff’

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I’d like to share a special piece of news with everyone here.

Normally I don’t spotlight individual writers as there are too many to recognize. But a writer who’s literally made and documented music history has joined The Riff as a contributor.

Let’s give a big welcome to Nelson George!

Who is Nelson George?

Nelson is a music writer and critic who has decades of experience interviewing and featuring some of your favorite musicians. He is also a prolific filmmaker, director, and producer who’s worked with people such as Queen Latifah and Chris Rock. …

You definitely don’t want to miss this

Photo courtesy of Peter Kater. Cropped for fit by the author.

Our latest episode is not what you think.

Peter Kater isn’t just a pianist, he’s a real artist who doesn’t let anyone dictate his work. He’s completely in control and has been very successful at it. People see him in gigs across oceans, listen to his music in his albums, and hear his music in film and television.

Peter’s journey has lasted since the 80s and hasn’t stopped since. He’s been there and done that in terms of musicianship: From sleeping on beaches to winning two Grammys.

I think that’s enough to lure you in — listen to the rest…

A vocalized Seuss-a-doodle

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Listen to the audio version embedded.

Holy cannoli!
Bagels and lox!
Spilled aioli
In my cardboard box!

All of it smelled
My clothes and Prime
Where aioli dwelled
And arrived on time.

You would think
The driver would see
A box that stinks
He has a degree!

International Relation
His degree’s in that
Expensive education
Didn’t teach him bubblewrap!

White-collar job
The driver applies
Not enough of a snob
However hard he tries!

Software developer
Driver’s on time
Either way, he works for
Amazon Prime.

A new series and another podcast episode

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Wow, almost 700 followers at The Riff! I can’t express the level of gratitude I have for everyone here.

The Riff is my online home, a place where I can freely share my thoughts on music and more. More importantly, it has been a place where I’ve met incredible people from all walks of life who give me a sense of cohesive community.

Who knows what’s next for The Riff?

Well, actually, I know.

Introducing The Riff’s ‘Greatest Hits’

We have a slight problem at The Riff. …

A haiku

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Kindness of my heart’s
Compensation for my art
But is it worth it?

It is for me ‘cause
My internet income streams
Are my Medici.

But what about those
Who aren’t kidless and got
Other shit to pay?

Student loans are a
Pain and so will be rent yet
I can afford now.

Yet what about time?
The ultimate burden of
Creating online.

Making, editing
Don’t forget the audience
The demand’s endless

And discouraging
With oversaturation
Come on, feel the noise!

This brings me to my
Next point, that most reading this
Are also writing.

That means what for…

Tourist too blind to see the world around him. Photo by Maxim Potkin on Unsplash

A rap poem

I hope this happens more often

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Tuesday night I was tired enough to pass out by midnight yet I didn’t fall asleep until two am. My circadian rhythm has adjusted to binge-watching TV and my show du jour is Fleabag. At first, I didn’t like it, but the longer the show’s gone on, the more I see why Fleabag is the way she is. Also, a show about young people in London will always make me stay up late.

Once I fell asleep, I was in the deepest trance. This is both surprising and unsurprising since I drank a Diet Coke hours before sleeping yet I…

Aimée Gramblin’s converted!

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I’m really proud of everything we’ve done at The Riff. But we need to get on a higher plane, the next level.

The next level comprises taking our community and showing others the power of music. I was not a diehard until I was.

Hopefully, we can say the same for Aimée Gramblin, our latest guest on The Riff Podcast.

In fact, I know we can.

Earlier today she told me she’s been listening, “nonstop,” to Radiator King’s Unborn Ghosts, a suggestion made by Rob.

How did Aimée swiftly turn into a diehard?

There’s only one way to find out…

Noah Levy

Don’t sweat the small stuff. Lifelong learner. Sometimes I write satire, but it’s kinda true…Want to say hi? Email me!

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