Friday, November 15, 2013

A Sister's Plea Entertwined With Some "Dropkick"


What is it about a sibling? We love them and sometimes we hate them. Yet, at the times when we hate them, we’d fight Satan himself if he said a bad word against our sister or brother. It’s one thing to lose a parent, but when a sibling dies, it’s very different. Furthermore, when they die at a young age, it’s unnatural. If addiction has touched you personally, then you will understand this post. If it has not, consider yourself lucky. My brother was dependent upon pot and alcohol at first. This gave way to his wife finding a needle, which later caused a divorce. Eventually, he swallowed pills, smoked meth, swallowed more pills and died at 30 years old. He’s the little boy in the far left in the picture below. This is my favorite childhood photo. I’m about 12 here.


As a writer, I write about things that move me. Yes, this is the third consecutive post about The Latchiko’s. Forgive me. Their music moves me. I’m way beyond silly crushes on handsome and talented musicians, so I hope you don’t think that’s what this post is about. Being a writer, I love words. When the right music is added to the right lyrics in the most perfect way, then it becomes much more than a song. It becomes magical AND real to me, and in this case – very personal. It is my hope after you read this piece, that their music will move you in magical ways too.

This morning, I awoke at 4:30 am by what felt like a slight whisper on my heart and a soft voice in my ear saying, “Sister, time to wake up.” Weird, because I live alone. It was my brother Charlie’s presence. He died in 2006. I awoke with such a feeling of calmness and warmth. He continued to nudge me as I played track #10 from this wonderful CD, and hit repeat, repeat, repeat over and over again. I’d listen, press pause, then write. Press play, listen, press pause, write more, press play. Listen, then cry. You see, track #10 is “Dropkick”. It’s such a sad, poignant song about addiction and the desire for recovery. The lyrics and music are both tear-jerking yet hopeful at the same time. 
  
For 10 minutes, The Latchiko’s take you on a musical journey of what it must be like to be dependent on things that are so dangerous they’re scary. The music mirrors the hero’s path; slow at first, just as life must be in recovery. Then it picks up. Faster and faster and happier and happier music reflect a more joyful life. The phoenix rises from the ashes in this song. By the end, you’re in love with the hero’s uphill battle and feel so overcome with relief that he saw the light at the end of the abyss.

Of my four younger brothers, I’ve watched three of them battle demons of alcohol and drug abuse. With so many resources for the addicted, Charlie should have sought help. I miss him so much my heart hurts, some days more than others. Today is one of those days. Just because good people make bad choices, it doesn’t make one a bad person. If you know an addict, please encourage them to seek help. When addicts use, they lie, cheat, steal, manipulate, and deceive you…over and over again, because we let them. As we hand over money, food, or a place to crash, we think, “Man, I wish he’d straighten up,” or, “He’s just sorry to be in that state,” or even, “If he loved us, he’d get clean.” But, we cannot begin to fathom the power that addiction holds over its victims. Then, when it’s too late, we (the enablers) carry such blame and guilt; a kind of guilt which is hard to forgive, even years later.

Oh how I wish my brother was the hero in ‘”Dropkick,” but am so very happy for Aindrias. Click on the link below to watch a simple performance of this very moving and sad song. In some of the shots, his eyes glow from what I can only assume is happiness and joy, what a testament to his spirit and character. 


You can find out more about them at their website www.thelatchikos.com where you can get this wonderful music for yourself. I can talk about this CD all day, but until you hear it for yourself...you have no idea how moving it is.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

"Sugarbeat Sessions" by The Latchiko's

Music Comes Alive in This Debut Album!

If you don't know what a sugarbeet is, think of a gigantic, non-orange carrot made for the Jolly Green Giant, and it's spelled sugarbeet (with an e), not sugarbeat (with an a). Yet, when it comes to The Latchiko's, they are anything but conventional, and the spelling with an a is in the title of their album, which I just received a few days ago. Now I can't stop playing it and am so addicted it's crazy. Like when KISS released their "Dynasty" LP when I was 9! (I didn't get MY record until I was 11 or 12!); or, when Prince released "Purple Rain" when I was in high school! Believe me, this is better. Waaaay better!
     We all have those cds where one, two, or even three songs we don't really like and can live without. I hated "Let's Go Crazy" by Prince (still do...) and when anyone other than Paul Stanley sang on "Dynasty" I wanted to vomit. However, on this Sugarbeat Sessions album, there is not one song I can live without. NOTHING makes me want to throw up! I love all the songs! The sounds are so chameleon-like, so changing, blooming, and explosive. For little over a month, I've been seeing and hearing bits and pieces of most of this on YouTube. As I finally get to put it all together, it blows me away.


Tim Scanlan performing in New Jersey, March 2013. Photo courtesy of Terri Taylor Tattan




     10 magical, hypnotic, overwhelming, and oh-so-amazing-it-makes-me-smile-tingle-and-dance songs are on this album. After listening to track 1 “Sugarbeat,” I thought, “Wow, this is amazing. It’s my favorite.” Then, after hearing track 2 “Pish Shtains” I thought, “Craaap, THAT’S my favorite.” Then came track 3, and well you get the idea. Each song affects me this way. The diversity of sounds, rhythms, and lyrics fits together like caramel and chocolate, it’s perfectly soothing, satisfying and exciting at the same time. I DO NOT have a favorite because I can’t pick one. 
     With song titles like, “The Shligo Rovers,” “Nova Nova,” and “The Moogaga Jig,” this album is so eclectic, groovy, sexy, up, down, funny, sad, wild, crazy, energetic, spirited, and diverse as are the guys in the band. While Aindrias and Eimhin are from Ireland, Tim hales from Australia. Look at Aindrias, he’s so gypsy-looking it’s unreal. (I think he’s really from Transylvania or Romania and simply wants to say he’s from Ireland. I guess he thinks people like the way the Irish talk? Who knows?) Then, there’s Tim who looks like the cool, hippy cousin (or uncle depending upon your age) you want to go fishing or fighting with. To watch him play his instruments takes my breath away. Then, we come to Eimhin who looks like an accountant rather than a percussionist. Nothing wrong with math, I have a 2-yr degree in Accounting!  His smile, his singing, his beats blend like flour, sugar and eggs to make the most perfect cake. How crazy is this trio? Oh, and by the way – they ALL sing and play. I tell ya, there is method to the madness. But whatever method these guys use, the formula works. To show how crazy they are, Aindrias performs bare-footed here in a performance!
Aindrias de Staic performing in Maryland, March 2013. Photo courtesy of Terri Taylor Tattan.
 
     Listening to “Pish Shtains” is like watching the most flowing, flawless, beautiful Tango dance mixed with the haunting and hallowed sounds of “The Phantom of the Opera” soundtrack. A very dark message of being pulled back into a world of bad behavior and addiction is hidden within groovy, arousing, melodic sounds that you can’t help but move to. I could make a one-man silent play based on this song alone! The contrast of the message and the music is out-of-this-world. Analogies and metaphors abound. Right from the beginning you are blinded to the actual meaning. At first, you think it may be a funny song with funny lyrics simply because of the funny title. Then you hear, “…but as I tried to turn around, but on this muddy ground, the shlope that I was climbing, it was shlippy.” The song ends with these lines:


I woke up three weeks later in a muddle.
In a bed of little weeds I had to cuddle.
My digits they were shtingin,
my head was loudly ringin,
so I caught my own reflection in a puddle.
To focus on this face it was a chore.
I had way too much to drink but needed more.
As I shtood up empty handed,
that puddle he demanded,
“Have we not met somewhere like this before?”


      Track 7 “Reggae Reel” is also mind-numbing. In 4 ½ minutes of instrumental music, I hear three distinct mini-songs. With no break, they bleed together with fascinating efficiency. At first, you don’t even notice. Then, you think, “Is this the same song? Did it change and I didn’t notice?” The first minute contains the slower reggae-style, harmonica-laden, soulful vibrations in a very hypnotic, melting and groovy feel. Second, at the 1:15 mark, the pace increases with faster rhythms and funkier beats. As certain notes get higher, higher, and higher it goes straight into the final part of this song, at around the 2:50 mark, with what I consider traditional Irish music. Blasts of an even faster tempo and an exploding fiddle cut straight to your heart and sizzle like bacon frying.

      Every song is a story. Yet, the voices Aindrias gives to the characters in these story-songs are like when you were a child. If someone read a bedtime story to you and put voices to the characters in the book, the story came alive on a personal level! In these stories, even the music becomes a character with its own changing voices. Not many artists can do this. Nothing is felt forced. It all sounds and feels so natural. Like Frankenstein’s monster, the music itself is alive! And…just as I am left to wonder about the characters in these stories, I also want to know what happens to the music after the songs end. (Told ya’, I’m addicted.)
 
Both Tim and Aindrias in Maryland, March 2013. Photo courtesy of Terri Taylor Tattan.

      If I could have only one CD for the rest of my life, it would be this one! I still don’t have a favorite. Maybe you will once you hear this music combined with storytelling and background elements. It’s so beautiful and inspiring. I wish these guys much success and hope they continue making music together. Music touches us all in different ways. If you want to be touched by wild, raw, sexy, calming, charismatic, electric, tingling tunes, check out “SUGARBEATS” by The Latchiko’s. Each of these guys is a master at his craft, and it shows.
     I urge you to visit their website, look them up on YouTube, do whatever you have to do! You can buy your own cd straight from their website store at www.thelatchikos.com and see for yourself. It's very easy through paypal. Don't let the international transaction scare you.
 
Cover of their CD. Photo courtesy of their website











 

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The Latchiko's, The Pot of Gold at the End of My Rainbow

Isn't it odd that we always find the strangest things in the most peculiar places, especially when we're not looking for them? That's what happened to me a few weeks ago. While viewing a particular YouTube video, one thing led to another and now I find myself on the edge of stalking (or...as I like to call it - aggressive admiration) this three-man band of misfits. Ok, they're not really misfits, I just like the word and thought it would get your attention faster than words like: talented, funny, smart, spirited, and handsome.

Being born and reared in Southwest Louisiana, music is as much a part of our culture as food and fais do-dos are, and in this connotation do is pronounced dough! With people like Jerry Lee Lewis, Sammy Kershaw, and the soulful, sexy sounds of Buddy Guy and Harry Connick, Jr, our state is rich in music and talent. However, the world stereotypes us. Little do they know we are more than just gumbo and gators. (And we don't marry our cousins anymore either, thank you very much!) Sadly, the Irish are stereotyped too. I wonder if the rest of the world knows there is more to them than being stupid, stubborn, lazy drunks? After reading this post, perhaps both misconceptions can be dismissed.

Have you ever felt compelled to do your own thing, to think outside the box, to blaze your own trail no matter the obstacles? I have...but this piece isn't about me. It's about a band called The Latchiko's.

Aindrias
The 1970s produced folk singers like Joan Baez, Janis Joplin and Bob Dylan. They performed with only their respective instruments. The 80s gave us rock music, big hair, and men who put on make up like Alice Cooper, Poison, and the almighty KISS (who are still rocking it in their 60s). The 90s produced the alternative sounds of grunge with the likes of Soundgarden, Nirvana and of course Pearl Jam. In 2013, The Latchiko's are helping bring back folk music, and I am thankful.

Being born in 1970, I never fully appreciated what people called folk music, until now. The energy, grit and sheer joy displayed by Aindrias de Staic, Tim Scanlan and Eimhin Cradock is infectious. What's super cool about this group is simple: plain, creative expression. That's an oxymoron if you think about it because what's plain about creativity? Is this what folk music is, simple creative expression? I don't know, never been too much for labels. What I do know is I get much pleasure in seeing them enjoy themselves in tiny UK pubs or larger US venues. They are all alone on stage with their instruments, microphones and nothing else to distract  me from the bliss on their faces, or from the lyrics that reach out and grab me, or from the tempo and rhythms that make my heart dance. This is true passion, for them and for me. No theatrics, lights, smoke, stupid costumes, which at times leaves little to the imagination, no "look-at-me-and-be-impressed" gaggle of dancers wanting to be Michael Jackson (no disrespect intended because I loved MJ!), no opening acts that linger for hours making you wish you hadn't spent that $75 on a ticket, no fancy PR or security goons trying to be Michael Corleone of "The Godfather" to keep fans at a safe distance. These guys have none of those stupid, silly, over-the-top, money-sucking distractions. Thank God!

As a writer, I understand the overwhelming desire for creative expression. Just as they are unconventional and unorthodox, so am I. For example, I don't really care if others like my poetry or prose at times. I do it to cleanse my soul. Other times, however, I want my pieces to touch you, to resonate with you somehow. And when that happens, (hell...I don't know if it ever REALLY happens or if people are just being nice, but I like to think it does once in a while) I'm over the moon happy.

Is this what it's like for Aindrias, Tim and Eimhin? I don't know because shit, I don't know them on a personal level. We're not friends, cousins, siblings, old acquaintances, or even enemies. I just like their style, grit, heart and music. I've never seen them live, but maybe one day I'll witness the real smiles on their faces. Maybe one day I'll see the corners of their eyes light up with joy. Maybe one day I'll see their hands and fingers caress instruments or beat on a drum. It could happen...

Tim
If this is what folk music is, consider me addicted. Thank you guys for thinking outside the box and for having the heart to blaze your own trail. Thank you for your creative expression. Thank you for helping me appreciate something 43 years late. You are the pot of gold at the end of my rainbow.

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For your viewing pleasure, here is the extended version of "Bondi Junction." Although a shortened version is available on itunes for the ridiculous cost of a dollar! YES, a frickin dollar! http://youtu.be/1DbihZh0pfs and you can google them to find loads more.

Visit Aindrias' website at www.aindrias.com to find he's much, much more than a sober Irish fiddle player.

Photos of Tim and Aindrias courtesy of (and used with permission by) Bryan Kremkau at www.skapunkphotos.com from their performance at Irving Plaza, New York City, March 15, 2013.

Follow The Latchiko's on Twitter at @The_Latchikos and like them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TheLatchikos

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Save Copper Campaign Continues...10 Copper Facts and Lagniappe

Dear Cineflix,
As a loyal Copperhead from the first episode, it has ripped my heart out that BBC America has canceled the only show I watch. That is not a figure of speech, it is the truth. When Copper debuted last year, I watched on DirecTV, but since then have moved out and do not have cable. So, I literally leave my home on Sunday evenings to watch Copper with someone else at their house. (And got them hooked on it too, by the way!)

Now this... The network claims lower viewership this season as compared with last. Well, when most of the marketing and public relations come from fans and NOT from the PR Department or Marketing Executives who get paid high dollar to DO THEIR JOBS & MARKET THE SHOW, of course the show will suffer. And what of THEIR bosses? Why weren't people on top of this "problem" of low viewership before now? This means many people fell down on his/her jobs in the marketing and advertising departments at BBCA. Regular Joe's don't have the media connections, advertising budget, or networking opportunities which professionals do. We have social media and word of mouth.

Although I am a regular Joe, I do have enough sense to present a justifyable argument as to why Cineflix should shop this show around to another network. You want data? Here are 10 points (which can be verified via reputable sources, just do some digging) to the decision-making executives at Cineflix as to why we Copperheads want to save our 5-Points Family:


1) First airing of Copper in 2012 drew the largest audience of any debut drama for BBCA. Why? Marketing & advertising months out! The campaign was so smooth and the show was so hot, it drew us in from the start and has kept us for two seasons. People were on the ball then, but somewhere along the line dropped it.

2) Second series received 2013 Emmy award for Outstanding Original Main Title Theme. The music is a character itself and draws viewers in like flies to honey.


3) Massive cast/crew followers on Twitter include (as of this typing):
  • Tom Weston-Jones 6,161
  • Kyle Schmidt 8,361
  • Ato Essandoh 14,265
  • Kevin Ryan 67,244
  • Dylan Taylor 1,398
  • Anastasia Griffith 4,000
  • Kevin Diebold 1,052
  • Newcomer Jim Watson 158
These followers alone total over 100,000! That's only a partial audience since many still do not participate in Social Media.

4) CopperTV on Facebook has 74,425 likes!

5) When I created this blog, I titled it Copperhead 1864, because I am a Copper freak! And, if you scroll down the page you can find my Copper Season 1 Quiz.

6) Talented fans have drawn portraits, paintings, and even tats for our favorite 5 Points family members.

7) Kevin Ryan has posted over 116 photos to WhoSay, which fans comment on, like, or even repost to their respective Facebook page.

8) Superfans have created Twitter accounts such as @FYKevinRyan, Tumbler pages http://scottcaanlifeinphotos.tumblr.com/ & websites such as http://simplykevinryan.wordpress.com/ dedicated to the talented, soft & conflicted Detective Francis Maguire. Thank you to Lainie from New York for permission to link tumbler above, and to Stephanie from Wisconsin for permission to link her Kevin Ryan fan site above. Follow both these ladies for more wonderful things about beloved and wonderful actor Kevin Ryan.


9) As I type this, tweets are going out to @BBCAMERICA , @COPPERTV , to the cast and crew showing love and support, and some are coming to you, just like this letter will when I get it typed. Petitions are even being generated online! Fans are posting their outrage and opinions on GetGlue and Pinterest Boards! We are very passionate and want our voices heard. After all, when Kevin Corcoran feels wronged and when justice is not served, he, Andrew, and Francis take action. We are taking action!

10) If you look at CopperTV's Facebook page for 2012 photos, you see plenty of ploys and fan interaction with giveaways, "Caption This," and "Copper Mugshots Option" when the show first aired. When you compare those PR and marketing techniques with this season's attempts, there is no comparison.

Lagniappe: Louisiana for "a little something extra!"

We Copperheads do not give up easily. This show is awesome. It's historical, entertaining, accurate, raw, gritty, sexy, and based on real people and real places. Who gives a shit about "Orphan Black" as referenced in comparison with Copper in an article I read today? See what BBCA is doing here. Pitting its own shows against one another, and the one with the lesser viewers loses. How sick and greedy is that? Copper fans are loyal, generous, and are emotionally invested in the writings of Kevin Dieboldt & Kyle Bradstreet! 

I hope this letter is read. Although it is from one fan (of tens of thousands,) I feel confident in speaking for all Copperheads just this once when I say, WE WANT COPPER!



Thank you for your time and attention to this plea.

P.S. I did apply to both BBCA and Cineflix for a job simply to say I contributed to the network and studio which presented Copper. Didn't get either job, but at least I had the gumption to try.

Best regards,
Sherry Perkins
A Copperhead in Louisiana

*All photos courtesy of CopperTV on Facebook.














Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Banjaxed, Bogman, Bedraggled, and then some...

Can't believe it's been months since I've posted. How time gets away from me. What I would like to share is a brand new writer I recently discovered. Well...HE'S not brand new at all, just brand new to me. The ironic part is I discovered him while crushing on my new favorite band http://www.thelatchikos.com but oh my, that's another post so won't get into that now. The pic below is of them, courtesy of their facebook page!



Originally from Ireland, Eddie Stack makes his home in San Francisco. Winner of numerous awards, his writing is so witty and genuine that it envelopes all of my senses: sight, sound, touch, smell, and taste, in such a way I feel compelled to share with you.

Eddie shares free stories on his website http://www.eddiestack.com and it's these stories I want to elaborate on to give you a taste of his style. His word choices are out-of-this-world. The Irish phrases, though sometimes hard to get at first, are refreshing to those of us who may have heard, "I've got to take a leak" many different ways; yet, I bet you never heard it Eddie's way.

With his permission and blessing, I share these bits and pieces from the noted free stories on his site. (Really hope I can add his books to my library soon.) I know we are taught that each of us has our own voice, our own style. Which we do and should embrace! Don't get me wrong, I embrace my weirdness. It's just...well, I want more of Eddie Stack. I want to read it, absorb it, assimilate some of his wit, rawness, and humor into my style. Maybe, by reading more of his work, it will make me a better writer. Sure hope so. Please enjoy...

 
photo courtesy of www.eddiestack.com


1. Granda and Me
"...wild head of wild white hair..."
"...shouting and cheering like a crowd of jail breakers..."
"...they were cockeyed with drink and anarchy."
"...kept out of my space."
"He belted me until I cried, not with hurt but with rage."
"...as if they'd been branded with a red-hot cattle iron..."

Words I like from this piece: bedraggled, druids, propoganda, and Granda.

2. Limbo
"...ye're as lazy as Sin."
"...we were the flotsam left behind by the tide."
"...becoming more demonic with every stroke."
"...and don't always be looking like a moon calf."
"...sleaze and slaughter."
"Mention of drink, Rasputin and red Russia in the same page was the height of treason."

Words I like from this piece: lout, bards, Jaysuz, sty, drivel, sutach, bogman.

3. Back in the Days of Corncrakes
"...soft scents of summer..."
"...press ganged..."
"...lounged in the caravan like the Rolling Stones before a gig."
"...my feet go rubbery."
"Fullbright didn't own a blade of grass."
"...just shook like a statue in an earthquake."
"I'm bursting to make a lake." (Yeah, guessing from reading the context this means, 'I gotta pee.')

Words I like from this piece: jerkins, arsing, banjaxed

4. Finito
"The Irish had very fertile imaginations."
"...pathetic clothes hanger in a crumpled suit."
"Freud would say she was shooting Larry by proxy."
"Subversive ballerinas, Buddhist butchers, film star typists, lesbian nuns and gay jockeys."

The word I like here is shag! (Yes, it means what you think it means.)

5. The Power of Prayer
"Cop cars cruised swift as sharks..."
"Virgins and villians,..."
"...the broken veins that came from long nights of lonesome drinking..."
"...an exotic fish in these warm seas..."
"Somehow in those twelve peals, God got a foothold."

Words I like from this piece: flummoxed and half-eleven (meaning 11:30)

Hope these tid bits raise your interest enough to visit his site and read for yourself about internet dating from a man's point of view, an uninterested therapist, young lads being in a commercial, a female cop undercover as a prostitute, and a stern Granda. Who knows what words will jump out at you!

Comments are welcome and encouraged. Thanks for taking the time to read, and thank you Mr. Eddie Stack for your encouragment and blessing on this piece.









Friday, May 31, 2013

Darcy and Elizabeth's Letters Uncovered

Wouldn't that make a great National Geographic headline? For fans of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, there are countless conversations, debates, writings, and even websites now devoted to the elegant Mr. Darcy. How can a 200-year-old fictional character remain a part of today's society? What makes a character like Mr. Darcy leap off the pages of a book, onto the screen, and into our hearts? Matthew Macfadyen's portrayal of the tall, dark, handsome, rich, stoic, quiet, mysterious, and loyal Fitzwilliam Darcy is any woman's dream. Jane Austen captured the romance and heartbreak and Matthew displayed it better than any to date.

To celebrate Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett's unseen feelings, I can only imagine what went through their hearts and minds. After all, you can only get so much from a two-hour movie. I've created three short letters between the two. Tell me what you think. How would their correspondence continue? Would it? What if there was no fairy tale outcome? Would love to hear your feedback. What if we could uncover their letters? What would they say? Maybe something like this...


My Dearest Miss Bennett,
Your last letter has put me in a state of great trepidation. While I wander all hours of the night and day at your heart's mysteries, I perceive these vexings to be unsettling. Forgive the manner and length of this letter, I pray you. Bingley and I have business of the most urgent manner, so I must close. Please corresponde as you see fit. 

For your words do not fall on deaf ears.


Darcy
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Mr. Darcy
I pray this letter finds you well. As Jane obsesses over one Mr. Bingley, I shall confess my reservations toward you sir. Money does not make one wise, Mr. Darcy, and although I lack your fortune I am certainly no fool. However, your efforts have not escaped my notice. As you shall most certainly come to know, I express what is on my heart surely not in the most refined manner I am aware. For this, I pray your forgiveness.

As much as I would most assuredly enjoy Pemberly, I must decline your offer. Our worlds are very much different. On a huge estate I do not belong; no more than you belong in a house trampled through by swine.

I shall write no more. I pray you understand.

Miss Elizabeth Bennett
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Miss Elizabeth Bennett
After studying your letter, my feelings are thus. Who are you to tell me where I belong and where I do not? While it is true we come from opposite worlds - we are very the same internally. It seems your prejudice against wealth has blinded you.

For that, I am most truly saddened and shall bother you no more.

Darcy
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Does Darcy write again?
Does Elizabeth ever respond?

How would you have these two characters behave? 

Photos courtesy of Matthew Macfadyen News on Facebook and used with permission. Thank you again MM News!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Copperhead Quiz

Copper's second season begins Sunday, June 23rd, on the BBC America channel. I challenge you to take the Copperhead Quiz below to measure your level of fandom. Beware, you may find yourself too Morehoused to play the game, or that you are an obsessed viewer like myself. So, get something to write with and some paper. Don't argue - just do it. You can play, or you can pray.

Disclaimer: This is all in good fun. Don't go tellin' Kevin, Maguire, O'Brien, Doc Freeman, Cpt Sullivan, Eva, Robert, or Elizabeth that I'm talkin' about them behind their backs. In all seriousness, this is my personal blog and is not endorsed by the BBC America, Cineflix, or the cast/crew of Copper. All photos from www.facebook.com/CopperTV.

There are 40 questions below. Have fun!


Who is Whom?

1. Who is the Southerner who attempts to befriend Robert Morehouse, then blackmail's Robert's father?
A) Teddy Roosevelt 
B) Robert Kennedy
C) Ford Lincoln Mercury
D) John D. Rockefeller III

2. What is the name of the abortion doctor?
A) Madame Tussaud
B) Dr. Freeman
C) Dr. Grimes
D) Madame Grindle

3. Detective O'Brien's wife is named?
A) Sybil
B) Molly
C) Annie
D) Elizabeth

4. Who was Francis' first fiance?
A) Mary
B) Maggie
C) Molly
D) Margaret

5. What is the name of Elizabeth Haverford's butler?
A) Alistar
B) Alvin
C) Kennedy
D) Julius

6. What is the name of the Morehouse coachman who is always retrieving Kevin?
A) Julius
B) Jasper
C) McLain
D) Sim

7. What is the name of Annie's sister?
A) Kitty
B) Kate
C) Kiara
D) Kelly

Who Said What?

8. According to Corcoran, "When people confess, their eyes ______."
A) blink
B) relax
C) look away
D) fill with tears 

9. Who said this to whom, "We've all committed our share of sins. Some of them part of the job, some of them part of us."?
A) Kevin to Francis
B) Francis to Robert
C) Eva to Elizabeth
D) Molly to Maguire



10. Who said, "No matter what I do, I end up killing the things I love."?
A) Norbert Morehouse
B) Kevin Corcoran
C) Francis Maguire
D) Andrew O'Brien

11. The line, "Poor is tragedy," is uttered by someone we assume has no idea. Which one?
A) Eva
B) Mary
C) Elizabeth
D) Annie

12. Who said, "I'm a whore, not a nurse maid."?
A) Eva
B) Molly
C) Elizabeth
D) Mary

13. Dr. Freeman said, "I'm gonna find your mama." To whom was he speaking?
A) a patient
B) Sara
C) Annie
D) Elizabeth
 
14. "A man's name is all he has." Who said this?
A) Eva Heissen
B) Norbert Morehouse
C) Robert Morehouse
D) Kevin Corcoran

What Did They Do?

15. What did Francis give Molly for their engagement?
A) a new ring 
B) a new bracelet
C) his mother's ring
D) his mother's bracelet

16. What outfit broke Corcoran's leg?
A) The Irish Mafia
B) An Italian Gang
C) The Pinkertons
D) Rouge cops

17. In the opening scenes of Episode 1, what does Kevin give Annie?
A) flowers
B) a kiss
C) attitude
D) an egg

 Who Killed Whom?

18. Who killed John Reilly?
A) Eva
B) O'Brien
C) Francis
D) Annie

19. Who killed Francis' second fiance?
A) Kennedy
B) Francis
C) Corcoran
D) McLain

20. Who does Francis kill?
A) Molly and Mary
B) Grindle and McLain
C) Grindle, Ellen, and Molly
D) Grindle, Mary, and McLain

Location, Location, Location

21. When Doc Freeman and Sara leave Five Points, where do they move?
A) Hoboken
B) Winchester
C) Brooklyn
D) Carmansville

22. Where does Kevin find Ellen?
A) Central Park
B) The cemetery
C) The Earle House
D) The Morehouse Mansion

23. In Episode 2, Eva takes a trip where?
A) San Francisco
B) New Orleans
C) Philadelphia
D) Washington D.C.

24. Where does Norbert Morehouse get exhiled to help in "the relocating and assisting in the recovery of ________ as a small-business entrepreneur."?
A) Appomatox
B) Richmond
C) New Orleans
D) Atlanta






25. Before he is banished, Norbert Morehouse plans to buy all of Five Points. It consists of how many city blocks?
A) 15
B) 20
C) 25
D) 30

Relationships

26. Who was John Reilly to Annie?
A) her friend
B) her father
C) her uncle
D) her husband

27. Who doesn't Norbert Morehouse want invited to the fundraising ball?
A) William Astor
B) John D. Rockefeller
C) The Kennedys
D) The Booths

28. Which three served together in the Civil War?
A) Corcoran, O'Brien, Maguire
B) Corcoran, Freeman, Morehouse
C) Morehouse, O'Brien, Maguire
D) Freeman, Corcoran, Maguire

29. What happened to Sara's brothers?
A) They were hanged.
B) They were arrested.
C) They moved away.
D) They became boxers.

Since Louisiana is referenced a few times, here is a gumbo of questions:

30. The headline of the newspaper Elizabeth shows Robert toward the end of the last episode reads:
A) A Devilish Plot Foiled
B) The Show Goes On
C) A Fast and Fiendish Plot
D) Booths Sizzle in Shakespeare

31. How many episodes are in Season 1?
A) 13
B) 12
C) 11
D) 10

32. At what age could girls marry in New York in 1864?
A) 10
B) 12
C) 13
D) 14

33. In the tombs, Corcoran consistenly questions prisoners about what?
A) a locket
B) a murder
C) a murder weapon
D) a witness

34. What profession does Eva practice?
A) a teacher
B) a banker
C) a baker
D) a madame

35. How many times does Corcoran use his brass knuckles in the entire season?
A) once
B) four
C) twice
D) none

36. What drug does Doc Freeman give Kevin to ease the pain of a broken leg?
A) marijuana
B) morphine
C) heroin
D) cocaine

37. Where does Corcoran hide his knuckle busters?
A) in an extra pistol holder
B) in his right shirt pocket
C) in his hat
D) in his left shirt pocket

38. Both Robert Morehouse and Kevin Corcoran have a bum leg. Which leg is affected on each?
A) Robert's right leg and Kevin's left leg.
B) Robert's left leg and Kevin's left leg.
C) Robert's right leg and Kevin's right leg.
D) Robert's left leg and Kevin's right leg.

39. Arcenic was used as a murder weapon in what?
A) a pie
B) a cake
C) a tart
D) a drink

40. On the night the Booths performed Shakespeare, it was William Shakespear's ____th birthday.
A) 100
B) 400
C) 200
D) 300


 ANSWERS
(NO ARGUING!)
1. B          11. C          21. D          31. D
2. D          12. A          22. C          32. A
3. A          13. B          23. B          33. A
4. C          14. C          24. D          34. D
5. A          15. D          25. B          35. C
6. A          16. C          26. D          36. B
7. B          17. D          27. A          37. C
8. B          18. D          28. B          38. A
9. A          19. B          29. A          39. B
10. C        20. D          30. C          40. D


WHAT KIND OF COPPERHEAD ARE YOU?

     If you correctly answered                                               Consider Yourself 

20 or less          (50% or below)                            
Really? You are obviously Morehoused and in no shape to play a game. Report to the Morehouse Mansion where Robert will greet you with a smile, great company, and great whiskey. At least you tried. Major Morehouse appreciates a good attempt.

21 - 27              (52.5% - 67.5%)                                 
You have spent too much time body hopping at Eva's Paradise. You're on Copperhead Probation. Report to Cpt Sullivan and explain your shortcomings. You have been replaced by Little Burns on the force.

28 - 31              (70% - 77.5%)
You have watched some episodes, but you're only half a fan. You are a Copperhead-in-Training. Watch all episodes again. Report to Det. O'Brien, he will train you in the art of physical intimidation, and how to be hen-pecked.

32 - 35              (80% - 87.5%)
Way to go. You are a Copperhead Corporal. Report to Det. Maguire. He will train you in the art of deception and secrecy, and probably share his whiskey. Beware if you're a female. If Francis falls in love with you, you may end up dead.

36 - 39              (90% - 97%)
Wow, you are a Copperhead Apprentice since it seems you're too scare of Sybil O'Brien to miss a single episode. Report to Det. Corcoran. He will keep you safe from Sybil and continue your training. Ladies, he may also end up in your bed if you're not careful. Woo - Hoo!

40                     (100%)
Outstanding! Go buy yourself a hat. You are a full-on obsessed Copperhead. Report to Cpt Sullivan. He will give you a badge and a gun - nothing gets by you. You've been assigned to work with Corcoran and O'Brien while Francis recovers.


***Hope you had fun and thanks for playing. Tune in to Copper next month on the BBCA to see what happens to our friends in Five Points.


Feel free to leave comments. Feedback is always welcome.


Friday, May 10, 2013

When Writers Write

One way to slow down your hands to keep up with your brain is to write long hand. That's right, with pencil and paper.

"You mean people do that?"

"Why, sure."

I've notice these last few months now that I have  time to write, and now have no computer, I'm slowing my hands and brain down and actually enjoy the movement of the pencil in my hand. And would you believe the number of pieces I've been able to come up with? It's cool.

Go figure.

Anyway, when you want a break from typing, and maybe your Carpel Tunnel's Syndrome is extra syndromy - try writing.

Oh, and don't forget you'll have to actually erase because you can't backspace on the paper.



Thursday, May 9, 2013

My Apologies - And Hello Again

My previous blog is now gone.

Since I couldn't remember the different combinations of letters and numbers, and couldn't find where I wrote it down, and moved in the process - my previous password is gone.

So...I've been forced to create another blog from scratch. 

And here it is.

I've titled it Copperhead 1864 since I'm the biggest Copper fan on the planet. IF you're not familiar with that show, it's on the BBC America channel. Season 2 begins in June.

Don't worry, I'll try to refrain from posting stuff from the show because of copyright laws and such and will remember the reason for this blog - because I'm a writer.

As such, I hope my friends find me again and we can pick up where we left off.

By the way, now that I've led you down the road to Copper, check this out:
www.bbcamerica.com/copper/

We'll talk later...