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Uplit – An Update!

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UpLit, a vintage rooftop-style installation features the phrase, “Can you stand perfectly still and hold this moment open? by poet Silvia CurbeloThe installation was part of Lights On Tampa, a program developed by the City of Tampa’s Art Programs Division, in conjunction with regional businesses, volunteers, and art supporters. Norman B was invited to be one of the three jurors who selected the UpLit installation. The requirement for submissions was a simple, phrase that can capture the essence of something or some place, it could elude, evoke, suggest and inspire. The idea was  to encounter a phrase or words out of context in the streets of a city park that invite the passer-by to remember a story, give the element of surprise, start a conversation, bring a smile or encouragement, make a memory, perhaps invite us in, but into what we may not be exactly sure. “There were a lot of submissions to wade through”, say Norman B, “but Silvia Curbelo‘s phrase caught my attention immediately.” The project recognizes the value of the written word and invited readers, poets, writers—professional and amateur alike—to submit a phrase that captures how we live now and what that means. Curbelo says of her UpLit work, “I had been thinking about the concept of happiness – how hard we chase it; how tirelessly we work for it; how it’s always ahead; or, something to look forward to down the road. But, that road is long. It’s hard to be content and at peace when we’re always in motion. By the time we come to understand and appreciate a place or an experience, it’s already behind us.” Since we first mentioned UpLit in a post back in February, 2015, we have noticed an incredible number of “hits” on this site, so we thought it worth mentioning again and letting visitors know that currently, UpLit can be found along the Tampa Riverwalk at the Tampa Convention Center. The best advantage point is crossing the West Platt Street bridge, heading east to Channelside Drive.

Our recent interviews with and about musicians has generated tremendous interest in the Life Elsewhere archives. To hear Norman B’s conversations again, with Wreckless Eric, Carrie AkreGlyn JohnsChris O’Leary on his book Rebel Rebel about the songs of David BowieMartin AtkinsGary Wright and many more, go to info@lifeelsewhere.co

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Marvin & Bob & Theresa & Eric & Gary & Ted & Robert

Marvin & Bob

In the latest edition of Life Elsewhere a listener wrote in to ask us to play for the Hit That Never Was, the Marvin Gaye classic, Let’s Get It On remixed and reworked to the rhythm of Bob Marley’s equally classic, Waiting In VainThe phone-lines, the texts and emails flooded in with rapturous applause for what has to be a unique melding of two genres of music. Can there be anything comparable? We’d like to know, send your unique Hit That Never Was suggestion to hitthatneverwas (at) lifeelsewhere (dot) co

The Marvin & Bob mash-up fitted perfectly into a bumper-packed program starting with Theresa Argie, the co-author of America’s Most Haunted: The Secrets of Famous Paranormal Places.  Theresa told us about some of her favorite haunted places and Norman B recounted his experience with a ghost in Livingstone, Montana. Next we heard from Eric Kaplan, comedy writer and co-producer of The Big Bang Theory who explained to Norman B why his new book is called Does Santa Exist? This was followed by the Hit That Never Wasand a Life Elsewhere exclusive interview with Gary Wright. Best known for his 1976 hit songs Dream Weaver and Love Is Alive and for his role in helping establish the synthesizer as a leading instrument in rock and pop music.Gary has just written a book, aptly titled Dream Weaver with the subtitle, A Memoir; Music, Meditation, and My Friendship with George Harrison. Finally, we turned our attention to Florida Amendment 2 with our two experts, pro-legalization advocate and attorney, Ted Corless and eco farmer and horticulturist, Robert Tornello. Both guests passionately explained why they believe voting Yes on Amendment 2 is vitally important.

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Dream Weaver, Haunted America, Santa’s Existence, Marvin & Marley plus Amendment 2 Redux

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Gary Wright best known for his 1976 hit songs Dream Weaver and Love Is Alive and for his role in helping establish the synthesizer as a leading instrument in rock and pop music has just written a book, aptly titled Dream Weaver with the subtitle, A Memoir; Music, Meditation, and My Friendship with George Harrison, Norman B explores all of these topics and more in his exclusive interview with Gary Wright.

Halloween may just have passed but here at Life Elsewhere it’s never too late to talk about ghosts and ghouls and haunted houses. So what could be better than to learn from Theresa Argie, the co-author of America’s Most Haunted: The Secrets of Famous Paranormal Places.

Eric Kaplan tells Norman B about an encounter with a neighborhood mother who worried about reindeer-induced questions when their respective children were to go on a field trip to the zoo. This led the comedy writer and co-producer of The Big Bang Theory to tackle a tough question, Does Santa Exist? and write a book with that title.

This week’s Hit That Never Was features a  Marvin Gaye classic, Let’s Get It On remixed and reworked to the rhythm of Bob Marley’s Waiting In Vain.

Plus, Life Elsewhere presents Florida Amendment 2 Redux, with just one day to go before the midterm elections, we invited back to Life Elsewhere, pre-eminent litigation attorney and pro-legalization advocate Ted Corless to explains the legal ramifications of Amendment 2 and Eco Farmer and Expert Horticulturist, Robert Tornello to share his thoughts on the realities of growing cannabis, pesticides and the importance of safety in medicinal cannabis production.

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Coming Soon To Life Elsewhere

Life Elsewhere’s stellar line-up of guests continues with an exclusive interview with Ian McLagan, the famed keyboardist for Small Faces and Faces. Edited selections of Norman B’s exclusive interview will air on upcoming editions of Life Elsewhere. The full unexpurgated interview will be available for download only at Life Elsewhere. You’ll hear Norman & Mac reminisce about growing up in post World War Two Britain, the swinging sixties and going to the same art school, discovering the Blues and Mac joining Small Faces, the quintessential Mod band and the crazy non-stop life of a pop star. He talks about the beginning and the end of Faces and gives us a peak into what it was like recording with The Rolling Stones plus the often unglamorous life of being on the road with the world’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll band. Ian McLagan offers his opinions on Punk, keyboard players he admires and his favorite keyboards. He recounts the ups and the downs, the truths and the untruths of rock ‘n’ roll and why his muse was so crucial in his life. McLagan discusses his latest album United States and his currant musical cohorts The Bump Band, based out of his adopted home of Austin, Texas.

Gary Wright best known for his 1976 hit songs Dream Weaver and Love Is Alive and for his role in helping establish the synthesizer as a leading instrument in rock and pop music has just written a book, aptly titled Dream Weaver with the subtitle, A Memoir; Music, Meditation, and My Friendship with George Harrison. Norman B explores all of these topics and more in an special interview with Gary Wright.

Erin Arvedlund is a financial writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer and author of the book about the rise and fall of Bernard Madoff, Too Good to Be True: The Rise and Fall of Bernie MadoffErin joins Life Elsewhere to talk with Norman B about her latest book, Open Secret: The Global Banking Conspiracy That Swindled Investors Out of Billions, which documents the interest rate rigging scandals that emerged out of the 2008 financial crisis. Our focus on the financial world continues with Martin Wolf one of the world’s most influential economic commentators, who talks about his new book, The Shifts and the Shocks: What We’ve Learned— and Have Still to Learn —from the Financial Crisis. Both Erin Arvedlund and Martin Wolf have written books that read like fiction, but as the saying goes: Truth is stranger than fiction. 

Also coming up on Life Elsewhere longtime contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for WiredClive Thompson, who has written Smarter Than You Think: How Technology Is Changing Our Minds for the Better. This is a timely look at how technology boosts our cognitive abilities—making us smarter, more productive, and more creative than ever.

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