Payton Howie is an emerging artist in the Nashville scene. She is not a new artist however. Payton has been performing since she was five years old. I was fortunate enough to talk with Payton the day her single “Freedom” dropped on SoundCloud. Payton believe that being an American is a great thing and those who defend our freedoms should not be forgotten.
This was different for me because usually all you see on the news are the people who don’t like America. Payton wanted to be unapologetic that she and her fans appreciate in the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.
Payton seems to think she can convert me to country. We will see how that goes;) I did enjoy the video of “Freedom” you can click here (https://youtu.be/l87U6eKMXns) to watch it on YouTube. The video dropped on Memorial Day which I thought was fitting.
Thanks for talking with me Payton. All the best for your goals in 2021! Go to www.paytonhowie.com to learn more!
Becky Tough has been on #125, # 133 and now 50 podcasts later, # 183. We have talked before about how art can help Veterans. This was special because Becky created some really cool art while we were talking. I really appreciated Becky taking the time to explain how much creating art meant to her. You can check out her and her partner’s work on https://www.facebook.com/2SistersArts/ Thanks again GQ
Some 2 Sisters Art!
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The article was about Scott Lobaido. He is an artist, and his mission to raise awareness and advocacy for PTSD. I liked that an artist wanted to do this. Since it was in Weymouth, MA there was no reason not to go.
I went the first night and talked briefly with Scott and Secretary of Veterans Services for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Francisco Urena. Scott asked me to come back the following night to talk with him more.
Talk with people and Scott
The next night was windy in a way that made recording any audio a real test. There was a guy on a Harley – Davidson Sportster named Anthony. He told me that the VA could have done more for his brother.
I never realized what it does to mother to have her child serve. Conversations like I had with Jacquelyn make me stop and consider the cost of PTSD. It is not the soldier who bears this alone. Family can be asked to pay a heavy price as well.
Scott was gracious to give me some time, and we talked about his work. His art is about conveying a feeling of pride in being an American and loving our great nation. You need to go to his website (http://scottlobaido.com/gallery/) and check out his work. Which piece is your favorite?
The last person I spoke with was Conor Sullivan. Conor is an Air Force Veteran. 19 months ago he got a heart transplant. Two weeks ago, he ran the Boston Marathon. Aim High indeed, well done Brother. Conor is a member of the Veterans Brotherhood Motorcycle Club. It was good seeing these guys at the exhibit.
Scott proves that anyone can do any thing to make change where they are. I won’t look at artists the same way ever again. Thanks Scott.
Back in November, I had this Facebook Message in my inbox that made me curious. Mugzy Brady introduced himself as a rapper from Australia. He wondered if I would promote his music on Oscar Mike Radio.
I told him that Oscar Mike Radio was a military and Veterans podcast, but if he could send me some of tracks I would give it a listen.
Rap and Hip Hop is not my first love in music. However, I like the older stuff, so I gave his music a listen. Mugzy has a good message. The message in his music is based on being positive and pursing what you want in life. Also, there is no profanity in the lyrics of the tracks he sent me. Listening to the tracks, I became more and more interested in talking with him. We went back and forth and finally figured out a time that would work for the both us. Mugzy is thirteen hours ahead of me, but we made it work.
The conversation started off with Mugzy telling me about getting into hip hop. He had a difficult childhood, and rap allowed him to create and find a voice to make change in his life.
The key to his success and progress with his career is a willingness to be flexible and never quit. There have been challenges, ups and downs pursing being a hip – hop artist, but he has never quit.
WARNING!!! This episode contains language that Marines use when talking to each other. If you don’t like profanity and twisted humor then take your headphones off and walk away now. You have been warned. Otherwise, welcome to Episode 50 of Oscar Mike Radio.
So my producer, Sinista1, hits me up and says check out this video. It is a Marine Rapper! I was like hmmm ok. I am a metal head. I like some rap, but I am in no way into the hiphop culture or all that. I watched this video (Fitzy Mess – YouTube Video – Welcome to the Infantry) and wanted to talk with him.
Fitzy was a grunt in the Marine Corps and served overseas. He is a lifelong fan of rap and hiphop and started rapping while he was serving. Welcome to the Infantry hit YouTube a month ago and has over 50K views. There were several parts of this video that spoke to me even though I was not in the Infantry.
I didn’t feel like I was doing an interview. I thought I was back in the barracks talking to a Marine who wasn’t like me but still cool enough to talk to me about it. Even though we served in different times and had different jobs, it was two dudes talking having a good time.
When Fitzy talked about Veterans having something the enjoy doing and are passionate about, I got it. Sometimes we as Veterans can get discouraged and frustrated with civilian life. We got to find that one thing to keep us in the game.
Fitz also talked about PTSD and Veteran suicide. This is an issue that troubles us both. We are tired of going to funerals.
With membership declining in the VFW and American Legion, maybe we need to focus more on veterans who network and support each other like Fitzy Mess is doing. All I know is a hardcore metal head loved what is brother did. You will too. Look for his next release to hit this year on or around the Marine Corps Birthday. Semper Fi Brother.
You can find Fitzy Mess in the following places on-line