May Day Mayday m’aidez!

Back of white shirt on Portugal saying anthonymrugacz.con - Cleveland, Ohio USA.

May Day, Mayday, m’aidez! – we go nuts this month as springtime weather has arrived Our favorite season and month- wonderous back-to-life May is here very soon AND of course it is birthday month here at anthonymrugacz.com. So let’s get things rollin’!


Almost 5 million views- calll for May Day, Mayday, m'aidez!.

BATTLE FOR VIEWS

We recently added a number of views calculator on our homepage and you can see we are rapidly approaching the 11,000 mark. But alas it is a drop in the bucket when compared to my photographs viewed on Google Maps. So here’s my birthday wish (won’t cost you a dime)- forward this blog post or my website URL to as many friends as possible and post on your favorite social media outlet. Let’s see if I can (with y’all’s assistance), as the underdog, give Google a run for its money…

“If you don’t have a dream, how can you have a dream come true?”
– Jiminy Cricket


COCKTAIL TO BEAT THE HEAT

What the heck, it’s my upcoming birthday month ( I stopped celebrating the day due to hangovers and spread the party out slowly over the entire month of May), so I would like to give to you my super secret hidden from the Soviets recipe for a great summer cocktail. It’s the only one I ever came up with and it’s called the “ឆ្ងាញ់” , pronounced “chhnganh”.

Just say ‘ch’nan” and that close enough. In English it means “delicious”, mix one up and you’ll agree.

In a shaker add ice, 1 shot of vodka, 2 heaping tablespoons of passion fruit, 1/2 shot white wine, and a 1/2 shot of strawberry syrup. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass. Enjoy!

I will try and make one with passsion fruit juice from a carton since it doesn’t grow on trees in Ohio- ah ha ha. All I can say is that everyone who tried it, always ordered a second one. Cocktail was invented in Cambodia of all places. Have one if you find yourself calling ,”May Day, Mayday, m’aidez!”


Man and woman wearing Mrugacz design t-shirts.

REAL WILD ONE, WILD ONE, WILD ONE… GOING WORLDWIDE!

The short sleeve Rogue shirts are on sale for just a few more days in April. Rumor has it inflation is headed to the US economy for mid-2021 and we will hold back an price increases as long as possible. And now that America is joining in mutual cooperation and communication with the rest of the world we have expanded our international brands using Amazon in Germany, France, Japan, and the United Kingdom. Tell your friends! Oh Australia, we didn’t forget about you- our products are available down under going here.




Paul Brooke wearing a Red Krakowianka t-shirt yelling May Day Mayday m'aidez!.

OH OH OH IT’S MAGIC!

We will keep it short this newsletter and close with the thought that, yes, my products bring joy AND brings out the loco in you. Please send us a super selfie picture of you and our products with a comment and we will get you on our wall of fame/shame! Of course we plan on offering specials – this wild man was our 1st customer e-v-e-r and got a free shirt of his choice as a thank you for the support

NEXT ISSUE: free eBook, garden updates, more cocktails, maybe my fried chicken recipe, maybe our brand story, and a glance at some new designs. Be careful out there and don’t step on the cicadas!

Get that shot!

Ciao for now- Anthony

Piano Puppet Poem – Part 3 of 3

Faceboof live logo along with 3 4sets of Ricky Bye;s hands playing piano.

The final in our three part series – Piano Puppet Poem – with Cincinnati favorite.

BLUES, BOOGIE WOOGIE, AND NEW ORLEANS PIANO

Ricky Nye

Cincinnati, Ohio


Piano Puppet Poem – Going Live in three, two, one… Is this mic on?

What inspired you to do FB live performances?

When the Covid shutdown occurred on March 15th, 2020, all my live performances were cancelled – after spending my adult life focused on performing, the absence of work was thoroughly upsetting…I looked to broadcasting a weekly Facebook Live program as a way to stay connected with the world, an opportunity to still have a gig of sorts and a way to seek support when I had no income to speak of.

Ricjy Nye at his piano in out series Piano Puppet Poem.

What were your expectations going in and has experience matched that?

I had no idea what to expect – I just dove in head first ! What I didn’t predict is how loyal my viewers would prove to be – I began broadcasting on March 21st, 2020, so I just came up on one year of FB shows – one of those “one year ago today” posts came up on my page and I saw the very first broadcast – the comments made that day were from folks that are still commenting today – that sure made me feel good !

Why did you choose Friday @ 7PM EST USA Time for the broadcast?

Friday seemed logical because it’s the start of the weekend, and 7:00 PM seemed just right – I keep the program at one hour just like a TV show, and a once-a-week schedule also meant I wasn’t oversaturating or coming on at random times – same date and time each week makes it a no-brainer. Also, for folks in Europe and the U.K. (where I built a following over the last twenty years), they could catch me real time (12:00-1:00 AM in the U.K., 1:00-2:00 AM in Europe) if they weren’t early risers – plus, all the shows live up on my Facebook page (facebook.com/rickynyepiano) to be viewed at any time.

Your broadcasts are simple but sound great. What technology is involved? Cable or DSL Internet? How do you mount the broadcast device? Any advice?

I like the idea of presenting an acoustic program – it’s sonically and visually intimate. There are several ways to skin the proverbial cat, and some folks go all out with production – I like the “it’s just us” approach…I use an iPhone X mounted on a tripod…early shows I just used the built-in mic, but when I found my signal could be stronger I did some asking around and was advised to get a Shure™ MV88 microphone – it plugs into the charging port of my phone and is operated through an app where I can set sonic parameters to suit what I’m doing. Since the program is one hour I must be sure the phone is fully charged.

Your wingman that fields messages and provides additional support – was that planned or just happened? Do you recommend having an assistant when going live?

I do recommend having an assistant if possible – how many times have you seen someone on Facebook Live staring directly into their phones to read messages? It appears they are staring directly at you – odd and unsettling…I am fortunate to have a girlfriend (celebrated artist Karen Boyhen) who likes what I do – she was with me from they very first show, and I am grateful – I have a system where I play three tunes, then Karen passes me the hellos and requests she jots down from viewers – this makes the show truly interactive.

( Ricky’s FB Live Assistant, Karen Boyhen, runs and art and merchandise empire: https://www.geezlouisetees.com/)

Cartoon of Ricky Nye on a piano for Piano Puppet Poem.

When the music venues open back up, will you continue doing these FB live broadcasts?

I know that I will, but the show may move to Thursdays to accommodate the weekend work I’m predicting once the vaccine is more widely distributed and herd immunity starts coming into play – this has been a valuable way to connect with folks all over the world in a travel-free manner.

What is it like emotionally to do this with no audience?

The first few shows I found it a bit odd to be performing to the back of my phone – but when I viewed the show the following day and read the responses, I could see that folks were happy I’m providing a distraction of sorts while everyone is sequestered – each week, even after a year of broadcasts, I’m still thanked for bringing music into their homes…also, this is a high-quality audience ! I’ve spent years (along with playing in concert settings) being in non-concert situations where I’m not the focus, working in an incidental capacity – luck of the draw says I could be playing to a room full of jerks, or maybe I’d be in a situation where I wouldn’t know a single soul in the venue – but I know that when I’m tuned in, I’m being viewed by people who specifically want to see what I’m up to – and that is very beautiful !


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Inducted into the International Boogie Woogie Hall Of Fame 

Voted Blues Artist of the Year in CityBeat Magazine’s 2019 CEA Awards

Voted Best Local Musician in CityBeat Magazine’s “Best Of Cincinnati” 2018 Reader’s Poll

Newly designed website:  www.rickynye.com

Poem Puppet Piano Part 2 of 3

Sunset on the beach with 2 people in a silohuette.

Here we go! Part 2 of our series – Poem Puppet Piano

Headshot of Scott Bywater with hat.

Poet & Musician

Scott “Scoddy” Bywater

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

BREAKING NEWS: Here’s a recent interview by Scoddy discussing her current musical relase

Who is the narwhal? Scott Bywater introduces Greetings from Adventure Bay

Or just go to listen/purchase now and support musical artists!

Poem Puppet Piano Part 2 Targets Discussing A Recent Publication Celebrating 10 years of his Poetry.


Scoody hiding his face with a book during Poem Puppet Piano Part 2.

10 years is linear, this collection of poems is _________?

Why 10 years? More time during pandemic times? A personal milestone?

It’s been ten years since I came back to poetry, set up a blog (thesilverpepperofthestars.wordpress.com) and quickly got into a rhythm posting new pieces as they were written. And since then, every nine months or so, I have enough for a book, so I whack it on a USB stick and pop over to my little neighbourhood printer and they print it up for me. The next one, due in a couple of months, will be volume 12 in that series.

So to mark the tenth anniversary, I decided to put together a thematic collection, something of a sprawling collage of a love letter to Phnom Penh, jumping around in time, leaping gaps in on-going attempts to seduce the city onto the page. It’s called Many ways. Three years ago I did a similarly themed collection called Some of the many rains of Cambodia; there’s a little cross over but not much.

Scoddy with reading galsses at a poetry night.

Most responses and feedback from people at readings, postings on Internet, or those who read the poems and later comment to you?

Most of the intermittent spontaneous responses I receive are via internet postings, when I’ve managed to touch something, or express an atmosphere that is particularly apt for someone, that speaks to their condition, as the Quakers say. For those people who are active readers of poetry, and are often quite frank about that, the discussions will tend to be in bars and restaurants, over wines or beers. While I love doing readings, they can be somewhat intense affairs, and the conversations tend to be deferred until later.

Many Ways book cover by Scott Bywater.

What drives sales of your books?

I have a small following of people who keep up to date, often (I’m told) dedicating one of their shelves to my books, all in a row. And it’s not just these volumes now, also I have a couple of long-form poems in book form, and two collections of music interviews. Like with so many things, if you keep doing something long enough you become part of the landscape and achieve some sort of respectability.

Scoddy riding a bike in Cambodia.

What is the future of your poetic artistry coming out of the pandemic? Same path, new energy or direction, and/or taking it to a new level with technology?

Ha ha – actually we’re not out of it yet. Cambodia had a brief slowdown last year between March and May, and then we were pretty much back to business as usual; however there was an incident last month and the country is shutting down again. So ask me about coming out of the pandemic in a couple of months.

To some extent I feel like I wrote myself dry on the lockdown last year, I’d just be repeating myself. But who knows what might happen next. Inspiration is an elusive thing sometimes. But of course that is one of the delights of poetry – there are no limits bar those you put on yourself, and often I’m surprised that I’ll go for a month without writing anything, only to cough up two or three within a day or two.

The particular downside at present is I haven’t been able to properly launch the new collection with a reading, which is always good for sales. I have been discussing the possibility of doing a livestream reading, particularly for those outside Cambodia.

WASH with Scoddy at Equinox in Poem Puppet Piano Part 2.

Can we expect any future projects similar to the WASH collaboration using words and audio-visual works in a live or studio environment?

My ambient composer collaborator Warren and I speak about this from time to time. We have a couple of things in the vault that are just waiting for some love and attention, and when we cross paths we always talk excitedly about working on new projects together. I’d say there’ll be something new from us within this decade.


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