Streamy Thing This Saturday

Here’s something I can get behind! My next streamy thing is Saturday August 8th from 5-7pm CST. A great cause and a great virtual event. In Birmingham? Purchase a Sidewalk Film Center and Cinema Cocktail Kit here: https://sidewalk-film-center-and-cinema.square.site

Drinking at home during quarantine isn’t that fun. That’s why we decided to mix it up a bit! Here at Sidewalk, we’re passionate about movies, but unfortunately, our cinema is currently closed for the safety of our patrons. To help the show go on, we’re launching a Mix & Flix fundraiser event online. Pre-purchase 7 movie-inspired cocktail kits are on sale now, such as the French 75 from Casablanca and the margarita from Practical Magic! Get your kits online at sidewalkfest.com/store and pick them up august 6-8. Our live event will be hosted on our Facebook page on August 8 from 5-7 and will feature drink demos, movie trivia, and local entertainment. Join the conversation online using #mixandflix

Let’s Watch A Movie Together

Successfully unattached myself from Amazon last month and now, after being banned for some very suspicious reasons, leaving Facebook as well. It has been nice to connect with people through all this, through groups and meme sharing. Hoping to continue with that, as it’s just Pizza and I here and it doesn’t look like isolation is going to be ending anytime soon here in Alabama (frowny face).

I realize (trust me, I know) that the last thing anyone wants to deal with is learning a new platform, but I’ve been getting to know Discord for the past 24 hours (lol) and it seems like a decent enough place (better than Facebook anyway, with all its ads and algorithms) to stay in touch and keep one another company. 

I invite you to join in, if you’d like to share some jokes, memes or watch a movie with us as we have been every night at 9pm CNT for the past 124 or something days. I think next week we will try a slightly earlier time, so it’s a little easier on the folks overseas. At least a few nights a week.

Let’s Watch A Movie Together: https://discord.gg/BsvUQvY

QuaranMeals: https://discord.gg/cvmrM9c

The QuaranTimes: https://discord.gg/zcGRYTH

Twitter.com/BillyPettinger

Instagram.com/BillyPettinger

Streamy Thing

Streamy thing tonight at 6pm CST. Will post the link at twitter.com/BillyPettinger. Make requests at https://www.patreon.com/posts/39940594

Streaming Show This Friday 6pm CST

Working on covers of “What A Wonderful World” and “The Story of An Artist” for this Friday’s 6pm CST Stream. Post requests and tune in here: https://www.patreon.com/BillyPettinger

Live Stream This Friday

Live Stream This Friday, July 31st at 6pm CNT – Post Requests Here.

The Team

I’ve been spending too much time on the internet this quarantine.

We all have.

Maybe the virus is starting to fade away where you live, or coming closer to a hopeful close, but here in Alabama…oh my god we are so stupid.

I hate Facebook. I think we all do, to a degree? We love it and we hate it. We are addicted, and we wish we weren’t. The justification that it’s a way to keep connected keeps us checking in, while advertisements and algorithms adjust what we actually experience.

If we’re really just doing it to get together…why does someone get to make money off of that?

A group of us have been watching movies every night for the past 115 nights. We’ve been sharing memes. Recipes. Gardening mishaps and triumphs.

Why does facebook get to sell ads and capitalize on this?

Why do they get to choose what we see and more importantly…what we don’t see?

I know it’s hard to pull the plug but I can’t recommend it enough. A few of us have been trying Discord. No advertisements, no weird relatives, and no algorithm hiding your favourite people’s posts (continued at https://www.patreon.com/posts/39374465)

Strung Out on You (Demo 2007)

This is 13 years old!!!! Sung into a phone when I was like 25. Written in Richmond, VA with James Menefee (River City High, Long Arms) on a couch over a bar… (Continued here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/39317635)

Connect

Let’s Connect.

One thing I have enjoyed about our recent situation has been the chance to connect. Join us at the following:

Let’s Watch A Movie Together: https://discord.gg/BsvUQvY
FFC: The Free Food Coalition: https://discord.gg/MKRnzMq
QuaranMeals: https://discord.gg/cvmrM9c
The QuaranTimes: https://discord.gg/zcGRYTH
Twitter.com/BillyPettinger
Instagram.com/BillyPettinger

Why Attitude is More Valuable Than Aptitude

I watch people learn.

All day.

Every day.

That is my job. I’m a music teacher. I teach piano, guitar, voice and songwriting (which eventually turns into co-writing). 

At one point, I had 60 students. That’s 60 different people that I would get to watch, as they learned different concepts, week after week. 

My youngest student was five years old. 

My oldest student? 

74.

I’m a music “teacher,” but I don’t feel like I “teach” all day, every day. I present people with information, and then I watch, as they absorb it.

After all the lessons I’ve taught and all the different kinds of students that I have encountered, I started realizing a prevalent fact: 

It Didn’t Matter How Smart, Young, or Talented A Person Was.

What mattered the most was the kind of person they were.

What does that mean? 

In my experience…(continued here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/why-attitude-is-39073001)

Some Day

This is for my friend who’s a radiographer in the UK and just tested positive.

Some day

Some day

I’ll have a big old garden

I’ll grow whatever I want to grow

One day 

I’ll go wherever I want to go

Don’t ask me where now

Cause I don’t know

If we make it out alive

I won’t waste any more time

Some day

Can I have one more Sunday

With you

Some day

Cause I have one more Sunday

With you 

And something to do

Somewhere

There’s a world we were meant to know

I swear I’ll get it right this time

One day

It won’t feel so out of control

We’ll take a deep breath and walk outside

If we make it out alive

I won’t waste any more time

Some day

Can I have one more Sunday

With you

Some day

Cause I have one more Sunday

With you 

And something to do

Listen here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/some-day-demo-35670010https://www.patreon.com/posts/some-day-demo-35670010