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The S.C. Soundtrack – Featuring Music From And About South Carolina

By Brian M. Howle

We all have an inborn love of the place we were born and raised: our home, our base, our never-ending love of who we are and where we are from, and the memories that form that sweet, precious feeling.

And it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that, when it comes to memories, one of the strongest triggers known to humankind is music.  We have all become familiar with the phrase, “soundtrack of our lives,” because that’s exactly what they are – and audio scrapbook that coalesces all those wonderful times in our lives that we each hold dear in our minds and hearts.

So what better way to document life in South Carolina than an actual soundtrack of all the tunes related to or about life or artists in one of the sweetest places on God’s green earth?

Answer: The S.C. Soundtrack.

This project was put together back in 2007, but knowledge about music and musicians from one’s home state never gets old., the South Carolina Information Highway Web site, has put together a South Carolina soundtrack, with songs either about the Palmetto State or by artists who were born here.

These folks suggested songs and took suggestions from readers, and then  narrowed down the South Carolina soundtrack to 15 South Carolina- inspired songs, including beach music, country, blues, bluegrass and even some rock ‘n’ roll, gospel and jazz.

Songs receiving the most votes (a tie) were “Carolina in My Mind” by James Taylor and “Carolina Girls” by (the late) General Johnson and the Chairmen of the Board.

The rest of the songs were selected based on popularity. The SCIway site, has more details about why the songs were chosen in the “liner notes” section.

Here they are, in no particular order:

The Twist – Chubby Checker
Hailing from Spring Gully (near the town of Andrews along the Georgetown / Williamsburg county line), Chubby Checker (aka Ernest Evans) was born in 1941. He grew up in South Philadelphia. Mostly known for his 1960 summer hit, The Twist, Checker was instrumental in changing the way people danced to music. The Twist introduced people to the concept of “dancing apart to the beat” (as opposed to slow dancing). In 1964, Chubby Checker married Catharina Lodders, Miss World 1962. He is still touring and promoting his line of snack foods (Chubby Checker Snacks). Find out more at

I Got You (I Feel Good) – James Brown
Even though Georgia repeatedly tries to claim Brown for its own, The Godfather of Soul was actually born in Barnwell County. He spent the last 30 years of his life on an estate in Beech Island, near Aiken. Along with Dizzy Gillespie, he is South Carolina’s most famous and widely-renowned musician. Dubbed “The Hardest Working Man in Show Business,” he was a tireless performer – a singer, dancer, and organist who is said to have burned 700 calories per show! In addition to recording numerous soul ballads, he helped bring about the “funk revolution” of the 1970s.

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Posted by on July 20, 2011 in Photos


Brookgreen Gardens’ Cool Summer Evenings: The Best Summer’s Worst-Kept Locals’ Secret

By Brian M. Howle

There is one standard truth when visiting or vacationing an area that you may not be familiar with: Ask the locals.

Oh, with the advances in technology, yes; you can surf the web and you can cull some very handy and useful information, no doubt about it.  And for those of you who do, kudos to you – you’re resourceful, Internet savvy and show initiative!

And it’s a shame when one goes through all that effort and good intention, and then find you’ve been steered somewhere because of a paid reference source – not necessarily looking out for your best interests.

So you can go about avoiding that messy little detour to your vacation fun by doing what this guy – who read his his bronze edition of Alternatives NewsMagazine – did before getting up to go anywhere.

Ask the locals.

Want to experience the things that we locals have found to be worth your time, effort and hard-earned cash? And lets you enjoy the mesmerizing beauty of summer along the coastal lowcountry?

My Blatant Prejudice: Brookgreen Gardens

Man, I wish I had a dollar for every time I’ve uttered the phrase “You know, the best-kept secret on the Grand Strand is Brookgreen Gardens!”

But I promise you, it really is. Always has been, and always will be. Humans are capable of creating some very nice things, but we can’t compete with Mother Nature.  We can compliment her, but we can’t outdo her.  A visit here at any time of year is worth the visit, but the ol’ gal shows off like nobody’s business in the summer.

Besides the normal fare of nature on display, with some truly beautiful human contributions (one of the world’s greatest collections of sculpture and art), there are summer children’s programs that will enrich the lives of all who are fortunate enough to attend:

For The Family:
Wednesdays – Friday, June 15 – August 12
Brookgreen Gardens’ Cool Summer Evenings

For nine weeks this summer, the sounds of live entertainment will stir the quiet of the gardens when Brookgreen remains open Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday evenings until 9 p.m..  Guests will enjoy live entertainment and activities just for kids.

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Posted by on July 17, 2011 in Alternatives NewsMagazine Feature


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Legendary Paul Williams’ Benefit Concert At Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame July 21

By Brian M. Howle

Too often, we hear of the tragic results of those afflicted with the horrors of alcohol and other drug addictions, and shake our heads as to what we could posssibly do to help.

Fortunately, there are those who have faced those demons and survived, who then find a way to get that help.

And legendary performeer Paul Williams is, thankfully, such a person.

Williams’ benefit concert for the Association of Recovery Schools (ARS takes place July 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum (Foster Theater) in Cleveland, Ohio.

This special event stars Hall of Fame songwriter, Paul Williams. Paul is an Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe winner. He is President & Chairman of the Board of ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers). ASCAP is the first and leading U.S. performing rights organization, representing the world’s largest repertory totaling over 8.5 million copyrighted musical works and is the only U.S. performing rights organization owned and governed by its nearly 400,000 writer and publisher members.

This is an exclusive concert to celebrate and support the work being done at The Association of Recovery Schools. ARS advocates for the promotion, strengthening, and expansion of secondary and post-secondary programs designed for students and families committed to achieving success in both education and recovery. Too often, students in recovery from alcohol and other drug addictions return to their former school and are faced with the same environment that lead to their addiction. ARS exists to support such schools which, as components of the recovery continuum of care, enroll students committed to being abstinent from alcohol and other drugs and working a program of recovery.

As a bonus, after the concert, you will have access to all seven floors of the 150,000 square-foot museum and exhibits (a $22 value).

Benefit tickets are $75, and include the private performance by Paul Williams plus access to the museum/exhibits after the show.

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Posted by on July 17, 2011 in Concert Calendars

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