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Darby Ratliff

Musical hospitality - the specialty of a small venue

Musical hospitality – the specialty of a small venue

A small venue doesn’t allow for a large audience; that’s self-evident. They also make it hard for an artist to hide behind distance. The 9th Ward, which recently hosted Mary Lambert and Mal Blum - and other small venues - hold a special place of importance. They provide a unique space, one often with a story, and only allow a select few to wander in at one time....
(Pod)casting the Future of Audio Media | Features | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

(Pod)casting the Future of Audio Media

Asking “what podcast are you listening to you” has become as mainstream of a question as wondering what your friends are binging on Netflix. We’re a streaming society and podcasting is a way of delivering information that respects individual fascination with one topic or another, and it keeps us engaged in dialogue - much needed or otherwise....
What Do You See?: What the Loss of NEA Funding May Mean for Access to the Arts | Features | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

What Do You See?: What the Loss of NEA Funding May Mean for Access to the Arts

Today, the National Endowment for the Arts is constantly being put on the chopping block when it comes to federal funding but it's not just about the artists. It’s about those that benefit from funding to the arts. If admission prices rise, that accessibility will become more and more difficult to justify financially and less people will be able to view the great works of artists past and present....
The resurgence of vinyl and what it means for music | Opinions | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

The resurgence of vinyl and what it means for music

With Apple Music, Pandora, and Spotify, I don’t think people will stop customizing their music experience. People will use their creativity to make their own albums that tell a story, and that’s great. However, with the resurgence of vinyl, I hope people take time to really listen, to the ups and downs, to the story that’s told....

Darby Ratliff

Eternal student and writer, though not necessarily in that order. I can usually be found sitting in a coffee shop like a millennial and writing or shouting about how great Buffalo is.

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