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Darkside Johnny

Welcome to the Darkside of the Mind™ "Where the Candle Flame of Thought Shines it's Brightest in the Dark"

ABOUT THE BLOG
The blog in general is my exploration into the world of Google and the services they offer, trying to use them to my benefit to promote the web presence of Darkside Johnny, my musical efforts, writing experiments and video creations.

ABOUT DARKSIDE JOHNNY
Some of the topics I like and you might find on the blog are:
  • Music
  • Videography
  • Short Stories and Animations
  • Hemp and Marijuana Advocation
Music: I really like Blues Music. I also play guitar (mostly Fender guitars and amplifiers) with a focus on the Minor Pentatonic Scale.


(I'm not claiming to be a great guitar player, I just play, and the feeling is great!)

Videography: I like creating and shooting video. Sometimes I use the YouTube Editor to create videos. I have also filmed several live performances down in Clarksdale, Mississippi "Birthplace of the Blues" and home to the Crossroads (where rumor is Robert Johnson sold his soul to the  Devil to learn how to play guitar and become a Bluesman!).

The Crossroads (Clarksdale, Mississippi)
I've had the honor of filming many legendary, (and those destined to be so) musicians in various settings such as outdoor festivals, on the street, bars and in the fading scene of the "Juke Joint".

Here's a video of me almost getting killed by "Big Red" for filming inside his club, known as "Red's".
Red's is one of the longest operating "Juke Joints" left in Mississippi. He has even received a Blues Music Award for keeping the Blues Alive.


(When he said, "I'd kill for 40", I didn't know if meant a 40 ounce beer! That's just his saying though, "I'd kill for 40", he's famous for it. You have to be tough to run a Juke Joint!)

The first video I used a 6 foot monopod attached to my Flip Video recorder which came in handy getting what I thought was a good video shoot in a crowd.

Featuring the Homemade Blues Jamz at the King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena, Arkansas.


SHORT STORIES AND ANIMAITONS
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HOW I BECAME DARKSIDE JOHNNY
My brief bio: Years ago, a storm of darkness headed my way. My reaction was to fight it. "There are some battles you do not fight" ~Sun Tzu (paraphrased).

A more accurate translation of the Sun Tzu would be:"He who knows when he can fight and when he cannot, will be victorious."

So I embraced it. There are instances in the Bible, where God interacted with men, transforming them, even being given a new name. That's how I became Darkside Johnny. “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” ~Matthew 4:19. "They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness." ~Psalms 82:5.

I am not here to change your mind, although I am open to debate on most subjects. My role is to lead you on a journey, into the, Darkside of the Mind™.

Join me if you wish and do not be afraid to leave a comment,
"Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something." ~Plato

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