Down River and In the River

Recently I posted two new videos on the Movies Plus Fire TV channel.  Purely by coincidence, the titles are “Down River” a feature film about soldiers behind enemy lines, and “In the River,” a music video that generates support for the American Indians who suffer from the oppression brought on by the scheduled construction of an Oil Pipeline on Indian land threatening their water-table and the Missouri River.

Aalex-downriver second part of the coincidence is the fact that the producers of these videos have similar names.  Alex Raye Pimentel is responsible for the Future of Film production “Down River.”

And Raye Zaragoza is the beautiful talent behind “The River” music video.

And guess what?  I think it’s fair to say they also have something in common when it comes to their content.  Because both of them have produced wonderul content  that is relevant to what’s happening to nearly everyone everywhere.

Their production quality is excellent, and the response that they are getting is outstanding.

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Raye and Raye are getting great response on their websites and social media.  Meanwhile, on Movies Plus things will only get better…

  • In September of 2016, the first video to load on my Fire TV channel is the “welcome to Movies Plus” introduction.  This video had over 50,000 views last month.september-stats-4-one-video
  • A few weeks later (from October 1 to October 16) Movies Plus had 175,000 hits in the U.K.  And U.S. statistics look similar.
  • At the time of this writing (October 26th) Amazon reported that  65,295 people have subscribed to Movies Plus.

So, as you can see we’re growing.  So…….if you know of a filmmaker who would like to have their movie broadcast to our audience of indie-lovers on Amazon Fire TV, then I hope that you tell them about Movies Plus.  It’s free to for a filmmaker to use, and it’s free for anyone to watch.

Cheers, Dean Lachiusa

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The things we do for love

It’s been over 50 years since the band Spirit released “Taurus” which is a short orchestrated introductory musical piece.  For over 7 years now, the Randy California estate owners have been involved in a law suit that names Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to heaven as music that was derived from the Spirit tune.

I’ve read dozens of comments on Youtube and other sites, and Led Zeppelin lovers seem to get very angry over this.  Spirit lovers don’t say much.  I can understand why they don’t because I love the old Spirit music and I’m lucky to have several of the old LP’s.  Spirit is mellow, it’s moving, most of their music is a sophisticated mixture of Rock N’ Roll and Jazz elements, and all of it is in a sense – Spiritual.

Don’t get me wrong, I like Zeppelin, but I also have read about numerous similar law-suits involving Zeppelin.

Does this mean they stole Spirits work?

No. 

Actually, I really don’t think Zeppelin stole their music.  And if they did anything more than be inspired, well I guess the courts will decide if a writing credit or money will be the fix.  Before I lose your patience…I’ll post the best comparison I could find on Youtube herein in a just Four Chords or so…

But first, I have to say that I think the reason this lawsuit is happening is simply to give Randy California credit.  Credit for being a great writer who is sometimes lost and forgotten in a sea of top forty favorites and classic oldies like Led Zeppelin.

It’s my opinion that sandy-toed Californian’s who were part of Randy California’s laid back lifestyle cherish the memories. And I’m guessing that they want Randy to be respected and loved for his accomplishments.  And so…the reasons for the legal action.

Okay, now for a video/musical clip, this one unfortunately has an opinionated title by the author.  Sorry I can’t control Youtube.  I’ll try to find a better video comparison.