John Forté Creates ‘Oil on the Shore’ Rap about Gulf Spill, Internet Adds Voices

John Forté

John Forté

John Forté Creates ‘Oil on the Shore’ Rap about Gulf Spill, Internet Adds Voices:

(update: archived copy of above link located here:

(Jeff Kart, Discovery’s “Planet Green“) – John Forté had been looking for inspiration to finish up a new album. Unfortunately, along came the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf. Rather than let the gushing go on without action (sorry BP), Forté wrote a rap called “Oil on the Shore,” put it on Soundcloud, and is asking the Internet to add the second verse. (Click Here to Continue Reading This Post)

Invisible Empire

I originally posted the following video and commentary onto my Facebook wall…

Invisible Empire:

 My Commentary: I finally watched Jason Bermas’ new documentary, “Invisible Empire,” and highly recommend it to all! For those not familiar with his work, Bermas is the same filmmaker who co-produced the documentary, “Loose Change” – one of the most downloaded and watched movies in internet history!

The Impact of a Name

The following correspondence originally took place in the forum section of

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"What's in a name?"

“What’s in a name?”

GrimmRomance: The impact of a name: What does your name mean? Are you fond of it? Were you teased about it?

Rayn: My name is “Rayn.”

In Scandanavian, “Rayne” means “strong counselor,” and “mighty.”
In Scottish and Gaelic, “Rayne” means “field of good ground.”
In French and English, “Rayne” means “queen.”
In Israeli, “Rayne” means “song.”

Growing up with my name was definitely an experience all its own! In school, I was subject to both wonder and ridicule for bearing this title.

When introduced to new individuals, I often find myself repeating my name multiple times before it is properly received. It would seem that there is a certain degree of disbelieving one’s own ears when hearing a name such as mine. Ha ha! To me, possessing a unique name is definitely a character-building experience!