5/17/20 - Ethel W. Owens 97th Birthday Song -- "She Loves You"

On Sunday, May 17, 2020, my brothers, a sister-in-law, my niece, my nephew, my partner and I gathered outside the Little Nursing Home in Montclair, NJ, to formally wish my mother, Ethel, a happy 97th birthday! It would be her last birthday; she died on October 27, 2020.  COVID could not do her in; she had just had enought!

Mom was our family's ARTivist extraordinaire. She had witnessed and experienced so much during a wonderful life. Mom and the LNH staff were given a strawberry shortcake (her favorite), and we serenaded her with Beatle songs -- which she always loves. The Beatle song tradition was started by Geoffrey in 1975 and it's been going strong ever since! This is the video of our "encore" number. Enjoy!

(And we wish every nursing home was as successful as LNH at preventing a COVID takeover!) Special thanks to "videographer," Bessie Wong ... For more information about Ethel, please go to, and you can watch a video of her memorial service on this ARTivistUS YouTube Channel. Please LIKE this video and SUBSCRIBE to this ARTivistUS YouTube Channel! Also, check out Chris Oledude's Patreon: .

11/2014 - Benefit Performance:  

"Peace Like A River" OBB-The Owens Brothers Band

New Jersey Peace Action held it's 2014 annual event at The Maplewood High School in New Jersey.  OBB was cajoled and coerced by MOM (who else?) to provide "meaningful entertainment."  There is nothing like watching mature folks groove to an electric guitar!

At this gig, OBB members included the "Core 6," brother Mitty, Selah Spruiell, Kelly Skaller, Darryl Clark, Barry Kornhauser and me, as well as Ned Matura (lead guitar) and Dominick Gagliardi (drums).  Dean Freedman was handling sound and cheerleading -- along with Mom!  We were missing brother Geoffrey or had yet to recruit other folks (Wendy Ward, Doug Murphy, Anthony Gaddy)!  For more on OBB, go to (site is being updated).

6/21/20 - MAKE MUSIC DAY



Music is the true language of love, and it can bring us together like nothing else does.

Chris Oledude salutes John Lennon at 1:16.48