Memorial for Charles Thaxton

The Gathering for Reflection and Memorial Service for Charles Thaxton aka Char-El is scheduled for Saturday, May 4th at 3:00pm at Hoening & Son Funeral Home 133 W. Tiffin Street, Fostoria, Ohio. Charles was the keyboardist for Magik Dayze.

Doug Bonnell aka Douglas Blue Feather will be officiating the ceremony and would like to know if anyone else would like to come to the podium and share your thoughts or memories. If so, please contact him ASAP at doug@douglasbluefeather.com or on Facebook. There will also be an opportunity towards the end to share thoughts from your seat. If you live too far away to attend and would like to have a memory of Charles read at the service, please email it to doug@douglasbluefeather.com

A slideshow with pics of Charles will be presented along and a PA system so that we can enjoy some of the wonderful music that Char-El created.

We are hoping that as many as possible can attend as we pay tribute to and honor the life of Charles Thaxton. All are welcome.

Magik Dayze Keyboardist, Charles Thaxton, aka Char-el, Dead At 66

Charles L. Thaxton Jr. (aka Char-El), 66, of Cambria, California, formerly of Fostoria, Ohio, passed away Tuesday March 19th, 2019. Charles was born June 18, 1952 to the late Charles L. and Lillian Thaxton of Fostoria, Ohio. He graduated Fostoria High School in 1970 and married his beloved Stefani June Thaxton on February 27, 2019. A lover of complex musical compositions, Charles began playing the keyboards in high school and in 1969, began to perform with numerous Ohio-area rock bands including Stargate, Magik Dayze, and Dayz’d Past.

Charles migrated to the West Coast in 1979 to play with Magik Dayze in concerts and clubs in and around Los Angeles, eventually performing in 25 states. Sunset horizons called him to Phoenix, Arizona in 1981 and went on to play for eight years in the desert southwest, from Tucson to Sedona, Arizona, in concerts with such top Arizona artists as Voyager, Lynn Linton, R. Carlos Nakai, William Eaton, Galileo and Paradox. He appeared on two 1987 Voyager releases: Sound Dreams and Contact, which were featured on such shows as the nationally syndicated Music from the Hearts of Space. He also began composing original material in the New Age/Ambient genre about that time under the name Char-El.

Family duties brought Charles back to Ohio in late 1989, where he managed area health food and vitamin shops while continuing to do his solo music projects, and perform at various concerts, film festivals, and churches. He reunited with several early-career band mates to form Dayz’d Past in 2000. In 2001 and 2002, Charles was invited to play at the Roswell, New Mexico, annual UFO Festival, where he performed with some old band mates from his Arizona years.

He released four CDs of original music, starting in 1996, under the name Char-El: Worlds Without End, 1996; Heaven and Earth, 2000; Resurrection, 2009; The Healing, 2013; and contributed to albums by Douglas Blue Feather and Larry Clark. A true creator of “Sound Paintings” or “Sonic Landscapes”, Charles believed that music can be used in an inspiring and healing way to ease stress and tension and stimulate spiritual growth.

Russian Pirates Steal The Music Of The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Magik Dayze And More

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Multiple Russian and Ukraine based “free” music download sites offer music to stream or download with no royalties paid to the artists.

I googled “Magik Dayze” and was shocked to find the complete album, 1978, plus additional Magik Dayze bootleg tracks on various sites located in Russia, Ukraine, Greece and Japan. Some of the sites charge money to download the pirated music while most stream and download for free. The amount of music there is quite extensive.

The site musicmobi.ru has this to say.

“MusicMobi – contemporary music portal covering the “indecent” complete collection of music of various genres. Here you can listen to the songs and download music to your computer for free. All songs are presented on the site, carefully sorted by artist and album. We offer high-quality music mp3-format wide variety of styles, genres and styles. In order to listen to songs for free online mode, you just need to use the convenient search filter and select the desired track, album, or a genre. We can listen and download new songs without restrictions. There is no limit on the number of downloadable music. Moreover, you do not even need to register!”

So much for international copyrights.

MusicMobi is a new site but is growing quickly in popularity according to alexa.com.

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Please help artists by buying music only through legitimate outlets.

 

More Rare Vinyl Sightings of Magik Dayze 1978

An Ebay sale from March, 2013. This one sold to the UK. Winning bid: US $140.10, Approximately £85.53.

ebay sale 140“Up for bids is a RARE, Private, 1978 pressing of the LP Magik Dayze. All original as I found it and untouched. Vinyl is scratchless VG++ but has medium surface dust. The VG cover has slight wear with all sides tight. The LP retains all its promo materials that include, a lyric sheet, hand written note and envelope and the original inner sleeve. The two sided lyric sheet is printed but the note appears to be hand written and signed in felt pen by Robin Evans. Also the song listing on the back of the LP cover appears to be hand written by the same band member. This is a rare opportunity to acquire this private hard rock gem in its complete form, bid NOW. See PICS . Check out past sales on this rare LP on Popsike. No reserve! Shipping will be Media for USA . Priority for Canada and all other world countries. Not responsible for worldwide mail handlers loss or damage. Will register if requested ( $15.00 USD ) Local pick up always welcome. Any questions please ask at least 12 hours before the end of the auction.”

Popsike.com is a great resource to research vinyl sales

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Moving Backwards and Forward at the Speed of Sound

The boys are back in the studio on the West Coast and the Midwest tracking and producing an album of new music due to hit juke boxes and ipods across the universe this summer. Chris Stoll at Zeta Studios in Toledo will be finalizing the mixing and mastering of the new CD.  At the same time production is under way on several archival projects that were recorded at Katherine Drive Studio in Huntington Beach, CA, IAM Studios in Irvine, CA and a live concert collection. Look for these releases and an intergallactic tour later in the year.

CDs are ready to roll and rock!

We’re excited to announce that the CD of the 1978 Uncle Dirty’s session is in the final stage of completion. Freshly remastered and spruced up for 2012 it includes the tracks from the original vinyl pressing plus three additional songs – Sea Me Home, Love is the Key and Lucy. A 12 page insert booklet contains lyrics and  photos from the session and performance photos shot by Steve Hough. The first 100 copies of this limited edition will also be signed by the band members during our private reunion show on May 26, 2012.

Please comment to this post to get your copy. I will notify you when they are ready to ship.

Thanks,
Mike