Over on Twitter, Eric Alper (@ThatEricAlper) asked this question on Thanksgiving morning. Perfect timing for music nerds, musicaholics, and other armchair music hounds with a love for lists and time on their hands. There were some great classic answers in the replies including Stevie Wonder, David Bowie, and Bob Dylan. Naturally. Aretha Franklin immediately came… Continue reading What is the greatest 3-album run of all time?
If you’re not invited to the party, throw your own.”-Diahann Carroll Wallpaper. London. “Big Mama Thornton with The Muddy Waters Band-1966” is on my list of albums for required listening. According to Smithsonian Folkways Recording, “. . . the session was recorded without the benefit of a rehearsal. . .” You can hear the through… Continue reading 5 Songs For The End of The Week
At a literary talk, moderator Juan Williams asked Toni Morrison and Frank McCourt this question: “How do you survive whole in a world where we are all victims of something?” Morrison’s answer offers an approach to living that can be shaped by hopefulness and imagination. She said, “Sometimes you don’t survive whole, you just survive… Continue reading “But the grandeur of life is that attempt:” Toni Morrison on what survival can look like
Photo by Lia Chang Tony Award winning actor André De Shields’ three cardinal rules for sustainability and longevity. Cardinal Rule #1: Surround yourself with people whose eyes light up when they see you coming. Cardinal Rule #2: Slowly is the fastest way to get to where you want to be. Cardinal Rule #3: The top… Continue reading Rules To Live By: André De Shields
Gwendolyn Brooks was born on June 7, 1917. In honor of her birthday, enjoy one of her poems. “Speech To The Young” is timeless. The sampling of the line "Even if you are not ready for day it cannot always be night." has even become a hit on Tik Tok. Speech to the Young: Speech… Continue reading Happy Birthday, Gwendolyn Brooks
Judging by reactions to the ever more disturbing news of the day, it's clear some people you know haven't paid attention to an iota of the 246 year-old horror science fiction melodrama with heaping spoonfuls of adventure and hints of romance called “The United States of America." The journey of the hero has been lost… Continue reading A reflection on current conditions