5 Songs For The End of The Week

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

“But the grandeur of life is that attempt:” Toni Morrison on what survival can look like

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

Rules To Live By: André De Shields

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

A reflection on current conditions

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

5 Songs For The End of The Week

Joy Oladokun has crafted a body of work full of beautiful melodies and deep meaning. Her songs inspire the desire to memorize every word so you can sing along. She has said, “My favorite artists are the ones you can believe every word they’re saying. And Tracy Chapman is literally a master class in that.”… Continue reading 5 Songs For The End of The Week

Links For The Voracious

“Never be limited by other people's limited imaginations.”-Mae C. Jemison Museum guards spend more time with an art museum’s collection than anyone else. The Baltimore Art Museum’s newest show, “Guarding the Art” is curated by 17 museum guards. Kellen Johnson describes the inspiration for the works he selected for the show. https://youtu.be/uQjYq0cDHAM “Liner Notes For The… Continue reading Links For The Voracious

5 Songs For The End of The Week

“come celebratewith me that everydaysomething has tried to kill meand has failed.”-Lucille Clifton, an excerpt from the poem “won’t you celebrate with me” I love this Bettye Swann cover of the Aaron Neville classic. https://youtu.be/KwPU3KfnRE0 A timeless, flawless hit that embodies pop, R&B, and the standards of the Great American Songbook. https://youtu.be/J5BRuWS9iAk Yola gets down… Continue reading 5 Songs For The End of The Week