It’s Huddie “Lead Belly” Ledbetter’s birthday. Griot and muse who was, is, and always will be the essence of what we know to be the Blues, Folk, and Rock. Folklorist in his own right. Music so strong he enchanted his way out of prison twice. https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLyCwri1BYvmQlQ32hPHg-G-Aa-HSDCcBr
Playlist Voices to Know: Rhythm & Blues, Early Rock N’ Roll Singers. Vol. 1
Big Maybelle, Ann Cole, Hannah Dean, Blanche Thomas, and Annie Laurie were five singers of note in that golden musical moment when Blues, Rhythm & Blues, and early Rock n’ Roll were harmoniously intertwined. Here are five of their classics: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLyCwri1BYvmRNN1KnCS4rMVRavhSZ_ch1
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“To be truly visionary we have to root our imagination in our concrete reality while simultaneously imagining possibilities beyond that reality.” -bell hooks, “Feminism is For Everybody: Passionate Politics.” Are you an early-career writer from a community that’s underrepresented in publishing? The PEN America Emerging Voices Fellowship is accepting applications through January 31, 2023. The… Continue reading Links For The Voracious
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
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“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
Are Four Artists Enough For a Lifetime of Listening Pleasure?
Could you really listen to only four musical artists for the rest of your life? Of course not, but it’s fun to think about. Everyday is a new opportunity to fall in musical love. A single song is all it takes. I fell for Carmen McRae, Nina Simone, and Grace Jones one song at a… Continue reading Are Four Artists Enough For a Lifetime of Listening Pleasure?
The cadence. The precision. The buttery essence. The silky perfection. Today is the 40th anniversary of "Never Too Much," the debut album of Luther Ronzoni Vandross, Jr. Get into it. https://youtu.be/pNj9bXKGOiI
Five Songs For The End of The Week
“Music is a container that comes to us empty. The person that fills it is you." -Buika https://youtu.be/hUoh0LfuSUU https://youtu.be/6z9ES_pHkoI https://youtu.be/E58_5-FC3k4 https://youtu.be/f5Kt0__B0YU https://youtu.be/K4ej-bSBveY