Sister Rosetta Tharpe. The visionary, the innovator, and the original guitar god who gave the world Rock music.
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
“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
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
NPR’s Audie Cornish breaks down getting over imposter syndrome and knowing when to stop and take care of yourself. Photographer Tommy Kha on making the work you want to create and not succumbing to the limits of other people’s imaginations. What Black critics have to say is essential for expanding our understanding of the arts.… Continue reading Links For The Voracious
The one and only Grace Beverly Jones celebrated her birthday on Thursday, May 19. She shares that birthdate with Malcolm X, Lorraine Hansberry, and Yuri Kochiyama. May 19 looks to be an auspicious day to bring people into the world who will grow up to be brave. Ms. Jones’ singular body of self-expression is guided… Continue reading Five Songs For The End of The Week