Tuesday, June 25, 2013

listening 2: questlove interview on npr

NPR Programs: Fresh Air Podcast
Questlove's Roots: A 'Meta' Memoir Of A Lifetime In Music
Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, the co-founder of and drummer for the hip-hop band The Roots, has been a musician since he...
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Monday, June 24, 2013

My Uncle Bob looks just like Uncle Si

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my uncle bob looks just like uncle si.  bob makes and smokes his own pipes.  we are both memeber of the north texas briar club. 

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

happy juneteenth 2013

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States.  Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation - which had become official January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive Order. However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the arrival of General Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance.  © JUNETEENTH.com

Sunday, June 16, 2013

listening 2: jose james | trouble

José James is a Minneapolis-born jazz singer and composer. Taking in hip-hop and cutting edge electronica, José represents both the future of jazz music and the traditions of the past. 

listening2: merry clayton | lift every voice and sing

I was listening to an interview on NPR about background singers.  Merry Clayton is a premiere background soul singer of old.  Some vocalist are headliners, some are forerunners.  Merry was higly requested as an studio session superstar.  Merry's gospel background can be heard in the likes of Ray Charles, The Rolling Stones, Alabama, just to name a few.

This live recording is a feature on the soundtrack for the 1970 Robert Altman film Brewster McCloud.