Jeannie is the Adele to our local jazz community. Because she understands it to be just that…a community. And when the music industry acts like a community, it fosters some of the greatest art ever produced....Read More
The thing I have learned about loss and grief over the last several years is that it shows you more of who you are and defines you. Whatever you didn't appreciate before, you sure as hell start to appreciate more now. Will we now understand ourselves better as a nation after this? I don't know. Time will tell. But if you are grieving right now...Read More
I'm workshopping another song which I shared a tiny sample of in my latest newsletter here. I actually wrote it last summer, but wasn't ready to perform it until just recently. Amidst all of the ongoing news of young black men and women losing their lives to police brutality, and amidst the palatable racial tensions that permeate...Read More
Patriarchal Feminism is what I call it...
I've been wanting to post about this for weeks. And this video...the video of Hillary Clinton addressing the BLM protester last week, and many of the high profile Clinton supporters who have spent time admonishing other women...Read More
So this post is a loooonnng time coming, considering I wrote part one about three years ago. Ha!
But I guess the timing is just right. Here I was writing about an iconic rock star and his social protest song of the past, but it turns out we're having a renaissance of the protest song as we speak. Except now the rock stars are bigger with larger audiences worldwide.
Maybe "protest song" is the wrong word. In the case of Frank Zappa performing George Duke's, "Uncle Remus", it really was more...Read More