When Dance Speaks Love. How The Outkast Academy is changing the lives of students through a dance program in public schools. Continue reading When Dance Speaks Love
Is the future of music secure? Continue reading Music and The State of the Union
“What Happened, Miss Simone?” is Oscar’s diversity nomination. So why aren’t the most vocal about the lack thereof shouting praise for this great film?
Continue reading What Happened, Doesn’t This Film Count?
Second Chances If you have read a few of my blog posts you know that I have a “thing” with the Americana Music Association. Their exclusion of several types American music genres in their description of “roots” music is discrimination … Continue reading Sonic Highways
The Redemption of Sound I grew up in the ‘60s and ‘70s and music has always been my favorite thing. When I was a little kid, around six years old, my father would let me play 45rpm records he kept … Continue reading I ❤ Music, and you would too if you could hear it
Help for the Hero Many people, perhaps even the majority of people suffer emotionally with issues. If you aren’t mindful of keeping a healthy balance in your life it’s easy to fall into a depressed state. It’s certainly a conscious effort … Continue reading Compared to what?
Get On Up The James Brown Story Last night I was privileged to attend a screening of “Get On Up” the soon to be released (Aug. 1) biopic about James Brown. It almost seems unnecessary to explain who James Brown was because he was such a larger than life artist who is known worldwide. In fact, all generations should know James Brown because his music has been sampled more than any other music artists, in contemporary recordings. “Get On Up” artfully presents the life story of James Brown, known as the hardest working man in show business. Filmed on location … Continue reading Get On Up
BOOGALOOSA! By now, if you have visited my blog more than once, you know I love music, jazz in particular. Though I enjoy and support so many genres of music like pop, rock, country, blues, R&B, classical, Cajun, zydeco, gospel, hip hop, etc., jazz seems to fall further down on the scale of being high-profile. Even at the Grammy Awards, the jazz awards were not included in the prime time telecast, they were held in a separate hall, away from the high-profile nominees. That is disrespectful. The Americana Music movement is not helping either. Noticed that they aren’t recognizing JAZZ … Continue reading Boogaloosa and Malarkey
Mental Lovin’ Friday night a Barbara Walters Special aired on ABC. She interviewed Peter Roger, father of Elliot Roger the young man who murdered several UC Santa Barbara students and himself. The program was difficult to watch because it made me feel terrible that this person could be on a path to a happier life, instead of taking the lives of innocent people and himself. If only he had some help from a “soul tending” professional. Yes, Elliot did have a therapist, but it seemed from what his father said in the interview, Elliot didn’t form a close connection with … Continue reading Lovin’ the Soul and Innovation
June 14 is Flag Day. Not many people remember it but when I go out I usually see a few homes that display the flag. I also have a reminder when Flag Day comes around. A good friend’s birthday is June 14 and she told me years ago when she was a kid she thought people put the flag up because it was her birthday. I thought that was a nice reason and cool thought to have if your birthday is June 14. So Happy Birthday to all celebrating today. Let’s raise the flag and celebrate with “Old Glory.” Sounds like … Continue reading Wave the Flag, It Sounds Like New Jersey