Saturday, April 30
1619 - African slavery in North America began when 20 Black indentured servants arrived in Jamestown, VA on board a Dutch ship.
1789 - George Washington was inaugurated as the first U.S. president.
1789 - Samuel Fraunces become George Washington's steward and manager of culinary affairs at the presidential mansion.
1803 - The United States doubled in size through the Louisiana Purchase
1812 - Louisiana was admitted into the Union as a state.
1828 - Shaka, the Zulu king, was killed
1839 - Lunsford Lane made abolitionist speech to Southern Whites.
1862 - L'Union, the first Black daily newspaper in the South was published
1863 - Sarah J. S. (Tompkins) Garnet became the first African-American female principal in the New York City public school system.
1889 - George Washington's inauguration became the first U.S. national holiday.
1896 - Rev. "Blind" Gary Davis born
1898 - Cornelius Vanderbilt born
1899 - Ellis Wilson born
1900 - "The Ballad of Casey Jones" was written by Wallace Saunders
1910 - John "Homesick James" Williamson born
1926 - Bessie Coleman, the first African American woman to receive a pilot's license, died
1928 - Paul "Tank" Younger born
1931 - William Lacy Clay born
1933 - Willie Nelson born
1939 - Jesse E. Moorland died
1945 - Adolf Hitler committed suicide in his bunker.
1952 - Dr. Louis T. Wright was honored by the American Cancer Society for his publications on chemotherapy
1961 - lsiah Lord Thomas III born
1967 - Muhammad Ali was stripped of his world heavyweight boxing championship when he refused to be inducted into the U.S. military service.
1975 - Saigon surrenders
1983 - Robert C. Maynard became the first African American to gain a controlling interest in a major metropolitan newspaper, the Oakland Tribune
1992 - The final episode of "The Cosby Show" aired
Putting down all barriers, let your mind be full of love. Let it pervade all the quarters of the world so that the whole wide world, above, below, and around, is pervaded with love. Let it be sublime and beyond measure so that it abounds everywhere.Digha Nikaya
Did they forget about Bare, Jr. or Jason & the Scorchers or Steve Earle as part of the history of Rock in Nashville? What about the Exit/In which has been the stopping ground for many a rock band through the years.
Friday, April 29
1820 - George Vashon born
1845 - First Black Law practice opened by Macon B. Allen and Robert Morris, Jr.
1854 - Ashmun Institute was established in Oxford, PA. It will become Lincoln University.
1861 - The Maryland House of Delegates voted against seceding from Union
1862 - New Orleans fell to Union forces during the Civil War.
1870 - J. Edward Perry born
1881 - Julian Abele born
1890 - Charles P. Howard, Sr. born
1899 - Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington born
1923 - Dr. Aaron McDuffie Moore died
1931 - The first concert by the American Negro Art Theater Dance Group
1934 - Otis Rush born
1941 - The Boston Bees agreed to change their name to the Braves.
1945 - The German Army in Italy surrendered unconditionally to the Allies.
1945 - The Nazi death camp, Dachau, was liberated.
1945 - Tammi Terrell born
1945 - Richard Wright's 'Black Boy' reached first place on the National Best Seller Book List.
1946 - Twenty-eight former Japanese leaders were indicted in Tokyo as war criminals.
1948 - Willi Smith (fashion designer) born
1961 - ABCs "Wide World of Sports" premiered.
1967 - Jimi Hendrix played two shows at Bournemouth Winter Gardens (UK) with The Walker Brothers, Engelbert Humperdink, and Cat Stevens
1968 - Poor People's Campaign began with Ralph Abernathy leading delegation of leaders to Capitol Hill
1970 - Master P born
1970 - Uma Thurman born
1970 - Andre Agassi born
1975 - The U.S. evacuated the embassy in Saigon
1981 - NY Grand Jury indicted Joseph G. Christopher on murder charges stemming from the racially motivated slayings of three Blacks
1983 - Harold Washington was sworn in as Chicago's first black mayor.
1990 - The destruction of the Berlin Wall began.
1992 - Paula Abdul married actor Emilio Estevez
1992 - LA in flames after 'not guilty' verdict
1992 - First day of LA riots, sparked by acquittal of four white cops in the beating of Rodney King
1993 - Barry White was a guest on "The Simpsons"
1998 - Brazil announced a plan to protect a large area of Amazon forest. The area was about the size of Colorado.
2001 - Arthur Walker died
2002 - Darryl Strawberry was sentenced to 18 months in prison for violating his probation
2003 - Mr. T (Laurence Tureaud) filed a lawsuit against Best Buy Co. Inc., that claimed the store did not have permission to use his likeness in a print ad.
- Don't let any material thing come into your home unless you absolutely love it and want to keep it until it is beyond repair.
- Live in a home with only those rooms that you or someone in your family use every day.
- Limit your work (outside of the home) to 30 hours a week, 20 if you are a parent.
- Select a home and place of employment no more than 30 minutes away from each other.
- Limit your children's extracurricular activities to one to three a week, depending on age.
- Take three to four months off every few years and go live in a foreign country.
- Spend at least an hour a week in a natural setting, away from crowds of people, traffic, and buildings.
- Do whatever you need to do to connect with a sense of spirit in your life.
- Seek the support of others who want to simplify their lives.
- Practice saying no.
Yes, the mule killed the mountain lion. The lion had been stalking them for the better part of the morning, on the way out to a hunt. They were pretty sure it was after one of the dogs. The cat ambushed them, and the mule pictured tossed its rider and went into attack (defense) mode, the horses and the dogs scattered leaving only the mule to handle the attack. Unfortunately, it wasn't until it was almost over that one of the guys was able to start snapping pics. The mule finally stomped the cougar to death after biting and throwing it around like a rag doll. The dogs wouldn't even come close until the mule settled down.
The cat was still alive here and trying to fight back.
The mule stomped the cat, then pinned to the ground and bit the heck out of the dead cat several more times.
The cat was pretty much dead by now, then the mule picked it up again and whipped it in the air again, then stomped the dead cat again for good measure!
Note the dog audience!!
Gives new meaning to the term "BAD ASS"!!!!
(This is from a forwarded email, I make no claim to source or authenticity.)
Thursday, April 28
Song of the Year: Umphrey's McGee, "In the Kitchen."
Lifetime Achievement: Buddy Guy
New Groove of the Year: Benevento/Russo Duo
Tour Of The Year: Phish, Summer 2004
Download of the Year: The Dead 6/12/04, Bonnaroo, Manchester, TN
DVD of the Year: Phish, IT
Archival Live Album: Jerry Garcia, After Midnight Kean College, 2/28/80
Mimi Fishman Memorial Community Service Award: HeadCount
Studio Album of the Year: Gov't Mule, Deja Voodoo
Live Album of the Year: Keller Williams, Stage
Live Performance of the Year: Phil Lesh & Friends, 12/19/04
Grahamy Jammy: Ken Hayes
More about the night:
John Mayer, Sinead O'Connor jam at Jammy Awards
Collaborations Highlight Fifth Jammy Awards
Wednesday, April 27
Tuesday, April 26
At the least NCLB is underfunded, at the most it's a scam!
Parents' Action for Children - Dollar Bill Campaign
1762 - Anthony Benezet published "An Account of African Civilization and Culture"
1785 - John James Audubon born
1821 - African Theater Company performed for the first time
1886 - William Levi Dawson, first African-American chair of a Congressional committee (the House Committee on Governmental Operations), born
1886 - "Ma" Rainey (Gertrude Pridgett) born
1892 - Sarah Boone received a patent on an ironing board with folding legs (patent #473,653)
1898 - J.A. Joyce received a patent on the ore bucket (patent #603,143)
1915 - Johnny Shines born
1958 - Giancarlo Esposito born
1964 - Tanganyika and Zanzibar merged to form Tanzania.
1970 - Tionne Watkins (T-Boz) born
1977 - Studio 54 opened in New York.
1984 - William "Count" Basie died
1986 - The world's worst nuclear disaster to date occurred at Chernobyl, Ukraine.
1991 - Maryann Bishop Coffey was named the first woman and the first African American co-chair of the National Conference of Christians and Jews
1994 - South Africa held its first all-race elections.
2003 - Eminem and Nas received awards for youth empowerment and community development at the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network's (HSAN)
Nashville Suburb Aims to Reclaim Civil War Battleground
I made my weekly visit to Fido and was served my regular double Mocha but today it has some of the coolest looking swirly drawings on it (made with chocolate sauce, of course). For lunch I had an omlette, an omlette of roasted red onions, spinach and feta. For less than $7.
Now, I know some people will scream at the fact that I paid $7 bucks for an omlette but this ain't no Waffle House omlette!
So, I have now decided that Fido is the best Gourmet restaurant in Nashville! Not only do you have daily menu choices but you get Music Row execs mingling with pierced and tattooed types mingling with the preppy Vandy types mingling with real live musicians (I've run into David Olney, Bela Fleck, Steve Earle and I know Robert Fripp drops in too).
Monday, April 25
While Mr Bolton has angered liberals with prior attacks on the UN, critics accuse the Democrats of using the accusations over his personal approach as weapons in a political battle to thwart the nomination.
New claims heap pressure on Bolton
I am working on improving but the going is sooooo slow. I still waver between prep and action modes. My therapist suggested Changing for Good and I really like the way it was laid out. And I think he tries to reinforce the idea that you have to make the change for yourself and that there is progress being made even as you make the slightest modifications.
I just have to keep challenging myself.
1821 - The African Company performed Shakespeare's Richard III in New York City.
1831 - The New York and Harlem Railway was incorporated in New York City.
1872 - Minnie Lee Crosthwaite born
1874 - Guglielmo Marconi born
1917 - Esther Swirk Brown born
1918 - Ella Fitzgerald born
1923 - Albert Nelson (Albert King) born
1928 - Vassar Clements born
1932 - Gator Jackson born
1932 - Meadowlark Lemon born
1933 - Jerry Leiber born
1940 - Al Pacino born
1942 - Rubye Smith born
1944 - George Herriman (Krazy Kat) died
1944 - UNCF was incorporated
1944 - Dr. Frederick D. Patterson, President of (then) Tuskegee Institute, launched UNCF’s first national campaign to raise funds for twenty-seven small private, historically black colleges and universities.
1947 - Jackie Robinson joined the Brooklyn Dodgers, becoming the first Black in the major leagues in modern times.
1950 - Charles "Chuck" Cooper became the first Black ever drafted by an NBA team (Boston Celtics)
1953 - "Nature" published an article by biologists Francis Crick and James Watson, describing the "double helix" of DNA.
1959 - Mack Parker is taken from jail by vigilantes in Poplarville, MS and lynched.
1960 - Consent judgment in Memphis federal court ended restrictions barring voters in Fayette County, TN. This was the first voting rights case under the Civil Rights Act.
1963 - Freedom Riders begin to test Southern compliance with court decisions.
1972 - Major General Frederic E. Davison was assigned command of the 8th Infantry in Europe; becoming the first African-American to lead a U.S. Army division
1974 - Gregg Allman's Solo Tour ended with a 90-minute encore featuring the Allman Brothers Band.
1990 - Dexter Gordon died
1999 - Roger Troutman died
2001 - Rev. Leon Sullivan, author of the Sullivan Principles, died
2002 - Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes (TLC) was killed in a car crash.
2003 - Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was sentenced to four years in prison for her conviction on fraud and theft charges.
Sunday, April 24
1867 - Black demonstrators staged ride-ins on Richmond, VA streetcars.
1867 - First national meeting of the Ku Klux Klan held at the Maxwell House
1884 - The Medico-Chirurgical Society, the first Black medical society, was founded
1886 - Fr. Augustus Tolton was assigned to America.
1889 - Lafayette A. Tillman born
1924 - John T. Biggers born
1937 - Joe Henderson born.
1944 - Bill Pickett died
1944 - United Negro College Fund (UNCF) was incorporated
1944 - The Supreme Court ruled in Smith v. Allwright that a "white primary" law that excluded African-Americans from voting was a violation of the 15th Amendment and thus unconstitutional.
1951 - The first black students (Harvey Beech, J. Kenneth Lee, Floyd McKissick, and James Robert Walker, Jr.) was admitted to the University of North Carolina.
1954 - British crackdown on Kenya rebels
1961 - Bob Dylan appeared on his first ever recording; he was paid a $50 session fee for playing harmonica on Harry Belafonte's the album, The Midnight Special
1972 - Robert Wedgeworth became the first African-American to be named Director of the American Library Association.
1972 - James M. Rodgers, Jr. became the first African-American to be awarded "The National Teacher of The Year"
1981 - The IBM Personal Computer is introduced.
1990 - George Stallings, a former Roman Catholic priest, was installed as Bishop of the African American Catholic Church (the denomination he founded).
2004 - Roy Veal, an African-American, was found hanged from tree in Wilkinson County, Mississippi.
I hate this kind of thing but I have been working really hard on it today…we’ll see how close I get to finishing tonight.
I long time ago I heard the mythology (?) that there was a musical circle between James Brown and Fela Kuti. Fela heard JB getting funky, he took that home to Nigeria, and JB heard what he was doing and JB went deep funk...compare "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" from 65 to "Lickin' Stick" in 68 (when Fela was starting to hit worldwide). I already knew how funky Juju and Highlife was but then I heard Antibalas were basically a Fela clone and thought, Damn!
Next came City of God, the Brazilian film that took place in the 70s and I started to realize that funk was more worldwide than I thought. After some internet research I bought Nigeria 70 - The Definitive Story of 1970s Funky Lagos and Afro-Rock, which helped confirm my suspicions that Africa was as fuzzed out, psychedelic and as funky as anywhere.
Ghana Soundz solidifies that even more. Buy a copy and put on "Make It Slow, Make It Fast" by Rob.
All you can do at that point is "jump back and kiss yourself" cause it's too good to do anything else.
Of couse, if you know something along these lines that I should check out let me know.
In one whoDhammapada, 7, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
has gone the full distance,
is free from sorrow,
is fully released
in all respects,
has abandoned all bonds:
no fever is found.
The mindful keep active,
don't delight in settling back.
They renounce every home,
like swans taking off from a lake.
Saturday, April 23
Welcome to the new WalmartWatch.com
Suppose a goldsmith takes his tongs and puts some gold into the furnace to melt it. If he blows on the heat too much, it will get too hot, but if he sprinkles too much water, it will cool down. If he constantly takes it out and looks at it, it will not reach refinement. But if he does all these things from time to time, aware of the nature of gold, it will become easily molded and bright.Anguttara Nikaya
In the same way, there are three qualities that a practitioner should pay attention to--concentration, determination, and equanimity. If he pays the right attention to these at the right time, then his mind will become like gold, pliant and brilliant and pure.
Friday, April 22
I'm sitting here running through some very crappy potential composer submissions. I know some of these folks are trying their best but geez! They need a somebody to do some critical listening, give them some feedback...and then they go out and put a shitload of money into the packaging.
There is a middle ground where the music is good, the packing is good but not overdone (especially in relationship to the quality of the music).
I'm kinda out of it these days. I just spent a lot of time and money at the Nashville Film Fest. I'm still trying to wrap my head around some of what I saw.
Besides that I'm a bit stressed about Tara & me and about the house remodel (and how that relates to Tara and me).
- She's not happy with the progress (to put words in her mouth - If I'd done this a year ago we wouldn't be going through this stress now).
- I'm frustrated cause she wants it to go faster and it seems like I'm having very little say so as to what gets remodeled and what doesn't. I know, that in the long run I will agree with a lot of what she wants changed but in the short run it feels like she is dictating/demanding/forcing her will on what is now MY house and what will be OUR house.
I'll stop there. I've probably said too much and Tara, if you want me to delete this post I will.
TP on AB:The Life & Times of Tom Powell
I went to high school with TP's sons. His youngest, Kevin, remains one of my best friends. Kevin, David (another friend) and I went to, what seemed like every concert that came to Nashville from 1985-1989 or so. We did this because Tom Powell knows every owner of every entertainment venue in the world (or so it seems).
He's a huge guy with an oversized voice. He's also the nicest guy and funny too...traits he passed on to all of his kids.
(OK, everybody at once)
Thursday, April 21
Abdul says odd behavior not drug-related
What am I saying? I love Paula Abdul! She's probably in my "Top 50 of Women I Would Marry If I Were Rich & Famous and They Weren't Crazy", she might even be in the Top 25.
Wednesday, April 20
1853 - Harriet Tubman started the Underground Railroad
1858 - Annie Burton born
1861 - Robert E. Lee resigned from the U.S. Army
1871 - Congress passed the Third Enforcement Act which declared Ku Klux Klan activities as a rebellion against the United States and empowered the president to suspend the writ of habeas corpus and declare martial law in rebellious areas.
1877 - Federal troops withdrawn from public buildings in New Orleans.
1888 - W. Gertrude Brown born
1889 - Adolf Hitler born
1893 - Joan Miró born
1909 - E. Frederick Morrow born
1909 - Lionel Hampton born
1912 - Fenway Park opened
1912 - Bram Stoker died
1913 - Gwendolyn Knight born
1916 - Wrigley Field opened
1920 - Mary J. Reynolds invented a hoisting/loading mechanism.
1923 - Ernesto Antonio "Tito" Puente born
1926 - Harriet Elizabeth Byrd (the first African American legislator in Wyoming's state history) born
1951 - Luther Vandross born
1962 - The New Orleans Citizens Committee offered free one-way ride to Blacks to move North.
1965 - Lyndon Johnson awarded the Medal of Freedom to Leontyne Price
1969 - James Earl Jones received a Tony award for his portrayal of Jack Johnson in The Great White Hope
1971 - Supreme Court upheld busing (Swan v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg) as means of achieving racial desegregation
1984 - Mabel Mercer died
1990 - Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame sponsored the first Bay Area "Black Filmworks Festival" in Oakland, CA
2004 - University of Alabama publicly apologized for the school's associated history of slavery
Tuesday, April 19
You may have heard on the grapevine that we planned to
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This won't be activated for a day or two, but when it
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what to do.
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is and supporting us, even while we're in beta. Your
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Monday, April 18
1818 - Andrew Jackson defeated A regiment of Indians and Blacks at Battle of Suwanee, ending First Seminole War.
1861 - Nicholas Biddle became the first African-American in uniform to be wounded in the Civil War
1864 - First Kansas Colored Volunteers smashed through rebel lines and sustained heavy casualties in an engagement at Poison Spring, AR
1868 - Hampton University was founded
1877 - The American Nicodemus Town Company was founded
1881 - Noble Johnson born
1904 - Pigmeat Markham born
1906 - Eurreal "Little Brother" Montgomery born
1917 - Mamie Phipps Clark born
1922 - Jack Johnson patented a wrench
1923 - Yankee Stadium opened in the Bronx, NY.
1924 - Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown born
1925 - Bob Kaufman born
1934 - The first Laundromat opened in Fort Worth, TX
1934 - George Shirley born
1941 - Dr. Robert Weaver named director of Office of Production Management section charged with integrating Blacks into the National Defense Program.
1941 - Bus companies of New York City agreed to hire Black drivers and mechanics. This agreement ended a four-week boycott.
1948 - Nate Archibald born
1950 - Boston Braves baseball team integrated.
1950 - The first transatlantic jet passenger trip was completed.
1955 - Albert Einstein dies
1955 - Bill Russell named coach of the Boston Celtics basketball team becoming the first Black to coach an established team in professional athletics.
1955 - James B. Parsons named chief judge of the Federal District Court in Chicago becoming the first Black to hold that position.
1955 - Bandung Conference of leaders of Africa and Asia opened
1965 - Marian Anderson ended her 30-year singing career with a concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
1976 - Percy Julian died
1977 - Alex Haley was awarded Pultizer Prize for Roots
1980 - Bob Marley performed at Zimbabwe Independence Celebration
1983 - Alice Walker received the Pulitzer Prize for The Color Purple
1994 - Killing spread in Rwanda
1996 - Bernard Edwards (Chic) died
Is it possible to be in a rut but not?
I have lots of things changing in my life but at the same time I feel like I'm not going anywhere...how is that possible? Or maybe it's that things are changing whether I want them to or not and I'm frustrated by that.
Jugglezine has some very interesting articles check it out. Thanks Lifehacker for the tip.
I thought they only played Aussie Rule Football down there. ;-) And I had no idea there were that many expats.
Sunday, April 17
Neither nakedness nor matted hairDhammapada, 10, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
nor mud nor the refusal of food
nor sleeping on the bare ground
nor dust & dirt nor squatting austerities
cleanses the mortal
who's not gone beyond doubt.
If, though adorned, one lives in tune
with the chaste life
--calmed, tamed & assured--
having put down the rod toward all beings,
he's a contemplative
Beasley, playing mostly as a substitute, leads PSV Eind-
hoven in Champions League goals with three and has been able to change the rhythm and tempo of matches.
He is a factor and an explorer in uncharted territory.
Saturday, April 16
I mean, where does the lazy husband stereotype come from?
Here I am on the verge of fulfilling that stereotype. In June I will marry the type of women described above and I am admittedly a king of procrastination, which will translate to an outsider, at the least, and to my betrothed, at the unfortunate most, as "there's another lazy husband."
Of the women I have worked with (some were supervisors some were supervised by me),
I can name more who were "type A" than not. Is this a sign of the times? Is it life in Nashville?
It can't be just me b/c I hear reports of larger amounts of women attending and finishing college than men and as a college grad it is hard to muddle through and actually graduate.
The voice of frustration (and maybe a little concern)...
The one who practices loving-kindness sleeps and wakes in comfort and has no bad dreams; he is dear to both humans and creatures; no danger harms him. His mind can be quickly concentrated, his expression is happy and serene. He dies without any confusion of mind. Loving-kindness protects him.Anguttara Nikaya
Friday, April 15
allAfrica.com: Uganda: Govt Rejects Fifa Proposal
I was fortunate enough to see him a couple of times when he did some dates on the Furthur Fest. He was one who never got all the credit he was due.
1850 - California Fugitive Slave Law was adopted by the State Legislature
1878 - The Great Exodus of freed slaves to Kansas begins in order to escape harsh treatment and forced labor by ex-overseers, KKK, and southern raiders.
1884 - John Lloyd born
1889 - A(sa) Philip Randolph, founder of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters and architect of the March on Washington Movement in 1941, born
1894 - Bessie Smith born
1896 - Harvard University gives an honorary degree to Booker T. Washington, the first African American so recognized in Harvard's 260-year history.
1896 - May Chinn born
1915 - Walter E. Washington born
1915 - Jack Johnson lost the world's heavyweight boxing title to Jess Willard
1919 - Elizabeth Catlett born
1919 - Loften Mitchell born
1920 - Hilda Simms born
1922 - Harold Washington born
1928 - Norma Merrick Sklarek, the first licensed woman architect in the U.S., born
1936 - Frank Frost born
1942 - Congress Of Racial Equality (CORE) was founded
1947 - Jackie Robinson played his first major league baseball game for the Brooklyn Dodgers
1955 - Ray Kroc started McDonald's
1959 - African Freedom Day was declared at the All-African People's Conference
1960 - The Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) was founded at Shaw University
1980 - Zimbabwe, formerly known as Rhodesia gained its independence.
1985 - Thomas "Hit Man" Hearns won the World Middleweight title becoming the first Black to win boxing titles in five different weight classes
1987 - Asinamali! by Mbongeni Ngema opened as the first South African play on Broadway
1996 - South Africa's "truth commission" began its public hearings.
2000 - White farmer shot dead in Zimbabwe
2001 - Associated Press reported that a decrepit vessle suspected of carrying more than 100 children slaves was believed to be drifting off western Africa.
I loved having her there but one thing is that Tara doesn't hear well (I think it's hereditary) and so she couldn't understand a lot of what was going on...stage banter was really difficult for her and she's not somebody who listens to songs for the lyrics - which I am beginning to think is a guy thing more than a woman thing.
Anyway, David was standing by the door when we walked in and I introduced her to him. There was a guy on stage when we walked in and Tara was asking about him and I said I didn't know...she thought the guy on stage was David and that I had introduced her to just some guy I knew..."No, Tara. The guy we were just talking to was David." (She hadn't understood my introduction well enough.)
David was very nervous when we got there, he didn't have a place to decompress or prepare. He got on stage with a bassist and fiddle player (who was incredible). His nervousness continued through the first couple of songs but then he hit a stride, his banter was more fluid, his playing was more secure and his songs were more adventurous. We left before he was done and I will discuss the show more later.
David is a story teller. His songs are POV and usually a very odd POV. As folkie as he is he has this religious vibe running through and sometimes it even comes right out. He did this sequence that was straight out of a Revival textbook and he's got the perfect voice for it.
Which brings me to an observation...Southern songwriters and gospel...David is one of a few true songwriters who have been heavily influenced by gospel - the music, the style and the preaching. And I am talking about these vivid storytelling songwriters like Kate Campbell, Paul Thorn (who's Dad was a preacher), Steve Earle (who did the whole Fairfield Four thing). Those are the ones I know well who have this influence, I'm sure their are others.
It is true that those of us from the South have some unconscious connection to religion but I wonder if it's just these folks have the talent to channel those influences.
And don't even get me started on Soul Music.
Thursday, April 14
1828 - The first edition of Noah Webster's "American Dictionary of the English Language" was published.
1865 - Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in Ford's Theater by John Wilkes Booth. He actually died early the next morning.
1868 - South Carolina voters approved constitution and elected state officers, including the first Black cabinet officer, Francis L. Cardozo, secretary of state.
1873 - Slaughterhouse Case, the Supreme Court decides that the 14th Amendment to the Constitution protects only federal, not state, civil rights.
1902 - J.C. Penney opened his first store
1906 - William Seymour began preaching at Azusa Street, initiating the world-wide Pentecostal movement.
1907 - François "Papa Doc" Duvalier born
1915 - James Hutton Brew died
1925 - Gene Ammons born
1925 - Rod Steiger born
1928 - Robert Mugabe born
1932 - Anthony Perkins born
1935 - Loretta Lynn born
1940 - Hattie McDaniel became the first African-American to win an Oscar.
1943 - Howardena Pindell born
1955 - Elston Howard became the first Black man to play for the New York Yankees
1957 - Malcolm X intercedes in a police brutality case in New York
1962 - John Bell born
1966 - David Justice born
1974 - Da Brat born
1976 - Motown Records and Stevie Wonder announced the largest contract renewal to date, worth $13 million
1976 - William H. Hastie died
1986 - Desmond Tutu elected Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town
1991 - Mule Bone closed at Ethel Barrymore Theater NYC after 67 performances
1991 - Memory and Metaphor, the retrospective exhibition of Romare Bearden's art, opened at Harlem's Studio Museum
1993 - Millions of black workers in South Africa went on strike to protest the slaying of activist Chris Hani
1995 - Burl Ives died
2002 - Tiger Woods became only the second person to win two Masters titles in a row
Deportivo Saprissa & Pumas UNAM advance to 2005 CONCACAF Champions’ Cup Finals
I didn't get much more sleep last night than anyother day, I didn't doing anything special last night - actually I didn't do much. I skipped my Yoga class (that makes 2 weeks in a row). Traffic was heavier than normal and I tried a shortcut that ended up taking longer!
I did put in some Otis Redding, so maybe that was the key. Who knows?
It's pretty outside and I'm in a good mood...who cares why.
Wednesday, April 13
1854 - Lucy Laney born
1866 - Black Code - Texas
"All criminal prosecutions against them shall be conducted in the same manner as prosecution for like offenses against the White race, and they shall be subject to like penalties."1873 - Colfax Massacre (Louisiana) some one hundred black men and three white men were killed
1893 - Nella Larsen born
1905 - Harlem Hospital opened
1906 - Riots in Brownsville, TX
1922 - Julius Nyerere, first president of Tanzania, born
1924 - John Biggers born
1944 - Euphrase Kezilahabi born
1944 - Jack Casady born
1945 - Lowell George born
1946 - Al Green born
1951 - Peabo Bryson born
1954 - Hank Aaron debuted with the Milwaukee Braves
1961 - The U.N. General Assembly condemned South Africa due to apartheid.
1964 - Sidney Poitier became the first black actor to receive an Academy Award (Best Actor for his role in Lilies of the Field)
1964 - Malcolm X left the U.S. to make the hajj
1965 - "Girl from Ipanema" (Stan Getz/Astrud Gilberto) won the Grammy for Record of the Year. Getz/Gilberto (Stan Getz/João Gilberto) won the Grammy for Album of the Year.
1997 - Tiger Woods became the youngest player and first Black to win the US Masters (On April 10, 2005 Tiger won his 4th Masters)
Are the Meditteraneans that threatened? 1st Spain, then Greece and now Italy.
When we opened the big store (that is now a Office Depot or Staples or something like that) a block from Tower Records I was unofficially in charge of getting the smaller genres in order...at some point in those early days Allison Brown and Garry West showed up on our doorstep with a bag of CDs. Being a roots music fan I was vaguely familiar with Allison - the female Bela Fleck - is what I had heard and I had something with her on it, maybe a Michelle Shocked record. Anyway, Garry and Allison became regular visitors to the store and I always tried to feature them on an endcap or whatever I could. Then they signed Victor Wooten and he has put out some wonderful records. THEN! they signed Jeff Coffin who has produced to of the most stunning records to come out of Nashville.
Go buy stuff from Compass Records.
To learn the path it is important to be sharp yet inconspicuous. When you are sharp, you are not confused by people; when you are inconspicuous, you don’t contend with people. Not being confused by people, you are empty and spiritual; not contending with people, you are serene and subtle.Liao-an
It is OK for gay athletes to participate in sports, even if they are open about their sexuality - 78% Agree
Having an openly gay player hurts the entire team - 76% Diagree
It would hurt an athlete's career to be openly gay - 68% Agree
Tuesday, April 12
David Olney is one of the best songwriter/story tellers you have ever heard. A very perceptive man with a quick wit, an eye for detail and the odd, unsuspected angle, and he's one hell of a guitar player.
He was the first artist to perform at the last record store I worked in. I thought he was cool, he let me tape the show, and the rest is history. We run into each other around town and he never fails to chat and he always has something insightful to say.
He's coming out with a new record, Migration. The record release show is this Thurs (4/18) at the Basement. It's a cheap ($5), early (7pm) show, so bring a friend.
1825 - Richard Harvey Cain, founder of Paul Quinn College, born
1861 - At 4:30 a.m. South Carolinians opened fire on Fort Sumter in Charleston harbor, the first act of rebellion against the federal government that started the Civil War.
1864 - General Nathan Bedford Forrest captured Fort Pillow, TN, and massacred the inhabitants, sparing, the official report said, neither soldier nor civilian, killing 300 Black men, women & children
1869 - North Carolina legislature passed anti-Klan Law.
1869 - Black students occupied administration building at Boston University in demand for Afro-American history courses and additional Black students.
1882 - Jimmy Winkfield born
1892 - Johnny Dodds born
1898 - Sir Grantley H. Adams born
1903 - Horace R. Cayton born
1917 - Theodore Roosevelt "Hound Dog" Taylor born
1923 - Harry Davis born
1940 - Herbert "Herbie" Hancock born
1960 - Martin Luther King, Jr. denounced the Vietnam War (the link leads to a video of a MLK press conference)
1963 - Martin Luther King, Jr. and other protestors were arrested in Birmingham, AL
1965 - Leontyne Price was awarded he Order of Merit of the Republic of Italy
1966 - Emmett Ashford became 1st black MLB umpire
1975 - Freda Josephine McDonald (Josephine Baker) died
1980 - William R. Tolbert, Jr., Liberian President, and twenty-seven others were killed in a coup led by Master Sergeant Samuel Doe.
1981 - Joe Louis died
1983 - Harold Washington became the first Black Mayor of Chicago, IL
1989 - Walker Smith, Jr. (Sugar Ray Robinson) died
1990 - August Wilson won the Pulitzer Prize for The Piano Lesson
1993 - Lisa Bonet filed for divorce from Lenny Kravitz
Monday, April 11
As often as possible I cruise over to Simon's spot. Today I read about these rules for blogging, something I'd never seen before and I hope will be quite helpful.
Over the past 6months or year or whatever Simon has been quite helpful. He sends me periodic tips on how to make Blog Blog Woof Woof more successful. (What does that mean for a blog? I guess a successful blog would be one that I enjoy maintaining and others enjoy reading. What would make it REALLY successful would be if people would click my ads and buy stuff so I can get paid!)
Anyway, it's up to you readers to let me know what's what. Susan, Simon, George & Trae are always good for a comment. And I recently got a note from Becky but I know there are folks out there regularly reading who don't say anything, that's cool if you wanna stay annymouse but I'd like to hear from you.