Update: The Oxford American Southern Music #18 – Blues Issue

I just received notification that the Oxford American Southern Music Issue  due on news stands on December 12, 2016 has shipped. I can’t wait to absorb the superb music journalism and add it to my Oxford American Southern Music Issue collection🙂

This year’s 160-page magazine and 23-song soundtrack is called Visions of the Blues. 
 
The issue features the greatest artists associated with the blues alongside contemporary musicians who are building on the genre’s legacy and reinterpreting the genre’s traditions. This is the first time that the Oxford American has devoted an entire music issue to a genre theme. To commemorate this occasion, we have created three different cover designs that celebrate three generations of musicians: John Lee Hooker, Bonnie Raitt, and Adia Victoria.  Our music issues are prized by collectors and often sell out.
A few highlights from the issue: John Jeremiah Sullivan on his hometown’s blues history; Elijah Wald on Bob Dylan’s lost blues album; Ann Powers on “Miss You” by Alabama ShakesAmanda Petrusich on the blues scene in Tokyo, Japan; Daphne A. Brooks on the power of blueswomen’s duets, from Geeshie Wiley and Elvie Thomas to Lauryn Hill and Mary J. BligeGreil Marcus on “John Henry” by John Lee HookerJewly Hight on Bonnie Raitt’s journey of artistic formation; Crystal Wilkinson on how Prince saved her life; Rashod Ollison on Malaco Records; Jeffery Renard Allen’s short story about a fictional meeting between Jimi Hendrix and Francis Bacon; a memoir by Zandria F. Robinson; and “The Blues,” a new poem by Nikki Giovanni.
 
PLUS: Rhiannon GiddensGil Scott-Heron, Bassekou Kouyaté, Charley Patton, Regina Carter, Barbara Dane,Koko Taylor, Ida Cox, Otis Taylor, and much more.

Tom Petty sang it best, “The Waiting is the Hardest Part”.

  

Rudy Gutierrez – Spirit Seeker: John Coltrane’s Musical Journey

Thanks to Rudy Gutierrez I have become aware of his art gracing the cover of the book, Spirit Seeker: John Coltrane’s Musical Journey

I have written about the Doc NYC film festival and Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary before on this blog.

What I did not know until this morning is that Rudy’s art is featured in animated form in the Coltrane documentary. I am eager to see this artistic interpretation in the film one day. I can’t get to the SVA Theatre in NYC on Thursday night, 11/17 but perhaps you, my readers can attend. If you’re into art , jazz, and Coltrane it will be a religious experience. The documentarian John Scheinfeld will be in attendance and might be speaking after the showing (just my perception).

Below is a spiritual rendition of John Coltrane by Rudy Gutierrez that appears in the documentary. Don’t you love the colors and the warm, healing feeling he communicates through his representation of Trane.🙂 I can picture this art work hanging in the Saint John Coltrane Church in the Fillmore District in San Francisco, California.

A Love Supreme, Supreme, Supreme

Rudy Gutierrez

Harry Chapin’s Mr. Tanner

Harry Chapin wrote a song, “Mr. Tanner” about a Midwest cleaner who dreamed of being a professional singer. We learned to identify with someone pursuing the desire of becoming famous beyond a meager existence. Only to have those dreams dashed by a NY Times critic’s review. The sweetest solace is the last verse.

Music was his life, it was not his livelihood,
And it made him feel so happy and it made him feel so good.
And he sang from his heart and he sang from his soul.
He did not know how well he sang; It just made him whole.

As it turns out Connecticut and Mr. Tanner have quite the bond. The song was recorded in   Bridgeport at Paul Leka‘s Connecticut Recording studio in 1973. On Saturday night , 11/12 at the Quick Center on the Fairfield University campus three related events intersected with Harry Chapin’s “Mr. Tanner”.

  1. The real Mr. Tanner and the inspiration for the song, Martin Turbidy is discovered  living in Weston, CT.  He is invited to attend The Chapin Family concert as their special guest.
  2. He joined The Chapin Family on stage to sing, “Mr. Tanner” which validated the real person featured in the song from 1974 performing the song live.

3. There will be a children’s book, Mr. Tanner, based on Harry Chapin’s song with a                        happy ending🙂. The author, Bryan Langdo and book company representative, Rod                  Broder  of Ripple Grove Press were in attendance in the lobby, promoting the future                book with preliminary copies on  display  and  taking pre-orders.

Rest in Peace, Leon Russell

I glanced on my computer at what was trending in Facebook when I saw that Leon Russell, “the Master of Space and Time” passed away peacefully in his sleep. His soul ascends on the Lord’s day this Sunday November 13.

My brother will ask me if I ever saw Leon Russell perform live. I actually did in a very small blues club, the Boxcar Cafe in Southport, CT on October 10, 2004 . He performed with his daughter that night Sugaree Rose Bridges sharing vocals and gigging with his band.

I wanted to give Elton something. But what do you give a guy who has six fully stocked houses? So I thought the only thing I could give him is a song. “In the Hands of Angels,” retelling of the story of the album [The Union], thanks Mr. John (“the guv’ner” in the lyrics), who knew all the places I needed to go and made me feel the love down deep inside.

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For today Leon Russell is, “In The Hands of Angels”.

If you believe in forever
Then life is just a one-night stand
If there’s a rock n’ roll heaven
Well you know they’ve got a hell of a band

DOC NYC – Music Documentaries

 

I wish I had gotten it together to attend this event in the city. Chuffed to discover that there will be several music documentary films shown. Two of which I have covered on this blog, Bang! The Bert Berns Story and Soundbreaking.

A third music documentary is the The Terry Kath Experience. Terry Kath, one of the tragedy’s of rock whose guitar blazed the trail with Chicago Transit Authority in 1968. The Whole World Is Watching still rings true in the music of our heart with the #NOTMYPRESIDENT protests.

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The Terry Kath Experience is a trip into the mind of one of the most underrated guitarists in rock history. Kath was one of the original members of the band Chicago whose guitar playing and voice has been praised by such icons as Jimi Hendrix and Joe Walsh. The film follows first-time filmmaker Michelle Sinclair, Terry’s daughter, as she searches for the truth surrounding the life and untimely death of her father.

 

Paul Simon, Collaboration vs. Apartheid

I recall when I attended community college in 1972 that I had protested against apartheid in South Africa. We wrote a petition to Polaroid against the use of their instant cameras as the photography medium for black South African inter-country passports. I bitterly opposed the suppression of rights in that country. Eventually apartheid was abolished.

Paul Simon faced controversy for seemingly breaking the cultural boycott imposed by the rest of the world against South Africa because of its policy of apartheid. In addition, some critics viewed Graceland as an exploitive appropriation of their culture. Following its completion, Simon toured alongside South African musicians, combining the music of Graceland and their own music.

My interest in this period of Paul Simon’s discography was reawakened when I saw CBS Sunday Morning. I was overjoyed to see Paul Simon’s world music instrument collection.

I listened several times to the 25th anniversary remastering of Graceland and decided to dive deeper with the Paul Simon documentary, Paul Simon: Under African Skies which examines multiples sides of the controversy that occurred. It has great concert footage and helps us to see the true common bond music and friendship can achieve.

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Soundbreaking: Stories From The Cutting Edge of Recorded Music

I find it interesting when we are allowed a further look inside the recording process. I can’t wait to see what is in store with these wide ranging eight PBS episodes.

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Sir George Martin had a last project: a documentary series on the impact of recorded music. Unfortunately, the legendary Beatles producer died before the final work was completed, but his spirit imbues every frame of Soundbreaking: Stories From The Cutting Edge of Recorded Music, an 8-part series that airs on PBS beginning  Nov. 14.

Each hour-long episode tackles a different topic, including recording vocals, the electrification of instruments, the artistry of sampling and the rise of the music video.

Jackson Browne And Bonnie Raitt Announce Benefit Concert At Standing Rock

To Stand In Solidarity With Standing Rock #NoDAPL #WaterIsLife

The concert is scheduled for Sunday, November 27, 2016 at Prairie Knights Pavilion in Fort Yates, ND, seven miles from Oceti Sakowin Camp.

Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, North Dakota, November 4, 2016: Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Joel Rafael, and Bad Dog will perform a benefit concert on Sunday, November 27 for the Water Protectors on the front line and the Standing Rockcommunity. The concert will be held at Prairie Knights Pavilion in Fort Yates, ND. Turtle Island Storyteller and founder of the Standing Rock Sioux Camp at Sacred Stone Ladonna Brave Bull Allard, and others to be announced, will speak at the concert. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Saturday at 10 AM Central Time.

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All gross proceeds from the concert will benefit the Oceti Sakowin Camp. The Oceti Sakowin Camp is a historic gathering of Native nations, friends and allies, from all walks of life standing in solidarity to halt the Dakota Access Pipeline.

“Just as we give thanks for our good fortune and the bounty of our lives as Americans, let us thank the Native people who are gathered here at Standing Rock to protect the natural world and defend our place in it,” said Jackson Browne.

“I’m proud to be standing in support of the courageous and dedicated Water Protectors at Standing Rock. This movement is growing by the day with solidarity actions happening around the country, yet the media isn’t covering it nearly enough. Our hope is that this concert will help bring more awareness and media attention to the issues being raised at Standing Rock, and to put pressure on The Obama Administration to halt construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline until protection of sacred sites is ensured,” said Bonnie Raitt.

“We are honored to have these great artists stand with us!” says Ladonna. Those who can travel to North Dakota are invited to Stand in Solidarity with Standing Rock on Sunday, November 27, 2016 at Prairie Knights Pavilion at 6:30 PM.

For more information, and to donate, please visit www.standingrock.org

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Rise! – “I Wish Somebody Would Share The News”

Sunday is a day of worship and reflection. I ready for mass, gathering my prayers for family, friends and the planet.

My heart was moved to tears when I saw the miracle of the bison joining the protection at Standing Rock. Mother Nature has shown us her guidance through the animal kingdom. It is truly a sign from God.

Thousands of wild American Bison appear from no where at Standing Rock – And in the midst of mass arrests, mace attacks, and beatings from batons, a stampede of bison suddenly appeared near the Standing Rock protest camp. A cry of joy reportedly erupted from the Standing Rock Sioux, as they had been praying for assistance from the Tatanka Oyate during their standoff …
Stand in Prayerful Solidarity with Standing Rock Dakota Access Pipeline Opposition Water Protectors.

Neil Young Indian Givers

The Whole World Is Watching