Saturday, April 29, 2017

Saturday Haiku: Daylight

with the morning dawn
the city lights fade away
  dispersed like darkness   


Photo: "Daylight coming in Downtown Tuscaloosa"
Credit: Dennis Johnston of Dennis J Photography


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Keep Trying to Say it

“Our strategy should be not only to confront empire, but to lay siege to it. To deprive it of oxygen. To shame it. To mock it. With our art, our music, our literature, our stubbornness, our joy, our brilliance, our sheer relentlessness – and our ability to tell our own stories. Stories that are different from the ones we’re being brainwashed to believe.

The corporate revolution will collapse if we refuse to buy what they are selling – their ideas, their version of history, their wars, their weapons, their notion of inevitability.

Remember this: We be many and they be few. They need us more than we need them.

Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.”

― Arundhati Roy, War Talk

It is never comfortable to be living in between the times as we are right now. The old is passing and the new in still on the horizon. We have no way to fully know how long or how hazardous the transition will be from here to there. The writer Arundhati Roy gives hope to all who are currently trying to make a stand for a better way to live. As she admonishes, whether you tell our story in words, in music, in art, in drama or in dance, keep on telling it. Continue to be a voice for our time.

Below is a video clip of George Harrison encouraging the Smothers Brothers during a time of political censorship to keep on trying. "Whether you say it or not, to keep trying to say it." ("That's what's important.")


Monday, April 24, 2017

Monday Music: Moon River (Eric Clapton & Jeff Beck)

There is no archetypal image quite like a river. "Moon River," music by Henry Mancini and lyrics by Johnny Mercer, taps in beautifully to that archetype. The song was written in 1960 to be sung by Audrey Hepburn in the movie, Breakfast at Tiffany's. Andy Williams' recording of the song put him on the map as one of the last great crooners. A host of other singers have recorded it.

Here we have the guitar work of Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck to help the song sail further on.

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