I didn’t really analyze a whole lot of words last week, but I did make a video of my grammar report, which you can see below Continue Reading
Stewart would totally be there if he could…
As many Americans prepare for the Memorial Day holiday next weekend, I think it’s safe to say that many of us will be preparing for a great bit of BBQ. After all, barbecue is deeply entrenched in not only many regional cuisines but it’s also deeply embedded within the American culinary cannon.
Barbecue, like so much of the dance music we love, is laced with the ideas and inspirations of black folk. When Memorial Day invites us to remember our country’s heroic, it is crucial to include African Americans because, since before America was even a thing, BBQ was seasoned and flavored by Africans in the Americas.
I hope you’ll do something to honor them this weekend, even it’s it’s just a tip of your favorite barbecued food.
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Creation and innovation are driving forces in our society and consequently we are, for the most part focused squarely upon the new. Jane Smiley wrote in her forward to a novel resurrected from the ‘out of print’ back catalog, “Most novelists, no matter how popular, fall into obscurity.” The same could be said for musical works as well. I’ve spent countless hours digging for treasures among the stacks of long out of print records.
The promise of digital formats is that nothing need go out of print ever again. Of course that reality is a fair ways off at this point but it’s an amazing goal to strive for. Continue Reading