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Music Trekking: A History of Kumbayah

Mar 13 2012
Come by Here: A Short History of Kumbayah If you’ve ever gone to summer camp or sat around a campfire with a guitar, chances are good you’ve sung “Kumbayah.” It’s one of those wonderful – make it up as you go – folksongs. After the first verse of Kumbayah, you can sing that someone is [continue reading]

Abner Jay: The Last Southern Black Minstrel Show

Mar 9 2012
Published by under Art, Poetry and Musings, Music
Abner Jay, April 8, 1982, San Jose Flea Market ; selection of a photo by Jon Sievert

[Editor’s Note: As I am facing numerous writing deadlines, this seems like a good time to give a retrospective glance to the first two years of [continue reading]

Two For Mardi Gras

Feb 21 2012
Published by under Art, Poetry and Musings, Music
Zulu Parade 2010 King Jimmie L Felder; Eliot Kamenitz, Times Picayune

Here’s two videos with a bit of Mardi Gras spirit. First, from the Alan Lomax Archive Channel , comes this footage shot by Alan Lomax and his crew in 1982: “Big Chief Jake Millon [continue reading]

Saturday Song: R.L. Burnside At The Juke Joint

Feb 4 2012
Published by under Art, Poetry and Musings, Music
Here’s legendary Mississippi bluesman R.L. Burnside performing “Dust My Broom” at Junior Kimbrough’s Juke Joint. We found this footage, from the early 1990’s, via the excellent Deep Blues site:



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Open Invitation [continue reading]

New Multitudes: Singing Woody Guthrie’s Lost Lyrics

Jan 12 2012
Published by under Art, Poetry and Musings, Music
The cover art for New Multitudes ; Rounder Records

As we’ve mentioned previously , 2012 marks the centennial of Woody Gutrie’s birth.
We’ve just learned more about one of the birthday year’s most anticipated releases: New Multitiudes [continue reading]

Weekend Song: Napolian Strickland

Jan 7 2012
Published by under Art, Poetry and Musings, Music
Napolian Strickland on fife, R.L. Boyce on snare drum, Othar Turner dancing; Blues Unlimited
Yesterday the Alan Lomax Archive Channel offered an update with a distinctive video of Napolian Strickland singing and providing his own accompaniment on the diddley-bow:

As [continue reading]

4H Royalty: It’s Gonna Be A Rock and Roll Blowout

Dec 31 2011
Published by under Art, Poetry and Musings, Music
Album art from 4H Royalty’s Colossalalia

Today I offer this song for folks’ New Year’s Eve revelries: “Rock & Roll Blowout” by 4H Royalty
<a href=”http://4hroyalty.bandcamp.com/track/rock-roll-blowout”>Rock &amp; Roll Blowout by 4H Royalty</a>
I had the [continue reading]

Woody Guthrie’s New Year’s Resolutions

Dec 30 2011
Published by under Art, Poetry and Musings, Music
Woody Guthrie’s New Years Rulin’s; WoodyGuthrie.org

Another reason to look forward to 2012: the centennial of Woody Guthrie’s birth. A full year of events, publications, exhibits, and recordings are planned – all of which can be followed on the Woody Guthrie Centennial Celebration Website [continue reading]

Forbes Library

Jan 2 2010
Forbes Library is in Northampton, MA near the gates of Smith College. The library is a beautiful stone building which has been extensively renovated inside to better serve the needs of its patrons and highlight the building’s architectural details.
Besides an extensive collection of books and research materials, the library has a large children’s [continue reading]

Your Library, Online

Dec 27 2009
C/W Mars – your library, online. All you need is a valid library card to access reference materials. If your local library has a website, they probably offer links into the C/W Mars system already, but if they don’t, this is where to go. [continue reading]

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