Monday Morning Music – In Solidarity

I’ve been following the news coming out of Ferguson, Missouri, with a lot of interest, grief, and shame. I really don’t know how to put my words together on the subject, at least this morning. But Monday mornings aren’t about words, are they? They’re about music, and sometimes music is the only place my words can find themselves. Given that we seem to have gone back to the 1960s as far as race relations go, that’s where my ear worm decided to go, as well (and even further back in one case).

I’ve been tweeting and retweeting a lot about the topic, though. This popped into my head last week.

Which made me go look for Billie Holiday‘s classic, “Strange Fruit.” I was pleased to find this live recording of Lady Day singing the tune. So damned chilling. Until the cop who killed Mike Brown is arrested and charged with murder, I wonder how much has changed.

And let’s also remember the other three Black men killed by police just this month: Eric Garner in New York, John Crawford in Ohio, and Ezell Ford in California.

Next up, Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions from 1967 performing one of Mayfield’s many Black power/civil rights tunes, “We’re a Winner.” I love these guys and this song.

And to finish up, here’s another Mayfield tune, sung with amazing force by Sophia Ramos and the Black Rock Coalition Orchestra in 2010. “This Is My Country.” Damned straight.

Anyway, posting these videos seems so useless and beside the point. But the point, to me, this morning, is that this dumb white woman stands with the citizens of Ferguson, Missouri, and everywhere else that has to deal with this kind of militarized racist bullshit. I hope you like the music.

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Monday Morning Music

Happy Monday, everyone! I was emailing with a friend recently who’s struggling with some life stuff. She brought up a point another friend made that life is not a sprint, in most cases, it’s a marathon. So, that got today’s song stuck in my head. Continue reading

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Infinity Key by Chrysoula Tzavelas – A Review

Infinity Key
Chrysoula Tzavelas
272 pages, Candlemark & Gleam (November 2013)
contemporary/urban fantasy

4.5/5

 

Infinity Key cover

“She really didn’t want to be one of the giggling girls in the audience, watching passively as the world changed around them.”

Earlier this year, I read Chrysoula Tzavelas‘ debut novel, Matchbox Girls, enjoying it quite a bit. You can see my thoughts on that book here, if you like.

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Monday Morning Music

There’s a new Janelle Monáe video out. ‘Nuff said. Continue reading

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Monday Morning Music

Sorry for the delay this morning. It was a busy weekend with company visiting and then today… well, it’s been Monday. Ah well. Continue reading

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Monday Morning Music – Johnny Winter RIP

I had planned to post at least one Weird Al Yankovic video this morning in honor of his new album coming out last week. All the videos I’ve seen have been outstanding and super funny. Also, as @davisac1 tweeted last week:

However, there’s been a death in my musical family again, so it seems more important to honor that event instead.

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Monday Morning Music

I’ve been a fan of Skepchick for a while now. They post a lot of interesting, useful stuff. Aggravating stuff, too, but that’s all part of the mix, ain’t it? They also post fun stuff.

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Monday Afternoon Music

A little late with my Monday video today. Sorry about that. I’m using the fact I’m still recovering from an awesome, busy vacation as my excuse. Spent last week visiting friends in Maryland and Philadelphia. So good to see some of the people I love best in all the world. Continue reading

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Monday Morning Music

I was playing a music game on my personal Facebook page last week. You know the one, where someone posts a music video and if you like it they give you a letter. Then you pick an artist/band starting with that letter and post your own video. And on & on. I ended up posting five seven videos because folks kept giving me letters. My favorite of what I came up with? Continue reading

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Monday Morning Music

George Gershwin’sRhapsody in Blue” used to be one of my favorite songs to play on the piano when I was still playing. Even with my little hands, it was a lot of fun. (Mr. Gershwin had ginormous hands and would write 13-note-wide chords, the bastard)

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