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April 12, 2009

Seventy Easter Sundays Ago

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70 Easter Sundays ago, the great contralto Marian Anderson sang on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. 75,000 people were in attendance, including senators and Supreme Court justices. The Roosevelts had arranged the open-air concert after the Daughters of the American Revolution refused to allow Anderson to sing at the Constitution Hall due to the color of her skin. Alex Ross, in his article “Voice of the Century” which appears in the April 13th edition of The New Yorker, quotes Martin Luther King, Jr. (who was ten when Anderson sang on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial) as saying about the event: “She sang as never before, with tears in her eyes. When the words of ‘America’ and ‘Nobody Knows de Trouble I Seen’ rang out over that great gathering, there was a hush on the sea of uplifted faces, black and white, and a new baptism of liberty, equality, and fraternity. That was a touching tribute, but Miss Anderson may not as yet spend the night in any good hotel in America.” 70 Easter Sundays ago marked not only the greatest moment in Anderson’s career, but also marked one of the defining moments in our country’s social history — where a beautiful voice united a crowd of all kinds of color to show the absurdity of racism. 

Currently listening to: Beirut – The Flying Club Cup

Recently watched: John Cassavetes’ Shadows; Albert Lamorisse’s The Red Balloon; Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket; Susanne Bier’s After the Wedding; Adrian Lyne’s Jacob’s Ladder; Andrew Wagner’s Starting Out in the Evening; George Sluizer’s The Vanishing; Ken Loach’s The Wind That Shakes the Barley; Robert Bresson’s Au hasard Balthazar; Erik Skjoldbjærg’s Insomnia


December 16, 2008

“What Is House Music?”

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Nearly 30 pages away from being done with James Baldwin’s Go Tell It on the Mountain. Such an amazing novel.

Bought some really neat books and records today:

Appointment in Samarra – John O’Hara

The Wretched of the Earth – Frantz Fanon

The Second Sex – Simone de Beauvoir

Palace Walk (Part I of the Cairo Trilogy) – Naguib Mahfouz

Everything All the Time – Band of Horses

L.A. Woman – The Doors

Modern Times – Bob Dylan

Incredible Jazz Guitar – Wes Montgomery

One of my co-workers, who also happens to be a DJ, gave me a CD today of various house music songs on it. He wrote “What is House Music?” on it in black marker, thereby preempting me from asking him that question. “It’s really spiritual stuff, man. Don’t listen to it right away. Listen to it when you know that the time is right. When everything in your life is in harmony with the world’s essence, man.” Despite of my severe distrust for such language, something tells me that this is going to be really interesting…

Currently listening to: Band of Horses – Everything All the Time

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