Category Archives: Soul

Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag

So, it seems that the media’s frontrunner for pope is a big James Brown fan. Cardinal Peter Turkson, who could become the first African pope in 1500 years (he’s from Ghana), grew up in a small shack and shimmied up … Continue reading

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You know what I’m talking about . . .

Our friend Chris Liebig, who has a blog where he says shockingly sane things about school, has been recommending our blog as well as gently nudging us to post things on a more regular basis in January. Knowing that Chris … Continue reading

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Smokey and Mirrors

In the opening of Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, the narrator says that Louis Armstrong makes “poetry out of being invisible” and that his music allows you to occupy and understand “those points where time stands still or from which it … Continue reading

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Election Day Song: “Ball of Confusion (That’s What the World Is Today)”

Vote for me, And I’ll set you free . . .

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The Bravest Man in the Universe

It’s too long since I’ve been into a new album. There are few musical experiences sweeter than hearing something fresh that you really dig. As luck would have it, Billy and Dad are currently into Bobby Womack’s The Bravest Man … Continue reading

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The Bravest Man in the Universe

I would highly recommend that you click on this link right now and download (for free) Bobby Womack’s newest song, “Please Forgive My Heart.” Billy and Dad have been absolutely loving it. Bobby, for those who don’t remember, has been … Continue reading

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Obama’s Playlist

President Obama has just released his “playlist” – whatever that means. I suppose it contains the songs he wants to project. Probably some he really likes, some he thinks are songs that embody his message, some he hopes might be … Continue reading

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Take a Load for Free

How can Mavis Staples sound exactly as good as ever? Nick Lowe has something of the sweet, sweet sound of Papa Staples. But, as much as Billy and Dad like Jeff Tweedy, he doesn’t quite have the wild-eyed voice of … Continue reading

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Christmas Love 2011

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A Few More of Our Favorite Live Tracks

Bill Withers, “Hope She’ll Be Happier With Him,” Live at Carnegie Hall Bill Withers from Jesse Thorn on Vimeo. The Band, “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” The Last Waltz (obviously) Faces, “Maybe I’m Amazed,” Long Player Bruce Springsteen, … Continue reading

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