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Morning Song - John Henry

A cautionary tale at the start of the workweek.

John Henry may have been an ex-slave working on the Columbus & Western Railroad near Leeds, Alabama in 1887, or (more likely) he was prisoner #497 in the Virginia state penitentiary leased out to work on the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad digging either the Big Bend or the Lewis Tunnel near Talcott, Virginia in the early 1870s. 63 more words


A Very Brief History of Blues Music

(The Drummer’s Bible: How to Play Every Drum Style from Afro-Cuban to Zydeco , by Mick Berry and Jason Gianni, is a style guide for drummers, divided into chapters devoted to the individual styles. 827 more words

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Worth A Listen: Top Audio Tracks for March 2014

Harriet Quimby.

Harriet Quimby | The Memory Palace

Nate DiMeo provides a really compelling mini-portrait of Quimby, the first American woman to obtain an airplane pilot’s license. 491 more words

Audio Storytelling

Listening Journal, Southern Journey, March 23, 2014

Struck out from Como and drove south on 55 to deep accompaniment of Alan Lomax’s late-Fifties/early-Sixties field recordings from the same area (McDowell, the Hemphills, … 429 more words

Il valore creativo delle tecnologie obsolete

Il passaggio da una tecnologia all’altra porta con sé un adattamento a diverse pratiche di pensiero e azione. Abbracciare un nuovo mezzo di espressione e creazione significa anche, implicitamente, abbandonare modalità di pensiero di cui spesso siamo scarsamente consapevoli. 390 more words


Morning Song - Pay Me My Money Down

Over the weekend the reference library of the Music Department here at MassCommons World Headquarters received an extraordinary gift:  a 1960 hardcover first edition of Alan Lomax’ … 245 more words



This is Fred. Better known as ‘Mississippi Fred McDowell

Last year, Fred and I made a record (or at least a track on a record) The album in question is/was… 161 more words