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Album Cover Art Wednesday: The Great Ball Of Fire

Jerry Lee Lewis is one of the great monsters in American cultural history. At the risk of repeating myself, check out Rick Bragg’s new book about the Killer. 131 more words


Album Cover Art Wednesday: Out On A Limb

The swellegant Jazz trumpeter Clark Terry died the other day at the age of 94. I stumbled into this campy, oddball cover of one of his earlier solo efforts: 57 more words


Album Cover Art Wednesday: Valence Street

Valence Street is not only the title of a 1999 Neville Brothers album, it’s the main drag of my Uptown New Orleans neighborhood. I occasionally call my 13th Ward hood Neville-land because so many members of their extended family live, or used to live, nearby. 197 more words


Album Cover Nostalgia

My earliest training in the arts as a young adult was taking night and weekend courses in graphic design and airbrush painting in Vancouver. There were no computers in those days, and everything was done mechanically by hand. 98 more words


Album Cover Art Wednesday: A Day At The Races

Years ago a friend nicknamed me Shecky because of my rapid fire delivery and love of puns. I like it because it reflects my love of old school borscht belt comedians like, well, Shecky Greene. 20 more words


Album Cover Art Wednesday: All Or Nothing At All

Billie Holiday was in bad shape when Norman Granz signed her to Verve Records. He helped her career but nobody could curb her self-destructive tendencies. Her voice was a bit raspy by the Fifties but her phrasing remained world class. 108 more words