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(3) If Song Lyrics Were Read As Prose

Last week Joss suggested that I take the red pen to Kick In The Door by The Notorious B.I.G. After diligently adding it to my list of songs to grade I set about searching for the lyrics. 189 more words


Screamin’ Jay Hawkins-The Planet Sessions.

Inimitable and unique describe the late Screamin’ Jay Hawkins. He was one of the great musical showmen, whose performances were designed to leaving a lasting impression. 2,513 more words


365 Days of Album Recommendations - Feb 12

At Home With Screamin’ Jay Hawkins

That the man we knew as Screamin’ Jay Hawkins left this world on February 12th is essentially certain. That February 12th—many years earlier, of course!—was also the day he recorded his most famous song, “I Put A Spell On You” may be a bit of myth-making at work, tho many reputable sites appear to believe it to be true. 173 more words

Album Recommendations

Music History: Screamin' Jay Hawkins

The original “I Put a Spell on You” written in 1956, was performed like this over the next few decades (yea, the gimmick is ignorant, but enjoy the musical performance). 14 more words


Music and News Pairings: Inauguration Day

One of the fundamental principles of a successful pairing is contrast. We begin with a selection from Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, perhaps the original shock rocker.  One can imagine Hawkins appearing on ancient 1950’s black and white televisions (a primitive ancestor to the computer screen you’re holding in your hand right now), dressed in lazy icons of Voodoo ritual and animalistic signifiers of white America’s fear of the black male, creating a crisis in the suburban homes of midcentury America as parents grappled with the effect such an act would have on the hearts and minds of their godfearing children. 302 more words

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Bring on the anal phase!

November 15, 2016

What goes in must come out. That’s the mantra for the transition from the oral phase to to the anal phase. Sigmund Freud may have gotten some bits of our psychological development wrong, but, at least in Western culture, potty training is a watershed moment. 774 more words